WSOP Paradise: Main Event down to seven–Australia’s Daniel Neilson leads the pack

Mo Afdhal
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Posted on: December 14, 2023 3:32 am EST

There’s one player in Paradise right now that’s just a few hours and six eliminations away from making history.

The World Series of Poker Paradise Main Event will crown an inaugural champion tomorrow after Day 3 play whittled down the field to just 7 players.

The day began with 59 surviving competitors, all gunning for the top prize of $2,000,000, as well as the WSOP Paradise Main Event bracelet. There were several notables still in the running to start, but many fell short, including Eliot Hudon (52nd), Mustapha Kanit (46th), Rayan “Beriuzy” Chamas (45th), Sam Greenwood (39th), David Peters (35th), Kevin Martin (25th), Timothy Adams (20th), Adam Walton (12th), and Mikita Badziakouski (11th).

Australia’s Daniel Neilson leads the final seven into play tomorrow. The other players still in the hunt are Brazilian Gabriel Schroeder, Germany’s Stanislav Zegal, Portugal’s Rui Sousa, Czech Republic’s Michael Sklenicka, United States’ Matt Glantz, and United Kingdom’s Montgomery McQuade.

The road to the final seven

Stephane Guelpa was the first of the final nine to bow out. Guelpa lost a big chunk of his stack doubling up Neilson when the two collided in an early pot. Neilson’s pocket tens had Guelpa’s pocket eights in bad shape and the Australian held to score the full double.

A few hands later, Guelpa found a fortunate chop to stay alive, but the final blow came soon after. Glantz put in a three-bet following an open from Guelpa and made the call when the rest of the chips went in. Glantz’s A-K had Guelpa’s A-J dominated and there was no miracle chop this time.

Luke Graham fell next, getting the last of his short stack in the middle in a decent spot to find a double, but the deck wouldn’t cooperate. The action saw Schroeder raise it up and a three-bet from Neilson on the button. Graham, in the small blind, put his chips in with pocket nines. Schroeder got out of the way and Neilson made the call with K-Q to put Graham at risk. The queen-high flop left Graham drawing to two outs, but he couldn’t find one of them and his run ended with an eighth place finish.

The remaining players return to play down to a winner tomorrow with the action set to resume at 2:00pm ET with live stream coverage provided on the GGPoker YouTube channel.

Final seven chip counts

1Daniel Neilson (Australia)37,400,000
2Gabriel Schroeder (Brazil)28,000,000
3Stanislav Zegal (Germany)28,000,000
4Rui Sousa (Portugal)20,700,000
5Michael Sklenicka (Czech Republic)16,000,000
6Matt Glantz (United States)15,500,000
7Montgomery McQuade (United Kingdom)4,900,000

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