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WSOP 2021: Jesse Klein Defeats Benny Glaser Heads-up to Win Event #2: $25K H.O.R.S.E For $554,182

Jesse Klein wins WSOP Event 2 HORSE
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  • Namita Ghosh October 3, 2021
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The H.O.R.S.E event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is usually the foreground for poker superstars, but the first-ever $25,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E bracelet event took a different course. We’re talking about Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E., where Jesse Klein (cover image) outran a star-studded field, including three-time bracelet champion Benny Glaser heads-up to win his WSOP bracelet and $554,182 in prize money.

Primarily a high-stakes cash game player, 44-years-old Klein owns a recruiting business in Philadelphia. He had flown into Las Vegas with the sole intention of playing the first big buy-in event of the series. He had a modest $23,100 in live tournament earnings to his name before the win.

“I just came out here to play this event and go home Sunday,” said Klein before winning the event. “I have a wife and two kids – a six-year-old girl and a three-year-old son. I came out here to play this event, and that’s it. Maybe I’ll come back out here since I won this.” Klein said, adding, “I’m feeling great. It was a lot of fun. The players were awesome. It was an awesome structure. I’m feeling good. I play poker to win, but I don’t play poker professionally. The H.O.R.S.E. event is what I wanted to play. I love all the different games. It’s just fun.”

The final table was stacked, with three-time bracelet winner Ben Yu, WPT champion David Benyamine, and G.O.A.T. Phil Hellmuth chasing his 16th WSOP bracelet. In fact, Klein beat Hellmuth in a pot, enraging the poker brat. Klein, however, was not intimidated. “That was great; that was phenomenal. I’ve never played with him before. In a Razz hand, he limped, and I completed. I made a nine, and I think he made a ten, he just went off, and I loved it. It made me laugh. All that kind of stuff cracks me up. It’s part of the entertainment, I guess.”

Three other bracelet events were running alongside Event #2. Day 1B of Event #4: $500 The Reunion NLHE logged in a bumper field of 4,455 entries, and only 220 of them bagged stacks for Day 2. Robert Brobyn (5,015,000) bagged the day-end chip lead.

Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Or Better wrapped up Day 2 on Saturday with only 15 runners from the 230 survivors making it to the final day`s play. The event had logged in a starting field of 607 players. Bracelet winner Connor Drinan (2,415,000) bagged the overnight chip lead with four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi (1,410,000) and Sandy Sanchez (1,380,000) holding the following top stacks.

Event #6: $25,000 High Roller NLHE brought in 135 entrants, and only 54 made the cut. Jake Daniels (1,182,000), Michael Liang (1,028,000), and James Chen (835,000) headlined the advancing field. Late registrations are open until the start of Day 2.


Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Benny Glaser – 2,590,000 (52 BBs)
  2. Jesse Klein – 1,800,000 (36 BBs)
  3. Chad Eveslage – 1,695,000 (34 BBs)
  4. David Benyamine – 1,680,000 (34 BBs)
  5. Phil Hellmuth – 1,640,000 (33 BBs)
  6. Philip Sternheimer – 865,000 (17 BBs)
  7. Ben Yu – 830,000 (17 BBs)
  8. Matt Glantz – 410,000 (8 BBs)
  9. DJ Buckley – 160,000 (3 BBs)


Final Table Recap

The first two eliminations on the final table came quick, with Matt Glantz and DJ Buckley losing their tournament life to Phil Hellmuth and Ben Yu, respectively, in games of Razz.

The chips exchanged hands for the next three hours before three-time WSOP champion Ben Yu was eliminated by Chad Eveslage in Omaha Hi-Lo. He earned a seventh-place payday.

Ben Yu
Ben Yu


Phil Hellmuth`s bid to win a record 16th bracelet ended with a sixth-place finish. He lost the last of his chips to Chad Eveslage in Seven Card Stud.

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth


Benny Glaser went on to score the back-to-back eliminations of Philip Sternheimer and Chad Eveslage.

The three-handed play went on for over two hours. Glaser initially extended his chip lead but suffered a series of setbacks to lose his chip advantage.

Klein dispatched David Benyamine in third place in Omaha Hi-Lo to enter the heads-up match holding a dominating 10,170,000 stack versus Benny Glaser’s 1,525,000. The final showdown was short as Klein won the bracelet in a hand of Seven Card Stud.

Glaser and Klein shake hands after the match
Benny Glaser and Jesse Klein


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Jesse Klein – $552,182
  2. Benny Glaser – $341,274
  3. David Benyamine – $236,626
  4. Chad Eveslage – $169,218
  5. Philip Sternheimer – $124,935
  6. Phil Hellmuth – $95,329
  7. Ben Yu – $75,260
  8. DJ Buckley – $61,549
  9. Matt Glantz – $52,211


Event #4: $500 The Reunion NLHE

Event #4: $500 The Reunion NLHE ran the second of its three starting flights on Saturday. Day 1B logged in 4,455 entries, significantly better than the 2,659 entries on Day 1A, and only 220 runners made it to Day 2.

Robert Brobyn (5,015,000), Jon Lindquist (3,625,0000) and Tyler Jamison (3,040,000) topped the Day 1B chip counts. Darryl Ronconi (2,030,000), Jeremy Wien (1,625,000), Roland Israelashvili (750,000), and Barry Greenstein (500,000) were the other notables who progressed further.

The $5 Million GTD event has registered 7,114 entries and needs 2,886 participants in the final flight to break even.

Robert Brobyn
Robert Brobyn


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B

  1. Robert Brobyn – 5,015,000
  2. Jon Lindquist – 3,625,000
  3. Tyler Jamison – 3,040,000
  4. Faisal Siddiqui – 2,630,000
  5. Aaron Hintz – 2,460,000
  6. Jared Ambler – 2,450,000
  7. Ya Yun Liu – 2,445,000
  8. Ryan Messick – 2,410,000
  9. Elvis Toomas – 2,375,000
  10. Sasa Ikac – 2,305,000


Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Or Better

Day 2 of Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Or Better had 230 qualifiers from a starting field of 607 players returning to play. The top 92 places were guaranteed a min-cash worth $2,400.

The play was halted at the end of the 11 stipulated levels of play, leaving 15 contenders in the field. On the forefront is bracelet champion Connor Drinan (2,415,000), with four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi (1,410,000) and Sandy Sanchez (1,380,000) close on his coattails.

AJ Kelsall (16th for $5,580) was the last elimination of the day.

Ryan Hughes (18th for $5,580), Dan Heimmiler (40th for $3,634), Ari Engel (41st for $3,634), Randy Ohel (48th for $3,270), Christopher Stephan (66th for $2,625), Adam Hendrix (69th for $2,625), Frankie O’ Dell (78th for $2,400), and Max Pescatori (80th for $2,400) were a few notables who cashed the event.

Day 3 begins at 3 PM (local time) on Sunday.

Connor Drinan
Connor Drinan


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

  1. Connor Drinan – 2,145,000
  2. Robert Mizrachi – 1,410,000
  3. Sandy Sanchez – 1,380,000
  4. Pearce Arnold – 1,160,000
  5. Carl Lijewski – 1,095,000
  6. Curtis Phelps – 1,080,000
  7. Kris Kwiatkowski – 1,045,000
  8. Yehuda Buchalter – 1,020,000
  9. Michael Moed – 965,000
  10. Scott Baumstein – 900,000


Event #6: $25K High Roller NLHE

Event #6: $25K High Roller NLHE, the first No-Limit Hold’em High Roller on the schedule, saw 135 players signing up to play. After an entire day of action, only 54 could bag stacks for Day 2.

Jake Daniels (1,182,000), Michael Liang (1,028,000), and James Chen (835,000) topped the Day 1 field.

Daniels collected most of his chips in the final two levels of the night. He took down the most massive pot of the day off Eric Worre before eliminating GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu in a coin flip.

Some of the other notables who made the Day 2 list include Jake Schindler (667,000), Clayton Kalisek (610,000),

Chance Kornuth (570,000), and Indo-American poker pro Ankush Mandavia (553,000)

With late registrations open until the start of Day 2, the final field size and prize pool are still to be ascertained.

Jake Daniels leads WSOP Event 6 Day 1 qualifiers
Jake Daniels


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Jake Daniels – 1,182,000
  2. Michael Lang – 1,028,000
  3. James Chen – 835,000
  4. Jake Schindler – 667,000
  5. Clayton Kalisek – 610,000
  6. Alexandros Theologis – 594,000
  7. Giuseppe Iadisernia – 577,000
  8. Chance Kornuth – 570,000
  9. Ankush Mandavia – 553,000
  10. Brian Rast – 551,000


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