Josh Arieh has joined the exclusive club of six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winners. The 48-year-old resident of Atlanta, Georgia emerged victorious from a highly competitive field of 112 entries in the 2023 World Series of Poker $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. high roller event, earning an impressive $711,313 in prize money and the coveted bracelet. This marked Josh Arieh’s second bracelet win of 2023 and his fourth within a span of three years, as he had previously captured a pair of bracelets in 2021.
By securing his sixth bracelet, Arieh became only the 22nd player in the history of poker to achieve this remarkable feat, placing him among the game’s greatest titans.
Josh Arieh expressed his excitement, saying, “It was cool catching Shaun and cool catching Daniel. I mean, those guys are insane players and just to think that I’m in the same breath as them, it’s pretty cool. I mean, this is what we play for, and to say that I don’t want to win every tournament that I play would be a lie. I really can’t put any words to it.”
Josh Arieh joined a select group of players who have won their sixth bracelet this summer, alongside Shaun Deeb, Jeremy Ausmus, Brian Rast, and Jason Mercier.
This victory propelled Arieh’s career earnings to over $12.3 million. It marked his third-largest tournament score, trailing only his third-place finish in the 2004 World Series of Poker main event, where he earned $2.5 million, and his runner-up position in the 2009 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic main event, which brought him a payday of $952,290.
Arieh also achieved his eighth cash in a PokerGO Tour event, earning 1,084 rankings points and securing the 11th spot on the high-stakes-centric leaderboard.
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The final table of the mixed-game event with its substantial buy-in featured a star-studded lineup of accomplished pros. This included Scott Seiver, a four-time bracelet winner (8th – $81,337), Johannes Becker, a bracelet winner and the 2017 Poker Players Championship runner-up (7th – $103,795), John Hennigan, a six-time bracelet winner (6th – $134,491), Mike Matusow, a four-time bracelet winner (5th – $176,904), and Joao Vieira, a two-time bracelet winner (4th – $236,163).
After Yingui Li finished in third place ($319,906), Arieh faced off against Dan Heimiller, a two-time bracelet winner, for the title. Arieh clinched victory during an Omaha eight-or-better round, securing aces up for the high hand and a 6-5-4-2-A low hand. Heimiller, as the runner-up, received $439,662 in prize money. This marked the second-largest payday of Heimiller’s career, second only to the $627,462 he earned as the champion of the 2014 WSOP seniors event.