Zachary Hall Tops the 2023 WSOP Main Event’s Leaderboard After Day 5

The 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold'em Main Event's Day 5's play attracted thousands of spectators from all over the world. Only 149 players from the 10,043-entry field advanced to Day 6, Zachary Hall being the stack leader. He recently bagged $12,100,000 and a championship bracelet.

Hall ended the day with 16,310,000 chips after participating in Ethan 'Rampage Poker' Yau's early stages. The latter has won a WSOP bracelet, Mid-States Poker (MSPT), and World Poker Tour (WPT) High Roller titles in the past.

Other players who had eight-figure stacks late in Day 5 included Andrew Hulme, Liran Betito, and Bryan Obregon. Still, several talented players are eyeing the Main Event title, including Tony Dunst, Raj Vohra, John Racener, Ryan Tosoc, Masato Yokosawa, Maurice Hawkins, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, Daniel Weinman, and Amit Makhija.

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight's editor-in-chief and founder, collected 2,130,000 chips on Day 5. He finished second with $151,842 in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. Reports state that this year's tournament will have a new champion since its two previous winners, Joe Hachem and Chris Moneymaker got busted in the 402nd and 403rd places, respectively.

The Main Event's Current Leaderboard

  1. Zachary Hall-16,310,000 chips
  2. Bryan Obregon-12,295,000 chips
  3. Liran Betito-11,140,000 chips
  4. Andrew Hulme-11,065,000 chips
  5. Joshua Payne-9,850,000 chips
  6. Anirban Das-9,230,000 chips
  7. Tony Dunst-8,285,000 chips
  8. Glenn Fishbein-8,265,000 chips
  9. Sergio Torres-8,265,000 chips
  10. Jonathan Therme-7,900,000 chips

Day 5 Highlights

The tournament had 411 players when Day 5's action kicked off. Many skilled players got busted, including Jason Koon, Dario Sammartino, Phil Hui, Chris Brewer, Niall Farrell, Richard Seymour, Bill Klein, Jason Somerville, Kyle Cartwright, Jesse Lonis, Faraz Jaka, Davidi Kitai, Andrew Neeme, and Michael Duek.

Chance Kornuth got busted in one of the day's largest pots. He used AHeart SuitKHeart Suit to place a 385,000 three-bet, while Nichola Rigby used ADiamond SuitAClub Suit to make a 100,000 button raise. The latter went all-in, making a four-bet shove, putting the former at risk of losing his over 3,100,000-chip stack.

Kornuth made a quick call and created an over 6.2 million pot. Unfortunately, a JDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit2Heart Suit4Diamond Suit10Heart Suit didn't help him, and he exited the tournament in the 301st position. Even so, Kornuth has won the largest three prizes this summer and has over $16,200,000 in lifetime poker earnings.

Rigby collected 1,650,000 chips and advanced to Day 6 to try his luck in bagging the title. He finished 52nd in the 2021 WSOP Main Event with $136,100.

The remaining 149 players at the end of Day 5 advanced to Day 6 and would play on July 12. The blinds were 40,000-80,000, and Level 26 had an 80,000 big blind ante. Still, there was a 4,044,161-chip average stack, and each entrant would take home over $67,000.


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