Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
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Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
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Koon, Puustinen, Zack, and Szabo to Battle for Bracelet in Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

zedmaster84 • Level 45: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante
Jason Koon
Jason Koon

Only four players out of 57 entries remain in the latest gold bracelet event of the 2021 World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship is down to the semi-finals and the new GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon will be chasing his maiden victory at the WSOP. The American poker pro will be facing Henri Puustinen while the second semi-final features Dan Zack and Gabor Szabo.

Only Zack already has a gold bracelet to his name while the other three contenders are yet to join the winner's circle. The final four are competing for the biggest portion of the $721,625 prize pool as all first-round winners had their buy-in refunded. All semi finalists have $89,787 locked up for the efforts while the runner-up will earn $150,790, the winner can look forward to a payday of $243,981.

The Sweet Sixteen at a Glance

The first duels decided over the money bubble and Galen Hall was the first casualty when he lost the remainder of his shorter stack to Benjamin Reason with ace-queen versus king-jack. Gal Yifrach conceded a big double to Jake Daniels early on and while he almost closed the gap at some point, he then lost a flip to miss out on the cash prize. For Julien Martini, a big lead early on was not enough as he then came up second-best in all three all-in showdowns against Bin Weng after.

The same fate also awaited David Peters, who rivered two pair with jack-eight suited only for Gabor Szabo to flip over a flopped set of tens. Aleksandr Shevlyakov missed out on the money after he was defeated by Mikita Badziakouski and Jason Koon won four all-in showdowns when he had to in order to eliminate Johannes Becker. Jimmy D'Ambrosio and Cary Katz were the last two casualties in the first round of the day to set up the money stages.

Cary Katz
Cary Katz last to bust outside of the money

Koon Rushes to Victory in Round of 8

Jason Koon needed just 13 minutes to defeat Jake Daniels in the semi-final. On a paired ace-high board, his queen-eight made a straight to claim a decent pot off Daniels. Only a few moments later they got it in preflop in a flip and this time, Koon held the pocket queens. Daniels was at risk with ace-king suited and failed to get there.

The remaining three matches needed more time to conclude and two of them determined a winner at almost the same time. Finland's Henri Puustinen, who just turned 21 years old two months ago and is better known under his online alias "buttonclickr", stormed into a big lead over Benjamin Reason before dealing the final blow. Moments later, Dan Zack came out on top against Bin Weng when he turned an unbeatable flush against the second pair of Weng. It was a roller coaster ride in the duel during which Zack recovered as a 1-3 underdog to book his spot in the semi-finals.

The duel between Mikita Badziakouski and Gabor Szabo lasted the longest and it was the Hungarian who prevailed. After getting short early on, Szabo doubled in a flip with jacks versus ace-king. From there on, Szabo kept the pressure on and eventually sealed the victory with flopped two pair against the rivered top pair of Badziakouski.

Road to the Semi-Finals

WinnersJason KoonHenri PuustinenDan ZackGabor Szabo
Round of 64Chris BrewerRok GostisaMustapha KanitBye
Round of 32Nicolai MorrisAli ImsirovicNick PetrangeloJohan Guilbert
Round of 16Johannes BeckerCary KatzJimmy D'AmbrosioDavid Peters
Round of 8Jake DanielsBenjamin ReasonBin WengMikita Badziakouski

Heads-Up Bracket for the Final 32

In the semi-finals, all players start with 2.4 million in chips and blinds of 6,000/12,000, which provides 200 big blinds at the start. All levels will last 20 minutes each. The final day is scheduled to recommence at 4pm local time on Thursday, October 7 and the final duel for the gold bracelet is slated to be streamed on the PokerGO platform. PokerNews will be providing live updates from start to finish once more until a winner has been crowned.

Tags: Benjamin ReasonBin WengCary KatzDan ZackDavid PetersGabor SzaboGal YifrachGalen HallHenri PuustinenJake DanielsJason KoonJimmy D'AmbrosioJohannes BeckerJulien MartiniMikita Badziakouski

Mikita Badziakouski Eliminated in Round of 8 ($36,280)

NicholasBaltz • Level 45: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante
Mikita Badziakouski
Mikita Badziakouski

Gabor Szabo limped, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 150,000 and Szabo called.

The flop came {4-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{k-Spades}, Badziakouski led for 75,000 and Szabo called.

On the turn {2-Spades}, Badziakouski checked-called a bet of 125,000 from Szabo.

The {a-Clubs} hit the river, Badziakouski moved all-in for his last 475,000 and Szabo called.

Mikita Badziakouski: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Gabor Szabo: {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}

Szabo flopped kings and fours and it was good to secure the victory.

Gabor Szabo hu
Gabor Szabo
hu 2,400,000 858,000
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by Busted

Badziakouski Working Back

MattHansen • Level 45: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante

Gabor Szabo limped in and Mikita Badziakouski raised to 114,000. Szabo called and the flop was {7-Hearts}{2-Spades}{j-Hearts}.

Badziakouski bet 125,000 on the flop and Szabo called.

The turn was {6-Clubs}. Badziakouski checked and Szabo bet 50,000. Badziakouski raised to 125,000 and Szabo folded.

Gabor Szabo hu
Gabor Szabo
hu 1,542,000 -256,000
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by 858,000 256,000
Level:
45
Blinds:
15,000/30,000
Ante:
0

Three for Szabo

NicholasBaltz • Level 44: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante
Gabor Szabo
Gabor Szabo

Gabor Szabo raised to 50,000 and Mikita Badziakouski called.

The flop came {3-Clubs}{8-Spades}{10-Spades}, Szabo bet and won the pot.

On the next hand, Badziakouski limped, Szabo moved all-in and Badziakouski folded.

Right after that, Szabo limped and Badziakouski checked his option.

The flop came {j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} and both players checked.

The turn was the {10-Clubs} and they checked again to the {3-Spades} river.

Badziakouski bet 24,000 and Szabo called.

"Jack," said Badziakouski.

But it was no good as Szabo tabled {q-Spades}{2-Clubs} for the winner.

Gabor Szabo hu
Gabor Szabo
hu 1,798,000 108,000
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by 602,000 -108,000
Level:
44
Blinds:
12,000/24,000
Ante:
0

Four In A Row for Badziakouski

NicholasBaltz • Level 43: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Mikita Badziakouski - Gabor Szabo
Mikita Badziakouski - Gabor Szabo

Gabor Szabo limped, Mikita Badziakouski made it 100,000 and Szabo folded.

Badziakouski raised to 50,000 and Szabo called. The flop came {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{2-Spades}, Badziakouski bet 60,000 and Szabo mucked.

Szabo limped and Badziakouski checked his option.

The flop came {9-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{2-Spades} and both players checked.

On the turn {6-Hearts}, Badziakouski bet 20,000 and won the pot.

Badziakouski limped and Szabo checked his option.

The flop came {k-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades} and both players checked to the turn {10-Clubs}.

Szabo checked, Badziakouski bet 25,000 and Szabo let it go.

Gabor Szabo hu
Gabor Szabo
hu 1,690,000 -124,000
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by 710,000 124,000