Between October 31 and November 6, at the 2021 WSOP, a dozen players scored tournament victories of varying magnitude, but the highlights were five. In the new digest, we detail the significant events of the past week at the WSOP.
WSOP digest for October 24-30
Summary of WSOP Event Results October 31 – November 6, 2021
|$ 400 Colossus NLH||9,399||$3,101,670||Anatoly Zyrin||Russia||$314,705|
|$10K 6-Handed NLH Championship||329||$3,067,925||Ben Yu||USA||$721,453|
|$10K Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship||80||$746,000||Brian Yoon||USA||$240,341|
|$ 1K SUPER SENIORS NLH||1,893||$1,684,770||Jean-Luc Adam||France||$255,623|
|$1K TAG TEAM NLH||641||$285,245||
Сэми Дагло (Samy Dighlawi)
|$50K Poker Players Championship 6-Handed||63||$3,016,125||Daniel Cates||USA||$954,020|
|$ 600 Deepstack Championship NLH||3,916||$1,997,160||Cole Ferraro||USA||$252,491|
|$1,5К PLO Hi-Lo 9 or Better||725||$967,875||Kevin Gerhart||USA||$186,789|
|$500 SALUTE to Warriors||1,738||$782,100||Eric Zhang||USA||$102,465|
|$ 5K Mixed NLH / PLO||579||$2,670,638||Ээлис Парссинен (Eelis Parssinen)||Finland||$545,616|
|$1K MINI Main Event NLH||3,821||$3,400,690||Georgios Sotiropoulos||Greece||$432,575|
|$10K PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship||208||$1,939,600||Josh Arieh||USA||$484,791|
Anatoly Zyrin brought Russia the first WSOP 2021 bracelet
If you win the $ 1.5K Omaha Mix at the 2019 WSOP with 717 entries, Dykalis he was lucky – at least that’s what he thinks – that winning the $ 400 Colossus at the 2021 WSOP came to him thanks to two things: skill and the support of those close to him. The tournament had more than 9K entries, several strong American regulars made it to the final table and the game was hot, but Anatoly was able to keep his cool to the end – even when he had only 2.5 BB in 6-max.
After the victory, he, together with his friend Sonya-Veronika Shashikhina, gave a short interview, in which he never stopped showing the bracelet to the camera and smiling:
It’s a very strange feeling when you play against a clearing of nine thousand people and beat everyone. Of course, the victory came not without luck – after all, the structure of the tournament was not very good. But when there were 50 people in the game, I made the most of my advantage over them and was able to win. In addition, the support of my friends and my girlfriend helped me a lot – thank you very much!
$ 400 Colossus Final Table Results
Anatoly was also on the verge of winning a bracelet in $10K PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championshipbut failed to spin after losing a stack in 3-max against Americans Danny Chang and Josh Arie. 3rd place brought Zyrin $ 207,369.
By the way, another Russian almost managed to repeat Zyrin’s success at the WSOP 2021 – Nikita “Ebaaa11” Kuznetsov finished second in the $ 10K 6-Handed NLH Championship with 329 entries for $ 445,892
How Zyrin won EPT National Sochi 2020
Eelis Parssinen conquered the Mixed NLH / PLO event
One of the most successful online cashiers of our time, Finnish regular Eelis “EEE27” from Persia secured the biggest tournament win of his career this week. He pulled in $ 5K Mixed NLH / PLO in 579 entries, earning his first WSOP bracelet.
At the same time, the pre-final and the final turned out to be very comfortable for him, because close friends, the Finns, played with him. Samuli Sipila and Yoni Jokimainen, as well as the Swede Niklas “Lena900” Astedt. After the victory, Eelis did not brag and looked, though pleased, but tired:
The end of the tournament came as a surprise to me – this is my fifth WSOP and I don’t consider myself an offline regular, because I rarely play live tournaments, although I like them. Obviously, today’s victory is the result of a lucky coincidence, and not a superiority in skill.
$ 5K Mixed NLH / PLO Final Table Results
|1||Ээлис Парссинен (Eelis Parssinen)||Finland||$545,616|
Jungleman wins first bracelet as a Street Fighter character
To the final table of the $ 50K Poker Players Championship, a well-known poker player and freshly baked member of the RunItOnce team, as well as a benefactor, actor, director and favorite troll of the poker community Dan Cates came fully armed. He knew that PokerGO would be broadcasting the game, so he tried on a slightly modified image of Akuma, the main antagonist of the Street Fighter series.
At the beginning of Day 2, Dan predicted his victory, saying that he came to win – and therefore will win. And so it happened – after a grueling 13-plus hours of struggle at the finals, Keith took the bracelet and the commemorative trophy named after poker legend Chip Reese. In an interview after the victory, he explained why it is important:
Winning the trophy is cool, of course, but this victory has a bigger goal. Now I will have more money to continue helping the world and also pursue a career outside of poker. Perhaps I will play Maine in this episode, but not in god mode anymore – that would not be fair.
Notably, Dan thanked his fans and friends via Twitter for sharing their “mystical energy” with him:
I love you all – you played a decisive role in my victory!
I’d like to thank all of my fans and friends who donated their mystic energy to me! I love you all and you played a crucial role in this win!
— Daniel Cates (@junglemandan) November 6, 2021
$ 50K Poker Players Championship Final Table Results
Regular from Greece wins Mini Main Event
Greek poker player Georgis Sotiropoulos last week he added another WSOP trophy to his piggy bank. In 2015, he won a WSOP Europe bracelet, winning the € 1.1K NLH tournament in Berlin. In August 2021, he received a WSOP Online bracelet for winning a new tournament format for the series – $ 200 Flip & Go. Now they’ve added a WSOP 2021 bracelet to win the $ 1K Mini Main Event with almost 4K entries.
As Georgis admitted after the victory, she was not included in his plans – and therefore made him very happy:
I know that after my victory in 2015, they started to consider me one of the top players in NLH, but that doesn’t mean anything to me. All I want from being offline is to give me the ability to keep playing and grind for as long as I can. However, getting a WSOP bracelet is a real achievement for me, because I really love Las Vegas, the people in it and everything that happens here during the series. I feel grateful to everything and it pushes me to come back again and again, to play and win more and more.
$ 1K Mini Main Event Final Table Results
|2||Ватару Мияшита (Wataru Miyashita)||Japan||$267,328|
Jean-Luc Adam wins SUPER SENIORS “relaxed”
During the WSOP Senior Fan Event, a 69-year-old Frenchman Jean-Luc Adam became a living embodiment of the concept of “kata-rest”. As he admitted in an interview after winning the 1.8K tournament, he absolutely did not think about the trophy, but played for fun, sometimes even forgetting that he was at the WSOP:
I was like in a dream – a very strange feeling. Throughout the tournament, I felt so good, so calm. I tried to play every hand – I like to do it for the sake of unforgettable emotions. It’s hard for me to understand how it happened that I became one of the champions of the world series of poker.
He also said that he learned how to play from his son, Cedric Adam, who has won the WSOP International Circuit 2019 Main Event winner ring:
My son plays very well – I am so proud of him. In general, I have a wonderful family – a wife, two children – and I thought about them while playing. It’s a very nice feeling, so I’m happy to have won a bracelet for them!
$ 1K SUPER SENIORS Final Table Results
Hellmuth criticized POY leaderboard
Two weeks later, five final tables and a 16th WSOP bracelet win Phil Hellmuth erupted on Twitter with indignation towards the leaderboard for the best player.
The main complaint of the poker player is that the rating is not aimed at assessing the highest achievements of the players, but taking into account all hits in the prizes:
Deeb has two final tables (1st and 5th places) and has almost the same points as Jake (5th, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and 7th places) and me (6, 5, 4, 2 and 1 places). Another player finished 3rd in one final in the online WSOP and received 2,000 points! Who cares about 10th, 14th and 300th places ?! Who came up with these rules? It’s wrong to do that. POY should not be about getting into the prizes. I’m asking the WSOP to get it right in 2022.
After receiving support from Daniel Negreanu, Phil also complained that people don’t understand how difficult it is to make it to the finals, for example, in the $ 10K Championship. In particular, he is unhappy to see that after 24-26 hours of fighting with the best players in the world, he still needs to try to qualify for something in the POY WSOP ranking.
Although many poker players supported Hellmuth, Sean Deeb mentioned by him was not among them – in his opinion, the scoring system is ok:
POY has always been about grind. I have 7 more iTMs than you, and you know that people love to see big names at the tables, including in inexpensive tournaments. So the WSOP is doing everything it can to lure the stars into every tournament and attract people through them. There is nothing wrong.
At 18:00 Moscow time on November 7, in the aforementioned leaderboard in the TOP-3 are:
- Jake Schwartz – 2,771 points
- Josh Arieh – 2,696 points;
- Ryan Leng – 2,684 points.
Helmut and Deeb are currently in 6th and 7th places.