2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Ozgur Secilmis

Ozgur Secilmis

Final Table Profile Ozgur Secilmis

Chip Count:24,500,000
Big Blinds:31

Ozgur Secilmis’ Main Event Story

Ozgur Secilmis is representing Turkey at the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table and is hoping to become only the second Turkish national to win a coveted WSOP bracelet. Fellow countryman Orhan Ates became the first Turkish bracelet winner when he won a $525 6-Handed Bounty event online at GGPoker in 2020.

Secelmis’ early live poker career saw him mostly compete in Cyprus, which is where he enjoyed his career-best score of $41,645. This was his reward for a third-place finish in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament in May 2018. Secilmis cashed in the WSOP MILLION$ online event at the WSOP Online 2020 at GGPoker, but cashed for the first time in Vegas at this year’s series.

Five cashes, including a deep run and 74th place finish in the $1,000 Mini Main Event precluded this epic run in the $10,000 Main Event.

Secelmis bought into the 2021 WSOP Main Event on Day 1d alongside 1,932 other hopefuls. The Turkish grinder turned his starting stack into 260,000 chips, which was the third largest stack of the flight.

He has added to his stack on each Main Event day since; those 260,000 Day 1 chips had swelled to 4,050,000 by the conclusion of Day 5. Secelmis more than quadrupled his stack to 14,700,000 on Day 6, to place him ninth from 36 survivors, before increasing his ammunition to 24,500,000 on Day 7, which places him sixth at the nine-handed final table.+

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Ozgur Secilmis’ Key Hands

Even if Secilmis does not go all the way and become the 2021 WSOP Main Event champion, he will be remembered by anyone following the PokerNews updates and whoever tuned into the PokerGO stream.

Day 3 saw the money bubble fast approaching, and a cruel yet quite epic hand take place during the 3,000/6,000/6,000a level. Vito Distefano opened to 11,500 with {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} and he found four callers: Omer Gabay with {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}, William Benson with {a-Spades}{10-Spades}. Scelimis with {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}, and Chang Liu holding {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}.

The flop fell {6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, gifting Secilmis a full house but Liu quad fours. Everyone checked on the flop, leading to the {6-Clubs} landing on the turn, improving Scelimis to quad sixes. Again, everyone checked to the {5-Spades} river where Secilmis bet 55,000 and Liu raised to 225,000. Secilimis set Liu all-in for his 390,000 stack, and Liu snap-called, only to see the bad news that his WSOP Main Event was over.

Ozgur Secilmis
Ozgur Secilmis

How Ozgur Secilmis Got to the Final Table

Day 1d260,0003/1,933
Day 2abd405,00056/1,440
Day 31,181,00032/1,000
Day 42,900,00017/292
Day 54,050,00044/96
Day 614,700,0009/36
Day 724,500,0006/9

What to Watch For

Secilmis has played well on his way to the final table, but also caught a lot of cards. He cracked Ramon Colillas’ pocket queens with ace-queen after hitting Broadway on the river, before busting Colillas with king-queen verss queen-ten.

He also ended Mitchell Halverson’s participation when his ace-queen flopped trip queens.

Secilmis sits down in Seat 4, so is in the big blind whenever chip leader Koray Aldemir has the button. He also has to contend with having George Holmes to his immediate left, and Chase Bianchi to the left of him. Bianchi is down to 18 big blinds, so is more likely to three-bet shove over any Secilmis opening raise.

2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table Seating

1Jareth East8,300,000United Kingdom10
2Koray Aldemir140,000,000Austria175
3Jack Oliver30,400,000United Kingdom38
4Ozgur Secilmis24,500,000Turkey31
5George Holmes83,700,000United States105
6Chase Bianchi12,100,000United States15
7Joshua Remitio40,000,000United States50
8Alejandro Lococo46,800,000Argentina59
9Hye Park13,500,000United States17

2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table Payout


2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table Player Stats

PlayerFirst CashWSOP CashesCareer EarningsBiggest Cash
Koray Aldemir201232$12,344,110$2,154,265
Chase Bianchi200711$872,718$316,920
Jareth East201124$149,925$557,648
George Holmes20191$50,855$50,855
Alejandro Lococo20163$118,127$36,772
Jack Oliver20162$117,414$27,047
Hye Park201227$471,504$165,715
Joshua Remitio20180$1,809$650
Ozgur Secilmis20136$133,559$41,645

Stats courtesy of WSOP.com and HendonMob.com.

The 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event returns to action Tuesday, November 16 at 4 p.m. local time. A Main Event Day 7 recap can be found here. You can follow the action via the PokerNews Live Reporting Blog where we'll detail all the hands in our exclusive WSOP Main Event Live Updates.

  • Turkey's Ozgur Secilmis has reached the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table with 24,500,000 chips, enough for sixth place at the restart

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