Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:49 PM Local Time
Farzad Bonyadi Wins Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship! ($297,051)
Farzad Bonyadi emerged victorious in Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship to take home his fourth gold bracelet and the $297,051 first-place place prize. Bonyadi overcame a 122-player field, which actually eclipsed the 91-player field from the same event in 2019 – a first thus far for the 2021 World Series of Poker.
Bonyadi, an Iranian-born poker professional based in California, has amassed more than $4 million in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob. Today's victory ends a 16-year gap between bracelets for Bonyadi, who won his last WSOP gold bracelet back in 2005 in a $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event for nearly $600,000. Bonyadi now sits alongside four-time bracelet winners Joe Cada, Brian Hastings, Mike Matusow and Huck Seed, to name a few.
"It's good to have the fourth one," Bonyadi said. "This was my first tournament this year. I'm happy."
Bonyadi overcame a star-studded final table that included bracelet winners Benny Glaser, Julien Martini, Johannes Becker, and Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu. A feat made all the more impressive given that Bonyadi said he hasn't played any poker in two years.
"I think I played a good game, I really do. I bluffed when I had to. I caught good cards too, but I think I played a good game. It feels good to know you're not that rusty."
Bonyadi said the game has changed over the course of his 20-plus year poker career, but that he enjoys it.
"We used to play this game 20 years ago and there was no drawing to the ten or jack. Like any other game, the young blood is changing this game too. I kinda like it. I used to play the same way 20 years ago. You can say I'm an action player. I'm definitely not tight. Maybe they think I'm old and that I can't play [aggressively]. I'm very satisfied with the way I played."
Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship Final Table Results
|1||Farzad Bonyadi||United States||$297,051|
|3||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||$132,685|
|4||Dustin Dirksen||United States||$97,199|
|5||Jake Schwartz||United States||$72,185|
|7||Ben Diebold||United States||$41,515|
Final Table Action
Negreanu entered the final table with a middling stack, but the six-time bracelet winner was the first to bust after getting all-in pre-draw against Dustin Dirksen and drawing to a pair of fours. Ben Diebold and Martini were also unable to build any momentum with their short stacks and busted shortly thereafter.
It was the fifth final table of the series for Jake Schwartz, who nursed a short stack for some time until falling to Becker in fifth place. Schwartz is currently a strong contender for WSOP Player of The Year honors – having jumped to second place just below Phil Hellmuth following today's result.
Four-handed play lasted for two entire levels without a player gaining any serious momentum until Dustin Dirksen shoved pre-draw and ran into the pat jack of Farzad Bonyadi. Dirksen drew to an ace-low and was eliminated. Bonyadi would continue to build on that momentum by doubling through Glaser with a pat ten in a massive pot and then eliminating him shortly after.
Heads-up play began with Bonyadi enjoying a nearly 2:1 chip advantage over Becker. Bonyadi held onto that advantage and managed to whittle Becker's stack down over a series of small pots until Becker shoved over a three-bet by Bonyadi, who held a pat nine and called. Becker drew to a jack — ending the tournament and sealing Bonyadi's victory.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:16 PM Local Time
Johannes Becker Eliminated in 2nd Place ($183,591)
In what would be the last hand of the tournament, Johannes Becker raised to 80,000 on the button and was three-bet to 275,000 by Bonyadi. Becker shoved for 1.6 million and Bonyadi called to put Becker at risk.
Johannes Becker: /
Becker peeled a jack and Becker was eliminated in second place.
|Farzad Bonyadi||7,300,000||1,500,000 |
|Johannes Becker||0||-1,600,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:06 PM Local Time
Bonyadi Wins with Jack-Low
Johannes Becker raised to 80,000 and Farzad Bonyadi three-bet to 275,000. Becker called.
Bonyadi stood pat and Becker drew two. Both players checked after the draw.
Bonyadi turned over and Becker tossed the losing hand in the muck.
|Farzad Bonyadi||5,800,000||500,000 |
|Johannes Becker||1,600,000||-400,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:51 PM Local Time
Level 22 started
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:39 PM Local Time
Johannes Becker and Farzad Bonyadi are now on a 10-minute break.
|Farzad Bonyadi||5,300,000||100,000 |
|Johannes Becker||2,000,000||-100,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:37 PM Local Time
Bonyadi Four-Bets Becker
Farzad Bonyadi raised to 60,000 on the button and Becker three-bet to 270,000.
Undeterred, Bonyadi four-bet to 760,000 and Becker quickly gave his hand up.
|Farzad Bonyadi||5,200,000||200,000 |
|Johannes Becker||2,100,000||-200,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:30 PM Local Time
Bonyadi Wins with Nine-Low
Johannes Becker raised to 60,000 and Farzad Bonyadi called.
Both players drew one card.
Bonyadi bet 225,000 and Becker called. Becker turned over , but Bonyadi had to take the pot with a nine-eight.
|Farzad Bonyadi||5,000,000||200,000 |
|Johannes Becker||2,300,000||-200,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:24 PM Local Time
Bonyadi Extends Lead
Johannes Becker raised to 60,000 on the button and Farzad Bonyadi three-bet to 270,000 from the big blind. Becker called.
Both players drew one and Bonyadi fired 400,000 into the middle. Becker folded after some thought and Bonyadi scooped the pot.
|Farzad Bonyadi||4,800,000||100,000 |
|Johannes Becker||2,500,000||-100,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:12 PM Local Time
Farzad Bonyadi and Johannes Becker are now heads-up for the bracelet.
|Farzad Bonyadi||4,700,000||0 |
|Johannes Becker||2,600,000||0 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:11 PM Local Time
Benny Glaser Eliminated in 3rd Place ($132,685)
Farzad Bonyadi raised to 80,000 and Benny Glaser three-bet to 270,000. Bonyadi called.
Bonyadi drew one and Glaser stood pat.
Glaser checked after the draw and Bonyadi fired 690,000, enough to put Glaser at risk. Glaser went into the tank for more than three minutes before finally calling.
Bonyadi turned over and Glaser's jack-low was no good. Glaser was eliminated in third place for $132,685.
|Farzad Bonyadi||4,700,000||1,000,000 |
|Johannes Becker||2,600,000||-100,000 |
|Benny Glaser||0||-1,000,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:02 PM Local Time
Bonyadi Doubles Through Glaser
Benny Glaser raised to 80,000 on the button and was three-bet to 265,000 by Farzad Bonyadi in the small blind. Glaser then four-bet to 1.81 million. Bonyadi called all in for his last 1.5 million.
Bonyadi stood pat and Glaser drew one.
Bonyadi revealed . Glaser's hand was unable to be seen on stream, but the dealer pitched him an and Bonyadi scooped the pot for a massive double up.
|Farzad Bonyadi||3,700,000||1,900,000 |
|Benny Glaser||1,000,000||-1,800,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:59 PM Local Time
Becker Makes Nine-Perfect
Johannes Becker raised to 60,000 and Farzad Bonyadi called. Bonzadi took two cards and Becker drew one.
The draw was checked by Bonzadi and Becker bet 270,000. Bonzadi called and turned over , but Becker had for a nine perfect to take the pot.
|Benny Glaser||2,800,000||-200,000 |
|Johannes Becker||2,700,000||200,000 |
|Farzad Bonyadi||1,800,000||0 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:39 PM Local Time
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:37 PM Local Time
Becker Overtakes Bonyadi
Johannes Becker raised to 60,000 on the button and was called by Farzad Bonyadi in the big blind.
Bonyadi drew one and Becker drew two.
Bonyadi checked and Becker fired 270,000 into the middle.
Bonyadi called and Becker tabled for an eight-perfect. Bonyadi mucked and Becker scooped the pot.
|Johannes Becker||2,500,000||400,000 |
|Farzad Bonyadi||1,800,000||-500,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:27 PM Local Time
Becker Pressures Glaser
Johannes Becker raised to 60,000 and Benny Glaser three-bet to 270,000. Becker called.
Both players took one card.
Glaser checked after the draw and Becker bet 370,000. Glaser briefly thought it over before tossing his cards in the muck.
|Benny Glaser||3,000,000||-100,000 |
|Farzad Bonyadi||2,300,000||400,000 |
|Johannes Becker||2,100,000||-100,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:17 PM Local Time
Dustin Dirksen Eliminated in 4th Place ($97,199)
Johannes Becker raised to 60,000 from under-the-gun and Dustin Dirksen shoved for his last 320,000 from the small blind. Farzad Bonyadi cold-called from the big blind and Becker folded.
Bonyadi stood pat and Dirksen drew one.
Dustin Dirksen: /
Dirksen peeled an and was eliminated in fourth place.
|Johannes Becker||2,200,000||-100,000 |
|Farzad Bonyadi||1,900,000||300,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||0||-410,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:11 PM Local Time
Becker Calls Bonyadi
Farzad Bonyadi raised to 100,000 from early position and Johannes Becker called.
Becker took two cards and Bonyadi took one.
Bonyadi checked after the draw and Becker fired 220,000. Bonyadi called and mucked while Becker turned over for the winning hand.
|Benny Glaser||3,100,000||0 |
|Johannes Becker||2,300,000||300,000 |
|Farzad Bonyadi||1,600,000||-300,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||410,000||0 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:05 PM Local Time
Level 21 started
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:48 PM Local Time
Players on Break
The final four players are now on a 10-minute break.
|Benny Glaser||3,100,000||-100,000 |
|Johannes Becker||2,000,000||-100,000 |
|Farzad Bonyadi||1,900,000||200,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||410,000||40,000 |
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:44 PM Local Time
Glaser Gets Some From Becker
Johannes Becker raised to 60,000 on the button and three-bet to 255,000 by Benny Glaser from the big blind. Becker called.
Both players drew one and then checked down.
Glaser revealed . Becker couldn't beat it and mucked.
|Benny Glaser||3,200,000||300,000 |
|Johannes Becker||2,100,000||-200,000 |