Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:48 AM Local Time
Karolis Sereika Wins First WSOP Bracelet in Event #37 ($195,310)
Karolis Sereika was crowned the winner of Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo at the 2021 World Series of Poker to win his first bracelet. The Lithuanian professional player defeated a 1441-player field including the formidable Brazilian Pedro Padilha in heads-up play to win the $195,310 top-prize and some bounties worth $500 each.
The Lithuanian grinder had a big rail behind him all night and could be heard throughout the Amazon room in every hand he was involved. His previous best finish was second in a $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em event in 2018 in which he cashed $159,969. Sereika has cashed for $302,858 lifetime with this being his biggest to date at $195,310.
"This is the first live Lithuanian WSOP bracelet so that means a lot to me and all Lithuanian players, I'm very happy and very excited. Just so many emotions, I really wanted it with all my heart."
Sereika becomes the first Lithuanian live player to earn a WSOP bracelet, and perhaps as impressive, he eliminated all but one player from the final table. Three other Lithuanian players in Vincas Tamasauskas, Gediminas Uselis, and Vladas Burneikis have all won WSOP Online bracelets at GGPoker.
Final Result Event #37: $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE
|Position||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|3||Lorenzo Adams||United States||$88,435|
|5||Steve Buell||United States||$49,033|
|6||Alec Gould||United States||$37,114|
|7||Romuald Pycior||United States||$28,406|
|9||Wing Yam||United States||$17,211|
A lot of familiar faces gave it a shot to win a bracelet in one day but most of them didn't make it. Qui Nguyen, Greg Raymer, Kenny Hallaert, David "Chino" Rheem, and Maurice Hawkins all gave it a shot but failed to make the money in this event. Plenty of others did make the money as there were a total of 217 players that ended up winning a piece of the $1,923,735 prize pool.
Some of the fortunate players include Jason Stockfish (19th - $6,025), Jeonggyu Cho (47th - $4,307), Jesse Yaginuma (47th - $3,710), Bertrand Grospellier (54th - $3,710), and Joe Serock (136st - $1,876).
Final Table Action
Wing Yam was ousted in ninth place when he lost a flip with ace-seven suited against the fours held by Alec Gould.
Eliminated in eighth place Alexander Norden after making the call with the better hand pocket Jacks but unfortunately for him, Sereika ran good at the right time and hit a wheel on the turn with his ace-five of clubs and eliminated Norden.
Sereika put on quite the display as after eliminating Norden he sent Lorenzo Adams, Pierre Calamusa, Steve Buell, Gould, and Romuald Pycior to the rail to leave him heads-up with Padilha.
It wasn't smooth sailing for Sereika heads-up despite eliminating a slew of players and holding a 3:1 chip advantage against Padilha. Padilha battled back and took 3:1 chip advantage himself before he doubled Sereika twice to put the Lithuanian back in control
Soon after, Padilha found himself short of a bracelet and had to settle for the runner-up prize of $120,700 plus bounties after he unsuccessfully jammed king-eight suited into ace-nine.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:43 AM Local Time
Pedro Padilha Eliminated in 2nd Place ($120,700)
Pedro Padilha announced all in from the small blind, and Karolis Sereika instantly called to put the WSOP gold bracelet in play.
The runout of left Sereika in front, eliminating Pedilha in the runner-up position.
|Karolis Sereika||36,025,000||16,205,000 |
|Pedro Padilha||0||-16,205,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:41 AM Local Time
Sereika Traps with Aces
Karolis Sereika limped from the button before Pedro Padilha jammed his stack. Sereika instantly threw in a stack of 1,000,000 chips to call while rolling his hand over.
Sereika still needed to dodge as the flop came , giving Padilha a pair of tens. The turn was the changing nothing and the board completed with the on the river. Sereika had taken the lead back with the double up.
|Karolis Sereika||19,820,000||11,520,000 |
|Pedro Padilha||16,205,000||-11,520,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:35 AM Local Time
Padilha Still in Command
Pedro Padilha and Karolis Sereika traded preflop all-ins on several hands in a row, leaving Padilha's sizeable chip advantage intact.
|Pedro Padilha||27,725,000||1,925,000 |
|Karolis Sereika||8,300,000||-1,925,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:26 AM Local Time
Padilha Doubles Again
Karolis Sereika shoved on the button and Pedro Padilha snap-called his 12,850,000.
Padilha was ahead with his pair and made two pairs on the flop. The turn was the and the river was the , giving Padilha a full house to double again.
|Pedro Padilha||25,800,000||7,450,000 |
|Karolis Sereika||10,225,000||-7,450,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:16 AM Local Time
Padilha Takes the Lead
Karolis Sereika shoved all-in on the button and Pedro Padilha made the call in the big blind.
The flop came , flopping Padilha a pair of twos and Sereika couldn't catch up on the turn or the river securing the double up for Padilha. Padilha has taken the lead for the first time heads up.
|Pedro Padilha||18,350,000||4,250,000 |
|Karolis Sereika||17,675,000||-4,250,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:14 AM Local Time
Level 38 started
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:02 AM Local Time
Padilha Chipping Up
Pedro Padilha moved all in to take several recent pots, chipping his way closer to Karolis Sereika.
|Karolis Sereika||21,925,000||-5,100,000 |
|Pedro Padilha||14,100,000||4,900,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:00 AM Local Time
Level 37 started
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:54 AM Local Time
Padilha Turns a Pair
Pedro Padilha called and Karolis Sereika checked to see a flop. Both players checked through the turn, before Padilha bet 1,500,000 chips on the river.
Sereika called, and Padilha turned over his pair of sevens to take the pot.
|Karolis Sereika||27,025,000||-2,200,000 |
|Pedro Padilha||9,200,000||2,400,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:43 AM Local Time
Lorenzo Adams Eliminated in 3rd Place ($88,435)
Pedro Padilha folded on the button, Karolis Sereika shoved all-in from the small blind and Lorenzo Adams made the call in the big blind for his remaining stack of 7,200,000.
Adams was ahead with his ace-high until the dealer spread a flop of , giving Sereika a pair of nines. The turn and the river were no help for Adams as he was eliminated in third place for $88,435.
|Karolis Sereika||29,225,000||10,725,000 |
|Pedro Padilha||6,800,000||-800,000 |
|Lorenzo Adams||0||-9,000,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:33 AM Local Time
Level 36 started
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:29 AM Local Time
Pierre Calamusa Eliminated in 4th Place ($65,494)
The action folded around to Karolis Sereika in the small blind and he jammed all-in. Pierre Calamusa snap-called in the big blind and both hands were tabled.
The dealer fanned a flop of , giving Sereika a flush draw to go along with his two live cards. The turn was the , pairing Calamusa's ace but the river was the completing Sereika's flush to earn the pot. Calamusa was eliminated in fourth place for $65,494.
|Karolis Sereika||18,500,000||2,300,000 |
|Lorenzo Adams||9,000,000||3,450,000 |
|Pedro Padilha||7,600,000||2,200,000 |
|Pierre Calamusa||0||-2,750,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:27 AM Local Time
Adams Doubles Up Through Sereika
The action picked up when Lorenzo Adams jammed all-in for his remaining 2,775,000 and was called by the chip leader Karolis Sereika to put Adams at risk.
The board ran out and with that Adams doubles through the chip leader to continue in the final table.
|Karolis Sereika||16,200,000||-3,400,000 |
|Lorenzo Adams||5,550,000||-850,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:20 AM Local Time
Level 35 started
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:20 AM Local Time
Steve Buell Eliminated in 5th Place ($49,033)
Pedro Padilha raised under the gun to 800,000 and Steve Buell three-bet jammed for his remaining stack of roughly 4,300,000. Karolis Sereika was next to act and announced he was all in as well, covering the table. Padilha folded and both hands were tabled.
The flop of , gave Sereika quad nines and Buell's hope was gone as the board competed with the on the turn and the on the river. Buell was eliminated in fifth place for $49,033.
|Karolis Sereika||19,600,000||7,300,000 |
|Pedro Padilha||5,400,000||-3,500,000 |
|Steve Buell||0||-4,350,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:04 AM Local Time
Alec Gould Eliminated in 6th Place ($37,114)
After raising in early position to 800,000 and taking down the blinds Karolis Sereika tabled .
The next hand Sereika raised under the gun to 800,000 and the action folded around to Alec Gould on the button and he jammed for his last 1,525,000. The blinds quickly folded and Sereika made the call.
Gould was looking for an ace but unfortunately the flop was no help when it came . The turn gave a little extra life as it came , giving him a pair of jacks but the river was the . Gould was eliminated in 6th Place for $37,114.
|Karolis Sereika||12,300,000||2,400,000 |
|Alec Gould||0||-2,525,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:53 AM Local Time
Level 34 started
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:46 AM Local Time
Chip Counts at the Break
|Karolis Sereika||9,900,000||1,450,000 |
|Pedro Padilha||8,900,000||150,000 |
|Lorenzo Adams||6,400,000||3,350,000 |
|Steve Buell||4,350,000||-1,020,000 |
|Pierre Calamusa||2,750,000||-3,540,000 |
|Alec Gould||2,525,000||-705,000 |
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:35 AM Local Time
Players are now on a 20-minute break.