Cole Ferraro Comes From Behind to Win WSOP Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship ($252,491)
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On Oct.15, Cole Ferraro finished in second place out of 1,358 entrants to Dalibor Dula in Event #22: $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em for a career-best score of $123,142. Now, only two weeks later he has topped his own best WSOP finish in a field of 3,923 players to take down Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Holdem for $252,491, besting Sami Rustom heads up.
“After my second place, this time I felt like I was gunning for first, maybe even a little harder than last time,” Ferraro shared with PokerNews after his victory.
Event #61 Final Table Results
|1||Cole Ferraro||United States||$252,419|
|2||Sami Rustom||United States||$156,056|
|3||Sean Dunleavy||United States||$117,882|
|5||Richard Dixon||United States||$68,604|
|6||Edgardo Rosario||United States||$52,914|
|8||Ruben Chappell||United States||$32,169|
|9||Ronald Slucker||United States||$25,359|
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The 22-year old recent college graduate started playing poker online a year and a half ago and is playing in his first WSOP. He is now only the third player this year to have a first place and a second place in bracelet events, the others are Phil Hellmuth and Ryan Leng, as well as the youngest to do so, and the only one of the three who’s finishes both came in no-limit hold’em tournaments.
“I moved out to Las Vegas in May, after I graduated college I got a part-time job and played about four to five times a week,” he said when asked about his status as a player. “This trip to the World Series was a trial of sorts, but given everything that has happened over these two weeks I think it will supersede my other job.”
Ferraro’s day was a rollercoaster of chip changes, coming in as an average stack, to being down to six big blinds, to spinning it up to the chip lead at the beginning of the final table. Ferraro maintained a bigger stack the entire final table, until losing the lead heads up, but ultimately came back out on top. A strong, supportive rail followed Ferraro throughout the duration of the final table and crushed him in hugs when he eventually won.
“It’s just so surreal, this being my first World Series of Poker, I just never expected anything like a first place when I came out here.”
Ferraro said he will be sticking around to play the WSOP Main Event.
Final Day Action
The final day started with eliminations flying quickly. Within the first two levels of play, the players had already lost nearly a third of the field, bringing it down to three tables. Bracelet winners Barry Shulman (26th-$8,633) and Mark Seif (25th-$8,633) were eliminated back to back, ensuring that there would be a new bracelet winner.
Start of the day chip leader Perry Ernest (23rd-$8,633) saw his chip lead disappear when Rustom rivered a full house to beat his own full house. He departed shortly after that, and eliminations continued at a relatively quick pace.
Within another three hours, players went down to the final table of ten when Marc Rangel (11th-$20,139) failed to improve with queen-jack versus the ace-queen held by Ronald Slucker.
Final Table Action
The final table started with Ferraro holding a slight lead over Rustom and Richard Dixon, but all being relatively close to each other and jockeying for position. Richard gained the lead when Bart Lybaert five-bet shoved against Ferraro, which put Lybaert neck and neck in third and fourth in chips.
Jason R. Smith seemed to be poised for an early double when he got his pocket kings in against queens held Edgardo Rosario on a ten-high board, but two running hearts would have his kings cracked and he was eliminated in 10th place for $20,139.
The man who brought the players to the final table was Slucker and he would be the next to depart in ninth place for $25,359 when he went all-in with a set of fives, got called by Dixon with sevens, who ran out a straight to the eight to take all of his chips.
Rubin Chappell could not gain any momentum early on and eventually put in the remainder of his chips with pocket eights, only to get called by Lybaert who had pocket queens. The board would prove to be no help to Chappell and he would be eliminated in eighth place for $32,169.
Xiangdong Huang came to the final table with the shortest stack and was able to outlast three people despite that. However, his laddering endeavors came to an end when he got his remaining twelve big blinds in with ace-eight off-suit against Richard Dixon’s sixes and he was eliminated in seventh place for $41,108.
Dixon would score another elimination as he went all-in from the cutoff with ace-six suited into Rosario’s big blind, who called with ace-queen. Dixon would flop a pair of sixes which improved to three of a kind on the river, Rosario would flop a queen-high flush draw and find no improvement on the river, leaving him to exit the tournament in sixth place for $52,914.
Despite some big gains early in the final table, Dixon found himself on the losing end of big pots against Ferraro and Lybaert, as well as doubling up Sean Dunleavy, and being shown a bluff by Rustom that had him declaring verbally that he was on tilt for the rest of the final table. Dixon finished in fifth place when he cold-called a four-bet from Ferraro and called an all-in on a queen-high board with ace-queen. It was no good against Ferraro’s pocket kings and the early final table chip leader found himself eliminated in fifth place for $68,604.
Lybaert was the next to be eliminated when he called off against Ferraro, only to run into pocket aces on a king-high board. Lybaert shook hands with his opponents and left the tournament in fourth place, collecting $89,587 for his efforts.
Ferraro took the lead into the three-handed portion of the final table that was over within 20-minutes. Dunleavy went all-in on a river after check-raising the turn with three jacks, only to run into a flush Rustom made on the river. Dunleavy shook hands with his opponents and he ended his second WSOP tournament he had ever played in third place for $117,882.
Ferraro Comes from Behind to Defeat Rustom
Rustom started heads up with a 2:1 chip lead and start to win some pots early, but one key pot where Ferraro caught Rustom bluffing with jack-high, pushed the momentum into his corner. After that point, Ferraro won another key pot where Rustom paid him off when he rivered a straight against the pocket kings of Rustom and the chip counts found themselves flipped from where they were at the beginning of the match.
The final hand had Rustom going all-in for one-third of the chips in play after Ferraro had raised. After going into the tank for over a minute, Ferraro called with his pocket tens which were good against the pocket fours of Rustom. The tens held up and a shocked Ferraro shook hands with Rustom who collected $156,056 for his second-place finish.
Ferraro started his world series as the second to last man standing and has now become the last man standing. At 22 he is the youngest bracelet winner of the 52nd World Series of Poker and now the only player with a second and a first in two no-limit hold’em bracelet events.
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In this Series
- 1 Caesars Palace Dealer Jimmy Barnett Crowned Casino Employees Champion
- 2 Jesse Klein Tilts Hellmuth on Way to 2021 WSOP $25K H.O.R.S.E. Win for $552,182
- 3 Jeremy Ausmus Wins First Gold Bracelet of the 2021 World Series of Poker
- 4 Long Ma Tops Near 13,000-Player Field to Win The Reunion and First WSOP Bracelet
- 5 Connor Drinan Wins Second Bracelet in Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- 6 Tyler Cornell Gets Signature Victory in 2021 WSOP Event #6: $25,000 High Roller ($833,289)
- 7 Jaswinder "Jesse" Lally Wins 2021 WSOP Event #7: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed ($97,915)
- 8 Aces in the Final Hand as Zhi Wu Wins Event #8: $600 Deepstack ($281,604)
- 9 Ari Engel Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Championship; Hellmuth Fifth
- 10 Michael Perrone Wins 2021 WSOP Event #10: $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em ($152,173)
- 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
- 15 Bradley Jansen Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em ($313,403)
- 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
- 23 Daniel Lazrus Wins 2021 WSOP Millionaire Maker for 2nd Bracelet ($1,000,000)
- 24 Lara Eisenberg wins 2021 World Series of Poker Ladies NLHE Championship
- 25 Czech Pro Dalibor Dula Becomes First European Bracelet Winner at the 2021 WSOP
- 26 Anthony Zinno Wins Fourth Gold Bracelet in Event #27 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
- 27 Scott Ball Celebrates First WSOP Bracelet in Event #25: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
- 28 Dylan Weisman Wins WSOP Event #28: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for First Bracelet ($166,461)
- 29 Chance Kornuth Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck ($194,670)
- 30 Phil Hellmuth Wins Record 16th World Series of Poker (WSOP) Gold Bracelet
- 31 Jim Collopy Wins 2021 WSOP Event #32: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. for Second Gold Bracelet ($172,823)
- 32 Michael Noori Captures First WSOP Bracelet and $610,437 in the Monster Stack
- 33 Ran Koller Wins WSOP Event #33: $800 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack ($269,478)
- 34 David "Bakes" Baker Wins Third WSOP Title in Event #34: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
- 35 Anthony Koutsos Wins First WSOP Bracelet In Event #35: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em ($167,272)
- 36 Adam Friedman Defeats Phil Hellmuth to Win WSOP $10k Dealer's Choice for Third Straight Year
- 37 Karolis Sereika Wins First WSOP Bracelet in Event #37: $1,500 Super Turbo ($195,310)
- 38 Michael Addamo Wins Third WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #38: $50K High Roller ($1,132,968)
- 39 Josh Arieh Wins Third Bracelet in Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha ($204,766)
- 40 Kevin Gerhart Wins Third Career Bracelet in Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
- 41 Bradley Ruben Dazzles in the $1,500 Razz; Wins Third WSOP Bracelet
- 42 "Hobby Player" Carlos Chang Wins First Bracelet in $2,500 NLHE Freezeout
- 43 Ryan Hansen Wins First WSOP Bracelet in Event #44: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold'em ($109,692)
- 44 Chad Norton Wins A Bracelet in His First-Ever WSOP Event!
- 45 Kazuki 'hyahhoo3' Ikeuchi Wins WSOP Online Event #5: $1,000 NLH ($152,797)
- 46 France's Alexandre Reard Wins 2021 WSOP Event #47: $5,000 Freezeout NLH ($428,694)
- 47 Tommy Le Wins WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship For Second Time
- 48 Brian Rast Wins Fifth Bracelet; Sets Sights on Poker Hall of Fame
- 49 Premonition Becomes Reality as Darrin Wright Wins First WSOP Bracelet
- 50 Dreams to Win a WSOP Bracelet Come True for Anthony Denove in the $1K Double Stack
- 51 Farzad Bonyadi Wins Fourth Bracelet in $10K 2-7 NL Single Draw, Ends Sixteen-Year Drought
- 52 Poker Philanthropist Gershon Distenfeld Wins WSOP Bracelet, Pledges All Winnings to Charity ($204K)
- 53 Nicholas Julia Wins Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed ($168,608)
- 54 Shaun Deeb Wins 5th Bracelet in WSOP Event #53: $25,000 PLO ($1,251,860)
- 55 Robert McMillan Wins 2021 WSOP Event #52: $1,000 Seniors Championship ($561,060)
- 56 Ben Yu Wins Fourth Bracelet in Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed NLH Championship ($721,453)
- 57 Anatolii Zyrin Defeats Massive Field in Colossus to Claim Second WSOP Bracelet ($314,705)
- 58 Brian Yoon Wins Fourth Bracelet in Event #57: $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship ($839,350)
- 59 John 'Relevancy' Ripnick Wins WSOP Online Bracelet Event #6: $666 NLH ($114,898)
- 60 Team Ruter Crowned Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team Champions ($113,366)
- 61 Jean-Luc Adam Wins First Bracelet and $255,623 in Event #58: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
- 62 Kevin Gerhart Earns Fourth WSOP Bracelet in Event #62: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($186,789)
- 63 From Online Crusher to WSOP Gold: Eelis Parssinen Wins Event #64: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha
- 64 Cole Ferraro Comes From Behind to Win WSOP Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship ($252,491)
- 65 Eric Zhang Wins 2021 WSOP Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors ($102,465)
- 66 Jermaine Reid Reschedules Flight Before Winning WSOP Event #69: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($113,459)
- 67 Mourad Amokrane Dominates the Final Table On His Way to Winning Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
- 68 Scott Ball Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop
- 69 Motoyoshi Okamura Wins Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha for $209,716
- 70 David Moses Wins Maiden Bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights ($888,888)
- 71 Romain Lewis Captures 1st Bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #76: $10K Super Turbo Bounty
- 72 Brian Hastings Becomes 29th Player in WSOP History to Claim Five Gold Bracelets
- 73 Denis Strebkov Wins His Second WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix
- 74 Koray Aldemir Wins 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event for $8,000,000
- 75 Chad Himmelspach Comes Back From a Single Blind to Win WSOP Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em ($270,877)
- 76 Paulo Joanello Makes Dream Come True After Winning First WSOP Bracelet in Event #77 $1,500 Fifty Stack ($321,917)
- 77 Adrian Mateos Wins $250K Super High Roller for Fourth WSOP Gold Bracelet ($3,265,262)
- 78 Ausmus Denies Hellmuth and Negreanu; Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in $50K PLO High Roller ($1,188,918)
- 79 Mikita Badziakouski Claims First Gold Bracelet in Event #85: $50,000 High Roller ($1,462,043)
- 80 Leo Margets Wins First Bracelet and $376,850 in Event #83: $1,500 The Closer
- 81 Michael McCauley Wins Event #86: $1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold'em ($161,384)
- 82 Daniel "SilasSilver" Turner Wins WSOP.com $1,000 Mini Main Event ($142,663)