The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) continued on October 14 with another six events at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The 15th day of the series saw two more champions crowned, and four more events draw closer to awarding their respective bracelets.
Lara Eisenberg won her first bracelet in the $1,000 Ladies Championship while Czech grinder Dalibor Dula locked in the largest score of his career, and his first bracelet, in the $1,000 Freezeout event.
Let us take a look at the current state of affairs in the four in-play tournaments.
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Anthony Zinno Leads Star-Studded H.O.R.S.E. Final 18
Anthony Zinno holds a huge chip lead going into Day 3 of Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Zinno won his third WSOP bracelet last week when he took down the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, now it looks like Zinno will bag bracelet number four.
Zinno leads the final 18 courtesy of his monster-sized 2,565,000 chips. His stack has more than a million extra chips than his closest rival, Kao Saechao, who is on 1,395,000.
While all eyes are on Zinno and his colossal stack, there are four other bracelet winners in the field; those players have won ten bracelets between them.
Randy Ohel (1,040,000), Max Pescatori (850,000), former Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (835,000), and Ari Engel (300,000) are all vying to add to their poker jewelry collection.
Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E Top 10 Chip Counts
Eric Tsai Leads the $5,000 6-Max Final Table
Event #25: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em has reached its final table, and it is Eric Tsai who finds himself in the envious position of chip leader with 8,040,000 chips.
Tsai is a relative unknown, which could work in his favor. This is his first WSOP and he’s already racked up a brace of cashes; most of Tsai’s results stem from events in his home country of Taiwan.
Winning a bracelet on his first Vegas trip would be an epic story, but Tsai’s five final table opponents will do everything in their power to stop that from happening.
Scott Ball (7,820,000) and Jonathan Jaffe (6,170,000) are Tsai closest opponents in relation to stack sizes, but do not write off Bin Weng (3,980,000), Galen Hall (2,245,000), or John Racener (1,950,000), the latter two having already won bracelets during their illustrious careers.
Event #25: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts
Ryan Gibson Holds Big Chip Lead in the $1K PLO Event
Pot-Limit Omaha is a game that naturally creates plenty of action, so it was unsurprising to see the 1,069-strong Day 1 field of Event #28: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed whittled down to ony 59 hopefuls over the course of 14 hours.
Ryan Gibson was the man with the biggest stack when the dust settled. Gibson had the welcomed problem of trying to fit 1,940,000 chips into his overnight chip bag, which was full to bursting.
Only two other players ended their Day 1 battle with seven-figure stacks. Alexander Yen (1,314,000) and Jonathan Therme (1,033,000) being those players.
Event #28: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Top 10 Chip Counts
Jason Koon Bags Big in the $10,000 Short Deck Event
Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em drew in 59 entrants and only 19 of them progressed to Day 2. Seven of those 19 have already secured some poker gold over the years, including GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon, who bagged up 235,400 chips, enough for seventh place at the restart.
Koon won the $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship earlier in the series, ending his long wait for a bracelet. Koon now has a legitimate chance of winning two bracelets at the same series.
Ye Shen (361,400) and Young Ko (340,000) are the frontrunners when play resumes on October 15, and they are being hunted down by such luminaries as Dan Shak (320,500), Chance Kornuth (262,000), Stephen Chidwick (119,500), and six-time WSOP champion Daniel Negreanu (95,000).
Day 2 is shaping up to be an epic battle of the greatest poker minds.
Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts