Jim Collopy emerged victorious from a field of 282 entries in the 2021 World Series of Poker $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, topping a tough final table to secure his second career gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $172,823. This was the fourth-largest live tournament score of Collopy’s career. It increased his lifetime earnings to more than $3.3 million.
Collopy’s first bracelet win came back in 2013. He took down the $1,650 AUD pot-limit Omaha event at the WSOP Asia-Pacific for $72,903 and his first piece of WSOP hardware.
In addition to the title and the money, Collopy was also awarded 684 Card Player Player of the Year points for his latest win. This was his third title and fourth final-table finish of the year. As a result, he now sits in 103rd place in the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
The final day of this event began with 20 players remaining and four-time bracelet winner Eli Elezra in the lead. A number of notable players hit the rail as the event played down to the final table, including three-time bracelet winner Barbara Enright (16th – $8,200), two-time bracelet winner Tom Koral (15th – $8,200), two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris (14th – $8,200), Amnon Filippi (13th – $9,563), and bracelet winner David Williams (9th – $13,989).
Elezra retained the lead when eight-handed action began. Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu got the last of his chips in with four to a flush early in a stud hand. he was unable to find another club and lost to a pair of eights held by Michael Trivett. Negreanu earned $17,526 for his 188th WSOP cash, extending his advantage as the all-time leader in that category.
Qinghai Pan was the next to fall, with his small pocket pair in stud being outrun by the straight draw that improved to a larger pair for Collopy. Pan took home $22,462 as the seventh-place finisher.
Michael Trivett’s (6th – $29,436) run in this event came to an end when he got all-in preflop in Omaha eight-or-better with AK52 facing the AA75 of Collopy. Neither player made a low and Collopy’s aces and sixes won for the high to narrow the field to
Maria Ho was among the leaders for much of the day but slid toward the bottom of the chip counts during short-handed action. She got the last of her stack in playing razz, and had a 6-4-3-2 low draw which was live with on card coming. She failed to improve on seventh street and Paramjit Gill’s 8-6-5-2-A took down the pot. Ho was awarded $39,423 as the fifth-place finisher.
A short-stacked Elezra got all-in playing limit hold’em, with K9 in the hole and K848 on the board. Collopy had defended his big blind with 97 and picked up a flush draw. His flush came in on the river with the A. Elezra fell just a few spots short of his fifth gold bracelet, earning $53,986 for his fourth-place showing.
Paramjit Gill got all-in on a 753 flop with 44, giving his a pair and a gutshot straight flush draw. He was drawing incredibly thin, though, as Collopy had flopped a flush with 106. The 8 on the turn left Gill drawing dead. He took home $74,346 as the third-place finisher.
With that Collopy took roughly a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Ahmed Mohamed. He was able to extend that advantage even further, leaving Mohamed dangerously short before the final hand of the tournament was dealt. Mohamed got all-in with an 8-7-4-A draw in razz. Collopy also had four low cards with 8-6-5-2. Mohamed hit a 3 to make an 8-7 low, but Collopy caught a 4 to make a winning 8-6 low. Mohamed earned $107,428 as the runner-up.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
Winner photo credit: WSOP / Melissa Haereiti.