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  1. The latest action in the 2021 WSOP Main Event saw several big names make dramatic exits on Day 6 as the 96 players who started the day were whittled down to just 36 survivors by the close of play. On a day where Japanese player Motoyoshi Okamura won his first-ever WSOP bracelet, the Main Event was the main attraction at the Rio in Las Vegas. Park Takes Main Event Lead, Kornuth and Aldemir Still Crushing It didn’t take long for there to be big drama on Day 6 of the WSOP Main Event, with players like Stephen Chidwick heading to the rail. Dragana Lim was the final female player sitting, but her chances ended when her [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] was overtaken on a cruel river by Mikiya Kudo’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qs"] when the board played out [poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Qh"] after all the chip had gone in pre-flop. Nicholas Rigby continued to grab headlines and baffle his fellow players as time and again he played the hand he referred to as the ‘dirty diaper’, deuce-three. It was good enough to take down a massive pot with a bluff right here: https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1460094277027917829 Other big names fell, such as British pro Alex Goulder, whose pocket eights weren’t enough to hold against Spanish player David Cabrera’s pocket jacks. Goulder was the last player of the night to depart, cashing for $163,900 in 37th place. Other big names, however, thrived on a day where over half the remaining field was trimmed. With 36 players still in the hunt for the $8 million top prize and the WSOP Main Event bracelet worth $500,000 alone, it is Hye Park who leads the Main Event after six days at the felt with stack of 29,500,000 chips. He’s some way ahead of Demosthenes Kiriopoulos (24,905,000) and Joshua Remitio (21,490,000), who are second and third in chips respectively. Elsewhere, there are some very big players with chipstacks, as Chase Bianchi 920,765,000) and Koray Aldemir (18,905,000) round out the top five, PokerStars players Ramon Colillas (18,200,000) and Alejandro Lococo (17,950,000) both make the top ten and both David Cabrera (14,530,000) and Chance Kornuth (13.6 million) remain in with a great chance of victory. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Hye Park - 29,500,000 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos - 24,905,000 Joshua Remitio - 21,490,000 Chase Bianchi - 20,765,000 Koray Aldemir - 18,905,000 George Holmes - 18,425,000 Ramon Colillas - 18,200,000 Alejandro Lococo - 17,950,000 Ozgur Secilmis - 14,700,000 David Cabrera - 14,530,000 Okamura Wins First Ever Gold In Event #72, the only bracelet of the day was won by Japanese player Motoyoshi Okamura as he triumphed against the overnight chip leader Rafael Mota of Brazil. With eight players kicking off the $1,500 Mixed NLHE / PLO action, Tim Grau of Austria busted first for $20,737 in PLO, before Marc Lange went out in seventh just a few minutes later for $27,088. Lange was all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="2s"] but lost out to Leonid Yanovski’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qs"] after the ace-high board provided no hope for the unfortunate Lange. He was joined on the rail by Jordan Spurlin when the American’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qh"] couldn’t hit against Nick Yunis’ [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"] on a seven-high board after all the chips had gone into the middle pre-flop. Spurlin had won $35,942 with his run to the top six and it was Mike Takayama who went one step higher up the ladder as he busted in fifth for $48,428. Takayama was all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="7c"], but couldn’t catch an ace to overtake Yunis, who this time had [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"] and held on the paired board of [poker card="Js"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jh"]. Yanovski ran short to bust in fourth place for $66,249 before Yunis himself found himself on the rail. Moving all-in for his last six big blinds, Yunis needed help as his [poker card="3h"][poker card="3c"] was some way behind Okamura’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kd"] in no limit hold’em. He couldn’t find it on the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2h"] board and cashed for $91,989 in third place. Heads-up, Okamura had a strong chip lead, playing over 12 million to Mota’s 8 million and sealed the deal when he won in PLO with a full house of queens over tens to beat Mota’s pocket kings. WSOP 2021 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed NLHE / PLO Final Table Results: Motoyoshi Okamura - $209,716 Rafael Mota - $129,621 Nick Yunis - $91,989 Leonid Yanovski - $66,249 Mike Takayama - $48,428 Jordan Spurlin - $35,942 Marc Lange - $27,088 Tim Grau - $20,737 A huge final Day 1 flight in Event #70 saw the Crazy Eights field final reach Day 2 after a cancelled Day 1a and three Day 1 flights thereafter. Day 1d saw a massive 2,241 players take part, with only 337 of them making the money. When the dust settled at the end of the day, Farhad Davoudzadeh (2,410,000) had the chip lead, with a slight lead over both Miklos Zsuffa (2,405,000) and Cole Ferraro (2,290,000), who has already won a WSOP bracelet this Autumn in Las Vegas. Others to make the cut included Jason Wheeler (2,100,000), Philip Tom (1,045,000), Kenny Hallaert (590,000) and Cate Hall (310,000), while others such as Barny Boatman, Ryan Depaulo, Bruno Lopes, Pamela Balzano, Chris Moorman, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Blair Hinkle and Jeremy Ausmus all fell short of the next day’s play. WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Day 1d Top 10 Chipcounts: Farhad Davoudzadeh - 2,410,000 Miklos Zsuffa - 2,405,000 Cole Ferraro - 2,290,000 Leonid Yanovski - 2,205,000 Jason Wheeler - 2,100,000 Timo Kamphues - 2,055,000 Lipei Xu - 1,975,000 John Simonian - 1,850,000 Pierre Merlin - 1,850,000 Joseph Liberta - 1,835,000 Erik Seidel Plays For Bracelet #10, Another Deep Run for Arieh In the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud Championship, there are a number of different narratives lining up to play out on the final day of the event. Event #73 has some big, big players still in the hunt for the bracelet and $352 958 top prize, with Marco Johnson (1,400,000) top of the shop and in line for his third WSOP bracelet. Further down the final 11 players, Erik Seidel (994,000) will shoot for the 10th WSOP bracelet of his career tomorrow, which would put him second on the all-time bracelet winners list with Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey and Johnny Chan. Josh Arieh (535,000) seeks another deep run to the podium places in order to further stretch his WSOP Player of the Year lead after an amazing 2021 World Series of Poker so far. WSOP 2021 Event #73 $888 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Day Chipcounts: Marco Johnson - 1,400,000 Yuval Bronshtein - 1,332,000 Brian Hastings - 1,093,000 Erik Seidel - 994,000 Ian O'Hara - 975,000 Scott Seiver - 783,000 John Monnette - 657,000 Josh Arieh - 535,000 Gary Benson - 351,000 Ahmed Mohamed - 273,000 Brett Richey - 192,000 Finally, in Event #74, the $2,500-entry Big Bet Mix event, 212 entries led to 10 hours of poker reducing the field to just 92 in the mix for Day 2. Of the survivors, Jarryd Godena (1,400,000) has the lead with the Australian bagging slightly more than Brazilian player Yuri Dzivielevski (1,332,000) and Ismael Bojang (1,093,000). With players such as Chris Brewer, Yueqi Zhu, Mike Matusow, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Benny Glaser, Jake Daniels, Paul Volpe and Ben Yu all departing on the first day’s play, players will likely battle down to a final table and one step closer to the $117,898 top prize on tomorrow’s Day 2. WSOP 2021 Event #74 $2,500 Big Bet Mix Top 10 Chipcounts: Jarryd Godena - 1,400,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 1,332,000 Ismael Bojang - 1,093,000 Asher Lower - 994,000 Yik Chiu - 975,000 Richard Bai - 783,000 Anthony Ribeiro - 657,000 Scott Bohlman - 535,000 Jon Turner - 351,000 Maury Barrett - 273,000
  2. Day 2cef of the WSOP Main Event saw strong performances from many big names as the field narrowed and some former champions enjoyed revisiting the WSOP felt on Day 2 of the Main Event for the first time in over two years. Moneymaker and Nguyen Among Former Winners to Star on Day 2cef Chris Moneymaker was one of the standout performers on Day 2cef as the 1,807 surviving players from Days 1c, 1e, and 1f combined to play out a dramatic day at the felt. Moneymaker, who now represents America’s Cardroom after over a decade at the felt wearing the PokerStars patch, had an incredible session of five two-hour levels, running up a huge stack of over half a million chips as he ended the day with 531,600 chips. Moneymaker's surge to the top of the chip counts came on two critical hands, both against the same opponent, Bryan Reyes. In the first, Moneymaker flopped a set of deuces against Reyes' pocket aces for a pure double. Then when holding the bigger stack, the pair clashed again. The cameras caught up with the action with the blinds at 800/1,600 (1,600 ante) after Moneymaker raised holding [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"] and Reyes put in a three-bet to 14,600 holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"]. Moneymaker went with the in position four-bet to 40,500 and after a trip in the tank, Reyes made the call. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6c"] and Reyes checked it over to Moneymaker who put in a small bet of 25,000 and Reyes again made the call. The turn was the [poker card="5h"] and Reyes, checked again. This time Moneymaker slid out 65,000. With 200,000 left in his stack and after giving it a thought, Reyes moved all-in sending Moneymaker into the tank. An anguished Moneymaker stood and paced, concerned that Reyes flopped a set of queens. "It's no fun when the rabbit has the gun," he said. Then suddenly Moneymaker called and the cards were on their back. The river came [poker card="td"] and Reyes hit the rail and Moneymaker shot to the top of the chip counts. https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1458655860960411650?s=20 https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1458665926191054848?s=20 Moneymaker may have made the top 10, but he doesn’t lead the Main Event at this stage. That honor is reserved for Conrad De Armas, who bagged up an incredible 744,000 chips, and that’s enough for the overall lead above Day 2abd conqueror Rameez Shahid (731,000). Hot on De Armas’ heels are several big names, with Adam Walton (673,100), Keyu Qu (664,900), Cameron Mitchell (642,000), and Daniel Lowery (625,200) the closest to De Armas’s stack. Behind them lurk dangerous top 10 chip stacks belonging to Matt Glantz (580,000), Artem Dedusha (577,100), Daniel Soltys (540,700), and the aforementioned Moneymaker, who won the 2003 WSOP Main Event 18 years ago. Outside the top dozen players, big names are armed to the teeth with raising chips, with Tyler Cornell (487,000), 2016 world champion Qui Nguyen (479,100), Jake Daniels (340,000), Robert Campbell (327,000), Robert Mizrachi (311,300) and Liv Boeree (289,500) all finishing inside the top 50 players on Day 2cef. Phil ‘The Poker Brat’ Hellmuth was able to make Day 3, but only with a short stack of 25,400 and will return to a battle to make the money, let alone push for another deep run this World Series. With 1,810 players taking to the felt on Day 2cef, just 915 players survived to Day 3, and they’ll join the 1,440 who made it through yesterday for a total field of 2,355 players who’ll play to the money tomorrow. With the World Series of Poker announcing that 1,000 places will be paid, here are the amounts paid out to the final nine players who reach the final table: WSOP 2021 Main Event Final Table Payouts: $8,000,000 $4,300,000 $3,000,000 $2,300,000 $1,800,000 $1,400,000 $1,225,000 $1,100,000 $1,000,000 While all those players will be looking towards Day 3 with determination to dominate the money bubble, plenty of big names on the rail will be looking at the next day’s play with only envy for what might have been. Vanessa Kade was an early bust-out, the popular player moving all-in on the river of a double-paired nine-high board with seven-four off-suit only to be called and eliminated by Jorge Ribeiro with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"] in a pot worth over 100,000 chips. Sam Greenwood was another to crash out early, his turned trip tens losing out to Abbas Moradi’s trip tens, with Moradi’s king kicker ahead of Greenwood’s jack. Plenty of other legends of the felt joined Kade and Greenwood on the rail too, as 2019 WSOP Main Event winner Hossein Ensan, Dash Dudley, Paul Volpe, Brandon Cantu, Kevin MacPhee, 1998 world champion Scotty Nguyen, Brandon Adams, Erik Cajelais, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Nathan Gamble, 2018 Main Event runner-up Tony Miles, Mike Watson and 1988 Main Event runner-up Erik Seidel all busted on Day 2cef. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Day 2cef Top 10 Chipcounts: Conrad De Armas - 744,000 Adam Walton - 673,100 Keyu Qu - 664,900 Cameron Mitchell - 642,000 Daniel Lowery - 625,600 Jorge Arriola - 594,200 Matt Glantz - 580,000 Artan Dedusha - 577,100 Aristeidis Moschonas - 555,400 Daniel Soltys - 540,700 Brian Rast Among Big Stacks on Day 1c of Little One for One Drop Event #68, the $1,111-entry Little One for One Drop, saw a dramatic Day 1c play out with Brian Rast near the top of the chip counts at the close of play. It was Oscar Alache (518,800) who grabbed the chip lead by the end of the third and final Day 1 flight, but Charles Lee (504,400), Thomas Eychenne (429,600), and Rast (459,000) will all hunt down the leader with hope and chips in equally large measure. Others to survive the Day 1c action included Jason Wheeler (210,000), Kevin Song (206,500), Lily Kiletto (140,000), and Asi Moshe (49,700), all of whom will be hopeful of running up a stack on Day 2 with which to attack the later levels. Some who fell by the wayside on Day 1c and therefore won’t have the chance to do so include David Liu, Arash Ghaneian, and James Adkins. WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Day 1c Top 10 Chipcounts: Oscar Alache - 518,800 Charles Lee - 504,400 Brian Rast - 459,500 Paul Lee - 443,700 Thomas Eychenne - 429,600 Idris Ambraisse - 379,400 Tomoya Matsumura - 376,800 Sunny Wong - 376,700 Peter Cross - 363,700 Liran Betito - 322,200 Deeb, Leng, Racener all Survive Day 1 of Event #69 A busy day at the felt on Day 1 of Event #69, the $1,500-entry Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, saw players such as five-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, John Racener and Ryan Leng all make the cut to escape a day of terrific action. With 372 entries in total, only just under half the field would make the cut, with players such as Benny Glaser, Brandon Shack-Harris, Joao Vieira, John Cernuto, David Williams, Gershon Distenfeld, Frank Kassela, and Scott Bohlman all failing to survive across a cut-throat session of poker. Others thrived, however, with Jermaine Reid the pick of them, piling up 208,500 chips by the close of play, followed in the counts by James Hoeppner (167,000) and David Martin (166,000) who ran in second and third in chips respectively. Shaun Deeb (143,000) ended the day in the top 10, along with Mike Watson (137,000) and Matt Savage, the legendary poker tournament director bagging 126,000 by the end of Day 1. Other big names hover ominously in Reid’s wake, with stars of the 2021 WSOP such as Ryan Leng (112,500), John Racener (109,500), and Brian Hastings (96,500) all chasing yet another deep run. Former bracelet winners Andrew Kelsall (40,000) and Ari Engel (32,000) have work to do but the skills to make up for a slower starting day when Day 2 kicks off tomorrow. WSOP 2021 Event #69 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Jermaine Reid - 208,500 James Hoeppner - 167,000 David Martin - 166,000 John Hoang - 165,000 Susan Genard - 165,000 Eric Crain - 153,000 Chip Jett - 148,000 Shaun Deeb - 143,000 Mike Watson - 137,000 Matt Savage - 126,000 Michael Gagliano tweeted about a rather awkward situation in which standing up to take a stretch at the poker table led to laughter all round. https://twitter.com/Gags30poker/status/1458580622566248448 Alex Livingston may have made the Day 3 seat draw already, but don’t let that make you think he isn’t already thinking of the final table. Quite a lot. https://twitter.com/rumnchess/status/1458702536173441027 Finally, after winning the WSOP Main Event and seeing his name - well, his 2003 name - give birth to an ‘Effect’, Chris Moneymaker is just like the rest of us and gets excited about a double-up in the Main Event. Who wouldn’t? https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1458655860960411650
  3. The WSOP Main Event made the money on Day 3 as 2,362 players were whittled down to just 1,000 as the clock ticked down hand-for-hand in the final level of the day. With players such as Chris Moneymaker, Stephen Song and Chris Dowling all bagging million-plus stacks, it was a dramatic day of action at the Rio in Las Vegas. Bubble Bursts at the Last in Las Vegas The WSOP Main Event money bubble is a special atmosphere, the kind that has to be experienced to be believed, but for the 1,000 players who made the cut on Day 3, it was unforgettable. https://twitter.com/JohnnieVibes/status/1459078055117287424 The day began with the elimination of Phil Hellmuth in a hand that was brutal for the 1989 champion to take, his pocket jacks all-in and at risk against pocket eights only for his opponent to hit and the Poker Brat to depart. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1458880964881305600?s=20 Some time before the actual bubble, one of the most incredible hands of this or any WSOP Main Event took place live on the PokerGO stream at the feature table. Five players went to a flop of [poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] and it was checked through, despite Ugur Ozgur Secilmis holding [poker card="6s"][poker card="6d"] and Chang Liu holding the nuts with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"]. the turn of [poker card="6c"] gave Secilmis quad sixes in an amazing turnaround, but despite this, all five checked again to the [poker card="5s"] river. On the river, Secilmis led for 55,000 and when Liu raised to 225,000, raised to set Liu all-in. The American made the call quickly, flipping over quads and expecting to scoop a vital double-up. Instead, as his Turkish opponent turned over pocket sixes for quads over quads, the table was stunned as Liu busted with quads in the WSOP Main Event. https://twitter.com/pokergo/status/1459040437788762113?s=21 As ever, the real drama came in the hands just before the bubble burst. One in particular saw the rollercoaster of emotions that players feel writ large as Sebastian Gahl was all-in and at risk with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5c"] on a board showing [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="2d"] against Randy Ohel’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. On the dramatic river card of [poker card="Qc"], nearby players cheered in the mistaken belief that Ohel’s rivered set of queens was the winning hand without spotting that it was a club and therefore gave Gahl the flush. Once players were told of this, the Amazon Room was a chorus of boos instead. When it was over, the ‘bubble boy’ was Kevin Campbell, who was all-in with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"] against Chris Alafogiannis’ [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"], which managed trip nines on a dramatic board of [poker card="9h"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9s"] that sent the Rio into raptures. As the room reacted with whoops and cheers, Jack Effel offered Campbell a chance to play the WSOP Main Event in 2022 and one player had the temerity to capture the moment in a slightly different way. https://twitter.com/PaulShadyoda/status/1459095275629207559?s=20 https://twitter.com/dklappin/status/1459090407674060800 With everyone locking up $15,000 min-cash, the chip leader at the close of play ended up being Jessica Cai, who bagged up 1,796,000 chips, marginally more than Thailand's Phachara Wongwichit (1,773,000). Players such as Stephen Song (1,557,000) and Chris Moneymaker (1,432,000) will both be hoping it is their year, with the latter going for the title 18 years after his era-defining victory of 2003. https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1459221310454865920?s=20 Plenty of big names busted before the bubble burst, with Anthony Zinno, Justin Bonomo, Ben Lamb, Ole Schemion, Greg Mueller, Faraz Jaka, Andy Black, Niall Farrell, Jerry Yang, Liv Boeree Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Pat Lyons, Joseph Hebert, and Chris Hunichen WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 WSOP Main Event Top 10 Chip counts: Jessica Cai - 1,796,000 Phachara Wongwichit - 1,773,000 Joshua Paige Remitio - 1,671,000 Ehsan Amiri - 1,574,000 Stephen Song - 1,557,000 Neel Choksi - 1,552,000 Andreas Kniep - 1,509,000 Chris Dowling - 1,485,000 Chris Moneymaker - 1,432,000 Johan Martinet - 1,365,000 Solitro, Alache, and Jackson Star on Day 2 of Little One for One Drop A busy day of action on Day 2 of the Little One for One Drop event saw three Day 1 flights combine into a massive second day of action. With the $1,111-entry event seeing the 3,797 field reduced to just 229 players, with some superstar names at the top of the leaderboard. Mathew Solitro (2,300,000) bagged up the chip lead, closely followed by Day 1c chip leader Oscar Alache (1,980,000) and David Jackson (1,935,000), with players like Sorel Mizzi (1,280,000), Melanie Weisner (610,000) and Joe Cheong (510,000) not too far back. With other legends such as Phil Laak (500,000), 2019 WSOP Main Event winner Hossein Ensan (345,000), and 2021 bracelet winner DJ Alexander (320,000) all making Day 3, there are sure to be some very exciting moments as the next day of action brings us closer to finding out who the next bracelet winner will be. WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts: Mathew Solitro - 2,300,000 Oscar Alache - 1,980,000 David Jackson - 1,935,000 Jan Wagner - 1,720,000 Idris Ambraisse - 1,605,000 Lingkun Lu - 1,590,000 Chris Vickrey - 1,565,000 Edward Pak - 1,475,000 Masaki Nakamura - 1,450,000 David Singontiko - 1,450,000 Event #69 Sees Dozen Remain in Bracelet Hunt The $1,500-entry Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Event #69 has just 12 players remaining in the hunt for the latest WSOP bracelet and bracelet winners John Racener (1,220,000) and John Monette (1,165,000) who lead the way heading into the final table of the event. With other bracelet winners of the past Carol Fuchs (940,000) and Norwegian player Espen Sandvik (255,000) still in the hunt, a dramatic final day is in the offing on Friday night as the final dozen will return to battle for the bracelet and $113,459 top prize. WSOP 2021 Event #69 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: John Racener - 1,220,000 John Monnette - 1,165,000 Esther Taylor - 1,100,000 John Hoang - 1,065,000 Peder Berge - 962,000 Carol Fuchs - 940,000 Jermaine Reid - 725,000 Joseph Ranciato - 705,000 Espen Sandvik - 255,000 Joseph Kupresanin - 240,000 Negreanu Loses to Royalty, Calvin Anderson Sits Top 5 Daniel Negreanu suffered a bad beat as he busted from the $1,500-entry Bounty PLO Event #71. All-in with two pair, the Canadian busted to Colossus winner Anatolii Zyrin. The Russian had a flush draw and got there on the turn, but even worse/better was to come for the video blog-filming Kid Poker, as the ten of diamonds on the river gave his opponent a royal flush. At the end of play, Mourad Amokrane held the chip lead, with 1,066,000 the only seven-figure stack in the room. Jaime Lewin (712,000) and Nikolay Yosifiv (674,000) were Amokrane’s nearest challengers, with Calvin Anderson (525,000) the biggest name in the top 10 on a day when players such as Ryan Laplante, Ryan Hughes, Ian Steinman and Avi Cohen all missed out on bagging an end-of-day stack. WSOP 2021 Event #71 $1,500 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha Top 10 Chipcounts: Mourad Amokrane - 1,066,000 Jaime Lewin - 712,000 Nikolay Yosifov - 674,000 Miltiadis Kyriakides - 578,000 Calvin Anderson - 525,000 Paulo Villena - 483,000 Ryan Coon - 468,000 Matthew Mlsna - 465,000 Blake Napierala - 461,000 Manuel Ruivo - 448,000 Jon Aguiar highlighted the difference between a 40 big blind stack in 2008 and 13 years later in 2021. https://twitter.com/JonAguiar/status/1458964113497808898 GGPoker ambassador may have lost the last longer bet for the remote control against his wife, Natalie Hof Ramos, but he couldn’t help wishing his love good luck as the German progressed to Day 4. https://twitter.com/FelipeMojave/status/1458920630909222943 Finally, few of us will ever get to experience it, but for everyone feeling a little FOMO at not being in Vegas, we’d look away now if we were you. This is how it feels to make Day 4 of the Main Event, whoever you may be. https://twitter.com/ChancesCards/status/1459092723957260293
  4. A monumental day at the felt on Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event saw just 292 players remain from 1,000 who began the day. When the dust settled, Ramon Colillas was the chip leader with a massive stack of 5,000,000 chips, with some big names not too far behind in his wake. Stephen Chidwick and Ramon Colillas Crack Top 5 With everyone on Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event guaranteed a return of at least $15,000, players had made the money on the final hand of Day 3, so came into today’s play desperate to chip up and make a push towards the latter stages of the world’s biggest poker tournament. Because of this, plenty lost their seats early, with Garry Gates, Kevin Gerhart, and Harrison Gimbel all on the rail before the field was reduced by over 70%. Late in the day, players got into pre-flop clashes that may yet shape the destiny of this year’s spectacular Main Event bracelet. Amid the chaos, several prominent British professionals finished high up the counts, with Stephen Chidwick (4,328,000), Alex Goulder (2,957,000), and Toby Lewis (2,637,000) all finishing way over the average stack. The chip leader at the close of play may have been Colillas, but other major forces hover close by. Matthew Jewett (3,398,000) Fernando Rodriguez (3,442,000), Dragana Lim (3,801,000), and Jason Osser (3,907,000) all finished in the top 10, while Stephen Song (4,417,000) and Demosthenes Kiriopoulos (4,500,000) both got closest to Colillas’s stack. Some players loved the glow of the limelight at the feature table, others, not so much... https://twitter.com/ChancesCards/status/1459444755440435200 ...while Matt Berkey saw a little sunlight in the serendipity. https://twitter.com/berkey11/status/1459444365462433796 Players to bust on Day 4 included Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Billy Baxter, Chris Sandrock, Anton Wigg, JJ Liu, Marle Spragg, Joao Simao, and Ben Yu, with Day 5 sure to bring the number down to less than 100 players as everyone can now legitimately start dreaming of banking that $8 million top prize. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Day 4 Top 10 Chipcounts: Ramon Colillas - 5,000,000 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos - 4,500,000 Stephen Song - 4,417,000 Stephen Chidwick - 4,376,000 Zachary Mcdiarmid - 4,093,000 Jonathan Dwek - 3,955,000 Jason Osser - 3,900,700 Dragana Lim - 3,801,000 Fernando Rodriguez - 3,442,000 Matthew Jewett - 3,398,000 26 Remain In Little One Event #68 saw the penultimate day of the $1,111 Little One for One Drop take place, with just 26 players surviving a day that began with 229 players in seats. At the close of play, Michael Shanahan (13,465,000) led the field from Brekstyn Schutten (11,305,000) and Scott Ball (10,550,000), with other big names in the top ten including Canadian Sorel Mizzi (6,686,000). Plenty of big names fell by the wayside throughout the day, with Justin Lapka, DJ Alexander, Mukul Pahuja, Alexandre Reard, Carlos Chang, Phil Laak, and Joseph Cheong all falling short of bracelet glory. With just 26 players remaining, the race is now on to claim the WSOP bracelet and top prize of $396,445, with only three bracelet winners remaining of the 26 hopefuls. WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts: Michael Shanahan - 13,465,000 Brekstyn Schutten - 11,305,000 Scott Ball - 10,550,000 Mathew Solitro - 8,500,000 David Jackson - 8,180,000 Derek Gregory - 7,310,000 Sebastian Medina - 7,205,000 Petro Zakusilov - 7,040,000 Ronnie Ballantyne - 7,000,000 Sorel Mizzi - 6,686,000 Jermain Reid Scores Stud Gold In Event #69, Jermaine Reid won the bracelet and $113,459 top prize as the mixed game player conquered the final day of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. In a thrilling close to the tournament, Reid toppled Peder Berge heads-up to relegate Berge to a cash worth $70,126. On a day where both John Monnette (4th for $33,734) and John Racener ($10,095) fell short of glory that many predicted would be a battle between that pair, Reid took the first bracelet of his career as the Day 1 chip leader rallied late in the tournament to ‘top and tail’ the event and snatch gold. WSOP 2021 Event #69 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results: Jermaine Reid - $113,459 Peder Berge - $70,126 John Hoang - $48,138 John Monnette - $33,734 Esther Taylor - $24,145 Carol Fuchs - $17,658 Espen Sandvik - $13,202 John Racener - $10,095 Joseph Ranciato - $7,900 Perry Friedman - $6,330 Let's Go Crazy (Eights) The delayed Day 1 of the $888-entry Event #70, titled ‘Crazy Eights’, is one of the most value events left on the schedule, with Joseph Herbert leading the way at the close of play with a mammoth 2,100,000 million chip-stack. With Tijan Tepeh (2,050,000), Thomas Larson (1,825,000), Kyle Montgomery (1,420,000) and Sejin Park (1,350,000) in the top 10, it’s a stacked top section of the leaderboard. With 1,104 entries and just 166 players making the money, it took 14 hours of players for just 50 players to remain in the event by the close of Day 1b. With Day 1 canceled yesterday, play goes directly to Day 1c tomorrow as more players will put up $888 and play some Crazy Eights action. WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Top 10 Chipcounts: Joseph Hebert - 2,100,000 Tijan Tepeh - 2,050,000 Adam Croffut - 1,975,000 Josue Aguirre - 1,930,000 Thomas Larson - 1,825,000 Wilbert Chun - 1,660,000 Jacob Rich - 1,550,000 Kyle Montgomery - 1,420,000 David Moses - 1,395,000 Sejin Park - 1,350,000 Bounty Hunters Come To Play Event #71, the $1,500-entry Bounty PLO event saw Matt Mamiya grab the overnight chip lead with 3.1 million chips as 94 players took part on the penultimate day of action and played down to just 15 final day survivors. With Kao Chieng Saechao (2,000,000) still in contention after a great series so far, the top prize of $132,844 will be battled for between just over a dozen hopefuls, all of whom have never won a bracelet as Nick Guagenti’s exit provoked before the final few eliminations reduced the field to just two tables. WSOP 2021 Event #71 $1,500 Bounty PLO Top 10 Chipcounts: Matt Mamiya - 3,100,000 Mourad Amokrane - 2,960,000 Paulo Villena - 2,080,000 Kao Chieng Saechao - 2,000,000 Gabe Ramos - 1,600,000 Rodney Horton - 1,595,000 Todd Jacobs - 1,360,000 Ronald Larsen - 1,205,000 Ryan Terpstra - 1,140,000 Matthew Humphrey - 1,075,000 Arieh Busts Main, Bags Big Stack In Event #72 Lastly, Day 1 of the $1,500-entry Mixed NLHE/PLO Event #72 took place, with Canadian player Nohad Teliani (1,107,000) ending the day as a huge chip leader with almost double the stack of second-placed Paul Saso (583,000). With Josh Arieh having busted the WSOP Main Event on Day 4, the Player of the Year contender bagged up a top-six stack of 503,000 chips as he continues to roar through the late stages of the 2021 World Series of Poker in imperious form. WSOP 2021 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Top 10 Chipcounts: Nohad Teliani - 1,107,000 Paul Saso - 583,000 Mihai Manole - 578,000 Karan Mehta - 567,000 Kosei Ichinose - 508,000 Josh Arieh - 503,000 Bernard Larabi - 491,000 Mariia Levseieva - 481,000 Rishi Makkar - 459,000 Richard Dixon - 442,000 Finally, everyone is hoping for victory in the Main Event, but Drew ‘BetonDrew’ Gonzalez might have the biggest rail of all if he can turn his 2.1 million chips into a final table stack in the Main Event. It’s fair to say he’s pumped for the next day’s action. https://twitter.com/BetOnDrew/status/1459435621416538112  
  5. Another dramatic day in the 2021 WSOP Main Event saw big names bust and other stars rise high on Day 5 as Chris Moneymaker busted the Main, Koray Aldemir and Ramon Colillas continued to crush and some of the best poker of the World Series of Poker so far took place in between. Koray Aldemir Leads Final 96 In Main Event Day 5 of the most popular poker tournament in the world saw 292 players reduced to under 100 hopefuls as German pro Koray Aldemir grabbed the chip lead by the last level of the day inside the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. On a day of big bust-outs, especially involving pocket aces, the German professional who has over $12 million in live tournament earnings is in the best position in his career to add a WSOP Main Event title and $8 million to his legacy in a few days’ time. To do that, he’ll have to get through some of the best players in the world, with modern legends such as Stephen Chidwick and Chance Kornuth both surviving Day 5 with chips. Any one of those three players, along with everyone else, will have to avoid the kind of awful luck suffered when aces were shot down by ace-king as the player with the latter pronounced ‘Ace king owes me!” upon winning the hand. David Williams spoke for many in his incredulity at the situation. https://twitter.com/dwpoker/status/1459787752187187200 When the chips were bagged up, it was Aldemir who held the chip lead, bagging up 14.3 million chips, a decent amount ahead of Spanish player Ramon Colillas (12 million) and Jonathan Dwek (12.1 million), both of whom finished in podium positions. There are some serious contenders very close by, however, with Jesse Lonis (8.9 million), Chance Kornuth (5.9 million), Stephen Chidwick (3.7 million), Stephen Song (2.7 million) and Yuri Dzivielevski (2 million) all capable of being chip leader at the end of Day 6 with the skills they possess. One man who won't be playing Day 6 is Jason Koon, who busted along with Chris Moneymaker on Day 5. Koon tweeted his feelings on the matter... https://twitter.com/JasonKoon/status/1459713206180454419 ... as did the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion. https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1459633808320471045 Plenty of others couldn’t get a thing going and busted, but some players were doing great until, as is often the case in no limit hold’em, a few hands sent them to the rail in brutal fashion. https://twitter.com/danmflowery/status/1459633452790136833 WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Koray Aldemir - 14,325,000 Ramon Colillas - 12,000,000 Jonathan Dwek - 10,125,000 Zachary Mcdiarmid - 9,700,000 Jesse Lonis - 8,995,000 Roongsak Griffeth - 8,925,000 Andreas Kniep - 8,515,000 Tonio Röder - 8,000,000 Alejandro Lococo - 7,805,000 Stephen Gerber - 7,700,000 Scott Ball Wins Little One For One Drop In Event #68, the Little One for One Drop, Scott Ball overcame overnight chip leader Michael Shanahan as he won $396,445 and his first bracelet after a thrilling denouement to the popular event. With the $1,111-entry event, which raises money for charity alongside building a bumper prize pool, having 3,797 total entries, there were 10 players left in no time at all on the final day to bring about the final table. At that stage, Shanahan had over 42 million chips, more than double his nearest challenger as he looked to run over his final nine adversaries, but as so often in poker, things didn’t work out like that. The first player to bust, Spanish player Jose Latorre, did so in 10th for $33,939 and was all-in with the best hand, holding [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"], but Sorel Mizzi’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="6s"] overtook him on a dramatic board of [poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="6d"]. The Canadian Mizzi, cashing in a WSOP event for the first time since 2018, was on the rise and proving that he is still one of the best poker players out there on his day. He wasn’t the only player looking up the leaderboard rather than down as Sebastian Medina from Colombia eliminated another player to vault up the ranks. Medina had the dominating hand of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"] against Frank Marasco’s [poker card="Js"][poker card="Th"] and a runout of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="6s"] saw the American bust in ninth place for $42,389. Next to depart was Seth Fischer, who busted in $53,343 with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qh"] as David Jackson’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="5c"] overtook him on a board of [poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Ad"] with all the chips going into the middle pre-flop. At that stage, Medina had taken the lead, but Mizzi gained more ground after busting Petro Zakusilov in seventh place for $67,592. The Ukrainian was all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"] but was called in two places and Sorel Mizzi’s [poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"] eventually won after he and the overnight leader Shanahan checked down a board of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Th"][poker card="2s"]. Soon after, Ronnie Ballantyne was out of the event in sixth place for a score of $86,249 as his [poker card="Tc"][poker card="8s"] lost out when all-in pre-flop against Scott Ball’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ts"]. The board of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jc"] was a crusher for Ballantyne and the same fate befell David Jackson in fifth for $110,827 just a couple of minutes later as he lost a race with [poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] against Mizzi’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"] on a board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="9h"]. Shanahan was the lowest stack of the four remaining men, but after an extended period of play, everything had turned around and Medina was on the rail in fourth for $143,399. Medina’s pre-flop shove for 13 big blinds with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"] was called by the chip-dominant Shanahan with [poker card="As"][poker card="6h"]. On the board of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"], Shanahan made a full house of queens over aces and took the chip lead for the first time since just after the final table began. Mizzi was next to go, busting in third place for $186,824 as his tournament ended as he was dominated and delivered from the event. Mizzi was all-in with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"] and needed a lot of help, with Ball holding [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Js"]. The board of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="7s"] saw Mizzi depart and Ball take the chip lead into heads-up with 94 million playing against Shanahan’s 57.8 million chips. Heads-up was a brief but exciting affair. Scott Ball won a series of pots at the beginning of the bout to take a 2:1 chip lead into the final hand. Shanahan shoved with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8h"] but when Ball called with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"], the overnight chip leader would need a lot of help. The flop of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"] gave Shanahan an eight, but after the [poker card="Kd"] turn, the [poker card="2c"] river ended the event in Ball’s favor, winning him his first WSOP bracelet and $396,445, condemning Shanahan to second place and $245,068. WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Final Table Results: Scott Ball - $396,445 Michael Shanahan - $245,068 Sorel Mizzi - $186,824 Sebastian Medina - $143,399 David Jackson - $110,827 Ronnie Ballantyne - $86,249 Petro Zakusilov - $67,592 Seth Fischer - $53,343 Frank Marasco - $42,389 Mourad Amokrane Scores Gold Another bracelet was won in Event #71, but French player Mourad Amokrane was incredibly dominant at the last as he took just one hand of heads-up play to complete a remarkable victory at the $1,500 Bounty PLO final table. Amokrane, an optician from France, seemed to have X-Ray specs as he took apart the competition, with players such as Kao Chieng Saechao (8th for $13,610) and Jeff Gross (7th for $17,712) both missing out on podium places. With a massive $132,844 top prize and the first bracelet of his amateur career, Amokrane, one of the most modest winners of the series, said he would continue to help people see better after showing us his PLO Bounty skills in the clearest way possible. WSOP 2021 Event #71 $1,500 Bounty PLO Final Table Results: Mourad Amokrane - $132,844 Matt Mamiya - $82,100 Matthew Humphrey - $58,733 Matthew Mlsna - $42,604 Dustin Nelson - $31,344 Paulo Villena - $23,392 Jeff Gross - $17,712 Kao Chieng Saechao - $13,610 Nikolay Yosifov - $10,616 Things Are Getting Crazy In Event #70, another huge Day 1 took place as Day 1c saw 1,907 players reduced to just 87 by the close of play. Only 287 of those made the money, with Justin Arwine (3,280,000) the chip leader. Arwine was followed in the counts by fellow podium placers Eric Baldwin (2,825,000) and Irish player David Lappin (1,940,000), who followed his exit from the Main Event in 242nd place by immediately registering the event and running up a big stack. Others to make the cut included Natalie Hof-Ramos (1,700,000), Michael Cordell (940,000), Tom Hall (740,000) and Ari Engel (725,000) who could still make a push for WSOP Player of the Year with a strong showing in this event. WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Top 10 Chipcounts: Justin Arwine - 3,280,000 Eric Baldwin - 2,825,000 David Lappin - 1,940,000 Paul Fehlig - 1,880,000 Wayne Harmon - 1,800,000 Alex Visbisky - 1,775,000 John Jenkins - 1,740,000 Alan Ferraro - 1,710,000 Natalie Hof-Ramos - 1,700,000 Kharlin Sued - 1,675,000 Mota Leads Event #72 Final Table In Event #72, the $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO event, Brazilian Rafael Mota bagged a huge lead going into the eight-handed final tomorrow, with six other countries represented in his seven talented opponents. With 7,515,000 chips, Mota’s stack dwarfes even his closest challenger Motoyoshi Okamura (3,835,000), but with players like Nick Yunis (3,190,000) also attempting to take the title and win a WSOP bracelet, nothing is guaranteed ahead of the final day of the event. WSOP 2021 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed NLHE / PLO Final Table Chipcounts: Rafael Mota - 7,515,000 Motoyoshi Okamura - 3,835,000 Nick Yunis - 3,190,000 Leonid Yanovski - 2,070,000 Mike Takayama - 1,900,000 Jordan Spurlin - 1,740,000 Marc Lange - 535,000 Tim Grau - 360,000 Big Names Bag In $10K Stud 8 Championship In Event #73, the first day of action in the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud Championship took place, with Gary Benson (331,000) of Australia leading the field at the end of the day, with Adam Owen (289,500) and Denis Strebkov (274,000) close by. With stars of the mixed game circuit such as Shaun Deeb and Scott Seiver (both of whom have 256,000) lurking in the top 10, a tough Day 2 will be in the offing for everyone, especially as players can still register right up to the start of play. Players to bust the event on Day 1 included Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Robert Campbell, Kevin Gerhart, Joe Hachem, John Racener, Nathan Gamble, Ben Yu and Allen Kessler. WSOP 2021 Event #73 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Gary Benson - 331,000 Adam Owen - 289,500 Denis Strebkov - 274,000 Eli Elezra - 263,000 Shaun Deeb - 256,000 Scott Seiver - 256,000 Alex Livingston - 215,000 Mike Watson - 207,000 Brett Richey - 187,500 Yuval Bronshtein - 183,500 Finally, Greg Jennings highlighted an anomaly in the Matrix as he mentioned how Matt Berkey seems to get taller when he is sitting down, particularly at feature tables, it would appear. Just how tall is Berkey? We wouldn’t bet a single chip on it. https://twitter.com/ZGregJennings/status/1459528701574529025  
  6. A busy day on both Day 1f and Day 2abd of the WSOP Main Event saw a wizard take his seat, several huge names power to the top of the leaderboard and the biggest single day of action in the Main for over two years. It was an incredible day of action as the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas played host to some of the world’s best poker players. Hellmuth Arrives in Style on Day 1f, Chips Up Before Close It’s impossible to start anywhere other than the grandest of entrances from the man famed for his exuberance at the World Series. Phil Hellmuth, a.k.a. The Poker Brat. Waiting until the end of the day, and playing only the final two levels, Hellmuth arrived shortly before the dinner break as, dressed head to toe in white as ‘Gandalf the White’, the 16-time bracelet winner was accompanied by 16 models - one for each bracelet, natch - two fighting characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates, who appeared to be Saruman from the Oscar-winning films. https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1458296604536967178 With the hoopla to one side, once Hellmuth sat down, he improved on his starting stack in no time at all, bagging up 94,500 with which to attack tomorrow’s Day 2cef. He wasn’t the only one taking part in Day 1f, with some legends of the felt playing the flight, such as Fedor Holz (161,600), Scotty Nguyen (52,200), Michael Mizrachi (212,300), and Chris Moneymaker (75,800), the 2003 WSOP Main Event winner who finally couldn’t resist the clarion call any longer. Elsewhere, players such as Liv Boeree played for the first time in a while, bagging up 90,000 after claiming not to ‘remember how to play’ after such a long time away from the felt. https://twitter.com/Liv_Boeree/status/1458166021412376578 The chip leader at the close of Day 1f was Adam Walton with a massive stack of 334,000 chips, but he had stellar company in the upper echelons of the leaderboard, with Michael Mizrachi (212,300), Henrik Hecklen (210,000) and Cate Hall (197,000) all bagging top 10 stacks. Others weren’t so fortunate, with players such as Justin Lapka, David Benyamine and Robert McMillan all falling by the wayside during the day’s play. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Day 1f Top 10 Chipcounts: Adam Walton - 334,000 Tung Nguyen - 328,200 Hannes Speiser - 282,100 Arkadi Onikoul - 266,300 Ryan Hartmann - 243,200 Young Ko - 240,300 Jung Woo - 231,900 John Bagosy - 224,700 Christopher Fischer - 219,000 Terence Clee - 218,700 Day 2abd Sees Doyle Brunson Bust but Jason Koon Crush One of the biggest clashes on Day 2abd of the Main Event was the match-up between Doyle Brunson and Jason Koon. One is a classic poker legend and 10-time bracelet winner, the other has just signed for GGPoker and won his first-ever bracelet this series. Sadly for ‘Texas Dolly’ fans, only one would prevail and it was not to be the man in the cowboy hat, as fellow player Kyna England tweeted of her shock at a bizarre first Main Event experience. https://twitter.com/Kyna_CooL/status/1458222692767703046 Rameez Shahid (731,700) led the field after Day 2, but plenty of others with experience are chasing him down, with David Coleman (613,000), Johan Schumacher (597,000), Robert Cowen (596,400), Nick Petrangelo (490,200), Anton Wigg (490,000), Mustapha Kanit (473,300), Brittney Stout (394,900), and Kathy Liebert (285,500) amongst them. With 145 players choosing a Day 2 entry for the first time in the tournament’s half-century of history, that led to the field topping 6,500 with Day 2cef the last possible opportunity for players to put down $10,000 and battle for the legendary world champion’s WSOP bracelet. Plenty of big names were unsuccessful in their bid for poker immortality, with players such as Asi Moshe, Sam Grafton, Adam Friedman, Rep Porter, Maria Konnikova, Melanie Weisner, Kelly Minkin, Mikita Badziakouski, Jeff Gross and Kevin Martin all departing on Day 2abd. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Day 2abd Top 10 Chipcounts: Shahid Rameez - 731,700 David Mock - 679,700 Damien Steel - 649,000 Farhad Jamasi - 635,000 Raul Martinez - 628,100 Steve Foutty - 620,000 Mitchell Halverson - 617,600 Scott Davies - 615,100 David Coleman - 613,500 Kayvon Shahbaz - 599,200 Shaun Deeb on the Hunt in Little One for One Drop Finally, on Day 1b of the $1,111-entry Little One for One Drop, 901 total entries were whittled down to just 297 survivors. The chip leader at the close of the second opening flight was Trent Wilt, who bagged up 516,200, but Wilt was followed by some big names armed with plenty of chips like David Tran (501,600), Seongmin Lee (461,700), Evgeni Toureusk (401,400), Quirin Heinz (386,100), Sam Cohen (270,000), Michael Acevedo (252,000), Shaun Deeb (85,000), and Bill Klein (68,000). Deeb is a particular player to watch as he goes for the Player of the Year title with a deep run in this event possibly crucial to that aim. With Day 1c being the final flight to take part in if players want to advance to Day 2, the total of 1,389 entries so far in this event could well be doubled. Players who busted on Day 1b included Pamela Balzano, Natalie Bromley, DJ Alexander, Asi Moshe and Kyna England WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts: Trent Wilt - 516,200 David Tran - 501,600 Seongmin Lee - 461,700 Evgeni Tourevski - 401,400 Quirin Heinz - 386,100 Jaspal Brar - 379,100 Ari Oxman - 376,400 Blerim Imeri - 332,400 Marco Damico - 316,000 Jonathan Ingalls - 312,800 Finally, he may have busted the Main Event, but for a while there, Landon Tice felt the same as the rest of us and achieved the peace of mind only grinding a short stack can inspire. https://twitter.com/LandonTice/status/1458332577811427328
  7. Day 1e of the World Series of Poker Main Event saw 797 players take to the felt in a bid to become this year’s world champion. With dramatic exits for several big names including Daniel Negreanu, there were plenty of big names who made big stacks across a day at the felt that saw 592 players survive. Gerassi Grabs Late Lead on Day 1e With an all-American top 10, it’s only fair that we look at who took the chip lead on the day, and Day1e’s conqueror was David Gerassi, who totaled 316,100 by the close of play. Gerassi was followed by players such as Kenn Pluard (307,600) and Conrad De Armas (302,800) on the leaderboard as the only other two players to total more than 300,000 chips, but there were plenty of big names in the chasing pack. Two former Main Event champions had great days at the felt, with Joe ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!’ Hachem (186,100) and Scott Blumstein (95,000) both made Day 2 with more than their starting stacks to say the least, especially Hachem, who trebled by the close of play. Elsewhere, players such as Romain Lewis (157,000), Andre Akkari (139,500), Max Greenwood (135,500), Dan Colpoys (123,400), Shankar Pillai (113,400), Dietrich Fast (112,600), and Frank Funaro (103,700) all bagged six-figure stacks at the end of Day 1e. Kid Poker Crashes Out with Kings While a massive 3,921 players have so far survived five Day 1 flights from the 5,116 total entries in this year’s Main Event with just one starting flight to come, over a thousand hopefuls have departed. On Day 1e, there was a dramatic early exit for Daniel Negreanu, who busted with pocket kings against pocket aces to see his hopes of improving on his run to 11th place in 2015 go up in smoke just a few days after Bonfire Night. https://twitter.com/PokerNews/status/1457849351758180354?s=20 Elsewhere, Dan Smith busted when a pot worth 125 big blinds saw him come out on the losing side of a massive coinflip. https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla/status/1457950495578882051 Dan Ott, possibly the shortest-named excellent poker player in the world and former WSOP Main Event runner-up in 2017, had an interesting exchange with a player at his Main Event table. Ott would later be out as he was unable to survive Day 1e. We’ll remember you, Dan. https://twitter.com/danott11/status/1457881784796987394 With Ryan Leng, Andrew Kelsall, Andrew Barber, Jason Wheeler, Kelly Saxby, Zach Gruneberg, Maurice Hawkins, Yiannis Liperis, Gershon Distenfeld, and Courtney Webb joining Ott on the rail, we lost several poker superstars at the felt on Day 1e. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: David Gerassi - 316,100 Kenn Pluard - 307,600 Conrad De Armas - 302,800 James Mendoza - 255,900 Greg Pohler - 248,500 Victor Ramdin - 228,300 Yiming Cao - 228,000 Ryan Delgros - 223,400 Craig Chait - 222,400 Jordan Jayne - 219,200 Mukul Pahuja Leads The Little One For One Drop In the $1,111 Little One for One Drop, it was Mukul Pahuja who bagged the chip lead on a dramatic first day at the felt that saw 490 entries reduced to just 143 survivors. With two more starting flights to come, we’d expect a much bigger Day 1b and Day 1c as players jump in the event that gives part of the buy-in to charity and helps those most in need. Elsewhere in the top 10, there were big stacks for Fernando Ribeiro (428,000), Poorya Nazari (377,500) and Steven Stolzenfeld (376,200) as players battled for domination and a Day 2 seat. Big names such as Ryan Depaulo (114,200) and Daniel Negreanu (93,000) also made Day 2 which will commiserate them over the exits from the Main Event yesterday. WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts: Mukul Pahuja - 518,300 Fernando Ribeiro - 428,000 Poorya Nazari - 377,500 Steven Stolzenfeld - 376,200 Jorge Briones - 319,500 Osmin Dardon - 296,000 Christopher Smith - 295,400 Wai Kit Lo - 292,300 Richard Weathington - 286,000 Michael Weber - 270,600 With ‘the world and his wife’ likely to be playing Day 1f, the WSOP Main Event looks set to host its record attendance day on Tuesday. One particular poker power couple, Felipe Ramos and his wife Natalie Hof-Ramos have the ultimate side-bet in operation. No-one should play for such high stakes! https://twitter.com/FelipeMojave/status/1457927182605373443 Finally, the options are open for Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates to join Phil Hellmuth in making his walk of shame... ahem, we mean spectacular WSOP Main Event entrance as Gandalf the White on Friday. The purveyor of poker ‘White Magic’ is, of course, a legendary figure so rightly represents a wizard with 16 WSOP titles to Cates’ single gold bracelet, but who should the 2021 Poker Players Championship winner attend as? Answers to be hurled into the burning flame pit of Mordor. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1458020021813145606
  8. The fourth Day 1 flight of the WSOP Main Event saw over 2,500 players either qualify for or directly buy-in for $10,000 as the biggest poker tournament in the world saw its biggest day yet. With some of the best players in poker taking their shot at millions on Day 1d, there were major casualties and superstars bagging big stacks. Baker and Shak in the Mix The chip leader in the Main Event is Russian player Aleksandr Shevlyakov from Day 1c with 392,600 chips, but Day 1d’s best-performing player, Adedapo Ajayi, will be proud of the 340,900 he bagged up by close of play. With David ‘Bakes’ Baker (247,300) and Dan Shak (229,200) also grabbing top 5 stacks by the end of Day 1d, there was a lot of talented competition going on to Day 2. Others who thrived on Day 1d included James Chen (209,400), Shyam Srinivasan (206,000), and Cliff Josephy (198,600), who tweeted about his excitement at playing the Main Event yet again, the luster of the competition never losing its thrill to one of the World Series’ most respected regulars. https://twitter.com/JohnnyBaxPoker/status/1457624568303026180 Other big names made Day 2 with big stacks too. Yevgeniy Timoshenko (194,800), Nick Petrangelo (180,000), Matt Berkey (179,800), Greg Mueller (176,700), Ben Heath (176,000), Roland Israelashvili (173,700), Jun Obara (169,400), and Melanie Weisner (125,200) all making the cut. Newhouse Survives Scary Start Mark Newhouse, famed for finishing ninth two years on the trot in the Main Event, had a dramatic start to the day when he was all-in and at risk with pocket kings against two players with pocket aces. Newhouse hit a king on the river to treble up, but while that pot put him on well over twice his starting stack, he drifted a little later in the day to end on 83,000 chips. Plenty of others weren’t so fortunate to bag up a stack, with Adam Levy, Michael Ruane, Jason Somerville, Joseph Cheong, Greg Raymer, Brandon Shack-Harris, John Esposito, Joe McKeehen, Ryan Laplante, Julien Martini, Phil Laak, and David Williams all out by the end of Day 1d. With over 600 players busting and just 1,939 players making it through to Day 2, one of the players to depart was Michael Graydon, whose stirring story has been one that has resonated with so many poker players and fans. https://twitter.com/michael_graydon/status/1457482479820967936 Over 4,500 players have now played in the 2021 WSOP Main Event, so with two more Day 1 flights to come, possibly the busiest of the event so far, could we see a record attendance? That’s yet to be revealed, but what we do know from Day 1d is that some of the best players in the world are moving on to compete on Day 2. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Adedapo Ajayi - 340,900 Zachary Grech - 318,400 Wooram Cho - 252,100 David ‘Bakes’ Baker - 247,300 Dan Shak - 229,200 Jill Sodafsky - 224,500 Alex Goulder - 218,500 Taylor Howard - 214,200 Ivan Galinec - 211,300 Mike Gao - 210,000 With so many European players now on their way to Las Vegas in order to take their seats in the WSOP Main Event, one player from Dublin wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as others. https://twitter.com/max_silver/status/1457507287900229632 Finally, with many rumors around Phil ‘The Poker Brat’s Main Event entrance this year, the man himself has dressed up for a picture of him as ‘The Greatest Showman’, but it appears that it may well have been an early bluff ahead of some genuine ‘White Magic’. Whenever Hellmuth makes a value bet on the river, we’d expect him to utter the immortal line, “You shall not pass!” https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1457579806019571713
  9. After a stunning final table performance, Dan Cates won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship to get his name on the Chip Reese Trophy. Elsewhere, Josh Arieh won his fourth bracelet and Georgios Sotiropoulos took his third on Day 37 of the 2021 World Series as Day 1b of the World Series of Poker Main Event also took place on a day of drama. Dan Cates Wins First-Ever Bracelet in $50K Poker Players Championship It was a packed day of action in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, as Dan Cates rose through the ranks to win his first-ever WSOP bracelet for over $954,000. As ridiculous as it sounds, the money will hardly matter to one of the most unique poker players the game has ever produced. The first player to bust the final table in fifth place was Chris Brewer, who went in No-Limit Hold’em when he called all-in with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] on a flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="5h"]. Brewer had currently established that the aggressor in the hand, Ryan Leng, hadn’t hit the flop, but Leng’s [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"] were good enough to eliminate Brewer for $211,235 after a turn of [poker card="2c"] and the [poker card="6d"] river. An extended period of play saw no-one bust for hours, overnight chip leader Eli Elezra was gone. Elezra lost a Razz pot to Paul Volpe to cash for $286,983, some way short of the top prize he was favorite to win a few hours earlier. Three-handed play lasted some time before Dan Cates offered to buy everyone on the rail some drinks to get more support to push him over the line. No, really... everyone. https://twitter.com/junglemandan/status/1456799668390662149 Spurred on, Cates then took out Paul Volpe in third place for $404,243 as Volpe lost in Limit Hold’em with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="2s"] of Cates winning against Volpe’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="6h"] on a board of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="7s"] when all the money went in on the flop. Heads-up play began with Cates in complete control, holding 16 million chips to Leng’s 2.9 million. After early pressure from Leng, however, he chipped up and got a full double when top pair was good enough to take a vital Limit Hold’em pot as Leng vaulted to 9 million chips, almost drawing level. https://twitter.com/junglemandan/status/1456954623122567168?s=20 That quickly went in the other direction, however, as Cates grew his lead and sealed the deal in a round of Limit Hold’em as his [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3d"] won after being all-in behind on the flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"] against Leng’s [poker card="Td"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="Qh"] turn put Cates into the lead and Jungleman was swinging from the vines when the [poker card="3s"] gave him the title, $954,020 top prize and first-ever bracelet, with Leng’s runner-up result (his second of the series in addition to winning a bracelet) worth $589,628. "I said I was gonna win, so I won. But it was pretty important because now I have more money to help the world and to continue a career outside of poker," Cates said after his victory. https://twitter.com/junglemandan/status/1456955161566273544?s=20 WSOP 2021 Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table Results: Dan Cates - $954,020 Ryan Leng - $589,628 Paul Volpe - $404,243 Eli Elezra - $286,983 Chris Brewer - $211,235 Arieh Captures Fourth Bracelet, Second in a Fortnight To say that Josh Arieh has enjoyed a purple patch at the felt is a little like saying the Rio is slightly cold. The popular professional won his third WSOP bracelet just two weeks ago, but after a stirring run to the line Event #66, Arieh captured his fourth-lifetime WSOP bracelet and second this Series to vault up the Player of the Year leaderboard and further strengthen his incredible 2021 and general poker legacy. The professional, who has played the game for quarter of a century, took down a dramatic final table as he ruled the PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for a massive score of $484,791. The final table saw players such as British mixed game specialist Adam Owen and Jeff Gross bust before the final four, with Dan Colpoys’ elimination followed by the end of Russian player Anatolii Zyrin’s chances. With overnight leader Danny Chang to conquer heads-up, Arieh controlled the short but exciting battle as he put an almost 3:1 chips lead to perfect use. While Chang cashed for $299,627, it was Arieh who sealed yet more memories in a 2021 World Series of Poker fast becoming known for his deep runs in some of the toughest events on the poker calendar. Did someone say WSOP Player of the Year? The race for the ‘flag’ everyone wants to see hanging in the WSOP venue is up for grabs now. https://twitter.com/RemkoRinkema/status/1456880193335746564 WSOP 2021 Event #66 $10,000 PLO8 Championship Final Table Results: Josh Arieh - $484,791 Danny Chang - $299,627 Anatolii Zyrin - $207,369 Dan Colpoys - $146,817 Jeff Gross - $106,391 Adam Owen - $78,955 Aaron Kupin - $60,040 Matt Woodward - $46,813 [caption id="attachment_637053" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Josh Arieh won his fourth WSOP bracelet on a huge day at the felt on Day 37 of the 2011 WSOP[/caption] Sotiropoulos Seals Third Bracelet Win Georgios Sotiropoulos won the Mini Main Event after outlasting his final four opponents and putting another dominant chip lead to great use to win his third WSOP bracelet. Sotiropoulos closed it out in style, winning heads-up against Japanese player Wataru Miyashita, who grabbed the $267,328 runner-up prize after running over the final table and eliminated the other three players in his bid to stop the Greek star. That didn’t happen, however, as Sotiropoulos - who started heads-up level with Miyashita - remerged as the dominant force and closed it out to win his third bracelet across a stellar poker career and the top prize of $432,575. WSOP 2021 Event #65 $1,000 Mini Main Event Final Table Results: Georgios Sotiropoulos - $432,575 Wataru Miyashita - $267,328 Jordan Meltzer - $202,695 James Patterson - $154,720 James Rubinski - $118,898 Matthew Jewett - $91,991 David Tuthill - $71,661 James Morgan - $56,208 Erkut Yilmaz - $44,394 On Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event, 845 players took to the felt in pursuit of the biggest prize in poker. With just 611 players surviving, Steve Foutty bagged up the biggest stack of the day with 287,000 chips, followed in the counts by Matthew Traylor (279,500) and Maxime Canevet (277,000). Other big names to make it included Ronnie Bardah (139,600), Stephen Chidwick (124,900), four-time bracelet winner Kevin Gerhart (112,400) and Mike Matusow (56,500), while others such as WSOP Main Event back-to-back 1987 and 1988 winner Johnny Chan, John Racener, Brian Rast, Nick Schulman and Shaun Deeb all fell on the first day. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Day 1b Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Steve Foutty - 287,000 Matthew Traylor - 279,500 Maxime Canevet - 277,000 Justin Garcia - 243,500 Kayvon Shahbaz - 238,500 Keegan Westover - 230,700 Kevin Rasor - 228,900 Aaron Earthman - 226,800 Jonathan Williams - 225,100 Jean Guillette Canada - 223,200 With the WSOP Main Event under way, popular British player Patrick Leonard speculated on exactly which player types you’ll meet if you’re playing the legendary tournament. https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1456834567441162240 Finally, it wouldn’t be a World Series of Poker day if Phil Hellmuth wasn’t providing a window into the crazy life he leads as he mingles with the stars! https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1456805414918508544  
  10. A dramatic day at the felt saw plenty of big names make the cut on Day 1c of the WSOP Main Event as 600 players battled down to 433 survivors. As in previous days, plenty of the early action saw big names having to battle for their place in the later levels, let alone the next day. Shevlyakov Takes Big Lead after Dramatic Day 1c Russian Aleksandr Shevlyakov Grabs Overall Lead in Main Event With Day 1a - 1c having now taken place, a total of 1,968 players have now sat down in this year’s WSOP Main Event. From that number, only 1,392 remain in with a chance of scooping millions of dollars by winning the most-coveted WSOP bracelet of them all. It is Russian player Aleksandr Shevlyakov who has the chip lead not just on Day 1c but in the WSOP Main Event overall after an astonishing day at the felt saw him bag up 392,600 chips, a lead he has from players such as Dylan Nguyen (252,400), Suk-Kyu Koh (237,900), Matt Glantz (236,000) and Veselin Dimitrov (235,000), all of whom complete the top five Day 1c stacks. Surviving or Crashing Out From the start of the day of Day 1c, some of poker’s finest found themselves fighting for their lives. Niklas Astedt was down to just 10,000 chips from his 60,000 starting stack early on, but after a double-up with pocket queens when all the chips were in the middle against [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8s"] on a flop of [8c4d3s], the Swedish online superstar rallied and ended the day on 49,300 chips. Others to scrape through included Tony Miles (53,800), Sam Abernathy (40,500), Erik Seidel (38,700), and Sam Greenwood (27,200), who saw his brother Lucas Greenwood bag up close to four times that amount with 106,900). However, while those luminaries survived, others would fall. All of the following players will have to wait until 2022 and possibly a different location to become world champion, with Andrew Frankenberger, Tony Dunst, Jonathan Dimmig, Bryce Yockey, Eric Hicks, Jonathan Dokler, and Shannon Shorr all crashing out on Day 1c. Other Big Names Thriving Elsewhere in the event, some players who have already enjoyed a very strong World Series were flourishing. Josh Arieh has already got two WSOP bracelets to his name from the 2021 series and four in his lifetime, but his pivotal hand was possibly the most dramatic of all on Day 1c. When Arieh tried to put in a raise pre-flop, he was forced to call a shove worth over 25,000 chips with [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jc"]. On the flop of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Ts"], he looked in amazing shape to win the hand. However, despite being against one player who was drawing dead with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kc"], the other player held [poker card="As"][poker card="Ks"] and was one card away from what would have been a Royal Flush for the ages. Arieh faded both turn and river, however, with an eight on each street giving him a massive stack and the current second-placed player in the WSOP Player of the Year race bagged up 154,100 chips. The 2019 WSOP Main Event champion Hossein Ensan (84,000) also made Day 2, albeit not with quite as many chips as stars such as JC Tran (175,400), Qui Nguyen (143,800) or Pete Chen (99,700). With Day 1d looking like it will be the busiest day of the WSOP Main Event so far, there’s plenty more action to come across what could be a dramatic few days as three final Day 1 flights conclude the opening day, giving us an idea of exactly what will be on the line in 10 days’ time. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Aleksandr Shevlyakov - 392,600 Dylan Nguyen - 252,400 Suk-Kyu Koh - 237,900 Matt Glantz - 236,000 Veselin Dimitrov - 235,000 Itay Bin Mergy - 233,100 Travis Preng - 232,800 Daniel Barry - 230,600 Andrew Gilmore - 224,600 Howard Arotsky - 215,600 Ryan Leng took time out from what have been an intense few weeks at the felt to justify his play in a curious hand from yesterday’s battle with Dan Cates for the Poker Players Championship title. Leng, who has a win and two runner-up spots this WSOP alone, still found time to be self-critical after that amazing run up the POY leaderboard. https://twitter.com/RyanLeng9/status/1457188162506088448 While finally, despite being happy with his Day 1a stack, poker legend and 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Doyle ‘Texas Dolly’ Brunson is refusing to get carried away with his chances... yet. https://twitter.com/TexDolly/status/1457032730470850560 Doyle gets the final word, too, as he responded with a very encouraging message when discussing selling action on Pocket Fives in 2022. “Get hold of me next year and let’s make a deal for the entire WSOP.” Doyle Brunson playing a near-full ticket in a World Series of Poker? We can’t wait already.
  11. Drama, excitement and Doyle Brunson. Poker fans had all their Christmases come at once on Thursday night as the ‘Godfather of Poker’ himself, ‘Texas Dolly’, made an appearance at the 2021 WSOP and sat down in the Main Event. On what was a dramatic opening day in many different ways, Brunson survived to battle again on Day 2. Doyle Brunson Takes The Main Event Stage It’s been many years since the 1976 and 1977 WSOP Main Event world champion sat down in the world’s biggest poker tournament. In fact, his appearance in the Super Seniors event earlier this series looked very much like a one-off. It transpired not to be, however, as Brunson sat down on Day 1a of the Main, with 522 other players putting down $10,000 to play in the one that every poker player on the planet wants to win. Fellow poker professional Felipe Ramos was beyond excited that a hero to him and millions of other poker players was in the building. https://twitter.com/FelipeMojave/status/1456420740027215872 A 10-time WSOP bracelet winner, Brunson escaped Day 1 with more than double the chips he started with, coming through the day in 41st place on 151,000 chips. That was less than half of the total amassed by the Day 1a chip leader Mustapha Kanit (363,500), who ended the day top of the leaderboard on which 348 survivors sat. Elsewhere in the top 10, Alex Livingston (319,200), Fabian Quoss (273,800) and Billy Baxter (248,600) totalled big numbers of over four times their initial stack, with other big names such as Adrian Mateos (212,500), Yuri Dzivielevski (197,200), Perry Friedman (195,500), JJ Liu (180,200), and the 1983 WSOP Main Event winner Tom McEvoy (96,900) all bagging up decent stacks. There was a moment of controversy during the opening day of the Main Event as police locked down the Rio amid a ‘situation’ during the evening, with an unrelated crime leading some of those who were on hand to serve and protect to step in and do just that. https://twitter.com/JohnnieVibes/status/1456478253711982592 It would appear that the man was in possession of a suspicious package, with British actor, poker pro and WSOP event runner-up Sam Razavi turning detective to solve the crime. https://twitter.com/Sam_Razavi/status/1456540017384329223 Among those to fall on Day 1a was the reigning world champion Damian Salas. The Argentinian busted in the first level after his [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] was all-in and at risk against Peter Gould’s [poker card="5s"][poker card="5s"], with the latter making a straight on the board of [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"]. Others to fall at the first fence included Calvin Anderson, Upeshka De Silva, Dylan Weisman and Jake Schwartz, whose lead in the race to become 2021 WSOP Player of the Year took a big hit. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Mustapha Kanit - 363,500 Rittie Chuaprasert - 345,700 Alex Livingston - 319,200 David Fong - 298,500 Fabian Quoss - 273,800 Billy Baxter - 248,600 Dragana Lim - 237,700 Vladimir Vasilyev - 232,000 Vidur Sethi - 226,200 Ayaz Mahmood - 221,200 Eric Zhang Wins Salute To Warriors Event #63, the Salute to Warriors, cost $500 to enter and concluded on Day 36 of the 2021 WSOP with Eric Zhang the champion for $102,465. With the USO receiving a charitable donation of over $64,000 from players’ buy-ins before the final table, Anthony Mccurdy was the first to bust the nine-handed final table, earning $9,857 when his [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] ran into Chulhan Choi’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kd"] and was unable to overtake the cowboys on the gallop to the river with all the chips in pre-flop. Next to bust was Chris Corbo, who went in eighth for $12,471 when his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"] couldn’t catch Mitch Garshofsky’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ts"]. The ten-high board condemned Corbo to the rail and he was joined by Hlib Kovtunov, whose [Ah[poker card="5h"] couldn’t catch a card against Zhang’s [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"], which made quads by the river to send the Ukrainian home in seventh for $15,943. When short-stacked Marty Zabib busted in sixth for $20,592 and was then followed by another shortie, Mitch Garshofsky, going in fifth for $26,866, just four remained, with Zhang making waves. So too was Bradley Rogoff, who busted Choi in fourth place for $35,406 when pocket tens survived against Choi’s pre-flop short-stack shove with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9d"]. Rogoff couldn’t hang on, however, busting next himself for $47,125 when he shoved from the small blind with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="7d"] and was looked up by Guy Hadas in the big blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qs"], a seven on the flop providing cruel hope for Rogoff, who saw a queen on the river dash his chances onto the rocks. Heads-up, Hadas still had work to do to overtake the dominant Zhang, who had 25.2 million to his opponent’s 15.6 million. Zhang, however, was not to be caught, and extended his lead before the final hand where his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jc"] was all he needed to call when Hadas shoved on the turn of a board showing [poker card="Qs"]Ts][poker card="2h"][poker card="Kh"]. Hadas had pushed with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="5h"], but could find neither straight nor flush on the [poker card="Ad"] river, which confirmed Zhang’s victory for $102,465 and his first WSOP bracelet in his first WSOP event of the series. WSOP 2021 Event #63 $500 Salute to Warriors Final Table Results: Eric Zhang - $102,465 Guy Hadas - $63,344 Bradley Rogoff - $47,125 Chulhan Choi - $35,406 Mitch Garshofsky - $26,866 Marty Zabib - $20,592 Hlib Kovtunov - $15,943 Christopher Corbo - $12,471 Anthony Mccurdy - $9,857 Mini Main Down To Five The Mini Main Event, which costs $1,000 to enter, saw its penultimate day take place on Thursday, as Greek player Georgios Sotiropoulos reached the final table with a huge chip lead. Piling up a whopping 105,550,000 chips, Sotiropoulos has more than double his nearest challenger Jordan Meltzer (39,000,075) and three times as many as Wataru Miyashita from Japan, who is third in chips with 35,900,000. Elsewhere in the final five, James Patterson (26,600,000) and James Rubinski (22,325,000) know that they have a lot of work to do to catch the runaway chip leader, who is the only man of the five to have won a WSOP bracelet before. In fact, Sotiropoulos has two in his past, and must now be a huge favorite to win a third tomorrow when the lights hit the Thunderdome felt. WSOP 2021 Event #65 $1,000 Mini Main Event Final Table Chipcounts: Georgios Sotiropoulos - 105,550,000 Jordan Meltzer - 39,000,075 Wataru Miyashita - 35,900,000 James Patterson - 26,600,000 James Rubinski - 22,325,000 Josh Arieh Cracks $10K PLO Top 10 Danny Chang is the chip leader with just 12 players remaining in the $10,000-entry PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better, otherwise known as Event #66. Chang has a big lead, too, with 3,620,000 chips to his name, almost double those of Dan Colpoys, his fellow American and closest challenger. Elsewhere in the chipcounts, there is a strong spot for Josh Arieh, who bagged up 1,015,000 on the night, a shade under another 2021 WSOP bracelet winner in Russian player Anatolii Zyrin (1,155,000). With British mixed game player Adam Owen (955,000) and John Esposito (480,000) both in the field, it’s sure to be a dramatic and decisive final day in equal measure. WSOP 2021 Event #66 $10,000 PLO8 Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Danny Chang - 3,620,000 Dan Colpoys - 2,040,000 Matt Woodward - 1,600,000 Anatolii Zyrin - 1,155,000 Josh Arieh - 1,015,000 Adam Owen - 955,000 Aaron Kupin - 500,000 John Esposito - 480,000 Alan Sternberg - 410,000 Jason Riesenberg - 360,000 Finally, we couldn’t let you go into the night without a look at what every poker player desires more than anything this Winter - the 2021 WSOP Main Event bracelet. https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1456339540931592195
  12. A dramatic day at the felt saw Kevin Gerhart claim his fourth WSOP bracelet with his second of this World Series in Event #62, the $1,500-entry Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Elsewhere, the Poker Players Championship reached its final five players as Eli Elezra grabbed the chip lead heading into the final day and there were bracelet wins for both Eelis Parssinen and Cole Ferraro. Kevin Gerhart Wins Second Bracelet of the Series It was all about Kevin Gerhart in Event #62 as the popular young pro won his second bracelet of the 2021 WSOP and the fourth of his career. Heading into the final table, the chips were remarkably even, with Gerhart marginally ahead of both Matthew Kaplan and Sterling Lopez at the top of the eight-man leaderboard. The first player to bust at the official final table was Dylan Wilkerson as Kaplan, who led the field coming into the final day, vaulted back into the lead when his full house sent Wilkerson out for $18,278 in eighth place. It took no time at all for the next player to leave the action, as Michael Trivett was shot down by Gerhart almost immediately for a score of $23,891 in seventh place. That hand gave Gerhart the lead back and he further strengthened his advantage of the rest of the field when he eliminated Roman Hrabec in sixth place for $31,733 when Gerhart won his second bust-out pot in a row with two-pair. At that stage, Gerhart’s closest rival was hard to pick, with each of the other four men each sitting on roughly 60% of Gerhart’s stack, but Dustin Dirksen stepped forward as the likeliest heads-up opponent after busting Alexandr Orlov in fourth for $42,823. Orlov’s exit was enough to propel Dirksen off the bottom of the counts, but he had slipped slightly by the time he risked it all to double through Gerhart. Once Dicksen doubled, the pressure ramped up on the other remaining players, and Lopez busted in fourth place for $58,695 as a result. Lopez was followed from the felt by Kaplan, as both of Gerhart’s earlier rivals moved to the rail, Kaplan cashing for $81,696. Gerhart took on Dicksen and had a strong lead going into the heads-up battle, with 12.1 million chips playing Dicksen’s 6 million. Although Dicksen took the lead after some early pots, Gerhart grabbed a marginal advantage back by the time the final hand happened and virtually all of the chips were in the middle of the table. Gerhart’s pair of kings was good enough against Dicksen’s jacks, which saw Gerhart’s rail celebrated a fourth WSOP bracelet title, the luckless Dicksen was commiserated in second by the runner-up prize of $115,440. Gerhart had prevented him winning a first-ever bracelet with the hand and took the top prize of $186,789 in the process. WSOP 2021 Event #62 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results: Kevin Gerhart - $186,789 Dustin Dirksen - $115,440 Matthew Kaplan - $81,696 Sterling Lopez - $58,695 Alexandr Orlov - $42,823 Roman Hrabec - $31,733 Michael Trivett - $23,891 Dylan Wilkerson - $18,278 Elezra Takes The Lead In $50K PPC After an entertaining day where 10 players dropped to five, Eli Elezra finished the action top of the leaderboard with one day to go in the Poker Players Championship. The $50,000-entry event, which will conclude on Friday, November 5th after a day’s break, began the day with ten top players, all of whom had made it into the money. Mike Wattel was the first player to be busted, exiting proceedings in 10th place for a min-cash worth $82,623 when he lost out to Paul Volpe and it wasn’t long before Daniel Negreanu busted too, leaving in ninth place for $91,595. ‘Kid Poker’ lost with pocket aces again after doing so on a dramatic Day 3, this time being shot down by Ryan Leng’s set of jacks. With eight players left, Nick Schulman, who earlier in the day had spoken out against a perceived slowroll from Negreanu, who later tweeted about how he was happy the hand played out as it did. https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1456021223859650562 Schulman’s exit for $106,120 in eighth took place against Chris Brewer, who seemed to grow in power throughout the day, while Matt Glantz, who busted in seventh for $128,256, may have gone out in a split pot by Leng and Elezra, but he was trolled by Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates on his way from the event. https://twitter.com/junglemandan/status/1456034289796141064 That left just one man to leave the party and miss out on the final five. Unfortunately for him and his many fans and investors, that was Josh Arieh, who left in sixth place another great score of $161,422 when his pocket queens in PLO were toppled by Elezra’s two-pair tens and sixes on the turn. With five men remaining, here are the payouts for the players who made it all the way to Day 4 of one of the most difficult tournaments this year’s WSOP will host. WSOP 2021 Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Results: 6th - Josh Arieh - $161,422 7th - Matt Glantz - $128,256 8th - Nick Schulman - $106,120 9th - Daniel Negreanu - $91,595 10th - Mike Wattel - $82,623 Of the five remaining players, it is Elezra who has the chip lead going into Friday’s showdown for the gold. With a massive 10 WSOP bracelets already won by the five players who will compete to get their name on the Chip Reese Trophy, Elezra’s four is one ahead of Volpe and Leng, each of whom has three to their name. Neither Cates nor Brewer have won WSOP gold so far in their careers but now sit just four opponents away from doing so. WSOP 2021 Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table Chipcounts: Eli Elezra - 4,620,000 Paul Volpe - 4,360,000 Chris Brewer - 4,325,000 Daniel Cates - 3,875,000 Ryan Leng - 1,625,000 Ferraro Digs Deep To Win Deepstack Championship In Event #61, Cole Ferraro completed a massive comeback win to claim his first WSOP title and the top prize of over a quarter of a million dollars. Eclipsing the others at a dramatic final table, Ferraro’s victory came after the 22-year-old finished second in an event earlier this series. Heading into the final table, Ferraro had a slight chip lead, but that was overtaken by Richard Dixon very quickly as he took out Ronald Slucker in ninth for $25,359. Slucker shoved on a flop of [poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"] with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"] for a flopped middle set. Dixon made the call with his overpair [poker card="7s"][poker card="7h"], but that improved to a straight on 5th street as the [poker card="As"] turn was followed by a [poker card="8d"] on the river. There was a period of no eliminations, but as the blinds rose, that was followed by a number of quick bust-outs. Rubin Chappell left in eighth place for $32,169 when his pocket eights were topped by Bart Lybaert’s pocket queens, before Xiangdong Huang busted in seventh for $41,108 when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8s"] couldn’t win a flip against Dixon’s [poker card="6h"][poker card="6d"]. With six players remaining, Edgardo Rosario busted for $52,914 when he got unlucky post-flop having had the better of it before the community cards fell. Rosario’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qc"] was well ahead of Dixon’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="6d"] but the board of [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6s"] managed to offer Rosario a flush draw from the flop yet instead give Dixon trips on the river. It wasn’t long, however, before Dixon himself was on the rail, busting in fifth place for $68,604. All-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"] on a queen-high flop Ferraro had found [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kc"] and held through turn and river to win with a set of kings and sneak up on Sami Rustom, who had taken the chip lead. Out in fourth for $89,587 was Bart Lybaert, the Belgian player heading home after he thought he was bluff-catching with third pair on a king-high board but saw Ferraro turn over aces in the hole to go into three-handed play with a strong lead. Play was soon heads-up, as Sean Dunleavy was done and left in third place for $117,822. Dunleavy shoved on the river of a hand against Rustom with a set of jacks, but his opponent had rivered a runner-runner flush to take the lead right back. With Rustom holding 70 million chips to Ferraro’s 47 million, it took a comeback win for the bracelet. Ferraro won a handful of important hands where he had to make tough calls before the final hand saw him taking a lead into the action at the crucial moment. Rustom shoved with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"], and after a long time taking consideration of all factors, Ferarro called with [poker card="Td"][poker card="Tc"]. After the board played out [poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Th"], Ferraro had the win and a history-making first-ever bracelet, with the 22-year-old the youngest player to enjoy a first and second so far in the 2021 World Series of Poker. While Rustom won $156,056 for finishing as runner-up, Ferraro’s top prize of $252,491will see him in huge profit for the series and playing the Main Event later in the week. On this form, who would want to face him across the felt? WSOP 2021 Event #61 $600 Deepstack Championship Final Table Results: Cole Ferraro - $252,491 Sami Rustom - $156,056 Sean Dunleavy - $117,822 Bart Lybaert - $89,587 Richard Dixon - $68,604 Edgardo Rosario - $52,914 Xiangdong Huang - $41,108 Ruben Chappell - $32,169 Ronald Slucker - $25,359 Eelis Parssinen Wins First WSOP Bracelet Event #64 saw Finnish online crusher Eelis Parssinen claim a first-ever WSOP bracelet victory as he took the top prize at a final table including players such as Niklas Astedt and Joni Jouhkimainen. With just eight players making the final table, it wasn’t long before the first player busted, with a fast structure to the $5,000-entry event throughout. Parssinen got off to the best possible start when he made quads in a PLO pot to double through Jouhkimainen and move up the ranks, and instead of the Finn floundering, he would continue to rise up the leaderboard during the remainder of the final day. Vikranth Anga was the first player to leave the final table as he lost out with ace-king to Jouhkimainen’s pocket kings when all the chips went into the middle pre-flop. Anga’s exit was worth $53,824 and he was soon joined on the rail by Swedish online sensation Niklas Astedt in seventh place for $70,367 when his [poker card="Qs"][poker card="5s"] couldn’t catch Noah Bronstein’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="6h"], a board of [poker card="As"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"] sending Astedt home. After Kyle Arora went out in sixth for $93,425, Jouhkimainen busted in fifth for $125,940. The Finn called off his stack from the big blind with [poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"] only for Ezra Abu Gazal’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"] to eliminate his micro stack. Soon, only three remained after the overnight chip leader, David Prociak, busted for $172,332. Gazal would bust in No Limit Hold’em, when his [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Tc"] lost to Parssinen’s [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] on a nine-high board, with the American earning $239,231 for the run to the podium places. That gave Parssinen 20.6 million chips, almost three times as many as Bronstein who had 8.4 million. Heads-up was a short affair as the Finn wrapped up victory with a flopped set of sixes good enough for Parssinen to claim gold and the top prize of $545,616, while Bronstein cashed for $337,216 as runner-up. WSOP 2021 Event #64 $5,000 NLHE/PLO Mix Final Table Results: Eelis Parssinen - $545,616 Noah Bronstein - $337,216 Ezra Abu Gazal - $239,321 David Prociak - $172,332 Joni Jouhkimainen - $125,940 Kyle Arora - $93,425 Niklas Astedt - $70,367 Vikranth Anga - $53,824 In Event #63, the $500-entry Salute to Warriors, just nine players remain from 169 combatants on the penultimate day of the event. Bradley Rogoff leads the final table with 8,800,000 chips, a fair distance ahead of Eric Zhang with 7,175,000. Elsewhere at the final table, there were stacks in bags for Chris Corbo (4,475,000) and Chulhan Choi (3,900,000) among others, but some weren’t so fortunate as to make the final day, with stars of the game such as Taylor Pollard, Lisa Roberts and Chris Bibb all going close to the final day but eventually missing out. WSOP 2021 Event #63 $500 Salute to Warriors Final Table Chipcounts: Bradley Rogoff - 8,800,000 Eric Zhang - 7,175,000 Guy Hadas - 5,500,000 Christopher Corbo - 4,475,000 Mitch Garshofsky - 4,475,000 Chulhan Choi - 3,900,000 Hlib Kovtunov - 3,475,000 Anthony Mccurdy - 3,350,000 Marty Zabib - 2,700,000 The kick-off of Event #65, the Mini Main Event, is something thousands of players were looking forward to, as evidenced by the 3,821 players who played the freezeout tournament that apes the structure and style of the WSOP Main Event, which kicks off on Thursday. After starting at 11am, the tournament enjoyed a busy opening day, with players such as the Player of the Year favorite Shaun Deeb busting out before the day was through. Others such as WSOP world champion Joe McKeehen went the same way, but some survived, with Thomas Boyden the pick of the 282 who made the cut. Others to feature in the top ten included Farid Jattin (2,240,000) and two-time WSOP winner Georgios Sotiropoulos (2,135,000), while the highest other former WSOP bracelet winner in the counts was Ismael Bojang (1,850,000). WSOP 2021 Event #65 $1,000 Mini Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Thomas Boyden - 3,325,000 Giorgii Skhulukhiia - 3,150,000 Nicholas Verderamo - 2,560,000 Farid Jattin - 2,240,000 Jinkwang Do - 2,150,000 Georgios Sotiropoulos - 2,135,000 Gareth Devereux - 1,995,000 John Longowa - 1,995,000 Nana Sanechika - 1,955,000 Ye Yuan - 1,925,000 Finally, in terms of poker events that is, the $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship kicked off and saw 194 players reduced to just 101 on Day 1 of the event. Brian Hastings (447,000) leads the field, but he is in illustrious company in a top 10 that includes Chip Jett (308,500), Nick Schulman (295,000), GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos (282,500) and two-time 2021 WSOP winner Ari Engel, the Canadian sitting on 224,000 chips. Players to bust included Yueqi Zhu, David Benyamine, Bradley Ruben, Rep Porter, Chris Vitch, Robert Campbell, Randy Ohel, Daniel Zack and Joao Vieira. WSOP 2021 Event #66 $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Brian Hastings - 447,000 Tommy Chen - 377,500 Chip Jett - 308,500 Nick Schulman - 295,000 Matt Livingston - 289,000 Felipe Ramos - 282,500 Ward Crane - 240,000 Esther Taylor-Brady - 240,000 Ari Engel - 224,000 Dan Colpoys - 223,000 Despite positive actions, not everybody’s WSOP is going to plan. Ronnie Bardah’s luck isn’t changing any time soon by the looks of it. https://twitter.com/RonnieBardah/status/1456041676414148609 Finally, is there a Player of the Year curse to legends of the past? Current combatant Ari Engel thinks so! https://twitter.com/AriEngelPoker/status/1456033927311802370  
  13. Shaun Deeb completed his latest masterful victory at the World Series of Poker, as he took down the $25,000-entry PLO High Roller to win $1.25 million and his fifth WSOP bracelet. At the final table, Deeb raced to an early double, dominating the final thereafter to beat overnight leader Ka Kwan Lau heads-up. Deeb Goes from Mushroom to Pushing Buttons Before the action got going, Deeb had a message for his many fans who would be tuning in to see if his chip stack would ‘mushroom’ as the lights were on him and his four opponents. https://twitter.com/shaundeeb/status/1454579446707470336 Deeb couldn’t wait to get going and carried an air of optimism with him into proceedings. From the moment he almost instantly doubled up, Deeb was on the march and swept all before him. Bulgarian Veselin Karakitukov was first to bust the final day, exiting in fifth for $276,870 at the hands of Deeb. The now five-time WSOP bracelet winner would take out the payer he doubled through as the table kicked off, too, as Maxx Coleman was eliminated by the champion-in waiting in fourth place for $381,394. John Beauprez fell to Deeb in third place for $537,295 before Ka Kwan Lau, who had begun the day with the chip lead, was overcome by Deeb heads-up. Deeb, who busted every single one of his opponents as he stormed to victory, told PokerGO after the final table that he was determined to chase down Phil Hellmuth’s total of 16 WSOP titles. “Oh, I’m going to pass Phil [Hellmuth] eventually,” Deeb said casually. “It’s going to take me a while, but I’m going to pass Phil. He’s a great player when he’s sharp, but he can’t play every day like me. When he wins a bracelet, he’s not hopping in the next event like I’m going to do, and that’s going to help me out. Plus, I think online I’m a stronger player and there are so many more online bracelets. I’m going to catch him one day. It’s going to take me a decade or two, but I’ll be there.” Hellmuth himself was quick to praise his ‘nice guy’ opponent on Twitter. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1454743417095790600 WSOP 2021 Event #53 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table Results: Shaun Deeb - $1,251,860 Ka Kwan Lau - $773,708 John Beauprez - $537,295 Maxx Coleman - $381,394 Veselin Karakitukov Bulgaria $276,870 David Benyamine France $205,655 Ben Lamb U.S.A. $156,387 Charles Sinn U.S.A. $121,816 In the race to win WSOP Player of the Year, Deeb has moved to with just 129 points of his long-game adversary, The Poker Brat, with Anthony Zinno still top of the pile after 53 completed events. WSOP 2021 Player of the Year Standings: Anthony Zinno - 2,627.88 Jake Schwartz - 2,614.45 Phil Hellmuth - 2,598.59 Shaun Deeb - 2,470.69 Ari Engel - 2,214.41 Julia Top of the Shop for Maiden Bracelet Nicholas Julia won a debut WSOP bracelet with a stunning mixed game win in the Nine-Game Mix final after toppling Kristan Lord heads-up. Dominating the final table, Julia brought about the final table of six and immediately reduced it to just five as he busted seventh-placed Kenny Hsiung ($17,017) and sixth-placed Robert Mizrachi ($23,352) in the same hand. Once five remained, Kristan Lord busted Robert McLaughlin, with Lord’s pocket kings holding against McLaughlin’s pocket nines. Julia then busted Aditya Prasetyo in fourth place for $47,164 before Justin Liberto slid out to Lord in third for a payday worth $69,341. Heads-up, Julia had a strong 2:1 chip lead and sealed the deal when a hand of Razz saw the winner end with an eight-six and had Lord drawing dead by the river, standing to shake his conqueror’s hand and claim a runner-up prize of $104,210, a result dwarfed by Julia’s $168,608 win and a first-ever WSOP bracelet. WSOP 2021 Event #54 $2,500 Nine-Game Mix Six-Max Final Table Results: Nicholas Julia - $168,608 Kristan Lord - $104,210 Justin Liberto - $69,341 Aditya Prasetyo - $47,164 Robert McLaughlin - $32,808 Robert Mizrachi - $23,352 Christopher Cummings Bags Monster Lead in Seniors Event Christopher Cummings piled up an astonishing total of 22,650,000 chips which sees him with more than double his nearest competitor after Day 3 of the $1,000-entry Seniors Event, Event #52 on the schedule. Cummings is followed in the chipcounts by Dennis Jensen (9,700,000) and Daniel Lujano (9,325,000) but has one of the biggest leads at this stage of any of this year’s WSOP chip leaders. With just 16 players left from the 148 players who started the day, others didn’t make the cut, with Barry Greenstein (89th for $5,592), Eli Elezra (47th for $11,437) and Pat Lyons (26th for $20,016) all losing their stacks throughout the day. WSOP 2021 Event #53 $1,000 Seniors Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Christopher Cummings - 22,765,000 Dennis Jensen - 9,700,000 Daniel Lujano - 9,325,000 Eric Sunde - 7,350,000 Todd Hansen - 7,315,000 Stuart Hosen - 7,305,000 Louis Cheffy - 7,065,000 Jonathan Ingalls - 5,850,000 Daniel Stebbins - 5,695,000 Robert Davis - 5,380,000 On a huge day of action in the $400-entry Colossus, Frank Flowers bagged over 1.2 million chips on Day 1b, as he topped the 697 Day 1 survivors, with 778 players from the total of 5,182 entries making the money. A total of 1,181 players will take to the felt on Day 2, the remnants of a total field of 9,399 as The Colossus once again lived up to its name. On Day 1b, Flowers may have risen highest, but he wasn’t the only one to enjoy a day in the sun, as Timothy Keenan (1,172,000) and Dwayne Hillock (1,031,000) both ran him fairly close at the top of the leaderboard. WSOP 2021 Event #55 $400 Colossus Top 10 Chipcounts: Frank Flowers - 1,217,000 Timothy Keenan - 1,172,000 Dwayne Hillock - 1,031,000 Keith Doering - 1,024,000 Andrew Heckman - 1,000,000 Kao Chieng Saechao - 994,000 Eric Stamey - 984,000 Mikhaile Richards - 950,000 Anant Patel - 925,000 Michael Thach - 886,000 On Day 2 of the $10,000-entry Six-Handed Event #56, Bulgarian Boris Kolev (2,185,000) managed to grab the chip lead as he was chased into the chipcounts by Asi Moshe (1,980,000) and Matt Berkey (1,765,000). Other big names in the top 10 include WSOP Main Event final table player Vojtech Rusicka (1,450,000) and Roland Rokita (1,010,000), with nine players from the 19 players who survived topping seven figure stacks. Players such as Bertrand Grospellier, Niklas Astedt, Joao Vieira and Ryan Laplante all failed to progress as the 136 players who began the day were whittled down to less than two dozen who will push to make the final day tomorrow. WSOP 2021 Event #56 $10,000 Six-Handed NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts: Boris Kolev - 2,185,000 Asi Moshe - 1,980,000 Matt Berkey - 1,765,000 Nikita Kuznetsov - 1,560,000 Vojtech Ruzicka - 1,450,000 Ariel Mantel - 1,395,000 Steve Yea - 1,130,000 Fabian Gumz - 1,100,000 Roland Rokita - 1,010,000 Ben Yu - 995,000 The sixth event of the day to take place was the $10,000-entry Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw event, with Shaun Deeb again the highlight. Having just won the $25,000-entry PLO High Roller to claim his fifth bracelet, Deeb late-regged Event #57 and quickly ran up a stack to end the day fourth in chips in a stunning display of both stamina and skill. The chip leader at the end of an 80-entry Day 1 was Danny Wong (340,000), followed as he is in the counts by Michael Trivett (315,000) and Nathan Gamble (257,000) as well as the aforementioned Deeb who sits with 251,000. WSOP 2021 Event #57 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Top 10 Chipcounts: Danny Wong - 340,000 Michael Trivett - 315,000 Nathan Gamble - 257,000 Shaun Deeb - 251,000 Matt Valeo - 238,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 235,000 Oscar Johansson - 222,000 Kevin Gerhart - 217,000 Michael Noori - 214,000 Brian Yoon - 204,000 Finally, Ronnie Bardah may be a Survivor veteran, but he can’t handle a big chipstack... unless it’s his, presumably. https://twitter.com/RonnieBardah/status/1454528687882137602 As fellow player Jon Aguiar commented, “Tell me your WSOP isn't go well without telling me your WSOP isn't going well.” Hang in there Ronnie, if you can survive to another day, you’ll always be a champion to us.
  14. The latest day of poker action has concluded at the home of the World Series of Poker, the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. With two more bracelets won, there was also a pivotal day at the felt in the prestigious Poker Players Championship as Ryan Leng ended the third day on top of the leaderboard. Leng Leads from Arieh and Cates as 10 Remain in PPC Bracelet Hunt The third day of action in the $50,000-entry Poker Players Championship saw the remaining 35 players play down to just 10 who will return tomorrow to battle for the WSOP bracelet they all want to win and $954,020 up top. Leader of the pack with one day to close it out is Ryan Leng, who totalled 4.5 million chips by the close of play, but Leng will not have it easy with some of the best players in the world hot on his heels. Josh Arieh is closing to taking the lead from Leng, with both men having won gold already this Autumn at the Rio. Arieh has over 3 million chips, and both he and Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates (2.3 million) will harbor hopes of overtaking Leng before they reach the line. Elsewhere, a rollercoaster day for Daniel Negreanu ended with ‘Kid Poker’ surviving a brutal bad beat with Chris Brewer’s pocket eights getting there against the Canadian’s pocket aces when all the chips were in the middle pre-flop. Negreanu got through the money bubble and eventually ran his stack up to 700,000 by close of play. Others could not make it, and all of Adam Friedman, Alex Livingston, and Chris Vitch busted outside the money despite starting the day in the top 20% of the field. Others found the same fate, with Anthony Zinno, the current WSOP Player of the Year, busted before the money too, but some superstars of the game survived to fight another day. Eli Elezra (1,880,000) continued his great form this series, while Nick Schulman (1,280,000) and Day 2 chip leader Paul Volpe (900,000) will have designs on one of the most coveted bracelets of them all, and of course, getting their name on the Chip Reese Trophy. WSOP 2021 Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Final 10 Chipcounts: Ryan Leng - 4,500,000 Josh Arieh - 3,025,000 Dan Cates - 2,310,000 Chris Brewer - 2,025,000 Eli Elezra - 1,880,000 Matt Glantz - 1,575,000 Nick Schulman - 1,280,000 Paul Volpe - 900,000 Daniel Negreanu - 780,000 Mike Wattel - 670,000 Jean-Luc Adam Wins Super Seniors For First Bracelet The $1,000-entry Super Seniors event reached a conclusion with Frenchman Jean-Luc Adam earning his first-ever WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $255,623. With nine making the final table, Adam led from the start of that finale as overnight leader David Slaughter bust in 10th place for $18,837. Out in ninth place, just a few minutes after the final table began, was Gary Pagel, who earned $23,762 when his shove with [poker card="4s"][poker card="4h"] ran into Eugene Solomon’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"]. An ace on the flop doomed Pagel and he was followed from the room just a few minutes later by Reginald Powell. Powell cashed for $30,269 when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"] couldn’t come back against Alex Katsman’s [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"], as the board gave the latter a flush on [poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="5s"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qc"]. Girish Apte departed in seventh place for $38,932 when his [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jc"] ran into Bill Stabler’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"], with a queen-high board no help at all. Not long afterwards, Joseph Richards joined him, as his [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] couldn’t get anywhere against the eventual winner Adam, whose [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Qh"] held to send Richards home with $50,559. Katsman went in fifth for $66,284 after his pocket eights couldn’t hold against Solomon’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"], a flush on the river condemning Katsman to the exit door. He only lasted a couple of hands less than Bill Stabler, who won $87,722 when his shove with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="3c"] ran into Adam’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="7h"] and lost to a flush on the turn. Three-handed, Scott Sukstorf was short and his laddering ended when his shove when short with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8s"] ran into Adam’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kh"]. A nine-high board sent Sukstorf home and gave Adam the lead into heads-up, with the Frenchman having 24 million to S0lomon’s 13 million. It was soon all over, Solomon moving all-in on a board showing [poker card="Jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4s"] with [poker card="Th"][poker card="9h"] and Adam calling with [poker card="Js"][poker card="7h"]. Solomon’s bluff still had a chance to catch an eight for a straight, but the [poker card="Ac"] river gave his opponent the well-earned title of WSOP champion. WSOP 2021 Event #58 $1,000 Super Seniors Event Final Table Results: Jean-Luc Adam - $255,623 Eugene Solomon - $157,986 Scott Sukstorf - $117,181 Bill Stabler - $87,722 Alex Katsman - $66,284 Joseph Richards - $50,559 Girish Apte - $38,932 Reginald Powell - $30,269 Gary Pagel - $23,762 Tag Team Crowns Winners In Event #59, the $1,000-entry Tag Team event, Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi won through after an intense three-hour heads-up battle saw the pip Tomer Wolf and David Landell to the crown and $113,366 top prize. Another team to star on the final day were Amanda Botfeld and her father David, who reached third place for a score of $49,512. In an emotional post on social media before the final, the younger of the pair thanked the elder statesman of the duo for their support and guidance. https://twitter.com/amandabotfeld/status/1455571669511139328 WSOP 2021 Event #59 $1,000 Tag Team Event Final Table Results: Mike Ruter & Samy Dighlawi - $113,366 Tomer Wolf & David Landell - $70,074 Amanda Botfeld & David Botfeld - $49,512 Michael Newman & Robert Ormont - $35,542 Alfie Adam & Vidur Sethi - $25,928 Benjamin Miner & Dmitriy Uskach - $19,226 Holly Babbitt & Michael Babbitt - $14,494 Zachary Erdwurm & Steven Jones - $11,114 Scott Johnston & Bob Fisher - $8,670 $600 Deepstack Down To 40 In Event #61, the $600-entry Deepstack, Perry Ernest proved strongest as he survived a busy Day 2 with the chip lead, holding 10.5 million by the time chis went into bags at the end of the night. With Sai Ruston (7,150,000) and Marc Rangel (6,800,000) in closest pursuit, the total field of 3,916 entrants is now down to just 40 payers, with only Barry Shulman (2,425,000) and Mark Seif (950,000) having won WSOP gold before. Players to bust on the day included Brandon Sheils, Philippe Souki, Philip Tom, and Kenny Hsiung, as well as Brett Apter and Day 1 chip leader Robert Hankins. WSOP 2021 Event #61 $600 Deepstack Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Perry Ernest - 10,500,000 Sami Ruston - 7,150,000 Marc Rangel - 6,800,000 Richard Dixon - 6,430,000 Edgardo Rosario - 5,859,000 Jean Francois Alexandre - 5,480,000 Nicolas De Bari - 5,100,000 Ronald Slucker - 5,030,000 Fernando Viana Da Costa - 5,000,000 Rubin Chappell - 4,400,000 Just 13 Left In $1,5000 PLO 8 In Event #62, the $1,500-entry PLO8 tournament, Matthew Kaplan topped the leaderboard with 3.1 million chips on a day where everything changed for the former chip leader. Day 1 ended with Japanese player Tsugunari Toma sitting on one of the biggest leads anyone has built during this World Series of Poker. Toma, however, crashed and burned as Kaplan went in the opposite direction, barely lasting half the day as others such as Kevin Gerhart (2.9 million) and Dustin Dirksen (2.4 million) both thrived. Others to make the top 10 chip counts included Sterling Lopez (1,350,000) and Michael Trivett (730,000), with Gerhart the only remaining bracelet winner of the 13 players who are left, with British player Richie Allen still hanging onto a chance of debut gold with 515,000 chips at the next big blind of 50,000. WSOP 2021 Event #62 $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Matthew Kaplan - 3,145,000 Kevin Gerhart - 2,900,000 Dustin Dirksen - 2,400,000 Roman Hrabec - 1,800,000 Sterling Lopez - 1,350,000 Dylan Wilkerson - 1,240,000 Tamon Nakamura - 1,145,000 Alexandr Orlov - 1,015,000 Bryant Bustamante - 805,000 Michael Trivett - 730,000 Players Turn Out For Salute To Warriors The opening day of the $500-entry Salute to Warriors event saw a great turnout, with 1,738 entrants reduced to just 169 players by the end of Day 1. Chip leader when the day closed was Andrew Moon, who was the only player to bag over a million chips with 1,274,000. He was followed in the chip counts by Taylor Pollard (866,000) and John Song (711,000), who along with Nicholas Verderamo (653,000), were the only three who amounted over half the impressive Moon’s dominant stack. With $40 from each player’s entry going towards the United Services Organization, a huge prize pool of $712,580 and a top prize of $102,465 means that plenty of money was raised for a great cause with big-name players such as Shuan Deeb donating along the way, although unfortunately for Deeb fans, the WSOP Player of the Year chaser didn’t make the Day 2 chip counts. WSOP 2021 Event #63 $500 Salute to Warriors Top 10 Chipcounts: Andrew Moon - 1,274,000 Taylor Pollard - 866,000 John Song - 711,000 Nicholas Verderamo - 653,000 Senthuran Vijayaratnam - 629,000 Terry Wheeler - 617,000 Kyle Besaw - 584,000 Alan Percal - 580,000 Marty Zabib - 557,000 Arnaldo Gordon - 536,000 Niklas Astedt Bags Big Stack In $5K NLHE/PLO Mix In the final event on the schedule, David Prociak (2,405,000) leads from Niklas Astedt (1,345,000) and Joni Jouhkimainen (1,215,000) in the $5,000-entry Event #64. With NLHE and PLO on the menu, other big names to bag top 10 chipcounts included Tommy Le (1,050,000), Uri Reichenstein (1,010,000) and Shar Levi (945,000), with players like Jason Somerville (690,000), Stefan Schillhabel (445,000) and Dan Smith (310,000) all still in with a chance of glory. WSOP 2021 Event #64 $5,000 NLHE/PLO Eight-Handed Top 10 Chipcounts: David Prociak - 2,405,000 Niklas Astedt - 1,345,000 Joni Jouhkimainen - 1,215,000 Greg Dyer - 1,175,000 Tommy Le - 1,050,000 Oliver Bosch - 1,020,000 Uri Reichenstein - 1,010,000 Shahar Levi - 945,000 Barak Wisbrod - 865,000 Corey Zedo - 785,000
  15. The 33rd day of action at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas produced two more WSOP bracelet event winners as Brian Yoon and Anatolii Zyrin both claimed gold for the fourth and second time respectively. For Brian Yoon, it was a 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw victory that saw him overcome the chip leader heading into the final seven, Danny Wong. Yoon Topples Wong after Epic Three-Handed Action With seven players remaining, Wong led with just over 1.5 million chips, with Yoon trailing him on 1.25m. It took almost no time for the first player to be busted, albeit a short time after an extended period of play that had seen ‘Crazy’ Mike Thorpe busted in eighth place to bring about the final table. Jordan Siegel was the unlucky player to leave in seventh for $31,690 when his hopes were ended by the runaway chip leader Wong. The winner in that hand almost instantly claimed another scalp, taking out the talented Brandon Shack-Harris for a sixth-place finish worth $41,270. Shack-Harris, who has cashed on multiple times this series and has been one of the under-the-radar stars of the 2021 WSOP, crashed out with a rough nine eclipsed by Wong’s rough eight. Six became five when Joao Vieira busted for $54,993, as Brian Yoon began his ascent to the top of the leaderboard. Wong was still winning more pots, however, and looked destined for the win such was the rate at which he was raking in chips. Don Nguyen let in fourth for $74,939, before his conqueror, Wil Wilkinson, was busted in third for $104,381 after a period where each of the three remaining players held the lead. By the time Wilkinson busted in third, it had been hours since Nguyen’s elimination. A dinner break, multiple exchanges of the chip lead and just two remained for the bracelet battle. Wong had the lead with 3 million chips to Yoon’s 2.3m, but Yoon’s experience told as the multiple bracelet winner applied pressure on Wong, who remains without gold despite this closest of calls. Wong had the chance to double back in drawing one with seven-high against Yoon’s ten-high completed hand, but a king as his fifth card finished off Wong to give Yoon the bracelet and top prize of $240,341, Wong consoled in some small part by the $148,341 runner-up prize. WSOP 2021 Event #57 $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table Results: Brian Yoon - $240,341 Danny Wong - $148,341 Wil Wilkinson - $104,381 Don Nguyen - $74,939 Joao Vieira - $54,993 Brandon Shack-Harris - $41,270 Jordan Siegel - $31,690 Zyrin Wins Second Bracelet after Colossal Victory Anatolii Zyrin won the $400-entry Colossus to claim the massive $314,705 top prize and his second WSOP bracelet after beating Michael Lee heads-up. Heading into the final, it was Lee who held a big chip lead, but the dangerous Zyrin hovered in the middle of the pack and came through in the final stages to claim victory. It was Penh Lo who was the first player to bust the nine-handed final table, busting in ninth for $32,240. Lo was all-in with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] but couldn’t hold against Eric Kim’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qh"] as the board played out [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"] and gave Kim a big stack too. With eight players remaining, Lithuanian player Vincas Tamasauskas was sent home by the leader after misfortune on the river. Raising for all but one chip pre-flop, Tamasauskas had [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"] and was called only by Lee with [poker card="As"]Jh], with Tamasauskas tossing in the final chip on the flop and getting a quick call. The board of [poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Js"] was a brutal one for the Lithuanian to take, with Lee’s rivered jack sending him home for $40,885. By the time the next player busted, Lee was still leading, but Zyrin had risen almost to the top of the chipcounts, even after Lee’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"] was enough to see off Martin Gavasci in seventh for $51,180 when Gavasci’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"] was dominated to defeat, a king on both turn and river improving Lee’s advantage of the rest of the field. At that stage, Zyrin was spiking, losing one pot then winning an even bigger one, but some players’ stacks were going in only one direction and Eric Kim slid out of contention when his [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Td"] couldn’t hold against Zyrin’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"], the board of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"] paying the eventual winner off in a crucial flip. Had he lost it, Zyrin would have been very short, but instead, he suddenly looked a massive threat to others’ hopes. Zyrin was starting to build momentum and wasn’t done with the eliminations, immediately taking out another opponent, David Ripley, in fifth for $86,650. Ripley - believe it or not - was all-in and at risk with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8s"], but Zyrin held [poker card="Ah"][poker card="7c"] and with his foe down to four big blinds, hoovered them up after the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="5s"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="4c"] board played out. Phuoc Nguyen had been quiet for some time, but couldn’t afford to hang about with the blinds escalating. His last chips went into the idle pre-flop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Th"], but he had run into a monster, with Kevin Rand holding [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] and no help came to save Nguyen, who busted in fourth place for $112,730. Three-handed play lasted some time, but Rand was always playing catch-up to both Lee and Zyrin and despite doubling on several occasions, couldn’t keep doing so. He bowed out for a result worth $147,595 when his all-in with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9c"] started ahead of Zyrin’s [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jd"] but ended behind on the tantalizing board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"]. Zyrin won that hand and in doing so went into the heads-up battle with 235 million chips, a considerable chunk more than Lee’s 140 million at a big blind of 6,000,000. Despite some brave attempts to play back and double into the lead, Lee’s stack went south and when a flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Js"][poker card="8h"] came, Lee bet holding [poker card="Kc"][poker card="2d"], getting a call from Zyrin. The turn of [poker card="Qh"] saw both players check, but on the [poker card="Tc"] river, Zyrin check-shoved a big bet from Lee and when the latter called, he saw that his rivered straight was no match for Zyrin’s turned flush as the Russian held [poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"]. While Lee collected $194,450 for finishing as runner-up, he’d failed in his attempt to win his first WSOP bracelet, instead seeing Zyrin win his second and the top prize of $314,705. WSOP 2021 Event #55 $400 Colossus Final Table Results: Anatolii Zyrin - $314,705 Michael Lee - $194,450 Kevin Rand - $147,595 Phuoc Nguyen - $112,730 David Ripley - $86,650 Eric Kim - $67,025 Martin Gavasci - $51,180 Vincas Tamasauskas - $40,885 Penh Lo - $32,240 Slaughter Leads Super Seniors It was a massive Day 2 of the Super Seniors Event, with just 65 players remaining at the close of the action. There were some very big names in the field on the day the money bubble burst, but while some made the cut, such as Sammy Farha, James Hess and Dan Shak, others such as Barry Greenstein and Karl Pregitzer didn’t, the latter losing to Farha along the way to the 2003 WSOP Main Event runner-up making the money. With two days of the event to go, Slaughter (1,835,000) will be chased keenly by his nearest challengers Randall Bolick (1,755,000), and Bill Stabler (1,725,000) in the coming levels, with play expected to go down to the final table on Day 3. WSOP 2021 Event #58 $1,000 Super Seniors Top 10 Chipcounts: David Slaughter - 1,835,000 Randall Bolick - 1,755,000 Bill Stabler - 1,725,000 Reginald Powell - 1,565,000 Andrew Bodewin - 1,355,000 Jean-Luc Adam - 1,140,000 Robert Chow - 1,100,000 David Smith - 1,080,000 Steve Miller - 1,025,000 Joseph Neiman - 975,000 Tag Team Down to Ten Teams as Weisner and Liu Lose Out There are just ten teams left in the $1,000-entry Event #59, the Tag Team event which sees teams of two players take over from each other when their comrade is against the ropes. On what was a very busy day, only 10 teams of two would stay in the hunt by the close of Day 2, with players such as Melanie Weisner and Xuan Liu falling by the wayside albeit after a great run. https://twitter.com/melanieweisner/status/1455424613781884930 Others fell to the same fate, with PokerGO presenting team Brent Hanks and Jeff Platt shot down when their pocket kings ran into pocket aces to bust. The duo, who dressed as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth throughout, would not make the top 10, but Michael Newman and Robert Ormnt did, bagging up the lead with over 2.9 million chips, far and away the biggest stack with their nearest foes Tomer Wolf and David Landell some way back on 1.9 million. WSOP 2021 Event #59 $1,000 Tag Team Final Table Chipcounts: Michael Newman and Robert Ormont - 2,960,000 Tomer Wolf and David Landell - 1,900,000 Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi - 1,700,000 Holly Babbitt and Michael Babbitt - 1,345,000 Alfie Adam and Vidur Sethi - 1,315,000 Benjamin Miner and Dmitriy Uskach - 1,065,000 Zachary Erdwurm and Steven Jones - 850,000 Amanda Botfeld and David Botfeld - 790,000 Scott Johnston and Bob Fisher - 455,000 Mike Lutz and Matt Krebs - 430,000 Paul Volpe, Jungleman Top $50K PPC Day 2 The second day of action in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship took place at the Rio and in particular, one player was less than happy with their exit. With 44 players beginning the day, Phil Hellmuth was one who joined the field late to eventually swell the numbers to a total of 63 entries. Things did not go to plan for the Poker Brat. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1455434490583552002 With just 35 players remaining in with a chance of winning one of the most coveted bracelets at this or any World Series of Poker, Paul Volpe (1,092,000) leads the field from Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates (944,000) and Adam Friedman. Plenty of other big names litter the leaderboard, of course, with Daniel Negreanu worth singling out for mention, purely because of the way he has made Day 3 of the event. Down to just 77,000 overnight with no option of rebuying, Kid Poker survived on a big stack of 655,000. With no Shaun Deeb making the cut, ‘DNegs’ could be one to watch as the tournament progresses as players battle to get their hands of the Chip Reese trophy. WSOP 2021 Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Paul Volpe - 1,092,000 Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates - 944,000 Adam Friedman - 913,000 Alex Livingston - 872,000 Chris Vitch - 849,000 George Alexander - 820,000 Brian Rast - 790,000 Yuval Bronshtein - 775,000 Chad Campbell - 764,000 Nick Schulman - 723,000 Deepstack Championship Gets Underway In Event #61, the $600-entry Deepstack Championship, Robert Hankins grabbed the chip lead with 868,000, though this is one of the slimmest leads for some time in 2021 WSOP Events. Hankins leads by a three-bet from Samuel Taylor (838,000) and Radoslav Stoyanov (830,000), with others such as KC Vaughan (743,000) and Ping Liu (702,000) also well placed in the top 10. WSOP 2021 Event #61 $600 Deepstack Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Robert Hankins - 868,000 Samuel Taylor - 838,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 830,000 Dhaval Mudgal - 786,000 Justin Arnwine - 779,000 KC Vaughan - 743,000 Matas Budginas - 719,000 Ping Liu - 702,000 Nissar Quraishi - 687,000 Alan Ferraro - 686,000 Toma Tops $1,500 PLO Leaderboard In tournament terms, the last event to take place on the schedule was Event #62, the $1,500-entry PLO8 event, which saw Japanese player Tsugunari Toma pile up one of the biggest Day 1 leads of the series. Toma amounted 1,076,000 chips, by far and away more than anyone else and almost as much as his nearest three challengers combined stacks. Day 2 will see the play whittle down to just a handful of players, so watching exactly how Toma gets on will be vital as it looks like anyone who wishes to play for the win will have to go through him first. WSOP 2021 Event #62 $1,500 PLO Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Tsugunari Toma - 1,076,000 Steve Chanthabouasy - 393,000 Paul Holder - 380,000 Maury Barrett - 373,000 Michael Trivett - 342,000 Raymond Henson - 339,000 Sean Remz - 333,000 Nathan Gamble - 328,000 Andrew Yeh - 318,000 Dustin Dirksen - 314,000 Finally, with the World Series of Poker just a matter of two days away, one former champion in particular can’t wait to get into the mix and will hope for some cheers of ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!’ to echo around the Rio one more time. https://twitter.com/JosephHachem/status/1455324002138738690
  16. Two more WSOP bracelets were won at the Rio on Sunday night as Ben Yu claimed his fourth gold bracelet of his career with a victory in the $10,000 NLHE Six-Handed for $721,453 and Robert McMillan perservered in Event #52, the Seniors Event, for his first-ever WSOP gold and $561,060 as he closed out a famous victory. Ben Yu Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet Ben Yu won his fourth WSOP bracelet as he closed out the six-handed Event #56 in style, beating Nikita Kuznetsov heads-up to win $721,453. At an exciting final table, play kicked off between the final six players with Mike Sowers holding a big lead with 4.8 million chips to Kuznetsov’s 3.8 million. At that stage, Yu was the short stack, but he still had 49 big blinds to play with, and with WSOP victories in 2015, 2017, and 2018 to call on, he proved dogged enough to grab bracelet number four. The first player of the six to bust was former four-time WSOP bracelet winner Asi Moshe, with the Israeli going down with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9d"] after his top pair on the flop was shot down by Sowers’ flush after his [poker card="As"][poker card="8s"] hit a flush on the river to win through and condemn Moshe to sixth and $97,660. With five players left, Sowers may have risen to chip leader, but Yu was making moves too, albeit in smaller pots. Steve Yea was busted in fifth place for $137,303 when all-in with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kd"] against Ariel Mantel’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Tc"], with all the chips going into the middle pre-flop. The board of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Td"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"] sending Yea home and further boosting Sowers’s stack. Mantel was on a mission too, however, and a double-up through Sowers opened up the whole tournament. Yu grabbed some from Sowers too as sharks circled in the water. Sowers lost more chips either side of the dinner break and suddenly was out of the event, all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8s"] against Yu’s [poker card="Kd"][poker card="6d"] and delivered from the felt by a king on the river. Sowers had banked $198,205 for his deep run and Mantel had it even better when he cashed in third place for $293,578. After some perfectly timed aggression from Kuznetsov weakened Mantel’s stack, the latter was all-in with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"]. Yu, by far the chip leader at this stage, called with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7h"] and both he and his heads-up opponent watched in delight as the board of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="9h"] busted the unfortunate Argentinian and send Kuznetsov into raptures. “My friend,” he exclaimed in the Thunderdome. “Russian people love you!” Heads-up, Yu had an almost unassailable lead, sitting with 16.8 million playing his Russian frenemy’s 2.8 million. While Kuznetsov had laddered, he could not manage a further ascent, and fell away when his [poker card="2s"][poker card="2c"] was shot down by Yu’s [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"], who had no little trouble holding through the sweaty [poker card="As"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="8d"] board. Yu’s victory, worth $721,453, gave him his fourth bracelet, with his Russian opponent winning $445,892 for coming second. WSOP 2021 Event #56 $10,000 Six-Handed NLHE Final Table Results: Ben Yu - $721,453 Nikita Kuznetsov - $445,892 Ariel Mantel - $293,578 Mike Sowers - $198,205 Steve Yea - $137,303 Asi Moshe - $97,660 McMillan Closes Out Emotional Seniors Victory When the nine-handed final table began, McMillan was one of the shortest stacks, sat on just 6 million chips, way behind Christopher Cummings, who had started the day as chip leader and continued that trend to the final table, sat behind 24.3 million as the action got underway. That lead had increased by the time that Daniel Lujano became the first player to bust, crashing out in ninth place for $58,425 when his shove with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="2s"] ran into Jonathan Ingalls with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8s"] and couldn’t catch up. Next to go was Todd Hansen, who busted in eighth place for $73,873 when Ingalls again claimed another victim. This time, Ingalls had [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"] and put his opponent all-in, with Hansen calling with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] on a flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"], but the turn [poker card="2c"] and river [poker card="2d"] couldn’t save Hansen. Ingalls was on the rise and he wasn’t the only one, with Dennis Jensen also chipping up, specifically at the expense of Louis Cheffy when he busted in seventh for $94,030. Cheffy shoved with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ks"], but would need to hit as Jensen called with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"] and didn’t on the jack-high board. Despite those heroics, Jensen spent the next mini session watching the stack he’d worked so hard to accumulate disappear. On a board showing [poker card="Kc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8d"], Jensen led out then called off Robert Davis’ all-in. Jensen was at risk with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"] for top pair on the flop, but he was behind Davis’ [poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"] and stayed there through the [poker card="2s"] river to bust in sixth for $120,484. In fifth place, it was the overnight chip leader Christopher Cummings who fell after the day got away from him and he cashed for $155,401 instead of playing for the title. Cummings moved all-in with [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Tc"] and was called by Daniel Stebbins with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ad"]. The queen-high board provided no sweat for Cummings, who was drawing dead by the river. With four players left, Ingalls met with his exit as Davis claimed another scalp. This time, Davis had [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Th"] and Ingalls was all-in pre-flop and at risk with the dominated [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9s"]. The board of [poker card="Jc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"] saw Ingalls hit his card on the turn only for it to provide his opponent with the winning straight as he crashed out in fourth place for $201,753. Three-handed, Davis had a big lead, sitting with 73 million chips to McMillan’s 21 million and Stebbins with just 14.2 million. That changed as Stebbins doubled through Davis with jacks holding against queen-ten suited and as play continued, the stacks evened up with each man grabbing the initiative at a different time. Stebbins it was who busted third for $263,640, but when he did so it was to the new chip leader in McMillan. Stebbins rivered a straight with [poker card="Th"][poker card="7h"] on a board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"], but the same card gave McMillan and unassailable full house with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] in his hand for Stebbins to depart. McMillan, so short earlier in the day, now had a better than 2:1 chip lead. It took next to no time for the winner to close it out. McMillan raised to a flop of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] then saw a turn of [poker card="Kd"], sitting with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="9c"]. Davis had come all that way with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] but put McMillan to the ultimate test with a shove on the turn, only for McMillan to find the call and watch the end the tournament play out in his favor when the [poker card="Ks"] landed on the river. WSOP 2021 Event #52 $1,000 Seniors Event Final Table Results: Robert McMillan - $561,060 Robert Davis - $346,743 Daniel Stebbins - $263,640 Jonathan Ingalls - $201,753 Christopher Cummings - $155,4016 Dennis Jensen - $120,484 Louis Cheffy - $94,030 Todd Hansen - $73,873 Daniel Lujano - $58,425 Less Than 50 Remain In COLOSSUS In Event #55, the massive Colossus event, which costs just $400 to enter, saw 1,181 players whittled down to just 49 by the close of play, with four former WSOP bracelet winners in Anatolii Zyrin (9,675,000), Vincas Tamasauskas (6,025,000), Brett Apter (3,000,000) and Carlos Chang (1,775,000) all making Day 3. The Day 2 chip lead is held by Rafael Fernades with 23,300,000 chips, who is followed in the counts by John Trinh (18,850,000) and Elad Kubi (18,675,000), meaning a big lead is in place for Day 3. With others such as Avi Cohen (12,675,000) and Matthew O’Meara (12,400,000) also making the top 10, it’s a stellar field who will return to battle for the bracelet on Day 3. WSOP 2021 Event #55 $400 Colossus Top 10 Chipcounts: Rafael Fernandes - 23,300,000 John Trinh - 18,850,000 Elad Kubi - 18,675,000 Michael Lee - 16,900,000 Avi Cohen - 12,675,000 Matthew O'Meara - 12,400,000 Penh Lo - 12,175,000 Yonatan Basin - 12,000,000 Lucas Kulbe - 11,925,000 Alexandre Malod - 11,900,000 Wong Leads $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Final 8 Event #57 saw 43 Day 2 players play down to just eight as Danny Wong had the kind of dominant day at the Rio that many of us can only dream of. Wong bagged up an incredible 1,755,000 chips by the close of play, with second-placed Brian Yoon (1,170,000), the only other player with over a million chips. Elsewhere in the final eight, players such as Joao Vieira (290,000) and Brandon Shack-Harris (275,000) will both be attempting to prove that a short-stacked player can win from this position yet again, but others won’t have that chance having busted on Day 2. Those included stars of the felt such as Dan Smith, who finished 9th for $24,910, Nathan Gamble (10th for $20,057), and five-time bracelet winner and POY boss Shaun Deeb, who departed in 13th place for $16,552. WSOP 2021 Event #57 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table Chipcounts: Danny Wong - 1,755,000 Brian Yoon - 1,170,000 Wil Wilkinson - 945,000 Don Nguyen - 565,000 Jordan Siegel - 300,000 Joao Vieira - 290,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 275,000 Mike Thorpe - 110,000 Doyle Brunson Plays The Super Seniors In the Super Seniors Event #58, there was a magical moment inside the Rio as Doyle ‘Texas Dolly’ Brunson arrived to play, sitting down in Level 6 of the popular event. Brunson, who wore his trademark cowboy hat, is now 88 years old and looks unlikely to add to his incredible haul of 10 WSOP bracelets. Despite that, he remains a poker legend and while he lasted only an hour, his face ended up on thousands of people’s camera rolls. Brunson would not make Day 2 of the event, leaving the Rio in his ride-on chair to applause from many players and fans at the felt, but another WSOP legend did make the cut. Sammy Farha finished second to Chris Moneymaker in 2003 as the WSOP Main Event of that year precipitated a ‘poker boom’ we are all still enjoying the reverberations from. Farha totaled 204,100 by the close of play, good for one of the biggest stacks that remain as players such as Jack McClelland, Bill Klei, and Lisa Roberts all joined Doyle on the rail. Now that would be some cash game if they decided to set it up. Finally, it’s not just fans on the rail whose heads turned when Doyle Brunson zoomed into the room on his motorized cart. The 16-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth couldn’t wait to snap a selfie in the name of positivity. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1454953641442299906 WSOP 2021 Event #58 $1,000 Super Seniors Event Selected Chipcounts: Farhad Davoudzadeh - 414,000 Steve Schneider - 433,000 Gary Bain - 235,000 Ron Lemco - 231,600 Arthur Schiavo - 222,800 Randy Vee - 222,000 Hal Marcus - 220,000 Sammy Farha - 204,100 Martin Yates - 175,000 Valerii Lubenets - 175,000 Tag Team Back Again In Event #59, players joined forces to play in a ‘Tag Team’ event that cost $1,000 to enter and seemed to bring with it Hallowe’en fancy dress as standard. Jeff Platt - who reached fourth place in Event #43, the Double Stack, teamed up with fellow PokerGO broadcaster Brent Hanks to pay tribute to Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu in the... weirdest way possible. https://twitter.com/BuffaloHanks/status/1454948036937863171 At the felt, Hanks and Platt did very well, making the top 10 with 166,500 chips by close of play. The chip leaders were Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi (338,000), while the intriguing and powerful duo of Xuan Liu and Melanie Weisner bagged up 159,000 to put themselves in a very strong position for the win too. WSOP 2021 Event #59 $1,000 Tag Team Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Mike Ruter & Samy Dighlawi - 338,000 Haven Werner & Thomas Taylor - 295,000 Keith Doering & Bill Schaeffer - 235,500 Nikita Luther & Kunal Patni - 195,000 Mike Watson & Sarah Goddard - 169,500 Jeff Platt & Brent Hanks - 166,500 Alexey Mishuk & Alon Eldar - 160,000 Alon Eldar & Unknown - 160,000 Melanie Weisner & Xuan Liu - 159,000 Nellie Park & Joey Weissman - 144,500 Yockey Leads $50K PPC Day 1 Finally, Event #60 took place, with the $50,000 Poker Players Championship one of the highlights of the schedule for many fans, especially those of mixed games. With 43 entries on Day 1, there could well be just as many entries on Day 2, with registration closing after 10 levels and a break. One player barely got into his seat before he was all-in, but Scott Seiver survived and his opponent ended the night as the short stack. https://twitter.com/scott_seiver/status/1454938088753360902 With 39 players still in the hunt from their initial stack, only Jake Schwartz, Matt Ashton, Michael Noori, and Albert Daher went to the rail and will not be able to re-enter. Daniel Negreanu ended the day on just 77,000 chips. It was a different story for Bryce Yockey, who led the field with 653,000 chips by the time the bags came around, with 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino (520,500) and Chris Vitch (504,500) his closest challengers. Others to thrive on Day 1 included Eli Elezra (460,500), Randy Ohel (457,000), Shaun Deeb (448,500), Yuval Bronshtein (440,500) and Brian Rast (437,000), all of whom made the top 10, while the aforementioned Seiver eventually bagged up 366,000 chips. WSOP 2021 Event #60 $1,000 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Bryce Yockey - 653,000 Dario Sammartino - 520,500 Chris Vitch - 504,500 Eli Elezra - 460,500 Randy Ohel - 457,000 Shaun Deeb - 448,500 Yuval Bronshtein - 440,500 Chad Campbell - 439,000 Brian Rast - 437,000 Ryan Leng - 433,000
  17. A busy day in the Rio saw the $25,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event work its way to a final table of five players who will battle for the bracelet tomorrow in the Thunderdome. Deeb Chasing Fifth Bracelet in PLO High Roller The day began with 25 players, but action was uncommonly pedestrian for some time until a wave of eliminations pushed play nearer the final eight who would form the final table. By the time the final eight was reached, players such as Gabriel Andrade (25th for $4,807), Jerry Wong (22nd for $48,007), Joao Vieira (18th for $51,208), Jeremy Ausmus (14th for $57,741), and Tommy Le (9th for $97,254) had all missed out on the final stages. For Le, it would have been a rueful exit, with his imperious nature of winning final tables in PLO Championships self-evident after his back-to-back bracelet win in the format just the other day. At the final table of eight, three more needed to bust for the final five to be reached. It was Charles Sinn who went in eighth place, earning $121,816 when his set of aces was flushed away by Maxx Coleman. Overnight chip leader Ben Lamb went out in seventh place for $156,387 when his flush was skittled by John Beauprez’s full house of fours over kings, with Beauprez correctly calling out ‘King!’ before the fateful card hit the felt. Finally, the night was over and the final table was set when French star David Benyamine failed in his attempt to clinch a second WSOP bracelet, busting in sixth for $205,655. Benyamine’s straight draws both bricked against Shaun Deeb, giving the four-time WSOP bracelet winner a vital pot to put him fourth in chips as the night drew to a close. WSOP 2021 Event #53 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table Chipcounts: Ka Kwan Lau - 10,750,000 John Beauprez - 8,725,000 Maxx Coleman - 5,730,000 Shaun Deeb - 3,640,000 Veselin Karakitukov - 2,745,000 Elezra Near the Top of Seniors Leaderboard Day 2 of the Seniors Event saw 1,107 players battle hard to play down to 148 bracelet chasers by the close of play. Eli Elezra was one big name who made the top 10 chip counts, with the four-time WSOP winner sitting on 1,515,000 chips by the close of play. It was David Kluchman (2,745,000) who took the chip lead by the end of Day 2, with April Facey looking for her first WSOP final table behind him on 2,330,000 chips. Other big names to survive included Bruno Lopes (1,380,000), Timothy Little (855,000), Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler (325,000) and the ‘Robin Hood of Poker’, Barry Greenstein (810,000), but others weren’t so fortunate, with Kathy Liebert (314th for $2,832), John Esposito (193rd for $3,528), John Cernuto (176th for $3,983) and Greg Raymer (710st for $1,601) all busting. https://twitter.com/FossilMan/status/1454190771356139522 WSOP 2021 Event #52 $1,000 Seniors Event Top 10 Chipcounts: David Kluchman - 2,745,000 April Facey - 2,330,000 Marc Walter - 1,675,000 Robert Sun - 1,615,000 Clyde Reed - 1,600,000 David Slaughter - 1,545,000 Eli Elezra - 1,515,000 Sean Moore - 1,445,000 Dennis McKelvey - 1,415,000 Chris Wa - 1,390,000 In Event #54, the Nine-Game Mix Six-Max event, Nicholas Julia bagged the chip lead, with 2,150,000 a massive stack at the close of Day 2. In fact, Julia piled up more than double his nearest challenger in Robert McLaughlin (1,013,000). There are some high-profile players in the top 10 alone, with Kenny Hsiung (822,000), James Woods (649,000), and Mike Matusow (559,000) all surviving as just 17 players remain from the 319 total entries in the event. Others who weren’t so fortunate to make the next day included Matt Waxman, Maria Ho, David Williams, Jim Collopy, Andrew Kelsall, and Adam Owen, all of whom will need to refocus on other events starting across a busy weekend of WSOP action. WSOP 2021 Event #54 $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Nicholas Julia - 2,150,000 Robert McLaughlin - 1,013,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 829,000 Kenny Hsiung - 822,000 Kristan Lord - 820,000 Justin Liberto - 715,000 James Woods - 649,000 Matt Vengrin - 635,000 Marco Johnson - 603,000 Mike Matusow - 559,000 Event #55 is one of the cheapest yet best-value events on the schedule, as The Colossus looks set to crown another winner in the coming days. Ryan Depaulo kicked off action looking to see if he can reach the podium as he did in 2019, winning $208,643 when he came in behind Georgios Kapalas (2nd for $278k) and the winner Sejin Park who won the $451k top prize. https://twitter.com/depaulo_ryan/status/1453903095721648136 PokerGO presenter and fourth-place finisher in the Double Stack Event #43 Jeff Platt had another great day at the felt, bagging a massive stack. https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1454360294306631687 The chip leader at the end of play was Hiep Tran, who totaled 1.3 million chips. Behind him, Hogyun Kang (1,297,000) and Vincas Tamasauskas (1,241,000) hover ominously, while stars such as Justin Lapka (384,000) and Robert Varkonyi (175,000) both lived to three-bet another day. WSOP 2021 Event #55 $400 Colossus Top 10 Chipcounts: Hiep Tran - 1,308,000 Hogyun Kang - 1,297,000 Vincas Tamasauskas - 1,241,000 Martin Ryan - 1,178,000 Charbel Kanterjian - 1,118,000 Lucas Tabarin - 1,116,000 Joseph Malebranche - 1,098,000 Erikas Laugzemys - 1,048,000 Michael Marder - 1,018,000 Ivan Barnes - 900,000 There were 306 entries in Event #56, the $10,000-entry Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em Championship, with just 113 making it through to Day 2, with Indian player Abhinav Iyer (483,500) capturing the chip lead and holding it to the closing of the bags. Belgian player Kenny Hallaert (468,000) and Matt Berkey (320,300) are both in hot pursuit of the leader with other superstars such as Asi Moshe (346,0000), Adrian Mateos (232,000), Justin Bonomo (175,500), Darren Elias (114,000), Tommy Le (109,000), Stephen Chidwick (102,500), and Maria Ho (59,500) all making it through to Day 2. Plenty of others were less fortunate, with Daniel Negreanu, Joseph Cheong, Ryan Leng, Ali Imsirovic, as well as 2019 and 2020 WSOP Main Event winners Hossein Ensan and Damian Salas all looking to the registration desk for what to play next. WSOP 2021 Event #56 $10,000 NLHE Six-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Abhinav Iyer - 483,500 Kenny Hallaert - 468,000 Matt Berkey - 394,000 Ian Steinman - 360,500 Roland Rokita - 358,500 Jimmy D'Ambrosio - 340,000 Giuseppe Iadisernia - 340,000 Jeff Frerichs - 324,000 Nikita Kuznetcov - 300,000 Arian Stolt - 288,500 Finally, if you wondered whether Phil ‘The Poker Brat’ Hellmuth was pressing ahead with his entrance outfit, then be reminded that you should never doubt ‘The Greatest Showman’ in World Series of Poker history. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1453843499091062786
  18. It was another busy day at the 2021 World Series of Poker as three events moved closer to completion, with some of the biggest names in poker competing in the $25,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha Event #53, the Seniors Event closing out a huge Day 1b and the first day of action in the 9-Game Mix taking place at the Rio. Ben Lamb Holds $25K PLO Lead In the $25,000-entry PLO Event #53, it was Ben Lamb, the former WSOP Main Event third-place finisher from 2011, who made it to Day 3 with a chip lead. Just 25 players made the end of Day 2 with a stack, but no one bagged bigger than Lamb, who had piled up 3,885,000 by the close of play, with his nearest challengers Nathan Zimnik (2,535,000) and David Benyamine (2,340,000) some way behind his total. Others who made the Day 3 cut included Joao Vieira (1,805,000), Bryce Yockey (1,420,000) and Jeremy Ausmus (1,280,000) just three examples of big names with big chances of success at the tail-end of the event. Another player who will hope to keep a great run going at this year’s World Series of Poker is Tommy Le (1,035,000), who won a second bracelet just the other day in PLO. Plenty of big names were unable to make it through the day, with Chance Kornuth, Joseph Cheong, Ben Yu, Ian O’Hara, Scott Seiver, Eric Kurtzman all cashing but failing to make Day 3, with Niklas Astedt, Josh Arieh, and Stephen Chidwick busting outside the money places. WSOP 2021 Event #53 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts: Ben Lamb - 3,885,000 Nathan Zimnik - 2,535,000 David Benyamine - 2,340,000 LaDarren Banks - 2,000,000 Shaun Deeb - 1,975,000 Joao Vieira - 1,805,000 Farhad Jamasi - 1,480,000 Veselin Karakitukov - 1,445,000 Bryce Yockey - 1,420,000 Charles Sinn - 1,335,000 Seniors Come Out To Play On a mammoth Day 1b of the $1,000-entry Event #52 the Seniors Event, Dany Georges bagged the biggest stack as he totaled 464,000 by the close of the day’s action. Georges had a good lead from players such as Scott Sisler (372,000) who finished second in chips and Mike Ruter (345,000) who also grabbed a podium place with over a thousand players still involved. The total field of both days stood at 5,404 by the end of registration, with 622 players from the Day 1b field making it through. Big names to make the cut included the ‘Robin Hood of Poker’, Barry Greenstein (156,500), James Moore (104,000), who has already won the Super Seniors Event twice in his poker career, and Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler (80,500), who highlighted the positivity of the day as the WSOP dealers at the Rio got a well-earned round of applause. https://twitter.com/AllenKessler/status/1453862989891735554 WSOP 2021 Event #52 $1,000 Seniors Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Dany Georges - 464,000 Scott Sisler - 372,000 Mike Ruter - 345,000 Ali Pabarja - 336,500 Randy Marker - 311,500 Steven Sheldon - 309,500 Billy Sewell - 297,000 Azim Popatia - 289,000 Jarufe Farah - 286,000 Matthew Shihadeh - 284,500 Rast, Elezra In $2,500 Nine Game Mix Top 10 Finally, Event #54 concluded with 136 players still in seats from 319 entries in the Nine-Game Mix which takes place six-handed throughout. After the first day’s play, Kao Saechao (240,000) had the chip lead, with Brian Rast - who won a WSOP bracelet as recently as on Day 28 - on 212,100 chips close behind him. Paul Holder came into the overnight counts third on 201,500. Other notables to grab a bag at the close of play and plan for a Day 2 strategy included Kevin Gerhart (158,300), Adam Owen (154,300), WSOP Main Event runner-up David Williams (153,100), Maria Ho (135,900), three-time WSOP bracelet winner Josh Arieh (129,700) and ‘Kid Poker’ himself, Daniel Negreanu (62,000). Other superstars weren’t so fortunate, with 16-time champion Phil Hellmuth, Frank Kassela, Chris Vitch, and Mike Watson all being eliminated before the end of Day 1. There will only be 48 paid places, so all of the remaining players have a lot to do yet before they can pat themselves on the back for making a profit in another WSOP event. WSOP 2021 Event #54 $2,500 Nine-Game Mix Six-Handed Top 10 Chipcounts: Kao Saechao - 240,000 Brian Rast - 212,100 Paul Holder - 201,500 Peiwen Wang - 201,400 Eli Elezra - 196,100 Ryan Himes - 190,900 Ray Henson - 190,600 Kentaro Hori - 175,800 Christopher Putz - 169,000 Matt Szymaszek - 168,900 Finally, Chris Moneymaker was quick to pour scorn on PokerGO presenter Jeff Platt’s run in Event #43 as proof that ‘anyone’ can win big at a poker tournament. Quick as a whip, Platt shot one right back at the 2003 WSOP Main Event world champion. https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1453859024965885955
  19. Brian Rast claimed a fifth WSOP bracelet as the modern poker legend bagged the win in the $3,000-entry Six-Max No Limit Hold’em Event #51. Rast won a top prize of $474,102 after ousting John Gallaher heads-up in a thrilling conclusion to a great final table in the Thunderdome at the Rio in Las Vegas. Brian Rast Makes It Five The final six players were reached when Matas Cimbolas bubbled the final table, winning $53,946 in the process. At that stage, Rast sat at the top of the leaderboard with 13.7 million chips, easily clear of his nearest challenger in Nick Yunis. It would be Uruguay’s Francisco Benitez who would bust the final table first, exiting in sixth for $73,107 when his [poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"] was unable to hold against Rast’s [7d[poker card="6d"]. After Benitez shoved when short, the board of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Ks"] paid off Rast and made him even more powerful with four opponents between him and victory. Next to go was Japanese Day 1 chip leader Jun Obara, who entered the play with the most chips but left in fifth place for $100,827. Yunis’ call for his chips with [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9h"] on a flop of [poker card="Js"][poker card="Td"][poker card="6s"] was correct as Obara showed only [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"] and after missing flush and running straight outs on the [poker card="Qh"] turn and [poker card="Kd"] river, Obara was on the rail. It was Yunis himself who busted in fourth place when his shove from under the gun with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="5h"] met with defeat to Rast’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="4d"], the board of [poker card="Ts"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="8c"] ending the chances of Yunis, sending him home with $141,478 and further boosting Rast’s stack. Three became two when Rast, who now had seven times the chips of each of his opponents, busted Tuan Phan in third for $210,913. Rast raised all-in from the small blind with just [poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"], Phan calling off just four big blinds from the big blind with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jd"] and failing to hold across the board of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="7c"]. Heads-up was a one-way encounter, with the dominant Rast immediately ending the event, all-in with the dominating [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Td"] against John Gallaher’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Th"], with a board of [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="3d"] giving Gallaher the runner-up prize of $293,009 and Rast the victory and his fifth WSOP bracelet. WSOP 2021 Event #51 $3,000 Six-Max Final Table Results: Brian Rast - $474,102 John Gallaher - $293,009 Tuan Phan - $210,913 Nick Yunis - $141,478 Jun Obara - $100,827 Francisco Benitez - $73,107 Distenfeld Wins Shootout For First Gold Bracelet Event #48 saw the gregarious and generous to a fault Gershon Distenfeld win his first-ever WSOP bracelet and pledge to give his entire $204,063 winnings to charity after an epic comeback heads-up win against Johan Schumacher saw a popular winner take gold. Ten players took to the table who had each won two single-table ‘Shootout’ tables to reach that point, and the action was quality from the off. It was Craig Trost who busted first for $16,197 when just a short while after play began, his day slid away. With all ten players starting virtually level in chips, it took a massive cooler for such an early exit and Trost’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kd"] were shot down by Distenfeld’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"] as the eventual winner immediately put himself in a great position to take the title when the ten-high board played out. Ap Garza busted in ninth place for $20,208 when his all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="2d"] was mis-timed, David Tran’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"] cruising to victory after all the chips went in pre-flop with two kings on the flop. Garza was followed from the felt by Thomas Boivin in eighth place for $25,473 when the Belgian was eliminated by countryman Schumacher. Boivin’s [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] was no good against Schumacher’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"] when the board saw a queen hit the turn on [poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="7s"]. In seventh place, it was the turn of two-time 2021 WSOP event winner Ari Engel to depart, with the Canadian cashing for $32,439 when his [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"] couldn’t overtake Distenfeld’s [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Jc"], a jack coming on the flop for good measure. When Sohale Khalili was gone in sixth for $41,728, pocket fours losing to Jonathan Betancur’s [poker card="Js"][poker card="9s"] with two nines coming on the flop, there were just five in the hunt for gold. Tran was busted in fifth place for $54,217 when his shove with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5d"] was looked up by Orson Young with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qh"]. The board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="Td"][poker card="4c"] sent Tran home after a sweat, but four became three when Young himself busted for $71,142 with [poker card="As"][poker card="8s"] overtaken by Schumacher’s call pre-flop with [poker card="QS"][poker card="Jh"], a queen on the flop doing the fatal damage. Three-handed, an all-America heads-up was prevented by Schumacher’s [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"] which held through a nine-high board against Betancur’s shove with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"]. That gave Schumacher a 2:1 chip lead but that was all to change after an epic heads-up battle. In a duel that had everything, it took a bad beat to end what was a mammoth three-hour encounter. Betancur called off his stack with the best hand by far, holding [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Tc"] against Distenfeld’s [poker card="Qc"][poker card="4s"]. But a board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="Ks"] saw drama on the turn lead to wild cheers after 4th and 5th street from Disteneld’s rail as the first bracelet in his career landed at the expense of another debut hopeful in the gallant Schumacher. WSOP 2021 Event #48 $1,500 Shootout Final Table Results: Gershon Distenfeld - $204,063 Johan Schumacher - $126,133 Jonathan Betancur - $94,270 Orson Young - $71,142 David Tran - $54,217 Sohale Khalili - $41,728 Ari Engel - $32,439 Thomas Boivin - $25,473 Ap Garza - $20,208 Craig Trost - $16,197 Bonyadi Scores Fourth Career WSOP Title Event #49 concluded with another multiple bracelet winner left celebrating, as Farzad Bonyadi won $297,051 and the title of No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship winner, as he beat Johannes Becker, who earned $183,591 for finishing second, heads-up. With Britain’s Benny Glaser coming into play as the chip leader and favorite, there was no fairytale ending to the tournament for him as he was eliminated in third place for $132,685. And there was another poker legend who ended up disappointed as Daniel ‘Kid Poker’ Negreanu busted the event in eighth place for $32,162 as his WSOP bracelet drought goes on. WSOP 2021 Event #49 $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship Farzad Bonyadi - $297,051 Johannes Becker - $183,591 Benny Glaser - $132,685 Dustin Dirksen - $97,199 Jake Schwartz - $72,185 Julien Martini - $54,359 Ben Diebold - $41,515 Daniel Negreanu - $32,162 First WSOP Cash, First WSOP Bracelet For Wright Event #50 provided the fourth WSOP bracelet winner of the day as Darrin Wright won the $600-entry NLHE/PLO mixed event in some style. It was a fairytale story worthy of the World Series, as Wright won the event in what was his first WSOP cash of any kind, proving that anyone can go from hopeful to hero by sitting down at the felt in Las Vegas. At the final table, Wright led from there being six players left in the hunt for the bracelet, with Victor Paredes second in chips. That was how the tournament played out, with the two men clashing in a famous heads-up fight for the gold with big names such as Dan Zack (57th for $1,974), Mark Seif (31st for $3,717), and Justin Lapka (27th for $3,717) all busting earlier on the final day to whiff the business end of proceedings. WSOP 2021 Event #50 $600 Mixed PLO / NLHE Final Table Results: Darrin Wright - $127,219 Victor Paredes - $78,604 Joshua Ray - $57,276 Colten Yamagishi - $42,192 Hanan Braun - $31,425 Ryan Colton - $23,668 John Gilchrist - $18,028 Kyle Mclean - $13,889 Day 1a of the Seniors Championship took place on Day 28 of the 2021 World Series of Poker as one of the most fondly thought of events on the calendar returned after two years away. With 2,432 entries on the day, just 486 players survived to Day 2, with George Bronstein (585,000) the chip leader as chip bags were zipped shut for the night. Behind Bronstein, a number of well-known faces flourished, with Tim Killday (433,000), three-time WSOP bracelet winner ‘Miami’ John Cernuto (355,500), David Slaughter (351,500) and Edward Zidd all making the top 10 and legends of the felt such as Jack McClelland (175,000), JJ Liu (170,000) and Eli Elezra (112,500 ) all still in their seats as the final river fell. Big names who missed out on the next day’s play included two former WSOP Main Event winners in Robert Varkonyi and Tom MvEvoy, as well as Barry Greenstein, Rep Porter, Kathy Liebert, Ken Aldridge, Linda Johnson and Greg Raymer, as well as Barry and Allyn Shulman. WSOP 2021 Event #52 $1,000 Seniors Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: George Bronstein - 585,000 Tim Killday - 433,000 John Thornton - 373,000 John Cernuto - 355,500 David Slaughter - 351,500 Edward Zidd - 346,000 Angela Jordison - 341,000 Joseph Beasy - 334,000 Antonin Teisseire - 331,000 Giuseppe Iadisernia - 330,500 Finally, Event #53, the $25,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha High Roller tournament had, as you might expect, a stellar field in attendance, as 170 of the world’s best PLO players took to the felt on Day 1a. Las Vegas resident Eric Kurtzman bagged the chip lead with 773,500 chips as just 107 players survived the day, with other star names such as Joseph Cheong (592,000), Yuval Bronshtein (580,000) and Shaun Deeb (566,500) all hot of Kurtzman’s heels. Other big PLO players such as Chance Kornuth(547,000), Dylan Weisman (506,500), Sam Soverel (491,000), Simon Lofberg (487,500) Scott Seiver (225,000) and Daniel Negreanu (213,000) were all well placed, while others didn’t have the same fortune. Day 1 ended with some big names already on the rail, with Chris Brewer, Ryan Laplante, Felipe Ramos, Niklas Astedt, Sorel Mizzi, Joao Vieira, Ali Imsirovic, Jeff Gross and Randy Ohel all considering registration on Day 2, which will remain available until the opening deal. WSOP 2021 Event #53 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts: Eric Kurtzman - 773,500 Joseph Cheong - 592,000 Yuval Bronshtein - 580,000 Shaun Deeb - 566,500 Chance Kornuth - 547,000 Martin Dam - 530,500 Dylan Weisman - 506,500 Michael Batell - 500,000 Sam Soverel - 491,000 With so many funny stories, amusing anecdotes and outrageous memes making their way around the World Series of Poker like a poker pandemic of their own, it would be easy to think it’s all about the jokes, but when poker player and brain cancer sufferer Michael Graydon tweeted that he was hoping to sell 70% of his WSOP Main Event package to play this year, ‘Poker Twitter’ was far from laughing at his plight. In fact, it’s one of the most touching displays of poker player generosity that we’ve ever seen and if the replies to Graydon’s post don’t bring you to tears, we’ll be surprised. In one of the nicest collective gestures the game has ever seen, Graydon will be freerolling not just the Main Event this year, but his trip too, with some poker legends coming forward to help him out in his hour of need. We’ll all be rooting for you, Michael. https://twitter.com/michael_graydon/status/1453238351671304199 Finally, far be it from us to presume that you wouldn’t want to shed some happy tears too. You’re used to a giggle at this point of our review and if Phil Hellmuth’s potential outfit for his legendary Main Event entrance doesn’t raise a smile, we’ll be surprised. Well, he does believe he’s the ‘Greatest’... https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1453497747173085188  
  20. Tommy Le claimed his second $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship title on Day 27 of the 2021 WSOP as he saw off Jordan Spurlin heads-up to win the top prize of $746,477. Plus, two other titles were won on a day with seven bracelet events in progress at the Rio in Las Vegas. Tommy Le Scores Another PLO Win Tommy Le’s victory in the PLO Championship finale should come as no surprise, with Le also winning the event back in 2017. This time around, the champion defeated plenty of big names at the final table, including four-time WSOP winner Eli Elezra before the day had begun. Just five started in seats as Le took a large lead into the action. The first player to depart was WSOP bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus, who busted in fifth place for $168,689 when his two pair couldn’t find running cars to top Chris Sandrock’s top set. That pot put Sandrock second in chips and suddenly in contention for the gold, but while Sandrock would take the lead, two hours of play without an exit saw the stacks see-saw wildly and it was during that period that Le took control. Ausmus voiced concerns about the playing cards used at the WSOP earlier the same day. https://twitter.com/jeremyausmus/status/1453076037185638411 Le’s high variance mastery has led to him winning this particular bracelet before and as Artem Maksimov busted in fourth place for $232,236, it wasn’t hard to see why. Piling up 15.3 million, Le’s challengers three-handed had a lot fewer chips, with Sandrock on 4.1 million and Spurlin totaling 1.3 million. If Sandrokc knew that attack was the best form of defense then he was prepared to display it too, taking the lead right back after surging through the next hour of play. PLO is known for wild swings, however, and within a few pots, the gregarious player was on the rail. Sandrock busted in third for $324,800 when his pocket kings in the hole lost to Jordan Spurlin’s aces after the board played out. Heads-up, Spurlin actually had a marginal lead with 10.8 million playing Le’s 9.8 million chips. Le, however, is imperious in the format and he took control before a Spurlin double-up hinted at a miraculous comeback. It was not to be, snuffed out by Le’s aggression and ability to play the variance like a rodeo cowboy mastering control of something so many others find hard to tame. The final hand saw Le river a full house after Spurlin had been all-in on the flop with bottom pair and Le’s top two had ridden the river home to improve even more. Le’s victory wasn’t just worth the top prize of $746,477, but the tile of double WSOP champion in an event so many top pros desire above most others. Spurlin’s consolation prize of $461,360 was not insignificant, but like every player at the final table of the PLO Championship in two of the last four occasions, he had to watch as Le took the gold and the glory. WSOP 2021 Event #45 $10,000 PLO Championship Final Table Results: Tommy Le - $746,477 Jordan Spurlin - $461,360 Chris Sandrock - $324,800 Artem Maksimov - $232,236 Jeremy Ausmus - $168,689 Eli Elezra - $124,508 Arthur Morris - $93,406 Ashly Butler - $71,242 Denove Wins Double Stack, Jeff Platt Finished 4th The $1,000-entry Double Stack Event #43 saw Anthony Denove outlast the mammoth field of 3,990 opponents as he closed out a memorable victory on the final day of the four-day event. The drama began with 17 players still in seats, but two big names never made it to the final table, with Jonathan Dokler (15th for $23,877) and Sejin Park (13th for $29,602) both eliminated before the business end of the event. Once the final table of ten players was reached, the bust-outs came quickly, with the first two departees going in the same hand. It was Denove who benefitted from the three-way all-in and emerged with 49 million chips, at the time a huge lead, as Matthew Raffoul was busted in tenth place for $36,949 and former chip leader at the start of the day Michael Wang went in ninth for $46,430. Denove held [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"], with Raffoul’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"] and Wang’s [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] both committed pre-flop after much thought. The board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"] meant that Denove made top set on the flop and put paid to both player’s hopes of a miracle on the river. https://twitter.com/miw210/status/1453167299972661248 Out in eighth place for $58,735 was Joshua Harrison, who big blind all-in call with [poker card="As"][poker card="8d"] came after Frank Lagodich had shoved from the button with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qh"]. The flop of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Td"] kept Harrison ahead, but the [poker card="Jh"] turn gave Lagodich Broadway and on the [poker card="5c"] river, the field was reduced to seven players. Out in seventh was Kennth Inouye, who won $74,796 when his shove with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Th"] ran into David Guay’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"] with Guay making a full house on the turn. Inouye was followed from the felt by Steven Stolzenfeld as he busted in sixth for $95,878. Stolzenfeld’s all-in for 8.3 million chips equated to ten big blinds with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and he was in good shape when Timothy Little called with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="5d"]. That wasn’t the case after the board of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Td"][poker card="4d"][poker card="8d"] as Little flushed his opponent away along with his hopes of WSOP gold. Lagodich left in fifth place for $123,710 as he shoved on the river with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"] on a board showing [poker card="Qh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5h"] as his two pair was trumped by Guay’s turned set of tens with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"]. Guay was to deliver another player from the table too as he next took out a man many on the rail were hoping would clinch gold. Jeff Platt, famous commentator of PokerGO streams and No Gamble, No Future co-host, busted in fourth place for $160,662. Moving all-in for eight big blinds with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="9c"] from under the gun, Platt saw Guay call with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jd"] and a disastrous flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"] set him behind. After the [poker card="Tc"] turn, only one of the three available aces would save Platt, but the [poker card="9s"] fell on the river to send him home in fourth and increase Guay’s lead over his two remaining opponents after back-to-back bust-outs. Some on the rail felt it was unfair to ask Platt to get in front of the camera to set up the final he was taking part in himself! https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1453129783890497539 Little couldn’t improve his stack in the next few hands and busted to Guay too. Little’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3c"] shove was dominated by Guay’s call with [poker card="As"][poker card="8h"] and after the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="8s"] board rivered Guay the pot, play was heads-up, with Denove at only a slight disadvantage, holding 76.5 million to Guay’s 83.2 million chips. It took only a short time after a break to decide the winner, with Denore stealing the lead then four-betting all-in with [poker card="Td"][poker card="Tc"], gaining a call from Guay with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"]. The flop of [poker card="Js"][poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"] kept Denove in the lead and after the [poker card="8s"] turn and [poker card="Kd"] river, he was the champion and winner of his first WSOP bracelet and the $446,983 top prize, with Guay claiming $276,269 for second. WSOP 2021 Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack Final Table Results: Anthony Denove - $446,983 David Guay - $276,269 Timothy Little - $210,004 Jeff Platt - $160,662 Frank Lagodich - $123,710 Steven Stolzenfeld - $95,878 Kenneth Inouye - $74,796 Joshua Harrison - $58,735 Michael Wang - $46,430 Matthew Raffoul - $36,949 Reard Freezes The Competition In Event #47, French player Alexandre Reard won the top prize of $428,694 after surviving a short but intense final day where five players were whittled down to one brand-new bracelet winner. Reard was the first player to bust another as he used his stack throughout the denouement of the event to keep his opponents at arm’s length. It was Qing Liu who busted first of the five, cashing for $97,238 after running [poker card="9s"][poker card="7s"] into Reard’s [poker card="As"][poker card="4s"], with two fours on the flop helping the eventual winner to add another scalp to his tournament haul. Just a few minutes later, play was three-handed as Conrad Simpson busted in fourth for $133,733 when [poker card="Kd"][poker card="2c"] couldn’t overtake Daniel Strelitz’ [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5c"]. Three-handed, Strelitz and Reard seemed on collision course and that was borne out by the elimination of Ren Lin in third place for $186,803. Lin moved all-in for ten big blinds with [poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"] and Strelitz had to call with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Ts"], the king-high board with no deuce giving Strelitz 10 million, just a little short of the 11 million in front of Reard as both rails cheered on their men. Heads-up, Reard got off to a strong start and after winning the opening exchanges and growing a big lead, had his opponent exactly where he wanted him. Strelitz was all-in and at risk with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9d"] and Reard called with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="8d"], the board of [poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Kd"] confirming his victory for what his maiden WSOP bracelet. Strelitz, who was hoping to add another piece of poker history to his wrist, had to settle for the $264,953 runner-up prize. WSOP 2021 Event #47 $5,000 Freezeout Final Table Results: Alexandre Reard - $428,694 Daniel Strelitz - $264,953 Ren Lin - $186,803 Conrad Simpson - $133,733 Qing Liu - $97,238 Darren Grant - $71,827 Diogo Veiga - $59,913 Jamie Sequeira - $41,132 Ari Engel Makes Shootout Final Table In Event #48, the $1,500 Shootout saw just 10 players progress as eight 10-anded tables produced a winner. While recognized superstars such as Sam Grafton, Joe Cheong and Brian Yoon all failed to progress, others confirmed their greatness with their second single-table victory in two days. Easily the highest-profile of the 10 to make the final (each on roughly the exact same chips) is Ari Engel, who has already won a WSOP bracelet this Autumn at the Rio and could be extremely hard to catch in the Player of the Year race should he win another. He’ll have some top competition tomorrow battling to stop him from achieving that, though with Orson Young, David Tran, Thomas Boivin and Jonathan Betancur amongst those who conquered their second set of nine opponents to reach the final table. Negreanu, Glaser To Battle At $10K 2-7 Final Table In Event #49, British mixed game specialist Benny Glaser collected the most chips as he goes into the final day of the $10,000-entry No Limit Hold’em 207 Lowball Draw Championship final with 2,101,000 chips. Johannes Becker (1,381,000) and Farzad Bonyadi (1,106,000) were Glaser’s closest challengers on the day, but the Brit has a huge lead and will be a big favorite to clinch what would be his fourth bracelet if he can get over the line tomorrow. Elsewhere, of the eight players remaining, the biggest name is without question Daniel Negreanu. Kid Poker bagged up 517,000 as he made it to the final table where his latest attempt at breaking his WSOP drought continues. Jake Schwartz wasn’t far behind Negreanu, taking 468,000 through to the final day, with Julien Martini the short stack on just 270,000. WSOP 2021 Event #49 $10,000 NLHE 2-7 Lowball Draw Final Table Chipcounts: Benny Glaser - 2,101,000 Johannes Becker - 1,381,000 Farzad Bonyadi - 1,106,000 Dustin Dirksen - 953,000 Ben Diebold - 522,000 Daniel Negreanu - 517,000 Jake Schwartz - 468,000 Julien Martini - 270,000 66 Left In Event #50 Event #50, the $600 Six-Handed PLO/No Limit tournament had a big turnout, with 1,569 entries whittled down to just 66 players by the close of play. It was the two-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric Froehlich who finished the day with the biggest stack, holding 2,550,000 chips at the day’s end. Froehlich was followed in the counts by Kristopher Burchfield (2,530,000) and Alejandro Jaureguireynoso (1,975,000), with players such as Justin Lapka (1,455,000) and Mark Seif (1,230,000) two more bracelet winners who made the top 10 chip counts. WSOP 2021 Event #50 $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Six-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Eric Froehlich - 2,550,000 Kristopher Burchfield - 2,530,000 Alejandro Jaureguireynoso - 1,975,000 Mario Arribas - 1,730,000 Michael Thomas - 1,620,000 Justin Lapka - 1,455,000 Hanan Braun - 1,255,000 Mark Seif - 1,230,000 Steve Westheimer - 1,190,000 Colten Yamagishi - 1,165,000 Brian Rast, Manig Loeser In $3K Six-Max Top 10 The final poker event to close down for the day was the $3,000-entry Six-Max Event #51, which enjoyed 997 entries with just 41 making Day 2 with 30-minute blinds throughout. Chip leader at the end of the opening day was Jun Obara from Japan, with Rostyslav Sabishchenko of Ukraine (2,020,000) and American Tuan Phan (2,000,000) rounding out a truly global set of podium positions. With players such as Brian Rast (1,665,000) Uri Reichenstein (1,660,000) and Jon Vallinas (1,655,000) all well positioned in the top 10, there’s every chance of high drama and quality on the final day. WSOP 2021 Event #51 $3,000 NLHE Six-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Jun Obara - 3,010,000 Rostyslav Sabishchenko - 2,020,000 Tuan Phan - 2,000,000 John Gallaher - 1,700,000 Brian Rast - 1,665,000 Uri Reichenstein - 1,660,000 Jon Vallinas - 1,655,000 Matthew Schwagler - 1,475,000 Lachezar Petkov - 1,415,000 Manig Loeser - 1,375,000 If you see two grown men fighting on the back lot of the Rio close to the midday sun, be warned - it's a jungle out there. https://twitter.com/RemkoRinkema/status/1453217722301513730 Finally, no, it's not just you, Randy Ohel. Makes you wonder who could ever... finish him! https://twitter.com/randyohel/status/1452818949297504257  
  21. Six bracelet events took place on Day 26 of the 2021 World Series of Poker as Chad Norton won his first WSOP bracelet in the $800 Deepstack event and three final tables were reached with some superstars of the game in pole position to win gold. Norton Scores First Bracelet Chad Norton was dominant in his display at the $800-entry Deepstack event with the chip leader going into the final table Kevin Wang overtaken by Norton before the first-timer deservedly claimed a debut bracelet and the top prize of $214,830 to go with it. The final table of nine players began with Wang on 22 million chips, an amount far clear of the 9 million in front of the eventual winner. It was Joshua Herman who busted first in ninth place for $19,533, as he moved all-in for around four big blinds with [poker card="Js"][poker card="9s"] and was called by Norton with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Th"]. That call was vindicated across the board of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Ks"] as Norton’s ace-kicker played and he vaulted to 20 million chips after a fast start to the table. Next to go was William Blais for $24,982, as the Canadian moved all-in on a flop showing [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3h"]. Blais had a monster hand with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"], but it was well behind his caller Norton with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"], and through the [poker card="3c"] turn and [poker card="9h"] river, Blais was on the rail and Norton became chip leader. Jordyn Miller was eliminated in seventh place as his [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"] call for his tournament life after Andres JeckIn’s shove with [poker card="As"][poker card="8h"] met with ill fortune. The flop of [poker card="8d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] gave JeckeIn top pair but kept Miller ahead, with the [poker card="2d"] turn maintaining that lead. The river of [poker card="8s"] changed everything, however, with Miller busted before the final six. The chip leader heading into the final nine, Wang was gone in sixth place, as he fell to Norton too. Wang shoved from the button with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="3c"] and was called by Norton with [poker card="As"][poker card="Jh"]. The board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="Qs"] saw Wang flop a gutshot but miss it as Norton paired up on the turn and busted Wang for a $42,031 score. In fifth place, it was the turn of Ivan Uzunov to depart the party, winning $55,279 as his shove with [poker card="Js"][poker card="Ts"] was called by JeckeIn with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jc"]. The board of [poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="As"] saw Uzunov on the rail with the Argentinian staying in contention albeit at the bottom of the counts. Narimaan Ahmadi had laddered to fourth place for $73,371 but could go no further as he shoved from the small blind with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="6c"] and Norton, who called with an audible ‘Sure, why not?” turned over [poker card="As"][poker card="6h"]. The board of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"] saw Ahmadi leave the event, and Norton, who had four times the chips of his remaining two opponents combined, continued to obliterate all who sat between him and the gold bracelet. Both of Norton’s opponents were in ICM problems, and JeckeIn paid for it with his stack in third place for $98,269. The Argentinian shoved with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"] but was called by the other short stack in Steve Lemma, whose [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"] held across a comfortable board of [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] which saw JeckeIn pick up a flush draw on the flop but fade both turn and river as Lemma filled up to sevens over fives on 5th street. Heads-up was looking like it might not be a procession for Norton purely due to Lemma busting JeckeIn, but with just under a 3:1 chip lead, that proved enough for a quick kill for Norton. Lemma shoved over Norton’s raise from the button and Norton made a quick call. Lemma was behind with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="9s"], Norton holding [poker card="As"][poker card="8d"] and hitting top pair on the flop as the board played out [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="3d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3h"] to give Lemma the runner-up spot for $132,802 and award Norton the bracelet and top prize of $214,830. WSOP 2021 Event #46 $800 Deepstack Final Table Results: Chad Norton - $214,830 Steve Lemma - $132,802 Andres Jeckeln - $98,269 Narimaan Ahmadi - $73,271 Ivan Uzunov - $55,279 Kevin Wang - $42,031 Jordyn Miller - $32,254 William Blais - $24,982 Joshua Herman - $19,533 Jeff Platt, Jonathan Dokler Head Day 4 of Double Stack Day 3 of the $1,000-entry Double Stack event saw Michael Wang end the day with a dominant chip stack as the American piled up over 24 million chips. With Joshua Harrison his nearest challenger on 14.7 million, others in contention include South Korean player Sejin Park (13.3 million), Jonathan Dokler (12.8 million), and PokerGO presenter Jeff Platt, who led after Day 2 and still has a very playable 8 million stack heading into the penultimate day. Of the players who busted on Day 3 as the field dropped from 149 players to just 17, former WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson fell in 145th place for $3,124, Niall Farrell dropped in 88th place for $4,716 and Ralph Massey made it all the way to 23rd place for $15,856. Others to bust on a busy day for eliminations included Daniel Dayan, Andrew Moreno, Brandon Shiels and Antoine Saout. Wang was understandably delighted with his progress. https://twitter.com/miw210/status/1452879499423465474 WSOP 2021 Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack Top 10 Chipcounts: Michael Wang - 24,300,000 Joshua Harrison - 14,725,000 Sejin Park - 13,325,000 Jonathan Dokler - 12,875,000 Timothy Little - 11,475,000 Alexander Farahi - 10,725,000 Alex Kulev - 9,550,000 Anthony Denove - 8,475,000 Jeff Platt - 8,075,000 Kenneth Inouye - 7,475,000 Back-To-Back Final Tables For Tommy Le Tommy Le is the man to catch in Event #45, the $10,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha Championship. With a stack of 7.4 million, Le leads from Artem Maksimov, with both of the top two some way clear of Chris Sandrock (3.2m), Jordan Spurlin (2.8m), and Jeremy Ausmus (2.2m), who will all be hoping for an early double up to put themselves back in contention for the WSOP bracelet. With players such as Mike Matusow, Dylan Linde, and Daniel Zack all busting on the penultimate day of play, Le will be hoping to go one better than his last final table, where he lost out for the bracelet to our own Josh Arieh. Le got off to a blistering start on the day, with just 18 players starting out and an unlucky 13 of that number failing to make the final day. Le doubled up through Arthur Morris and never looked back, as the day’s dominant player busted Mike Matusow with a rivered nut flush against ‘The Mouth’, who had flopped the nut straight. Once the final table of eight was reached, Ashly Butler was the first player to depart, with eighth place worth $71,242. Morris himself was busted in seventh for $93,406, while Eli Elezra failed to make it five bracelets, falling short in sixth place for $124,508 as Le claimed the chip lead heading to the denouement of the PLO Championship. WSOP 2021 Event #45 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship Final Table Chipcounts: Tommy Le - 7,240,000 Artem Maksimov - 5,080,000 Chris Sandrock - 3,200,000 Jordan Spurlin - 2,885,000 Jeremy Ausmus - 2,235,000 $5K Freezeout Final Table Set Day 2 of the $5,000 Freezeout event saw a returning field of 82 players play down to just five finalists as the penultimate day of action saw plenty of it. At the close of play, Frenchman Alexandre Reard had the biggest stack, with 8,820,000 chips, some way clear of the only remaining bracelet winner in the field, Daniel Strelitz (5,345,000). With Qing Liu (3,375,000), Conrad Simpson (2,390,000), and Ren Lin (1,535,000) completing the final five, there are sure to be fireworks as the five men play for the top prize of $428,694. Day 2 of this event saw plenty of big names exit the competition, with eight hours of play leading to the unofficial final table of nine. With players such as Daniel Lazrus, Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, and Shaun Deeb all making the money but failing to trouble the final table, others weren’t so fortunate, with stars such as Ben Heath, Andrew Kelsall - who bubbled - and Alan Sternberg all falling short of profit. WSOP 2021 Event #47 $5,000 Freezeout Final Table Chipcounts: Alexandre Reard - 8,820,000 Daniel Strelitz - 5,345,000 Qing Liu - 3,375,000 Conrad Simpson - 2,390,000 Ren Lin - 1,535,000 Ari Engel, Sam Grafton Survive Day 1 Shootout Event #48 was the $1,500 Shootout, a unique event on the WSOP calendar and one of our favorites, with each 10-handed starting table producing one winner who then makes the next day of single-table shootouts ahead of a final table full of winners eventually being reached. Day 1 saw a neat total of 800 players reach just 80 as players such as Sam Grafton, Joseph Cheong, and Ari Engel all ended the day too strong for nine opponents, slaying their way to victory. Of the 12 hours that players were at the felt, some tables ended much sooner than others. The first table to leave just one player standing was the one that ended with Victoria Livschitz sat behind all the chips. Players such as Shiraz Lall and Huy Nguyen couldn’t stop her progression, with other tables just as star-studded. Sam Grafton made his way through a table that included Michael Noori, who already has a 2021 WSOP bracelet to his name, while Joseph Cheong added to the Day 2 banter after taking care of Zach Gruneberg heads-up. Ari Engel, who already has two 2021 WSOP bracelets to his name, is 79 players from repeating that trick, with players such as Maria Ho, Ryan Depaulo, Michael Mizrachi and Jeff Gross among those to miss out. Sam Soverel Leads $10K NL 2-7 Event #49 completed the mammoth day at the felt for WSOP fans, with Sam Soverel leading the way after Day 1 of the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw event. Soverel’s stack of 454,500 chips puts him ahead of Johannes Becker (373,500) and Julien Martini (338,500) at the top of the leaderboard, but there is quality in every seat, with Shaun Deeb (302,500), Benny Glaser (290,500), and Yuval Bronshtein (225,500) all in the top 10 chip counts. Elsewhere, players such as the vastly experienced Dan Shak (190,500), Chris Vitch (83,000), Scott Seiver (99,500), Nick Schulman (90,000), and Ryan Leng (74,500) will all be very positive that they can claim a profit on Day 2 and push for the gold. Among those who busted on Day 1 were stars such as Phil Hellmuth, Galen Hall, and Michael Noori. WSOP 2021 Event #49 $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw Top 10 Chipcounts: Sam Soverel - 454,500 Johannes Becker - 373,500 Julien Martini - 338,500 Shaun Deeb - 302,500 Benny Glaser - 290,500 Benjamin Diebold - 277,500 David McGowan - 269,500 Yuval Bronshtein - 225,500 Farzad Bonyadi - 215,500 Matt Vengrin - 210,500 Chris Moneymaker already decided pre-festival that he wouldn’t be gracing Vegas with his presence, but a recent champion has, ahem, ‘encouraged’ him to rethink that choice. Sounds like a sidebet to us. https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1451943037299568643 Finally, if you’re worried that some of the big names you love haven’t arrived I Vegas yet - such as Phil Ivey - then fear not, because the two men who battled it out for the legendary WSOP Main Event win back in 1989 were pictured together at the Rio for the first time in a long time. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1452863857467084803
  22. Ryan Hansen won his first-ever World Series of Poker title as he got the better of Japanese opponent Kosei Ichinose to claim a debut bracelet and top prize of $109,692 as the latest champion won gold at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Hansen Takes It To The Limit Event #44 was a tournament that plenty of big names battled for, with the $3,000-entry Six-Handed Limit Hold’em event seeing legends such as Joe McKeehen (23rd for $4,830), Nick Schulman (21st for $5,597), Dan Zack (19th for $5,597) and Mike Matusow (16th for $6,668) all run deep without making the final table. Terrence Chan was one player who didn’t make it that far and upon realizing that it would be his final tournament at the Rio, put out a poignant post on Twitter. https://twitter.com/tchanpoker/status/1452159434025627651 When just six players remained, Kevin Erickson led the way with a big stack of 2.3 million chips, Hansen his nearest challenger with 1.4 million and everyone else with six-figure chip stacks. It was Steve Chanthabouasy who busted first of the six, losing his last with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Tc"] against the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"] of Ichinose on a board of [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="As"][poker card="Jc"]. Chanthabouasy’s run to sixth place was worth $17,486. Despite starting the final day as chip leader, Kenny Hsiung would go next, drifting short before busting in fifth place for $23,688. Hsiung’s [poker card="Qc"][poker card="9d"] saw him commit his last chips on a flop of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"], but Ichinose had [poker card="Qh"][poker card="5s"] and held through the [poker card="4c"] turn and [poker card="Ah"] river. It was the turn of Ken Deng to be eliminated in fourth place for $32,864 when he committed his stack on the turn of a board showing [poker card="8h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="Th"]. Deng held [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"] for a gutshot, but Hansen had [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Js"] and when the [poker card="Jh"] landed on the river, made a flush to take the tournament into three-handed play. It was Erickson who left in third place for $46,669, with Ichinose again the benefactor from the hand. Ichinose had [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"] and although he was in bad shape pre-flop against Erickson’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kh"], calling off the remainder of Erickson’s stack post-flop was easy and the [poker card="3d"] turn and [poker card="9s"] sent Ichinose into heads-up play with an exact 2:1 chip lead. That lead was not immediately vanquished - it was Limit after all - but Hansen made quad eights just five minutes into heads-up to claim a vital pot and he managed to turn around the lead before an extended period of play saw the chips see-saw wildly. Both men held the chip lead and momentum as the epic duel swung both ways before its conclusion. After getting Ichinose short, Hansen managed to close it out with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="4h"] holding against his Japanese opponent’s [poker card="Js"][poker card="Ts"], winning the top prize of $109,692 and his first WSOP bracelet, with Ichinose cashing for $67,796 as runner-up. WSOP 2021 Event #44 $3,000 Limit Hold'em Final Table Results: Ryan Hansen - $109,692 Kosei Ichinose - $67,796 Kevin Erickson - $46,669 Ken Deng - $32,864 Kenny Hsiung - $23,688 Steve Chanthabouasy - $17,486 Jeff Platt Leads $1K Double Stack In Event #43, the $1,000-entry Double Stack event, chip leader at the close of play was Jeff Platt, with the popular poker broadcaster and player bagging up a massive 3,315,000 chips. While Platt was the only player to end the day with over 3 million chips, he was followed in the top 10 by some big names and stacks, including Sylvain Naets (2,740,000), Kathy Stahl (2,485,000), and Matthew Vaughan (2,255,000) all likely to be threats on Day 3. Plenty of others made it through, with Niall Farrell (960,000), Day 1b chip leader Terry Presley (865,000), and former WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson (590,000) all making it through. Others weren’t fortunate, with two-time WSOP 2021 bracelet winner Daniel Lazrus, GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos and online poker legend Chris Moorman all eliminated on Day 2. There’s no easy way to leave the table after busting a World Series of Poker event, but Shannon Shorr put his two pennies worth into the mix, with plenty of entertaining comebacks. https://twitter.com/ShannonShorr/status/1452400548024516608 WSOP 2021 Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack Top 10 Chip Counts: Jeff Platt - 3,315,000 Zach Daly - 2,905,000 David Guay - 2,900,000 Sylvain Naets - 2,740,000 Avraham Azulay - 2,715,000 Gene Harrill - 2,610,000 Kathy Stahl - 2,485,000 Matthew Vaughan - 2,255,000 Sihao Zhang - 2,250,000 Josue Aguirre - 2,175,000 Witz Ends The Day Atop The $10K PLO Event #45 saw just 18 players survive the day as Jonathan Witz bagged up the biggest stack, ending the day with 2,620,000 chips. He was followed by players such as Arthur Morris (2,390,000) and Day 1 chip leader Chris Sandrock (1,900,000), with WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Zack (1,845,000) not far behind. Elsewhere, other gold-holders Tommy Le (1,000,000), Dylan Linde (780,000), Mike Matusow (715,000), Eli Elezra (650,000), and Jeremy Ausmus (600,000) will all feel confident that their experience will see them through to the final, while some big names to fall short included 2019 WSOP Player of the year Robert Campbell, Brandon Wong, and John Racener. WSOP 2021 Event #45 $10,000 PLO Championship Top 10 Chip Counts: Jonathan Witz - 2,620,000 Arthur Morris - 2,390,000 Chris Sandrock - 1,900,000 Daniel Zack - 1,845,000 Kyle Montgomery - 1,430,000 Artem Maksimov - 1,400,000 Anderson Ireland - 1,305,000 Nader Younes - 1,190,000 Tommy Le - 1,000,000 Jordan Spurlin - 960,000 Only 120 Left In $800 Deepstack In Event #46, Alejandro Andión led the remaining 120 players who survived a tumultuous Day 1 where 2,053 entries paid $800 and took their chances in pursuit of gold. Andión totaled 2,400,000 at the end of Day 1, a considerable distance ahead of Joel Orum (1,705,000) and Tomasso Briotti (1,675,000), both of whom took podium places heading into Day 2. With players such as Eric Baldwin (720,000), Anthony Marquez (250,000), and John Gorsuch (240,000) making the cut, others weren’t so fortunate, with Ryan Riess, JJ Liu, Kathy Liebert, Ari Engel, and Jesse Sylvia all busting, along with 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. This was all after Hellmuth seemed to get the ideal preparation, too. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1452052614737055747 WSOP 2021 Event #46 $800 Deepstack Top 10 Chipcounts: Alejandro Andión - 2,400,000 Joel Orum - 1,705,000 Tommaso Briotti - 1,675,000 Jonas Wexler - 1,630,000 William Blais - 1,600,000 Koray Aldemir - 1,380,000 Xiao Yu - 1,345,000 Virab Zakaryan - 1,345,000 Itzhak Ashkenazi - 1,325,000 Gregory Giannokostas - 1,275,000 Daniel Negreanu Bags Top 10 Stack In $5K Freezeout In the final event of the day to conclude, there were some very big names to make the top 10 in the $5,000 Freezeout Event #47. While Jamie Sequeira (1,070,000) was the only player to ‘crack a milly’, Daniel Negreanu (617,000) and Daniel Lazrus (597,000) both had spectacular starting days at the felt, with the latter having registered immediately after busting the Double Stack event in the money. Others to thrive included Joni Jouhkimainen (559,000) and WSOP Main Event runner-up Tony Miles (429,000), while some players not to make the Day 2 draw included Chance Kornuth, Paul Newey, Thomas Boivin, Taylor Paur, Brian Yoon and Manig Loeser. WSOP 2021 Event #47 $5,000 Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts: Jamie Sequeira - 1,070,000 Benjamin Chalot - 733,000 Daniel Rezaei - 702,000 Daniel Negreanu - 617,000 Daniel Lazrus - 597,000 Ivan Galinec - 561,000 Joni Jouhkimainen - 559,000 Johan Martinet - 450,000 Jongwook Lee - 430,000 Tony Miles - 429,000 It’s been an eventful weekend on ‘Poker Twitter’ with Ben Lamb feeling his surname entitles him to wade in on the merits of how much mustard goes with ketchup... kind of! https://twitter.com/BenbaLamb/status/1451998818912800770 Finally, is there a truer tweet from the World Series than this simple gem? We’re not saying we’d sign up to what comes next, but if ever there was a heads-up opponent you wanted to beat... https://twitter.com/sandler1860/status/1451930351194951681
  23. Adam Friedman made history at the 2021 World Series of Poker on Wednesday night after winning the $10,000 Dealer Choice event for the third straight year, becoming the first player ever to win a single event three times in a row. In order to do it, had to best a completely stacked final 10 players that included Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, and Phil Hellmuth, who was at his fifth final table and playing for back-to-back bracelets himself. Friedman Finishes Hellmuth For Unprecedented Third Title With the tournament being six-handed, two five-handed tables kicked off the action on the final day. Phil Hellmuth began his quest for glory in familiar company, sat alongside Daniel Negreanu and, Mike Matusow. Negreanu left the party early, busting in ninth place for $25,741, but Matusow lasted beyond Mike Gorodinsky’s elimination in eighth place for the same amount and Matt Glantz going out in seventh for $32,746 after making the unofficial final table. With the final six players gathering, it seemed a three-way battle from the off, with back-to-back $10K Dealers Choice champ Friedman, Jake Schwartz, and Hellmuth himself all above 1.3 million chips, with Carol Fuchs (570,000), Matusow (390,000), and Andrew Kelsall (320,000) all seemingly scrabbling for the next three eliminations. That’s exactly how it turned out, with Kelsall busted by Matusow in sixth place for $42,646 before Matusow himself heading to the rail in fifth place for $56,826. It was Hellmuth himself who busted his friend away from the felt, proving poker is a game without the boundaries of friendships at the felt and the two men exchanged a warm embrace as Matusow left the arena. Soon after, Carol Fuchs was of contention in fourth for $77,437 when she lost a hand of 2-7 Pot-Limit Triple Draw to Friedman. In winning his 16th bracelet earlier this week, Hellmuth beat Schwartz heads-up, but this time Schwartz could only last to the first of the three podium places, busting in third for $107,861. A fairly ridiculous stat for the now three-time reigning champion showed just how difficult it is to beat Adam Friedman in the Dealer’s Choice format. https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1451102842622668809   So those omens proved as Friedman, who went into heads-up play with a slight deficit to make up, remained unbeaten to conquer the current king of the World Series under the lights. After the event, Hellmuth himself tweeted to update his fans that he’s about to take a well-deserved break for a couple of days after an epic three weeks at the felt yielded five final tables and a WSOP bracelet. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1451134173314367490 WSOP 2021 Event #36 $10,000 Dealer's Choice Final Table Results: Adam Friedman - $248,350 Phil Hellmuth - $153,493 Jake Schwartz - $107,861 Carol Fuchs - $77,437 Mike Matusow - $56,826 Andrew Kelsall - $42,646 Addamo Crushes High Roller Field to Lead Final Five It goes without saying that Australian high roller Michael Addamo has enjoyed an incredible year at the felt. No one has won more consistently and for such large amounts than he has in online tournaments, but Addamo is not satisfied with dominating the online scene. With five players remaining in the WSOP Event #38, the $50,000 NLHE High Roller, Addamo has almost as many chips as his four remaining opponents put together. Heading into Day 2, Addamo had a significant lead over the field, with more chips than the places between 3rd and 6th combined. Only Erik Seidel was keeping pace with the Aussie in any way, and that situation stayed the case as play found its way to a final table of nine players. At that stage, Addamo had grown his stack to 6.8 million chips, with only Seidel (4.2 million) and Sam Soverel (3.5m) anywhere near him. The first player to leave the nine-handed final table was German player Leonard Maue, who was short-stacked and all-in for eight big blinds with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"]. Bin Weng made the call with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kc"] and on a board of [poker card="As"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] sent Maue home for a result worth $103,635. Next to go was Italian player Mustapha Kanit, who earned $126,141 in eighth place when he busted to Gal Yifrach, one of the four opponents Addamo will face on the final day. Kanit moved all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"], but ran into Yifrach’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"], which held with ease on the [poker card="6c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="4c"] board. Play went on for some time before Sam Soverel was eliminated in seventh place for $157,666. Soverel moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"] but was at risk when Seidel called with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"]. The flop of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9h"] gave Soverel bottom set, but on the [poker card="Jd"] turn, Seidel made a Broadway straight and after the [poker card="7h"] completed the board, Soverel was on the rail. It was Bin Weng who busted next, calling Justin Bonomo’s three-bet all-in pre-flop. Weng had pocket eights, but Bonomo held pocket nines and no danger on the board saw the man who sits second on the all-time money list double-up, with Weng busted in the next hand to the same opponent. With Addamo involved too, the three-way pot saw Weng eliminated with bottom pair on the flop after Bonomo had flopped a top pair of kings. With Weng’s elimination earning the American $202,236, the final five places were set, with Addamo holding a huge lead over four remaining players, with one super-short opponent Chris Hunichen remaining confident of victory. https://twitter.com/BigHuni/status/1451007106820108290 WSOP 2021 Event #38 $50,000 NLHE High Roller Final Table Chipcounts/Results: Final Day Chipcounts: Michael Addamo - 11,475,000 Justin Bonomo - 4,975,000 Erik Seidel - 4,335,000 Gal Yifrach - 3,160,000 Chris Hunichen - 405,000 Final Table Results: 6th - Bin Weng (U.S.A.) $202,236 7th - Sam Soverel (U.S.A.) $157,666 8th - Mustapha Kanit (Italy) $126,141 9th - Leonard Maue (Germany) $103,635 Josh Arieh Leads $1,500 PLO Just 58 players survived Day 1 of the Pot Limit Omaha Event #39, which cost $1,500 to play and had 821 entries. A mammoth 14 hours of play saw Josh Arieh (1,000,000) finish ahead of players like Ivan Deyra (635,000) and Craig Varnell (566,000) in the top 10 chip counts. Players such as Ryan Leng (847,000) and Robert Blair (852,000) will feel most confident of taking down Arieh on Day 2, as they are closest to the leader, with players like Robert Mizrachi and Shaun Deeb unable to survive the day. WSOP 2021 Event #39 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Top 10 Chipcounts: Josh Arieh - 1,000,000 Robert Blair - 852,000 Ryan Leng - 847,000 Fred Goldberg - 653,000 Gabriel Andrade - 645,000 Ivan Deyra - 635,000 Dien Le - 627,000 Craig Varnell - 566,000 Nitesh Rawtani - 563,000 Zachary Bergevin - 512,000 Seiver, Silver Make $10K H.O.R.S.E. Top Ten Event #40 saw players such as David Williams pony up $10,000 and take their chances in the H.O.R.S.E. event, and there was an air of ambition around the Rio in the early levels, as Williams himself exuded.... even if he was a season out. https://twitter.com/dwpoker/status/1450982507751436290 With 139 entries, just 71 players survived, with legends such as Daniel Negreanu, Anthony Zinno, Eli Elezra, and Paul Volpe all busting, while Qinghai Pan (373,000), Scott Seiver (261,000), Randy Ohel (219,500), and David Benyamine (219,000) all piled up top stacks. WSOP 2021 Event #40 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chipcounts: Qinghai Pan - 373,000 Scott Seiver - 261,000 Andrew Yeh - 229,500 Randy Ohel - 219,500 David Benyamine - 219,000 Marco Johnson - 218,000 Jerry Wong - 217,500 Brett Richey - 215,500 Jesse Klein - 199,500 Nate Silver - 197,000
  24. It was a busy day inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Tuesday with three gold bracelets being won and a constellation of poker stars battling in the Amazon room. Michael Noori, David 'Bakes' Baker, and Anthony Koutsos all won gold. At the same time, high roller superstar Michael Addamo took the lead in the $50K High Roller, and both Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu made the final 10 in the $10K Dealers Choice event. Michael Noori Earns Monster $610K Score After four days of relentless poker, 3,520 entries played down to a winner in the Thunderdome as Michael Noori won the $1,500-entry Monster Stack for $610,437. Taking down the final table, Noori triumphed against Ryan Leng heads-up after a stunning comeback from less than two big blinds earlier in the day. Heading into the final table, Noori was some way back from the leaders, with Leng leading the way with 57 big blinds to Noori’s 26 big blinds. With ten players at the felt, the man at the top of the leaderboard was Jaesh Balachandran, but he busted in 10th place for $51,286. Balachandran shoved with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"] and was called by Mordechai Hazan with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"], with a board of [poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"] reducing the field to nine. It was Anthony Ortega who busted next as his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"] wandered into a massive clash against Christopher Andler’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"], with a seven-high board sending Ortega home for $64,490. Ortega was followed from the felt by Johan Schumacher who busted in eighth place for $81,573. Schumacher raised then called off his four big blind stack pre-flop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6s"] but was well behind Rafael Reis’ [poker card="6h"][poker card="6d"]. The board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5c"] saw Schumacher catch a Broadway draw from the flop but he couldn’t find a queen to save his stack. Reis took the lead with that hand, and at that point Noori was struggling on just 13 big blinds, second last on the leaderboard. The eventual winner dropped to short stack when Daniel Fortier was busted in seventh place for $103,784 with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Tc"] committed pre-flop against Mordechai Hazan’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kh"]. Fortier was drawing dead from the turn on a board showing [poker card="8h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"]. Noori needed a double desperately, and it was Hazan who would oblige when Noori three-bet shoved with pocket sevens and was called by Hazan’s pocket jacks. Noori needed help and got it on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"] flop, but still needed to sweat a ten that would have given Hazan an unbeatable straight. However, the [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="2d"] river saw Noori double up and that began his epic run to victory. Hazan’s stack was mortally damaged, and he busted next for $132,812 in sixth place. Hazan moved all-in with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"] and was called by Leng with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"]. The board of [poker card="9c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Tc"] saw Hazan on the rail and Leng moved into the lead with 75 million chips, with Noori (45m) his closest challenger at that stage. Charlie Dawson busted in fifth place for $170,943 when his all-in with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] was called by Leng with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ks"]. The flop of [poker card="Th"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"] saw Dawson remain in the lead, and that stayed the case with the [poker card="Jc"] turn, but the river of [poker card="Ad"] flipped the script and sent Dawson home in fifth. There was an extended period of play that followed without anyone busting, but eventually, Andler met with defeat for $221,289. He was all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="2d"] and in real trouble against [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"] after a board of [poker card="9c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="7d"] played out. Noori winning that hand was vital, with the American vaulting over Reis in the chip counts, though Leng had a massive lead at the time with double his two opponents’ stacks. Reis would bust in third place for $288,101 as he pushed his final eight big blinds over the line with [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Ts"] and was called by Noori with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7d"]. With a flop of [poker card="8h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3h"] keeping Reis ahead, the [poker card="7s"] turn changed that and put Noori in command of the hand and the [poker card="4s"] river ended the hand with the Brazilian heading to the cash desk. Heads-up began with Leng holding an almost exact 2:1 chip lead. That was not the case for long, however, as Noori was all-in just ten minutes into the duel with a turned straight topping Leng’s flopped top two pair. Over the next few hands, Leng battled back, but Noori grew his lead after winning some small bets to increase his lead to 3:1 ahead of the final hand. After a board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="7c"] arrived by the turn, Leng attempted a value bluff, raise-shoving [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8c"]. Noori, however, held [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qh"] and made the call, needing to fade kings, nines, fives and clubs to become a first-time WSOP champion. Noori needed to fade a massive 18 outs, but that was exactly what happened when the [poker card="7h"] river eliminated Leng in second place for $377,220 and he fell just short of his second live WSOP bracelet of the 2021 World Series. Noori was the titleholder instead, winning the $610,437 top prize and grabbing gold for the first time in his career, celebrating on the rail with his friends as Leng was left with a rueful smile about what might have been. WSOP 2021 Event #30 $1,500 Monster Stack Final Table Results: Michael Noori - $610,437 Ryan Leng - $377,220 Rafael Reis - $288,101 Christopher Andler - $221,289 Charlie Dawson - $170,943 Mordechai Hazan - $132,812 Daniel Fortier - $103,784 Johan Schumacher - $81,573 Anthony Ortega - $64,490 Jaesh Balachandran - $51,286 'Bakes' Scores Gold In Event #34 Event #34 saw David ‘Bakes’ Baker take down the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw final table after toppling overnight chip leader Peter Lynn heads-up. Six players returned to the felt as Baker, the most experienced player at the table had work to do in order to capture the crown and his third WSOP bracelet. Baker, the only former winner at the final table, used all his experience to get the job done and win his first bracelet in nine years. Afterward, Baker described how desperate he was to win, and ultimately, a combination of his determination and mixed game skills managed to conclude the event in his favor. With play very even between the top stacks during the first three eliminations, Baker really kicked in after play went three-handed. Baker took over and when Stephen Deutsch lost out in third place for a career-high score of $37,194, Baker was better than 6:1 up in chips, closing out the win for a famous victory. WSOP 2021 Event #34 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table Results: David 'Bakes' Baker - $87,837 Peter Lynn - $54,286 Stephen Deutsch - $37,194 Kristijonas Andrulis - $25,971 Marc Booth - $18,488 Mark Fraser - $13,423 Koutsos Freezes Out The Competition It was a recreational player’s victory in Event #35, the $500-entry Freezeout event, with real estate agent Anthony Koutsos claiming gold after an epic three-hour heads-up match against Charbel Kanterjian. Both Kanterjian and Koutsos started the 10-handed final table as the top two stacks and would eventually take care of most of their opposition between them to get to that epic heads-up battle. After Gilad Grinberg lost a coinflip to bust in 10th place for $12,944, Fausto Valdez did the same. It was Kanterjian who won that hand, pocket sevens flopping a set against jack-ten suited for the chip leader to increase his power at the table and send Valdez home for $16,324. The legendarily named John Moss busted in eighth place for $20,753 before he was joined on the rail by Ronald Ibbetson (7th for $26,595) and Jacob Rich (6th for $34,353). By that stage, Dongsheng Zhang was one of the most powerful players at the table, and he busted Sundiata DeVore in fifth place for $44,725 when Zhang’s [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"] held against DeVore’s [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Down to four, the next player to go was Jonah Lopas, who moved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="3d"] but was called by Koutsos with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Js"] and couldn’t catch him on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="9d"] board. Lopas cashed for $58,685 in fourth and he was joined on the rail by Zhang in third for $77,600 when Zhang’s shove with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="9c"] was doomed by Koutsos’ [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qc"] on an eight-high board. Heads-up swung this way and that for a full three hours until the average stack was worth less than 20 big blinds. Koutsos had [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Qs"] and had an easy call when Kanterjian shoved pre-flop with [poker card="8h"][poker card="6c"]. The flop of [poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3c"] gave Kanterjian hope of a miracle by pairing his six, but after the [poker card="4s"] turn, the [poker card="Ks"] river saw Koutsos take the title and massive $167,272 top prize. Kanterjian took $103,402 for coming second, with Koutsos winning his first-ever WSOP title after his biggest previous cash was for just $5,000 before this defining poker result of his life. WSOP 2021 Event #35 $500 Freezeout NLHE Final Table Results: Anthony Koutsos - $167,272 Charbel Kanterjian - $103,402 Dongsheng Zhang - $77,600 Jonah Lopas - $58,685 Sundiata DeVore - $44,725 Jacob Rich - $34,353 Ronald Ibbetson - $26,595 John Moss - $20,753 Fausto Valdez - $16,324 Sereika Battles Padilha For Super Turbo Bounty Win Karolis Serieka won the fast and furious $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty Event #37, which took just one day to play out to a winner in the early hours at the Rio. With Pedro Padilha bettered heads-up by Sereika, other players such as Pierre Calamusa (4th for 88,436) and Lorenzo Adams (3rd for 88,435) Karolis Serieka won the fast and furious $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty Event #37, which took just one day to play out to a winner in the early hours at the Rio. With Pedro Padilha bettered heads-up by Sereika, other players such as Pierre Calamusa (4th for $65,494) and Lorenzo Adams (3rd for 88,435) coming close but failing to get over the line. WSOP 2021 Event #37 $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty Final Table Results: Karolis Sereika - $195,310 Pedro Padilha - $120,700 Lorenzo Adams - $88,435 Pierre Calamusa - $65,494 Steve Buell - $49,033 Alec Gould - $37,114 Romuald Pycior - $28,406 Alexander Norden - $21,986 Wing Yam - $17,211 Rupesh Pattni - $13,628 Addamo Takes Charge In $50K High Roller A busy first day of action in the $50,000-entry Event #38 saw Australian Michael Addamo bag the chip lead with 5,150,000 chips. His mammoth stack was three times that of anyone other than Erik Seidel (3,730,000), with Gal Yifrach (1,405,000), Dan Smith (1,085,000), and Mustapha Kanit (1,060,000) rounding out the top five chip counts with considerably fewer chips than the dominant Aussie, who has enjoyed a ridiculously successful 2021. With 72 total entries and only 21 survivors, 50 bullets were fired off in vain as players such as recent bracelet winner Jason Koon, former WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen, David Peters, Yiming Li, Cary Katz, Vanessa Kade, Tyler Cornell, Rok Gostisa, Ali Imsirovic, and Jake Daniels all departing without making the Day 2 seat draw. WSOP 2021 Event #38 $50,000 High Roller Top 10 Chipcounts: Michael Addamo - 5,150,000 Erik Seidel - 3,730,000 Gal Yifrach - 1,405,000 Dan Smith - 1,085,000 Mustapha Kanit - 1,060,000 Chris Hunichen - 995,000 Bin Weng - 975,000 Johan Guilbert - 940,000 David Coleman - 640,000 Leonard Maue - 625,000 Negreanu, Hellmuth Make Final Day of $10K Dealers Choice Adam Friedman has put himself in a terrific position to claim a third win in the same bracelet event after going into the final day with the chip lead in Event #36, the $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship. Last year, Friedman took down the Dealers Choice Championship, and amazingly, the same man is in a position to repeat the trick, going into tomorrow’s final day second in chips with just less than Jake Schwartz. Schwartz led the final day for the longest time and bags up a deserved lead with 1,380,000, but Friedman isn’t far behind on 1,329,000 chips and will be hopeful of what would be an incredible achievement. If Friedman is to fail, it will almost certainly be due to the quality of opponent he faces tomorrow, as both Daniel Negreanu (457,000) and Phil Hellmuth (424,000) hover in his rear-view waiting to pounce. With 22 WSOP bracelets between them, Kid Poker and the Poker Brat will share the felt when their table kicks off tomorrow, with Mike Matusow for company on what looks to be an explosive seat draw with all three men sitting in a row. On the other table, both chips leaders are next to each other, so expect final day drama. WSOP 2021 Event #36 $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship Chipcounts: Jake Schwartz - 1,380,000 Adam Friedman - 1,329,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 465,000 Daniel Negreanu - 457,000 Phil Hellmuth - 424,000 Mike Matusow - 410,000 Matt Glantz - 343,000 Andrew Kelsall - 324,000 Carol Fuchs - 260,000 Joao Vieira - 182,000 Finally, the World Series of Poker has announced that the 10 final nominees have been announced for the 2021 Hall of Fame entries. Who's your pick? https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1450635341325430786
  25. Jim Collopy won his second career WSOP bracelet after triumphing against a final table featuring Eli Elezra, Maria Ho, and Daniel Negreanu as ‘Kid Poker’ crashed out in eighth place as his bid for a WSOP bracelet on American soil goes on. Collopy Crowned Champion for Second Time Just 20 players began the final day as players such as Barbara Enright (16th for $8,200), Brandon Shack-Harris (14th for $8,200), and David Williams (9th for $13,989) all fell short of glory before the final table was reached. When it did, GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu was the first to exit as Kid Poker saw his dreams of winning his first WSOP since 2008 in Las Vegas - and first of any kind since 2013 ended as he was the first player to depart for $17,526. After Negreanu’s quest ended, Qinghai Pan (seventh for $22,462) and Michael Trivett (sixth for $29,436) busted before the business end of proceedings. In fifth place, Maria Ho busted in a hand of Razz going against the popular pro to see her head to the rail for $39,423. She tweeted about the different atmosphere at the table this year. https://twitter.com/MariaHo/status/1450263623595528195 It wasn’t long before Ho was joined on the rail by a four-time WSOP winner in Eli Elezra, who was flushed out by the eventual winner for $53,986. With Paramjit Gill busting in third place for $74,346, the heads-up duel was set, with Ahmed Mohamed eliminated in second place for $107,428 after Collopy, who previously won the 2013 WSOP-Asia Pacific title in Pot Limit Omaha for $72,903, sealed the deal in a hand of Razz. WSOP 2021 Event #32 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results: Jim Collopy - $172,823 Ahmed Mohamed - $107,428 Paramjit Gill - $74,346 Eli Elezra - $53,986 Maria Ho - $39,423 Michael Trivett - $29,436 Qinghai Pan - $22,462 Daniel Negreanu - $17,526 Koller the King in $800 NLHE Finale Ran Koller became the latest WSOP champion as he took down Event #33, the $800 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament. With eight players remaining, it was Donald Maloney who busted first, his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Td"] unable to hold when committed pre-flop against Florian Guimond’s [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"]. The flop of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="3d"] looked good for Maloney to double-up, as did the [poker card="Kh"] turn, but the [poker card="Qc"] river condemned him to the door and a cash of $32,845. Two players called Ran were making the moves as Ran Ilani - also of Israel - was chip leader at this stage. Oleg Titov claimed the next knockout, however, when he called Jorge Hou’s all-in pre-flop. Hou held [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"] in the hijack, but Titov’s call with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6d"] in the big blind proved correct as the board of [poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="As"] saw the Russian rule, eliminating Hou in seventh place for $42,231. It wasn’t long before just five players remained, as Alex Outhred busted in sixth place for $54,722. Outhred was all-in for just six big blinds with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] and started the hand well ahead of his caller Ilani who held [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8s"]. But while the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"] looked likely to seal victory for the American, after the [poker card="3s"] turn gave Ilani a flush draw it was the [poker card="8h"] river that doomed Outhred and saw Ilani further grow a powerful chip lead. It marked the first time this series that the final five places were taken by non-American players. Ilani had a massive lead with nearly double the nearest stack to him of Guimond’s, but the next session after a break was to prove pivotal. Kris Steinbach was sent home in fifth place for $71,457 when his [poker card="Ks"][poker card="5c"] was crushed by Koller’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"]. With all the chips in the middle pre-flop, the board of [poker card="Ts"][poker card="4h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3h"] saw Koller grow his stack at the Canadian player’s expense. It was the turn of Oleg Titov to bust in fourth place as the Russian earned $94,028 for his efforts, his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9d"] unable to catch Koller’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"] when all-in pre-flop. Titov’s few remaining chips went in the next hand to Ilani. French player Guimond busted in third place for $124,671 to miss out on the heads-up action. Guimond moved all-in with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"] pre-flop and it was Ilani who made the call with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9h"]. The flop of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4c"] kept Guimond in front, but the [poker card="9d"] turn changed everything and on the [poker card="2h"] river, Ilani had the chips and Guimond was on the rail. That hand might have looked crucial to Ilani’s success as it gave him the lead going into heads-up, where he held around 60% of the chips. But instead, Koller used his underdog status to great effect, playing fearless poker. He ground himself into the lead around the time both men agreed to play just two more levels and having done so, suddenly emerged the winner after a massive hand decided the title. Both men limped to a flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"] where Koller bet out and Ilani check-called. On the turn of [poker card="Kh"], all the chips went in after a raising war. Ilani had [poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"] for bottom pair and a flush draw, but Koller had flopped the nut wheel straight with [poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"]. All he had to do was fade a flush on the river and when the [poker card="9d"] fell, he was the champion. WSOP 2021 Event #33 $800 Eight-Handed Final Table Results: Ran Koller - $269,478 Ran Ilani - $166,552 Florian Guimond - $124,671 Oleg Titov - $94,028 Kris Steinbach - $71,457 Alex Outhred - $54,722 Jorge Hou - $42,231 Donald Maloney - $32,845 Just 24 Remain In Monster Stack In Event #30, the $1,500 Monster Stack played down to just 24 players from the 148 who started Day 3 in pursuit of the $610,347 top prize. In a truly continental top 10, there are six different countries represented by terrific players, with two Americans in Jaesh Balachandran (17,600,000) and three-time bracelet winner Ryan Leng (16,500,000) leading the way. Other big names are right there in contention, with Michael Noori (7,850,000), Dannah Kamp (5,125,000) and Ivan Deyra (4,725,000) all hoping that they can get off to a winning start on the penultimate or final day of the event when it kicks off tomorrow, depending on how fast the exits come. WSOP 2021 Event #30 $1,500 Monster Stack Top 10 Chipcounts: Jaesh Balachandran - 17,600,000 Ryan Leng - 16,500,000 Anthony Ortega - 15,775,000 Rafael Reis - 10,975,000 Santiago Plante - 10,775,000 Mordechai Hazan - 9,850,000 Johan Schumacher - 9,625,000 Christopher Andler - 8,300,000 Jeffrey Vertes Canada - 8,050,000 Michael Noori - 7,850,000 Phil Hellmuth’s WSOP bracelet ceremony saw the Poker Brat win his 16th gold amid an emotional rendition of the American national anthem. https://twitter.com/AuCoeurDeVegas/status/1450234816553652224 Lynn Leads Event #34 Final Table In the next 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw event, the $1,500-entry Event #34, Peter Lynn will go into the final table with the chip lead as David ‘Bakes’ Baker hopes to overcome a chip deficit early to claim what would be his third WSOP bracelet to add to wins in 2-7 Single Draw and H.O.R.S.E. over the years. With players such as Frankie O’Dell (20th for $3,691), Andrew Yeh (14th for $4,578) and Adam Owen (8th for $7,518) all making the money without reaching the final half dozen, there will be plenty on the line when the lights are on the final table tomorrow. WSOP 2021 Event #34 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table Chipcounts: Peter Lynn - 1,680,000 Kristijonas Andrulis - 1,665,000 Mark Fraser - 1,355,000 Stephen Deutsch - 985,000 David ‘Bakes’ Baker - 815,000 Marc Booth - 620,000 Big Field for $500 Freezeout In Event #35, Denys Chufarin bagged the chip lead as 2,930 players took on the $500 Turbo Freezeout event with 132 making Day 2 and 440 cashing. Chufarin’s stack of 1,500,000 is ahead, but not by too many three-bets from Patrick Chong (1,335,000) and Blair Morscheck (1,300,000), both of whom will be hoping to outlast several others on the likely final day of the event, such as Kyna England (585,000), Mike Takayama (410,000) and Joey Weissman (260,000) all still in the hunt for the WSOP bracelet and $167,272 top prize. WSOP 2021 Event #35 $500 Turbo Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts: Denys Chufarin - 1,500,000 Patrick Chong - 1,335,000 Blair Morscheck - 1,300,000 Nipun Java - 1,295,000 Cody Wells - 1,250,000 Dongsheng Zhang - 1,199,000 John Clancy - 1,155,000 Bong Yang - 1,100,000 David Larson - 1,060,000 Philip Newell - 1,020,000 Barbero, Vieira Leads $10K Dealers Choice Finally, the $10,000-entry Dealers Choice event saw players such as chip leader Nacho Barbero (425,500), Joao Vieira (250,000), Mike Gorodinsky (211,500), Nathan Gamble (206,500), and Chris Vitch (184,000) all making the top 10 chip counts with an above-average stack. Others such as Daniel Negreanu (153,500), Benny Glaser (147,000), Robert Mizrachi (137,000), and Anthony Zinno (130,000) all remain of the 25 players who made the Day 2 cut from 86 entries, with stars of the felt such as Scotty Nguyen, Frank Kassela, John Racener, John Monnette, and Greg Mueller all busting before the next day and, perhaps more crucially, the money bubble. WSOP 2021 Event #36 $10,000 Dealers Choice Top 10 Chipcounts: Nacho Barbero - 425,500 Joao Vieira - 250,000 Christopher Claassen - 224,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 221,500 David Benyamine - 217,000 Nathan Gamble - 206,500 Ray Henson - 185,500 Chris Vitch - 184,000 Chip Jett - 171,000 Brett Richey - 164,000 Meanwhile, Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler spoke of his first experience of an ‘angle’ shot at the 2021 World Series of Poker. https://twitter.com/AllenKessler/status/1450288960744292355
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