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2021 WSOP Day 35: Eli Elezra Leads Final 5 in the $50K Poker Players Championship

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Day 35 of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) featured another full day of poker action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in sunny Las Vegas with Nov. 3 featuring seven bracelet events.

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
Eli Elezra

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

TableSeatPlayerChip Count
Main Stage1Dan Cates3,875,000
Main Stage2Paul Volpe4,360,000
Main Stage3Eli Elezra4,620,000
Main Stage4Chris Brewer4,325,000
Main Stage5Ryan Leng1,625,000

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.

Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

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.

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Bradley Rogoff Leads Final Table of Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors

Bradley Rogoff
Bradley Rogoff

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

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Guy Hadas5,500,000
3Hlib Kovtunov3,475,000
4Marty Zabib2,700,000
5Anthony Mccurdy3,350,000
6Chulhan Choi3,900,000
7Christopher Corbo4,475,000
8Mitch Garshofsky4,475,000
9Eric Zhang7,175,000
10Bradley Rogoff8,800,000

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.

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Martin Jacobson Advances on Day 1 of Packed Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event

Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson

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

RANKPLAYERCountryCHIP COUNTBig Blinds
1Thomas BoydenUnited States3,325,00083
2Giorgii SkhulukhiiaRussia3,150,00079
3Nicholas VerderamoUnited States2,560,00064
4Farid JattinUnited States2,240,00056
5Jinkwang DoUnited States2,150,00054
6Georgios SotiropoulosGreece2,135,00053
7Gareth DevereuxUnited Kingdom1,995,00050
8John LongowaUnited States1,995,00050
9Nana SanechikaJapan1,955,00049
10Ye YuanChina1,925,00048

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.

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Brian Hastings Bags Chip Lead After Day 1 of Event #66: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Brian Hastings
Brian Hastings

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

RANKPLAYERCountryCHIP COUNTBig Blinds
1Brian HastingsUnited States447,000179
2Tommy ChenUnited States377,500151
3Chip JettUnited States308,500123
4Nick SchulmanUnited States295,000118
5Matt LivingstonUnited States289,000116
6Felipe RamosBrazil282,500113
7Ward CraneUnited States240,00096
8Esther Taylor-BradyUnited States240,00096
9Ari EngelUnited States224,00090

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.

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