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

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 to Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Event #24: Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed)

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  • Buy-in: $600
  • Prizepool: $801,210
  • Entries: 1,571
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:15 PM Local Time
Michael Prendergast Wins Maiden Bracelet in Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack ($127,428)

Michael Prendergast

Michael Prendergast of Chicago, Illinois, is the latest World Series of Poker bracelet winner after taking down Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for his biggest-ever tournament score of $127,428. Prendergast earned the six-figure cash and his first bracelet after coming back from a significant chip deficit during heads-up play and defeating Jeffrey Barnes, who cashed for $78,755.

Prendergast entered the final table of eight as one of the shortest stacks but managed to triple up early on and ran his stack up from there.

Prendergast sent John Bunch home in eighth place when Bunch shoved his short stack and Prendergast had a full house by the end of the hand. Not long after, he eliminated Donnie Phan in sixth place when he had aces, which held after Phan shoved.

Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack Final Results

1Michael PrendergastUnited States$127,428
2Jeffrey BarnesUnited States$78,755
3Jungwoong ParkHong Kong$57,386
4Joao SimaoBrazil$42,272
5Daniel WasserbergUnited States$31,485
6Donnie PhanUnited States$23,713
7Eric PolirerUnited States$18,062
8John BunchUnited States$13,915
9Joseph SandersUnited States$10,845

Heads-up play commenced when Barnes knocked out Jungwoong Park in a hand where Park was all-in before the flop and Barnes made a full house. Barnes had a 5:1 chip lead over Prendergast at one point but the eventual champion managed to double up multiple times and eventually took a small lead.

The final hand of the tournament occurred when Prendergast called off when facing a flop raise from his opponent. Prendergast was behind his opponent's pair of eights and had a flush draw that was no good, as his opponent had a better flush draw. However, Prendergast managed to make a pair of aces on the river and sent Barnes out in second place.

After the victory, Prendergast told PokerNews that he felt "absolutely wonderful" about winning a bracelet at his first-ever WSOP.

"I don't pay a lot of tournaments," Prendergast said. "I've got a wife and kids."

Prendergast, who dedicated the victory to his wife, said his strategy in the tournament was "to accumulate chips and survive when I had to," which included laying down a few big hands as a short stack when he knew he was behind.

"I decided to just do what I did the entire tournament and wait for a hand that I could hit the nuts with," he said about his late-stage strategy, also acknowledging that he "got the luck that I needed to win a tournament."

Action of the Day

Day 2 got off to a rapid start that consisted of elimination after elimination for the first few levels of play. The action slowed down for a while and, after over six hours of play, the eight players left standing were moved to a feature final table.

Popular poker vlogger Andrew Neeme was eliminated in 31st place when he got in a three-way all-in with aces against kings and queens. It looked like the massive pot would be going Neeme's way but Phan with the kings spiked a third one on the river. Neeme had him covered but was eliminated shortly after.

Andrew Neeme
Andrew Neeme

The tournament attracted a total of 1,572 entries and generated a prize pool of $801,720 with 236 places being paid. There were many notable players in the tournament who were not fortunate enough to make Day 2, among them Maria Ho, Shaun Deeb, Greg Raymer, David Williams and Barry Greenstein.

That wraps up coverage of Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack. Be sure to check for the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of other WSOP events.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:09 PM Local Time
Michael Prendergast Wins Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for $124,428

Michael Prendergast

Michael Prendergast has emerged victorious in Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack conquering the field of 1572 for $124,428. This cash represents Pendergast's fourth World Series of Poker cash and his largest recorded one to date.

Here's a look at how the final table stacked up:

1Michael PrendergastUnited States$127,428
2Jeffrey BarnesUnited States$78,755
3Jungwoong ParkHong Kong$57,386
4Joao SimaoBrazil$42,272
5Daniel WasserbergUnited States$31,485
6Donnie PhanUnited States$23,713
7Eric PolirerUnited States$18,062
8John BunchUnited States$13,915
9Joseph SandersUnited States$10,845

A full recap of the event will be posted shortly.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:03 PM Local Time
Jeffrey Barnes Eliminated in 2nd Place ($78,755)

Jeffrey Barnes

Action was on the flop as it read    . From the button Jeffrey Barnes bet 5,000,000. Michael Prendergast raised to 15,000,000, Barnes three-bet all in. Prendergast took a moment and called. Prendergast had Barnes very slightly covered as the cards were turned over.

Jeffrey Barnes:     
Michael Pendergast:     

Barnes had the substantial lead and was a 77% favorite with the pair of eights and the better flush draw. The turn was the   to not change much. But the river was the   to give Prendergast a pair of aces for the best hand and end Barnes' run at the bracelet as runner-up.

Michael Prendergast47,100-23,052,900
Jeffrey Barnes0-24,000,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:52 PM Local Time
Prendergast Levels Playing Field

Michael Prendergast and Jeffrey Barnes are now nearly even in chips after Prendergast took down a series of small pots, including one where he bet two million on a flop of     and Barnes called and then folded when facing a bet on the   turn.

Jeffrey Barnes24,000,000-7,100,000
Michael Prendergast23,100,0007,100,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:41 PM Local Time
Level 38 started
Level: 38
Blinds: 500,000/1,000,000
Ante: 1,000,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:35 PM Local Time
Prendergast Draws Closer

Michael Prendergast was all in preflop and Jeffrey Barnes had a chance to win the bracelet.

Michael Prendergast:     
Jeffrey Barnes:     

The flop gave Predergast a boat as it came the    . The turn was the   and the river came the   and Prendergast doubled up.

Jeffrey Barnes31,100,000-7,900,000
Michael Prendergast16,000,0008,000,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:15 PM Local Time
Jungwoong Park Eliminated in 3rd Place ($57,386)

Jungwoong Park

Jungwoong Park opened on the button and called off with a stack of around six million when Jeffrey Barnes raised in the small blind.

Jungwoong Park:     
Jeffrey Barnes:     

It was over on the turn as the board came out      and Barnes had a full house. The   river did not change the outcome and Park was eliminated in third place.

Jeffrey Barnes39,000,00016,000,000
Michael Prendergast8,000,000-1,500,000
Jungwoong Park0-14,800,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:11 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 800,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:06 PM Local Time
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:05 PM Local Time
Barnes Re-Takes Control

Jeffrey Barnes

Jeffrey Barnes has re-taken control of three-handed action as he has won the majority of hands in the past level.

While it has not come from any individual huge hand, he has been carving chips left and right from each opponent to take the reigns.

Jeffrey Barnes23,000,00010,500,000
Jungwoong Park14,800,0002,300,000
Michael Prendergast9,500,000-13,500,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:50 PM Local Time
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:41 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:38 PM Local Time
Prendergast Takes Chip Lead

Michael Prendergast

Michael Prendergast opened on the button and Jeffrey Barnes defended in the big blind.

Both players checked on the monotone flop of    , and Barnes check-called a bet of three million on the   turn.

Barnes called once more when Prendergast bet five million on the   river and mucked when Prendergast showed      for a flush.

Michael Prendergast23,000,00012,900,000
Jeffrey Barnes12,500,000-9,000,000
Jungwoong Park12,500,000-4,000,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:28 PM Local Time
Park Doubles Up

There was a large pot in the middle already as the flop came the    . Jeffrey Barnes pushed a stack of big chips forward to force Jungwoong Park all in who called.

Jungwoong Park:     
Jeffrey Barnes:     

The turn was the   and the river came the   and Park gathered in the big double.

Jeffrey Barnes21,500,000-4,500,000
Jungwoong Park16,500,0007,800,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:22 PM Local Time
Joao Simao Eliminated in 4th Place ($42,272)

Joao Simao

Joao Simao opened in the small blind and chip leader Jeffrey Barnes defended in the blind.

Simao shoved on the flop of     and his opponent called.

Joao Simao:     
Jeffrey Barnes:     

The board ran out   , giving Simao a flush but giving his opponent a full house. Simao thought he might have a straight flush and asked the dealer to retrieve his cards from the muck, but a second look confirmed that he was beat.

Jeffrey Barnes26,000,0002,800,000
Joao Simao0-5,075,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:10 PM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:30 PM Local Time
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:17 PM Local Time
Players on Dinner Break

The remaining four players are on a 60-minute dinner break and will return at 8:10 p.m. local time.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:15 PM Local Time
Daniel Wasserberg Eliminated in 5th Place ($31,485)

Daniel Wasserberg

Daniel Wasserberg got all-in on the button against Joao Simao in the big blind.

Daniel Wasserberg:     
Joao Simao:     

Wasserberg ran into aces and couldn't get there as the board ran out       and he was eliminated in fifth place.

Jeffrey Barnes23,200,0000
Michael Prendergast10,100,000-3,200,000
Jungwoong Park8,700,0001,700,000
Joao Simao5,075,0001,075,000
Daniel Wasserberg0-5,000,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:57 PM Local Time
Donnie Phan Eliminated in 6th Place ($23,713)

Donnie Phan

Donnie Phan lost a significant pot to Jeffrey Barnes when his river pot bet was picked off.

He was then short stacked and got all his chips into the middle preflop holding the      and was behind the      of Michael Prendergast.

The flop came     to give Phan a plethora of outs. The turn was the   and the river the   to miss those outs and send Phan away in sixth place.

Jeffrey Barnes23,200,00011,200,000
Michael Prendergast13,300,0006,450,000
Donnie Phan0-4,000,000