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

Friday, October 08, 2021 to Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Event #17: MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $7,110,210
  • Entries: 5,326
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:12 PM Local Time
Five Players Remain in Millionaire Maker as Lazrus Bags Sizeable Chip Lead

Daniel Lazrus

Day 4 of Event #17: $1,500 Millionaire Maker saw 20 players start the day and only five players make it to the fifth and final day. Tomorrow, Oct. 13, action will resume at 4 p.m. local time, and although the five remaining players have locked up $222,430, they will all be looking to win the WSOP gold bracelet and the $1,000,000 first-place prize that awaits one of them.

Daniel Lazrus, who won his first bracelet earlier this year, will be looking for his second as he bagged 60,200,000 chips and is the chip leader going into the final day of play with almost two times the amount of chips as the second biggest bagged stack of Ignacio Moron (30,600,000).

Four-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy (21,900,000) will be looking for another bracelet, while Jeffrey Gencarelli (13,500,000) and Darryl Ronconi (7,400,000) will also have a shot at gold.

Millionaire Maker Day 4 Counts

RankPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Daniel LazrusUnited States60,200,000100
2Ignacio MoronSpain30,600,00051
3Michael GathyBelgium21,900,00036
4Jeffrey GencarelliUnited States13,500,00022
5Darryl RonconiUnited States7,400,00012

Day 5 starts at 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The tournament resumes at Level 36 with blinds at 300,000/600,000/600,000.

Stay tuned for more coverage of this event and the entire 2021 World Series of Poker from the PokerNews Live Reporting Team.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5:55 PM Local Time
Million Dollar Final Table "Short Stack Is My Style"
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5:14 PM Local Time
End Of Day 4 Chip Counts
Daniel Lazrus60,200,0006,100,000
Ignacio Moron30,600,0001,400,000
Michael Gathy21,900,0000
Jeffrey Gencarelli13,500,000-2,700,000
Darryl Ronconi7,400,000-1,500,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5:13 PM Local Time
Kevin Palmer Eliminated in 6th Place ($172,455)

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer jammed in his remaining 3.3 million from the cutoff and Michael Gathy raised in the small blind to 6 million. Daniel Lazrus thought about his decision in the big blind but ultimately folded.

Kevin Palmer:   
Michael Gathy:   

Gathy had a dominating hand and Palmer needed some help. The dealer spread the     flop. The   came on the turn to gave Gathy a wheel but Palmer was still live to win the hand with a flush draw. Palmer's rail was pleading for a diamond, but the board completed with the  .

Palmer will receive $172,455 for his deep run and the remaining five players will return tomorrow as they play down to a winner.

Michael Gathy21,900,0003,100,000
Kevin Palmer0-4,800,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:58 PM Local Time
Moron Folds Out Gathy

On the      turn, Ignacio Moron bet 2,500,000, and Michael Gathy called.

The river was the  , Ignacio put out a big bet of 5,500,000 and Gathy laid it down.

Ignacio Moron29,200,0003,800,000
Michael Gathy18,800,000-3,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:53 PM Local Time
Updated Final Table Chip Counts
Daniel Lazrus54,100,0009,300,000
Ignacio Moron25,400,0007,400,000
Michael Gathy22,600,0000
Jeffrey Gencarelli16,200,0001,050,000
Darryl Ronconi8,900,000-1,600,000
Kevin Palmer4,800,000-1,300,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:53 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:41 PM Local Time

Players are on a 15-minute break.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:41 PM Local Time
Todd Saffron Eliminated in 7th Place ($124,570)

Todd Saffron

Todd Saffron jammed in his stack of 5 million from early position and Michael Gathy called in the hijack.

Todd Saffron:   
Michael Gathy:   

Saffron was looking for help and found some with a flush on the     flop. However, the hand wasn't over and his flopped flush turned into a drawing dead hand as the   spiked the turn to give Gathy a better flush. The meaningless   completed the board and Saffron was eliminated.

Michael Gathy22,600,000-900,000
Todd Saffron0-9,000,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:18 PM Local Time
Adam Sherman Eliminated In 8th Place ($105,690)

Adam Sherman

Daniel Lazrus opened to 1,000,000 and Adam Sherman, wearing a bandana, gave Lazrus a needle about his traditional style mask.

"You probably get those little pieces of cotton in your mouth," said Sherman. "Step up your mask game dude."

Sherman defended in the big blind and they saw a flop of    . Sherman check-called a bet of 1,200,000 and the   peeled on the turn.

Sherman check-called again, this time to the tune of 4,400,000, and the river fell the  .

Sherman checked for a third time and Lazrus moved all-in covering Sherman.

"This is a silly call if I'm wrong." He said. "I guess you have a set like queens or something."

After a few seconds, Sherman splashed in a call, only to see he was right. Lazrus indeed had    for queens full, and Sherman took off a little tilted.

He takes home more than $100,000 in prize money for his final table run.

Lazrus, meanwhile, holds a third of the chips in play with seven players remaining.

Daniel Lazrus44,800,00015,400,000
Adam Sherman0-16,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:11 PM Local Time
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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:04 PM Local Time
Moron Takes Some from Gathy

Ignacio Moron raised to one million from middle position and Michael Gathy called in the small blind.

The flop came     and Gathy check-called a one million continuation bet.

On the   turn, Gathy check-called a 1.6 million bet and on the   river, Gathy check-folded to a 2.7 million bet.

Michael Gathy23,500,000-4,050,000
Ignacio Moron18,000,0004,300,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:53 PM Local Time
Battle Of The Blinds

Jeffrey Gencarelli limped in the small blind and Adam Sherman checked his option.

"Flip em' low dealer," said Sherman, to the amusement of the table.

On the     flop, Gencarelli bet 600,000 and Sherman called.

The turn was the  , Gencarelli slowed down with a check, and Sherman bet 1,200,000 to take down the pot.

Adam Sherman16,500,0001,100,000
Jeffrey Gencarelli15,150,000-1,875,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:47 PM Local Time
Palmer Gets Shoved On, Shoves Next Hand

Kevin Palmer

Action folded to Ignacio Moron in the small blind and he moved all-in on Kevin Palmer, just as he did in the last orbit, and Palmer let it go again.

On the next hand, Michael Gathy raised to 1,000,000 and Palmer moved all-in for 3,850,000 more.

Gathy looked up to the sky, calculating his odds to himself before electing to fold.

Michael Gathy27,550,000-1,000,000
Ignacio Moron13,700,0001,500,000
Kevin Palmer6,100,000-2,200,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:40 PM Local Time
Saffron Finds Ace to Double Through Moron's Jacks

Todd Saffron jammed for his remaining 4.5 million preflop and Ignacio Moron called.

Todd Saffron:   
Ignacio Moron:   

Moron was in the lead until the     flop. Moron needed a jack or to complete his Broadway draw but the   turn and   river kept Saffron alive.

Ignacio Moron12,200,000-5,600,000
Todd Saffron9,000,0003,100,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:32 PM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:28 PM Local Time
Two for Sherman, Two for Moron

Ignacio Moron

Ignacio Moron opened to 800,000 from early position and Adam Sherman three-bet to 3,200,000 to take it down.

Sherman opened the button to 800,000 and he collected the blinds.

Daniel Lazrus raised the button to 800,000 and Moron moved all-in in the big blind to force the fold.

On the next hand, Moron moved all-in again, putting Kevin Palmer to the test in the big blind. Palmer laid it down and Moron collected the chips.

Daniel Lazrus29,400,000-1,600,000
Ignacio Moron17,800,0000
Adam Sherman15,400,0002,200,000
Kevin Palmer8,300,000-1,050,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:21 PM Local Time
Sertac Turker Eliminated in 9th Place ($83,545)

Sertac Turker

Daniel Lazrus raised to 800,000 from early position and Sertac Turker jammed for around 5.5 million from the small blind. Lazrus called and hands were revealed.

Sertac Turker:   
Daniel Lazrus:   

Turker and his rail saw the bad news and were looking for some help. The flop came    . The dealer put down the   turn while Turker's rail and Adam Sherman were yelling for an eight or jack on the river. Instead, the   came to eliminate Turker.

Sherman said his rooting for Turker to hit was nothing personal and he would've been rooting for Lazrus to stay alive if he were the short stack, but Lazrus didn't seem to mind as he took the chips to add to his stack and the final table is now without another player.

Daniel Lazrus31,000,0005,500,000
Sertac Turker0-4,250,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:06 PM Local Time
Sherman, Moron Trade Pots

Adam Sherman

Adam Sherman opened to 1,000,000 from middle position and Ignacio Moron from the big blind asked how much Sherman was playing.

"Uhh, about 11 million back," said Sherman a little tentatively.

Moron moved all-in for the bigger stack and Sherman folded.

"I guess they are going to three-bet me," he said.

On the next hand, Sherman opened again, this time to 800,000. Moron called from the small blind and they saw the     flop.

Moron checked, Sherman bet 1,200,000 and Moron laid it down.

Ignacio Moron17,800,000200,000
Adam Sherman13,200,000-200,000
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:00 PM Local Time
Philip Verel Eliminated In 10th Place ($66,480)

Philip Verel

Things escalated quickly on the      turn. Michael Gathy bet before Verel instantly moved all-in and Gathy put the chips in just as fast.

Philip Verel:   
Michael Gathy:   

Verel held a set of aces, but Gathy had turned the queen-high flush. Verel was looking for the board to pair or another spade, but it was not to be as the river fell the  , and the Day 3 chip leader was eliminated.

It was a fantastic run for Verel, who was a relative unknown at the WSOP. He collects a nice payday for his efforts.

Meanwhile, four-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy moves into the chip lead.

Michael Gathy28,550,0009,675,000
Philip Verel0-9,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander