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Tyler Cornell conquered the $25,000-entry NLHE High Roller Event #6 to win his maiden WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas as he took down a final table featuring Adrian Mateos and Mustapha Kanit among others. The five-handed final day of High Roller action aside, four other events moved closer to a conclusion with plenty of drama along the way. Cornell Captures First Career Bracelet Cornell’s victory in the $25,000-entry High Roller saw the American claim his first WSOP bracelet. The action began with Adrian Mateos at the bottom of the chip counts, but he was not the first player to bust. Italian pro Mustapha Kanit moved all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] on a flop of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="6s"] and was well behind Jonathan Jaffe’s [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Tc"]. The turn or river needed to hit Kanit’s cards or find one of the three remaining tens in the deck, but the [poker card="9c"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river doomed him to a fifth-place finish worth $216,842. With four players left, the lead changed hands a number of times, with Adrian Mateos doubling back into contention and holding the chip lead himself, a stunning turnaround from his position going into play. Jaffe had failed with an ambitious bluff in the previous hand when he got his last big blind into the middle preflop with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="5h"], only to be called then eliminated by Michael Liang’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"] on a board that played out [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"][[poker card="4s"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6h"]. Jaffe’s finish was worth $286,202. Three-handed play lasted a long time, even after Cornell’s flopped trips left Mateos short. Despite two double up, it was soon adiós to the only WSOP bracelet winner who remained when Mateos moved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9c"] and was called by Cornell with [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"]. The eight-high board sent Mateos out in third place for $381,870. Heads-up saw Cornell go into battle with an overwhelming lead of 9:1 in chips. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, Michael Liang’s fearless approach earned him not one but two double-ups to suggest he might be back in with a shot at glory and his own first WSOP bracelet. Cornell, however, was not to be denied his moment and eventually got it in good with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2c"] against Liang’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="2d"] pre-flop. The ace-high flop of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"] put Cornell into a terrific position to seal the victory and although the [poker card="Td"] offered Liang hope of a miraculous runner-runner flush, the [poker card="2h"] river denied him and gave Cornell the hand and the WSOP bracelet with it. Liang’s runner-up finish was worth $515,014 but it was Tyler Cornell who went wire-to-wire to win the biggest prize of the 2021 World Series of Poker so far, $833,289, and of course the fabled WSOP gold bracelet. Event #6 $25,000 NLHE High Roller Final Table Results: Tyler Cornell - $833,289 Michael Liang - $515,014 Adrian Mateos - $381,870 Jonathan Jaffe - $286,202 Mustapha Kanit - $216,842 Mohammad Arani - $166,102 Paul Newey - $128,654 Adam Hendrix - $100,773 Five Left To Fight For $500,000 in the Reunion The Reunion has already made waves at the WSOP on its return to the Rio and from 12,973 official entries, just five hopefuls remain in the hunt for the WSOP bracelet and $513,604 top prize. Across a grueling 17 hours of play, 678 players lost their tournament lives, and with just five players left, it is Long Ma who leads the final table with 260 million chips. Ma is followed in the chip counts by Guiliano Lentini (133.9 million), Alex Vazquez (114. million), and Max Tavepholjalern (114.3 million), with Michael Eddy bringing up the rear, short-stacked with 27.6 million. Plenty of big names lost their stacks along the way, with legends of the felt such as Ryan Leng (248th for $2,940), Barry Greenstein (201st for $3,350) and Ronnie Bardah (75th for $6,081) Ryan Laplante led the field late on but plummeted to bust in 19th place for $18,117. Adrian Buckley was the final WSOP bracelet winner to bust in 9th place for $53,625, meaning whoever wins will be a first-time champion. The tournament overall has been nothing but a huge success, attracting plenty of amateurs and recreational players, along with former WSOP world champions such as Greg Raymer. https://twitter.com/FossilMan/status/1444839310218260483 The $600-entry Event #8 saw an amazing 4,527 entries across Day 1, creating a prizepool of over $2.3 million. It was Krisd Gabrialian who prevailed as chip leader by the end of the day, with his stack of 3,230,000 dwarfing even his nearest challengers, Shahriar Assareh (2,300,000) and Brandon Hatter (1,875,000). As this video shows, attendances at the Rio are clearly not affected in a negative way by the pandemic protocols that need to be followed. https://twitter.com/RobGardnerLive/status/1444742969051926530 $600 Deepstack Brings Out The Crowds With so many players arriving to take part in a $600 competition, many have questioned the prestige of a WSOP bracelet with the buy-in being this low. Popular poker pro Matt Berkey advocates the change in direction, however, in a refreshing Twitter post. https://twitter.com/berkey11/status/1445196214161473538 With Day 1 also a good day for players such as former WSOP bracelet winners Joey Weisman (1,375,000), Craig Varnell (1,245,000), Eric Baldwin (965,000), and Seth Fischer (955,000), just 216 players from that mammoth field remain to play down to a winner on Day 2 and a top prize of $281,604. Event #8 $600 NLHE Deepstack Top 10 Chipcounts: Krisd Gabrialian - 3,230,000 Shahriar Assareh - 2,300,000 Brandon Hatter - 1,875,000 Brad Albrinck - 1,760,000 Roland Rokita - 1,705,000 Noam Muallem - 1,540,000 Nathan Manuel - 1,500,000 Ari Mezrich - 1,490,000 Stephen Seffense - 1,455,000 Michael Ung - 1,405,000 Henson Leads Dealer's Choice, Another Deep Run For Hellmuth Event #7, the $1,500-entry Dealer’s Choice already looks like being remembered as one of the most enjoyable events of the series, especially for those who played in it. With just 11 players surviving to the final day, it is Ray Henson (1,365,000) who will go into the final day as the chip leader. Henson is just a three-bet clear of two highly talented players in Ian O’Hara (1,310,000) and Christopher Lindner (1,260,000), so everything is to play for. https://twitter.com/Ray_Henson/status/1445333920162009096 Of the other survivors on a day where 88 players were cut down to less than a dozen, there are still four former WSOP bracelet winners with chips, as Andrew Kelsall (835,000), Overnight chip leader Nathan Gamble (480,000), Naoya Kihara (400,000) and Adam Friedman (330,000) all go into the final day with genuine hope of repeating the feeling of winning gold yet again. Finishing inside the money but outside the top dozen players were Eli Elezra (20th for $3,593) and Phil Hellmuth, who departed in 18th place for $4,429 before updating his fans on his first two events and cashes so far this series. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1445328408800497666 Event #7 $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Final 11 Chipcounts: Ray Henson - 1,365,000 Ian O'Hara - 1,310,000 Christopher Lindner - 1,260,000 Jaswinder Lally - 880,000 Andrew Kelsall - 835,000 Nathan Gamble - 480,000 Jeremy Heartberg - 405,000 Naoya Kihara - 400,000 Adam Friedman - 330,000 Craig Chait - 235,000 Adam Kipnis - 175,000 $10K Omaha Gets Underway The final event of the day to bag up chips and call it a night was the $10,000-entry Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, one of many mixed game events that take place early on the schedule. It was Michael Noori who managed to bag the biggest stack with an impressive 345,000 chips. He's closely followed by the very familiar name of Jerry Wong, however, who reached the final table of the WSOP Main Event just five years ago. With poker legends David Benyamine (198,000) and George Wolff (172,000) both in the top 10, there is all to play for with players of real quality on every table. Event #9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Michael Noori - 345,000 Jerry Wong - 279,000 Chad Eveslage - 278,000 Andrew Yeh - 255,000 Christopher Vitch - 210,000 David Benyamine - 198,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 181,000 Todd Rodenborn - 173,000 George Wolff - 172,000 Erik Sagstrom - 172,000 Finally, if the Rio diet or armchair diet are overwhelming you with a dangerous combination of carbohydrates or couch potato chips, you'll want to see GGPoker's attempt to make us all feel like we need to hit the treadmill to turn back time. Welcome, Jason Koon. Just take a seat in a high roller and stop making us look bad! https://twitter.com/GGPoker/status/1444804239990181894
Connor Drinan won his second WSOP bracelet in Event #5, the $1,500-entry Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event as he triumphed against a talented final table of mixed game players. It took just two hours for 15 to become 10 as play raced to the final table. Drinan began as he meant to go on, eliminating Yehuda Buchalter in 19th place, but over a rollercoaster final table, no single player dominated the action. Connor Drinan Adds Another Accolade Drinan’s biggest threat to the title was arguably in the form of Robert Mizrachi, the only other bracelet winner of the players who returned for the final day. Mizrachi started the final table well, taking the chip lead after a pot against Drinan. The three-time WSOP event winner would eventually see the tables turned as Drinan busted Mizrachi when the latter was short-stacked, scooping the pot to go into heads-up with a massive lead. Despite the disparity in chips, Drinan didn’t have it all his own way as Travis Pearson proved a tricky final opponent. With just 4 million chips to Drinan’s 11 million, Pearson managed to get a double early in the contest and even took the lead 30 minutes into the final duel. Drinan won a crucial pot with a full house on the river to move ahead with a lead of 2:1. Thereafter, Drinan used all his experience to pile the pressure on and a few minutes later had the victory his tournament deserved when a set of sixes from the flop bettered Pearson’s top pair kings to take the title and $163,252 along with his second career WSOP bracelet. https://twitter.com/ConnorDrinan/status/1444989515530006538 Event #5 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results: Connor Drinan - $163,252 Travis Pearson - $100,901 Robert Mizrachi - $71,602 Sandy Sanchez - $51,590 Micah Brooks - $37,750 Carl Lijewski - $28,059 Kris Kwiatokowski - $21,192 Curtis Phelps - $16,266 Michael Moed - $12,693 Yehuda Buchalter - $10,072 $25K High Roller Final Five Tyler Cornell leads the final five into tomorrow’s bracelet showdown in Event #6, the $25,000-entry NLHE High Roller. In what is the biggest World Series so far in terms of a top prize, Day 2 saw 54 players reduced to just five as the final table was reached across a day of drama at the felt. There were surprises along the way too, as players such as the overnight chip leader Jake Daniels fell away and players who went into play with fewer chips rose through the ranks. The Day 2 action saw many players bust before the bubble burst, as players such as Joao Vieira, Joe McKeehen, and Shaun Deeb all busted without making a profit. https://twitter.com/jeremyausmus/status/1444721635110514693 At a stacked table just a few feet away, Jonathan Jaffe won a series of vital hands to chip up to become leader, a stack that would see him through to the final day, but not with the lead. The money bubble was going to be a painful moment in the event for one player and that turned out to be popular former WSOP event winner Chance Kornuth. The two-time bracelet winner was ousted by three-time winner Adrian Mateos who held kings to bust Kornuth in 22nd place despite his ace-queen finding a queen on the flop and gutshot straight draw on the turn. Once Kornuth had made his way to the rail, players joined him with regularity. Players such as Sam Grafton (21st for $41,493), Dylan Linde (18th for $41,493), Galen Hall (16th for $45,382), and Sergi Reixach (15th for $45,382) all lost their tournament lives as the final table approached. When overnight chip leader Jake Daniels left in 14th place for $45,382, the race was on to make the final chip counts of the night, with Jared Jaffe (11th for $63,976) and Jason Koon (9th for $79,834) both busting before the official eight-handed final table. Koon was particularly unfortunate, with his pocket aces eclipsed by Michael Liang’s pocket queens to send GGPoker’s newest ambassador home without the bracelet that still, somehow, eludes him. Once the final table began, it was Adam Hendrix who left the party first for $100,773, his king-nine no good on a board showing two nines as Tyler Cornell’s rivered flush won a big pot to send him to the top of the leaderboard. That’s where Cornell stayed as he busted Paul Newey for $128,654 with sixes holding against ace-three before doing the same to Mohammed Arani in sixth place for $166,102. Cornell’s ace-eight got there on the turn against pocket threes with all the chips going into the middle pre-flop to leave the chip leader on 7.4 million chips overnight. Cornell is followed in the counts by Michael Liang (5.1m), Jonathan Jaffe (3.6m) and Mustapha Kanit (2.6m). Of the final five, only short-stacked Adrian Mateos (2.1m) has won a WSOP bracelet before, with the Spanish poker pro bagging three ahead of this World Series. With a Series-high top prize of $833,289 on offer and the fabled WSOP bracelet up for grabs, it’s sure to be a brilliant battle to the finish. Event #6 $25,000 NLHE High Roller Final Table Chip Counts: Tyler Cornell - 7,455,000 Michael Liang - 5,140,000 Jonathan Jaffe - 3,650,000 Mustapha Kanit - 2,630,000 Adrian Mateos - 2,180,000 Huge Field Attends The Reunion The Reunion, otherwise known as Event #4 of this year’s WSOP saw an immense number of 5,871 entries on Day 1c of the mammoth event. Costing just $500 to enter and having a $5 million guarantee, a total of 12,975 entries has put a total of $5.4 million in the pot and Mike Takayama bagged up the most chips on the final Day 1 flight. Takayama’s total of 4,575,000 may not have been as high as Robert Brobyn’s total from Day 1b, but it still represents a massive stack, and Takayama is not the only talented individual heading into Day 2 with genuine ambitions of taking the gold bracelet. Former WSOP bracelet winners such as Adrian Buckley (2,600,000), Joseph Cheong (2,030,000) and Julien Martini (1,450,000) all made the cut, along with former WSOP Main Event runner-up Tony Miles (830,000), British professional Sam Razavi (450,000) and Rio legend Matt Affleck (330,000). With 619 players remaining from that five-figure field, Day 2 is sure to be a decisive day at the felt when play resumes on Monday. Event #4 $500 The Reunion Day 1C Top 10 Chipcounts: Mike Takayama - 4,575,000 Anthony Cass - 2,990,000 Javier Fernandez Alonso - 2,975,000 Micheal Zonenashvili - 2,740,000 Katsushi Yoshiba - 2,700,000 Bin Liu - 2,685,000 Ryan Vanderpoorten - 2,665,000 Adrian Buckley - 2,600,000 Satheesh Francis - 2,500,000 Nathan Holman - 2,480,000 Nathan Gamble Tops Dealer's Choice Day 1 Finally, Event #7 got underway on Sunday as the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice six-handed event began with 307 players reduced to just 88 hopefuls who will go into Day 2. Of that number, some very famous faces made the next day at the felt, with the appropriately monikered Nathan Gamble heading the leaderboard on 234,500 chips. Elsewhere in the top 10, there are appearances from Ian O’Hara (201,000), Daniel Negreanu (115,000) and Matt Glantz (115,000), with Phil Hellmuth not too far back in the field on an above-average 88,500 and Brian Rast well placed too with 81,500. Hellmuth in particular could have been even higher in the ranks, but doubled up Adam Owen late in the day to slip out of the top 10. Yesterday’s $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. runner-up, Benny Glaser, has 65,000 chips with which to battle for what would be a fourth WSOP bracelet. $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Six-Handed Top 10 Chip Counts: Nathan Gamble - 234,500 Andrew Donabedian - 224,000 Ray Henson - 216,000 Ian O'Hara - 201,000 Chris Lindner - 180,000 Kosei Ichinose - 168,500 Tim Phillip - 124,000 Daniel Negreanu - 115,000 Matt Glantz - 115,000 PJ Cha - 108,000