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

Friday, October 29, 2021 to Monday, November 01, 2021

Event #55: COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $400
  • Prizepool: $3,101,670
  • Entries: 9,399
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:49 PM Local Time
Rafael Fernandes Leads; Anatolii Zyrin Looking for More Gold in Event #55: $400 Colossus

Rafael Fernandes

A total of 1,181 players took their seats this morning at the start of Day 2 in the World Series of Poker Event #55: $400 Colossus, but only 49 advanced to Monday's final day. They are all guaranteed at least $6,120 but all have their eyes on the $314,705 top prize and the prestigious gold bracelet.

The chip lead is held by Rafael Fernandes, who ended the day with 23,300,000 in chips and already cashed in two WSOP events in this series. Second in chips stands Elad Kubi with 18,675,00 and closing the podium right behind him is John Trinh with a nice 18,500,000.

Also still in the hunt are WSOP bracelet winners Anatolii Zyrin (9,675,000), Vincas Tamasauskas (6,025,000), Brett Apter (3,000,000) and Carlos Chang with a short stack of 1,775,000.

Event #55: $400 Colossus Top 10 Chip Counts

1Rafael FernandesUnited States23,300,000
2John TrinhUnited States18,850,000
3Elad KubiIsrael18,675,000
4Michael LeeUnited States16,900,000
5Avi CohenIsrael12,675,000
6Matthew O'MearaUnited States12,400,000
7Penh LoUnited States12,175,000
8Yonatan BasinIsrael12,000,000
9Lucas KulbeUnited States11,925,000
10Alexander MalodFrance11,900,000

Among the notables who will be back for the final day are are Avi Cohen (12,675,000), Arie Kliper (11,150,000) and Korean Inkyu Choi (5,025,000). The chip leader at the start of the day, Frankie Flowers, also found a bag tonight and will be returning tomorrow with 2,775,000.

The eliminations came in in abundance from all corners of the Pavilion Room here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Bracelet winners such as Thi Truong (232nd for $1,805), Kevin Song (267th for $1,805), Ari Engel (556th for $1,065), and Ismael Bojang (663rd for $980) were among the casualties. The Apprentice runner-up and Boise Boys star Clint Robertson (162th for $2,350), Brock Wilson (106th for $2,350), Garrett Greer (149th for $2,350), Jason Wheeler (384th for $1,430) and Rafi Elharar (707th for $910) were also eliminated throughout the day.

End of The Day Action

The action was fast and furious and only 95 players made it to the dinner break. The tournament was down to the last six tables less than two hours after the play restarted.

Kathy Liebert
Kathy Liebert

Kathy Liebert, member of the women in poker Hall of Fame, fell not long after returning from the dinner break in 89th place for $3,140, shoving her last 12 big blinds preflop with ace-ten and facing Yonatan Basin who called with pocket jacks. She was followed a few minutes later by Andres Korn (81st for $3,675), winner of the 2017 $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em.

The action will pick up again at 10 a.m local time Monday and will play down to a winner. There will be a 15-minute break every three levels until a new champion is crowned.

As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be providing a complete coverage until the final cards have been dealt, so make sure to return.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:30 PM Local Time
Day 3 Seat Draw - Event #55: $400 Colossus
Amazon4231Priscilla LakeUnited States4,075,000
Amazon4232Anatolii ZyrinRussia9,675,000
Amazon4233Carlos ChangTaiwan1,775,000
Amazon4234Timothy MilesUnited States8,850,000
Amazon4235David StensethUnited States2,175,000
Amazon4236Gabriel MoralesUnited States8,000,000
Amazon4237Matthew O'mearaUnited States12,400,000
Amazon4238Penh LoUnited States12,175,000
Amazon4239John TrinhUnited States18,850,000
Amazon4241Michael MorrisUnited States5,700,000
Amazon4242Yonatan BasinIsrael12,000,000
Amazon4243Brett ApterUnited States3,000,000
Amazon4244Huy NguyenUnited States6,425,000
Amazon4245Martin GavasciSpain3,575,000
Amazon4246Phuoc NguyenUnited States6,450,000
Amazon4248Lucas KulbeUnited States11,925,000
Amazon4249Giancarlo SantolinCanada2,750,000
Amazon4311Brandon CashwellUnited States7,375,000
Amazon4313Chen PeihengUnited States6,425,000
Amazon4314Michael LeeUnited States16,900,000
Amazon4315Frank FlowersUnited States2,775,000
Amazon4316William GianUnited States5,325,000
Amazon4317Milad HajihabibUnited States6,025,000
Amazon4318David RipleyUnited States2,000,000
Amazon4319Timothy GuilfordUnited States6,225,000
Amazon4322Arie KliperIsrael11,150,000
Amazon4323Alexander MalodFrance11,900,000
Amazon4324Harrison AshdownUnited States5,700,000
Amazon4325Kevin RandUnited States9,350,000
Amazon4326Bobby SanoubaneUnited States3,250,000
Amazon4327Abhishek GoindiIndia6,300,000
Amazon4328Vladas TamasauskasLithuania6,025,000
Amazon4329Dwayne HillockCanada5,525,000
Amazon4331Hoan NguyenUnited States205,000
Amazon4332Inkyu ChoiSouth Korea5,025,000
Amazon4334Jacob ThibodeauUnited States10,700,500
Amazon4335Barbara EnrightUnited States1,900,000
Amazon4336Rachel GiacopuzziUnited States3,950,000
Amazon4337Avi CohenIsrael12,675,000
Amazon4338Robert MatherUnited States4,100,050
Amazon4339Mohammad BerenjinatajUnited States8,650,000
Amazon4401Elad KubiIsrael18,675,000
Amazon4402Robert MercerUnited States11,425,000
Amazon4403Timothy VanceUnited States8,625,000
Amazon4404Jerry ZehrUnited States4,700,000
Amazon4405Jeffrey StellwagonUnited States7,600,000
Amazon4407Rafael FernandesUnited States23,300,000
Amazon4408Ryan JohalCanada3,150,000
Amazon4409Eric KimUnited States5,975,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:27 PM Local Time
End of Day Chip Counts
Rafael Fernandes23,300,00023,031,000
John Trinh18,850,0002,350,000
Elad Kubi18,675,0005,135,000
Michael Lee16,900,0007,670,000
Avi Cohen12,675,000-1,025,000
Matthew O'Meara12,400,000-1,400,000
Penh Lo12,175,00011,575,000
Yonatan Basin12,000,0002,000,000
Lucas Kulbe11,925,0004,325,000
Alexander Malod11,900,00011,109,000
Robert Mercer11,425,000925,000
Arie Kliper11,150,000-150,000
Jacob Thibodeau10,700,5003,275,500
Anatolii Zyrin9,675,0004,555,000
Kevin Rand9,350,0009,006,000
Timothy Miles8,850,000550,000
Mohammad Berenjinataj8,650,0008,649,999
Timothy Vance8,625,0002,795,000
Gabriel Morales8,000,0007,272,000
Jeffrey Stellwagon7,600,000-150,000
Brandon Cashwell7,375,000-2,895,000
Phuoc Nguyen6,450,0005,752,000
Huy Nguyen6,425,0005,724,000
Chen Peiheng6,425,0006,086,000
Abhishek Goindi6,300,0001,100,000
Timothy Guilford6,225,0001,045,000
Milad Hajihabib6,025,0005,448,000
Vincas Tamasauskas [Vladas Tamasauskas]6,025,000
Eric Kim5,975,0005,427,000
Harrison Ashdown5,700,0003,000,000
Michael Morris5,700,0005,257,000
Dwayne Hillock5,525,0004,494,000
William Gian5,325,0005,188,000
Inkyu Choi5,025,000-175,000
Jerry Zehr4,700,0000
Robert Mather4,100,0503,812,050
Priscilla Lake4,075,000375,000
Rachel Giacopuzzi3,950,000-60,000
Martin Gavasci3,575,000675,000
Bobby Sanoubane3,250,000-2,850,000
Ryan Johal3,150,0002,710,000
Brett Apter3,000,000-2,450,000
Frank Flowers2,775,0002,775,000
Giancarlo Santolin2,750,000-550,000
David Stenseth2,175,000
David Ripley2,000,0001,496,000
Barbara Enright1,900,0001,489,000
Carlos Chang1,775,000-1,525,000
Hoan Nguyen205,000-3,475,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:24 PM Local Time
Last Hand for Zehr

Elad Kubi raised to 800,000 and faced an all-in raise worth 3,455,000 from Jerry Zehr in the blinds. After some thinking, Kubi decided to let it go and Zehr took down the last pot of the night.

Jerry Zehr4,700,000-2,800,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:09 PM Local Time
Four More Hands

The tournament's clock has now been paused and tournament officials have announced that four more hands will be played to close out the day.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:09 PM Local Time
Mercer Gets a Double Up from Cohen

There was a raise to 625,000 from under the gun followed by two calls. Robert Mercer was in the hijack and shipped all in for 4,410,000. The action folded back to Avi Cohen who had previously called in middle position and he quickly called Mercer to put him at risk.

Robert Mercer:   
Avi Cohen:   

Mercer was in the lead with the larger of the two pocket pairs and the board ran out       to give Mercer a double up.

Avi Cohen13,700,000-2,500,000
Robert Mercer10,500,00010,007,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:06 PM Local Time
Big Double Up for Trinh

The tabled folded to John Trinh who raised on the button and faced an all-in from Abhishek Goindi in the blinds, putting him at risk for a stack of 7,880,000. Trinh called and the players showed their cards:

John Trinh:   
Abhishek Goindi:   

Trinh had the dominated hand, but managed to find a board      , giving him a pair of queens on the turn for the double up.

John Trinh16,500,00011,400,000
Abhishek Goindi5,200,000-8,400,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 9:57 PM Local Time
Choi Forces a Fold from Santolin

On a board     in a raised pot, Inkyu Choi checked from the blinds and Giancarlo Santolin sent a bet worth 600,00. Choi replied by moving all in for 3,500,000, putting Santolin at risk for a stack worth 3,300,000.

After a few minutes, the clock was called and Santolin ended up folding   . Choi agreed to show his hand, and revealed    for a flush draw.

Inkyu Choi5,200,0001,700,000
Giancarlo Santolin3,300,000-1,650,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 9:52 PM Local Time
Flores Holds for a Double

Terry Morrison ripped all in for a little over 2,000,000 in early position and David Flores stuck in the last of his 1,665,000 on the button. The blinds folded and the two hands were tabled.

David Flores:   
Terry Morrison:   

Flores held a dominating position but the flop of     provided some chop outs. The   on the turn changed nothing and the   on the river gave both players two pair, but Flores had the better kicker to double up. Morrison was left with just a couple big blinds and was eliminated in the next hand.

David Flores3,600,000400,000
Terry Morrison0-303,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 9:37 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, October 31, 2021 9:36 PM Local Time
Kliper Takes from Goindi

In a blind versus blind situation, Arie Kliper raised for 725,000 and Abhishek Goindi took a minute before making the call.

A flop     appeared and both players checked to see a   on the turn. Kliper thought about his move for some time and moved a pile of 100,000 chips in front of him. Goindi quickly mucked his cards.

Abhishek Goindi13,600,000-1,200,000
Arie Kliper11,300,00011,104,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 9:30 PM Local Time
Small Flush Earns Kubi a Big Double Up

With around 2,500,000 chips in the pot already, the board read     . The player in middle position ripped all in and Elad Kubi asked for a quick count before making the call for his remaining 5,770,000 chips.

Elad Kubi:   

Kubi flopped a six-high flush and had his opponent drawing dead with the nut straight. The insignificant   completed the board and Kubi doubled up, leaving his opponent with 150,000 chips.

Elad Kubi13,540,0006,940,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 9:30 PM Local Time
Double Up for Kociper

The action was picked up with Angelo Kociper being all in preflop for a remaining stack around 800,000 and Huy Pham who had made the call.

Kociper held    and was facing    in Pham's hand. The dealer showed a board      , giving the winning hand and the double up to Kociper with ace-high.

Huy Pham6,400,000-1,700,000
Angelo Kociper2,400,0002,050,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 9:21 PM Local Time
Another Pot for Cohen

Avi Cohen raised under the gun to 560,000 and a player moved all in for a stack worth 4,800,000. It came back to Cohen who tossed a chip in the middle for the call.

Avi Cohen:   

The board       brought no miracle to Cohen's opponent who made his way to the payout desk while Cohen now seats with a stack over 16 millions.

Avi Cohen16,200,00012,140,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 9:16 PM Local Time
Santolin Finds a Two-Outer

Angelo Kociper moved all in for around 2,500,000 in middle position and Giancarlo Santolin also pushed all in for 2,115,000 in the cutoff. The rest of the table folded and the two hands were tabled.

Giancarlo Santolin:   
Angelo Kociper:   

Kociper was highly optimistic with his pocket kings on the board of     . However, the dealer burned and turned the   on the river and Santolin found a double up, leaving Kociper with just over one big blind.

Giancarlo Santolin4,950,000-810,000
Angelo Kociper350,000-2,230,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, October 31, 2021 9:08 PM Local Time
Difficult Fold for Chang

Carlos Chang raised to 480,000 and only Piriscilla Lake got interested and called in the big blind. The flop went     and brought no betting action.

A   paired the board on the turn and Lake check-raised all in for 2,060,000 a bet worth 400,000 from Chang. The latter went deep into the tank but ended up folding after the clock has been called.

Priscilla Lake3,700,0002,000,000
Carlos Chang3,300,000-900,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 8:58 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 120,000/240,000
Ante: 240,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 8:56 PM Local Time
Thibodeau Sends One Packing

There was an all-in for around 3,100,000 and Jacob Thibodeau was in the big blind with a stack of just over 4,000,000. Thibodeau eyed up the stack and then stuck in some chips to call.

Jacob Thibodeau:   

It turned out to be a coin flip and Thibodeau would hold the lead after the     flop. The   on the turn and the   on the river changed nothing and Thibodeau eliminated his opponent.

Jacob Thibodeau7,425,0007,060,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 8:56 PM Local Time
Lucky Turn for Pham

A player limped under the gun and the button raised. Huy Pham moved all in for 3,600,000 and the button quickly folded after the initial limper called.

Huy Pham:   

Pham was in bad shape for his tournament's life but the board fell      , giving a pair of aces to Pham on the turn and the double up.

Huy Pham8,100,0007,698,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 8:50 PM Local Time
Trinh Jams the River

There was a raise to 450,000 in early position and John Trinh called on the button. The two players saw a flop of    . Trinh called another bet of 475,000 from his opponent and the   landed on the turn.

Both players quickly checked and the   on the river put four hearts on the board. After a bet of 950,000, Trinh instantly announced all in for around 2,100,000. His opponent folded just as fast and Trinh collected the pot.

John Trinh5,100,0004,428,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander