One of the most exciting events in the 2023 World Series of Poker is Event #23, or the $50,000 High Roller. It attracted 111 players, including some Hall of Famers and high-stakes professionals. At the end of Day 1, Justin Bonomo emerged as the chip leader with more than 2 million chips.
Bonomo is the all-time money leader. He will return to the table for Day 2 with Talal Shakerchi, Chris Brewer, and Sam Soverel. Brewer wants to finish better than third place, which he earned in Event #8.
According to pay per head reports, among the top chip holders after Day 1 are Alex Foxen, Chance Kornuth, Jeremy Ausmus, and reigning champ Jake Schindler. Kornuth eliminated Schindler. However, the latter reentered the event.
Bookie pay per head experts oberserved that Daniel Negreanu needed a deep run in the $300 Gladiators of Poker Event before joining Event #23. After shooting two bullets, he tried to run ace-queen into Kornuth’s pocket queens. In addition, Erik Seidel was also eliminated as Day 1 concluded, leaving just John Hennigan in the tournament.
According to 9DollarPerHead.com sources, Justin Saliba, Dan Smith, Dominik Nitsche, Brian Kim, Kevin Rabichow, defending Main Event champion Espen Jorstad, and freshly crowned bracelet winner Isaac Haxton are among the other players who will be back on Day 2.
There were plenty of thrilling moments during Day 1’s eight 60-minute levels. It included a late-night hand in which Bonomo nearly doubled his chip lead by crushing Ren Lin’s pocket jacks. Bonomo and Lin sat beside each other all day, exchanging jokes and pleasantries.
Earlier in the day, Alexandros Theologis flopped a set of treys to double through Masashi Oya’s aces, so Bonomo was not the first to shatter a large pair. After flopping the nut flush draw with Big Slick, he nearly did it again against Hennigan, but the six-time bracelet winner’s rockets held up for a double.