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

Friday, October 29, 2021 to Sunday, October 31, 2021

Event #56: 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $3,067,925
  • Entries: 329
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:30 AM Local Time
Kenny Hallaert Second in Chips After Day 1 of Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Kenny Hallaert

The first day of Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship has concluded after ten hours of high-quality poker action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Some 306 players bought in and only 113 made it through to Day 2.

For the majority of the day, WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer was seen atop of the chip counts and he stayed in front (483,500) despite Belgium's Kenny Hallaert propelling himself towards the top of the counts on the last hand of the night. Hallaert bagged 468,000 chips and put himself in great shape going into the second day's battles.

Matt Berkey (320,300), WSOP bracelet winner Ian Steinman (360,500), Roland Rokita (358,500), and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Asi Moshe (346,0000) are also well positioned for Day 2, with JJ Liu (236,000), Adrian Mateos (232,000), Justin Bonomo (175,500), Georgios Sotiropoulos (117,000), Darren Elias (114,000), James Chen (109,000), Stephen Chidwick (102,500), and Maria Ho (59,500) also returning tomorrow.

Others were not as fortunate as some well-known names to hit the rail included Joseph Cheong, Daniel Negreanu, Ali Imsirovic, Ryan Leng, 2019 WSOP Main Event winner Hossein Ensan, and last year's Main Event winner Damian Salas.

The entrant's total reached 309, with 113 remaining on the tournament clock at the end of the play, but that number is set to grow with late registration open until the start of Day 2 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 30.

Make sure to come back here to PokerNews from 2 p.m. local time for continued coverage of Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship to find out who will make it through to the final day!

Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:30 AM Local Time
Seat Draw For Day 2
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
Amazon4001Niklas AstedtSweden265,500106
Amazon4003Mike WatsonCanada141,00056
Amazon4004Anton WiggSweden154,00062
Amazon4005Arian StoltUnited States288,500115
Amazon4006Ian SteinmanUnited States360,500144
Amazon4012Johan GuilbertFrance22,0009
Amazon4013Gregory BackUnited States77,50031
Amazon4014Mike SowersUnited States238,00095
Amazon4015Gytis LazauninkasLithuania185,50074
Amazon4016Chuanhao ZhangUnited States49,50020
Amazon4021Thiago MacedoBrazil178,50071
Amazon4022Nikita KuznetcovRU300,000120
Amazon4023Jonas MackoffCanada267,500107
Amazon4024Eric HicksUnited States145,00058
Amazon4025Pavel PlesuvCzech Republic185,50074
Amazon4026Robert BrobynUnited States87,00035
Amazon4031James RomeroUnited States180,00072
Amazon4032Jonathan KramerUnited States125,50050
Amazon4033Raman AfanasenkaRussia204,00082
Amazon4034Josue AguirreMexico137,50055
Amazon4035Matthew WantmanUnited States162,50065
Amazon4036Ben YuUnited States123,50049
Amazon4041Nate SilverUnited States102,50041
Amazon4042Mark TeltscherUnited Kingdom184,50074
Amazon4043Alexandre ReardFrance144,50058
Amazon4045Steve YeaSouth Korea205,50082
Amazon4046Darren EliasUnited States111,00044
Amazon4051JJ LiuUnited States236,00094
Amazon4052Eli RossUnited States172,00069
Amazon4053Maria HoUnited States59,50024
Amazon4054Ariel MantelArgentina278,500111
Amazon4055Lars KamphuesAustria77,50031
Amazon4061Elias GutierrezChile165,00066
Amazon4062Deividas DaubarisLithuania112,00045
Amazon4063Michael GathyBelgium108,00043
Amazon4064Jeff GrossUnited States57,00023
Amazon4065Francois PiraultFrance213,50085
Amazon4072Yulian BogdanovBulgaria75,00030
Amazon4073Calvin LeeUnited States51,00020
Amazon4074Mario MosbockAustria97,00039
Amazon4075Georgios SotiropoulosGreece117,00047
Amazon4076Jonathan ThermeFrance258,500103
Amazon4081Justin BonomoUnited States175,50070
Amazon4082Sam SteinUnited States115,00046
Amazon4083Kenny HallaertBelgium468,000187
Amazon4085Corey WadeUnited States118,50047
Amazon4086Kitty KuoTAIPEI, , TW110,00044
Amazon4091Daniel MaorUnited States190,00076
Amazon4092Vojtech RuzickaCzech Republic265,000106
Amazon4093Jose Ignacio BarberoArgentina274,000110
Amazon4094Fabian GumzGermany140,50056
Amazon4095Scott EskenaziUnited States72,50029
Amazon4096Jon VallinasSpain34,00014
Amazon4101Abhinav IyerIndia483,500193
Amazon4102Punnat PunsriThailand71,50029
Amazon4103Daniel RezaeiAustria27,00011
Amazon4104Nick YunisUnited States266,000106
Amazon4105Jeff FrerichsUnited States324,000130
Amazon4111Kevin RabichowUnited States49,00020
Amazon4113Daniel MontagnolliAustria194,00078
Amazon4114Clement RichezFrance156,00062
Amazon4115Ryan LaplanteUnited States147,00059
Amazon4116Matas CimbolasUnited Kingdom113,00045
Amazon4122James ChenTaiwan109,00044
Amazon4123Nabil CardosoSpain215,50086
Amazon4124Sonny FrancoFrance33,00013
Amazon4125Michael BrinkenhoffUnited States30,00012
Amazon4126Andrew OstapchenkoUnited States178,50071
Amazon4131Joao VieiraPortugal93,00037
Amazon4132Jake SchwartzUnited States149,50060
Amazon4133Adrian MateosSpain232,00093
Amazon4134Jason MangoldUnited States92,50037
Amazon4135Nick SchulmanUnited States216,50087
Amazon4136Sung Joo HyunSouth Korea42,00017
Amazon4141Jimmy D'AmbrosioUnited States340,000136
Amazon4142Carlos Chadha-VillamarinUnited States207,00083
Amazon4143Boris KolevBulgaria221,00088
Amazon4145Barak WisbrodIsrael133,50053
Amazon4146Enrique RodriguezSpain200,50080
Amazon4151David NguyenCanada185,00074
Amazon4152Eyal EshkarIsrael181,00072
Amazon4153George WolffUnited States65,00026
Amazon4154Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom215,50086
Amazon4155Roland RokitaAustria358,500143
Amazon4156Giuseppe IadiserniaVenezuela340,000136
Amazon4161Ren LinUnited States254,000102
Amazon4162Patrick ChiUnited States190,50076
Amazon4163Felipe RamosBrazil49,00020
Amazon4164Seth DaviesUnited States144,00058
Amazon4165Adrien DelmasUnited Kingdom90,50036
Amazon4166Markus GonsalvesUnited States113,00045
Amazon4171Tobias SchwechtAustria101,00040
Amazon4172Matt BerkeyUnited States394,000158
Amazon4173Olivier RebelloCanada247,00099
Amazon4174Pedro PadilhaBrazil137,50055
Amazon4175Fiodor MartinoItaly91,50037
Amazon4176Eelis ParssinenFinland242,00097
Amazon4191Fabian QuossGermany144,50058
Amazon4192Dan SmithUnited States30,50012
Amazon4193Julien PerouseFrance27,50011
Amazon4194Paul VolpeUnited States30,50012
Amazon4195Gennaro ProsciaUnited States112,00045
Amazon4196Alex KulevIreland129,00052
Amazon4201Jeremy EyerUnited States183,00073
Amazon4202Scott MayfieldUnited States73,00029
Amazon4204Manig LoeserGermany99,50040
Amazon4205Chad EveslageUnited States56,00022
Amazon4206DID NOT REPORT 1United States10
Amazon4211Jan BednarCzech Republic243,50097
Amazon4212Ran IlaniIsrael224,50090
Amazon4213Shaun O'DonnellUnited States47,50019
Amazon4214Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom102,50041
Amazon4216Bertrand GrospellierFrance151,50061
Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:30 AM Local Time
Official End of Day Chip Counts
Abhinav Iyer483,500-18,000
Kenny Hallaert468,000212,500
Matt Berkey394,000109,000
Ian Steinman360,500135,500
Roland Rokita358,500358,500
Jimmy D'Ambrosio340,000-86,000
Giuseppe Iadisernia340,000340,000
Jeff Frerichs324,000101,500
Nikita Kuznetcov300,000148,000
Arian Stolt288,500107,000
Ariel Mantel278,500278,500
Jose Ignacio Barbero274,000274,000
Jonas Mackoff267,500212,000
Nick Yunis266,00026,000
Niklas Astedt265,50015,500
Vojtech Ruzicka265,000265,000
Jonathan Therme258,500258,500
Ren Lin254,000254,000
Olivier Rebello247,000247,000
Jan Bednar243,50019,500
Eelis Parssinen242,000242,000
Mike Sowers238,000238,000
JJ Liu236,000114,000
Adrian Mateos232,000-18,500
Ran Ilani224,500126,300
Boris Kolev221,000-22,500
Nick Schulman216,500131,000
Nabil Cardoso215,500215,500
Sam Grafton215,500-29,500
Francois Pirault213,500213,500
Carlos Chadha-Villamarin207,000207,000
Steve Yea205,500205,500
Raman Afanasenka204,000204,000
Enrique Rodriguez200,50070,500
Daniel Montagnolli194,000194,000
Patrick Chi190,500-21,000
Daniel Maor190,000190,000
Gytis Lazauninkas185,500185,500
Pavel Plesuv185,500185,500
David Nguyen185,000185,000
Mark Teltscher184,500184,500
Jeremy Eyer183,000183,000
Eyal Eshkar181,00051,000
James Romero180,00064,500
Andrew Ostapchenko178,50043,000
Thiago Macedo178,500178,500
Justin Bonomo175,50057,500
Eli Ross172,000172,000
Elias Gutierrez165,000165,000
Matthew Wantman162,50054,000
Clement Richez156,000156,000
Anton Wigg154,0009,000
Bertrand Grospellier151,50041,000
Jake Schwartz149,500149,500
Ryan Laplante147,00011,500
Eric Hicks145,00019,500
Alexandre Reard144,50024,500
Fabian Quoss144,500144,500
Seth Davies144,00081,500
Mike Watson141,000141,000
Fabian Gumz140,500140,500
Pedro Padilha137,50018,500
Josue Aguirre137,5006,000
Barak Wisbrod133,500133,500
Alex Kulev129,000-96,500
Jonathan Kramer125,500125,500
Ben Yu123,500-22,000
Corey Wade118,500118,500
Georgios Sotiropoulos117,000-16,500
Sam Stein115,000115,000
Markus Gonsalves113,000113,000
Matas Cimbolas113,000-87,500
Deividas Daubaris112,000112,000
Gennaro Proscia112,000-28,000
Darren Elias111,0009,500
Kitty Kuo110,000-11,500
James Chen109,000109,000
Michael Gathy108,000-14,500
Nate Silver102,500102,500
Stephen Chidwick102,500-60,000
Tobias Schwecht101,000101,000
Manig Loeser99,500-29,000
Mario Mosbock97,00015,500
Joao Vieira93,0002,500
Jason Mangold92,50092,500
Fiodor Martino91,50091,500
Adrien Delmas90,50090,500
Robert Brobyn87,000-23,500
Gregory Back77,500-132,500
Lars Kamphues77,50077,500
Yulian Bogdanov75,00075,000
Scott Mayfield73,00073,000
Scott Eskenazi72,50072,500
Punnat Punsri71,50071,500
George Wolff65,0003,500
Maria Ho59,500-500
Jeff Gross57,0007,000
Chad Eveslage56,00056,000
Calvin Lee51,00051,000
Chuanhao Zhang49,50049,500
Kevin Rabichow49,00049,000
Felipe Ramos49,000-71,000
Shaun O'Donnell47,50047,500
Sung Joo Hyun42,00042,000
Jon Vallinas34,00034,000
Sonny Franco33,00033,000
Dan Smith30,500-25,000
Paul Volpe30,50030,500
Michael Brinkenhoff30,00030,000
Julien Perouse27,50027,500
Daniel Rezaei27,000-78,000
Johan Guilbert22,00022,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:57 AM Local Time
Grafton Doubles With Ladies

The action is unclear, but Sam Grafton was seen holding    and doubling his chip stack through his opponent who had   .

The board had run out       to keep Grafton's ladies in front.

Sam Grafton245,000109,500
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:53 AM Local Time
Proscia Drops One Late

Action folded top the cutoff player who raised all in for 14,000 and only Gennaro Proscia called from the button.

Gennaro Proscia:   

Proscia held the better hand and the       runout eliminated his opponent from the tournament.

Gennaro Proscia140,00010,500
Velo 690x150
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:51 AM Local Time
Five More Hands

The tournament director has instructed the dealers to deal five more hands before the night ends.

Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:44 AM Local Time
Vieira Fills Up on the River and Gets Paid by Smith

Joao Vieira

Enrique Rodriguez raised to 4,500 from the cutoff, Joao Vieira called from the small blind and Dan Smith came along from the big blind as well.

The      board was checked down to the   river where Vieira led out for 8,000 and only Smith called.

Vieira quickly rolled over    for a full house and collected the pot after Smith mucked his hand facedown.

Enrique Rodriguez130,0009,500
Joao Vieira90,500-39,500
Dan Smith55,500-25,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:36 AM Local Time
River Value For D'Ambrosio

On a     flop, Jimmy D'Ambrosio was in the small blind and check-called an 8,000 bet against the hijack player.

Both players checked the   turn and the   river saw a 12,500 lead from D'Ambrosio. His opponent thought about it and called.

D'Ambrosio showed    which was good for the pot as his opponent mucked.

Jimmy D'Ambrosio426,00084,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:19 AM Local Time
Berkey Beats Bonomo in Classic Race

Matt Berkey

Matt Berkey got his 141,500 chips in preflop against Justin Bonomo and the two saw they were flipping with premium hands.

Matt Berkey:   
Justin Bonomo:   

The     flop kept Bonomo ahead and in good shape, but the   spiked the turn to vault Berkey ahead. Needing a river queen, the   completed the board to leave Bonomo sending chips to Berkey.

Matt Berkey285,000157,500
Justin Bonomo118,000-125,500
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:07 AM Local Time
Some More Chip Counts
Abhinav Iyer501,500313,900
Asi Moshe365,50090,600
Kenny Hallaert255,50082,100
Adrian Mateos250,5005,000
Niklas Astedt250,00024,900
Boris Kolev243,500-6,500
Justin Bonomo243,5008,300
Nick Yunis240,000175,700
Alex Kulev225,50095,500
Nabil Mohamed Abdien220,000-25,300
Nitis Udornpim185,500185,500
Arian Stolt181,500-84,900
Jon Villinas166,500-21,100
Stephen Chidwick162,500-13,500
Romain Lewis155,50052,100
Anton Wigg145,00062,700
Nathaniel Silver145,00024,600
James Chen142,50060,200
Sam Grafton135,500-29,500
Georgios Sotiropoulos133,50011,200
Josue Aguirre131,50012,300
Joao Vieira130,000-55,600
Manig Loeser128,50046,200
Matt Berkey127,50057,500
Eric Hicks125,500125,500
Kitty Kuo121,50040,300
Enrique Rodriguez120,500120,500
Bertrand Grospellier110,50020,500
Matthew Wantman108,50065,300
Darren Elias101,500-30,700
JJ Liu89,50058,300
Philip Shing88,500-46,500
Mario Mosbock81,500300
Dan Smith80,500-16,000
Seth Davies62,500-136,500
George Wolff61,500-63,900
Maria Ho60,00060,000
Jeremy Ausmus55,50018,000
Ben Heath55,500-2,300
Ryan Reiss50,00018,800
Velo 690x150
Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:04 AM Local Time
Level 10 started
Level: 10
Blinds: 1,000/2,000
Ante: 2,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:58 AM Local Time
Eshkar's Big Slick Finds Help to Oust Cowboys

Eyal Eshkar had an opponent all-in and at risk preflop for his opponent's 48,000 chips.

Eyal Eshkar:   

Both players had hands destined to get it in but Eshkar was looking for some help. He found it as the dealer spread the     flop. The   turn left his opponent drawing to the case king, and the   completed the board to send Eshkar the pot and eliminate his opponent.

Eyal Eshkar130,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:50 AM Local Time
Katz Sets Up a Double

Cary Katz

There was heads-up action between Cary Katz from the button and his opponent from the big blind with a      board showing.

The big blind player led out and then called the 45,000 all in raise from Katz.

Cary Katz:   

Katz was ahead after flopping a set of fives and the   river secured his double-up.

Cary Katz95,00035,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:35 AM Local Time
A Round of Chip Counts
Jeff Frerichs222,500-16,200
Gregory Back210,00096,600
Matas Cimbolas200,50060,700
Joe McKeehen178,50070,700
Ben Yu145,50010,500
Ryan Laplante135,5003,400
Andrew Ostapchenko135,50025,300
Gennaro Proscia129,5003,900
Michael Gathy122,500-2,600
Ian Steinman115,50014,100
James Romero115,500-19,000
Robert Brobyn110,500-44,100
Galen Hall110,000-200
Daniel Rezaei105,000-15,000
Nick Schulman85,50011,300
Nacho Barbero73,5002,300
Denys Chufarin71,5008,000
Jonas Mackoff55,50014,300
Jeff Gross46,500-23,500
Ignacio Moron42,500-7,500
Masato Yokosawa35,500-15,700
Daniel Reijmer35,500-86,500
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:28 AM Local Time
D'Ambrosio Turns Set of Queens to Oust Opponent

With about 25,000 in the pot and a      board, the small blind checked and Jimmy D'Ambrosio bet 20,000 from the hijack. The small blind continued to the river.

The   came on the river and the small blind checked once more. D'Ambrosio jammed to put his opponent to the test.

"I'm probably not folding", said the small blind player.

Indeed, he called off the rest of his stack and hands were revealed.

Small Blind:   
Jimmy D'Ambrosio:   

The small blind rivered two pair but it was no good as D'Ambrosio turned a set of queens to add to his stack.

Jimmy D'Ambrosio342,00027,000
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Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:16 AM Local Time
Shorr Wins With River Bet

Shannon Shorr

Shannon Shorr raised from the cutoff and was called by Jan Bednar from the button, along with the big blind player.

The     flop was checked to Shorr who continued for 4,000 and only Bendar called to see the   fall on the turn.

Both players checked and the dealer completed the board with the   on the river.

Shorr thought for a few moments and then tossed out uncontested 16,500 bet to win the pot.

Jan Bednar175,500-52,100
Shannon Shorr82,50040,400
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:05 AM Local Time
Chi Takes From Mateos

Adrian Mateos raised to 3,500 from under the gun and only Patrick Chi called from the button.

The     flop was checked by both players to the   river where Chi took down the pot with a 3,500 uncontested bet after Mateos check-folded.

Adrian Mateos245,50030,500
Patrick Chi211,500-8,500
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:00 AM Local Time
Level 9 started
Level: 9
Blinds: 1,000/1,500
Ante: 1,500
Friday, October 29, 2021 11:45 PM Local Time
Final Break

Players have gone on their final 15-minute break of the evening.

Friday, October 29, 2021 11:44 PM Local Time
Davies Gets River Value

Seth Davies

With a board of       and about 30,000 in the pot, the hijack player checked and Seth Davies bet 25,000 on the button.

The hijack player called and Davies showed   . His opponent mucked and Davies scooped the pot.

Seth Davies199,00086,700
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