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Event #49: $10K No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) drew a record-setting 122 players and made a three-day run. In the end, Farzad Bonyadi (cover image), an Iran-born poker pro settled in California, claimed the bragging rights and the $297,051 up-top. Not just that, Bonyadi added bracelet #4 to his decorated WSOP resume, ending a 16-year-old bracelet drought five days after Josh Arieh did the same in Event #39.
“It’s good to have the fourth one…This was my first tournament this year. I’m happy,” said Bonyadi, who had won his last bracelet at the 2005 WSOP Event #24: $2.5K NLHE. “I think I played a good game. I really do. I bluffed when I had to. I caught good cards too, but I think I played a good game. It feels good to know you’re not that rusty,” he added.
Bonyadi, who says he hasn’t played any poker in the past two years, had to wade through a stacked final table featuring superstars like Benny Glaser, Julien Martini, Johannes Becker, and GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu.
He commented how he liked how the younger crowd is changing the way the game is played and seemed pleased about his game. “You can say I’m an action player. I’m definitely not tight. Maybe they think I’m old and that I can’t play [aggressively]. I’m very satisfied with the way I played.”
Interestingly, while a bracelet win has eluded Bonyadi for 16 years, his mother, Farhintaj Bonyadi, championed the 2018 WSOP Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors NLHE for $311,451, making the mother-son duo the first to win WSOP gold bracelets.
The top 19 places got paid, and Anthony Zinno (10th for $25,280), Shaun Deeb (12th for $20,165), Chris Vitch (16th for $17,645), Ian Steinman (17th for $16,132), and Mike Wattel (19th for $16,132) were among the former bracelet winners who cashed in the event.
The eight finalists returned on Day 3, and Benny Glaser (2,101,000) was in pole position, followed by Johannes Becker (1,381,000) and eventual champion Farzad Bonyadi (1,106,000).
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Daniel Negreanu was chasing his seventh bracelet but fell out first on the final table, picking up his eighth cash at the series.
Around 30 minutes later, Ben Diebold was eliminated by Bonyadi in seventh place. Julien Martini followed Diebold quickly to the rail to take home a sixth-place payout.
It took another two more hours before Johannes Becker sent Jake Schwartz packing in fifth place.
With Dustin Dirksen and Benny Glaser exiting in fourth and third place, respectively, it was off to the races between Bonyadi and Johannes Becker.
At the start of the final showdown, Johannes Becker (2,600,000) was a clear underdog to Farzad Bonyadi (4,700,000) and fought hard over the next two hours of play. However, it was Bonyadi who prevailed to win his fourth WSOP bracelet!
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