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

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 to Friday, October 15, 2021

Event #27: H.O.R.S.E.

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $792,990
  • Entries: 594
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, October 15, 2021 2:45 AM Local Time
Anthony Zinno Dominates on Day 2 of $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

Anthony Zinno

Day 2 of Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. belonged to one man: three-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno.

Zinno finished the night with 2,565,000, more than one million ahead of his closest competitor, and in prime position to pick up his second bracelet of the 2021 WSOP and fourth overall. He knocked out two players in one hand to get over the two million chip barrier — at the time more than double the rest of the field — then made a straight flush in a pot against Randy Ohel to close out the session.

The day began with 199 players still in the mix and ended with only 18 still with their dreams of winning the coveted WSOP bracelet. In addition to Zinno, past bracelet winners Ohel (1,040,000), Max Pescatori (850,000), Joe McKeehen (835,000), and Ari Engel (300,000) are in the mix as well.

Trailing just behind Zinno on the leaderboard are Kao Saechao (1,495,000), Curtis Phelps (1,355,000), Darren Kennedy (1,330,000), and Paul Holder (1,160,000).

Day 3 Seat Chart

TableSeatPlayerChip Count
4061Koray Aldemir335,000
4062Curtis Phelps1,335,000
4063Joe McKeehen835,000
4064Ari Engel300,000
4067Max Pescatori850,000
4068John Holley255,000
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
4141Randy Ohel1,040,000
4143Darren Kennedy1,330,000
4145Tim Frazin240,000
4146Paul Holder1,160,000
4147Anthony Zinno2,565,000
4148Michael Rosenberg930,000
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
4211Ben Landowski305,000
4062Brock Parker395,000
4064Kai Hicks435,000
4065Christopher Adams920,000
4067Roland Israelashvili300,000
4068Kao Saechao1,395,000

Not everyone was fortunate enough to survive the day. Phil Hellmuth was an early casualty, as were Chino Rheem, Barry Greenstein, and David "Bakes" Baker. Norman Chad was eliminated on the first hand of hand-for-hand play and split 90th-place prize money.

Once the money was reached, bustouts came in fast. Allen Kessler (71st), Jason Somerville (63rd), Shaun Deeb (49th), and Brian Hastings (48th) all finished in the money. Actor James Woods finished in 28th place, while 94-year-old Constantine Zdanowich was eliminated in 21st place.

Day 3 will resume tomorrow at 2 p.m. PST and play down to a winner. PokerNews will be on hand to provide all the live updates as a new WSOP bracelet winner is crowned.

Friday, October 15, 2021 2:16 AM Local Time
End-of-Day Chip Counts
Anthony Zinno2,565,0000
Kao "Flexx" Saechao1,395,000795,000
Curtis Phelps1,355,000305,000
Darren Kennedy1,330,000180,000
Paul Holder1,160,000210,000
Randy Ohel1,040,0000
Michael Rosenberg930,000-270,000
Christopher Adams920,000-205,000
Max Pescatori850,000150,000
Joe Mckeehen835,000-15,000
Kai Hicks435,000185,000
Brock Parker395,000-105,000
Koray Aldemir335,000-165,000
Ben Landowski305,000140,000
Roland Israelashvili300,000-380,000
Ari Engel300,000-175,000
John Holley255,000-20,000
Tim Frazin240,00015,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 2:08 AM Local Time
Bag and Tag Time

The remaining 18 players will now bag and tag for the night. Please stay tuned to PokerNews for a recap of all of today's action as well as full chip counts coming your way soon.

Friday, October 15, 2021 2:03 AM Local Time
Zinno Ends the Night With a Straight Flush

Limit Hold'em

On the last hand of the night, Anthony Zinno raised, then called a three-bet from Randy Ohel. Ohel bet the     flop and Zinno called.

Zinno took the lead on the   turn and Ohel called to see the   on the river. Zinno bet again and Ohel called after a brief tank.

"Straight flush. Just giddy," Zinno said, turning over   .

Anthony Zinno2,565,000765,000
Randy Ohel1,040,000-310,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 1:59 AM Local Time
Table 406 Current Chip Counts
Curtis Phelps1,050,000450,000
Joe Mckeehen850,000400,000
Max Pescatori700,000-240,000
Koray Aldemir500,00080,000
Ari Engel475,000-225,000
John Holley275,000-325,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 1:58 AM Local Time
Holder Puts a Dent in Zinno

Paul Holder

Stud Hi-Lo

Paul Holder:   /    / 
Anthony Zinno:   /    / 

Anthony Zinno bet on fifth street and was called by Paul Holder to his immediate right. When Zinno bet again on sixth, Holder came back with a raise.

Zinno called, then both players checked seventh. Zinno had a pair of kings with    , but Holder had him beat with    for two pair, fives and deuces, to win the pot.

Anthony Zinno1,800,000-570,000
Paul Holder950,000270,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 1:48 AM Local Time
Table 414 Current Chip Counts
Anthony Zinno2,370,000300,000
Randy Ohel1,350,000-50,000
Michael Rosenberg1,200,000100,000
Darren Kennedy1,150,000-20,000
Kenny Hsiung800,000800,000
Paul Sokoloff350,000350,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 1:43 AM Local Time
Holley Gets Boost Versus Aldemir

Seven Card Stud

John Holley:  /    / 
Koray Aldemir:  /    / 

With two threes showing, John Holley bet on sixth street and was called by Koray Aldemir. Holley checked on seventh and Aldemir checked behind after a long pause.

Holley showed     for two pair, queens and threes. "That's good," Aldemir said as he mucked.

"I was trying to represent trip threes," Holley responded.

John Holley600,000175,000
Koray Aldemir420,000-280,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 1:40 AM Local Time
Current Table 421 Chips Counts
Christopher Adams1,125,000615,000
Kao Chieng Saechao900,000300,000
Roland Israelashvili680,000230,000
Brock Parker500,000-320,000
Kai Hicks250,000-50,000
Ben Landowski165,000-155,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 1:34 AM Local Time
Paul Sokoloff Eliminated in 19th Place ($5,255)

Paul Sokoloff

Seven Card Stud

Paul Sokoloff:   /    / 
Randy Ohel:   /    / 

Paul Sokoloff was all in by fourth street and showed     for a pair of queens. Ohel had a pair of eights and hit trips with    .

Sokoloff needed one of the last two queens in the deck to stay alive but turned over a   for his last card and was eliminated.

Randy Ohel1,400,000300,000
Paul Sokoloff0-110,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 1:21 AM Local Time
Constantine Zdanowich Eliminated in 21st Place ($5,255); Kenny Hsiung Eliminated in 20th Place ($5,255)

Constantine Zdanowich


Constantine Zdanowich:   /    / 
Kenny Hsiung:   /    / 
Michael Rosenberg:   /    / 

Kenny Hsiung completed, Michael Rosenberg raised, and Constantine Zdanowich threw in his last 25,000 chip. Rosenberg led out with bets on fourth and fifth streets, with Hsiung calling all in on fifth.

Rosenberg turned over     for an A-2-4-6-7, beating both Zdanowich and Hsiung and sending both to the payout desk.

Michael Rosenberg1,100,000300,000
Constantine Zdanowich0-450,000
Kenny Hsiung0-200,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 1:06 AM Local Time
Level 25 started
Level: 25
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:56 AM Local Time
Chris Vitch Eliminated in 22nd Place ($5,255)

Chris Vitch

Omaha Hi-Lo

Chris Vitch moved all in before the flop and was called by Kenny Hsiung and Constantine Zdanowich. Hsiung bet out on the flop of     and Zdanowich called to create a side pot.

Hsiung bet out again on the   turn and   river, with Zdanowich calling both bets. Hsiung showed    for the low, while Zdanowich had      for two pair, jacks and sixes, for the high.

Constantine Zdanowich450,000-150,000
Kenny Hsiung200,000-50,000
Christopher Vitch0-275,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:48 AM Local Time
Pescatori Takes One Versus Aldemir

Limit Hold'em

Max Pescatori tossed out a bet against Aldemir on the flop of     and the latter called.

The turn brought the   and Aldemir checked. This led Pescatori to bet again and he was called again.

The river was the   and this time the action went check-check. The two tabled their hands and it was Pescatori with his    that had the better ace-high against the    of Aldemir's.

Max Pescatori940,000520,000
Koray Aldemir700,000-200,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:45 AM Local Time
Final Three Tables
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
4061Koray Aldemir900,000
4062Curtis Phelps600,000
4063Joe McKeehen450,000
4064Ari Engel700,000
4065Tim Frazin225,000
4066Brett Richey100,000
4067Max Pescatori420,000
4068John Holley425,000
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
4211Ben Landowski320,000
4212Brock Parker820,000
4213Paul Holder680,000
4214Kai Hicks300,000
4215Christopher Adams510,000
4216Scott Castelluccio205,000
4217Roland Israelashvili450,000
4218Kao Saechao600,000
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
4141Randy Ohel1,100,000
4142Chris Vitch275,000
4143Darren Kennedy975,000
4144Constantine Zdanowich600,000
4145Paul Sokoloff110,000
4146Kenny Hsiung250,000
4147Anthony Zinno2,070,000
4148Michel Rosenberg800,000
Anthony Zinno2,070,000-30,000
Randy Ohel1,100,0000
Darren Kennedy975,000-115,000
Koray Aldemir900,000-20,000
Brock Parker820,000716,500
Michael Rosenberg800,000-50,000
Ari Engel700,000-150,000
Paul Holder680,000145,000
Kao "Flexx" Saechao600,000505,000
Curtis Phelps600,000140,000
Constantine Zdanowich600,000200,000
Christopher Adams510,000-30,000
Joe Mckeehen450,000-150,000
Roland Israelashvili450,00075,000
John Holley425,00090,000
Max Pescatori420,00020,000
Ben Landowski320,00020,000
Kai Hicks300,000-250,000
Christopher Vitch275,000-325,000
Kenny Hsiung250,00050,000
Tim Frazin225,000-325,000
Scott Castelluccio205,00044,000
Paul Sokoloff110,000-215,000
Brett Richey100,000-370,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:27 AM Local Time
Ohel Knocks Out Much to Set Final Three Tables

Limit Hold'em

Randy Ohel re-raised pre-flop and Frederik Much called. On a flop of    , Ohel bet, Much raised, then Ohel bet enough to put Much all in.

Much called, showing   , but was up against the    of Ohel. The    turn and river provided no help, and Much was eliminated to bring the field down to 24.

Randy Ohel1,100,000280,000
Fredrik Much0-280,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:16 AM Local Time
Zinno Leaves Livingston Short


Anthony Zinno:   /    / 
Alex Livingston:   /    / 

Anthony Zinno led the action up until sixth street when Livingston bet out and Zinno called.

On seventh street Livingston checked and Zinno bet. Alex Livingston decided to call and then mucked after being be shown Zinno's seven-five-trey-deuce-ace low, and Zinno was pushed the pot.

Anthony Zinno2,100,000200,000
Alex Livingston15,000-225,000
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:01 AM Local Time
Level 24 started
Level: 24
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:58 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts

James Woods

Actor James Woods was eliminated shortly before the break. The tournament clock shows 27 players remaining.

Anthony Zinno1,900,000-100,000
Darren Kennedy1,020,00019,000
Koray Aldemir920,000120,000
Michael Rosenberg850,000110,000
Joe Mckeehen600,000355,000
Tim Frazin550,00044,000
Roland Israelashvili375,000-5,000
James Woods0-280,000
Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:48 PM Local Time
Break Time

The players have been sent on their final 15-minute break of the night. The yellow 1,000 denomination chips will be colored up and taken out of play at this time. Play will resume at approximately 12:02 a.m. (PST) local time. The remaining players will play two more levels before bagging and tagging for the night.