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

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 to Saturday, October 30, 2021

Event #53: High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)

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  • Buy-in: $25,000
  • Prizepool: $5,008,500
  • Entries: 212
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, October 29, 2021 3:00 AM Local Time
Ben Lamb Leads 25 Survivors After Day 2 in Event #53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

Ben Lamb

One of the high-stakes highlights of the 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is one step closer to crowning a champion. Out of a field of 212 entries in Event #53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, only 25 players remain in contention for the biggest slice of the $5,008,500 prize pool. They have all locked up a payday of $44,807 locked up so far and the winner can look forward to the coveted gold bracelet and top prize of $1,251,860.

Best-positioned for the seven-figure payday and what would be his second gold bracelet is Ben Lamb, who soared to the biggest stack on Day 2. Lamb was one of nearly three dozen late entrants during the first two levels and bagged up a massive stack of 3,885,000. That's well ahead of second-placed Nathan Zimnik (2,535,000) and David Benyamine (2,340,000). One of the former champions of this specific tournament is also still in the mix, as Shaun Deeb advanced with just shy of two million in chips.

Top 10 Counts Day 2 Event #53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ben LambUnited States3,885,000130
2Nathan ZimnikUnited States2,535,00085
3David BenyamineFrance2,340,00078
4LaDarren BanksUnited States2,000,00067
5Shaun DeebUnited States1,975,00066
6Joao VieiraPortugal1,805,00060
7Farhad JamasiUnited States1,480,00049
8Veselin KarakitukovBulgaria1,445,00048
9Bryce YockeyUnited States1,420,00047
10Charles SinnUnited States1,335,00045

Among the notable contenders outside of the top five are Joao Vieira, Bryce Yockey, Jeremy Ausmus, Tommy Le, Simon Lofberg,
Jerry Wong, and Ka Kwan Lau. Ausmus and Le were on the final table of Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, in which Le claimed his second career gold bracelet only a few days ago. The Californian was down to just under two blinds prior to the money bubble but made it through with 1,035,000 in pursuit of an unprecedented back-to-back victory in WSOP PLO High Roller tournaments.

Previous WSOP $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High-Roller Champions

YearPlayerCountryFirst PrizePlayersPrize Pool
2019Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$1,618,417278$6,602,500
2018Shaun DeebUnited States$1,402,683230$5,462,500
2017James CalderaroUnited States$1,289,074204$4,868,750
2016Jens KyllonenFinland$1,127,035184$4,370,000
2015Anthony ZinnoUnited States$1,122,196175$4,156,250

Defending champion Stephen Chidwick was eliminated a few spots outside of the money when he fell victim to the hot run of Lamb during the final stages of the night. Other notables such as Dash Dudley, Dylan Weisman, John Racener, Josh Arieh, Yuval Bronshtein, Dario Sammartino, Sam Soverel, and Jake Schwartz all missed out on another WSOP cash for their poker resume.

Lamb was also responsible for bursting the money bubble when he turned a flush against Ian Bradley's two pair. For the remainder of the day, Lamb remained the undisputed chip leader. Seven players earned cash prizes and among them were four WSOP bracelet winners in Ben Yu, Joseph Cheong, Scott Seiver, and Chance Kornuth.

All remaining 25 players will return to their seats in the Amazon Room at 2pm local time on Friday, October 29. The penultimate tournament day is scheduled to reduce the field to the final five players and the action recommences in Level 21 at blinds of 15,000/30,000 with a big blind ante of 30,000.

Stay tuned to find out who will make it all the way to the live-streamed final as the PokerNews team will be on the floor to provide all key hands from start-to-finish.

Friday, October 29, 2021 2:54 AM Local Time
Day 3 Seat Draw - Event #53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon4272Charles SinnUnited States1,335,00045
Amazon4273Jeremy AusmusUnited States1,280,00043
Amazon4274Nathan ZimnikUnited States2,535,00085
Amazon4275Robert PaddockUnited States505,00017
Amazon4277LaDarren BanksUnited States2,000,00067
Amazon4278Simon LofbergSweden885,00030
Amazon4281Jerry WongUnited States705,00024
Amazon4282Shaun DeebUnited States1,975,00066
Amazon4283John BeauprezUnited States905,00030
Amazon4284Matthew WantmanUnited States985,00033
Amazon4285Ka Kwan LauHong Kong525,00018
Amazon4286Michael KamranUnited States725,00024
Amazon4288Tommy LeUnited States1,035,00035
Amazon4291Farhad JamasiUnited States1,480,00049
Amazon4293Maxx ColemanUnited States340,00011
Amazon4295Gabriel AndradeEcuador300,00010
Amazon4296Amir MirrasouliUnited States605,00020
Amazon4297Bryce YockeyUnited States1,420,00047
Amazon4298Joao VieiraPortugal1,805,00060
Amazon4301Mohammad AraniUnited States600,00020
Amazon4303David BenyamineFrance2,340,00078
Amazon4304Veselin KarakitukovBulgaria1,445,00048
Amazon4306Joseph SandersUnited States1,140,00038
Amazon4307Martin DamDenmark1,045,00035
Amazon4308Ben LambUnited States3,885,000130
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:25 AM Local Time
End-of-Day 2 Counts
Ben Lamb3,885,000235,000
Nathan Zimnik2,535,000-15,000
David Benyamine2,340,000940,000
LaDarren Banks2,000,000-200,000
Shaun Deeb1,975,000-325,000
Joao Vieira1,805,0000
Farhad Jamasi1,480,000710,000
Veselin Karakitukov1,445,000445,000
Bryce Yockey1,420,000-280,000
Charles Sinn1,335,000-265,000
Jeremy Ausmus1,280,000-90,000
Joseph Sanders1,140,000215,000
Martin Dam1,045,000-55,000
Tommy Le1,035,0000
Matthew Wantman985,000235,000
John Beauprez905,000-15,000
Simon Lofberg885,00090,000
Michael Kamran725,000225,000
Jerry Wong705,000-115,000
Amir Mirrasouli605,0000
Mohammad Arani600,000-25,000
Ka Kwan Lau525,000-25,000
Robert Paddock505,000-145,000
Maxx Coleman340,000-510,000
Gabriel Andrade300,000-200,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:10 AM Local Time
Day 2 Completed With 25 Remaining

All remaining 25 players have bagged and tagged the chips for the night. They will be back tomorrow at 2pm local time to play down to the final five contenders for the live-streamed showdown. All chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Friday, October 29, 2021 2:08 AM Local Time
Final Pot to Le

Tommy Le bet the     flop for 40,000 and Amir Mirrasouli raised to 90,000, which Le called. The   turn was checked by Le and Mirrasouli now bet 100,000 for Le to call.

After the   river, Le checked once more and Mirrasouli checked behind with the      to see Le turn over      for treys full of jacks to win the pot.

Tommy Le1,035,000185,000
Amir Mirrasouli605,000-245,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:06 AM Local Time
Kornuth Eliminated by Wong

Chance Kornuth

Chance Kornuth was in a heads-up pot against Jerry Wong and got all-in on the flop of    .

Chance Kornuth:     
Jerry Wong:     

Wong had flopped trips and Kornuth couldn't improve to stay alive as the board ran out   .

Jerry Wong820,0000
Chance Kornuth0-630,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:04 AM Local Time
Seiver Bricks Out

Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver raised to 60,000 on the button and Joao Vieira made it 205,000 in the small blind. Seiver quickly called and the two players saw a flop of    . Vieira made a pot-sized bet and Seiver snapped in his last 300,000 chips.

Scott Seiver:     
Joao Vieira:     

Vieira flopped top pair but Seiver had a small wrap with an over card. The   on the turn paired the board and the   hit the river, bricking everything for Seiver who hit the payout desk.

Joao Vieira1,805,000555,000
Scott Seiver0-300,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:00 AM Local Time
The Last Three Hands

All remaining 27 players will complete another three hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Friday, October 29, 2021 1:55 AM Local Time
Late Chip Changes

Tommy Le lost nearly half of his stack when he tangled with Martin Dam, who jammed the flop to force an instant fold.

Ben Lamb appears to be the runaway chip leader as Shaun Deeb and Nathan Zimnik are more than one million behind.

Ben Lamb3,650,000125,000
Nathan Zimnik2,550,00050,000
Shaun Deeb2,300,000-350,000
Bryce Yockey1,700,000790,000
Joao Vieira1,250,000-50,000
Martin Dam1,100,000350,000
Amir Mirrasouli850,000-655,000
Tommy Le850,000-650,000
Ka Kwan Lau550,0000
Scott Seiver300,000-140,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:49 AM Local Time
Lau Doubles Through Vieira

Ka Kwan Lau

Ka Kwan Lau opened late position and Joao Vieira raised in the small blind to put his opponent all-in. Lau called.

Ka Kwan Lau:     
Joao Vieira:     

The board ran out       and Lau made a straight to save himself from elimination and secure a double-up.

Joao Vieira1,300,000-100,000
Ka Kwan Lau550,000213,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:47 AM Local Time
Arani Doubles Through Deeb

Mohammad Arani was all-in with a short stack after a     flop and big stack Shaun Deeb called.

Mohammad Arani:     
Shaun Deeb:     

Deeb held a gutshot but didn't get there, as the   turn and   river kept Arani in the lead with aces up.

"Not even a dent," Arani said as Deeb lost a fraction of his massive stack.

Shaun Deeb2,650,0001,040,000
Mohammad Arani625,000125,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:42 AM Local Time
Cheong Eliminated by Banks

Joseph Cheong

The hot streak of LaDarren Banks continues as he also knocked out Joseph Cheong. The latter hit top and bottom pair with a flush draw on the     flop with      but Banks had that crushed with the      for the top set and nut flush draw.

Cheong was drawing to four outs with an off-suit nine for a straight or the case nine of diamonds for the straight flush but the   turn and   river kept Banks' nut flush as the superior hand.

LaDarren Banks2,200,000150,000
Joseph Cheong0-825,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:37 AM Local Time
Yu Falls to the Hot Streak of Lamb

Ben Yu

Ben Yu raised to 85,000 in middle position and Ben Lamb three-bet to 290,000 on the button. The action folded back to Yu who called to see a flop of    . Yu jammed all in for around 300,000 and Lamb snapped him off.

Ben Yu:     
Ben Lamb:     

Yu flopped the best hand with two pair but the   and   runout gave Lamb a straight to eliminate Yu.

Ben Lamb3,525,000725,000
Ben Yu0-400,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:33 AM Local Time
Sinn Sends O'Hara to the rail

Ian O'Hara

Picking up the action on a board reading     , Charles Sinn bet out and Ian O'Hara raised all-in in the heads-up pot. Sinn called with his opponent well-covered.

Ian O'Hara:     
Charles Sinn:     

O'Hara was ahead with a set against the two pair of his opponent. But the river brought the   and Sinn scooped the pot with a straight.

"Sorry, man," Sinn said as O'Hara stood up to leave.

Charles Sinn1,600,000100,000
Ian O'Hara0-770,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:31 AM Local Time
Le Above the Average

Five ways to the     flop, Tommy Le bet 75,000 out of the small blind and was only called by Bryce Yockey in a late position. The   turn slowed down Le and he checked, Yockey bet 150,000 and Le reluctantly called.

Both then checked the   river and Le flashed the    for a full house first, then also revealed the    as Yockey mucked to forfeit the pot.

Tommy Le1,500,000850,000
Bryce Yockey910,000-430,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:27 AM Local Time
Wantman Doubles Through Sinn

Charles Sinn opened to 60,000 on the button and Matthew Wantman re-raised to 205,000 in the small blind. The big blind folded and Sinn stuck in a four-bet. Wantman only had 300,000 total chips and they were all in the middle.

Matthew Wantman:     
Charles Sinn:     

The flop came     to give Wantman the best hand with a pair of queens. The   on the turn and the   on the river changed nothing as Wantman doubled his stack.

Charles Sinn1,500,000-400,000
Matthew Wantman750,000370,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:20 AM Local Time
Kurtzman First Casualty in the Money; Kamran Doubles

Eric Kurtzman

Former chip leader Eric Kurtzman was seen on the way to the rail and the board was already killed. The cards were still exposed as LaDarren Banks prevailed with      versus      to send Kurtzman out in 32nd place.

"You are killing it," Kurtzman said on his way out as he bumped fists with Banks.

Nathan Zimnik then looked up the all-in of Michael Kamran for the last 210,000.

Michael Kamran:     
Nathan Zimnik:     

The       board kept Kamran in contention.

Nathan Zimnik2,500,000-450,000
LaDarren Banks2,050,0001,050,000
Michael Kamran500,000200,000
Eric Kurtzman0-460,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:15 AM Local Time
Andrade Doubles Through Sanders

The cards were already on their backs as Gabriel Andrade got the short stack in with the     . Joseph Sanders was aiming to deal the final blow with the      but didn't get there on the       board.

Joseph Sanders925,000-175,000
Gabriel Andrade500,000100,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:09 AM Local Time
Zimnik Has a Profitable Bubble

Nathan Zimnik was already one of the chip leaders coming into the money bubble, but he continued to build his stack with some constant pressure during hand-for-hand play.

In one hand, Zimnik led out for 100,000 on the turn with the board reading     . Eric Kurtzman called and the   paired the board on the river. Zimnik fired out another bet of 300,000 this time and Kurtzman was forced to fold.

Just a couple of hands later, the board read      and Zimnik took the lead with a bet of 75,000. Michael Kamran called this time and the river was the  . Zimnik sized up a bet of 225,000 and Kamran dumped his cards to the muck.

Nathan Zimnik2,950,000900,000
Eric Kurtzman460,000-1,080,000
Michael Kamran300,000-360,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:09 AM Local Time
Level 20 started
Level: 20
Blinds: 10,000/25,000
Ante: 25,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander