Best Poker Sites
Trending & exciting sites for 2024
Real Money Sites
Sites where you can play with real money
Crypto Poker Sites
Sites the support crypto as a payment
Mobile Poker Apps
Play poker on the go
Free Poker Sites
Sites to practice your skills for free
Poker bonuses to boost your bankroll
Poker Site Reviews
150% Bonus up to $1500
100% Bonus up to $500
200% Bonus up to $1000
100% Bonus up to $1000
100% Bonus up to $600
How To Play Poker
Learn the ins-and-outs of poker
Learn the rules and procedures of poker
Discover all of the different poker variants
Texas Hold’em Rules
Learn the rules of Texas Hold’em
Omaha Poker Rules
Learn the rules of Omaha Poker
Short Deck Rules
Learn the rules of Short Deck Poker
The importance of position in poker
Learn to read & learn charts
Essential guide to poker odds
Betting strategies for your game
Learnt the different bluffing techniques
Explore how and when to fold
2023 WSOP Recap
2023 WSOP Schedule
WSOP Main Event
2023 WSOP Main Event Recap
2023 WSOP Satellite Recaps
WSOP News & Interviews
What Can We Help You Find Today?
Please note that some links on tightpoker.com are affiliate links. We may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you click through our links and make a purchase from one of our partners.
Moldova has a bracelet winner, and his name is Pavel Plesuv. The long-time professional won his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet event after beating French player Florian Ribouchon to the gold and the top prize of $1.2 million. At a fun-packed final table, both men won a massive seven-figure sum as the Millionaire creating two unforgettable winners… but only Plesuv got his hands on the bracelet.
This year’s WSOP Millionaire Maker event broke a world record, as the biggest-ever attendance in a $1,500-entry event saw 10,430 buy-ins create poker history. It also meant that instead of the winner, both first and second place would earn a seven-figure sum. The action at the final table was officially nine-handed, but the final day saw just seven make it on to the PokerGO stream and play out a dramatic conclusion to poker fans around the world.
Plesuv entered the final seven in the lead, but with the top stack on 44 big blinds and the shortest stack on 12 big blinds, there was a shallow spread between the surviving players, and it was all still on the line. Vitor De Souza Coutinho was low in chips when he four-bet all-in for 17.4 million with ace-king offsuit. Called by German player Andres Kniep with pocket tens, the Brazilian needed help, but on the nine-high board got none of it, losing out in seventh place for $222,749.
Myles Mullaly lost one flip to double up the Russian player Anton Smirnov, which sank Mullaly to the bottom of the chipcounts. The American needed to do something and quick, so moved all-in with four and a half big blinds with ace-five of hearts. Florian Ribouchon had raised with pocket nines and Mullaly suddenly needed a huge amount of help. The flop of J-6-5 paired up Mullaly’s five, but he needed more. Amazingly, he got it on the ace turn and suddenly he was one card away from a vital double-up. To gasps and cheers from the rail, a two-outer nine fell on the river and in spectacular fashion, Mullaly was sent home in sixth place for $287,522.
Here’s how that dramatic hand played out:
😮 NOW THAT'S A RIVER CARD!!! 😮 pic.twitter.com/NDMqUaHC3C— PokerGO (@PokerGO) June 28, 2023
😮 NOW THAT'S A RIVER CARD!!! 😮 pic.twitter.com/NDMqUaHC3C
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) June 28, 2023
Five players remained, and the Russian player Smirnov was the next one to leave, never recovering from dropping to a short stack earlier in the final table. Smirnov called off his final nine big blinds with ace-deuce of hearts and couldn’t hold against Ribouchon’s king-queen. The board of Q-T-9-J-7 saw the French player overtake Smirnov and eliminate the Russian in fifth place for $373,524.
Four-handed, Plesuv had 100.1 million chips, and was some way clear of his three rivals, Ribouchon (72.1m), the German player Andreas Kniep (49.4 million) and Paul Gunness (37.8m). The next bust-out didn’t totally go with the chip stacks, however, as Kniep was the next player to depart the party.
Moving all-in with pocket aces, Kniep was a big favorite to double-up, but Plesuv, who had called with ace-deuce, turned a ‘wheel’ straight on a dramatic board of T-5-3-4-7 and the pink-hat adorned German rail were distraught to see their countryman fall. Kniep, so often the entertainer, was suddenly denied his audience, as the spotlight moved from him to the three remaining players in with a chance of grabbing WSOP gold.
With three players remaining, the short stack was clearly Paul Gunness. The last American at the table had laddered into the podium places but could go no further, cashing for $650,058 when his ace-three couldn’t hold against the queen-eight of Plesuv, a queen arriving on the turn to doom the home crowd’s favorite a chance to compete for the gold bracelet.
That result also guaranteed both remaining men a seven-figure sum no matter who took the title, and it was the first such score of each player’s careers at the felt. It looked like only one man had victory in his sights, however, as the Moldovan Plesuv went into the final battle with a dominant chip lead of 222.7 million chips to Ribouchon’s 37.4 million chips.
Soon into the heads-up, it was all over. Worse than a 3:1 dog in the fight, Ribouchon was all-in on the turn of a board showing K-5-2-K with pocket jacks. He was in terrible shape, however, with Plesuv having king-queen. Only a jack on the river would save the Frenchman, and it didn’t arrive as a three landed and Plesuv celebrated a landmark victory. The first-ever Moldovan to win a WSOP bracelet, he was $1.2 million better off, Ribouchon at least consoled by receiving a runner-up prize of $1 million himself.
Here’s how the final moments played out:
Pavel Plesuv seals the deal and becomes the 2023 @WSOP $1,500 Millionaire Maker Champion!Plesuv ran HOT on his way to the title and can now add a WSOP bracelet to his cabinet plus a cool $1,201,564.📺 – Watch a full replay of event here: https://t.co/BjnxfzMpCK pic.twitter.com/pNWtY8mXHa— PokerGO (@PokerGO) June 28, 2023
Pavel Plesuv seals the deal and becomes the 2023 @WSOP $1,500 Millionaire Maker Champion!
Plesuv ran HOT on his way to the title and can now add a WSOP bracelet to his cabinet plus a cool $1,201,564.
📺 – Watch a full replay of event here: https://t.co/BjnxfzMpCK pic.twitter.com/pNWtY8mXHa
PokerGO is the place to be for live streaming the World Series of Poker 2023. Sign up today and access all the action from Las Vegas, Nevada, the home of the WSOP.
Jackpot! You’ve flopped a winning hand! This article has surely added some extra chips to your stack. Tune in for more valuable insights and pro-level strategies!
Looks like you’ve been dealt a bad beat. We’ll shuffle the deck and try again.
The celebration of a poker lifetime took place in Paris last night as Barny Boatman became the oldest-ever winner of…
The 2024 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is going to be the biggest one in poker history. With 99 bracelet…
The winner of the first EPT Paris event, the €10,200-entry Mystery Bounty event, was Dutch player Duco ten Haven. The…
Sunday night saw the 58th Super Bowl take place in the home of poker, Las Vegas, as the Allegiant Stadium…
Our comprehensive guide compiles all the essential information about the 2023 World Series of Poker. Stay up-to-date with the complete…
The WSOP schedule is highly anticipated each year, as it outlines the dates and events for the largest and most…
The WSOP Main Event is the flagship tournament of the World Series of Poker and is widely considered the most…
WSOP satellites are a popular way for players to qualify for the World Series of Poker Main Event at a…