The $10,000-entry Dealer’s Choice Six-Handed Event #36 saw Phil Hellmuth just miss out on glory as the 16-time WSOP bracelet holder fell at the last to Adam Friedman, who went back-to-back in the event and won yet another bracelet.

With players such as Daniel Negreanu and Mike Matusow busting in 9th and 5th place respectively, Phil Hellmuth and Adam Friedman were on a collision course for the bracelet and so it proved as the action played out live on PokerGO.

WSOP 2021 Event #36 $10,000 Dealer’s Choice
Place Player Country Prize
1st Adam Friedman U.S.A. $248,350
2nd Phil Hellmuth U.S.A. $153,493
3rd Jake Schwartz U.S.A. $107,861
4th Carol Fuchs U.S.A. $77,437
5th Mike Matusow U.S.A. $56,826
6th Andrew Kelsall U.S.A. $42,646
Phil Hellmuth 36DC
Phil Hellmuth came oh so close to his 17th bracelet, running all the way to a heads-up defeat in his bid for more glory

Michael Addamo managed to turn an incredible Day 1 into an amazing Day 2 as the Australian high roller dominated the action at the felt to head into the final day as a huge chip leader with just five players remaining in the WSOP Event #38, the $50,000 NLHE High Roller event.

Stacking up over 11 million chips by the close of play, Addamo has more than double the chips of any of his four opponents and almost as much as them all combined upon reaching the final day. With Addamo starting the day with a big lead, he had grown his stack to 6.8 million by the time the final day began, with only Erik Seidel looking like he might be able to keep up with the Aussie.

Nine players made the final table, but German Leonard Maue had barely taken his seat before he was on the rail. Losing out to Bin Weng’s pocket kings, Maue was the first of four eliminations to come as the final table was cut in half before chips reached bags.

Italian poker professional Mustapha Kanit busted in eighth place for a payday worth $126,141 before Sam Soverel – master of high stakes tournaments as seen so many times before, was eliminated in seventh place for $157,666.

Soverel’s exit in particular was painful, with his pocket tens all-in and at risk to Seidel’s ace-king. The flop had a ten, but also cards that gave Seidel a Broadway straight draw, which came in on the turn to send play six-handed, with one more bust-out to come before play concluded for the day.

Justin Bonomo 50k HR
Justin Bonomo is one of just four players who will take on runaway chip leader Michael Addamo on the final day of the $50,000 WSOP High Roller

With everyone pushing to survive, Addamo was able to make chips from his position as chip leader and while Bin Weng’s bust out in sixth place was pivotal to ending the night, Addamo’s stack was growing right up until that moment, with Justin Bonomo’s elimination of Weng to send him home in sixth for $202,236 coming as a fine conclusion to a day of drama at the felt.

WSOP 2021 Event #38 $50,000 NLHE High Roller
Place Player Country Chips
1st Michael Addamo Australia 11,475,000
2nd Justin Bonomo U.S.A. 4,975,000
3rd Erik Seidel U.S.A. 4,335,000
4th Gal Yifrach U.S.A. 3,160,000
5th Chris Hunichen U.S.A. 405,000
6th Bin Weng U.S.A. $202,236
7th Sam Soverel U.S.A. $157,666
8th Mustapha Kanit Italy $126,141
9th Leonard Maue Germany $103,635

Event #39 saw 14 hours of play bring 821 entries down to just 58 players in seats by the close of one of the longest Day 1s of the 2021 World Series so far. Josh Arieh led the remaining field after those levels were complete, piling up exactly 1 million chips to lead from Robert Blair (852,000) and Ryan Leng (847,000) at the top of the leaderboard.

Others to thrive on Day 1 and make the top 10 chipcounts include Gabriel Andrade (645,000) and Ivan Deyra (635,000), with players such as Daniel Zack (479,000), Jan-Peter Jachtmann (405,000) and Ari Engel (394,000) only a little further back.

WSOP 2021 Event #39 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Place Player Chips
1st Josh Arieh 1,000,000
2nd Robert Blair 852,000
3rd Ryan Leng 847,000
4th Fred Goldberg 653,000
5th Gabriel Andrade 645,000
6th Ivan Deyra 635,000
7th Dien Le 627,000
8th Craig Varnell 566,000
9th Nitesh Rawtani 563,000
10th Zachary Bergevin 512,000

In the $10,000-entry H.O.R.S.E. event, Qinghai Pan ended the day on top, with 373,000 chips ahead of Scott Seiver (261,000) and Andrew Yeh (229,500) in the counts. Randy Ohel, David Benyamine and Jerry Wong all made the top 10 too, but others such as Daniel Negreanu busted before the close of play.

WSOP 2021 Event #40 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Position Player Country Chips
1st Qinghai Pan U.S.A. 373,000
2nd Scott Seiver U.S.A. 261,000
3rd Andrew Yeh U.S.A. 229,500
4th Randy Ohel U.S.A. 219,500
5th David Benyamine France 219,000
6th Marco Johnson U.S.A. 218,000
7th Jerry Wong U.S.A. 217,500
8th Brett Richey U.S.A. 215,500
9th Jesse Klein U.S.A. 199,500
10th Nate Silver U.S.A. 197,000

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