Jeremy Eyer emerged as the latest champion of the 2023 World Series of Poker, triumphing over a field of 735 participants in the $5,000 no-limit hold’em eight-max freezeout event. Hailing from Mississippi, Eyer secured his first WSOP gold bracelet and a prize of $649,550 for his remarkable victory.
This remarkable win marked Eyer’s most lucrative tournament earnings to date, surpassing his previous achievement of $144,384 when he finished in third place at the $1,200 main event of the Million Dollar Heater series in his home state earlier this year.
Taking place from June 4th to 6th at the Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas, this event attracted a substantial turnout, resulting in a prize pool of $3,381,000 that was distributed among the top 111 finishers.
On Day 3, the action commenced with 16 players remaining, with Eyer leading the pack. Brazil’s Felipe Ramos started in second chip position. As the final day progressed, notable players such as two-time bracelet winner Yuval Bronshtein (14th place – $26,667), Christina Gollins (11th place – $40,769), and bracelet winner Jesse Lonis (10th place – $40,769) were eliminated during the early stages.
The elimination of James Vecchio in ninth place ($51,769) set the stage for the official eight-handed final table, with Eyer still holding the chip lead, closely followed by Ramos. Shiva Dudani, the winner of the 2020 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond main event, was soon eliminated, leaving only seven contenders remaining.
Ramos knocked out Ivan Galinec in seventh place when his pocket jacks held up against Galinec’s pocket fours, propelling Ramos into the chip lead. Galinec secured a career-best payday of $86,300 for his seventh-place finish.
A preflop showdown led to Jeffrey Halcomb’s elimination in sixth place when his A-Q failed to outperform the pocket nines of bracelet winner Jinho Hong. Halcomb received a prize of $114,102 for his performance.
Heading into five-handed action, Ronald Minnis was the short stack. He ultimately went all-in with A-2 suited, trailing Nozomu Shimizu’s A-10, but failed to improve and finished in fifth place ($153,032).
In a significant clash, Shimizu made a four-bet shove over Hong’s three-bet with 10-9 suited. Hong called with A-K, but Shimizu secured queens and tens to win the hand, leaving Hong with a depleted stack. Although Hong managed to hang on for a while, he eventually lost an all-in confrontation with Q-10 against Eyer’s pocket eights, ending his tournament journey in fourth place ($208,158). With this result, the Korean player’s recorded tournament earnings now stand at nearly $1.8 million.
During three-handed play, Shimizu faced a downward slide and eventually made his final stand by going all-in with A-10 from the big blind after Ramos had limped in from the small blind. Ramos made the call with A-Q and maintained his lead through a board that showed jack-high cards, eliminating Shimizu in third place ($287,106). Following this podium finish at the series, the Japanese player’s recorded earnings now exceed $620,000.
The heads-up battle began with Eyer holding a slight 3:2 chip advantage over Ramos. The duel proved to be a back-and-forth affair, lasting over four hours with multiple lead changes along the way. However, Eyer held the advantage when the decisive hand occurred. Ramos raised from the button with J♠J
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout Final Table Results
|1||Jeremy Eyer||United States||$649,550|
|4||Jinho Hong||South Korea||$208,158|
|5||Ronald Minnis||United States||$153,032|
|6||Jeffrey Halcomb||United States||$114,102|
|8||Shiva Dudani||United States||$66,226|
|9||James Vecchio||United States||$51,769|