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Chad Eveslage Wins Second Career World Series of Poker Bracelet

The Indiana Native Took Down The $1,500 Dealer's Choice Event At The 2023 WSOP, Earning $131,879 For The Win


Chad Eveslage now has two World Series of Poker gold bracelets to go along with his two World Poker Tour main event titles. The Indiana native emerged victorious in the 2023 WSOP $1,500 dealer’s choice event to secure the hardware and $131,879 in prize money. This second title at the series came just a few days shy of a year after he won his first bracelet for taking down the $25,000 eight-max no-limit hold’em event at the 2022 WSOP.

Eveslage now has more than $7.6 million in recorded tournament earnings to his name, with more than $2.5 million of that coming from WSOP scores. Eveslage’s two WPT titles were both won within the past two years as well, with his WPT Venetian win in 2021 earning him $910,370 while his WPT Five Diamond victory in 2022 added $1,042,300 to his lifetime totals.

In addition to the title and the money, Eveslage also earned 720 Card Player Player of the Year points for his most recent victory. This was his first POY-qualified score of 2023, after recording seven final tables in 2022 to finish in sixth place in the year-end standings.

This event featured 20 games to choose from for the ‘dealer’ who selected what was to be played for the next orbit. It played out over the course of three days at the Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas, with 456 entries creating a prize pool of $608,760 that was ultimately shared by the top 68 finishers.

Eveslage had a tough final table to contend with, including the likes of bracelet winners John Racener (4th), Nick Kost (3rd), and Andrew Kelsall (2nd). Despite the stiff competition, Eveslage more or less ran away with the title, holding the chip lead throughout the final table.

In the decisive hand, Eveslage had chosen a round of badeucey. He made an 8-6-5-3-2 low with an 8-6-3-2 badugi to scoop the pot, leaving Kelsall with less than half of a bet. That soon went in no-limit hold’em. Keslall’s 6-4 suited was unable to overcome the Q-7 of Eveslage, with neither player connecting with the board by the end.

Kelsall earned $81,509 as the runner-up, the fourth-largest score of his career. The 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship winner now has more than $2.7 million in lifetime tournament earnings under his belt.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Player Earnings POY Points
Chad Eveslage $131,879 720
Andrew Kelsall $81,509 600
Nick Kost $54,247 480
John Racener $36,953 360
Clayton Mozdzen $25,779 300
James Johnson $18,507 240

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Winner photo: WSOP / Danny Maxwell.