The latest action in the 2021 WSOP Main Event saw several big names make dramatic exits on Day 6 as the 96 players who started the day were whittled down to just 36 survivors by the close of play. On a day where Japanese player Motoyoshi Okamura won his first-ever WSOP bracelet, the Main Event was the main attraction at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Park Takes Main Event Lead, Kornuth and Aldemir Still Crushing
It didn’t take long for there to be big drama on Day 6 of the WSOP Main Event, with players like Stephen Chidwick heading to the rail. Dragana Lim was the final female player sitting, but her chances ended when her was overtaken on a cruel river by Mikiya Kudo’s when the board played out after all the chip had gone in pre-flop.
Nicholas Rigby continued to grab headlines and baffle his fellow players as time and again he played the hand he referred to as the ‘dirty diaper’, deuce-three. It was good enough to take down a massive pot with a bluff right here:
Is this the Bluff of the Year?
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) November 15, 2021
Other big names fell, such as British pro Alex Goulder, whose pocket eights weren’t enough to hold against Spanish player David Cabrera’s pocket jacks. Goulder was the last player of the night to depart, cashing for $163,900 in 37th place. Other big names, however, thrived on a day where over half the remaining field was trimmed.
With 36 players still in the hunt for the $8 million top prize and the WSOP Main Event bracelet worth $500,000 alone, it is Hye Park who leads the Main Event after six days at the felt with stack of 29,500,000 chips. He’s some way ahead of Demosthenes Kiriopoulos (24,905,000) and Joshua Remitio (21,490,000), who are second and third in chips respectively.
Elsewhere, there are some very big players with chipstacks, as Chase Bianchi 920,765,000) and Koray Aldemir (18,905,000) round out the top five, PokerStars players Ramon Colillas (18,200,000) and Alejandro Lococo (17,950,000) both make the top ten and both David Cabrera (14,530,000) and Chance Kornuth (13.6 million) remain in with a great chance of victory.
WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Hye Park – 29,500,000
- Demosthenes Kiriopoulos – 24,905,000
- Joshua Remitio – 21,490,000
- Chase Bianchi – 20,765,000
- Koray Aldemir – 18,905,000
- George Holmes – 18,425,000
- Ramon Colillas – 18,200,000
- Alejandro Lococo – 17,950,000
- Ozgur Secilmis – 14,700,000
- David Cabrera – 14,530,000
Okamura Wins First Ever Gold
In Event #72, the only bracelet of the day was won by Japanese player Motoyoshi Okamura as he triumphed against the overnight chip leader Rafael Mota of Brazil. With eight players kicking off the $1,500 Mixed NLHE / PLO action, Tim Grau of Austria busted first for $20,737 in PLO, before Marc Lange went out in seventh just a few minutes later for $27,088.
Lange was all-in with but lost out to Leonid Yanovski’s after the ace-high board provided no hope for the unfortunate Lange. He was joined on the rail by Jordan Spurlin when the American’s couldn’t hit against Nick Yunis’ on a seven-high board after all the chips had gone into the middle pre-flop.
Spurlin had won $35,942 with his run to the top six and it was Mike Takayama who went one step higher up the ladder as he busted in fifth for $48,428. Takayama was all-in with , but couldn’t catch an ace to overtake Yunis, who this time had and held on the paired board of .
Yanovski ran short to bust in fourth place for $66,249 before Yunis himself found himself on the rail. Moving all-in for his last six big blinds, Yunis needed help as his was some way behind Okamura’s in no limit hold’em. He couldn’t find it on the board and cashed for $91,989 in third place.
Heads-up, Okamura had a strong chip lead, playing over 12 million to Mota’s 8 million and sealed the deal when he won in PLO with a full house of queens over tens to beat Mota’s pocket kings.
WSOP 2021 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed NLHE / PLO Final Table Results:
- Motoyoshi Okamura – $209,716
- Rafael Mota – $129,621
- Nick Yunis – $91,989
- Leonid Yanovski – $66,249
- Mike Takayama – $48,428
- Jordan Spurlin – $35,942
- Marc Lange – $27,088
- Tim Grau – $20,737
A huge final Day 1 flight in Event #70 saw the Crazy Eights field final reach Day 2 after a cancelled Day 1a and three Day 1 flights thereafter. Day 1d saw a massive 2,241 players take part, with only 337 of them making the money. When the dust settled at the end of the day, Farhad Davoudzadeh (2,410,000) had the chip lead, with a slight lead over both Miklos Zsuffa (2,405,000) and Cole Ferraro (2,290,000), who has already won a WSOP bracelet this Autumn in Las Vegas.
Others to make the cut included Jason Wheeler (2,100,000), Philip Tom (1,045,000), Kenny Hallaert (590,000) and Cate Hall (310,000), while others such as Barny Boatman, Ryan Depaulo, Bruno Lopes, Pamela Balzano, Chris Moorman, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Blair Hinkle and Jeremy Ausmus all fell short of the next day’s play.
WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Day 1d Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Farhad Davoudzadeh – 2,410,000
- Miklos Zsuffa – 2,405,000
- Cole Ferraro – 2,290,000
- Leonid Yanovski – 2,205,000
- Jason Wheeler – 2,100,000
- Timo Kamphues – 2,055,000
- Lipei Xu – 1,975,000
- John Simonian – 1,850,000
- Pierre Merlin – 1,850,000
- Joseph Liberta – 1,835,000
Erik Seidel Plays For Bracelet #10, Another Deep Run for Arieh
In the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud Championship, there are a number of different narratives lining up to play out on the final day of the event.
Event #73 has some big, big players still in the hunt for the bracelet and $352 958 top prize, with Marco Johnson (1,400,000) top of the shop and in line for his third WSOP bracelet. Further down the final 11 players, Erik Seidel (994,000) will shoot for the 10th WSOP bracelet of his career tomorrow, which would put him second on the all-time bracelet winners list with Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey and Johnny Chan.
Josh Arieh (535,000) seeks another deep run to the podium places in order to further stretch his WSOP Player of the Year lead after an amazing 2021 World Series of Poker so far.
WSOP 2021 Event #73 $888 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Day Chipcounts:
- Marco Johnson – 1,400,000
- Yuval Bronshtein – 1,332,000
- Brian Hastings – 1,093,000
- Erik Seidel – 994,000
- Ian O’Hara – 975,000
- Scott Seiver – 783,000
- John Monnette – 657,000
- Josh Arieh – 535,000
- Gary Benson – 351,000
- Ahmed Mohamed – 273,000
- Brett Richey – 192,000
Finally, in Event #74, the $2,500-entry Big Bet Mix event, 212 entries led to 10 hours of poker reducing the field to just 92 in the mix for Day 2. Of the survivors, Jarryd Godena (1,400,000) has the lead with the Australian bagging slightly more than Brazilian player Yuri Dzivielevski (1,332,000) and Ismael Bojang (1,093,000).
With players such as Chris Brewer, Yueqi Zhu, Mike Matusow, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Benny Glaser, Jake Daniels, Paul Volpe and Ben Yu all departing on the first day’s play, players will likely battle down to a final table and one step closer to the $117,898 top prize on tomorrow’s Day 2.
WSOP 2021 Event #74 $2,500 Big Bet Mix Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Jarryd Godena – 1,400,000
- Yuri Dzivielevski – 1,332,000
- Ismael Bojang – 1,093,000
- Asher Lower – 994,000
- Yik Chiu – 975,000
- Richard Bai – 783,000
- Anthony Ribeiro – 657,000
- Scott Bohlman – 535,000
- Jon Turner – 351,000
- Maury Barrett – 273,000