2023 WSOP Day 50: Can The Last Person Out Please Turn Off The Lights?

The 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas concluded on July 18, the 50th day of a record-breaking summer. Four events were required to award their bracelets before the WSOP staff could dismantle the mothership, store away the tables, chairs, and chips, and the last person out could turn off the lights.

Event #91: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. was one of those four remaining events. Originally scheduled to be a three-day event, Day 3 ended with Ryan Miller heads-up against Leonard August. The heads-up duo returned to the action at 2:00 p.m. local time, and it took less than one level of one-on-one action for Miller to get the job done and capture his second bracelet of the summer.

Online Short Deck specialist Martin Nielsen triumphed in Event #93: $10,000 Short Deck Championship after overcoming a star-studded field of 106 entrants. All eyes were on John Juanda at the start of Day 3 because he had the opportunity to join Josh Arieh and Phil Hellmuth as the only players to win a bracelet at Binion’s, the Rio, and Horseshoe. However, Juanda sat down as the short stack and was the first player out of the door.

Nielsen, who hails from the Faroe Islands, and the $270,160 he collected propelled him to the top of his country’s all-time money list.

Alex Keating
Alex Keating

The third tournament that dished out some poker god was Event #94: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (8-Handed). Alex Keating came out on top for a career-best $701,688 and his first WSOP hardware. Keating has WSOP cashes dating back to 2009, so getting his hands on a bracelet has been a long time coming. No doubt the California native will cherish his impressive victory forever.

Event #95: $1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em was the last event of the summer, and it was a stacked field considering the timing of the tournament and the buy-in being at the more affordable end of the scale.

It took thirty-eight 20-minute levels to reduce the 1,486 entrants to a champion, with Paul Berger being the last man standing. Berger did not plan to play any more poker this summer and was only at the casino to withdraw the money left in his account, but saw that a one-day turbo was running, so he hopped in. It turned out to be a superb decision because he not only captured his first bracelet, but Berger donates his winnings to charity, so the $212,645 top prize will go some way to helping those less fortunate than he.

That concludes PokerNews‘ coverage of the 2023 WSOP; what a summer it has been. We would like to thank each and every PokerNews reader for tuning into our live reporting pages.

Don’t worry if you are anxious about where you will get your next live updates fix because our team is heading to APPT Manila, 888poker LIVE Bucharest, and the PokerStars EPT Barcelona festival during August!

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