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It’s been fireworks and nerve-cracking action at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) that is now two days away from culmination! All the big guns fired Event #84: $50K PLO High Roller, with the event logging in an 85-player field. Only 35 made the final day, where outlasting a star-studded field was Las Vegas resident Jeremy Ausmus (cover image), who won his third WSOP bracelet for $1,188,918 in prize money!
Ausmus, a poker player and commentator, had won his second bracelet early in the series in Event #3: $1K COVID-19 Charity Relief Event. He will go down in poker history not just for winning a third career WSOP bracelet in the event but also for the brazenly fearless manner in which he outran two of poker’s most accomplished players – GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu and poker brat Phil Hellmuth! While Negreanu took home a third-place finish, Ausmus defeated Hellmuth in heads-up play, denying the latter a record-extending 17th bracelet!
Talking about his win, Ausmus said, “It was fun playing with those guys. Like the old-school, iconic guys. I used to watch them on TV, you know, 15 years ago, 17 years ago, before I moved to Vegas and things like that. So, it’s cool.”
He was unfazed at the competition on the final table. “I mean, I’ve played with them a lot. A fair amount over the years. I play a fair amount of PLO, so I felt like I liked my spot, you know. Not saying they’re not great players or anything. And they have a lot of tournament experience, and they’ve been here a million times.”
Phil Hellmuth – On a Heater of a Lifetime!
Entering the 2021 WSOP after a dominating run playing heads-up challenges, Phil Hellmuth has had his best time yet at the annual series. Last month, Hellmuth won Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw for a record-entending 16th bracelet. Yesterday he came the closest he could have got to claiming his 17th piece of WSOP gold.
Hellmuth’s run in the event is his second runner-up finish at the ongoing series and his seventh final table appearance this year. With as many FT scores in a single WSOP series, Hellmuth has also broken the 28-year world record held by An Tran, who had final-tabled six bracelet events in 1993.
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Phil Hellmuth’s FT Appearances at 2021 WSOP
|Event||Rank||Tournament||Prize Amount (USD)|
|84||2nd||$50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller||$734,807|
|36||2nd||$10,000 Dealers Choice Championship||$153,493|
|31||1st||$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw||$84,951|
|9||5th||$10,000 Omaha Hi Lo Championshi||$80,894|
|19||4th||$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship||$54,730|
|78||8th||$10,000 Razz Championship||$31,411|
What comes as a shocker is that despite such a dominating run, Hellmuth is nowhere near the top in the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year (POY) standings.
The 85-player field helped generate a $4,069,375 prize pool, and only 13 players earned a share of the spoils.
The money bubble burst in Level 21 with none other than Dan “Jungleman” Cates making his way out on the money bubble in 14th place.
Quite a few poker stars failed to make it to the final table. The five-time bracelet champion Shaun Deeb (11th for $91,821) was eliminated by Daniel Negreanu, and not long after, Scott Seiver (10th for $91,821) lost his tournament life to Alexander Petersen.
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
The chips exchanged hands for nearly an hour on the unofficial final table before Josh Arieh sent Veselin Karakitukov packing on the final table bubble in ninth place.
Final Table Recap
Just one hand, after Veselin Karakitukov’s elimination, Daniel Negreanu knocked out Ben Lamb in eighth place.
Negreanu continued his climb and won a pot through the current WSOP POY frontrunner Josh Arieh, leaving the latter short stacked. Arieh couldn’t last long and was eliminated in seventh place by Alexander Petersen.
Alexander Petersen’s spin-up was short-lived since he soon clashed with Hellmuth in a hand that extended well into the break-time, and it was Hellmuth scoring the double-up with top two-pair versus Petersen’s tens and a flush draw.
Daniel Negreanu lost some of his chips to Jeremy Ausmus but moved back in contention after eliminating Jared Bleznick in sixth place.
The start-of-day chip leader Laszlo Bujtas was eliminated in fifth place. Having lost a big chunk of his stacks to Petersen, Bujtas was eliminated by Phil Hellmuth.
Negreanu busted Alexander Petersen in fourth place.
Ausmus was way ahead of Hellmuth and Negreanu at the start of the three-handed play. Both Hellmuth and Negreanu dug into Ausmus stack! Negreanu moved up the ranks after scoring a massive double-up through Ausmus to snatch the chip lead.
Both Negreanu and Hellmuth took turns as the chip lead. The three-way duel lasted for over three hours before GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu`s tournament run ended in third place. Negreanu was up against Hellmuth, and the duo checked through the flop . Hellmuth led out for 700,000 on the turn. Negreanu raised all-in for 2,850,000, a move Hellmuth called.
Hellmuth with a straight and was ahead Negreanu’s two-pair. Negreanu needed help, but the on the river didn’t come to his rescue.
Ausmus entered the heads-up with 14,500,000 to Phil Hellmuth’s 11,000,000 and it was all over within 15 minutes. The final hand saw Ausmus’ hit a nine-high straight vs. Hellmuth’s on the runout .
Overcoming one of the most star-studded final tables yet at the series, Ausmus took down the title for his third WSOP bracelet!
Final Table Results (USD)
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