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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 to Friday, October 22, 2021

Event #39: Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,096,035
  • Entries: 821
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, October 22, 2021 8:33 PM Local Time
Josh Arieh Wins 2021 WSOP Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha ($204,766)

Josh Arieh

The 2021 World Series of Poker crowned another gold bracelet winner at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Friday in Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, a tournament that attracted 821 players and offered up a $1,096,035 prize pool.

The PokerGO live-streamed final table contained three former bracelet winners, Josh Arieh, Tommy Le, and Ivan Deyra. In the end, it was Arieh collecting his third WSOP bracelet, claiming victory for $204,766.

An emotional Arieh was still letting it all sink in during his post-victory interview.

"I was just texting my girls," said Arieh. "It's like the whole reason why I work, and it's tough being out here for so long. I actually just came back, had some good times with them. But I was just thinking about my girls and life, and thinking about everything, and just really f***ing excited."

It took Arieh just three hours to finish off the victory, and he reflected on his legacy.

"I mean I don't know, I think I'm really good, just like everybody else," he said. "But I haven't won a bracelet in 15 years, I've come close. I think I have three or four seconds in the last six years and I f***ing dog it, like I choke, and I started feeling that pressure again right at the beginning. But I was lucky enough to hold some cards and fought through the mental weakness I guess. But it's always good, winning money and winning bracelets is always good. I don't know there's part of me that like, I feel like I should, that I could be a Hall of Fame inductee. I don't know inducted but at least a chance to be inducted. So I've been thinking about that for a few years, get a third bracelet and maybe I'll get on the ballot. But now I'll try to get four."

Arieh, 47, admittedly doesn't play as much he used to but said he loves the competition.

"I don't play that much, I'm a gambler at heart and I gamble at anything that I feel like I have an edge or I gamble at anything that's close to 50-50 because I feel like I'm lucky," said Arieh. "I just like competing, I'm a competitor, whatever it is, I'm competing hard. If it's me, Shaun, Daniel, and Matt playing video games, you know we're competing hard, we like to win. It gets us going in the morning and that's just how I'll be until the day I die."

2021 WSOP $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1stJosh AriehUnited States$204,766
2ndTommy LeUnited States$126,549
3rdRobert BlairUnited States$89,968
4thIvan DeyraFrance$64,890
5thGabriel AndradeEcuador$47,492

Other players to cash on the final table included Nitesh Rawtani (6th -$35,278), Lior Abudi (7th - $26,603), and Charles Wilt (8th - $20,371).

All eyes were on the former two-time bracelet winner Arieh, as he came in with the chip lead and was looking to add to his impressive resume.

"Nothing against anybody, but before we started the final table I knew that it was going to be me and Tommy heads-up," he said. "I can show you a text from my phone that says it's going to be me and Tommy heads-up, and I hope I have more chips when we start and that's what happened. I've been playing Pot-Limit Omaha since, what am I 47, and I've been playing Pot-Limit Omaha for 30 years or something like that and I just get it. I understand the flow and I understand the thought process of the guys trying to ladder up. So I just caught some good cards and everything worked out. I've been in this situation plenty of times before and it didn't work out."

Final Table Action

Gabriel Andrade entered the day as the short stack and he was the first to go when he got it in preflop and was knocked out by Robert Blair to bring the action to four-handed.

Next to go was Ivan Deyra. He was left short by the constant pressure of Arieh and ultimately was eliminated by him to exit in fourth. Robert Blair followed him out the door shortly thereafter, also dispatched by Arieh after being down to under ten big blinds.

That left Arieh and Tommy Le to play for the bracelet, with a 3-1 chip advantage for Arieh. The two exchanged a few pots, including an all-in that resulted in a chop. But Arieh whittled Le down and eventually got it in good against Le to hold for the win.

Arieh won 32 of 58 final table hands, a masterful performance for the well-known pro.

"Overall the competition, poker is alive and well in the lower buy-in stuff," said Arieh. "But I'll try to parlay tomorrow and play the 10k. I feel really comfortable playing Pot-Limit Omaha, so I'll play with anybody."

Congratulations to Josh for taking down Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha. He joins a prestigious group of three-time WSOP bracelet winners that includes Barry Greenstein, David Reese, and Dewey Tomko, to name a few.

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Friday, October 22, 2021 6:50 PM Local Time
Tommy Le Eliminated in 2nd Place ($126,549)

Tommy Le

Tommy Le opened to 480,000 and Josh Arieh three-bet to 1,400,000.

Le called and they saw the     flop. Arieh bet 2,340,000 and Le called to put himself at risk.

Tommy Le:     
Josh Arieh:     

The turn was the   and the river was the   as Le was eliminated as Arieh made a broadway straight.

Josh Arieh20,500,0003,700,000
Tommy Le0-3,700,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:46 PM Local Time
Arieh Strengthens Lead

Josh Arieh raised to 480,000 from the small blind, Tommy Le called.

The flop came down    . Arieh bet 525,000 and Le called.

The turn was the  . Arieh loaded up and bet 1,700,000, which forced a rapid fold from Le as he fell further behind.

Josh Arieh16,800,0001,200,000
Tommy Le3,700,000-1,200,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:43 PM Local Time
Arieh Takes Two

Josh Arieh raised to 480,000 and Tommy Le called. The flop came     and Le check-folded to a bet of 400,000 from Arieh.

Le limped in and Arieh checked his option. The flop came     and Arieh check-raised a bet of 200,000 from Le up to 900,000 and took it down.

Josh Arieh15,600,0001,000,000
Tommy Le4,900,000-1,000,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:43 PM Local Time
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Friday, October 22, 2021 6:40 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 160,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:39 PM Local Time
Using the Same Wheel

Tommy Le raised to 360,000 from the button, Josh Arieh defended from the big blind.

The flop came    . Arieh bet 350,000 and Le called.

The turn was the  . Arieh made a hefty bet of 1,130,000 which Le called.

The river came the  . Arieh bet 3,790,000 on the river and Le called again.

Arieh had the      while Le also had      as the dealer chopped the pot.

Josh Arieh14,600,000-100,000
Tommy Le5,900,000100,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:33 PM Local Time
Small Pots Early

Josh Arieh opened to 360,000 and Tommy Le called.

On the     flop, Le check-folded to a bet of 300,000 from Arieh.

Le opened to 360,000 and Arieh laid it down.

Arieh made it 360,000 and Le called.

On the     flop, Le check-folded to a bet of 325,000 from Arieh.

Josh Arieh14,700,000700,000
Tommy Le5,800,000-800,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:29 PM Local Time
Le Takes One Early

Josh Arieh raised to 360,000 from the big blind after Tommy Le limped and Le called.

The flop came    . Arieh bet 325,000, Le raised to 825,000 which forced Arieh to fold as Le took down a nice early pot in heads up play.

Josh Arieh14,000,000-1,700,000
Tommy Le6,600,0001,700,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:24 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Begins

WSOP Cards and Chips

Josh Arieh and Tommy Le are set to the play for the bracelet after they took a brief 10-minute break.

Friday, October 22, 2021 6:11 PM Local Time
Robert Blair Eliminated in 3rd Place ($89,968)

Robert Blair

Josh Arieh raised 360,000 and Robert Blair shoved for 1,200,000, Arieh called.

Robert Blair:     
Josh Arieh:     

The board came      , no help to Blair as the queens of Arieh held.

Josh Arieh15,700,0001,400,000
Robert Blair0-1,300,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:07 PM Local Time
Ivan Deyra Eliminated in 4th Place ($64,890)

Ivan Deyra

Tommy Le limped the button, Josh Arieh raised from the small blind to 480,000. Ivan Deyra raised all in for 1,050,000 from the big blind, Le folded and Arieh called.

Ivan Deyra:     
Josh Arieh:     

The flop came     to give Arieh two-pair. The turn was the   to give Dehya a pair. The river came the   which spelled the end of the run for Deyra and bring the table to three-handed play.

Josh Arieh14,300,0001,200,000
Tommy Le4,900,000-200,000
Robert Blair1,300,000-100,000
Ivan Deyra0-1,200,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:02 PM Local Time
Two More For Arieh

Josh Arieh made it 400,000 and took the pot.

Tommy Le limped in and Arieh checked his option. On the     flop, Le checked-called a bet of 200,000 from Arieh.

The turn was the   and Le check-folded to a bet of 725,000 from Arieh.

Josh Arieh13,100,000700,000
Tommy Le5,100,000-500,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 5:57 PM Local Time
Blair Shoves Flop to Go Above Deyra in Chips

Ivan Deyra limped the small blind. Robert Blair three-bet the big blind to 360,000, Deyra called.

The flop came    . Blair moved all-in for 540,000 after a check. Deyra went into the tank and mulled it over. After two and a half minutes he folded his hand and became the short stack.

Robert Blair1,400,000400,000
Ivan Deyra1,200,000-300,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 5:49 PM Local Time
Five in a Row For Arieh

Josh Arieh raised to 360,000 and won the pot.

Arieh opened to 250,000 and took it down again.

For the third hand in a row, Arieh raised and found no takers.

Arieh was awarded a walk on the next hand.

Arieh made it 360,000 and the players continued to fold.

Josh Arieh12,400,0001,100,000
Tommy Le5,600,000-300,000
Ivan Deyra1,500,000-900,000
Robert Blair1,000,000-900,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 5:45 PM Local Time
Le Takes a Bit From Arieh

Josh Arieh raised to 150,000 from the big blind after Tommy Le limped, and Le called the raise.

The flop came    . Arieh bet 150,000 and Le called.

The turn was the  . Arieh bet 425,000 and Le called again. The river came the   and it went check-check.

Le tabled the      which was good enough for the pot as he gained some upward mobility.

Josh Arieh11,300,000-800,000
Tommy Le5,900,000800,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 5:42 PM Local Time
Raising and Taking for Le and Arieh

Tommy Le raised to 325,000 and took the blinds and antes.

Josh Arieh opened to 300,000 and everyone else folded.

Josh Arieh opened to 350,000 and won another round of blinds.

Josh Arieh12,100,000500,000
Tommy Le5,100,000100,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 5:37 PM Local Time
Le Bets Pot on Turn

Tommy Le limped from the small blind, Josh Arieh checked.

The flop came    . Le bet 150,000, Arieh called.

The turn was the  . Le led with a pot-sized bet of 660,000 which forced a fold from Arieh after a tank of nearly two minutes.

Josh Arieh11,600,000-500,000
Tommy Le5,000,000800,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 5:28 PM Local Time
Two for Arieh, One for Le

Josh Arieh raised to 250,000 and won the blinds and antes.

Josh Arieh opened again to 275,000 took the blinds again.

Ivan Deyra, Robert Blair and Tommy Le all limped in and Arieh checked his option.

On the     flop, action checked to Blair who bet 200,000. Only Le called to see the   turn.

Action checked to the river  , and Le check-called a bet of 300,000 from Blair.

Le held      for jacks and sixes, while the holding of Blair was not pulled into view and headed into the muck.

Josh Arieh12,100,000500,000
Tommy Le4,200,000800,000
Ivan Deyra2,400,000-400,000
Robert Blair1,900,000-900,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 5:23 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 120,000