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The latest round of action saw two more bracelet winners take down titles and earn gold as Rafael Lebron conquered the final six of the Seven Card Stud Event #14, beating David Williams heads-up for the bracelet and Harvey Mathews also took gold on a busy day at the felt. Rafael Lebron Outlasts Shaun Deeb, David Williams For Event #14 Title Lebron’s achievement was a stunning one, as despite coming into the final table with the chip lead, he faced five experienced opponents including Shaun Deeb, the former WSOP Player of the Year. Deeb, however, was unable to really get going despite this positivity before the table kicked off. https://twitter.com/shaundeeb/status/1446406630396989441 Declaration of intentions might be more of a Negreanu-style tweet, but the former #1-ranked Deeb was unfortunate to slide out in fifth place after Nicholas Seiken busted first. With four players left, Christina Hill, who had come into the day very short-stacked, managed to get up to a cash worth $25,344. It was the turn of David Moskovitz to go in third place before Lebron got to take on a player he credits as having helped him get into the game. Heads-up was an imbalanced fight from the beginning of the battle, with Lebron having used his stack to accumulate plenty of chips more than David Williams, with a chip lead of around 3:1. He put that lead to good use, getting over the line to win the second WSOP bracelet of his career, in doing so denying Williams the same achievement. The former Magic the Gathering player has now finished as runner-up in a WSOP event for a fourth time. WSOP 2021 Event #14 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Results: Rafael Lebron - $82,262 David Williams - $50,842 David Moskowitz - $35,521 Christina Hill - $25,344 Shaun Deeb - $18,475 Nicholas Seiken - $13,766 Maurizio Melara - $10,490 Hal Rotholz - $8,179 Steven Albini - $6,528 Mathews Claims $3K Freezeout Event #13 also concluded on Friday night, with Harvey Mathews the winner of what was his first-ever bracelet. The final day began with just seven players in seats and it wasn’t long before that number was reduced to six. Craig Mason busted first on the day for $49,238 when his [poker card="5h"][poker card="5c"] was looking good on the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="5d"] flop and all the money went in on the [poker card="Td"] turn with Girish Apte holding just [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qs"]. But the Broadway straight came in on the gutting river of [poker card="Kd"] for Mason in every sense. It wasn’t long before two more bust-outs sent the table even shorter handed. David Lolis cashed for $65,072 in sixth place after calling off a couple of big blinds with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="2d"] and losing to Mathews [[poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qc"]. The board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Td"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"] had Lolis crushed to a chop from the turn. Brandon Caputo had led the field into play, but he departed in fifth place for $87,288 when his [poker card="As"][poker card="Ad"] was overtaken by Mathews’ [poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"] on a board of [poker card="Ts"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="Qd"] which flushed him away on the river. Apte would join him on the rail with $118,815 just a few minutes later when his last three big blinds went into the middle with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9c"] only to be dominated then defeated by Michael Gathy’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="9s"]. Gathy was the table’s most decorated player by far with the Belgian having won four WSOP bracelets in a stellar career. He would eventually bust in third place for $164,083 when [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8d"] couldn’t overtake Mathews’ [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"]. The board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="8s"] has Gathy drawing dead from the turn. Heads-up, Mathews had a better than 4:1 chip lead against Gabriel Andrade, and although Andrade almost levelled up the stacks at one point, he eventually slid back to the same level he started the duel with to bust. Andrade called off his stack with [poker card="As"][poker card="9d"] and couldn’t hold against Mathews’ [poker card="Kh"]Td], the board of [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Ks"] ending the tournament on the river. Mathews won his first bracelet at $371,914, while Andrade had to settle for just $229,848 as runner-up. WSOP 2021 Event #13 $3,000 NLHE Freezeout Final Day Results: Harvey Mathews - $371,914 Gabriel Andrade - $229,848 Michael Gathy - $164,083 Girish Apte - $118,815 Brandon Caputo - $87,288 David Lolis - $65,072 Craig Mason - $49,238 https://twitter.com/kuufer/status/1446683409535832070 There was controversy on Poker Twitter, where, in the six-handed Event #15 professional player Adam Hendrix posted on Twitter that a ‘well-known pro’ asked to be unregistered then re-registered the same event. https://twitter.com/AdamHendrix10/status/1446585726372499456 The context for this was duly supplied by the pro in question, Kelly Minkin, whose explanation not only satisfied the original poster but most fans who arrived to find out the truth. https://twitter.com/The_Illest/status/1446595732065042436 As Day 2 played down to a final two tables of eight players, it was Jeremy Malod who led the last eight players with a stack of 7,570,000, while Bradley Jansen was his closest challenger on just over six million chips. WSOP 2021 Event #15 $1,500 NLHE Six-Handed Final Table Chipcounts: Jeremy Malod - 7,570,000 Bradley Jansen - 6,075,000 Jesse Yaginuma - 5,415,000 Ryan Andrada - 4,495,000 Ryan Pedigo - 4,270,000 Mark Liedke - 2,950,000 Jon Baylor - 2,130,000 Sean Hegarty - 1,450,000 John Racener, Jason Somerville, Terrence Chan Make $10K Limit FT A whole host of familiar names grace the final table of Event #16 ($10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship) with former Main Event final tablist John Racener leading the way as the only player with over 1 million in chips. He's joined by Jason Somerville, who has come out of semi-retirement to make an appearance, Nater Silver, and Limit Hold'em legend Terrence Chan. WSOP 2021 Event #16 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table Chipcounts: John Racener - 1,090,000 Eric Kurtzman - 975,000 Jason Somerville - 670,000 Scott Tuttle - 650,000 Kevin Song - 515,000 Nate Silver - 440,000 Terrence Chan - 350,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 315,000 John Monnette - 270,000 Christopher Chung - 250,000 Would-be Millionaires Kick Off Event #17 The popular $1,500 Millionaire Maker got underway on Friday with 2568 runners taking a shot at the $1,000,000 guaranteed first-place prize. By the end of the night, just 567 remained with Yiming Lee holding the chip lead, followed closely by Donovan Dean, and Mark Dube. The $1,500-entry Millionaire Maker saw 2,564 players reduced to only 567 players as Yiming Li bagged up the biggest total of 487,000 chips. That was some way clear of Donavan Dean (391,500) and Mark Dube (375,000) who will go into Day 2 second and third in chips respectively. With players such as Chance Kornuth (324,000), Kitty Kuo (276,500), Anton Wigg (178,500), Shannon Shorr (101,000), Ryan Riess (97,000), and Adrian Mateos (70,000) all making the cut, another massive day will take place on Saturday as Day 1b brings thousands more players into what could be a record-breaking field in the event which guarantees the winner will become a millionaire. WSOP 2021 Event #17 $1,500 Millionaire Maker Top 10 Chipcounts: Yiming Li - 487,000 Donavan Dean - 391,500 Mark Dube - 375,000 Shan Jing - 374,500 R.A. Villaluna - 366,000 David Siegel - 363,000 Nicholas Lebherz - 360,000 Frank Bonacci - 352,500 Keyu Qu - 347,500 William Nguyen - 341,000 The final event of the day to kick off was Event #18, the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball event, which enjoyed a showing of 253 entries overall. Of those, just 104 players made it through to Day 2, with only 38 of those going to cash. Robert Mizrachi bagged up the chip lead of 201,000 chips, but he is joined by some legends of the felt, with last year’s winner of this event, Dan Zack, taking through 127,500 and other luminaries of live poker such as Julien Martini (180,000), Scott Seiver (177,000), Benny Glaser (129,000), David Benyamine (112,000), Daniel Negreanu (61,000) and Steve Zolotow (37,500) all zipping up their chips and preparing for a push towards the final table on Day 2. Mizrachi, Martini Mix it Up in Triple Draw A star-studded field took their seats for Event #18 ($2,500 Mixed Triple Draw) on Friday with Robert Mizrachi bagging up the chip lead at the end of the day. Right behind him was PSPC runner-up Julien Martini and high-stakes crusher Scott Seiver. WSOP 2021 Event #18 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Top 10 Chipcounts: Robert Mizrachi - 201,000 Julien Martini - 180,000 Scott Seiver - 177,000 Carlos Rodriguez - 174,500 Domnick Sarle - 173,500 Brian Tate - 173,000 Philip Sternheimer - 168,000 Schuyler Thornton - 166,500 Craig Love - 161,000 Steve Lee - 160,000 Finally, Anton Wigg isn’t just a poker boss at the felt, he’s picked up on one of the most satisfying moments in the game whether you’re at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas or just your home game. https://twitter.com/Anton_Wigg/status/1446605905395478528
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