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

Friday, October 15, 2021 to Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Event #30: MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $4,699,200
  • Entries: 3,520
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, October 18, 2021 10:54 PM Local Time
Balachandran and Leng Lead 24 Remaining Contenders Into Day 4 of $1,500 Monster Stack

Jaesh Balachandran

Day 3 of Event #30: $1,500 Monster Stack witnessed 148 players start the day and only 24 players bag a stack for Tuesday, Oct. 19. The action will resume at 11 a.m. local time, and play may continue until a winner is determined. Although the remaining players have locked up $21,768, they will all be looking to win the WSOP gold bracelet and the $610,347 top prize that awaits one of them.

Jaesh Balachandran bagged the top stack going into Day 4 with 17,600,000 chips. Three-time bracelet winner Ryan Leng (16,500,000), who claimed his third less than a week ago, will be looking for another one as he bagged the second-biggest stack of the night. Brazil's Rafael Reis (10,975,000) and PokerNews' Dannah Kamp (5,125,000) will also have a shot at gold.

However, not everyone could find a bag by the end of the night. Some of the notables who fell in Day 3 include James Romero, JJ Liu, Jason Somerville, Upeshka De Silva, and Chris Brewer.

Monster Stack End-of-Day 3 Top 10 Counts

RankPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Jaesh BalachandranUnited States17,600,00059
2Ryan LengUnited States16,500,00055
3Anthony OrtegaUnited States15,775,00053
4Rafael ReisBrazil10,975,00037
5Santiago PlanteCanada10,775,00036
6Mordechai HazanIsrael9,850,00033
7Johan SchumacherBelgium9,625,00032
8Christopher AndlerSweden8,300,00028
9Jeffrey VertesCanada8,050,00027
10Michael NooriUnited States7,850,00026

Day 4 starts at 11 a.m. local time on October 19 in the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The tournament resumes at Level 32 with blinds at 150,000/300,000/300,000.

Stay tuned for more coverage of this event and the entire 2021 World Series of Poker from the PokerNews live reporting team.

Monday, October 18, 2021 10:14 PM Local Time
Day 4 Seat Draw
ROOMTABLESEATPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
Amazon4061Matthew BurleyUnited States3,675,00012
Amazon4062Katsushi YoshidaUnited States5,075,00017
Amazon4063Anthony OrtegaUnited States15,775,00053
Amazon4064Charlie DawsonUnited States6,650,00022
Amazon4065Dannah KampUnited States5,125,00017
Amazon4066Santiago PlanteCanada10,775,00036
Amazon4068Steven SarmientoUnited States3,500,00012
Amazon4069Matthew ItkinUnited States2,775,0009
Amazon4141Giancarlo SantolinCanada3,000,00010
Amazon4142Jeffrey VertesCanada8,050,00027
Amazon4143Mordechai HazanIsrael9,850,00033
Amazon4144Lee MarkholtUnited States4,075,00014
Amazon4145Brendan ShillerUnited States3,475,00012
Amazon4146Jaesh BalachandranUnited States17,600,00059
Amazon4147Raul MartinezUnited Kingdom2,450,0008
Amazon4148Rafael ReisBrazil10,975,00037
Amazon4211Christopher AndlerSweden8,300,00028
Amazon4213Antonio MaticCzech Republic6,650,00022
Amazon4214Jason RiesenbergUnited States4,000,00013
Amazon4215Johan SchumacherBelgium9,625,00032
Amazon4216Ryan LengUnited States16,500,00055
Amazon4217Michael NooriUnited States7,850,00026
Amazon4218Daniel FortierUnited States6,700,00022
Amazon4219Ivan DeyraFrance4,725,00016
Monday, October 18, 2021 10:09 PM Local Time
End of Day 3 Chip Counts
Jaesh Balachandran17,600,0000
Ryan Leng16,500,0004,100,000
Anthony Ortega15,775,000-625,000
Rafael Reis10,975,0004,575,000
Santiago Plante10,775,000-1,225,000
Mordechai Hazan9,850,0009,850,000
Johan Schumacher9,625,0003,225,000
Christopher Andler8,300,000100,000
Jeffrey Vertes8,050,0002,450,000
Michael Noori7,850,000-1,800,000
Daniel Fortier6,700,000100,000
Charlie Dawson6,650,0001,150,000
Antonio Matic6,650,000-1,850,000
Dannah Kamp5,125,000-1,375,000
Katsushi Yoshida5,075,0002,325,000
Ivan Deyra4,725,000-375,000
Lee Markholt4,075,000575,000
Jason Riesenberg4,000,000-730,000
Matthew Burley3,675,000-1,625,000
Steven Sarmiento3,500,000700,000
Brendan Shiller3,475,000-3,925,000
Giancarlo Santolin3,000,000-5,000,000
Matthew Itkin2,775,00025,000
Raul Martinez2,450,000600,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 10:04 PM Local Time
Play Has Ended For The Night

The final 24 players are bagging to return tomorrow at 11 am.

Monday, October 18, 2021 10:03 PM Local Time
Uri Reichenstein Eliminated In 25th Place ($21,768)

Uri Reichenstein

As the final minutes of Day 3 were ticking away, things were heating up on table 414.

Uri Reichenstein moved all in and Jaesh Balachandran called, creating a massive pot.

Uri Reichenstein:   
Jaesh Balachandran:   

The flop was     clean for Reichenstein, but the turn brought the   giving Balachandran a full house.

The river fell the   and Reichenstein was eliminated on the final hand of the night.

Balachandran, meanwhile, shoots up the leaderboard with more than 17 million in chips.

Jaesh Balachandran17,600,0007,200,000
Uri Reichenstein0-3,700,000
Gorilla Gaming
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:56 PM Local Time
Ortega Flops Set to Take From Plante

Anthony Ortega

Anthony Ortega raised to 500,000 from the hijack and Santiago Plante called in the small blind.

The flop was     and Plante check-called a 300,000 bet.

The turn brought the   and Plante check-called for 825,000.

The   completed the board and Ortega bet 2.3 million. Plante pondered his decision and asked if Ortega had pocket eights. He received no response and called, only to see Ortega turn over a different set with   , which was good for the pot.

Anthony Ortega16,400,0002,900,000
Santiago Plante12,000,000-900,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:41 PM Local Time
Martinez Triples

Raul Martinez

Raul Martinez jammed for his last 455,000 and both Lee Markholt and Rafael Reis called.

On the flop    , Markholt bet 700,000 and Reis got out of the way.

Raul Martinez:   
Lee Markholt:   

The turn was the   and the river was the  , just what Martinez needed as he made a full house on the river to survive.

Rafael Reis6,400,000-6,700,000
Lee Markholt3,500,000-500,000
Raul Martinez1,850,0001,850,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:31 PM Local Time
Reis' Ladies Hold

Rafael Reis

Bin Weng called the small blind and Rafael Reis raised to 500,000 in the big blind which Weng called.

The flop came down     and Weng checked to Reis who bet 750,000. Weng responded with a raise to 2,200,000 and Reis four-bet all in for 5,400,000. Weng looked back at his cards and called.

Rafael Reis:   
Bin Weng:   

The turn and river of    did not improve Weng's holding and Reis doubled his stack to over 13 million.

Rafael Reis13,100,0006,200,000
Bin Weng1,200,000-3,900,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:31 PM Local Time
James Cook Eliminated in 26th Place ($21,768)

James Cook

James Cook got his two million chip stack in preflop against Christopher Andler.

James Cook:   
Christopher Andler:   

The players were flipping and Cook needed to improve. He couldn't find help on the       board and was eliminated from the tournament following a solid run.

Christopher Andler8,200,0002,600,000
James Cook0-2,100,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:26 PM Local Time
Plante Takes From Yoshida

Santiago Plante opened to 480,000 and Katsushi Yoshida defended from the big blind.

On the     flop, Yoshida check-called a bet 350,000 from Plante.

The turn was the   and both players checked. Both players also checked the   river and Plante turned over   .

"Ahh you turned it," said Yoshida.

Plante moves past 12 million in chips.

Santiago Plante12,900,0002,700,000
Katsushi Yoshida2,750,000-1,050,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:22 PM Local Time
Noori Doubles Through Cook

Michael Noori

James Cook went all-in from middle position for a little bit under 7,000,000 and Michael Noori called in the big blind for less.

Michael Noori:   
James Cook:   

The board ran out       and Cook found no improvement. Noori was given the full double.

Michael Noori9,650,0004,150,000
James Cook2,100,000-7,750,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:16 PM Local Time
Riesenberg Rips It

James Cook limped from the button and Jason Riesenberg ripped it in for 4,370,000.

Cook asked for a count and thought it over before laying it down.

James Cook9,850,000-250,000
Jason Riesenberg4,730,0001,530,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:12 PM Local Time
Balachandran Doubles Through Reichenstein

Jaesh Balachandran

Uri Reichenstein raised under the-gun to 500,000 and on the button, Jaesh Balachandran went all in for 3,900,000. Reichenstein tanked for a little bit before calling and the cards were tabled.

Jaesh Balachandran:   
Uri Reichenstein:   

The board ran out       and Balachandran took his stack to over the 10 million mark.

Jaesh Balachandran10,400,0004,400,000
Uri Reichenstein3,700,000-3,400,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:11 PM Local Time
Schumacher's Fives Hold

Johan Schumacher jammed in his 3.1 million stack and Daniel Fortier called.

Johan Schumacher:   
Daniel Fortier:   

The board ran out       to keep Schumacher in the tournament.

James Cook mentioned after the hand that he folded    in the big blind and would've won the pot, but instead, the pot goes to Schumacher.

Daniel Fortier6,600,000-500,000
Johan Schumacher6,400,0002,300,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 9:03 PM Local Time
Dylan Wilkerson Eliminated In 27th Place ($21,768)

Dylan Wilkerson

Dylan Wilkerson got in his last 340,000 in early position and was called by Anthony Ortega in the small blind and Charlie Dawson in the big blind. The flop came out jack-high which Anthony Ortega led and Dawson folded.

Dylan Wilkerson:   
Anthony Ortega:   

The jack-high board gave the favor to Ortega and the turn and river did not improve Wilkerson and the WSOP circuit ring winner was eliminated in 27th place.

Anthony Ortega13,500,0002,700,000
Dylan Wilkerson0-2,700,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, October 18, 2021 8:58 PM Local Time
Dawson Hits River Three to Double

Charlie Dawson got his 2.5 million stack into the middle preflop against Santiago Plante.

Charlie Dawson:   
Santiago Plante:   

The players were likely to chop but the board was still to be run. Both players were calling for a chop as the flop came    . The turn was the  , and the   spiked the river to give Dawson the full pot and avoid the chop. Plante reiterated he would've been fine with a chop, but instead, Dawson gets the double.

Santiago Plante10,200,000-500,000
Charlie Dawson5,500,0000
Monday, October 18, 2021 8:53 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 120,000/240,000
Ante: 240,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 8:50 PM Local Time
Noori Doubles Through Riesenberg

Jason Riesenberg raised the cutoff to 400,000 and in the big blind, Michael Noori re-raised to 1,100,000. Riesenberg went into the tank before ultimately going all-in and Noori snap-called.

Michael Noori:   
Jason Riesenberg:   

The board ran out       and Noori got the full double.

Michael Noori5,500,000700,000
Jason Riesenberg3,200,000-2,200,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 8:38 PM Local Time
Final Three Table Draw
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
Table 4061Matthew Burley5,300,000
Table 4062Katsushi Yoshida3,800,000
Table 4063Anthony Ortega10,800,000
Table 4064Charlie Dawson5,500,000
Table 4065Dannah Kamp6,500,000
Table 4066Santiago Plante10,700,000
Table 4067Dylan Wilkerson2,700,000
Table 4068Steven Sarmiento2,800,000
Table 4069Matthew Irkin2,750,000
Table 4141Giancarlo Santolin8,000,000
Table 4142Jeffrey Vertes5,600,000
Table 4143Mordechai Hazan7,600,000
Table 4144Lee Markholt4,000,000
Table 4145Brendan Shiller7,400,000
Table 4146Jaesh Balachandran6,000,000
Table 4147Raul Martinez5,100,000
Table 4148Rafael Reis6,900,000
Table 4149Uri Reichenstein7,100,000
Table 4211Christopher Andler5,600,000
Table 4212James Cook10,100,000
Table 4213Antonio Matic8,500,000
Table 4214Jason Riesenberg5,400,000
Table 4215Johan Schumacher4,100,000
Table 4216Ryan Leng12,400,000
Table 4217Michael Noori4,800,000
Table 4218Daniel Fortier7,100,000
Table 4219Ivan Derya5,100,000
Ryan Leng12,400,0008,700,000
Anthony Ortega10,800,0003,300,000
Santiago Plante10,700,000-1,400,000
James Cook10,100,0001,700,000
Antonio Matic8,500,000-3,600,000
Giancarlo Santolin8,000,0006,470,000
Brendan Shiller7,400,0001,700,000
Uri Reichenstein7,100,000-1,200,000
Daniel Fortier7,100,0004,765,000
Rafael Reis6,900,000-1,300,000
Dannah Kamp6,500,0001,600,000
Jaesh Balachandran6,000,000200,000
Christopher Andler5,600,000-1,600,000
Jeffrey Vertes5,600,000-2,000,000
Charlie Dawson5,500,0002,900,000
Jason Riesenberg5,400,000200,000
Matthew Burley5,300,0004,245,000
Ivan Deyra5,100,0005,100,000
Raul Martinez5,100,0005,100,000
Michael Noori4,800,000-1,600,000
Johan Schumacher4,100,000-4,200,000
Lee Markholt4,000,0003,135,000
Katsushi Yoshida3,800,000-1,100,000
Steven Sarmiento2,800,000-2,400,000
Matthew Itkin2,750,000350,000
Dylan Wilkerson2,700,000670,000
Monday, October 18, 2021 8:16 PM Local Time
Balachandran Chips Up With Ladies

Jaesh Balachandran raised to 400,000 under the gun and a player in middle position three-bet to 1.2 million. Balachandran thought about it and eventually jammed. His opponent folded and Balachandran showed the    as he took the pot without a struggle.

Jaesh Balachandran5,800,0001,200,000
Gorilla Gaming