You can add a first-time winner and a repeat customer to the long list of WSOP bracelet winners. The 2021 World Series of Poker continued at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas with the continuation of two popular events: Omaha 8 donkament and the $25K High Roller. One is a game for the old guard, while the other was a high-balla affair that attracted sharks from all over the planet.
Let's talk about Omaha 8 first. Yeah, the throwback event is a popular tournament for older players that love to grind out hi-lo games. It's a game that not everyone can handle, but those that adore it, know it's a tough game to excel at unless you're patient and can peddle the nuts.
2021 WSOP Event #5 $1,500 Omaha 8 attracted 607 entries and a prize pool worth $910,500. The top 92 places paid out with $163K set aside to the champ. Connor Drinan bested a final table which included Travis Pearson, Robert Mizrachi, Sandy Sanchez, Micah Brooks, Carl Lijewski, Kris Kwiatokowski, Curtis Phelps, and Michael Moed.
Mizrachi, the older brother of The Grinder, was seeking a fifth bling to add to his collect. Alas, his pursuit of the bracelet ended when he busted in third place, which set up the heads-up battle between Travis Pearson and Connor Drinan.
When the dust settled, Pearson busted in second place, which paid out $100K. Drinan stepped into the winner's circle for the second time in his career and he banked $163,252 for his second bracelet victory.
Notables who went deep and cashed in Event #5 included Scott Baumstein, Shirley Rosario, Dustin Dirksen, Tom Koral, William Buckley, Dan Heimiller, Ari Engel, Wendy Freedman, David Moskowitz, James Yoo, Randy Ohel, Adam Hendriz, Ruo Dong, Bill Brok, James Woods, Max Pescatori, David BAKES Baker, Frankie O'Dell, Lisa Newell, Gary Benson, Jimmy Murphy, ad Dean Joe.
Meanwhile, the High Roller played down to a champion. Event #6 $25,000 NL High Roller attracted 135 total entries. The prize pool swelled with nearly $3.2 million. Only 21 places paid out in the High Roller with $833K set aside to the champion.
Notables who went deep and cashed in Event #6 $25K High Roller included Sam Grafton, Eli Berg, Stanley Tang, Dylan Linde, Galen Hall, Sergi Reixach, Jake Daniels, Darren Elias, Jared Jaffe, and Jason Koon.
Koon, the newest GGPoker ambassador, bubbled the $25K High Roller final table in ninth place. Event #6 final table included Tyler Cornell, Michael Liang, Adrian Mateos, Jonathan Jaffe, Mustapha Kanit, Mohammad Arani, Paul Newey, and Adam Hendrix.
Kanit, all the way from Italy, went deep but busted in fifth place. Mateos, another European pro in the mix, was picked off in third place. His bustout set up the heavyweight bout between Tyler Cornell and Michael Liang for the cash and bling.
Liang could not rally from behind and settled on a second-place finish, which paid out $515K. Not too shabby, eh?
Tyler Cornell won his first-ever WSOP bracelet with a $833,289 score in Event #6 High Roller. Cornell made a name for himself back in 2013 with a deep run in the Main Event. He previously final tabled the GGPoker Main Event at the 2020 WSOP Online, but he busted in eight place for a $328K score.
2021 WSOP Event #6 $25K High Roller
Prize Pool: $3,189,375
Final Table Results:
1. Tyler Cornell (USA) $833,289
2. Michael Liang (USA) $515,014
3. Adrian Mateos (Spain) $381,870
4. Jonathan Jaffe (USA) $286,202
5. Mustapha Kanit (Italy) $216,842
6. Mohammad Arani (USA) $166,102
7. Paul Newey (UK) $128,654
8. Adam Hendrix (USA) $100,773