The WSOP Is On Fire: 2021 Roundup
Big names scoop bracelets in the course of Week 2
If the WSOP came alight at the end of its very first week, it was ablaze by the finish of its second.
Phil Hellmuth may not have began any literal fires, but his incandescent, f-bomb-laden tirades throughout the $10K Stud final table certainly raised the temperature in the Rio. His third final table in a week momentarily put ‘The Poker Brat’ into third spot on the WSOP Player of the Year Leaderboard, behind Jason Koon and Ari Engel, who both won bracelets in Week 1.
f-bomb-laden tirades for the duration of the $10K Stud final table surely raised the temperature
The $10K Stud occasion was ultimately won by three-time WPT champion Ant Zinno, a result which doubles his bracelet count. During a jam-packed, action-filled week of poker, John Monnette won his fourth bracelet, Ryan Leng won his second, and there had been firs- bracelet wins for WPT 5 Diamond champion Dylan Linde and Hollywood Poker Open champion Dejuante Alexander.
The Ladies Event turned out 644 combatants, boiling down to a final table that integrated the talented player, presenter, and comedienne Marle Cordeiro and veteran JJ Liu. The occasion was in the end won by Lara Eisenberg. The greatest result of the week came in the Millionaire Maker as Daniel Lazrus outlasted 5,329 other players to take home the very first seven-figure payday of the fall.
Burning down the home
It all began with a lot of hype and excitement as Hellmuth came into the $10K Stud final table with the chip lead. His final victory at the series was in 2018 in the $5,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Turbo Occasion. Given that then, there have been six final tables, like two that week. This was undoubtedly a excellent shot at bracelet #16.
A couple of hours in, the wheels began to come off for ‘The Poker Brat’, who became increasingly frustrated with the run-outs. Ultimately, the classic, idiosyncratic Hellmuth swearing spilled over into an all-out tirade. At a single point he stated: “I consider I’m gonna burn this f**king spot down if I don’t win this f**king tournament!”
Hellmuth continued to flame, seemingly impervious to a penalty:
Needless to say, the commentators and audience were unimpressed. Thomas Keeling didn’t mince his words as he posted an edited clip of Hellmuth’s worst moments:
These most recent antics by ‘The Poker Brat’ went unnoticed by WSOP officials but not by the poker community, who have for days conducted a trial by public opinion. The verdict? Hellmuth has been raked more than the coals, anything which has not been lost on the 15-time planet champion.
Right after Hellmuth exited stage left in fourth position, Ant Zinno in the end triumphed, defeating James Chen to bank a $182,872 payday and double his bracelet tally.
Monnette wins his fourth bracelet in the $10K Limit Event
A couple of days earlier, there was another $10K Championship Event final table, this time in Limit Hold ‘Em. Once again, there have been plenty of huge names in action. These included the 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener, Run it Up founder and poker twitch godfather Jason Somerville, and former nosebleed cash game pro, MMA fighter, and DAT Poker Podcast host Terrence Chan.
The greatest name, however, was the statistician and information journalist, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, who completed runner-up.
Monnette was certainly a worthy winner. The California-primarily based mixed game specialist has now won 4 WSOP titles, adding to bracelets won in 2011, 2012, and 2017. This victory was worth $245,680, but it was his wife Diana who would emerge as the day’s greatest winner.
Poker tweet of the century.
Alexander, Linde, and Leng victorious
In the controversial $1K Flip & Go No Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament, Dejuante Alexander added a bracelet to his already decorated resume. He defeated a final table that integrated David Peters to bag himself $180,665 and some WSOP gold. The 2016 Hollywood Poker Open champion Alexander previously came second in the 2017 Millionaire Maker.
Common poker pro and Mastering Mixed Games author Dylan Linde won his initial bracelet in the $1,500 Omaha Mixed. It’s hard to believe that there was as soon as a time when the talented Idaho native was once believed of as an underachiever in poker. Not so any longer, as the on the internet and live crusher added a WSOP title to his WSOP Circuit and WPT 5 Diamond crowns.
Linde also added yet another $170,269 to his lifetime reside cashes, bringing him to the cusp of $5m.
Meanwhile, in the $1,500 eight-Game, Ryan Leng beat Canadian beast Connor Drinan heads up to walk away with $137,969. This makes it a pair of bracelets for Leng, who won the 2018 $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em Bounty Event.
Ladies Event won by Eisenberg
On Thursday night, the Ladies Occasion reached its denouement with Lara Eisenberg emerging victorious. She defeated Debora Burke in a difficult-fought heads-up encounter.
Eisenberg paid tribute to her fellow competitors in her post-tournament interview. She said: “I came into this event hoping that perhaps some time I would make a final table, and to walk away winning it is an indescribable feeling… It was all about just a fabulous event. There have been some actually difficult competitors.”
to stroll away winning it is an indescribable feeling… It was all about just a fabulous occasion.”
The Hollywood star and former winner of this event, Jennifer Tilly, joined Jamie Kerstetter and Lon McEachern in the PokerGo booth to watch the final five players battle it out. The final table started the earlier evening with well-known poker pro and comedienne Marle Cordeiro busting in seventh.
When the action began, Women’s Poker Hall of Famer JJ Liu was the first to bust, followed by Diane Cooley. The 2014 Ladies Championship runner-up Mikiyo Aoki came into the final day as the chip leader but in the end fell in third location, setting up the Eisenberg/Burke clash.
Arise (Daniel) Lazrus as the WSOP mints its initial millionaire of the Reside Series
The Millionaire Maker got 5,330 entries, a smaller sized quantity than years past, but nevertheless sufficient to create a prize pool of $three,428,280. That meant a wonkily best-heavy payout structure was in play, minimizing the ICM considerations down the straight and producing it more suitable than regular to play for very first.
The occasion was won by Daniel Lazrus, who bested Darryl Ronconi heads-up. With that outcome, Lazarus joins Mark Herm and Martin Zamani as the double bracelet winners so far in 2021. He is the very first millionaire minted in Vegas this fall, joining the list of those who won seven figures at the On the internet WSOP on GGPoker in the course of the summer.
Ball leads the way in the $5k six-Max
A star-studded field showed up for arguably the toughest WSOP event. The $5K six-Max No Limit Hold ‘Em occasion always attracts players who like to battle, and that they have been for three days so far. Notables who created deep runs incorporated Nick Petrangelo (13th), Vanessa Kade (19th), Daniel Negreanu (22nd), Frank Kassela (25th), Xuan Liu (33rd), and Ryan Laplante (34th).
When play concluded on Thursday night, the final table of six was set with Scott Ball major the way with 8,900,000 chips. He’s followed by Tingyi Tsai with 7,500,000 and higher-stakes crusher Jonathan Jaffe with 6,170,000. The bottom three stacks are Bin Weng, Galen Hall, and 2010 WSOP Major Event runner-up John Racener.
The final table of this event will be reside-streamed on Friday, with the winner taking residence $562,667 and the bracelet. There are certain to be fireworks as the 2021 WSOP enters its third week. Let’s just hope there are not any fires.