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  1. This week the World Series of Poker Main Event, in all its glory, returns to the Rio for what is strongly rumored to be the very last time. Thousands of players - both pros and recs - will pony up the $10,000 buy-in in hopes that after more than two weeks, it will be they who will stand alone, earning life-changing prize money and be crowned the new World Champion. The Main Event is one of the most unique tournaments in all of poker. The payday alone is enough to bring out the masses. But when you add the prestige and tradition of the Main Event bracelet, just playing in the event has become part of the poker dream. And if we’ve learned anything over the 16 years that the Main Event has taken place at the Rio it’s that the spotlight of the Main Event is likely to feature players the greater poker world does not yet know. Perhaps it will be a young up-and-coming grinder who will take center stage or perhaps a recreational enthusiast who was bought in by their family looking to take their once-in-a-lifetime shot. This tournament has proved it’s impossible to predict what will happen and who will emerge, that’s what makes it special. That’s also why picking players who will go on deep run in the Main Event is equally impossible to predict. But that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Whether you are drafting a team with some friends, playing a little fantasy poker, or getting a little side hustle down on PokerShares you’re going to want to check out this list and consider adding them to your squad. We’re taking into account recent momentum, proven ability to navigate large-field tournaments, and the last half-decade of Main Event results. We’re also looking to see who’s already turned up at the WSOP this year and who may just sit out until 2022. So, enjoy. Here’s a special super-sized, special edition of First-Round Picks for the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event. #1. Niklas Astedt Main Event Cashes: 2 Main Event Earnings: $59,420 The former longtime #1-ranked Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt is in Las Vegas and ready to make a run at the Main Event. Generally considered one of, if not the, greatest online poker player of all time, when this large-field tournament destroyer is in the field it makes him simply unable to pass up. The truth about Astedt is that he doesn’t have a lot of history with the WSOP, just seven total live cashes at the Las Vegas series. However, two of those came in the Main Event (2016, 2019) and he just made the money in the $10K Six-Max this year. Don’t be surprised if when the field narrows, Astedt is in the mix. #2. Paul Volpe Main Event Cashes: 5 Main Event Earnings: $635,129 Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Paul Volpe is no stranger to making deep runs in the Main Event. He has five Main Event cashes in the past 10 years including finishing in 192nd in 2011 ($47,107), 142nd in 2018 ($57,010), and 29th in 2016 for $216,211. His deepest Main Event run was back in 2012 when he finished in 20th place for $294,601. The fact is that in the Main Event (or any tournament, really) Volpe is as good a bet as there is. #3 Yuri Dzivielevski Main Event Cashes: 2 Main Event Earnings: $317,079 The current #1-ranked online player in the world, Yuri Dzivielevski, has been grinding the entire 2021 WSOP and has racked up six cashes to date. However, that’s just momentum headed into the Main Event where Dzivielevski is a proven large-field master. In 2019, he was one of the standout stars of the Main Event and, after being featured on the ESPN broadcast at the same table as Daniel Negreanu, he went on to finish in 28th place for $261,430. Read: Yuri Dzivielevski Enjoying Success, Freedom With Nothing Left To Prove #4. Alexandre Reard Main Event Cashes: 3 Main Event Earnings: $428,978 France’s Alexandre Reard is already having an outstanding 2021 WSOP, having won his first gold bracelet in Event #47 ($5,000 Freezeout) for $428,694. But the reason he’s such a high pick is his long history of crushing in the Main Event. In 2017, he finished in 16th for $340,000, and in 2018 he had another top 100 finish, ending in 92nd for $66,330. Having cashed in the Main in three of the last four years, Reard already knew what it took to make it deep and now he knows how to close out a bracelet event. #5. Andrew Moreno Main Event Cashes: 2 Main Event Earnings: $256,476 Andrew Moreno, the younger brother of "high-quality" poker vlogger Johnny ‘Vibes’ Moreno, is coming off an epic career score. He took down the $10,000 buy-in Wynn Millions in June for $1.46 million dollars and that was just two weeks after he closed out the $1,100 Ultimate Stack at the Venetian for $127K. Moreno has been seen in the WSOP payout lines, making the money in a number of 2021 events, and has a history of going deep in the Main Event, finishing in 28th in 2015 for more than $211,000. It seems the one-time cash game pro thrives when the stakes are at their biggest, making the Main Event a perfect situation for him. Also, Johnny’s not a bad choice either. #6. Daniel Lazrus Main Event Cashes: - Main Event Earnings: - Long Beach, New Jersey’s 31-year old Daniel Lazrus is entering the Main Event with a wave of momentum at his back. In July, he won the first bracelet of his career in the WSOP.com NLHE High Roller Championship for $205,347. Then he made his way to Las Vegas where he earned his second by taking down the massive 2021 Millionaire Maker for an even $1 million score. This would be the perfect time for Lazrus, who was leading the NLHE Player of the Year standings for a good portion of the first half of the series, to break out for his first (and possibly deep) Main Event cash. #7. Joao Vieira Main Event Cashes: 2 Main Event Earnings: $34,347 Current Online All-Time Money List leader Joao Vieira is looking to put his stamp on the Main Event. In 2019, he earned his first bracelet in the incredibly tough $5K Six-Max where he won $758,011. A great win to be sure, but Vieira is a world-class player and is looking for that televised result that will take his name to the next level. He has two previous Main Event results in Las Vegas, and a pair of cashes from WSOP Europe Main Event in both 2018 and 2019. He’s has all the skill one needs to survive to the endgame, the only question is - is it his time? #8. Kelly Minkin Main Event Cashes: 3 Main Event Earnings: $392,646 Kelly Minkin grabbed the title of Last Woman Standing in the Main Event in both 2015 and 2018, when in both years she finished inside the top 50. But one can’t help but feel like that title means little to Minkin who is pushing to always be the last person standing - full stop. In addition to her two deep runs, Minkin last made the money in the Main in 2019 and, with her doing what needed to be done in order to play this year, she’s in the perfect position to make a run at a final table...and more. #9. Adam Friedman Main Event Cashes: 4 Main Event Earnings: $373,989 Talk about a complete player, Adam Friedman proved that he's one of the best in today's game when he put on a historic performance in the 2021 $10K Dealers Choice, defeating Phil Hellmuth and winning the event for the third time...in a row. His $10K three-peat should be credentials enough to want to grab him in the Main Event, but a deeper looks shows that Friedman also crushes in the Main. He's cashing in the Main Event four times in his career with three top 200 finishes. If you add on the confidence he's going to feel heading into the Main, that makes him a top-tier choice to lead a squad. #10. Maurice Hawkins Main Event Cashes: 1 Main Event Earnings: $38,453 When it comes to the Main Event, Maurice Hawkins has the resume of the ideal player to succeed. He should be making deep run year in and year out. He’s the all-time leader in WSOP Circuit rings with 14 and knows how to battle against the type of player who comes to Las Vegas to take a shot in the Main Event. He’s a proven stack builder with more than $2.6 million in WSOP earnings. The interesting part about Hawkins is, when it comes to the WSOP Main Event, he’s had little success. He has a top 300 finish back in 2012 and nothing since. It’s surprising but perhaps he skipped a few, took some bad beats. Whatever has kept Hawkins from making his presence felt in this event we expect to end this year. #11. Tyler Cornell Main Event Cashes: 4 Main Event Earnings: $189,499 Early in the series Tyler Cornell captured his first WSOP bracelet when he took down the $25,000 High Roller for $833,00 - a career-high score. But prior to his early WSOP win, Cornell already had a stellar WSOP resume having cashed in the live Main Event four different times (2013, 2015, 2018, and 2019). Last year, he cashed in multiple online Main Events. First, he made the final table of the August GGPoker $5K Main Event in which he finished in 8th place for more than $328,000. Then in December, he tacked on another $35K with a deep run in the WSOP.com Main Event. #12. Faraz Jaka Main Event Cashes: 4 Main Event Earnings: $95,874 It’s hard to believe that Faraz Jaka has yet to win a WSOP bracelet, especially because of his reputation of being able to build mountains of chips in just about any tournament he plays. He has four career WSOP Main Event cashes (2014, 2015, 2017, 2019) and more than $1.5 million in WSOP earnings. If you take a close look at Jaka’s resume you can see just how many times he was on the verge of earning that career-defining score. This may be the year that this cashing machine makes headlines in the Main. Second Time Around It's one thing to make it to the final table of the Main Event once, it's remarkable to even consider doing it again (see: Mark Newhouse). While we didn't rank the following five players in our original twelve, it would be silly to sleep on any of these players in the Main Event. Phil Hellmuth Main Event Cashes: 8 Main Event Earnings: $1,333,618 Sixteen-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth has a knack for knowing how to play against recreational players. He’s the 1989 Main Event champ and has eight Main Event cashes in his career. Now, he’s only made the money once since 2015, but Hellmuth is on a heater in 2021 and this could be the year he returns with a deep run in the Main. Joe McKeehen Main Event Cashes: 2 Main Event Earnings: $7,707,826 Joe McKeehen has a reputation for being two things - one of which is being a master of navigating large field MTTs. Of course, everyone knows he won the Main Event in 2015 for $7.6 million. Since then he’s earned another two gold bracelets and made five World Poker Tour final tables. His latest WPT score took place earlier this year when he finished as the WPT Venetian runner-up for just over $490K. Of all the Main Event winners in the past 10 years, McKeehen might just be the favorite to make it back to the final table. Damian Salas Main Event Cashes: 5 Main Event Earnings: $2,493,281 Of course, Damian Salas might have something to say about which Main Event Champion is best suited to repeat. Salas, the winner of the 2020 online-live hybrid Main Event for a combined score of over $2.5 million ($1.5 million international, $1 million in the heads-up portion in Las Vegas) already had Main Event final table experience before his win last year. In 2017, Salas finished in seventh place for a $1.4 million score and he’s actually made the money in five of the last 10 Main Events which is more than enough proof that he’s always going to be a threat to make it back to a final table. READ: Desire To Remain Elite Drives New World Champ Damian Salas Cliff Josephy Main Event Cashes: 6 Main Event Earnings: $3,604,078 PocketFives Legacy Award winner Cliff Josephy is sometimes more well-known for his history of backing players during the online boom than his poker playing prowess. But make no mistake, Josephy has proven time and time again that he’s just as good at the game as those players he backed. Plus, he has a Main Event resume most would envy. He’s cashed six times since 2008 and made the final table in 2016 where he fell just two spots shy of being called a World Champion, earning $3.4 million for third place. He showed up for the Seniors Event this year, so we expect him to show out in the Main Event. Kenny Hallaert Main Event Cashes: 4 Main Event Earnings: $1,645,463 The ESPN story on Kenny Hallaert has been that he’s the tournament director who finally is getting the chance to show off what he can do on the felt. But those in the know understand that Hallaert has been beating online tournaments for years and cracked the worldwide top 20 back in 2017. He has nearly $6.8 million in online earnings and has earned partypoker POWERFEST and multiple PokerStars SCOOP titles. In the Main Event, he always brings his A-game. He’s cashed in the Main Event four times, three of which were top 125 spots and a peak performance of sixth-place in 2016 where he collected $1.4 million. - As we mentioned, there are going to be thousands of players in the Main Event, making it tough to narrow down our picks. Players like Antonio Esfandiari, Allen Cunningham, Davidi Kittai, Eoghan O'Dea, and Jake Schindler all have stellar records in the Main Event and would have likely been in contention to make the list, but it's hard to know if they'll show. So choose wisely and enjoy the next couple weeks of non-stop coverage of the return of the Main Event. The action kicks off with Day 1A on Thursday, November 4, and doesn't end until a winner emerges on Wednesday, November 17. (images courtesy: PokerGo)
  2. 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
  3. The theme for Week 3 of the 2021 World Series of Poker was making history. This year’s series was already going to be a historic one with it being held in the fall and the “current conditions” under which it is being held. But this week, all of the drama and history were made on the felt. This week was all about superstars of the game showing off their elite skills. Phil Hellmuth added a major chapter to his legacy, Anthony Zinno built himself a clubhouse for one, and Adam Friedman pulled off what was previously thought impossible. So, check out what went down this week with the five biggest storylines from Week 3 of the World Series of Poker. Everything’s Coming Up Hellmuth It’s been nearly impossible not to see Phil Hellmuth in WSOP headlines over the past two weeks. Between his deep runs, final tables, and his troubling tirades this has no doubt been a Hot Hellmuth Autumn. Well, if last week we saw the breakdown, this week we saw the break out as Hellmuth ended up taking down Event #31 ($1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw) for $84,851 and his record-extending 16th gold bracelet. “I’ve been fighting so ****ing hard for this bracelet for so long,” Hellmuth said right after his emotional win. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1450005818854699012?s=20 But he also said he’d get back to the bracelet chase “immediately” and that’s exactly what he did, jumping in the $10K Dealer Choice tournament. Two days later, Hellmuth found himself at his fifth final table, with the chip lead, and ready to go back-to-back to win bracelet #17. Unfortunately for The Poker Brat, he got heads-up against the current king of the $10K Dealers Choice, Adam Friedman, who eliminated Hellmuth as the runner-up. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1451134173314367490?s=20 Although Hellmuth didn’t instantly win #17, it’s undeniable that Hellmuth is having one - if not the - best World Series of Poker of his career. With five final tables and a bracelet to show for it, he’s currently in prime position to compete for the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year and he’s put to bed the narrative that he’s just a “one trick pony” (as Norman Chad might say) as a NLHE large field specialist. With Second Series Bracelet Anthony Zinno Starts His Own Club Just days after being berated by Phil Hellmuth and clinching his third career gold bracelet in the $10K Stud event, Anthony Zinno went on another run in Event #27 ($1,500 H.O.R.S.E.). In the end, Zinno bested the 594-player field and became the first double bracelet winner of the 2021 WSOP, adding another $160,636 to his bankroll. “I’m very proud that hard work has put me in a position to allow this to happen,” Zinno said after the win. “It’s completely unexpected.” https://twitter.com/AntZinno/status/1449591570420752388?s=20 Zinno has indeed put in hard work, in 2016, just ahead of that year’s World Series of Poker, Zinno told PocketFives that he was putting in hard work learning mixed games. And all of those years of hard work are indeed paying off. Now Zinno is the lone member of an exclusive club. He’s the only player to have won four World Series of Poker bracelets and three World Poker Tour titles helping him arrive as one of the most decorated players in the game today. Adam Friedman Does The Impossible It’s tough enough to win one World Series of Poker tournament. Imagine winning that same tournament in back-to-back years. That's incredible. Now, do that…take a year off for COVID…come back and do it again. Simply impossible. But that’s exactly what Adam Friedman did in the $10,000 Dealer Choice and he’s the only player in history to do it. https://twitter.com/AdamFriedman119/status/1451245908847325191?s=20 “I waited 28 months to play this tournament,” Friedman said to PokerGO moments after making history. “All I kept saying was just get me to Day 2 and I just want a chance. I don’t need to win this tournament. I’ve got nothing to prove. I’ve got literally nothing to prove.” Making it an even bigger accomplishment, the $10K Dealers Choice is considered one of the toughest tournaments in both quality of competition and skill level needed to win. Players need to know roughly 20 games that can be picked at any given time. Friedman, now a four-time bracelet winner, has written a chapter of WSOP history that is unlikely to ever be matched and in a couple of hundred days, he’ll have a chance to expand on his legacy by defending his title for a record third time. The Main Event Pivots For International Travelers A late-night tweet said it all. With the hopes of attracting (vaccinated) international players when the U.S. eases up on travel restrictions on November 8, WSOP officials have added two additional starting flights for the 2021 Main Event. The Main Event, which officially kicks off on Thursday, November 4 with its first opening flight, now has a total of six starting days, two Days 2’s, and, as usual, the entire field will meet for the first time on Day 3 which is on Thursday, November 11. There are some things to note depending on what flight a player decides to enter. For example Day 1A, 1B, 1D all play Day 2 together while Day 1C, which plays on Saturday, November 6 will wait a full four days before joining Day 1E and 1F on Day 2 on Wednesday, November 10. What’s a little more confusing is that as of this writing, nearly a full week after it was announced, the website has yet to be updated with the new schedule. But not to worry, all the details can be found right here on this tweet: https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1449228022226112514?s=20 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced Finally, the ten finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame were announced this week with three first-time nominees and a host of legends of the game vying for this year’s single induction. Michael Mizrachi, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, and the late Layne Flack have all made the shortlist for the first time. For Mizrachi and ‘ElkY’, their first nomination comes with their first year of eligibility. It’ll be a tough choice for living members of the Hall with other notable players including Ted Forrest, Eli Elezra, Mike Matusow, Antonio Esfandiari, and Chris Ferguson also on the ballot. Joining them from the “builder” category is Matt Savage (his sixth nomination) and PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg. The Poker Hall of Fame adds a new member on November 17. https://twitter.com/GregFBT/status/1450918819497709573?s=20
  4. 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
  5. 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
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