Juan Maceiras Lapido Leads Final 15 In 2023 WSOP Main Event

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After four starting flights, two day 2s, and five more days of intense competition, the main event of the 2023 World Series of Poker has whittled down to just 15 players. This prestigious tournament, featuring a $10,000 buy-in for no-limit hold’em, attracted a record-breaking turnout of 10,043 participants. The remaining contenders have all secured a minimum cash prize of $430,200 for making it this far, and they are now only 14 eliminations away from claiming the championship bracelet and the massive top payout of $12.1 million.

At the conclusion of day 7, Juan Maceiras Lapido emerged as the chip leader, holding a commanding stack of 108,000,000 chips. This Spanish poker pro is no stranger to success, having previously finished fifth in the 2011 European Poker Tour Grand Final main event, where he earned $467,532. With nearly 18 percent of the chips in play, Maceiras Lapido is in a formidable position.

Adam Walton from California secured the second-largest chip stack with 79,475,000 chips. He delivered the final knockout of the day, outplaying Anirban Das with a flopped full house that bested Das’s turned flush. Das finished in 16th place, taking home $430,200. Walton has accumulated $951,000 in prior earnings and had an impressive deep run in the 2021 main event, finishing in 42nd place.

Germany’s Jan-Peter Jachtmann sits in third place with 70,775,000 chips. Jachtmann, who won the 2021 WSOP $10,000 pot-limit Omaha championship event, boasts a solid track record with over $1.2 million in cashes from previous tournaments.

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The remaining players include other highly accomplished individuals, such as Toby Lewis, the 2010 EPT Vilamoura champion and the 2018 Aussie Millions main event winner, who holds 50,000,000 chips. Daniel Weinman, a two-time WPT main event champion and bracelet winner, has 21,750,000 chips. Alec Torelli, the 2008 WSOP heads-up no-limit hold’em championship runner-up, remains in the mix with 14,275,000 chips.

Weinman had a pivotal moment in the tournament when his set of jacks prevailed over Joe Ghio’s set of eights, resulting in Ghio finishing in 19th place. You can watch a replay of that crucial hand on PokerGO’s exclusive live-streaming coverage.

On day 7, a total of 49 players took their seats, which means that 34 contenders were eliminated before play concluded and chips were bagged up. Among the casualties were bracelet winners Mitchell Halverson (49th – $188,400), Sam Stein (46th – $188,400), and Raj Vohra (36th – $229,000), as well as accomplished players like Maurice Hawkins (35th – $229,000), Matthew Wantman (29th – $280,100), Gabi Livshitz (26th – $345,000), and Ryan Tosoc (25th – $345,000), who holds both a WPT championship and a bracelet.

Tosoc’s journey came to an end when his pocket sixes clashed with Jachtmann’s pocket tens. Neither player improved their hand, but Tosoc secured a six-figure payout, boosting his total recorded earnings to nearly $5.7 million.

One of the final knockouts of the night occurred when Andrey Pateychuk, a WPT champion and European Poker Tour main event winner, couldn’t overcome Juan Maceiras Lapido’s pocket kings with his pocket threes. Pateychuk finished in 17th place, earning $430,200. This represents the fifth-largest score in Pateychuk’s career.

The remaining 15 players will resume play at 2:00 PM local time, with blinds set at 400,000-800,000 and a big blind ante of 800,000 for level 36. The average stack of 40,172,000 chips represents slightly over 50 big blinds when play resumes, and the plan is to play until the final table of nine is reached before concluding the day’s action.

Top Ten Counts After Day 7

Rank Player Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Juan Maceiras 108,000,000 135
2 Adam Walton 75,475,000 94
3 Jan-Peter Jachtmann 70,775,000 88
4 Steven Jones 67,900,000 85
5 Toby Lewis 50,050,000 63
6 Ruslan Prydryk 45,750,000 57
7 Jose Aguilera 37,600,000 47
8 Joshua Payne 31,000,000 39
9 Sachin Joshi 27,775,000 35
10 Daniel Weinman 21,750,000 27