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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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Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:29 AM Local Time
Gerhart Leads the Final Five; Johnson, Yockey and Shack-Harris Also Eye Repeat Bracelet Win

Kevin Gerhart

After over eight hours of play in a back-and-forth Day 3, Kevin Gerhart leads the final table into Day 4 of Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker. The remaining players survived a penultimate day that started with 16 players and played down to the final five that will return tomorrow to play to a winner on PokerGO. The popular H.O.R.S.E. Championship attracted 149 entrants to a field that generated a prize pool of $1,389,425, of which $361,124 will go to the winner along with the WSOP gold bracelet.

Behind Gerhart are Eddie Blumenthal, two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson, and bracelet winner Bryce Yockey with Brandon Shack-Harris returning on the short stack for a chance to spin it up to win his third bracelet.

Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Five Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Bets
1Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States540,0005
2Eddie BlumenthalUnited States2,400,00020
3Bryce YockeyUnited States1,445,00012
4Marco JohnsonUnited States1,840,00015
5Kevin GerhartUnited States2,720,00023

Day 3 Action

Eric Rodawig, Michael Trivett, Max Pescatori, Kevin Song, Jerry Wong, Randy Ohel, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier all hit the rail in the first two levels of the day, and the remaining players were quickly down to an unofficial final table of nine.

Gerhart built his lead throughout the day at a volatile final table that took more than three hours before Benny Glaser was eliminated in ninth place by Gerhart's two-pair. It was another three hours of lead changes and doubles before the table saw its next elimination, David Benyamine, fall in in eighth place. Just a short time later, Jake Schwartz and Chris Vitch were ousted just a few hands apart to set the final five for tomorrow's finale. When the dust settled, Gerhart held a small chip lead over Eddie Blumenthal, who made a late charge after struggling to find traction all day.

Final Table Results and Remaining Payouts

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1  $361,124
2  $223,194
3  $155,971
4  $111,701
5  $82,033
6Chris VitchUnited States$61,819
7Jake SchwartzUnited States$47,835
8David BenyamineFrance$38,035

The button will be on Shack-Harris and there is one more hand to be played in Limit Hold'em when the action resumes at 4 p.m. local time. There are 23 minutes left in level 23, which features limit blinds of 30,000/60,000 and limits of 60,000/120,000. The final table will be broadcast with hole cards exposed at 5 p.m. at PokerGO.

Be sure to join us tomorrow for live updates on the final table of Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. from the PokerNews live reporting team.

Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:23 AM Local Time
End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts
Kevin Gerhart2,720,0000
Eddie Blumenthal2,400,000-75,000
Marco Johnson1,840,0000
Bryce Yockey1,445,000415,000
Brandon Shack-Harris540,000-460,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:22 AM Local Time
Chris Vitch Eliminated in 6th Place ($61,819)

Chris Vitch

Limit Hold'em

Chris Vitch raised and Kevin Gerhart three-bet in the small blind, Brandon Shack-Harris called in the big blind and Vitch called. On the     flop, Gerhart bet and earned two folds to reveal the    for a pair of queens.

One hand later, Vitch raised once more out of a stack of 255,000. Marco Johnson three-bet and Vitch then said "I don't think I am getting away from it" before getting it in preflop, Johnson looked him up.

Chris Vitch:   
Marco Johnson:   

Vitch spiked a gutshot on the     flop but the   turn and   river were both blanks to oust Vitch in 6th place. The remaining five players are now bagging up for the night.

Kevin Gerhart2,720,000-580,000
Marco Johnson1,840,000315,000
Chris Vitch0-950,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:15 AM Local Time
Yockey Chips Up on Gerhart Fold

Marco Johnson:    /   / fold
Kevin Gerhart:    /      /  
Bryce Yockey:    /      /  

Marco Johnson brought it in and Kevin Gerhart completed. Bryce Yockey called and Johnson folded.

Yockey bet fourth, fifth, and sixth streets and got a call from Gerhart on each.

"You win," Gerhart said as Yockey fired at seventh street. Gerhart folded and Yockey chipped up just over 1 million late in Day 3 play.

Kevin Gerhart2,500,000-800,000
Bryce Yockey1,030,000480,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:14 AM Local Time
Jake Schwartz Eliminated in 7th Place ($47,835)

Jake Schwartz

Stud Hi-Lo

Jake Schwartz:    /     /   
Eddie Blumenthal:    /     /   

Jake Schwartz brought it in and Eddie Blumenthal completed it. Schwartz called.

Blumenthal bet fourth street and Schwartz called. On fifth street, Blumenthal put out a bet and Schwartz raised with a little less than two bets. Blumenthal called.

Schwartz turned over    and Blumenthal had   . Schwartz got a   and a   but it was not enough to beat Blumenthal's pair of eights and Schwartz was out of the tournament in seventh place.

Eddie Blumenthal2,475,000275,000
Jake Schwartz0-370,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:05 AM Local Time
Yockey Doubles Through Johnson

Bryce Yockey

Stud Hi-Lo

Bryce Yockey:    /      /  
Marco Johnson:    /      /  

Bryce Yockey was at risk for 225,000 as he got it in with buried queens while Johnson had a low draw. Until sixth, the low draw was still alive but Johnson bricked seventh for Yockey to double.

Marco Johnson1,525,000-25,000
Bryce Yockey550,000300,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:01 AM Local Time
David Benyamine Eliminated in 8th Place ($38,035)

David Benyamine

Stud Hi-Lo

Jake Schwartz:    /      /  
David Benyamine:    /      /  
Eddie Blumenthal:    /      /  

Jake Schwartz and David Benyamine got it in on third street and Eddie Blumenthal looked them both up. As the tides changed back and fourth, Schwartz ended up with two pair. Blumenthal had a par of aces and low draw to improve to an eight-seven low and Benyamine caught nothing whatsoever to depart in 8th place for $38,035.

Eddie Blumenthal2,200,000300,000
Jake Schwartz370,00090,000
David Benyamine0-225,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 11:55 PM Local Time
Blumenthal Charging; Yockey Getting Short

Stud Hi-Lo

Jake Schwartz:    /   /  
Eddie Blumenthal:    /      /  
David Benyamine:    /     / fold
Bryce Yockey:    /      /  

Jake Schwartz brought it in and Eddie Blumenthal completed it. David Benyamine came along and Bryce Yockey raised. Schwartz folded while Blumenthal and Benyamine called the raise.

Yockey bet fourth street and both players called. Benyamine and Yockey checked fifth street and Blumenthal bet. Benyamine folded and Yockey called.

Yockey fired at sixth street and Blumenthal called.

Both players checked seventh street. Yockey turned over     for a pair of aces, but Blumenthal turned over    to scoop the pot with threes and fours.

Eddie Blumenthal1,900,0001,100,000
Bryce Yockey250,000-590,000
David Benyamine225,000-370,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 11:46 PM Local Time
Benyamine More Than Doubles

Seven Card Stud

David Benyamine:    /      /  
Eddie Blumenthal:    /      /  

David Benyamine was all-in after third street for 205,000 total and Eddie Blumenthal had his jacks in the hole crushed with split kings. However, Benyamine nailed running cards to a full house and more than doubled.

Brandon Shack-Harris1,000,000-165,000
Eddie Blumenthal800,000-260,000
David Benyamine595,000195,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 11:39 PM Local Time
Blumenthal Coming Back

Seven Card Stud

David Benyamine:    /   /   / fold
Marco Johnson:    /      / fold
Eddie Blumenthal:    /      /  

David Benyamine brought it in and Marco Johnson completed it. Eddie Blumenthal called and Benyamine folded.

Johnson bet fourth and fifth street and Blumenthal called.

Blumenthal fired at sixth street and Johnson folded.

Marco Johnson1,550,000-25,000
Eddie Blumenthal1,060,000365,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 11:33 PM Local Time
Yockey Gets Short and Doubles

Bryce Yockey

Seven Card Stud

Bryce Yockey:    /     fold on fifth
Kevin Gerhart:    /    

Bryce Yockey completed and was called by Kevin Gerhart. Yockey bet fourth and earned a call to then fold on fifth when Gerhart bet his pair of treys.

Bryce Yockey:    /      /  
David Benyamine:    /      /  

David Benyamine completed for Yockey to call and they got it in after fourth. Both had flush draws out there and Benyamine made a pair of aces on seventh. However, Yockey spiked two pair to stay alive.

Kevin Gerhart3,300,000350,000
Bryce Yockey840,00090,000
David Benyamine400,000-500,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 11:25 PM Local Time
Schwartz Doubles Through Benyamine


Jake Schwartz:    /      /  
David Benyamine:    /      /  

David Benyamine completed and Jake Schwartz moved all-in for 65,000 total, which Benyamine called. Schwartz made an unbeatable seven-five until sixth and more than doubled thanks to the collected antes.

David Benyamine900,000120,000
Jake Schwartz280,000135,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 11:20 PM Local Time
Benyamine Staying Alive


Marco Johnson:    /   / fold
Brandon Shack-Harris:    /     / fold
David Benyamine:    /      /  
Bryce Yockey:    /      / fold

Marco Johnson brought it in and Shack-Harris called before Benyamine completed it. Yockey called and Johnson folded before Shack-Harris came along.

Yockey bet fourth street and both players called. Benyamine bet fifth street and Shack-Harris folded while Yockey called to see sixth street. Benyamine fired again on seventh street and Yockey folded.

Brandon Shack-Harris1,165,000-60,000
David Benyamine780,000340,000
Bryce Yockey750,000-280,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 11:14 PM Local Time
Benyamine Folds; Schwartz Getting Short


Chris Vitch:    /   / fold
David Benyamine:    /      /  
Jake Schwartz:    /     / fold
Brandon Shack-Harris:    /      /  

Chris Vitch brought it in and David Benyamine came along. Jake Schwartz completed and Brandon Shack-Harris called while Vitch folded and Benyamine joined.

Schwartz bet fourth street and both players called. It was check for Schwartz and Shack-Harris on fifth street and a bet from Benyamine. Schwartz check-folded and Shack-Harris called.

Benyamine bet sixth street and Shack-Harris came along.

Benyamine checked seventh street and Shack-Harris bet. Benyamine check-folded and Shack-Harris took the pot.

Brandon Shack-Harris1,225,000475,000
David Benyamine440,000-375,000
Jake Schwartz145,000-150,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 11:06 PM Local Time
Level 23 started
Level: 23
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 0
Friday, October 22, 2021 11:03 PM Local Time
Updated Counts on the Break
Kevin Gerhart2,950,000-150,000
Marco Johnson1,575,000225,000
Bryce Yockey1,030,000-120,000
Chris Vitch950,000100,000
David Benyamine815,000130,000
Brandon Shack-Harris750,000200,000
Eddie Blumenthal695,00020,000
Jake Schwartz295,000-285,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 10:56 PM Local Time
Another Break With Eight Remaining

The final eight players are on another break as Brandon Shack-Harris earned a small pot in Razz with a low rundown on fifth against a pair and high-card by Eddie Blumenthal.

Friday, October 22, 2021 10:54 PM Local Time
Blumenthal and Benyamine Split

Omaha Hi-Lo

Eddie Blumenthal raised from middle position and David Benyamine three-bet from the cutoff. Blumenthal called and the flop was    .

Blumenthal bet the flop and Benyamine called. The turn was  .

Blumenthal checked the turn and Benyamine bet. Blumenthal check-called.

The river was  . Both players checked and Blumenthal turned over     . Benyamine's cards were briefly turned over but not seen and the pot was chopped.

David Benyamine685,00085,000
Eddie Blumenthal675,000105,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 10:46 PM Local Time
Gerhart Running Away With The Lead

Kevin Gerhart

Omaha Hi-Lo

Bryce Yockey and Eddie Blumenthal chopped a pot when the latter made deuces full on the       board while Yockey had a low.

Up next, Jake Schwartz chopped with Chris Vitch to add a few chips to his shorter stack.

Last but not least, Kevin Gerhart raised and was called by Schwartz, Vitch in the small blind and David Benyamine in the big blind. The flop came     and the action checked to Gerhart. He bet, Schwartz raised, Vitch and Benyamine folded and Gerhart called.

Both remaining players checked the   turn and Gerhart bet the   river to force a fold from Schwartz, further extending his comfortable lead.

Kevin Gerhart3,100,000550,000
Marco Johnson1,350,000-325,000
Bryce Yockey1,150,000-110,000
Chris Vitch850,000190,000
David Benyamine600,000-90,000
Jake Schwartz580,000-195,000
Eddie Blumenthal570,000-205,000
Brandon Shack-Harris550,000-25,000
Friday, October 22, 2021 10:39 PM Local Time
Schwartz Folds

Limit Hold'em

Kevin Gerhart raised in the small blind and Jake Schwartz called from the big blind.

The flop was    . Gerhart bet and Schwartz called.

The turn was   and Gerhart continued. Schwartz called to see a river  .

Gerhart fired a third time at the river and Schwartz folded.

Kevin Gerhart2,550,000170,000
Jake Schwartz775,000-375,000