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Jeremy Eyer Wins 2023 World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout Event

Mississippi Resident Defeats Field of 735 Entries To Earn $649,550 and First Bracelet


Jeremy Eyer is the latest champion to be decided at the 2023 World Series of Poker. The Mississippi resident overcame a field of 735 entries in the $5,000 no-limit hold’em eight-max freezeout event, earning his first WSOP gold bracelet and $649,550 for the win.

This was Eyer’s largest tournament payday yet, blowing away the $144,384 he took home as the third-place finisher in the $1,200 main event at the Million Dollar Heater series in his home state earlier this year.

In addition to the title and the money, Eyer also took home 1,824 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his first title and fifth final-table finish of the year, with more than $927,000 in POY earnings accrued across those events. As a result, Eyer has climbed into 12th place in the 2023 POY standings presented by Global Poker.

This event ran from June 4-6 inside the Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas. The sizable turnout resulted in a prize pool of $3,381,000 that was ultimately paid out among the top 111 finishers.

Felipe RamosDay 3 began with 16 players remaining and Eyer in the lead. Brazil’s Felipe Ramos was in second chip position to start. Several notables hit the rail during the early action on the final day, including two-time bracelet winner Yuval Bronshtein (14th – $26,667), Christina Gollins (11th – $40,769), and bracelet winner Jesse Lonis (10th – $40,769).

James Vecchio’s elimination in ninth place ($51,769) set the official eight-handed final table, with Eyer still out front while Ramos remained his nearest competitor. 2020 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond main event winner Shiva Dudani soon followed, leaving just seven contenders remaining.

Ramos knocked out Ivan Galinec in seventh place, with his pocket jacks holding against the pocket fours of the Croatian to see him move into the lead. Galinec earned a career-best payday of $86,300 for his seventh-place finish.

A preflop race saw Jeffrey Halcomb sent home in sixth place, with his A-Q failing to outflip the pocket nines of bracelet winner Jinho Hong. Halcomb was awarded $114,102 for his efforts.

Ronald Minnis was the clear short stack heading into five-handed action. He soon got all-in with A-2 suited trailing the A-10 of Nozomu Shimizu and bricked out to finish fifth ($153,032).

The next key clash saw Shimizu four-bet shove over the three-bet of Hong with 10-9 suited. Hong called with A-K, but Shimizu made queens and tens to win the hand, leaving Hong’s stack in ruins. Hong hung around for a bit, but eventually lost an all-in with Q-10 facing the pocket eights of Eyer to hit the rail in fourth place ($208,158). The Korean player now has nearly $1.8 million in recorded tournament earnings.

Shimizu slid to the bottom of the leaderboard during three-handed play. In his final hand, he moved all-in with A-10 from the big blind after Ramos had limped in from the small blind. Ramos made the call with A-Q and held through a jack-high runout to eliminate Shimizu in third place ($287,106). The Japanese player now has more than $620,000 in recorded earnings after this podium finish at the series.

Heads-up play began with Eyer holding roughly a 3:2 lead over Ramos. It was a back-and-forth affair that took more than four hours to play out, with multiple lead changes along the way. Eyer was ahead when the decisive hand was dealt, though. Ramos raised from the button with JSpade SuitJHeart Suit and Eyer three-bet with QSpade SuitQDiamond Suit. Ramos four-bet shoved and was quickly called. The board ran out QHeart Suit7Diamond Suit7Club Suit9Heart Suit2Club Suit and Eyer’s queens full of sevens took down the pot and the title.

Ramos earned $401,460 as the runner-up finisher, the second-largest recorded score of his career. He now has more than $3.5 million in cashes to his name.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Jeremy Eyer $649,550 1824
2 Felipe Ramos $401,460 1520
3 Nozomu Shimizu $287,106 1216
4 Jinho Hong $208,158 912
5 Ronald Minnis $153,032 760
6 Jeffrey Halcomb $114,102 608
7 Ivan Galinec $86,300 456
8 Shiva Dudani $66,226 304

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Winner photo credit: WSOP / Rachel Kay Miller.