The 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament ended recently. It attracted 1,199 players who created a $5,046, 200 prize pool, but only the best 180 players got a share.
Weiran Pu was the last player at the table winning his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $938,244 top prize. Also, he is the fifth Chinese player to win an event in the ongoing WSOP series and the 11th winner in its history.
Besides winning the prize, Pu amassed 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points. It is his second time to reach a final table in 2023 after finishing fourth in the European Poker Tour (EPT)Monte Carlo festival's €2,200 buy-in event in April with 480 POY points and $149,544.
Pu is the 46th player in this year's POY competition. Some of the talented players who missed a seat in the final table included Leon Sturn (bracelet champion), Artur Martirosian (EPT winner), Georgios Sotiropoulos (two-time bracelet winner), Ren Lin, Ryan Leng (three-time bracelet champion), Danny Tang (bracelet winner), Ian Matakis and Daniel Lazarus (bracelet champion).
What Did the Top Players Win?
- Weiran Pu-$938,244 and 1,920 POY points
- Norbert Szecsi-$579,892 and 1,600 POY points
- Tyler Cornell-$407,040 and 1,280 POY points
- Pedro Garagnani-$289,819 and 960 POY points
- Angelina Rich-$209,366 and 800 POY points
- Vitor Dzivielevski-$153,485 and 640 POY points
The Last Day's Action
Norbert Szecsi was the chip leader when the final day's action kicked off. Vitor Dzivielevski, Yuri Dzivielevski's brother, was the first player to leave the final table. He used K-9 suited to face Tyler Cornell's A-Q but his card lost and he exited in sixth place.
Angelina Rich's pocket fours clashed with Pedro Garagnani's pocket kings. But, Rich's card lost and she finished fifth with $209,666. It was the second-largest score she has made in her career after winning $304,386 in the 2015 Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian Main Event.
Pu got the stack lead after his A-6 dominated Garagnani's A-2 in an ace-high flop. Still, several low cards on the board extended the former's run and sent the latter packing in the fourth position.
Cornell followed Garagnani in third place after using AHeart SuitJSpade Suit to make a four-bet shove from the small blind. Yet, Pu used ASpade SuitADiamond Suit to call and dominated Cornell's card before busting him.
Pu had a 38,200,000:21,800,000 chip lead over Szecsi when their battle of the blinds began. But, a preflop cooler turned out as the event's final hand while Szecsi's AClub SuitQHeart Suit faced Pu's ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit.
The former made a button raise prompting the latter to make a three-bet shove. Even so, Pu called before holding a KHeart SuitJDiamond Suit7Spade SuitQSpade Suit8Diamond Suit that earned him the title. He sent Szecsi packing as a runner-up with $579,892.