The 2021 World Series of Poker $600 buy-in no-limit hold’em deepstack event drew a sizable field of 4,527 to create a prize pool worth more than $2.3 million. After three days of play, Zhi Wu emerged victorious with the lion’s share of that money. The Boston, MA resident took home $281,406 and his first gold bracelet as the champion.
“It’s pretty good,” Wu told PokerGO reporters after. “It’s very exciting.”
In addition to the title and the money, Wu also earned 660 Card Player Player of the Year points for his victory in this event.
Wu made quick work of the final day of this event, needing barely over an hour to convert his chip lead coming into the final day into the title. Action resumed with just five players remaining. Short stack Nicholas Zautra was the first to fall. With blinds of 800,000-1,600,000, he three-bet shoved for 11 million over the top of a cutoff min-raise from Chrishan Sivasundaram, who called with KQ. Zautra was ahead with AJ and remained in the lead through the turn. The K on the river improved Sivasundaram to a winning pair of kings, though, and Zautra hit the rail in fight place ($76,974).
Wu scored his first elimination roughly a quarter of an hour later. Ryan Chan got all-in on a 863 flop with 64 for middle pair. Wu called with 84 for top pair, which remained ahead through the turn and river. Chan took home $100,330 as the fourth-place finisher.
Sivasundaram’s run in this event came to an end in a battle of the blinds. He moved all-in from the small blind for around ten big blind with J2, Wu called from the big blind with 73 and flopped two pair. Sivasundaram was drawing dead by the turn. He earned $131,675 for his third-place showing in this event.
With that Wu took 121.4 million into heads-up play with Ari Mezrich, who sat with 14.3 million. Mezrich earned a quick pair of double-ups to narrow the gap considerably, and had nearly erased Wu’s lead by the time the final hand of the event was dealt. Wu raised to 5.2 million from the button with AA. Mezrich defended his big blind with 107. The flop came down J102 and Mezrich check-called a 5 million continuation bet from Wu. The 3 on the turn saw Mezrich check again. Wu moved all-in for around 51 million. Mezrich thought it over for a while before making the call with second pair. Wu’s overpair was best, and remained so after the J river. Mezrich was awarded $173,998 as the runner-up.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded to the final table:
Winner photo credit: WSOP / Alex Rome.