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

Friday, October 01, 2021 to Sunday, October 03, 2021

Event #5: Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $810,345
  • Entries: 607
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, October 4, 2021 1:57 AM Local Time
Connor Drinan Wins Second Bracelet in Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better

Connor Drinan Wins Second Bracelet in Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better

Connor Drinan took down his second career WSOP gold bracelet and the $163,252 first-place prize Sunday night after defeating Travis Pearson heads-up in a back-and-forth battle in Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better.

The 32-year-old poker professional remained humble in victory.

"I just played my normal game and ran good," Connor said when asked about his victory.

Drinan, who claims to have played poker since he was a freshman in high school, has already amassed over $11 million in career earnings according The Hendon Mob. Drinan's largest career score came just last year after taking down the 2020 WSOP Online $10K Super Millions event on GGPoker for just over $1.4 million along with his first gold bracelet.

Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Connor DrinanUnited States$163,252
2Travis PearsonUnited States$100,901
3Robert MizrachiUnited States$71,602
4Sandy SanchezUnited States$51,590
5Micah BrooksUnited States$37,750
6Carl LijewskiUnited States$28,059
7Kris KwiatokowskiUnited States$21,192
8Curtis PhelpsUnited States$16,266
9Michael MoedUnited States$12,693

Day 3 began with 15 players in contention but quickly dwindled down to a final table of 10 after just over two hours of play as the short-stacked players were quickly eliminated.

Drinan went into both Day 3 and the final table as the chip leader, which also featured four-time WSOP bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi. Drinan set the tone early by eliminating Yehuda Buchalter shortly after final-table play began. However, Drinan would lose his top chip position at multiple points during the final table as play carried on.

Eventual runner-up Pearson was able to accumulate chips throughout the final table as he had a hand in eliminating both Kris Kwiatkowski (7th place) and Micah Brooks (5th place).

Robert Mizrachi
Robert Mizrachi

Things actually looked promising for Mizrachi after he scooped a massive pot against Drinan and Curtis Phelps, but he was unable to hold onto that momentum and fell in third place — thanks largely to a key pot where Drinan called correctly against Mirazachi on the river in a large pot.

Heads-up play began with Drinan enjoying a nearly three-to-one chip lead over Pearson, but Pearson would not go down without a fight. Pearson evened up the counts after drilling a straight flush and even took over the chip lead after calling Drinan down in a large pot where Drinan mucked at showdown. However, Drinan would eventually re-take the chip lead after winning a series of pots with escalating blinds and finished the job after getting Pearson all in on the flop with a set of sixes against Pearson's top pair.

"This win is dedicated to Mike Fasco for the expensive O/8 lessons," Drinan added.

Monday, October 4, 2021 12:28 AM Local Time
Travis Pearson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($100,901)

Travis Pearson


Travis Pearson:     
Connor Drinan:     

On the final hand of the tournament, Travis Pearson was all-in on the flop against Connor Drinan.

The runout went Drinan's way, and his set of sixes sealed the victory.

Drinan takes home his second WSOP bracelet and the $163,252 first-place prize.

Please stay tuned to PokerNews for a complete event recap coming up soon!

Connor Drinan15,000,0003,500,000
Travis Pearson0-3,500,000
Monday, October 4, 2021 12:16 AM Local Time
Pearson Getting Short

Travis Pearson completed from the button and was raised by Connor Drinan out of the big. Pearson called.

Drinan bet on the     flop and Pearson called.

The   fell on the turn and Drinan bet again. This time Pearson raised and Drinan called.

The   completed the board and Drinan led out. Pearson called and Drinan revealed      for a straight and low. Pearson mucked and Drinan scooped the pot.

Connor Drinan11,500,0001,500,000
Travis Pearson3,500,000-1,500,000
Monday, October 4, 2021 12:16 AM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 0
Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12 AM Local Time
Drinan Scoops With a Boat to Take a Two to One Chip Lead Against Pearson

Connor Drinan


Travis Pearson:     
Connor Drinan:     

After a four-bet pot preflop in which Drinan was the aggressor, the two headed to the flop.

Drinan bet out the flop, Pearson raised, and Drinan called.

Drinan bet on the turn and the river, too. Pearson called both, but Drinan tabled the winning hand when he filled up fours full of aces on the river to take a two-to-one chip advantage in heads-up play.

Connor Drinan10,000,0003,500,000
Travis Pearson5,000,000-3,500,000
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Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:59 PM Local Time
Pearson Takes The Lead

Connor Drinan raised from the button and was called by Travis Pearson.

Pearson then proceeded to check-call bets from Drinan on the     flop,   turn, and   river.

"You win," Drinan said.

Pearson tabled      and Drinan mucked upon seeing it.

Travis Pearson8,500,0002,500,000
Connor Drinan6,500,000-2,500,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:48 PM Local Time
Current Heads-up Chip Counts

After a series of back and forth pots, Connor Drinan has chipped up a bit to take the lead in the heads-up battle for the bracelet.

Connor Drinan9,000,0001,000,000
Travis Pearson6,000,000-1,000,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:39 PM Local Time
Straight Flush Gets Pearson Nearly Even

Travis Pearson raised on the button and Connor Drinan called.

The flop came     and Drinan checked to Pearson, who bet. Drinan then check-raised and Pearson responded by making it three bets to go. Drinan called.

Drinan then proceeded to check-call bets from Pearson on the   turn and   river. Pearson tabled      for a straight flush and a low.

"That's gonna take it," Drinan said as he mucked.

Connor Drinan8,000,000-3,000,000
Travis Pearson7,000,0003,000,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:35 PM Local Time
Heads Up Counts
Connor Drinan11,000,0000
Travis Pearson4,000,0000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:34 PM Local Time
Robert Mizrachi Eliminated in 3rd Place ($71,602)

Robert Mizrachi

A short-stacked Robert Mizrachi was all-in versus Connor Drinan. The board ran out      . Mizrachi held      for the second nut low and one pair of queens, while Drinan had      for the nut low and two pair, sixes and tens and the scooped pot.

Mizrachi was eliminated in third place.

Drinan will start heads-up play with 11,000,000 versus 4,000,000 for Travis Pearson.

Connor Drinan11,000,0001,000,000
Robert Mizrachi0-1,000,000
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Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:22 PM Local Time
Connor Makes The Right Call

Robert Mizrachi raised from the button and was three-bet by Connor Drinan from the small blind. Only Mizrachi called.

Both players checked on the     flop and Drinan checked again on the   turn — prompting a bet from Mizrachi. Drinan called.

The   completed the board and Drinan checked to Mizrachi again, who bet and sent Drinan deep into the tank.

"What's wrong with making runner-runner?" Mizrachi remarked.

Eventually Drinan tossed in a call and Mizrachi announced, "Fours."

Drinan revealed      and Mizrachi mucked — awarding the pot to Drinan.

Connor Drinan10,000,0005,000,000
Travis Pearson4,000,000-1,000,000
Robert Mizrachi1,000,000-4,000,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:05 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 0
Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:04 PM Local Time
Even Battle

After a series of small pots, Robert Mizrachi commented that all three players are just about even in chips, which is indeed the case.

Robert Mizrachi5,000,0002,000,000
Travis Pearson5,000,000-2,500,000
Connor Drinan5,000,000500,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:03 PM Local Time
Drinan Scoops Pearson

On a final board of      , Connor Drinan put in a bet against Travis Pearson on the river. Pearson opted to call, but mucked after Drinan revealed      for a straight that scooped.

Connor Drinan5,000,000500,000
Travis Pearson5,000,000-2,500,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:00 PM Local Time
Sandy Sanchez Eliminated in 4th Place ($51,590)

Sandy Sanchez

Connor Drinan opened from the cutoff and was called by Robert Mizrachi in the small blind. Sandy Sanchez then went all-in for slightly more than the raise from the big blind, and both Drinan and Mizrachi called.

Drinan and Mizrachi checked on both the     flop and   turn; however, Mizrachi led out for a bet when the   completed the board. Drinan then raised and Mizrachi folded after a some thought.

Drinan tabled      for broadway, which was good against the      of Sanchez, who was eliminated in fourth place.

Travis Pearson7,500,000400,000
Connor Drinan4,500,000-775,000
Robert Mizrachi3,000,000-300,000
Sandy Sanchez0-1,800,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 10:50 PM Local Time
Mizrachi Scoops Drinan

Robert Mizrachi

On a completed board of       Connor Drinan checked the river, Robert Mizrachi fired out a bet, and Drinan announced "call".

Mizrachi turned over      and scooped when Drinan mucked.

Travis Pearson7,100,0002,600,000
Robert Mizrachi3,300,0002,300,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 10:30 PM Local Time
Mizrachi Gives it Up

Travis Pearson raised from the small blind and was called by Robert Mizrachi in the big.

Pearson bet and was called by Mizrachi on the     flop; however, Mizrachi folded facing another bet from Pearson on the   turn after a bit of thought.

Travis Pearson4,500,0001,100,000
Robert Mizrachi1,000,000-1,000,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 10:26 PM Local Time
Current Chip Counts
Travis Pearson7,250,0003,550,000
Connor Drinan3,900,000-800,000
Robert Mizrachi2,000,000-1,000,000
Sandy Sanchez1,800,000-1,800,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 10:10 PM Local Time
Chop Pots Galore

The action has been rather slow since the final four players arrived back from break with the majority of the hands ending preflop or in a split pot at showdown.

Connor Drinan4,700,000500,000
Travis Pearson3,700,0000
Sandy Sanchez3,600,0000
Robert Mizrachi3,000,000-500,000
Sunday, October 3, 2021 10:03 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 0