WSOP 2021: Addamo Wins $50K High Roller For $1.1M, Arieh Leads $1,500 PLO Final Five

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Michael Addamo captured his third career gold bracelet after winning the $50K High Roller for more than $1.1. million. (photo courtesy: PokerGO)

Day 22 of the 2021 World Series of Poker was highlighted by the high-stakes rematch between two of poker’s elite talents. Michael Addamo and Justin Bonomo met at the final table of the $50K High Roller with Addamo to battle another major title, which ended with Addamo earning more than $1.1 million and claiming his third career gold bracelet.

Additionally, the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha played down to a final table, with Josh Arieh taking the chip lead into the final five, the $10K H.O.R.S.E. wrapped packed with big names headed to Day 3, and another spat between The Poker Brat and Anthony Zinno took place in the $1,500 Razz.

Addamo Wins $50K High Roller, 3rd Career Bracelet

Michael Addamo faced off against Justin Bonomo at the end of Event #38 ($50,000 High Roller) marking the second time in less than a month that these two high-stakes heavyweights battled heads up for a major title.

In the end, Addamo took out all four of his final table opponents including Chris Hunichen (5th for $266,031), Erik Seidel, who was playing for his 10th career gold bracelet (4th for $358,665), Gal Yifrach ($495,305), and Bonomo who finished as the runner up for a $700,228 payday.

For a full recap of the final table: Michael Addamo Bests Bonomo To Win WSOP $50K High Roller for $1.1 Million, Third Career Gold Bracelet

Event #38 $50,000 High Roller Final Table Results

1.Michael Addamo – $1,132,968
2. Justin Bonomo – $700,228
3. Gal Yifrach – $495,305
4. Erik Seidel – $358,665
5.Chris Hunichen – $266,031

Josh Arieh Leads $1,500 PLO Final Five

Day 2 of Event #39 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha) started with just 58 returning players from the original field of 821 runners and a goal to play down to the final five.

PocketFives own Josh Arieh started the day as the chip leader and battled atop the chip counts for the better part of the day. It was up and down for Arieh, but in the end, he ended the day with the chip lead and will be playing for his third WSOP bracelet and more than $204,000 up top.

Joining him at the final table is bracelet winner Tommy Le, Ivan Deyra, Robert Blair, and Gabriel Andrade.

The final table also included Ashor Ochana who ended in 9th place for $15,842 and was followed to the rail by Charles Wilt (8th, $20,371) and Lior Abudi (7th, $26,603). When Nitesh Rawtani was felted in 6th place for $35,278, play ended for the day.

Other notables to fall short of the final table included Christian Harder (27th, $5,740), 2021 WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Leng (25th, $5,740), Dan Zack (17th, $6,803), and Ari Engel who wrapped up in 15th place for $8,200. Maxx Coleman was the final table bubble, falling in 10th place for $12,715.

Ben Yu was the first elimination of the day, finishing in 58th for $3,463, and was joined by Amnon Filippi (55th) and Tyler Cornell (53rd) on the rail in early action. Craig Varnell (39th) and Adam Hendrix (37th) were able to ladder a pay grade to $4,927.

Event #35 Final Table Chip Counts

1. Josh Arieh – 6,330,000
2. Tommy Le – 5,300,000
3. Ivan Deyra – 5,110,000
4. Robert Blair – 2,450,000
5. Gabriel Andrade – 1,400,000

Kevin Gerhart, Benny Glaser Top $10K H.O.R.S.E. Day 2

Day 2 of the popular $10K H.O.R.S.E. brought back a total of 71 runners and nearly two-thirds of the field would have to be eliminated before the money started rolling in.

By the end of the day just 16 remained with WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Gerhart holding a slim chip lead over three-time WSOP champ Benny Glaser headed into Day 3. Joining the pair in the top five are Chris Vitch, David Benyamine, and Marco Johnson.

In fact, it’s a who’s who of mixed game mastery moving on to Day 3 including GGPoker ambassador and Poker Hall of Fame nominee Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Brandon Shack-Harris, Bryce Yockey, Jake Schwartz, and four-time bracelet holder Max Pescatori among them.

The money bubble burst with just 23 players remaining which meant that Scott Seiver (22nd, $16,218), Nate Silver (21st, $16,218), former WSOP Player of the Year Mike Gorodinsky (20th, $16,218)m and newly minted bracelet winner Dylan Linde (19th, $17,738) were able to cash before hitting the rail before the end of the day.

But not all of the big names in this event were able to find a bag including defending $10K H.O.R.S.E. champion Greg Mueller who was felted just outside of the money in 46th place and was joined by 2019 Player of the Year Robert Campbell, current #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski, Nick Schulman, and Shaun Deeb.

Early eliminations included Brock Parker, Allen Kessler, and recent bracelet winners John Monnette and Adam Friedman, who just one day before completed one of the most difficult accomplishments in WSOP history by three-peating the $10K Dealers Choice.

Event #40 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Top 5 Chip Counts

  1. Kevin Gerhart – 1,075,000
  2. Benny Glaser – 1,045,000
  3. Christopher Vitch – 945,000
  4. David Benyamine – 710,000
  5. Marco Johnson – 665,000

Nearly 900 Show Up For $2,500 Freezout

A field of 896 runners on Day 1 of Event #41 ($2,500 Freezeout) played down to just 135 who will return on Day 2 with Lithuania Dominykas Mikolatitis holding the overnight chip lead having just touched 1 million in chips.

Arthur Conan wrapped the day second in chips and was closely followed by Christoper Basile, Julian Milliard-Feral, and Spaniard Vicent Bosca Ramon.

There are plenty of other notable names to have made Day 2 including Alan Sternberg, Sergi Reixach, Andre Akkari, Daniel Lazrus, Ali Imsirovic, Jeremy Ausmus, Sam Grafton, and Kevin Martin among them.

All 135 of the remaining players have made the money with payouts starting as soon as the first player hits the rail on Day 2.

Event #41 $2,500 NLHE Freezeout Top 5 Chip Counts

1. Dominykas Mikolatitis – 1,000,000
2. Arthur Conan – 787,000
3. Christopher Basile – 766,000
4. Julian Milliard-Feral – 742,000
5. Vicent Bosca Ramon – 711,000

David ‘ODB’ Baker, Frank Kassela In $1,500 Razz Top 5

How low can you go? That’s the name of the game in Event #42 ($1,500 Razz) as just 98 players from an original field of 311 remain after Day 1.

Ariel Shefer will return with the chip lead on Friday but keeping it close is Todd Dakake who is second in chips, followed by David ‘ODB’ Baker, Steven Cage, and former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela in fifth.

Razz drew in plenty of big names including 16-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth who wanted to take the day off but couldn’t help but register “his best game.” In a scene we’ve seen before Hellmuth and four-time WSOP champ Anthony Zinno got wrapped up in a big hand with Zinno coming out on top, eliminating Hellmuth and Hellmuth giving his friend an earful.

According to PokerNews, “That’s the worst ***ing play I’ve ever seen. I can tell you play Razz a lot,” Hellmuth said to Zinno who, once again, got the better of the Brat.

While Hellmuth didn’t make Day 2, plenty of other notables return to battle for the bracelet. Among them include Bryan Micon, Perry Freidman, Julien Martini, the aforementioned Anthony Zinno, Yuri Dzivielevski, Robert Campbell, Ryan Reiss, Poker Hall of Fame nominee Ted Forrest, and Daniel Negreanu.

Event #42 $1,500 Razz Top 5 Chip Counts

  1. Ariel Shefer – 254,000
  2. Todd Drake – 231,500
  3. David ‘ODB’ Baker – 205,000
  4. Steven Cage – 197,000
  5. Frank Kassela – 181,000