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WSOP 2021: Koray Aldemir Holds Commanding Lead Over Jack Oliver & George Holmes in Event #67: Main Event No-Limit Hold’em World Championship

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis November 17, 2021
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The 2021 WSOP Event #67: $10K Main Event No-Limit Hold’em World Championship is just a day away from crowning a new World Champion with three players in the hunt for winning the most prestigious poker title in the game! And given the massive lead Koray Aldemir enjoys currently, the Main Event title could very well be making its way back to Germany.

Koray Aldemir
Koray Aldemir


Back in 2019, when German player Hossein Ensan had won the coveted title, Aldemir was part of the boisterous rail edging him to victory. Two years later, it’s Aldemir’s turn to make his country proud.

With 165 BBs (264,600,000) in the bag, Aldemir is way ahead of Jack Oliver, placed second in chips with 48 BBs (77,300,000). The other finalist, George Holmes, will be starting the final day with 36 BBs (57,400,000).

However, things are not always cut and dried, and as we have seen on several occasions in the past, things can change swiftly within a few hands. All said and done, Aldemir is the on-money favorite to become the third German in the last ten years to win a WSOP Main Event title in Las Vegas.

Team India’s run at the 2021 WSOP has given us much to write about, even without a bracelet win. The team`s WSOP Main Event campaign came to a close on Sunday with Abhinav Iyer’s 60th place elimination for $113,800 (~₹84.64 Lakhs). India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal and his protégé, PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved, kept the country’s bracelet hopes alive in Event #76: $10K Super Turbo Bounty and Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em, respectively. While Agarwal finished runner-up in the $10K Super Turbo Bounty for a career-best $286,705 (~₹2.13 Crores), Ved finished 22nd in the $1,500 Freezeout for $8,136 (~₹6.04 Lakhs).

The 2021 “November Nine” sat down to play on Tuesday with Aldemir firmly in the lead. The play lasted for about nine hours. The day was initially scheduled to be hard-stopped when four players were remaining. However, a late-night decision by the staff saw the play briefly continue. Following the elimination of Joshua Remitio in fourth place, the bags were brought out one last time in the event.

Aldemir, Oliver, and Holmes will now return for the final day`s play at 2 PM (local time) on Wednesday, November.

While it is sure to be an exciting finale, poker fans worldwide railing the action on PokerGO were reminded that this is the last time the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is playing host to the mega-series. Actor Vince Vaughn, who announced “Shuffle Up and Deal” to kick off the Main Event final table, will serve as “Master of Ceremonies” next year when the WSOP moves to the Las Vegas Strip.

Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn


Final Table Chip Counts

1. Koray Aldemir – 140,000,000

2. George Holmes – 83,700,000

3. Alejandro Lococo – 46,800,000

4. Joshua Remitio – 40,000,000

5. Jack Oliver – 30,400,000

6. Ozgur Secilmis – 24,500,000

7. Hye Park – 13,500,000

8. Chase Bianchi – 12,100,000

9. Jareth East – 8,300,000


Final Table Recap

The only former bracelet winner on the final table, Chase Bianchi, was also the first to be eliminated. Less than 10 minutes after the start of the day’s play, Bianchi pitted his against Jack Oliver’s . The runout bricked, resulting in Bianchi`s ninth place exit.

Chase Bianchi
Chase Bianchi


On the very next hand, Jareth East open-shoved for 6.3 Million from an early position. George Holmes three-bet jammed on the button, and the rest of the table folded.

Jareth East

George Holmes

The board revealed and Homes flopped set knocked East out in eighth place.

Jareth East
Jareth East


The play continued for 55 more hands before Alejandro Lococo’s were bested by Koray Aldemir’s that flopped a boat on the runout . Lococo went on to collect the seventh-place paycheque.

Alejandro Lococo
Alejandro Lococo


On the 82nd hand, Hye Park limped in from the small blind, and Aldemir raised to 3.8 Million from the big blind. Park limp-shoved all in for 20.6 Million, and Aldemir snap-called.

Hye Park

Koray Aldemir

The board ran out and Aldemir turned top pair dismissed Park in sixth place.

Hye Park
Hye Park


Ozgur Secilmis was the next player to hit the rail in fifth place when his lost out to Aldemir’s , which bettered to a full house on the rundown.,

Ozgur Secilmis
Ozgur Secilmis


Twelve more hands were players before the final elimination of the day came about. Joshua Remitio jammed on the button for 13.40 Million, and Oliver called from the big blind, tabling . Remitio held . The board showed and Oliver rivered two-pair to eliminate Remitio in fourth place.

Joshua Remitio
Joshua Remitio


Final Day Chip Counts

1. Koray Aldemir – 264,600,000

2. Jack Oliver – 77,300,000

3. George Holmes – 57,400,000


Final Table Results

1. To be decided – $8,000,000

2. To be decided – $4,300,000

3. To be decided – $3,000,000

4. Joshua Remitio – $2,300,000

5. Ozgur Secilmis – $1,800,000

6. Hye Park – $1,400,000

7. Alejandro Lococo – $1,225,000

8. Jareth East – $1,100,000

9. Chase Bianchi – $1,000,000


Content & Images Courtesy: PokerNews, WSOP & PokerGO

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