If you blinked, then you missed all of the action in the first week of the 2023 WSOP at the Horseshoe Casino and Paris Casino in Las Vegas. Several first-time winners snagged their first bracelet, while well-established pros added additional hardware to their collection. The first week also included a pair of $25K events which attracted some of the biggest names in poker.
The kick-off event is also the Casino Employees event that's limited to any casino worker. 2023 WSOP Event #1 $500 Casino Employees NL attracted 1,015 runners and a prize pool worth $426,300. Peter Thai was the last player standing and he won his first bracelet and a $75,535 payday. Thai is a dealer at Parkwest Casino 580 in Livermore, California.
Event #2 $25,000 NL High Roller 6-Handed attracted 207 entries and a prize pool worth $4,864,500. Only the top 32 places paid out. Among those cashing in the first open event included Chris Moore, Elior Sion, Cary Katz, Daniel Negrean, Justin Liberto, Adrian Mateos, Sam Soverel, Bin Weng, Andrew Licthenberge, Jake Schindler, Johnny World, Espen Jorstad, Koray Aldemir, Justin Bonomo, Ben Lamb, and Brock Wilson.
Swiss rising star Alexandre Vuilleumie binked his first bracelet in the $25K High Roller and snagged $1.2 million in cash for outlasting a tough final table in Event #2 that also included Chance Kornuth, Sean Winter, Axel Hallay, Ren Lin, and Joey Weissman.
Event #4 Tournament of Championships was a free roll that attracted 741 runners. The top 100 places paid out. Ronnie Day held off Brent Gregory to win the bracelet and $200,000.
Event #5 $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed was a fun event that attracted 456 runners and a prize pool worth $608,760. Chad Evelsage won his second bracelet and $131,879 by outlasting a final table that included Andrw Kelsall, Nick Kost, John Racener, Clayton Mozden, and Jams Johnson. Notables who went deep and cashed included David Levi, Jeff Lisandro, Chip Jett, Phil Hellmuth, and Bryan Micon.
Event #6 $5,000 Mixed NL/PLO attracted 568 runners and a prize pool worth $2,612,800. Michael Moncek won bracelets in back-to-back years with a victory in Event #6. He outlasted a final nine that included Fernano Habeffer, Alex Livingston, Mike Banducci, Christian Harder, Tyler Brown, Kristen Bicknell, Ference Deak, and Yuval Bronshtein. Notables who cashed in Event #6 included Wook Kim, Martin Zamani, Ari Engel, Bin Weng, and Felipe Ramos.
Event #7 $1,500 Limit Hold'em attracted 527 runners to the old-school format. Ukraine claimed its first bracelet when Vadim Shlez was the last player standing. Shlez banked $148,835 for the win. David ODB Baker busted in eigth place, and other noteworthy players who cashed included Adam Friedman, Pierre Fromage, Yueqi Zhu, Jesse Sylvia, Joe McKeehen, and Patrick Leonard.
Online Event #1 $333 NL Triple Treys attracted 1,330 total entries and a prize pool worth $634,800. Cody '1eggadaymike' Bell banked $87,665 for the victory and claimed a first bracelet.
Event #8 $25,000 NL Heads-Up Championship is one of those pro's pro events that has a little extra hot sauce on it. A total of 64 runners took part in the heads-up battle, which included a prize pool of $1.5 million.
Chanracy Khun from Canada defeated Doug Polk to deny Polk another piece of bling. Khun banked $507,020 for the victory and earned his first bracelet. Polk won $313,362 for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?
Only the top eight places paid out in Event #8. The elite eight included Chris Brewer, Sean Winter, Roberto Perez, Anthony Zinno, Landon Tice, and Eric Wasserson.
Event #9 $1,500 Seven Card Stud attracted 360 runners and a prize pol worth $480,600. Nick Schulman added a fourth bracelet to his collection when he knocked out Andrew Hasdal for the win. The final table also included John Monetter, Shaun Deeb, and DJ Buckley.