The 2021 WSOP is almost over but there were a couple of high balla affairs running this weekend to cap off the series, including a PLO High Roller that was stacked with bracelet hunters. There's cash, bling, side bets, and prop bets on the line in the closing weekend of the WSOP and the final table of Event #84 became a battleground of reckoning.
2021 WSOP Event #84 $50,000 PLO High Roller attracted 85 entrants and a prize pool worth over $4 million. Only the top 13 places earned a piece of the juicy booty, with most of the cheesecake set aside to the top three finishers.
The final table for the PLO High Roller included Jeremy Ausmus, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Alexander Petersen, Laszlo Bujtas, Jared Bleznick, Josh Arieh, and Ben Lamb.
Negreanu won six WSOP bracelets but has not won any since winning two in 2013 overseas, but he's also not won a bracelet in Las Vegas since the 2008 WSOP. He was seeking to end an eight-year pursuit and a 13-year Sin City drought with a huge victory at the PLO High Roller, which would've been even more sweeter if he edged out Phil Hellmuth in the process. Alas, it was never meant to be for Kid Poker. He held a sizable chip lead at the final table until Asmus double through him, which set off a chain of events that were favorable for Asmus, yet spelled doom for Negreanu. Kid Poker was picked off in third place, which paid out nearly $520K. Sure, the cash is sweet, but Negreanu wanted the bling. Badly.
Hellmuth won bracelet #16 earlier this year and he also set a new WSOP record with a seventh final table. Despite his seven chances at winning bling, the Poker Brat only mustered up one victory. He whiffed once again when he settled upon yet another runner-up finish. Hellmuth could not rally from behind to overcome Asmus and he hit the bricks in second place. The runner-up finish paid out $734,807 to Hellmuth, which isn't too shabby in the big picture. But like Negreanu, Hellmuth could not give a flying squat about the cash late on Saturday night as it dipped into early Sunday morning. The Poker Brat wanted the bracelet and bling #17, yet Asmus had other plans.
Ausmus earned a first-place payday worth $1,188,918, but he also added a third bracelet to his growing collection including a second one this fall. Asmus binked 2021 WSOP Event #3 COVID-19 Relief NL Charity back in late September to kick off the series. It's a heck of a way to bookend events with a double-bracelet victory. Asmus on his first bracelet back in 2013 at the WSOP Europe in France with a PLO victory.
Notables who went deep and cashed in the PLO High Roller included Veselin Karakitukov, Scott Seiver, Shaun Deeb, Henrik Hecklen, and Gavin Cochrane.
2021 WSOP PLO High Roller
Prize Pool: $4,069,375
Final Table Results:
1. Jeremy Ausmus (USA) $1,188,918
2. Phil Hellmuth (USA) $734,807
3. Daniel Negreanu (Canada) $519,764
4. Alexander Petersen (Denmark) $376,376
5. Laszlo Bujtas (Hungary) $279,168
6. Jared Bleznick (USA) $212,223
7. Josh Arieh (USA) $165,452
8. Ben Lamb (USA) $132,370