On an incredible day at the felt, Dan Cates won his first-ever WSOP bracelet as he took down the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $954,000 after a brilliant heads-up battle against Ryan Leng.

Dan Cates Makes Sure ‘Jungle’ is Massive Winner

With Eli Elezra losing his overnight lead early and Paul Volpe proving a tricky obstacle all the way to his run in third, it was a superb day’s action which you can watch right here on PokerGO.

WSOP 2021 Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Place Player Country Prize
1 Dan Cates U.S.A. $954,020
2 Ryan Leng U.S.A. $589,628
3 Paul Volpe U.S.A. $404,243
4 Eli Elezra Israel $286,983
5 Chris Brewer U.S.A. $211,235

In Event #66, Josh Arieh sealed a memorable fourth career bracelet victory as he triumphed in the Rio for the second time in a fortnight to win the $10,000 PLO8 Championship for a top prize of $484,791.

As a dramatic final table played out, Arieh won heads-up against Danny Chang to win just under half a million dollars and perhaps most importantly further grow the belief floating around the Rio that the poker legend is not far off a place in the much-heralded Poker Hall of Fame.

With 25 years of experience playing poker at the very highest level, Arieh’s success over the past two weeks only backs up what many have known for years, that he is one of the finest mixed game players in the world and has been for a very long time.

WSOP 2021 Event #66 $10,000 PLO8 Championship
Place Player Country Prize
1st Josh Arieh U.S.A. $484,791
2nd Danny Chang U.S.A. $299,627
3rd Anatolii Zyrin Russia $207,369
4th Dan Colpoys U.S.A. $146,817
5th Jeff Gross U.S.A. $106,391
6th Adam Owen U.K. $78,955
7th Aaron Kupin U.S.A. $60,040
8th Matt Woodward U.S.A. $46,813

In the Mini Main Event finale, Greek player Georgios Sotiropoulos sealed the deal by winning the final table of five from a dominant position to topple Japanese player Wataru Miyashita heads-up and win his third WSOP bracelet.

Worth a massive $432,575, the Greek player races up the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard too in the process, a race that is becoming one of the most exciting ways to follow the closing stages of the 2021 WSOP.

WSOP 2021 Event #65 $1,000 Mini Main Event
Place Player Country Prize
1st Georgios Sotiropoulos Greece $432,575
2nd Wataru Miyashita Japan $267,328
3rd Jordan Meltzer U.S.A. $202,695
4th James Patterson U.S.A. $154,720
5th James Rubinski U.S.A. $118,898
6th Matthew Jewett U.S.A. $91,991
7th David Tuthill U.S.A. $71,661
8th James Morgan U.S.A. $56,208
9th Erkut Yilmaz U.S.A. $44,394

On Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event, players such as Steve Foutty, who led the field at the close of play with 287,000 chis, had a superb run to top the leaderboard. Others, such as Johnny Chan, Shaun Deeb and Brian Rast all busted.

With stars of the game such as Ronnie Bardah (139,600), Stephen Chidwick (124,900), four-time bracelet winner Kevin Gerhart (112,400) and Mike Matusow (56,500) all making Day 2, players will return for Day 1c tomorrow as the WSOP Main Event coverage gathers pace on PokerGO!

WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event
Place Player Country Chips
1 Steve Foutty U.S.A. 287,000
2 Matthew Traylor U.S.A. 279,500
3 Maxime Canevet U.S.A. 277,000
4 Justin Garcia U.S.A. 243,500
5 Kayvon Shahbaz U.S.A. 238,500
6 Keegan Westover U.S.A. 230,700
7 Kevin Rasor U.S.A. 228,900
8 Aaron Earthman U.S.A. 226,800
9 Jonathan Williams U.S.A. 225,100
10 Jean Guillette Canada 223,200

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