The Kevmath Report - #11
Time for the Main Event!, Deeb and Rast win their 5th, Yoon and Bonyadi win their 4th, Hellmuth has WSOP POY Beef and more WSOP results
We’re less than 24 hours from the start of the 2021 WSOP $10,000 Main Event. Some call it the World Championship of Poker, others call it a $10,000 lottery, either way, it’s glad to see its return to its full glory with the first of six(!) starting flights taking place Thursday at 11:00am from the Rio in Las Vegas.
This also means it’s time to try and satellite into the Main Event at a fraction of the prize. I’ve created a handy guide of the 7 structure sheets that make up this year’s lineup at https://bit.ly/WSOP21MainEventMega.
The daily #MainEventMega schedule
8am $140 Turbo Step into 1pm $1,100 Mega
8am (starting Thursday) $1,100 Mega Turbo
10am $580 Mega
1pm $1,100 Mega
2pm $250 Turbo Step into 8pm $2,175 Mega
4pm $580 Mega
8pm $2,175 Mega
Mega winners receive $10,000 in tournament buy-in chips (aka lammers) that can be used to buy into the Main Event or any event with a buy-in of at least $500.
If you just want to take a look at the Main Event schedule and see the various changes made, be sure to click here.
Shaun Deeb Latest Member of the 5-Bracelet Club, Wins $25,000 PLO High Roller
A few days after Brian Rast became the 27th player to earn 5 WSOP bracelets in their career, it was Shaun Deeb’s turn to add his name to the honor roll as the ‘Trophy Husband’ took down Event 53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller for $1,251,860, his second-best career score, only behind his $25,000 PLO HR win back in 2018. Deeb’s win moved him up into 4th in the WSOP Player of the Year standings.
(photo credit PokerNews/Melissa Haerieti)
Brian Rast First to Win 5th WSOP Bracelet Last Week, wins $3k NL 6-Max
After the most recent issue of The Kevmath Report dropped, Brian Rast joined an exclusive group of players to earn their 5th WSOP bracelet as he claimed the crown in Event 51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for $474,102.
(photo credit PokerNews/Danny Kim)
Phil Hellmuth Unhappy with WSOP POY Criteria
Phil Hellmuth is currently 3rd in the WSOP Player of the Year standings, less than 30 points behind the current leader, Anthony Zinno. This development didn’t sit well with Hellmuth, a 3-time WSOP POY runner-up, sharing his thoughts on Twitter to voice his displeasure with the process. Should there be a cap on the number of results that count towards POY, like Daniel Negreanu has suggested for a long time in the wake of Chris Ferguson’s 2017 performance.
Ryan Leng Leads $50,000 PPC Final Ten
Day 4 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship starts this afternoon with 10 players, and two of them are WSOP POY contenders. Ryan Leng (7th) is the current chip leader while Daniel Negreanu (10th) starts 9th in chips. Josh Arieh, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Chris Brewer, Eli Elezra, Matt Glantz, Paul Volpe and Mike Wattel round out the field who’ll play down to five players, take Thursday off and then play to a winner on PokerGO Friday afternoon. Follow the action at https://bit.ly/WSOP21PPC.
Brian Yoon Wins 4th WSOP Bracelet, Becomes ‘Mixed Game Player’
The first three bracelets won by Brian Yoon were in hold’em events, including victories in the 2013 $1,111 Little One for One Drop and the 2017 $1,500 Monster Stack. However, if you dig deeper into his WSOP.com profile, you’ll see he’s recorded some cashes over the years in the 2-7 Lowball games. Three of those are from this year, including his 4th career bracelet in Event 57: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship for $240,341. After the win, he took to Twitter to make a declaration.
Farzad Bonyadi Also Wins 4th Bracelet, Takes Down $10,000 NL 2-7 Championship
The WSOP $10,000 Championship Bracelet events continue to feature final tables with big names in poker, and the 2-7 NL Single Draw Lowball was no exception. Farzad ‘Freddy’ Bonyadi defeated a final table that featured Benny Glaser, Daniel Negreanu, Dustin Dirksen, and Jake Schwartz to win his fourth career bracelet and first since 2005, earning just under $300,000.
Ben Yu Joins 4-Bracelet Crew, Wins $10,000 NL 6-Max Championship
The trend of players winning their fourth career WSOP bracelet continued Sunday as Ben Yu (early readers remember him as a trivia answer) vanquished a field of 329 players in Event 56: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Championship, picking up the tidy sum of $721,453 in the process.
Gershon Distenfeld Wins $1,500 Shootout, Donates $204,063 to Charity
When he’s not playing poker, Gershon Distenfeld has several job titles at global investment firm AllianceBernstein. On the side, he plays his fair share of poker, most notably making the 2020 WSOP US Main Event final table, where he pledged to donate all of his winnings to charity, finishing in 8th place. Distenfeld made the final table last week in Event 48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT and captured his 1st WSOP bracelet, this time donating over $204,000 to charity.
Who Else Won WSOP Bracelets Last Week?
I’m glad you asked, fictional question asker. Let’s start with Robert McMillan, winner of Event 52: $1,000 Seniors Championship in a field of 5,404 entries. Event 58: $1,000 SUPER SENIORS featured a cameo by Doyle Brunson in the field of 1,893 players aged 60 and older as Jean-Luc Adam finished with all the chips, earning over $250,000. Nicholas Julia outlasted the competition in Event 54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix for the bracelet and over $168,000. The $400 Colossus drew a colossal 9,399 entries as Anatolii Zyrin earned his 2nd WSOP bracelet and $314,705. In Event 59: $1,000 Tag Team, the duo of Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi each receive a bracelet and $56,683. On Halloween, WSOP.com Online Bracelet Event 6: $666 NL Hold’em was won by John ‘Relevancy’ Ripnick for $114,898.
What To Watch For at the WSOP Next Week, Besides the Main Event
There’s not many other tournaments happening besides the Main Event for obvious reasons, but the one highlight is the $1,111 Little One for One Drop with Day 1 flights starting at the new time of 3:00pm Monday-Wednesday. The only Championship Event is the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better at 3:00pm today. Sunday’s WSOP.com Online Bracelet event is a $3,200 NL High Roller at 8:30pm New Jersey/5:30pm Nevada. Rounding out the schedule a week from today is a $1,500 Stud 8 or Better tournament with a 4:00pm start time. Take a gander at those events and the rest of the schedule at WSOP.com/tournaments.
WSOP Europe to Accept Negative COVID Test Results Along with Vaccination Proof
New regulations that dropped November 1 in the Czech Republic means that the upcoming WSOP Europe at King’s Casino in Rozvadov will allow players that can show a negative antigen test within 24 hours of arrival, a negative PCR rest within 72 hours of arrival, have recovered from COVID within the last 180 days or provide proof of an EU-approved vaccine to participate in this year’s series.
In other news…
The first WSOP.com 25 Seat Main Event Scramble satellite has a huge overlay, decides to cancel November 2 edition.
The iconic duo of Lon McEachern and Norman Chad will add their voices to a new line of BBO poker tables.
Veteran poker pro Don Zewin, who finished 3rd at the WSOP Main Event to Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan, passed away at the age of 69.
Doug Polk gets involved in the partypoker fastforward seating algorithm issue.
Jeremy Kottler won the Wynn Poker Fall Poker Classic $3,500 Championship for $643,267 in a three-way deal.
Phil Ivey had an NFT launch party.