British mixed game specialist Benny Glaser won his fourth WSOP bracelet of a career defined by his World Series of Poker greatness as he closed out the heads-up battle to seal victory in the $10,000-entry Razz Championship.
Glaser the Closer as Carlton Finally Overcome
Taking his seat on the final day of the event, Glaser had only one opponent to topple, after Everett Carlton had fought so hard yesterday that the finale had to be delayed by 24 hours. But in the end, there was no denying the British pro, who bagged his fourth WSOP bracelet after an hour-long rollercoaster heads-up battle to the finish.
Carlton took Glaser’s lead at one point and threatened to put himself in a dominant position for victory. Instead, Glaser chipped away at his opponent before taking the lead back and grinding his opponent down to the point where he had simply no chips left to fight with. It was a powerful display of exactly the skills that Glaser has established over so many years playing specifically WSOP Events at the Rio.
After the win, Glaser thanked his supporters online as he celebrated his latest incredible mixed game victory.
I got the win!! 😁🥇
I’m genuinely so happy. It’s amazing 😊
And it’s been an incredible series!
Thanks for all the love everyone, it seriously means a lot! ♥️
— Benny Glaser (@BennyGlaser)
WSOP 2021 Event #78 $10,000 Razz Championship Final Table Results:
- Benny Glaser – $274,693
- Everett Carlton – $169,773
- Yuri Dzivielevski – $123,254
- Erik Sagstrom – $90,859
- John Monnette – $68,025
- Yehuda Buchalter – $51,739
- Erik Seidel – $39,987
- Phil Hellmuth – $31,411
Schemion Wins First-Ever Bracelet After Long Wait Ends in Style
German poker superpower Ole Schemion won his first-ever WSOP bracelet in the $1,979-entry Poker Hall of Fame Bounty event. At a final table where he went into play with a huge lead, Schemion used his stack and his considerable skills to get the job done in stunning fashion in the Thunderdome at the Rio.
With six players making the final day, it didn’t take long for that number to be reduced. Jerry Wong busted in sixth place to Schemion when Wong shoved pre-flop with and Schemion called with . The board of saw Schemion win another important hand and increase his lead over the remaining four players.
James Alexander busted in fifth place for $37,965 when he moved all-in pre-flop with and Marc Rivera called with . The board of saw Alexander exit, but his conqueror only laddered one more rung, busting in fourth for $52,569.
Rivera’s final hand was a call from Schemion’s shove with . Rivera was way ahead with , but while the flop of kept him ahead and the turn card of was safe, the on the river gave Schemion the straight and sent the Philippines player home.
Minutes later, Giovani Torre busted in third place to send play heads-up. Schemion shoved once again, moving all-in with and getting a call from Torre with . The flop of looked to have all but locked the hand up apart from diamonds for the Portuguese player, but an incredible runout of a turn and gave Schemion trips instead to send Torre to the cash desk with a payout slip worth $73,175.
Heads-up, Schemion had eight times his opponents stack, and it took no time at all after a short break for the event to conclude in the German’s favor. Canadian player Ben Underwood had made it all the way to second place, but his couldn’t catch Schemion’s as a board of gave the German the top prize of $172,499 and Underwood a runner-up result worth $106,618.
WSOP 2021 Event #79 $1,979 Hall of Fame Bounty Final Table Results:
- Ole Schemion – $172,499
- Benjamin Underwood – $106,618
- Giovani Torre – $74,175
- Marc Rivera – $52,569
- James Alexander – $37,965
- Jerry Wong – $27,951
In Event #80, the third bracelet of four to be won on a mammoth day of action went to Robert Cowan as an all-British heads-up played out in the Amazon Room at the Rio.
At the six-handed final table, reached after the elimination of
WSOP 2021 Event #80 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Final Table Results:
- Robert Cowan – $280,916
- Robert Emmerson – $173,613
- Uri Reichenstein – $116,106
- Dylan Weisman – $79,368
- William Benson – $55,485
- Karel Mokry – $39,688
An exciting conclusion to the $800 Deepstack Event #81 saw Jason Wheeler take home his first-ever WSOP bracelet after many years on the professional poker circuit. On a day where Will givens held the lead going into the action, 121 players played down to a winner in dramatic fashion.
After players such as the aforementioned Givens (39th for $4,605) joined other like Justin Lapka (47th for $3,920) and Melanie Weisner (66th for $2,933) on the rail, the unofficial final table was reached in record time, with Wheeler the shortest stack of ten. Doubling up quickly with against the of Antoine Goutard, however, Wheeler grabbed some chips and more importantly momentum as he began his ascent to the top of the leaderboard.
After Maxwell Sabel busted in 10th place, Robert Hill busted in ninth place for $18,968 when his couldn’t catch the pocket kings of Julian Velasquez on a queen high board after the chips all went in pre-flop. John O’Neal busted in eight for $24,165 when Goutard held again, his standing up to O’Neal’s .
When Ralph Massey busted to Velasquez in seventh place, his dominated and defeated by the Colombian’s , an ace and two queens on the board saw Velasquez take the lead, but with players like Garry Gates and Wheeler himself chipping up, the power dynamics at the table were shifting every orbit.
Shelok Wong busted in sixth place for $40,376 when his ace-high couldn’t top Velasquez’ top pair on the turn, and Goutard busted very soon after when his was shot down by Diogo Veiga’s , leving the French player on the rail in fifth for $52,943.
Garry Gates knows plenty about finishing fourth in a major tournament, as he came in that exact position in the Main Event just a couple of years ago, but he will regret this bust-out almost as much. ‘Not finishing fourth again’ was never said by Gates, however, and it was a good job as his was shot down by Velasquez’ on a board where an ace on the turn ended the drama before 5th street fell.
Gates cashed for an impressive $70,077, and he was joined on the rail soon after by Veiga, whose third-place finish earned him $93,627. Veiga’s 6c] didn’t hold as Wheeler’s flopped the world on a board of .
Heads-up, it was Velasquez who took an early lead, but Wheeler was not to be denied, getting there with an all-in with . Velasquez called with and was favorite to lift the title, but a board of saw Wheeler jumping for the ‘wheel’ straight he made on the river.
Shortly afterwards, Wheeler’s held with ease against Velasquez’ as an ace on the turn ended all hope the Colombian had, his tournament devastated by the closing two major hands of the event.
WSOP 2021 Event #81 $800 Deepstack Final Table Results:
- Jason Wheeler – $202,274
- Julian Velasquez – $126,252
- Diogo Veiga – $93,627
- Garry Gates – $70,077
- Antoine Goutard – $52,943
- Shelok Wong – $40,376
- Ralph Massey – $31,087
- John O’Neal – $24,165
- Robert Hill – $18,968
In the $250,000 Super High Roller event, just five players made the money and lasted to the final day’s play, with Spanish sensation Adrian Mateos a runaway chip leader with more chips than his four remaining opponents combined.
With a busy day of action in the event that the elite of poker will be talking about for weeks, Adrian Mateos took the lead and dominated the latter stages as just five players made the money, with over $3 million up top for tomorrow’s winner.
Michale Addamo led the field when Day 2 kicked off, but he and Ali Imsirovic saw their control of the field evaporate as the Spanish pro Mateos took over. With Ben Heath maintaining third place from Day 1 by the end of Day 2, he and the other three opponents, Keith Tilston, Seth Davies and John Kincaid, will all be threats to Mateos. Right up until German crusher Christoph Vogelsang’s elimination on the money bubble in sixth, though, Mateos was in control.
It will take some performance to stop the young European superstar winning what would be his fourth WSOP bracelet at the age of just 27 years old.
WSOP 2021 Event #82 $250,000 Super High Roller Final Table Chipcounts:
- Adrian Mateos – 25,500,000
- Keith Tilston – 8,900,000
- Ben Heath – 6,500,000
- Seth Davies – 4,550,000
- John Kincaid – 3,925,000
A Day 1a of drama in the Closer saw Turkish player Osman Ihlamur bag the chip lead with 1,765,000 chips by the end of play. With players such as Dimitar Danchev (1,635,000) and Wesley Belding (1,620,000) on his tail, Ihlamur will not have it easy on Day 2, but with just 25 players surviving from 802 entries, it was a fast-paced finish to the action as 121 players cashed.
Big names such as Kenny Hallaert (1,250,000) and Chris Moorman (1,250,000) will be a threat when Day 2 takes place, but before that happens, there is tomorrow’s Day 1b to consider, where some players who busted bigger buy-in tournaments over the last couple of days will be doing everything they can to bag up one last Day 2 stack and close out the 2021 World Series of Poker in style.
WSOP 2021 Event #83 $1,500 The Closer Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Osman Ihlamur – 1,765,000
- Dimitar Danchev – 1,635,000
- Wesley Belding – 1,620,000
- Chris Moorman – 1,250,000
- Kenny Hallaert – 1,250,000
- Gergely Kulcsar – 1,200,000
- Martins Adeniya – 1,190,000
- Joao Simao – 1,100,000
- Bin Liu – 1,000,000
- Stephen Song – 940,000
After a stunning Main Event win, the new world champion Koray Aldemir tackled some of the fans’ thoughts in an intriguing post on Twitter.
Ok, a few thoughts:
Firstly, I want to point out how great everyone at and leading up to the FT was, without exception. I got to talk to almost everyone briefly and all tried to enjoy the moment despite the pressure and significance of the moment, whilst showing
— Koray Aldemir (@kooraay90)
Phil Hellmuth is determined to chase down the top of the Player of the Year leaderboard and claim one of the only titles the ‘Poker Brat’ hasn’t won in what has been a glittering career.
Theends on Tuesday. I have 7-8 more tourneys left to BINK! Here’s the remaining schedule. I’ll need a super strong finish to catch the leader (my boy ). Even more important—and augers well w POY—I can win my 17th bracelet! Quest for 17
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth)
He’s not going to have it easy, however, after the man at the top of the chart came out of 2021 WSOP ‘retirement’ to make a sprint for the line with just a few days of competition left.
Can you imagine if these two are heads up for a bracelet late in the series? We can dream!