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  1. 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.
  2. 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
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