Mike Gorodinsky Wins WSOP $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

Mike Gorodinsky emerged as the victor in the 2023 World Series of Poker $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship event, outlasting a field of 185 entries. His remarkable performance earned him his third gold bracelet and the second-highest payout of his career, a staggering $422,747.

Mike Gorodinsky’s journey to poker success began over ten years ago when he secured his first bracelet at the 2013 series by winning the $2,500 Omaha eight-or-better and stud eight-or-better event. He followed up this triumph two years later by capturing his second bracelet and his biggest cash prize to date, a remarkable $1.3 million, in the 2015 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

The recent victory further solidifies Mike Gorodinsky’s reputation in the poker world, boosting his lifetime tournament earnings to nearly $4.3 million. Impressively, over $3.4 million of his winnings have come from WSOP bracelet events.


The tournament spanned four days and attracted a strong turnout, resulting in a prize pool of $1,720,500. The top 28 finishers received cash rewards. Notable players who cashed but fell short of making it to the final day included recent bracelet winner Jerry Wong (28th), two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris (22nd), three-time bracelet winner Phil Hui (18th), bracelet winner and 2010 WSOP main event runner-up John Racener (17th), 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (11th), three-time bracelet winner David ‘Bakes’ Baker (10th), bracelet winner Roman Verenko (9th), and Esther Taylor (8th).

Entering the final day, Gorodinsky held the chip lead among the remaining seven contenders. During a round of stud eight-or-better, Christopher Claassen, who had only a few big bets left, went all-in. Bradley Ruben, a four-time bracelet winner, scooped the pot with quad sixes on sixth street, eliminating Claassen in seventh place with a prize of $58,633.

In the same game, bracelet winner Carol Fuchs committed her remaining stack on sixth street with eights and four to a low hand. She faced off against five-time bracelet winner Brian Yoon, who held two pair. Yoon’s hand improved to kings full of queens on seventh street, while Fuchs failed to make her low hand. She exited the tournament in sixth place, collecting $76,412 and bringing her career tournament earnings to $836,898.

Scott Seiver, a four-time bracelet winner, was left with minimal chips after losing a pot of Omaha eight-or-better against Gorodinsky. He eventually went all-in with (5-2)7 on third street, facing Gorodinsky’s (J-2)A. Seiver’s final hand resulted in J-10-7-5-2, which was defeated by Gorodinsky’s J-10-4-2-A. Seiver finished in fifth place, earning $101,319 and increasing his career earnings to $25.6 million.

$10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Table Results

1Mike GorodinskyUnited States$422,747
2Alex LivingstonCanada$261,278
3Brad RubenUnited States$184,406
4Brian YoonUnited States$136,649
5Scott SeiverUnited States$101,319
6Carol FuchsUnited States$76,412
7Christopher ClaassenUnited States$58,633


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