Last two Asians standing, Anirban Das and Masato Yokosawa share thoughts before Day 7 of 2023 WSOP Main Event begins

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Anirban Das

From a field of 10,043 players, the 54th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship aka WSOP Main Event is down to 50 players. Among them are two players flying Asian flags, India’s Anirban Das and Japan’s Masato Yokosawa. Both players are guaranteed a minimum payout of $188,400.

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Masato Yokosawa
Rank Player Flag Stack BB
18 Anirban Das India 13,375,000 54
45 Masato Yokosawa Japan 3,175,000 13

Just before the start of Day 7, both players shared with Somuchpoker their thoughts on running deep and on strategy at trying to reaching the final table:

Anirban Das – To be honest it feels normal at the moment because it hasn’t sunk in. It feels like any tournament at the moment so maybe after a couple of days it will hit me that it is the Main Event. As for strategy, because the blinds are up, I have a slightly shorter stack than previous days, so I will adjust accordingly, get a sense of the players since it is a new seat draw, take some time to sense how the table is reacting. Also on opening ranges, tighten up a little bit, but adjust in the blinds accordingly to compensate for the tightening of the open range. And I guess play each hand on the all the information available and try to make the best possible decision.

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Masato Yokosawa: It’s very exciting to be here and fun! But I am short stacked so I just have to get aces, kings, good hands at the start. I need to get lucky with the big stacks around me. After I double up, I will work on strategy.

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The record-breaking 2023 WSOP Main Event has been ongoing since July 3 with a champion expected to be crowned by July 17. The massive 10,043 player field generated a prize pool of $93,399,900. Awaiting the winner is a series record payout of $12,100,000. Below are the remaining payouts.

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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
45-50 188,400
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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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