Anirban Das, Aditya Systla, Nikita Luther, Charlie Chiu, Masato Yokosawa among final 149 of 2023 WSOP Main Event


More hopes and dreams denied at the 54th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship with a further 292 players falling on Day 5. Among them were 2005 champion Joe Hachem and 2003 champion Chris Moneymaker, thus ensuring a new champion to be crowned for 2023.

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Photo by Pokernews

The record breaking Main Event, that drew 10,043 players for a prize pool of $93,399,900, is now down to 149 players. Each one is guaranteed $67,700, however what they are hunting is the title, the record $12,100,000 cash prize, and of course the most coveted bling in the world, the 2023 WSOP championship gold bracelet. 

Nine players from Asia survived Day 5

Player Flag Stack BB
16 Anirban Das India 9,230,000 115
21 Masato Yokosawa Japan 6,740,000 84
29 Aditya Systla India 5,945,000 74
35 Daisuke Goto Korea 5,535,000 69
44 Daniel Dzian Australia 4,935,000 62
58 Nikita Luther India 4,380,000 55
79 Yudai Futai Japan 3,415,000 43
84 Charlie Chiu Taiwan 3,245,000 41
121 Yuichi Akanuma Japan 1,630,000 20

2023 Main Event – Asia Pacific – Chip Counts

Day 5 concluded with nine players from Asia in the mix which included lone bracelet champion from India, Nikita Luther, who won the $1,000 Tag Team NLH event back in 2018. Luther has dominated the news daily and did so once again with her consistent hot run. She bagged up 55 bb putting her in 58th rank.

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Anirban Das – Photo by Pokernews

In addition to Luther, two other players from India also outshined, Asia’s Day 4 front runner Aditya Systla and Anirban Das. The latter Das topped the APAC region survivors with a very healthy 115 bb stack, putting him 16th in the overall chip counts.

During the last level of play, with blinds 30,000-60,000, Das picked up a big pot to send him storming up the charts. Hand below by Pokernews.

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Yudai Futai – Photo by Pokernews

Like India, three players from Japan also made the cut. High up in the rung  was high roller Masato Yokasawa with 84 bb, placing him in a comfortable 21st rank. Yokosawa has been a tremendous force, racking up heavy stacks since Day 1. His lowest drop was  64 bb. Another strong contender was Yudai Futai who was once down to 16 bb at the end of Day 2, he bagged a healthy 43 bb. Down the rung was Yuichi Akanuma with 20 bb.

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Daisuke Goto – Photo by Pokernews

Another consistent runner was Daisuke Goto who  bagged up 69 bb. He was the last player holding up the flag for Korea. Goto’s daily stats were:

  • 348 bb end of Day 1
  • 97 bb end of Day 2
  • 37 bb end of Day 3
  • 99 bb end of Day 4
  • 69 bb end of Day 5
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Charlie Chiu – Photo by Pokernews

I-Chun Chiu aka Charlie Chiu had a rougher day at the felt but still closed with a healthy 41 bb stack. Chiu is Taiwan’s last hope. He is guaranteed his largest WSOP payout no matter where he places.

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Daniel Dzian – Photo by Pokernews

Out of the 7 remaining Australians returning for Day 5, all but one survived the heat, Daniel Dzian with 62 bb. This was impressive for a player who only has two live cashes tracked by Hendon Mob.

Day 5 fallouts

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Kwanghwan Park – Photo by Pokernews

20 players fell by the wayside at Day 5, among them was Quan Zhou in 152nd place. Zhou ran the deepest out of the massive Chinese turnout. He also earned his 10th series cash, the most out of all the Asians that attended the WSOP.

Korea’s Kwanghwan Park also met defeat; his impressive run stopped in 315th place for a career high $44,700 payday. Other fallouts were bracelet holder James Obst (324th), Xuming Qi (336th), Shota Nakanishi (395th), and Yita Choong (436th).

2023 Main Event – Asia Pacific – Payouts

Main Event prize pool and 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
99-149 67,700

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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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