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WSOP 2021: Vladimir Peck Claims 1st Gold Bracelet in Event #18: $2.5K Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($134,390)

Vladimir Peck Claims 1st Gold Bracelet in Event #18
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis October 12, 2021
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Event #18: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball of the 52nd Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) required an unscheduled fourth day to play down to a champion. It took less than four hours for Vladimir Peck (cover image) to clinch his career-first gold bracelet, along with a $134,390 payday.

The 44-year-old had entered the final day trailing Venkata “Sandy” Tayi. However, the Chicago-based player won a crucial hand in 2-7 Triple Draw to get back in contention and turn the odds in his favor. In the end, Tayi had to settle for a runner-up finish.

Talking about his victory in the post-tournament interview, Peck said, “I know I made a few folds that I would usually never make, but there were these big stacks, and suddenly the bets were so big. You pick a hand to get involved in, and that’s your tournament right there.”

Peck spent the last ten years on the East Coast and frequently visited the Borgata and Parx. Poker has always been a recreational activity for Peck, who usually works in software engineering. He took some time off from work to compete in the entire WSOP festival.

Speaking about his heads-up encounter with Tayi, Peck recapped an early turning point on the unscheduled extra day that came in A-5 Triple Drawn when Peck opted to break a ten and made a better seven-low. “It was tough to do because sometimes he got those hands, and I hate to break and pair up. It was a spot where I didn’t think he was bluffing. He wasn’t bluffing a lot. I made a lot of mistakes calling some of his bets with bluff catchers, and he always had it.”

“Honestly, I learned so much in just those three days because there were a lot of very good players in this tournament. I don’t know if it’s my best game, but I think it’s most likely that other people are not as good,” Peck added.

When asked if he will be participating in any other WSOP tournament, Peck said, “This is fun and reminds me more of playing poker as a kid where it was essentially Dealer’s Choice. All these different random games, we just played a bunch of different games. The no-limit hold’em games are fun and big, and I will play some of those as well. The Dealer’s Choice was a lot of fun, and there were many very good players in it.”

Gary Benson’s eighth-place exit for $11,364 set up the seven-handed final table.

Gary Benson
Gary Benson


Final Table Chip Counts

1. Brian Yoon – 2,700,000

2. Aaron Rogers – 1,420,000

3. Venkata Tayi – 1,350,000

4. Hal Rotholz – 1,135,000

5. Vladimir Peck – 1,100,000

6. Joao Vieira – 655,000

7. Carlos Rodriguez – 325,000


Final Table Results

The first elimination on the final table was a quick one as the shortest stack, Carlos Rodriguez, was sent to the rail in seventh place.

Carlos Rodriguez
Carlos Rodriguez


Six-handed play continued for nearly an hour before Hal Rotholz was eliminated in sixth place by Venkata Tayi.

Hal Rotholz
Hal Rotholz


Next to go was three-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Yoon. He was knocked out in fifth place by fellow bracelet winner Joao Vieira.

Brian Yoon
Brian Yoon


Towards the end of level 29, Aaron Rogers raised from the cutoff, and Vieira re-raised from the big blind. Rogers moved all-in. Rogers took one on each draw, while Vieira took two, one, and one. Vieira’s Badugi defeated Rogers’ Badugi, ending Rogers run in fourth place.

Aaron Rogers
Aaron Rogers


Down to three-handed play, Joao Vieira was dismissed in third place, setting up the heads-up match between Venkata Tayi (5,350,000) and Vladimir Peck (3,500,000).

Joao Vieira
Joao Vieira


The heads-up match continued for two hours, with the chip lead changing hands a few times. The play was halted at the end of Level 31.


Final Day Chip Counts

1. Venkata Tayi – 5,575,000

2. Vladimir Peck – 3,275,000


Final Day Recap

The final day started out with Venkata Tayi in the lead, but he could not hold on to his advantage for long. Within the first two hours, Vladimir Peck stole the lead away from Tayi and eventually rode his chip lead to the finish line.

Venkata Tayi
Venkata Tayi


On the final hand, Peck raised, and Tayi jammed with his remaining 800,000. Peck called.

“I am definitely light here,” Peck joked as he took three and Tayi drew two. On the next draw, Taxi remained at two new cards while Peck took one. The final draw saw Peck pat, and Tayi took one.

Peck turned over for a jack-low against Tayi’s . Peck claimed his career- first gold bracelet and a top prize of $134,390.

Vladimir Peck
Vladimir Peck


Final Table Results (USD)

1. Vladimir Peck – $134,390

2. Venkata Tayi – $83,056

3. Joao Vieira – $57,558

4. Aaron Rogers – $40,443

5. Brian Yoon – $28,818

6. Hal Rotholz – $20,828

7. Carlos Rodriguez – $15,272


Content & Images Courtesy: WSOP & PokerNews

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