November 16, 2021
The focus of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) continued on the WSOP $10,000 Main Event on Day 47 with Day 7 reaching a final table of nine hopefuls at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Koray Aldemir will enter Tuesday’s Main Event final table with the chip lead which you can read more about in our dedicated WSOP Main Event recap.
The Main Event wasn’t the only game in town with five other bracelet events in action. Other highlights include Leonid Yanovski leading the final six players in the $888 Crazy Eights, Yuval Bronshtein leading the final four in his hunt for his third piece of WSOP hardware in the $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship, Denis Strebkov on top of the leaderboard with 14 remaining in the $2,500 Big Bet Mix, and Aditya Agarwal will enter the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty as the final table captain with seven remaining.
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Leonid Yanovski Leads Final Six of the $888 Crazy Eights
A total 237 players of the 5,252 entry field came back for Day 2 and only six found bags at the end of 17 levels in Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights. The six finalists are returning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16 to play down until a new champion is crowned earning the first-place prize of $888,891.
The lineup is led by Leonid Yanovski with a total of 62,200,000. Yanovski used his aggressive style to gain chips throughout the day, reaching the final two tables with over 14,000,000 in chips. He also is hot off another final table, finishing in fourth place inEvent #72: Mixed No-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) and taking home $66,240.
Final Table Seat Draw
TableSeatPlayerChip CountBig Blinds 4301Georgios Sotiropoulos21,800,00011 4302Paul Fehlig48,700,00024 4303Leonid Yanovski62,200,00031 4304Timo Kamphues7,400,0004 4305Sejin Park14,600,0007 4306David Moses49,100,00025
Following Yanovski is David Moses, bagging a total of 49,100,000 in chips after being short-stacked most of the final table. Moses started to ramp up his stack after putting his last 10,000,000 in the middle with pocket kings against Georgios Sotiropoulos’ pocket queens. Moses thought his tournament was done as the flop came with a queen on it but the king came on the turn securing his double up.
Sotiropoulos also found a bag at the end of Day 2, finishing with 21,800,000. Sotiropoulos is no stranger to final tables as he also is coming off a final table finish as he won his third WSOP gold bracelet and $432,575 in Event #65: MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em.
However, Sotiropoulos isn’t the only bracelet winner as 2019 $400 Colossus Winner Sejin Park is looking to capture his second gold bracelet, coming into Day 3 with 14,600,000.
Many notables made Day 2 but were not fortunate enough to make it to Day 3, including Ari Engel,Pierre Calamusa, Eric Baldwin, Michael Lech and Justin Arnwine.
All six players have locked up a payout of $79,888 and will continue to battle for the grand prize of $888,891. The next blinds will be 1,000,000/2,000,000 with a 2,000,000 big blind ante.
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Yuval Bronshtein Leads The Final Four of Event #73: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship
After another six levels of play, Event #73: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship has been suspended with four players remaining. The final four will return tomorrow to play down to a champion. Best positioned to take down the event is Yuval Bronshtein, who managed to bag 3.32 million in chips.
Bronshtein will be seeking his second WSOP gold bracelet of the 2021 series and third overall after taking down Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em back in October. The Israeli native has already amassed nearly $1.8 million in live-tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob and will enjoy a more-than one million chip advantage over his nearest competitor in Ian O’Hara, who managed to bag 2.12 million in chips into Day 4.
Day 4 Seat Draw
ROOMTABLESEATPLAYERCITY / STATE / COUNTRYCHIP COUNT AmazonFT11Brian HastingsUnited States1,535,000 AmazonFT12Ian O’HaraUnited States2,120,000 AmazonFT13Yuval BronshteinIsrael3,320,000 AmazonFT14Scott SeiverUnited States1,665,000
Day 3 began with 11 hopefuls but quickly reached the final table as Brett Richey and Ahmed Mohamed, who entered the day as the shortest stacks, were quickly eliminated within the first level.
Josh Arieh became the first victim of the final table, due largely to a pot against Brian Hastings that left him with crumbs. Despite the disappointing finish, Arieh’s ninth-place finish has further increased his lead in the WSOP Player-of-the-Year standings and now looks to be a solid favorite to take the honor and $15,000 prize home.
Gary Benson and nine-time WSOP poker legend Erik Seidel both fell shortly thereafter after committing their short-stacks and getting all-in on early streets in multi-way pots without improving.
The final five players battled back and forth for a long time, with Brian Hastings getting short but then managing to double up after spiking seventh street against Marco Johnson.
After more than two levels of five-handed play, Johnson would be eliminated in fifth place after finding himself short and getting all-in against Bronshtein by third street and ending up second best.
Event #73: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better Championship Remaining Payouts
Place Prize (USD) 1 $352,958 2 $218,144 3 $151,460 4 $107,967
The final four players will return Tuesday at 2 p.m. local time and resume play on Level 24 (80,000/160,000 limits with a 20,000 ante).
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Strebkov Soars Late, Bohlman in Hunt For Second Big Bet Mix Title
Following ten hours of play, only 14 of the initial 91 players have survived to Day 3 of Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix.
Russia’s Denis Strebkov ended the day as the chip leader with 1,402,000 chips after making a late surge up the leaderboard after flopping a set of aces against Amnon Filipppi’s set of kings in a hand of Pot-Limit Omaha.
Among the other contenders for the bracelet on Tuesday is the 2018 champion of this event, Scott Bohlman.
Bohlman was at or near the top of the leaderboard all day and solidified his standing by making quads on the last hand of the night to eliminate Eugene Roemischer in 15th place. He’ll enter the day third in chips with 827,000, just behind Shanmukha Meruga, who finished with 877,000.
Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
RankPlayerCountryChips 1Denis StrebkovRussia1,425,000 2Shanmukha MerugaUnited States877,000 3Scott BohlmanUnited States827,000 4Hooman NizadUnited States512,000 5Patrik CiklaminiSlovakia498,000 6Noah BoekenNetherlands455,000 7Anthony RibeiroCanada419,000 8Jon TurnerUnited States415,000 9Asher LowerUnited States375,000 10Amnon FilippiUnited States371,000
Noah Boeken (455,000), Jon Turner (415,000), and Jerry Wong (355,000) are among the others who’ll return to the Amazon room at 2:00 pm local time to vie for the $117,898 top prize and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Thirty-two players in all will visit the pay window from this event, with Jake Schwartz (31st – $4,097), Michael Binger (28th – $4,481), John Racener (24th – $5,121), and Ray Henson (18th – $6,153) among those earning a piece of the $471,700 prize pool.
Those not fortunate enough to make the money included bubble boy Ismael Bojang, who was eliminated in a hand of Pot-Limit Omaha by Bohlman, along with Eli Elezra, David Williams, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and many more.
Wild Action, A Bit of Controversy, and an Unfortunate No-Show
Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw was the game that saw a plethora of big pots and eliminations, including the elimination of Yuri Dzivielevski in 20th place at the hands of Anthony Ribeiro, who got his stack over a million at one point, but sunk back to 479,000 to finish the night.
That game is crazy enough as-is, but Ryan Laplante and Cody Wells were eliminated in an unfortunate quadruple-draw hand that wasn’t caught by anyone at the table.
The day also started with a bit of a down note as Dan Zack announced on Twitter that he was surrendering his stack because of Covid-19 symptoms. Zack later confirmed that he indeed had tested positive. Zack’s stack was put into play and blinded off as a result.
The remaining 14 players will return to the Amazon gold section Tuesday to play down to a winner and PokerNews will have all the wild big bet action for you from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
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Asi Moshe Bags Third in Chips after Day 1 of Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em
The action was fast and furious on Day 1 of Event #75 $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em. A total of 1,191 players joined the field for this event to generate a $1,589,985 prize pool, with just one shot to run up a stack. By day’s end, there were only 118 players remaining and it was Renmei Liu (887,000) who bagged the lead.
Other players to bag include Bin Liu (610,000), Asi Moshe (604,000), Joe Serock (436,000), Nadya Magnus (414,000), Patrick Tardif (239,000), Gabriel Andrade (180,000), Sherry Hammers (139,000) and Angelina Rich (124,000).
Event #75 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
RANKPLAYERCountryChipsBig Blinds 1Rennei LiuCanada889,00089 2Bin LiuUnited States610,00061 3Asi MosheIsrael604,00060 4David PhamUnited States572,00057 5Stefan ReiserAustria537,00054 6Armin RezaeiAustria529,00053 7Kartik VedIndia523,00052 8Nicholas HubersUnited States510,00051 9Naor SlobodskoyIsrael505,00051 10Artan DedushaUnited Kingdom504,00050
The blind structure caught up to the field fairly quickly in the early levels of the day and many of the top names from the poker world fell in the aftermath. Some of those to miss the money included Phil Laak, Barry Greenstein, Craig Varnell, Allen Kessler, and Tony Dunst.
Although there were no rebuys, players were allowed to buy-in by the end of the dinner break. Some of the late entries to fall included Ryan Leng, Stephen Song, Josh Arieh, Mustapha Kanit, Barry Shulman, and Landon Tice.
A total of 179 players made the money for a guaranteed $2,408 but everyone is vying for the top prize of $270,877 and the gold World Series Of Poker bracelet.
Once the bubble burst players continued to drop at a rapid pace in the final level of the night. Players to make the money but not find a bag included Randy Bullen, Cate Hall, Bin Weng, and Esther Taylor.
Players who bagged will return at noon on Tuesday, Nov 16 to the Amazon room purple section to play ten more levels. The blind structure will be increased to 60-minute levels for Day 2.
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Aditya Agarwal Leads Final Seven After Day 1 of Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty
It was an action-filled Day 1 of Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty. After 307 bounty hunters took to the felt and generated a $1,941,775 prize pool, only seven remained by night’s end.
Aditya Agarwal will return on the final day as the chip leader by a wide margin holding 8,750,000. Agarwal started the final table as the chip leader and extended that lead with the final three eliminations of the night. Agarwal has over a half-million in WSOP earnings but is in search of his first WSOP gold bracelet and has put himself in a prime position to get it.
The closets in line next to Agarwal is the only player to finish over the three-million mark, Barth Melius, with 3,550,000 in chips. Sitting behind Melius is the only player at the final table with WSOP hardware, Stephen Chidwick, sits third in chips with 2,600,000, but the action will be fast on the final day, with that stack equating to just 14 big blinds.
Final Table Seat Chip Counts
RankPlayerCountryChip CountsBig Blinds 1Aditya AgarwalIndia8,750,00055 2Barth MeliusUnited States3,550,00022 3Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom2,270,00014 4Romain LewisFrance2,050,00013 5Dario SammartinoItaly1,930,00012 6Uri ReichensteinIsrael1,795,00011 7Yevgeniy TimoshenkoUkraine1,065,0007
Many notables took a seat early at this event including 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, nine-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel, seven-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, a pair of five-time bracelt winners Shaun Deeb and Brian Rast, along with other WSOP hardware owners Ryan Riess, Asi Moshe, David Jackson, Michael Addamo, and Ryan Leng to name a few.
With the blinds increasing rapidly, the pressure was on early, and by the end of Level 20 of the tournament, Paul Jager rivered a straight to burst the bubble leaving the remaining 47 players in the money.
After the money was reached, players started making their way to the payout desk in quick succession including Darren Elias (41st place – $10,853), WSOP bracelet winner Dylan Linde (35th place – $11,870), Jason Somerville (30th place – $11,870), and Ali Imsirovic (22nd place – $13,566).
The final two tables were assembled before the start of Level 26 and from there, additional notables continued to fall such as 2014 Main Event Champ Martin Jacobson (18th place – $13,070), Daniel Buzgon (16th place – $15,674), and Abhinav Iyer (14th place – $18,501).
The unofficial final table was reached within the level from there and Agarwal finished off the last three players of the evening. First was John Hemme who jammed dafter flopping top pair only to find out he had kicker issues and took home a 10th place finish for $27,429.
Next was Rainer Kempe who lost a battle of the blinds after flopping a Broadway draw to take 9th place for $34,424.Haribhai Gopaul was the last casualty of the evening after he got it in good from the big blind holding a dominating ace only to take his leave after Agarwal spiked the river, ending his night in 8th place for $44,060.
Final Table Payouts/Results
PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD) 1 $463,885 2 $286,705 3 $200,598 4 $142,840 5 $103,547 6 $76,442 7 $57,489 8Haribhai GopaulUnited States$44,060 9Rainer KempeUnited States$34,424
The remaining seven players have secured at least $57,489 but have their eyes set on the $463,885 first place prize as well as the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Action will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, November 16 and will play until a winner is crowned. The action will pick-up from Level 29 where blinds will be 80,000/160,000/160,000 ante.
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