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A monumental day at the felt on Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event saw just 292 players remain from 1,000 who began the day. When the dust settled, Ramon Colillas was the chip leader with a massive stack of 5,000,000 chips, with some big names not too far behind in his wake. Stephen Chidwick and Ramon Colillas Crack Top 5 With everyone on Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event guaranteed a return of at least $15,000, players had made the money on the final hand of Day 3, so came into today’s play desperate to chip up and make a push towards the latter stages of the world’s biggest poker tournament. Because of this, plenty lost their seats early, with Garry Gates, Kevin Gerhart, and Harrison Gimbel all on the rail before the field was reduced by over 70%. Late in the day, players got into pre-flop clashes that may yet shape the destiny of this year’s spectacular Main Event bracelet. Amid the chaos, several prominent British professionals finished high up the counts, with Stephen Chidwick (4,328,000), Alex Goulder (2,957,000), and Toby Lewis (2,637,000) all finishing way over the average stack. The chip leader at the close of play may have been Colillas, but other major forces hover close by. Matthew Jewett (3,398,000) Fernando Rodriguez (3,442,000), Dragana Lim (3,801,000), and Jason Osser (3,907,000) all finished in the top 10, while Stephen Song (4,417,000) and Demosthenes Kiriopoulos (4,500,000) both got closest to Colillas’s stack. Some players loved the glow of the limelight at the feature table, others, not so much... https://twitter.com/ChancesCards/status/1459444755440435200 ...while Matt Berkey saw a little sunlight in the serendipity. https://twitter.com/berkey11/status/1459444365462433796 Players to bust on Day 4 included Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Billy Baxter, Chris Sandrock, Anton Wigg, JJ Liu, Marle Spragg, Joao Simao, and Ben Yu, with Day 5 sure to bring the number down to less than 100 players as everyone can now legitimately start dreaming of banking that $8 million top prize. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Day 4 Top 10 Chipcounts: Ramon Colillas - 5,000,000 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos - 4,500,000 Stephen Song - 4,417,000 Stephen Chidwick - 4,376,000 Zachary Mcdiarmid - 4,093,000 Jonathan Dwek - 3,955,000 Jason Osser - 3,900,700 Dragana Lim - 3,801,000 Fernando Rodriguez - 3,442,000 Matthew Jewett - 3,398,000 26 Remain In Little One Event #68 saw the penultimate day of the $1,111 Little One for One Drop take place, with just 26 players surviving a day that began with 229 players in seats. At the close of play, Michael Shanahan (13,465,000) led the field from Brekstyn Schutten (11,305,000) and Scott Ball (10,550,000), with other big names in the top ten including Canadian Sorel Mizzi (6,686,000). Plenty of big names fell by the wayside throughout the day, with Justin Lapka, DJ Alexander, Mukul Pahuja, Alexandre Reard, Carlos Chang, Phil Laak, and Joseph Cheong all falling short of bracelet glory. With just 26 players remaining, the race is now on to claim the WSOP bracelet and top prize of $396,445, with only three bracelet winners remaining of the 26 hopefuls. WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts: Michael Shanahan - 13,465,000 Brekstyn Schutten - 11,305,000 Scott Ball - 10,550,000 Mathew Solitro - 8,500,000 David Jackson - 8,180,000 Derek Gregory - 7,310,000 Sebastian Medina - 7,205,000 Petro Zakusilov - 7,040,000 Ronnie Ballantyne - 7,000,000 Sorel Mizzi - 6,686,000 Jermain Reid Scores Stud Gold In Event #69, Jermaine Reid won the bracelet and $113,459 top prize as the mixed game player conquered the final day of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. In a thrilling close to the tournament, Reid toppled Peder Berge heads-up to relegate Berge to a cash worth $70,126. On a day where both John Monnette (4th for $33,734) and John Racener ($10,095) fell short of glory that many predicted would be a battle between that pair, Reid took the first bracelet of his career as the Day 1 chip leader rallied late in the tournament to ‘top and tail’ the event and snatch gold. WSOP 2021 Event #69 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results: Jermaine Reid - $113,459 Peder Berge - $70,126 John Hoang - $48,138 John Monnette - $33,734 Esther Taylor - $24,145 Carol Fuchs - $17,658 Espen Sandvik - $13,202 John Racener - $10,095 Joseph Ranciato - $7,900 Perry Friedman - $6,330 Let's Go Crazy (Eights) The delayed Day 1 of the $888-entry Event #70, titled ‘Crazy Eights’, is one of the most value events left on the schedule, with Joseph Herbert leading the way at the close of play with a mammoth 2,100,000 million chip-stack. With Tijan Tepeh (2,050,000), Thomas Larson (1,825,000), Kyle Montgomery (1,420,000) and Sejin Park (1,350,000) in the top 10, it’s a stacked top section of the leaderboard. With 1,104 entries and just 166 players making the money, it took 14 hours of players for just 50 players to remain in the event by the close of Day 1b. With Day 1 canceled yesterday, play goes directly to Day 1c tomorrow as more players will put up $888 and play some Crazy Eights action. WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Top 10 Chipcounts: Joseph Hebert - 2,100,000 Tijan Tepeh - 2,050,000 Adam Croffut - 1,975,000 Josue Aguirre - 1,930,000 Thomas Larson - 1,825,000 Wilbert Chun - 1,660,000 Jacob Rich - 1,550,000 Kyle Montgomery - 1,420,000 David Moses - 1,395,000 Sejin Park - 1,350,000 Bounty Hunters Come To Play Event #71, the $1,500-entry Bounty PLO event saw Matt Mamiya grab the overnight chip lead with 3.1 million chips as 94 players took part on the penultimate day of action and played down to just 15 final day survivors. With Kao Chieng Saechao (2,000,000) still in contention after a great series so far, the top prize of $132,844 will be battled for between just over a dozen hopefuls, all of whom have never won a bracelet as Nick Guagenti’s exit provoked before the final few eliminations reduced the field to just two tables. WSOP 2021 Event #71 $1,500 Bounty PLO Top 10 Chipcounts: Matt Mamiya - 3,100,000 Mourad Amokrane - 2,960,000 Paulo Villena - 2,080,000 Kao Chieng Saechao - 2,000,000 Gabe Ramos - 1,600,000 Rodney Horton - 1,595,000 Todd Jacobs - 1,360,000 Ronald Larsen - 1,205,000 Ryan Terpstra - 1,140,000 Matthew Humphrey - 1,075,000 Arieh Busts Main, Bags Big Stack In Event #72 Lastly, Day 1 of the $1,500-entry Mixed NLHE/PLO Event #72 took place, with Canadian player Nohad Teliani (1,107,000) ending the day as a huge chip leader with almost double the stack of second-placed Paul Saso (583,000). With Josh Arieh having busted the WSOP Main Event on Day 4, the Player of the Year contender bagged up a top-six stack of 503,000 chips as he continues to roar through the late stages of the 2021 World Series of Poker in imperious form. WSOP 2021 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Top 10 Chipcounts: Nohad Teliani - 1,107,000 Paul Saso - 583,000 Mihai Manole - 578,000 Karan Mehta - 567,000 Kosei Ichinose - 508,000 Josh Arieh - 503,000 Bernard Larabi - 491,000 Mariia Levseieva - 481,000 Rishi Makkar - 459,000 Richard Dixon - 442,000 Finally, everyone is hoping for victory in the Main Event, but Drew ‘BetonDrew’ Gonzalez might have the biggest rail of all if he can turn his 2.1 million chips into a final table stack in the Main Event. It’s fair to say he’s pumped for the next day’s action. https://twitter.com/BetOnDrew/status/1459435621416538112
Vamo Baralho! Loosely translated from Portuguese, it means “let’s play some cards”. Over the past few years it’s become a battle cry for Brazilian poker players as they’ve dominated the world of online poker tournaments. That’s been no more apparent than during the first seven events of the World Series of Poker Online on GGpoker. Four times during those first nine events, the last player standing has been flying the familiar green and yellow Brazilian flag. It all started in Event #2 ($1,111 Caesars Cares) where former #1-ranked PocketFiver Joao Simao took home $206,075 and his first WSOP bracelet. Simao is a known commodity in the poker world as one of the most successful Brazilian poker players of all time, but the other two winners aren’t. They are amongst the scores of talented players - pro and amateur - that call Brazil home. Just three days later, Thiago Crema, considered by some to be the best-kept secret of the Brazilian online poker scene, then made sure everybody knew his name when he won his first bracelet by shipping Event #4 ($800 Double Chance No Limit Hold’em) for $161,637). “He started to play poker seriously in 2010 when he was still a chess player,” said Victor Marques, one of Brazil’s leading poker commentators. “Then he made it to Sit and Go Team Pro which was the team that gave birth to 4-bet, where Crema is both instructor and shareholder. He is very respected for his knowledge about the game in Brazil and outside.Yuri A phenomenon.” The vociferous Brazilian poker community only had to wait another three days before they had another reason to cheer - and this time it wasn’t even a pro. Eduard Pires, a businessman from Parana State - the same as Crema - beat out 5,436 other entries in Event #7 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker) to pocket $1,384,013. “He owns a beer company and plays poker for fun since many years ago. He already made it to three-handed on a huge online tournament against 'European' and ‘C Darwin2’, getting the silver medal,” Marques said. “He was on holiday and playing the WSOP from his mobile at Foz do Iguaçu, home of Iguassu Falls. A great guy.” Another four days passed and then another Brazilian came through. Lucio Lima shipped Event #9 ($525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLHE) for $95,205. His victory is just another piece of an already incredible year. "Lima - 'the wizard' - is a player from Minas Gerais state, on Brazilian Southeast. He owns a poker team (Insight Poker Team) in Brazil, where he's also an instructor there. Lima is enjoying success in online poker this year," Marques said. The wins aren't the only signs of success. Through those same 11 events, a pair of Brazilian players have finished in the runner-up spot and four others have made final tables. Renan Carlos Bruschi - who won PocketFives Player of the Month for July - came in second place in Event #2 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship) while the most high-profile may have come on Sunday night when GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos finished runner-up in Event #12 ($1,000 Double Stack NLHE). The deep runs are also mean long nights of celebration for Marques and some of his friends at SuperPoker, one of Brazil's leading poker media outlets. Hosting final table coverage on SuperPoker's Twitch channel gives him the chance to straddle the line between commentator and fan. "Hosting Brazilian final tables is such a thrill. Our audience is sending comments and rooting all the time on chat, big numbers, and lots of times there are friends of mine playing," Marques said. "I'm doing It for years, but I keep getting emotional at all-ins and when we get first place." The dominance of Brazil in the early part of the WSOP Online shouldn’t come as any real surprise to anybody who has followed the PocketFives Rankings over the past several years. Not only has Yuri Dzivielevski held down the #1 spot for the last 21 weeks, but three of the top 10 are from Brazil. Beyond that, nine of the top 25 and 35 of the top 100 ranked online poker players in the world fly the green and yellow. Marques believes that’s just the tip of the iceberg and there’s a few names who might just be flying under the radar, ready to grab gold. “In Brazil, there are a lot of talents appearing every single day. I would keep an eye on Dante Goya (from Ceará state, PLO Expert), Guilherme Decourt (from São Paulo, also PLO Expert), Bernardo 'betsoares' Soares (from Santa Catarina), and Eduardo Silva (from Minas Gerais),” Marques said. “Along with Pedro Padilha, Kelvin Kerber, Belarmino Prado, Bruno Botteon, Bruno Volkmann, Pablo Brito, Rafael Moraes, Peter Patrício, João Simão, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, they can bring some bracelets home.” A strong contingent of Brazilians usually descends upon Las Vegas every summer for the WSOP. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc, international travel could prove to be difficult this fall and Marques believes his fellow countrymen and women might not be able or willing to fly to the United States. “In Brazil, instead of supporting a vaccine, our president was promoting a medicine that was proven ineffective. That took a toll,” Marques said. “Vaccination started later than other countries and now players who usually are 'starters' at WSOP tables are struggling to get the vaccine and the VISA. I think more than a half of standard Brazilian players are staying home because of that problem.”
Joao Simao has been #1 on PocketFives and has long been considered one of the most successful online poker players ever. On Monday, the Brazilian added to his resume and his legacy when he navigated through the final 20 players to his first World Series of Poker bracelet in WSOP Online $1,111 Caesars Cares event. The second day of action began with 20 players remaining from a 1,584 runner field that built the prize pool to $1,759,824 with $111 of each buy-in going to the Caesars Cares charity, which provides financial assistance for Caesars employees impacted by the COVID pandemic. Peter Raimondi and Le Fang started the final table with the two shortest stacks and spent the first 45 minutes of the final table doing their best to avoid being the first one out. Raimondi ultimately became the ninth place finisher. With blinds at 80,000/160,000 (20,000), Tom Shaham raised to 320,000 from UTG with [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"]. Action folded to Raimondi in the small blind and he moved all in for 725,372 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] and Shaham called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Shaham an even firmer grasp on the hand but the [poker card="tc"] turn gave Raimondi a Broadway draw with just the river to come. The [poker card="as"] river was no help and the Canadian was eliminated in ninth place. Two hands later, Fang shoved from UTG for his last 739,228 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] and Simao called from his immediate left with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"]. Fang could only watch as the board ran out [poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="qh"] to signal the end of his tournament in eighth place. After losing most of his stack in a battle of the blinds, Jinlong Hu was left with just four big blinds. Hu moved all in for 661,394 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="td"] and Andras Nemeth called from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"]. Hu found a dream [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3h"] flop to be in perfect position to double up. The [poker card="as"] turn and [poker card="8d"] river combined to form a nightmare runout for Hu and he was eliminated in seventh after Nemeth went runner-runner to make a better two pair. Unfortunately for the former #1-ranked Nemeth, that was the end of his run good. Just 45 minutes after he busted Hu, Nemeth was on the wrong end of a bad beat. Simao raised to 500,000 from the hijack with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] before Nemeth moved all in from the button for 3,197,295 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The flop came [poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"] to give Simao an open-ended straight draw. There was no waiting around as the [poker card="3d"] turn completed the straight and left Nemeth drawing dead to the [poker card="7h"] river and was out in sixth. Espen Sandvik had more than double the next biggest stack at the table when he picked up the next elimination. Sandvik shoved on the button for 15,575,394 with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] and Ilya Yakunin called all in for 6,542,084 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. Yakunin was in line to double up into the chip lead after the [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] flop, but the [poker card="2h"] turn gave Sandvik a full house and when the [poker card="3h"] fell on the river, Yakunin was out in fifth. On the very next hand, Simao raised to 600,000 from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. Roman Hrabec shoved for 4,837,065 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] and Simao called. Hrabec couldn't connect with the [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="7h"] runout and was sent to the rail in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted 21 minutes with Israel's Shaham doing everything in his power to stay alive long enough for one of the two big stacks to make a misstep. Unfortunately, that's not how things panned out. Shama moved all in for 5,253,186 on the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] and Sandvik re-raised to 12,256,372 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] to force Simao to fold. The [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] flop gave Shaham a few extra outs. The [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="6h"] river ended up giving Sandvik a ten-high straight to eliminate Shaham in third place. Sandvik had 27,810,764 of the 39,550,050 chips in play when heads-up action got underway. Simao battled back to nearly even when the Brazilian picked up a pot worth nearly 37,000,000 chips when he made a king-high flush on a [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"] board. Sandvik had moved all in on the river and Simao tanked before calling with the second-nut flush only to find out Sandvik had been bluffing. The tournament was over on the very next hand. Sandvik moved all in for 2,634,456 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] and Simao called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"]. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"] to give Simao top pair. Neither the [poker card="7d"] turn or the [poker card="jc"] river were able to keep Sandvik alive and he was eliminated in second place to give the highly-decorated Simao his first WSOP bracelet. Event #2 Final Table Payouts Joao Simao - $206,075 Espen Sandvik - $154,533 Tom Shaham - $115,884 Roman Hrabec - $86,900 Ilya Yakunin - $65,166 Andras Nemeth - $48,868 Jinlong Hu - $36,646 Le Fang - $27,480 Peter Raimondi - $20,607