The 2021 World Series of Poker continued at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas and more than one-third of the series is complete. A couple of players won their first bracelet, while a seasoned pro snagged his third bracelet to add to his collection. We saw an old-school Freezeout event, a Super Turbo Event, and a throwback event play down to a winner at the Rio.
2021 WSOP Event #34 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw attracted 285 entrants and a prize pool worth $380,475. The top 43 places paid out with most of the cheesecake set aside to Bakes. Notables who went deep and cashed in Event #34 Lowball Triple Draw included Adam Owen, Katherine Fleck, Matt Grapenthien, Andrew Yeh, Frankie O'Dell, Shirley Rosario, Ian Johns, Cory Zeidman, Brian Yoon, and Dan Shak.
David Bakes Baker outlasted a final table that included Peter Lynn, Stephen Deutsch, Kristijonas Andrulis, Marc Booth, and Mark Fraser. He picked off Lynn heads up for the bling and $380,475. Not too shabby, eh?
It took nearly a decade, but Bakes finally stepped into the winner's circle once again. He shipped his first bracelet back in 2010 when he took down the $10K NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship event for $294,321. In 2012, Bakes won his second bling and saved one of his most stellar performances of his career at a $10K HORSE final table that included Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, John Monnette, and Abe Mosseri. He banked $451,779 for that win, but proved he his first bracelet wasn't a fluke and that he could hang with the big dogs.
2021 WSOP Event #35 $500 Freezeout NL attracted 2,931 entries and a prize pool worth $1.23 million. The top 440 places paid out with $167K set aside to the champion. The final nine included Anthony Koutsos, Charbel Kanterjian, Dongsheng Zhang, Jonah Lopas, Sundiata DeVore, Jacob Rich, Ronald Ibbetson, John Moss, and Fausto Valdez. Koutsos ousted Kanterjian heads up to win the bling and $167,272 in cash.
Notables who went deep in the Freezeout included Aaron Massey, Scott Dragoo, Bong Yang, Shaun Deeb, Steve Karp, Brett Apter, Scott Bauer, Garry Gates, and Steven Flacco.
2021 WSOP Event #37 $1,500 NL Super Turbo attracted 1,441 runners and a prize pool worth $1,923,735. The top 217 places paid out with $195K set aside to the champ.
The final nine included Karolis Sereika, Pedro Padilha, Lorenzo Adams, Pierre Calamusa, Steve Buell, Alec Gould, Romuald Pycior, Alexander Norden, and Wing Yam. It was Brazil vs Lithuiana headsup for the bling, but Lithuania's Karolis Sereika knocked out Brazil's Pedro Padilha for the turbo-charged bracelet and $195,310.