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A busy day in the Rio saw the $25,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event work its way to a final table of five players who will battle for the bracelet tomorrow in the Thunderdome. Deeb Chasing Fifth Bracelet in PLO High Roller The day began with 25 players, but action was uncommonly pedestrian for some time until a wave of eliminations pushed play nearer the final eight who would form the final table. By the time the final eight was reached, players such as Gabriel Andrade (25th for $4,807), Jerry Wong (22nd for $48,007), Joao Vieira (18th for $51,208), Jeremy Ausmus (14th for $57,741), and Tommy Le (9th for $97,254) had all missed out on the final stages. For Le, it would have been a rueful exit, with his imperious nature of winning final tables in PLO Championships self-evident after his back-to-back bracelet win in the format just the other day. At the final table of eight, three more needed to bust for the final five to be reached. It was Charles Sinn who went in eighth place, earning $121,816 when his set of aces was flushed away by Maxx Coleman. Overnight chip leader Ben Lamb went out in seventh place for $156,387 when his flush was skittled by John Beauprez’s full house of fours over kings, with Beauprez correctly calling out ‘King!’ before the fateful card hit the felt. Finally, the night was over and the final table was set when French star David Benyamine failed in his attempt to clinch a second WSOP bracelet, busting in sixth for $205,655. Benyamine’s straight draws both bricked against Shaun Deeb, giving the four-time WSOP bracelet winner a vital pot to put him fourth in chips as the night drew to a close. WSOP 2021 Event #53 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table Chipcounts: Ka Kwan Lau - 10,750,000 John Beauprez - 8,725,000 Maxx Coleman - 5,730,000 Shaun Deeb - 3,640,000 Veselin Karakitukov - 2,745,000 Elezra Near the Top of Seniors Leaderboard Day 2 of the Seniors Event saw 1,107 players battle hard to play down to 148 bracelet chasers by the close of play. Eli Elezra was one big name who made the top 10 chip counts, with the four-time WSOP winner sitting on 1,515,000 chips by the close of play. It was David Kluchman (2,745,000) who took the chip lead by the end of Day 2, with April Facey looking for her first WSOP final table behind him on 2,330,000 chips. Other big names to survive included Bruno Lopes (1,380,000), Timothy Little (855,000), Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler (325,000) and the ‘Robin Hood of Poker’, Barry Greenstein (810,000), but others weren’t so fortunate, with Kathy Liebert (314th for $2,832), John Esposito (193rd for $3,528), John Cernuto (176th for $3,983) and Greg Raymer (710st for $1,601) all busting. https://twitter.com/FossilMan/status/1454190771356139522 WSOP 2021 Event #52 $1,000 Seniors Event Top 10 Chipcounts: David Kluchman - 2,745,000 April Facey - 2,330,000 Marc Walter - 1,675,000 Robert Sun - 1,615,000 Clyde Reed - 1,600,000 David Slaughter - 1,545,000 Eli Elezra - 1,515,000 Sean Moore - 1,445,000 Dennis McKelvey - 1,415,000 Chris Wa - 1,390,000 In Event #54, the Nine-Game Mix Six-Max event, Nicholas Julia bagged the chip lead, with 2,150,000 a massive stack at the close of Day 2. In fact, Julia piled up more than double his nearest challenger in Robert McLaughlin (1,013,000). There are some high-profile players in the top 10 alone, with Kenny Hsiung (822,000), James Woods (649,000), and Mike Matusow (559,000) all surviving as just 17 players remain from the 319 total entries in the event. Others who weren’t so fortunate to make the next day included Matt Waxman, Maria Ho, David Williams, Jim Collopy, Andrew Kelsall, and Adam Owen, all of whom will need to refocus on other events starting across a busy weekend of WSOP action. WSOP 2021 Event #54 $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Nicholas Julia - 2,150,000 Robert McLaughlin - 1,013,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 829,000 Kenny Hsiung - 822,000 Kristan Lord - 820,000 Justin Liberto - 715,000 James Woods - 649,000 Matt Vengrin - 635,000 Marco Johnson - 603,000 Mike Matusow - 559,000 Event #55 is one of the cheapest yet best-value events on the schedule, as The Colossus looks set to crown another winner in the coming days. Ryan Depaulo kicked off action looking to see if he can reach the podium as he did in 2019, winning $208,643 when he came in behind Georgios Kapalas (2nd for $278k) and the winner Sejin Park who won the $451k top prize. https://twitter.com/depaulo_ryan/status/1453903095721648136 PokerGO presenter and fourth-place finisher in the Double Stack Event #43 Jeff Platt had another great day at the felt, bagging a massive stack. https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1454360294306631687 The chip leader at the end of play was Hiep Tran, who totaled 1.3 million chips. Behind him, Hogyun Kang (1,297,000) and Vincas Tamasauskas (1,241,000) hover ominously, while stars such as Justin Lapka (384,000) and Robert Varkonyi (175,000) both lived to three-bet another day. WSOP 2021 Event #55 $400 Colossus Top 10 Chipcounts: Hiep Tran - 1,308,000 Hogyun Kang - 1,297,000 Vincas Tamasauskas - 1,241,000 Martin Ryan - 1,178,000 Charbel Kanterjian - 1,118,000 Lucas Tabarin - 1,116,000 Joseph Malebranche - 1,098,000 Erikas Laugzemys - 1,048,000 Michael Marder - 1,018,000 Ivan Barnes - 900,000 There were 306 entries in Event #56, the $10,000-entry Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em Championship, with just 113 making it through to Day 2, with Indian player Abhinav Iyer (483,500) capturing the chip lead and holding it to the closing of the bags. Belgian player Kenny Hallaert (468,000) and Matt Berkey (320,300) are both in hot pursuit of the leader with other superstars such as Asi Moshe (346,0000), Adrian Mateos (232,000), Justin Bonomo (175,500), Darren Elias (114,000), Tommy Le (109,000), Stephen Chidwick (102,500), and Maria Ho (59,500) all making it through to Day 2. Plenty of others were less fortunate, with Daniel Negreanu, Joseph Cheong, Ryan Leng, Ali Imsirovic, as well as 2019 and 2020 WSOP Main Event winners Hossein Ensan and Damian Salas all looking to the registration desk for what to play next. WSOP 2021 Event #56 $10,000 NLHE Six-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Abhinav Iyer - 483,500 Kenny Hallaert - 468,000 Matt Berkey - 394,000 Ian Steinman - 360,500 Roland Rokita - 358,500 Jimmy D'Ambrosio - 340,000 Giuseppe Iadisernia - 340,000 Jeff Frerichs - 324,000 Nikita Kuznetcov - 300,000 Arian Stolt - 288,500 Finally, if you wondered whether Phil ‘The Poker Brat’ Hellmuth was pressing ahead with his entrance outfit, then be reminded that you should never doubt ‘The Greatest Showman’ in World Series of Poker history. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1453843499091062786
The 33rd day of action at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas produced two more WSOP bracelet event winners as Brian Yoon and Anatolii Zyrin both claimed gold for the fourth and second time respectively. For Brian Yoon, it was a 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw victory that saw him overcome the chip leader heading into the final seven, Danny Wong. Yoon Topples Wong after Epic Three-Handed Action With seven players remaining, Wong led with just over 1.5 million chips, with Yoon trailing him on 1.25m. It took almost no time for the first player to be busted, albeit a short time after an extended period of play that had seen ‘Crazy’ Mike Thorpe busted in eighth place to bring about the final table. Jordan Siegel was the unlucky player to leave in seventh for $31,690 when his hopes were ended by the runaway chip leader Wong. The winner in that hand almost instantly claimed another scalp, taking out the talented Brandon Shack-Harris for a sixth-place finish worth $41,270. Shack-Harris, who has cashed on multiple times this series and has been one of the under-the-radar stars of the 2021 WSOP, crashed out with a rough nine eclipsed by Wong’s rough eight. Six became five when Joao Vieira busted for $54,993, as Brian Yoon began his ascent to the top of the leaderboard. Wong was still winning more pots, however, and looked destined for the win such was the rate at which he was raking in chips. Don Nguyen let in fourth for $74,939, before his conqueror, Wil Wilkinson, was busted in third for $104,381 after a period where each of the three remaining players held the lead. By the time Wilkinson busted in third, it had been hours since Nguyen’s elimination. A dinner break, multiple exchanges of the chip lead and just two remained for the bracelet battle. Wong had the lead with 3 million chips to Yoon’s 2.3m, but Yoon’s experience told as the multiple bracelet winner applied pressure on Wong, who remains without gold despite this closest of calls. Wong had the chance to double back in drawing one with seven-high against Yoon’s ten-high completed hand, but a king as his fifth card finished off Wong to give Yoon the bracelet and top prize of $240,341, Wong consoled in some small part by the $148,341 runner-up prize. WSOP 2021 Event #57 $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table Results: Brian Yoon - $240,341 Danny Wong - $148,341 Wil Wilkinson - $104,381 Don Nguyen - $74,939 Joao Vieira - $54,993 Brandon Shack-Harris - $41,270 Jordan Siegel - $31,690 Zyrin Wins Second Bracelet after Colossal Victory Anatolii Zyrin won the $400-entry Colossus to claim the massive $314,705 top prize and his second WSOP bracelet after beating Michael Lee heads-up. Heading into the final, it was Lee who held a big chip lead, but the dangerous Zyrin hovered in the middle of the pack and came through in the final stages to claim victory. It was Penh Lo who was the first player to bust the nine-handed final table, busting in ninth for $32,240. Lo was all-in with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] but couldn’t hold against Eric Kim’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qh"] as the board played out [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"] and gave Kim a big stack too. With eight players remaining, Lithuanian player Vincas Tamasauskas was sent home by the leader after misfortune on the river. Raising for all but one chip pre-flop, Tamasauskas had [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"] and was called only by Lee with [poker card="As"]Jh], with Tamasauskas tossing in the final chip on the flop and getting a quick call. The board of [poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Js"] was a brutal one for the Lithuanian to take, with Lee’s rivered jack sending him home for $40,885. By the time the next player busted, Lee was still leading, but Zyrin had risen almost to the top of the chipcounts, even after Lee’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"] was enough to see off Martin Gavasci in seventh for $51,180 when Gavasci’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"] was dominated to defeat, a king on both turn and river improving Lee’s advantage of the rest of the field. At that stage, Zyrin was spiking, losing one pot then winning an even bigger one, but some players’ stacks were going in only one direction and Eric Kim slid out of contention when his [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Td"] couldn’t hold against Zyrin’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"], the board of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"] paying the eventual winner off in a crucial flip. Had he lost it, Zyrin would have been very short, but instead, he suddenly looked a massive threat to others’ hopes. Zyrin was starting to build momentum and wasn’t done with the eliminations, immediately taking out another opponent, David Ripley, in fifth for $86,650. Ripley - believe it or not - was all-in and at risk with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8s"], but Zyrin held [poker card="Ah"][poker card="7c"] and with his foe down to four big blinds, hoovered them up after the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="5s"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="4c"] board played out. Phuoc Nguyen had been quiet for some time, but couldn’t afford to hang about with the blinds escalating. His last chips went into the idle pre-flop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Th"], but he had run into a monster, with Kevin Rand holding [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] and no help came to save Nguyen, who busted in fourth place for $112,730. Three-handed play lasted some time, but Rand was always playing catch-up to both Lee and Zyrin and despite doubling on several occasions, couldn’t keep doing so. He bowed out for a result worth $147,595 when his all-in with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9c"] started ahead of Zyrin’s [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jd"] but ended behind on the tantalizing board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"]. Zyrin won that hand and in doing so went into the heads-up battle with 235 million chips, a considerable chunk more than Lee’s 140 million at a big blind of 6,000,000. Despite some brave attempts to play back and double into the lead, Lee’s stack went south and when a flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Js"][poker card="8h"] came, Lee bet holding [poker card="Kc"][poker card="2d"], getting a call from Zyrin. The turn of [poker card="Qh"] saw both players check, but on the [poker card="Tc"] river, Zyrin check-shoved a big bet from Lee and when the latter called, he saw that his rivered straight was no match for Zyrin’s turned flush as the Russian held [poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"]. While Lee collected $194,450 for finishing as runner-up, he’d failed in his attempt to win his first WSOP bracelet, instead seeing Zyrin win his second and the top prize of $314,705. WSOP 2021 Event #55 $400 Colossus Final Table Results: Anatolii Zyrin - $314,705 Michael Lee - $194,450 Kevin Rand - $147,595 Phuoc Nguyen - $112,730 David Ripley - $86,650 Eric Kim - $67,025 Martin Gavasci - $51,180 Vincas Tamasauskas - $40,885 Penh Lo - $32,240 Slaughter Leads Super Seniors It was a massive Day 2 of the Super Seniors Event, with just 65 players remaining at the close of the action. There were some very big names in the field on the day the money bubble burst, but while some made the cut, such as Sammy Farha, James Hess and Dan Shak, others such as Barry Greenstein and Karl Pregitzer didn’t, the latter losing to Farha along the way to the 2003 WSOP Main Event runner-up making the money. With two days of the event to go, Slaughter (1,835,000) will be chased keenly by his nearest challengers Randall Bolick (1,755,000), and Bill Stabler (1,725,000) in the coming levels, with play expected to go down to the final table on Day 3. WSOP 2021 Event #58 $1,000 Super Seniors Top 10 Chipcounts: David Slaughter - 1,835,000 Randall Bolick - 1,755,000 Bill Stabler - 1,725,000 Reginald Powell - 1,565,000 Andrew Bodewin - 1,355,000 Jean-Luc Adam - 1,140,000 Robert Chow - 1,100,000 David Smith - 1,080,000 Steve Miller - 1,025,000 Joseph Neiman - 975,000 Tag Team Down to Ten Teams as Weisner and Liu Lose Out There are just ten teams left in the $1,000-entry Event #59, the Tag Team event which sees teams of two players take over from each other when their comrade is against the ropes. On what was a very busy day, only 10 teams of two would stay in the hunt by the close of Day 2, with players such as Melanie Weisner and Xuan Liu falling by the wayside albeit after a great run. https://twitter.com/melanieweisner/status/1455424613781884930 Others fell to the same fate, with PokerGO presenting team Brent Hanks and Jeff Platt shot down when their pocket kings ran into pocket aces to bust. The duo, who dressed as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth throughout, would not make the top 10, but Michael Newman and Robert Ormnt did, bagging up the lead with over 2.9 million chips, far and away the biggest stack with their nearest foes Tomer Wolf and David Landell some way back on 1.9 million. WSOP 2021 Event #59 $1,000 Tag Team Final Table Chipcounts: Michael Newman and Robert Ormont - 2,960,000 Tomer Wolf and David Landell - 1,900,000 Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi - 1,700,000 Holly Babbitt and Michael Babbitt - 1,345,000 Alfie Adam and Vidur Sethi - 1,315,000 Benjamin Miner and Dmitriy Uskach - 1,065,000 Zachary Erdwurm and Steven Jones - 850,000 Amanda Botfeld and David Botfeld - 790,000 Scott Johnston and Bob Fisher - 455,000 Mike Lutz and Matt Krebs - 430,000 Paul Volpe, Jungleman Top $50K PPC Day 2 The second day of action in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship took place at the Rio and in particular, one player was less than happy with their exit. With 44 players beginning the day, Phil Hellmuth was one who joined the field late to eventually swell the numbers to a total of 63 entries. Things did not go to plan for the Poker Brat. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1455434490583552002 With just 35 players remaining in with a chance of winning one of the most coveted bracelets at this or any World Series of Poker, Paul Volpe (1,092,000) leads the field from Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates (944,000) and Adam Friedman. Plenty of other big names litter the leaderboard, of course, with Daniel Negreanu worth singling out for mention, purely because of the way he has made Day 3 of the event. Down to just 77,000 overnight with no option of rebuying, Kid Poker survived on a big stack of 655,000. With no Shaun Deeb making the cut, ‘DNegs’ could be one to watch as the tournament progresses as players battle to get their hands of the Chip Reese trophy. WSOP 2021 Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Paul Volpe - 1,092,000 Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates - 944,000 Adam Friedman - 913,000 Alex Livingston - 872,000 Chris Vitch - 849,000 George Alexander - 820,000 Brian Rast - 790,000 Yuval Bronshtein - 775,000 Chad Campbell - 764,000 Nick Schulman - 723,000 Deepstack Championship Gets Underway In Event #61, the $600-entry Deepstack Championship, Robert Hankins grabbed the chip lead with 868,000, though this is one of the slimmest leads for some time in 2021 WSOP Events. Hankins leads by a three-bet from Samuel Taylor (838,000) and Radoslav Stoyanov (830,000), with others such as KC Vaughan (743,000) and Ping Liu (702,000) also well placed in the top 10. WSOP 2021 Event #61 $600 Deepstack Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Robert Hankins - 868,000 Samuel Taylor - 838,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 830,000 Dhaval Mudgal - 786,000 Justin Arnwine - 779,000 KC Vaughan - 743,000 Matas Budginas - 719,000 Ping Liu - 702,000 Nissar Quraishi - 687,000 Alan Ferraro - 686,000 Toma Tops $1,500 PLO Leaderboard In tournament terms, the last event to take place on the schedule was Event #62, the $1,500-entry PLO8 event, which saw Japanese player Tsugunari Toma pile up one of the biggest Day 1 leads of the series. Toma amounted 1,076,000 chips, by far and away more than anyone else and almost as much as his nearest three challengers combined stacks. Day 2 will see the play whittle down to just a handful of players, so watching exactly how Toma gets on will be vital as it looks like anyone who wishes to play for the win will have to go through him first. WSOP 2021 Event #62 $1,500 PLO Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Tsugunari Toma - 1,076,000 Steve Chanthabouasy - 393,000 Paul Holder - 380,000 Maury Barrett - 373,000 Michael Trivett - 342,000 Raymond Henson - 339,000 Sean Remz - 333,000 Nathan Gamble - 328,000 Andrew Yeh - 318,000 Dustin Dirksen - 314,000 Finally, with the World Series of Poker just a matter of two days away, one former champion in particular can’t wait to get into the mix and will hope for some cheers of ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!’ to echo around the Rio one more time. https://twitter.com/JosephHachem/status/1455324002138738690