Mixed game specialist Benny Glaser had struck out on a few occasions during the 2021 World Series of Poker. After consistently putting himself in the position to dominate in the mixed game events he knows so well, however, the British player is just one player from victory in the $10,000 Razz Championship at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Heads-Up For $10K Razz Championship
As the final table of nine was set, both Seidel and Hellmuth had spun up their small stacks. Glaser had added a little to his pile, but remained some way behind the chip leader, who at that stage was John Monnette, who already has a 2021 WSOP bracelet to his name. He added a bit more when he eliminated Brad Ruben in ninth place for $25,086, before Hellmuth exited in eighth place, with Yehuda Buchalter’s nine-six the winning hand.
Despite winning that hand, Buchalter was still short, but it would be the nine-time WSOP bracelet winner Seidel who was the next player to hit the rail. Busting after a period of play that saw Glaser rise through the ranks and take the chip lead, Seidel lost out to Dzivielevski before Buchalter busted to the Brazilian too.
At the next break, it was Swedish player Erik Sagstrom who led the final five, but that situation flipped as Glaser took control of the table, constantly putting pressure on all four players to the extent that one hour later, he had 3.7 million chips, more than double Dzivielevski’s total and vastly more than anyone else, with the other three remaining players super short.
John Monnette busted in fifth place, and shortly afterward, Sagstrom was following him to the rail, the second victim in a row of Everett Carlton, who was the player pushing for victory. Dzivielevski busted in third place after Carlton took him out, but the winner of that hand was still well behind Glaser.
That was until a series of pots balanced things out and with Glaser holding a slim lead, that was where play ended for the night as the two men agree to come back to the Rio at 3pm local time to conclude the battle for the bracelet.
WSOP 2021 Event #78 $10,000 Razz Championship
Benny Glaser – 3,990,000
Everett Carlton – 2,570,000
3. Yuri Dzivielevski – $123,254
4. Erik Sagstrom – $90,859
5. John Monnett – $68,025
6. Yehuda Buchalter – $51,739
7. Erik Seidel – $39,987
8. Phil Hellmuth – $31,411
9. Brad Ruben – $25,086
Schemion Takes Massive Lead In Hall of Fame Bounty
The final six players have been reached in the WSOP Hall of Fame Bounty event, which costs $1,979 to enter, and featured players who had won the WSOP Main with a year-appropriate bounty on their heads. With the final table playing out tomorrow, it is the German player Ole Schemion who lead the way, with a big lead of 6.9 million to his nearest rival Giovani Torre, who has 2.7 million.
With every other player having 1.5 million or less, Schemion has a huge lead, and is on the brink of winning what would be his first-ever WSOP bracelet despite a career that has seen him win $16m in live events alone. It’s not only Schemion who would be winning his first bracelet as all six remaining players have yet to win gold. On the penultimate day, players such as Michael Gathy, Christian Pham, Maria Lampropulos, and Joao Vieira all busted, so missed out on the $172,499 top prize.
WSOP 2021 Event #79 $1,979 Hall of Fame Bounty Final Table Chipcounts:
- Ole Schemion – 6,905,000
- Giovani Torre – 2,720,000
- James Alexander – 1,530,000
- Jerry Wong – 1,200,000
- Benjamin Underwood – 975,000
- Marc Rivera – 755,000
Addamo Ahead After $250K Super High Roller Day 1
In the $250,000-entry Super High Roller event, there were 25 total entries, including two rebuys from Jason Koon and Justin Bonomo as Koon bust but Bonomo survived to a top ten finish. In all, 10 levels of play saw just 15 players with their names already in the seat draw for Day 2 after completing Day 1, with Michael Addamo (4,965,000) and Ali Imsirovic (4,875,000) clear at the top.
Elsewhere in the top ten, Ben Heath bagged up 3,545,000 as he spent much of the day in pursuit of whichever leader was wearing the metaphorical yellow jersey at the time. Daniel Negreanu (2,305,000) had a strong day at the felt, with Stephen Chidwick doing the same, bagging up slightly more with 2,540,000 chips.
Players to bust included the luckless Koon, who sunk $500,000 but ended the day with nothing, while John Lilic busted first and didn’t re-enter. Dan Smith was one of the leaders at one point but lost his stack to Ali Imsirovic late in the day.
WSOP 2021 Event #82 $250,000 Super High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Michael Addamo – 4,965,000
- Ali Imsirovic – 4,875,000
- Benjamin Heath – 3,545,000
- Adrian Mateos – 3,420,000
- Timofey Kuznetsov – 2,890,000
- Christoph Vogelsang – 2,860,000
- Stephen Chidwick – 2,540,000
- Daniel Negreanu – 2,305,000
- Justin Bonomo – 2,285,000
- Sam Soverel – 2,190,000
Weisman, Coleman, Rheem Crack $3K Top 10
In Event #80, Robert Cowan grabbed the lead as the British player bagged up 140 big blinds with which to attack the final day of the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha showdown. With players such as Dylan Weisman (1,475,000), David Coleman (1,250,000), and Chino Rheem (1,000,000) all in the top seven, it is sure to be a very exciting final day, where the winner will receive $280,916.
With 122 players starting the penultimate day, only 75 made the money. Those landing on the wrong side of that divide included Ari Engel, Jake Schwartz, Esther Taylor, Ali Imsirovic, Brett Richey, Noah Bronstein, and Mark Birdsall, with both final two players on that list bubbling when they exited the event in the same hand.
All of the following made money, as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Laak, Christian Harder, Ben Yu, and Gabriel Andrade all claimed profit but missed a very deep run in the event, which has seen 496 players put up the $3,000 buy-in, creating a prize pool worth over $1.3 million.
WSOP 2021 Event #80 $3,000 PLO Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Robert Cowen – 2,800,000
- Steven Forman – 1,685,000
- Dylan Weisman – 1,475,000
- Karel Mokry – 1,475,000
- David Coleman – 1,250,000
- Raphael Schreiner – 1,210,000
- Chino Rheem – 1,000,000
- Robert Emmerson – 915,000
- Jered Bettencourt – 840,000
- Senovio Ramirez III – 730,000
One Last Deepstack To Go
In the $800-entry Deepstack event, Will Givens bagged the lead as he totaled a whopping 140 big blinds by the close of play. His stack of 2,440,000 chips looked down from a great height on Marc Lange (1,865,000) and William Blais (1,500,000) in his slipstream, while Jason Wheeler (1.27m) also made the top 10.
Just 289 players made the money and 121 survived the 1,921 entries, meaning players such as Pat Lyone, Brett Apter, 2021 bracelet winner DJ Alexander, Joseph Cheong, Shaun Deeb and last year’s world champion Damian Salas all bowed out.
WSOP 2021 Event #81 $800 Deepstack Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Will Givens – 2,440,000
- Marc Lange – 1,865,000
- William Blais – 1,500,000
- Jonathan Press – 1,470,000
- Christine Park – 1,460,000
- Nikolay Yosifov – 1,380,000
- Eduardo Amaral – 1,310,000
- Serhii Holodiuk – 1,305,000
- Jason Wheeler – 1,270,000
- John O’Neal – 1,210,000
Landon Tice had some words for anyone complaining about how long the WSOP Main Event final table players took over their decisions on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Anyone upset with “tanking” in the main event final table should take the time to put themselves in the shoes where a single decision can change their financial status.
It’s been 9 days straight of poker for a once in a lifetime event to the vast majority who make it that far.
— Landon (@LandonTice) November 18, 2021
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to wake up as the world champion? Koray Aldemir can tell you.
Just woke up as world champion, what a luckbox I am!😂
I'll write a few things as soon as my brain starts working normally again, might take a day or two though.
Ty for the incredible support and nice words I've been experiencing, walking around with a huge grin on my face today
— Koray Aldemir (@kooraay90) November 18, 2021