The final nine players have reached the promised land of the World Series of Poker Main Event, as the final table was reached in dramatic circumstances inside the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Day 7 started with just three dozen players in the hunt for the $8 million, but by the close of play, it was German player Koray Aldemir who led the field, with a massive stack of 140 million. Second in chips is George Holmes, whose 83 million stack was part-formed by an incredible moment as he busted Chance Kornuth in 16th place with aces beating ace-king, sending Kornuth to the rail for $305,000.

Of the final nine, Chase Bianchi is the only bracelet winner of any kind, with all other eight players never having won gold. With just two more days play remaining, each of the nine men sit just a few hours of poker from the greatest title in poker – that of world champion.

Watch the dramatic day play out in full here on PokerGO:

WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event
Position Player Country Chips
1st Koray Aldemir Germany 140,000,000
2nd George Holmes U.S.A. 83,700,000
3rd Alejandro Lococo Argentina 46,800,000
4th Joshua Remitio U.S.A. 40,000,000
5th Jack Oliver U.K. 30,400,000
6th Ozgur Secilmis Turkey 24,500,000
7th Hye Park U.S.A. 13,500,000
8th Chase Bianchi U.S.A. 12,100,000
9th Jareth East U.K. 8,300,000

On the penultimate day of action in Event #70, the $888-entry Crazy Eights event, players were reduced from 237 players to just six men, all of whom have their sites sight on the $888,891 top prize.

It is Israeli player Leonid Yanovski (62.2 million) who has the chip lead going into the final day of action. With five final tables playing out to either a conclusion or, in the case of the Main Event to a final three, tomorrow will be the busiest day of action in the Thunderdome for over two years. Two multiple bracelet winners are chasing down Yanovski in Greek player Georgios Sotiropoulos and South Korean Sejin Park, who are aiming to win their fourth and second bracelets respectively.

With Yanovski’s nearest challengers being David Moses (49.1m) and Paul Fehlig (48.7m), there is sure to be a battle on everyone’s hands when the final table takes place in order to grab the gold.

WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights
Position Player Country Chips
1st Leonid Yanovski Israel 62,200,000
2nd David Moses U.S.A. 49,100,000
3rd Paul Fehlig U.S.A. 48,700,000
4th Georgios Sotiropoulos Greece 21,800,000
5th Sejin Park South Korea 14,600,000
6th Timo Kamphues Germany 7,400,000

In the $10,000-entry Event #70, 237 players began the penultimate day of action as both Erik Seidel and Josh Arieh missed gold with four remaining to close out the event tomorrow.

Arieh would bust in ninth place to reach the final table but miss the glory of winning what would have been a third bracelet this series for the frontrunner for the WSOP Player of the Year title. Erik Seidel was shooting for his 10th WSOP bracelet, an accolade that would put him behind only Phil Hellmuth in the tournament’s decorated history, but bowed out in seventh place for $46,140 instead.

WSOP 2021 Event #73 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
Position Player Country Prize
5th Marco Johnson U.S.A. $79,073
6th John Monnette U.S.A. $59,545
7th Erik Seidel U.S.A. $46,140
8th Gary Benson Australia $36,821
9th Josh Arieh U.S.A. $30,290

With just four men remaining in the hunt for the bracelet, Yuval Bronshtein from Israel is going into the action with a substantial chip lead, holding 3.3 million chips to the nearest challenger Ian O’Hara (2.2m), who is yet to win a WSOP bracelet.

With three and four-time bracelet winners Scott Seiver (1.6m) and Brian Hastings (1.5m) chasing down the pair of them, it is sure to be an exciting climax to a thrilling event.

WSOP 2021 Event #73 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
Position Player Country Chips
1st Yuval Bronshtein Israel 3,320,000
2nd Ian O’Hara U.S.A. 2,120,000
3rd Scott Seiver U.S.A. 1,665,000
4th Brian Hastings U.S.A. 1,535,000

In the $2,500-entry Event #74, the Big Bet Mix, Denis Strebkov of Russia bagged up the chips lead with 1.4 million chips, way clear of two American challengers in the podium positions, Shanmukha Meruga (877,000) and Scott Bohlman (827,000).

With players such as Anthony Ribeiro (479,000) and Noah Boeken (455,000) still in the (big bet) mix, the 14 remaining players will play down to a winner tomorrow after surviving the toughest of days yet in the tournament, with 91 players having started the day.

WSOP 2021 Event #74 $2,500 Big Bet Mix
Position Player Country Prize
1st Denis Strebkov Russia 1,402,000
2nd Shanmukha Meruga U.S.A. 877,000
3rd Scott Bohlman U.S.A. 827,000
4th Hooman Nizad U.S.A. 512,000
5th Patrik Ciklamini Slovakia 498,000
6th Anthony Ribeiro Brazil 479,000
7th Noah Boeken Holland 455,000
8th Jon Turner U.S.A. 415,000
9th Asher Lower U.S.A. 375,000
10th Amnon Filippi U.S.A. 371,000

Two more events began on Day 47 of the 2021 World Series of Poker. Event #75 saw 1,191 players put up the $1,500 entry as they battled for Freezeout glory in the icy conditions of the Rio. At the close of play on Day 1, just 118 players still had chips to bag up, with Canadian player Rennei Liu (889,000) top of the lot.

With Bin Liu (610,000) and Asi Moshe (604,000) second and third in chips respectively, there were also Top 10 stacks for experienced players such as David Pham (572,000) and Artan Dedush (504,000) as others such as Phil Laak, Barry Greenstein and Cate Hall all busted during the day.

WSOP 2021 Event #75 $1,500 Freezeout NLHE
Position Player Country Chips
1st Rennei Liu Canada 889,000
2nd Bin Liu U.S.A. 610,000
3rd Asi Moshe Israel 604,000
4th David Pham U.S.A. 572,000
5th Stefan Reiser Austria 537,000
6th Armin Rezaei Austria 529,000
7th Kartik Ved India 523,000
8th Nicholas Hubers U.S.A. 510,000
9th Naor Slobodskoy Israel 505,000
10th Artan Dedusha U.K. 504,000

Finally, the $10,000-entry Super Turbo Bounty event not only began but reached the final table as seven players remained from the 307 who began the day. Of those, Aditya Agarwal leads the way with a massive stack of 8.75 million chips, which is more than double his nearest challenger, Barth Melius (3.55m).

Other big names lurk in the lower reaches of the final table, but if any of Stephen Chidwick (2.27m), Romain Lewis (2.05m), Dario Sammartino (1.93m), Uri Reichenstein (1.7m) or Yevgeniy Timoshenko (1.06m) get a double-up, they’ll be dangerous final table opponents when the final day plays out tomorrow.

Players to bust during the event included a who’s who of poker, with Martin Jacobson (18th for $15,674), Ali Imsirovic (22nd for $13,556) and Kenny Hallaert (13th for $22,298) all cashing along the way.

WSOP 2021 Event #76 $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty
Position Player Country Chips
1st Aditya Agarwal India 8,750,000
2nd Barth Melius U.S.A. 3,550,000
3rd Stephen Chidwick U.K. 2,270,000
4th Romain Lewis France 2,050,000
5th Dario Sammartino Italy 1,930,000
6th Uri Reichenstein Israel 1,795,000
7th Yevgeniy Timoshenko Ukraine 1,065,000

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