WSOP 2021: Main Event Reaches Final Table, Koray Aldemir Holds Huge Chip Lead

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The WSOP Main Event final table will kick off on Tuesday with German player Koray Aldemir in the lead.

With just nine players remaining, the WSOP Main Event final table is set, and it is German player Koray Aldemir who will go into the final two days of the biggest poker tournament in the world with a huge chip lead.

Here’s Your November Nine

With players such as Chance Kornuth, Andreas Kniep, and Jesse Lonis busting across a dramatic day at the felt, the final table of the WSOP Main Event was reached in the early hours of the morning, with Matt Berkey looking like a savant when he called the time and was just a few minutes out.

It didn’t take long from the kick-off of the day’s action for the bust-outs to keep coming, with Chance Kornuth’s one of the biggest of the day. Kornuth’s conqueror, George Holmes ended the day second in chips with 83.7 million chips, but at one point had less than two big blinds to his name, spinning his stack up to eventually knock out the most experienced player in the field when his AsAc triumphed against Kornuth’s AhKs.

The final hand of the day played out when Canadian player Demosthenes Kiriopoulos bubbled the final as his As3s lost out to the chip leader’s QdTc, with Aldemir’s fans on the rail going crazy when the board of Qs9s5h7hJc gave the German another knockout and the overwhelming chip lead heading into the final nine.

Only one player already has a WSOP bracelet to their name and that man is Chase Bianchi (12,100,000), who couldn’t be more excited about the potential checking off of one of his life’s goals.

 

With two British players also surviving, Jack Oliver (30,400,000) and Jareth East (8,300,000) will both be hoping to become champion in two days time just as all the nine finalists will. Tomorrow at 4 pm local time, the final table begins. It will end in two nights time with a new world champion.

WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Final Table Chipcounts:

  1. Koray Aldemir – 140,000,000
  2. George Holmes – 83,700,000
  3. Alejandro Lococo – 46,800,000
  4. Joshua Remitio – 40,000,000
  5. Jack Oliver – 30,400,000
  6. Ozgur Secilmis – 24,500,000
  7. Hye Park – 13,500,000
  8. Chase Bianchi – 12,100,000
  9. Jareth East – 8,300,000

Six Remain In Crazy Eights

In the Crazy Eights tournament, just six players remain from a field of 237 who started the penultimate day of the event. It is Leonid Yanovski who leads the final table, with a whopping 62.2 million chips, some way clear of closest challengers David Moses (49.1 million) and Paul Fehlig (48.7 million).

On a busy day for final tables that should see four tournaments conclude and the Main Event reach three players, Yanovski will also face the challenge of short-stack Timo Kamphues (7.4 million), as well as former bracelet winners Georgios Sotiropoulos (21.8 million) and Sejin Park (14.6 million).

WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Final Table Chipcounts:

  1. Leonid Yanovski – 62,200,000
  2. David Moses – 49,100,000
  3. Paul Fehlig – 48,700,000
  4. Georgios Sotiropoulos – 21,800,000
  5. Sejin Park – 14,600,000
  6. Timo Kamphues – 7,400,000

$10K Stud 8 Needs One More Day

In the $10,000-entry Event #73, the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, Yuval Bronshtein leads the final four combatants after the final table was started but abandoned halfway through the story being told.

It’s some story, as with four remaining, Bronshtein (3,320,000) is shooting for another WSOP bracelet, with two of his three opponents each holding bracelets in their back catalogs too. With nine players remaining, WSOP Player of the Year leader Josh Arieh bowed out, before being followed from the event by Gary Benson and Erik Seidel, who missed the chance to capture his tenth WSOP crown. After the elimination of John Monette in sixth place, Marco Johnson was the final player to miss out on the denouement of the tournament.

WSOP 2021 Event #73 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table Results:

5. Marco Johnson – $79,073

6. John Monnette – $59,545

7. Erik Seidel – $46,140

8. Gary Benson – $36,821

9. Josh Arieh – $30,290

The four remaining players share nine bracelets between them, with only Ian O’Hara (2,120,000) yet to win one. Scott Seiver (1,665,000) is aiming for his fourth title in WSOP history, with Brian Hastings going for his fifth gong.

WSOP 2021 Event #73 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table Chipcounts:

  1. Yuval Bronshtein – 3,320,000
  2. Ian O’Hara – 2,120,000
  3. Scott Seiver – 1,665,000
  4. Brian Hastings – 1,535,000

Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov Leads $2,500 Big Bet Mix

In Event #74, the $,2500-entry Big Bet Mix, Denis Strebkov of Russia took a massive chip lead into the final day with just 14 players remaining. Strebkov piled up over 1.4 million chips to lead by a big margin from Shanmukha Meruga (877,000) and Scott Bohlman (827,000), with every other one of the 11 players having less than half of Strebkov’s chips with one day to play out.

Just 91 players started the day, but 77 busted, with James Chen, Yuri Dzivielevski, John Racener, Matt Waxman, Ryan Laplante, Eli Elezra, and Chris Brewer among them.

WSOP 2021 Event #74 $2,500 Big Bet Mix Top 10 Chipcounts:

  1. Denis Strebkov – 1,402,000
  2. Shanmukha Meruga – 877,000
  3. Scott Bohlman    – 827,000
  4. Hooman Nizad    – 512,000
  5. Patrik Ciklamini – 498,000
  6. Anthony Ribeiro – 479,000
  7. Noah Boeken – 455,000
  8. Jon Turner – 415,000
  9. Asher Lower – 375,000
  10. Amnon Filippi – 371,000

$1,500 Freezeout Kicked Off

In Event #75, Day 1 of the $1,500-entry Freezeout event took place, with Rennei Liu (889,000) also a big chip leader. Other prominent names such as Bin Liu (610,000), Asi Moshe (604,000), Artan Dedusha (504,000), Joe Serock (436,000), Nadya Magnus (414,000), Patrick Tardif (239,000), Gabriel Andrade (180,000), Sherry Hammers (139,000) and Angelina Rich (124,000) all remain in contention, while stars such as Barny Boatman, Daniel Strelitz, and Barry Greenstein exited before the close of play.

WSOP 2021 Event #75 $1,500 Freezeout NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts:

  1. Rennei Liu – 889,000
  2. Bin Liu – 610,000
  3. Asi Moshe – 604,000
  4. David Pham – 572,000
  5. Stefan Reiser – 537,000
  6. Armin Rezaei – 529,000
  7. Kartik Ved – 523,000
  8. Nicholas Hubers – 510,000
  9. Naor Slobodskoy – 505,000
  10. Artan Dedusha – 504,000

Chidwick, Sammartino, Timoshenko Survive Super Turbo Bounty

Finally, seven players only remain in contention for the 76th WSOP event bracelet, namely the players who survived a brutal Day 1 of the $10,000-entry Super Turbo Bounty event. In what was a stacked field, Stephen Chidwick made up for busting out of the WSOP Main Event yesterday by racking up 2,270,000 chips, with the Brit only behind runaway leader Aditya Agarwal (8,750,000) and Barth Melius (3,550,000).

Romain Lewis (2,050,000), Dario Sammartino (1,930,000), Uri Reichenstein (1,795,000), and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (1,065,000) all made the final table too as the overall field of 307 was reduced by 300 in one 10-hour shove fest marathon. With the $463,885 top prize one of the bigger prizes on offer in the Rio over the final few days of the 2021 World Series of Poker, finding out who wins is sure to be an exciting watch.

WSOP 2021 Event #76 $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty Final Table Chipcounts:

  1. Aditya Agarwal – 8,750,000
  2. Barth Melius – 3,550,000
  3. Stephen Chidwick – 2,270,000
  4. Romain Lewis – 2,050,000
  5. Dario Sammartino – 1,930,000
  6. Uri Reichenstein – 1,795,000
  7. Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 1,065,000

One person who sadly won’t be part of the commentary team for the final days of the WSOP Main Event is Nick Schulman, who tested positive for COVID-19. It appears he’ll miss Ali Nejad… well, a bit.

Finally, players were being careful and getting tested in general, but like every situation in poker, there’s always a player who takes it too far.