Yuri Dzivielevski, a 31-year-old professional poker player from Brazil, emerged victorious in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2023 World Series of Poker. Outlasting a field of 836 participants, Dzivielevski claimed his third gold bracelet along with a prize of $207,678.
Dzivielevski holds a unique distinction as the only player from Brazil with such a remarkable achievement at the series. His first triumph occurred in 2019 when he conquered a $2,500 Omaha and stud eight-or-better split event, securing $213,750. The following year, he clinched his second victory, earning $221,557 in the WSOP Online $400 pot-limit Omaha tournament, affectionately known as the ‘PLOSSUS.’
With this recent win, Dzivielevski’s total recorded tournament earnings now stand at $5.9 million, with an impressive $2.9 million stemming from his successes at the WSOP.
In addition to the prestigious title and substantial winnings, Dzivielevski also earned 912 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points. This marked his second final-table finish of the year that qualified for the POY, as he had previously secured ninth place in a $25,000 high roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in February.
The H.O.R.S.E. event unfolded over three days at the Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas. On the final day, only 28 players remained from the original field of 836 entrants, with the money bubble bursting on the second day. Many prominent players made deep runs in the tournament, including Anson Tang, a three-time bracelet winner (19th), Jeff Shulman from Card Player (18th), Andrew Barber, also a bracelet winner (14th), Denis Nesterenko, another bracelet winner (7th), and Frankie O’Dell, a three-time bracelet winner (4th).
To reach the heads-up stage, Dzivielevski eliminated Nghia Le (3rd place, $91,221), giving him a slight chip advantage over Randy Ohel, who is a previous bracelet winner himself. Ohel had previously finished as the runner-up in the same tournament in 2021 and had accumulated five second-place finishes overall, including the 2014 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. While Ohel currently works as a data analyst in an internet marketing company, he demonstrated his poker skills by reaching his 14th career WSOP final table.
During the heads-up match, Dzivielevski benefited from a few significant hands early on. Although Ohel managed to recover some ground, Dzivielevski regained control and eventually sealed the deal in the final hand. Holding A♠A♥, Dzivielevski raised from the button in a round of limit hold’em, and Ohel defended his big blind with 5♥3♥. The flop came A♦6♦3♦, giving Dzivielevski top set. Ohel’s remaining chips went in with his pair of threes. The turn revealed the A♣, granting Dzivielevski quads and an unbeatable hand, rendering the 10♠ on the river a mere formality.
Ohel concluded the event as the runner-up, earning $128,356. This marked the sixth-largest tournament cash of his career, bringing his lifetime earnings to over $2.6 million.
$1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results
|2||Randy Ohel||United States||$128,536|
|3||Nghia Le||United States||$91,221|
|4||Frankie O’Dell||United States||$65,782|
|5||Stephen Savoy||United States||$48,146|
|6||Thor William Morstoel||Norway||$35,772|
|8||Serhii Popovych||United States||$20,67|