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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 3:15 AM Local Time
Glaser Leads the Final Nine in Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.; Hellmuth Chases 16th Bracelet

Benny Glaser

The second day of the 2021 World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino was packed with poker action from start to finish as the first two bracelet winners have been crowned. Another tournament is just one step away from determining a winner and that's Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E., which has been whittled down to the final nine players out of 78 total entries.

The finalists have all locked up a portion of the $1,842,750 prize pool and will pad their bankroll with at least $52,211 for the efforts. However, all eyes are set on the coveted gold bracelet and the top prize of $552,182 that comes along with it.

Best-positioned after ten full levels on Day 2 is the UK's mixed game specialist Benny Glaser, who soared to the top spot in the final stages. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner cemented his top spot with the double elimination of Roland Israelashvili and Daniel Negreanu in the final hand of the night. He claimed 2,590,000 to his name, followed by four contenders closely bunched together.

Jesse Klein advanced with 1.8 million and Chad Eveslage advanced with just shy of 1.7 million. David Benyamine staged a major post bubble comeback and bagged up 1.68 million. Furthermore, Phil Hellmuth is looking to claim an unprecedented 16th victory and follows fewer than half a big bet behind with 1.64 milllion. The stacked final table line-up also includes Philip Sternheimer, Ben Yu, Matt Glantz, and DJ Buckley.

Final Table Line-Up Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig BlindsBig Bets
1Matt GlantzUnited States410,00084
2Ben YuUnited States830,000178
3David BenyamineFrance1,680,0003417
4Phil HellmuthUnited States1,640,0003316
5Chad EveslageUnited States1,695,0003417
6DJ BuckleyUnited States160,00032
7Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom2,590,0005226
8Jesse KleinUnited States1,800,0003618
9Philip SternheimerUnited Kingdom865,000179

Besides Israelashvili and Negreanu, Cary Katz was the only other player in the money. Scott Bohlman came up short two spots of a min-cash and Yuval Bronshtein was eliminated on the bubble. A slate of ore than a dozen WSOP bracelet winners in a row fell outside of the money to showcase how stacked the field in the first high-stakes contest of the festival really was.

Six players entered prior to the start of Day 2 and among them was also Yu, who made it all the way to the final nine. Jean Gaspard, who entered the penultimate day with a big stack, jumped into the top spot early on but eventually found his master in Sternheimer. It was also Sternheimer, who has an American and British passport but lived several years in Germany, who knocked out Chris Vitch and left Benyamine very short. Benny Glaser then took over the lead after scoring several knockouts including Adam Friedman and Marco Johnson while Matusow ran out of chips close to the money in an unfortunate Razz runout.

Once the bubble burst at the start of the final level, the tides changed rapidly with rising big bets and the nine-handed final table was reached in the very last hand. All remaining nine contenders will be back at 2pm local time on the secondary feature table to play down to a winner. The blinds continue at 25,000-50,000 and the big bets will be double of that.

Stay tuned who claims the gold bracelet as the PokerNews team will provide conclusive updates in what shapes up to be one of the highlights of the entire in-person festival in Las Vegas.

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth
Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:22 AM Local Time
End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts
Benny Glaser2,590,0000
Jesse Klein1,800,000-100,000
Chad Eveslage1,695,000-105,000
David Benyamine1,680,000-195,000
Phil Hellmuth1,640,000390,000
Philip Sternheimer865,000165,000
Ben Yu830,000-20,000
Matt Glantz410,000-140,000
DJ Buckley160,000-440,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:17 AM Local Time
Day 2 Completed

Only nine players remain after the double elimination in the very last hand. The final chip counts and a redraw of today's action are to follow.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:15 AM Local Time
Roland Israelashvili Eliminated in 11th Place; Daniel Negreanu Eliminated in 10th Place ($46,002 each)

Benny Glaser

Stud Hi-Lo

Roland Israelashvili:    /    
Daniel Negreanu:    /    
Benny Glaser:    /    

Israelashvili got all of his chips in the middle on third street, while Negreanu did the same on sixth street.

At showdown, Glaser took it all with two pair, aces and tens, notching both the two pair hands made by Israelashvili and Negreanu.

Negreanu and Israelashvili were eliminated, while Glaser added a nice chunk to his already solid chip stack.

Benny Glaser2,590,000-210,000
Daniel Negreanu0-780,000
Roland Israelashvili0-150,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:10 AM Local Time
Benyamine Soars To Bigger Stack

Seven Card Stud

David Benyamine    /      /  
Matt Glantz:    /      /  

David Benyamine earned back to back bigger pots against Matt Glantz. In the second hand, he bet fifth street and Glantz called. Benyamine check-called sixth and they checked seventh. Benyamine was the first to show and revealed the     for jacks up, Glantz mucked.

"Poker is a lot easier when you make hands, I can tell you that," Benyamine said in table chat.

Over on the other table, Chad Eveslage earned a big pot with a full house and Roland Israelashvili was left very short.

David Benyamine1,875,0001,255,000
Chad Eveslage1,800,0001,060,000
Matt Glantz550,000-525,000
Roland Israelashvili150,000-100,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:00 AM Local Time
Cary Katz Eliminated in 12th Place ($42,162)

Cary Katz


The cards of Cary Katz were already exposed and mashed together as he drew to the six with two cards needed. However, he ended up pairing the ace and four to end up with a jack-six. Ben Yu had that drawing dead with a        until sixth and made an eight with the   as final card.

Katz became the first casualty in the money and received $42,162 for his efforts.

Ben Yu850,000120,000
Cary Katz0-180,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:55 AM Local Time
Hellmuth Pulls Ahead of Glantz With "Another Vicious Beat"

Phil Hellmuth


Phil Hellmuth:      /    
Matt Glantz:    /      /  

Phil Hellmuth and Matt Glantz tangled once more as they had done so numerous times after the two table redraw. Hellmuth had previously given a "vicious beat" when his dominated two pair rivered a full house. This time, Hellmuth called bets by Glantz on fifth and sixth. Hellmuth bet seventh and Glantz spite-called to show he started with an ace-five-six.

Hellmuth, however, had gotten there with a wheel draw as he exposed the rivered wheel to earn the pot.

"Another vicious draw," Glantz remarked. Both continued with the chatter as Glantz than followed it up with "I owe Phil two bad beats." Both also discussed a bad beat story from six years ago. That's poker, folks.

Phil Hellmuth1,250,000300,000
Matt Glantz1,075,000-475,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:50 AM Local Time
Klein Scoops Sternheimer and Closes in on Two Million in Chips

Omaha Hi-Lo

On the river, Jesse Klein bet and was called by Philip Sternheimer. Klein tabled      with a board of       for trip queens along with a eight low. Klein scooped the pot when Philip Sternheimer mucked his hand.

Jesse Klein1,900,000625,000
Philip Sternheimer700,000-175,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:46 AM Local Time
Showdown Pot for Buckley

Omaha Hi-Lo

On the river of a board      , DJ Buckley bet out of the big blind. Ben Yu mulled over his decision in the cutoff and called to get shown the      for kings and fours, which won the pot.

Ben Yu730,000-80,000
DJ Buckley600,000140,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:40 AM Local Time
Katz Gets Quartered

Omaha Hi-Lo

Ben Yu had been the preflop aggressor and found two callers in the shape of short-stacked DJ Buckley and Cary Katz out of the blinds. Both had very few chips behind to the       river on which Buckley checked. Katz jammed for 35,000 and Yu called, as did Buckley.

Katz revealed      to get a quarter of the pot for the low, as Yu's      for the same low earned the other quarter. Buckley's      for two pair earned the high portion of the pot.

Ben Yu810,000260,000
DJ Buckley460,00060,000
Cary Katz180,000-320,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:36 AM Local Time
Glaser Adds a Few More Chips to His Stack

Stud Hi-Lo

Philip Sternheimer:   /    / 
Benny Glaser:   /    / 

The action was on Sternheimer on seventh street as he faced a bet from Glaser. Sternheimer eventually called and Glaser tabled     for two pair eights and fours alongside an eight low to scoop the pot.

Benny Glaser2,800,000625,000
Philip Sternheimer875,000-375,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:31 AM Local Time
Sternheimer Beats Glaser in Showdown

Limit Hold'em

On the heads-up turn of     , Philip Sternheimer check-called against Benny Glaser and they then checked the   on the river. Sternheimer revealed the    for a busted double gutshot and king-high, which ended up winning the pot.

Benny Glaser2,175,000-350,000
Philip Sternheimer1,250,00050,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:22 AM Local Time
Bronshtein Eliminated on the Bubble

Yuval Bronshtein

Stud Hi-Lo

Yuval Bronshtein:    /      /  
Ben Yu:    /      /  

Before hand for hand play could even start, the money bubble burst. The up and down cards of Yuval Bronshtein were all but mucked as he check-called for almost all of his chips it throughout fifth and sixth street against Ben Yu with 5,000 behind.

He then check-called all-in and Yu revealed     for a wheel. Unimproved with his down cards, Bronshtein mucked and that let the bubble burst without any hand-for-hand play.

Ben Yu550,000295,000
Yuval Bronshtein0-185,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:16 AM Local Time
Level 20 started
Level: 20
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:16 AM Local Time
Bohlman Eliminated Prior to the Bubble

Stud Hi-Lo

Scott Bohlman:    /      /  
Jesse Klein:    /      /  
Philip Sternheimer:    /      /  

Scott Bohlman was all-in for the last 10,000 chips and Jesse Klein raised, Philip Sternheimer three-bet and Klein called. Sternheimer bet fourth and fifth, then check-called sixth and seventh against Klein. He was shown     for a straight and Bohlman briefly showed his cards, then mucked. Sternheimer showed kings in the hole that didn't improve.

Jesse Klein1,275,000435,000
Philip Sternheimer1,200,000-220,000
Scott Bohlman0-25,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:15 AM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Benny Glaser2,525,000125,000
Matt Glantz1,550,0000
Philip Sternheimer1,420,000-130,000
Phil Hellmuth950,000-150,000
Jesse Klein840,000-260,000
Daniel Negreanu780,000-70,000
Chad Eveslage740,000-210,000
David Benyamine620,000-280,000
Cary Katz500,00060,000
DJ Buckley400,00050,000
Ben Yu255,00025,000
Roland Israelashvili250,000-75,000
Yuval Bronshtein185,000-290,000
Scott Bohlman25,000-325,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:08 AM Local Time
A Pair Of Threes Is Good for Glantz

Seven Card Stud

Phil Hellmuth:    /      /  
Matt Glantz:    /      /  

Phil Hellmuth tangled with Matt Glantz and bet sixth and seventh street. Glantz mulled over his decision for a bit and then made the call with the words "have deuces one time." Sure enough, Hellmuth exposed only the   and Glantz flipped over     for a pair of treys to win the pot.

Putting some more salt in the wound, Glantz followed that up with "you are playing with a Stud player" and a big grin on the face.

Matt Glantz1,550,000350,000
Phil Hellmuth1,100,000-50,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:00 AM Local Time
Benyamine and Glantz Battled it out in Razz

David Benyamine


David Benyamine:   /    / 
Matt Glantz:   /    / 

Benyamine and Glantz headed to fourth street heads-up. Glantz bet fourth, fifth, and sixth street, and Benyamine called him down.

Seventh street saw Glantz slow down and check. Benyamine checked back and tabled     for a ten low, and was awarded the pot.

Matt Glantz1,200,000-75,000
David Benyamine900,000350,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:59 AM Local Time
Hellmuth "Wins This One"

Seven Card Stud

Phil Hellmuth:    /    
Ben Yu:    /   fold
Cary Katz:    /     fold

Ben Yu completed with a five and Phil Hellmuth raised, Cary Katz called. While Yu was pondering about his decision, Hellmuth said "I'll take this one." Yu then folded and Katz bet his pair of sevens on fourth, Hellmuth called.

Katz checked fifth and Hellmuth bet to force a fold. "I'd fold aces against you but not aces and treys," Hellmuth admitted in table chat and flipped over ace-try for two pair.

Phil Hellmuth1,150,000275,000
Cary Katz440,000-185,000
Ben Yu230,000-195,000
Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:52 AM Local Time
Monnette Catches a Cold Runout


John Monnette:    /      /  
Cary Katz:    /      /  

John Monnette completed with just 15,000 behind and Cary Katz, as the bring-in, then raised, Monnette called all-in.

Until fifth, Monnette had a commanding lead as Katz caught two paint cards. However, he then got more paint himself with a ten while Katz spiked a deuce on sixth. Sure enough, Katz flipped over an   as the final card and Monnette's fate ended with yet another queen for a rather cold runout.

Cary Katz625,000150,000
John Monnette0-140,000