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

Monday, October 11, 2021 to Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Event #23: Eight Game Mix 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $646,140
  • Entries: 484
  • Remaining: 0

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:14 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 15 hours ago)
Ryan Leng Wins Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed for $137,969

Ryan Leng

Ryan Leng didn't consider himself among the best players in this star-studded field, or even when they got down to the final table of six. But, in the end, it was the Wheeling, Indiana, native who walked away with the bracelet in Event #23: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix.

Leng defeated Connor Drinan after a long heads-up match that featured many reversals of fortune to become a three-time WSOP bracelet winner. Both of his previous wins came in No-Limit Hold'em Events: the $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold'em in 2018, and the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout on WSOP.com this summer.

Event #23: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ryan LengUnited States$137,969
2Connor DrinanUnited States$85,273
3Brett ShafferUnited States$56,839
4Daniel ZackUnited States$38,752
5Schuyler ThorntonUnited States$27,038
6Ryan HughesUnited States$19,317

This event, though, was different. It had 484 of the best mixed-game specialists in the poker world, and Leng had to use every bit of the work he's put in to prevail. "It was a lot tougher," Leng said, comparing his previous bracelet wins to this one.

"I've been studying mixed games lately. I definitely think the final table, the final two tables, I was certainly nowhere near the best player left in the field. I ran really hot."

During heads-up play, Leng fell down 10-to-1 against Drinan and was all in for his tournament life with    against   . Leng hit a seven on the flop to double up and didn't look back from there, grinding down Drinan before taking the chip lead and knocking out the two-time bracelet winner with a 7-6 in 2-7 Triple Draw. But for Leng, just playing against a player he grew up in the game watching was special.

"He's the best. I used to play low-stakes online and I would pull up his tables on PokerStars and just sweat him," Leng said. "Playing him heads-up was just a freeroll for me. If I lost, I lost to one of the best. And if I ran well and won, then great.

Taking his place behind the stacks of chips and the gold bracelet, Leng was surrounded by his family and friends who were on the rail cheering him on throughout the final table. His girlfriend, Nicky, and her mother were here, just as they were for his previous two wins. Having that support behind him, with friends who are accomplished players on their own, means everything to Leng.

"It's amazing. It would mean nothing without them. My rail is amazing," he said. "They all have success in their own right. I love seeing them have success. We love seeing each other have success. We push each other, we study together."

Connor Drinan
Connor Drinan narrowly missed out on his second bracelet of the series

Leng isn't concerned about whether the poker world will start recognizing him more for his all-around abilities and not just as a No-Limit Hold'em player. He's not playing for the adulation that comes with that recognition. He's focused more on the people around him and what they think.

"It feels good because of the work that I've put in. I appreciate the respect of my peers," he said. "But, aside from that, I'm not doing it for what people think about me or my mixed games. I'm doing it for me, my friends, my family."

The Eight-Game Mix tested each player's ability in a variety of games, including No-Limit Hold'em, Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven Card Stud and Hi-Lo, and 2-7 Triple Draw. Leng admits he's not the best in all those games, but he tried to play to his strengths and avoid big pots in games he wasn't as comfortable in.

He's now a two-time bracelet winner this year, adding on to his victory in the WSOP Online in July. There is still one goal he has in mind, though.

"My biggest long-term goal is to win Player of the Year at the World Series," he said. "I've got a lot of work to do the rest of the series to make that happen. But I'm going to try to make that happen."

He's already proven he can handle the best players in the world in any game the WSOP has to offer.

Ryan Leng
Ryan Leng
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:12 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 15 hours ago)
Connor Drinan Eliminated in 2nd Place ($85,273)

Connor Drinan

2-7 Triple Draw

Ryan Leng raised, and Connor Drinan called.

Drinan took three, Leng drew two, and Drinan check-called.

Drinan took two, Leng took one, and Drinan led out, going all-in. Leng called.

Drinan stood pat, and Leng took one. Leng's       was the winner, besting Drinan's      .

Drinan exited the tournament in second place, taking home $85,273.

Ryan Leng12,100,000900,000
Connor Drinan0-800,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:08 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 15 hours ago)
Leng On the Brink

2-7 Triple Draw

Connor Drinan raised, then called when Ryan Leng re-raised. Drinan took three and Leng took one, then bet. Drinan raised and Leng called.

Drinan stood pat and bet while Leng, who took one, called. Drinan patted again on the third draw and Leng took one. Leng then led out and Drinan called.

Leng showed       to win the pot and knock Drinan down to less than 1,000,000.

Ryan Leng11,200,0001,520,000
Connor Drinan800,000-1,520,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:03 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 15 hours ago)
Leng Extends the Advantage

Stud Hi-Lo

Connor Drinan:   /    / 
Ryan Leng:   /    / 

Ryan Leng check-called bets on fourth and fifth streets. Both players checked the final two streets, and Leng showed    , good for a pair of jacks.

That scooped the pot, and took Leng to more than a four-to-one chip advatage.

Ryan Leng9,680,000980,000
Connor Drinan2,320,000-980,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:58 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 15 hours ago)
Leng Pulling Ahead

Limit Hold'em

Connor Drinan opened the pot for a raise, then called when Ryan Leng re-raised. Leng bet again on the     flop and Drinan called.

Drinan led out on the   turn and Leng raised. Drinan called to see the   on the river. Leng bet and Drinan called.

Leng showed    for a flopped pair of kings and Drinan mucked to send yet another pot to his opponent. Leng, who was all in for his tournament life a short time ago, is now a big chip leader.

Ryan Leng8,700,0002,050,000
Connor Drinan3,300,000-2,050,000
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:52 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 15 hours ago)
Leng in the Lead

Pot-Limit Omaha

Connor Drinan limped, and Ryan Leng checked back.

Leng check-called a 500,000 bet on the     flop. Both players then checked the   turn.

Leng bet 950,000 on the   river, and Drinan folded.

Ryan Leng6,650,000850,000
Connor Drinan5,350,000-850,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:49 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 15 hours ago)
Leng Pulls Almost Even

Ryan Leng

Pot-Limit Omaha

Connor Drinan raised pot for 240,000 pre-flop and Ryan Leng called. Drinan continued for 200,000 on the     flop, and again Leng called.

When the turn came the  , Drinan potted again. Leng studied the board for a moment before gathering the chips to call.

Both players checked the   river. "Flush," Leng said, showing      for the flush on the river. Drinan lowered his head and stared at the board in disbelief for a few moments before finally releasing his hand.

Connor Drinan6,200,000-1,200,000
Ryan Leng5,800,0001,200,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:29 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
Leng Narrows the Gap

Seven Card Stud

Ryan Leng:   /    / 
Connor Drinan:   /    / 

Ryan Leng completed, Connor Drinan raised, then Leng re-raised. Drinan called, then proceeded to call down Leng to seventh street.

"Jacks up," Leng said, turning up     for two pair, jacks and eights, to win the pot.

Connor Drinan7,400,000-1,860,000
Ryan Leng4,600,0001,860,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:22 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
Leng Doubles Up

No-Limit Hold'em

Connor Drinan shoved preflop, and Ryan Leng called off for 1,370,000.

Ryan Leng:   
Connor Drinan:   

Board:      

Leng found a pair of sevens on the flop, and that held up through the runout.

Connor Drinan9,260,000-1,240,000
Ryan Leng2,740,0001,240,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:17 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
Drinan Inches Closer

2-7 Triple Draw

Connor Drinan just won two straight hands of Triple Draw to take a commanding chip lead.

In the first, both he and Ryan Leng drew one on the third draw. "What do we do now," Drinan asked.

"I'll look away while you look at your card," Leng replied.

Drinan showed       to win the pot.

On the next hand, Leng stood pat on the third draw and bet out. Drinan called with       and Leng had a pair of eights.

Connor Drinan10,500,0001,600,000
Ryan Leng1,500,000-1,600,000
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:13 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
Drinan Bets Third Draw, Leng Folds

2-7 Triple Draw

Connor Drinan raised, and Ryan Leng called.

Both players took two, and Leng check-called.

Both players drew one, and Leng checked again. Drinan bet, Leng check-raised, and Drinan called.

Both players patted, Leng checked, Drinan bet, and Leng folded.

Connor Drinan8,900,000500,000
Ryan Leng3,100,000-500,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:07 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
Drinan Stands Pat

2-7 Triple Draw

On the second draw, Ryan Leng took two while Connor Drinan stood pat. Drinan then led out with a bet and Leng called.

Leng took one this time, while Drinan against stood pat. Leng did the betting on the third draw and Drinan called.

"Pair of fives," Leng said. Drinan turned over       for the winner.

Connor Drinan8,400,000900,000
Ryan Leng3,600,000-900,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:05 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:02 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:50 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:47 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
Break Time

Players are now on a 15-minute break.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:47 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 16 hours ago)
Leng Wins Last Hand Before Break

Ryan Leng

Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Ryan Leng:   /    / 
Connor Drinan:   /    / 

Connor Drinan led out on fourth street and Ryan Leng raised. Drinan called, then bet on fifth and sixth streets.

Leng called down to seventh street when he raised a bet from Drinan. Drinan called but mucked when Leng showed     for a straight.

Leng and Drinan have elected to forgo the dinner break and instead take a quick 15-minute break.

Connor Drinan7,500,000-1,200,000
Ryan Leng4,500,0001,100,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:40 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 17 hours ago)
Leng Gets Some Back With a Straight

Limit Hold'em

Ryan Leng limped in, then called when Connor Drinan raised from the big blind. The flop came    , and Leng bet after Drinan checked.

Drinan called, then check-called bets on both the   turn and   river.

"Straight," announced Leng, turning over   . Drinan mucked.

Connor Drinan8,700,000200,000
Ryan Leng3,400,000-100,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:27 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 17 hours ago)
Leng Getting Shorter

Razz

Connor Drinan:   /    
Ryan Leng:   /     - folded on sixth

Ryan Leng completed and Connor Drinan called. Drinan led out on fourth and fifth streets and Leng called.

Leng made trip threes on sixth street and open-mucked his hand before Drinan could bet.

Connor Drinan8,500,000600,000
Ryan Leng3,500,000-600,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:19 PM Local Time (about 8 days and 17 hours ago)
Red Solo Cups Heads-Up

Both Connor Drinan and Ryan Leng sit with a healthy pour of scotch in red solo cups, as the two familiar foes duel for the $1,500 Eight-Game Mix bracelet.

Leng has a bottle of Glenlivet at his disposal, while Drinan appears to be enjoying a bit of Macallan 15-year on the rocks.

Both players appear to be on their A-game, however, as the adult beverages haven't become a factor just yet.

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