After being down to less than two big blinds after losing a flip, Michael Noori mounted a monstrous comeback and fought his way through the remaining 14 players to be the last player standing in Event #30: $1,500 MONSTER STACK at the 2021 World Series of Poker. Noori claims his maiden WSOP bracelet after topping the 3,520-entrant field to see his lifetime tournament earnings surpass $1.94 million following his first five-digit tournament score.
“I got lucky the first hand, and then got a couple of shoves and three-bet jams through, and just kind of battled,” Noori said on his comeback after being left with just one-and-a-half big blinds. “Even four-handed, Ryan had all the chips and I just stayed focused, never gave up, and kept battling.”
Following an audible that saw the MONSTER STACK set to conclude on PokerGO.com, the final day action began with 24 players remaining and all eyes on the $610,437 first-place prize. Jason Riesenberg, Lee Markholt, and Santiago Plante were a few of the names to fall before the final table of nine was set and players relocated to the PokerGO Main Stage table. Ryan Leng had held the chip lead for the majority of the day but would enter the final table in second place behind Mordechai Hazan as Leng was looking to join Anthony Zinno as the only players to have won two WSOP bracelets this WSOP.
Once Anthony Ortega and Johan Schumacher were eliminated, the PokerGO stream was underway with the final seven players. Daniel Fortier exited in seventh before Noori doubled into second place on the leaderboard when his pocket sevens spiked a two-outer against previous chip leader Hazan who held pocket jacks. Hazan then took a stand with king-queen suited but ran into the pocket kings of Leng before Charlie Dawson lost a flip holding pocket eights to Leng’s ace-king. Christopher Andler fell in fourth place, and when Rafael Reis exited in third, Leng entered heads-up play with a two-to-one advantage over Noori.
In one of their first clashes, Noori turned the nut straight and saw the last of his chips enter the pot against Leng’s top two pair. The river blanked out, and Noori now held a five-to-two lead over Leng. The two exchanged pots back-and-forth before the final hand saw Leng all-in on the turn with a flush and straight draw, as well as one over card against Noori’s pocket queens. The river brought a blank, and Leng was eliminated in second place as Noori joined the long-list of WSOP bracelet winners.
Feel pretty good. I’m still kind of in shock,” Noori said moments after winning. “The heads-up match went really quick so still kind of processing it and going through it. I had two huge coolers that went my way, so I was fortunate enough to win the bracelet.”
Although often regarded as a mixed game player, Noori has accumulated many No-Limit Hold’em results including two cashes during the 2021 WSOP, and six cashes throughout the last three WSOP Online series’ on both WSOP.com and GGPoker.
“I think mixed games, but apparently No-Limit,” Noori said about if he’s better at mixed games or No-Limit Hold’em. “I’ve had some deep runs in the MONSTER STACK. So I’ve kind of been there before but didn’t have the crucial flip go my way. But this final table, everything just went my way.”
Noori managed to win his first WSOP bracelet on the PokerGO.com stream, but also surrounded by a loyal group of friends that cheered him on throughout the final table.
“It’s great,” Noori said about winning in front of his friends. “For all of them to have the support out here and to cheer me on was amazing. And to win my first bracelet in the MONSTER STACK was even better.”
Noori now sits with over $1 million in WSOP earnings that includes 61 WSOP cashes, and finally the coveted WSOP bracelet.
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|Event #30: $1,500 MONSTER STACK Final Table Results