Peter Thai wins the first bracelet awarded at the 2023 World Series of Poker


The first gold bracelet of 2023 World Series of Poker he was awarded. Peter Thai topped the third-largest field ever in the $500 casino employee event, topping 1,015 entries to secure gold and the $75,535 grand prize.

That was the highest tournament score yet for the table game croupier at the Parkwest Casino 580 in Livermore, California, sweeping the $21,602 he earned as champion of a $350 buy-in event as of 2018 Legends of poker series at the Bicycle Casino near Los Angeles.

“I am an avid poker player. I don’t play that often, but I still know how to play. I play more cash games than tournaments. I have a lot of tournament experience, mostly playing a lot of online sit’n’gos since my college days,” Thai said WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “Overall, the experience is amazing and I can’t wait to share it with everyone back home.”

This event took place over the course of two days inside the Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas. The huge turnout translated into a prize pool of $426,300. The top 153 finishers cashed, with past champions Jimmy Barnett and Chad Holloway among those who cashed in the event.

Day 2 started with 89 contenders left, with Thai in the top 20 when the cards hit the air. When the field was packed into a single table, he sat in second place behind only James Urbanic.

Thai took a decisive all-in with pocket eights from behind against Urbanic’s pocket jacks in seven-handed play. Not long after, he double-knockout with pocket kings which he held against Benson Tam’s J-9 suited (5th) and Bruce Jiang’s pocket queens (4th) to take a sizable lead in the game to three.

He then moved all-in with K-2 against Paul Blanchette’s 9-8 suited, flopped a king, and held from there to go into heads-up play against Urbanic with a massive chip lead. In the final hand, Thai called Urbanic’s all-in with KSuit in spades10Club dress. It was against QDiamond dress7Club dress. The board ran out of 10Suit in spades10Heart dress4Club dressQHeart dress4Suit in spades, giving full Thai scores and the title. Urbanic earned $46,690 as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the winnings awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings
1 Peter Thai $75,535
2 James Urbanicus $46,690
3 Paul Blanchette $33,051
4 Bruce Jiang $23,738
5 Benson Tam $17,303
6 Sean Balfour $12,802
7 Keith McCormack $9,617
8 Joseph Pavano $7,337
9 Lisa Eckstein $5,686

Visit the Card Player 2023 World Series of Poker page for schedules, news, interviews, and the latest results from the event.

Photo copyright: WSOP / Danny Maxwell.

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