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WSOP 2021: Austria’s Ole Schemion Rides Final Day Chip Lead to Victory in Event #79: Hall Of Fame Bounty; Wins Career-First Gold Bracelet ($172,499)

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis November 20, 2021
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It took just two hours on Friday for the 2021 WSOP Event #79: $1,979 Hall Of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold’em to play down to a winner as Ole Schemion (cover image) rode his commanding chip lead to the finish line to win his first-ever gold bracelet and $172,499 in prize money!

The 29-year-old German pro, who now resides in Austria, dominated the action on the last two days of the three-day-long event. At the start of the unofficial ten-handed final hand, his double elimination of Stephen Seffense and Eder Murata gave him a massive edge over his opponents. The German poker phenom was unstoppable on Friday and eliminated Benjamin Underwood heads-up to win the gold hardware.

“It’s not too often in live tournaments that you come in first place,” said Schemion after his win. “It’s what we all try to do, but it feels very good to run through a good field and win one.”

Schemion has an impressive resume with over $16 million in live tournament earnings. This win fetched him his first live cash in over two years.

“It has been very difficult to play any live poker with things how they are,” he said when discussing his absence from live poker. “I was really craving it, and it just feels great to come out here to play. It feels even better now that I have won something.”

Indian player Sriharsha Doddapaneni and Abhinav Iyer had both bagged impressive stacks on Day 1. However, both ‘desi’ pros bowed out on Thursday, with Doddapaneni securing a 19th place finish ($5,059 – ₹3.75 Lakhs), and Iyer placing 23rd ($5,059 – ₹3.75 Lakhs).

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Ole Schemion – 6,905,000
  2. Giovani Torre – 2,720,000
  3. James Alexander – 1,530,000
  4. Jerry Wong – 1,200,000
  5. Benjamin Underwood – 975,000
  6. Marc Rivera – 755,000


Final Day Recap

Jerry Wong was the first player to hit the rail in sixth place. His were cracked by Ole Schemion’s that rivered a boat on the runout .

James Alexander fell out in fifth place when his were bested by Marc Rivera’s .

Less than an hours later, the Day 1 chip leader Marc Rivera was sent packing in fourth place. His lost out to Schemion’s as the latter rivered a six-high straight on the rundown.

In the very next hand, Schemion busted Giovani Torre. The Portuguese player pitted his against Schemion’s . The community cards brought Schemion trip tens, dismissing Torre in third place.

Schemion (12,400,000) held an overwhelming 7:1 chip lead over Benjamin Underwood (1,700,000) at the start of their heads-up match. As expected, it took him only a few hands to seal the title.

On the final hand, Schemion raised all-in, and Underwood called.

Benjamin Underwood

Ole Schemion

The board ran getting Schemion his career-first gold bracelet!

Ole Schemion
Ole Schemion


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Ole Schemion – $172,499
  2. Benjamin Underwood – $106,618
  3. Giovani Torre – $74,175
  4. Marc Rivera – $52,569
  5. James Alexander – $37,965
  6. Jerry Wong – $27,951
  7. Ronald Sullivan – $20,985
  8. Dylan Wilkerson – $16,074
  9. Eder Murata – $12,565


Content & Images Courtesy: PokerNews, WSOP & PokerGO

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