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With the World Series of Poker Main Event completed and a new World Champion in Koray Aldemir crowned, one of the last major awards of the series to be handed out this fall will be to the winner of the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year. Headed into the last weekend of the 2021 schedule, there is plenty of drama left to be had as the final WSOP events to take place at the Rio all have the potential to shake up the leaderboard and provide a potential surprise ending to this year’s tightly-run race. One person, looking for as little drama as possible is current POY frontrunner (and PocketFives’ own) Josh Arieh. After a series performance that includes two bracelet wins and a final table appearance in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, Arieh simply needs to hold in order to have his banner hanging in the halls of the new home of the WSOP when it moves to the Strip in the summer of 2022 READ: Q&A With Josh Arieh: Enjoying Life, Seeing Success At The WSOP While a nearly 600 point lead is substantial, it’s by no means insurmountable. He understood this when, earlier in the week he announced on Twitter that he had to make his way back to Atlanta and that his WSOP was over - meaning that he wouldn’t have an opportunity to improve his position. But days later, circumstances changed for Arieh and he booked a flight back to Las Vegas in order to try and regain the heat had throughout most of the series and lock down a place in WSOP history. One of those players Arieh needs to contend with is the 16-timer Phil Hellmuth who, after an in-the-money finish in the $777 WSOP Online event and a final table appearance in the $10K Razz Championship, has vaulted right back into the race. He currently sits in second place, and has made it well-known that he’s angling to win the POY award. Although he’s sitting in a solid position right now, the remaining schedule doesn’t quite favor Hellmuth. His reputation for being “less than” at mixed games has been obliterated during the 2021 series, but unfortunately for him, there are no more small field/big point mixed game Championships for him to run deep in. Now, in order to make up the points he needs to catch Arieh, he’s going to have to get back to basics and dominate in No Limit Hold’em. Of the nine events that he can still register for while in Las Vegas, eight are NLHE with the lone stand out being the $50,000 Pot Limit Omaha. Perhaps the route for Hellmuth is to focus on grinding out a deep run in one of the larger field, smaller buy-in events like The Closer, the $1,000 Turbo, and the $5,000 8-Handed. This brings up another, and perhaps the most interesting aspect of the late POY race - the emphasis on High Rollers late in the schedule. Of those nine events, four have a buy-in of $50,000 or more. While both Hellmuth and Arieh are regular runners in the $50K PPC, playing in the NLHE shark-infested waters of the $50,000-$250,000 NLHE events is a totally different game. The fields will be replete with the biggest crushers in the game today, including the likes of Michael Addamo, Ali Imsirovic, and Justin Bonomo. Fields that some of those that are looking to close the POY race may not have a lot of experience against. There’s a lot of leaderboard points at stake in these remaining High Rollers and if someone can put together a run, as Michael Addamo did in PokerGO’s Poker Masters and Super High Roller Bowl prior to the WSOP, there’s plenty of points there to upend the POY leaderboard. That bodes well specifically for someone like Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu, sitting near the top of the Total Cashes leaderboard with 16 in the series, currently sits in 16th place on the POY leaderboard - one of the highest positions for the tight-knit crew of nosebleed MTTers. He’s 1,200 points behind Arieh and it would be a tough task to rack up that many points in such a short amount of time. However, in the $250,000 Super High Roller - in which he still has a shot to win - there are no less than 1,228 points for first place. There will likely be more than 1,100 points up for grabs for all of the High Rollers and should Negreanu keep cashing at his current pace it may just be enough to make a last-minute surge. Another player that the same scenario holds true for is Scott Ball. Ball, an NLHE specialist, has two WSOP bracelets - both won this series - and now has plenty of bonus bankroll to chase the POY. He took down the $5K Six-Max (one of the toughest tournaments of the series) for $562,667 and then best the massive field in the Little One For One Drop for another $396,445. He’s also proven he’s not afraid to fire $50Ks, scoring an 11th place finish an earlier $50,000 buy-in NLHE this series for $87,500. Ball, having a career series, is just over 700 points away from the lead and if his heater continues he could be a dark horse late in the race. Other storylines that have the potential to emerge include early POY favorite Anthony Zinno, making a deep run in the $50Ks, as we know he plans on playing them. Look to see if Aldemir, currently in fourth place, returns to the series well-rested after his marathon win in the Main Event to fire in high rollers which have been his bread and butter for years. Finally, Shaun Deeb, currently sitting in tenth place, would love nothing more than to make a deep run in the $50K PLO to upend one of his best friends in Arieh and make history for himself by becoming a two-time POY winner. The best part about this race is that it ends in Las Vegas. Despite WSOP Europe kicking off this coming week, the winner will be determined at the Rio, as it is meant to be. To view the current 2021 WSOP Player of the Year standing - click here.
Another dramatic day in the 2021 WSOP Main Event saw big names bust and other stars rise high on Day 5 as Chris Moneymaker busted the Main, Koray Aldemir and Ramon Colillas continued to crush and some of the best poker of the World Series of Poker so far took place in between. Koray Aldemir Leads Final 96 In Main Event Day 5 of the most popular poker tournament in the world saw 292 players reduced to under 100 hopefuls as German pro Koray Aldemir grabbed the chip lead by the last level of the day inside the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. On a day of big bust-outs, especially involving pocket aces, the German professional who has over $12 million in live tournament earnings is in the best position in his career to add a WSOP Main Event title and $8 million to his legacy in a few days’ time. To do that, he’ll have to get through some of the best players in the world, with modern legends such as Stephen Chidwick and Chance Kornuth both surviving Day 5 with chips. Any one of those three players, along with everyone else, will have to avoid the kind of awful luck suffered when aces were shot down by ace-king as the player with the latter pronounced ‘Ace king owes me!” upon winning the hand. David Williams spoke for many in his incredulity at the situation. https://twitter.com/dwpoker/status/1459787752187187200 When the chips were bagged up, it was Aldemir who held the chip lead, bagging up 14.3 million chips, a decent amount ahead of Spanish player Ramon Colillas (12 million) and Jonathan Dwek (12.1 million), both of whom finished in podium positions. There are some serious contenders very close by, however, with Jesse Lonis (8.9 million), Chance Kornuth (5.9 million), Stephen Chidwick (3.7 million), Stephen Song (2.7 million) and Yuri Dzivielevski (2 million) all capable of being chip leader at the end of Day 6 with the skills they possess. One man who won't be playing Day 6 is Jason Koon, who busted along with Chris Moneymaker on Day 5. Koon tweeted his feelings on the matter... https://twitter.com/JasonKoon/status/1459713206180454419 ... as did the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion. https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1459633808320471045 Plenty of others couldn’t get a thing going and busted, but some players were doing great until, as is often the case in no limit hold’em, a few hands sent them to the rail in brutal fashion. https://twitter.com/danmflowery/status/1459633452790136833 WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Koray Aldemir - 14,325,000 Ramon Colillas - 12,000,000 Jonathan Dwek - 10,125,000 Zachary Mcdiarmid - 9,700,000 Jesse Lonis - 8,995,000 Roongsak Griffeth - 8,925,000 Andreas Kniep - 8,515,000 Tonio Röder - 8,000,000 Alejandro Lococo - 7,805,000 Stephen Gerber - 7,700,000 Scott Ball Wins Little One For One Drop In Event #68, the Little One for One Drop, Scott Ball overcame overnight chip leader Michael Shanahan as he won $396,445 and his first bracelet after a thrilling denouement to the popular event. With the $1,111-entry event, which raises money for charity alongside building a bumper prize pool, having 3,797 total entries, there were 10 players left in no time at all on the final day to bring about the final table. At that stage, Shanahan had over 42 million chips, more than double his nearest challenger as he looked to run over his final nine adversaries, but as so often in poker, things didn’t work out like that. The first player to bust, Spanish player Jose Latorre, did so in 10th for $33,939 and was all-in with the best hand, holding [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"], but Sorel Mizzi’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="6s"] overtook him on a dramatic board of [poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="6d"]. The Canadian Mizzi, cashing in a WSOP event for the first time since 2018, was on the rise and proving that he is still one of the best poker players out there on his day. He wasn’t the only player looking up the leaderboard rather than down as Sebastian Medina from Colombia eliminated another player to vault up the ranks. Medina had the dominating hand of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"] against Frank Marasco’s [poker card="Js"][poker card="Th"] and a runout of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="6s"] saw the American bust in ninth place for $42,389. Next to depart was Seth Fischer, who busted in $53,343 with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qh"] as David Jackson’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="5c"] overtook him on a board of [poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Ad"] with all the chips going into the middle pre-flop. At that stage, Medina had taken the lead, but Mizzi gained more ground after busting Petro Zakusilov in seventh place for $67,592. The Ukrainian was all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"] but was called in two places and Sorel Mizzi’s [poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"] eventually won after he and the overnight leader Shanahan checked down a board of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Th"][poker card="2s"]. Soon after, Ronnie Ballantyne was out of the event in sixth place for a score of $86,249 as his [poker card="Tc"][poker card="8s"] lost out when all-in pre-flop against Scott Ball’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ts"]. The board of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jc"] was a crusher for Ballantyne and the same fate befell David Jackson in fifth for $110,827 just a couple of minutes later as he lost a race with [poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] against Mizzi’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"] on a board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="9h"]. Shanahan was the lowest stack of the four remaining men, but after an extended period of play, everything had turned around and Medina was on the rail in fourth for $143,399. Medina’s pre-flop shove for 13 big blinds with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"] was called by the chip-dominant Shanahan with [poker card="As"][poker card="6h"]. On the board of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"], Shanahan made a full house of queens over aces and took the chip lead for the first time since just after the final table began. Mizzi was next to go, busting in third place for $186,824 as his tournament ended as he was dominated and delivered from the event. Mizzi was all-in with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"] and needed a lot of help, with Ball holding [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Js"]. The board of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="7s"] saw Mizzi depart and Ball take the chip lead into heads-up with 94 million playing against Shanahan’s 57.8 million chips. Heads-up was a brief but exciting affair. Scott Ball won a series of pots at the beginning of the bout to take a 2:1 chip lead into the final hand. Shanahan shoved with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8h"] but when Ball called with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"], the overnight chip leader would need a lot of help. The flop of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"] gave Shanahan an eight, but after the [poker card="Kd"] turn, the [poker card="2c"] river ended the event in Ball’s favor, winning him his first WSOP bracelet and $396,445, condemning Shanahan to second place and $245,068. WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Final Table Results: Scott Ball - $396,445 Michael Shanahan - $245,068 Sorel Mizzi - $186,824 Sebastian Medina - $143,399 David Jackson - $110,827 Ronnie Ballantyne - $86,249 Petro Zakusilov - $67,592 Seth Fischer - $53,343 Frank Marasco - $42,389 Mourad Amokrane Scores Gold Another bracelet was won in Event #71, but French player Mourad Amokrane was incredibly dominant at the last as he took just one hand of heads-up play to complete a remarkable victory at the $1,500 Bounty PLO final table. Amokrane, an optician from France, seemed to have X-Ray specs as he took apart the competition, with players such as Kao Chieng Saechao (8th for $13,610) and Jeff Gross (7th for $17,712) both missing out on podium places. With a massive $132,844 top prize and the first bracelet of his amateur career, Amokrane, one of the most modest winners of the series, said he would continue to help people see better after showing us his PLO Bounty skills in the clearest way possible. WSOP 2021 Event #71 $1,500 Bounty PLO Final Table Results: Mourad Amokrane - $132,844 Matt Mamiya - $82,100 Matthew Humphrey - $58,733 Matthew Mlsna - $42,604 Dustin Nelson - $31,344 Paulo Villena - $23,392 Jeff Gross - $17,712 Kao Chieng Saechao - $13,610 Nikolay Yosifov - $10,616 Things Are Getting Crazy In Event #70, another huge Day 1 took place as Day 1c saw 1,907 players reduced to just 87 by the close of play. Only 287 of those made the money, with Justin Arwine (3,280,000) the chip leader. Arwine was followed in the counts by fellow podium placers Eric Baldwin (2,825,000) and Irish player David Lappin (1,940,000), who followed his exit from the Main Event in 242nd place by immediately registering the event and running up a big stack. Others to make the cut included Natalie Hof-Ramos (1,700,000), Michael Cordell (940,000), Tom Hall (740,000) and Ari Engel (725,000) who could still make a push for WSOP Player of the Year with a strong showing in this event. WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Top 10 Chipcounts: Justin Arwine - 3,280,000 Eric Baldwin - 2,825,000 David Lappin - 1,940,000 Paul Fehlig - 1,880,000 Wayne Harmon - 1,800,000 Alex Visbisky - 1,775,000 John Jenkins - 1,740,000 Alan Ferraro - 1,710,000 Natalie Hof-Ramos - 1,700,000 Kharlin Sued - 1,675,000 Mota Leads Event #72 Final Table In Event #72, the $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO event, Brazilian Rafael Mota bagged a huge lead going into the eight-handed final tomorrow, with six other countries represented in his seven talented opponents. With 7,515,000 chips, Mota’s stack dwarfes even his closest challenger Motoyoshi Okamura (3,835,000), but with players like Nick Yunis (3,190,000) also attempting to take the title and win a WSOP bracelet, nothing is guaranteed ahead of the final day of the event. WSOP 2021 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed NLHE / PLO Final Table Chipcounts: Rafael Mota - 7,515,000 Motoyoshi Okamura - 3,835,000 Nick Yunis - 3,190,000 Leonid Yanovski - 2,070,000 Mike Takayama - 1,900,000 Jordan Spurlin - 1,740,000 Marc Lange - 535,000 Tim Grau - 360,000 Big Names Bag In $10K Stud 8 Championship In Event #73, the first day of action in the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud Championship took place, with Gary Benson (331,000) of Australia leading the field at the end of the day, with Adam Owen (289,500) and Denis Strebkov (274,000) close by. With stars of the mixed game circuit such as Shaun Deeb and Scott Seiver (both of whom have 256,000) lurking in the top 10, a tough Day 2 will be in the offing for everyone, especially as players can still register right up to the start of play. Players to bust the event on Day 1 included Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Robert Campbell, Kevin Gerhart, Joe Hachem, John Racener, Nathan Gamble, Ben Yu and Allen Kessler. WSOP 2021 Event #73 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Gary Benson - 331,000 Adam Owen - 289,500 Denis Strebkov - 274,000 Eli Elezra - 263,000 Shaun Deeb - 256,000 Scott Seiver - 256,000 Alex Livingston - 215,000 Mike Watson - 207,000 Brett Richey - 187,500 Yuval Bronshtein - 183,500 Finally, Greg Jennings highlighted an anomaly in the Matrix as he mentioned how Matt Berkey seems to get taller when he is sitting down, particularly at feature tables, it would appear. Just how tall is Berkey? We wouldn’t bet a single chip on it. https://twitter.com/ZGregJennings/status/1459528701574529025
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