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2023 World Series of Poker

Event #4: Tournament of Champions
Jours 3
Event Info

2023 World Series of Poker

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
100,000 / 200,000
Info Joueurs - Jour 3
Joueurs Survivants

Event #4: Tournament of Champions

Jour 3 terminé

Gahshan Leads the Final Seven Players After Day 3

Niveau 28 : Blinds 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante
Wissam Gahshan
Wissam Gahshan

Event #4 of the 2023 World Series of Poker will enter its final day with Wissam Gahshan leading the remaining seven players at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

The invitation-only Tournament of Champions boasted a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and was open to players who had won a WSOP bracelet or WSOP circuit ring in the last year, with 741 players entering out of 989 qualifiers to attempt to claim the top prize of $200,000.

Gahshan finished the day atop the leaderboard with 5,130,000 in chips and his closest competitor, Patrick White, was not far behind with 3,885,000. Gahshan qualified for the tournament with a win at The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles in December of last year. White punched his ticket at the March stop in New York at Turning Stone.

From there, it’s anyone’s game, as the chip counts run fairly close together. Brent Gregory finished with 3,400,000, while Justin Hotte-Mckinnon and Hunter Mcclelland both ended the day with 2,700,000. Gregory won his way in with a victory at the March stop in Tulsa and Hotte-Mckinnon picked up his ring on WSOP.ca in March. Mcclelland won two rings on WSOP PA and he is looking to add a gold bracelet to his trophy shelf.

Ronnie Day and Barry Schultz finished with 2,300,000 and 2,005,000, respectively, to round out the lineup for the final day. Day is a recent winner from the May circuit stop in Southern Indiana and Schultz won the Seniors event at Horseshoe Tunica in January.

Final Table Chip Counts

SeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Wissam GahshanUnited States5,130,00051
2Barry SchultzUnited States2,005,00020
3Ronnie DayUnited States2,300,00023
4Justin Hotte-MckinnonCanada2,700,00027
5Patrick WhiteUnited States3,885,00039
6Brent GregoryUnited States3,400,00034
7Hunter McclellandUnited States2,700,00027

Six of the seven remaining players will hope to keep the bracelet on American soil, with one, Hotte-Mckinnon, looking to bring the gold back to Canada. The players have already locked up a payday of $26,000, which for some is already a nice boost to their bankroll.

Justin Hotte-Mckinnon
Justin Hotte-Mckinnon

The action was fast and furious throughout the day, as Dylan Lemery was the first one eliminated from the “unofficial” final table, losing most of his chips when his pocket aces were cracked by the pocket nines of Daniel Marx. Left with only one big blind, Lemery tossed it in a few hands later after it was folded to him on the button. It was Gahshan who eliminated him with a dominating hand from the small blind, as Lemery's ace-five offsuit went down in flames to Gahshan's ace-queen.

Soon after, Zachary Gruneberg moved all in from middle position with pocket kings, but ran straight into the aces of the new chip leader, Gahshan. Gahshan's aces held and sent Gruneberg to the payout desk to collect a $16,000 payday.

Remaining Payouts


Players will return at 4 p.m. on Saturday to play down to a winner in a final table that will be streamed with cards-up coverage by PokerGO on a security delay. The action picks up in Level 28 with around 42 minutes remaining and blinds at 50,000/100,000/100,000.

Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team for live updates from the floor of the 2023 World Series of Poker.

Tags: Barry SchultzBrent GregoryDaniel MarxDylan LemeryHunter McclellandJustin Hotte-MckinnonPatrick WhiteRonnie DayWissam GahshanZachary Gruneberg

Bag 'Em Up

Niveau 28 : Blinds 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante

The final seven players are now bagging their chips to return for tomorrow's televised final table. Action will continue on Saturday at 4 p.m. Vegas time with the live stream to kick off shortly after on a security delay.

Stay tuned for a full recap from the PokerNews team.

Daniel Marx Eliminated in 8th Place ($20,000)

Niveau 28 : Blinds 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante
Daniel Marx
Daniel Marx

Action folded around to Daniel Marx on the button, who decided to commit his remaining 865,000 chips in the form of an all-in, but unfortunately would run into the pocket aces of Wissam Gahshan in the small blind.

Daniel Marx: KJ
Wissam Gashsan: AA

The 1053 flop offered little help to Marx, other than possibly running two pair or straight cards, but the 5 on the turn and the inconsequential 8 on the river ended Marx's tournament run in 8th place.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Wissam Gahshan us
Wissam Gahshan
5,100,000 1,600,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Daniel Marx us
Daniel Marx

Tags: Daniel MarxWissam Gahshan

Introducing The Chad & Jesse Poker Show - Guest Ty Stewart, Executive Editor of the WSOP

Niveau 28 : Blinds 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante
Chad and Jesse Poker Show
Chad and Jesse Poker Show

For the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP), PokerNews is excited to announce the launch of a new in-studio poker show that will air twice weekly throughout the summer. The Chad & Jesse Poker Show with hosts Chad Holloway and Jesse Fullen will cover all the latest in the poker world, especially the biggest stories coming out of the 2023 WSOP, and offer interviews with some of the biggest names in the game.

Episodes are slated to release at 5 p.m. PST every Tuesday and Friday throughout the 2023 WSOP, and for the inaugural episode, they sat down with WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.

Not only will The Chad & Jesse Poker Show be available in video format, but audio from the show will also run in an audio format via special episodes of the PokerNews Podcast.

Niveau: 28

Blinds: 50,000/100,000

Ante: 100,000

Day and White

Niveau 27 : Blinds 40,000/80,000, 80,000 ante

Ronnie Day raised to 160,000 from the cutoff and Patrick White came along from the small blind before Brent Gregory called from the big blind.

The flop was 39K and both of the blinds checked before Day bet 125,000. Gregory called and the turn was 4.

Both players checked the turn and 5 fell on the river. White fired 275,000 and Day called while he turned up A9 for a pair of nines. White showed the losing 88 and tossed them in the muck.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Patrick White us
Patrick White
4,100,000 3,100,000
Ronnie Day us
Ronnie Day
2,600,000 100,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Brent GregoryPatrick WhiteRonnie Day

Marx Finds the Double Against Gregory

Niveau 27 : Blinds 40,000/80,000, 80,000 ante
Daniel Marx
Daniel Marx

Daniel Marx moved all-in from early position for 645,000 and was called by Brent Gregory in the small blind.

Daniel Marx: 55
Brent Gregory: AQ

Marx went in with a slight lead in equity, but the A44 flop would turn the tables and give Gregory a commanding lead.

The 9 on the turn was no help to Marx, but the river was the 5, giving Marx the much-needed double-up with fives full of fours.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Brent Gregory us
Brent Gregory
3,255,000 -645,000
Daniel Marx us
Daniel Marx
1,450,000 700,000

Tags: Brent GregoryDaniel Marx

Gregory Pressures Hotte-Mckinnon, Hotte-Mckinnon Pressures Schultz

Niveau 27 : Blinds 40,000/80,000, 80,000 ante

Action has slowed down considerably as the final eight players jockey for their position at the televised final table.

Justin Hotte-Mckinnon raised to 160,000 before Brent Gregory three-bet to 460,000. That was too much and Hotte-Mckinnon tossed it in the muck.

On the next hand, Hotte-Mckinnon raised to 160,000 again. Barry Schultz defended from the big blind and the flop was 65A. Schultz check-called a bet of 150,000 from Hotte-Mckinnon and the turn was K. Schultz checked again and Hotte-Mckinnon kept going with a bet of 350,000. That was good enough to force a fold from Schultz to take the pot.

The plan for the evening is to play down to six players before they bag and come back tomorrow for the PokerGO live stream.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Brent Gregory us
Brent Gregory
3,900,000 200,000
Justin Hotte-McKinnon ca
Justin Hotte-McKinnon
2,450,000 250,000
Barry Schultz us
Barry Schultz
1,675,000 -1,025,000

Tags: Barry SchultzBrent GregoryJustin Hotte-Mckinnon