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

Friday, October 22, 2021 to Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Event #43: DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $3,551,990
  • Entries: 3,991
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:20 PM Local Time
Anthony Denove Wins Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em

Anthony Denove

After eight and a half hours of play on Day 4 of Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em at the 2021 World Series of Poker, it was cash game player Anthony Denove who took down the first-place prize of $446,983 and his first WSOP bracelet.

The cash game player, who up until this week had $76k in live earnings, with his biggest recorded cash being $6,000 has more than tripled his lifetime earnings with his win here today. "It's been my dream to win a bracelet," Denove said overcome with emotion. "I've been playing cash for six years but I do really love tournaments."

Denove, who also recently became a father, was the start of the final table chip leader, full of big names like Michael Wang, Jeff Platt, and David Guay who had come in seventh place in this event in 2019.

"I knew a lot of those players would not be making any mistakes in a lot of spots," he said when asked about the lineup. "I try not to be too conscious of it, helps keep my expectations in check."

Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Anthony DenoveUnited States$446,983
2David GuayCanada$276,269
3Timothy LittleUnited States$210,004
4Jeff PlattUnited States$160,662
5Frank LagodichUnited States$123,710
6Steven StolzenfeldUnited States$95,878
7Kenneth InouyeUnited States$74,796
8Joshua HarrisonUnited States$58,735
9Michael WangUnited States$46,430
10Matthew RaffoulCanada$36,949

The action with the final 17 players was fast and furious and players were eliminated rather quickly. Bracelet winners Jonathan Dokler (15th-$23,877) and Sejin Park (13th-$29,602) came into the day with bigger stacks, but ultimately found themselves on the wrong side of some coinflips and were eliminated before the final table. Within a few hours, the final table of ten was set.

Final Table Action

The action went quickly at the final table, starting out with Denove raising in the cutoff and Matthew Raffoul putting his entire stack in the middle. Start of day chip leader Michael Wang in the big blind thought for a long time before deciding to do the same and put his whole stack in the middle and Denove called covering them both. Denove's pocket kings were well ahead of the ace-ten of Raffoul and pocket nines of Wang, and Denove flopping a set left his opponents drawing very thin. Neither of them improved and they were eliminated. Raffoul in tenth place for $36,949 and Wang in ninth place for $46,430.

The next player to fall was Joshua Harrison when his ace-eight could not hold against the king-queen held by Frank Lagodich. A king on the flop sealed Harrison's fate and he departed in eighth place for $58,735.

Start of the final table short stack was able to ladder up a few spots, but in the end, Kenneth Inouye got in his remaining chips with queen-ten suited against David Guay's ace-eight suited and Guay filled up on the turn to have Inouye drawing dead before the river even came. Inouye received $74,796 for his seventh-place finish.

Steven Stolzenfeld was next to leave when he got his remaining chips in with pocket eights against Timothy Little's ace-five suited. The board paired Little's ace and the river brought an eight to give Stolzenfeld three of a kind, but it was no good as the eight he got was a flush completing card for Little. Stolzenfeld departed in sixth place for $95,878.

Lagodich had lost almost all of his chips in a massive pot against Guay but had managed to double up three times, putting him in the top three for chips with five people left. But a big pot emerged with Guay when he had top pair versus middle set and all the chips went in the middle, leaving Lagodich to depart in fifth place for $123,710.

PokerGO commentator Jeff Platt spent most of the time on the short stack when players were five-handed, and he departed shortly after Lagodich when his ace-nine could not hold up against the king-jack of Guay. Platt congratulated the other players as he departed in fourth place for $160,662.

Jeff Platt
Jeff Platt

Things were pretty even between Guay and Denove for chips with Timothy Little being the shortest stack three-handed. Eventually, Little got his chips in with ace-three against Guay's ace-eight. The board came all high cards, looking as if it was going to be a chop, but an eight came on the river to pair up Guay and Little departed in third place for $210,004.

Heads-up play chip counts started very even, but within thirty minutes Denove was comfortably ahead. With Denove acquiring a 2:1 chip lead, Guay picked up pocket nines and Denove picked up pocket tens, and all of the chips got in before the flop. Guay could not find improvement on the board, and the seventh-place finisher of this event in 2019 ended his second final table run in the double stack in second place for $276,269.

Guay and Denove shook hands and Denove went to his rail, full of emotion as he went to go talk to his father on the rail about the tournament that he won to get his first WSOP bracelet.

Denove said he will come back to try to play the Main Event, but first, he is going to go home and spend some time with his wife and daughter.

PokerNews' coverage of this event is finished, but stay tuned for updates on all other WSOP events right here at The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Anthony Denove
Anthony Denove and Friends
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:19 PM Local Time
David Guay Eliminated in 2nd Place ($276,269)

David Guay

From the button Anthony Denore raised to 2,800,000. David Guay three-bet to 10,600,000, Denore four-bet all in and Guay called.

David Guay:   
Anthony Denore:   

It was a cooler situation by heads-up standards as Guay was pipped by Denore's better pocket pair and would need help.

The flop came     for no help. The turn was the   leaving Guay only drawing to a nine but the river was the   and just like that heads-up play was abruptly over and Guay was eliminated in second place.

Anthony Denove159,640,00053,000,000
David Guay0-50,000,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:13 PM Local Time
Denore Gathers More With Two-Pair

David Guay raised to 3,000,000 from the button and Anthony Denore called.

The flop came    . Guay bet 2,500,000, denore called.

The turn came the  , action went check-check.

The river was the  . Denore bet 3,600,000 and Guay called. Denore tabled the    and took down the pot.

Anthony Denove106,640,00010,640,000
David Guay50,000,000-13,640,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:08 PM Local Time
Denove Wins Rare Pot Postflop

David Guay called a raise preflop to 2,600,000 from Anthony Denove and the two of them took a flop.

The flop came out     and Guay check-called a bet of 2,200,000 from Devone.

The   was checked once more by Guay and Devone bet once more, this time to the tune of 4,600,000. Guay thought breifly before folding.

Anthony Denove96,000,0008,680,000
David Guay63,640,000-8,680,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:03 PM Local Time
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Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:58 PM Local Time
Denove Tests Guay

Anthony Denove raised to 2,600,000 from the button. David Guay three-bet to 8,500,000 from the big blind and Denove called.

The flop came    . Guay check-called a bet of 5,200,000. The turn was the   and both players checked.

The river came the  . Guay checked again and Denove cut out a bet of 15,200,000. Guay went into the tank and after three minutes laid down his hand.

Anthony Denove87,320,0003,000,000
David Guay72,320,000-4,000,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:42 PM Local Time
Denove Pulls Ahead

Anthony Denove has raised several pots preflop and only one flop was seen, which Denove took down.

Anthony Denove84,320,0008,320,000
David Guay76,320,000-6,180,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:33 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Play Underway

David Guay - Anthony Denove

The two players have come back from a five-minute break to play their heads up match.

David Guay - Anthony Denove
David Guay - Anthony Denove
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:28 PM Local Time
Timothy Little Eliminated in 3rd Place ($210,004)

Timothy Little

Timothy Little moved all in from the button for about 11,000,0000 and was called by David Guay in the big blind.

Timothy Little:   
David Guay:   

Guay had the lead as the flop came    . The turn was the   to make a chop pot likely but the   came on the river to give Guay two-pair and end the night for Little in third place and set up heads up play with very tight stacks.

David Guay83,200,00020,200,000
Anthony Denove76,570,0001,670,000
Timothy Little0-28,300,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:23 PM Local Time
Denove Raises River

Anthony Denove raised to 2,500,000 preflop and David Guay defended his big blind.

The flop of     was checked through and the turn of   which David Guay bet 4,200,000 and Denove called.

The river came the   and Guay once again bet 4,200,000 and Denove raised to 17,300,000. Guay quickly folded and Denove took down the pot to put hi in the chip lead.

Anthony Denove74,900,00013,300,000
David Guay63,000,000-6,800,000
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:08 PM Local Time
Level 38 started
Level: 38
Blinds: 600,000/1,200,000
Ante: 1,200,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:49 PM Local Time
Break Counts

The remaining three players have gone on a fifteen-minute break.

David Guay69,800,000-16,200,000
Anthony Denove61,600,0007,600,000
Timothy Little28,300,0004,300,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:44 PM Local Time
Jeff Platt Eliminated in 4th Place ($160,662)

Jeff Platt

Jeff Platt's chip stack was hovering around a few blinds for a while after some shoves and no calls. There were a few times he was unwilling to call a shove, but finally, there was a shove and a call as Platt moved all in for 8,400,000 from under the gun and big stack David Guay called from the big blind.

Jeff Platt:   
David Guay:   

Platt's large rail yelled for the board to hold but the flop came     to hit Guay and send him into the lead. The turn was the   to give Platt a gutshot. The dealer paused for dramatic effect before dealing the   on the river which was not enough for Platt as his memorable run ended in a fourth place finish.

David Guay81,700,0006,700,000
Anthony Denove54,000,000-1,000,000
Timothy Little24,000,000-1,700,000
Jeff Platt0-11,500,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:23 PM Local Time
Frank Ladogich Eliminated in 5th Place ($123,710)

Frank Ladogich

David Guay raised under the gun to 2,000,000 and Frank Lagodich defended the big blind.

The flop came out     and Frank Lagodich bet 5,900,000 which Guay called.

The turn of   was bet by Lagodich again for 5,900,000 and Guay called once more.

The river came out   and after a little bit of time Lagodich went all-in and Guay snap-called. Frank Lagogdch tabled    for top pair top kicker, but Guay turned over    for a full house.

Guay won the pot and Lagodich was eliminated in fifth place.

David Guay75,000,00025,400,000
Frank Lagodich0-23,400,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:09 PM Local Time
Platt Getting Shorter

Jeff Platt raised to 2,000,000 from under the gun. David Guay called in the big blind.

The flop came    . Guay led for 2,100,000 and Platt called.

The turn was the  . Action went check-check.

The river came the  . Guay bet 3,100,000, Platt took a few moments before he folded as his stack gets shorter.

David Guay49,600,0005,300,000
Jeff Platt11,500,000-4,700,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:03 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Anthony Denove55,000,0002,000,000
David Guay44,300,000800,000
Timothy Little25,700,0001,200,000
Frank Lagodich23,400,0005,400,000
Jeff Platt16,200,000-7,600,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:58 PM Local Time
Lagodich Doubles Once More

Frank Lagodich went all-in on the small blind for 8,500,000 and David Guay called in the big blind.

Frank Lagodich:   
David Guay:   

The board ran out       giving no improvement to either player which meant Lagodich's hand was good.

David Guay43,500,000-9,000,000
Frank Lagodich18,000,0009,000,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:54 PM Local Time
Lagodich "Fades the Honey"

Frank Lagodich moved all in from under the gun for 4,500,000. It folded to Timothy Little in the big blind who made a crying call.

Frank Lagodich:   
Timothy Little:   

"Fade the honey" yelled Lagodich to his rail who were vocally supporting him. The flop came with a nine in the window as it came    . The turn was the   to give Little a straight draw but the river was the   and Lagodich doubled up.

Timothy Little24,500,000-4,000,000
Frank Lagodich9,000,0002,700,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:45 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 500,000/1,000,000
Ante: 1,000,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:44 PM Local Time
Steven Stolzenfeld Eliminated In 6th Place ($95,878)

Steven Stolzenfeld

Timothy Little raised to 2,100,000 in early position and on the big blind, Steven Stolzenfeld went all-in for 8,300,000. Little called and the cards were tabled.

Steven Stolzenfeld:   
Timothy Little:   

The flop and turn came out      leaving Steven Stolzenfeld drawing to one out. The   river gave Little a flush and Stolzenfeld was eliminated in 6th place.

Timothy Little28,500,0003,800,000
Steven Stolzenfeld0-15,200,000
Gorilla Gaming