The final week of the 2021 World Series of Poker has arrived and the series is set to wrap up with some of the biggest action of the fall. In addition to the finale of the WSOP Main Event awarding its $8 million first-place prize and crowing a new World Champion, the homestretch of the schedule features a series of robust high rollers that could have a major impact on the Player of the Year race, the final Mixed Game championship event, and an event to celebrate the naming of a new member of the Poker Hall of Fame.
Event #79 – $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Freezout
To commemorate the origins of the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979 and to celebrate the latest induction () the WSOP is holding the first-ever $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty tournament that gives everyone a chance to play with a poker legend. Every living member of the PHOF who decides to play will have a bounty on their heads equal to the year that they were accepted into the Hall. For example, 16-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2007 and so whoever takes out The Poker Brat in this event will earn themselves a $2,007 bounty – pretty fun and straightforward.
With some luck, many of the invited members of the PHOF will turn out and give fans a chance to see them up close. Legends likely to be in the field include Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Johnny Chan, Mori Eskandani, and, perhaps, another appearance by Doyle Brunson.
At the same time, the newest member of the Poker Hall of Fame will be revealed and, if they are in town, can join the proceedings with the biggest bounty of them all.
The final table of this event will be available to watch on Thursday, November 19 on PokerGO.
Complete WSOP Week 7+ Schedule
|11-15||Event #75: Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em||11:00 AM||$1,500|
|11-15||Event #76: Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout||03:00 PM||$10,000|
|11-16||Event #77: FIFTY STACK No-Limit Hold’em||11:00 AM||$1,500|
|11-16||Event #78: Razz Championship||03:00 PM||$10,000|
|11-17||Event #79: Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout||11:00 AM||$1,979|
|11-17||Event #80: 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha||03:00 PM||$3,000|
|11-18||Event #81: No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack||11:00 AM||$800|
|11-18||Event #82: Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em||03:00 PM||$250,000|
|11-19||Event #83A: The Closer – No-Limit Hold’em||11:00 AM||$1,500|
|11-19||Event #84: HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha||03:00 PM||$50,000|
|11-20||Event #83B: The Closer – No-Limit Hold’em||11:00 AM||$1,500|
|11-20||Event #85: HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em||03:00 PM||$50,000|
|11-21||Event #86: Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em||12:00 PM||$1,000|
|11-21||Event #87: High Roller No-Limit Hold’em||03:00 PM||$100,000|
|11-21||PA Online Event: Mini Main||03:30 PM||$1,000|
|11-21||Online Event #10: WSOP.com Mini Main Event||05:30 PM||$1,000|
|11-22||Event #88: 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em||12:00 PM||$5,000|
Event #82 – $250,000 Super High Roller
Event #85 – $50,000 High Roller
Event #87 – $100,000 High Roller
There’s no reason not to lump these three events in with each other this week as all three will both bring out some of the WSOP’s biggest stars as well as, possibly, have a major impact on the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year race.
It’s tough to gauge the field that might show up to play in the $250,000 Super High Roller. Perhaps eyeingprovides the window as to who will pony up a quarter million. Names like Stephen Chidwick, Justin Bonomo, and Michael Addamo should be in the field. Fedor Holz is planning on playing and Jake Schindler should be in as well. Plus, perhaps a couple of the upcoming crop like Ali Imsirovic and Chris Brewer with fire away. Whoever is in, the final table of this major event can be watched on PokerGO on Saturday, November 20.
It’s a similar situation for the $100,000 but with a few extra names in the mix. We already know that a number of the Player of the Year contenders, including current leaderto try and rack up some POY points. In general, this should have a constellation of poker stars looking to both hit a huge payday and, for some, save their series. In 2019, Keith Tilston took home the top prize of $2,792,406 in a field of 99 runners. Daniel Negreanu finished as the runner-up for more than $1.7 million, bringing his investors a nice ROI. With field sizes being down roughly 35% this series, one can still expect 60-70 runners and one of the richest top prizes of the fall. Watch this final table when it takes place on the final day of the series, Tuesday, November 23.
Finally, the $50,000 High Roller may be the most exciting as even more elite players find their way into the registration line. In 2019, the last $50K of the series drew 123 runners as Danny Tang booked a $1.6 million victory over runner-up Sam Soverel who won $994K. But one doesn’t need to look back to 2019 to get a feel for what this might look like. Earlier in the series Michael Addamo took down the first $50,000 High Roller for $1.1 million in a field of 81 and, although not a direct comparison, Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $954,020 in a field of 63 runners. On Monday, November 22, the final table will crown a winner live on PokerGO.
Something to keep an eye on for all three of these events is the influx of international players that made their way to the Main Event once travel restrictions to the United States were relaxed earlier in November. Some of these events may benefit by a few percentage points by those last-minute travelers looking to play big having missed out on much of the series.
Plus, also note that the Player of the Year points assigned to each of these contests is massive. Even small fields in these big buy-ins have the ability to switch the narrative on who will walk away with the 2021 POY awards.
One Last Championship Event
Event #78 – $10,000 Razz Championship
It’s the final $10,000 Championship event of the series and, like many of the final big buy-in events, has a real chance of making an impact on who will walk away with the Player of the Year title. Razz likes to keep it low, and with so many events taking place this week, the field is likely to remain right around 90-100 players, but it should be a lineup of well-known mixed game crushers who enter including Scott Seiver who will be looking to defend his 2019 title for which he won just over $301k.