A huge day took place on Day 33 of the 2021 World Series of Poker at the Rio as Brian Yoon and Anatolii Zyrin both claimed bracelets across a mammoth session where seven tournaments either concluded or began moving towards crowning a champion.
Anatolii Zyrin claimed his second WSOP bracelet as he closed out the $400-entry Colossus event to win a massive $314,705. Zyrin started the final nine in the chasing pack rather than at the top of the chipcounts, but after early exits for players such as Lithuanian pro vincas Tamasauskas, Penh Lo and Eric Kim, the winner began ploughing through the field.
With five players left, Zyrin went on a rampage to climb to the top of the counts, and while the man with the most chips as final table play began, Michael Lee, did his best to stop the Russian, nothing could prevent Zyrin winning through. As Lee pushed hard to win his first bracelet, he left himself open to Zyrin’s counter-punching poker and the Russian’s brilliantly disguised flush took down Lee in the final hand to confirm victory.
|WSOP 2021 Event #55 $400 Colossus|
In the $10,000-entry 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw final, Brian Yoon eventually overcame Danny Wong to take his fourth WSOP bracelet and join some stellar company on that total. With Mike Thorpe busting in eighth place, two more Americans departed with the eliminations of Jordan Siegel and Brandon Shack-Harris, who enjoyed yet another cash during a series where he has hardly been away from the felt.
Eventually, after Joao Vieira busted in fifth place, Yoon and Wong seemed on a collision course and so it proved, although a long period of play with three remaining saw both players duke it out for hours with Wil Wilkinson, who would eventually bow out in third.
Heads-up, Wong still had a lead over Yoon, but the latter used all his nous to get the job done and closed out the victory in style, claiming his fourth WSOP bracelet and $240,341 for winning Event #57, with Wong having to console himself with the runner-up prize of $148,341.
|WSOP 2021 Event #57 $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw|
On Day 2 of the $50,000-entry Poker Players Championship, Paul Volpe ended the day top of the chipcounts, leading by around 100,000 chips from Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates. Cates, who has hardly played World Series events over the past few years, added an element of randomness to proceedings and bagged up 944,000, not far behind Volpe’s stack of 1,0192,000.
Plenty of other big names made the top 10 chipcounts with George Alexander (820,000), Brian Rast (790,000) and Nick Schulman (723,000) all enjoying profitable days at the felt. Of the 35 players who survived Day 2 and made it past late registration, Day 1 chip leader Bryce Yockey (510,000), Eli Elezra (700,000), 2021 WSOP crusher Anthony Zinno (415,000), and Daniel Negreanu, (655,000) all had excellent days at the felt, in particular Negreanu, who almost multiplied his stack by ten at the close of the action.
Others who couldn’t make the cut included Benny Glaser, Shaun Deeb, Frank Kassela, George Wolff, Michael Mizrachi and Phil Hellmuth, who entered late on Day 2, only to bust out in an emotional defeat for the Poker Brat, who still sits in the top five on this year’s WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard.
|WSOP 2021 Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship|
The $1,000-entry Super Seniors reached just 65 players on Day 2 as David Slaughter bagged the chip lead in impressive fashion. He finished the day on 1,835,000 chips, marginally more than Randall Bolick 91,755,000) and Bill Stabler (1,725,000), with players such Sammy Farha (66th for $3,678), Dan Shak (97th for $2,583) and James Hess (218th for $1,756) all cashing on the day but making it no further.
|WSOP 2021 Event #58 $1,000 Super Seniors|
In the $1,000-entry Tag Team Event #59, Michael Newman and Robert Ormont prevailed with the chip lead as the final ten places were reached, with just tomorrow’s final table to come.
Players such as Jeff Platt and Brent Hanks as well as Melanie Weisner and Xuan Liu both busted, but plenty of entertaining couples remain with Holly Babbitt & Michael Babbit (1,345,000) and Amanda Botfeld & David Botfeld (790,000) both still in with a chance of victory.
|WSOP 2021 Event #59 $1,000 Tag Team|
|1st||Michael Newman & Robert Ormont||2,960,000|
|2nd||Tomer Wolf & David Landell||1,900,000|
|3rd||Mike Ruter & Samy Dighlawi||1,700,000|
|4th||Holly Babbitt & Michael Babbitt||1,345,000|
|5th||Alfie Adam & Vidur Sethi||1,315,000|
|6th||Benjamin Miner & Dmitriy Uskach||1,065,000|
|7th||Zachary Erdwurm & Steven Jones||850,000|
|8th||Amanda Botfeld & David Botfeld||790,000|
|9th||Scott Johnston & Bob Fisher||455,000|
|10th||Mike Lutz & Matt Krebs||430,000|
In Event #61, the $600 Deepstack Championship, Robert Hankins ended Day 1 play with the lead, bagging up 868,000, just a little more than Samuel Taylor (838,000) and Radoslav Stoyanov (830,000), with 3,916 entrants whittled down to just 588 making the money and only 448 surviving the day as a whole.
|WSOP 2021 Event #61 $600 Deepstack Championship|
Finally, Event #62, the $1,500-entry PLO8 event saw a marathon 15 levels of play, with Japanese player Tsugunari Toma totalling 1,076,000 chips, an amazing stack considering his nearest challenger is Steve Chanthabouasy with 393,000 chips.
Big names to crack the top 10 of the 113 players who survived from 725 entries included Michael Trivett (342,000), Nathan Gamble 9328,000) and Andrew Yeh (318,000), all of whom will approach the task of taking down Toma with appetite on Day 2.
|WSOP 2021 Event #62 $1,500 PLO Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better|