Day 6 of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, saw the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino full to bursting with five action-packed events taking place.
Three players found their first taste of WSOP gold on Tuesday including Long Ma shipping Event #4: $500 The Reunion for $513,604 and Jaswinder “Jesse” Lally claiming the $97,915 top prize for Canada’s first bracelet in Event #7: $1,500 Dealers Choice. Meanwhile, Michael Perrone secured his first bracelet late Tuesday evening after being the last player standing in the 16-hour marathon, one-day Event #10: $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $152,173.
In other news, Event #8: $600 Deepstack is down to just five hopefuls, while Phil Hellmuth is still in the mix with 18 players remaining in Event #10: $10,000 LO8 Championship. Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship is down to its Round of 16 and Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em still has a field of 135 players remaining.
Keep reading to discover what went down in the events that are currently in play.
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Zhi Wu Leads Final Five in Event #8: $600 Deepstack
Event #8: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack drew 4,527 entries and generated a prize pool of $2,309,280 paying the top 680 players who are guaranteed at least $960; there is a top prize of $281,604.
Just five players survived from the Day 2 opening field of 216 players after 12 hours of play with Zhi Wu heading to Wednesday’s final table as the chip leader with 46,100,000 chips. Chrishan Sivasundaram (31,500,000) is closest on Wu’s tail with Ryan Chan (29,200,000) not too far behind.
Meanwhile, Nicholas Zautra (15,000,000) and Ari Mezrich (13,900,000) round out the final five.
2021 WSOP Event #8 Final Five Players
The tournament drew past bracelet winners such as Asi Moshe, Joey Weissman, and Craig Varnell, but all of them exited the tournament before the final table.
The final five return to Day 3 on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at 4 p.m. to battle it out for the coveted gold bracelet. The blinds will be 800,000/1,600,000/1,600,000.
Stay tuned for more coverage of this event and the entire 2021 World Series of Poker from the PokerNews Live Reporting Team.
Hellmuth Hunts for Bracelet #16 as Yeh Leads Final Two Tables of Event 9: $10K LO8 Championship
Day 2 of Event #9: $10,000 LO8 Championship officially ended with Andrew Yeh leading the final 18 players going into Day 3. Yeh will be looking to improve on his 11th place finish from the same event in 2019.
The second day began with 73 players, which included a few new faces who opted to register at the beginning of the day instead of playing Day 1. This brought the total number of entries to 134 — generating a prize pool of $1,193,600 with a first-place prize of $317,076.
2021 WSOP Event #9 Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Andrew Yeh||United States||995,000|
|3||Christopher Vitch||United States||640,000|
|4||Ben Landowski||United States||630,000|
|5||Ken Aldridge||United States||595,000|
|6||Aditya Prasetyo||United States||560,000|
|7||Eddie Blumenthal||United States||555,000|
|8||Phil Hellmuth||United States||550,000|
|9||Khamar Xaytavone||United States||485,000|
|10||Paul Volpe||United States||445,000|
The deep structure and long levels of this championship event ensured a slow and steady pace, which lead to gradual eliminations throughout the day. A few notables who began the day but failed to make the money include Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, David Benyamine, Bart Hanson, defending champion Frankie O’Dell, and Mike Matusow — who successfully nursed a short stack for much of the day before eventually succumbing to Chris Vitch late in the day.
Ryan Laplante, Ben Yu, and Mark Gregorich all managed to sneak into the money for a min-cash shortly after Tom Koral bubbled.
There are 30 World Series of Poker gold bracelets between remaining combatants, which of course includes Phil Hellmuth, who will be looking to add number 16. Others still in contention include Brian Rast, Ken Aldridge, Paul Volpe, Dylan Linde, and Robert Mizrachi, who just placed third in Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.
Day 3 is set to resume at 3 p.m. tomorrow and play down until just five players remain. Be sure to stick with PokerNews as we continue to bring you all the scoops, quarters, and knockouts here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Koon Advances to Round of 16 in Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship
A total of 57 players ponied up the hefty $25,000 buy-in for Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship. In this star-studded field, eight players will make the money, with the winner set to take home $243,981.
Day 1 played through 2 rounds of the bracket-style tournament, with 16 players surviving to advance to Day 2. Notable players to advance include GGPoker Ambassador Jason Koon, PokerGO founder Cary Katz, Dan Zack, Jimmy D’Ambrosio, Jake Daniels, Galen Hall, and Johannes Becker.
To start the day, players were given a random draw, with seven players given a bye. The other 50 players would automatically cash for $25,000 with a win.
The opening round had many exciting matchups, highlighted by a more than four-hour slugfest between Bertrand Grospellier and Jimmy D’Ambrosio. D’Ambrosio ultimately emerged victorious to bring the play-in round to a close.
For the Round of 32, there was a table redraw to set the final bracket. Some of the matchups included Nick Petrangelo vs. Dan Zack, Seth Davies vs. Jake Daniels, and Jonathan Jaffe vs. David Peters.
The Round of 16 will resume at 2 p.m. local time, with a 7 p.m. restart for the Round of 8.
Jeremy Maher Edges Out Anthony Zinno for Day 1 Chip Lead of Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em
Day 1 of WSOP Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em has come to a conclusion. The event drew a field of 422 entries for a total prize pool of $563,370. The approximately 135 survivors will be returning for Day 2 on Wednesday, October 6th at 2 p.m. local time, where they are scheduled to play ten 60-minute levels.
Jeremy Maher bagged the Day 1 chip lead and will head to the second day with a healthy stack of 226,000 with Anthony Zinno (217,500) close on his tail. A selection of the other notable stacks heading into Day 2 include Aldon Patatanyan (190,000), Mori Eskandani (173,500), Yuval Bronshtein (141,500), and Barry Greenstein (86,500).
2021 WSOP Event #12 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Jeremy Maher||United States||226,000|
|2||Anthony Zinno||United States||217,500|
|3||Truong Tran||United States||195,000|
|4||Kristopher Burchfield||United States||194,500|
|5||John Bunch||United States||192,500|
|6||Aldon Patatanyan||United States||190,000|
|7||John Esposito||United States||187,500|
|8||Mori Eskandani||United States||173,500|
|9||Arthur Cole||United States||165,000|
|10||Tom McCormick||United States||160,500|
However, not all players were fortunate enough to make it to another day. Some of the players who fell short of bagging a stack include Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Allen Kessler, Adam Friedman, and reigning champion David “ODB” Baker.
Day 2 will restart at 2 p.m. local time and a total of 64 players will be in the money, with a min-cash being worth $2,406. The remaining players will also inch closer to determining a winner who will take home $124,374 in addition to the shiny gold bracelet.