2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors
Days:
123

Event Info

Buy-in $500
Prize Pool $782,100
Players 1738

Level Info

Level 35
Blinds 250,000 / 500,000
Ante 500,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 9
Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors
Day 3 Completed

Eric Zhang Wins 2021 WSOP Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors ($102,465)

gaellej • Level 35: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Eric Zhang
Eric Zhang

The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors returned Thursday with nine players left to battle for a top prize of $102,465 and Eric Zhang came out victorious to win his first WSOP bracelet after just three levels of play. He outlasted a field of 1,738 players to follow in the footsteps of Susan Farber, winner of the very first edition of the tournament in 2019.

Zhang has been playing poker as a hobby for the last 10 years and came to Las Vegas on vacation to play his very first and only WSOP event

"It's a dream come true! I remember as a kid watching the World Series of Poker, and the victory of Chris Moneymaker on the Main Event" said Zhang right after his photoshoot.

"I always loved poker but I only started playing a couple years ago, mainly cash games, not really tournaments. But the WSOP is always a very special occasion and I took some time off work because I really wanted to come here. This is the very one event I planned of playing. It's an affordable event, plus a great cause, and I'm going on vacation to Morocco and Europe right after."

San Francisco’s Zhang entered the final table second in chips and took down the coveted bracelet after only two hours of play.

"Every day waking up it felt like surreal. I would never have thought I would make it this far. I actually had a flight to leave Vegas this morning so I rebooked everything! I'm going to remember this forever and I'll definitely come back next year to play more events."

No doubt the vacations of the newly crowded WSOP champion will have an even sweeter flavor now. "I already had some good time and celebrations planned after this trip but it really up the notch more after this. A lot of friends have been supported me also back home. I'll have to wear my bracelet now when I'm playing home games with my friends!"

2021 WSOP Event #63 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Eric ZhangUnited States$102,465
2Guy HadasUnited States$63,344
3Bradley RogoffUnited States$47,125
4Chulhan ChoiSouth Korea$35,406
5Mitch GarshofskyUnited States$26,866
6Marty ZabibUnited States$20,592
7Hlib KovtunovUkraine$15,943
8Christopher CorboUnited States$12,471
9Anthony MccurdyUnited States$9,857

Final Table Action

The final table started at noon local time following the presentation of the $64,827 check for the USO organization. Only 30 minutes in, Anthony Mccurdy became the first casualty of the day, his pocket eights running into Chulhan Choi's pocket kings.

That led to another two quick eliminations with Christopher Corbo (8th - $12,471), who lost his last three big blinds against Mitch Garshofsky, followed by Hlib Kovtunov (7th - $15,943), after moving all in with two pair on the flop only to see a set of deuces in Zhang’s hand, who improved into quads on the river.

Guy Hadas was responsible of the next elimination, that of ​​Marty Zabib. In a blind-versus-blind all-in preflop, Zabib was ahead with jack-seven versus ten-five off for Hadas, but the latter found a pair of tens to eliminate Zabib in sixth place for $20,592.

Garshofsky was left as the shortest stack after Hadas doubled through him, while the other four players passed chips around the table. Garshofsky shoved on the button with ten-nine offsuit but Bradley Rogoff woke up with pocket queens and even though the flop gave him a gutshot straight draw, Garshofsky didn’t hit one of his outs on the rest of the board and was eliminated from the tournament for his 68th career WSOP Las Vegas cash.

Choi didn’t take long to follow him at the payout desk, also eliminated by Rogoff, when he shoved in the small blind with queen-nine suited, only to see pocket tens in Rogoff’s hand.

However, with just three players remaining and the blinds escalating quickly, Rogoff’s good fortune didn’t last long and picked the wrong time to shove his 14 big blinds with ace-seven suited against Hadas who called with ace-queen in the big blind. Rogoff hit a pair of sevens on the flop, but a queen showed up on the river, ending Rogoff’s run in third place for $47,125.

The battle for the bracelet began with a slight advantage of chips for Zhang, but he quickly took the lead, forcing a fold from Hadas on the first two hands of the heads-up.

A few moments after, Hadas limp-called a raise from Zhang and the duo saw a flop of {q-Spades}{10-Spades}{2-Hearts}. Hadas called another bet from Zhang and shoved on the {k-Hearts} turn after Zhang fired a second barrel. Hadas revealed {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts} for a straight draw and a flush draw and was facing {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} for Zhang, ahead with top pair and a straight draw. The river didn’t change anything with the {a-Diamonds}, sealing the end of the tournament.

Hadas had to settle for runner-up and a consolation prize of $63,344 while Zhang took the gold and his best live cash of $102,465.

Congratulations to Eric Zhang, winner of the 2021 WSOP Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors!

Tags: Anthony MccurdyBradley RogoffChris MoneymakerChristopher CorboChulhan ChoiEric ZhangGuy HadasHlib KovtunovMarty ZabibMitch Garshofsky

Eric Zhang Wins Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors

MikePatrick • Level 35: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Eric Zhang
Eric Zhang

Eric Zhang has defeated Guy Hadas in a quick heads-up match to claim the WSOP bracelet and $102,465.

Zhang is primarily a low-stakes cash game player from California's bay area and was playing in his first-ever World Series of Poker event.

Not a bad way to start your WSOP career.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for a full recap including an interview with the champion.

Final Table Results and Payouts

PlaceNameCountryPayout
1Eric ZhangUnited States$102,465
2Guy HadasUnited States$63,344
3Bradley RogoffUnited States$47,125
4Chulhan ChoiSouth Korea$35,406
5Mitch GarshofskyUnited States$26,866
6Marty ZabibUnited States$20,592
7Hlib KovtunovUkraine$15,943
8Christpher CorboUnited States$12,471
9Anthony MccurdyUnited States$9,857

Tags: Eric ZhangGuy Hadas

Guy Hadas Eliminated in 2nd Place ($63,344)

MikePatrick • Level 35: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Guy Hadas
Guy Hadas

Guy Hadas limped on the button and was raised to two million by Eric Zhang. Hadas made the call, and the duo saw a flop of {q-Spades}{10-Spades}{2-Hearts}.

Zhang continued for 1.4 million, and was called by Hadas.

The turn brought the {k-Hearts}, and again Zhang bet, this time for 2.6 million. Hadas moved all-in for his remaining 10.4 million.

Zhang took some time to think, then made the call.

Guy Hadas: {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}
Eric Zhang: {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}

Zhang was ahead with top pair and a straight draw, while Hadas also had a straight draw and a flush draw.

The river brought the {a-Diamonds}, and Hadas briefly clapped and celebrated, thinking he had won, however, the dealer quickly alerted him and Zhang that Zhang had made a winning straight, eliminating Hadas in 2nd place.

Eric Zhang US
Eric Zhang
US 43,450,000 18,250,000
Guy Hadas US
Guy Hadas
US Busted

Tags: Eric ZhangGuy Hadas

First Pot for Zhang

gaellej • Level 35: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante

The tournament's director brought the coveted gold bracelet to the table and the first hand of the head's up was dealt.

Guy Hadas completed his small blind and Eric Zhang raised it to 1,400,000. It was enough to make Hadas fold and Zhang took down the first pot of the head's up.

A few minutes later, Hadas raised to 1,300,000 and Zhang made the call to see a flop {6-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. Zhang check-called for 800,000 and a {6-Hearts} appeared on the turn. The same action happened, this time for 1,600,000.

The river was the {4-Spades} and Zhang led out for 3,600,000. After some thinking, Hadas decided to fold.

Eric Zhang US
Eric Zhang
US 25,200,000 1,700,000
Guy Hadas US
Guy Hadas
US 15,600,000 -1,700,000

Bradley Rogoff Eliminated in 3rd Place ($47,125)

gaellej • Level 35: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Bradley Rogoff
Bradley Rogoff

Eric Zhang folded and Bradley Rogoff shoved in the small blind for a total stack worth 6,900,000. Guy Hadas asked for the count and didn't take long to announce the call.

Bradley Rogoff: {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Guy Hadas: {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}

Rogoff had the dominated hand, but the flop {7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} gave him two pair and hopes for the double up. The {8-Clubs} didn't change anything, but a {q-Diamonds} showed up on the river, giving the winning hand to Hadas and eliminating Rogoff for $47,125.

Eric Zhang US
Eric Zhang
US 23,500,000 5,000,000
Guy Hadas US
Guy Hadas
US 17,300,000 5,500,000
Bradley Rogoff us
Bradley Rogoff
us Busted

Chulhan Choi Eliminated in 4th Place ($35,406)

MikePatrick • Level 35: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Chulhan Choi
Chulhan Choi

Chulhan Choi moved all-in on the button for his last 1,950,000 and got called by Bradley Rogoff in the big blind.

Chulhan Choi: {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Bradley Rogoff: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}

The {3-Spades}{k-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{8-Clubs} board brought no help to Choi, whose day ends in fourth place.

Bradley Rogoff us
Bradley Rogoff
us 7,200,000 2,600,000
Chulhan Choi KR
Chulhan Choi
KR Busted

Tags: Bradley Rogoff

Mitch Garshofsky Eliminated in 5th Place ($26,866)

MikePatrick • Level 35: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante
Mitch Garshofsky
Mitch Garshofsky

From his short stack of 350,000, Mitch Garshofsky moved all-in from the cutoff. Bradley Rogoff moved all-in over the top from the button for 3,450,000 and Guy Hadas folded his big blind.

Mitch Garshofsky: {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Bradley Rogoff: {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

Garshofsky was well behind, and while the flop of {j-Clubs}{q-Spades}{a-Diamonds} did give him a gutshot straight draw, the {3-Spades} and {5-Hearts} brought no help, eliminating him from the tournament with his 68th career WSOP Las Vegas cash.

Bradley Rogoff us
Bradley Rogoff
us 4,600,000 -1,000,000
Mitch Garshofsky us
Mitch Garshofsky
us Busted

Tags: Bradley RogoffGuy Hadas

Level:
35
Blinds:
250,000/500,000
Ante:
500,000

Marty Zabib Eliminated in 6th Place ($20,592)

gaellej • Level 34: 200,000-400,000, 40,000 ante
Marty Zabib
Marty Zabib

In a blind versus blind situation, Guy Hadas raised and Marty Zabib immediately called all in for a small remaining stack around 900,000 to create the following showdown.

Marty Zabib: {j-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}
Guy Hadas: {10-Diamonds}{5-Spades}

Zabib had the best starting hand but Hadas found a board {q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}, giving him a pair of tens to eliminate Zabib in 6th place for $20,592.

Guy Hadas US
Guy Hadas
US 11,800,000 800,000
Marty Zabib us
Marty Zabib
us Busted