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

Thursday, September 30, 2021 to Thursday, September 30, 2021

Event #2: H.O.R.S.E.

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  • Buy-in: $25,000
  • Prizepool: $1,842,750
  • Entries: 78
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:52 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 4 hours ago)
Jesse Klein Wins Maiden WSOP Bracelet in Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. ($552,182)

Jesse Klein

It's not often an unknown player ventures to Las Vegas, enters a five-figure buy-in mixed-game tournament against the world's best players, and comes out on top to win more than half a million dollars. But that's exactly what happened in just the second event of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. attracted 78 runners and offered up a $1,842,750 prize pool, including a $552,182 top prize. After three days of play, 44-year-old Jesse Klein emerged victorious over a stacked final table – one representing a combined 22 gold bracelets – to etch his name in poker history.

Klein, who hails from the Philadelphia area, flew out on Thursday with the sole intention of playing the first big buy-in tournament of the series. The owner of a recruiting business, the father of two hasn't cashed a tournament since 2010 due to one reason, he prefers to play high-stakes mixed cash games.

Despite not having played a lot lately due to the pandemic, the allure of the $25K H.O.R.S.E. was too much to resist.

"I just came out here to play this event and go home Sunday," said Klein, who according to The Hendon Mob had just $23,100 in lifetime earnings before the win. "I have a wife and two kids – a six-year-old girl and a three-year-old son. I came out here to play this event and that's it. Maybe I'll come back out here since I won this."

2021 WSOP Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results

PositionWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Jesse KleinUnited States$552,182
2Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom$341,274
3David BenyamineFrance$236,626
4Chad EveslageUnited States$169,218
5Philip SternheimerUnited Kingdom$124,935
6Phil HellmuthUnited States$95,329
7Ben YuUnited States$75,260
8DJ BuckleyUnited States$61,549
9Matt GlantzUnited States$52,211

Klein continued: "I'm feeling great. It was a lot of fun. The players were awesome, it was an awesome structure. I'm feeling good. I play poker to win, but I don't play poker professionally. The H.O.R.S.E. event is what I wanted to play. I love all the different games. It's just fun."

Not only did Klein check off "winning a WSOP gold bracelet" off his bucket list, but he also checked off "Tilting the Poker Brat."

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

"That was great, that was phenomenal. I've never played with him before," Klein said in regards to Phil Hellmuth, who was seeking his record-extending 16th bracelet. "In a Razz hand he limped and I completed. I made a nine and I think he made a ten, he just went off and I loved it. It made me laugh, all that kind of stuff cracks me up. It's part of the entertainment I guess."

Hellmuth wasn't the only bracelet winner Klein contended with on his way to claiming his own. He also outlasted three-time winners Ben Yu and Benny Glaser, as well as bracelet winner and World Poker Tour (WPT) champ David Benyamine.

"I'm not intimidated ever playing poker," Klein said confidently. "When you're comfortable playing different games you just play your game. You try not to get too high or too low, just stay steady."

After the final hand, Klein called his wife, who shed some tears of joy.

"I've got a gold bracelet. I'm fired up. I love playing poker," Klein said with a smile. "This event was about as competitive as can be. A perfect little couple of days."

The Road to Victory for Klein

Klein entered the final table second in chips trailing only Glaser and was always near the top of the leaderboard except for a brief spell during which he dropped into the middle of the pack. The momentum started to shift towards Klein when he won a Razz pot against Hellmuth, who needed a while to calm down again.

By then, the field was already down to the final six players with the departures of Matt Glantz, DJ Buckley, and Yu. Hellmuth never recovered from the fatal blow to his stack and bowed out in sixth place. Right after, Philip Sternheimer became the next casualty in a seven-card Stud hand and Chad Eveslage followed shortly thereafter as Glaser notched up his second knockout in a row.

Three-handed play saw Glaser move into a solid lead but the tides turned in favor of Klein when he claimed back-to-back Razz pots against the Brit. From there on, Klein pulled further ahead and as the limits moved up, both Benyamine and Glaser succumbed to their short stacks.

Congratulations to Jesse Klein, winner of the 2021 WSOP Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.!

Jesse Klein & Benny Glaser
Jesse Klein & Benny Glaser

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Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:09 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
Benny Glaser Eliminated in 2nd Place ($341,274)

Benny Glaser

Seven Card Stud

Benny Glaser:    /      /  
Jesse Klein:    /      /  

Benny Glaser as the bring in called following the completion by Jesse Klein. Another bet by Klein followed on fourth which Glaser called with 275,000 behind. Klein then picked up the low suited draw and bet once more. Glaser could all but smile and eventually called it off.

Klein had an ace in the hole and spiked a gutshot straight flush draw on sixth while Glaser found some equity with a pair of kings. Klein peeled the four for two pair, reducing Glaser's outs to the two last kings. He only found a nine and had to settle for second place and a payday of $341,274.

The Brit was denied a fourth bracelet while Klein earned his maiden one and was almost immediately on a video call with the family. He earns the top prize of $552,182 and joins the WSOP winner's circle in one of the most challenging tournament formats.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Jesse Klein11,700,0000
Benny Glaser00
Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:05 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
Level 27 started
Level: 27
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:04 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
Glaser Stays Alive

Seven Card Stud

Benny Glaser was down to his last two bets when Jesse Klein raised. Glaser got the two bets in.

Benny Glaser:    /      /  
Jesse Klein:    /      /  

Glaser turned over   on seventh street and it was just the card he needed to grab a small double to stay alive.

Jesse Klein10,875,000-45,000
Benny Glaser825,00050,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:57 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
Glaser Left Even Shorter


Benny Glaser:    /      /  
Jesse Klein:    /      /  

Benny Glaser completed twice to chip up and then made it three completions with Jesse Klein calling the third. Glaser bet his ace-six on fourth to earn a call and Klein then bet all further streets. Glaser was deep in the tank after the final bet on seventh.

"You were supposed to check," the Brit said and then followed it up with more table chat. "You paired your eight?" Glaser inquired. No answer came and Glaser then tank-called. Klein had paired the eight but won it anyways with the     for a nine-eight.

Jesse Klein10,920,000750,000
Benny Glaser775,000-750,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:51 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
Heads-Up Play Commences

The players are back in their seats and will be playing plenty of Stud variants for the remainder of the level.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:38 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
Short Break Before the Heads-Up

The two remaining players agreed to a short 12-minute break and as many minutes are still to be played in the current level.

Jesse Klein10,170,0000
Benny Glaser1,525,0000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:37 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
David Benyamine Eliminated in 3rd Place ($236,626)

David Benyamine

Jesse Klein completed and David Benyamine raised. Klein made it three bets and Benyamine called. Benyamine was short and got the rest in on fourth street.

Jesse Klein:    /      /  
David Benyamine:    /      /  

Seventh street was a brick for Benyamine and Klein won the pot to eliminate the former Omaha Hi-Lo champion in third place.

Jesse Klein10,170,0001,770,000
Benny Glaser1,525,000-75,000
David Benyamine0-1,150,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:31 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
Benyamine and Glaser Get Very Shallow

Omaha Hi-Lo

On a flop of    , Benny Glaser check-called a bet by Jesse Klein and did so again on the   turn. The   river was checked and Klein announced jacks up, revealing the     . Glaser mucked and Klein scooped the pot.

David Benyamine then lost two bets to Klein when he could not beat the      of his opponent on a       board as he fell behind Glaser in the counts. Both short stacks have very few big bets at their disposal.

Jesse Klein8,400,000600,000
Benny Glaser1,600,000-700,000
David Benyamine1,150,000-500,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:25 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
Glaser Folds on the River

Omaha Hi-Lo

After losing a pot to Benny Glaser in the previous hand, David Benyamine raised from the small blind and Glaser called.

The flop was     and both players checked.

The turn was   and Benyamine checked. Glaser bet and Benyamine check-raised. Glaser called and the river was  .

Benyamine committed his last bet on the river and Glaser folded.

Jesse Klein7,800,000700,000
Benny Glaser2,300,000600,000
David Benyamine1,650,000-1,400,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:18 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)
Glaser Wins Some Back

Limit Hold'em

David Benyamine raised from the small blind for Benny Glaser to call. The     flop was bet by Benyamine and Glaser called with just two and a half bets behind. They headed to the   turn on which Benyamine check-folded to a bet.

One hand later, Benyamine and Glaser chopped when both made third pair on a       runout.

David Benyamine3,050,000-450,000
Benny Glaser1,700,000475,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:12 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Klein Pulls Ahead; Glaser Gets Shorter

Limit Hold'em

David Benyamine raised the button and was called both ways. The     flop was checked and Jesse Klein bet the   turn to force a fold.

Benny Glaser then raised the button and earned two calls. They checked the     flop once more and Klein bet the   turn, Benyamine called and Glaser folded. Klein also bet the   river and Benyamine tank-called to get shown    for a straight by Klein.

Jesse Klein7,100,0002,000,000
David Benyamine3,500,000-1,050,000
Benny Glaser1,225,000-625,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:06 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Benyamine Chips Up

Stud Hi-Lo

Jesse Klein:    /      /  
David Benyamine:    /      /  
Benny Glaser:    /     fold

Jesse Klein bet fourth street and Benny Glaser joined David Benyamine for the call. Benyamine's ace took over the action on fifth and he bet. Glaser folded and Klein called.

Benyamine bet sixth street and Klein called. Both players checked the last down card and Benyamine turned over    . The aces on the table were good enough to beat Klein's mucked hand and Benyamine took the pot.

Jesse Klein5,100,000-1,250,000
David Benyamine4,550,0001,125,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:59 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Glaser Has to Settle for a Chop

Stud Hi-Lo

Jesse Klein:    /      /  
Benny Glaser:    /      /  

Benny Glaser completed with an ace and Jesse Klein was the bring-in, which he defended. Glaser bet all the way on each following street and Klein called it down. Glaser flipped over     for aces and a low but Klein chopped with     for two pair to win the high pot.

Jesse Klein6,350,000150,000
Benny Glaser1,850,000415,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:55 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Benyamine Takes One off Klein

Seven Card Stud

Jesse Klein:    /     fold
David Benyamine:    /    

Jesse Klein was the bring in and defended against the completion of David Benyamine. Both players checked fourth. Benyamine then bet fifth with an ace-nine high showing and Klein folded.

Jesse Klein6,200,000-445,000
David Benyamine3,425,000325,000
Gorillla Gaming
Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:48 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Level 26 started
Level: 26
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:47 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Klein Finds a Third Queen

Seven Card Stud

Benny Glaser:    /      /  
Jesse Klein:    /      /  

Just before blinds went up, Benny Glaser completed and Jesse Klein raised. Glaser called.

Glaser called bets from Klein on fourth and fifth street before raising a bet on sixth. Klein called the raise to see the final down card. Klein checked and Glaser bet. Klein called and turned over     for three queens. Glaser turned over    but the three jacks were no good and Klein took the pot.

Jesse Klein6,645,0001,620,000
Benny Glaser1,435,000-1,965,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:45 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Glaser Loses More; Bounces Back

Omaha Hi-Lo

Jesse Klein raised the button and was called by Benny Glaser in the big blind. Glaser check-called the     flop and check-folded the   turn.


Benny Glaser:    /     
Jesse Klein:    /     

Glaser then completed and Klein raised for the Brit to call. Glaser bet all further streets from fourth to sixth and was called by Klein two times. However, when Klein then received the ten on sixth, he folded and Glaser raked in the pot with a sigh.

Jesse Klein5,025,000-275,000
Benny Glaser3,400,000100,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:38 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Benyamine Gets Closer to Glaser

Omaha Hi-Lo

Benny Glaser raised the button and was called by David Benyamine in the big blind. The     flop was checked by Benyamine and he then called a bet by Glaser. On the   turn both checked and Benyamine bet the   river. Glaser folded and Benyamine won the pot uncontested.

Benny Glaser3,300,000-200,000
David Benyamine3,100,000200,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:34 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Klein Extends the Lead

Omaha Hi-Lo

Benny Glaser called and Jesse Klein checked.

The flop was    . Klein bet and Glaser folded to give Klein a pot that extends his lead.

Jesse Klein5,300,000-400,000
Benny Glaser3,500,0000
David Benyamine2,900,000100,000
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