2021 WSOP Day 44: Ramon Colillas Bags Day 4 Chip Lead in WSOP Main Event

Ramon Colillas

The focus of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) continued on the WSOP $10,000 Main Event on Day 44 with Day 4 dominating the action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

The WSOP Main Event is down to just 292 hopefuls. Ramon Colillas will enter Day 5 with the chip lead with Demosthenes Kiriopoulos, Stephen Song, and Stephen Chidwick closest on his tail.

Meanwhile, Jermaine Reid got his first taste at WSOP gold on Friday evening after defeating Peder Berge during heads-up play to win Event #69: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $113,459.

Four other events were in progress. Read on to find out what took place on Day 44 of the WSOP.

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Ramon Colillas Leads the Field into Day 5 of Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event Championship

Roman Colillas
Roman Colillas

Spain’s Ramon Colillas leads a field of 292 heading into Day 5 of Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker. The returning players survived the 1,000 runners who were already in the money when they showed up to Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Day 4 of the WSOP flagship event after the bubble burst at the end of Day 3.

A field of 6,650 has generated a $62,011,250 prize pool with $8 million slated to be awarded to the winner next Wednesday. The remaining players will return for Day 5 at 12 p.m. Las Vegas time on Saturday, November 13.

Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Ramon ColillasSpain5,000,000208
2Demosthenes KiriopoulosCanada4,500,000188
3Stephen SongUnited States4,417,000184
4Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom4,376,000182
5Zachary McdiarmidCanada4,093,000171
6Jonathan DwekCanada3,955,000165
7Jason OsserUnited States3,900,700163
8Dragana LimUnited States3,801,000158
9Fernando RodriguezUnited States3,442,000143
10Matthew JewettUnited States3,398,000142

Colillas went on a run in the late levels to bag the chip lead after steadily building his stack over the previous three days of the tournament. Also at the top of a crowded leaderboard are Stephen Chidwick, Stephen Song, and Fernando Rodriguez. Chidwick and Song are seeking their second WSOP gold bracelet, while Rodriguez is looking for a deep run after securing his first career live cash in this year’s Main Event.

Chris Moneymaker will return for Day 5 with 621,000 chips and an opportunity to recapture the magic he found nearly 20 years ago when he changed the poker world forever as the 2003 Main Event champion. Moneymaker came into Day 4 with one of the bigger chip stacks but spent the latter part of the evening trying to find traction on the PokerGO featured table. Qui Nguyen is the only other former WSOP Main Event champion that remains in the field.

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker

Other players returning for Day 5 include Nick Petrangelo, David Lappin, Matt Berkey, Jason Koon, Dan Heimiller, Marle Spragg, and John Morgan.

Some notable runners that did not survive on Day 4 include Kevin Gerhart, Josh Arieh, and Jessica Cai. Cai came into Day 4 as the chip leader but didn’t survive to see Day 5 after her ace-king ran into Casey Coughlan’s pocket aces shortly after the dinner break. Gerhart flopped top pair and got it in but was stopped by Christoph Strehl’s two-pair. Arieh had a frustrating exit after he bluffed off his stack to Stephen Gerber.

The 2021 WSOP Main Event in Numbers

DayPlayers Total for DayPlayers Total CumulativePlayers Surviving

Final Table Payouts


The Main Event will return with Day 5 on Saturday, November 13. Action will continue in Level 21 with blinds at 12,000/24,000/24,000 and Day 5 will play five two-hour levels.

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Michael Shanahan Leads Final 26 Hopefuls after Day 3 of Event #68: $1,111 Little One for One Drop

Michael Shanahan
Michael Shanahan

After three days of play, the original field of more than 3,797 players has been trimmed down to the final 26 players in Event #75: $1,111 Little One for One Drop.

For the third straight day, the action was wild and the eliminations rapid, with the Day 3 starting field of 229 players whittled down to only 26 hopefuls by the end of the day.

Michael Shanahan took home the end-of-day chip lead, bagging 13,465,000. Others bagging big stacks in the Pavilion Room included Brekstyn Schutten (11,305,000), Scott Ball (10,550,000), Matthew Solitro (8,500,000) and David Jackson (8,180,000).

Event #38 Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

RANKPLAYERCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Michael ShanahanUnited States13,465,00067
2Brekstyn SchuttenUnited States11,305,00057
3Scott BallUnited States10,550,00053
4Mathew SolitroUnited States8,500,00043
5David JacksonUnited States8,180,00041
6Derek GregoryUnited States7,310,00037
7Sebastian MedinaCuba7,205,00036
8Petro ZakusilovUnited States7,040,00035
9Ronnie BallantyneUnited Kingdom7,000,00035
10Sorel MizziCanada6,686,00033

The final 26 return on Saturday, November 13 for Day 4 at 2 p.m. with the plan to play all the way down to a champion.

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Joseph Hebert Bags Day 1b Chip Lead in Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em

Joseph Hebert
Joseph Hebert

Day 1b in Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em had come to an end. Day 1b drew a total of 1,104 entrants with 166 players making the money with a minimum payout being $1,425 After a long fourteen hours of play, only 50 players remain.

Among the top stacks are 2020 Online WSOP Main Event Champion Joseph Hebert with 2,100,000 in chips. Not far behind is Tjan Tepeh (2,000,000), Adam Croffet (1,975,000), Josue Aguirre (1,930,000), and Thomas Larson (1,825,000) rounding out the top five stacks who bagged big.

Event #70 Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

RANKPLAYERCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Joseph HebertUnited States2,100,00053
2Tijan TepehUnited States2,050,00051
3Adam CroffutUnited States1,975,00049
4Josue AguirreMexico1,930,00048
5Thomas LarsonUnited States1,825,00046
6Wilbert ChunUnited States1,660,00042
7Jacob RichUnited States1,550,00039
8Kyle MontgomeryUnited States1,420,00036
9David MosesUnited States1,395,00035
10Sejin ParkSouth Korea1,350,00034

This event drew a few notables such as two-time bracelet winner Freddy Deeb, 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion Ryan Riess, Russian-American Writer Maria Konnikova and popular content creator Jeff Boski.

Players who bagged will return for Day 2 on November 15 at 12 p.m noon in the Amazon room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

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Matt Mamiya Bags Day 2 Chip Lead in Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha

Matt Mamiya
Matt Mamiya

A total of 94 players returned for battle on Day 2 of Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha returned to the Pavillion room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and after 10 levels of play only 15 hopefuls remain.

Leading the charge heading towards the final day is Matt Mamiya with 3,100,000 with the likes of Day 1 chip leader Mourad Amokrane chasing him closely with 2,940,000.

Amokrane has been near the top of the counts for much of the event thus far, rising to the top on Day 1 and maintaining the position throughout play on both days. Spain's Paulo Villena closes the podium with 2,080,000 in chips. With total live earnings of $568,245, there is little doubt that Villena should be considered a serious contender for the chase of the gold.

Event #71 Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

RANKPLAYERCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Matt MamiyaUnited States3,100,00062
2Mourad AmokraneFrance2,960,00059
3Paulo VillenaSpain2,080,00042
4Kao Chieng SaechaoUnited States2,000,00040
5Gabe RamosUnited States1,600,00032
6Rodney HortonUnited States1,595,00032
7Todd JacobsUnited States1,360,00027
8Ronald LarsenUnited States1,205,00024
9Ryan TerpstraUnited States1,140,00023
10Matthew HumphreyUnited States1,075,00022

Another notable who made his way into final Day 3 is Jeff Gross (1,070,000), who struggled with a small stack the first hours of the day and fought hard to bag over a million chips with which he will return for the finale. He will be joined tomorrow by others experienced players such as Matthew Humphrey (1,075,000), Nikolay Yosifov (570,000) and Borja Gross (515,000).

Jeff Gross
Jeff Gross

All the returning players may have $5,223 locked up and there are still 15 bounties in play, but they all have their eyes on one of the last WSOP gold bracelets of the series and the $132,844 top prize.

The pace of play on Day 2 was as fast and furious as Day 1, and there was definitely no shortage of action.

Russell Alesi was the last player to fall on Day 2 for a 16th place finish worth $4,584 after he pushed his last few chips with a hand containing a pair of eights against Ronald Horton who found a board giving him a pair of nines.

“I only played 8 hours of PLO before that tournament” confessed Alessi with a smile right after his elimination. “I definitely waited too long to start playing Omaha!”

There was a pile of notables and bracelet winners to leave with some consolation on Day 2 as Jonathan Abdellatif (28th, $3,315), Joseph Di Rosa Rojas (42nd, $2,890), Uri Reichenstein (52th, $2,562), Diogo Veiga (57th, $2,313), Joao Vieira (74th, $1,985), Felipe Ramos (82nd, $1,890), and Dario Sammartino (89th, $1,890) all failed to find a bag. The two-time WSOP champion in PLO events Dash Dudley also saw his deep run come to an end, falling in 49th for $2,563.

Play resumes at 3 p.m local time in the Amazon room on Saturday and restarts at Level 21 with blinds of 25,000/ 50,000 with a 50,000 ante. There will be a 15-minute break after every two levels.

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Teliani Bags Monster Lead; Arieh Still In Contention In Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha

Nohad Teliani
Nohad Teliani

After 15 levels (plus four minutes) of play, Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha gathered 846 entrants to build a prize pool of $1,129,410 and a first place of $209,716 with only 126 remaining entrants to compete for it on Day 2.

Of those remaining, it is Nohad Teliani who bagged the overall tournament chip lead with 1,100,000. Teliani was a force to be reckoned with for the majority of the day, having knocked out several players on her table and became the only player to bag over 1 million chips. Her total lifetime cashes come out to $64,634 and a win here would add more than $200,000 to it as well as her first WSOP Bracelet.

Event #72 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

RANKPLAYERCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Nohad TelianiCanada1,107,000185
2Paul SasoUnited States583,00097
3Mihai ManoleRomania578,00096
4Karan MehtaIndia567,00095
5Kosei IchinoseJapana508,00085
6Josh AriehUnited States503,00084
7Bernard LarabiUnited States491,00082
8Mariia LevseievaUnited States481,00080
9Rishi MakkarCanada459,00077
10Richard DixonUnited States442,00074

One player who will not be looking for his first WSOP bracelet, but rather his third of the summer and fifth overall is Josh Arieh. Arieh was one of the late registrants of the tournament, but throughout the day, he amassed chips through many aggressive plays and ended the day as one of the chip leaders, bagging 503,000. Arieh is high on the player of the year leaderboard and a deep run here would certainly benefit his endeavors in that area. In a year of players winning two bracelets, Arieh could be the first of the series to win three.

The tournament was a star-studded affair, bringing out plenty of known players. Some of those who bagged included; Jerry Wong (316,000), Leif Force (285,000), James Mackey (153,000), Joao Vieira (152,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (37,000), and Diogo Veiga (34,000).

Some players who were not as fortunate included Ali Imsirovic, Adam Hendrix, Benny Glaser, Jake Schwartz, Chino Rheem, Kenny Hallaert, Ryan Leng, and 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Michael Wang’s elimination at the hands of Jerry Wong was the last hand before the bubble began which lasted well over an hour until two players eliminated simultaneously brought it to an end.

The players will return at 2 p.m. at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with 56-minutes left on Level 16, with blinds at 3,000/6,000 and a 6,000 big blind ante. 10 levels of 60-minutes each will be played on Saturday.

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  • Ramon Colillas leads the final 292 players in the 2021 WSOP Main Event.

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