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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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Saturday, October 30, 2021 3:00 AM Local Time
Julia Holds Big Lead With 17 Remaining; Matusow, Racener and Mizrachi Among Contenders

Nicholas Julia

Another mixed game contest of the 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is one step closer to crowning a champion. Out of a field of 319 entries in Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed, just 17 players remain in the hunt for the coveted gold bracelet. The tournament, dubbed as the mini version of the pinnacle Poker Players Championship, will award the lion's share of the $709,775 prize pool on the final day on Saturday, October 30, 2021.

Nicholas Julia holds a commanding lead over his final 16 opponents as he bagged up an impressive stack of 2,150,000, which is more than two times of what Robert McLaughlin (1,013,000) has at his disposal. Among the other big stacks are three-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Aditya Prasetyo, the WSOP bracelet winners Kenny Hsiung and Justin Liberto, as well as actor and mixed game aficionado James Woods.

Mike Matusow continues his string of deep runs during the festival so far as he sits inside the overnight top ten and chases a fifth WSOP bracelet. A potential repeat victory at the WSOP is also possible for John Racener, Bradley Ruben, and the 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem.

Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 2

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1Nicholas JuliaUnited States2,150,000
2Robert McLaughlinUnited States1,013,000
3Aditya PrasetyoUnited States829,000
4Kenny HsiungUnited States822,000
5Kristan LordUnited States820,000
6Justin LibertoUnited States715,000
7James WoodsUnited States649,000
8Matt VengrinUnited States635,000
9Marco JohnsonUnited States603,000
10Mike MatusowUnited States559,000
Joe Hachem
2005 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Hachem is among the 17 finalists

Julia began his rise to the top of the leaderboard in the second level of the day when he knocked out Greg Mueller with the flopped nut flush against a rivered inferior flush. From there on, he was a wrecking ball at his alternating tables and remained in the top three on the leaderboard for the rest of the day. Many other notables such as Brian Rast, Yuri Dzivielevski, Max Pescatori, John Monnette, Jason Somerville, Day 1 chip leader Kao "Flexx" Saechao, and Daniel Negreanu were among the casualties before the money.

Eli Elezra was multi-tabling and had stacks in play for the mixed game contest and Day 2 of the Seniors Event. He paced back and forth between two different rooms in the and was ultimately eliminated by Joshua Rhodes not far away from the money bubble. Donny Rubinstein ended up as the bubble boy in a Razz hand against Kenny Hsiung and the eliminations thereafter came at a rapid pace once the players returned from the dinner break.

Notables in the money included WSOP bracelet winners such as Andrew Barber, Adam Owen, Andrew Kelsall, Kevin Gerhart, Jim Collopy, Carol Fuchs, Frankie O'Dell, and Naoya Kihara. Fuchs was denied a second final table of the festival when her ace-king came up second-best against ace-queen in a preflop contest. Kihara succumbed in a roller coaster Stud Hand against Rhodes.

Maria Ho
Maria Ho

Maria Ho made it to the final four tables before she bowed out in 23rd place and Matt Waxman followed soon after when his overpair ran into the flopped wheel of runaway chip leader Julia.

The remaining 17 players will return to their seats in the Amazon Tan section at 2pm local time and determine the latest WSOP gold bracelet winner. They have $7,626 locked up so far but the eyes will be set on the top prize of $168,608. Stay tuned right here on PokerNews to find out who joins the winner's circle.

Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:36 AM Local Time
Seat Draw Day 3 Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed
Amazon4231Marco JohnsonUnited States603,000
Amazon4232Robert MizrachiUnited States423,000
Amazon4233Drew ScottCanada201,000
Amazon4234Matt VengrinUnited States635,000
Amazon4235James WoodsUnited States649,000
Amazon4236Joe HachemAustralia433,000
Amazon4311Kenny HsiungUnited States822,000
Amazon4312Bradley RubenUnited States437,000
Amazon4313Nicholas JuliaUnited States2,150,000
Amazon4314Kristan LordUnited States820,000
Amazon4316Aditya PrasetyoUnited States829,000
Amazon4321Justin LibertoUnited States715,000
Amazon4322Mike MatusowUnited States559,000
Amazon4323Anthony MenderUnited States161,000
Amazon4324Robert McLaughlinUnited States1,013,000
Amazon4325Young PhanUnited States223,000
Amazon4326John RacenerUnited States495,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:27 AM Local Time
End-of-Day 2 Counts
Nicholas Julia2,150,000-50,000
Robert McLaughlin1,013,00013,000
Aditya Prasetyo829,000-71,000
Kenny Hsiung822,000-28,000
Kristan Lord820,00020,000
Justin Liberto715,00070,000
James Woods649,0009,000
Matt Vengrin635,000215,000
Marco Johnson603,000133,000
Mike Matusow559,00094,000
John Racener495,00015,000
Bradley Ruben437,000-13,000
Joe Hachem433,000178,000
Robert Mizrachi423,000-102,000
Young Phan223,000-77,000
Drew Scott201,0006,000
Anthony Mender161,00026,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:14 AM Local Time
Day 2 Completed With 17 Players

The remaining 17 players have bagged and tagged their chips for the night. Full counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:12 AM Local Time
Lord Doubles Through Ruben

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Bradley Ruben raised to 26,000 in the hijack and Kristan Lord three-bet to 75,000 on the button. Ruben jammed and Lord snap-called for 395,000. Lord patted a       and Ruben's patted       was no good.

Kristan Lord800,000380,000
Bradley Ruben450,000-550,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:07 AM Local Time
Ruben Chips Up

No-Limit Hold'em

Bradley Ruben defended the big blind and then check-called twice on a board of      . Aditya Prasetyo checked behind the river and mucked when he was shown the    for the second pair by Ruben.

Bradley Ruben1,000,000300,000
Aditya Prasetyo900,000-45,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:00 AM Local Time
Christian Roberts Eliminated in 18th Place ($7,626)

Christian Roberts

No-Limit Hold'em

Christian Roberts raised all-in preflop and was called by Aditya Prasetyo. The cards were turned face-up and it was pocket    held by Roberts versus the    held by Prasetyo.

The dealer spread the flop of     and Roberts flopped a flush draw.

The turn was the   and gave Prasetyo the lead with a pair of tens.

The river card   missed Roberts and Prasetyo had the winner with his pair of tens, which eliminated Roberts in 18th place and he took home $7,626 in cash.

Aditya Prasetyo945,00075,000
Christian Roberts0-85,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:56 AM Local Time
Redraw of the Final Three Tables
SeatTable 406Chip CountTable 414Chip CountTable 421Chip Count
1Marco Johnson470,000Kenny Hsiung850,000Justin Liberto645,000
2Robert Mizrachi525,000Bradley Ruben700,000Mike Matusow465,000
3Drew Scott195,000Nicholas Julia2,200,000Anthony Mender135,000
4Matt Vengrin420,000Kristan Lord420,000Robert McLaughlin1,000,000
5James Woods640,000Christian Roberts85,000Young Phan300,000
6Joe Hachem255,000Aditya Prasetyo870,000John Racener480,000
Nicholas Julia2,200,000350,000
Robert McLaughlin1,000,00040,000
Aditya Prasetyo870,000-205,000
Kenny Hsiung850,000200,000
Bradley Ruben700,000-400,000
Justin Liberto645,000155,000
James Woods640,000-10,000
Robert Mizrachi525,0000
John Racener480,000-70,000
Marco Johnson470,000230,000
Mike Matusow465,000230,000
Kristan Lord420,000-145,000
Matt Vengrin420,000-210,000
Young Phan300,000-130,000
Joe Hachem255,00035,000
Drew Scott195,000-25,000
Anthony Mender135,000-45,000
Christian Roberts85,000-355,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:52 AM Local Time
Long Eliminated by McLaughlin

Colleen Long

2-7 Triple Draw

Prior to the second draw, Colleen Long check-raised all-in for the last 30,000. Robert McLaughlin had bet and Drew Scott called, which then re-opened the action as it was exactly 50% of a raise by Long. McLaughlin raised to 50,000 and Scott called.

Long took two while both her opponents patted. McLaughlin bet and Scott called. Long drew one, McLaughlin patted and Scott took one. Another bet by McLaughlin isolated as Scott folded.

McLaughlin tabled       and Long needed an eight as she had made a     . Instead, she paired the   and bowed out in 19th place.

Robert McLaughlin960,000160,000
Drew Scott220,000-360,000
Colleen Long0-160,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:50 AM Local Time
Hachem Eliminates Rhodes

Joshua Rhodes

Seven Card Stud

Joe Hachem:   /    / 
Joshua Rhodes:   /    / 

The hand was discovered with Rhodes all-in and at-risk against Hachem.

Seventh street saw Hachem catch two pair, kings and deuces, and that bested the ace-high held by Rhodes after he missed a world draw with his final card.

With this hand Rhodes was eliminated in 19th place and took home $7,626 in cash.

Joe Hachem220,000-10,000
Joshua Rhodes0-135,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:40 AM Local Time
Julia Storms Into Bigger Lead as Waxman Departs

Matt Waxman

No-Limit Hold'em

Matt Waxman has become the 21st place finisher as he sent over his stack to Nicholas Julia, the latter of which has become the commanding chip leader. Waxman was the preflop aggressor and bet two third of the pot on. a     flop. Julia jammed with the superior stack and Waxman called with    for the overpair.

Julia had the    for a wheel and two bricks later, Waxman was heading to the payout desk.

Nicholas Julia1,850,000500,000
Matt Waxman0-600,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:33 AM Local Time
Julia Eliminates Nakamura

Tamon Nakamura

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

The action was discovered with Tamon Nakamura all-in and at-risk versus Nicholas Julia. After the draw, Julia tabled       for a ten-eight low. That sent Nakamura's cards into the muck, and he was eliminated from the tournament in 22nd place and took home $6,142 in cash.

Nicholas Julia1,350,000175,000
Tamon Nakamura0-130,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:29 AM Local Time
A Chop and a Double for Mender

Stud Hi-Lo

Anthony Mender:    /      /  
Justin Liberto:    /      /  

Anthony Mender was at risk and trailed against the pair of queens of Justin Liberto. He didn't make any pair but spiked the low on the river for a chop.

Anthony Mender:    /      /  
James Woods:    /      /  

Mender was then at risk with aces in the hole and James Woods took the lead with two pair. Woods bricked his additional straight draw and made "three pairs" while Mender spiked the broadway straight for the double.

James Woods650,000-115,000
Kristan Lord565,00020,000
John Racener550,00090,000
Robert Mizrachi525,00095,000
Justin Liberto490,00020,000
Anthony Mender180,0000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:22 AM Local Time
Long Gets Short Again

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

After her double-up, Colleen Long paid off a bet worth 75,000 by Drew Scott after the draw. Scott revealed the       and Long mucked, mentioning in table chat she had a ten-nine.

"Which one did you draw?" Long asked and Scott pointed to the five of diamonds.

Drew Scott580,000100,000
Colleen Long160,000-60,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:13 AM Local Time
Hsiung and Waxman Chop

Stud Hi-Lo

Kenny Hsiung:    /      /  
Matt Waxman:    /      /  

Kenny Hsiung check-called on fourth and fifth street before then betting on sixth after a check by Matt Waxman. He earned a call and Waxman also checked seventh. Hsiung bet and Waxman reluctantly called to get shown the     for a low only. Waxman chopped as his     had made a pair of nines.

Nicholas Julia1,175,000-85,000
Aditya Prasetyo1,075,000115,000
Kenny Hsiung650,000-165,000
Matt Waxman600,000180,000
Tamon Nakamura130,000-30,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:06 AM Local Time
Level 20 started
Level: 20
Blinds: 5,000/10,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:06 AM Local Time
Ho Eliminated by Scott

Maria Ho

Limit Hold'em

After losing a bigger pot previously, Maria Ho had the vast majority of her remaining stack invested until the      turn. She then checked the   river with 7,000 behind and Drew Scott bet. Ho gave it some 10 seconds of consideration and called it off. Scott rolled over the    and Ho's cards were tossed into the muck as she departed in 23rd place.

Colleen Long is now the last woman standing with 22 players still in the mix.

Robert McLaughlin800,000150,000
Drew Scott480,000230,000
Christian Roberts440,000290,000
Marco Johnson240,000-220,000
Colleen Long220,000-10,000
Maria Ho0-115,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:04 AM Local Time
Long Wins One Against Ho

Colleen Long

Limit Hold'em

The hand was discovered on a board of      and Maria Ho check-called the bet of Colleen Long.

The dealer placed the river card   and Ho checked, which prompted Long to fire another big bet. After she tanked for a while, Ho found the fold, and Long was awarded the pot.

Colleen Long230,000-20,000
Maria Ho115,000-115,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:01 AM Local Time
Showdown Pot for Mender

Limit Hold'em

On a flop of    , Anthony Mender check-called a bet by Justin Liberto and they checked the   on the turn. Mender also check-called the   river when Liberto bet and his    was good enough to win the pot, as Liberto had bluffed with   .

James Woods765,000-95,000
Kristan Lord545,000185,000
Justin Liberto470,000-85,000
John Racener460,000-90,000
Robert Mizrachi430,000100,000
Anthony Mender180,00010,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:56 AM Local Time
Prasetyo Wins Bigger Pot Against Waxman

Aditya Prasetyo

Limit Hold'em

Aditya Prasetyo four-bet in the big blind and Tamin Nakamura called for Matt Waxman to then cap it with a five-bet on the button. Prasetyo and Nakamura called as the trio headed to the     flop. Prasetyo now check-raised and Nakamura folded, Waxman then ended up capping it with a five-bet once more and Prasetyo called.

The   turn was checked and Prasetyo bet the   river to pick up a call by Waxman. He tabled the    for jacks full and Waxman mucked.

Nicholas Julia1,260,000-70,000
Aditya Prasetyo960,000385,000
Kenny Hsiung815,0005,000
Matt Waxman420,000-110,000
Tamon Nakamura160,000-75,000