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

Thursday, October 21, 2021 to Saturday, October 23, 2021

Event #41: Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $1,993,600
  • Entries: 896
  • Remaining: 0

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Saturday, October 23, 2021 10:26 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 0 hour ago)
"Hobby Player" Carlos Chang Wins First Bracelet in Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout for $364,589

Carlos Chang

Carlos Chang has taken down the 2021 World Series of Poker Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout for $364,589 after a 3.5-hour heads-up battle against Brady Osterman, . His maiden bracelet is the third for Taiwan and the second in 2021. The tournament attracted 896 players during the registration period which yielded a total prize pool of $1,993,600 with the biggest prize going to Chang in the end.

After reaching the final tables of the 2015 Little One for One Drop here in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the Monster Stack of the 2015 World Series of Europe, and The Closer in 2019, Chang finally managed to grab that elusive title.

"I think this is my biggest cash, yes, this is my fourth final table. I told myself, this year if I make a final table, I will win the bracelet. And it happened! I am pretty excited. I was focused all day and yesterday."

Chang joins the ranks of Pete Chen who won an online bracelet earlier on WSOP.com and James Chen. "I don't know if I can count myself to the greats of Taiwan, I am a hobby player, I'm probably the better non-pro out there." he said with a smile. Pete Chen was actually on his rail together with John Reading who finished in fourth place in the Little One for One Drop back in 2015, one spot higher than Chang but captured a bracelet later on.

Carlos Chang
Carlos Chang with John Reading and Pete Chen

Chang and Osterman were joined by familiar names and faces like Adrien Delmas, Sergi Reixach, Arthur Conan, and Sung Joo Hyun on the final table today while Christopher Basile and Uri Reichenstein busted the night before to make it one of the most international final tables of the series up till now.

Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Carlos ChangTaiwan$364,589
2Brady OstermanUnited States$225,333
3Adrien DelmasFrance$161,731
4Sergi ReixachSpain$117,650
5Arthur ConanFrance$86,757
6Sung Joo HyunSouth Korea$64,864
7Gerald CunniffUnited States$49,179
8Quang NgoUnited States$37,820
9Christopher BasileUnited States$29,506
10Uri ReichensteinIsrael$23,358

From Eight Players to the Heads-Up Battle

Chang came into the final table with the chip lead and had a clear strategy: "At the beginning, I was trying to attack the middle and short stack. I lost a three-bet the first two hands, that got me down to 6 million, lost two flips, down to 2.8 million, the shortest and then I slowly came back. I got lucky when I hit the straight flush draw against the kings. I got lucky on Day 2 too, I started with 8.5 big blinds, won three flips in a row. The strategy I employed this time, just play one hand at a time. That's the key I suppose instead of trying to win immediately. When you know you're losing, it's time to give up, don't try to force any plays that might get you into trouble. If you're losing, just wait for the next hand. That's what I was trying to do, my goal was to win one hand at a time."

It would take almost two hours before Quang Ngo busted to Conan and another two before Gerald Cunniff fell to Reixach. Hyun was the only bracelet winner on the final table but fell to Conan too in sixth place. Just twenty minutes later, Conan ran his lower pocket pair of sevens into the nines of his fellow countryman Delmas.

Adrien Delmas
Adrien Delmas finished in third place for $161,731

Four-handed play lasted an hour before Reixach fell victim to Chang who had flopped a straight. Delmas had the biggest and loudest rail of all the players, singing songs from one side to the other but to no avail. Delmas had shoved on the flop with an overpair but Chang had flopped the flush and improved to a straight flush on the turn to get Delmas down to less than a big blind. Chang claimed those chips too to get to the heads-up stage of the tournament.

Hobby Player Wins the Heads-Up Battle

The heads-up battle was a long one with the chips going back and forth for a while.

"I had to pick out some spots. Brady was pretty aggressive and I wasn't getting any cards. He was taking a lot of chips from me. We flipped once with eights versus his ace-king. I doubled up, from there it went back and forth. And finally, the flush helped me. He called. I knew he calls a lot, so I figured out, I'll just go all-in, he'll call. And he really called, because he never folds actually." Chang said while laughing.

Carlos Chang
Carlos Chang and Brady Osterman shake hands

Despite many jeers from some of the guys from Osterman's rail, Chang got it done eventually when he doubled with the aforementioned rivered flush and then took the rest when he hit the straight on the final card of the final hand. Chang got up, shook Osterman's hand, and then walked over to Chen and Reading to celebrate. Chen and Chang are planning their bracelet ceremony together at some point during the Main Event when more of their friends have come over to Las Vegas.

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Carlos Chang
Carlos Chang

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Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:14 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 2 hours ago)
Carlos Chang Wins His First Bracelet for $364,589 in Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout NLHE

Carlos Chang

Carlos Chang has just won his first bracelet and the third for Taiwan in Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout for $364,589 by defeating Brady Osterman after a 3.5 hour long heads-up battle. This is his biggest live cash ever after reaching his fourth WSOP final table.

A recap is to follow.

Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Carlos ChangTaiwan$364,589
2Brady OstermanUnited States$225,333
3Adrien DelmasFrance$161,731
4Sergi ReixachSpain$117,650
5Arthur ConanFrance$86,757
6Sung Joo HyunSouth Korea$64,864
7Gerald CunniffUnited States$49,179
8Quang NgoUnited States$37,820
9Christopher BasileUnited States$29,506
10Uri ReichensteinIsrael$23,358
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:59 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 2 hours ago)
Brady Osterman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($225,333)

Brady Osterman

Carlos Chang shoved from the button and Brady Osterman called for the 4,550,000 he had behind.

Brady Osterman:   
Carlos Chang:   

Osterman was ahead but the flop came with the     for Chang to pick up the gutshot to a straight.

The turn was the   to keep Osterman ahead but the   on the river gave Chang the straight for him to win his first bracelet and $364,589.

Osterman finished as the runner-up for $225,333.

Carlos Chang31,350,0003,550,000
Brady Osterman0-3,550,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:50 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 2 hours ago)
Chang Crushes Osterman

Carlos Chang limped on the button and Brady Osterman checked.

The flop came    . Osterman checked and Chang bet 500,000. Osterman called.

The turn card was the  . Osterman checked and Chang bet 1,300,000. Osterman then three-bet to 4,100,000 and Chang called.

The river was the  . This time Osterman led for a bet of 2,600,000. Chang counted out calling chips and went into the tank. After a few second he moved all-in for 5,950,000.

"I don't think you are ever bluffing in this spot," said Osterman with a smirk. He talked himself into calling and was shown bad news.

Carlos Chang:   
Brady Osterman:   

Osterman had flopped a pair of threes then turned two pair but got rivered by Chang's flush. Osterman was left with just seven big blinds.

Carlos Chang27,800,00013,425,000
Brady Osterman3,550,000-13,425,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:35 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 2 hours ago)
Osterman Takes Chip Lead

Brady Osterman

Brady Osterman raised to 1,000,000 from the button and Carlos Chang called. The flop came     for Chang to check-fold to the 500,000 continuation-bet of Osterman. Osterman's rail cheered loudly while one of his supporters was less friendly towards Chang.

On the next hand, Chang limped in on the button but folded to the 1,675,000 raise of Osterman.

A few hands later, Osterman raised to 1,000,000 again and Chang came along to the     flop. They both checked to see the   on the turn. Chang bet 800,000 and Osterman called. The river completed the board with the   and they both checked. Osterman tabled the    for top pair and that would earn him the chip lead.

Brady Osterman16,975,0006,475,000
Carlos Chang14,375,000-6,475,000
Velo 690x150
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:23 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 3 hours ago)
Small Pot For Chang

Carlos Chang limped on the button and Brady Osterman checked.

The flop was    . Osterman checked to Chang who bet 500,000. Osterman Called.

The turn card was the   and the action checked through.

On the   river card action went check, check. Both players tabled their hands.

Brady Osterman:   
Carlos Chang:   

Osterman flopped a flush draw, but Chang flopped a royal flush draw then turned a pair of jacks to scoop the pot.

Carlos Chang20,850,0002,150,000
Brady Osterman10,500,000-2,150,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:14 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 3 hours ago)
Two for Osterman

Carlos Chang limped in on the button and Brady Osterman checked. They both checked through the     flop to the   on the turn. Osterman bet 1,500,000 for Chang to fold.

In another hand, Chang limped in again on the button and Osterman opted to check. The flop came    , Osterman bet 500,000 for Chang to call after thinking about it for a few seconds. They both checked through the   on the turn to the   on the river. Action went check-check again. Osterman tabled the    for the rivered two pair to scoop the pot as Chang got up from his chair and started stretching without any attempt to show his hand.

Carlos Chang18,700,000-6,150,000
Brady Osterman12,650,0006,150,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:06 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 3 hours ago)
Chang Gets Value On The River

Carlos Chang limped on the button and Brady Osterman checked.

The flop came    . Osterman checked and Chang bet 500,000 or one big blind. Osterman called.

The turn card brought the   and the action when check, check.

The river card was the  . Osterman checked for the third time and Chang bet 1,200,000. Osterman made the call.

Chang tabled   . He turned a full house and then rivered a better one. Osterman mucked.

Carlos Chang24,850,0001,950,000
Brady Osterman6,500,000-1,950,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:58 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 3 hours ago)
Chang Has the Higher Two Pair

Carlos Chang limped in on the button and Brady Osterman opted to check.

The flop came     and Osterman check-raised a 500,000 bet from Chang to 1,575,000 and was called.

The turn was the   and Osterman barreled a bet of 1,400,000 over the line. Chang called again.

The   completed the board and they both checked. Osterman tabled the    for two pair but Chang held the    for the higher ones to claim the pot.

Carlos Chang22,900,0003,050,000
Brady Osterman8,450,000-3,050,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:55 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 3 hours ago)
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
PlayWSOP
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:52 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 3 hours ago)
Osterman Takes One Down

Brady Osterman opened the action to 800,000 and Carlos Chang defended in the big blind.

    fell on the flop. Chang checked and Osterman continued for 650,000. He got the call.

The turn card was the  . Once again Chang checked and Osterman sized up to 1,400,000. Chang called the bet.

The   was the river card and Osterman jammed all-in when it was checked to him. Chang didn't take very long to muck.

Carlos Chang19,850,000-4,025,000
Brady Osterman11,500,0004,025,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:42 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 3 hours ago)
Osterman Down to Fewer Than Twenty Big Blinds

Brady Osterman limped in on the button and Carlos Chang opted to check. The flop came     for Chang to get Osterman to check-fold to his 400,000 bet.

When Osterman opted to limp, Chang did the same on the next hand. They both checked through the     flop to the   on the turn. Chang bet 500,000 for the fold.

Chang then limped and Osterman checked to see the     flop but check-folded tot the min-bet of Chang.

Osterman raised it up to 800,000 on the button and Chang called after some confusion about the blinds. The flop came     for Chang to check. Osterman bet 600,000 to get Chang to fold for once.

Carlos Chang23,875,000700,000
Brady Osterman7,475,000-700,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:36 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 3 hours ago)
Straight for Chang

Carlos Chang

Brady Osterman limped in on the button and Carlos Chang opted to check.

The flop came    , Chang check-called the 500,000 bet of Osterman.

The turn was the   and Chang checked again. This time, Osterman bet 1,500,000 for Chang to call once more.

The   completed the board and they both opted to check. Chang tabled the    for the turned straight to scoop the pot.

Carlos Chang23,175,000400,000
Brady Osterman8,175,000-400,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:26 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 3 hours ago)
Check-Raise Gets It Done For Chang

Brady Osterman opened to 800,000 and Carlos Chang called.

The flop came     and the action checked through.

The turn card was the  . Chang checked to Osterman who bet 1,150,000. Chang then check-raised to 3,600,000. After some consideration Osterman let his hand go.

Carlos Chang21,660,000-1,115,000
Brady Osterman9,700,0001,125,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:17 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 4 hours ago)
Osterman Loses Two, Wins One

Brady Osterman limped in on the button and Carlos Chang opted to check. The flop came    , Chang check-called the 800,000 bet of Osterman. They both checked through the   on the turn to the   on the river. Chang fired a bet of 1,200,000 into the pot which was enough for Osterman to fold.

On the next hand, Chang limped in and Osterman opted to check but he check-folded when Chang bet 400,000 on the     flop.

Two hands later, Chang limped in on the button again and Osterman checked. They both checked through the     flop to the   on the turn. Osterman bet 400,000 and Chang came along to the   on the river. Osterman bet 600,000 and Chang called but mucked when he saw that Osterman held the    for the flush.

Carlos Chang22,775,0003,275,000
Brady Osterman8,575,000-3,285,000
Gorillla Gaming
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:06 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 4 hours ago)
Chang Wins One at Showdown

Carlos Chang limped on the button and then Brady Osterman raised to 1,500,000.

Chang called and the flop came    . Osterman continued for 700,000 and Chang called.

The turn card was the   which brought three cards to a flush. Osterman slowed down and checked. Chang bet 1,500,000 and Osterman called.

The   fell on the river and the action checked through. Both players tabled their hands.

Brady Osterman:   
Carlos Chang:   

Chang took down the pot with a pair of queens.

Carlos Chang19,500,0005,425,000
Brady Osterman11,850,000-5,425,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 6:49 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 4 hours ago)
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 6:32 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 4 hours ago)
Break Time

The remaining two players are on a 15-minute break.

Saturday, October 23, 2021 6:30 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 4 hours ago)
Flipping For Everything

Brady Osterman raised on the button to 600,000. Carlos Jammed all-in for 8,135,000. Osterman let out a sigh and called.

Carlos Chang:   
Brady Osterman:   

The board ran out      . Osterman could not improve and Chang doubled up. The remaining two players have close to even stacks.

Brady Osterman17,275,000-2,685,000
Carlos Chang14,075,0002,675,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 6:28 PM Local Time (about 34 days and 4 hours ago)
Osterman Takes First Heads-Up Pot

Carlos Chang limped in on the button and Brady Osterman opted to check.

The flop came    , Osterman check-called the 300,000 bet of Chang.

They then both decided to check through the   on the turn and the   on the river. Osterman showed the    for the pair of queens to pick up the pot.

Brady Osterman19,960,000440,000
Carlos Chang11,400,000-440,000
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