WSOP 2023 Event #84 Crowns Alex Kulev, Bags Over $2 Million Prize

Event #84: $50,000 High Roller saw a total of 176 poker enthusiasts join the fray, generating a prize pool of a massive $8,404,000. Out of the entire lot, only five players managed to survive until Friday to battle for the coveted WSOP bracelet.

Bulgarian high roller Alex Kulev came out on top, bagging his first-ever WSOP bracelet and a career-high payout of $2,087,073. Kulev was no stranger to the pressure, having secured a place at the final table of the WSOP $250,000 No-Limit Hold’em event earlier in the series. His fourth-place finish in that event had fetched him his then career-best earning of $1,632,005. In this event, Kulev started the day as the chip leader and managed to retain his dominant position, bar one occasion.

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This victory pushes Kulev to the top of the all-time money list for Bulgaria, with his career earnings skyrocketing to $6,630,310.

The final heads-up play saw Kulev against Gergely Kulcsar. Kulev, enjoying a hefty chip lead, continued to build on it with a win in a big pot with three twos. In a crucial hand, Kulcsar went all-in with an ace-five, against Kulev’s ace-nine. Unfortunately for Kulcsar, the board didn’t turn in his favor, leading to Kulev’s first WSOP title and career-high win.

Final Table Results

Result Player Country Prize
1 Alex Kulev Bulgaria $2,087,073
2 Gergely Kulcsar Hungary $1,289,909
3 Jake Schindler United States $957,491
4 Daniel Smiljkovic Germany $713,413
5 Koray Aldemir Germany $533,561
6 Johannes Straver Netherlands $400,562
7 Brandon Wittmeyer United States $301,859
8 Moshe Refaelowitz Israel $228,347

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