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

Monday, October 25, 2021 to Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Event #48: SHOOTOUT No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,068,000
  • Entries: 800
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:46 PM Local Time
Gershon Distenfeld Wins First Bracelet and $204,063 for Charity in Event #48: $1,500 Shootout

Gershon Distenfeld

On the third and final day of the 2021 World Series of Poker Event #48: $1,500 Shootout No-Limit Hold'em, a champion was crowned as Gershon Distenfeld defeated Johan Schumacher after a back-and-forth heads-up battle for $204,063 that lasted over three hours.

The event attracted 800 entries who created a prize pool of $1,068,000, with the majority of that money awarded to the ten players who navigated their way to the final table. There were 80 players who won their ten-handed table in the first round to cash for $5,459. Those 80 players came back for Day 2, and the ten players who won their eight-handed table in the second round advanced to the final table today.

Event #48: $1,500 Shootout No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1stGershon DistenfeldUnited States$204,063
2ndJohan SchumacherBelgium$126,133
3rdJonathan BetancurUnited States$94,270
4thOrson YoungUnited States$71,142
5thDavid TranUnited States$54,217
6thSohale KhaliliUnited States$41,728
7thAri EngelCanada$32,439
8thThomas BoivinBelgium$25,473
9thAP GarzaUnited States$20,208
10thCraig TrostUnited States$16,197

As he did with the winnings from his domestic Main Event final table last year, Distenfeld has pledged to donate his entire score to various charities and hopes he can inspire other members of the poker community to be more philanthropic when possible.

"I'd love to offer a challenge to every bracelet winner to give away 1% of their money to the charity of their choice. There's no lack of needs out there. If I could have a lasting impact in the poker community, it would be that."

On his bracelet win, Distenfeld said "I've always dreamt of winning one, and it's one of those things you think is never going to happen. I just don't know what to say. I even teared up a little bit which is not very like me."

"I want to thank my family for showing up and surprising me. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law Sam and Jen Goldstein. They came and rooted me on, it was great. I wanted a rail so last night I offered a bunch of my friends to fly them in today and no one could do it."

"There's one person who always told me I was going to make a final table and would come no matter what, and he, unfortunately, passed away. His name is Yonky Berger. I'd like to dedicate my win to him. He was one of my biggest supporters, and I have a lot of supporters... There's no doubt he would have flown out this morning had he been alive and healthy, so I want to dedicate my bracelet win to him."

Final Table Action

Ari Engel
Ari Engel's quest for his fourth bracelet ended in seventh-place

Ten players started the day with nearly even stacks and it wasn't long before the first player was eliminated in a cooler. Craig Trost got his stack in preflop holding kings against the aces of Distenfeld and the aces held to eliminate Trost only a few hands into the day. Over an hour later, AP Garza was next to go in ninth, and Thomas Boivin was gone in eighth when getting rivered against fellow Belgian, Johan Schumacher.

Ari Engel was then eliminated in seventh after running tens into the jacks of Distenfeld, Sohale Khalili hit the rail in sixth after losing a flip, and David Tran had his run ended in fifth place by Orson Young.

Young was the next player to bust after running kings into Schumacher's aces to lose a chunk of his stack and losing the rest to Schumacher soon after. Jonathan Betancur had a solid stack but lost two hands in a row to Schumacher, first with fives against kings and the second one as a flip, to hit the payout desk in third and set up a heads-up battle between Schumacher and Distenfeld.

Heads-Up Play

Johan Schumacher
Johan Schumacher navigated his way to the heads-up stage

When heads-up play began, Schumacher held nearly twice as many chips as Distenfeld, but Distenfeld wasn't going to go down easily. The two found themselves at the first possible junction to end the tournament when Schumacher jammed deuces into Distenfeld's ace-ten. An ace came on the turn to keep Distenfeld alive and the two practically swapped stacks.

Distenfeld extended his lead and soon had Schumacher on the ropes. Schumacher was all-in and at-risk several times, and every time, he won the hand to stay alive. He eventually took back the chip lead after having been down to only a couple of big blinds and it was anyone's match.

Schumacher had gotten down a short stack again, and once again, he had several all-in and at-risk situations in which he was able to survive. The players agreed to take a short break after the match had lasted longer than they expected and came back with either of them having the opportunity to win the bracelet. Schumacher got down to crumbs again and once again doubled. Distenfeld and his rail likened Schumacher to a cat, seemingly having "nine lives", since at that point Schumacher may very well have doubled nine times in the heads-up match.

After that double, the two players got all the chips in again with Schumacher's queen-ten looking to be in good shape against Distenfeld's queen-four. The flop changed nothing, but the dealer put out a four on the turn to put Distenfeld ahead, and the river blank meant that the match was over and Distenfeld was officially the winner and claimed his maiden World Series of Poker bracelet.

"Johan was incredible, such a good player", Distenfeld said of the heads-up match. "He just had an instinct. He called my hand a couple of times. I thought he was a better player than me to be perfectly honest. What a nice guy too, such a nice guy. Could've gone either way certainly."

"I was supposed to be on a noon flight home today, then I switched it to a red-eye but I'm missing that as well. So I don't even have a hotel room for tonight, I don't have a flight back for tomorrow, but again my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are here so I think we're gonna go out and celebrate something."

Congratulations to Gershon Distenfeld for winning Event #48: $1,500 Shootout No-Limit Hold'em!

The Charities

The morning after his victory, Distenfeld shared with PokerNews the charities he selected to receive funds.

"And all of this in memory of my dear friend and largest poker fan - Yonky Berger, who passed away six weeks ago after a battle with cancer," he said. "I hope he's looking down from heaven with pride. I'm crushed that I can't celebrate this accomplishment with you."

  • Leket - Leket (Hebrew word for "gleaning") rescues excess food that would go to waste and distributes it to the needy.
  • Yad Leah - Collects and distributed lightly used clothing donations while preserving the dignity and privacy of the recipients.
  • Minds Matter - Minds Matter connects driven and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college, create their future, and change the world.
  • Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society - provides an array of services for cancer-stricken patients in need.
  • Iron Mike Youth Foundation - changing the lives of children and families through youth sports. This charity was recently started by the family of Distenfeld's late friend, Mike Snyder who tragically passed away three years ago at the age of 57. "Me winning this bracelet would have brought him so much joy," said Distenfeld.
  • Young Israel of Hollywood Thanksgiving food drive
  • Chabad of Emerald Hills (the synagogue the Distenfelds belong to)

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:44 PM Local Time
Gershon Distenfeld Wins First WSOP Bracelet ($204,063)

Gershon Distenfeld

Gershon Distenfeld is the newest World Series of Poker champion beating Johan Schumacher after over three hours of heads-up play.

Stay tuned for the full recap coming shortly.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:42 PM Local Time
Johan Schumacher Eliminated in 2nd Place ($126,133)

Johan Schumacher

Johan Schumacher got down to only a couple of big blinds again and doubled before this hand to have 2,600,000 chips. "Nine lives", Distenfeld said, referencing the fact that it seemed Schumacher had doubled for the ninth time and was out of doubles.

On this hand, Schumacher jammed in the small blind and Gershon Distenfeld called.

Johan Schumacher:   
Gershon Distenfeld:   

The flop came    . Distenfeld and his rail were calling for a four, and the   indeed came on the turn to vault him into the lead.

The dealer paused for a while before putting out the final card, and eventually, he completed the board with the   to finally end the tournament and give Distenfeld his first World Series of Poker bracelet. Schumacher, meanwhile, will have to settle for a $126,133 consolation for his runner-up finish.

Gershon Distenfeld20,000,0009,000,000
Johan Schumacher0-9,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:38 PM Local Time
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:19 PM Local Time
Schumacher Staying Alive

Gershon Distenfeld moved all-in to apply pressure but Schumacher decided his hand was good enough to commit the rest of his chips.

Johan Schumacher:   
Gershon Distenfeld:   

The board ran out      . Schumacher flopped top pair then improved to a flush on the river to keep battling.

Gershon Distenfeld11,000,000-4,000,000
Johan Schumacher9,000,0004,000,000
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:11 PM Local Time
A Double For Schumacher Again

Johan Schumacher jammed and Gershon Distenfeld called.

Johan Schumacher:   
Gershon Distenfeld:   

The board ran out       to keep Schumacher alive another time.

Gershon Distenfeld15,000,000-1,000,000
Johan Schumacher5,000,0001,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:00 PM Local Time
Distenfeld Shows Aces

Johan Schumacher limped the button then Gershon Distenfeld raised to 1,350,000. Schumacher called in position.

The action checked through the     flop.

The   came on the turn and it went check, check.

Distenfeld led the   river with a bet of 1,800,000 and Schumacher folded.

Distenfeld flashed pocket aces and said, "I was just waiting for you to bet."

Gershon Distenfeld16,000,0004,600,000
Johan Schumacher4,000,000-4,600,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:43 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:26 PM Local Time
Break Time

The players are now on a 15-minute break.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:24 PM Local Time
Schumacher Fades the Sweat to Double and Nearly Even Stacks Again

Johan Schumacher

Gershon Distenfeld raised to 1,000,000 and Johan Schumacher jammed. Distenfeld called and the two revealed their hands for yet another time.

Gershon Distenfeld:   
Johan Schumacher:   

Distenfeld tilted his head back and frustratingly said "Ahhhh!", upon seeing he was dominated and this long battle would most likely continue.

A person from Schumacher's rail exclaimed "We like to hear that!", as laughter was heard from around the room, partially as a response to the remark, and partially as a result of the delirium caused by the lengthy heads-up that has seen many double-ups.

The dealer fanned out the     flop to give Schumacher top pair but also give Distenfeld a nut flush draw. The   came on the turn to change nothing, and the   completed the board to once again continue the match.

Following the hand, the players will now go on a 15-minute break that they requested on account of the fact that they have been battling each other for hours and continue to have similar stacks.

Gershon Distenfeld11,400,000-4,600,000
Johan Schumacher8,600,0004,600,000
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:20 PM Local Time
Distenfeld Picks Off A Bluff

Johan Schumacher raised to 1,000,000 and Gershon Distenfeld made the call.

The flop came    . The action went check, check.

The board paired when the   came on the turn. Distenfeld bet 1,100,000 and Schumacher called.

The river came  . Distenfeld glanced over at Schumacher before checking. Schumacher slid to stacks of browns in the pot amounting to 4,000,000. Distenfeld said, "I can't fold" and put calling chips in the pot.

Johan Schumacher:   
Gerhson Distenfeld:   

Distenfeld took back the lead with a full house.

Gershon Distenfeld16,000,0009,000,000
Johan Schumacher4,000,000-9,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:06 PM Local Time
Schumacher Takes the Lead

Johan Schumacher has won a few small pots to take the lead over Gershon Distenfeld as these two players continue to battle.

During one hand, Distenfeld raised to 1,000,000 and Schumacher called. Schumacher check-called a 900,000 bet on the     flop. Both players checked the   turn and Distenfeld folded to a 4,000,000 bet on the   river.

Johan Schumacher13,000,0005,000,000
Gershon Distenfeld7,000,000-5,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:55 PM Local Time
Schumacher Isn't Going Anywhere

Gershon Distenfeld limped the button and Johan Schumacher checked.

They checked through the flop when it came    .

Schumacher checked the   turn and Distenfeld moved all-in. Schumacher called.

Johan Schumacher:   
Gershon Distenfeld:   

Schumacher had top pair and Distenfeld was drawing to a five for the straight but could not get there when the river came  .

Gershon Distenfeld12,000,000-2,000,000
Johan Schumacher8,000,0002,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:47 PM Local Time
Schumacher Can't Get Enough Doubles

Johan Schumacher got down to under ten big blinds again before this hand.

Before the blinds went up, Gershon Distenfeld called in the small blind and Johan Schumacher checked his option.

The flop came    . Schumacher check-jammed after Distenfeld bet 450,000. Distenfeld called for 2,400,000 and once again, Schumacher was at risk.

Johan Schumacher:   
Gershon Distenfeld:   

Schumacher had top pair, but Distenfeld had a flush draw and a gutter draw. The two players once again embraced as the dealer put out the   on the turn. The   completed the board to keep Schumacher alive again.

Gershon Distenfeld14,000,0003,000,000
Johan Schumacher6,000,000-3,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:34 PM Local Time
Schumacher Finds Another Double

Johan Schumacher moved all-in for 4,450,000 and Gershon Distenfeld woke up with ace-king and made the call.

Johan Schumacher:   
Gerhson Distenfeld:   

The board ran out      . Schumacher's pocket fours held for the double.

Gershon Distenfeld11,000,000-6,000,000
Johan Schumacher9,000,0006,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:28 PM Local Time
Schumacher Doubles Up

Gershon Distenfeld jammed in the small blind and Johan Schumacher called for his remaining couple of big blinds.

Johan Schumacher:   
Gershon Distenfeld:   

The two players once again locked arms around each other and awaited the result. The dealer put out a       board to give Schumacher the double, although Distenfeld still holds a large chip lead.

Gershon Distenfeld17,000,000-500,000
Johan Schumacher3,000,000500,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:20 PM Local Time
Distenfeld Has Major Lead

Before the blinds increased, Gershon Distenfeld raised from the button to 800,000 and Johan Schumacher defended.

The flop came     and the action went check, check.

The turn card was the   and the action checked through again.

The   fell on the river and Schumacher led for a bet of 1,000,000. Distenfeld called.

Johan Schumacher:   
Gershon Distenfeld:   

Distenfeld scooped the pot with a pair of sixes.

Gershon Distenfeld17,500,0004,000,000
Johan Schumacher2,500,000-4,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:59 PM Local Time
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:58 PM Local Time
Distenfeld Finds Ace on Turn to Double

Gershon Distenfeld

Johan Schumacher open-shoved in the small blind and Gershon Distenfeld called off his remaining 6,640,000 stack in the big blind.

Gershon Distenfeld:   
Johan Schumacher:   

The two players stood up and linked arms around each other as they watched the dealer run out the cards. The     flop changed nothing. The dealer paused for dramatic effect, and put out the   on the turn to vault Distenfeld ahead. The   river confirmed his double to take the chip lead.

Gershon Distenfeld13,500,0007,000,000
Johan Schumacher6,500,000-7,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:46 PM Local Time
Back and Forth

Johan Schumacher raised to 600,000 and Distenfeld called.

The flop came    . Gershon check-raised all-in after Schumacher continued for 600,000. Schumacher insta-mucked.

Johan Schumacher13,500,000800,000
Gershon Distenfeld6,500,000-800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander