Ship it to Erik Seidel... nine times. Even though Seidel was not the chip leader heading into the final table of 2021 WSOP Online Event #11 at GGPoker, he was one of the favorites to win because he's one of the best finishers in the history on tournament poker. Shortly before the final table began, Seidel joked on Twitter that he hoped the poker gods would bless him today as he hunted for bracelet #9. Alas, the gods and goddesses were paying attention as Seidel stepped into the winner's circle for the ninth time of his legendary career.
2021 WSOP Online Event #11 $10,000 Super Millions High Roller attracted 624 runners, who created a prize pool a little over $6 million. First place paid out nearly a million bust with the top three places winning most of the cheesecake.
Francisco Benitez bagged the lead with 9.7 million. Pro Thomas Muehloecker playing from Austria was not far behind in second with 8.3M.
Also rounding out the final table were the GOAT Erik Seidel, Joachim Haraldstad from Norway, Claas Segebrecht from Germany, Shyngis Satubayev from Kazakhstan, American pro Isaac Baron playing from Mexico, Tawain's Chin-Wei 'davidchien88' Chien, and Rui Ferreira.
Rui Ferreira did not waste any time before he made a move with Thomas Muehloecker jousted woke up with pocket Jacks and the two rumbled. Pocket Jacks held up for Muehloecker and he dragged the pot. Ferreira busted in ninth place and earned $129,410.
Isaac Baron made a final stand with but he ran into Chin-Wei Chien's pocket rockets. Chien's held up and he dragged the pot. Baron hit the bricks in eighth place, which paid out $166,632.
Seven handed did not last very long before Claas Segebrecht was sent packing in seventh place.
Claas Segebrecht took into battle against Erik Seidel's . Seidel's pocket cowboys held up and he dragged the pot with a set of Kings over a set of nines. Segebrecht was knocked out in seventh place, which paid out $214,558.
With six players to go, Francisco Benitez led with 15.5M, while Seidel chipped up to 15.2M. Joachim Haraldstad was the shorty with 4.5M and Thomas Muehloecker was also gaunt with just 5M.
Norway's Joachim Haraldstad could not keep his head above water with the short stack. He took into battle against Francisco Benitez's Big Slick. Ace-King held up and Benitez won the pot to pad his lead to 25M. Haraldstad busted in sixth place, which paid out $458,043. With four to go, Seidel held 13M, but trailed Benitez by 12M.
It did not last five-handed for long before Chien and Muehloecker raced. Chien's and Muehloecker's threw down . An Ace hit the flop and Muehloecker seized the lead. Chien's hand did not improve and he busted in fifth place, which paid out $355,729. With four to go, Muehloecker moved into second in chips with 16.5M, while Seidel was the shorty with 10M.
Kazakhstan's Satubayevsaw his epi run end with a fourth-place finish. Impressive all things considered, especially with the pedigree at the final table.
Satubayev earned $458,043 for fourth place when his pocket tens lost to Benitez's . Satubayev turned a gutshot Broadway draw, but Benitez won the pot with Queens up. With three to go Benitez led 35M and held the majority of chips versus Muehloecker's 16M and Seidel's 11.3M.
Three-handed also did not last long as well. We saw fireworks when Muehloecker three-bet shoved with and lost to Benitez's . Muehloecker banked $589,785 for third place. His elimination set up in inevitable heavyweight bout between Uruguay's Benitez and American pro Seidel grinding GGPoker across the border.
With two remaining, Benitez led 50.2M to 12.2M, but although Seidel was outchipped, he had the experience.
Seidel went to work right away and doubled up with pocket Queens against pocket Jacks. Rough cooler for Benitez there and Seidel won the pot with a set of Queens. Seidel still trailed 34.5M to 26.9M, but in one hand he got back into the game and seriously cut the deficit.
Seidel took a slight lead but then won a big pot with a hero call with Ace-trey. He turned bottom pair but didn't believe Benitez's river bet, which he called with a modest pair of treys, but his bluff catcher held up. Seidel turned the tables on Benitez and now led 40M to 22.3M.
Uruguay's Benitez took home $759,419 for second place. Not too shabby, eh?
Seidel banked $977,842 for the victory. The cash is good, but the bling is even better. He's now got nine bracelets and just one more away from reaching double digits.
Seidel tied Johnny Moss, who also won nine bracelets. Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, and Doyle Brunson each won ten bracelets. Phil Hellmuth leads everyone with 15 bracelets, but he's still has a six-bling lead over Seidel.
2021 WSOP Online Event #11 Super Million$ High Roller
Prize Pool: $6,052,800
Final Table Results:
1. Erik Seidel (USA) $977,842
2. Francisco Benitez (Uruguay) $759,419
3. Thomas Muehloecker (Austria) $589,785
4. Shyngis Satubayev (Kazakhstan) $458,043
5. Chin-Wei Chien (Taiwan) $355,729
6. Joachim Haraldstad (Norway) $276,629
7. Claas Segebrecht (Austria) $214,558
8. Isaac Baron (USA) $166,632
9. Rui Ferreira (Portugal) $129,410