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

Thursday, October 28, 2021 to Thursday, October 28, 2021

Event #54: Nine Game Mix 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $709,775
  • Entries: 319
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, October 29, 2021 3:22 AM Local Time
Rast, Elezra Among Chip Leaders in Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed

Brian Rast

Day one of Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed has concluded after 10 levels of play with some notable names among the chip leaders in one of the newest World Series events. A total of 319 entrants produced a prize pool of $709,775, with 48 spots paid and a first-place prize of $168,608.

Kao Saechao has the overnight lead with 240,000 chips, thanks in part to a big hand against Randy Ohel and Adam Friedman shortly before the final break of the night. However, several WSOP bracelet winners are not far behind.

Fresh off his victory in Event #51: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em, Brian Rast sits second in chips chasing a sixth career bracelet. After taking his seat towards the end of late registration, Rast ran up his stack and finished with 212,100 chips.

Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra

Another multiple bracelet winner in the hunt is Eli Elezra, who was blinding down late in the final level after leaving to get some rest. Elezra takes 196,100 chips into Day two of this event, while also carrying 45 big blinds into Day 2 of Event #52: $1,000 Seniors Championship.

Other names to watch after the opening 10 levels are Kevin Gerhart (158,300), Scott Bohlman (157,500), Adam Owen (154,300), David Williams (153,100), Maria Ho (135,900), Josh Arieh (129,700) and Daniel Negreanu (62,000).

There are also notable names with work to do on Friday, as Michael Noori, David "ODB" Baker, John Monnette, and John Racener are among the short stacks. Others that failed to make it through the day include Phil Hellmuth, Frank Kassela, Christopher Vitch, Brandon Shack-Harris and Mike Watson, who was making his first appearance of the 2021 World Series.

Day two will begin at 2:00 p.m. local time, with 10 more levels to be played. Play will resume on Level 11 with 15-minute breaks scheduled after every two levels and a dinner break after Level 16.

Stay tuned to our PokerNews live blog as Day 2 unfolds.

Friday, October 29, 2021 3:02 AM Local Time
Day 2 Seat Draw - Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4001Brian RastUnited States212,100
Amazon4002Graham ZugUnited States68,700
Amazon4003Kyle MontgomeryUnited States27,000
Amazon4004Daniel BrodieUnited States13,300
Amazon4005Aditya PrasetyoUnited States120,200
Amazon4006Jason PapastavrouUnited States84,900
Amazon4011Matt VengrinUnited States72,200
Amazon4012Christopher PuetzGermany169,000
Amazon4013Ray HensonUnited States190,600
Amazon4014Andrew KelsallUnited States146,000
Amazon4015Andrew DonabedianUnited States24,900
Amazon4016Hernan SalazarUnited States57,200
Amazon4021Chad EveslageUnited States143,800
Amazon4022Bradley RubenUnited States135,500
Amazon4023Michael NooriUnited States26,000
Amazon4024Brian HastingsUnited States14,000
Amazon4025Jon TurnerUnited States98,200
Amazon4026Steven BlenkerUnited States56,800
Amazon4031Jordan SiegelUnited States26,600
Amazon4032Peiwen WangUnited States201,400
Amazon4033Dustin DirksenUnited States35,000
Amazon4034Brian BrunnerUnited States104,900
Amazon4035John MonnetteUnited States40,700
Amazon4036Brandon BerginUnited States132,100
Amazon4041Senh CongUnited States32,200
Amazon4042Christopher PowerUnited States64,900
Amazon4043Maria HoUnited States135,900
Amazon4044Jon ShoremanUnited Kingdom64,800
Amazon4045Christian RobertsUnited States95,100
Amazon4046Daniel NegreanuCanada62,000
Amazon4051Young PhanUnited States62,500
Amazon4052Felipe RamosBrazil72,100
Amazon4053Amnon FilippiUnited States61,600
Amazon4054John ReadingUnited States22,000
Amazon4055Roland IsraelashviliUnited States112,700
Amazon4056Mike MatusowUnited States97,700
Amazon4061Derek McMasterUnited States52,100
Amazon4062Ryan HimesUnited States190,900
Amazon4063Josh DammUnited States56,200
Amazon4064Hector SalgadoUnited States49,800
Amazon4065Kevin GerhartUnited States158,300
Amazon4066John RacenerUnited States49,000
Amazon4071Rebecca KerlUnited States18,100
Amazon4072Kao Chieng SaechaoUnited States240,000
Amazon4073David "ODB" BakerUnited States26,200
Amazon4074Matt WaxmanUnited States101,900
Amazon4075Kentaro HoriJapan175,800
Amazon4076Matt SzymaszekUnited States168,900
Amazon4081Matthew SchultzUnited States89,600
Amazon4082James WoodsUnited States53,600
Amazon4084Ken AldridgeUnited States19,600
Amazon4085Todd IvensUnited States65,700
Amazon4086Louie CohenUnited States42,100
Amazon4091Alexander WilkinsonUnited States92,300
Amazon4092Daniel ScrogginsUnited States90,900
Amazon4093Joshua RhodesUnited States29,300
Amazon4094Benjamin LudlowUnited States25,300
Amazon4095Andrew BarberUnited States64,900
Amazon4096Marcus MizziCanada78,300
Amazon4101Pawel AndrzejewskiUnited States67,600
Amazon4102Frankie O'DellUnited States106,300
Amazon4103Renan BruschiBrazil119,300
Amazon4104David WilliamsUnited States153,100
Amazon4105Victor RamdinUnited States23,600
Amazon4106Brett RicheyUnited States75,100
Amazon4111Adam OwenUnited Kingdom154,300
Amazon4112Yueqi ZhuUnited States34,000
Amazon4113Drew ScottCanada59,300
Amazon4114Michael AltmanUnited States76,100
Amazon4115Matt GrapenthienUnited States13,400
Amazon4116Michael RosenbergUnited States48,800
Amazon4121Kenny HsiungUnited States41,900
Amazon4122Michael TrivettUnited States48,900
Amazon4123Vasu AmarapuUnited States143,700
Amazon4124Will BerryUnited States19,400
Amazon4125Yosh NakanoUnited States42,800
Amazon4126Kevin SongUnited States21,500
Amazon4131DJ BuckleyUnited States33,600
Amazon4132Geoffrey GrossUnited States73,700
Amazon4133Anthony MenderUnited States139,500
Amazon4134Justin LibertoUnited States90,700
Amazon4135Jason SomervilleUnited States53,700
Amazon4136Christopher ClaassenUnited States112,200
Amazon4142Colleen LongUnited States75,300
Amazon4143Robert McLaughlinUnited States55,400
Amazon4144Scott AbramsUnited States78,100
Amazon4145Ashly ButlerUnited States61,500
Amazon4146Refugio QuinteroUnited States7,777
Amazon4151Joshua RayUnited States79,000
Amazon4152Jonathan WilliamsUnited States164,200
Amazon4153Josh AriehUnited States129,700
Amazon4154Donny RubinsteinUnited States16,700
Amazon4155Carol FuchsUnited States111,200
Amazon4156Hanna KhalafUnited States67,700
Amazon4161Yuebin GuoUnited States50,400
Amazon4162Hisham SalamaUnited States44,300
Amazon4163Eli ElezraIsrael196,100
Amazon4164Naoya KiharaJapan77,100
Amazon4165Clifton WardUnited States111,600
Amazon4166Max PescatoriItaly39,500
Amazon4171Nicholas JuliaUnited States137,800
Amazon4172Georgios SotiropoulosGreece23,200
Amazon4173Kristan LordUnited States93,500
Amazon4174Kenneth PoUnited States84,700
Amazon4175Robert MizrachiUnited States138,000
Amazon4176Nam Le (Tustin)United States22,700
Amazon4181Qinghai PanUnited States155,500
Amazon4182Junayed KhanUnited States59,000
Amazon4183Jake SchwartzUnited States33,200
Amazon4184Peterpaul ShakerUnited States107,800
Amazon4185Casey RobbinsUnited States45,300
Amazon4186Kosei IchinoseJapan7,200
Amazon4191Joe HachemAustralia67,700
Amazon4192James WeathermanUnited States118,700
Amazon4193Toby LewisUnited Kingdom88,800
Amazon4194Matthew WoodwardUnited States85,200
Amazon4195Marco JohnsonUnited States108,100
Amazon4196Tom GityUnited States61,800
Amazon4201Peter LevineUnited States15,100
Amazon4202Scott BohlmanUnited States157,500
Amazon4203Tony HartmannUnited States86,900
Amazon4204Craig ChaitUnited States25,100
Amazon4205Jim CollopyUnited States39,200
Amazon4206Onur UnsalUnited States94,200
Amazon4211Mike WattelUnited States67,500
Amazon4212Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil87,100
Amazon4213Alex LivingstonCanada117,200
Amazon4214Nick GuagentiUnited States82,000
Amazon4215Ciprian TutuUnited States83,500
Amazon4216Paul HolderUnited States201,500
Amazon4221Greg MuellerCanada78,500
Amazon4222Tamon NakamuraJapan163,100
Amazon4223Yehuda BuchalterUnited States54,200
Amazon4224David FunkhouserUnited States80,600
Amazon4225Stephen SavoyUnited States48,200
Amazon4226Matt GlantzUnited States60,500
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:19 AM Local Time
End of Day 1 Chip Counts
Kao "Flexx" Saechao240,00045,000
Brian Rast212,10033,100
Paul Holder201,50010,500
Peiwen Wang201,400201,400
Eli Elezra196,10024,100
Ryan Himes190,900190,900
Ray Henson190,60086,600
Kentaro Hori175,8004,800
Christopher Puetz169,000169,000
Matt Szymaszek168,900168,900
Jonathan Williams164,20079,200
Tamon Nakamura163,100163,100
Kevin Gerhart158,300132,300
Scott Bohlman157,500-27,500
Qinghai Pan155,50085,500
Adam Owen154,300-19,700
David Williams153,10028,100
Andrew Kelsall146,00064,000
Chad Eveslage143,8006,800
Vasu Amarapu143,700-28,300
Anthony Mender139,500139,500
Robert Mizrachi138,00043,000
Nicholas Julia137,800137,800
Maria Ho135,9005,900
Bradley Ruben135,50020,500
Brandon Bergin132,100132,100
Josh Arieh129,70024,700
Aditya Prasetyo120,200120,200
Renan Bruschi119,300119,300
James Weatherman118,700118,700
Alex Livingston117,20033,200
Roland Israelashvili112,70077,700
Christopher Claassen112,200112,200
Clifton Ward111,600111,600
Carol Fuchs111,20067,200
Marco Johnson108,1009,600
Peterpaul Shaker107,800107,800
Frankie O'Dell106,30079,800
Brian Brunner104,900104,900
Matt Waxman101,90069,900
Jon Turner98,20024,200
Mike Matusow97,70023,700
Christian Roberts95,100-94,900
Onur Unsal94,20094,200
Kristan Lord93,50093,500
Alexander Wilkinson92,30092,300
Daniel Scroggins90,90090,900
Justin Liberto90,70090,700
Matthew Schultz89,60089,600
Toby Lewis88,80088,800
Yuri Dzivielevski87,10029,100
Tony Hartmann86,90051,900
Matthew Woodward85,20085,200
Jason Papastavrou84,90049,900
Kenneth Po84,70049,700
Ciprian Tutu83,50083,500
Nick Guagenti82,00043,000
David Funkhouser80,60080,600
Joshua Ray79,00079,000
Greg Mueller78,50043,500
Marcus Mizzi78,30078,300
Scott Abrams78,100-11,900
Naoya Kihara77,10035,600
Michael Altman76,10076,100
Colleen Long75,3009,300
Brett Richey75,10040,100
Geoffrey Gross73,70073,700
Matt Vengrin72,200-37,800
Felipe Ramos72,10044,100
Graham Zug68,70068,700
Joe Hachem67,7005,700
Hanna Khalaf67,70067,700
Pawel Andrzejewski67,60067,600
Mike Wattel67,50067,500
Todd Ivens65,700-19,300
Christopher Power64,90064,900
Andrew Barber64,9004,900
Jon Shoreman64,800-3,200
Young Phan62,50062,500
Daniel Negreanu62,000-20,000
Tom Gity61,80016,800
Amnon Filippi61,600-23,400
Ashly Butler61,50013,500
Matt Glantz60,50025,500
Drew Scott59,30059,300
Junayed Khan59,00059,000
Hernan Salazar57,200-13,800
Steven Blenker56,80056,800
Josh Damm56,20056,200
Robert McLaughlin55,40055,400
Yehuda Buchalter54,20054,200
Jason Somerville53,700-29,300
James Woods53,600-9,500
Derek McMaster52,10027,100
Yuebin Guo50,40050,400
Hector Salgado49,80049,800
John Racener49,00014,000
Michael Trivett48,900-24,600
Michael Rosenberg48,80048,800
Stephen Savoy48,20048,200
Casey Robbins45,300-10,300
Hisham Salama44,30044,300
Yosh Nakano42,80042,800
Louie Cohen42,10042,100
Kenny Hsiung41,90041,900
John Monnette40,7008,700
Max Pescatori39,50017,000
Jim Collopy39,20039,200
Dustin Dirksen35,00035,000
Yueqi Zhu34,000-34,000
DJ Buckley33,60033,600
Jake Schwartz33,200-33,800
Senh Cong32,20032,200
Joshua Rhodes29,30029,300
Kyle Montgomery27,000-153,000
Jordan Siegel26,60026,600
David "ODB" Baker26,200-48,800
Michael Noori26,00026,000
Benjamin Ludlow25,30025,300
Craig Chait25,100-41,900
Andrew Donabedian24,900-18,100
Victor Ramdin23,600-26,400
Georgios Sotiropoulos23,20023,200
Nam Le (Tustin)22,70022,700
John Reading22,000-63,000
Kevin Song21,50021,500
Ken Aldridge19,600-39,400
Will Berry19,40019,400
Rebecca Kerl18,10018,100
Donny Rubinstein16,70016,700
Peter Levine15,10015,100
Brian Hastings14,000-30,000
Matt Grapenthien13,400-18,600
Daniel Brodie13,30013,300
Refugio Quintero7,7777,777
Kosei Ichinose7,200-42,800
Friday, October 29, 2021 2:11 AM Local Time
Day 1 Has Finished

All hands have been completed in Day one action, with 136 players remaining in the field.

Friday, October 29, 2021 1:53 AM Local Time
Three More Hands

With level ten winding down, there will be three more hands dealt tonight.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:30 AM Local Time
Negreanu Doubles Through Gity

Daniel Negreanu

No-Limit Hold'em

Tom Gity raised to 3,800 from middle position, and Daniel Negreanu raised all-in for 39,800. Gity took a moment before making the call, putting Negreanu at risk.

Daniel Negreanu:   
Tom Gity:   

Negreanu was ahead preflop, and the runout of       was clean for the double up with just half an hour of play remaining.

Daniel Negreanu82,00032,000
Tom Gity45,000-42,500
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:20 AM Local Time
More Chip Counts
Kentaro Hori171,000171,000
Maria Ho130,00098,000
Tom Gity87,5007,500
Andrew Kelsall82,00056,000
Mike Matusow74,00039,000
Daniel Negreanu50,000-17,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:13 AM Local Time
Chip Counts Into the Final Level
Paul Holder191,000-15,000
Christian Roberts190,00052,000
Scott Bohlman185,000138,000
Kyle Montgomery180,00018,000
Brian Rast179,000135,000
Adam Owen174,0009,000
Eli Elezra172,00011,000
David Williams125,00030,000
Bradley Ruben115,00059,000
Josh Arieh105,00025,000
Scott Abrams90,00042,000
Cary Katz56,00021,000
Brent Harrington45,00045,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:05 AM Local Time
Level 10 started
Level: 10
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Friday, October 29, 2021 1:03 AM Local Time
Negreanu Scoops Guagenti

Stud Hi-Lo

Daniel Negreanu has been quietly building his stack after re-entering earlier, and found himself at showdown with Nick Guagenti.

Daniel Negreanu:     /     
Nick Guagenti:     /     

Negreanu led out after hitting a pair of aces on fourth street and Guagenti called, with the action repeating through seventh street. Negreanu's final bet of 6,000 was called, and he turned over two pair and a 7-5-4-2-A low to scoop the pot.

Daniel Negreanu67,00023,000
Nick Guagenti39,000-69,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, October 29, 2021 12:54 AM Local Time
Some Eliminations as the Field Thins
Noah Boeken0-20,000
Ryan Leng0-8,000
Chip Jett00
Stephen Moreschi0-50,000
Brandon Shack-Harris0-52,000
Christopher Vitch0-90,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 12:42 AM Local Time
Money Bubble Set

A total of 319 entries created a prize pool of $709,775. The tournament will pay 48 spots with a min cash worth $4,064, while the champion will take home the WSOP gold bracelet and $168,608.

Friday, October 29, 2021 12:24 AM Local Time
Elezra May Have a Busy Friday

Eli Elezra

Eli Elezra has had a good day building a healthy stack of 161,000 as of this writing. If he can keep this going for another couple of hours, he'll be taking a nice bag of chips into Day 2 Friday afternoon.

One small problem though.

He's also got a 45 big blind bag awaiting him in Friday's Day 2 of the Seniors Event!

Play for that begins at 10:00 am local time, so with play in the nine-game event ending around 2:00 am, it could be a short night of sleep and a long day of double-dipping ahead for the hall of fame nominee.

Eli Elezra161,000-14,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 12:14 AM Local Time
Notable Late Entrants

Shortly before the break, John Racener went all-in on his first bullet and found one caller.

John Racener:   

Racener found no help on the       runout, and quickly left the tournament area to re-enter.

Others joining Racener as late entries include Nam Le, Brett Richey, Roland Israelashvili and Tony Hartmann.

John Racener35,00035,000
Brett Richey35,00035,000
Nam Le35,00035,000
Tony Hartmann35,00035,000
Roland Israelashvili35,00035,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 12:02 AM Local Time
Registration Closes

As level nine begins, late registration has closed. Phil Hellmuth was eliminated on his second and final bullet right before the break.

Payouts will be posted as soon as they become available.

Phil Hellmuth0-35,000
Friday, October 29, 2021 12:02 AM Local Time
Level 9 started
Level: 9
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Thursday, October 28, 2021 11:50 PM Local Time
Final Break of the Night

Players have reached the final 15-minute break of the night. Late registration will close when play resumes.

Thursday, October 28, 2021 11:43 PM Local Time
Massive Cooler Puts Friedman on Fumes, Eliminates Ohel

Kao Saechao

Pot-Limit Omaha

The last level before re-entry closes can bring some crazy pots, and this was certainly the case at table 532.

Randy Ohel, Adam Friedman and Kao Saechao each got almost 70,000 in preflop, with Ohel at risk.

Randy Ohel:     
Adam Friedman:     
Kao Saechao:     

The board ran out      , with Saechao making a runner-runner straight to eliminate Ohel and put Friedman on fumes.

Ohel had the ability to re-enter, but Friedman will have to run his stack up if he's to survive.

Kao "Flexx" Saechao195,000
Adam Friedman20,500-60,500
Randy Ohel0-60,000
Thursday, October 28, 2021 11:36 PM Local Time
One More Round of Counts
Chad Eveslage137,00085,000
Tom Gity80,00033,000
Ben Ludlow65,00033,000
Daniel Negreanu44,0009,000
Nate Silver39,0003,000
Ari Engel36,00013,000
Dan Smith35,00035,000
Matt Grapenthien32,000-3,000
Felipe Ramos28,000-14,000
Kevin Gerhart26,000-17,000
David "Bakes" Baker20,000-33,000
Thursday, October 28, 2021 11:26 PM Local Time
Another Round of Chip Counts
Eli Elezra175,000140,000
Kyle Montgomery162,00077,000
Allan Le95,0005,000
David Williams95,00049,000
Christopher Vitch90,00054,000
Hernan Salazar71,00036,000
Ken Aldridge59,00024,000
Bradley Ruben56,00028,000
Victor Ramdin50,00015,000
Ashly Butler48,000-5,000
Scott Abrams48,000-20,000
Brian Rast44,0009,000
Mike Matusow35,00012,000
Kenneth Po35,000-1,000
Matt Waxman32,0001,500
Frankie O'Dell26,500-17,500