PMA’s Weekly WSOP wrap: Aussies in the mix as 2023 WSOP Main Event becomes largest of all time

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Seventeen years after Jamie Gold famously won the biggest World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event of all time, the record books have been rewritten again.

As the dust settles on a massive few days in Las Vegas, the early count after Day 1D of the 2023 Main Event has the number of entries sitting at 9,337 – shattering the previous record of 8,773 set when Gold was victorious back in 2006.

“This is a colossal day not only in the history of the WSOP but for poker itself,” said WSOP Senior Vice President and Executive Director Ty Stewart. “It’s particularly special to make history in our first year at the new Horseshoe Las Vegas. 

“I think today is a huge testament to the passion of the entire poker community who rallies around this event every year. We’re hoping this record is short lived and we’ll be ready for another monster turnout next summer.”

It had been a memorable week at the Horseshoe even before this year’s Main Event kicked off, highlighted by the “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth also breaking records in winning his 17th career WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty. Not only did Hellmuth bank US$803,818 for his efforts, he also extended his lead over his nearest rival on the all-time list to seven bracelets (Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson all have 10).

Phil Hellmuth

Meanwhile, Australia finally scored its first WSOP bracelet of 2023 with Melbourne’s Hassan Kamel taking down the US$10,000 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $598,613. Kamel’s victory over a 277-strong field came after a plethora of final table finishes for the Aussie contingent, including most recently Sydney’s David Sebesfi who finished 7th from a field of 4,303 starters in the $600No Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship.

But all eyes are now firmly on the Main Event where there are plenty of Aussies through to Day 2 – all of them hoping to match Joe Hachem’s 2005 WSOP Main Event success. 

Leading the way for the Aussie contingent is no other than Daniel “Robinson Crusoe” Neilson with a stack of 218,400, just clear of Tom Rafferty with 214,300. Other notables to have enjoyed a solid Day 1 include David Sebesfi (200.300), Jarrod Thatcher (166,200), James Broom (157,000), six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro (149,500), Yita Choong (141,200) and Joe Hachem himself with 125,300. A total of 7,068 players will return for Day 2 including 69 Aussies.

The full list of Australians to have made it through to Day 2 is below:

Daniel Neilson218,800
Tom Rafferty214,300
David Sebesfi200,300
David Luong184,100
Jarrod Thatcher166,200
Jesse Mason157,200
James Broom157,000
Jeff Lisandro149,500
Ken Demlakian148,700
Yita Choong141,200
Nurlan Boobekov131,600
David Stubbs128,900
Joe Hachem125,300
Adrian Salter123,000
Terence Clee120,400
Gary Benson118,900
Andrew Batey117,900
James Obst111,900
John Lombardo110,300
Mitchell Watson110,100
William Jia106,400
Anton Lu101,600
Adam Kharman97,700
Michael Higginson94,200
Ertem Osmanoglu89,300
Hristivoje Pavlovic86,500
Edward Hatzakortzian84,900
Minh Nguyen84,800
Alex Lynskey 82,200
Tu Tran81,900
Stevan Chew81,900
Dominic Coombe78,400
Bilal Javaid76,300
Ricky Kroesen74,900
Daniel Murphy73,600
Richard Davis73,500
Zachary Duce68,900
Tristan Bain65,100
Pellegrino Marotta64,200
Joel Cohen64,000
Sean Ragozzini63,700
Daniel Hinh63,200
Mark Montague59,700
Ashish Gupta58,600
Joshua Foster57,200
Joshua Duce54,900
William Wong54,600
Nazih Sibaei52,300
Paul Birman51,000
Hussein Hassan49,600
Pratik Mehta47,900
Michael Gloess45,900
Justin Cohen41,400
Sasha Skalrud41,200
Josh Mitchell41,000
Martin Ward40,400
Thomas Amir36,600
Gregory Gardiner36,000
Sean McKenzie30,000
Jason Pritchard30,000
Yang Lei29,500
Ante Kutlesa29,100
John Corr27,100
Robert Damelian25,000
Heather Hardie24,800
Daniel Hachem22,600
Danielle Noja18,000
Daniel Gabriel14,900
Nikhil Autar12,700

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