Day 5 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.
Tyler Cornell nearly doubled his live tournament earnings en route to notching his first WSOP gold bracelet after shipping the WSOP Event #6: $25,000 High Roller for $833,289.
Meanwhile, Event #4: $500 The Reunion No-Limit Hold’em whittled its field down to the final five players, Event #7: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed was trimmed down to just 11 players, and Event #8 $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack got off to a flying start.
In other news, many big names advanced through Day 1 in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship including the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, Erik Seidel, David Benyamine, Shaun Deeb, and Phil Hellmuth.
Keep reading to discover what went down in the events that are currently in-play.
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Long Ma Leads Final Five in the Reunion
Day 2 of Event #4: $500 The Reunion No-Limit Hold’em was one for the memory banks as it produced wild action all day long with a starting field of 683 being cut all the way down to five in 17 hours of play.
The event has been a resounding success with the lofty $5 milion guarantee shattered with 12,975 entries generating a $5,449,500 prize pool.
Long Ma (260,000,000) will enter the final day of action as the table captain with nearly double the stack of his nearest opponent in Giuliano Lentini (133,900,000). Also advancing were Alex Vazquez (114,600,000), Max Tavepholjalern (114,300,000), and the short-stacked Michael Eddy (27,600,000),
Event #4: $500 The Reunion Day 2 Chip Counts
Ryan Leng, Barry Greenstein, Ronnie Bardah, Dave Alfa, and John Gorsuch were among the players to cash on Day 2.
One of the last remaining big names in Ryan Laplante hit the rail in 19th place. He had a roller-coaster day as he held the chip lead midway through the day but took a hit when he flopped a set vs a straight against Joakim Beaupre, which was the largest pot of the tournament to that point. He would recover however and end up making the deep run to the verge of the final two tables.
Play will resume at 4 p.m local time as the final five will play down to a bracelet winner. The final five are guaranteed at least a $142,847 payout with the eventual winner banking $513,604. PokerNews will have all of the coverage as well as an intro tomorrow that will shed light on a bio of each player in the final five.
Ray Henson Leads Final Eleven in Event #7: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
The second mixed game contest of the 2021 World Series of Poker is one step closer to crowning a winner. Out of a field of 307 entries in Event #7: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed, only 11 contenders remain in the mix for poker’s most sought-after prize at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Ray Henson was second in chips after Day 1 and retained his prime position after bagging up 1,365,000, edging past Ian O’Hara (1,310,000) and Christopher Lindner (1,260,000). Among the finalists, a quartet already knows what it feels like to pose for the winner shots and that includes Andrew Kelsall, Nathan Gamble, Naoya Kihara, and Adam Friedman.
Seat Draw for Day 3 in Event #7: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
|Feature 1||1||Craig Chait||United States||235,000|
|Feature 1||2||Christopher Lindner||United States||1,260,000|
|Feature 1||3||Naoya Kihara||Japan||400,000|
|Feature 1||4||Ray Henson||United States||1,365,000|
|Feature 1||5||Jeremy Heartberg||United States||405,000|
|Seven Card Stud||2 Hands|
|Feature 2||1||Adam Kipnis||United States||175,000|
|Feature 2||2||Ian O’Hara||United States||1,310,000|
|Feature 2||3||Andrew Kelsall||United States||835,000|
|Feature 2||4||Nathan Gamble||United States||480,000|
|Feature 2||5||Jaswinder Lally||Canada||880,000|
|Feature 2||6||Adam Friedman||United States||330,000|
|Button Seat 1||No-Limit Hold’em||5 Hands|
Day 3 is scheduled to resume at 3pm local time on Tuesday, October 5, on the two outer feature tables in the Amazon Room. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back then to provide all the key hands until a winner has been determined.
Krisd Gabrialian Bags the Day 1 Chip Lead in Event #8: $600 NLHE Deepstack
The World Series of Poker is back drawing huge crowds as can be evidenced with Event #8 $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack attracting a field of 4,527 entries on Day 1 to generate a $2,309,280 prize pool.
Krisd Gabrialian advanced as the Day 1 chip leader among the 216 players to bag chips with 2,720,000.
Shahriar Assareh, (2,300,000), Brandon Hattar (1,875,000), Brad Albrinck (1,760,000) and Roland Rokita (1,705,000) rounded out the top five spots on the leaderboard.
Event #8: $600 NLHE Deepstack Top 10 Chip Counts
Many big names are still in contention for the Event #8 bracelet including Joey Weissman (1,375,000), Craig Varnell (1,245,000), Eric Baldwin (965,000), Asi Moshe (925,000), Anton Wigg (535,000), Manuel Ruivo (400,000), and Tony Miles (40,000)
The tournament played deep into the money with the tournament awarding the top 680 players at least a min-cash of $960.
Day 2 commences at 12:00 p.m. on October 5, and PokerNews’ live reporting team will be with you every step of the way.
Michael Noori Bags as Day 1 Chip Leader in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Michael Noori of California bagged the Day 1 chip lead in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship as part of the 52nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) with a massive stack of 345,000. Noori, who is after his first WSOP bracelet, joins 72 others who will return for Day 2 in the four-day tournament on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
Day 1 witnessed a total of 128 entrants and play lasted for 10 hours. Many of the biggest names in poker were in the Day 1 field and survived to see Day 2, including Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, Erik Seidel and David Benyamine, who ended the day sixth in chips with a stack of 198,000. Shaun Deeb and Phil Hellmuth both late-registered the tournament and sat down toward the end of the day.
Noori wasn’t the only player to advance with a tower of chips as Jerry Wong, Chad Eveslage, Andrew Yeh, and Christopher Vitch all bagged at least 200,000 in chips.
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Top 10 Chip Counts