29 Asia Pacific players survive 2023 Main Event Day 4; Aditya Systla, Quan Zhou, NIkita Luther in top 20; field down to 441; Joe Hachem still hunting

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Excitement from the get-go with 1,517 players returning for Day 4 of the 54th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship aka WSOP Main Event. The day opened with the money just ten spots away. A large crowd of spectators flooded the rails of Horseshoe Las Vegas and an hour in, the moment arrived, bubble time.

Bubble Round ends in three-way split

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Not long after, three tables had all in situations. WSOP Vice President Jack Effel and a large crew of WSOP media rushed over, each one resulted in double ups. Half an hour later, three all in situations again, and this time all three witnessed eliminations.

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Jeppe Bisgaard (brown cap) bubbles – Photo by Pokernews

With the minimum payout at $15,000, the fallen three split bottom two payouts which gave them each their buy-in back. In a twist, the three then engaged in a one hand flip. Denmark’s Jeppe Bisgaard won it with a straight on the river for a free seat to the 2024 WSOP Main Event.

Asia Pacific performance at Day 4

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Aditya Systla – Photo by Pokernews

68 Asian players returned in Day 4 and each one reached the money round including the lowest ranked, Ryo Kotake, who entered with just 4 bb. Kotake held on to reach the money in 1,410th place. The heat wrapped up with another five 2-hour levels in the books and 29 Asia Pacific players remaining. India’s Aditya Systla (203 bb) and China’s Quan Zhou (148 bb) bagged in the top 10 of the overall list.

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Quan Zhou – Photo by Pokernews

No matter where Systla finishes, he has already surpassed his 575th finish last year and he is also assured his first payout of the series. As for Zhou, the highly decorated pro boasts the most series cashes from Asia and is now assured his tenth. In 2019 he cashed a whopping 12 times and finished 256th at the Main Event.

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Nikita Luther – Photo by Pokernews

Another strong run by Indian bracelet holder Nikita Luther who bagged up a mighty 142 bb. Taking a look at Luther’s performance at every stage, she was in the top 10 at the end of Day 2ABC, ranked 28 out of 1,517 at the end of Day 3, then ranked 14 out of 441 at the end of Day 4.

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I-Chun Chiu – Photo by Pokernews

Considerably one of the most impressive rises was by I-Chun Chiu aka Charlie Chiu who started the day with just 24 bb and spun it up to 119 bb at the close of day. He is one of two players holding up the flag for Taiwan. The other is Ta-Wei Tou who closed with 14 bb.

Masato Yokasawa – Photo by WSOP / Pokernews

From Japan, Shota Nakanishi dropped from 200 bb to 21 bb at the end of day. Topping the country results was Daisuke Goto with 99 bb, he is ranked 59 in the overall list. Well known high roller Masato Yokasawa also ended high with 86 bb to put him 80th in the counts.

Joe Hachem on the hunt for a double championship title

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Joe Hachem – 2005 WSOP Main Event champion – Photo by Pokernews

Among the Australian survivors was 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem who closed the day with a decent 59 bb. Hachem does have a race in his hands with 2003 champion from USA, Chris Moneymaker in the running with 17 bb. They are the last two champions remaining.

Top 10 from Asia- Pacific – end of Day 4

Player Flag Stack BB
1 Aditya Systla India 5,075,000 203
2 Quan Zhou China 3,705,000 148
3 Nikita Luther India 3,550,000 142
4 Charlie Chiu Taiwan 2,965,000 119
5 Daisuke Goto Japan 2,470,000 99
6 Xiaohu Liu China 2,280,000 91
7 Masato Yokasawa Japan 2,140,000 86
8 Kwanghwan Park Korea 2,050,000 82
9 David Sebesfi Australia 1,745,000 70
10 Daniel Dzian Australia 1,490,000 60

2023 Main Event – Asia Pacific – Chip Counts

Among the Day 4 fallouts

Among the Asian hunters stopped in this heat were bracelet winners Lok Ming Chan (465), Jinho Hong (553), and Pete Chen (1,279). Chan shared his bust of AsAh preflop all in against KcKs. The board ran KdJh5d3d3s.

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Xixiang Luo – Photo by pokerGO

Other Asian pros cashing in were Punnat Punsri (541), Victor Chong (838), Phachara Wongwichit (992), Xixiang Luo (1,035), Feng Zhao (1,107), John Tech (1,173), Chin Wei Lim (1,270), and Wai Kiat Lee (1,471).

2023 Main Event – Asia Pacific – Payouts

Main Event prize pool and payout distribution

Record breaking WSOP Main Event, 10,043 entries, $93M+ prize pool; 678 tables strong; drama erupts over payout distribution

Buy in: $10,000
Players: 10,043
Prize pool: $93,399,900
ITM: 1,507 places
Paid: 440 players

Remaining payouts

Payouts in USD
1 12,100,000
2 6,500,000
3 4,000,000
4 3,000,000
5 2,400,000
6 1,850,000
7 1,425,000
8 1,125,000
10-11 700,000
12-13 535,000
14-17 430,200
18-26 345,000
27-35 280,100
36-44 229,000
45-53 188,400
54-62 156,100
63-71 130,300
72-80 109,400
82-89 92,600
90-98 78,900
99-161 67,700
162-224 58,500
225-287 50,900
288-350 44,700
351-413 40,000
441-475 37,500

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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