Eli Elezra Wins NAPT $5,300 8-Game Griffen Benger & Andrew Yeh Claim Side Events

Eli Elezra Wins NAPT $5,300 8-Game Griffen Benger & Andrew Yeh Claim Side Events

PokerNews was on-site for the duration of the 2023 PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT), and while we offered live updates from events like the $1,650 NAPT Main Event and the $10,300 Super High Roller, there are also a slew of side events playing out at Resorts World Las Vegas.

We already recapped wins by Kyna England and Kfir Nahum, but down the stretch there were some other noteworthy winners. For instance, Cody Raymond topped a 692-entry field to win the $550 PokerStars Cup for $44,743, while Timothy Rutherford bested a 265-entry field to win the $1,100 Mystery Bounty for $27,650.

Keep on scrolling to see more winners from the 2023 PokerStars NAPT.

2023 PokerStars NAPT Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
$360 NAPT Women's Event94$28,200Kyna England$7,520
$1,100 NLH Deepstack144$125,000Kfir Nahum$23,735
$550 PLO60$28,800Anthony Askey$8,000
$10,300 NAPT Super High Roller59$572,300Jesse Lonis$174,550
$350 Seniors 50+87$41,760Soren Lundgren$8,257
$250 NLH Re-Entry159$32,595Ryne "Pizza" Teston$6,193
$550 8-Game65$31,200Andrew Yeh$9,355
$5,300 PLO41$198,850Caleb Furth$68,605
$1,650 Main Event1,095$1,609,650Sami Bechahed$268,945
$550 PokerStars Cup692$332,160Cody Raymond$44,743
$5,300 8-Game32$155,200Eli Elezra$53,540
$5,300 High Roller150$727,500Samuel Laskowitz$180,850
$1,100 NLH Mystery Bounty265$254,400Timothy Rutherford$27,650
$550 Omaha 8 or Better46$22,080Vincent Calicchia$6,295
$250 NLH Re-Entry106$21,730Tyler Montoya$5,058
$360 NLH Re-Entry63$20,000Scott Hill$5,328
$1,100 NLH Last Chance Super Hyper Turbo41$50,000Griffin Benger$17,250

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Poker Hall of Famer Wins $5,300 8-Game

Event #23: $5,300 8-Game attracted a field of 32 runners, which included some of the best mixed game players in the world including Phil Hellmuth and Mori Eskandani.

The $160,000 prize pool was paid out to the top six finishers, and after two days of play, it was Poker Hall of Famer Eli Elezra defeating Michael Martinelli in heads-up play to claim the Spadie trophy and a $53,540 top prize.

2023 NAPT $5,300 8-Game Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Eli ElezraUSA$53,540
2Michael MartinelliUSA$34,920
3Julien MartiniFrance$24,055
4David FunkhouserUSA$17,850
5Erik SagstromSweden$13,970
6David ODB BakerUSA$10,865

Griffin Benger Claims Last Title of Series

The last tournament of the 2023 NAPT was Event #32: $1,100 NLH Last Chance Super Hyper Turbo, which attracted 41 runners. That failed to meet the guarantee, so a $50,000 prize pool was up for grabs to the top six finishers.

One player in the field was Griffin Benger, who jumped into action after finishing commentary duties during the NAPT Main Event. It proved a wise decision as Benger shipped the tournament for $17,250.

2023 NAPT $1,100 Last Chance Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Griffin BengerCanada$17,250
2Huigang ZhangUSA$11,250
3Jedrzej SmarujPoland$7,750
4Joel IslaSpain$5,750
5David LevyUSA$4,500
6Dongwoo KoCanada$3,500

Caleb Furth Victorious in 2023 NAPT $5,300 PLO

One of the bigger buy-in tournaments of the 2023 NAPT was the $5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO), which offered a single re-entry. The tournament attracted 41 runners which meant a $198,850 prize pool was up for grabs to the top six finishers.

The field was filled with four-card crushers, but only a half dozen were fortunate enough to cash including Matthew Wantman (6th - $13,920), David Coleman (5th - $17,895), and Dan Shak (4th - $22,870).

After Spencer Simpson bowed out in third place for $30,820, the title came down to Caleb Furth and Neffa Pire. Eventually, the former prevailed to claim the title and $68,605 top prize.

2023 NAPT $5,300 PLO Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Caleb Furth$68,605
2Neffa Pire$44,740
3Spencer Simpson$30,820
4Dan Shak$22,870
5David Coleman$17,895
6Matthew Wantman$13,920

Soren Lundgren Wins NAPT Seniors Event

The 2023 NAPT $550 Seniors (50+) Event more than doubled its $20K GTD as 87 runners generated a prize pool of $41,760. That was paid out to the top11 finishers, two of which fell short of the final table in David Gutfreund (10th - $1,045) and Melvin Hicks (11th - $1,045).

Lena Evans of Poker League of Nations (PLON) was at her second final table of the series after finishing sixth in the Womens Event, and this time she took eighth place for $1,630. Also at the final table were Jason Patton (5th - $3,205) and Nader Hatem (4th - $4,170).

The final three players worked a deal that saw them each take $8,257 in prize money, while Soren Lundgren was crowned the official champion.

2023 NAPT Seniors Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Soren Lundgren$8,257*
2Mimi Roeder$8,257*
3Jack Sloan$8,256*
4Nader Hatem$4,170
5Jason Patton$3,205
6Mari Martinez$2,550
7Kenji Ypshimura$2,040
8Lena Evans$1,630
9Nina Hazdovac$1,305

Andrew Yeh Takes Down $550 8-Game

On Wednesday, the $550 buy-in, $20K GTD 8-Game attracted 65 runners and generated a prize pool of $31,200, which was reserved for the top nine finishers including Ari Engel (7th - $1,515), Nathan Gamble (5th - $2,560), and Bob Chow (4th - $3,325).

The tournament concluded when Andrew Yeh defeated Benjamin Miner in heads-up play to claim the Spadie trophy and accompanying $9,355 first-place prize.

2023 NAPT 8-Game Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Andrew Yeh$9,355
2Benjamin Miner$6,085
3Oliver Vereschagin$4,320
4Bob Chow$3,325
5Nathan Gamble$2,560
6Kao Saechao$1,965
7Ari Engel$1,515
8Daniel Anton$1,170
9Vincent Calicchia$905

*Images courtesy of PokerStars.

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