A busy day the felt in the Rio Hotel & Casino saw five events reach decisive moments as players battled for the bracelet on Day 30 of the 2021 World Series of Poker. With the Seniors Event field playing Day 2, PLO High Rollers reaching the final five and two new events creating a Day 1 buzz in the Amazon Room, we’ve got all the action from the felt.

In Event #53, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha has reached the final five players, and four-time WSOP bracelet holder Shaun Deeb is amongst the hopefuls looking to lock up the gold in tomorrow’s finale in the Thunderdome live on PokerGO. You’ll be able to find that live-streamed final right here, but Day 3 saw plenty of action as the final five were reached.

With 25 players starting the day, it took some time to reach the eight-handed final table, with players such as Jerry Wong, Bryce Yockey and Joao Vieira all leaving the action well before the final table bubble. The player who burst that was Tommy Le, who was trying to win this event on the back of claiming his second $10,000 PLO Championship title which he won the other day.

With eight players remaining, there was still time for three to bust and miss out on the final day, with Charles Sinn (eighth for $121,816) going first. He was followed to the rail by the overnight chip leader Ben Lamb as he cashed for $156,387 in seventh place, before Frenchman David Benyamine missed out in his attempt to add a second bracelet to his resume, cashing for $205,655.

WSOP 2021 Event #53 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller
Position Player Country Chips
1st Ka Kwan Lau Hong Kong 10,750,000
2nd John Beauprez U.S.A. 8,725,000
3rd Maxx Coleman U.S.A. 5,730,000
4th Shaun Deeb U.S.A. 3,640,000
5th Veselin Karakitukov Bulgaria 2,745,000

In Event #52, the $1,000-entry Seniors Event, Eli Elezra made the top 10 chipcounts after Day 2 as the action saw 1,107 players whittled down to just 148 survivors to Day 3.

Elezra will come into the next day seventh in chips after piling up a haul of 1.5 million chips, but he’s a way behind the chips leader, who after Day 2, has the chip lead with 2.7 million chips, a short distance ahead of Canadian player April Facey on just over 2.3 million.

Elsewhere, there were Day 3 seats for players such as Barry Greenstein (810,000), Adrian Moreno (530,000) and Allen Kessler (325,000), while others such as Jack McClelland, Dan Heimiller, John Cernuto, Steve Zolotow and David Pham all lose their stacks.

WSOP 2021 Event #52 $1,000 Seniors Event
Place Player Country Chips
1st David Kluchman U.S.A. 2,745,000
2nd April Facey Canada 2,330,000
3rd Marc Walter U.S.A. 1,675,000
4th Robert Sun U.S.A. 1,615,000
5th Clyde Reed U.S.A. 1,600,000
6th David Slaughter U.S.A. 1,545,000
7th Eli Elezra Israel 1,515,000
8th Sean Moore U.S.A. 1,445,000
9th Dennis McKelvey U.S.A. 1,415,000
10th Chris Wa U.S.A. 1,390,000

In Event #54, the Nine-Game Mix event, which cost $2,500 to take part in, reached Day 3 as Day 2 saw the field trimmed from 136 players to just 17. Still involved are players such as Mike Matusow (559,000) and Kenny Hsiung (822,000), while Nicholas Julia is the chip leader with 2.1 million chips, more than double his nearest competitor Robert McLaughlin with just over a million.

WSOP 2021 Event #54 $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Max
Position Player Country Chips
1st Nicholas Julia U.S.A. 2,150,000
2nd Robert McLaughlin U.S.A. 1,013,000
3rd Aditya Prasetyo U.S.A. 829,000
4th Kenny Hsiung U.S.A. 822,000
5th Kristan Lord U.S.A. 820,000
6th Justin Liberto U.S.A. 715,000
7th James Woods U.S.A. 649,000
8th Matt Vengrin U.S.A. 635,000
9th Marco Johnson U.S.A. 603,000
10th Mike Matusow U.S.A. 559,000

The $400-entry Colossus kicked off in style, with 4,217 entries reduced to just 632 survivors, including our own Jeff Platt, who bagged up a massive stack of 582,000 chips after finishing fourth in the $1,000-entry Double Stack tournament earlier in the week.

WSOP 2021 Event #55 $400 Colossus
Position Player Country Chips
1st Hiep Tran U.S.A. 1,308,000
2nd Hogyun Kang South Korea 1,297,000
3rd Vincas Tamasauskas Lithuania 1,241,000
4th Martin Ryan U.S.A. 1,178,000
5th Charbel Kanterjian Canada 1,118,000
6th Lucas Tabarin Brazil 1,116,000
7th Joseph Malebranche U.S.A. 1,098,000
8th Erikas Laugzemys Lithuania 1,048,000
9th Michael Marder U.S.A. 1,018,000
10th Ivan Barnes U.S.A. 900,000
Greg Raymer
Greg Raymer had a busy day at the felt, busting the Seniors Event but then entering the Colossus

Event #56, the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max tournament saw Day 1 players take to the felt, with 306 entries yielding just 113 hopefuls reach Day 2.

Top of the leaderboard at the close of play was Indian player Abhinav Iyer, who bagged up 483,500 and sits just ahead of Kenny Hallaert from Belgium on 468,000. Other big names in the top 10 include Matt Berkey (394,000), Ian Steinman (360,500) and Arian Stolt who closed out the top 10 with 288,500.

Elsewhere, Asi Moshe (346,000), JJ Liu (236,000), Adrian Mateos (232,000), Justin Bonomo (175,500), Darren Elias (114,000), Tommy Le (109,000), Stephen Chidwick (102,500) and Maria Ho (59,500) all made the cut while Players to bust on Day 1 included Daniel Negreanu, Ali Imsirovic, Joseph Cheong, Ryan Leng, Hossein Ensan and Damian Salas.

WSOP 2021 Event #56 $10,000 NLHE Six-Max
Position Player Country Chips
1 Abhinav Iyer India 483,500
2 Kenny Hallaert Belgium 468,000
3 Matt Berkey U.S.A. 394,000
4 Ian Steinman U.S.A. 360,500
5 Roland Rokita Austria 358,500
6 Jimmy D’Ambrosio U.S.A. 340,000
7 Giuseppe Iadisernia Venezuela 340,000
8 Jeff Frerichs U.S.A. 324,000
9 Nikita Kuznetcov Russia 300,000
10 Arian Stolt U.S.A. 288,500

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