2023 World Series of Poker

Event #88: $1,500 The Closer
Day: 1b
Event Info

2023 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
2,500,000 / 5,000,000
Players Info - Day 1b
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Welcome to Live Coverage of Event #88: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1b of The Closer
Day 1b of The Closer

Event #88: The Closer No-Limit Hold'em, will have its second and final starting flight today with Day 1b kicking off at 10 a.m. local time at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. Day 1a was filled with action and plenty of big names came to play for one of the last bracelets of the 2023 World Series of Poker.

A total of 76 players advanced from Day 1a out of a total of 1,141 entries and they will merge with the players who advance from today's proceedings, reconvening on Sunday, July 16th at 10 a.m. for the finale. The total prize pool generated from Day 1a was $1,523,235.

Last year’s Day 1a attracted 929 players and this year’s Day 1a surpassed that number with 1,141 entrants. Day 1b is also expected to smash last year’s total of 1,110 runners.

The target for today's players is to surpass end of Day 1a chip-leader Benson Tang, who bagged a sensational 2,185,000. Alan Hamza with 1,910,000 and Jeffrey Tanouve with 1,865,000 round out the top three.

Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip Count Big Blinds
1Benson TangUnited States2,185,000
2Alan HamzaUnited States1,910,000
3Jeffrey TanouyeUnited States1,865,000
4Lisa HamiltonUnited States1,605,000
5Faizal KhojaUnited States1,580,000
6Mohommed KhanUnited States1,475,000
7Yann PerronFrance1,445,000
8Renmei LiuCanada1,445,000
9Jason WheelerUnited States1,360,000
10Michael NooriUnited States1,355,000

Whoever is lucky enough to bag this evening will also be competing against Michael Noori (1,355,000), Preston McEwen (1,115,000), Chris Moorman (835,000), and Ethan Yau (565,000) for the top prize and the bracelet.

Ethan Yau
Ethan Yau

Day 1b will be a repeat of Day 1a, playing 22 levels. Players will sit down with 50,000 chips in their starting stacks. Blinds will start at 100/100 with a 100 big blind ante. Levels last 30 minutes, with a 20-minute break scheduled after every fourth level. The payouts begin near the end of the day and all the players who bag at the end of the day will advance to Day 2.

There will be a 75-minute dinner break after Level 16, expected to be around 7 p.m. local time. Players can rebuy only once, with late registration closing at the end of Level 12, approximately 5 p.m. local time.

Be sure to keep it here for the rest of the week as PokerNews will be on hand to provide live updates from the floor.

Tags: Alan HamzaBenson TangChris MoormanEthan YauFaizal KhojaJason WheelerJeffrey TanouveJeffrey TanouyeLisa HamiltonMichael NooriParis CasinoPreston McEwenYann Perron