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The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) handed out three bracelets on Thursday. Shortly after Jason Koon took down Event #11: $25K Heads-Up NLHE Championship, Israel’s Yuval Bronshtein (cover image) championed Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold ‘em to collect his second WSOP bracelet and the $124,374 top prize.
The tournament drew 422 players, and only 16 made it as far as Day 3 with Kevin Erickson in the chip lead. He faced Bronshtein in a lengthy heads-up match which he dominated for the most part. Nevertheless, Bronshtein came from down under to turn the tables and score the bracelet victory.
The Israeli player had won his first bracelet at the 2019 WSOP in Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, and the win has pushed his lifetime tournament earnings to $1.788 Million.
Bronshtein reminiscing how he was on the brink of elimination several times in the event, said, “I was very lucky to win this after I was down to so few chips so many times, repeatedly, and my opponent was a tough player.”
“I don’t really believe in things that are meant to be. I feel like you gotta make everything and earn it yourself. If you play enough poker, like I have, it’s gonna happen where you get really unlucky on the bubble of the biggest tournament you’re playing. It’s just bound to happen at some point, so I’m okay with it. I also know that if I play as well as I’m capable of playing that this will happen, hopefully quite frequently going forward,” Bronshtein added.
All 16 places got paid with John Elliott (11th for $7,299), Tina Tateossian (13th for $5,955), Jorden Fox (14th for $4,965), and Adam Tyburski (16th for $4,232) falling relatively early on Thursday.
The field was cut down to 10 players within a few hours on the final day.
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
1. Tony Nasr – 1,680,000
2. Anh Van Nguyen – 1,400,000
3. Ian Glycenfer – 1,380,000
4. Kevin Erickson – 1,200,000
5. Yuval Bronshtein – 1,200,000
6. Zachary Gruneberg – 980,000
7. Guy Cicconi – 900,000
8. Mike Lancaster – 780,000
9. John Bunch – 590,000
10. Tom McCormick – 520,000
Final Table Recap
Mike Lancaster fell out in 10th place and lost all his chips to Zachary Gruneberg.
Anh Van Nguyen and Tony “TNT” Nasr, who had sported big stacks at the final table, hit the rail in ninth and eighth place, respectively.
The play slowed down for a while before a flurry of knockouts saw Guy Cicconi, Zachary Gruneberg, Ian Glycenfer, and John Bunch making their way out in quick succession.
Tom McCormick got short-stacked and eventually fell out in third-place, setting up the heads-up showdown between Kevin Erickson and Yuval Bronshtein.
Erickson held a 3-to-1 chip lead at the start of the heads-up, and within no time, pulled ahead to take a staggering 20-to-1 lead over Bronshtein. However, down and almost drowning, Bronshtein managed to take down a crucial pot to stay afloat. Before long, he mounted his comeback by winning several sizable pots to climb into the lead. From thereon, it was Bronshtein dominating the action all the way, right until the final hand, where he eliminated Erickson.
Bronshtein summed up his win – “All things considered, I can’t really imagine a better feeling winning a bracelet after… getting so short and so discouraged, to be able to come back from that, it’s a different level… It feels amazing. I’m very thankful.”
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Yuval Bronshtein – $124,374
2. Kevin Erickson – $76,868
3. Tom McCormick – $53,588
4. John Bunch – $38,011
5. Ian Glycenfer – $27,488
6. Zachary Gruneberg – $20,262
7. Guy Cicconi – $15,230
8. Tony “TNT” Nasr – $11,677
9. Anh Van Nguyen -$9,137
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