The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty reached its conclusion on Tuesday, and out of 307 bounty hunters, Romain Lewis came out on top to win his first WSOP bracelet and a $463,885 grand prize
Lewis is a well-known player from Latresne, France who has over a million in career WSOP earnings. He has come very close to a bracelet before with two second-place finishes and two third-place finishes, all in 2018.
He discussed how he has grown to appreciate the moments where a bracelet is a real possibility and how good it felt to finally finish off one of those moments with a victory.
“All the different deep runs I made a couple of years ago, I was so happy with those results, but when I looked back a few years later, I was like wow bracelets are not that easy. These spots don’t come that often. It’s been a ten-year dream and I put a five or six-year objective to win one and for it to happen now…it makes me ecstatic it really does.
Event #76: Final Table Results
|3||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$200,598|
|5||Barth Melius||United States||$103,547|
|8||Haribhai Gopaul||United States||$44,060|
|9||Rainer Kempe||United States||$34,424|
This victory is extra sweet for Lewis as he bested a field littered with some of the best no-limit hold’em players on the planet.
“A tournament like this, with so many really really good players, [you have to] run really well at the final table when it’s so short-stacked, it’s just amazing," he said.
Throughout the day, Lewis was bolstered by a boisterous French rail who screamed at every pot he won no matter how small and even broke into song on a few occasions. When the final card fell to secure the victory, Lewis went over to embrace the mob as they swallowed him up.
“We have 30 or 40 really close friends from France supporting this whole series. Every time one of us makes a deep run, there are chants like as if it’s a football stadium and brings out the special elements of the WSOP which doesn’t happen anywhere else."
Action of the Day
The day began with just seven players and all but one had a short stack with the ever-increasing blinds. The first victim was Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who hit the rail in seventh place when his eights ran into queens.
Barth Melius was the next to go in fifth place after falling to Aditya Agarwal's flopped ace to crack his jacks. Uri Reichenstein would be the next to follow him out the door as he too was eliminated by Agarwal to bring the field down to the final three.
Three-handed play was short-lived as Chidwick lost a big all-in to Lewis to be left very short stacked and was then eliminated shortly thereafter. Chidwick, however, did have the distinction of collecting the most bounties in the tournament as he had a stack of about fifteen, far more than any of the other remaining player.
Heads-up play began with Agarwal holding a 2:1 chip lead on Lewis but on the second hand, Lewis would double up. Agarwal fought back with a double the very next hand as the pendulum swung wildly. A few hands later, Lewis collected a huge double to leave Agarwal short when his pocket fives held up versus two overcards. He finished him off shortly after to collect his first WSOP bracelet.
Congratulations to Romain Lewis, the 2021 WSOP Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty champion!