A monumental day at the felt on Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event saw just 292 players remain from 1,000 who began the day. When the dust settled, Ramon Colillas was the chip leader with a massive stack of 5,000,000 chips, with some big names not too far behind in his wake.
Stephen Chidwick and Ramon Colillas Crack Top 5
With everyone on Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event guaranteed a return of at least $15,000, players had made the money on the final hand of Day 3, so came into today’s play desperate to chip up and make a push towards the latter stages of the world’s biggest poker tournament. Because of this, plenty lost their seats early, with Garry Gates, Kevin Gerhart, and Harrison Gimbel all on the rail before the field was reduced by over 70%.
Late in the day, players got into pre-flop clashes that may yet shape the destiny of this year’s spectacular Main Event bracelet. Amid the chaos, several prominent British professionals finished high up the counts, with Stephen Chidwick (4,328,000), Alex Goulder (2,957,000), and Toby Lewis (2,637,000) all finishing way over the average stack.
The chip leader at the close of play may have been Colillas, but other major forces hover close by. Matthew Jewett (3,398,000) Fernando Rodriguez (3,442,000), Dragana Lim (3,801,000), and Jason Osser (3,907,000) all finished in the top 10, while Stephen Song (4,417,000) and Demosthenes Kiriopoulos (4,500,000) both got closest to Colillas’s stack.
Some players loved the glow of the limelight at the feature table, others, not so much…
Heyplaying at a feature table is probably 2-3x more exhausting than normal, AND we show our hole cards. I enjoyed it but I really hope you mix up the players you choose!
— Chance Kornuth (@ChancesCards)
…while Matt Berkey saw a little sunlight in the serendipity.
Absolute wild turn of events. Dealer sort of flashes my first card so I just table it, Kd… Second card Kc…I get the 9c as a replacement and just muck I’m so titled… Guy to my left, AA
Next hand I get AA vsQQ & get a full double. Bagged 1.5, stone free rollin
— Matt Berkey (@berkey11)
Players to bust on Day 4 included Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Billy Baxter, Chris Sandrock, Anton Wigg, JJ Liu, Marle Spragg, Joao Simao, and Ben Yu, with Day 5 sure to bring the number down to less than 100 players as everyone can now legitimately start dreaming of banking that $8 million top prize.
WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Day 4 Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Ramon Colillas – 5,000,000
- Demosthenes Kiriopoulos – 4,500,000
- Stephen Song – 4,417,000
- Stephen Chidwick – 4,376,000
- Zachary Mcdiarmid – 4,093,000
- Jonathan Dwek – 3,955,000
- Jason Osser – 3,900,700
- Dragana Lim – 3,801,000
- Fernando Rodriguez – 3,442,000
- Matthew Jewett – 3,398,000
26 Remain In Little One
Event #68 saw the penultimate day of the $1,111 Little One for One Drop take place, with just 26 players surviving a day that began with 229 players in seats. At the close of play, Michael Shanahan (13,465,000) led the field from Brekstyn Schutten (11,305,000) and Scott Ball (10,550,000), with other big names in the top ten including Canadian Sorel Mizzi (6,686,000).
Plenty of big names fell by the wayside throughout the day, with Justin Lapka, DJ Alexander, Mukul Pahuja, Alexandre Reard, Carlos Chang, Phil Laak, and Joseph Cheong all falling short of bracelet glory. With just 26 players remaining, the race is now on to claim the WSOP bracelet and top prize of $396,445, with only three bracelet winners remaining of the 26 hopefuls.
WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Michael Shanahan – 13,465,000
- Brekstyn Schutten – 11,305,000
- Scott Ball – 10,550,000
- Mathew Solitro – 8,500,000
- David Jackson – 8,180,000
- Derek Gregory – 7,310,000
- Sebastian Medina – 7,205,000
- Petro Zakusilov – 7,040,000
- Ronnie Ballantyne – 7,000,000
- Sorel Mizzi – 6,686,000
Jermain Reid Scores Stud Gold
In Event #69, Jermaine Reid won the bracelet and $113,459 top prize as the mixed game player conquered the final day of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. In a thrilling close to the tournament, Reid toppled Peder Berge heads-up to relegate Berge to a cash worth $70,126.
On a day where both John Monnette (4th for $33,734) and John Racener ($10,095) fell short of glory that many predicted would be a battle between that pair, Reid took the first bracelet of his career as the Day 1 chip leader rallied late in the tournament to ‘top and tail’ the event and snatch gold.
WSOP 2021 Event #69 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results:
- Jermaine Reid – $113,459
- Peder Berge – $70,126
- John Hoang – $48,138
- John Monnette – $33,734
- Esther Taylor – $24,145
- Carol Fuchs – $17,658
- Espen Sandvik – $13,202
- John Racener – $10,095
- Joseph Ranciato – $7,900
- Perry Friedman – $6,330
Let’s Go Crazy (Eights)
The delayed Day 1 of the $888-entry Event #70, titled ‘Crazy Eights’, is one of the most value events left on the schedule, with Joseph Herbert leading the way at the close of play with a mammoth 2,100,000 million chip-stack. With Tijan Tepeh (2,050,000), Thomas Larson (1,825,000), Kyle Montgomery (1,420,000) and Sejin Park (1,350,000) in the top 10, it’s a stacked top section of the leaderboard.
With 1,104 entries and just 166 players making the money, it took 14 hours of players for just 50 players to remain in the event by the close of Day 1b. With Day 1 canceled yesterday, play goes directly to Day 1c tomorrow as more players will put up $888 and play some Crazy Eights action.
WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Joseph Hebert – 2,100,000
- Tijan Tepeh – 2,050,000
- Adam Croffut – 1,975,000
- Josue Aguirre – 1,930,000
- Thomas Larson – 1,825,000
- Wilbert Chun – 1,660,000
- Jacob Rich – 1,550,000
- Kyle Montgomery – 1,420,000
- David Moses – 1,395,000
- Sejin Park – 1,350,000
Bounty Hunters Come To Play
Event #71, the $1,500-entry Bounty PLO event saw Matt Mamiya grab the overnight chip lead with 3.1 million chips as 94 players took part on the penultimate day of action and played down to just 15 final day survivors.
With Kao Chieng Saechao (2,000,000) still in contention after a great series so far, the top prize of $132,844 will be battled for between just over a dozen hopefuls, all of whom have never won a bracelet as Nick Guagenti’s exit provoked before the final few eliminations reduced the field to just two tables.
WSOP 2021 Event #71 $1,500 Bounty PLO Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Matt Mamiya – 3,100,000
- Mourad Amokrane – 2,960,000
- Paulo Villena – 2,080,000
- Kao Chieng Saechao – 2,000,000
- Gabe Ramos – 1,600,000
- Rodney Horton – 1,595,000
- Todd Jacobs – 1,360,000
- Ronald Larsen – 1,205,000
- Ryan Terpstra – 1,140,000
- Matthew Humphrey – 1,075,000
Arieh Busts Main, Bags Big Stack In Event #72
Lastly, Day 1 of the $1,500-entry Mixed NLHE/PLO Event #72 took place, with Canadian player Nohad Teliani (1,107,000) ending the day as a huge chip leader with almost double the stack of second-placed Paul Saso (583,000).
With Josh Arieh having busted the WSOP Main Event on Day 4, the Player of the Year contender bagged up a top-six stack of 503,000 chips as he continues to roar through the late stages of the 2021 World Series of Poker in imperious form.
WSOP 2021 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Top 10 Chipcounts:
- Nohad Teliani – 1,107,000
- Paul Saso – 583,000
- Mihai Manole – 578,000
- Karan Mehta – 567,000
- Kosei Ichinose – 508,000
- Josh Arieh – 503,000
- Bernard Larabi – 491,000
- Mariia Levseieva – 481,000
- Rishi Makkar – 459,000
- Richard Dixon – 442,000
Finally, everyone is hoping for victory in the Main Event, but Drew ‘BetonDrew’ Gonzalez might have the biggest rail of all if he can turn his 2.1 million chips into a final table stack in the Main Event. It’s fair to say he’s pumped for the next day’s action.
Bagged 2.1 million chips for day 5 tomorrow!!!
What a dream, Im so high right now!!
— Drew (@BetOnDrew)