2023 World Series of Poker

Event #86: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty
Day: 1
Event Info

2023 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
400,000 / 800,000
Players Info - Day 1
Players Left

Zamani the Legend Killer Leads the Way in Hall of Fame Bounty

Level 17 : Blinds 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Brian Rast Is Inducted Into Poker Hall of Fame in 2023
Brian Rast Is Inducted Into Poker Hall of Fame in 2023

Day 1 of Event #86 $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold-em has come to an end after an enthralling day’s action at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. An incredible 1,417 players entered the tournament generating a prize pool of $2,495,776, doubling the number of entries of last year’s iteration. The winner of the 2023 event will receive a massive $402,054 as well as the prestigious gold bracelet.

The day kicked off with a presentation in the Paris ballroom from World Series of Poker Vice-President Jack Effel who introduced Brian Rast to the stage to present his Poker Players Championship Gold Bracelet and officially induct him to the Poker Hall of Fame.

Rast was among the 15 Hall of Famers who participated in the Hall of Fame Bounty tournament, where each of the game's legends had a bounty on their head which amounted to the year they were inducted, and it was the newest inductee who was the first to be eliminated by Ferenc Szuchopa after Rast shoved with king-jack suited and ran into Szuchopa’s ace-queen.

Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra

The only remaining Hall of Famers to bag into Day 2 are Phil Hellmuth (281,000) and Eli Elezra (254,000), but Barbara Enright managed to navigate her short stack for a min-cash for $3,135. Other Hall of Famers whose bounties were collected earlier in the day were Huck Seed, John Juanda, Johnny Chan and Barry Greenstein.

End of Day 1 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChipsBig Blind
1Martin ZamaniUnited States1,258,000126
2Osman IhlamurTurkiye897,00090
3Roman HrabecCzechia772,00077
4Xiaowen ZhaoChina751,00075
5Jason JamesCanada715,00072
6Valentyn ShabelnykUkraine686,00069
7Marc MoukarzelFrance612,00061
8Anthony HuUnited States580,00058
9Kevin CalenzoUnited States579,00058
10Wayne HarmonUnited States565,00057

Martin Zamani will return to Day 2 with the chip lead of 1,258,000 chips. The high roller from Boca Raton, Florida also claimed the bounty of Billy Baxter midway through Day 1. Other big stacks include Rui Bouquet (762,000), Anthony Hu (580,000), and Anatoly Nikitin (515,000)

Martin Zamani
Martin Zamani

Play will resume tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. local time in the silver section of Horseshoe where the remaining 150 players will battle it out to a winner. Blinds will resume at 5,000/10,000 and a big blind ante of 10,000.

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Tags: Anatoly NikitinAnthony HuBarry GreensteinBilly BaxterBrian RastEli ElezraFerenc SzuchopaHuck SeedJack EffelJason JamesJohn JuandaJohnny ChanKevin CalenzoMarc MoukarzelMartin ZamaniOsman IhlamurPhil HellmuthRoman HrabecRui BouquetValentyn ShabelnykWayne HarmonXiaowen Zhao