The 2023 WSOP capped off its second full week of action with Ike Haxton finally stepping into the winner's circle for the first time. The week began with Chad Eveslage becoming the first double bracelet winner by locking up a second bracelet this summer in another Dealer's Choice victory. Brian Yoon won a bracelet in a $10K event and he also earned accolades for becoming on the 33rd player in WSOP history to join the exclusive five-timers club.
Just last Friday, Chad Eveslage shipped 2023 WSOP Event #5 $1,500 Dealer's Choice to mark his second-career bracelet win. A couple of days later, he binked his second tournament of the summer.
Event #10 $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship attracted 115 entries and a prize pool worth $1,069,500. Only the top 20 places paid out, and among those that cashed included Robert Mizrachi, Patrick Leonard, Kane Kalas, Ray Henson, James Obst, Paul Volpe, Scott Bohlman, Johnny World, and Ryan Goindoo.
Mike Gorodinsky bubbled the final table that included Marco Johnson, Ari Engel, Dustin Dirksen, Zack Freeman, Dutch Boyd, and Chad Eveslage. Boyd and Eveslage got heads-up for the bling, and Eveslage denied Boyd a victory. Eveslage banked $311,428 and earned a second piece of bling this summer. He now has three bracelets.
Event #11 $600 NL Deepstack attracted 6,085 entries and a prize pool worth $3.1 million. Ken O'Donnell won his first bracelet and $351,098 for outlasting a massive field.
Event #12 $5,000 NL Freezeout was an old-school format that attracted 735 runners and a prize pool worth $3.38 million. Brazilian pro Felipe Ramos got heads-up for the bling, but he was knocked out by Jeremy Eyer. Ramos banked $401K for the runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh? Eyer won his first bracelet and $649,550 in cash.
Event #13 $600 PLO Deepstack had a deep field of 3,200 runners and a prize pool worth $1.63 million. Joe Altomonte won his first bracelet and $217,102 after outlasting a final table that included Michael Holes, CLayton Fletcher, Xing He, Ardit Bitincka, and France's Jerome Hickel.
Event #14 $10,000 Seven-Card Stud attracted only 130 runners but they were some of the top Stud players in the world and the generated a prize pool was $1.2 million. Only 20 players earned a cut of the pie including Chad Eveslage, Baes, Johannes Becker, Julien Martini, Matt Vengrin, Philip Long, Bryce Yockey, and Jeff Madsen.
Brian Yoon and Dan Shak battled for Stud supremacy after they outlasted a final table that included Maxx Coleman, Ben Yu, George Alexander, Ben Diebold, Leo August, and Max Hoffman. Shak busted in second place, and Yoon got to bask in the warmth of the winner's circle for the fifth time in his career. Yoon become the 33rd player in history to win at least five bracelets. He won his first one in 2013, an secured three bracelets in NL before he won his fourth bling in a non-hold'em event with Limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw in 2021.
Event #15 $1,5000 6-Handed NL attracted 2,454 runners and a prize pool worth over $3.27 million. Rafael Reis claimed the first piece of hardware for Brazil in front of a boisterous crowd on Thursday. Reis banked $465,501 and outlasted a final table that included Spain's Danny Batiocanal, Sarah Herzali from France, Nicky Angelou from Greece, and two Americans -- John Monnette and Grant Wang.
Event #16 $25,000 NL High Roller (8-Handed) attracted 264 entrants and a prize pool north of $6.2 million. The top 46 places paid out and notables who cashed included Espen Jorstad, Nck Maimone, Kristen Bicknell, Stephen Chidwick, Jake Schindler, Tyler Cornell, Martin Zamani, Thomas Boivin, Markus Gonsalves, Dan Smith, Cal Anderson, Nick Schulman, Mas Oya, Dom Nitsche, and Kevin Rabichow.
Ike Haxton survived a tough final table that included Darren Elias, Brian Rast, Frank Funaro, Joao Vieira, Lewis Spencer, and Ryan Odonnell. Haxton picked off Odonnell to win almost $1.7 million. Odonnell secured a second-place prize worth over $1 million. Elias finished in third place.
Haxton finally won his first-bracelet after multiple close calls. He was on the schneid for a long time as the "best player to never win a bracelet", but now he's not longer at the top of that list.
Event #17 $1,5000 Omaha 8 attracted 1,143 runners and a prize pool worth $1.52 million. Jim Collopy was the last player standing in Omaha and he snagged his third bracelet for $262,542.