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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 to Saturday, October 23, 2021

Event #40: H.O.R.S.E. Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,389,425
  • Entries: 149
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:06 AM Local Time
Qinghai Pan Leads Field After Day 1 of $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.

Quinghai Pan

The top of the field heading to Day 2 of Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. will be tightly packed, but Qinghai Pan vaulted above everyone in the last two levels of the night to take the biggest of the big stacks into Thursday's play with 373,000 chips.

Several others were in contention for the chip lead before Pan soared past the field including Scott Seiver (261,000), Andrew Yeh (229,500), Randy Ohel (219,500), David Benyamine (219,000), and Brett Richey (215,000).

Pan started his run to the top earlier in the day by eliminating Daniel Negreanu in a hand of Razz. He'll be looking to improve on his recent 7th place finish in the $3,000 version of this discipline in Event #32.

Wednesday's event drew 139 entries through the first 10 levels of play, with 71 surviving, and late registration still open until Day 2.

Adam Friedman and Phil Hellmuth could be among the last entrants after they did battle in Event #36: $10,000 Dealer's Choice, with Friedman defeating Hellmuth to become a three-time defending champion of that event.

Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1Qinghai PanUnited States373,000
2Scott SeiverUnited States261,000
3Andrew YehUnited States229,500
4Randy OhelUnited States219,500
5David BenyamineFrance219,000
6Marco JohnsonUnited States218,000
7Jerry WongUnited States217,500
8Brett RicheyUnited States215,500
9Jesse KleinUnited States199,500
10Nate SilverUnited States197,000
Greg Mueller
Defending champion Greg Mueller made it to Day 2

Elite Field Shows Up

The $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship always draws an elite field of mixed-game superstars, and this year was no exception, with 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell (181,500), Scott Bohlman (180,000), Max Pescatori (125,500), Yuri Dzivielevski (100,000) and defending champion Greg Mueller (30,500) among those surviving the day.

Others such as Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, Brian Rast, Matt Glantz, David "ODB", Baker, and David "Bakes" Baker were not as fortunate.

The atmosphere in the room was generally light as well, with plenty of conversation and an interesting table involving mixed-games star Brandon Shack-Harris (177,500) keeping things playful in the early stages of this battle for a bracelet.

Business will get far more serious Thursday however, as the players battle into the money, beginning at 2:00 pm local time with level 11, which comes with limits of 4,000 and 8,000. The levels also move from 60 minutes to 90, and the players will take a 60-minute dinner break after level 14.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for continued coverage of this and every World Series of Poker Event live from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:04 AM Local Time
Day 2 Seat Draw - Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4272Peiwen WangUnited States189,000
Amazon4273Shaun DeebUnited States71,000
Amazon4274Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom184,500
Amazon4275Jerry WongUnited States217,500
Amazon4276Randy OhelUnited States219,500
Amazon4277Christopher VitchUnited States155,000
Amazon4278Marco JohnsonUnited States218,000
Amazon4281Kyle MontgomeryUnited States51,000
Amazon4283John RacenerUnited States29,000
Amazon4284William KlevitzUnited States45,500
Amazon4285Ryan LaplanteUnited States39,000
Amazon4286Tommy HangUnited States168,500
Amazon4287Derek McMasterUnited States6,500
Amazon4288Tom McCormickUnited States19,000
Amazon4291Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States177,500
Amazon4292Yehuda BuchalterUnited States149,500
Amazon4293Allen KesslerUnited States19,000
Amazon4294Richard SklarUnited States196,500
Amazon4295Kevin GerhartUnited States110,000
Amazon4297Jesse KleinUnited States199,500
Amazon4298Ryan BoyleUnited States36,000
Amazon4301James WoodsUnited States189,000
Amazon4302Qinghai PanUnited States373,000
Amazon4303Raymond HensonUnited States192,000
Amazon4304Felipe RamosBrazil28,500
Amazon4305Hansu ChuUnited States46,000
Amazon4307Matt GrapenthienUnited States113,000
Amazon4308Perry FriedmanUnited States87,500
Amazon4361Bertrand GrospellierFrance58,000
Amazon4362Aaron KupinUnited States28,000
Amazon4364Johannes BeckerGermany95,500
Amazon4365Scott SeiverUnited States261,000
Amazon4366Eddie BlumenthalUnited States65,500
Amazon4367Kevin SongUnited States111,000
Amazon4368Christopher ChungUnited States165,000
Amazon4372Greg MuellerCanada30,500
Amazon4373Nate SilverUnited States197,000
Amazon4374Brock ParkerUnited States24,500
Amazon4375Dario SammartinoItaly173,500
Amazon4377Scott BohlmanUnited States180,000
Amazon4378Thomas HammersUnited States180,500
Amazon4381Alexander HarrisUnited States71,000
Amazon4383Chad CampbellUnited States189,000
Amazon4384Chris BellUnited States40,000
Amazon4385Andrew KelsallUnited States91,000
Amazon4386Max PescatoriItaly125,500
Amazon4388Wendy FreedmanUnited States116,000
Amazon4391Gary BensonAustralia76,000
Amazon4392Renan BruschiBrazil104,500
Amazon4394Robert CampbellAustralia181,500
Amazon4395Nick SchulmanUnited States60,000
Amazon4397Brett RicheyUnited States215,500
Amazon4398Cary KatzUnited States70,500
Amazon4451Yuebin GuoUnited States78,000
Amazon4453Andrew YehUnited States229,500
Amazon4455Todd IvensUnited States160,000
Amazon4456Eric RodawigUnited States151,500
Amazon4457Michael TrivettUnited States155,000
Amazon4458John MonnetteUnited States35,500
Amazon4462David BenyamineFrance219,000
Amazon4463Jesse HamptonUnited States68,500
Amazon4464Ismael BojangGermany34,500
Amazon4465David SingerUnited States69,500
Amazon4467Bryce YockeyUnited States156,000
Amazon4468Mark GalloUnited States46,000
Amazon4471Dan ShakUnited States154,500
Amazon4473Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil100,000
Amazon4475John HenniganUnited States30,000
Amazon4476Frankie O'DellUnited States47,500
Amazon4477Craig ChaitUnited States95,500
Amazon4478Andre AkkariBrazil31,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:11 AM Local Time
Day 1 Chip Counts

Play has ended for the night. The tournament clock shows 71 players remaining, with registration open until the start of day two.

A full recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.

Qinghai Pan373,000168,000
Scott Seiver261,00093,000
Andrew Yeh229,5009,500
Randy Ohel219,50079,500
David Benyamine219,000-56,000
Marco Johnson218,00088,000
Jerry Wong217,500100,500
Brett Richey215,500155,500
Jesse Klein199,500-10,500
Nate Silver197,00075,000
Richard Sklar196,50011,500
Raymond Henson192,000
James Woods189,0000
Peiwen Wang189,000135,000
Chad Campbell189,000129,000
Benny Glaser184,500119,500
Robert Campbell181,500-500
Thomas Hammers180,500
Scott Bohlman180,0003,000
Brandon Shack-Harris177,50060,500
Dario Sammartino173,500120,500
Tommy Hang168,50091,500
Christopher Chung165,00030,000
Todd Ivens160,00016,500
Bryce Yockey156,00093,000
Michael Trivett155,00057,000
Christopher Vitch155,00031,000
Dan Shak154,50032,500
Eric Rodawig151,50015,500
Yehuda Buchalter149,500-48,500
Max Pescatori125,500105,000
Wendy Freedman116,00074,800
Matt Grapenthien113,0004,000
Kevin Song111,00042,000
Kevin Gerhart110,00051,000
Renan Bruschi104,50034,500
Yuri Dzivielevski100,000-2,000
Craig Chait95,500-40,500
Johannes Becker95,50095,500
Andrew Kelsall91,00034,000
Perry Friedman87,500-10,500
Yuebin Guo78,000
Gary Benson76,000-20,000
Alexander Harris71,000
Shaun Deeb71,00011,000
Cary Katz70,50010,000
David Singer69,5005,500
Jesse Hampton68,500-37,500
Eddie Blumenthal65,5005,500
Nick Schulman60,00044,000
Bertrand Grospellier58,000-60,000
Kyle Montgomery51,000
Frankie O'Dell47,500-64,500
Hansu Chu46,000-30,000
Mark Gallo46,000-10,000
William Klevitz45,500-14,500
Chris Bell40,000
Ryan Laplante39,000-81,000
Ryan Boyle36,00022,000
John Monnette35,500-20,500
Ismael Bojang34,50013,500
Andre Akkari31,000-49,000
Greg Mueller30,500-43,500
john Hennigan30,000-62,000
John Racener29,00010,000
Felipe Ramos28,500-13,000
Aaron Kupin28,000-36,200
Brock Parker24,500-35,500
Allen Kessler19,000-7,000
Tom McCormick19,000
Derek McMaster6,500-40,500
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:51 AM Local Time
Plays Winds Down on Day 1

The floor director has announced three more hands to conclude play for the night.

Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:42 AM Local Time
Deeb Joins the Field

Shaun Deeb has taken his seat in the final 20 minutes of Day 1. There are currently 75 players remaining, with late registration open until the start of the day 2.

Shaun Deeb60,00060,000
Paul Volpe0-60,000
Alex Livingston0
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:20 AM Local Time
More Bustouts Near Night's End

Forty minutes remain on the clock before the surviving players bag up for Day 2.

Chris Brewer0-6,000
Shirley Rosario0-24,000
Brian Rast0-60,000
Jose Paz-Gutierrez0-39,600
John Fahmy0-46,000
PJ Cha0-54,000
Tom Koral0-53,000
Matt Glantz0-93,000
Matthew Ashton0-60,000
Jason Papastavrou0-60,200
Kenna James0-70,500
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:10 AM Local Time
Benyamine Leads Into Final Level

david benyamine

David Benyamine has built himself a decent chip lead as the final 75 players grind through the final level of the night.

David Benyamine275,000138,000
Andrew Yeh220,000160,000
Jesse Klein210,00057,000
Qinghai Pan205,000125,600
Yehuda Buchalter198,00020,000
Richard Sklar185,000185,000
Robert Campbell182,0006,000
Scott Seiver168,00027,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:00 AM Local Time
Level 10 started
Level: 10
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:58 AM Local Time
Ramos Finds a Triple Up

Stud Hi-Lo

After raising to begin the hand, Felipe Ramos committed his last big bet on sixth street against the calls of Richard Sklar and Hansu Chu.

Felipe Ramos:    /      /  
Richard Sklar:     /     
Hansu Chu:     /     

Ramos was relieved to find that his two pair were good, as he tripled up ahead of the last level of the night.

Richard Sklar138,000138,000
Hansu Chu76,00016,000
Felipe Ramos41,5009,500
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:51 AM Local Time
Matusow Eliminated; Headed to Thunderdome


Mike Matusow has been eliminated by Jesse Hampton.

Matusow put the last of his chips in on fourth street, but got an unfavorable runout, as his       was pipped by Hampton's      .

Matusow quickly left the Amazon Tan section and headed next door to the Thunderdome to watch Phil Hellmuth heads-up versus Adam Friedman in Event #36: $10,000 Dealer's Choice.

Jesse Hampton106,000106,000
Mike Matusow0-28,000
Hal Rotholz0-3,000
Michael Parizon0-60,000
Christopher Stephan0-60,000
Ziya Rahim0-90,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:39 AM Local Time
Silver Hits Broadway


Nate Silver was in a heads-up pot with Benny Glaser as the two reached seventh street. Silver bet and was called before turning over     /      for a straight, taking in the pot as Glaser mucked his hand.

Nate Silver122,00014,000
Benny Glaser65,000-82,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:31 AM Local Time
Short Stacks Trying to Survive
Allen Kessler26,000-18,500
Shirley Rosario24,000-51,000
Eli Elezra16,000-61,000
Nick Schulman16,000-50,000
Ryan Boyle14,000-98,000
Chris Brewer6,0006,000
Hal Rotholz3,000-27,000
Daniel Buckley00
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:20 AM Local Time
Chad Among Recent Eliminations


Norman Chad was just the victim of a horrific runout against Marco Johnson which eliminated him from the tournament.

According to Johnson, the last of Chad's chips went in on fourth street while he held      versus Johnson's     .

Chad then proceeded to draw paint on fifth through seventh streets and Johnson picked up a   and a   to make the best hand and eliminate Chad.

Several other players have been seen leaving the tournament area recently as the bustouts start to accumulate as the night nears it's end.

Marco Johnson130,00070,000
Norman Chad0-55,200
Jared Bleznick0-60,000
Chris Brewer0-60,000
David "ODB" Baker0-23,000
Barbara Enright0-5,000
Joao Vieira0-60,000
Christina Hill00
Emin Gabrelians0-55,400
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:01 AM Local Time
Level 9 started
Level: 9
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:46 PM Local Time
One Last Break

Players have been sent on their final 15-minute break of the night.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:31 PM Local Time
Another Round of Counts and Bustouts
Scott Bohlman177,00054,000
Robert Campbell176,000108,500
Jesse Klein153,00093,000
Benny Glaser147,00087,000
Scott Seiver141,00037,000
Randy Ohel140,00089,000
David Benyamine137,0000
Dan Shak122,00022,000
Ryan Laplante120,00061,000
Bertrand Grospellier118,00056,500
Jerry Wong117,000117,000
Frankie O'Dell112,00052,000
Nate Silver108,0000
john Hennigan92,00032,000
Anthony Zinno79,000-500
Greg Mueller74,00014,000
Nick Schulman66,00017,500
Cary Katz60,500500
John Monnette56,000-44,000
Derek McMaster47,000-13,000
Allen Kessler44,500-32,500
Hal Rotholz30,000-10,500
Mike Matusow28,000-32,000
John Racener19,000-81,000
Carlo Van Ravenswoud0-60,000
Joe Hachem0-20,000
Renan Bruschi0-60,000
Yuval Bronshtein0-51,000
Roland Israelashvili0-60,000
Jean Gaspard0-60,000
Noah Bronstein00
Bryan Micon0-85,000
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:28 PM Local Time
Benyamine's Stack Continues to Grow


David Benyamine:    /      /  
Tony Hartmann:    /      /  

Tony Hartman committed the rest of his chips on fifth street, and revealed a set of fours after David Benyamine called. Hartmann was ahead until Benyamine hit a full house on sixth street, and could not catch up on seventh ending his run.

David Benyamine137,00031,000
Tony Hartmann00
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:10 PM Local Time
More Chip Counts
Craig Chait136,00076,000
Christopher Chung135,00075,000
Brandon Shack-Harris117,00059,000
Yuri Dzivielevski102,00049,000
Andre Akkari80,00023,000
James Woods79,200-1,700
Eli Elezra77,0004,000
Shirley Rosario75,00045,700
Brian Rast60,0000
Andrew Kelsall57,000-3,000
Dario Sammartino53,000-7,000
Yuval Bronshtein51,000-11,500
Ismael Bojang21,000-39,000
Joe Hachem20,000-8,000
Barbara Enright5,000-14,000
Frank Kassela0-43,000
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:06 PM Local Time
Silver Chipping Up, More Faces Join the Field

Nate Silver

Nate Silver knocked out John Esposito to climb over the 100,000 mark. At nearby tables, more familiar names sat down to join the field.

Nate Silver108,00024,500
Paul Volpe60,00060,000
Matthew Ashton60,00060,000
Jared Bleznick60,00060,000
Owais Ahmed0-60,000
James Chen0-100,000
John Esposito0-61,000
Zachary Milchman0-60,000
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:54 PM Local Time
Buchalter Leads the Field

Yehuda Buchalter

Yehuda Buchalter was just seen scooping a 50,000+ chip multiway Stud hi-lo pot after showing a king-high flush that neither of his opponents could beat or split with a low.

He is now the chip leader in the tournament.

Yehuda Buchalter178,00046,500
Eric Rodawig136,00031,000
Christopher Vitch124,00064,000
Ian O'Hara116,0008,000
Michael Trivett98,000-14,000
Perry Friedman98,00017,500
Matt Glantz93,000-24,000
David Singer64,0004,000
Norman Chad55,200-18,800
Wendy Freedman41,200-65,800
David "ODB" Baker23,000-18,000