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

Monday, October 04, 2021 to Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Event #8: No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack

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  • Buy-in: $600
  • Prizepool: $2,308,770
  • Entries: 4,527
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 6:36 PM Local Time
Zhi Wu Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #8: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack

Zhi Wu and Friends

After just over an hour of final table action, Zhi Wu of Boston, Massachusetts defeated Ari Mezrich of Las Vegas in heads-up play to win the gold bracelet in Event #8: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack.

The first Deepstack event of the 2021 World Series of Poker attracted 4,527 entrants to generate a $2,309,280 prize pool from which Wu collected $281,604 for the victory.

The victory was Wu's first cash at the WSOP after previous success in other tournaments around the country.

Event #8: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Final Table Results

1Zhi WuUnited States$281,604
2Ari MezrichUnited States$173,998
3Chrishan SivasundaramUnited States$131,675
4Ryan ChanCanada$100,330
5Nicholas ZautraUnited States$76,974

Winner's Reaction

Wu hails from Boston and plays most of his poker in home games with his friends, some of whom were on the rail for his victory. The group plans to go home to Boston after this weekend before returning at the end of October for the Main Event.

"I won a Foxwoods $400 a couple of years ago and I came in second in a $1,700 bounty in Florida," Wu said through a translator. "I am not a professional, but I have some experience.

"I am going to play the Millionaire Maker, the Main Event, and a few others. We plan to party a little bit but stick to the schedule."

The $600 deepstack event drew previous bracelet-winners Asi Moshe, Joey Weissman, and Craig Varnell, but they were all eliminated prior to Day 3 and the final table welcomed a group of fresh faces looking for their first WSOP victory.

Final Table Action

The action unfolded quickly when Chrishan Sivasundaram knocked out Nicholas Zautra with a pair of kings as the final table got underway. Zautra was soon followed by Ryan Chen in fourth place. Chen was Wu's first victim of the day when he shoved his stack with middle-pair on the flop against Wu's top-pair of eights.

Wu applied pressure early in three-handed play and extended the lead with two big pots before eliminating Sivasundaram in third place. Wu called Sivasundaran's shove with seven-three and the hot run continued when he made two-pair on the flop.

Runner-up Mezrich entered the day as the shortest stack and Wu held a commanding lead going into heads-up play, but Mezrich immediately went to work and doubled up twice before taking two other pots to bring the players near even. In a matter of minutes, Wu had lost his commanding chip lead and Mezrich was on the march.

Ari Mezrich
Runner-up Ari Mezrich

"I was nervous about big hands so I changed my strategy," Wu said. "I played big hands differently because I knew my opponent was a strong heads-up player."

The nerves didn't last long, however, and Wu soon looked down at a pair of aces. Mezrich called off with mid-pair after tanking for more than a minute when Wu shoved the turn. The river was a brick and Wu was all smiles as he took his first look at the WSOP gold bracelet.

This wraps up coverage of Event #8: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack. Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews live reporting team for updates on all the action as it happens live from the 2021 WSOP.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 5:23 PM Local Time
Ari Mezrich Eliminated in 2nd Place ($173,998)

Ari Mezrich

Zhi Wu raised to 5,200,000 and Ari Mezrich made the call.

The flop was     and Mezrich checked. Wu bet 5,000,000 and Mezrich called.

The turn was   and Mezrich checked again. Wu shoved 51,000,000 and had Mezrich covered.

Mezrich went into the tank for more than a minute before he called and turned over    for a pair of tens. Wu turned over   .

The river was   and the aces and jacks knocked Mezrich out of the tournament.

Zhi Wu135,810,00064,910,000
Ari Mezrich0-64,800,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 5:13 PM Local Time
Level 42 started
Level: 42
Blinds: 1,200,000/2,400,000
Ante: 2,400,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 5:13 PM Local Time
Mezrich Gets Paid on the River

Ari Mezrich limped, and Zhi Wu checked back from the big blind.

Both players checked the     flop, as well as the   turn. Mezrich bet 10,000,000 on the   river and Wu called.

Mezrich tables   , good for a king-high flush and the win.

Zhi Wu70,900,000-12,000,000
Ari Mezrich64,800,00012,000,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 5:10 PM Local Time
Mezrich Chips Up

Zhi Wu called and Ari Mezrich checked the option from the big blind.

The flop was     and both players checked.

The turn was   and Mezrich checked again. Wu bet 2,500,000 and Mezrich raised to 6,000,000. Wu called and the river was  .

Mezrich bet 6,000,000 on the river and Wu called. Mezrich showed    for sevens full of kings and Wu's hand went into the muck.

Zhi Wu82,900,000-17,600,000
Ari Mezrich52,800,00017,600,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 5:00 PM Local Time
Another Double Up For Mezrich

Ari Mezrich shoved from the small blind for 16,600,000, and Zhi Wu called in the big blind.

Ari Mezrich:   
Zhi Wu:   


The flop brought in a favorable hand for Mezrich, who made nines full and left Wu drawing dead.

Zhi Wu100,500,000-18,600,000
Ari Mezrich35,200,00018,600,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:57 PM Local Time
Mezrich Finds a Double

Zhi Wu shoved from the small blind, and Ari Mezrich called.

Ari Mezrich:   
Zhi Wu:   


Both players paired up on the flop, but Mezirch's top pair stayed ahead through the runout.

Zhi Wu119,100,000-2,300,000
Ari Mezrich16,600,0002,300,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:50 PM Local Time
Chrishan Sivasundaram Eliminated in 3rd Place ($131,675)

Chrishan Sivasundaram

Chrishan Sivasundaram shoved for 20,100,000 from the small blind, and Zhi Wu called from the big blind.

Chrishan Sivasundaram:   
Zhi Wu:   


Two pair came in on the flop for Wu, and the turn left Sivasundaram drawing dead. Sivasundaram exited the tournament in third place, collecting $131,675.

Zhi Wu121,400,00020,100,000
Ari Mezrich14,300,000-1,000,000
Chrishan Sivasundaram0-19,100,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:46 PM Local Time
Wu Extends the Lead

Zhi Wu limped from the small blind and Ali Mezrich checked the option.

The flop was     and both players checked.

The turn was   and Wu led out with a bet for 2,000,000. Mezrich called and the river was  .

Wu continued on the turn for 3,000,000 and Mezrich folded to give the chip leader another pot to extend the lead.

Zhi Wu101,300,00027,500,000
Chrishan Sivasundaram19,100,000-15,900,000
Ari Mezrich15,300,000-11,600,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:43 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 1,000,000/2,000,000
Ante: 2,000,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:39 PM Local Time
Wu Extends His Chip Lead

Ari Mezrich opened to 3,600,000 on the button, and Zhi Wu three-bet to 9,600,000 from the big blind.

Mezrich folded, and Wu now sits on more than half of the chips in play.

Zhi Wu73,800,000900,000
Chrishan Sivasundaram35,000,000-6,700,000
Ari Mezrich26,900,0005,800,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:32 PM Local Time
Ryan Chan Eliminated in 4th Place ($100,330)

Ryan Chan

Zhi Wu raised to 4,000,000 from early position and Ryan Chan called from the big blind.

The flop came    . Chan got his last 23,800,000 in and Wu called.

Ryan Chan:   
Zhi Wu:   

Wu was ahead with a pair of eights and the turn was   to give Chan a flush draw. The river   was no help and Chan was eliminated from the tournament in fourth place.

Zhi Wu72,900,00030,800,000
Chrishan Sivasundaram41,700,000-4,800,000
Ari Mezrich21,100,0004,000,000
Ryan Chan0-30,000,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:20 PM Local Time
Nicholas Zautra Eliminated in 5th Place ($76,974)

Nicholas Zautra

Chrishan Sivasundaram opened to 3,200,000 from the cutoff, Nicholas Zautra shoved for 11,000,000 from the button, and Sivasundaram called.

Nicholas Zautra:   
Chrishan Sivasundaram:   


One card away from a double up, Zautra saw his tournament run come to an end when the   fell on the river. He exited the tournament in fifth place for a $76,974 payday.

Chrishan Sivasundaram46,500,00015,000,000
Zhi Wu42,100,000-4,000,000
Ryan Chan30,000,000800,000
Ari Mezrich17,100,0003,200,000
Nicholas Zautra0-15,000,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:11 PM Local Time
Shuffle Up and Deal

The $600 Deepstack final table is underway.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:11 PM Local Time
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 800,000/1,600,000
Ante: 1,600,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:09 PM Local Time
Start Delayed

The final table hasn't started yet, but is expected to begin soon.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:45 PM Local Time
Event #8: $600 Deepstack Final Table Begins at 4 p.m.

Chrishan Sivasundaram

A field of 4,527 WSOP hopefuls is down to the final five in Event #8: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack. The five remaining combatants enjoy the superstar treatment when play resumes today at 4 p.m.

The final table will play out from the feature table in the Amazon Room, and PokerGO begins delayed streaming coverage of the event at 5 p.m. The eventual winner takes home the first-place prize of $281,604.

That final player not only takes home the six-figure grand prize, but also their first career WSOP bracelet. Event #8 is guaranteed to crown a first-time WSOP winner.

The chip leader among the final five, Zhi Wu (46,100,000), returns with just under 30 big blinds in the stack. Play resumes at Level 40, with the blinds and antes at 800,000/1,600,000/1,600,000.

The final table plays out with 30-minute levels today until a champion is crowned. Right behind Wu in the chips counts are Chrishan Sivasundaram (31,500,000), Ryan Chan (29,200,000), Nicholas Zautra (15,000,000), and Ari Mezrich (13,900,000).

The $600 Deepstack played as a one re-entry event, and generated a $2,309,280 prize pool. Monday's Day 1 flight played down to 216 players, and went down to the final five on Day 2.

Stay here with the PokerNews live reporting team as the latest WSOP bracelet champion is crowned tonight.