Three WSOP bracelets were won on one of the busiest days of the 2021 World Series of Poker as Tommy Le, Alexandre Reard and Anthony Denove all claimed gold, while our own Jeff Platt made it right to the final stages of the Double Stack finale.

Platt Falls Just Short as Denove Delivers

In the $1,000-entry Double Stack Event #43, a stunning performance from our own Jeff Platt saw the No Gambel, No Future co-host claim $160,662 for finishing fourth after a dramatic final day.

Coming into play ninth in chips of the 17 remaining players, Platt rode a rollercoaster of hands all the way to the final four for the biggest result of his poker career as he topped even the 60th-place finish from his WSOP Main Event back in 2015.

Platt, of course, fell just short of the win, which went to Anthony Denove, after the long-tie cash game player took apart David Guay heads-up to win with pocket tens topping pocket nines in the final hand.

WSOP 2021 Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack
Place Player Country Prize
1 Anthony Denove U.S.A. $446,983
2 David Guay Canada $276,269
3 Timothy Little U.S.A. $210,004
4 Jeff Platt U.S.A. $160,662
5 Frank Lagodich U.S.A. $123,710
6 Steven Stolzenfeld U.S.A. $95,878
7 Kenneth Inouye U.S.A. $74,796
8 Joshua Harrison U.S.A. $58,735
9 Michael Wang U.S.A. $46,430
10 Matthew Raffoul Canada $36,949
Jeff Platt Departs
It was a case of so near and yet so far for PokerGO’s Jeff Platt, as he left in fourth place for $160,662

With the Pot Limit Omaha Championship playing out on Tuesday night, all eyes were on the Thunderdome as Tommy Le claimed a famous win in the tournament he also won a bracelet in back in 2017.

Playing out live on PokerGO, Le crushed the final table and claimed victory after beating Jordan Spurlin heads-up. You can watch all the action as it happened right here:

WSOP 2021 Event #45 $10,000 PLO Championship
Place Player Country Prize
1 Tommy Le U.S.A. $746,477
2 Jordan Spurlin U.S.A. $461,360
3 Chris Sandrock U.S.A. $324,800
4 Artem Maksimov Russia $232,236
5 Jeremy Ausmus U.S.A. $168,689
6 Eli Elezra Israel $124,508
7 Arthur Morris U.S.A. $93,406
8 Ashly Butler U.S.A. $71,242
Tommy Le Bracelet
Twice as nice! Tommy Le won his second PLO Championship bracelet after taking down the same tournament in 2017.

In Event #47, the $5,000 Freezeout final table final five played down to a winner as French player Alexandre Reard triumphed. It was Reard’s first WSOP bracelet win, with his $3 million in career winnings eclipsed by the magic of claiming WSOP gold for the first time.

Beating former bracelet winner Daniel Strelitz heads-up, Reard won $428,694 for his first-place finish, while Strelitz banked $264,953 as runner-up.

WSOP 2021 Event #47 $5,000 Freezeout
Place Player Country Prize
1 Alexandre Reard France $428,694
2 Daniel Strelitz U.S.A. $264,953
3 Ren Lin U.S.A. $186,803
4 Conrad Simpson U.S.A. $133,733
5 Qing Liu U.S.A. $97,238
6 Darren Grant Canada $71,827
7th Diogo Veiga Portugal $59,913
8th Jamie Sequeira Canada $41,132

Just 10 players remain in the $1,500-entry Event #48, otherwise known as The Shootout. Ari Engel is one more single-table win away from claiming his third bracelet of this World Series, while Johan Schumacher and Thomas Boivin will both be standing in his way when the cards are in the air on the final day.

Others weren’t so fortunate, with stars of the felt such as Brian Yoon, Joseph Cheong and Sam Grafton all fading on the second day of action to leave before the chance of winning a bracelet presents itself tomorrow.

In the $10,000-entry Event #49, Benny Glaser proved top dog on the penultimate day to lead the remaining eight players to the final table of the NLHE 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. Elsewhere, players of huge repute such as Daniel Negreanu (517,000) and Jake Schwartz (468,000) made the cut, while Glaser’s stack of just over 2.1 million chips is clear of the rest, with Johannes Becker from Germany his closest rival with 1.3 million.

WSOP 2021 Event #49 $10,000 NLHE 2-7 Lowball Draw
Position Player Country Chips
1st Benny Glaser U.K. 2,101,000
2nd Johannes Becker Germany 1,381,000
3rd Farzad Bonyadi U.S.A. 1,106,000
4th Dustin Dirksen U.S.A. 953,000
5th Ben Diebold U.S.A. 522,000
6th Daniel Negreanu Canada 517,000
7th Jake Schwartz U.S.A. 468,000
8th Julien Martini France 270,000

In Event #50, the $600-entry PLO/NLHE mixed six-max event, it was Eric Froelich who bagged the chip lead with over 2.5 million chips at the close of a frantic Day 1 at the felt in the Rio.

With a total of 1,569 entries, just 66 players survived to Day 2, with the only former WSOP bracelet winners still involved being Justin Lapka (1,455,000), Mark Seif (1,230,000), Lee Watkinson (875,000) and Daniel Zack (245,000). Others to come close but miss out on Day 2 included Yueqi Zhu, Eric Baldwin, Rep Porter and Ken Aldridge as 236 players cashed.

WSOP 2021 Event #50 $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Six-Max
Position Player Country Chips
1st Eric Froehlich U.S.A. 2,550,000
2nd Kristopher Burchfield U.S.A. 2,530,000
3rd Alejandro Jaureguireynoso U.S.A. 1,975,000
4th Mario Arribas U.S.A. 1,730,000
5th Michael Thomas U.S.A. 1,620,000
6th Justin Lapka U.S.A. 1,455,000
7th Hanan Braun Austria 1,255,000
8th Mark Seif U.S.A. 1,230,000
9th Steve Westheimer U.S.A. 1,190,000
10th Colten Yamagishi Canada 1,165,000

Finally, Event #51 concluded with the field of 997 players who took on the $3,000-entry Six-Max No Limit Hold’em event reduced to just 41 by the close of play. At the end of Day 1, Japanese players Jun Obara led the way, with a massive stack of 3 million chips crushing the competition. It says a lot that Obara’s nearest challengers are Ukrainian Rostyslav Sabishchenko and Tuan Phan sneaking over 2 million.

There were places in the top 10 chipcounts for stars such as Brian Rast (1,665,000), Uri Reichenstein (1,660,000) and Manig Loeser (1,375,000) while others such as Jared Jaffee, Alexandre Reard ad Daniel Strelitz couldn’t survive to Day 2 but made the 150 money places.

WSOP 2021 Event #51 $3,000 NLHE Six-Max
Position Player Country Chips
1st Jun Obara Japan 3,010,000
2nd Rostyslav Sabishchenko Ukraine 2,020,000
3rd Tuan Phan U.S.A. 2,000,000
4th John Gallaher U.S.A. 1,700,000
5th Brian Rast U.S.A. 1,665,000
6th Uri Reichenstein Israel 1,660,000
7th Jon Vallinas Spain 1,655,000
8th Matthew Schwagler U.S.A. 1,475,000
9th Lachezar Petkov Bulgaria 1,415,000
10th Manig Loeser Germany 1,375,000

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