With many of the lower buy-in events offered this year having already broken records, Event #46: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em is sure to attract another sizable field and prize pool, and potentially award another first-time bracelet winner. These events have also featured many of the biggest names in poker, including WSOP Main Event champions and many bracelet winners hunting for their next piece of hardware, so the competition will be fierce.
This is only the second time this event has been held as a World Series of Poker live event. The 2022 event was won by David Perry, who bested a field of 4,786 entrants, winning his first bracelet and the first-place price of $241,729 from a prize pool of $2,010,120.
A visibly emotional Perry said that win made him feel "Blessed, grateful. I've been in Vegas since 1985, came here with $612 and two suitcases; this is my community," he continued.
2022 $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
|1st||David Perry||United States||$241,729|
|3rd||Daniel Eichhorn||United States||$111,341|
|4th||Joshua Prager||United States||$83,623|
|6th||Phong Nguyen||United States||$48,299|
|7th||Elven Espinar||United States||$37,148|
|8th||Henry Reyes||United States||$28,802|
|9th||Daniel Marcus||United States||$22,512|
|10th||Robert Pettit||United States||$17,741|
A previous version of the event was also held as part of the 2020 WSOP slate of online events mandated by the COVID pandemic. Alan Goehring won that event, scoring $119,400 along with the bracelet. The prize pool for the 2020 online event was $665,550 and had 1,479 entrants.
Goehring was no stranger to navigating large fields across many levels of buy-in, having won the 2020 WSOP bracelet, a WSOP Circuit ring, two WPT titles, and notching a second-place finish to Noel Furlong in the 1999 WSOP Main Event.
Seeing the energy of the enormous fields these events have generated so far spread across Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas has been exhilarating and this event should be one to watch.
Players will begin Day 1 at 10:00 a.m. local time at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, starting with a stack of 25,000 chips and blinds of 100/100/100. Twenty-two 30-minute levels will be played with 20-minute breaks after Levels 4, 8, 11, and 19, and a 75-minute dinner break after Level 15 (approximately 6:30 p.m.). Late registration will run through the break after Level 11 (approximately 4:30 p.m. local time).
Day 2 will feature a 10:00 a.m. local time restart and play down to a winner, with 15-minute breaks every four levels, and a dinner break to be determined.
Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for full coverage of this event as we begin the road to the crowning of another champion at the 2023 World Series Of Poker.