Marcin Horecki Dismisses Mike Matusow to Win WSOP $1,500 Stud Eight-or-Better Event


From a field of 566 entries, 2023 World Series of Poker The $1,500 seven card stud eight-or-better event concluded with a battle between Marcin Horecki and four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow. Ultimately, Horecki took the title, earning his first bracelet and first prize of $155,275. The Polish player now has nearly $1.2 million in total tournament earnings following this latest win.

Matusow took home $95,957 as runner-up. The 54-year-old 2023 Poker Hall of Fame the finalist is approaching a career-high $9.8 million after posting his seventh podium finish in the series.

Horecki became only the second Polish player ever to win an average of WSOP bracelet and the first to do so in a live event. In 2021, Dominik Panka won a $2,100 buy-in bounty event during the WSOP on line festival to become the first Polish player to take gold.

Horecki entered the third and final day of this tournament in 14th place with 18 contenders remaining. James Cheung started at the top of the standings and finished fourth.

Brian Rast entered Day 3 with the eighth chip, just one spot behind Matusow in the chip leaderboard. The six-time bracelet winner and three-time Poker Players Championship the winner ultimately finished seventh in this event, adding $18,709 to his lifetime total of more than $24.8 million in tournament earnings.

Horecki eliminated Cheung and Scott Numoto (3rd – $66,950) to take about a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up play against Matusow. Horecki walked away multiple times, only for Matusow to fight back. Horecki hit the big time by winning a big pot with trip tens against Matusow’s kings, who was short after that hand. He was forced to fold a pot not long after and was down to less than a single large bet. Even after managing to double up twice, Matusow was still dangerously short.

The final hand saw Matusow move all-in on fifth street with (AClub dress8Club dress)8Heart dress4Suit in spadesjClub dress. She was facing the (KClub dress6Club dress)4Club dress8Diamond dressjSuit in spades by Horecki. Matusow took the KDiamond dress in sixth, while Horecki improved to pocket jacks with the JHeart dress. Matusow was unable to improve to a better high, hitting 7Club dress on the end. The 2Heart dress because Horecki left him with a couple of winning hacks for the top, which was enough to take down the pot and the title.

Here’s a look at the prizes and ranking points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY extension Points
1 Marcin Horecki $155,275 840
2 Mike Matusow $95,957 700
3 Scott Numoto $66,950 560
4 James Cheung $47,475 420
5 Sergio Braga $34,225 350
6 Michael Este $25,089 280
7 Brian Rast $18,709 210
8 Christopher George $14,195 140
9 Kao Saechao $10,962 70

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Winning photo credit: WSOP / Rachel Kay Miller.

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