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Yuri Dzivielevski Secures Third Career World Series of Poker Bracelet

Brazilian Poker Pro Outlasts 836 Entries In $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event To Earn $207,678

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Yuri Dzivielevski has won the 2023 World Series of Poker $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, outlasting a field of 836 entries to earn $207,678 and the third gold bracelet of his career.

The 31-year-old Brazilian poker pro is the only player from his country to have won as many titles at the series. His first win came back in 2019, when he took down a $2,500 Omaha and stud eight-or-better split event for $213,750. In 2020 he won his second and $221,557 in the WSOP Online $400 pot-limit Omaha version of the colossus, known affectionately as the ‘PLOSSUS.’

Dzivielevski now has $5.9 million in recorded tournament earnings, with about half of that ($2.9 million) coming from scores at the WSOP.

In addition to the title and the money, Dzivielevski was also awarded 912 _Card Player) Player of the Year points. This was his second POY-qualified final-table finish of the year, having also placed ninth in a $25,000 high roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure back in February.

This event played out over the course of three days inside the Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas. The final day saw just 28 contenders return from the field of 836 total entries, with the money bubble having already burst on day 2. Plenty of big names ran deep, including three-time bracelet winner Anson Tang (19th), Card Player’s own Jeff Shulman (18th), bracelet winner Andrew Barber (14th), bracelet winner Denis Nesterenko (7th), and three-time bracelet winner Frankie O’Dell (4th).

Dzivielevski knocked out Nghia Le (3rd – $91,221) to take a slight lead into heads-up play with bracelet winner Randy Ohel. The 2012 $2,500 triple draw lowball event champion also finished second in this same tournament back in 2021, and has five runner-up showings in total, including the 2014 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.

Ohel is just a recreational player these days, however, having recently started working in data analysis at an internet marketing company. Despite the day job, Ohel shook off the rust for his 14th career WSOP final table.

A few big hands went Dzivielevski’s way early. Ohel bounced back a bit, but Dzivielevski was able to pull away again in time for the final hand of the match. He raised with ASpade SuitAHeart Suit on the button in a round of limit hold’em and Ohel defended his big blind with 5Heart Suit3Heart Suit. The flop came down ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit to give Dzivielevski top set. The remainder of Ohel’s short stack went in with his pair of threes. The AClub Suit on the turn gave Dzivielevski quads and a lock on the hand, making the 10Spade Suit river a mere formality.

Ohel earned $128,356 as the runner-up finisher. This was the sixth-largest tournament cash of his career, giving him more than $2.6 million in lifetime earnings.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Yuri Dzivielevski $207,688 912
2 Randy Ohel $128,356 760
3 Nghia Le $89,730 608
4 Frankie O’Dell $63,739 456
5 Stephen Savoy $46,019 380
6 Thor Morstol $33,779 304
7 Denis Nesterenko $25,214 228
8 Serhii Popovych $19,146 152

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Photo credit: WSOP / Omar Sader.