Addamo Closes 2021 Wsop In Las Vegas With Second Win

The 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is over. The final tournaments played out at the Rio in Las Vegas this week, completing 88 events on the live poker schedule. There were some US-based online events happening as well, but the main focus was the live tournaments.

The action was also of particular note because it was the last live WSOP to take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. After 17 years, Caesars decided to move the series from the Rio Convention Center after Caesars sold the Rio to a private investor. The WSOP will move to a pair of Caesars properties on the Las Vegas Strip: Bally’s and Paris. The logistics have yet to be worked out and announced, but the new location is certain.

So, as the 2021 WSOP played its last tournaments at the Rio, players and poker media said their goodbyes to the ballrooms that hosted some of the most memorable poker moments in the game’s history.

Previously, we recapped the initial WSOP results from Las Vegas and then reported the results through Event 50. Starting with Event 51, here are the rest of the tournament numbers.

Events Through Poker Players Championship

The first section of tournament results here includes the Colossus, seniors’ events, and the $50K Poker Players Championship that awards the coveted Chip Reese trophy.

  • Event 51: $3K NLHE 6-Handed = 997 entries, $2,661,990 prize pool to pay 150 players, Brian Rast of USA won for $474,102
  • Event 52: $1K Seniors NLHE Championship = 5,404 entries, $4,809,560 prize pool to pay 811 players, Robert McMillan of USA won for $561,060
  • Event 53: $25K PLO High Roller = 212 entries, $5,008,500 prize pool to pay 32 players, Shaun Deeb of USA won for $1,251,860
  • Event 54: $2,500 Nine-Game 6-Handed = 319 entries, $709,775 prize pool to pay 48 players, Nicholas Julia of USA won for $168,608
  • Event 55: $400 NLHE Colossus = 9,399 entries, $3,101,670 prize pool to pay 1,391 players, Anatolii Zyrin of Russia won for $314,705
  • Event 56: $10K NLHE 6-Handed Championship = 329 entries, $3,067,925 prize pol to pay 50 players, Ben Yu of USA won for $721,453
  • Event 57: $10K Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship = 90 entries, $746K prize pool to pay 14 players, Brian Yoon of USA won for $240,341
  • Event 58: $1K Super Seniors NLHE = 1,893 entries, $1,684,770 prize pool to pay 234 players, Jean-Luc Adam of France won for $255,623
  • Event 59: $1K NLHE Tag Team = 641 teams, $285,245 prize pool to pay 97 teams, Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi won for $113,366
  • Event 60: $50K Poker Players 6-Handed Championship = 63 entries, $3,016,125 prize pool to pay 10 players, Dan Cates of USA won for $954,020

Up to the Main Event

A variety of tournaments led up to the Main Event. While there will simply be a listing of it here, there will be a separate article detailing that World Championship event separately.

  • Event 61: $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship = 3,916 entries, $1,997,160 prize pool to pay 588 players, Cole Ferraro of USA won for $252,419
  • Event 62: $1,500 PLO-8 = 725 entries, $967,875 prize pool to pay 109 players, Kevin Gerhart of USA won $186,789
  • Event 63: $500 NLHE Charity = 1,738 entries, $712,580 prize pool to pay 261 players, Eric Zhang of USA won for $102,465
  • Event 64: $5K NLHE/PLO Mix = 579 entries, $2,670,638 prize pool to pay 87 players, Eelis Parssinen of Finland won for $545,616
  • Event 65: $1K NLHE Mini Main Event = 3,823 entries, $3,400,609 prize pool to pay 574 players, Georgios Sotiropoulos of Greece won for $432,575
  • Event 66: $10K PLO-8 Championship = 208 entries, $1,939,600 prize pool to pay 32 players, Josh Arieh of USA won for $484,791
  • Event 67: $10K NLHE Main Event = 6,650 entries, $62,011,250 prize pool to pay 1000 players, Koray Aldemir of Germany won for $8M

Another 10 Events During Main Event

The WSOP 2021 Main Event started on 4 November and played through 17 November, but other tournaments played during that time as well. The Rio in Las Vegas was bustling with action, so as players busted the Main, they could jump into a variety of other tournaments.

  • Event 68: $1K NLHE Little One for One Drop = 3,797 entries, $3,379,330 prize pool to pay 570 players, Scott Ball of USA won for $396,445
  • Event 69: $1,500 Stud-8 = 372 entries, $496,620 prize pool to pay 56 players, Jermaine Reid of USA won for $113,459
  • Event 70: $888 NLHE Crazy Eights = 5,252 entries, $1,771,108 prize pool to pay 735 players, David Moses of USA won for $888,888
  • Event 71: $1,500 PLO Bounty = 860 entries, $718,100 prize pool (plus bounties) to pay 129 players, Mourad Amokrane of France won for $132,844
  • Event 72: $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO = 846 entries, $1,129,410 prize pool to pay 127 players, Motoyoshi Okamura of Japan won for $209,716
  • Event 73: $10K Stud-8 Championship = 144 entries, $1,342,800 prize pool to pay 22 players, Brian Hastings of USA won for $352,958
  • Event 74: 2,500 Mixed Big Bet = 212 entries, $471,700 prize pool to pay 32 players, Denis Strebkov of Russia won for $117,898
  • Event 75: $1,500 NLHE = 1,191 entries, $1,589,985 prize pool to pay 179 players, Chad Himmelspach of USA won for $270,877
  • Event 76: $10K NLHE Super Turbo Bounty = 307 entries, $1,941,775 prize pool to pay 47 players, Romain Lewis of France won for $463,885
  • Event 77: $1,500 NLHE Fifty Stack = 1,501 entries, $2,003,835 prize pool to pay 226 players, Paulo Joanello of Brazil won for $321,917

Bringing in High Rollers

The last 11 events of the Las Vegas series included everything from the new Hall of Fame bounty tournament to Omaha and Hold’em High Rollers and Super High Rollers. The Closer brought the largest of those fields into play to bid adieu to the WSOP this year.

  • Event 78: $10K Razz Championship = 109 entries, $1,016,425 prize pool to pay 17 players, Benny Glaser of UK won for $274,693
  • Event 79: $1,979 NLHE Poker Hall of Fame Bounty = 469 entries, $801,931 prize pool to pay 71 players, Ole Schemion of Germany won for $172,499
  • Event 80: $3K PLO 6-Handed = 496 entries, $1,324,320 prize pool to pay 75 players, Robert Cowen of UK won for $280,916
  • Event 81: $800 NLHE Deepstack = 1,921 entries, $1,352,384 prize pool to pay 289 players, Jason Wheeler of USA won for $202,274
  • Event 82: $250K NLHE Super High Roller = 33 entries, $8,217,000 prize pool to pay 5 players, Adrian Mateos of Spain won for $3,265,262
  • Event 83: $1,500 NLHE Closer = 1,903 entries, $2,540,505 prize pool to pay 287 players, Leo Margets of Spain won for $376,850
  • Event 84: $50K PLO High Roller = 85 entries, $4,069,375 prize pool to pay 13 players, Jeremy Ausmus of USA won for $1,188,918
  • Event 85: $50K NLHE High Roller = 113 entries, $5,409,875 prize pool to pay 17 players, Mikita Badziakouski of Belarus won for $1,462,043
  • Event 86: $1K NLHE Super Turbo = 1,025 entries, $912,250 prize pool to pay 154 players, Michael McCauley of USA won for $161,384

Addamo Wins Again for Australia

To many players, this was just another high-stakes poker tournament. For high-stakes players, though, this was a golden opportunity to win a bracelet in one of them. While it wasn’t officially called a Super High Roller, the $100K buy-in No Limit Hold’em event was just that. Registration showed 53 total entries, resulting in a $6,192,000 prize pool. While that was only enough to pay the top ten players, high rollers knew what to expect.

The tournament attracted a few dozen players. Some even reentered, creating a total of 53 entries for a prize pool of $6,192,000. Day 1 played down to just 28 players, with Michael Addamo in tenth place on the leaderboard. On Day 2, Mark Herm busted on the money bubble, leaving ten players to be paid at least $167,869. That day’s chipleader, Fedor Holz, departed in tenth place for that amount. By the time that day ended, five players remained with Addamo holding a dominating chip lead.

Sam Soverel busted the first player on Day 3 and took over the chip lead by doubling through Addamo. But during three-handed play, Addamo took over, though Soverel did double back into the lead. But Addamo did the same and ran away with it. He ousted Soverel in third place and quickly seized the win – his second bracelet of this series and fourth of his career. The final table results were:

  • 1st place: Michael Addamo (Australia) $1,958,569
  • 2nd place: Kevin Rabichow (USA) $1,210,487
  • 3rd place: Sam Soverel (USA) $830,992
  • 4th place: Sean Perry (USA) $830,992
  • 5th place: Henrik Hecklen (Denmark) $434,523
  • 6th place: Sorel Mizzi (Canada) $331,806
  • 7th place: Sam Grafton (UK) $263,227
  • 8th place: Mikita Badziakouski (Belarus) $217,274
  • 9th place: Bill Klein (USA) $186,909

That’s a Wrap

And finally, the last tournament of the Vegas series wrapped on 23 November.

  • Event 88: $5K NLHE = 531 entries, $2,449,238 prize pool to pay 80 players, Boris Kolev of Bulgaria won for $511,184

 

 

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