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

Sunday, October 31, 2021 to Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Event #59: TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $570,490
  • Entries: 641
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021 11:41 PM Local Time
Team Ruter Wins Two First-Time Bracelets and $113,366 in Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team

Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi

Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter are the latest World Series of Poker bracelet winners after taking down Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team on Tuesday, Nov. 2 for a total score of $113,366. Dighlawi defeated Tomer Wolf, one-half of Team Wolf along with David Landell, during a back-and-forth heads-up match that lasted over three hours.

Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team Final Table Results

PlacePlayersPrize
1Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi$113,366
2Tomer Wolf - David Landell$70,074
3Amanda Botfeld - David Botfeld$49,512
4Michael Newman - Robert Ormont$35,542
5Alfie Adam - Vidur Sethi$25,928
6Benjamin Miner - Dmitriy Uskach$19,226
7Holly Babbitt - Michael Babbitt$14,494
8Zachary Erdwurm - Steven Jones$11,114
9Scott Johnston - Bob Fisher$8,670
10Mike Lutz - Matt Krebs$6,882

The unique tag-team tournament generated a total prize pool of $590,490 and attracted 641 teams, only ten of which made it to the unofficial final table on Day 3. Team Lutz, made up of Mike Lutz and Matt Krebs, was the first out of the day after jamming a short stack with pocket nines and running into the pocket kings of Team Wolf.

Next out after that was Team Johnston, made up of Scott Johnston and Bob Fisher, who fell to the father-daughter duo of Amanda Botfeld and David Botfeld. Team Botfeld continued to run in up at the final table and ended up finishing in third when Amanda Botfeld's flopped pair got outdrawn by the turned flush of Dighlawi.

Teams Ruter and Wolf entered heads-up play about even in chips but Wolf took a lead in the first hour by winning a series of small and medium-sized pots.

"He just kept smashing every board," Dighlawi said in an interview with PokerNews. "Every single board he had a piece of it. Every c-bet I make, he calls, or floats, and hits the turn. For like literally an hour and a half straight."

But Dighlawi acknowledged his opponent wasn't the only one who got lucky and said there were hands where "I got it in bad," including a crucial hand where Ruter was all-in and at risk with king-eight suited against ace-king and went runner-runner to hit a flush to stay alive.

Dighlawi doubled twice more and eventually took the chip lead from his opponent. Wolf was down to just under 900,000 to the 12 million of Dighlawi when the former player shoved with seven-six and the latter player called with queen-seven. The board ran out in favor of Dighlawi and he ran to hug his tag-team partner in celebration.

Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi

Ruter only played a few hands at the final table but he made them count. In the first hand after sitting down, Ruter won a massive pot and eliminated Team Adam when he flopped trip kings while holding ace-king.

"He comes in, and first f***ing hand he comes in and just takes a player out and gets a monster pot," Dighlawi recalled.

Did Dighlawi have faith in his partner in such a big spot? "Oh, of course. We have faith in each other."

Ruter and Dighlawi, who met in Temecula, California and have been friends for over a decade, told PokerNews that the six-figure score is the largest live tournament cash for either of them. Though this was not their first tag-team event. The duo also played in 2019's tournament but didn't have the same success.

"We lasted about two minutes," said Dighlawi.

"It was an hour and two minutes," Ruter corrected.

But it was the 2019 loss that propelled Team Ruter to take down the tournament this year.

"The funny thing is (that) last year, after we busted, we said 'We're coming back next year.' And we did," Dighlawi said.

Team Wolf's Tomer Wolf, of Israel, was looking to earn another tag-team title for the country after Israel's Team Geiger took down Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em in 2019 for $168,395. For the runner-up finish, Wolf and Landell received a total cash prize of $70,074.

That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team. Be sure to check out the team's coverage of other WSOP events in the meantime.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 10:25 PM Local Time
Team Wolf Eliminated in 2nd Place ($70,074)

Tomer Wolf

Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf counted out his chips while sitting on the button and decided to shove. Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter asked for a count and the dealer confirmed Wolf had 890,000 in front of him.

Dighlawi took a bit more time: "Okay, let's gamble!" before making the call.

Tomer Wolf:   
Samy Dighlawi:   

"YES!" Dighlawi exclaimed and his rail cheered too when they saw the cards flipped over.

The flop came     for Wolf to pick up the gutshot to a straight but it kept Dighlawi ahead.

The turn was the   for Dighlawi to hit top pair but he wasn't out of the woods yet.

The river completed the board with the   for the crowd to go wild, Mike Ruter ran to Dighlawi and celebrated loudly as they had just both won their first bracelet plus the $113,366 prize that comes with it.

Wolf and his team mate David Landell finished as the runner-ups for $70,074.

Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi12,820,0001,400,000
Tomer Wolf - David Landell0-1,400,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 10:16 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 200,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 10:14 PM Local Time
Team Wolf Wounded

Picking up the action on a board reading     , Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf bet 200,000 and Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter check-raised to 400,000. Wolf called.

Dighlawi bet 1,000,000 on the   river and Wolf took his time before calling. Dighlawi slammed down    for two pair and his opponent mucked.

Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi11,420,0003,020,000
Tomer Wolf - David Landell1,400,000-3,020,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:53 PM Local Time
Team Ruter Doubles to Take Chip Lead

Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter limped in on the button and Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf raised to 400,000. Dighlawi responded with a limp-jam of 4,120,000.

"Count?" Wolf asked the dealer, to the confusion of both rails, who rushed near the table thinking there had been a call. After the confusion had been cleared up, Wolf did make the call.

Samy Dighlawi:   
Tomer Wolf:   

Dighlawi had his opponent in bad shape and maintained the best hand to double up after the board ran out      .

Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi8,400,0002,680,000
Tomer Wolf - David Landell4,420,000-2,680,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:45 PM Local Time
Team Ruter Doubles Again

Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter limped in on the button and Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf shoved with the bigger stack for Dighlawi to snap-call for the 2,280,000 he had behind.

Samy Dighlawi:   
Tomer Wolf:   

The board ran out       for Dighlawi to hold with the higher pocket pair to double up.

Tomer Wolf - David Landell7,100,000-3,440,000
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi5,720,0003,440,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:41 PM Local Time
Series of Small Pots Go to Team Wolf

Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf has increased the chip lead against his opponent by winning a series of small and medium-sized pots.

Wolf said he would start going all-in every hand to get through the match quicker, but that only lasted one hand.

Tomer Wolf - David Landell10,540,0001,110,000
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi2,280,000-1,110,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:26 PM Local Time
Team Ruter Folds Top Pair

Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter limped in on the button and Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf raised to 560,000 for Dighlawi to call.

The flop came    , Wolf check-raised the 200,000 bet of Dighlawi to 850,000 and was called.

The turn was the   and Wolf shoved with the bigger stack. Dighlawi looked at his own stack, counted it, contemplated for a bit, and then folded but flashed the   for top pair.

Tomer Wolf - David Landell9,430,0000
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi3,390,0000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:19 PM Local Time
Team Wolf Picks Off a Bluff

Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf limped in on the button and called when Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter raised to 425,000.

Dighlawi led out with a bet of 225,000 on the flop of     and Wolf called, and called again when facing a bet of 280,000 on the   turn.

Dighlawi fired a bet of 405,000 on the   river and Wolf took a minute before calling.

"Ace-high," Dighlawi said.

"Yes!" Wolf yelled before tabling    to win the pot.

Tomer Wolf - David Landell9,020,0001,700,000
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi3,800,000-1,700,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:16 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 160,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:13 PM Local Time
Team Ruter Claims Some Chips Back

The board read       with 620,000 in the middle.

Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter had checked but Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf had bet 400,000. Dighlawi responded with a raise to 1,700,000 for Wolf to consider his options. After a minute or so, he opted to fold.

Tomer Wolf - David Landell7,320,000-2,650,000
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi5,500,0002,650,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:03 PM Local Time
Play Resumes

The heads-up players have returned and resumed play with around ten minutes left in the level.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:56 PM Local Time
Short Break

The two players have agreed to go for a short 5-10 minute break.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:43 PM Local Time
Team Wolf Rivers the Straight

Tomer Wolf - David Landell

Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf limped in on the button and Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter opted to check.

They both checked through the     flop to the   on the turn. Dighlawi check-called the 160,000 bet of Wolf.

The river completed the board with the  . Dighlawi checked for the final time. Wolf barreled 800,000 over the line for Dighlawi to consider it for a bit and then flick in a chip for the call. Wolf tabled the    for the straight for his rail to celebrate the flush until Wolf corrected them.

Tomer Wolf - David Landell9,970,0001,350,000
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi2,850,000-1,350,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:30 PM Local Time
Check-Raise from Team Wolf

Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter opened to 250,000 on the button and Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf called.

Wolf checked on the flop of     and Dighlawi bet 150,000. Wolf responded with a raise to 450,000 and Dighlawi laid it down.

Tomer Wolf - David Landell8,620,000290,000
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi4,200,000-290,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:20 PM Local Time
Team Wolf Flops Two Pair

With a substantial pot in the middle already, the board read     .

Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf had checked and Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter bet 120,000. Wolf raised it up to 750,000 which prompted Dighlawi to snap-call.

The river completed the board with the   and Wolf fired a bet of 975,000 over the line. Dighlawi contemplated for a while and then opted to make the call but mucked when he saw Wolf table the    for two pair.

Tomer Wolf - David Landell8,330,0002,810,000
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi4,490,000-2,810,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:10 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 120,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:08 PM Local Time
Team Ruter Stays Ahead

Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf limped in on the button then min-raised to 300,000 when Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter raised to 200,000.

"Is that a raise? What the hell are you doing?" Dighlawi asked before calling.

Both players checked on the flop of     and the same action took place on the   turn. Dighlawi led out with a bet of 200,000 on the   river and Wolf called.

Dighlawi showed a pair of jacks with    and took down the pot.

Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi7,300,000-300,000
Tomer Wolf - David Landell5,520,000300,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 7:58 PM Local Time
Team Ruter Hits the Runner-Runner to Double Up

Samy Dighlawi

Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf limped in on the button and Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter raised to 300,000. Wolf three-bet jammed with the bigger stack for Dighlawi to call for the 3,750,000 he had in front of him.

Samy Dighlawi:   
Tomer Wolf:   

The flop came     for Dighlawi to flop a pair of eights.

The turn was the   for Wolf to hit the higher pair but for Dighlawi to pick up the flush draw.

The river was the   to give Dighlawi to flush to stay alive and double to the chip lead while his rail went ecstatic and came into the tournament area to celebrate before being sent away again by the floor.

Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi7,600,0003,600,000
Tomer Wolf - David Landell5,220,000-3,600,000
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 7:47 PM Local Time
Team Wolf Keeps the Lead

Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter opened to 200,000 on the button and Tomer Wolf of Team Wolf called.

Wolf checked on the flop of     and called when Dighlawi bet 150,000. Wolf check-called again when Dighlawi fired a bet of 250,000 on the   turn.

Both players checked on the   river and Wolf turned over    for a rivered pair to take down the pot.

Tomer Wolf - David Landell8,820,00025,000
Mike Ruter - Samy Dighlawi4,000,000-25,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
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