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  1. Just one day after finishing as runner-up to Jake Daniels in Event #3 of the 2022 PokerGO Cup, Jeremy Ausmus was back at the final table in Event #4 ($15,000 NLHE), only this time he went the distance and topped the 65-entry field for the win and a $263,250 payday. Ausmus started the day near the bottom of the chip counts, but didn’t have to wait very long for his opportunity to chip up. With the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (50,000 ante) Justin Saliba put in a raise to 100,000 from the cutoff with the [poker card="jh"][poker card="jc"]. Ausmus picked up the [poker card="ts"][poker card="td"] on the button and three-bet shipped his final 755,000. After Bill Klein folded his small blind, table short stack Jesse Lonis looked down at [poker card="as"][poker card="ac"] and called for the rest of his 660,000 stack. Faced with two all-in, Saliba went for the double KO and called with his pocket jacks. The three saw a flop of [poker card="th"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] sending Ausmus from worst to first with a set of tens. The [poker card="6s"] hit the turn and when the [poker card="5h"] completed the board, Ausmus nearly tripled up and Lonis was headed for the door, aces cracked, in sixth place for $58,500. Ausmus then overtook Brock Wilson for the chip lead, leaving Saliba as the new short stack. During the next level, 30,000/60,000 (60,000 ante), Wilson opened from the button to 140,000. Saliba picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] in the small blind and committed his final four big blinds. Wilson made the call, putting Saliba at risk. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4d"], keeping Saliba ahead but providing some chop opportunities. Everything changed with Wilson binked the [poker card="jh"] on the turn to take the lead. Saliba was drawing to a king, but the [poker card="4c"] came on the river ending his tournament in fifth place for $78,000. During the same level, Klein was sitting with fewer than 10 big blinds and was looking to find a way back up the leaderboard. After Wilson put in a raise to 120,000 from under the gun with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9d"], Klein moved all-in from the small blind for 480,000 with his [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"]. Cary Katz woke up with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] in the big blind and just made the call. Wilson bowed out and Katz flopped trips on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="5h"] and Klein was drawing dead to river. Klein, who started the day third in chips, fell in fourth for $97,500. Once again, Ausmus found himself on the bottom of the chip counts when three-handed play started. But it wasn’t long before he picked up a big pot off Katz and left the PokerGO founded with just four big blinds. The blinds were at 50,000/100,000 when Ausmus picked up [poker card="as"][poker card="ac"] in the big blind and put in a raise big enough to put Katz all-in. With just 400,000 total and 200,000 committed with the big blind and ante, Katz stuck the rest of his chips in with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"] and saw the bad news. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3h"] sending Katz out in third place for $126,750. Wilson had a two-to-one chip lead over Ausmus headed into heads-up play and it appeared that both were trying to work out whether there was a deal to be made. But nothing was said and the pair played on. Slowly, Ausmus chipped away at Wilson’s lead. The tide really turned when Ausmus picked off a big bluff attempt by Wilson with bottom pair to assume the chip lead. Ausmus never looked back, widening the gap and opening a roughly six-to-one chip lead. On the final hand, Wilson moved all-in with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4h"] and Ausmus made the call with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4s"], giving Wilson bottom pair and hope for a double. But the turn was the [poker card="qh"], putting Ausmus way ahead. The river was the [poker card="jc"] and it was all over. Wilson earned a second-place score of $195,000 while Ausmus booked the win and a $263,250 payday. Side note: PocketFives Staking backers had 17% of Brock Wilson’s action - a roughly $25 stake yielded more than $330. Looking to start backing? Sign up right here. PokerGO Cup Event #4 Final Table Results Jeremy Ausmus - $263,250 Brock Wilson - $195,000 Cary Katz - $126,750 Bill Klein - $97,500 Justin Saliba - $78,000 Jesse Lonis - $58,500
  2. After a ten-month hiatus, the live World Poker Tour Main Tour returned to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida for the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. After a long day of play and a three-handed deal, Ilyas Muradi took home $605,000, a ticket to the 2021 WPT Tournament of Champions, and his first career WPT title. For anyone questioning if live poker players were eager to get back in the action, the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open had the answer. Despite the state of the pandemic, playing behind plexiglass barriers, and the requirement to wear masks the tournament’s 1,573-entry field became the third-largest in the WPT’s eighteen-year history. It wasn’t just an outpouring of local players that made their way to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as players traveled from all parts of the globe to participate in the first WPT Main Tour live event since the conclusion of WPT Rolling Thunder in March 2020. There were plenty of notable names who made a deep run in the event but fell short of the final table. World Poker Tour champions Sam Panzica (189th, $6,150) and Kevin Eyster (167th, $6,300) made Day 3 as did Athanasios Polychronopoulous (125th, $7,025), Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla (103rd, $7,880), and well-known vlogger Johnnie Moreno (93rd, $8,230). Among those joining them in the money were Jerry Wong (90th, $8,230), Alex Keating (77th, $9,885), and worldwide current #2-ranked online pro from Croatia Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic (31st, $23,110). The final three tables included some of the World Poker Tour’s biggest names including WPT winner Aaron Mermelstein (25th, $23,110), Scott Baumstein (24th, $27,660), WPT Deepstack Champion Justin Liberto (22nd, $27,660), and four-time WPT champion Darren Elias who finished in tenth place and earned $79,455 which brought his career WPT total to just under $3.9 million. Day four started with the final seven players grinding for two 90-minute levels before reaching the official final table of six. Andy Hwang, the final WPT Champion Club member left in the field, started the day third in chips, however, a few hours into play he found himself grinding a short stack of fewer than 20 big blinds. After a raise from Francis Margaglione in early position with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7c"], Hwang three-bet shipped his stack with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. Folded back around to Margaglione, he made the call. The board ran out [poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="qd"] ensuring that a new WPT champion would be crowned as Hwang exited in seventh place for $115,630. Roughly twenty minutes later, after an early position raise, Tsz Shing shipped his 22 big blind stack holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"] from the button. Ronnie Bardah made the call from the small blind with his [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] and the early position raiser folded. The [poker card="th"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5d"] ran clean for the pocket queens and eliminated Brooklyn’s Shing in sixth place for a career-high recorded live cash of $168,990. At five-handed, Jesse Lonis put in a raise from late position with [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"]. After it folded to Bardah in the big blind, Bardah put in a three-bet with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"]. With the action back on Lonis and 30 big blinds behind, Lonis four-bet shipped with Bardah snap-called. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] flop left Lonis looking for one of two outs to save him. The [poker card="3d"] hit the turn and the [poker card="jd"] completed the board and ended Lonis’ tournament in fifth place for $223,895. Margaglione started the day with the chip lead but his stack slowly dwindled during the day. Eventually, he made his move by raising from the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="9s"] only to be shoved on by the big stack of Bardah in the big blind holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. With just over 10 big blinds behind, Margaglione opted to make the call. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7s"] giving Bardah top pair and leaving Margaglione looking for runner-runner help. The [poker card="2h"] was of no use to Margaglione who was drawing dead to the [poker card="jh"] river. Margaglione finished in fourth place for $293,510. During a break, the final three players negotiated a deal for the remaining prize pool. Ilyas Muradi locked up $580,000 as the chip leader and Bardah, sitting in second, agreed to $566,135. Robel Andemichael secured $545,500 and all three agreed to leave $25,000 and a ticket to the WPT Tournament of Champions on the table for the eventual winner. Even though a deal was in place, the pace of play stayed deliberate. After roughly two hours, Andemichael put in a raise on the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9d"] and Bardah pushed his final twelve big blinds in the middle with [poker card="as"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Bardah the lead, which held through the [poker card="ts"] turn. But the [poker card="9s"] river gave the hand to Andemichael which eliminated Bardah in third place for his agreed-upon career-high score of $566,135. Heads up play started with both Andemichael and Muradi practically even in chips. Another two hours passed without either player holding a significant lead. Finally, Andemichael moved all-in for his final 15 big blinds with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] and was called by Muradi holding [poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qs"] giving Muradi’s pocket fours the pot and his first WPT title. Andemichael finished as the runner-up, taking home the$545,500 he locked up in the deal. Ilyas Muradi added the $25,000 to his $580,000 portion of the deal for a total cash score of $605,000 plus a $15K ticket to the Tournament of Champions, and a date to have his name engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. Final Table Payouts 1. Ilyas Muradi - $605,000* + WPT Tournament of Champions seat 2. Robel Andemichael - $545,000* 3. Ronnie Bardah - $566,135* 4. Francis Margaglione - $293,510 5. Jesse Lonis - $223,895 6. Tsz Shing - $168,990
  3. With just nine players remaining, the WSOP Main Event final table is set, and it is German player Koray Aldemir who will go into the final two days of the biggest poker tournament in the world with a huge chip lead. Here's Your November Nine With players such as Chance Kornuth, Andreas Kniep, and Jesse Lonis busting across a dramatic day at the felt, the final table of the WSOP Main Event was reached in the early hours of the morning, with Matt Berkey looking like a savant when he called the time and was just a few minutes out. https://twitter.com/berkey11/status/1460464671073341440 It didn’t take long from the kick-off of the day’s action for the bust-outs to keep coming, with Chance Kornuth’s one of the biggest of the day. Kornuth’s conqueror, George Holmes ended the day second in chips with 83.7 million chips, but at one point had less than two big blinds to his name, spinning his stack up to eventually knock out the most experienced player in the field when his [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"] triumphed against Kornuth’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ks"]. The final hand of the day played out when Canadian player Demosthenes Kiriopoulos bubbled the final as his [poker card="As"][poker card="3s"] lost out to the chip leader’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Tc"], with Aldemir’s fans on the rail going crazy when the board of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="Jc"] gave the German another knockout and the overwhelming chip lead heading into the final nine. Only one player already has a WSOP bracelet to their name and that man is Chase Bianchi (12,100,000), who couldn’t be more excited about the potential checking off of one of his life’s goals. https://twitter.com/Chase_Bianchi/status/1460563523960934408   With two British players also surviving, Jack Oliver (30,400,000) and Jareth East (8,300,000) will both be hoping to become champion in two days time just as all the nine finalists will. Tomorrow at 4 pm local time, the final table begins. It will end in two nights time with a new world champion. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Final Table Chipcounts: Koray Aldemir - 140,000,000 George Holmes - 83,700,000 Alejandro Lococo - 46,800,000 Joshua Remitio - 40,000,000 Jack Oliver - 30,400,000 Ozgur Secilmis - 24,500,000 Hye Park - 13,500,000 Chase Bianchi - 12,100,000 Jareth East - 8,300,000 Six Remain In Crazy Eights In the Crazy Eights tournament, just six players remain from a field of 237 who started the penultimate day of the event. It is Leonid Yanovski who leads the final table, with a whopping 62.2 million chips, some way clear of closest challengers David Moses (49.1 million) and Paul Fehlig (48.7 million). On a busy day for final tables that should see four tournaments conclude and the Main Event reach three players, Yanovski will also face the challenge of short-stack Timo Kamphues (7.4 million), as well as former bracelet winners Georgios Sotiropoulos (21.8 million) and Sejin Park (14.6 million). WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Final Table Chipcounts: Leonid Yanovski - 62,200,000 David Moses - 49,100,000 Paul Fehlig - 48,700,000 Georgios Sotiropoulos - 21,800,000 Sejin Park - 14,600,000 Timo Kamphues - 7,400,000 $10K Stud 8 Needs One More Day In the $10,000-entry Event #73, the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, Yuval Bronshtein leads the final four combatants after the final table was started but abandoned halfway through the story being told. It’s some story, as with four remaining, Bronshtein (3,320,000) is shooting for another WSOP bracelet, with two of his three opponents each holding bracelets in their back catalogs too. With nine players remaining, WSOP Player of the Year leader Josh Arieh bowed out, before being followed from the event by Gary Benson and Erik Seidel, who missed the chance to capture his tenth WSOP crown. After the elimination of John Monette in sixth place, Marco Johnson was the final player to miss out on the denouement of the tournament. WSOP 2021 Event #73 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table Results: 5. Marco Johnson - $79,073 6. John Monnette - $59,545 7. Erik Seidel - $46,140 8. Gary Benson - $36,821 9. Josh Arieh - $30,290 The four remaining players share nine bracelets between them, with only Ian O’Hara (2,120,000) yet to win one. Scott Seiver (1,665,000) is aiming for his fourth title in WSOP history, with Brian Hastings going for his fifth gong. WSOP 2021 Event #73 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Table Chipcounts: Yuval Bronshtein - 3,320,000 Ian O'Hara - 2,120,000 Scott Seiver - 1,665,000 Brian Hastings - 1,535,000 Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov Leads $2,500 Big Bet Mix In Event #74, the $,2500-entry Big Bet Mix, Denis Strebkov of Russia took a massive chip lead into the final day with just 14 players remaining. Strebkov piled up over 1.4 million chips to lead by a big margin from Shanmukha Meruga (877,000) and Scott Bohlman (827,000), with every other one of the 11 players having less than half of Strebkov’s chips with one day to play out. Just 91 players started the day, but 77 busted, with James Chen, Yuri Dzivielevski, John Racener, Matt Waxman, Ryan Laplante, Eli Elezra, and Chris Brewer among them. WSOP 2021 Event #74 $2,500 Big Bet Mix Top 10 Chipcounts: Denis Strebkov - 1,402,000 Shanmukha Meruga - 877,000 Scott Bohlman - 827,000 Hooman Nizad - 512,000 Patrik Ciklamini - 498,000 Anthony Ribeiro - 479,000 Noah Boeken - 455,000 Jon Turner - 415,000 Asher Lower - 375,000 Amnon Filippi - 371,000 $1,500 Freezeout Kicked Off In Event #75, Day 1 of the $1,500-entry Freezeout event took place, with Rennei Liu (889,000) also a big chip leader. Other prominent names such as Bin Liu (610,000), Asi Moshe (604,000), Artan Dedusha (504,000), Joe Serock (436,000), Nadya Magnus (414,000), Patrick Tardif (239,000), Gabriel Andrade (180,000), Sherry Hammers (139,000) and Angelina Rich (124,000) all remain in contention, while stars such as Barny Boatman, Daniel Strelitz, and Barry Greenstein exited before the close of play. WSOP 2021 Event #75 $1,500 Freezeout NLHE Top 10 Chipcounts: Rennei Liu - 889,000 Bin Liu - 610,000 Asi Moshe - 604,000 David Pham - 572,000 Stefan Reiser - 537,000 Armin Rezaei - 529,000 Kartik Ved - 523,000 Nicholas Hubers - 510,000 Naor Slobodskoy - 505,000 Artan Dedusha - 504,000 Chidwick, Sammartino, Timoshenko Survive Super Turbo Bounty Finally, seven players only remain in contention for the 76th WSOP event bracelet, namely the players who survived a brutal Day 1 of the $10,000-entry Super Turbo Bounty event. In what was a stacked field, Stephen Chidwick made up for busting out of the WSOP Main Event yesterday by racking up 2,270,000 chips, with the Brit only behind runaway leader Aditya Agarwal (8,750,000) and Barth Melius (3,550,000). Romain Lewis (2,050,000), Dario Sammartino (1,930,000), Uri Reichenstein (1,795,000), and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (1,065,000) all made the final table too as the overall field of 307 was reduced by 300 in one 10-hour shove fest marathon. With the $463,885 top prize one of the bigger prizes on offer in the Rio over the final few days of the 2021 World Series of Poker, finding out who wins is sure to be an exciting watch. WSOP 2021 Event #76 $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty Final Table Chipcounts: Aditya Agarwal - 8,750,000 Barth Melius - 3,550,000 Stephen Chidwick - 2,270,000 Romain Lewis - 2,050,000 Dario Sammartino - 1,930,000 Uri Reichenstein - 1,795,000 Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 1,065,000 One person who sadly won’t be part of the commentary team for the final days of the WSOP Main Event is Nick Schulman, who tested positive for COVID-19. It appears he’ll miss Ali Nejad... well, a bit. https://twitter.com/NickSchulman/status/1460429518837936128 Finally, players were being careful and getting tested in general, but like every situation in poker, there’s always a player who takes it too far. https://twitter.com/_dmock9888/status/1460432721566584838  
  4. Jeremy Ausmus won the second WSOP title of his career, first of the series, as he defeated the final four opponents in Event #3 to win the $1,000-entry COVID-19 Relief Charity Event. With just five players returning to action on Day 2 of the event and the 2021 World Series of Poker, Ausmus overcame a chip deficit heads-up to overnight leader Jesse Lonis to claim his maiden bracelet and the $48,681 top prize. Ausmus Overcomes Lonis, Takes First Title of Autumn It took no time at all for five players to become four as Lonis busted Steve Gross in fifth place for $10,854 when Gross’ eight-four was crushed by queen-five when the chip leader made a Broadway straight on the river. Soon after, Asher Coniff was all-in with ace-six and Lonis was the caller again, this time with pocket sixes. The small pocket pair held to send play to three-handed and Coniff to the rail for $14,919. Lonis was running over the field, and that didn’t stop with the elimination of Mitchell Halverson in third place for $20,960. Halverson was all-in with the best hand, holding [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"]. Lonis called with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"] and would need a lot of help on the board. The flop was a safe [poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"] for Halverson, but the [poker card="3d"] turn spelt disaster and the [poker card="2s"] river didn’t save him. Heads-up saw Lonis go into the duel with a 3:1 chip lead, but Ausmus quickly doubled himself level when his pocket tens held against Lonis’ [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jd"]. The final hand saw Ausmus all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"] against Lonis’ [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"] and when the board ran out [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"], Ausmus won the WSOP bracelet and $48,681. Event #3 $1,000 COVID-19 Relief Charity Event Final Table Results: Jeremy Ausmus - $48,681 Jesse Lonis - $30,086 Mitchell Halverson - $20,960 Asher Conniff - $14,919 Steve Gross - $10,854 Benny Glaser Leads $25K H.O.R.S.E. The biggest event of the day, in terms of buy-in, the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E., saw a total of 78 players as registration closed with the start of play on Day 2 of the three-day event. British mixed game specialist Benny Glaser dominated much of the day, busting players throughout vital stages of the tournament. While others, such as Stephen Chidwick, were shot down outside the 12 money places. Mike Matusow was another player who at one point looked very strong, only for two hands against Philip Sternheimer and Jesse Klein to leave ‘The Mouth’ on the rail. Cary Katz was the first player to sneak into the money, with his 12th place finish worth $42,162 after Yuval Bronshtein was the bubble boy in unlucky 13th place for no return on his investment. Daniel Negreanu (10th for $46,002) and Roland Israelashvili (11th for $46,002) were both busted on the final hand of the day, with Glaser the beneficiary as his two pair aces and tens beat both Israelashvili and Negreanu’s weaker two pair hands. When play ended, some very big names were still in the hunt with just nine players remaining. Chip leader at the end of Day 2 was Glaser but plenty of big names survived, such as Jesse Klein, David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth, and Day 1 chip leader Chad Eveslage all making the cut. WSOP 2021 Event #2 $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Chipcounts: Benny Glaser - 2,590,000 Jesse Klein - 1,800,000 Chad Eveslage - 1,695,000 David Benyamine - 1,680,000 Phil Hellmuth - 1,640,000 Philop Sternheimer - 865,000 Ben Yu - 830,000 Matt Glantz - 410,000 DJ Buckley - 160,000 Barnett's A Bracelet Winner The first event on the schedule was Event #1, the $500 Casino Employees Event and that saw a dramatic conclusion crown Caesars Palace employee Jimmy Barnett as the winner. In an event where 419 players created a prize pool of $175,980, Barnett went into a heads-up battle against Jack Behrens with more than double his opponent’s chips and sealed the deal when his flopped flush held against Behrens’ middle pair when the chips went into the middle. Event #1 $500 Casino Employees Event Final Table Results: Jimmy Barnett - $39,013 Jack Behrens - $24,112 Danny Chang - $16,540 Leo Abbe - $11,587 Bryan Garret - $8,294 Bobby Schmidt - $6,069 Chris Minton - $4,542 Rick Cuevas - $3,478 Ronald Baltazar - $2,727 Justin Steinman - $2,191 The Reunion Gets Underway One of the biggest events of the series to look forward to for many recreational players was The Reunion, with a $500 buy-in and massive $5 million guarantee. Day 1a saw an incredible 2,649 players take to the felt in pursuit of glory, with many players simply happy to be at the felt after so long away from the action. For one player, the emotion of cashing in a WSOP event for the first time was too much to take in this heartwarming video captured by Kenna James and posted on Twitter. https://twitter.com/Kenna_James/status/1444163921712017414 It wasn’t only players comparatively new to success who were happy. Even with some long waits at registration desks, players who have seen it such as Mike Gorodinsky advocated patience and good humor as he praised the staff at the Rio who are making it so much easier for everyone. https://twitter.com/gordoMG/status/1444032253026127872 READ: 10 Do’s And Don’ts For World Series of Poker First-Timers At the end of Day 1a in The Reunion, it was Dave Alfa who totaled the biggest stack, with a massive 3,100,000 chips going into his bag. A slew of great players trail in his wake, however, with Konstantinos Gennaios (2,650,000), Ryan Leng (2,400,000), Joey Weissman (2,270,000) Ryan Laplante (1,700,000), and Cate Hall (1,500,000) all bagging up at the close of play. Others weren’t so lucky, with former WSOP Main Event legend Matt Affleck, James Romero, and Amir Levahot all cashed but failed to make Day 2. WSOP 2021 Event #4 $500 The Reunion Top 10 Chipcounts: Dave Alfa - 3,100,000 Kostantinos Gennaios - 2,650,000 Ryan Leng - 2,400,000 Joey Weissman - 2,270,000 Greg Armand - 1,890,000 Ryan Laplante - 1,700,000 David Danlag - 1,510,000 Kenna James - 1,500,000 Cate Hall - 1,500,000 Walter Atwood - 1,400,000 Heimiller, Mizrachi In Omaha 8 Top 5 A strong field of 607 played Day 1 of Event #5, the $1,500-entry Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, with players such as Robert Mizrachi (177,000), JJ Liu (160,500), and Ari Engel (89,500) all thriving on the opening day of the three-day event. At the close of play, Christopher Stephen had the chip lead with a massive 206,500 chips, trailed by players of the caliber of Max Pescatori (37,500), Dan Zack (123,500), and Ian O’Hara (57,000) all surviving the day. WSOP 2021 Event #5 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Christopher Stephen - 206,500 Dan Heimiller - 177,000 Robert Mizrachi - 173,500 JJ Liu - 160,500 Anatoliy Zyrin - 143,000 Hernan Salazar - 141,000 Allyn Shulman - 134,500 Dan Zack - 123,500 Gary Kosakowski - 120,000 Frankie O'Dell - 112,500
  5. Three events kicked off the action on a busy opening day of the 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas as the Rio returns to poker action for what is heavily rumored to be the final time. With the $500 Casino Employees event offering the first ‘Shuffle Up and Deal!’ of the series and $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. and $1,000 COVID-19 Relief Charity events also taking place, there was something for every bankroll on opening day. Eveslage the Leader in $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. With 73 entries, the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event #2 attracted some of the best mixed games players in poker, with former #1-ranked Shaun Deeb, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Matthew Ashton all pitching up to take part from the off. After over 11 hours at the felt, just 47 players remained, with Chad Eveslage well clear of the chasing pack on 860,000 chips. Eveslage, who has never won a WSOP bracelet, was top of the pile by a long way from his nearest challengers of John Monette (589,500) and Jean Gaspard (569,000) and will head into Day 2 in pole position to make a run at the title of this all-new three-day event. Cary Katz was the first player to bust, with Mike Gorodinsky sending Katz home in a Stud Hi-Lo hand where Gorodinsky’s sevens and deuces triumphed. There were strong opening days at the felt for Mike Matusow (421,500), Deeb (321,000), and Negreanu (270,000), all of whom finished above average. Elsewhere, 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (206,000) and legendary WSOP commentator Norman Chad (150,500) both made the cut. Registration is still open until the first card hits the felt when Day 2 resumes at 2 pm Vegas time, so with a prize pool that is sure to grow, there is plenty of excitement ahead for a thrilling event. Event #2 $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chip Counts: Chad Eveslage - 860,000 John Monnette - 589,500 Jean Gaspard - 569,000 Jesse Klein - 490,500 Mike Matusow - 420,500 Adam Friedman - 420,500 Chris Vitch - 371,500 Shaun Deeb - 321,000 Hal Rotholz - 314,000 Randy Ohel - 295,000 Just Five Remain In Event For COVID Relief Event #3, the $1,000-entry COVID-19 Relief Charity took place with 266 players taking to the felt, creating a prize pool of $205,400 and a top prize of $54,844. With 39 players paid, play went down to the final five, with the great and good gathering to play poker and donate money to help those who are most vulnerable at the same time, with the eventual chip leader, Jesse Lonis, ending the night on 2,285,000 chips. Plenty of big names busted outside the money, including three-time WSOP winner Adrian Mateos, fellow three-time winner Upeshka De Silva, and Maurice Hawkins. Hovering halfway down the chip counts for much of Day 1 but also failing to make the money was a former World Champion in the shape of Ryan Riess, who had a serendipitous seat to welcome him to the Rio, the scene of his greatest triumph, with a cameo from legendary WSOP bracelet winner Ron McMillen to boot. https://twitter.com/RyanRiess1/status/1443744580717801494 Once the bubble burst, players such as Ali Imsirovic (32nd for $1,590) Ryan Laplante (31st for $1,590), Pavel Plesuv (26th for $1,817), Shannon Shorr (21st for $1,817), Dylan Linde (20th for $1,817), Ryan Riess (18th for $2,000) and Matt Stout (16th for $2,000) all making the money but missing out on the final table. In the end, of the five players who remain, it was Lonis who led. With just four players between Lonis and a WSOP bracelet - including Jeremy Ausmus and former #1-ranked Steve Gross - it's only Lonis and Asher Coniff yet to win WSOP bracelets. Event #3 COVID-19 Charity Event Final Table Chip Counts: Jesse Lonis - 2,285,000 Jeremy Ausmus - 1,345,000 Asher Conniff - 755,000 Steve Gross - 485,000 Mitchell Halverson - 385,000 "Shuffle Up And Deal" The $500-entry Casino Employees Event kicked off the 2021 WSOP in style, with 419 entries making a prize pool of $175,980. Leo Abbe led the field after the day’s conclusion, sitting on a massive pile of 537,000 chips, with Shaun Weintraub (474,000) and Roberto Reyna (461,000) his closest challengers in an all-American top 10. One player who enjoyed his day at the felt in the first event of the series was Jesse Fullen, who provided commentary on the WSOP Online series for thousands of poker fans to enjoy this summer. Fullen began as he meant to go on, busting a player early then continuing to run up his stack throughout the opening day, ending on 223,000 chips, well above the average. Jon Aguiar was also riding high in the event and advocated the positive atmosphere as one of the benefits of playing in the opening event. https://twitter.com/JonAguiar/status/1443753395865546754 Aguiar busted in 102nd place, outside the money, but he had good company, with former event winner Chad Holloway and Garry Gates, who finished fourth in the 2019 WSOP Main Event both failing to make the money too. With the money bubble bursting on Day 1, just 63 players made a profit on their investment. The bubble didn’t last long and when it burst, Chris Moon was the man eclipsed by the field as he busted with pocket nines to Jason Smith’s ace-ten, with both an ace and ten on the flop doing the fatal damage. In the end, just 50 players remained, with Smith making the top 10 and Abbe the chip leader heading into Day 2 of the opening event with the remaining players battling for a $39,013 top prize. Event #1 $500 Casino Employees Event Top 10 Chip Counts: Leo Abbe - 537,000 Shawn Weintraub - 474,000 Roberto Reyna - 461,000 Andrew Bart - 422,000 Akash Desai - 415,000 Jack Behrens - 363,000 Marco Starnoni - 363,000 Jason Smith - 351,000 James Barnett - 343,000 Daniel Kim - 337,000
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