2021 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $5,000
Prize Pool $2,275,250
Players 479

Level Info

Level 35
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 20,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 9
Event #8: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 2 Completed

Daniel Smiljkovic Wins Maiden WSOP Bracelet in Event #8: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship ($423,426)

zedmaster84 • Level 35: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Daniel Smiljkovic
Daniel Smiljkovic

A new first-time gold bracelet winner has been crowned during the 2021 GGPoker World Series of Poker Online. Austria-based poker pro Daniel Smiljkovic entered the final day of Event #8: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship as the chip leader and never surrendered the top spot to close out the victory in style.

The tournament drew a total of 479 entries for a prize pool of $2,275,250 and Smiljkovic defeated China's Xuming "scplayer" Qi in heads-up.

Prior to this year's online festival on GGPoker, Smiljkovic had cashed in WSOP tournaments for more than $170k. However, that amount was shattered thanks to the first-place payout of $423,426 as the German celebrated his 30th official WSOP cash in style. He joins the ranks of gold bracelet winners after a final day that lasted all but one hour and 40 minutes.

Among the notable finalists were also George Wolff, Marius Gierse, and Aki "Seabossss" Virtanen, who all reached the seven-handed final table. Roman Hrabec and "DontTiltGG" were the first two casualties of the day after succumbing to their short stacks early on.

Event #8: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table Results

PositionPlayerCountryPayout (in USD)
1Daniel SmiljkovicGermany$423,426
2Xuming "scplayer" QiChina$306,145
3Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" ChristodoulouCyprus$221,349
4Marius GierseAustria$160,040
5George WolffUnited States$115,712
6Yonatan "itayalenbi" KokoIsrael$83,662
7Aki "Seabossss" VirtanenFinland$60,489

The Action of the Final Day

With nine players remaining on two short-handed tables, the action kicked off quite tense as the looming final table bubble included a significant pay jump. Roman Hrabec was the far shortest stack and became the first casualty, sending his chips over to Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou. Daniel Smiljkovic earned his first knockout of the day by winning a crucial flip against "DontTiltGG", which set up the final table.

Xuming "scplayer" Qi notched up the next four eliminations, two of which came as a result of three-handed action. The exit of George Wolff in fifth place saw Qi's ace-queen and Christodoulou's ace-king split the pot with a broadway straight, as Wolff's turned set of tens went up in flames.

Qi also sent Marius Gierse to the rail without ever threatening the top spot of Smiljkovic, who tangled on several occasions with Christodoulou to remain well ahead of all opponents. The Cypriot eventually hit the rail in third place and Smiljkovic made quick work of Qi in heads-up to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet.

That wraps up the live coverage for today but the next tournament with exclusive updates already awaits on August 12. Event #9: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em features a stack of 50,000 chips and levels of eight minutes. It will play down to a winner and the PokerNews team will be there from start to finish.

Tags: Aki VirtanenChristodoulos ChristodoulouDaniel SmiljkovicGeorge WolffMarius GierseRoman HrabecXuming QiYonatan Koko

Xuming "scplayer" Qi Eliminated in 2nd Place ($306,145)

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Qi eliminated by Smiljkovic
Qi eliminated by Smiljkovic

With the blinds about to go up in 3 hands, Xuming "scplayer" Qi jammed for just over 2.4 million and was called by Daniel Smiljkovic in the big blind.

Xuming "scplayer" Qi: {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}
Daniel Smiljkovic: {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

There was no help for Qi on the {a-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop and the {4-Hearts} turn. He also whiffed the {q-Clubs} river, which improved Smiljkovic to queens and treys. Qi has been eliminated in second place for $306,145 while Smiljkovic earns his maiden gold bracelet and the top prize of $423,426.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
de 23,950,000 2,963,252
Xuming "scplayer" Qi cn
Xuming "scplayer" Qi
cn Busted

Tags: Daniel SmiljkovicXuming Qi

Overwhelming Lead for Smiljkovic

zedmaster84 • Level 35: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Following a raise to 416,000 by Xuming "scplayer" Qi, Daniel Smiljkovic filled up and checked the {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop. Qi continued for 218,000 and received a call to bet another 661,000 on the {a-Hearts} turn. Smiljkovic check-called once more to then check the {10-Spades} river.

Qi checked behind with {j-Spades}{9-Clubs} for a pair of nines and Smiljkovic had the best of it with the {a-Spades}{4-Spades}.

Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
de 20,986,748 1,655,000
Xuming "scplayer" Qi cn
Xuming "scplayer" Qi
cn 2,963,252 -1,655,000

Smiljkovic Forces Fold From Qi

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Daniel Smiljkovic raised to 352,000 and called a three-bet to 1,230,000 by Xuming "scplayer" Qi. The {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}{7-Spades} flop was checked by both and Qi led the {k-Diamonds} turn for 625,000, earning a call from Smiljkovic.

Qi then checked the {8-Clubs} river and Smiljkovic bet 4,875,000, which had the remainder of his opponent's stack covered. That sent Qi deep into the tank and he eventually folded.

Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
de 19,331,748 1,695,000
Xuming "scplayer" Qi cn
Xuming "scplayer" Qi
cn 4,618,252 -1,695,000

Smiljkovic Assumes Control

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The first few hands of the heads-up duel went back and forth as Xuming "scplayer" Qi got through with a four-bet jam.

Qi then limped in and called a raise to 528,000 by Daniel Smiljkovic to see a flop of {6-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs}. Smiljkovic continued for 548,000 in order to earn a call and then checked the {2-Clubs} turn. This prompted a bet worth 708,000 by Qi and a call.

On the {k-Clubs} river, Smiljkovic checked and Qi checked behind with {8-Spades}{7-Clubs} for a busted gutshot. Smiljkovic had the nuts with the {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and restored the comfortable lead.

Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
de 17,636,748 956,000
Xuming "scplayer" Qi cn
Xuming "scplayer" Qi
cn 6,313,252 -956,000
Level:
35
Blinds:
80,000/160,000
Ante:
20,000

Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou Eliminated in 3rd Place ($221,349)

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 70,000-140,000, 17,500 ante
Christodoulou vs Smiljkovic
Christodoulou vs Smiljkovic

Down to just 852,870 and under the gun, Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou jammed and was isolated by Daniel Smiljkovic with a raise to 1,792,000 out of the small blind.

Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou: {q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Daniel Smiljkovic: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}

Christodoulou improved on the {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and remained ahead on the {5-Spades} turn. However, the {k-Diamonds} river gave Smiljkovic the superior two pair and sent his opponent out in third place.

Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
de 16,680,748 2,229,120
Xuming "scplayer" Qi cn
Xuming "scplayer" Qi
cn 7,269,252 -1,148,750
Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou CY
Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou
CY Busted

Christodoulou Doubles; Gets Short Again

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Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou three-bet jammed for just over a million in chips and was called by Daniel Smiljkovic.

Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou: {a-Hearts}{5-Clubs}
Daniel Smiljkovic: {a-Clubs}{7-Spades}

The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Spades}{5-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Christodoulou paired up on the turn. Xuming "scplayer" Qi flashed his mucked {a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}.

One hand later, Christodoulou min-raised in the small blind and Smiljkovic called. The same bet and call amount followed on the {q-Spades}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop and the {9-Hearts} turn was checked. Christodoulou bet 700,000 on the {5-Diamonds} turn and folded to a raise by Smiljkovic.

Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
de 14,451,628 -32,685
Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" ChristodoulouXuming "scplayer" Qi
Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" ChristodoulouXuming "scplayer" Qi
8,628,002 8,628,002
Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou CY
Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou
CY 870,370 -177,315

Qi Doubles Through Christodoulou

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Qi Doubles Through Christodoulou
Qi Doubles Through Christodoulou

Xuming "scplayer" Qi raise-folded against Daniel Smiljkovic and Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou won two pots in a row to pull ahead of the player from China.

What followed was Qi's min-raise to 280,000 and Christodoulou min-clicked to 420,000, earning a call. Christodoulou bet the {4-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop for 280,000 to pick up a call and also bet the {10-Diamonds} turn for 560,000. Qi raised to 1,400,000 and called all-in when Christodoulou pushed.

Xuming "scplayer" Qi: {7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}
Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

The {8-Spades} river kept Qi in contention while Christodoulou dropped to a severe short stack.

Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
de 14,484,313 -28,000
Xuming "scplayer" Qi cn
Xuming "scplayer" Qi
cn 8,418,002 3,122,251
Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou CY
Christodoulos "P0t RippeR" Christodoulou
CY 1,047,685 -3,094,251