2021 WSOP Day 26: Soverel Leads the Charge in the NL 2-7 Single Draw Championship
Table Of Contents
- Soverel Leads The $10K NL 2-7 Single Draw Championship
- Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship Top 10 Chip Counts
- Wang Leads Final 17 in the $1K Double Stack
- Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack Top 10 Chip Counts
- Le Looking For Bracelet #2 in the $10,000 PLO Championship
- Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship Final Five Chip Counts
- Reard Leads The Race to Become the $5K NLHE Freezeout Champion
- Event #47: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em Final Five Chip Counts
- Grafton, Engel, and Cheong Among 80 Shootout Survivors
October 25 was the 26th day of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in fabulous Las Vegas, and it was another day filled with action, drama, and excitement. Two elated players became WSOP champions and secured their first WSOP gold bracelets, while five other events made major strides towards awarding their own piece of poker jewelry.
Japanese grinder Kazuki "hyahhoo3" Ikeuchi was the first bracelet winner on Day 26 of the schedule. Ikeuchi triumphed in the WSOP.com (NV/NJ) Online Bracelet $1,000 Championship Event, topping an 854-strong field to claim the $152,797 top prize.
Chad Norton won Event #46: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack, and called the experience surreal. This was Norton’s first-ever live WSOP event, which makes his victory all the more sweeter and unexpected.
What happened in the events that did not crown their champions? Keep reading to find out.
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Soverel Leads The $10K NL 2-7 Single Draw Championship
Sam Soverel has put himself in a great position to win what would be the second bracelet of an illustrious career. Soverel ended Day 1 of Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship with 454,500 chips, 80,500 more than Johannes Becker in second-place, himself a WSOP champion.
The day started with only 11 players in their seats, but drew in a crowd of 106 by day’s end. Only 43 of those players navigated their way through to Day 2, but that number is set to rise with late registration remaining open until the start of the second day.
Plenty of notable stars progressed to Day 2, including a plethora of bracelet winners. Julien Martini (338,500), Shaun Deeb (302,500), and Benny Glaser (290,500) are each in the top five chip counts overnight.
Other luminaries to look out for include Yuval Bronshtein (225,500), Farzad Boyadi (215,500), Nick Shulman (90,000), Paul Volpe (78,500), Brian Rast (47,500), and the legendary 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Johnny Chan (21,500).
Play resumes at 2:00 p.m. on October 26 with the plan to play down to a point where only five players remain.
Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Sam Soverel||United States||454,500|
|4||Shaun Deeb||United States||302,500|
|5||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||290,500|
|6||Benjamin Diebold||United States||277,500|
|7||David McGowan||United States||269,500|
|9||Farzad Bonyadi||United States||215,500|
|10||Matt Vengrin||United States||210,500|
Wang Leads Final 17 in the $1K Double Stack
Michael Wang is the man to catch in Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em where only 17 of the 3,991 starters remain in the hunt for the $446,983 top prize and a coveted gold bracelet.
Wang already has a bracelet to his name having won the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2015. That impressive victory netted Wang a career-best $466,120. Winning this event would surpass that sum by $843.
While Wang (24,300,000) is in a dominant position at the business end of the tournament, there are some talented players in the chasing pack who are vying for glory, too.
Joshua Harrison (14,725,000) is Wang’s closest opponent in terms of chips, while bracelet winners Sejin Park (13,325,000) and Jonathan Dokler (12,875,000) are not too far behind.
Jeff Platt (8,075,000) is one man who will have many eyes on him. Platt is best known for his commentary role with PokerGO but he is also successful on the felt with 14 WSOP cashes and more than $300,000 in lifetime winnings. He would make a popular champion, that is for certain.
Cards are back in the air from 12:00 p.m on October 26 and play ends when only five players remain.
Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Michael Wang||United States||24,300,000|
|2||Joshua Harrison||United States||14,725,000|
|3||Sejin Park||South Korea||13,325,000|
|4||Jonathan Dokler||United States||12,875,000|
|5||Timothy Little||United States||11,475,000|
|6||Alexander Farahi||United States||10,725,000|
|8||Anthony Denove||United States||8,475,000|
|9||Jeff Platt||United States||8,075,000|
|10||Kenneth Inouye||United States||7,475,000|
Le Looking For Bracelet #2 in the $10,000 PLO Championship
Only five players remain in Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship and it is Tommy Le who leads them back into battle at 4:00 p.m. on October 26.
Le has over two million more chips than his nearest rival, which should be surprising considering his PLO prowess. Le (7,240,000) has seven PLO final table appearances in PLO events but a bracelet still eludes him. Perhaps that will change on October 26?
Le leads from Russia’s Artem Maksimov (5,080,000) and Day 1 chip leader Chris Sandrock (3,200,000). American grinders Jordan Spurlin (2,885,000) and Jeremy Ausmus (2,235,000) make up the final five but are not there to only make up the numbers. Ausmus secured his second bracelet earlier in the series and is looking to continue the trend of players netting their third piece of poker gold.
Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship Final Five Chip Counts
|1||Tommy Le||United States||7,240,000|
|3||Chris Sandrock||United States||3,200,000|
|4||Jordan Spurlin||United States||2,885,000|
|5||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||2,235,000|
Reard Leads The Race to Become the $5K NLHE Freezeout Champion
Eighty-two players returned for ay 2 of Event #47: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em, and only five of them have chips in overnight bags. Frenchman Alexandre Reard (8,820,000) has his name at the top of the chip counts, and has a legitimate shot at his first bracelet.
Reard has more than $3 million in live poker tournament winnings but is yet to walk away with a WSOP title. This is his best shot yet, although Daniel Strelitz (5,345,000) is hunting for his second bracelet and will not give up without a fight.
Neither will any of the three players who complete the line-up for the final day. Qing Liu (3,375,000), Conrad Simpson (2,390,000), and Ren Lin (1,535,000) all gather on Day 3 under the watchful eye of the PokerGO streaming team. PokerNews will join them from 3:00 p.m. on October 26 and update you on each players progress towards a WSOP victory.
Event #47: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em Final Five Chip Counts
|2||Daniel Strelitz||United States||5,345,000|
|3||Qing Liu||United States||3,375,000|
|4||Conrad Simpson||United States||2,390,000|
|5||Ren Lin||United States||1,535,000|
Grafton, Engel, and Cheong Among 80 Shootout Survivors
Event #48: $1,500 Shootout No-Limit Hold’em drew in an 800-strong crowd and exactly 80 made it through to Day 2. The 800 starters sat down on 80 ten-handed tables and play continued until only one player from each table remained. Those 80 survivors progressed to Day 2 where ten eight-handed tables follow a similar format.
The stack sizes are almost even for all the returning players due to the nature of the format. Among those Day 2 returnees are the likes of Team PokerStars Pro Sam Grafton, Ari Engel, and Joseph Cheong.
Others include Brian Yoon, Jared Jaffee, Taylor Paur, and Mukul Pahuja.
Play recommences at 12:00 p.m. on October 26 and continues until only the final ten players remain in the hunt for a $204,063 cash prize and, of course, a gold WSOP bracelet.
In this Series
- 1 2021 WSOP Day 1: Series Underway With Star-Studded $25k H.O.R.S.E.
- 2 2021 WSOP Day 2: Hellmuth In The Hunt For 16th Bracelet
- 3 2021 WSOP Day 3: Drinan On Course For His Second Bracelet
- 4 2021 WSOP Day 4: Cornell In Pole Position For First Bracelet
- 5 2021 WSOP Day 5: Negreanu, Matusow, Seidel, and Hellmuth Advance in the $10K LO8 Championship
- 6 2021 WSOP Day 6: Phil Hellmuth Chasing 16th Bracelet Deep in the $10K LO8 Championship
- 7 2021 WSOP Day 7: Hellmuth Four Players Away From Bracelet #16
- 8 2021 WSOP Day 8: Deeb Looking For Bracelet #5
- 9 2021 WSOP Day 9: FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver Headlines $10K Limit Final Table; Racener Leads
- 10 2021 WSOP Day 10: Brian Yoon Hunting for Fourth Bracelet
- 11 2021 WSOP Day 11: Hellmuth In The Hunt Again; Reaches Another Final Table
- 12 2021 WSOP Day 12: Negreanu Hunting for Seventh Bracelet
- 13 2021 WSOP Day 13: Five Left in Milly Maker; Marle Cordeiro Among Last 17 in Ladies Event
- 14 2021 WSOP Day 14: Vanessa Kade Racks Up Fifth Cash of the Series
- 15 2021 WSOP Day 15: Zinno On Course For Fourth Bracelet
- 16 2021 WSOP Day 16: Kornuth Reaches Back-to-Back $10K Short Deck Finals
- 17 2021 WSOP Day 17: Phil Hellmuth Hunting for 16th Bracelet with 10 Remaining in $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball
- 18 2021 WSOP Day 18: Elezra in the Mix For His Fifth Bracelet
- 19 2021 WSOP Day 19: David “Bakes” Baker Hunting for Third Bracelet at $1,500 Triple Draw Final Table
- 20 2021 WSOP Day 20: Friedman After a Three-Peat as Negreanu and Hellmuth Advance to Final 10 in $10K Dealer's Choice
- 21 2021 WSOP Day 21: Addamo Flying High In Yet Another High Roller
- 22 2021 WSOP Day 22: Arieh Positions Himself For Bracelet #3
- 23 2021 WSOP Day 23: Gerhart, Johnson, and Shack-Harris Seeking Third Bracelets with Five Remaining in $10K H.O.R.S.E.
- 24 2021 WSOP Day 24: JC Tran Flying High in the $10K PLO
- 25 2021 WSOP Day 25: Elezra and Matusow Hunting for Fifth Bracelets in the $10K PLO Championship
- 26 2021 WSOP Day 26: Soverel Leads the Charge in the NL 2-7 Single Draw Championship
- 27 2021 WSOP Day 27: Glaser Leads Final 8 $10K NL 2-7 Championship as Negreanu Alive Hunting for Seventh Bracelet
- 28 2021 WSOP Day 28: Stars Turn Out For $25K PLO High Roller; Deeb Flying High
- 29 2021 WSOP Day 29: Lamb Registers Late In $25K PLO and Bags Lead
- 30 2021 WSOP Day 30: Ka Kwan Lau On Course For $25K PLO Bracelet
- 31 2021 WSOP Day 31: Kolev Leads the $10K 6-Handed NLHE Championship
- 32 WSOP 2021 Day 32: Yockey Bags $50k Poker Players Championship Day 1 Chip Lead
- 33 2021 WSOP Day 33: Volpe and Cates Lead Final 35 of the $50K Poker Players Championship
- 34 2021 WSOP Day 34: Ryan Leng Leads Final 10 in the $50K PPC
- 35 2021 WSOP Day 35: Eli Elezra Leads Final 5 in the $50K Poker Players Championship
- 36 2021 WSOP Day 36: Main Event Underway, Brunson Up to Old Tricks
- 37 2021 WSOP Day 37: Three Bracelet-Winners Crowned as Main Event Continues
- 38 2021 WSOP Day 38: Aleksandr Shevlyakov Bags Overall Chip Lead on Day 1c of the Main Event
- 39 2021 WSOP Day 39: Main Event Breaks Through 4,500 Entrants; Ajayi Tops Counts
- 40 2021 WSOP Day 40: Joe Hachem Back in Form on Day 1e of the Main Event
- 41 2021 WSOP Day 41: Rameez Shahid Leads Main Event as Phil Hellmuth Makes Grand Entrance
- 42 2021 WSOP Day 42: Main Event Whittled to 2,362 Players
- 43 2021 WSOP Day 43: Jessica Cai Leads After Main Event Bubble Bursts
- 44 2021 WSOP Day 44: Ramon Colillas Bags Day 4 Chip Lead in WSOP Main Event
- 45 2021 WSOP Day 45: Aldemir Claims Main Event Chip Lead After Day 5
- 46 2021 WSOP Day 46: Park Leads the Final 36 in the Main Event
- 47 2021 WSOP Day 47: Yuval Bronshtein Leads Final Four in $10K Stud Hi-Lo Championship in Hunt for Third Bracelet
- 48 2021 WSOP Day 48: Lisandro Leads Hellmuth After $10,000 Razz Championship Day 1
- 49 2021 WSOP Day 49: Hellmuth Hunting for Bracelet #17 as Dzivielevski Leads Final 14 in $10K Razz Championship
- 50 2021 WSOP Day 50: Benny Glaser Hunting for 4th Bracelet with Heads-Up Lead in $10K Razz Championship
- 51 2021 WSOP Day 51: Glaser, Schemion, Cowen and Wheeler Pick Up Bracelets; Mateos Chip Leads in $250K SHR
- 52 2021 WSOP Day 52: Jason Koon Leads $50K High Roller
- 53 2021 WSOP Day 53: Holz In Front In The $100K High Roller
- 54 2021 WSOP Day 54: Michael Addamo Leads Final Five in $100K High Roller