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

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 to Thursday, October 07, 2021

Event #11: Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $25,000
  • Prizepool: $1,346,625
  • Entries: 57
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:00 PM Local Time
Koon, Puustinen, Zack, and Szabo to Battle for Bracelet in Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Jason Koon

Only four players out of 57 entries remain in the latest gold bracelet event of the 2021 World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship is down to the semi-finals and the new GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon will be chasing his maiden victory at the WSOP. The American poker pro will be facing Henri Puustinen while the second semi-final features Dan Zack and Gabor Szabo.

Only Zack already has a gold bracelet to his name while the other three contenders are yet to join the winner's circle. The final four are competing for the biggest portion of the $721,625 prize pool as all first-round winners had their buy-in refunded. All semi finalists have $89,787 locked up for the efforts while the runner-up will earn $150,790, the winner can look forward to a payday of $243,981.

The Sweet Sixteen at a Glance

The first duels decided over the money bubble and Galen Hall was the first casualty when he lost the remainder of his shorter stack to Benjamin Reason with ace-queen versus king-jack. Gal Yifrach conceded a big double to Jake Daniels early on and while he almost closed the gap at some point, he then lost a flip to miss out on the cash prize. For Julien Martini, a big lead early on was not enough as he then came up second-best in all three all-in showdowns against Bin Weng after.

The same fate also awaited David Peters, who rivered two pair with jack-eight suited only for Gabor Szabo to flip over a flopped set of tens. Aleksandr Shevlyakov missed out on the money after he was defeated by Mikita Badziakouski and Jason Koon won four all-in showdowns when he had to in order to eliminate Johannes Becker. Jimmy D'Ambrosio and Cary Katz were the last two casualties in the first round of the day to set up the money stages.

Cary Katz
Cary Katz last to bust outside of the money

Koon Rushes to Victory in Round of 8

Jason Koon needed just 13 minutes to defeat Jake Daniels in the semi-final. On a paired ace-high board, his queen-eight made a straight to claim a decent pot off Daniels. Only a few moments later they got it in preflop in a flip and this time, Koon held the pocket queens. Daniels was at risk with ace-king suited and failed to get there.

The remaining three matches needed more time to conclude and two of them determined a winner at almost the same time. Finland's Henri Puustinen, who just turned 21 years old two months ago and is better known under his online alias "buttonclickr", stormed into a big lead over Benjamin Reason before dealing the final blow. Moments later, Dan Zack came out on top against Bin Weng when he turned an unbeatable flush against the second pair of Weng. It was a roller coaster ride in the duel during which Zack recovered as a 1-3 underdog to book his spot in the semi-finals.

The duel between Mikita Badziakouski and Gabor Szabo lasted the longest and it was the Hungarian who prevailed. After getting short early on, Szabo doubled in a flip with jacks versus ace-king. From there on, Szabo kept the pressure on and eventually sealed the victory with flopped two pair against the rivered top pair of Badziakouski.

Road to the Semi-Finals

WinnersJason KoonHenri PuustinenDan ZackGabor Szabo
Round of 64Chris BrewerRok GostisaMustapha KanitBye
Round of 32Nicolai MorrisAli ImsirovicNick PetrangeloJohan Guilbert
Round of 16Johannes BeckerCary KatzJimmy D'AmbrosioDavid Peters
Round of 8Jake DanielsBenjamin ReasonBin WengMikita Badziakouski

Heads-Up Bracket for the Final 32

In the semi-finals, all players start with 2.4 million in chips and blinds of 6,000/12,000, which provides 200 big blinds at the start. All levels will last 20 minutes each. The final day is scheduled to recommence at 4pm local time on Thursday, October 7 and the final duel for the gold bracelet is slated to be streamed on the PokerGO platform. PokerNews will be providing live updates from start to finish once more until a winner has been crowned.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:54 PM Local Time
Mikita Badziakouski Eliminated in Round of 8 ($36,280)

Mikita Badziakouski

Gabor Szabo limped, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 150,000 and Szabo called.

The flop came    , Badziakouski led for 75,000 and Szabo called.

On the turn  , Badziakouski checked-called a bet of 125,000 from Szabo.

The   hit the river, Badziakouski moved all-in for his last 475,000 and Szabo called.

Mikita Badziakouski:   
Gabor Szabo:   

Szabo flopped kings and fours and it was good to secure the victory.

Gabor Szabo2,400,000858,000
Mikita Badziakouski0-858,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:44 PM Local Time
Badziakouski Working Back

Gabor Szabo limped in and Mikita Badziakouski raised to 114,000. Szabo called and the flop was    .

Badziakouski bet 125,000 on the flop and Szabo called.

The turn was  . Badziakouski checked and Szabo bet 50,000. Badziakouski raised to 125,000 and Szabo folded.

Gabor Szabo1,542,000-256,000
Mikita Badziakouski858,000256,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:38 PM Local Time
Level 45 started
Level: 45
Blinds: 15,000/30,000
Ante: 0
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:35 PM Local Time
Three for Szabo

Gabor Szabo

Gabor Szabo raised to 50,000 and Mikita Badziakouski called.

The flop came    , Szabo bet and won the pot.

On the next hand, Badziakouski limped, Szabo moved all-in and Badziakouski folded.

Right after that, Szabo limped and Badziakouski checked his option.

The flop came     and both players checked.

The turn was the   and they checked again to the   river.

Badziakouski bet 24,000 and Szabo called.

"Jack," said Badziakouski.

But it was no good as Szabo tabled    for the winner.

Gabor Szabo1,798,000108,000
Mikita Badziakouski602,000-108,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:23 PM Local Time
Level 44 started
Level: 44
Blinds: 12,000/24,000
Ante: 0
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:20 PM Local Time
Four In A Row for Badziakouski

Mikita Badziakouski - Gabor Szabo

Gabor Szabo limped, Mikita Badziakouski made it 100,000 and Szabo folded.

Badziakouski raised to 50,000 and Szabo called. The flop came    , Badziakouski bet 60,000 and Szabo mucked.

Szabo limped and Badziakouski checked his option.

The flop came     and both players checked.

On the turn  , Badziakouski bet 20,000 and won the pot.

Badziakouski limped and Szabo checked his option.

The flop came     and both players checked to the turn  .

Szabo checked, Badziakouski bet 25,000 and Szabo let it go.

Gabor Szabo1,690,000-124,000
Mikita Badziakouski710,000124,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:09 PM Local Time
Badziakouski Fights Back

Gabor Szabo limped in and Mikita Badziakouski checked the option.

The flop was     and both players checked. The turn was  .

Badziakouski bet 60,000 on the turn and Szabo called. The river was  .

Badziakouski fired 50,000 on the river. Szabo smiled and shook his head before folding.

Gabor Szabo1,814,000-114,000
Mikita Badziakouski586,000114,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:08 PM Local Time
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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:03 PM Local Time
Szabo Four-Bet Jams

Gabor Szabo - Mikita Badziakouski

Gabor Szabo made it 40,000, Mikita Badziakouski three-bet to 128,000 and Szabo moved all-in.

Badziakouski shook his head and tossed his cards into the muck.

Gabor Szabo1,928,000128,000
Mikita Badziakouski472,000-128,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:01 PM Local Time
Badziakouski Tank-Folds

On the      turn, Gabor Szabo bet 75,000 for Mikita Badziakouski to call. They headed to the   river and Szabo now bet another 200,000. Deep in the tank, Badziakouski carefully studied his opponent to get any kind of reaction and eventually folded.

Gabor Szabo1,800,000180,000
Mikita Badziakouski600,000-180,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:56 PM Local Time
Bin Weng Eliminated in Round of 8 ($36,280)

Bin Weng - Dan Zack

In the previous hand, Bin Weng and Daniel Zack got it in after a     flop and both showed the bottom end of the straight without a redraw to secure a chop. The next hand saw them head to the     flop and Weng check-raised from 20,000 to 67,000.

Zack moved all-in and his opponent mulled over his decision. "I hope I am not drawing dead," Weng said and called it off.

Bin Weng:   
Daniel Zack:   

The   turn instantly left Weng drawing dead and that made the   river a formality. Weng has been eliminated in the round of the last eight and takes home $38,280.

"Can I ask what you had in the king-king hand?" Zack asked when it was all over and Weng replied "I had ace six," to which Zack admitted he folded a king.

Daniel Zack2,400,000740,000
Bin Weng0-740,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:52 PM Local Time
Szabo Keeps the Pressure On

Gabor Szabo - Mikita Badziakouski

Gabor Szabo raised to 40,000 and Mikita Badziakouski called.

The flop was    . Szabo bet 60,000 and Badziakouski called to see a turn  .

Szabo fired 200,000 on the turn and Badziakouski tanked very briefly before laying it down.

Gabor Szabo1,620,000115,000
Mikita Badziakouski780,000-115,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:51 PM Local Time
Benjamin Reason Eliminated in Round of 8 ($36,280)

Benjamin Reason - Henri Puustinen

Henri Puustinen limped and Benjamin Reason checked his option.

The flop came    , Puustinen bet 20,000, Reason moved all-in and Puustinen called.

Benjamin Reason:   
Henri Puustinen:   

The turn was the   and the river was the   as Reason was eliminated. He collected a nice payday for his efforts.

Henri Puustinen2,400,000228,000
Benjamin Reason0-228,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:48 PM Local Time
Szabo Bets the Turn

With 80,000 in the pot and     on the board, Gabor Szabo checked. Mikita Badziakouski bet 80,000 and Szabo called.

The turn was  . Szabo bet 100,000 and Badziakouski quickly folded.

Gabor Szabo1,505,00079,000
Mikita Badziakouski895,000-79,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:43 PM Local Time
Reason Doubles Through Puustinen

Benjamin Reason - Henri Puustinen

Benjamin Reason was at risk for the final 114,000 before the flop with the   . Henri Puustinen was attempting to deal the final blow with the    but failed to get there on the       board. The kicker played and Reason doubled his short stack.

Henri Puustinen2,172,000-88,000
Benjamin Reason228,00088,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:43 PM Local Time
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 10,000/20,000
Ante: 0
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:41 PM Local Time
Zack Holds a Steady Lead

Bin Weng limped the button and Daniel Zack raised to 64,000 for Weng to call. On the     flop, Zack bet 25,000 and was raised to 55,000, which he called. Zack then checked the   turn and Weng's bet worth 118,000 won the pot uncontested.

Daniel Zack1,660,000-102,000
Bin Weng740,000102,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:39 PM Local Time
Reason Gets Even Shorter

Benjamin Reason raised to 32,000 and Henri Puustinen called. The     flop went check-check, and Puustinen bet the   turn for 40,000. Reason called and then folded the   river when Puustinen splashed in all his T-100,000 chips.

Henri Puustinen2,260,00060,000
Benjamin Reason140,000-60,000
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:35 PM Local Time
Szabo Doubles On a Flip

Gabor Szabo - Mikita Badziakouski

Gabor Szabo raised to 26,000, Mikita Badziakouski made it 100,000 and Szabo four-bet to 275,000.

Badziakouski was undeterred and put in a cold five-bet to 1,100,000. Szabo called to put himself at risk and the hands were revealed.

Gabor Szabo:   
Mikita Badziakouski:   

They were off to the races as the board came      , safe for Szabo and he took the lead.

Gabor Szabo1,426,000681,000
Mikita Badziakouski974,000-681,000