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

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 to Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Event #51: 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $2,661,990
  • Entries: 997
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:45 PM Local Time
Brian Rast Wins Fifth Bracelet Event #51: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em ($474,102)

Brian Rast

Only a few dozen players returned for their chance at World Series of Poker gold and the top prize of $474,102 on Day 2 of Event #51: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em. By day's end, it was Brian Rast who conquered the field and claimed victory for his fifth WSOP gold bracelet at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Rast has more than $22 million in tournament earnings and has claimed two WSOP Poker Player's Championships. Yet the win today wasn't an afterthought for the five-time bracelet winner Rast, who rekindled his competitive spirit with this trip to the WSOP.

"Honestly, it's mixed emotions, the biggest one is relief," said Rast. "Things have been changing in my life. Since COVID, it's the least I've played poker since I started. So coming back to this WSOP it's like, I really haven't played much for almost a year and a half. This was like a challenge. This WSOP is more like playing for the competitive spirit of it and it was cool because I've played poker for a lot of money and this is a decent chunk for only putting up $3k. But that said, The thing that really got me fired up about this is the competitiveness of doing it."

Rast, 39, said he does think about his legacy in poker and all of his accomplishments.

"I turn 40 in a couple weeks and it was on my mind to make the Poker Hall of Fame. I think I have a pretty good claim. I've played the biggest cash games in the world for over a decade and I've done a lot in tournaments as well. I just don't think there are too many people. I wanted to come back here this year to the WSOP and show myself that I can still play great poker and be around and enjoy it and hopefully add more."

There wasn't a huge rowdy rail on the final table today, but Rast was particularly grateful to have his wife in attendance to see the victory.

"My rail was small but it was the most important because it was my wife," he said. "My wife doesn't actually come out for much poker stuff. So it's like, she never comes and sweats the cash games or anything. But if I make a final table, and she's in town, she comes. So it's like OK, the pressure is on. The wife doesn't make it easy, we have to really perform here to get some attention from the missus. Like it's funny, the hardest person to like earn her respect in that sense, is my wife."

It took four hours of play to whittle the field down to the unofficial final table of seven. Some of the notables to fall before that point were John Racener (16th - $24,160), Christian Harder (22nd - $19,187), two-time bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos (24th - $19,187), and one-time winner Manig Loeser (33rd - $12,826).

Matas Cimbolas fell just short of the official six-handed final table. He found himself short-stacked and all in with jack-nine suited against the ace-eight of Nick Yunis. Cimbolas could not improve and he exited in seventh ($53,946).

As the field started to dwindle and Rast continued to grow his stack, he said that he really started zoning on making victory a reality.

"When we were a little bit out, I started to build up a chip lead and I was like Ok, I'm going for the win. There were some spots where I was shoving and I really don't think it was a bad play. I was trying to put max pressure on people and I mean I had a good run of cards too and it worked out."

2021 WSOP Event #51 Final Table Results

1Brian RastUnited States$474,102
2John GallaherUnited States$293,009
3Tuan PhanUnited States$210,913
4Nick YunisChile$141,478
5Jun ObaraJapan$100,827
6Francisco BenitezUruguay$73,107

Final Table Action

All eyes were on Brian Rast. The four-time bracelet winner entered with a commanding chip lead of one-third of the chips in play. First to go was Francisco Benitez. Short on chips, Benitez jammed with ace-queen and Rast called with seven-six suited. Rast connected with a pair of sevens and Benitez exited in sixth ($73,107).

Next to go was Jun Obara. The day one chip leader shoved the flop with a flush draw but ran into the flopped pair of jacks of Yunis. Obara could not improve and had to settle for fifth ($100,827). Yunis followed him out the door in fourth ($141,478) when his ace-five suited was in preflop against the ace-four of Rast. Rast paired his four and action moved to three-handed.

Tuan Phan finished in third ($210,913) after he was down under five big blinds. Phan shoved queen-jack from the small blind and Rast called with five-four from the big blind. Rast made a straight on the river and heads up play began.

Rast entered heads up play with a 5-1 chip advantage against John Gallaher and things would end quickly as he ran his queen-ten right into the king-ten of Rast. Rast held and Gallaher had to settle for second ($293,009).

Rast joins some rare air as a five-time WSOP bracelet winner. Rast is also the second player ever to win five bracelets or more without ever finishing runner-up in a WSOP event. Daniel Alaei is the only other one, who also has five. A few others on that list include Stu Ungar, Scotty Nguyen, Michael Mizrachi, and Jason Mercier. Congratulations to Brian for winning Event #41: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:09 PM Local Time
John Gallaher Eliminated in 2nd Place ($293,009)

John Gallaher

John Gallaher limped on the button and Brian Rast announced all-in and Gallaher wasted no time calling.

John Gallaher:   
Brian Rast:   

The flop came     and the   came on the turn, giving Gallaher some potential chop outs but the   on the river meant Rast's king-kicker was going to play and Gallaher was eliminated in second place for $239,009.

Brian Rast39,880,0006,000,000
John Gallaher0-6,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:01 PM Local Time
Tuan Phan Eliminated in 3rd Place ($210,913)

Tuan Phan

Brian Rast raised all in from the small blind and Tuan Phan snapped-off his 2,000,000 stack.

Tuan Phan:   
Brian Rast:   

Phan was ahead and liked that a jack appeared in the window on the     flop but it also gave Rast a gutshot straight draw.

The turn came the  , pairing Rast and putting Phan in the sweatsuit some more.

Phan needed to dodge any seven, five or four on the river to stay alive, but the   came crashing down and ended his tournament in third place for $210,913.

Brian Rast33,880,0004,880,000
John Gallaher6,000,000-950,000
Tuan Phan0-2,000,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:50 PM Local Time
Gallaher Finds Another Double

Brian Rast shipped all the chips in the middle on the button and John Gallaher called in the big blind.

John Gallaher:   
Brian Rast:   

The dealer spread a board of       for Ghaller's ace-high to scoop the pot.

Brian Rast29,000,000-2,180,000
John Gallaher6,950,0002,950,000
Tuan Phan2,000,000-2,700,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:48 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:48 PM Local Time
Nick Yunis Eliminated in 4th Place ($141,478)

Nick Yunis

Brian Rast open-jammed under the gun and action folded to Nick Yunis who looked down at his cards and called off his 6,100,000 stack from the big blind.

Nick Yunis:   
Brian Rast:   

Yunis liked what he saw until the     flop hit the felt pairing Rast's four.

The   turn gave Yunis some more outs with two gutshot straight draws and a flush draw, but the   completed the board and ended his tournament in fourth place for $141,478.

Brian Rast31,180,00014,180,000
Tuan Phan4,700,000-1,400,000
John Gallaher4,000,0001,100,000
Nick Yunis0-8,800,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:37 PM Local Time
Jun Obara Eliminated in 5th Place ($100,827)

Jun Obara

Jun Obara raised the cutoff to 800,000 and Nick Yunis defended the big blind.

On the     flop, Yunis checked to Obara who jammed all-in. Yunis shrugged as he called off his 3,450,000.

Nick Yunis:   
Jun Obara:   

Obara flopped a flush draw but couldn't get there when the board competed with the   on the turn and the   on the river. Obara was left with only 100,000 in chips and busted two hands later in fifth place.

Nick Yunis8,800,000800,000
Jun Obara0-3,700,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:26 PM Local Time
Francisco Benitez Eliminated in 6th Place ($73,107)

Francisco Benitez

Francisco Benitez open-jammed under the gun for 2,600,000 and action folded to Brain Rast who called from the big blind.

Francisco Benitez:   
Brian Rast:   

Benitez was ahead but a seven appeared in the window on the     flop, pairing Rast.

The   turn was no help to Benitez as he needed an ace or queen to stay alive, but the   completed the board on the river and ended his tournament in sixth place for $73,107.

Brian Rast17,000,0003,300,000
Francisco Benitez0-3,350,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:15 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:09 PM Local Time
Current Chip Counts
Brian Rast13,700,000500,000
Nick Yunis8,000,000-1,300,000
Tuan Phan6,100,000-120,000
Jun Obara3,700,000-2,175,000
Francisco Benitez3,350,0002,050,000
John Gallaher2,900,0001,440,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:02 PM Local Time
Benitez Survives

Francisco Benitez

Nick Yunis raised to 600,000 on the button and Francisco Benitez called off his remaining 500,000 in the big blind.

Francisco Benitez:   
Nick Yunis:   

The board ran out       for Benitez to make a full house and survive in the tournament.

Nick Yunis9,300,000-600,000
Francisco Benitez1,300,000-800,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:52 PM Local Time
Matas Cimbolas Eliminated in 7th Place ($53,946)

Matas Cimbolas

Matas Cimbolas raised in early position to 800,000 and Nick Yunis made the call next to act.

On the     flop, Cimbolas checked and Yunis threw in a 100,000 valued chip, which was all Cimbolas had behind and he called.

Matas Cimbolas:   
Nick Yunis:   

Both players had a gutshot straight draw but Yunis was ahead with ace-high. The   turn and   river didn't improve either hand and Cimbolas was eliminated in seventh place.

Nick Yunis9,900,0001,300,000
Matas Cimbolas0-3,610,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:45 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:43 PM Local Time
Color Break

Players are on a quick color-up break.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:42 PM Local Time
Rast Flops Top Pair

In a blind versus blind limped pot, the flop came     and Nick Yunis check-called a 300,000 bet from Brian Rast.

On the   turn both players checked to see the   on the river. Yunis checked again and Rast fired in a bet of 425,000. Yunis thought it over for some time and put in the chips to call.

Rast tabled    for the top pair on the flop and Yunis mucked his hand.

Brian Rast13,200,000300,000
Nick Yunis8,600,000250,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:36 PM Local Time
Phan Doubles Through Gallaher

Tuan Phan

Tuan Phan shoved on the button for 2,870,000 and John Gallaher was next to act and shoved his stack in the middle as well.

Tuan Phan:   
John Gallaher:   

The flop came    , pairing Gallaher's ace at the same time giving Phan a flush draw. The   on the turn completed Phan's flush and the river was the  .

Tuan Phan6,220,0003,835,000
John Gallaher1,460,000-2,590,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:30 PM Local Time
Run Good Strikes Again

John Gallaher

Jun Obara raised all in from the button, Tuan Phan folded his small blind and action was on John "Johnny Run Good" Gallaher who looked down at his cards, paused, then called off his 2,025,000 stack from the big blind.

John Gallaher:   
Jun Obara:   

Gallaher was ahead until the     flop hit the felt pairing Obara's seven while giving him a gutshot straight draw.

The   turn wasn't a good sight for Gallaher as not only did it complete Obara's straight, it also gave him a straight flush draw.

Gallaher was drawing slim as the only card that could save him was a none-diamond nine.

Luckily for him, he didn't get the knick-name "Johnny Run Good" for no reason as the dealer completed the board with the   on the river and secured his double-up.

Jun Obara5,875,0002,005,000
John Gallaher4,050,0001,130,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:08 PM Local Time
Final Table Draw and Counts
SeatPlayerChip Count 
1Matas Cimbolas3,610,000 
2Nick Yunis8,350,000 
3Brian Rast12,900,000 
4Francisco Benitez2,100,000 
5Jun Obara3,870,000 
6Tuan Phan2,385000 
7John Gallaher2,920,000 
Brian Rast12,900,000-300,000
Nick Yunis8,350,000-650,000
Jun Obara3,870,000-810,000
Matas Cimbolas3,610,000-2,890,000
John Gallaher2,920,000220,000
Tuan Phan2,385,000365,000
Francisco Benitez2,100,000-450,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:04 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 120,000/240,000
Ante: 240,000
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:04 PM Local Time
Johnathan Holsonback Eliminated in 8th Place ($40,525)

Johnathan Holsonback

Johnathan Holsonback raised all in for 2,600,000 from the button and Nick Yunis Called from the big blind.

Johnathan Holsonback:   
Nick Yunis:   

Holsonback woke up with an ace but was dominated by Yunis and the       runout ended his tournament in eighth place for $40,525.

Nick Yunis9,000,0002,300,000
Johnathan Holsonback0-1,750,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander