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The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is finally in the books, with Bulgaria’s Boris Kolev (cover image) overcoming a 531-player field in Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em to collect his career-first gold bracelet and $511,184 in prize money. The event generated a prize pool worth $2,449,238.
“I’m feeling good. I started to tell people I’m gonna win the last tournament. It’s crazy because somehow I knew, but I could not prove before the tournament,” Kolev said, explaining his prophecy after taking down the event.
Kolev was so sure of winning the last event that he even messaged his friends the day before the event, which read: “5k tomorrow last tournament should be mine, don’t see a reason why not.”
What an incredible prediction to make! It’s almost like he willed his way to victory! He also had an enthusiastic rail supporting him, including some fellow Bulgarians and even a dog.
“They always [go] crazy, but this time wasn’t that crazy. You didn’t see them crazy at all. They can be way more crazy… It’s pretty cool, we’re going to celebrate now and enjoy life.”
This was the final event on the 2021 WSOP schedule and the last one in which an Indian picked up a score. The player in question was Abhinav Iyer, who finished 37th for $12,510 (~₹9.31 Lakhs), picking up his seventh cash at the series.
A total of 30 players returned to the felts for the final day’s play on Tuesday. After 22 eliminations took place, the final table was formed.
Some notables who missed out on a final table berth included Shaun Deeb (12th for $24,437), GGPoker Ambassador Felipe Ramos (14th for $20,087), Alexandre Reard (15th for $20,087), Winamax Team pro Joao Vieira (20th for $16,825), Arjun Gupta (26th for $14,366), and Brian Yoon (30th for $14,366).
Four-time bracelet winner and Day 1 chip leader Ben Yu (10th for $30,286) bubbled the unofficial final table.
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
1. Uri Reichenstein – 6,300,000
2. Boris Kolev – 5,780,000
3. Ramon Colillas – 4,750,000
4. Z Stein – 2,820,000
5. Lee Markholt – 2,250,000
6. Huy Nguyen – 1,730,000
7. Justin Liberto – 1,200,000
8. Niko Koop – 900,000
9. George Wolff – 760,000
The lone bracelet winner on the unofficial final table, Justin Liberto, was the first one out in ninth place for $38,222. Following his elimination, the eight-handed final table commenced.
Final Table Recap
Lee Markholt was the next player to fall in eighth place after his got cracked by Boris Kolev’s that rivered trip Kings.
About ten minutes later, George Wolff joined Markholt on the rail in seventh place.
Finishing in sixth place was Niko Koop whose found no help against Uri Reichenstein’s .
Five minutes later, Z Stein’s were up against Reichenstein’s , with the former`s tournament life was at risk. The runout gave Reichenstein a rivered boat, dismissing Stein in fifth place.
Four-handed play continued for over two hours before PokerStars Ambassador Ramon Colillas fell out in fourth place. His were in good shape against Kolev’s . However, the board have Kolev a flopped pair of nines for the pot.
Soon after that, Reichenstein ripped it in from the small blind with . Huy Nguyen called from the big blind for his last 3.7 Million, holding . On the runout , Reichenstein spiked an eight on the river, knocking Nguyen out in third place.
Both Boris Kolev (13,735,000) and Uri Reichenstein (12,815,000) were almost evenly matched at the start of the heads-up, and the battle lasted a marathon four-plus hours. Kolev didn’t part with the chip lead even once during the heads-up.
On the final hand, Reichenstein limped in and Kolev checked to see the flop . Kolev check-called a bet of 400,000 from Reichenstein. The turn brought the and Kolev, yet again, check-called a bet of 1.3 Million from Reichenstein. On the river, Kolev checked again, and Reichenstein moved all-in. Kolev snap-called.
Reichenstein couldn’t pull off the bluff, and just like that, Kolev won his career-first WSOP bracelet with a turned flush.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Boris Kolev – $511,184
2. Uri Reichenstein – $315,936
3. Huy Nguyen – $222,310
4. Ramon Colillas – $158,972
5. Z Stein – $115,558
6. Niko Koop – $85,411
7. George Wolff – $64,207
8. Lee Markholt – $49,107
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