Tuesday November 9, 2021 at 6:58 pm

The 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event continues at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas with 5,315 runners taking a shot in the first five flights and only 3,917 of those surviving and advancing to Day 2. The sixth and final flight of the 2021 WSOP Main Event begins at noon on Tuesday with Day 1F expected to have a large field. At the same time, Day 2 begins on Tuesday for flights 1A, 1B, and 1D.

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The most prestigious single tournament in the universe is the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship, which has had a $10,000 buy-in since the earliest days at Benny Binion's Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas. This year's Main Event was broken up into six flights with a Day 1F added after the United States allowed international travels to enter the country officially as of yesterday, which meant that pros from Europe did not have to take an end around and travel to the USA via Mexico, Central America, or South America.

The final flight of the WSOP Main Event is typically the largest with last-min satellite stragglers, pros, and other late bloomers arriving to play at the last possible moment. So far, this year's numbers in the Main Event are down, which was expected in the era of COVID and due to the WSOP's strict vaccination protocols in which only vaxxed players could patriciate in the WSOP.

So far, through the first five flights, there are 5,315 entrants in the 2021 WSOP Main Event. Approximately three-quarters of the field remains with 3,917 runners bagging chips and advancing to Day 2. In total, 26.3% of the field was wiped out on the first day of action.

Day 1D on Sunday attracted the largest field in the first five flights with 2,550 entrants or nearly 3x as the second-highest flight of Day 1B with 84 entrants. Day 1A last week attracted only 523 entrants and 348 of those bagged chips and survived the first wave of bustouts.

Day 2 is split into two fields with flights 1A, 1B, and 1D playing in the first Day 2 aka Day 2ABD. The second Day 2 field will be made up of flights 1C, 1E, and 1F for Day 2CEF. It sounds a little confusing at first glance, but the folks at WSOP HQ crunched the numbers and determined it would create a level Day playing field.

Italian pro Mustapha Kanit bagged 363K on Day 1A as the chip leader. He's hoping the early lead will not be the kiss of death. On Day 1A, Billy Baxter advanced with a healthy stack with 248K or sixth overall from the opening flight.

Steve Foutty bagged the lead from Day 1B with 287K. Aleksandr Shevlyakov was the big stack from Day 1C with 392K. Adedapo Ajayi led Day 1D with nearly 341K. Last night, David Gerassi was the Day 1E chip leader with 316K. Former champs Joe Hachem and Scott Blumstein advanced to Day 2 after staying alive after Day 1E.

2021 WSOP Main Event Numbers

TOTAL: 5,315 entrants, 3,917 remain

  • Day 1A: 523 entrants, 348 alive
  • Day 1B: 845 entrants, 611 alive
  • Day 1C: 600 entrants, 433 alive
  • Day 1D: 2,550 entrants, 1,933 alive
  • Day 1E: 797 entrants, 593 alive
  • Day 1F :TBD
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Thursday December 9, 2021 at 3:29 am
Breaking News
Czech Republic's Josef Gulas wins 2021 WSOP Europe Main Event for €1.275M

A total of 688 entrants at the King's Casino in Rozvadov forked over €10,350 and took a shot at the 2021 WSOP Europe Main Event. When the dust settled, Czech Republic's Josef Gulas rallied from behind and edged out France's Johan Guilbert heads-up to win €1,276,712 and the coveted Main Event bracelet. The final table also included Alexander Tkatschew, Athanasios Kidas, Stanislav Koleno, Aleksandar Trajkovski, Thomas Denie, Ilija Savevski, and Brian Kamphorst.

Wednesday December 8, 2021 at 12:33 am
2021 WSOP Europe: Josef Gulas chip leader at final table

The 2021 WSOP Europe Main Event at the King's Casino in Rozvadov is down to the final table and only seven players remain in the hunt for the bracelet. Josef Gulas from the Czech Republic bagged the chip lead heading into the final day with 20.2M. Also still alive are Alexander Tkatschew, Johan Guilbert, Athanasios Kidas, Thomas Denie, Stanislav Koleno, and Aleksandar Trajkovski. First place pays out €1,276,712.

Monday December 6, 2021 at 4:15 pm
EPT Prague moved to March 2022, EPT Online returns

PokerStars postponed the EPT Prague due to health and safety protocols in the Czech Republic and they rescheduled the live event for March 5, 2022 at the Hilton Prague. PokerStars also decided to bring back the EPT Online with $17 million in guaranteed prize pools in 68 events including a $1.5M guarantee for the $5,200 buy-in EPT Main Event. It will run on PokerStars.com between December 8-19 with buy-ins as low as $5.50 and topping out with a $10K Sunday Super High Roller.

Thursday December 2, 2021 at 11:22 pm
2021 WSOP Europe: French pro Julien Martini wins multiple events for bracelet #3

Julien Martini made history with his third bracelet win and second victory this week at the 2021 World Series of Poker Europe at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Martini was the last player standing out of 61 runners in Event #12 €2,000 8-Game, and he banked €33,910 and the bracelet. Earlier in the week, Martini shipped a bracelet in Event #8 €2,500 Short Deck with a comeback victory. With three WSOP bracelets, Martini holds the current lead among French players.

Thursday December 2, 2021 at 5:12 am
Gediminas Uselis binks WPT Seminole Rock N Roll Poker Open for $778K

The World Poker Tour continued with a stop in south Florida for the 2021 WPT Seminole Rock N Roll Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. The WPT SRNRPO attracted 1,566 runners and a $5 million prize pool. Gediminas Uselis was the last player standing at the Seminole Hard Rock and he banked $778,490 for five days of work and outlasted a final table that included Clayton Maguire.

Wednesday December 1, 2021 at 4:07 am
Legendary Las Vegas Flamingo poker room officially dunzo

For almost 75 years, the Flamingo Casino on Las Vegas Blvd had been an important central figure in gambling history, but it's truly the end of the era when the poker room in the oldest-standing casino in Las Vegas will shut down forever. The Flamingo Poker Room, which was closed during the WSOP, will not reopen for business and it becomes the twelfth poker room to shutdown since March 2020.

Tuesday November 30, 2021 at 2:30 am
2021 WSOP Europe: Julien Martini and Edmond Jahjaga win bracelets

It's another Manic Monday at the King's Casino in RozVegas where the WSOP Europe played down to two more champions. Kosovo's Edmond Jahjaga was the last player standing out of 2,478 runners in the 2021 WSOP Event #5 €550 Colossus and he banked €147,775 and his first bracelet. Meanwhile, French pro Julien Martini took down his second-career bracelet with a comeback victory in Event #8 €2,500 Short Deck and in the process.

Monday November 29, 2021 at 5:56 am
2021 WSOP Europe: Germany's Maximilian Klostermeier wins second bracelet

Denmark's Maximilian Klostermeier won his second-career bracelet with a victory in 2021 WSOP Europe Event #7 €5,000 PLO at King's Casino in Rozvadov. He outlasted 184 runners and banked €204,010 for first place. Other bracelet winners in RozVegas included Antonello Ferraiuolo (Italy) in Event #1 €350 Opener, Bjorn Verbakel (Netherlands) in Event #2 €550 PLO, Emil Bise (Switzerland) in Event #3 €1,350 Mini Main Event, and Samuel Stranak (Slovakia) in Event #4 €2,000 PLO.

Wednesday November 24, 2021 at 4:48 am
2021 WSOP: Michael Addamo ships bracelet #4 in $100K High Roller

Aussie pro Michael Addamo won his second bracelet at the 2021 World Series and his fourth overall with a victory in WSOP Event #87 $100,000 NL High Roller. Addamo outlasted 64 runners and edged out American Kevin Rabichow heads up to win $1.95 million. Addamo had a solid series with another bracelet victory in Event #38 $50,000 High Roller for a $1.1M score.

Monday November 22, 2021 at 4:29 pm
2021 WSOP: Spain's Leo Margets wins first bracelet in The Closer

The 2021 World Series of Poker is almost over at the Rio Casino in La Vegas, but Spanish pro Leo Margets took down The Closer for $376,850 and her first bracelet. 2021 WSOP Event #83 $1,500 The Closer attracted 1,903 runners and Margets was the last player standing after besting a final table that included Stephen Song, Chris Moorman, and Cherish Andrews.

Sunday November 21, 2021 at 4:35 pm
2021 WSOP: Jeremy Asmus wins PLO High Roller, denies Hellmuth and Negreanu

American pro Jeremy Asmus held off Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu at the final table to win 2021 WSOP Event #84 $50,000 PLO High Roller. Negreanu missed his chance to win bracelet #7 with a third-place exit, while Hellmuth lost heads up and was denied bracelet #17. Asmus outlasted 85 runners to win $1,188,918 and collect his second bracelet at the 2021 WSOP and third overall.

Sunday November 21, 2021 at 7:03 am
2021 WSOP: Adrian Mateos ships Super High Roller for $3.2M

In the final weekend at the 2021 World Series of Poker, Spanish pro Adrian Mateos won his fourth-career bracelet with a huge score in Event #82 $250,000 Super High Roller. Mateos outlasted 33 runners and banked over $3.2 million after he defeated Ben Heath heads-up for the bling. Also, Welsh pro Robert Cowen won his first bracelet as the last player standing out of 496 entrants in Event #80 $3,000 6-Handed PLO, which paid out $280,916.

Saturday November 20, 2021 at 4:05 am
2021 WSOP: Ole Schemion wins first bracelet, Benny Glasser wins Razz for bling #4

In the final week of the World Series of Poker, Benny Glasser won his fourth bracelet with a victory in 2021 WSOP Event #78 $10,000 Razz Championship by outlasting 109 entrants including a final table that featured Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Sagstrom, and John Monnette. German pro Ole Schemion was the last player standing out of 468 runners to win 2021 WSOP Event #79 $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty NL for a score worth $172,499.

Thursday November 18, 2021 at 5:47 am
Breaking News
German pro Koray Aldemir wins 2021 WSOP Main Event for $8M

The 2021 WSOP Main Event is finally complete after Germany's Koray Aldemir was the last player standing out of 6,650 original runners in the $10,000 marquee event at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Aldemir defeated American George Holmes heads up at the final table to win his first-ever bracelet and $8 million in cash. Holmes earned $4.3 million for his magical run that unfortunately ended in second place.

Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 3:38 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Koray Aldemir builds massive lead with 3 to go

The long-awaited final table of the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event began on Tuesday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas with a plan to play down to three players on Day 8. Germany's Koray Aldemir (246.6M) holds the chip lead with UK's Jack Oliver (77.3M) and American George Holmes (57.4M) still alive an in the hunt for the bracelet and $8 million in cash. Eliminations on Day included.... Joshua Remitio (4th place), Ozgur Secilmis (5th place), Hye Park (6th place), Alejandro Lococo (7th place), Jareth East (8th place), and Chase Bianchi (9th place).

Tuesday November 16, 2021 at 5:10 pm
Breaking News
2021 WSOP Main Event: Final Table set, Koray Aldemir chip leader

The 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event final table is set at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Germany's Koray Aldemir bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 7 with 140M. The prestigious Main Event final table begins on Tuesday and also includes George Holmes, Alejandro Lococo, Joshua Remitio, Jack Oliver, Ozgur Secilmis, Hye Park, Chase Bianchi, and Jareth East. Canada's Demosthenes Kiriopoulos bubbled the final table in tenth place.

Monday November 15, 2021 at 5:12 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Hye Park leads with 29.5M stack with 36 to go

The 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship completed Day 6 and only 36 players remaining out of the 96 that restarted on Sunday. Hye Park bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 6 with 29.5M. The top five also included Demosthenes Kiriopoulos, Josh Remitio, Chase Bianchi, and Koray Aldemir. When Day 7 resumes on Monday, the final 36 will play down to the final table of nine.

Sunday November 14, 2021 at 5:18 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Koray Aldemir chipleader with 96 to go

The World Series of Poker Main Event saw the field on Day 5 dwindle from 292 runners down to 96 remaining players. Gemrany's Koray Aldemir bagged the lead with 14.3M. Spain's Ramon Colillas began the day as the chip leader and he still retained a big stack with 12M as second overall. Jonathan Dwek, Zachary Mcdiarmid, and Jesse Lonis round out the Top 5 heading into Day 6. Chris Moneymaker, the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion, saw his run end on Day 5 with an elimination in 260th place.

Saturday November 13, 2021 at 6:23 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Ramon Colillas leader with 292 to go

Ramon Colillas, aka the Spanish Moneymaker, bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 4 with 292 players remaining at the 2021 WSOP Main Event at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Colillas won the first-ever PokerStars Players Championship a few years ago and he leads the WSOP Main Event with 5M. Stephen Chidwick is fourth overall, while Chris Moneymaker is still alive but shortstacked heading into Day 5.

Friday November 12, 2021 at 4:45 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Money bubble bursts, Jessica Cai chipleader w/ 1000 to go

Day 3 of the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event has come to an end with the money bubble bursting. A total of 1,000 remain out of the 6,650 hopefuls that took a shot at the $10,000 buy-in marquee event. Jessica Cai is the current chip leader with a shade under 1.8M. Chris Moneymaker bagged 1.4M and he's ranked #11 heading into Day 4.

Friday November 12, 2021 at 4:03 am
2021 WSOP Main Event Numbers: $8M to first place with 6,650 runners

The numbers are official at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The 2021 WSOP $10,000 Main Event attracted 6,650 runners and a prize pool worth $62 million. The top 1,000 places pay out with $8 million set aside to the next champion. Everyone at the final table will lock up at least a cool million. At the start of Day 3, a total of 2,362 players returned to the Rio.

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