Monday, October 4, 2021 10:38 PM Local Time
Tyler Cornell Gets Signature Victory in 2021 WSOP Event #6: $25,000 High Roller ($833,289)
The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #6: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em attracted 139 entries, which generated a $3,283,875 prize pool. After three days of play, it was 33-year-old poker pro Tyler Cornell claiming victory for $833,289 and his first gold bracelet.
"It feels amazing," Cornell said after the victory. "I've been trying to do this for a long time and finally got a win."
Cornell, who hails from the San Diego area and plays at Ocean's 11, began his poker career online before switching to live cash games. When the pandemic hit, he took his game back to the virtual felt, which was evidenced by a laundry list of results in online bracelet events including last year's GGPoker.com WSOP Event #77: $5,000 Main Event where he finished in eighth place for $328,305.
Cornell prevailed over a stacked final table, which proved to be a swingy affair with multiple people holding the chip lead.
"Really not until the last hour," Cornell said when asked when he could taste victory. "I feel like I only got control of the table in the last hour."
Despite the win in the third tournament he played in the 2021 WSOP, Cornell doesn't intend to put in a full schedule. Instead, he'll return home and make a trip or two back to Vegas to play maybe four or five more events.
2021 WSOP Event #6 Final Table Results
|1||Tyler Cornell||United States||$833,289|
|2||Michael Liang||United States||$515,014|
|4||Jonathan Jaffe||United States||$286,202|
|6||Mohammad Arani||United States||$166,102|
|7||Paul Newey||United Kingdom||$128,654|
|8||Adam Hendrix||United States||$100,773|
Others to cash the tournament were newly-minted GGPoker Ambassador Jason Koon (9th - $79,834), Darren Elias (12th - $51,866), Day 1 chip leader Jake Daniels (14th - $45,382), Stanley Tang (19th - $41,492), and Sam Grafton (21st - $41,492).
Day 3 Action
On Monday, the final five players returned to the main stage at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the first PokerGO live-streamed event of the 2021 WSOP. It didn't take long for Mustapha Kanit to become the first final table casualty after jamming a queen-high flop with ace-king only to see Jonathan Jaffe tabled top pair, which held.
Despite winning that hand, Jaffe was the next to go. He lost most of his chips after a failed triple-barrel bluff and then the rest with king-five suited against the suited Big Slick of Michael Liang.
Three-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos bowed out in third place after calling off his short stack preflop with ace-nine only to see Cornell table pocket nines. The pair held firm and that set up a heads-up match with Cornell holding a 9:1 chip lead over Liang.
Liang managed to hold on for a bit but eventually succumbed in second place for $515,014.
Congratulations to Tyler Cornell, winner of the 2021 WSOP Event #6: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em!
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Monday, October 4, 2021 10:20 PM Local Time
Michael Liang Eliminated in 2nd Place ($515,014)
Michael Liang shoved all in for his last 2,500,000 on the button and Tyler Cornell made a relatively quick call after looking at his cards.
Cornell was in a dominating position looking for his first WSOP gold bracelet. The dealer spread the flop of and Cornell took a commanding lead with a pair of aces. The on the turn gave Liang some hope with a flush draw, but the on the river only improved Cornell to two pair.
It was a short but interesting heads-up battle where Liang never gave up and started to mount a comeback, but Cornell was able to stave off some resistance to capture the title. A full recap of Cornell's victory will be posted shortly.
|Tyler Cornell||20,900,000||3,300,000 |
|Michael Liang||0||-3,300,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 10:14 PM Local Time
Level 23 started
Monday, October 4, 2021 10:14 PM Local Time
Liang Slipping Again
Tyler Cornell just called on the button and Michael Liang checked his big blind. The flop came and Liang checked to Cornell who bet 250,000. It was Liang's turn for a check-raise this time, making it 750,000 to go. Cornell called and the landed on the turn.
Liang checked again and Cornell bet 500,000 which prompted a quick fold from Liang.
|Tyler Cornell||17,600,000||1,200,000 |
|Michael Liang||3,300,000||-1,200,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 10:11 PM Local Time
Cornell Stops the Bleeding
Michael Liang limped in on the button and Tyler Cornell check back the big blind. The flop came and Cornell checked to Liang who bet 250,000. Cornell then stuck in a check-raise to 800,000 but Liang still called.
The turn was the and Cornell pushed out a bet of 1,200,000. Liang called and the landed on the river. Both players knuckled the table. Liang was holding but Cornell had for a pair of kings was awarded the pot.
|Tyler Cornell||16,400,000||2,300,000 |
|Michael Liang||4,500,000||-2,300,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 10:06 PM Local Time
Liang is Back in the Match
Tyler Cornell open-shipped all in on the button and Michael Liang called off his stack of 3,250,000 in the big blind.
The flop of boded well for Liang to double up once again. The paired the board on the turn leaving Cornell with just three outs. It was the on the river and Liang scored another double up to bring himself right back in the match.
|Tyler Cornell||14,100,000||-3,200,000 |
|Michael Liang||6,800,000||3,200,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 10:00 PM Local Time
Another Double for Liang
Tyler Cornell ripped all in on the button and Michael Liang called off his stack of 1,500,000 from the big blind, putting the tournament title on the line.
Liang held the preflop advantage and the flop of showed no indication of that changing. The on the turn looked good for Liang and the on the river secured his double up.
|Tyler Cornell||17,300,000||-1,300,000 |
|Michael Liang||3,600,000||1,300,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 9:53 PM Local Time
Liang Stays Alive
In the very next hand, Tyler Cornell announced all in on the button and Michael Liang made the call for his stack of 850,000 in the big blind.
The flop of gave Liang a straight draw to go with his two live cards. The came on the turn to give Liang the nut straight and Cornell was left drawing dead to the on the river.
|Tyler Cornell||18,600,000||-1,000,000 |
|Michael Liang||2,300,000||1,000,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 9:51 PM Local Time
Liang on Crumbs
Michael Liang limped in on the button and Tyler Cornell checked his option in the big blind. The flop came and Cornell checked to Liang who fired out a bet of 200,000. Cornell called and the landed on the turn.
Cornell checked again and Liang checked it back this time. The river brought the and Cornell led out with a bet of 400,000. Liang thought about it for a minute and eventually decided to make the call. Cornell flipped over for a set of kings and left Liang on just six big blinds.
|Tyler Cornell||19,600,000||800,000 |
|Michael Liang||1,300,000||-800,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 9:41 PM Local Time
The two remaining players are taking a quick five-minute break as they prepare for heads-up play.
Monday, October 4, 2021 9:39 PM Local Time
Adrian Mateos Eliminated in 3rd Place ($381,870)
Tyler Cornell announced all in on the button and Michael Liang folded his small blind. Adrian Mateos, however, made the call for his stack 1,450,000 in the big blind and the cards were tabled.
Mateos was in desperate need of an ace in order to stay alive in the tournament. The flop came and things were looking good for Cornell. The on the turn brought some chop outs but the on the river sealed the deal for Mateos who exited in third place.
|Tyler Cornell||18,800,000||4,300,000 |
|Michael Liang||2,100,000||-1,500,000 |
|Adrian Mateos||0||-2,900,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 9:29 PM Local Time
Cornell Distances Himself
Tyler Cornell raised it up to 700,000 from the small blind and Michael Liang called from the big blind. The flop came and Cornell continued for 500,000. Liang called and the on the turn put four cards to a straight on the board.
That slowed the action as both players tapped the table to see the on the river. Cornell checked again and Liang quickly checked it back. Cornell flipped over for straight and Liang conceded the pot.
|Tyler Cornell||14,500,000||3,000,000 |
|Michael Liang||3,600,000||-2,300,000 |
|Adrian Mateos||2,900,000||-700,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 9:21 PM Local Time
Mateos Gets a Shove Through
Michael Liang raised it up to 400,000 on the button and Adrian Mateos moved nearly all of his stack into the middle for a raise of 2,550,000 in the small blind. Tyler Cornell asked for a count but elected to fold his big blind and Liang's cards soon followed into the muck.
|Tyler Cornell||11,500,000||1,000,000 |
|Michael Liang||5,900,000||-1,300,000 |
|Adrian Mateos||3,600,000||300,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 9:14 PM Local Time
Mateos Finds a Key Double Up
Tyler Cornell folded his button and Michael Liang announced all in from the small blind. Adrian Mateos was sitting on a stack of 1,325,000 and called for his tournament life.
The flop of gave Mateos a pair of jacks and the lead. The on the turn changed nothing as neither player held a heart in their hand. The river was the and Mateos held on for an important double up.
|Tyler Cornell||10,500,000||100,000 |
|Michael Liang||7,200,000||-900,000 |
|Adrian Mateos||3,300,000||900,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 9:04 PM Local Time
Cornell Keeps Pushing
Tyler Cornell limped in from the small blind and Michael Liang checked his option. The flop came and Cornell check-called a bet of 400,000 from Liang.
The turn was the and Cornell checked again. Liang checked it back and the landed on the river. Cornell counted out a bet of 1,100,000 and Liang quickly pitched his cards to the muck.
|Tyler Cornell||10,400,000||-100,000 |
|Michael Liang||8,100,000||700,000 |
|Adrian Mateos||2,400,000||-600,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 8:59 PM Local Time
Cornell Ships on Mateos
Tyler Cornell raised to 400,000 on the button and Adrian Mateos defended from the big blind. The flop came and Mateos checked to Cornell who continued for 275,000. Mateos check-raised to 850,000 and Cornell called.
The turn brought the and Mateos checked again. Cornell checked it back and the completed the board. Mateos checked once more and Cornell shipped all in, putting Mateos at risk for just over 3,000,000 chips. Mateos snap-folded and Cornell collected the pot.
|Tyler Cornell||10,500,000||1,400,000 |
|Michael Liang||7,400,000||0 |
|Adrian Mateos||3,000,000||-1,400,000 |
Monday, October 4, 2021 8:53 PM Local Time
Level 22 started
Monday, October 4, 2021 8:39 PM Local Time
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Monday, October 4, 2021 8:36 PM Local Time
Time for Another Break
The three remaining players have just gone for another 15-minute break.
Monday, October 4, 2021 8:33 PM Local Time
Cornell Caught by Liang
Michael Liang raised to 320,000 from the button and Tyler Cornell defended his big blind.
They both checked through the flop and the on the turn to the on the river. Cornell bet 180,000 for Liang to call. Cornell tabled the for Liang to claim the pot with for two pair.
|Tyler Cornell||9,100,000||-600,000 |
|Michael Liang||7,400,000||700,000 |
|Adrian Mateos||4,400,000||-100,000 |