2021 WSOP Day 35: Eli Elezra Leads Final 5 in the $50K Poker Players Championship
Table Of Contents
- Eli Elezra Leads Final Five into the Finale of Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
- $50,000 Poker Player's Championship Final Table Draw
- Poker Players Championship Day 4 Action
- Bradley Rogoff Leads Final Table of Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors
- Event #63 Final Table Seat Draw
- Martin Jacobson Advances on Day 1 of Packed Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event
- Event #65 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
- Brian Hastings Bags Chip Lead After Day 1 of Event #66: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
- Event #66 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
Kevin Gerhart continued his strong run by claiming his second bracelet this festival and fourth overall after winning Event #62: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $186,789.
Meanwhile, Eelis Parssinen shipped Event #64: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha for his first bracelet, while Cole Ferraro also got his first taste of WSOP gold after winning Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold'em.
Four events are still in play highlighted by Eli Elezra leading the final five players in Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship to place him in prime position for his hunt for his fifth WSOP bracelet.
Read on to learn about what took place on Day 35 of the 2021 WSOP.
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Eli Elezra Leads Final Five into the Finale of Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Eli Elezra leads the final group of five into the finale of Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker. The final five survived a field of 63 players over four days to play for a top prize of $954,020 and the prestigious Chip Reese Trophy.
Elezra is followed by Paul Volpe, Chris Brewer, Dan Cates, and Ryan Leng after starting Day 4 with 10 players and playing down to a final table of five that will be streamed on delay Friday at 3 p.m. on PokerGO.
$50,000 Poker Player's Championship Final Table Draw
|Main Stage||1||Dan Cates||3,875,000|
|Main Stage||2||Paul Volpe||4,360,000|
|Main Stage||3||Eli Elezra||4,620,000|
|Main Stage||4||Chris Brewer||4,325,000|
|Main Stage||5||Ryan Leng||1,625,000|
Poker Players Championship Day 4 Action
The day started with ten players spread across two tables and went to nine within an hour when Mike Wattel hit the rail in No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw when he turned over a ten-eight and was drawing dead to Volpe’s ten-six.
Daniel Negreanu came short in his bid for the Chip Reese trophy, finishing in ninth place after Leng made a set of jacks in Pot-Limit Omaha to defeat Negreanu’s pair of aces. Nick Schulman followed soon behind in eighth place when his queens and eights ran into Brewer’s straight in Limit Hold’em.
The final seven players moved to a final table and played for more than four hours before Matt Glantz hit the rail in seventh place on a counterfeit two-pair during a wild four-way Omaha Hi-Lo hand that saw Leng and Elezra split the pot.
The final six players became five 40 minutes later when Josh Arieh was eliminated in sixth place by Elezra’s two-pair in Pot-Limit Omaha.
Players will return on Friday for a final table that will be streamed on delay at 3 p.m. on PokerGO. Action will continue in Level 23 and the final five will play down to a winner.
Bradley Rogoff Leads Final Table of Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors
Day 2 of Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors began with 169 players and when the dust settled after 12 hours of play at the end of the night only nine remained who are still alive for the grand prize of $102,465.
Leading the pack of the nine remaining as the night came to a close was Ohio's Bradley Rogoff with 8,800,000 in chips. Rogoff gathered a large stack toward the middle part of the day and remained among the chip leaders before re-gaining the pole position in the final level of the night. The chip leader has little poker resume to speak of thus far and will be looking to make a big splash in this event.
Event #63 Final Table Seat Draw
Eric Zhang (7,175,000) had a roller-coaster day that ended on a high to place him in second place heading into the final table. He was very nearly out the door with a few tables remaining but hit runner-runner straight to crack a flopped set. From there he rode the momentum to a large stack until he was again whittled down to just a “lone ember” of a stack as he put it just before the final table. But he was again able to spin it back to finish the day in a strong position.
Guy Hadas finished third in chips, some distance behind with 5,500,000. He was a large stack for much of the day and coasted to the end after taking out several players.
Two-time WSOP Circuit Ring winner Mitch Garshofsky finished the day fourth in chips with 4,475,000. Garshofsky was the short stack close to the end of the night before spinning it up in the last level. He has amassed over $600,000 in career WSOP earnings so far and will be want to add the elusive bracelet to his poker collection.
Fifth in chips at the end was Christopher Corbo with 4,275,000. He held the chip lead late in the night but dropped a few preflop all-ins to sink to the middle of the chip counts before the bell rang for the night.
South Korea and Ukraine are represented at the final table with Chulhan Choi (3,900,000) and Hlib Kontunov (3,475,000) respectively. While Anthony Mccurdy (3,350,000) and Marty Zabib (2,700,000) round out the final table as the short stacks.
Play resumes Thursday at 12 p.m. noon local time and PokerNews will again pick up the coverage as a new WSOP Bracelet winner will be crowned.
Martin Jacobson Advances on Day 1 of Packed Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event
The real World Series of Poker Main Event starts on Thursday, but the tune-up — Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event — kicked off at 11 a.m. PT Wednesday, and the Day 1 session, which lasted over 14 hours, was action-packed.
Players flocked to the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino to compete for a bracelet. Within a few 30-minute levels, both the Pavilion and Brasilia rooms were packed full of Mini Main Event competitors. In total, 3,821 players registered for the freezeout, including a number of high-profile players such as Tony Dunst, Shaun Deeb, and Joe McKeehen, all of whom failed to advance to Day 2, which will take place on Thursday.
Martin Jacobson, the 2014 world champion, however, bagged 1,200,000 at the end of Day 1 and seeks to become a Main Event and Mini Main Event champion.
Other notable names advancing to Day 2 include Farid Jattin (2,240,000), Ismael Bojang (1,850,000), Michael Lech (1,040,000), and Marle Cordeiro (855,000).
Event #65 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
|RANK||PLAYER||Country||CHIP COUNT||Big Blinds|
|1||Thomas Boyden||United States||3,325,000||83|
|3||Nicholas Verderamo||United States||2,560,000||64|
|4||Farid Jattin||United States||2,240,000||56|
|5||Jinkwang Do||United States||2,150,000||54|
|7||Gareth Devereux||United Kingdom||1,995,000||50|
|8||John Longowa||United States||1,995,000||50|
None of those players could match the stack of Thomas Boyden, who bagged 3,375,000 in chips to enter Day 2 as the chip leader. Giorgiy Skhulukhiya (3,150,000) also went home with more than 3 million.
When play concluded at just after 1 a.m. PT, 282 players remained and will come back on Thursday at noon. PokerNews will again be on hand all day live reporting the action. Play will resume on Level 23 with the blinds at 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante. The tournament is scheduled to play down to the final five with the final table set for Friday.
Brian Hastings Bags Chip Lead After Day 1 of Event #66: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Day 1 has drawn to a close after 10 levels in Event #66: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. By the time the clock struck 2 a.m. local time, a total of 194 entries were recorded with only 101 of them returning for Day 2.
Brian Hastings finished the day with the largest stack of 447,000 chips as he looks to grab hold of his fifth World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Hastings entered the field halfway through the day but wasted little time in building a stack. Once he did so, he found himself involved in a massive three-way pot where he rivered the nut-high hand along with the nut-low hand. A pot-sized river bet got paid off by Yueqi Zhu who once held the early lead and Hastings vaulted to the top of the leaderboard.
Hastings' previous WSOP wins came in 2012, two of them in 2015, and 2018 but he has yet to claim a victory in the game of Omaha. Hastings came so close in this very same event the last time it was held in 2019, finishing second to Nick Schulman. This all-around poker pro has accumulated nearly $4 million in career live tournament earnings and will be hoping to build on that number by the end of the week.
Event #66 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
|RANK||PLAYER||Country||CHIP COUNT||Big Blinds|
|1||Brian Hastings||United States||447,000||179|
|2||Tommy Chen||United States||377,500||151|
|3||Chip Jett||United States||308,500||123|
|4||Nick Schulman||United States||295,000||118|
|5||Matt Livingston||United States||289,000||116|
|7||Ward Crane||United States||240,000||96|
|8||Esther Taylor-Brady||United States||240,000||96|
|9||Ari Engel||United States||224,000||90|
Some other big stacks moving on to Day 2 include Tommy Chen (377,500), PLO specialist Esther Taylor (240,0000), Chip Jett (308,500), and Felipe Ramos (282,500). This championship field attracted many big names and bracelet winners including the defending champion Schulman. It wasn't a profitable day for Schulman who only managed to put 29,500 chips in his bag but he will be returning tomorrow.
It wasn't meant to be for everyone as nearly half the field was sent to the rial on the opening day. It was a short-lived time on the felt for the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, David Williams, and Dario Sammartino who will not be returning for Day 2.
Late registration for this event will remain open until the start of play on Day 2 with each new entry getting a starting stack of 60,000 chips. The action will resume at 2 p.m. local time with the blinds on level 11 at 1,000/2,500 and a 2,500 big blind ante. Another 10 levels will be on the schedule for tomorrow with a winner being crowned on Day 4.
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