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2021 52nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, September 30, 2021 to Friday, October 01, 2021

Event #1: Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $175,980
  • Entries: 419
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, October 1, 2021 2:12 AM Local Time
Leo Abbe Jumps to Top of the Chip Counts After Day 1 of the $500 Casino Employees Event

Leo Abbe

For the first time in 26 months, the poker world came together at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for the start of the 2021 World Series of Poker.

The $500 Casino Employees Event took its traditional role as the opening event of the WSOP, with 419 entries generating a prize pool of $175,980. After 17 40-minute levels on Day 1, around 50 players survived to Day 2 with their dream of capturing the coveted gold bracelet still alive.

Leading the way is Leo Abbe, a Sportsbook Promotions Associate with DraftKings. Abbe took two big pots off former chip leader Juan Carlos Latuff towards the end of the night to finish with 537,000.

Other big stacks include Shawn Weintraub (474,000), Roberto Reyna (461,000), Andrew Bart (422,000), and Akash Desai (415,000). PokerNews' Jesse Fullen survived the day with 223,000.

Not everyone was fortunate enough to make it through to Day 2. Chad Holloway, the 2013 champion of this event, busted on Day 1, as did 2019 Main Event fourth-place finisher Garry Gates and WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. PokerNews team members Connor Richards, Matt Hansen, and Dannah Kamp also hit the rail.

The remaining players will return at 12 p.m. PST tomorrow in the Amazon Room. The schedule calls for them to play down to a champion. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for what will surely be a packed day of action.

Jesse Fullen
Jesse Fullen
Friday, October 1, 2021 2:11 AM Local Time
Day 2 Seat Draw - Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
4041Jeremy ZimmermanUnited States71,0007
4042Gene LeeUnited States144,00014
4043Ruben MezaUnited States72,0007
4044Jason SmithUnited States351,00035
4045Danny ChangUnited States212,00021
4046Bryan GarrettUnited States309,00031
4047Jerry GarverUnited States212,00021
4048Aaron WellsUnited States149,00015
4049Ronald BaltazarUnited States304,00030
4051Joe GarrettUnited States56,0006
4052Marco StarnoniUnited States363,00036
4053Brian MatthiesenUnited States27,0003
4054Leo AbbeUnited States537,00054
4055Randolph MartinezUnited States146,00015
4056Chris MintonUnited States248,00025
4057Travis WilliamsUnited States218,00022
4058Robert TzumaedesUnited States16,0002
4059Adam LamersCanada117,00012
4061Steven McLoughlinUnited States247,00025
4063David MarguliesUnited States199,00020
4064Jesse FullenUnited States223,00022
4065Jason ThompsonUnited States176,00018
4066Bobby SchmidtUnited States273,00027
4067Tom KubinUnited States151,00015
4068Robert ClabaughUnited States129,00013
4069James ScottUnited States116,00012
4121Tyler BurkeUnited States186,00019
4122Kyle MorrisUnited States179,00018
4124Jack BehrensUnited States363,00036
4125Edward ShadeUnited States86,0009
4126Wenrong WangChina235,00024
4127Justin SteinmanUnited States194,00019
4128Rico CuevasUnited States104,00010
4129Joe ChangUnited States285,00029
4131Andrew BartUnited States422,00042
4132Jodie SandersUnited States79,0008
4133Christophe MuddUnited States274,00027
4134Jordan HandrichUnited States146,00015
4135Akash DesaiUnited States415,00042
4136Juan Carlos LatoffUnited States39,0004
4137Sarah LeeUnited States70,0007
4139Krisztian DoraHungary269,00027
4141Shawn WeintraubUnited States474,00047
4142Daniel KimUnited States337,00034
4143Steven RoseUnited States82,0008
4144Evan ZlockUnited States240,00024
4145Kimberly MedinaUnited States120,00012
4147John HaywardUnited States84,0008
4148James BarnettUnited States343,00034
4149Roberto ReynaUnited States461,00046
Friday, October 1, 2021 1:49 AM Local Time
Day 1 Chip Counts
Leo Abbe537,000122,000
Shawn Weintraub474,000139,000
Roberto Reyna461,000461,000
Andrew Bart422,000-28,000
Akash Desai415,00096,000
Marco Starnoni363,000363,000
Jack Behrens363,000183,000
Jason Smith351,000127,000
James Barnett343,000343,000
Daniel Kim337,00024,000
Bryan Garrett309,000309,000
Ronald Baltazar304,00090,000
Joe Chang285,000218,000
Christophe Mudd274,000274,000
Bobby Schmidt273,000273,000
Krisztian Dora269,000269,000
Chris Minton248,000-81,000
Steven McLoughlin247,000137,000
Evan Zlock240,00048,000
Wenrong Wang235,000235,000
Jesse Fullen223,00038,000
Travis Williams218,000218,000
Danny Chang212,000212,000
Jerry Garver212,000102,000
David Margulies199,00041,000
Justin Steinman194,000194,000
Tyler Burke186,0000
Kyle Morris179,000-51,000
Jason Thompson176,00083,000
Tom Kubin151,000151,000
Aaron Wells149,000-89,000
Randolph Martinez146,000146,000
Jordan Handrich146,000146,000
Gene Lee144,000-12,000
Robert Clabaugh129,000-104,000
Kimberly Medina120,000120,000
Adam Lamers117,000-87,000
James Scott116,000116,000
Rico Cuevas104,000104,000
Edward Shade86,00086,000
John Hayward84,000-66,000
Steven Rose82,00082,000
Jodie Sanders79,000-52,000
Ruben Meza72,000-48,000
Jeremy Zimmerman71,000-59,000
Sarah Lee70,000-42,000
Joe Garrett56,000-1,500
Juan Carlos Latoff39,00039,000
Brian Matthiesen27,00027,000
Robert Tzumaedes16,000-34,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 1:24 AM Local Time
Day 1 WSOP Wrap-Up
Friday, October 1, 2021 1:07 AM Local Time
Bag and Tag

Play has ended for the night and the remaining players are bagging and tagging and will return on Friday at 12 p.m. PST as they play down to a winner.

Friday, October 1, 2021 12:57 AM Local Time
Abbe Turns a Set to Win a Monster Off Latuff

Leo Abbe and Juan Carlos Latuff tangled again, and for the second time Abbe came out the victor.

Picking up the action on a board of     , Abbe bet 45,000 from under the gun. Latuff, from the big blind, replied by shoving all-in for Abbe's remaining 150,000, and Abbe snap-called.

Abbe showed    for the turned set, while Latuff mustered up    for top pair and a gutshot.

The river came the   and Abbe doubled up to 415,000. Latuff, the chip leader not long ago, was left with around 60,000.

Leo Abbe415,000205,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:55 AM Local Time
Burke Wins a Flip to Oust a Player

A player in the small blind was all in and at risk for about 60,000 chips with    against the    of Burke.

The flop was     to put the small blind player in an unlikely spot to stay alive, and the   turn and   river confirmed it as Burke chipped up.

Tyler Burke186,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:46 AM Local Time
Bart Four-Bets Baltazar

After the cutoff opened with a raise to 8,000, Ron Baltazar three-bet from the button to 30,000. Andrew Bart, in the big blind, came back with a four-bet to 70,000, forcing the original raiser to fold.

Baltazar gave it some consideration before also folding.

Bart is up to 450,000, while Baltazar currently sits with 214,000.

Andrew Bart450,000319,000
Ronald Baltazar214,00079,500
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:39 AM Local Time
Abbe Takes a Chunk Off Latuff

Juan Carlos Latuff

With the flop showing    , Juan Carlos Latuff bet 36,000 from the hijack. Leo Abbe, next to act, raised all in for 73,000 more.

Latuff gave it some thought before deciding to fold, dropping down to 268,000. Abbe, meanwhile, is up to 210,000.

Juan Carlos Latuff268,000-50,000
Leo Abbe210,000210,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:36 AM Local Time
Moon Bubbles with Nines

Chris Moon

Jason Smith raised to 13,000 in early position and it folded to Chris Moon in the big blind with not much more. After having a "tough time deciding" according to players at his table, he ultimately decided to put in his stack of 21,000 chips, which was called by Smith.

Chris Moon:   
Jason Smith:   

The players were flipping and the     flop vaulted Smith into the lead. The turn was a  , and with Moon needing a river nine to avoid being the bubble boy, it was not to be as the   completed the board and the remaining 63 players are now in the money.

Chris Moon
Chris Moon
Jason Smith224,000224,000
Chris Moon00
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:28 AM Local Time
Level 17 started
Level: 17
Blinds: 4,000/8,000
Ante: 8,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:27 AM Local Time
40K and a Dream for Mitchell

Tyler Mitchell, who made it into the money with just 40,000 in chips, isn't giving up hope.

"40,000 and a dream," he said as the bubble burst.

Tyler Mitchell40,000-138,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:23 AM Local Time
Leong Survives on the Bubble

Danny Leong was all in on the bubble for his last 27,000 with    and was up against   .

The board ran out       and Leong spiked his queen to keep his bracelet dreams alive.

Danny Leong69,000-174,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:17 AM Local Time
Kim Calls All-in With Third Pair

Daniel Kim bet 14,000 on a flop of     and the player next to act called. Both players checked the   on the turn.

On the   river, Kim checked again and his opponent shoved for his last 64,000.

Kim thought about it for a minute calling with    for a pair of sevens. His opponent could only show    for ace-high and was sent home two spots short of the money.

"Nice call, man," another player at the table told Kim after the hand.

Daniel Kim313,00038,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:13 AM Local Time

With one away from the money, play is now hand-for-hand.

Friday, October 1, 2021 12:12 AM Local Time
Tzumaedes Flops Set to Stay Alive

Robert Tzumaedes shoved from early position for about 20,000 and the player in the cutoff called as everyone else folded.

Robert Tzumaedes:   
Cutoff Player:   

Tzumaedes was flipping but basically sealed the win on the     flop. The    completed the board and he took the pot.

Shawn Weintraub335,000117,000
Akash Desai319,000-49,000
Robert Tzumaedes50,00050,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:06 AM Local Time
Morris Brings the Field One Closer to the Money

According to Kyle Morris, the player under the gun went all in for his last 51,000 with   . Morris called with    and had his opponent drawing dead by the turn as the board ran out       to give him a full house.

Morris improved his stack to 230,000 with that pot.

Kyle Morris230,000205,000
Thursday, September 30, 2021 11:51 PM Local Time
Jenkins Doubles with Ladies

Action folded to the player in the hijack who raised to 15,000 and Annabelle Jenkins shoved her stack of 37,000 into the middle from the small blind. The hijack player called and hands were revealed.

Annabelle Jenkins:   
Hijack Player:   

Jenkins was ahead but needed to hold. The flop was    . The turn was the   giving her opponent straight draws, but the harmless   completed the board to give her a double.

Annabelle Jenkins86,000
Thursday, September 30, 2021 11:47 PM Local Time
Lamers Sends One Home Short of the Money

Adam Lamers

On the first hand back from break, the player in the cutoff put his last 66,000 in the middle and Adam Lamers, who finished fifth in this event in 2019, called.

The all-in player showed    and had to win a coin flip against the    of Lamers. He was in good shape when the board came out     , but the   on the river spelled doom for his tournament life.

Adam Lamers204,00036,000
Thursday, September 30, 2021 11:41 PM Local Time
Level 16 started
Level: 16
Blinds: 3,000/6,000
Ante: 6,000