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

Monday, October 04, 2021 to Thursday, October 07, 2021

Event #9: Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,249,550
  • Entries: 134
  • Remaining: 0

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Friday, October 8, 2021 1:51 AM Local Time (about 16 days and 23 hours ago)
Ari Engel Scores Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship; Hellmuth Fifth

Ari Engel

Ari Engel of Canada earned his second career bracelet by winning Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker. Engel won after an epic heads-up battle against Zachary Milchman that lasted six hours and ended in a hand where Engel's two pair was good against his opponent's pair of eights.

With the victory, Engel secured a $317,076 cash and a coveted WSOP bracelet while Milchman, a Floridian who was after his first bracelet, earned a payday of $195,968 for his runner-up finish.

Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ari EngelCanada$317,076
2Zachary MilchmanUnited States$195,968
3Andrew YehUnited States$143,988
4Eddie BlumenthalUnited States$107,204
5Phil HellmuthUnited States$80,894
6George WolffUnited States$61,877
7Robert MizrachiUnited States$47,987
8Ben LandowskiUnited States$37,738
9Khamar XaytavoneUnited States$30,102

Engel, who won his first bracelet in Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2019 WSOP, had to get through a field of 134 runners that included many of the biggest names in poker, including Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Shaun Deeb and Phil Hellmuth — who was seeking a record-setting 16th bracelet but ultimately fell short when he was eliminated in fifth place in the first level of play on Day 4.

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth missed out on a sixteenth bracelet after finishing in fifth place.

Engel entered the final day with a big chip lead and used it to his advantage by putting pressure on his opponents, including Andrew Yeh and Eddie Blumenthal, both of whom were eliminated by the eventual champion.

"In these kinds of situations, it's a balance between wanting to put pressure on other players who presumably want to move up, and then at the same time kind of protecting your own chip lead," Engel told PokerNews about his strategy entering the day. "You've got to strike the right balance depending on how the other players are playing and how the stacks work out."

Engel had Milchman down to under a million chips at a point, but his heads-up opponent always found a way to climb back and the two exchanged chip leads multiple times throughout heads-up play.

"He played amazing and I easily could have lost it," Engel said. "It's not like I was crushing him or anything close to that."

Anyone in the Amazon Room at the Rio on Thursday likely heard the screams and cheers of a rambunctious group of Engel's friends on the rail — a group that Jason Koon at one point asked to quiet down as he played for all the marbles in an adjacent tournament.

"It's rare for me to have a crazy rail like I had today, so that's really exciting that I did have so many friends around," said Engel. "It made it all the sweeter."

That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of the Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, but be sure to check out the WSOP reporting portal for additional coverage.

Friday, October 8, 2021 12:28 AM Local Time (about 17 days and 1 hour ago)
Ari Engel Wins Second Career Bracelet in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Ari Engel

Ari Engel is now a two-time bracelet winner after topping Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker. The Canadian star won his second career bracelet after a victory in the $2,500 NLHE event back in 2019 and received $317,076 for his accomplishment.

All eyes were on Phil Hellmuth at the start of the day as 'The Poker Brat' was in search for an unprecedented sixteenth bracelet, but Hellmuth wasn't able to spin his short stack up and finished in fifth place.

A full recap of the day is to follow.

Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ari EngelCanada$317,076
2Zachary MilchmanUnited States$195,968
3Andrew YehUnited States$143,988
4Eddie BlumenthalUnited States$107,204
5Phil HellmuthUnited States$80,894
6George WolffUnited States$61,877
7Robert MizrachiUnited States$47,987
8Ben LandowskiUnited States$37,738
9Khamar XaytavoneUnited States$30,102
Ari Engel
Ari Engel
Friday, October 8, 2021 12:12 AM Local Time (about 17 days and 1 hour ago)
Zachary Milchman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($195,968)

Zachary Milchman

In what would end up being the final hand of the tournament, Ari Engel raised on the button and Zachary Milchman called.

The flop came     and Milchman checked. Engel bet and Milchman went deep into the tank before deciding to raise. Engel made it three bets to go and Milchman called off for his remaining chips.

Zachary Milchman:     
Ari Engel:     

The   turn and   river completed the board — leaving Engel best with queens and tens and eliminating Milchman in second place.

Stay tuned for a recap of this prestigious championship event!

Ari Engel8,000,000700,000
Zachary Milchman0-755,000
Friday, October 8, 2021 12:05 AM Local Time (about 17 days and 1 hour ago)
Engel Applies Pressure

Zachary Milchman three-bet in the big blind and Ari Engel called.

Milchman slowed down on the     flop and check-called when facing a bet, but opted to fold to a bet on the   turn.

Ari Engel7,300,000700,000
Zachary Milchman755,000-645,000
Friday, October 8, 2021 12:02 AM Local Time (about 17 days and 1 hour ago)
Engel Widening The Gap

Ari Engel

Zachary Milchman raised on the button and Ari Engel called.

Both players checked on the     flop.

Engel then check-raised a bet from Milchman on the   turn and Milchman called.

Engel bet a final time on the   river and Milchman gave up his hand.

Ari Engel6,600,0001,100,000
Zachary Milchman1,400,000-1,100,000
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Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:59 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 1 hour ago)
Full House for Engel

In a single-raised pot, Zachary Milchman check-called a bet from Ari Engel on a flop of    .

Milchman called again when Engel bet on the   turn and once more on the   river.

Engel took the pot down when he showed      for a full house.

Ari Engel5,500,000100,000
Zachary Milchman2,500,000-100,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:49 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 2 hours ago)
Milchman Hanging Tough

Zachary Milchman

Zachary Milchman completed from the button and Ari Engel checked his option.

Both players checked on the     flop and Engel check-called a bet from Milchman on the   turn.

The   completed the board and Engel check-folded after facing another bet from Milchman.

Ari Engel5,400,000-200,000
Zachary Milchman2,600,000200,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:36 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 2 hours ago)
Milchman Folds on River

In a single-raised pot that checked through on the     flop, Zachary Milchman led out with a bet on the   turn and Ari Engel called.

The river brought the   and Milchman check-folded when facing a bet.

Ari Engel5,600,0001,100,000
Zachary Milchman2,400,000-1,100,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:32 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 2 hours ago)
Chop it up!

There have been an inordinate amount of chop pots at showdown as of late. The chip counts have not moved significantly in either direction for a while.

Ari Engel4,500,000-400,000
Zachary Milchman3,500,000400,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:21 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 2 hours ago)
Engel Gets a Fold

Ari Engel rasied on the button and Zachary Milchman called.

Milchman check-called a bet from Engel on the     flop and check-folded after facing another bet from Engel on the   turn.

Ari Engel4,900,000100,000
Zachary Milchman3,100,000-100,000
Velo 690x150
Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:13 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 2 hours ago)
Milchman Back Over Three Million

Zachary Milchman has won several small pots in succession and increased his chip stack to back over three million.

Ari Engel4,800,000-1,200,000
Zachary Milchman3,200,0001,200,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:09 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 2 hours ago)
Engel Leans on Milchman

Ari Engel

In a single-raised pot, Ari Engel continued with a bet on the button on a flop of     and Zachary Milchman called.

Milchman check-called on the   turn but opted to fold when facing another bet on the   river.

Ari Engel6,000,000800,000
Zachary Milchman2,000,000-800,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:05 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 2 hours ago)
Milchman Continues to Climb

Zachary Milchman

Ari Engel raised on the button and Zachary Milchman three-bet. Engel called.

Milchman continued for a bet on the     flop and Engel raised. Milchman called.

Milchman check-called a bet from Engel on the   and opted to lead out for a bet on the   river.

Engel went into the tank, but eventually tossed in a call.

Milchman tabled      for a flush and a low. Engel mucked and Milchman scooped the pot.

Ari Engel5,200,000-1,200,000
Zachary Milchman2,800,0001,200,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:52 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 2 hours ago)
Milchman Battling Back

Zachary MilchmanI

Ari Engel raised on the button and Zachary Milchman three-bet out of the big. Engel called.

Milchman bet on the     flop and Engel called.

Milchman fired again on the   turn and Engel folded after a bit of thought.

Ari Engel6,400,000-600,000
Zachary Milchman1,600,000600,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:47 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 3 hours ago)
Level 27 started
Level: 27
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 0
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Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:38 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 3 hours ago)
Updated Chip Count at Break
Ari Engel7,000,000-400,000
Zachary Milchman1,000,000400,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:37 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 3 hours ago)
Players Take Another Break

Ari Engel and Zachary Milchman are on another 10-minute break with Engel having a commanding chip lead.

Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:32 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 3 hours ago)
Milchman Very Short on Chips

Zachary Milchman limped on the button and Ari Engel raised. Milchman called.

Engel bet on the     and Milchman called.

Both players then proceeded to check down on the   turn and   river.

Engel showed      for a pair of kings and Milchman mucked.

Ari Engel7,400,000600,000
Zachary Milchman600,000-600,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:28 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 3 hours ago)
Milchman Dwindles Down

Zachary Milchman opened on the button and called when facing a three-bet from Ari Engel.

Milchman called again when Engel bet on the     flop but folded when facing another bet on the   turn.

Ari Engel6,800,0001,100,000
Zachary Milchman1,200,000-1,100,000
Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:23 PM Local Time (about 17 days and 3 hours ago)
Engel Increases His Lead

Ari Engel

Ari Engel raised on the button and Zachary Milchman made it three bets to go. Engel called.

Engel called bets from Milchman on the     flop and   turn.

The   completed the board and both players checked.

Engel tabled      for tens and fives, which was good as Milchman mucked his hand.

Ari Engel5,700,000900,000
Zachary Milchman2,300,000-900,000
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