2021 WSOP: Spotlight on Shaun Deeb, Ben Yu, Ka Kwan Lau, Steve Yea, Abhinav Iyer, Nicholas Julia, Robert McMillan, Doyle Brunson, Sammy Farha

The 52nd World Series of Poker has provided plenty of thrilling stories as players continue to pursue the coveted bracelets. The past two days witnessed golden performances by four players. Shaun Deeb banked seven figures and his fifth career bracelet, Ben Yu captured his fourth, Nicholas Julia and Robert McMillan each locked up their first. Asian players Ka Kwan Lau, Steve Yea, and Abhinav Iyer also shined with strong finishes while recent bracelet winner Carlos Chang continued to run red hot as he advanced to the final day of the COLOSSUS event. Also advancing were India’s Abhishek Goindi and Korea’s Inkyu Choi. The arrival of poker legends Doyle Brunson and Sammy Farha sparked heaps of excitement as both came out for the Super Seniors event. In the WSOP Player of the Year race, the three leading players are very close in points. Anthony Zinno still holds the top spot and Jake Schwartz has overtaken Phil Hellmuth for second rank. With Deeb’s latest win, he zoomed to fourth rank. We’ve got those stories down below. 

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For those just tuning in, the series has been ongoing since September 30 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino and will run through November 23. To date, 55 out of 88 bracelets have been won plus 5 out of 11 at online platform WSOP.com. The highly awaited $10,000 Main Event World Championship starts in just a few days with six starting heats running from November 4 to 9.

Event #52: $1,000 Seniors NLH Championship – ROBERT MCMILLAN – US$ 561,060

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Robert McMillan, Photo Credit – WSOP

Huge turnout at Event #52: $1,000 Seniors NLH Championship with 5,404 entries across two starting days for a prize pool of US$ 4,809,560. This is currently the third largest field of the series, just exceeding the Millionaire Maker crowd. After five days of action, it was a dream victory for Robert McMillan who captured his first ever gold bracelet, first major title, and a career high score of US$ 561,060. In fact, this payout alone more than doubled his previous total earnings. 

The final day opened with 16 remaining, Christopher Cummings was chip leader and held rank at the start of the final table. Eventual champion McMillan was second from the bottom with just a fourth of the leader’s stack, and the only WSOP decorated player was ring winner Louis Cheffy. By the fall of Cheffy in 7th place, there were plenty of changes in chip rank. Cummings was down to fifth position, McMillan was ranked third, and Robert Davis was in control with a sizable advantage. Davis went on to eliminate Dennis Jensen (6th) and Jonathan Ingalls (4th) to amass over half the chips in play. In between those two busts, Cummings fell to Daniel Stebbins in 5th place. 

Three handed was rough on Davis and Stebbins while McMillan climbed. McMillan caught a lucky double up with AhQh nut flush against Davis’ AsKd on a board 10h8h7h2d3d to take the lead. He then ousted Stebbins in 3rd place with a straight over trips. Ahead in the count for the title, McMillan quickly disposed of Davis but not before tanking on a board Qh2d8hKd. When McMillan called, he was ahead with Qc9c to Davis’ 4d4s, the river Ks sealed the big win. 

Date: October 27 to October 31
Buy in: US$ 1,000
Entries: 5,404
Prize pool: US$ 4,809,560
ITM: 811 places

Final table payouts 

1st Robert McMillan – USA – US$ 561,060
2nd Robert Davis – USA – US$ 346,743
3rd Daniel Stebbins – USA – US$ 263,640
4th Jonathan Ingalls – USA – US$ 201,753
5th Christopher Cummings – USA – US$ 155,401
6th Dennis Jensen – USA – US$ 120,484
7th Louis Cheffy – USA – US$ 94,030
8th Todd Hansen – USA – US$ 73,873
9th Daniel Lujano – USA – US$ 58,425

Event #53: $25,000 High Roller PLO 8-Handed – SHAUN DEEB – US$ 1,251,860

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After 11 cashes, Shaun Deeb finally clinched his fifth career bracelet at Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha (8-Handed). Deeb outlasted a field of 212 entries, defeating Hong Kong player Ka Kwan Lau at heads up. Along with the gold, Deeb banked a massive US$ 1,251,860, which is currently the largest payout of the series. Back in 2018, Deeb won this same event for a career high score of US$ 1.4 Million. With his latest victory, Deeb climbed to fourth rank in the WSOP Player of the Year race. He now has US$ 6.3 Million in total WSOP earnings collected over 108 cashes. 

With series achievements starting 2007, it wasn’t until 2015 did Deeb see the gold strapped on his wrist after winning the $10K Pot Limit Hold’em Championship. The following year he paired it up with a victory at the $1,500 Seven Card Stud. Three years later was a monumental year winning two more bracelets and the POY title. 

For runner up Lau, it was the deepest result and largest payout for a player from Hong Kong in this series. The US$ 773,708 score was also Lau’s largest win. While this was the closest he has gotten to a bracelet, he does have a couple of high roller victories outside of the series. 

Recapping Deeb’s fifth win, the big buy in event produced a prize pool of US$ 5,008,500 with the top 32 players paid. In addition to Deeb, reaching the final table were bracelet winners Tommy Le, David Benyamine, Ben Lamb, and John Beauprez. Other players were ring winner Maxx Coleman, Bulgaria’s Veselin Karakitukov who placed 5th at this event in 2016, Charles Sinn who finished runner up at the $1,500 Razz event, and Lau.

At the end of Day 3, Le’s third final table appearance ended in 9th place, Sinn dropped off 8th, Lamb out 7th, and Benyamine who was also on his third final table, took 6th. Entering the final day, Lau carried in the largest stack of 90 BB while Deeb was ranked fourth with 30 BB. 

The first hand was an immediate double up for Deeb through Coleman. He then picked off Karakitukov in 5th place, followed later by Coleman (4th). The three handed match was a thrill for the fans as all three players – Deeb, Lau, John Beauprez – evened up and all three spent time up top. Lau began to decline fast, dropping to as low as 10 BB. As he recovered, Beauprez took his turn downhill and was soon cleaned out by Deeb to bring in a 3:1 advantage against Lau at heads up. Despite Lau’s efforts, he could not crack the big stack resulting in a second place finish with trips losing to Deeb’s full house. 

Date: October 27 to 30
Buy in: US$ 25,000
Entries: 212
Prize pool: US$ 5,008,500
ITM: 32 places 

Final table payouts 

1st Shaun Deeb – USA – US$ 1,251,860
2nd Ka Kwan Lau – Hong Kong – US$ 773,708
3rd John Beauprez – USA – US$ 537,295
4th Maxx Coleman – USA – US$ 381,394
5th Veselin Karakitukov – Bulgaria – 276,870
6th David Benyamine – France – US$ 206,655
7th Ben Lamb – USA – US$ 156,387
8th Charles Sinn – USA – US$ 121,816
9th Tommy Le – USA – US$ 97,254

Event #54: $2,500 Nine Game Mix 6-Handed – NICHOLAS JULIA – US$ 168,608

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Nicholas Julia, Photo Credit – WSOP

Another dream victory at the Rio with Nicholas Julia besting the 319 entry field of Event #54: $2,500 Nine Game Mix 6-Handed to lock up his first gold bracelet and a career high score of US$ 168,608. Julia outlasted a heads up grind against Kristan Lord to become the 34th first time winner of this series. 

The event was the only one of its kind in the schedule with nine poker variants in rotation. Apart from the many usual suspects seen at the earlier mixed events was 2005 Main Event champion Joe Hachem who cashed out in 14th place. Other players missing the final table were Japan’s Tamon Namakura (22nd), and bracelet winner Naoya Kihara (28th). 

The final table kicked off with three WSOP decorated players, namely 4x bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi who was on his third final table, bracelet winner/ quadruple ring winner Justin Liberto, and triple ring winner Aditya Prasetyo. Back for his second final table was Kenny Hsiung. The first big showdown was a three way that led to the fall of Hsiung 7th and Mizrachi 6th. Under the No Limit Hold’em variant, Hsiung was all in on the flop with a set, Mizrachi with a higher set, and eventual champion Julia with a straight that held. After the next three busts, Julia faced off against Lord, both players seeking the first major title of their career. Julia was ahead over 2:1. It was a slow grind to the finish as Lord caught up and overtook, however at Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Lord began to decline while Julia amassed a 9:1 advantage. Julia closed it out under the Razz variant.

Date: October 28 to 30
Buy in: US$ 2,500
Entries: 319
Prize pool: US$ 709,775
ITM: 48 places

Final table payouts 

1st Nicholas Julia – USA – US$ 168,608
2nd Kristan Lord – USA – US$ 104,210
3rd Justin Liberto – USA – US$ 69,341
4th Aditya Prasetyo – USA – US$ 47,164
5th Robert McLaughlin – USA – US$ 32,808
6th Robert Mizrachi – USA – US$ 23,352
7th Kenny Hsiung – USA – US$ 17,017

Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed NL Hold’em Championship – BEN YU – US$ 721,453

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Ben Yu, Photo Credit – WSOP

329 runners came out for a shot at the bracelet at Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed NL Hold’em Championship. After three days of exciting showdowns, multi-bracelet winner Ben Yu closed it out for his fourth career gold bracelet and a huge score of US$ 721,453. Also running deep was Joonhee “Steve” Yea who placed 5th, the deepest finish by a Korean player in this series. He collected a WSOP career high payout of US$ 137,303

Taking a quick glance at the champion’s WSOP achievements, his first cash was in 2008 and his first bracelet was in 2015 at the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship. In 2017, Yu locked up his second gold at the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, then in 2018 he banked a big one. Yu won the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event for his third bracelet and a career high score of US$ 1,650,773. This was his largest win to date. Leading up to his latest triumph, Yu produced a whopping ten cashes before clinching it. His first payout was at Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E., where he placed 7th. He currently has US$ 5.3 Million in WSOP career earnings across 122 total cashes. 

Recapping the action, midway through Day 2, portions of the US$ 3,067,925 prize pool were claimed, among the takers were bracelet winners Sung Joo Hyun (46th) and Niklas Astedt (26th). Jake Schwartz finished 45th to overtake Phil Hellmuth in the POY race. Entering Day 3, 19 players remained. Taiwan’s Joanne “JJ” Liu finished in 13th place and India’s bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer in 12th place. For Iyer, it was his third series cash. The final table was set with only two WSOP decorated players, Yu and 4x winner Asi Moshe

Moshe was first to go followed by Yea, then Yu took the lead after eliminating Mike Sowers in 4th place. From there, Yu was unstoppable. He dusted both opponents, Ariel Mantel (3rd) and Nikita Kuznetsov (2nd), to rein in the fourth gold of his career. 

Date: October 29 to 31
Buy in: US$ 10,000
Entries: 329
Prize pool: US$ 3,067,925
ITM: 50 places 

Final table payouts 

1st Ben Yu – USA – US$ 721,453
2nd Nikita Kuznetsov – Russia – US$ 445,892
3rd Ariel Mantel – Argentina – US$ 293,578
4th James Sowers – USA – US$ 198,205
5th Joonhee “Steve” Yea – Korea – US$ 137,303
6th Asi Moshe – Israel – US$ 97,660

Update: Super Seniors NLH and COLOSSUS

In addition to the completed events listed above, the SUPER SENIORS No Limit Hold’em event caused quite the buzz with poker legends Doyle Brunson and Sammy Farha making their appearance. The 10x bracelet winner Brunson didn’t make the cut into Day 2 however 3x winner Farha advanced as one of the 490 remaining players. 

At the COLOSSUS event, after two starting days and Day 2, only 49 remained out of the enormous 9,399 field. Among them were recent bracelet winner Carlos Chang from Taiwan, India’s Abhishek Goindi, and Korea’s Inkyu Choi

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, series two time winner Anthony Zinno maintains his hold on the top spot however Jake Schwartz is right at his heels having overtaken Phil Hellmuth for the second spot. Recent winners Shaun Deeb and Ben Yu are within the top six. On the No Limits Velo race, Daniel Lazrus and Jason Koon still sit as leaders while Yu catapulted into the third spot. For Asia, Pete Chen is ranked 5th and Carlos Chang is 12th. 

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 – #56 prize pool: US$ 95,002,147
Online Event #1 – #5 prize pool: US$ 2,934,270
Entries: 76,778
Online entries: 3,070
Largest prize pool: Event #17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER – US$ 7,110,210
First time bracelet winners: 34 (live) / 3 (online)
Multiple final tables: 41 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.

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

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  

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
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 – $1,500 Mixed PLO / Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O – US$
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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 #56: Ben Yu – USA – $10,000 6-Handed NL Hold’em Championship – US$ 721,453 

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

Three 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

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

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

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

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

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: Covid-19 Relief NL Hold’em Charity Fund 

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: 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em Championship

Kevin Gerhart 
8th – Event #31: $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
1st – Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship

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

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

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

Joao Vieira
3rd – Event #18: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
5th – Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck 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

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

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

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

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

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