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2023 WSOP Paradise

Event #5: $25,000 High Roller PLO
Giorni 2
Event Info

2023 WSOP Paradise

Risultati finali
Vincitore
Mano Vincente
9a65
Premio
$871,600
Event Info
Buy-in
$25,000
Montepremi
$3,500,000
Entries
140
Informazioni livello
Livello
24
Bui
125,000 / 250,000
Ante
250,000
Informazioni Giocatori - Giorno 2
Entries
32
Giocatori Rimasti
1

Event #5: $25,000 High Roller PLO

Giorno 2 completo

From One Big Blind to Champion: Nikolaos Lampropoulos Wins Event #5: $25,000 High Roller PLO ($871,600)

Livello 24 : Blinds 125,000/250,000, 250,000 ante
Nikolaos Lampropoulos
Nikolaos Lampropoulos

The inaugural 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Paradise at the five-star Atlantis Resort & Casino concluded one of the busiest days of the series so far. A trio of gold bracelet winners was crowned on Friday night and the last player to lift the hardware happened to be cash-game specialist Nikolaos Lampropoulos from Greece.

He did so in a rather remarkable fashion in Event #5: $25,000 High Roller PLO, which drew a field of 140 entries for a $3,500,000 prize pool. With 22 hopefuls still in the mix, Lampropoulos lost a big pot during the three-hour-long money bubble and was down to fewer than one full big blind. However, the Greek secured several double-ups and eventually came out on top of a short-lived heads-up duel with Dan Shak.

“We both already won,” Shak said with a big smile on his face before the heads-up duel started and he added, “I was even more lucky," despite Lampropoulos having staged an incredible comeback already. The true "chip and a chair" success story then concluded fewer than ten minutes later when a setup hand saw Lampropoulos spike a flush on the river. Both players flopped the same two pair with redraws on the turn, at which point all the chips went into the middle.

The gold bracelet was not the most important thing for the Greek, who earned a top prize of $871,600 to more than double his tournament cashes on the live poker circuit.

"I don't really care about the bracelet and all, [nor] the fame, I care about cash, and this one was really good," Lampropoulos remarked during the winner interview. Shak was once more denied the victory as he had to settle for a consolation prize of $537,900.

Five of the last nine contenders were also aiming to improve upon their earnings thanks to GGPoker's WSOP Paradise Parlay promotion. Isaac Haxton was eliminated in ninth place and missed out on a $25,000 cash prize courtesy of the leading online poker operator by one spot, as only the official final table counts.

Yuri Dzivielevski, Michael Moncek, Nick Schulman, and Tyler Brown were the other four with at least two final tables and one bracelet win during the 2023 WSOP in Las Vegas to their name. They all locked up $25,000 on top but missed out on a potential $100,000 for a victory, at least for the time being.

WSOPP Event #5: $25,000 High Roller PLO Final Table Results

RankWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Nikolaos LampropoulosGreece$871,600
2Dan ShakUnited States$537,900
3Imad DerwicheFrance$397,700
4Tyler BrownUnited States$297,400
5Nick SchulmanUnited States$225,000
6Michael MoncekUnited States$172,300
7Matthew WantmanUnited States$133,500
8Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil$104,700
Nikolaos Lampropoulos
Nikolaos Lampropoulos and his Greek rail

Winner's Reaction

"I mainly focus on cash games and usually play some mid to high-level tournaments, mainly PLO. Last year, I mostly played hold'em tournaments and in 2023 I switched back to Omaha tournaments," Lampropoulos mentioned. He was supported by a small but boisterous rail from his home country, all of which he considers as "hold'em pros" despite Ioannis Angelou-Konstas having finished in 16th place for $47,600.

The rail played an important factor for Lampropoulos, who is also well-connected to several Greek high-stakes PLO cash game specialists.

"It is a fantastic atmosphere, I think I was the only one with friends on the rail for this final table and it was very good that they supported me so close nearby, chanting Niko Niko when I won a big pot," a now relaxed Lampropoulos confirmed. In the moment of victory, he also pointed out that one of poker's most sought-after hardware was not the most important thing on his mind.

"I don't care about the glory of the bracelet or something, I only care about the money and this was very important for me. It was the first $25,000 Event I have played and maybe I will play in more of them or even higher buy-ins in the future," the champion declared.

It was by no means an easy ride to victory despite starting the final day's journey with a "stack of thirty big blinds". During the extensive bubble, the Greek lost a big pot and then kept folding until he was down to fewer than one big blind. A series of double-ups brought him back in contention and he considered the double-up through Moncek at the start of the final table as a pivotal moment.

"From there on, I could use my chips to put more pressure and play my game," Lampropoulos mentioned and he indeed became far more active thereafter en route to becoming the newest WSOP gold bracelet winner. He will certainly compete in the upcoming $5,000 Main Event Championship and the $10,000 PLO Championship.

Action of the Final Day

The final day brought back 32 hopefuls out of a 140-entry-strong field, all aiming to secure a portion of the seven-figure prize pool. Early casualties outside of the money included such big names as Chino Rheem, Shaun Deeb, Alex Foxen, Chris Brewer, and Daniel Dvoress.

Likewise, Adam Hendrix and Keith Lehr came close but ultimately missed out on another WSOP cash. It was then Jeffrey Davoud who became the bubble boy in a roller coaster showdown against Michael Moncek.

Once the money bubble had burst, six of the remaining contenders had at least two final tables and one gold bracelet in Las Vegas earlier this year on their resume, giving them a shot at an extra payday of up to $100,000 thanks to GGPoker's WSOP Paradise Parlay promotion. Only Chad Eveslage came up short of reaching the unofficial final table, which turned into a tense affair with an average below twenty big blinds.

Nine hopefuls returned from the dinner break and the very first hand brought fireworks. Haxton got it in with an ace-high rundown against the aces of Schulman and came up second-best despite two clubs on the flop to miss out on a $25,000 bonus for now.

The crucial all-in showdowns thereafter were filled with a roller coaster of emotions. Lampropoulos scored a crucial double through Moncek when his open-ended straight and flush draw hit on the turn. He then knocked out Dzivielevski in remarkable fashion, spiking a fortunate river suckout against the Brazilian.

Derwiche claimed the stack of Wantman and Shak came out on top of a spectacular three-way all-in against Moncek and Lampropoulos when his kings rivered a full house. Schulman fell to Brown, who then lost most of his chips with a gutsy bluff and became the next casualty.

That ensured a maiden WSOP gold bracelet winner and it would be Lampropoulos who earned the cherry on top. Derwiche's demise was also in stunning fashion when a flopped wheel was beaten by running hearts. Heads-up play took a mere eight minutes, as another setup hand ended the tournament just before midnight.

Dan Shak
Dan Shak denied first WSOP bracelet once more

With five gold bracelets now crowned, all eyes are set on Event #10: $5,000 Main Event Championship with the first starting day scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2023. The flagship tournament comes with a $15 million guarantee and the PokerNews live reporting team will provide updates from start to finish.

Tags: Adam HendrixAlex FoxenChad EveslageChino RheemChris BrewerDan ShakDaniel DvoressImad DerwicheIsaac HaxtonJeffrey DavoudKeith LehrMatthew WantmanMichael MoncekNick SchulmanNikolaos LampropoulosShaun DeebTyler BrownYuri Dzivielevski

Dan Shak Eliminated in 2nd Place ($537,900)

Livello 24 : Blinds 125,000/250,000, 250,000 ante
Dan Shak
Dan Shak

Nikolaos Lampropoulos limped the button and Dan Shak checked his option in the blinds.

The 946 flop landed and action checked to Lampropoulos who put out a bet of 500,000. Shak Called.

The 2 landed on the turn and Shak checked it over to Lampropoulos again who bet 1,000,000. Shak wasted little time and then put in a check-raise to 3,000,000.

Lampropoulos mulled it over for close to two-minutes before moving all in. Shak shrugged and flicked in a call to put his tournament life at risk.

Dan Shak: A965
Nikolaos Lampropoulos: QQ69

It was fairly even going to a the last card.

The dealer burned and turned the 7 which gave Lampropoulos a flush to eliminate Shak and earn himself a coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Nikolaos Lampropoulos gr
Nikolaos Lampropoulos
21,000,000 5,800,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
Eliminato

Tags: Dan ShakNikolaos Lampropoulos

Heads-Up Underway

Livello 24 : Blinds 125,000/250,000, 250,000 ante

Dan Shak and Nikolaos Lampropoulos are back in their seats and the duel for the coveted WSOP gold bracelet is now underway.

Imad Derwiche Eliminated in 3rd Place ($397,700)

Livello 24 : Blinds 125,000/250,000, 250,000 ante
Imad Derwiche
Imad Derwiche

Imad Derwiche raised the button to 700,000 and Nikolaos Lampropoulos three-bet the pot to 2,350,000, which Derwiche called with 3,075,000 behind.

The 542 flop saw Lampropoulos move all-in and Derwiche instantly called.

Imad Derwiche: A1043
Nikolaos Lampropoulos: AKK7

Derwiche had outflopped the chip leader with a wheel, but Lampropoulos still had outs with running cards to either a full house or flush.

One of them came with the J turn and sure enough, the 7 followed on the river to bring a cruel end to the run of Derwiche. He bows out in third place and earns $397,700 for the efforts, while the two remaining contenders are on a short break.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Nikolaos Lampropoulos gr
Nikolaos Lampropoulos
15,200,000 6,300,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
5,800,000 -900,000
Imad Derwiche fr
Imad Derwiche
Eliminato

Tags: Imad DerwicheNikolaos Lampropoulos

Lampropoulos Adds to His Lead

Livello 24 : Blinds 125,000/250,000, 250,000 ante

Imad Derwiche limped the small blind and Nikolaos Lampropoulos checked to the Q54 flop. The bet worth 300,000 by Derwiche was called and the Frenchman then checked the 2 turn. Lampropoulos bet 900,000 and took down the pot.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Nikolaos Lampropoulos gr
Nikolaos Lampropoulos
8,900,000 400,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
6,700,000 -700,000
Imad Derwiche fr
Imad Derwiche
5,400,000 -700,000

Tags: Imad DerwicheNikolaos Lampropoulos

Tyler Brown Eliminated in 4th Place ($297,400)

Livello 24 : Blinds 125,000/250,000, 250,000 ante
Tyler Brown
Tyler Brown

Right after losing most of his stack with an ill-timed bluff, Tyler Brown was in the big blind and Imad Derwiche limped in for Brown to check. Derwiche bet the Q107 flop for 400,000 and called the all-in of Brown instantly.

Tyler Brown: J1085
Imad Derwiche: QQ62

Brown's gutshot and flush draw was up against top set and he failed to connect with the A turn, then also bricked the 2 river to finish in fourth place for $297,400.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Imad Derwiche fr
Imad Derwiche
6,100,000 1,975,000
Tyler Brown us
Tyler Brown
Eliminato
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Imad DerwicheTyler Brown

Livello: 24

Bui: 125,000/250,000

Ante: 250,000

Brown Runs a Huge Bluff; Lampropoulos Isn't Having It

Livello 23 : Blinds 100,000/200,000, 200,000 ante

On a board of A2510 Tyler Brown led from the small blind for 550,000 and got a call from Nikolaos Lampropoulos in the big blind.

The Q river landed completing the flush and after about 30-seconds in the tank Brown led out for 2,000,000.

Lampropoulos went into the tank. He used a timebank and eventually after much deliberation he put in a single chip to signify a call.

Brown quickly tabled K1088 for just a pair of tens and Lampropoulos tabled AK103 for two pair with the nut blocker as a great bluff catch. He scooped and Brown was left short.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Nikolaos Lampropoulos gr
Nikolaos Lampropoulos
8,500,000 3,200,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Tyler Brown us
Tyler Brown
1,500,000 -4,200,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Nikolaos LampropoulosTyler Brown

Shak Takes the Lead

Livello 23 : Blinds 100,000/200,000, 200,000 ante
Dan Shak
Dan Shak

Nikolaos Lampropoulos limped the small blind and Dan Shak checked his option in the big blind.

Following a flop of 973, Lampropoulos checked and subsequently called a bet worth 300,000 by Shak.

The same action repeated on the 7 turn albeit for 800,000 and Lampropoulos then checked the A river.

Shak bet 2,000,000 and earned the pot without showdown, flipping over his J994 for nines full of sevens.

"Oh, I thought you show me a bluff, only one nine," the Greek said from the other side of the table.

"No, no, two of them, nines full," Shak reiterated.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
7,400,000 1,900,000
Nikolaos Lampropoulos gr
Nikolaos Lampropoulos
5,300,000 -1,600,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Dan ShakNikolaos Lampropoulos