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  1. Tommy Le claimed his second $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship title on Day 27 of the 2021 WSOP as he saw off Jordan Spurlin heads-up to win the top prize of $746,477. Plus, two other titles were won on a day with seven bracelet events in progress at the Rio in Las Vegas. Tommy Le Scores Another PLO Win Tommy Le’s victory in the PLO Championship finale should come as no surprise, with Le also winning the event back in 2017. This time around, the champion defeated plenty of big names at the final table, including four-time WSOP winner Eli Elezra before the day had begun. Just five started in seats as Le took a large lead into the action. The first player to depart was WSOP bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus, who busted in fifth place for $168,689 when his two pair couldn’t find running cars to top Chris Sandrock’s top set. That pot put Sandrock second in chips and suddenly in contention for the gold, but while Sandrock would take the lead, two hours of play without an exit saw the stacks see-saw wildly and it was during that period that Le took control. Ausmus voiced concerns about the playing cards used at the WSOP earlier the same day. https://twitter.com/jeremyausmus/status/1453076037185638411 Le’s high variance mastery has led to him winning this particular bracelet before and as Artem Maksimov busted in fourth place for $232,236, it wasn’t hard to see why. Piling up 15.3 million, Le’s challengers three-handed had a lot fewer chips, with Sandrock on 4.1 million and Spurlin totaling 1.3 million. If Sandrokc knew that attack was the best form of defense then he was prepared to display it too, taking the lead right back after surging through the next hour of play. PLO is known for wild swings, however, and within a few pots, the gregarious player was on the rail. Sandrock busted in third for $324,800 when his pocket kings in the hole lost to Jordan Spurlin’s aces after the board played out. Heads-up, Spurlin actually had a marginal lead with 10.8 million playing Le’s 9.8 million chips. Le, however, is imperious in the format and he took control before a Spurlin double-up hinted at a miraculous comeback. It was not to be, snuffed out by Le’s aggression and ability to play the variance like a rodeo cowboy mastering control of something so many others find hard to tame. The final hand saw Le river a full house after Spurlin had been all-in on the flop with bottom pair and Le’s top two had ridden the river home to improve even more. Le’s victory wasn’t just worth the top prize of $746,477, but the tile of double WSOP champion in an event so many top pros desire above most others. Spurlin’s consolation prize of $461,360 was not insignificant, but like every player at the final table of the PLO Championship in two of the last four occasions, he had to watch as Le took the gold and the glory. WSOP 2021 Event #45 $10,000 PLO Championship Final Table Results: Tommy Le - $746,477 Jordan Spurlin - $461,360 Chris Sandrock - $324,800 Artem Maksimov - $232,236 Jeremy Ausmus - $168,689 Eli Elezra - $124,508 Arthur Morris - $93,406 Ashly Butler - $71,242 Denove Wins Double Stack, Jeff Platt Finished 4th The $1,000-entry Double Stack Event #43 saw Anthony Denove outlast the mammoth field of 3,990 opponents as he closed out a memorable victory on the final day of the four-day event. The drama began with 17 players still in seats, but two big names never made it to the final table, with Jonathan Dokler (15th for $23,877) and Sejin Park (13th for $29,602) both eliminated before the business end of the event. Once the final table of ten players was reached, the bust-outs came quickly, with the first two departees going in the same hand. It was Denove who benefitted from the three-way all-in and emerged with 49 million chips, at the time a huge lead, as Matthew Raffoul was busted in tenth place for $36,949 and former chip leader at the start of the day Michael Wang went in ninth for $46,430. Denove held [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"], with Raffoul’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"] and Wang’s [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] both committed pre-flop after much thought. The board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"] meant that Denove made top set on the flop and put paid to both player’s hopes of a miracle on the river. https://twitter.com/miw210/status/1453167299972661248 Out in eighth place for $58,735 was Joshua Harrison, who big blind all-in call with [poker card="As"][poker card="8d"] came after Frank Lagodich had shoved from the button with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qh"]. The flop of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Td"] kept Harrison ahead, but the [poker card="Jh"] turn gave Lagodich Broadway and on the [poker card="5c"] river, the field was reduced to seven players. Out in seventh was Kennth Inouye, who won $74,796 when his shove with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Th"] ran into David Guay’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"] with Guay making a full house on the turn. Inouye was followed from the felt by Steven Stolzenfeld as he busted in sixth for $95,878. Stolzenfeld’s all-in for 8.3 million chips equated to ten big blinds with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and he was in good shape when Timothy Little called with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="5d"]. That wasn’t the case after the board of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Td"][poker card="4d"][poker card="8d"] as Little flushed his opponent away along with his hopes of WSOP gold. Lagodich left in fifth place for $123,710 as he shoved on the river with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"] on a board showing [poker card="Qh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5h"] as his two pair was trumped by Guay’s turned set of tens with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"]. Guay was to deliver another player from the table too as he next took out a man many on the rail were hoping would clinch gold. Jeff Platt, famous commentator of PokerGO streams and No Gamble, No Future co-host, busted in fourth place for $160,662. Moving all-in for eight big blinds with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="9c"] from under the gun, Platt saw Guay call with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jd"] and a disastrous flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"] set him behind. After the [poker card="Tc"] turn, only one of the three available aces would save Platt, but the [poker card="9s"] fell on the river to send him home in fourth and increase Guay’s lead over his two remaining opponents after back-to-back bust-outs. Some on the rail felt it was unfair to ask Platt to get in front of the camera to set up the final he was taking part in himself! https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1453129783890497539 Little couldn’t improve his stack in the next few hands and busted to Guay too. Little’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3c"] shove was dominated by Guay’s call with [poker card="As"][poker card="8h"] and after the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="8s"] board rivered Guay the pot, play was heads-up, with Denove at only a slight disadvantage, holding 76.5 million to Guay’s 83.2 million chips. It took only a short time after a break to decide the winner, with Denore stealing the lead then four-betting all-in with [poker card="Td"][poker card="Tc"], gaining a call from Guay with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"]. The flop of [poker card="Js"][poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"] kept Denove in the lead and after the [poker card="8s"] turn and [poker card="Kd"] river, he was the champion and winner of his first WSOP bracelet and the $446,983 top prize, with Guay claiming $276,269 for second. WSOP 2021 Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack Final Table Results: Anthony Denove - $446,983 David Guay - $276,269 Timothy Little - $210,004 Jeff Platt - $160,662 Frank Lagodich - $123,710 Steven Stolzenfeld - $95,878 Kenneth Inouye - $74,796 Joshua Harrison - $58,735 Michael Wang - $46,430 Matthew Raffoul - $36,949 Reard Freezes The Competition In Event #47, French player Alexandre Reard won the top prize of $428,694 after surviving a short but intense final day where five players were whittled down to one brand-new bracelet winner. Reard was the first player to bust another as he used his stack throughout the denouement of the event to keep his opponents at arm’s length. It was Qing Liu who busted first of the five, cashing for $97,238 after running [poker card="9s"][poker card="7s"] into Reard’s [poker card="As"][poker card="4s"], with two fours on the flop helping the eventual winner to add another scalp to his tournament haul. Just a few minutes later, play was three-handed as Conrad Simpson busted in fourth for $133,733 when [poker card="Kd"][poker card="2c"] couldn’t overtake Daniel Strelitz’ [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5c"]. Three-handed, Strelitz and Reard seemed on collision course and that was borne out by the elimination of Ren Lin in third place for $186,803. Lin moved all-in for ten big blinds with [poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"] and Strelitz had to call with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Ts"], the king-high board with no deuce giving Strelitz 10 million, just a little short of the 11 million in front of Reard as both rails cheered on their men. Heads-up, Reard got off to a strong start and after winning the opening exchanges and growing a big lead, had his opponent exactly where he wanted him. Strelitz was all-in and at risk with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9d"] and Reard called with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="8d"], the board of [poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Kd"] confirming his victory for what his maiden WSOP bracelet. Strelitz, who was hoping to add another piece of poker history to his wrist, had to settle for the $264,953 runner-up prize. WSOP 2021 Event #47 $5,000 Freezeout Final Table Results: Alexandre Reard - $428,694 Daniel Strelitz - $264,953 Ren Lin - $186,803 Conrad Simpson - $133,733 Qing Liu - $97,238 Darren Grant - $71,827 Diogo Veiga - $59,913 Jamie Sequeira - $41,132 Ari Engel Makes Shootout Final Table In Event #48, the $1,500 Shootout saw just 10 players progress as eight 10-anded tables produced a winner. While recognized superstars such as Sam Grafton, Joe Cheong and Brian Yoon all failed to progress, others confirmed their greatness with their second single-table victory in two days. Easily the highest-profile of the 10 to make the final (each on roughly the exact same chips) is Ari Engel, who has already won a WSOP bracelet this Autumn at the Rio and could be extremely hard to catch in the Player of the Year race should he win another. He’ll have some top competition tomorrow battling to stop him from achieving that, though with Orson Young, David Tran, Thomas Boivin and Jonathan Betancur amongst those who conquered their second set of nine opponents to reach the final table. Negreanu, Glaser To Battle At $10K 2-7 Final Table In Event #49, British mixed game specialist Benny Glaser collected the most chips as he goes into the final day of the $10,000-entry No Limit Hold’em 207 Lowball Draw Championship final with 2,101,000 chips. Johannes Becker (1,381,000) and Farzad Bonyadi (1,106,000) were Glaser’s closest challengers on the day, but the Brit has a huge lead and will be a big favorite to clinch what would be his fourth bracelet if he can get over the line tomorrow. Elsewhere, of the eight players remaining, the biggest name is without question Daniel Negreanu. Kid Poker bagged up 517,000 as he made it to the final table where his latest attempt at breaking his WSOP drought continues. Jake Schwartz wasn’t far behind Negreanu, taking 468,000 through to the final day, with Julien Martini the short stack on just 270,000. WSOP 2021 Event #49 $10,000 NLHE 2-7 Lowball Draw Final Table Chipcounts: Benny Glaser - 2,101,000 Johannes Becker - 1,381,000 Farzad Bonyadi - 1,106,000 Dustin Dirksen - 953,000 Ben Diebold - 522,000 Daniel Negreanu - 517,000 Jake Schwartz - 468,000 Julien Martini - 270,000 66 Left In Event #50 Event #50, the $600 Six-Handed PLO/No Limit tournament had a big turnout, with 1,569 entries whittled down to just 66 players by the close of play. It was the two-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric Froehlich who finished the day with the biggest stack, holding 2,550,000 chips at the day’s end. Froehlich was followed in the counts by Kristopher Burchfield (2,530,000) and Alejandro Jaureguireynoso (1,975,000), with players such as Justin Lapka (1,455,000) and Mark Seif (1,230,000) two more bracelet winners who made the top 10 chip counts. WSOP 2021 Event #50 $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Six-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Eric Froehlich - 2,550,000 Kristopher Burchfield - 2,530,000 Alejandro Jaureguireynoso - 1,975,000 Mario Arribas - 1,730,000 Michael Thomas - 1,620,000 Justin Lapka - 1,455,000 Hanan Braun - 1,255,000 Mark Seif - 1,230,000 Steve Westheimer - 1,190,000 Colten Yamagishi - 1,165,000 Brian Rast, Manig Loeser In $3K Six-Max Top 10 The final poker event to close down for the day was the $3,000-entry Six-Max Event #51, which enjoyed 997 entries with just 41 making Day 2 with 30-minute blinds throughout. Chip leader at the end of the opening day was Jun Obara from Japan, with Rostyslav Sabishchenko of Ukraine (2,020,000) and American Tuan Phan (2,000,000) rounding out a truly global set of podium positions. With players such as Brian Rast (1,665,000) Uri Reichenstein (1,660,000) and Jon Vallinas (1,655,000) all well positioned in the top 10, there’s every chance of high drama and quality on the final day. WSOP 2021 Event #51 $3,000 NLHE Six-Max Top 10 Chipcounts: Jun Obara - 3,010,000 Rostyslav Sabishchenko - 2,020,000 Tuan Phan - 2,000,000 John Gallaher - 1,700,000 Brian Rast - 1,665,000 Uri Reichenstein - 1,660,000 Jon Vallinas - 1,655,000 Matthew Schwagler - 1,475,000 Lachezar Petkov - 1,415,000 Manig Loeser - 1,375,000 If you see two grown men fighting on the back lot of the Rio close to the midday sun, be warned - it's a jungle out there. https://twitter.com/RemkoRinkema/status/1453217722301513730 Finally, no, it's not just you, Randy Ohel. Makes you wonder who could ever... finish him! https://twitter.com/randyohel/status/1452818949297504257  
  2. Six bracelet events took place on Day 26 of the 2021 World Series of Poker as Chad Norton won his first WSOP bracelet in the $800 Deepstack event and three final tables were reached with some superstars of the game in pole position to win gold. Norton Scores First Bracelet Chad Norton was dominant in his display at the $800-entry Deepstack event with the chip leader going into the final table Kevin Wang overtaken by Norton before the first-timer deservedly claimed a debut bracelet and the top prize of $214,830 to go with it. The final table of nine players began with Wang on 22 million chips, an amount far clear of the 9 million in front of the eventual winner. It was Joshua Herman who busted first in ninth place for $19,533, as he moved all-in for around four big blinds with [poker card="Js"][poker card="9s"] and was called by Norton with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Th"]. That call was vindicated across the board of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Ks"] as Norton’s ace-kicker played and he vaulted to 20 million chips after a fast start to the table. Next to go was William Blais for $24,982, as the Canadian moved all-in on a flop showing [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3h"]. Blais had a monster hand with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"], but it was well behind his caller Norton with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"], and through the [poker card="3c"] turn and [poker card="9h"] river, Blais was on the rail and Norton became chip leader. Jordyn Miller was eliminated in seventh place as his [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"] call for his tournament life after Andres JeckIn’s shove with [poker card="As"][poker card="8h"] met with ill fortune. The flop of [poker card="8d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] gave JeckeIn top pair but kept Miller ahead, with the [poker card="2d"] turn maintaining that lead. The river of [poker card="8s"] changed everything, however, with Miller busted before the final six. The chip leader heading into the final nine, Wang was gone in sixth place, as he fell to Norton too. Wang shoved from the button with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="3c"] and was called by Norton with [poker card="As"][poker card="Jh"]. The board of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="Qs"] saw Wang flop a gutshot but miss it as Norton paired up on the turn and busted Wang for a $42,031 score. In fifth place, it was the turn of Ivan Uzunov to depart the party, winning $55,279 as his shove with [poker card="Js"][poker card="Ts"] was called by JeckeIn with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jc"]. The board of [poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="As"] saw Uzunov on the rail with the Argentinian staying in contention albeit at the bottom of the counts. Narimaan Ahmadi had laddered to fourth place for $73,371 but could go no further as he shoved from the small blind with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="6c"] and Norton, who called with an audible ‘Sure, why not?” turned over [poker card="As"][poker card="6h"]. The board of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"] saw Ahmadi leave the event, and Norton, who had four times the chips of his remaining two opponents combined, continued to obliterate all who sat between him and the gold bracelet. Both of Norton’s opponents were in ICM problems, and JeckeIn paid for it with his stack in third place for $98,269. The Argentinian shoved with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"] but was called by the other short stack in Steve Lemma, whose [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"] held across a comfortable board of [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] which saw JeckeIn pick up a flush draw on the flop but fade both turn and river as Lemma filled up to sevens over fives on 5th street. Heads-up was looking like it might not be a procession for Norton purely due to Lemma busting JeckeIn, but with just under a 3:1 chip lead, that proved enough for a quick kill for Norton. Lemma shoved over Norton’s raise from the button and Norton made a quick call. Lemma was behind with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="9s"], Norton holding [poker card="As"][poker card="8d"] and hitting top pair on the flop as the board played out [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="3d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3h"] to give Lemma the runner-up spot for $132,802 and award Norton the bracelet and top prize of $214,830. WSOP 2021 Event #46 $800 Deepstack Final Table Results: Chad Norton - $214,830 Steve Lemma - $132,802 Andres Jeckeln - $98,269 Narimaan Ahmadi - $73,271 Ivan Uzunov - $55,279 Kevin Wang - $42,031 Jordyn Miller - $32,254 William Blais - $24,982 Joshua Herman - $19,533 Jeff Platt, Jonathan Dokler Head Day 4 of Double Stack Day 3 of the $1,000-entry Double Stack event saw Michael Wang end the day with a dominant chip stack as the American piled up over 24 million chips. With Joshua Harrison his nearest challenger on 14.7 million, others in contention include South Korean player Sejin Park (13.3 million), Jonathan Dokler (12.8 million), and PokerGO presenter Jeff Platt, who led after Day 2 and still has a very playable 8 million stack heading into the penultimate day. Of the players who busted on Day 3 as the field dropped from 149 players to just 17, former WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson fell in 145th place for $3,124, Niall Farrell dropped in 88th place for $4,716 and Ralph Massey made it all the way to 23rd place for $15,856. Others to bust on a busy day for eliminations included Daniel Dayan, Andrew Moreno, Brandon Shiels and Antoine Saout. Wang was understandably delighted with his progress. https://twitter.com/miw210/status/1452879499423465474 WSOP 2021 Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack Top 10 Chipcounts: Michael Wang - 24,300,000 Joshua Harrison - 14,725,000 Sejin Park - 13,325,000 Jonathan Dokler - 12,875,000 Timothy Little - 11,475,000 Alexander Farahi - 10,725,000 Alex Kulev - 9,550,000 Anthony Denove - 8,475,000 Jeff Platt - 8,075,000 Kenneth Inouye - 7,475,000 Back-To-Back Final Tables For Tommy Le Tommy Le is the man to catch in Event #45, the $10,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha Championship. With a stack of 7.4 million, Le leads from Artem Maksimov, with both of the top two some way clear of Chris Sandrock (3.2m), Jordan Spurlin (2.8m), and Jeremy Ausmus (2.2m), who will all be hoping for an early double up to put themselves back in contention for the WSOP bracelet. With players such as Mike Matusow, Dylan Linde, and Daniel Zack all busting on the penultimate day of play, Le will be hoping to go one better than his last final table, where he lost out for the bracelet to our own Josh Arieh. Le got off to a blistering start on the day, with just 18 players starting out and an unlucky 13 of that number failing to make the final day. Le doubled up through Arthur Morris and never looked back, as the day’s dominant player busted Mike Matusow with a rivered nut flush against ‘The Mouth’, who had flopped the nut straight. Once the final table of eight was reached, Ashly Butler was the first player to depart, with eighth place worth $71,242. Morris himself was busted in seventh for $93,406, while Eli Elezra failed to make it five bracelets, falling short in sixth place for $124,508 as Le claimed the chip lead heading to the denouement of the PLO Championship. WSOP 2021 Event #45 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship Final Table Chipcounts: Tommy Le - 7,240,000 Artem Maksimov - 5,080,000 Chris Sandrock - 3,200,000 Jordan Spurlin - 2,885,000 Jeremy Ausmus - 2,235,000 $5K Freezeout Final Table Set Day 2 of the $5,000 Freezeout event saw a returning field of 82 players play down to just five finalists as the penultimate day of action saw plenty of it. At the close of play, Frenchman Alexandre Reard had the biggest stack, with 8,820,000 chips, some way clear of the only remaining bracelet winner in the field, Daniel Strelitz (5,345,000). With Qing Liu (3,375,000), Conrad Simpson (2,390,000), and Ren Lin (1,535,000) completing the final five, there are sure to be fireworks as the five men play for the top prize of $428,694. Day 2 of this event saw plenty of big names exit the competition, with eight hours of play leading to the unofficial final table of nine. With players such as Daniel Lazrus, Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, and Shaun Deeb all making the money but failing to trouble the final table, others weren’t so fortunate, with stars such as Ben Heath, Andrew Kelsall - who bubbled - and Alan Sternberg all falling short of profit. WSOP 2021 Event #47 $5,000 Freezeout Final Table Chipcounts: Alexandre Reard - 8,820,000 Daniel Strelitz - 5,345,000 Qing Liu - 3,375,000 Conrad Simpson - 2,390,000 Ren Lin - 1,535,000 Ari Engel, Sam Grafton Survive Day 1 Shootout Event #48 was the $1,500 Shootout, a unique event on the WSOP calendar and one of our favorites, with each 10-handed starting table producing one winner who then makes the next day of single-table shootouts ahead of a final table full of winners eventually being reached. Day 1 saw a neat total of 800 players reach just 80 as players such as Sam Grafton, Joseph Cheong, and Ari Engel all ended the day too strong for nine opponents, slaying their way to victory. Of the 12 hours that players were at the felt, some tables ended much sooner than others. The first table to leave just one player standing was the one that ended with Victoria Livschitz sat behind all the chips. Players such as Shiraz Lall and Huy Nguyen couldn’t stop her progression, with other tables just as star-studded. Sam Grafton made his way through a table that included Michael Noori, who already has a 2021 WSOP bracelet to his name, while Joseph Cheong added to the Day 2 banter after taking care of Zach Gruneberg heads-up. Ari Engel, who already has two 2021 WSOP bracelets to his name, is 79 players from repeating that trick, with players such as Maria Ho, Ryan Depaulo, Michael Mizrachi and Jeff Gross among those to miss out. Sam Soverel Leads $10K NL 2-7 Event #49 completed the mammoth day at the felt for WSOP fans, with Sam Soverel leading the way after Day 1 of the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw event. Soverel’s stack of 454,500 chips puts him ahead of Johannes Becker (373,500) and Julien Martini (338,500) at the top of the leaderboard, but there is quality in every seat, with Shaun Deeb (302,500), Benny Glaser (290,500), and Yuval Bronshtein (225,500) all in the top 10 chip counts. Elsewhere, players such as the vastly experienced Dan Shak (190,500), Chris Vitch (83,000), Scott Seiver (99,500), Nick Schulman (90,000), and Ryan Leng (74,500) will all be very positive that they can claim a profit on Day 2 and push for the gold. Among those who busted on Day 1 were stars such as Phil Hellmuth, Galen Hall, and Michael Noori. WSOP 2021 Event #49 $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw Top 10 Chipcounts: Sam Soverel - 454,500 Johannes Becker - 373,500 Julien Martini - 338,500 Shaun Deeb - 302,500 Benny Glaser - 290,500 Benjamin Diebold - 277,500 David McGowan - 269,500 Yuval Bronshtein - 225,500 Farzad Bonyadi - 215,500 Matt Vengrin - 210,500 Chris Moneymaker already decided pre-festival that he wouldn’t be gracing Vegas with his presence, but a recent champion has, ahem, ‘encouraged’ him to rethink that choice. Sounds like a sidebet to us. https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1451943037299568643 Finally, if you’re worried that some of the big names you love haven’t arrived I Vegas yet - such as Phil Ivey - then fear not, because the two men who battled it out for the legendary WSOP Main Event win back in 1989 were pictured together at the Rio for the first time in a long time. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1452863857467084803
  3. The Rio was buzzing on Friday for the World Series of Poker as six different events were taking place in various parts of the Amazon Room, Brasilia, and Pavilion. However, all eyes were on the final table of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha where longtime WSOP mixed game grinder Josh Arieh, went the distance in commanding fashion, besting the final table of five and picking up $204,766 and the gold bracelet. At the same time, the $10K. H.O.R.S.E. brought back a stable full of bracelet winners to see who would make the prestigious final table and another two events kicked off to keep the action going throughout the weekend. Josh Arieh Wins Third Career Gold Bracelet The final day of Event #39 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha) brought back the final six players to determine who would walk away with the $204,766 first-place prize and gold bracelet. In the end, it was PocketFives own Josh Arieh who dominated the entire final table and earned the third gold bracelet of his career - his first since 2005 - and the sixth-largest WSOP cash of his career. https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1451684995471319042?s=20 “I mean, I don’t know, I think I’m really good, just like everybody else,” he told PokerNews. “But I haven’t won a bracelet in 15 years. I’ve come close. I think I have three or four seconds in the last six years and I ****ing dog it, like I choke, and I started feeling that pressure again right at the beginning. But I was lucky enough to hold some cards and fought through the mental weakness I guess.” Bracelet winner Tommy Le, finished in second place for $126,549 and Robert Blair took home the bronze for $89,968. “I’m a gambler at heart and I gamble at anything that I feel like I have an edge or I gamble at anything that’s close to 50-50 because I feel like I’m lucky,” Arieh continued. What's more, is that Arieh sold pieces to this bracelet victory on right here on PocketFives and 10 backers turned $15 (1%) into a $2K score. https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1451934444831457283?s=20 He also noted that he’s planning on trying to win bracelet #4 in the $10K Pot Limit Omaha. The new WSOP bracelet winner has routinely been selling action (and will continue to) in the new PocketFives Staking marketplace - so sign up right here. Event #39 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Final Table Payouts Josh Arieh - $204,766 Tommy Le - $126,549 Robert Blair - $89,968 Ivan Deyra - $64,890 Gabriel Andrade - $47,492 Kevin Gerhart Leads Final Five in $10K H.O.R.S.E The final 16 players returned to play to a final table in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. and it was packed with former bracelet winners. Eleven of the 16 returning had earned at least one bracelet in the past, making it an especially tough day to make the final table. Kevin Gerhart tops the final five returning for a shot at the $361,124 payday up top, followed closely by Eddie Blumenthal. Previous WSOP bracelet winners Marco Johnson, Bryce Yockey, and Brandon Shack-Harris round out the table which should make for exciting viewing when it's broadcast on PokerGO on Saturday. Eric Rodawig (16th, $20,272) and Max Pescatori (14th, $20,272) hit the rail early. They were eventually joined by Kevin Song (13th, $22,685), Jerry Wong (12th, $22,685), and GGPoker ambassador Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, who busted in 10th place for a $26,171. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Benny Glaser fell in ninth place for $31,110, while David Benyamine (8th, $38,035) and Jake Schwartz (7th, $47,835) managed to ladder. Two-time bracelet winner Chris Vitch fell on the televised final table bubble in sixth place, taking home $61,819. Event #40 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Chip Counts Kevin Gerhart - 2,720,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 2,400,000 Marco Johnson - 1,840,000 Bryce Yockey - 1,445,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 540,000 Eight Left In $2,500 Freezeout Just eight players remain in the tough field of Event #41 ($2,500 Freezeout) with Carlos Chang holding the overnight chip lead. When the final eight return they'll be battling for a $364,589 first-place prize, with the final four all hauling in no less than six figures. Brady Osterman is not far behind in second position and he'll be joined by Arthur Conan, bracelet winner Sung Joo Hyun, and Sergi Reixach. On Day 2, 135 players made it into the money and there were plenty of notable names who fell short of the final table but still managed to make the money. Sam Grafton (127th, $4,009), Kevin Martin (115th, $4,385), and Frank Marasco (105th, $4,385) were a few of the players who made an early exit. Andre Akkari (73rd, $5,306), Ali Imsirovic (45th, $7912), Daniel Lazrus (29th, $9,112), and Jeremy Ausmus (29th, $9,112) all managed to ladder as well. Event $41 $2,599 Freezeout Final Eight Chip Counts Carlos Chang - 8,140,000 Brady Osterman - 7,690,000 Arthur Conan - 4,800,000 Quang Ngo - 4,300,000 Gerald Cunniff - 2,000,000 Sung Joo Hyun - 1,815,000 Adrien Delmas - 1,400,000 Sergi Reixach - 1,190,000 Dzivielevski, David 'ODB' Baker Make $1,500 Razz FT A number of big names remain in the final seven players of Event #42 ($1,500 Razz). Charles Sinn holds the chip lead headed into the final table but he'll have to contend with the likes of Matt Grapenthien, #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski, Alex Livingston, a short-stacked David 'ODB' Baker among others. Just 98 players from a field of 311 returned to have a shot at the $99,188 first-place prize, but a little over half the Day 2 field would leave empty-handed. That was not the case for David 'Bakes' Baker (46th, $2,4310, four-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno (41st, $2,431), and 2019 Player of the Year Robert Campbell (39th, $2,659) all of whom managed to sneak into the money. Ryan Reiss (27th, $3,039), Julien Martini (24th, $3,376), and Frank Kassela (23rd, $3,376) managed a pay jump or two while Perry Friedman (18th, $4,376) and Bryan Micon (13th, $4,537) managed to make their way into the top 20. Event #42 $1,500 Razz Final Table Chip Counts Charles Sinn - 2,345,000 Brett Feldman - 1,230,000 Matt Grapenthien - 1,215,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 1,015,000 Alex Livingston - 860,000 Bradley Ruben - 855,000 David 'ODB' Baker - 180,000 $1K Double Stack Kicks Off With 1937 Runners Event #43 ($1,000 Double Stack) brought out a large field of NLHE experts and by the end of the day, it was Alexander Farahi who grabbed the chip lead, followed closely by Bay Area grinder Alex Greenblatt in second position. The field drew 1,937 runners and just 506 found a bag with plenty of notables coming back for a shot at running it up including Barry Greenstein, Ian Steinmann, Jonathan Dokler, Jeff Platt, Daniel Smiljkovic, Ryan Leng, Maria Konnikova, and Ryan Hagerty among many. Day 1B will get started on Saturday. Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack Day 1A Top 5 Chip Counts Alexander Farahi - 742,500 Alex Greenblatt - 617,500 Alexander Tafesh - 601,000 Eduardo Amaral - 596,000 Alex Kulev - 591,500
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