Alexandre Reard achieved a significant milestone on Monday at the 2023 World Series of Poker, securing a seven-figure victory and a prize of $1,057,663 by triumphing in the $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em championship event.
This marked Alexandre Reard second gold bracelet, adding to his previous accomplishment in 2021 when he emerged victorious in the $5,000 no-limit hold’em tournament, earning $428,694. As a result, the French player’s total earnings from tournaments now exceed $5.2 million.
The competition attracted a field of 550 participants, generating a total prize pool of $5,115,000. The top 83 players were awarded cash prizes, with a minimum payout of $16,088.
Among the notable contenders who made significant progress were Andrey Pateychuk (finishing 26th), Barak Wisbrod (24th), Yueqi Zhu (22nd), Ben Diebold (21st), Taylor Paur (19th), Frank Lagodich (16th), Turbo Nguyen (15th), Felipe Ramos (13th), Farid Jattin (11th), Fabrice Bigot (8th), and Michael Rossitto (7th).
Phil Hellmuth, who had a chance at winning his 18th bracelet, fell just short of reaching the final table and finished in ninth place. Nevertheless, Hellmuth achieved his 13th cash of the summer, including a victory in the $10,000 super turbo bounty event.
Eric Baldwin aimed to secure his third career bracelet but was eliminated in sixth place. Following Baldwin’s exit, Eli Berg, Justin Liberto (a previous bracelet winner), and WSOP Global Casino champion AJ Kelsall followed suit.
This set the stage for an intense heads-up match between Alexandre Reard and high-stakes professional Stephen Chidwick. Reard began the final day with a considerable chip advantage, leading to a 5:2 ratio as they entered heads-up play.
The two players engaged in a battle for approximately 30 minutes until all the chips went into the pot with a board showing 8d 5h 2h 6d. Chidwick held 8s 3c, securing top pair and a gutshot straight draw, while Alexandre Reard had already completed a straight with 4d 3d.
Chidwick failed to hit his three-outer for a split pot, resulting in his elimination in second place. The runner-up received $653,688 for his remarkable performance, increasing his career earnings to $49.7 million, placing him just behind Daniel Negreanu in the all-time earnings rankings, occupying the third position.
Event #90: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship
|2||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$653,688|
|3||AJ Kelsall||United States||$443,259|
|4||Justin Liberto||United States||$306,555|
|5||Eli Berg||United States||$216,319|
|6||Eric Baldwin||United States||$155,809|