After an extra day of intense competition, the 2023 World Series of Poker $10,000 razz championship event finally crowned its champion. Jerry Wong emerged as the victorious player among 102 entries, claiming the coveted title, a prize of $298,682, and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Wong, known for his impressive eighth-place finish in the 2016 WSOP main event, now boasts a lifetime tournament earnings total of nearly $5.9 million. Out of his 74 cashes at the series, around $2.7 million has been earned.
This marked Wong’s second final-table appearance of the year. He had previously secured a ninth-place finish at the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open $3,500 main event in January, earning $85,410. His breakthrough win at the series garnered him 600 Card Player Player of the Year points.
Originally scheduled to run from June 13-15, the event encountered a delay on the final day, with no champion determined. Numerous renowned players made deep runs in the tournament, including Dan Zack (19th), James Obst (17th), David ‘Bakes’ Baker (15th), Steve Zolotow (14th), Nick Schulman (11th), Bradley Ruben (9th), Yuval Bronshtein (8th), Bryce Yockey (7th), John Hennigan (6th), Talal Shakerchi (5th), and Elior Sion (4th), all of whom have achieved significant success in the world of poker.
Wong began the unscheduled fourth day of play with the chip lead. Michael Moncek, a two-time bracelet winner, held the second-largest stack, while Carlos Chadha found himself at the bottom of the chip counts. The final three competitors battled for almost four hours after Sion’s elimination on day 3 before play was halted. They resumed for another three hours on day 4 before the deadlock was finally broken.
Moncek’s stack dwindled to less than a full big bet following a significant loss against Chadha. He went all-in against Wong with a Q-9-7-5-A hand, but Wong secured a Q-8-6-4-2 hand, winning the pot and eliminating Moncek in third place with a prize of $133,177. This marked Moncek’s second six-figure score of the series, having previously won his second bracelet in the $5,000 no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha mixed event for a career-best payday of $534,499.
Heads-up play commenced with Chadha holding a substantial 5:1 chip lead over Wong. However, Wong quickly gained momentum and closed the gap, eventually surpassing Chadha and seizing the lead after approximately thirty minutes of play. While Chadha momentarily regained the chip advantage, Wong ultimately reclaimed it, marking the final lead change of the event.
The climactic hand unfolded with Chadha going all-in on the sixth street with (8-2)A-6-9-4 for an eight low, while Wong held (10-4)2-7-6-9, seeking a draw to a seven low. Chadha received a king on the final card, maintaining his five-card hand. To secure the pot and the championship title, Wong needed a five, three, or ace. As the dealer revealed the last card, Wong triumphantly revealed a three, completing his winning 7-6-4-3-2 hand.
Chadha concluded the event as the runner-up, earning $184,599 for his commendable performance. This prize marked the third-largest of Chadha’s career, elevating his total lifetime earnings to nearly $2 million.
2023 WSOP Event #33 Final Table Results
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|1||Jerry Wong||United States||$298,682|
|2||Carlos Chadha||United States||$184,599|
|3||Michael Moncek||United States||$133,177|
|4||Elior Sion||United Kingdom||$97,960|
|5||Talal Shakerchi||United Kingdom||$73,495|
|6||John Hennigan||United States||$56,265|
|7||Bryce Yockey||United States||$43,970|
|8||Yuval Bronshtein||United States||$35,092|