Chad Himmelspach Comes Back From a Single Blind to Win WSOP Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em ($270,877)
Chad Himmelspach of North Dakota earned his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet and a payday of $270,877 on Wednesday, Nov. 17 by taking down Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em after a roller-coaster three-hour heads-up battle against Germany's Stefan Reiser. Himmelspach had to get through a field of 1,191 players in a tournament that generated a total prize pool of $1,589,985.
Himmelspach, who previously had $93,065 in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob, entered the final table fourth in chips and stayed quiet in the early hours of Day 3. The eventual champion picked up steam by eliminating Tarun Gulati in sixth place when Gulati moved all-in with ace-nine. and Himmelspach re-jammed with pocket tens and held up.
Later, Himmelspach sent Day 2 chip leader Renmei Liu out in third when Liu moved in with queen-jack and Himmelspach called with pocket fives. Himmelspach's fives held up after the board ran out and he entered heads-up play with almost three-quarters of the chips in play.
Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Final Results
|1||Chad Himmelspach||United States||$270,877|
|4||Kaue De Souza||Brazil||$89,344|
|6||Tarun Gulati||United States||$50,021|
|7||Nicholas Hubers||United States||$38,121|
|8||Seth Evans||United States||$29,416|
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Intense Heads-Up Battle
Reiser, who was also after his maiden WSOP bracelet, quickly leveled out the playing field, including by catching a river bluff from his heads-up opponent. Reiser eventually took the chip lead and had Himmelspach down to a few big blinds at one moment.
The turning point came when Himmelspach picked up aces in the big blind and got it in against the pocket jacks of Reiser. The double-up gave him a lease on life and he used it to regain the chip lead and lean on his opponent.
Reiser eventually chipped down to a few big blinds himself and moved all-in with nine-three. Himmelspach called with pocket eights and Reiser couldn't catch a nine to stay alive. It would have been the second victory for Germany in the Amazon room on Wednesday, as Koray Aldemir a few yards away had been crowned the Main Event champion just minutes earlier.
In an interview with PokerNews, Himmelspach said he was "feeling good" about earning his biggest-ever tournament score, which was previously $30,730.
"It was (a) really back and forth (heads-up match), but, you know, we came through and had to stick it out," said Himmelspach.
Himmelspach noted that he had gotten down to a single blind toward the end of Day 1, "and I tripled up, and then doubled up again right away, and then I just rode it out."
“It’s just a mindset," he said. "You’re never really out of it. You always have a chance, you know. A chip and a chair. And you’ve just got to battle. It’s a battle, you’ve got to battle it out and you can’t give up.”
Himmelspach's victory comes after years of dedication to the game. He told PokerNews he began playing poker in 2003 after the Moneymaker Boom and started off by making $5 and $10 deposits on online poker sites.
“So I’ve been kind of a veteran, actually, at this point, since 2003," he said. "It’s kind of crazy.”
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- 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
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- 16 John Monnette Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet in Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($245,680)
- 17 Vladimir Peck Wins 2021 WSOP Event #18: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($134,390)
- 18 DJ Alexander Captures 1st WSOP Bracelet in Event #20: GGPoker Flip & Go ($180,665)
- 19 Phil Hellmuth Denied 16th Bracelet as Anthony Zinno Wins His 3rd in the $10K Stud Championship
- 20 Dylan Linde Wins His First WSOP Bracelet in Event #21: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo ($170,269)
- 21 Michael Prendergast Wins Maiden Bracelet in Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack ($127,428)
- 22 Ryan Leng Wins Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed for $137,969
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- 24 Lara Eisenberg wins 2021 World Series of Poker Ladies NLHE Championship
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- 34 David "Bakes" Baker Wins Third WSOP Title in Event #34: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
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- 55 Robert McMillan Wins 2021 WSOP Event #52: $1,000 Seniors Championship ($561,060)
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- 70 David Moses Wins Maiden Bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights ($888,888)
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