2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
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Event Info

Buy-in $50,000
Prize Pool $3,016,125
Players 63

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 200,000

Players Info - Day 5

Players Left 1
Entries 5
Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day 5 Completed

Dan Cates is The Newest Poker Players Champion

OHairDJ • Level 28: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Dan Cates
Dan Cates

Dan Cates has won his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship after overcoming a stacked final table and defeating Ryan Leng heads-up. The mixed game contest attracted an elite field of 63 entries and the top 10 finishers earned a portion of the $3,016,125 prize pool.

In addition to a bracelet, Cates will also take home the $954,020 first-place prize and the right to have his name engraved into the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. It was only Cates' third cash ever at the WSOP, after a deep run in the 2015 WSOP Main Event and a sixth-place finish in the 2019 Poker Players Championship for $168,305.

Final Table Result Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Dan CatesUnited States$954,020
2Ryan LengUnited States$589,628
3Paul VolpeUnited States$404,243
4Eli ElezraIsrael$286,983
5Chris BrewerUnited States$211,235
6Josh AriehUnited States$161,422

Cates was one of many players to take advantage of the extended late registration period and ran up a stack on Day 2. He even predicted his own victory and showed up for the final table ready to battle with his hair dyed in green and a streetfighter costume.

"I said I was gonna win, so I won. But it was pretty important because now I have more money to help the world and to continue a career outside of poker," Cates said in his interview after the hard-fought victory. The endurance challenge on the final day lasted for more than 13 hours, with Cates denying Leng his fourth career bracelet and earning his maiden one in the early morning hours in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Dan Cates
Dan Cates

The victory may have never happened if it wasn't for a gutsy play of Cates against Leng when he check-raised the river on an ace-high board for just half a big bet more. Leng folded and showed his top pair for Cates to vault out of his chair and triumphantly smash his inferior pair of kings on the table.

When asked if that was one of the life-changing hands he has ever played, the high stakes player replied with "maybe, one of them, yeah actually" — the call with massive pot odds by Leng would have resulted in the certain elimination of Cates in third place. Leng was labeled by his opponent as the sunflower king as he was indeed wearing a sunflower for most of the final table.

"It is actually pretty cool and I am glad to have won one. I think I have one of each now, the Alpha 8, the World Poker Tour, and I have a Triton [victory]. I think that gives me the trifecta, I am not sure how that works. But it is pretty cool, especially a tournament that's named after Chip Reese who has passed away," Cates remarked with regards to the importance of his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.

As far as his plans for the rest of the ongoing WSOP 2021 in Las Vegas is concerned, Cates is looking forward to do some charity efforts, do a hike and go to the gym a lot to get strong and play some poker. "I may play the Main [Event]. I can't be in god mode for the Main, that's not fair," the high stakes pro concluded.

The Action of the Final Day

The live-streamed final table on PokerGO kicked off with five players, with Eli Elezra entering the final day as the chip leader in pursuit of his fourth WSOP bracelet. However, he quickly became the shortest stack with Leng chipping up early to go in the opposite direction. Chris Brewer was the first casualty when his dominated pair of sevens found no help against the pocket jacks of Leng.

Elezra survived numerous all-in showdowns and jumped back into the middle of the pack with four players remaining. A string of costly big bet games reduced the stack of Elezra once more and he bowed out in fourth place in a Razz hand against Paul Volpe.

Three-handed play saw the lead change back and forth. Neither Leng nor Cates were able to close out a commanding lead before Volpe's fortune ran out against Cates. Heads-up play commenced with an overwhelming lead for Cates. Leng would double twice but couldn't turn the tide in his favor.

For Leng, it was the second runner-up finish of the ongoing festival in Las Vegas during which he also earned his third WSOP gold bracelet in Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed. "I had a blast and the most fun in a long time when playing poker," he said leaving the main stage with a smile on his face.

Ryan Leng
Ryan Leng

This concludes the PokerNews coverage for this event but the WSOP 2021 has now all eyes set on the flagship $10,000 Main Event, which has already concluded the first two of six starting days.

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Ryan Leng Eliminated in 2nd Place ($589,628)

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Ryan Leng
Ryan Leng

Limit Hold'em

Dan Cates received a walk and turned over the {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}. One hand later, Ryan Leng was in the big blind and had 400,000 in already from the big blind ante. Cates raised and Leng called as they got it in after the {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{10-Hearts} flop.

Ryan Leng: {10-Diamonds}{5-Spades}
Dan Cates: {q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}

The {q-Hearts} turn gave Cates the superior pair and the {3-Spades} river only improved Cates to two pair. Leng's run comes to an end in 2nd place for a payday of $589,628 while Cates records his third WSOP cash, first WSOP gold bracelet and top prize of $954,020.

Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us 18,900,000 1,100,000
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
us Busted

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Two in a Row for Cates

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Pot-Limit Omaha

Dan Cates raised the button to 600,000 and Ryan Leng called. The flop brought {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and Leng checked after 17 seconds. Cates then bet 800,000 and Leng instantly let go.

Leng limped in and Cates raised the pot to 600,000, which resulted in a call from Leng. The {a-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Spades} flop was bet by Cates for 700,000 and Leng folded once more to drop below four million.

Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us 15,000,000 1,900,000
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
us 3,900,000 -1,900,000

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Leng Gets a Fold From Cates

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Razz

Ryan Leng: {x-}{x-}/{5-}{9-}{3-}{k-}/{x-}
Dan Cates: {x-}{x-}/{a-}{4-}{k-}{j-}/{x-}

Dan Cates completed and Ryan Leng raised. Cates called.

Leng called a bet from Cates on fourth and then Cates called bets from Leng on fifth and sixth.

Cates folded facing a bet from Leng on seventh and Leng took down the pot.

Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us 13,100,000 -3,300,000
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
us 5,800,000 3,300,000

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Leng Gets Some Back

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Seven Card Stud

Ryan Leng: {x-}{x-}/{9-Spades}{j-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Dan Cates: {x-}{x-}/{k-Clubs}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds} - folded on fifth street

Dan Cates completed and Ryan Leng raised. Cates called.

Leng called a bet from Cates on fourth and Cates then check-folded on fifth and Leng took down the pot.

Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us 13,800,000 -1,500,000
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
us 5,100,000 1,500,000

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Leng Folds on Seventh

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Seven Card Stud

Dan Cates: {x-}{x-}/{k-Hearts}{4-Spades}{6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}/{x-}
Ryan Leng: {x-}{x-}/{10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{8-Hearts}/{x-}

Dan Cates completed and Ryan Leng called.

Leng called a bet from Cates on fourth and Cates checked-called a bet from Leng on fifth.

Both players checked on sixth and Cates led out for a bet on seventh. Leng folded after some thought and Cates took down the pot.

Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us 15,300,000 1,900,000
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
us 3,600,000 -1,900,000

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