2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Prize Pool $3,428,280
Players 5330

Level Info

Level 38
Blinds 500,000 / 1,000,000
Ante 1,000,000

Players Info - Day 5

Players Left 1
Entries 5
Event #17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold'em
Day 5 Completed

Daniel Lazrus Wins 2021 WSOP $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em for 2nd Bracelet ($1,000,000)

NicholasBaltz • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Daniel Lazrus
Daniel Lazrus

The 2021 World Series of Poker crowned a new gold bracelet winner at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Wednesday in Event #17: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em, a tournament that attracted 5,330 players and offered up a $3,428,280 prize pool.

The PokerGO live-streamed final table contained two former bracelet winners, despite the huge field. In the end, it was Daniel Lazrus collecting his second WSOP bracelet this year, claiming victory for $1,000,000.

Lazrus won his first bracelet a few months ago online in the WSOP Event #28 $3,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Championship ONLINE. For the new two-time champ, winning a live event at the WSOP was even better.

"This one feels much more special," said Lazrus after the win. "It feels more legitimized than online did, just because it was a different atmosphere. This makes me happy with the decision I’m making of putting a lot of time into poker. The first was an achievement, this feels like THE achievement. I didn’t realize it yet but this is a much greater feeling, I can’t even begin to describe it."

Lazrus, 31, really only started taking poker seriously two years ago.

"I only started playing about four and half years ago, at first just recreationally," he said. "I started winning, met the right guy, who put me in touch with the other right guys, just learned. Starting like two years ago I started raising stakes and studying very very aggressively almost as a priority."

Lazrus gave to credit to his support system for all of his success.

"It’s the greatest feeling in the world," said Lazrus. "I owe it all to some of the guys back there, friends that aren’t here that I’ve been playing poker with and talking hands with for years. It couldn’t be a better scenario. It would be nice if my wife could have come out but she is a teacher, so getting off wasn’t really an option. But this was a great experience, it was amazing."

2021 WSOP Millionaire Maker Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Daniel LazrusUnited States$1,000,000
2Darryl RonconiUnited States$500,125
3Jeffrey GencarelliUnited States$377,125
4Michael GathyBelgium$288,715
5Ignacio MoronSpain$222,430
6Kevin PalmerUnited States$172,455
7Todd SaffronUnited States$124,570
8Adam ShermanUnited States$105,690
9Sertac TurkerTurkey$83,545

Others to cash on the final table were four-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy (4th for $288,715), Ignacio Moron (5th for $222,430), and Darryl Ronconi (2nd for $500,125).

At the start of the day, many eyes were on Gathy, looking for his fifth bracelet. But it was the other bracelet winner at the table Lazrus, who dominated the chip lead through much of the final day.

"Him (Gathy) and Ignacio are both really good players,” he said. “I kind of just play my game and just take it with what it is. I tried to stay out of their way but I also know they are going to make the folds that they need to with the ICM considerations, and when it’s right, I can take some of the spots."

Final Table Action

Moron was the first one to fall when his ace-nine ran into the pocket kings of Lazrus. Next to go was Gathy, who was left short after a four-bet pot against Ronconi. He was eliminated shortly thereafter and exited in fourth. Jeffrey Gencarelli was the next to go when he shoved his ace-high on the turn into the top pair of Lazrus.

With a 3-1 chip lead going in, heads up became a shove fest. Ronconi managed to chop to survive on one all-in and spike the river to double on another. Lazrus kept his cool, however, and he managed to get it in good when Ronconi bluff-jammed ten-high into the ace-jack of Lazrus. The board came clean for Lazrus and he captured his second WSOP bracelet.

Congratulations to Daniel, winner of the 2021 WSOP Event #17: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em! He joins a club of two-time bracelet winners that includes Michael Addamo, Chance Kornuth, Fedor Holz, and Tony Dunst, to name a few.

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Tags: Chance KornuthDaniel LazrusDarryl RonconiFedor HolzIgnacio MoronJeffrey GencarelliMichael AddamoMichael GathyTony Dunst

Daniel Lazrus Wins Event #17: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em for $1,000,000

MrCleverFox • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Daniel Lazrus
Daniel Lazrus

Daniel Lazrus has conquered the massive field of 5,330 players to take down $1,000,000 and his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet in Event #17: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em.

Lazrus' first bracelet came in the 2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events when he won the $3,200 NLH High Roller Championship for $205,347.

Here's a look at how the final table stacked up:

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Daniel LazrusUnited States$1,000,000
2Darryl RonconiUnited States$500,125
3Jeffrey GencarelliUnited States$377,125
4Michael GathyBelgium$288,715
5Ignacio MoronSpain$222,430
6Kevin PalmerUnited States$172,455
7Todd SaffronUnited States$124,570
8Adam ShermanUnited States$105,690
9Sertac TurkerTurkey$83,545

A full recap will be posted shortly.

Tags: Daniel Lazrus

Darryl Ronconi Eliminated in 2nd Place ($500,125)

BrandonBloom • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Darryl Ronconi
Darryl Ronconi

Darryl Ronconi raised to 2.5 million and Daniel Lazrus three-bet to 8.5 million. Ronconi jammed for 42.6 million and Lazrus called.

Darryl Ronconi: {10-Clubs}{7-Hearts}
Daniel Lazrus: {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}

The flop came {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} to give Ronconi more outs with an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the {k-Clubs}, and with Lazrus one card away from victory, the board completed with the {4-Spades} to officially confirm Lazrus’ second bracelet and one million dollar win.

Ronconi, meanwhile, will have to settle for the second-place prize of over half a million dollars for his efforts.

Daniel Lazrus us
Daniel Lazrus
us 133,600,000 44,100,000
Darryl Ronconi us
Darryl Ronconi
us Busted

Ronconi Chops to Avoid Elimination

BrandonBloom • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante

Darryl Ronconi raised to 2.5 million and Daniel Lazrus jammed. Ronconi called for his remaining 20.8 million chips.

Darryl Ronconi: {a-Hearts}{3-Clubs}
Daniel Lazrus: {a-Spades}{7-Clubs}

Lazrus was in a good position to possibly take down the tournament. The flop came {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{9-Spades} to make a chop more likely. The {q-Spades} turn and {j-Spades} river confirmed the chop and the players took back their chips.

Daniel Lazrus us
Daniel Lazrus
us 109,800,000 5,500,000
Darryl Ronconi us
Darryl Ronconi
us 23,300,000 -6,000,000

Jeffrey Gencarelli Eliminated in 3rd Place ($377,125)

BrandonBloom • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Jeffrey Gencarelli
Jeffrey Gencarelli

Jeffrey Gencarelli raised to 3 million in the small blind and Daniel Lazrus called in the big blind.

The flop was {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Gencarelli bet 4 millon and Lazrus called.

The {10-Spades} turn saw Gencarelli jam for his remaining 16.2 million chips and Lazrus called.

Jeffrey Gencarelli: {a-Spades}{5-Spades}
Daniel Lazrus: {q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}

Gencarelli needed an ace or king but the {9-Hearts} completed the board to eliminate him as the other two players get ready to start heads-up play.

Daniel Lazrus us
Daniel Lazrus
us 104,300,000 23,300,000
Darryl Ronconi us
Darryl Ronconi
us 29,300,000
Jeffrey Gencarelli US
Jeffrey Gencarelli
US Busted

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