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Bradley Ritschel Runs Away With World Series of Poker Circuit Harvey's Lake Tahoe Main Event Title

New Jersey Resident Scores Every Knockout On Final Day To Secure The WSOPC Gold Ring and The Top Prize of $115,740


Bradley Ritschel entered the final day of the 2023 World Series of Poker Harvey’s Lake Tahoe $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event with a sizable chip lead among the remaining six contenders. It took him just over two hours to convert that advantage into the title, scoring every knockout on his way to securing the WSOP Circuit gold ring and the top prize of $115,740.

“It’s awesome, it’s a dream come true, I never would have imagined first,” he told live reporters covering the event after coming out on top.

This was the second-largest live tournament payday yet for the 25-year-old New Jersey resident. His biggest cash remains the $141,000 he earned as the third-place finisher in the 2021 Prime Poker Open at Prime Social Club in Houston.

Ritcschel now has more than $465,000 in total live tournament earnings to his name after this breakthrough victory for his first WSOPC ring.

In addition to the hardware and the money, Ritschel was also awarded 600 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion. This was his second title and third final-table finish of the year. With 1,064 total points, he now sits just outside the top 600 in the 2023 POY standings presented by Global Poker.

After managing the first four knockouts of the day, Ritschel entered heads-up play with a big lead over James Chavanarojrit. While that gap was narrowed somewhat in the early going, Ritschel was still well out in front by the time the final hand of the tournament was dealt.

Ritschel raised with 4Club Suit3Heart Suit from the button and called a three-bet from Chavanarojrit, who held KSpade SuitKClub Suit in the big blind. The flop came down JDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit2Spade Suit and Chavanarojrit led out with his overpair. Ritschel called with his open-ended straight draw and the JHeart Suit paired the board on the turn. Chavanarojrit checked and Ritschel fired a bet of 1,000,000. Chavanarojrit made the call and the 6Spade Suit on the river completed Ritschel’s straight. Chavanarojrit checked again and Ritschel moved all in. Chavanarojrit thought it over for a couple of minutes before making the call. His overpair was second best, though, and he was sent to the rail with $71,000 for his runner-up showing.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Bradley Ritschel $115,740 600
2 James Chavanarojrit $71,531 500
3 David Wade $50,808 400
4 Jed Hoffman $36,766 300
5 Brandon Zuidema $27,113 250
6 Louis Cheffy $20,384 200
7 Andreas Kniep $18,347 150
8 Shawn R. Daniels $12,228 100
9 Doug Englekirk $9,764 50

Photo credit: WSOP.