Koray Aldemir, the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event world champion, sits on top of the poker world this morning after the result of his career saw him win the $8 million top prize in the Las Vegas spectacular earlier today.
Aldemir’s The New Main Event Champ
Since the moment Aldemir beat George Holmes in a stunning hand that you can read all about here, the poker world has reacted with overwhelming positivity to one of the most liked and well-respected poker peers in the game.
The final three kicked off with Aldemir in a large amount of control, of course, but the focus wasn’t all on the players. Many observers felt that the final table chips being colored up so regularly denied everyone watching on TV the chance to see players push huge piles of the fun discs over the line. What’s the solution to the situation that has irked so many?
If I ever get to be WSOP TD, I will have zero color ups. One person at the end will have every chip in the tournament and I don't care what the consequences are.
— Fungali (@AlexFungali) November 17, 2021
As yesterday’s final nine departed the Thunderdome, each one of them was naturally disappointed. A day on, each might have been reflecting on what winnings they have made rather than any imagine extra, and Chase Bianchi, who busted in ninth place for $1 million will have a fun callback to make to his landlord.
Just got a text from my landlord about discussing rent price after our lease is up. No chance he knows, but funny timing.
— Chase Bianchi (@Chase_Bianchi) November 16, 2021
As happens every year, when it gets down to the equity of a poker hand being worth millions, the final three players do slow down. Hey, every decision they make is priceless. Scott Seiver, an advocate on speeding up play in virtually every other event, came to the trio’s defense.
These people are making the biggest decisions they'll ever make in their entire professional career, and these are the moments all of us in this community care about the most. Let's elevate these moments and make them special, not complain about the tension and beauty of a moment
— Scott Seiver (@scott_seiver) November 18, 2021
Sam Greenwood had to tip Aldemir for glory before the final table began, but wanted to make it clart ere was no comeback if it all went wrong.
Joining the chorus to say @kooraay90 is a talented poker player, nice guy and would be a deserving world champ. Also everyone is saying this, so if he doesn't win, it's not because I jinxed him.
— Sam Greenwood (@SamGreenwoodRIO) November 16, 2021
Erik Seidel also knows the winner of the Main, apparently for the first time in a long time.
If @kooraay90 wins today, it’ll be the first time in 20 years I’ve known the winner of the Main. He’s one of the most well liked guys on the tour, would love to see it
— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) November 17, 2021
Phil Hellmuth was on his way to making the final day of the $10,000 Razz Championship, but still had time for a Sit ‘N’ Go with Vince Vaugh and a few friends.
Filming w THESE guys, a quick promo before the @WSOP Main begins (3 left in Main), and before I start Day 2 of Razz. W Vince Vaughn @TexDolly and @NormanChad @lonmceachern #POSITIVITY pic.twitter.com/5W7G4hVNPu
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) November 17, 2021
Finally, Patrick Leonard is on WhatsApp terms with the new world champion and somehow managed to avoid a side bet on the Main Event. That’s why they call ‘Pads’ the sharpest tool in any box.
Koray messaged me day before the main event to do some **more** side bets because “I need to chase” 🏃♂️ 🏃♂️ 🏃♂️ 🏃♂️
Very, very glad we didn’t go with the boring route 😅😅😅
Good Luck bro pic.twitter.com/Og71KBVeVY
— Patrick Leonard (@padspoker) November 16, 2021
When the event was concluded, Aldemir’s dramatic win lived long in the memory of viewers worldwide as the German won $8 million for taking down the title and busting George Holmes heads-up after Jack Oliver had departed in third.
WSOP 2021 Event #67 Main Event Final Table Results:
- Koray Aldemir – $8,000,000
- George Holmes – $4,300,000
- Jack Oliver – $3,000,000
- Joshua Remitio – $2,300,000
- Ozgur Secilmis – $1,800,000
- Hye Park – $1,400,000
- Alejandro Lococo – $1,225,000
- Jareth East – $1,100,000
- Chase Bianchi – $1,000,000
Himmelspach Takes $1,500 Freezeout
The next bracelet winner on a busy day at the Rio felt was Chad Himmelspach, who won the $1,500-entry Event #75 Freezeout tournament after a heads-up victory against German player Stefan Reiser.
It was when six players were left that Himmelspach started to make moves up the leaderboard, with a massive five-bet pre-flop leading to his eventual heads-up opponent Reiser open-folding pocket tens. When he eliminated Tarun Gulati in sixth place for $50,021 with his own holding against Gulati’s , Himmelspach approached the top of the counts with 9.6 million chips.
With the bust-out of Ori Hasson in fifth place for $66,447, Kaue De Souza vaulted himself up the leaderboard, able to get there against the Israeli player’s across the board. The Brazilian, however, was the very next player to bust, dropping down the pecking order before a shove with against overnight leader Renmui Liu’s fell to a deuce on the river.
Liu himself was out in third place for $121, 580, the first six-figure score of the tournament, when his short-stack shove with was called by Himmelspach with which held. That pot was a small one, but the eventual winner had built a healthy lead at the right time. With almost three times Reiser’s chips, Himmelspach saw the chip sway this way and that for over two hours until he was finally in a similar position of control.
Himmelspach called his opponent’s shove, holding and looking pleased to see Reiser had been shoving light with . The board of saw the event end in the American’s favor, winning him a debut bracelet and the top prize of over a quarter of a million dollars in stunning fashion.
WSOP 2021 Event #75 $1,500 Freezeout Final Table Results:
- Chad Himmelspach – $270,877
- Stefan Reiser – $167,418
- Renmei Liu – $121,580
- Kaue De Souza – $89,344
- Ori Hasson – $66,447
- Tarun Gulati – $50,021
- Nicholas Hubers – $38,121
- Seth Evans – $29,416
- Louison Vincent – $22,986
Joanello Scores First Bracelet In Fifty Stack
The third and final bracelet of the day to be won came in the Fifty Stack finale in a more secluded corner of the Rio, where Paulo Joanello of Brazil won his first-ever bracelet and $321,917 in the process.
The heads-up battle was, once again, an intriguing one as both Joanello and his opponent, Toby Price, were locked in battle for some time, before the former’s overpair survived the all-in on the flop by top pair holder Price. At a fast final table, perhaps the two biggest challengers in terms of know-how were Elio Fox and Scott Hall, but the pair bust in seventh and ninth place respectively.
In the end, it was the Brazilian rail who celebrated, and wildly so, as the Rio erupted with a sound worthy of its namesake’s carnival attendees thousands of miles south of the world-famous poker venue in which their latest celebrated son won gold.
WSOP 2021 Event #77 $1,500 Fifty Stack Final Table Results:
- Paulo Joanello – $321,917
- Toby Price – $198,970
- Martin Bicanik – $146,061
- Ron Moisescu – $108,349
- Roongsak Griffeth – $81,228
- Axel Hallay – $61,550
- Elio Fox – $47,145
- David Morel – $36,508
- Scott Hall – $28,585
Dzivielevski Leads $10K Razz Final Table
The final day of the $10,000 Razz Championship is sure to be a thrilling one, with Yuri Dzivielevski (1,126,000) the chip leader and both Erik Seidel (227,000) and Phil Hellmuth (133,000) in the mix, albeit short-stacked. With the Brazilian chip leader’s closest challengers being Yehuda Buchalte (874,000) and John Monnette (861,000) there is class everywhere among the final 13 players.
With Hellmuth firing for his 17th bracelet, an amount that would extend the Poker Brat’s current record amount of 16 wins, and Erik Seidel aiming to win his 10th bracelet, anything could happen on what is sure to be a tense and exciting final day.
WSOP 2021 Event #78 $10,000 Razz Championship Final Day Chipcounts:
- Yuri Dzivielevski – 1,126,000
- Yehuda Buchalte – 874,000
- John Monnette – 861,000
- Erik Sagstrom – 845,000
- Roland Israelashvili – 647,000
- Benny Glaser – 552,000
- Shirley Rosario – 398,000
- Brad Ruben – 316,000
- Carlos Villamarin – 299,000
- Everett Carlton – 231,000
- Erik Seidel – 227,000
- Phil Hellmuth – 133,000
- Matt Vengrin – 54,000
Bounty Hunters Invade Poker Hall of Fame
In the unique Event #79, the $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty event, just 71 players of the 469 who entered made the money places, with 63 staying through the end of the day. Top of the shop after Day 1 is Marc Rivera, with the Philippines player bagging up 721,000 chips by the end of the night.
Elsewhere in the top 10 chip counts, Jerry Wong was second in chips (700,000), while Christian Pham sneaked into 10th place with 402,000. Other star names such as Maria Lampropulos (383,000), Ole Schemion (333,000), and Joao Vieira (75,000) all made the next day’s play, with plenty of bounties and big names missing out, as WSOP Master of Ceremonies Vince Vaughn – costing a $10,000 bounty – as well as Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Scotty Nguyen, Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, Jack McClelland, Phil Hellmuth, and Eli Elezra, the latest Hall of Famer from 2021, made their exits.
WSOP 2021 Event #79 $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Marc Rivera – 721,000
- Jerry Wong – 700,000
- Payam Karami – 630,000
- Eder Murata – 560,000
- Laurent Polito – 486,000
- Phil Scaletta – 462,000
- Abhinav Iyer – 442,000
- Sonia Shashikhina – 425,000
- Michael Acevedo – 419,000
- Christian Pham – 402,000
Chino Rheem In Top 5 of $3K Six Max
Finally, Event #80 saw 10 hours of play conclude with just 122 players in seats and Ruslan Nazarenko in the lead with 616,500 chips. Closing in on the leader were Chino Rheem (500,000) and Maxx Coleman (496,000), with Uri Reichenstein (357,500) also making the top 10.
With others such as Anatolii Zyrin (280,500) and Ali Imsirovic (268,500) both making the cut, others missed out, with Craig Varnell, David Williams, Chance Kornuth, Shaun Deeb, and 2019 champion from the event Alan Sternberg all hitting the rail.
WSOP 2021 Event #80 $3,000 Six-Max PLO Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Ruslan Nazarenko – 616,500
- Chino Rheem – 500,000
- Maxx Coleman – 496,000
- Steven Forman – 460,000
- Michael Moncek – 445,500
- James Mordue – 419,000
- Joseph Haug – 358,500
- Uri Reichenstein – 357,500
- Michael Hudson – 334,500
- Robert Emmerson – 316,500
And finally, as the World Series of Poker winds to a close over the next few days, players will be returning to countries all over the world to explain to friends, family, and complete strangers what it is they did all October and November. Good luck, all.
Explaining tournament poker to a pro sports bettor
"So imagine you make a parlay, you add a bunch of pick-em odds, a few -400 and -230 favourites and sprinkle in at least a couple +230-400 dogs. You then invest $10k and hours/days of your time and if it hits – you win" pic.twitter.com/l1rSmW3hHg
— Martin Jacobson (@Martin_Jacobson) November 16, 2021