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  1. 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
  2. Incredible heaters and heartwarming stories took focus during a wild week of the 2021 World Series of Poker. This year's historic WSOP is now officially past the halfway point and this week has forged some of the memories that won't soon be forgotten. Hellmuth surged (then lost) the 2021 Player of the Year lead, Michael Addamo booked another incredible high roller win, and the three-time bracelet winner club added a brand new wing to the clubhouse. Plus, a deep run by broadcaster Jeff Platt and the poker community rallying, once again, to show how generous it can be when someone is in need were other bright spots this week. Let’s kick off the second half of the series by taking a look at the five biggest storylines to emerge from Week 4 of the World Series of Poker. Hellmuth, Zinno Top Player of the Year Race Much has been made of Phil Hellmuth’s red hot start to the 2021 World Series of Poker and how he broke through to win his record-extending 16th career bracelet. Well, after five final tables, his bracelet victory, a runner-up finish, and six total cashes, he grabbed the POY lead from his series nemesis, Anthony Zinno, earlier this week. Then, days later, Zinno took it right back. Now the series is halfway done and if Hellmuth wants to add that Player of the Year title to his poker resume, he’s going to have to take fewer days off and put his nose to the grindstone for the duration. Otherwise, one of the many challengers that are vying for the title are going to freeze him out once again. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1452052614737055747?s=20 This includes Anthony Zinno who looks to build on his slim lead by continuing to run deep in nearly every event he registers in. Also, Jake Schwartz, who is currently sitting in third place, is having the best series of his career as well. Other potential suitors for the POY include Daniel Negreanu, who after finishing 8th in the recent $10K NL 2-7 surged over 2,000 POY points and into 6th. Ari Engel just wrapped up a final table appearance at the $1,500 Shootout and moved into 4th place as well. Another player with his eye on the prize is Dan Zack, tied with Negreanu in leading all cashes with 13, sitting in 8th place on the leaderboard. This makes the upcoming $50K Poker Players Championship an important POY event. The winner is likely to receive over 1,000 POY points and will become an immediate contender for the title. If Hellmuth can make a deep run, he may just be able to solidify himself as the frontrunner the rest of the way. Speaking of which, this is how Hellmuth plans on making his entrance into the $50K. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1453515820106092548?s=20 Addamo Keeps On Adding On When it comes to high-stakes No Limit Hold’em, Michael Addamo is the current king and there’s no telling when his incredible (now over a month-long) sun run will come to an end. For those that need a quick recap: Addamo came to town early to play PokerGO’s $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. While waiting, he took down the second-to-last Poker Masters event ($50,000 buy-in NLHE) for $680,000. Then two days later he won the Poker Master Main Event ($100,000 NLHE) for another $1.16 million. Those back-to-back victories allowed him to swoop in and pick up the Poker Masters Purple Jacket to boot. As if that wasn’t enough winning, he went on to actually win the event he came to town for. He dominated the $300K buy-in Super High Roller Bowl for $3.4 million and, while he was waiting around for the WSOP to start, went deep in an Aria high roller - an incredibly underreported $200K in which he took third place for $544K. Then guess what happened? He actually busted out of a tournament. That’s right. He fired two shells into the WSOP’s opening $25K high roller and didn’t make a dime. Heater over? Not quite. Addamo must have decided that winning was better than not winning and came back to take down the next WSOP High Roller, this time it was a $50K. For the second time in a month, he was heads-up against Justin Bonomo and just got there in the final hand to win another $1.13 million. There’s so much winning from Addamo, it’s impossible to provide a “quick recap.” So, what’s next for Addamo? Likely he’ll stick around and play the $10K Main Event, and the four High Rollers on the back half of the schedule (two $50Ks, a $100K, and the $250K Super High Roller) and we’ll all get to see just how hot this amazing heater will get. Jeff Platt Dims The Lights It took double-checking the chip counts at the end of Day 2 of the $1K Double Stack to make sure the headline was right - PokerGO presenter, podcaster, and all-around poker media superstar Jeff Platt held the overnight chip lead with some outrageous number of chips in front of him headed into Day 3. https://twitter.com/Bloodlow/status/1453071712371691522?s=20 Well, Platt’s a popular guy and so for the next two days, Poker Twitter was ablaze as he continued his march to the final table. His friend Ben Ludlow, jumped on the rail and started reporting all of Platt’s key hands as he built a tower of chips. And as his stack grew, so did his rail, creating a spectacle rivaled only by Hellmuth winning bracelet #16. https://twitter.com/Bloodlow/status/1453135469768679426?s=20 What made this even more amazing was that Platt was named as a sideline reporter for the WSOP and so, as he was preparing to take a seat at the Double Stack final table, a camera crew showed up and they put him to work…commentating on himself. https://twitter.com/Bloodlow/status/1453129220096348163?s=20 It was a fun 48 hours as one of poker’s good guys enjoy some run good. In the end, Platt fell in fourth place but he walked away into the arms of a legion of fans and friends, collecting a career-high score of $160,662. https://twitter.com/Bloodlow/status/1453243894200680458?s=20 Poker Backs One of Their Own Poker player Michael Graydon received some terrible news earlier this year: he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. https://twitter.com/michael_graydon/status/1453238351671304199?s=20 So when he let the poker world know via Twitter that he’d like to play the Main Event and needed help selling pieces the generous poker world swiftly responded and within two hours, Graydon had sold out 70% (at no markup) and could start making plans for to play the Main. The generosity took another step, when MJ Gonzales, one of Daniel Negreanu’s noted poker coaches, made an additional offer - he would give Graydon the entire buy-in and have him keep 100% of himself. Maria Ho offered to pay for his flight out and, upon suggestion, Phil Galfond gifted him training from Run It Once. https://twitter.com/therealmjpoker/status/1453370845649276930?s=20 https://twitter.com/MariaHo/status/1453379867710410761?s=20 https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1453464980758544387?s=20 There was an outpouring of support from some of poker’s brightest stars and, while maybe this wasn’t the biggest story of this week, it’s certainly one worth following. Three Is The Magic Number If you think you’ve been seeing an inordinate number of players winning their third career WSOP bracelet, you are not mistaken. In addition to the aforementioned Addamo winning his third in the $50K High Roller, PocketFives’ own Josh Arieh broke a 16-year drought and won his third in the $1,500 PLO this week. Then just days later, Kevin Gerhard won his third in the $10K H.O.R.S.E while at the same time Bradley Ruben scored #3 in the $1,500 Razz. But that’s not it, when Anthony Zinno defeated Phil Hellmuth in the $10K Stud tournament, that was his third (he’s since won his fourth). Chance Kornuth took home the third of his career in the $10K Short Deck and David ‘Bakes’ Baker made it three with his victory in the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball event. Finally, while it wasn’t his third bracelet (it was his fourth) Adam Friedman made it three in a row when he took home his third consecutive $10K Dealers Choice bracelet this year.
  3. The World Series of Poker’s $50,000 Poker Players Championship is heralded by many top-flight players in the poker world as the real championship event of the series. In order to lay claim to the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, a player not only needs to have an expert-level mastery of the entire mix of games, but also needs to face down the "best of the best" in terms of competition. In short, it takes a well-rounded, complete player in order to win. The truth is, making picks for the $50K is a tough task - especially this year. Everything needs to be considered from a player’s history in the event to the momentum they have when it gets started. Plus, it's hard to know if some of the top talents that normally would never miss the PPC will even show up (ex. Phil Ivey). So, taking all of that into consideration, we’re shooting our shot and dropping the latest edition of First-Round Picks with the names and ranks of the players we think are most likely to not only run deep in 2021 but hoist the trophy when the last chip has been collected. These players are first-rounders for the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. #1. Shaun Deeb Unlike the Super High Roller Bowl, where Michael Addamo was sun running headed into the event, there’s no clear top pick when it comes to the Poker Players Championship. The field attracts an absolutely elite field of players who are proficient in all the games. Honestly, an argument can be made for a multitude of grinders to be ranked #1. Here’s why it’s Shaun Deeb. In the past five years of the $50K Poker Players Championship, only one player has made the money three times - Shaun Deeb. In 2017 he finished in seventh place for $164,286, in 2018 a 10th place finish brought him $111,447, and then in 2019, he made the final table falling in fifth for $232,058. History shows Deeb loves to compete in the PPC and the PPC has loved him back. An undeniable master of mixed games, Deeb has proven time and time again that he knows how to close. He’s a four-time WSOP bracelet winner with more than $5 million in earnings at the series alone and each of his bracelets has come in different disciplines. Impressive, but that's not all he brings to the table. To back that up take a look at what he’s done online. He holds five PokerStars SCOOP titles, all in mixed games and, even more impressively eight World Championship of Online Poker titles, only two of which are in NLHE. In summary, Deeb is dangerous in any tournament against any opponent. The 2018 WSOP Player of the Year is off to a fast start in terms of cashes in 2021, with nine at the time of this writing (tied for third overall), including a final table in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud. If there’s one thing going against him it's that while he’s racking up scores, he’s not really breaking through into the deepest parts of the tournaments yet. It’s unlikely he’s even close to satisfied right now. His goal of earning the 2021 Player of the Year title is going to require some stronger second-half results and the PPC could do just the trick to get him back in the thick of things. #2. Michael Mizrachi It feels silly to not have Mizrachi, the only player to win this event three times, as the top pick…after all, like we just said, he’s won it THREE TIMES. But one has to wonder just how lucky can one guy be. He first took the PPC down in 2010, earning a massive $1,559,046 payday. He did it again just two years later for another $1.4 million. Finally, in 2018, Mizrachi completed the hat trick and earned his third spot on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy for more than $1.2 million. In addition, he also scored fourth place in the event in 2016 for another $380,942. He has a knack for owning this event and just last week he made an appearance at the 2021 series, finishing in 11th place in the Eight Game Mix. One should expect Mizrachi to find his way into this $50K and shouldn’t be surprised if he makes a deep run. But Mizrachi is also a high-risk, high-reward play because in addition to being one of the toughest players he’s also a blowtorch, and had been known to burn bright but flame out early. All eyes will be on the 3x champ to see what happens this year. #3. Brian Rast No matter how long Brian Rast is away from the poker tables, when he returns to them he’s as dangerous an opponent as you will find. A two-time winner of the PPC, Rast took it down in 2011 for $1,720,328 and then again in 2016 for $1,296,097. Rast also went deep in 2018 where he finished in 8th place for over $144,000. Additionally, he’s already found himself deep in a pair of Championship Events already. First, he finished in 15th place in the $10K Omaha 8 Championship for $18,750, and then just three days later, Rast nearly made the final table in the $10K Limit Hold’em Championship where he fell in 11th place for another $18,506. Add to that a cash in the NL 2-7 Lowball event and it feels like Rast is simply getting warm before making a big splash in the PPC. For Rast, the real question is - will he be in the field? The fact that he’s been playing in the series already is a good indication that he will, but with career earnings of more than $21 million (and we gotta assume a ton of BTC for as often as he tweets about it), perhaps he just wakes up and says “not today.” #4. Benny Glaser The UK’s young mixed game phenom Benny Glaser has all the makings of a PPC champion. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner almost exclusively plays non-NLHE variants with his WSOP wins coming in Omaha 8 and Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. In addition, Glaser has come very close in a number of other WSOP mixed game events including a runner-up finish this year in the $25K H.O.R.S.E. bringing him a $341,274 payday. His WSOP resume reads of a player who excels at any game that involves any number of cards. The warning signs in picking a crusher like Glaser are that his last bracelet win was back in 2016, however his 2018 fifth-place finish in the PPC shows he’s more than capable of getting to the end. #5. Phil Hellmuth After capturing his record-extending 16th WSOP gold bracelet in Deuce to Seven Hellmuth declared that the $50K PPC title is what he wanted next. The truth is, in previous years Hellmuth wouldn’t be in the top 10 first-round picks, much less the top 5. But this is 2021 and The Poker Brat is on a mixed game sun run that no one could have predicted. You’ve already heard the stats: five final tables, all in mixed games, with a bracelet in hand. He’s off to the best start to a WSOP in his lengthy career and is currently sitting atop the Player of the Year race at the halfway point in the series. Sure, he has his doubters and they would be quick to point out that Hellmuth’s only cash in this event came back in 2011 (when he finished in 2nd place for more than $1 million) and that this field will be the elite of the elite. But isn’t that who he’s been playing in the series so far? So, it may be risky picking Hellmuth this high, but in 2021 it’s an even riskier proposition not to. #6. Dan Zack Dan Zack may be the savvy pick at number six. He’s another one of the crop of young crushers who consistently proves he has a mastery of all the games. He also hasn’t kept it a secret how much he’d love to win Player of the Year, for which he currently is sitting in 12th place. He's just one big score away from being in the thick of it. At the time of this writing, Zack leads all cashes in 2021 with 11 total, including a final table in the $1,500 Eight Game Mix and a (soft) final table bubble in the $10K Stud where he finished in 10th place. He won his first gold bracelet in 2019 in the $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw, but doesn’t have a history in the PPC. Expect that to change. #7. Daniel Negreanu There’s nothing Daniel Negreanu would love more than to win a bracelet and the trophy in this particular event. He’s stated it so many times that, along with the Player of the Year title, this is the tournament he consistently looks forward to the most. There’s no need to expand on the six-time WSOP bracelet winner’s resume except to note that in the past five years, Negreanu has made the money twice (including a final table in 2017) for a total of just under $400,000. The real reason “Kid Poker” is so high on this list is, in addition to his skill of course, is his momentum. He has plenty of it headed into this event. Negreanu has cashed ten times in the series (thus far) including a final table in the $3K H.O.R.S.E. and a final table bubble in the $25K H.O.R.S.E. The question will be if with everything he has going on being one of the game’s biggest ambassadors, can he let everything else fall to the wayside and zero in on what he really wants. If he’s feeling it, and he wants it - he’s a legit threat to win it all. #8. Anthony Zinno What a year it’s been already for Anthony Zinno who is currently the only two-time bracelet winner of the series. In back-to-back fashion, Zinno famously earned gold in the $10K Stud for $182,872 after being the subject of a classic Hellmuth rant. Then he came right back and took down $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for another $160,636. In non-mixed game news, Zinno reminded people that’s he’s also a No Limit Hold’em crusher with a 12th place finish in the $50,000 High Roller for another $80,000, making it six cashes for the series. And if you hadn’t heard, Zinno created a club of which he’s the only member. With four WSOP bracelets and three World Poker Tour titles, he proved he’s one of the best in the game today and he heads into the PPC with a massive wave of momentum. Looking for action in the $50K PPC? Check out PocketFives Stakingwhere we will be selling pieces for Daniel Negreanu, Josh Arieh, Felipe Ramos, Matt Glantz, Daniel Weinman, and more. Sign up today and get in the action (many at no markup!) Sleeper Picks Julien Martini France’s mixed game master may be well-known for his runner-up finish at the PokerStars PSPC, but he’s also one of the more coveted players for WSOP $25K fantasy due to his ability to grind the entire schedule. While he’s off to a slow start at this year’s WSOP (3 cashes so far), don’t be surprised to see him turn it around in the PPC. David ‘ODB’ Baker Baker just got off a deep run in the $1,500 Razz where he finished in fifth place for $20,732. A two-time bracelet winner, one for a $2,500 8-Game Mix, Baker’s big question mark is if he’ll come out to play or prefer to sweat college or pro football with the tournament starting on the weekend. Ben Yu Three-time bracelet winner Ben Yu has been racking up cashes this year, with a total of 9 as of this writing. He finished in 7th place in the $25K H.O.R.S.E. for more than $75,000 and busted in 20th in the $5K Six-Max for another $21,838. He’s been making the money consistently, now it’s just time for him to break through and capture bracelet number four. The $50K Poker Players Championship gets underway on Sunday, October 31 and the final table will be played out live PokerGO on Friday, November 5.
  4. 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
  5. It took just one week for the 2021 World Series of Poker to settle into a routine. After the initial chaos of the early events with their long lines and sometimes slow-paced verification processes, the vibe at the Rio found its stride with big names winning bracelets, shot takers living their dream, and a historic blow-up we all saw coming. Week two brought back a very familiar feel to the WSOP, even under the “current conditions.” From packed fields of poker's brightest stars to an old-fashioned dose (or two) of drama, things remained lively throughout the week. With that, let’s check out the five biggest storylines from Week 2 of the World Series of Poker. #1. Hellmuth Melts Down, Wants To Burn It Down The question of whether Phil Hellmuth would win WSOP gold bracelet #16 before he lost control has been answered. This week, Hellmuth was at the third final table of his first five events and took the chip lead into the final day of the $10K Stud. The entire poker world tuned in to see if he would make history - and he most certainly did. Just not by winning a bracelet. Hellmuth saw his chip lead slip away and, as his stack tumbled, his #POSITIVITY absolutely crumbled. Then it happened - he finally freaked out. (Note: there’s an eff-ton of eff-bombs in this video so fair warning) https://twitter.com/SrslySirius/status/1447982387619528709?s=20 After losing a key pot to eventual winner Anthony Zinno, Hellmuth had a full-on meltdown. Hurling insults, swear words, and a few self-congratulatory comments. He jokingly threatened to “burn this motherf***ing place down” if he didn’t end up winning. He even re-introduced himself to the table, asking if this table even knew who he was?! For poker purists, like commentator Norman Chad, Hellmuth clearly crossed the line. https://twitter.com/NormanChad/status/1447979843811823619?s=20 For pure entertainment value, it was a historic, epic Hellmuth “Poker Brat” moment. It was an all-timer for sure and “burn it down” is going to rival “idiot from Northern Europe” in future memes. https://twitter.com/HunterGrouse/status/1448075867004022787?s=20 Once he calmed down, Hellmuth took to Twitter, issued as much of an apology as he could muster, and took his medicine. He even retweeted some of the harshest comments directed at him (see above). But for poker as a whole, this is another love-it-or-hate-it moment from the WSOP. And wherever you fall, this is for certain, this moment is one we won’t forget anytime soon. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1448431418762088448?s=20 https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1448544952162553856?s=20 #2. Misguided Man Enters the Ladies Event In case you hadn’t seen our op-ed published earlier - here’s a link. The facts are that a poker player from Minneapolis decided to be the sole man to pay the $10,000 entry fee and play the Ladies Event. He claimed it was all to raise money for unspecified women’s charities, even though in order to make any money, he would have needed to have a final table finish of eighth place or better. As should be expected the decision was met with plenty of backlash, including from some of the women who played in the event. The player ended up not making the money and according to reports, the announcement of elimination was met with plenty of cheers. As of this writing, the player has not spoken more about his experience or if he plans on making donations to women’s charities despite finishing out of the money. More importantly, the event drew a field of 643 women, including top-tier pros Jennifer Shahade, Sofia Lovgren, Jamie Kerstetter, Melanie Weisner, Elena Stover, and J.J. Liu who made the final table. https://twitter.com/JenShahade/status/1447642272221184001?s=20 https://twitter.com/thegroupie/status/1447682599426531328?s=20   The final table of the Ladies Event can be watched for free on YouTube. #3. Big Names Add Bracelets To Resume The deeper into the series, the most notable names have been emerging with new gold bracelets to add to their trophy case. Over the course of the past seven days, John Monette picked up his fourth career WSOP victory after besting Nate Silver in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship for $245,680. Days later it was Anthony Zinno grabbing his third bracelet in the aforementioned $10K Stud where he overtook a talented final table including Hellmuth, Poker Hall of Fame member Jack McClelland, and Stephen Chidwick. Zinno took home more than $182K with the win. Mixed game specialist Dylan Linde can be taken off the “best without a bracelet” list as he grabbed gold in the $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo for $170,269. Finally, longtime grinder DJ Alexander found a way to to the end of the $1,000 Flip & Go to earn some hardware of his own plus the $180,655 first-place prize. That’s leads us to… #4. Flip and Go Madness For the better part of two days, you couldn’t look at social media from the World Series of Poker without seeing the crowds that gathered in the single table satellite area of the Pavilion, hoping to flip their way into the money of the $1,000 Flip and Go event sponsored by GGPoker. READ: Fast and Furious Flip and Go Event Incites Action At The WSOP Daniel Negreanu lit the fuse and soon thereafter people were lining up to pay $1,000 to try and win a single hand in order to advance to the money round. For some, it was one and done. But for a couple of big-name pros, the quest to win the flip became costly. The event was polarizing with plenty of detractors feeling like it was a rake trap and added to the narrative that the WSOP was cheapening the brand by allowing people to “flip for a bracelet.” However, there were also plenty of accounts of people embracing the madness and adrenaline that came with leaning into the luck factor in order to advance. #5. Drama Returns to the Rio The World Series of Poker is in full swing so is the drama that comes with it. Of course, there’s the aforementioned Hellmuth explosion and “Man Entering Ladies Event”, which are their own stories. However, other mini-drama bombs have gone off this week, some of which have serious implications, some of which are just reminders of the kind of spats that take place when highly competitive players are fighting for massive prize pools. The first took place when poker pro Adam Hendrix tweeted out an issue that he heard about where an unnamed poker pro was entered in an event, sat down, and was waiting for the event to start but decided to unregister. Then later, that player re-registered (which is standardly against the rules). When that player turned out to be Kelly Minkin who unreg’d for a variety of reasons and only re-registered hours later, the air was cleared and the social media spat was squashed. Here’s a taste of the back-and-forth: https://twitter.com/AdamHendrix10/status/1446585726372499456?s=20 https://twitter.com/The_Illest/status/1446595732065042436?s=20 https://twitter.com/AdamHendrix10/status/1446656678041055235?s=20 While that gave Poker Twitter some good reads for a few hours, Shaun Deeb encountered a much more serious scenario when he woke up, with what he said, was someone in his hotel room. https://twitter.com/shaundeeb/status/1447215029758033922?s=20 Deeb’s been mum about the incident since, not saying what if anything was taken. Thankfully, he’s fine and was spotted at the tables soon thereafter.
  6. Anthony Zinno won his second bracelet of the live 2021 World Series of Poker, and in doing so captured his fourth lifetime bracelet, taking the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race in the process. Zinno’s latest triumph came in Event #27 ($1,500 H.O.R.S.E.), where Zinno beat Randy Ohel heads-up to claim the $160,636 top prize. Zinno Becomes First Two-Time Winner at the Live 2021 WSOP Event #27 was down to just 18 players still in seats as the final day of action began, with Zinno leading the way by some distance. The now four-time WSOP bracelet winner went wire-to-wire as the early stages of the event saw players such as Joe McKeehen, Ari Engel, and Brock Parker all bust before the final 10 players remained. When the final table reached six players, Zinno had more than double his nearest challenger’s chips, with Ohel clinging on to the chip leader’s coattails. That changed, however, as Ohel overtook Zinno at the top as both he and the overnight chip leader continued to gather chips at the other four players’ expense. The first player to leave was Paul Holder as he busted to Ohel in a Seven Card Stud hand where Ohel’s two-pair won the pot and sent Holder home with a prize of $26,523. Almost immediately, the field was down to four as Darren Kennedy bought it in fifth for $35,957 in a hand of Stud Hi/Lo where Christopher Adams won with kings-up to leap up the leaderboard. Four became three almost as quickly when Kao Saechao left in third place for $49,597 with a Limit Hold’em hand going Ohel’s way. Saechao moved all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8s"] on a flop of [poker card="Jc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3c"], but Saechao’s audacious bluff couldn’t have had worse timing, Ohel’s flopped flush with [poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"] meaning his opponent was drawing dead. With three players left, the chips were remarkably even and as the trio of players went to the dinner break, Zinno had a marginal lead with 5.5 million chips playing against Ohel’s 4.5 million and Adams’ 4.3m. That all changed a short while after their return as Adams lost his stack to Zinno in a Seven Card Stud hand that vaulted the tournament favorite up to 9.5 million and sent Adams home in third for $69,585. Heads-up, Zinno’s advantage of almost 2:1 was trimmed to just a million chips between the pair as Ohel recovered to 7 million with Zinno sitting on 8 million. Zinno has enjoyed a phenomenal week at the World Series, however, and grew a big lead, building his edge to 4:1 before the final hand. In a hand of Razz, Zinno clinched victory and condemned Ohel to a runner-up result worth $99,276. Zinno’s victory for his fourth WSOP bracelet of his incredible career and second in one week saw the popular poker professional scoop the overall lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race and his latest major victory for the $160,636 top prize. WSOP 2021 Event #27 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results: Anthony Zinno - $160,636 Randy Ohel - $99,276 Christopher Adams - $69,585 Kao Saechao - $49,597 Darren Kennedy - $35,957 Paul Holder - $26,523 Curtis Phelps - $19,911 Max Pescatori - $11,845 Michael Rosenberg - $11,845 Scott Ball Scores $5K Six-Max Title Event #25 saw just six players return to action to battle for the bracelet, with Scott Ball outlasting some legendary luminaries to capture the first bracelet of his career in an emotional night at the Rio. With six players left, it didn’t take long for the first player to bust as John Racener moved all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"]. Racener might have hoped he would live up to his name and be in a race, but Galen Hall made the call with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kc"] and won through on the board of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="As"] which gave him a full house by the river. Next to bust was Bin Weng, who left the table after an extended period without any eliminations. Weng moved all-in for 17 big blinds with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"] and was called by Hall with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Th"]. The flop of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4h"] put Hall in a commanding position and on the [poker card="7s"] turn ended Weng’s faint hopes of winning through with the [poker card="Jh"] confirming his exit for $113,775 in fifth place. With four players remaining, Hall and Ball were both chipping up at the other two players’ expense, so it was no surprise when overnight leader Eric Tsai left in fourth place for $161,756. Tsai had a premium exit hand, however, pushing all-in with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Qh"] and being called by Ball with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kh"]. Covered in both suits, the board of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"] ended Tsai’s event and made Ball the chip leader at a vital time. The next session of play saw each of the three remaining pros grab the advantage but eventually ended with Jonathan Jaffe on the rail in third place for $234,781. Jaffe shoved for over 20 big blinds with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ts"] and Hall made the call with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. The ‘snowmen’ held firm through the [poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4s"] board and sent Hall into heads-up with a 3:2 chip lead. Once heads-up was reached, legendary poker tweeter ‘Kevmath’ wondered if it was the first time such similar-sounding players had reached the final battle for a bracelet. https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1449263222779891712 The action began with Hall increasing his lead, but Ball took over the lead with a series of small wins before a straight flush gave him double his opponent’s chips. That was roughly where the chips lay when Hall checked to the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] flop with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Td"] and three-bet all-in, with Ball calling with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="2d"] for a better flush draw. The [poker card="4d"] turn ended the event, with the insignificant [poker card="Th"] on the river leading to the two men sharing a moment of congratulations. Ball, emotional after his first-ever WSOP bracelet win was embraced by Anthony Zinno who had arrived to watch the last hand play out and Ball told his fellow player that the feeling was ‘the greatest moment ever’ as he posed with the gold bracelet that symbolized an epic achievement and the culmination of years work which came to a thrilling conclusion in the Thunderdome on Friday night. WSOP 2021 Event #25 $5,000 NLHE Six-Max Final Table Results: Scott Ball - $562,667 Galen Hall - $347,757 Jonathan Jaffe - $234,781 Eric Tsai - $161,756 Bin Weng - $113,775 John Racener - $81,736 Weisman Out To Huge Lead In $1K PLO Dylan Weisman takes a big chip lead into Day 2 of Event #28 ($1,000 Pot Limit Omaha), piling up a stack of 9,435,000 as just five players remain in the hunt for a bracelet. Alexander Yen is Weisman’s closest challenger, with just over 5.5 million chips, and with Tim Vanloo (4.5m), Ran Niv (1m), and Craig Chait (880,000) all making the final too, Weisman looks in control of the final day. Each of the remaining players have never won a WSOP bracelet before, with the longest-lasting former champion being Michael Perrone, who won already this Series and busted in 12th place for $8,598. WSOP 2021 Event #28 $1,000 PLO Eight-Max Final Table Chipcounts: Dylan Weisman - 9,435,000 Alexander Yen - 5,530,000 Tim Vanloo - 4,545,000 Ran Niv - 1,000,000 Craig Chait - 880,000 Chance Kornuth Chip Leader At Short Deck Final Table With just six players remaining in Event #29, the $10,000-entry Short Deck event, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Chance Kornuth has the lead with 1,266,000 chips entering the final day. With Chad Campbell (1,073,000) Kornuth’s closest challenger, there is only one other bracelet winner at the final table, with Joao Vieira (300,000) that man. Elsewhere, Dan Shak (425,000) will be hoping to win his first-ever bracelet, as with Moshe Gabay (663,000) and short-stacked Thomas Kysar (234,000). WSOP 2021 Event #29 $10,000 Short Deck NLHE Final Table Chipcounts: Chance Kornuth - 1,266,000 Chad Campbell - 1,073,000 Moshe Gabay - 663,000 Dan Shak - 425,000 Joao Vieira - 300,000 Thomas Kysar - 234,000 Moorman, ElkY Make Monster Day 2 The first flight, Day 1a, of the $1,500-entry Monster Stack saw 2,356 entries whittled down to just over 500 players with James Romero the chip leader after bagging up 620,000 overnight. Plenty of huge names took to the felt on Day 1a, choosing to play it ahead of the traditionally busier Day 1b, with stars such as Chris Moorman (229,000), a former world champion in Qui Nguyen (220,000) as well as GGPoker ambassador Bertrand Grospellier (64,000) all making the Day 2 cut. Anton Wigg certainly enjoyed his time at the felt during the event, as did everyone else at his table. https://twitter.com/Anton_Wigg/status/1449174603994177540 Although many made the Day 2 seat draw, plenty of others fell on the opening day of the event, with Barry Shulman, Niall Farrell and Martin Jacobson all hitting the rail. WSOP 2021 Event #30 Monster Stack Top 10 Chipcounts: James Romero - 620,000 Jeremy Shockett - 576,500 Brendan Shiller - 574,000 Greg Buonocore - 534,000 Andros Ioakimides - 497,500 Jason Hewlett - 485,500 Beriz Turnadzic - 457,500 Jason Riesenberg - 433,000 James Cook - 423,500 Tony Bracy - 415,000 Ali Imsirovic Out In Front In $1,500 2-7 Lowball In the final event of the day, it was the opening levels of Event #31, the $1,500 2-7 Lowball Draw. After 272 total entries, just 84 players reached Day 2, with Ali Imsirovic chief amongst them on 257,300 chips. Justin Lapka (206,700) and Jeremy Ausmus (158,600) were Imsirovic’s nearest challengers, with players such as Chris Vitch (157,300), David Funkhouser (147,100), and Andrew Donabedian (138,000), each of whom have enjoyed a solid World Series so far all bagged well above the average. While several big names survived, plenty more busted, with Daniel Ospina, Eli Elezra, Erik Seidel, Shaun Deeb, and Benny Glaser joined by Mike Matusow on the rail. Day 2 will see the action play down to the final table where yet another mixed game bracelet will be awarded to the winner, along with the top prize of $84,851. WSOP 2021 Event #31 $1,500 2-7 Lowball Draw Top 10 chip counts: Ali Imsirovic - 257,300 Justin Lapka - 206,700 Jeremy Ausmus 158,600 Chris Vitch 157,300 Matt Vengrin 152,300 Joshua Faris 148,800 David Funkhouser 147,100 Melanie Weisner 138,800 Andrew Donabedian 138,000 Koray Aldemir 137,800 Finally, a couple of extra days have been added to the WSOP Main Event, leading many to either celebrate or commiserate depending on when they were planning to play. https://twitter.com/Barry_Carter/status/1449269157548249090
  7. Phil Hellmuth missed out on gold as another multiple bracelet winner got the better of him in the Seven Card Stud Championship, as Anthony Zinno won his third WSOP gold. Zinno’s victory for $182,872 saw him overtake the only man above him in the chipcounts, Phil Hellmuth, as the man going for title #16 crashed out in fourth place on a day of drama at the Rio. Zinno Wins Third Bracelet at Poker Brat's Expense Play got underway in the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud Championship with Hellmuth holding the most chips, but it was a lead that would constantly change hands for some time. James Chen grabbed it by busting Jason Gola early in proceedings, Chen’s two pair good enough to oust the American in seventh place for £24,601. There was a prolonged period of play that saw no eliminations but was a huge factor in deciding the destiny of the gold. During it, Phil Hellmuth lost not only most of his stack but his temper too, as the newest chip leader three-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno saw Hellmuth skitter his cards across the felt after Zinno made a flush. Clearly outraged, Hellmuth needed all of his powers of recovery to maintain his composure. After Stephen Chidwick busted in sixth place for $30,842, Jack McClelland’s run to fifth place saw the WSOP legend leave for a result worth $40,284. At that point, James Chen was looking like Zinno’s biggest threat, but Zinno was pulling away and when Hellmuth busted in fourth place for $54,730, bringing his series winnings up to over $235,000, Zinno had double the chips of both his opponents combined. Three-handed play lasted a long time, with both Chen and Jose Paz-Gutierrez jockeying for position behind the dominant Zinno. Eventually, it was Paz-Gutierrez who was defeated in third for $77,227 after his pair of nines couldn’t beat Chen’s flush. That sent Chen into the heads-up against Zinno for the bracelet, with the former bidding to equalize Zinno’s total of two WSOP titles. Instead, Zinno became the winner of his third WSOP gold bracelet when he got the better of Chen heads-up, after never relinquishing his lead to triumph and take the $182,872 top prize. Chen won $113,024 for finishing as runner-up. WSOP 2021 Event #19 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table Results: Anthony Zinno - $182,872 James Chen - $113,024 Jose Paz-Gutierrez - $77,227 Phil Hellmuth - $54,730 Jack McClelland - $40,284 Stephen Chidwick - $30,842 Jason Gola - $24,601 After the action, Hellmuth paid tribute to Zinno’s success at the felt. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1447859654059433986 Peck Takes Heads-Up Victory Vladimir Peck won his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet after the conclusion of the delayed Event #18, the $2,500-entry Mixed Triple Draw Lowball event. With both men ending an exhausting day at the felt on Sunday night with the final heads-up battle in the balance, it was Venkata Tayi who came into the final fight with the lead, holding 5,575,000 with Peck on 3,275,000 chips. Play began with more of the same as Tayi held Peck largely at arm’s length over the opening exchanges. That wasn’t the case when Peck made a wheel in A-5 Triple Draw, however, Peck’s hand turned the game around and a follow-up win in Badugi gave Peck a commanding 2:1 chip lead. Tayi slipped lower, doubled up but then found himself in the same position when he lost the final hand in 2-7 Triple Draw, seeing Peck win with a jack-low to seal the bracelet and finally eliminate the versatile and dogged Tayi at the last. Tayi cashed for $83,056 for finishing as runner-up, but it was Peck who won the $134,390 top prize and his debut WSOP gold bracelet. WSOP 2021 Event #18 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Final Table Results: Vladimir Peck - $134,390 Venkata Tayi - $83,056 Joao Vieira - $57,558 Aaron Rogers - $40,443 Brian Yoon - $28,818 Hal Rotholz - $20,828 Carlos Rodriguez - $15,272 DJ Alexander Scores First Gold Bracelet in Flip & Go In Event #20, the first WSOP Flip & Go event saw plenty of drama as 23 players were reduced to a worthy winner as Dejuante ‘DJ’ Alexander took down the debut tournament and won his first bracelet to go with the $180,665 top prize. For much of the final day, it looked like American David Peters was on his way to what would have been a fourth WSOP bracelet. His exit, however, was one of a number of entertaining moments that completed the inaugural Flip & Go event in dramatic fashion. The day began with 23 players, but the field was swiftly reduced to a handful of hopefuls over a frenetic few opening exchanges. Players such as Alex Epstein, Jesse Solano, Krista Farrell, Elio Fox and Daniel Weinman all busted early on. WSOP Main Event final table player Vojtech Ruzicka busted in 10th place for $13,460 and the final table was set with Peters holding the chip lead. It was Koveh Waysei who busted first, his [poker card="6s"][poker card="6d"] unable to hold against Corey Bierria’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] after the flop of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qd"] turned around the hand. After the [poker card="9d"] turn and [poker card="Qh"] river, Bierria’s full house saw Waysei waylaid in ninth place for $16,895. It soon a seven-handed battle for the bracelet. Fred Goldberg lost his seat in eighth place for $21,435 when he correctly called off David Peters shove pre-flop. Peters had [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"], with Goldberg’s [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"] a favorite to double up. But the board of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Th"][poker card="7d"] saw Peters river trips to eliminate Goldberg and further strengthen his grip on the chip lead. Rok Gostisa busted in seventh place for $27,495 when he lost a race with [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jc"] against Jake Schwartz’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"], two kings coming on the flop to end the Slovenian’s chances of victory. Gostisa was closely followed from the room by Bierria, whose [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qx"] was no match for Jason Beck’s [poker card="Ac"][Qx], with a queen-high board insufficient for Bierria’s need to overtake his rival in order to survive. Bierria had cashed for $35,645 and the money was going up rapidly. Huy Lam had led the field into play but went in fifth place for $46,695 as his pocket nines were overtaken by Schwartz’s pocket threes as the American flopped quads to bust the Australian in brutal fashion. Four then became three when David Peters was taken out by the eventual winner, with the hand later identified as pivotal by the victorious Alexander. Peters moved all-in under the gun with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jc"] and it was Alexander who had a tricky call to make with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qh"] in the big blind. If he had lost the pot, Alexander would have been left with just four big blinds, but he managed to make the call and won across a ten-high board to oust perhaps his most dangerous opponent at the perfect time, vaulting to a big chip lead in the process and leaving Peters on the rail with $61,815. Schwartz lost his tournament life in third place for $82,675 after his second pair was trumped by Beck’s turned flush, which gave Beck the lead heads-up, as he played 13.5 million to Alexander’s 11.3 million. It was a close fight, however, and it took almost no time at all to crown a winner. Beck’s three-bet to 3 million with [poker card="As"][poker card="4h"] saw Alexander move all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jh"] and when Beck made the call, he would need a lot of help to survive. The flop of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="2h"] gave Beck no hope, but while the turn of [poker card="Ts"] gave his opponent Broadway, it opened up the chance of split pot if Beck could call in Alexander’s card of a jack. That didn’t happen, however, as the [poker card="5h"] river ended the event in Alexander’s favor, giving Beck the runner-up prize of $111,715 and crowning Alexander as the champion, with a top prize of $180,665 to go with his newly-acquired gold. WSOP 2021 Event #20 No Limit Hold'em Flip & Go Final Table Results: Dejuante Alexander - $180,665 Jason Beck - $111,715 Jake Schwartz - $82,675 David Peters - $61,815 Huy Lam - $46,695 Corey Bierria - $35,645 Rok Gostisa - $27,495 Fred Goldberg - $21,435 Koveh Waysei - $16,895 Milly Maker Down To 20 The Millionaire Maker field was trimmed from 170 to just 20 players on its Day 2 at the Rio, with Philip Verel bagging up the biggest stack and a massive 12,655,000 chips. Verel sits a short amount ahead of Daniel Lazrus, who has already won a WSOP bracelet in this summer’s online series and will be looking to fly high again when play resumes. Faraz Jaka was one of many players to bust later in the day, but was excited about crossing a million chips earlier in the event, summing up the excitement felt by every player who plays at the world Series of Poker. https://twitter.com/FarazJaka/status/1447414869242761217 Elsewhere in the event, players such as former four-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy survived with 9.8 million chips, while others such as Craig Varnell, Tristan Wade and Ryan Riess all departed. WSOP Event #17 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Top 10 Chipcounts: Philip Verel - 12,665,000 Daniel Lazrus - 11,795,000 Adam Sherman - 10,875,000 Michael Gathy - 9,800,000 Ignacio Moron - 9,585,000 Arie Kliper - 9,580,000 Jeffrey Gencarelli - 8,980,000 Stephen Song - 7,650,000 Todd Saffron - 6,400,000 Luis Zedan - 5,835,000 Daniel Negreanu In The Mix in Event #21 In the Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, Scott Abrams bagged the chip lead with just 27 players left overnight. Abrams totalled 1,675,000 at the close of Day 2, leading the field just like he did at the end of Day 1 and was followed in the chipcounts by Jordan Spurlin (1,370,000) and Hernan Salazar (1,230,000). Elsewhere in the event, Daniel Negreanu made the cut, with Kid Poker bagging up 535,000 chips, while mixed games poker author and specialist Dylan Linde (470,000) and Ari Engel (305,000) both joined him in the Day 3 Seat Draw. Engel is looking to become the first player to win two of this year’s live WSOP 88 bracelets on offer with over 75% of the events taking place after this event he remains in. WSOP 2021 Event #21 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Scott Abrams - 1,675,000 Jordan Spurlin - 1,370,000 Hernan Salazar - 1,230,000 Ryan Roeder - 1,005,000 Charles Coultas - 985,000 Kosei Ichinose Japan - 890,000 Damjan Radanov - 850,000 Robert Redman - 840,000 Garrett Garvin - 730,000 Michael Kim - 710,000 Angelina Rich Leads The Ladies Event In the Ladies Championship, 644 entrants took to the felt with just 170 making it through to Day 2 of the popular annual event. Angelina rich (301,000) leads the ay from Lily Keletto (265,000) and Michell Ferranted (215,100), while other big names with stacks include Cherish Andrews (185,000), Jamie Kerstetter (160,000), and Ebony Kenney (91,000). Other hopefuls weren’t so fortunate to make it through to Day 2, such as Karina Jett, though the atmosphere in the event was cause for her and hundreds of others to post about the event on social media, identifying the unique appeal for poker fans of both sexes of this respected event on the schedule. https://twitter.com/KarinaJett/status/1447633740310597632 WSOP 2021 Event #22 Ladies NLHE Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Angelina Rich - 301,000 Lily Kiletto - 265,000 Michelle Ferrante - 215,100 Christina Gollins - 202,100 Dusti Smith - 197,400 Cherish Andrews - 185,000 Courtney Webb - 178,100 JJ Liu Taiwan - 168,000 Britt Williams - 155,600 Brittne Zobrist - 155,600 $1,500 Eight Game Mix Kicks Off Finally, Event #23 got underway, with the $1,500-entry six-max Eight Game Mix event seeing Sachin Bhargava bag the biggest stack, as he ended the day with 273,400 chips. Other players to bag a top 10 stack included former WSOP bracelet winner - and four-time runner-up - David Williams (175,200), with Michael Mizrachi (178,700) once again proving that mixed games are definitely his bag. Players to bust this event included Mike Gorodinsky, Daniel Ospina, Barry Greenstein, Robbie Strazynski, Greg Raymer, Connor Drinan, Jeremy Ausmus, and Calvin Anderson. WSOP 2021 Event #23 $1,500 Eight Game Mix Six-Handed Top 10 Chipcounts: Sachin Bhargava - 273,400 David Gee - 237,200 Jay Kerbel - 231,600 Sean Perry - 189,000 Vasu Amarapu - 180,400 Michael Mizrachi - 178,700 David Williams - 175,200 Kevin Brewer - 171,600 Bradley Bragg - 171,300 David Prociak - 171,000 Finally, on a more serious note, former WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb highlighted the importance of security after being awoken in the middle of the night by an unwelcome intruder. Keep those latches as tightly done up as your bag of chips at the end of the night. https://twitter.com/shaundeeb/status/1447215029758033922
  8. John Monette won his fourth World Series of Poker bracelet as he took down the $10,000-entry Limit Hold’em Championship at the Rio last night. At an entertaining final table that began 10-handed and finished with a thrilling heads-up, Monette won the $245,680 top prize and took home World Series gold. It marked his fourth victory in different poker variants with a Limit Hold’em crown to add to victories in previous events playing 2-7 Lowball Draw, Seven Card Stud, and 8-Game Mix. John Monette Wins $10K Limit It took no time at all for the first player of the final ten to bust as Ray Dehkharghani cashed for $18,506 in 10th place. Dehkharghani moved all-in for just two big blinds with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8s"] and was called by Eric Kurtzman with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"]. The flop of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5c"] immediately put Kurtzman into the lead and that was the way it stayed through the [poker card="7h"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river. Kevin Song became the second player to hit the rail when his [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"] was no good on a flop of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="8s"], with Christopher Chung having flopped bottom set holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The money went in on the [poker card="4h"] turn, but after the [poker card="9h"] river, Song has sung his last, busting in ninth place for $21,149. Despite winning that hand, a prolonged period of play would eventually see Chun himself eliminated next, when his shove holding [poker card="As"][poker card="2s"] was called by John Racener with [poker card="5h"][poker card="5d"]. The board of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="6d"] saw Chung raise-call his stack off on the turn, which led to his exit in eighth place for $26,561. After Scott Tuttle got short to bust in seventh for $33,979, John Racener went for chip leader earlier in the event to on the rail in sixth place for $44,263. Racener had the best of it with [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jd"], but Kurtzman called his shove on the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="8d"] flop with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8h"] and after the [poker card="5d"] turn, was fortunate to hit a [poker card="Ks"] on the river. It took a long time to bust a player in the second half of the final table, but Jason Somerville was eventually the unfortunate player to depart in fifth place for $58,697. Somerville was all-in and at risk for just four big blinds with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ks"] and was called by Nate Silver, whose [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"] prevailed across the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="7c"]Tc] board. Just a few minutes later, Terrence Chan was on the rail too in fourth place for $79,210 after his [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jh"] couldn’t overtake Monnette’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"] with an ace on the turn after a jack on the flop doing the fatal damage to Chan’s stack. Three-handed player saw each man take the lead at a different stage, but when Eric Kurtzman re-raised all in on a flop of [poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4d"], Nate Silver made the call with a gutshot and two overs, holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="8h"] turn saw Silver move ahead, while Kurtzman cashed for $108,747. Heads up, Silver went into play with a slight lead, holding 3.1 million to Monnette’s 2.5 million. That would grow to a point where Silver had almost double Monette’s chips, but the four-time winner did not earn his reputation from fading away when down to the final duel and ground his way to a point where he himself had a large lead of 5:1. It was then that Monnette pressed home his advantage, and on a board showing [poker card="Tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="Ks"], a raising war on the turn saw all the chips go into the middle with Silver holding [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Ts"] and Monnette with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="6d"] river changed nothing and Monnette was the champion. With Silver earning a silver-place prize of $151,842, it was Monnette who took the bracelet and a victory worth $245,680 Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table Results: John Monnette - $245,680 Nate Silver - $151,842 Eric Kurtzman - $108,747 Terrence Chan - $79,210 Jason Somerville - $58,697 John Racener - $44,263 Scott Tuttle - $33,979 Christopher Chung - $26,561 Kevin Song - $21,149 Ray Dehkharghani - $18,506 https://twitter.com/tchanpoker/status/1447073883262128128 After winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship, Jason Koon thanked a poker legend for praising his - and others - achievements. https://twitter.com/JasonKoon/status/1446975609314287617 First Bracelet For Bradley Jansen In Event #15, there was another bracelet winner as Bradley Jansen won his debut bracelet after taking down the final table of the $1,500-entry six-handed event. It was Jeremy Malod who went into play as the chip leader, but Jansen started like a train to push for a strong finish and it paid off handsomely for a top prize of $313,403. The final table got underway with seven players, but Mark Liedtke lost his seat fairly quickly to Jansen. Liedtke was all-in with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"] but couldn’t catch Jansen’s [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qh"]. French overnight chip leader Jeremy Malod was just as happy to win with queens, as he won a flip against Jesse Yaginuma to reduce the field to five when his [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"] held against the American player’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"]. Jeremy Malod would eliminate two of the next three players to go into heads-up with a 3:1 chip lead over the eventual winner, but Jansen managed to turn a straight to win a decent pot to move to within a double-up of the chip lead. As it happened, that took place after a flop of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4c"] provoked action, with Malod check-raising before a turn card of [poker card="2s"] got another big bet and call. On the [poker card="Jh"] river, Malod moved all-in, with Jansen snap-calling with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Tc"] for a rivered straight, way better than Malod’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="9d"] for top two pair from the flop. It was all over a short time later, with Malod’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="3h"] initially taking the lead against Jansen’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Td"] on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"] flop with the players committed pre-flop. The turn of [poker card="8h"] changed little, but the [poker card="6s"] on the river gave Jansen a straight and the bracelet along with the $313,403 top prize. The overnight chip leader going into the final day, Malod had to settle for being runner-up and winning $193,711. WSOP 2021 Event #15 $1,500 6-Handed NLHE Final Table Results: Bradley Jansen - $313,403 Jeremy Malod - $193,711 Ryan Pedigo - $136,070 Sean Hegarty - $96,919 Ryan Andrada - $70,013 Jesse Yaginuma - $51,305 Mark Liedtke - $38,146 Stephen Song Soars To Milly Maker Chip Lead Event #17 saw a bumper day of action at the felt on Day 1b of the Millionaire Maker. Stephen Song was singing at the end of Day 1b, with the chip lead in the room of 431,000 ahead of Michael Nia (405,000) and Clement Van Driessche (397,000). Others to book a seat on Day 2 included Faraz Jaka (311,000), Maria Konnikova (243,000), Sam Abernathy (229,500) and WSOP Main Event runner-up Tony Miles (201,000). Big names busted, with some of the famous face on the rail being Ronnie Bardah, Ian O’Hara, Sam Razavi, Shaun Deeb and Sofia Lovgren among others. WSOP 2021 Event #17 Millionaire Maker Day 1b Top 10 Chipcounts: Stephen Song - 431,000 Michael Nia - 405,500 Clement Van Driessche - 397,000 Russell Clayton - 394,500 Boris Akopov - 347,000 Sebastien Comel - 338,000 Nabil Cardoso - 337,000 Pierre Calamusa - 337,000 Kou Vang - 334,000 Hayato Nagasawa - 330,000 12 Remain in $2,500 Triple Draw There were 104 survivors to Day 2 of the Mixed Triple Draw Lowball event, but at the end of the penultimate day, only a dozen players made the cut for the final day. With players such as Johannes Becker (13th for $6,579), James Woods (14th for $6,579), and David Benyamine (20th for $5,121) all going close to making the final two tables, stars of the game such as Joao Vieira (435,000) and Mike Gorodinsky (130,000) both snuck into the final day’s play. Chip leader heading into the last day of action is Jason Daly, who stack of 1,595,000 dwarfs even his closest rivals, with Brian Yoon (1,080,000) and Aaron Rogers (1,025,000) closest to hanging onto his coattails. WSOP 2021 Event #18 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Final 12 Chipcounts: Jason Daly - 1,595,000 Brian Yoon - 1,080,000 Aaron Rogers - 1,025,000 Gary Benson - 935,000 Vladimir Peck - 870,000 Michael Trivett - 750,000 Carlos Rodriguez - 675,000 Brian Tate - 475,000 Hal Rotholz - 455,000 Joao Vieira - 435,000 Venkata Tayi - 390,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 130,000 Zinno, McCelland, Martini Move On In $10K Stud Finally, Event #19 saw 46 players reduced to just 18 as those playing the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship battled for a Day 2 berth. Jose Paz leads the field with 341,000 chips, from top 10 players such as Anthony Zinno (282,500) and Jack McClelland (178,500), with players such as Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Scott Seiver, Andre Akkari, and David Singer all busting before the end of the days play. WSOP 2021 Event #19 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Jose Paz - 341,000 Jason Gola - 292,500 Adam Friedman - 291,000 Anthony Zinno - 282,500 Thomas Butler - 195,500 Jack McClelland - 178,500 Matt Grapenthien - 168,500 James Chen - 152,000 Paul Mangine - 150,000 Julien Martini - 132,000 Don’t ever tell the poker world that WSOP bracelets don’t matter. As Ryan Laplante exemplified, players who haven’t won one before can feel the importance of such an achievement when it happens, just like multiple winners can. https://twitter.com/Protentialmn/status/1446501850119692288
  9. To win a high-profile WSOP bracelet, it takes beating the best over and over again. Just 16 remain in the $25,000-entry NLHE Heads Up Championship and they include some of the best poker players in the world. After the first day of action in the $25,000-entry No Limit Hold’em Heads Up Championship, players are just three heads-up victories away from playing the bracelet and top prize of $243,981. Star-Studded $25K Heads-Up Championship The early stages of this year’s Heads-Up Championship, one of the most prestigious WSOP bracelets any player can win, were complex given the number of entries. Players were drawn together, with seven of the initial player given a bye to the second round. That meant for some, winning two matches to achieve the $25,000 min-cash. For others, it meant only winning one match. Every table was packed with quality, however, and some of the early skirmishes featured players who could easily have been competing in the final. Cary Katz beat Dimitar Danchev in a topsy-turvy affair, while Daniel Zack got the better of Nick Petrangelo. Kane Kalas was overcome by Mikita Badziakouski, while David Peters took out the in-form Jonathan Jaffe. Other players to lose their chance of glory included Adrian Mateos, Ali Imsirovic, Joao Vieira, and Seth Davies. Day 2 will see both the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals take place, with some intriguing match-ups coming next. Newly appointed GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon will take on Sam Soverel’s conqueror, Johannes Becker in one of the most eagerly anticipated ties, will everything on the line as players shoot for the bracelet in one of the most demanding disciplines of all. Round of 16 Line-Up (consecutive winners to play in quarterfinals): Gal Yifrach vs. Jake Daniels Johannes Becker vs. Jason Koon Ben Reason vs. Galen Hall Henri Puustinen vs. Cary Katz Dan Zack vs. James D’Ambrosio Bin Weng vs. Julien Martini Aleksandr Shevlyakov vs. Mikita Badziakouski David Peters vs. Gabor Szabo Long Ma Crowned Reunion King The Reunion has already been described as one of the events of the Autumn and on Tuesday, it produced the winner, Long Ma, who took the title and massive $523,604 for just a $500 entry. Yesterday’s 17-hour Day 2 was in complete contrast to today’s final which took just over an hour as Ma, an electronics manager and poker tournament enthusiast, eliminated each of his four opponents in double-quick time to win his first WSOP bracelet. The final day action got going almost immediately with a bust-out as short-stacked Michael Eddy became Ma’s first victim. Eddy moved all-in for around five big blinds with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"] and Ma made the call with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8c"], turning an ace on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="5c"] board. Eddy, who had come into play knowing he needed a great deal of luck to survive, cashed for $142,847. Next to go was Alex Vazquez, who busted with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"] against Ma’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jc"] after a jack on the turn saw Vazquez shove and Ma call on the board of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="8h"]. Vazquez cashed for $185,281, but it only strengthened Ma’s already dominant position. That position for Ma got even better when he reduced the battle to a heads-up clash with a big lead. Max Tavepholjalern called off his stack pre-flop after three-betting with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="8d"] and he would need to win a race against Ma who held [poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"]. That didn’t happen as the double-paired board of [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] played out and Tavepholjalern collected $241,766 in winnings. Heads-up saw Ma go into the action with a better than 4:1 chip lead and in no time at all, he had the bracelet. When Lentini open-shoved pre-flop with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jc"], Ma made a snap-call with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="7s"] and watched as the board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"] gave him over half a million dollars and the biggest-field bracelet won so far in the 2021 World Series of Poker. WSOP 2021 Event #4 $500 The Reunion Final Table Results: Long Ma - $513,604 Giuliano Lentini - $317,352 Max Tavepholjalern - $241,766 Alex Vazquez - $185,281 Michael Eddy - $142,847 Anthony Cass - $110,794 Jugal Daterao - $86,462 Derrick Stoebe - $67,886 Adrian Buckley - $53,625 [caption id="attachment_636553" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Long Ma, winner of the biggest-field event of the WSOP so far, the $500-entry The Reunion[/caption] Lally Takes $1,500 Dealer's Choice Another winner took home gold in Event #7, the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event as Jaswinder ‘Jesse’ Lally won the six-handed event for $97,915. Lally, a long-time player but business owner who counts poker as more of a hobby than a career, beat former bracelet winners to the gold at a final table packed with action. Just 11 players returned to the felt at the start of the day, with Craig Chat (11th for $5,612), Adam Friedman (10th for $5,612), and Jeremy Heartberg (9th for $7,307) first to leave the action. When Naoya Kihara busted in eighth place for the same amount and Day 1 chip leader Nathan Gamble left in seventh for $9,768, the official final table was set and it didn’t take long for five more players to hit the rail. Christopher Lindner busted in sixth place for $13,396 when he busted in a Seven Card Stud 8 or Better hand to the eventual winner and Lally, suddenly with all the momentum, added to his list of victims when he busted Adam Kipnis in fifth for $18,839. Ian O’Hara came into play chasing the leader and will have been disappointed to exit in fourth place so near to the gold he has yet to win in his poker career. O’Hara lost out in a three-way Stud hand where Lally’s diamond flush conquered O’Hara’s hand, leaving the young player to quip, “Stud master.” as he left the stage. It wasn’t long before Lally proved himself a master of the event itself, after former bracelet winner Andrew Kelsall brought about heads-up play. Kelsall’s elimination of the overnight chip leader, Ray Henson in No Limit 2-7 Single Draw for $40,062 gave the experience Kelsall 1.7 million chips and a chance of victory, but Lally extended his lead heads-up quite quickly in a Razz hand to race into a 5:1 lead. The final hand saw Lally win a Pot Limit Omaha hand with the nut straight on the turn busting Kelsall’s two-pair after a flush draw fell short on the river and gave Lally his first-ever WSOP bracelet. Kelsall cashed for an impressive $60,514, but Lally’s victory was worth a massive $97,915 and the bracelet was perhaps worth just as much judging by the beaming smile on Lally’s face. WSOP 2021 Event #7 $1,500 Dealer's Choice Final Table Results: Jesse Lally - $97,915 Andrew Kelsall - $60,514 Ray Henson - $40,062 Ian O’Hara - $27,147 Adam Kipnis - $18,839 Christopher Lindner - $13,396 Quick Win For Michael Perrone The third and final winner of the day was Michael Perrone, who took down the super-fast Super Turbo Bounty event which cost $1,000 and lasted just one day at the felt. With 16 hours of play producing plenty of fast-paced bounty action, a prize pool of $1.4m was chopped up, with Perrone crushing dreams on his way to banking over 10% of it. Plenty of big names ran deep, with Shaun Deeb (59th for $2,505), Cate Hall (82nd for $1,731), and Vanessa Kade (227th for $1,065) all making the money. WSOP 2021 Event #10 $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE Final Table Results: Michael Perrone - $152,173 Pierre Calamusa - $94,060 Jeremiah Fitzpatrick - $69,454 Scott Podolsky - $51,787 Paul Dhaliwal - $38,996 Paul Jain - $29,657 John Moss - $22,783 Badr Imejjane - $17,680 Gabriel Ramos - $13,861 Brock Wilson - $10,980 ElkY Ready To Roll It’s been an incredible start to the 2021 WSOP in terms of attendance with the great and good arriving in style to put down their money and take their chips for a shot at glory, including GGPoker ambassador Bertran ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, who, over a decade on from his first WSOP appearance was still as excited as a first-timer to arrive at the Rio. https://twitter.com/elkypoker/status/1445206290452533248 It’s not only ElkY who is loving this year’s return to the Rio, with WSOP Main Event runner-up David Williams delighted to be back amongst it in 2021. https://twitter.com/dwpoker/status/1445486745089294345 Zhi Wu Leads $600 Deepstack Event One of the busiest Day 1s of the World Series so far saw 4,527 players arrive yesterday to play the $600-entry No Limit Hold’em Event #8, but after a thrilling Day 2, just five players remain in with a chance of winning their first WSOP bracelet and a top prize of $281,604. With the prize pool of $2.3 million, 216 players took to the tables and it was Zhi Wu who ended the day with the biggest stack of 46.1 million, ahead of Chrishan Sivasundaram (31.5m) and Ryan Chan (29.2m). With two more players having slightly shorter stacks to play with in Nicholas Zautra (15m) and Ari Mezrich (13.9m) even the short-stacked Mezrich will have eight big blinds to play with. WSOP 2021 Event #8 $600 No Limit Hold'em Final Table Chipcounts: Zhi Wu - 46,100,000 Chrishan Sivasundaram - 31,500,000 Ryan Chan - 29,200,000 Nicholas Zautra - 15,000,000 Ari Mezrich - 13,900,000 Hellmuth, Volpe In Omaha 8 Top 10 Event #9, the $10,000-entry Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship saw some very big names take part in the action, with 16-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil ‘the Poker Brat’ Hellmuth reaching the final day with an 8th-placed stack of 550,000 chips. The chip leader overnight is Andrew Yeh, whose massive pile of 995,000 represents a chip lead few have enjoyed so far after Day 1, with his nearest challengers Chris Vitch and Alan Sternberg, both of whom are some way back from the pacesetter with 650,000. Other big names hover not far behind, with Paul Volpe (445,000), Day 1 chip leader Michael Noori (370,000), Robert Mizrachi (340,000), and Brian Rast (165,000) all surviving a tricky Day 2. WSOP 2021 Event #9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship: Andrew Yeh - 995,000 Chris Vitch - 650,000 Alan Sternberg - 650,000 Ben Landowski - 630,000 Ken Aldridge - 595,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 560,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 555,000 Phil Hellmuth - 550,000 Khamar Xaytavone - 485,000 Paul Volpe - 445,000 Take It To The Limit Finally, Event #12, the $1,500 Limit hold’em bracelet event saw Jeremy Maher bag the chip lead after Day featured 422 total entries. With a prize pool of $563,370 generated, just under a third of those who took to the felt survived, with the money bubble yet to burst. Day 2 will see plenty of big names in the hunt to reach the final 64 players and enter the money places, before pushing towards the $124,374 top prize and WSOP gold bracelet. They will include the chip leader Jeremy Maher (226,500) and Zinno, who bagged up 217,500 chips ahead of some reputable rivals in the shape of Yuval Bronshtein (141,500), and Barry Greenstein (86,500), and former WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen (60,000) to name just three. With stars such as Dan Shak (55,000), Ronnie Bardah (52,000), and Jason Somerville (48,000) all still in with a shout, it is bound to be a high-caliber fight to reach the final table. Other stars of the felt didn’t survive, with mixed game regulars Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb and David ‘ODB’ Baker all failing to make the Day 2 cut. WSOP 2021 Event #12 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Top 10 Chipcounts: Jeremy Maher - 226,000 Anthony Zinno - 217,500 Truong Tran - 195,000 Kristopher Burchfield - 194,500 John Bunch - 192,500 Aldon Patatanyan - 190,000 John Esposito - 187,500 Mori Eskandani - 173,500 Arthur Cole - 165,000 Tom McCormick - 160,500 Finally, while she may have stepped back from poker in the last few years to raise her family, Vanessa Selbst, always enjoys it when someone asks her if she used to play and knows their friend who also enjoys the game. A bit. https://twitter.com/VanessaSelbst/status/1445534865567461376
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