2021 World Series of Poker

Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Event Info

2021 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
1,200,000 / 2,400,000
Players Info - Day 3
Players Left

Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship

Day 3 Completed

Moneymaker Bags Big on Day 3 as the 2021 WSOP Main Event Bubble Bursts

Level 16 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker

The 2021 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event has concluded Day 3 by bursting the money bubble, sending all 1,000 survivors home with a guaranteed min-cash of $15,000. No portion of the $62,011,250 prize pool has been awarded yet in the pinnacle live poker event of the year at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, as all survivors bagged and tagged their chips for the night.

Jessica Cai claimed the Day 3 chip lead with a stack of 1,796,000 with Natural8 ambassador Phachara Wongwichit (1,773,000) hot on her heels. Several other contestants bagged up more than 1.5 million in chips such as Joshua Paige Remitio (1,671,000), Ehsan Amiri (1,574,000), Stephen Song (1,557,000), Neel Choksi (1,552,000), and Andreas Kniep (1,509,000).

The early spotlight on Day 3 belonged to the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker, who was among the first players to run up a seven-figure stack. Moneymaker spent the last levels of the night on the feature table and advanced with one of the biggest stacks in the room as he bagged up 1,432,000. Among the victims of his early hot run was also Robert Kuhn, who ran into pocket aces. Fellow Main Event champions Qui Nguyen (659,000) and Martin Jacobson (142,000) survived the day as well.

Jessica Cai
Day 3 chip leader Jessica Cai

Cai was spotted mid-way through the day with a big stack and she continued to rake in big pots to become a contender for the overnight lead. She knocked out several opponents, one of which ran with an overpair into her flopped full house, and she eventually claimed the top spot once the money bubble had burst. Dragana Lim chipped up throughout the day and bagged up a top ten stack as well after claiming 1,539,000 to her name. Other female contenders to advance with above average stacks were JJ Liu (765,000), Laura Desantis (686,000), Mimi Luu (682,000), and Kitty Kuo (528,000) while at least two dozen more will return for the money stages.

2021 WSOP Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jessica CaiUnited States1,796,000225
2Phachara WongwichitThailand1,773,000222
3Joshua Paige RemitioUnited States1,671,000209
4Ehsan AmiriAustralia1,574,000197
5Roman ValersteinUnited States1,560,000195
6Neel ChoksiUnited States1,552,000194
7Stephen SongUnited States1,551,000194
8Dragana LimUnited States1,539,000192
9Jordan JayneUnited States1,525,000191
10Andreas KniepGermany1,509,000189

Notables with big stacks outside of the top 10 include Chris Dowling, Gianluca Speranza, Day 2abd chip leader Rameez Shahid, Stephen Chidwick, Dillon Ott, Toby Lewis, Aristeidis Moschonas, Nick Petrangelo, Chance Kornuth and Tim Reilly.

Less fortunate were familiar names such as Anthony Zinno, Justin Bonomo, Ben Lamb, Ole Schemion, Greg Mueller, Faraz Jaka, Andy Black, Niall Farrell, the 2007 WSOP Main Event champion Jerry Yang, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Pat Lyons, Joseph Hebert, and Chris Hunichen to name all but a few.

During hand-for-hand play which commenced with 1,005 hopefuls remaining, eight hands were completed to whittle down the field to the 1,000 survivors. The bubble burst in painful fashion when Kevin Campbell saw his aces cracked by the ace-nine of Chris Alafogiannis, triggering cheers from all corners of the Amazon room. While Campbell missed out on the $15,000 payday, he was given a seat for the 2022 WSOP Main Event as consolation prize.

Kevin Campbell
Kevin Campbell

Day 4 Seat Draws

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All players that bagged and tagged their chips will return at noon local time and play one hour and 50 minutes of level 16 along with another four levels of two hours each. The blinds will resume at 4,000 / 8,000 with a big blind ante of 8,000 and the field will be reduced significantly en route to determine the new World Champion in the days to come. Stay tuned for more exclusive updates from the live poker event of the year as the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor from start to finish.

Tags: Andreas KniepChance KornuthChris AlafogiannisChris HunichenChris MoneymakerDillon OttEhsan AmiriJerry YangJessica CaiJustin BonomoKevin CampbellMartin JacobsonNick PetrangeloRameez ShahidRobert KuhnStephen SongToby Lewis

End of Day 3 Chip Counts (full)

Level 16 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Jessica Cai us
Jessica Cai
Day 3 Chip Leader
1,796,000 36,000
Phachara Wongwichit th
Phachara Wongwichit
1,773,000 483,000
Joshua Remitio us
Joshua Remitio
1,671,000 71,000
Ehsan Amiri au
Ehsan Amiri
Roman Valerstein us
Roman Valerstein
1,560,000 1,085,100
Neel Choksi us
Neel Choksi
1,552,000 1,164,300
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
WSOP 1X Winner
1,551,000 201,000
Dragana Lim us
Dragana Lim
1,539,000 279,000
Jordan Jayne us
Jordan Jayne
1,525,000 400,000
Andreas Kniep de
Andreas Kniep
1,509,000 69,000
Chris Dowling ie
Chris Dowling
1,485,000 385,000
Chris Moneymaker us
Chris Moneymaker
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
1,432,000 232,000
Daniel Lowery us
Daniel Lowery
1,415,000 215,000
Andrew Watson us
Andrew Watson
1,401,000 961,000
Martin Pineiro ar
Martin Pineiro
1,395,000 745,000
Fernando Rodriguez pr
Fernando Rodriguez
1,390,000 1,144,900
Chris Vezzetti us
Chris Vezzetti
1,390,000 1,283,700
Keith Lehr us
Keith Lehr
WSOP 2X Winner
1,379,000 189,000
Johan Martinet fr
Johan Martinet
1,365,000 675,000
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
1,347,000 639,000
Charbel Kanterjian ca
Charbel Kanterjian
1,341,000 1,181,900
Jeremy Joseph us
Jeremy Joseph
1,317,000 986,800
Rameez Shahid ca
Rameez Shahid
Day 2ABD Chip Leader
1,299,000 -26,000
Matthew Jewett us
Matthew Jewett
1,286,000 -64,000
Jack Oliver gb
Jack Oliver
1,271,000 854,000

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Campbell Suffers Heartbreak on the Bubble

Level 16 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Chris Alafogiannis and Kevin Campbell
Chris Alafogiannis and Kevin Campbell

Chris Alafogiannis raised to 16,000 and Kevin Campbell shoved his last 93,000 into the middle. Alafogiannis called.

After waiting for another all-in player to double up, the players turned their cards over.

Kevin Campbell: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
Chris Alafogiannis: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The flop ran out {9-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and the nine sent a wave of electricity through the large crowd that had gathered around the table.

The turn was {7-Clubs} and another wave of energy went through the crowd as Alafogiannis picked up a flush draw.

The river was {9-Spades} and a large roar ripped through the crowd for the three nines of Alafogiannis. Campbell's aces were cracked and he was eliminated on the stone bubble.

"It's all good. What are you gonna do?" Campbell said as WSOP Vice President Jack Effel offered his condolences and an opportunity to return for the 2022 Main Event.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Alafogiannis ca
Chris Alafogiannis
844,000 774,400
Kevin Campbell us
Kevin Campbell

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Schauer Doubles on the Bubble

Level 16 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante

Craig Schauer raised to 18,000 from the small blind and Matthew Hunt three-bet to 75,000 from the big blind. Schauer contemplated for a bit and then opted to make the call.

Schauer checked blind before the flop came down with the {8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{a-Spades}. Hunt bet 45,000 for Schauer to raise to 120,000 which Hunt called.

The turn was the {k-Spades} and Schauer checked again. This time, Hunt shoved for Schauer to snap-call for the 272,000 he had behind.

Hunt accidentally revealed his cards but flipped them over again. They waited a while for all the action on the other tables to finish while Hunt was visibly regretting all the decisions he made leading up to this moment.

"Am I drawing dead?" Hunt asked Schauer.

"If I saw your cards right, yes." Schauer replied.

Dreading the moment of the reveal, it did come in the end.

Craig Schauer: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
Matthew Hunt: {q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

Hunt had flopped bottom pair while Schauer had hit a set for Hunt to be left drawing dead indeed to burst the bubble on this table.

The river completed the board with the {7-Diamonds} to seal the deal and for Schauer to double on the bubble.

Player Chips Progress
Craig Schauer us
Craig Schauer
941,000 780,900
Matthew Hunt gb
Matthew Hunt
200,000 -144,000

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Fernandez Takes Advantage of a Juicy Turn Card

Level 16 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Sergio Fernangez
Sergio Fernangez

Pavel Plesuv opened to 20,000 in early position and was called by Sergio Fernandez in the hijack along with the cutoff. The flop came {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Plesuv checked to Fernandez who bet 22,000. The cutoff raised to 62,000 which got Plesuv to fold but Fernandez called.

The turn brought the {8-Clubs}, putting three clubs on the board. Fernandez led out with a bet of 65,000 which put his opponent into the tank for a bit. After a little over a minute, his opponent decided to fold and Fernandez chipped up even more.

Player Chips Progress
Sergio Fernandez es
Sergio Fernandez
795,000 385,000

Tags: Sergio Fernandez

Gahl Survives Stone Bubble

Level 16 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante

On a board of {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and about 100,000 in the pot, Randy Ohel had jammed on the button to put Sebastian Gahl at risk of being the bubble boy if he were to call off his 140,000 remaining stack.

Gahl tanked and a crowd formed before he even made a decision. Eventually, he called for his tournament life. Once the cameras and Jack Effel arrived at the spectacle, the hands were revealed.

Sebastian Gahl: {k-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Randy Ohel: {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}

Gahl was ahead with top pair and a flush draw, but still had outs to fade. The dealer burned and turned, and put down the {q-Clubs}, which cause many in the crowd to erupt, possibly thinking the bubble had burst as Ohel made a set. Instead, Gahl made a flush to stay alive and upon that realization, the room once again erupted into a sea of boos and another hand was to be played on the bubble.

Player Chips Progress
Sebastian Gahl de
Sebastian Gahl
380,000 92,500
Randy Ohel us
Randy Ohel
WSOP 1X Winner
325,000 -125,000

Guillaumot Doubles Through Song

Level 16 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante

On the river of a board {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, Robin Guillaumot was at risk out of the big blind for the last 156,000. By then, there were some 130,000 in the middle and Stephen Song had called the shove. While all other hands were completed, Song already joked "he will double". Once the camera crew and dozens of players gathered around the table, the cards were revealed.

Song had the {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} for the nut flush but Guillaumot doubled with {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades} for quads.

Player Chips Progress
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
WSOP 1X Winner
1,350,000 -300,000
Robin Guillaumot fr
Robin Guillaumot
470,000 137,000

Tags: Stephen SongRobin Guillaumot

Flaherty Eliminated Just Off Money

Level 16 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Andrew Flaherty
Andrew Flaherty

Andrew Flaherty was all-in for 8,000 from under the gun and Ryan Gittleson called from the big blind for just 2,000 more.

Andrew Flaherty: {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}
Ryan Gittleson: {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

Flaherty needed help and the flop of {3-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{10-} didn't help him much, but the {2-Hearts} on the turn gave him straight and flush outs. Unfortunately for him, the river bricked out with the {3-Diamonds} and Flaherty was eliminated one spot away from the money.

Player Chips Progress
Ryan Gittleson us
Ryan Gittleson
860,000 615,500
Andrew Flaherty us
Andrew Flaherty

Tags: Andrew FlahertyRyan Gittleson