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WSOP 2023 Week Five Highlights



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LAS VEGAS (June 30, 2023) – The wait is finally over! As week five of the World Series of Poker (WSOP®) comes to a close, the Main Event® is just days away from potentially making its mark as the largest field ever in WSOP history. As the excitement for the Main Event continues to build, week five of play kept the energy going with hard-fought victories, life-changing hands and the 54th annual WSOP already exceeding expectations with record-shattering attendance in ten different events.

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Week 5 Highlights

  • Déjà vu! Jason Mercier Defeats Mike Watson to Take Home His Sixth WSOP Gold Bracelet
    After four days of play, Jason Mercier defeated Mike Watson in heads up play in Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw to take home his sixth gold bracelet and $151,276. Mercier and Watson previously competed in heads up play in the 2016 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship, where Mercier secured his fourth bracelet.
  • Robert Schulz Takes Down an International Final Table to Win His First Gold Bracelet
    German pro Robert Schulz emerged victorious after seven hours of play at the final table featuring players representing nine different countries to take home $675,275 and his first gold bracelet Event #59: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Robin is currently 56th on Germany’s all-time money list with $1,763,221 in total live earnings.
  • Pavel Plesuv Becomes Maldova’s First WSOP Champion in Event #53: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em
    Following five days of grueling play, Pavel Plesuv took home $1,201,564 and Maldova’s first-ever gold bracelet holder after taking down a field of 10,429 other entrants. No stranger to the WSOP, Plesuv has been a regular player in multiple final tables in the past.
  • Ka Kwan Lau Finds Redemption in Event #57: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
    After a devastating second-place finish in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller event two years ago, Ka Kwan Lau took down Sergio Martinez Gonzalez in heads up play to take home a staggering $2,294,756 top prize and his first gold bracelet. Lau will be returning to Andorra, as he awaits the birth of his second daughter, who is due in ten days.
  • 54th Annual World Series of Poker Smashing Multiple Attendance Records
    The 2023 WSOP is exceeding expectations with massive fields this summer already making history with ten record-setting events so far. Record-breaking tournaments include the High Roller 8-Handed (largest $25k NLHE in WSOP history); Razz (556 entries); Monster Stack NLHE (8,317 entries); Seniors Event (8,180 entries); PLO Championship (731 entries); Tag Team Championship (1,282 entries); Millionaire Maker (10,416 entries); Salute to Warriors NLHE (4,303 entries); PLO High Roller (449 entries); Ladies NHLE (1,295 entries)

What To Look Forward To

  • Upcoming Marquee Events
  • Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em – Flight B
  • Event #74: $1,000 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold’em
  • Event #76: $10,000 Main Event No-Limit Hold’em World Championship – Flights A – D
  • Event #77: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em – Flights A – C

The full 2023 WSOP schedule, including a booking link for discounted participant hotel rates, can be found on Players should follow @WSOP on Twitter or IG or check for event news and updates.

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Part of Caesars Entertainment’s Caesars Digital operations, the World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.63 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2022, the event attracted 197,626 entrants from over 100 different countries to the Paris Las Vegas and Horseshoe Las Vegas and awarded more than $347 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. All WSOP events are subject to the then-current and applicable WSOP tournament rules. For more information, please visit

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