At the World Series of Poker, the $10,000 buy-in championship events are still considered a pro's pro event with a little more prestige attached to these 10Ks versus the fetish events or branded events. Limit Hold'em is a dying breed and there's something to be said about the old-school form of poker that many of use played when we first started out on our poker journey.
The 2021 WSOP handed out two bracelets in Limit Hold'em over the weekend, including Event #12 $1,500 Limit Hold'em and Event #16 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.
2021 WSOP Event #12 $1,500 Limit Hold'em attracted 422 runners and I wonder how many accidently signed up for the wrong event? There's always one or two, and then they go on to make the final table or something. The total prize pool was $563,370 with $124K set aside to the champion.
Israeli pro Yuval Bronshtein bested a final table that included Kevin Erickson, Tom McCormick, John Bunch, Ian Glycenfer, Zachary Gruneberg, Guy Cicconi, Tony Nasr, and Anh Van Nguyen.
Bronshtein defeated Kevin Erickson heads-up to win the bling and $124,374. That marks two bracelets in Bronshtein's collection after he won his first bracelet back in 2019 with a Lowball victory.
Event #16 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship attracted 92 runners in a star-studded field. The prize pool was just short of $858K. Only the top 15 places paid out with $245K set aside to the champ. Notables who went deep and cashed but missed the final eight included Kevin Song, Ray Dehkharghani, Brian Rast, Mike Thorpe, Casey McCarrell, Chad Eveslage.
The final table Nate Silver, who is most known for his political forecasting models. He got his start in online poker before he made a name for himself on the national political stage. Silver returned to his poker roots and narrowly missed his first bracelet.
Also among the final eight were Terrence Chan, John Racener, John Monnette, Eric Kurtzman, Jason Somerville, Scott Tuttle, and Chris Chung. A couple of pros were seeking their second bling, while a couple were still waiting to break through to the winner's circle for the first time.
Jason Sommerville busted in fifth place. He won his first bracelet in 2011 but had been shut out since then.
John Racener was picked off in sixth place and he missed a shot at winning a second bracelet after his emotional first bracelet win back in 2017.
Terrence Chan went deep in other $10K LHE events in the past but finished in eighth place in 2017, and took ninth place in 2015. In this year's 10K LHE fiesta, he finished in fourth place.
After Erick Kurtzman busted in third place, that set up a heavyweight battle between John Monette and Nate Silver. Sure, this wasn't exactly Fury/Wilder, but it was still a heck of a matchup.
Silver could not deny Monnette's quest at winning his fourth bracelet. He snagged the bling, while Silver settled on a runner-up finish that was worth $245,680. Not too shabby, eh?
In other action...
Rafael Lebron denied David Williams a shot at his second bracelet. Lebron won Event #14 $1,500 Seven Card Stud, which attracted 261 runners and a prize pool worth $348,435. The final table also included Savid Moskowitz, Christina Hill, Shaun Deeb, Nicholas Seiken, and Maurizo Melara. Record producer and musician Steven Albini, who won this event in 2018, busted in ninth place for his eighth-career WSOP cash.
Bradley Jansen defeated France's Jeremy Malod heads-up to win Event #15 $1,500 NL 6-Handed for a $313,403 score. Jansen outlasted 1,450 runners, who created a prize pool worth $1.93 million.
2021 WSOP Event #16 Limit Hold'em Championship
Prize Pool: $857,900
Final Table Results
1. John Monnette (USA) $245,680
2. Nate Silver (USA) $151,842
3. Eric Kurtzman (USA) $108,747
4. Terrence Chan (Canada) $79,210
5. Jason Somerville (USA) $58,697
6. John Racener (USA) $44,263
7. Scott Tuttle (USA) $33,979
8. Chris Chung (USA) $26,561