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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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Sunday, October 31, 2021 3:12 AM Local Time
Boris Kolev Bags Top Stack as 19 Players Will Return for Day 3

Boris Kolev

Day 2 of Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship saw 136 players start the day, and at the end, only 19 players bagged a stack for Day 3. Action will resume at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday, October 31, with play scheduled to go down to a winner. Everyone who is returning tomorrow has cashed for a minimum of $27,132, but they will all have their eyes on the WSOP gold bracelet and the $721,453 first-place prize.

Notables who fell short of a cash today include Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi, Dan Smith, Stephen Chidwick, Maria Ho, and Nate Silver.

The bubble took a while to burst, with Ren Lin, Michael Brinkenhoff, Nick Schulman, and Sam Grafton all having been at risk of the bubble boy title at one point. Clement Richez was the unfortunate one to give joy to the other 50 players who cashed.

A few of the players who couldn't find a bag at the end of the night but did make it into the money include Bertrand Grospellier, Niklas Astedt, Joao Vieira, Ryan Laplante, and Jimmy D'Ambrosio.

Boris Kolev had a fun day on the felt and bagged the chip lead with 2,185,000 chips. Some of the other players who bagged and will return for Day 3 include Asi Moshe (1,980,000), Matt Berkey (1,765,000), Vojtech Ruzicka (1,450,000), Pavel Plesuv (865,000), JJ Liu (655,000), and Sam Grafton (535,000).

Day 3 starts at 2 p.m. local time on October 31 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The tournament will restart with blinds at 10,000/25,000/25,000.

Stay tuned for more coverage of this event and the entire 2021 World Series of Poker from the PokerNews live reporting team.

Seat Draw for Day 3

Amazon4061Roland RokitaAustria1,010,000
Amazon4062JJ LiuUnited States653,000
Amazon4063Ariel MantelArgentina1,395,000
Amazon4064Eli RossUnited States285,000
Amazon4066Olivier RebelloCanada450,000
Amazon4141Pavel PlesuvCzech Republic865,000
Amazon4142Nikita KuznetsovRussia1,560,000
Amazon4144Mike SowersUnited States590,000
Amazon4145Steve YeaSouth Korea1,130,000
Amazon4146Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom535,000
Amazon4201Ben YuUnited States995,000
Amazon4203Asi MosheIsrael1,980,000
Amazon4204Jose Ignacio BarberoArgentina695,000
Amazon4206Abhinav IyerIndia780,000
Amazon4211Matt BerkeyUnited States1,765,000
Amazon4212Fabian GumzGermany1,100,000
Amazon4214Benjamin DieboldUnited States374,000
Amazon4215Boris KolevBulgaria2,185,000
Amazon4216Vojtech RuzickaCzech Republic1,450,000.00
Sunday, October 31, 2021 2:52 AM Local Time
End of Day Counts
Boris Kolev2,185,000285,000
Asi Moshe1,980,0001,080,000
Matt Berkey1,765,00015,000
Nikita Kuznetsov1,560,00060,000
Vojtech Ruzicka1,450,000-450,000
Ariel Mantel1,395,000639,000
Steve Yea1,130,000540,000
Fabian Gumz1,100,000550,000
Roland Rokita1,010,000210,000
Ben Yu995,000565,000
Pavel Plesuv865,000115,000
Abhinav Iyer780,000-200,000
Nacho Barbero695,000695,000
JJ Liu655,000455,000
Mike Sowers590,000352,000
Sam Grafton535,000105,000
Olivier Rebello450,000-250,000
Ben Diebold375,000-565,000
Eli Ross285,000113,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 2:42 AM Local Time
Bag and Tag

The remaining 19 players are bagging and tagging.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 2:31 AM Local Time
Three More Hands

The tournament director has instructed the dealers to deal three more hands before the remaining players bag for the night.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 2:21 AM Local Time
Ruzicka Knocks Out Pirault

Francois Pirault jammed in his stack of about 100,000 on the button and Vojtech Ruzicka called in the big blind.

Francois Pirault:   
Vojtech Ruzicka:   

Ruzicka had a dominating hand and improved to the nut flush as the board ran out       to eliminate Pirault as the night winds down.

Vojtech Ruzicka1,900,000220,000
Francois Pirault00
Sunday, October 31, 2021 2:18 AM Local Time
Padilha Sent to Rail by Kolev

Pedro Padilha

Pedro Padilha open-shoved a stack of 165,000 in early position and Boris Kolev called out of the big blind with his opponent well-covered.

Pedro Padilha:   
Boris Kolev:   

Padilha was behind the king-high of Kolev and was ultimately eliminated after receiving no help from the runout of      .

Boris Kolev1,900,000-500,000
Pedro Padilha0-640,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 2:00 AM Local Time
Pirault Has the Last Laugh

Francois Pirault

Francois Pirault moved all-in in late position with a stack of 65,000. The action folded to Pavel Plesuv in the big blind, who asked for a count before checking his cards. He let out a snicker as he looked at his hand and called.

Francois Pirault:   
Pavel Plesuv:   

Pirault needed help and ultimately got it as the board ran out       to give him a flush. Plesuv was not laughing after the runout.

Pavel Plesuv750,000275,000
Francois Pirault135,000-78,500
Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:52 AM Local Time
Kuznetsov Takes From Rokita

With about 200,000 in the pot on a     flop, Roland Rokita was in the cutoff and check-called an 85,000 bet from Nikita Kuznetsov on the button.

The   came on the turn and Rokita check-called for 205,000.

The   completed the board and Rokita check-folded after Kuznetsov jammed.

Nikita Kuznetsov1,500,000320,000
Roland Rokita800,000-550,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:41 AM Local Time
Level 20 started
Level: 20
Blinds: 10,000/20,000
Ante: 20,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:34 AM Local Time
Padillha Flips and Doubles

Pedro Padillha jammed his 300,000 stack from the hijack and was called by the cutoff player.

Pedro Padillha:   

The board ran out       to give Padillha the pot after turning a set.

Pedro Padilha640,000190,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:33 AM Local Time
Therme Out as Rebello Gets Warm Welcome to Table

Jonathan Therme

Jonathan Therme was all-in and at risk in a heads-up pot against Olivier Rebello, who had just sat down at the table.

Jonathan Therme:   
Olivier Rebello:   

Therme was at risk and pipped and was eliminated when the board ran out       to give his opponent a set of kings.

"Welcome to the table," said one of Therme's table mates.

Olivier Rebello700,000453,000
Jonathan Therme0-258,500
Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:09 AM Local Time
Grafton Knocks Out Grospellier

Bertrand Grospellier

Sam Grafton opened on the button and Bertrand Grospellier three-bet shoved a stack of 90,000 from the small blind. Grafton called with his opponent covered.

Bertrand Grospellier:   
Sam Grafton:   

Grospellier was ahead preflop but the flop of     put Grafton in front with a pair of nines. Grospellier didn't get any help from the runout of    and was sent to the rail.

Sam Grafton430,0005,000
Bertrand Grospellier0-145,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:57 AM Local Time
Grafton Takes Pot Off Berkey, Gets Bird

Sam Grafton

Sam Grafton was out of position in a heads-up pot against Matt Berkey. Grafton checked on the flop of     and called when Berkey bet 25,000.

The   peeled off on the turn and Grafton took the betting lead from his opponent by leading out for 15,000. Berkey gave Grafton the middle finger with one hand and tossed his hand in the muck with the other.

"That offends my European sensibilities," reacted Grafton.

Matt Berkey1,750,000250,000
Sam Grafton425,000-265,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:55 AM Local Time
Plesuv Wins a Small One Off Astedt

Pavel Plesuv raised to 30,000 in middle position and Niklas Astedt defended the big blind.

The flop came     and Astedt check-folded to Plesuv's 20,000 bet.

Pavel Plesuv475,000235,000
Niklas Astedt410,000-110,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:40 AM Local Time
Level 19 started
Level: 19
Blinds: 10,000/15,000
Ante: 15,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:26 AM Local Time
Players on Last Break

The remaining 28 players are on their final 15-minute break of the day. They will play two more levels when they return and then will break for the day.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:23 AM Local Time
Berkey Wins Pot Over Grafton

With about 350,000 in the pot and a completed board of      , Sam Grafton checked in the small blind and Matt Berkey decided to check in middle position.

Grafton showed    which was no good against the    top pair of Berkey.

Matt Berkey1,500,000290,000
Sam Grafton690,000135,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:21 AM Local Time
Montagnolli Eliminated by Kolev

Daniel Montagnolli faced a shove from Boris Kolev on a board reading       and eventually called as the player at risk.

Kolev turned over the   and it appeared he might have been bluffing. But then Kolev flipped over the   for top pair and was good against the    of Montagnolli.

"Aye-ah," Montagnolli said upon seeing the king in his opponent's hand.

Boris Kolev1,460,000560,000
Daniel Montagnolli0-215,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:07 AM Local Time
Brinkenhoff Hits Running Cards to Crack Kings

Eelis Parssinen opened to 26,000 from middle position and Michael Brinkenhoff jammed in his 97,000 stack into the middle. Parssinen called and said, "I have a really good hand."

Michael Brinkenhoff:   
Eelis Parssinen:   

Parssinen did indeed have a really good hand, and he had a dominating lead over Brinkenhoff. The flop was    , and the   turn gave some straight outs to Brinkenhoff. The   spiked the river to complete that and put a beat on Parssinen's kings.

Eelis Parssinen530,000-198,000
Michael Brinkenhoff225,000100,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:48 PM Local Time
Some Updated Counts
Abhinav Iyer980,000260,000
Ben Diebold940,00040,000
Sam Grafton555,000225,000
Vojtech Ruzicka1,680,000180,000
Matt Berkey1,210,00010,000
Niklas Astedt520,000-10,000
Pedro Padilha450,000312,500
Ben Yu430,000220,000
Bertrand Grospellier145,000-190,000
Michael Brinkenhoff125,0005,000