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The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) handed out two bracelets on Monday. Shortly after Jim Collopy won his second bracelet in Event #32: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E., Israel’s Ran Koller (cover image) championed Event #33: $800 Eight-Handed NLHE Deep Stack to collect his first WSOP bracelet and $269,478 in prize money. He beat fellow countryman Ran Ilani (2nd for $166,552) heads-up.
According to his Hendon Mob profile, Koller now has $315,826 in live tournament earnings. Before the win, he had 20 ITM finishes in WSOP bracelet events, worth a collective $105,320.
“It’s amazing. I do not even have the words for it. It was surreal,” Koller was quoted saying in the post-event interview.
When asked about his plans for the rest of the series, Ran said, “I am here until the end of the series, and I am going to play some more events.”
The $800 buy-in event drew a 2,778-player field and paid out 417 places at least $1,212. Day 2 began with 159 players in contention.
The list of notables who cashed Day 2 was a long and illustrious one. The names on the list included former WSOP bracelet winners Tyler Patterson (20th for $10,526), Robert Kuhn (21st for $10,526), Ian Steinman (33rd for $7,066), Natural8 Ambassador Pete Chen (38th for $7,066), Ryan Hagerty (61st for $4,136), Jeremy Wien (71st for $3,519), and Ismael Bojang (54th for $4,903), Darren Rabinowitz (58th for $4,136), Harry Lodge (67th for $3,519), Pedro Madeira (74th for $3,020), Mathew Moore (76th for $3,020), Cosmin Joldis (78th for $3,020), Justin Zaki (88th for $2,614) and Matt Affleck (91st for $2,614).
Adam Cedric bubbled the FT in 10th place, setting up the unofficial final table.
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
Cody Brinn`s ninth-place elimination ($25,746) helped get the official eight-handed final table action going.
Final Table Recap
Donald Maloney was the first to fall from the official FT in eighth place, and Florian Guimond got the last of his chips.
Soon after that, Jorge Hou got knocked out in seventh place when his found no help against Oleg Titov’s .
Eleven minutes later, Alex Outhred moved all-in with and Ran Ilani made the call with . The board gave Ilani trip eight, sending Outhred to the rail in sixth place.
During Level 39, short-stacked Kris Steinbach was eliminated in fifth place. His fell short against the eventual champion Ran Koller’s .
Oleg Titov departed in fourth place. After doubling up Ran Koller, Titov moved all-in on the next hand with . Ran Ilani called with and held through as the board blanked out.
After almost an hour of three-handed play, Florian Guimond‘s elimination made way for the heads-up finale. His lost the flip against Ran Ilani’s who spiked a nine on the runout .
The heads-up action between the Israeli native Ran Ilani (64,200,000) and Ran Koller (47,000,000) started with Ilani holding a marginal lead. But Koller kept his calm and swapped the chip lead.
The final hand of the event had the board open . Ilani checked, and a series of bets and raises saw them both all in. Ilani tabled for a flush draw and a pair of deuces. Koller flipped open for a straight. The river did not help Ilani, and just like that, Koller picked up his first WSOP gold bracelet and $269,478 in prize money.
Final Table Results (USD)
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