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Day 3 of Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed NLHE Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) had 19 finalists returning for a shot at winning a shiny WSOP gold bracelet and the $721,453 up-top. After 13 hours of action, American pro Ben Yu bagged the title to win the top-heavy cash prize and an impressive fourth WSOP bracelet!
Yu, who had won his last bracelet in 2018, has six top-three finishes in bracelet events, including two runner-up scores. In his post-match interview, Yu said, “Every time you win one of these, it’s pretty special. This one, in particular, was a fairly tough event… and a fairly large field too. I don’t think I’m able to process this yet.”
He added – “I do think we put too much emphasis on winning. The difference between second and first place is just one coin flip essentially. I think we overvalue winning as opposed to other good finishes like second or fifth.”
There was a big bracelet sweat in the event for the Indian rail in Las Vegas and the sizable poker community following the action online, with the country`s first solo bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer featuring prominently on the final day`s lineup. The Day 1 chip leader had entered Day 3 ranked 12th in chips, and as luck would have it, the Chennai-based pro ended up falling out in 12th place for $41,481 (~₹31.09 Lakhs).
Iyer chipped up well through the levels, and shortly into play, he eliminated Nacho Barbero (18th for $33,042) with his ace-king holding up against the latter`s ace-jack. As the field narrowed down to the final two tables, Iyer found himself at the receiving end of several setbacks and lost numerous small to middling pots.
Nearly an hour later, Iyer’s tournament run ended in a three-way clash involving Matt Berkey and Steve Yea. Iyer jammed post-flop showing pocket eights on the rundown. He held two-pair, but Berkey’s tabled a better two-pair. However, Yea took down the pot with for two-pair and a higher kicker, eliminating Iyer in 12th place.
Iyer’s deep run is the most significant score for Team India in this year`s series so far. Event #56 was a close call, but there are two more events where Indian pros have kept the country’s bracelet hopes alive. The Indian team of Spartan Poker pro Nikita Luther and Kunal Patni (195,000) bagged a top 10 stack on Day 1 in Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team NLHE among 127 surviving teams! Team Mike Ruter – Samy Dighlawi (338,000) are in pole position.
Not just that, poker coach Abhishek Goindi is running hot in Event #55: COLOSSUS NLHE. The event registered a massive 9,399-player field across two starting flights, and only 49 players have made it to the final day. The Day 2 chip leader, Goindi (6,300,000), holds a middling stack heading into Day 3, with Rafael Fernandes (23,300,000) in the lead.
Coming back to Event #56, the top 50 places got a share from the $3,067,925 prize pool. Some of the notables who cashed out include JJ Liu (13th for $33,042), PokerStars Team Pro Sam Grafton (16th for $33,042), Winamax Team Pro Francois Pirault (21st for $27,132), GGPoker’s Niklas Astedt (26th for $22,990), and Bertrand Grospellier (27th for $22,990), former bracelet champions (Barak Wisbrod (37th for $18,865), Nick Schulman (39th for $18,865), Ryan Laplante (40th for $18,865) and Joao Vieira (41st for $18,865) and partypoker Twitch Team Pro Jeff Gross (44th for $17,607).
The start-of-day chip leader Boris Kolev (7th for $62,505) and Matty Berkey (8th for $62,505) were eliminated simultaneously on separate tables, setting the six-handed final table into motion.
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Final Table Recap
It took almost 90 minutes of final table action before Ashi Moshe lost all his remaining chips to Mike Sowers to take home the sixth-place payout.
Steve Yea was next on the chopping block and fell out in fifth place. He took a tough beat with his cowboys getting cracked by Ariel Mantel’s ace-ten that flopped two-pair.
Mantel went on to take over the chip leader while Mike Sowers went short-stacked. Sowers had entered the final table as the chip leader, but his time ran out in fourth place. The hand in question saw him moving all-in for 530,000 preflop, and Ben Yu came along with a call. Sowers tabled vs. Yu’s . Sowers was leading all the way through the rundown before the on the river ended his dream run in fourth place.
Over the following hours, Yu went on an aggressive run, and soon, he was holding four times as many chips as his remaining competitors. He claimed his second final table elimination by sending Ariel Mantel out in third place, dominating the latter’s pocket jacks with his turned two-pair of kings and sevens.
Yu held a staggering 16,865,000 against Nikita Kuznetsov’s 2,875,000 at the start of the heads-up match and took less than 10 minutes to cement his win. He took down the event with his pocket jacks besting Kuznetsov’s pocket deuces. An excited Yu fist-pumped several times before walking over to Kuznetsov to shake his hands after his impressive victory.
Final Table Results (USD)
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