Czech Pro Dalibor Dula Becomes First European Bracelet Winner at the 2021 WSOP
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Dalibor Dula bested Cole Ferraro heads up to take down Event #22: $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em for $199,227 and his first WSOP bracelet, as well as the biggest score of his career.
"It hasn’t set in for me yet. I think in a week or so I will feel happy, right now I just feel shocked," was the first thing Dula said after his career-changing victory.
Dula, who hails from the Czech Republic, had been playing poker for five years but is on his first-ever WSOP trip. With his win here today, he instantly vaulted himself into the top 100 all-time Czech Republic earners on The Hendon Mob.
The final table was a star-studded affair, with WSOP Circuit ring leader Maurice Hawkins and high-stakes regular Maxx Coleman, but in the end it was the two relatively new faces battling heads up for the bracelet.
2021 WSOP Event #26: $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
|1||Dalibor Dula||Czech Republic||$199,227|
|2||Cole Ferraro||United States||$123,142|
|3||Edward Welch||United States||$89,875|
|4||Guowei Zhang||United States||$66,335|
|5||Maxx Coleman||United States||$49,519|
|6||Anthony Askey||United States||$37,393|
|7||Nicolo Audannio||United States||$28,565|
|8||Levi Klump||United States||$22,080|
|9||Maurice Hawkins||United States||$17,270|
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Dula was all-in and at risk many times throughout the final table and during heads up.
“I was just so focused, " He said. "I did not really think about the flips. Once you are all in, it is out of your hands, you can’t do anything to win that all in or lose it.”
The Czech Republic pro said that he would be playing the rest of the series as well as the World Series of Poker Europe, hoping to make deep runs in some more events.
The tournament brought out 1,358 entrants to generate a prizepool of $1,208,620 and paid out 204 places. Action lasted two days with 38 total levels being played until a champion was crowned.
Final Table Recap
The first casualty at the final table came when John Roh tried to bluff all-in against Guowei Zhang’s flopped set of sevens. Zhang called him and John Roh was eliminated in 10th place ($13,672).
Next to go were 14-time WSOP circuit ring winner Maurice Hawkins in 9th place ($17,270) and start of day chip leader Levi Klump in 8th place ($22,080) when Hawkins’ jacks and Klump’s ace-queen could not win against Maxx Coleman’s king-jack.
Nicolo Audannio was next to go when his all-in got called by the final table chip leader Cole Ferraro. The ace-eight could not find improvement against the pocket jacks and Audannio was eliminated in 7th place ($28,565).
Play slowed down significantly six-handed, with Cole Ferraro pulling away with the lead and the other stacks jockeying for middle position, but ultimately it was Anthony Askey who’s pocket queens were cracked by Edward Welch’s king-jack to leave him very short. He busted shortly after when his last chips got in with king ten-suited only to have the river end him when Ferraro rivered a pair of queens. Askey was eliminated in 6th place ($37,393).
High-stakes regular Maxx Coleman got into a race with the chip leader Ferraro and his king-ten suited could not hold up against Ferraro’s queen jack suited when it turned a flush. Coleman exited in 5th place ($49,519) and Ferraro had put considerable distance between himself and the rest of the field.
"Once you are all in, it is out of your hands, you can’t do anything to win that all in or lose it"
Guowei Zhang and Dalibor Dula got into many all-ins with each other at this point. Both of them trading stacks and having the other at risk for their tournaments at least once, but Dula’s ace-queen managed to beat Zhang’s pocket threes and sent him out the door in 4th place ($66,335).
Edward Welch started the day with the second shortest stack out of 38 remaining players and managed to double up many times, get to the final table, and end the tournament with a podium finish in 3rd place ($89,875). His ace-two suited could not improve enough against Ferraro’s ace-ten and he found himself leaving with Dula and Ferraro to play heads up.
The match between Dalibor Dula and Cole Ferraro lasted roughly four levels. Ferraro began with the chip lead, but the gap narrowed significantly to when Dula won a few key pots to keep himself neck and neck with Ferraro. A key moment had happened when Dula was ahead by a few pots and had put Ferraro all in for his tournament life when Dula had pocket tens in his hand and Ferraro had flopped three eights on an eight-high board. Dula was unable to improve and Ferarro pulled into the chip lead by a significant margin.
It seemed all but over for Dula, who had a roughly 9/1 chip deficit, as he called an all-in for his tournament life with ace-five suited against the pocket kings of Cole Ferraro. An ace on the river kept his tournament hopes alive and from that moment forward the momentum was on Dula’s side.
Play lasted 40-minutes more after the fortuitous ace on the river, as Dula continued to apply pressure and took the chip lead. It all came to an end when Dalibor Dula went all in from the button with king-three suited and Ferraro called it off with jack-eight suited and found no improvement on the board, giving Dula the victory and eliminating Ferraro in 2nd place ($123,142).
Congratulations to Dalibor Dula on his victory in Event #26: $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em!
In this Series
- 1 Caesars Palace Dealer Jimmy Barnett Crowned Casino Employees Champion
- 2 Jesse Klein Tilts Hellmuth on Way to 2021 WSOP $25K H.O.R.S.E. Win for $552,182
- 3 Jeremy Ausmus Wins First Gold Bracelet of the 2021 World Series of Poker
- 4 Long Ma Tops Near 13,000-Player Field to Win The Reunion and First WSOP Bracelet
- 5 Connor Drinan Wins Second Bracelet in Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- 6 Tyler Cornell Gets Signature Victory in 2021 WSOP Event #6: $25,000 High Roller ($833,289)
- 7 Jaswinder "Jesse" Lally Wins 2021 WSOP Event #7: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed ($97,915)
- 8 Aces in the Final Hand as Zhi Wu Wins Event #8: $600 Deepstack ($281,604)
- 9 Ari Engel Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Championship; Hellmuth Fifth
- 10 Michael Perrone Wins 2021 WSOP Event #10: $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em ($152,173)
- 11 Jason Koon Wins Maiden WSOP Bracelet in Event #11: $25K Heads-Up Championship ($243,981)
- 12 Yuval Bronshtein Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
- 13 Harvey Mathews Wins Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em ($371,914)
- 14 Lebron Captures Gold; Wins 2021 WSOP Event #14: $1,500 7-Card Stud
- 15 Bradley Jansen Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em ($313,403)
- 16 John Monnette Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet in Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($245,680)
- 17 Daniel Lazrus Wins 2021 WSOP Millionaire Maker for 2nd Bracelet ($1,000,000)
- 18 Vladimir Peck Wins 2021 WSOP Event #18: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($134,390)
- 19 Phil Hellmuth Denied 16th Bracelet as Anthony Zinno Wins His 3rd in the $10K Stud Championship
- 20 DJ Alexander Captures 1st WSOP Bracelet in Event #20: GGPoker Flip & Go ($180,665)
- 21 Dylan Linde Wins His First WSOP Bracelet in Event #21: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo ($170,269)
- 22 Lara Eisenberg wins 2021 World Series of Poker Ladies NLHE Championship
- 23 Ryan Leng Wins Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed for $137,969
- 24 Michael Prendergast Wins Maiden Bracelet in Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack ($127,428)
- 25 Scott Ball Celebrates First WSOP Bracelet in Event #25: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
- 26 Czech Pro Dalibor Dula Becomes First European Bracelet Winner at the 2021 WSOP
- 27 Anthony Zinno Wins Fourth Gold Bracelet in Event #27 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
- 28 Dylan Weisman Wins WSOP Event #28: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for First Bracelet ($166,461)
- 29 Chance Kornuth Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck ($194,670)
- 30 Michael Noori Captures First WSOP Bracelet and $610,437 in the Monster Stack
- 31 Phil Hellmuth Wins Record 16th World Series of Poker (WSOP) Gold Bracelet
- 32 Jim Collopy Wins 2021 WSOP Event #32: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. for Second Gold Bracelet ($172,823)
- 33 Ran Koller Wins WSOP Event #33: $800 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack ($269,478)
- 34 David "Bakes" Baker Wins Third WSOP Title in Event #34: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
- 35 Anthony Koutsos Wins First WSOP Bracelet In Event #35: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em ($167,272)
- 36 Adam Friedman Defeats Phil Hellmuth to Win WSOP $10k Dealer's Choice for Third Straight Year
- 37 Karolis Sereika Wins First WSOP Bracelet in Event #37: $1,500 Super Turbo ($195,310)
- 38 Michael Addamo Wins Third WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #38: $50K High Roller ($1,132,968)
- 39 Josh Arieh Wins Third Bracelet in Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha ($204,766)
- 40 Kevin Gerhart Wins Third Career Bracelet in Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
- 41 "Hobby Player" Carlos Chang Wins First Bracelet in $2,500 NLHE Freezeout
- 42 Bradley Ruben Dazzles in the $1,500 Razz; Wins Third WSOP Bracelet
- 43 Dreams to Win a WSOP Bracelet Come True for Anthony Denove in the $1K Double Stack
- 44 Ryan Hansen Wins First WSOP Bracelet in Event #44: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold'em ($109,692)
- 45 Tommy Le Wins WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship For Second Time
- 46 Chad Norton Wins A Bracelet in His First-Ever WSOP Event!
- 47 France's Alexandre Reard Wins 2021 WSOP Event #47: $5,000 Freezeout NLH ($428,694)
- 48 Poker Philanthropist Gershon Distenfeld Wins WSOP Bracelet, Pledges All Winnings to Charity ($204K)
- 49 Farzad Bonyadi Wins Fourth Bracelet in $10K 2-7 NL Single Draw, Ends Sixteen-Year Drought
- 50 Premonition Becomes Reality as Darrin Wright Wins First WSOP Bracelet
- 51 Brian Rast Wins Fifth Bracelet; Sets Sights on Poker Hall of Fame
- 52 Robert McMillan Wins 2021 WSOP Event #52: $1,000 Seniors Championship ($561,060)
- 53 Shaun Deeb Wins 5th Bracelet in WSOP Event #53: $25,000 PLO ($1,251,860)
- 54 Nicholas Julia Wins Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed ($168,608)
- 55 Anatolii Zyrin Defeats Massive Field in Colossus to Claim Second WSOP Bracelet ($314,705)
- 56 Ben Yu Wins Fourth Bracelet in Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed NLH Championship ($721,453)
- 57 Brian Yoon Wins Fourth Bracelet in Event #57: $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship ($839,350)
- 58 Jean-Luc Adam Wins First Bracelet and $255,623 in Event #58: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
- 59 Team Ruter Crowned Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team Champions ($113,366)
- 60 Dan "Jungleman" Cates Takes Down $50,000 Poker Players Championship for First WSOP Bracelet
- 61 Cole Ferraro Comes From Behind to Win WSOP Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship ($252,491)
- 62 Kevin Gerhart Earns Fourth WSOP Bracelet in Event #62: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($186,789)
- 63 Eric Zhang Wins 2021 WSOP Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors ($102,465)
- 64 From Online Crusher to WSOP Gold: Eelis Parssinen Wins Event #64: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha
- 65 "It Feels Amazing": Georgios Sotiropoulos Wins Mini Main Event for 3rd WSOP Bracelet
- 66 Josh Arieh Wins Fourth Bracelet in Event #66: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
- 67 Koray Aldemir Wins 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event for $8,000,000
- 68 Scott Ball Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop
- 69 Jermaine Reid Reschedules Flight Before Winning WSOP Event #69: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($113,459)
- 70 David Moses Wins Maiden Bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights ($888,888)
- 71 Mourad Amokrane Dominates the Final Table On His Way to Winning Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
- 72 Motoyoshi Okamura Wins Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha for $209,716
- 73 Brian Hastings Becomes 29th Player in WSOP History to Claim Five Gold Bracelets
- 74 Denis Strebkov Wins His Second WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix
- 75 Chad Himmelspach Comes Back From a Single Blind to Win WSOP Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em ($270,877)
- 76 Romain Lewis Captures 1st Bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #76: $10K Super Turbo Bounty
- 77 Paulo Joanello Makes Dream Come True After Winning First WSOP Bracelet in Event #77 $1,500 Fifty Stack ($321,917)
- 78 Benny Glaser Wins Event #78: $10,000 Razz Championship for 4th Gold Bracelet ($274,693)
- 79 Ole Schemion Breaks WSOP Duck; Wins Event #79: $1,979 Hall Of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold’em For $172,499
- 80 Robert Cowen Wins 2021 WSOP Event #80: $3,000 6-Handed PLO ($280,916)
- 81 Jason Wheeler Wins First Bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #81: $800 NLH Deepstack ($202,274)
- 82 Adrian Mateos Wins $250K Super High Roller for Fourth WSOP Gold Bracelet ($3,265,262)
- 83 Leo Margets Wins First Bracelet and $376,850 in Event #83: $1,500 The Closer
- 84 Ausmus Denies Hellmuth and Negreanu; Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in $50K PLO High Roller ($1,188,918)
- 85 Mikita Badziakouski Claims First Gold Bracelet in Event #85: $50,000 High Roller ($1,462,043)
- 86 Michael McCauley Wins Event #86: $1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold'em ($161,384)
- 87 Michael Addamo Wins $100,000 High Roller for His Fourth WSOP Bracelet
- 88 Boris Kolev Wins Maiden Bracelet and $511,184 in Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em