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WSOP 2021: Zhi Wu Carries Final Day Chip Lead to Bracelet Victory in Event #8: $600 NLHE Deepstack ($281,604)

Zhi Wu wins WSOP 2021 Event 8
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  • Namita Ghosh October 7, 2021
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The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) handed out another bracelet on Wednesday, with Zhi Wu (cover image) taking down Event #8: $600 NLHE Deepstack for $281,604. Only five finalists from a starting field of 4,527 entrants returned for Day 3 play, and it was all in a little over in an hour as Wu rode his start-of-day chip lead to score his first WSOP cash and the prized gold bracelet.

Boston-based Wu played home poker games with friends, some of whom accompanied him to the series and were railing him through the final table. “I won a Foxwoods $400 a couple of years ago, and I came in second in a $1,700 bounty in Florida. I am not a professional, but I have some experience,” Wu said through a translator.

He will be heading back to Boston with his poker group this weekend and return later this month to play the Main Event and some other marquees. “I am going to play the Millionaire Maker, the Main Event, and a few others. We plan to party a little bit but stick to the schedule.”

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Zhi Wu – 46,100,000
  2. Chrishan Sivasundaram – 31,500,000
  3. Ryan Chan – 29,200,000
  4. Nicholas Zautra – 15,000,000
  5. Ari Mezrich – 13,900,000


Final Table Recap

Nicholas Zautra was eliminated by Chrishan Sivasundaram in fifth place.

Ryan Chen was the next one out and was taken out by Wu – the latter’s pair of eights dominating Chen’s middle pair.

At three-handed play, Wu started applying pressure on his opponents. He won two big pots before eliminating Chrishan Sivasundaram in third place.

Wu held a commanding chip lead over Ari Mezrich at the start of their heads-up, but Mezrich scored two double-ups to even out the difference before pulling out ahead.

Wu recounted, “I was nervous about big hands, so I changed my strategy. I played big hands differently because I knew my opponent was a strong heads-up player.”

The final moment of the tournament came when Wu was dealt a pair of aces. Mezrich had ten-seven and flopped a pair of tens. Wu’s ace-pair held up through the rest of the board, getting him the win.

Zhi Wu wins WSOP 2021 Event 8
Zhi Wu


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Zhi Wu – $281,604
  2. Ari Mezrich – $173,998
  3. Chrishan Sivasundaram – $131,675
  4. Ryan Chan – $100,330
  5. Nicholas Zautra – $76,974


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