2021 WSOP: Daniel Cates seizes maiden gold at Poker Players Championship; Second series win for Josh Arieh; Georgios Sotiropoulos, Eric Zhang claim victories

A colorful bag of new champions minted at the 52nd World Series of Poker. The biggest winner was Daniel Cates at the $50K Poker Players Championship 6-Handed. Cates denied series winner/ 3x bracelet winner Ryan Leng to lock up his first ever gold bracelet and have his name etched on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. Another impressive achievement was by Josh Arieh who captured his second series win/ fourth career bracelet and moved up to second rank in the WSOP Player of the Year race. The other two winners were Greek pro Georgios Sotiropoulos who won his third career bracelet and Eric Zhang for his first bracelet at the SALUTE to Warriors event. At the WSOP.com Online bracelet events, John “Relevancy” Ripnick snagged his first career bracelet. We’ve got those stories down below.

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The ongoing WSOP has been blazing at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino since September 30 and will run through November 23. To date, 66 out of 88 bracelet events have been won plus 6 out of 11 at online platform WSOP.com.

The $10,000 Main Event World Championship is in full swing with four out of six starting heats completed. The current tally is 4,518 players. Among the Day 2 qualifiers were Mustapha Kanit (Day 1A leader), 10x bracelet winner Doyle Brunson, 9x bracelet winner Erik Seidel, 7x bracelet winner Billy Baxter, 2019 WSOP POY Robert Campbell, Main Event champions Hossein Ensan (2019), Qui Nguyen (2016), Martin Jacobson (2014), and Ryan Riess (2013). Among the big stacks and known pros from Asia were Vidur Sethi (India), JJ Liu (Taiwan), Hwany Lee (Korea), Soo Jo Kim (Korea), Tamon Nakamura (Japan), Jun Obara (Japan), Aditya Agarwal (India), Kitty Kuo (Taiwan), Phachara Wongwichit (Thailand), Marc Rivera (Philippines), Go Saito (Japan), Wooram Cho (Korea), Steven Au (Hong Kong), and bracelet winners James Chen (Taiwan), Pete Chen (Taiwan), Sejin Park (Korea), and 2x winner Nipun Java (India). We will have a more detailed recap once all the starting days complete. 

Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed –  DANIEL CATES – US$ 954,020

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Daniel Cates, Photo Credit – WSOP

On the final day of Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed, with only five players remaining, the highly colorful and intense high roller Daniel Cates came out dressed in battle gear and hair dyed green, ready to claim ownership of the title and bracelet. Thirteen hours later, he did just that. Cates defeated Ryan Leng at heads up to capture his first ever WSOP gold bracelet and a series career high payout of US$ 954,020. In an interview with PokerNews, Cates said, 

“I said I was gonna win, so I won. But it was pretty important because now I have more money to help the world and to continue a career outside of poker”

Despite having an outstanding portfolio of nearly US$ 10 Million in live earnings, this was only his third ever WSOP cash. As one of the most well known super high rollers, Cates’s prior achievements include a couple of wins at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series and at the World Poker Tour. He has two seven figure payouts, the largest was at the 2014 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Super High Roller for US$ 1.77M. 

Recapping his latest victory, the event is considerably the most coveted title amongst the elite with nine varying games in rotation. 63 signed up for a prize pool of US$ 3,016,125. 5x bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi won this event three times but failed to reach the money this time around. Other players missing the money were 5x bracelet winners Shaun Deeb and Brian Rast (2016 PPC event winner), 4x winner Anthony Zinno, and 2019 WSOP POY winner Robert Campbell to name a few. For 6x bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, he cashed out in 9th place. At the final table 3x bracelet winner Ryan Leng, 4x bracelet winner/ Poker Hall of Fame Eli Elezra, and ring winner Matt Glantz were back for their third finals showing, and 3x bracelet winner Josh Arieh was on his second final table.

The race to the gold was no easy ride for Cates who experienced multiple sharp spikes along the way. At the fall of Elezra to Paul Volpe, the three handed round saw the chip lead exchange corners as each player – Cates, Leng, Volpe – earned their time up top. At one point, Cates dropped to as low as 5 BB then recovered, eventually climbing to the top building a commanding chip lead. Cates finished off Volpe in 3rd place to enter heads up on a 5:1 advantage over Leng. For the second time, Leng was seeking his second win in this series having been denied at Event #30: $1,500 MONSTER STACK No Limit Hold’em. However, Leng could not penetrate Cates’s big stack and had to settle for runner up once again. Cates drained Leng at Hold’em variant to win his first ever gold bracelet. He became the 13th player to have his name engraved on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy

Date: October 31 to November 4
Buy in: US$ 50,000
Entries: 63
Prize pool: US$ 3,016,125
ITM: 10 places

Payouts 

1st Daniel Cates – USA – US$ 954,020
2nd Ryan Leng – USA – US$ 589,628
3rd Paul Volpe – USA – US$ 404,243
4th Eli Elezra – Israel – US$ 286,983
5th Chris Brewer – USA – US$ 211,235
6th Josh Arieh – USA – US$ 161,422
7th Matt Glantz – USA – US$ 128,256
8th Nick Schulman – USA – US$ 106,120
9th Daniel Negreanu – Canada – US$ 91,515
10th Mike Wattel – USA – US$ 82,623 

Event #63: $500 SALUTE to Warriors NL Hold’em – ERIC ZHANG – US$ 102,465

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Eric Zhang, Photo Credit – WSOP

Big win for WSOP newcomer Eric Zhang who bested a field of 1,738 entries at Event #63: $500 SALUTE to Warriors NL Hold’em. Zhang pocketed the US$ 102,465 first prize and his first ever gold bracelet. In fact, this was his first known live tournament cash. Interviewed by PokerNews, Zhang expressed, 

“Every day waking up it felt like surreal. I would never have thought I would make it this far. I actually had a flight to leave Vegas this morning so I rebooked everything! I’m going to remember this forever and I’ll definitely come back next year to play more events.”

To capture the win, Zhang maintained his big stack throughout the final table and faced Bradley Rogoff for the title. The all ins came fairly quick with Zhang ahead AhQs over Ad7d. Both paired their kicker card for a higher spread to Zhang. Other notable players in the money were Korea’s Chulhan Choi in 4th place and two time ring winner Mitch Garshofsky in 5th place. Other Asian players in the top 100 were Seokyoung Lee (21st), Toru Tamiguchi (55th), Seongmin Lee (85th), and Seongsu Kong (100th). Apart from the 261 payouts, the event collected US$ 64,827 for the benefit of the United Services Organization

Date: November 2 to 4
Buy in: US$ 500
Entries: 782,100
Prize pool: US$ 1,738
ITM: 261 places

Payouts 

1st Eric Zhang – USA – US$ 102,465
2nd Guy Hadas – USA – US$ 63,344
3rd Bradley Rogoff – USA – US$ 47,125
4th Chulhan Choi – Korea – US$ 35,406
5th Mitch Garshofsky – USA – US$ 26,866
6th Marty Zabib – USA – US$ 20,592
7th Hlib Kovtunov – Ukraine – US$ 15,943
8th Christopher Corbo – USA – US$ 12,471
9th Anthony Mccurdy – USA – US$ 9,857
10th Philip Sacks – USA – US$ 7,872

Event #65: $1,000 MINI Main Event NL Hold’em Freezeout – GEORGIOS SOTIROPOULOS – US$ 432,575

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Georgios Sotiropoulos, Photo Credit – WSOP

First victory for Greece at the series with Georgios Sotiropoulos outlasting 3,820 players at the $1,000 MINI Main Event No Limit Hold’em Freezeout. This was Sotiropoulos’ third career bracelet having won his first at the 2015 WSOPE and second at the 2021 WSOP Online [International]. Along with the shine, Sotiropoulos cashed in US$ 432,575 to bump up his total series career earnings over a million to US$ 1,261,262. Outside of the WSOP, Sotiropoulos has multiple wins around the world however his biggest career score was for runner up at the EPT Prague Main Event for US$ 959,245. Interviewed by PokerNews, Sotiropoulos was ecstatic, 

“It feels amazing. So many players in the tournament, 3,000 or so. So many hours played. And in the end, the result was what I wanted. I really love the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas, the tournaments, the people here. Everything excites me. Makes me come again and again, playing more and winning more. Feeling grateful.”

Unlike the champion, for runner up Japan’s Wataru Miyashita, this may well have been his series debut. This was his first series cash and a sizable one of US$ 267,238. Miyashita became the second player from Japan to miss the gold by one spot. Earlier in the series, Kosei Ichinose also fell short in second place. Apart from Miyashita, a long list of Asian players reached the money round, in the top 100 were Jeonggyu Cho (17th), Eunyoung Choi (19th), Hsuan-Chao Chen (21st), Nana Sanechika (30th), Yusuku Kuwahata (40th), Daegeon Shon (61st), Inkyu Choi (62nd), bracelet winner Kartik Ved (77th), and Koji Takagi (100th). 

To capture the win, Sotiropoulos had to overcome a few ring winners at the final table, Erkut Yilmaz, David Tuthill, and Jordan Meltzer. Everyone at the round was seeking their first gold bracelet. Sotiropoulos caught a lucky break when he was all in with Qh3h that turned into a full house against Meltzer’s Qc10c on a board 3s5h3c4h4s. From there, he continued to climb, railing Tuthill in 7th place. For Miyashita, he knocked out James Rubinski (5th), James Patterson (4th), and Meltzer (3rd) to go head to head against Sotiropoulos for the title. At the kick off, both players were at par. Miyashita was the first to surge. Sotiropoulos challenged back and from there, he went on to claim the title with a flush over trips. 

Date:  November 3 to November 4
Buy in: US$ 1,000
Entries: 3,821
Prize pool: US$ 3,400,690
ITM: 574 places

Final table payouts 

1st Georgios Sotiropoulos – Greece – US$ 432,575
2nd Wataru Miyashita – Japan – US$ 267,328
3rd Jordan Meltzer – USA – US$ 202,695
4th James Patterson USA – US$ 154,720
5th James Rubinski – USA – US$ 118,898
6th Matthew Jewett – USA – US$ 91,991
7th David Tuthill 0 USA – US$ 71,611
8th James Morgan – Canada – US$ 56,208
9th Erkut Yilmaz – USA – US$ 44,394
10th Peter Cross USA – US$ 35,308

Event #66: $10,000 PLO Hi-lo 8 or Better Championship – JOSH ARIEH – US$ 484,791

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Josh Arieh, Photo Credit – WSOP

Prior to the series, Josh Arieh only had two bracelets won in 1999 and in 2005, then three weeks ago, he locked up the elusive third career bracelet at Event #39: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed after a 15 year long wait. Now, Arieh added another one to his wrist with a victory at Event #66: $10,000 PLO Hi-lo 8 or Better Championship for his fourth career bracelet and US$ 484,971. He became the third player in this series to win two events following Anthony Zinno and Kevin Gerhart. Arieh defeated the 194 entry field to boost his total WSOP career earnings to over US$ 4.6 Million. In addition to the two wins, Arieh also reached the final table of Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed, falling in 6th place.  He moved up to second rank in the WSOP POY race. 

To claim his newest golden bling, Arieh topped a decorated field that included 2005 Main Event champion Joe Hachem who was first to cash in 32nd place, Swedish online superstar Niklas Astedt in 19th place, 4x bracelet winner Ben Yu, recent bracelet winner from Russia, Anatolii Zyrin in 3rd place, and Danny Chang who was on his second final table. Throughout the final five, both Chang and Arieh held the top two spots and at heads up, it was Arieh up in the count which he held to the end for his fourth career bracelet. 

Date: November 3 to 5
Buy in: US$ 10,000
Entries: 194
Prize pool: US$ 1,809,050
ITM: 32 places

Final table payouts 

1st Josh Arieh – USA – US$ 484,791
2nd Danny Chang – USA – US$ 299,627
3rd Anatolii Zyrin – Russia – US$ 207,369
4th Dan Colpoys – USA – US$ 146,817
5th Jeff Gross – USA – US$ 106,391
6th Adam Owen – UK – US$ 78,955
7th Aaron Kupin – USA – US$ 60,040
8th Matthew Woodward – USA – US$ 46,813

Online Event #6: $666 NL Hold’em 6-Max – John “Relevancy” Ripnick – US$ 114,898

After placing 11th at Online bracelet event #5: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, John “Relevancy” Ripnick returned to the virtual felt for Online Event #6: $666 NL Hold’em 6-Max and cracked it for his first ever gold bracelet and a series high payout of US$ 114,898. This brought his total series earnings to US$ 178,220. Also at the final table were 2x bracelet winner Tommy “legend92782” Le for his fourth final table in this series, and bracelet winners Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech and William Romaine

Date: November 1
Buy in: US$ 666
Entries: 1,029
Prize pool: US$ 617,400
ITM: 167 places 

Final table payouts

1st John “Relevancy” Ripnick – USA – US$ 114,898
2nd Matthew “Sucra71” Gillingham – Canada – US$ 71,000
3rd Tommy “legend92782” Le – USA – US$ 50,256
4th Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech – USA – US$ 36,056
5th Mario “livinmydream” Mosbock – Argentina – US$ 26,177
6th Paul “Cushty” Richardson – USA – US$ 19,262
7th Justin “Estateking87” McGhee – USA – US$ 14,385
8th William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine – USA – US$ 10,866
9th Jesse “NWPoker88” Kertland – USA – US$ 8,334

Current Leaderboard standings

Apart from bracelets are two leaderboards to fight for with only the top three players per board winning a piece of the US$ 50,000 cash prize. At the WSOP Player of the Year race, big changes at the top. Jake Schwartz maintains his lead while two time series winner Josh Arieh has zoomed into second position, and Ryan Leng has slipped into the third spot. The other two time series winners Kevin Gerhart and Anthony Zinno complete the top five. At the No Limits Velo race, Cole Ferraro maintains the highest rank, Pete Chen has now jumped into second rank, Daniel Lazrus, Jason Koon, and Ben Yu are the next three down the rung. With Georgios Sotiropoulos’ win, he is ranked 9th. 

Breakdown of prizes is the same per board. 

1st US$ 15,000
2nd US$ 7,500
3rd US$ 2,500

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2021 WSOP tally

Listed below are select series numbers, player achievements, bracelet winners, and players that have reached multiple final tables.

Event #1 – #66 prize pool: US$ 112,362,690
Online Event #1 – #5 prize pool: US$ 2,934,270
Entries: 90,428
Online entries: 4,099
Largest prize pool: Event #17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER – US$ 7,110,210
First time bracelet winners: 41 (live) / 4 (online)
Multiple final tables: 46 players
Most final tables: Phil Hellmuth and Jake Schwartz – 5 

Asia bracelet winners

Pete Chen – Taiwan – Online Event #3: $400 NL Hold’em Ultra Deepstack
Carlos Chang – Taiwan – Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout NL Hold’em
Kazuki Ikeuchi – Japan – Online Event #5: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship

Millionaire winners

Shaun Deeb – US$ 1,251,860 – Event #53: $25,000 High Roller PLO 8-Handed
Michael Addamo – US$ 1,132,968 – Event #38: $50,000 High Roller NLH 8-Handed
Daniel Lazrus – US$ 1,000,000 – Event #17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER

Two series wins

Anthony Zinno
Event #19: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

Kevin Gerhart 
Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 8-Handed

Josh Arieh 
Event #39: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed
Event #66: #10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Most Final Tables

Phil Hellmuth
6th – Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E
5th – Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
4th – Event #19: #10,000 Seven Card Stud
1st – Event #31: $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
2nd – Event #36: $10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship

Jake Schwartz
3rd – Event #20: $1,000 Flip & Go NL Hold’em
2nd – Event #31: $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
3rd – Event #36: $10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship
7th – Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship
5th – Event #49: $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 

Sixteenth career bracelet won

Phil Hellmuth – Event #31: $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

Fifth career bracelet won

Brian Rast – Event #51: $3,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em
Shaun Deeb – Event #53: $25,000 High Roller PLO 8-Handed

Fourth career bracelet won

John Monnette – Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship
Anthony Zinno – Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Adam Friedman – Event #36: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship
Farzad “Freddy” Bonyadi – Event #49: $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
Ben Yu – Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em Championship
Brian Yoon – Event #57: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship
Kevin Gerhart – Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 8-Handed
Josh Arieh – Event #66: #10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Third career bracelet won

Anthony Zinno – Event #19: $10K Seven Card Stud Championship
Ryan Leng – Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed
Chance Kornuth – Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em
David “Bakes” Baker – Event 34: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Lowball Draw
Michael Addamo –  Event #38: $50,000 High Roller NLH 8-Handed
Josh Arieh – Event #39: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed
Kevin Gerhart – Event #40 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
Bradley Ruben – Event #42: $1,500 Razz 
Georgios Sotiropoulos – Event #65: $1,000 MINI Main Event NL Hold’em Freezeout

Second career bracelet won

Jeremy Ausmus – Event #3: $1,000 Covid-19 Charity Relief
Connor Drinan – Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Ari Engel – Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Yuval Bronshtein – Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em
Rafael Lebron – Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Daniel Lazrus – Event #17: $1,500 Millionaire Maker NL Hold’em
Jim Collopy – Event #32: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Tommy Le – Event #45: $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
Anatolii Zyrin – Event #55: $400 COLOSSUS NL Hold’em 
Martin “BathroomLine” Zamani – Online #1: $5,300 NLH Freezeout
Mark “NJ_AcesmarkA” Herm – Online #2: $500 NL Hold’em BIG 500

2021 WSOP Winners

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Event #1: James Barnett – USA – Casino Employees – US$ 39,013
Event #2: Jesse Klein – USA – $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. – US$ 552,182
Event #3: Jeremy Ausmus – USA – $1,000 Covid-19 Charity Relief – US$ 48,687
Event #4: Long Ma – USA – $500 The Reunion 5M GTD – US$ 514,604
Event #5: Connor Drinan – USA – $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better – US$ 163,252
Event #6: Tyler Cornell – USA – $25,000 HR NL Hold’em 8-Handed – US$ 833,289
Event #7: Jaswinder “Jesse” Lally – Canada – $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed – US$ 97,915
Event #8: Zhi Wu – USA – $600 NL Hold’em Deepstack – US$ 281,406
Event #9: Ari Engel – Canada – $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship – US$ 317,076
Event #10: Michael Perrone – USA – $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLH Freezeout – US$ 152,173
Event #11: Jason Koon – USA – $25,000 Heads-Up NL Hold’em Championship – US$ 243,981
Event #12: Yuval Bronshtein – Israel – $1,500 Limit Hold’em – US$ 124,374
Event #13: Harvey Mathews – USA – $3,000 Freezeout NL Hold’em – US$ 371,914
Event #14: Rafael Lebron – USA – $1,500 Seven Card Stud – US$ 82,262
Event #15: Bradley Jansen – USA – $1,500 6-Handed NL Hold’em – US$ 313,403
Event #16: John Monnette – USA – $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship – US$ 245,680
Event #17: Daniel Larzrus – USA – $1,500 Millionaire Maker NL Hold’em – US$ 1,000,000
Event #18: Vladimir Peck – USA – $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball – US$ 134,390
Event #19: Anthony Zinno – USA – US$ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship – US$ 182,872
Event #20: Dejuante Alexander – USA – $1,000 Flip & Go NL Hold’em – US$ 180,665
Event #21: Dylan Linde – USA – $1,500 Mixed PLO / Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O – US$
170,269
Event #22: Lara Eisenberg – USA – $1,000 Ladies NLH Championship – US$ 115,694
Event #23: Ryan Leng – USA – $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed – US$ 137,969
Event #24: Michael Prendergast – USA – $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed – US$ 127,348
Event #25: Scott Ball – USA – $5,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em – US$ 562,667
Event #26: Dalibor Dula – Czech Republic – $1,000 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em – US$ 199,227
Event #27: Anthony Zinno – USA – $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. – US$ 160,636
Event #28: Dylan Weisman – USA – $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha – US$ 166,461
Event #29: Chance Kornuth – USA – $10,000 Short Deck NL Hold’em – US$ 194,670
Event #30: Michael Noori – USA – $1,500 MONSTER STACK  No Limit Hold’em – US$ 610,347
Event #31: Phil Hellmuth – USA – $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw – US$ 84,951
Event #32: Jim Collopy – USA – $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. – US$ 173,823
Event #33: Ran Koller – Israel – $800 8-Handed NL Hold’em Deepstack – US$ 269,478
Event #34: David “Bakes” Baker – USA – $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw – US$ 87,837
Event #35: Anthony Koutsos – USA – $500 Freezeout NL Hold’em – US$ 167,272
Event #36: Adam Friedman – USA – $10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship
Event #37: Karolis Sereika – Lithuania – $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty NL Hold’em – US$ 195,310
Event #38: Michael Addamo – Australia – $50,000 High Roller NLH 8-Handed – US$ 1,132,968
Event #39: Josh Arieh – USA – $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed – US$ 204,7666
Event #40: Kevin Gerhart – USA – $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship – US$ 361,124
Event #41: Carlos Chang – Taiwan – $2,500 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em – US$ 364,589
Event #42: Bradley Ruben – USA – $1,500 Razz – US$ 99,188
Event #43: Anthony Denove – USA – $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No Limit Hold’em – US$ 446,983
Event #44: Ryan Hansen – USA – $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em – US$ 109,692
Event #45:  Tommy Le – USA – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship – US$ 746,477
Event #46: Chad Norton – USA – $800 NL Hold’em Deepstack – US$ 214,830
Event #47: Alexandre Reard – France – $5,000 Freezeout NLH 8-Handed – US$ 428,694
Event #48: Gershon Distenfeld – USA – $1,500 SHOOTOUT No Limit Hold’em – US$ 204,063
Event #49: Farzad Bonyadi – USA – $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship – US$ 297,051
Event #50: Darrin Wright – USA – $600 Mixed NLH / PLO Deepstack Deepstack 8-Handed – US$ 127,219
Event #51: Brian Rast – USA – $3,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em – US$ 474,102
Event #52: Robert McMillan – USA – $1,000 SENIORS NL Hold’em Championship – US$ 561,060
Event #53: Shaun Deeb – USA – $25,000 High Roller PLO 8-Handed – US$ 1,251,860
Event #54: Nicholas Julia – USA – $2,500 Nine Game Mix 6-Handed – US$ 168,608
Event #55: Anatolii Zyrin – Russia – $400 COLOSSUS NL Hold’em – US$ 314,705
Event #56: Ben Yu – USA – $10,000 6-Handed NL Hold’em Championship – US$ 721,453
Event #57: Brian Yoon – USA – $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship – US$ 240,341
Event #58: Jean-Luc Adam – France – US$ 1,000 SUPER SENIORS NL Hold’em – US$ 255,623
Event #59: Mike Ruter – Samy Dighlawi – USA – $1,000 TAG TEAM NL Hold’em – US$ 113,366
Event #60: Dan Cates – USA – $50,000 Poker Players Championship – US$ 954,020
Event #61: Cole Ferraro – USA – $600 Deepstack Championship NL Hold’em – US$ 252,491
Event #62: Kevin Gerhart – USA – $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or better 8-Handed – US$ 186,789
Event #63: Eric Zhang – USA – $500 SALUTE to Warriors NL Hold’em – US$ 102,465
Event #64: Eelis Parsinen – Finland – $5,000 Mixed NLH – PLO 8-Handed – US$ 545,616
Event #65: Georgios Sotiropoulos – Greece – $1,000 Mini Main Event – US$ 432,575
Event #66: Josh Arieh – USA – $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better – US$ 484,791

Online #1: Martin “BathroomLine” Zamani – USA – $5,300 NLH Freezeout – US$ 210,600
Online #2: Mark “NJ_AcesmarkA” Herm – USA – $500 NL Hold’em BIG 500 – US$ 89,356
Online #3: Pete Chen – Taiwan – $400 NL Hold’em Ultra Deepstack – US$ 82,560
Online #4: Ryan “Santasbzack2” Stoker – USA – $888 PLO Crazy 8’s 8-Handed – US$ 95,338
Online #5: Kazuki “hyahhoo3” Ikeuchi – Japan – $1,000 NL Hold’em Championship – US$ 152,797
Online #6: John “Relevancy” Ripnick – USA – $666 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max – US$ 114,898

Four final tables

Tommy Le 
2nd – Event #39: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed
1st – Event #45: $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
9th – Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed
3rd – Online Event #6: $666 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max

Three final tables

Josh Arieh
1st – Event #39: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed
6th – Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed
1st – Event #66: $10,000 Pot Limit OmahaHi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 8-Handed

Kevin Gerhart 
8th – Event #31: $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
1st – Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship
1st – Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 8-Handed

Ryan Leng
1st – Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed
2nd – Event #30: $1,500 MONSTER STACK  No Limit Hold’em
2nd – Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed

Jason Koon
9th – Event #6: $10,000 High Roller NL Hold’em 8-Handed
6th – Online Event #1: $5,300 NLH Freezeout
1st – Event #11: $10,000 Heads Up NL Hold’em Championship

Andrew Kelsall 
2nd – Event #7: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed
6th – Online Event #4: $888 Pot Limit Omaha Crazy 8’s
6th – Event #36: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship

Benny Glaser 
2nd – Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.
9th – Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship
3rd – Event #49: $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

Joao Vieira
3rd – Event #18: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
5th – Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em
5th – Event #57: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship

Robert Mizrachi
3rd – Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
7th – Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
6th – Event #54: Nine Game Mix 6-Handed 

David Benyamine 
3rd – Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E
8th – Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship
6th – Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed

Christopher Vitch
10th – Event #9: Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
3rd – Event #31: $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
6th – Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship

Eli Elezra
4th – Event #32: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
6th – Event #45: $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
4th – Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed

Matt Glantz 
9th – Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.
7th – Event #36: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship
7ht – Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed

Two final tables

Anthony Zinno
1st – Event #19: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
1st – Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

Connor Drinan
1st – Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
2nd – Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed

Cole Ferraro
2nd – Event #26: $1,000 Freezeout NL Hold’em
1st – Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship NL Hold’em 

Antatolii Zyrin
1st – Event #55: 400 COLOSSUS No Limit Hold’em
3rd – Event #66: $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 8-Handed

Shaun Deeb
5th – Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
1st – Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed

Jeremy Ausmus 
5th – Event #45: $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
1st – Event #3: $1,000 Covid-19 Relief NL Hold’em Charity Fund 

Brian Yoon 
5th – Event #18: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
1st – Event #57: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship

Alan “Ari” Engel
7th – Event #48: $1,500 SHOOTOUT No Limit Hold’em
1st – Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 

Ben Yu
7th – Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.
1st – Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em Championship

Kevin Erickson
2nd – Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em
3rd – Event #44: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em

Danny Chang
3rd – Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em
2nd – Event #66: $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 8-Handed

Pierre Calamusa
2nd – Event #10: $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty NL Hold’em Freezeout
4th – Event #37: $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty NL Hold’em Freezeout

Dustin Dirksen
4th – Event #49: $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
2nd – Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 8-Handed

Gabriel Andrade 
2nd – Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em
5th – Event 339: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed

Charles Sinn
2nd – Event #42: $1,500 Razz
8th – Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed

Johan Schumacher 
8th – Event #30: $1,500 MONSTER STACK No Limit Hold’em Freezeout
2nd – Event #48: $1,500 SHOOTOUT No Limit Hold’em 

Michael Gathy
3rd – Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em
4th – Event #17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No Limit Hold’em

Jonathan Jaffe
4th – Event #6: $25K HR NL Hold’em 8-Handed
3rd – Event $25: $5,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em

Quang Ngo 
3rd – Online Event #3: $888 Pot Limit Omaha Crazy 8’s
8th – Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em 

Eddie Blumenthal
4th – Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
3rd – Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship

Jose Paz-Gutierrez 
3rd – Event #19: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
9th – Event #42: $1,500 Razz

Maxx Coleman
5th – Event #26: $1,000 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em
4th – Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed

John Bunch
4th – Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold’em
8th – Event #24: $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed

Bin Weng 
5th – Event #25: $5,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em
6th – Event #38: $50,000 High Roller NL Hold’em 8-Handed

Brandon Shack-Harris 
5th – Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
6th – Event #57: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship

Kenny Hsiung
5th – Event #44: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em
7th – Event #54: $2,500 Nine Game Mix 6-Handed

Mustapha Kanit 
5th – Event #6: $25,000 High Roller NL Hold’em 8-Handed
8th – Event #38: $50,000 High Roller NL Hold’em 8-Handed

John Racener
6th – Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship
6th – Event $25: $5,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em

Jesse Yaginuma
6th – Online Event #2: $500 WSOP.com NLHold’em BIG 500
6th – Event 15: $1,500 6-Handed NL Hold’em

Michael Trivett
6th – Event #32: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
7th – Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 8-Handed

Craig Mason
7th – Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout NL Hold’em
7th – Event #25: $5,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em

Hal Rotholz
8th – Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
6th – Event #18: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)

Curtis Phelps
8th – Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
7th – Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

Daniel Negreanu 
8th – Event #32: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
8th – Event #49: $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you updates and recaps throughout the series.

*Information is based on WSOP.com, PokerNews live updates, and The Hendon Mob

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Triccia David

Triccia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits. She spent a year working part time with Poker Portal Asia and later became the editor and writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live blogger for several other major events in the Philippines. Currently, she is in charge of events reporting for Somuchpoker.

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