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

Monday, November 01, 2021 to Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Event #61: Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold'em

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Thursday, November 4, 2021 1:57 AM Local Time
Cole Ferraro Comes From Behind to Win in Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em ($252,491)

Cole Ferraro

On Oct.15, Cole Ferraro finished in second place out of 1,358 entrants to Dalibor Dula in Event #22: $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em for a career-best score of $123,142. Now, only two weeks later he has topped his own best WSOP finish in a field of 3,923 players to take down Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Holdem for $252,491, besting Sami Rustom heads up.

"After my second place, this time I felt like I was gunning for first, maybe even a little harder than last time," Ferraro shared with PokerNews after his victory.

Event #61 Final Table Results

1Cole FerraroUnited States$252,419
2Sami RustomUnited States$156,056
3Sean DunleavyUnited States$117,882
4Bart LybaertBelgium$89,587
5Richard DixonUnited States$68,604
6Edgardo RosarioUnited States$52,914
7Xiangdong HuangCanada$41,108
8Ruben ChappellUnited States$32,169
9Ronald SluckerUnited States$25,359

The 22-year old recent college graduate started playing poker online a year and a half ago and is playing in his first WSOP. He is now only the third player this year to have a first place and a second place in bracelet events, the others are Phil Hellmuth and Ryan Leng, as well as the youngest to do so, and the only one of the three who's finishes both came in no-limit hold'em tournaments.

"I moved out to Las Vegas in May, after I graduated college I got a part-time job and played about four to five times a week," he said when asked about his status as a player. "This trip to the World Series was a trial of sorts, but given everything that has happened over these two weeks I think it will supersede my other job."

Ferraro's day was a rollercoaster of chip changes, coming in as an average stack, to being down to six big blinds, to spinning it up to the chip lead at the beginning of the final table. Ferraro maintained a bigger stack the entire final table, until losing the lead heads up, but ultimately came back out on top. A strong, supportive rail followed Ferraro throughout the duration of the final table and crushed him in hugs when he eventually won.

"It's just so surreal, this being my first World Series of Poker, I just never expected anything like a first place when I came out here."

Ferraro said he will be sticking around to play the WSOP Main Event.

Cole Ferraro
Cole Ferraro

Final Day Action

The final day started with eliminations flying quickly. Within the first two levels of play, the players had already lost nearly a third of the field, bringing it down to three tables. Bracelet winners Barry Shulman (26th-$8,633) and Mark Seif (25th-$8,633) were eliminated back to back, ensuring that there would be a new bracelet winner.

Start of the day chip leader Perry Ernest (23rd-$8,633) saw his chip lead disappear when Rustom rivered a full house to beat his own full house. He departed shortly after that, and eliminations continued at a relatively quick pace.

Within another three hours, players went down to the final table of ten when Marc Rangel (11th-$20,139) failed to improve with queen-jack versus the ace-queen held by Ronald Slucker.

Final Table Action

The final table started with Ferraro holding a slight lead over Rustom and Richard Dixon, but all being relatively close to each other and jockeying for position. Richard gained the lead when Bart Lybaert five-bet shoved against Ferraro, which put Lybaert neck and neck in third and fourth in chips.

Jason R. Smith seemed to be poised for an early double when he got his pocket kings in against queens held Edgardo Rosario on a ten-high board, but two running hearts would have his kings cracked and he was eliminated in 10th place for $20,139.

The man who brought the players to the final table was Slucker and he would be the next to depart in ninth place for $25,359 when he went all-in with a set of fives, got called by Dixon with sevens, who ran out a straight to the eight to take all of his chips.

Rubin Chappell could not gain any momentum early on and eventually put in the remainder of his chips with pocket eights, only to get called by Lybaert who had pocket queens. The board would prove to be no help to Chappell and he would be eliminated in eighth place for $32,169.

Xiangdong Huang came to the final table with the shortest stack and was able to outlast three people despite that. However, his laddering endeavors came to an end when he got his remaining twelve big blinds in with ace-eight off-suit against Richard Dixon's sixes and he was eliminated in seventh place for $41,108.

Dixon would score another elimination as he went all-in from the cutoff with ace-six suited into Rosario's big blind, who called with ace-queen. Dixon would flop a pair of sixes which improved to three of a kind on the river, Rosario would flop a queen-high flush draw and find no improvement on the river, leaving him to exit the tournament in sixth place for $52,914.

Despite some big gains early in the final table, Dixon found himself on the losing end of big pots against Ferraro and Lybaert, as well as doubling up Sean Dunleavy, and being shown a bluff by Rustom that had him declaring verbally that he was on tilt for the rest of the final table. Dixon finished in fifth place when he cold-called a four-bet from Ferraro and called an all-in on a queen-high board with ace-queen. It was no good against Ferraro's pocket kings and the early final table chip leader found himself eliminated in fifth place for $68,604.

Lybaert was the next to be eliminated when he called off against Ferraro, only to run into pocket aces on a king-high board. Lybaert shook hands with his opponents and left the tournament in fourth place, collecting $89,587 for his efforts.

Ferraro took the lead into the three-handed portion of the final table that was over within 20-minutes. Dunleavy went all-in on a river after check-raising the turn with three jacks, only to run into a flush Rustom made on the river. Dunleavy shook hands with his opponents and he ended his second WSOP tournament he had ever played in third place for $117,882.

Ferraro Comes from Behind to Defeat Rustom

Sami Rustom
Sami Rustom

Rustom started heads up with a 2:1 chip lead and start to win some pots early, but one key pot where Ferraro caught Rustom bluffing with jack-high, pushed the momentum into his corner. After that point, Ferraro won another key pot where Rustom paid him off when he rivered a straight against the pocket kings of Rustom and the chip counts found themselves flipped from where they were at the beginning of the match.

The final hand had Rustom going all-in for one-third of the chips in play after Ferraro had raised. After going into the tank for over a minute, Ferraro called with his pocket tens which were good against the pocket fours of Rustom. The tens held up and a shocked Ferraro shook hands with Rustom who collected $156,056 for his second-place finish.

Ferraro started his world series as the second to last man standing and has now become the last man standing. At 22 he is the youngest bracelet winner of the 52nd World Series of Poker and now the only player with a second and a first in two no-limit hold'em bracelet events.

That wraps up our coverage of Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold'em. Stay tuned to for coverage of all the upcoming events at the 52nd World Series of Poker at The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 1:18 AM Local Time
Cole Ferraro Wins

Cole Ferraro

Cole Ferraro wins Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold'em for $252,419.

A full recap is soon to follow.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:08 AM Local Time
Sami Rustom Eliminated In 2nd Place ($156,056)

Sami Rustom

Cole Ferraro raised to 6,000,000 from the big blind after Sami Rustom limped the button Rustom jammed and put both of his hands up covering his face. Ferraro went into the tank before flicking in the call, covering him.

Sami Rustom:   
Cole Ferraro:   

The board ran out       and Ferraro eliminated Rustom with a set of tens.

Cole Ferraro117,690,00034,690,000
Sami Rustom0-34,690,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 11:40 PM Local Time
Ferraro Pulls Ahead With Two Hands

Cole Ferraro

The first hand played out as so. Sami Rustom limped the button and Cole Ferraro raised to 2,000,000 and Rustom called.

The flop came out     and Ferraro led out 1,500,000 which Rustom called.

The turn came out a   and Ferraro checked to Rustom who bet out 3,000,000. Ferraro called and the two of them took a river.

The river came out the   and the action checked through with Ferraro tabling    which was good for the pot.

The second hand started with Ferraro raising to 1,200,000 and Rustom re-raising to 3,600,000, which Ferraro called.

The flop came down     and Ferraro called the 2,000,000 bet from Rustom.

The turn of   was checked through to the river where Rustom checked once more. Ferraro led out 6,000,000 and Rustom went into the tank before tossing in the call. Ferraro turned over    for a rivered broadway straight and Rustom tossed his hand into the muck, saying he had two kings.

Cole Ferraro83,000,00026,800,000
Sami Rustom34,690,000-26,800,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 11:31 PM Local Time
Ferraro Makes The Call

Cole Ferraro

Cole Ferraro raised to 1,200,000 from the button and Sami Rustom called.

Ferraro continued for 2,200,000 after the     came on the flop. Rustom raised to 4,200,000 and Ferraro made the call.

The turn was the   and Ferraro check-called a bet of 4,200,000.

Both players checked after the   river completed the board and Rustom announced: "Jack high."

Ferraro showed    for the two pair, nines and deuces, and Rustom mucked.

Sami Rustom61,490,000-16,200,000
Cole Ferraro56,200,00016,200,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 11:23 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 800,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 11:10 PM Local Time
Rustom Rivers a Straight

Cole Ferraro called on the button and Rustom checked his action in the big blind.

The flop came down     and Rustom checked to Ferraro who bet 600,000 which was called by Rustom.

The turn came a   and Rustom checked once more and Ferraro bet 2,000,000. Rustom took a little bit of time before calling.

The river came a   and Rustom led out for 5,000,000. Ferraro put out the call and Rustom tabled    for a rivered straight. Ferrarro shook his head and turned over    before tossing it into the muck.

Sami Rustom77,690,0007,000,000
Cole Ferraro40,000,000-7,000,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 11:06 PM Local Time
Heads Up Play Underway

The two players have decided on no break and gone straight into heads up play.

Sami Rustom70,690,0000
Cole Ferraro47,000,0000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:58 PM Local Time
Sean Dunleavy Eliminated In 3rd Place ($117,822)

Sean Dunleavy

Sami Rustom raised to 1,300,000 preflop and both Cole Ferraro and Sean Dunleavy called.

The flop came out     and both players checked to Rustom who bet 2,200,000. Ferraro folded and Dunleavy called, leaving it heads up into the turn.

The turn came a   and Dunleavy checked to Rustom who bet 2,500,000. Dunleavy then raised to 7,500,000 and Rustom called.

The river came out a   and Dunleavy went all-in and Rustom snap-called.

Sean Dunleavy:   
Sami Rustom:   

Sean Dunleavy had flopped three jacks, but by the river Rustom had made his flush. Dunleavy shook hands with his opponents as he wished them good luck in their match as he exited the tournament in third place.

Sami Rustom70,690,00033,690,000
Cole Ferraro47,000,000-8,300,000
Sean Dunleavy0-26,000,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:49 PM Local Time
Bart Lybaert Eliminated In 4th Place ($89,587)

Bart Lybaert

The action picked up on a flop of    . Cole Ferraro led out for 1,500,000 from the small blind and Bart Lybaert called in the big blind.

The turn was  . Ferraro bet 3,500,000 and Lybaert called.

The river was the  . Ferraro went all-in putting Lybaert at risk. Lybaert went deep into the tank and said "I have a good hand to call you with" before pushing the rest of his chips to the middle.

Bart Lybaert:   
Cole Ferraro:   

Cole eliminated Lybaert with a pair of aces to take over the chip lead.

Cole Ferraro55,300,00020,300,000
Bart Lybaert0-15,300,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:26 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:10 PM Local Time
Break Chip Counts

The players have gone on a 15-minute break.

Sami Rustom37,000,00010,000,000
Cole Ferraro35,000,0000
Sean Dunleavy26,000,0001,100,000
Bart Lybaert15,300,000-5,200,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:03 PM Local Time
Richard Dixon Eliminated In 5th Place ($68,604)

Richard Dixon

Richard Dixon opened in middle position for 1,200,000 and Cole Ferraro raised from the button to 3,500,000, Dixon called.

The flop was    . Dixon lead out for 4,200,000 then Ferraro went all-in, covering him and Dixon snap-called.

Richard Dixon:   
Cole Ferraro:   

The board ran out    and Ferraro eliminated Dixon with a set of kings.

Cole Ferraro35,000,00015,400,000
Richard Dixon0-11,500,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:52 PM Local Time
Dunleavy Shows The Bluff

Sean Dunleavy raised to 1,250,000 on the button and from the big blind Cole Ferraro three-bet to 3,500,000 which Dunleavy called.

The flop came down     and Ferraro bet 2,500,000 which Dunleavy called.

The turn was the   and the action checked through to the   which Ferraro checked and Dunleavy bet 5,600,000, which Ferraro folded too. "I'll show it this one time!" shouted Dunleavy as he turned over    for a busted straight and flush draw. Ferraro said "Nice hand," as Dunleavy took down the pot.

Sean Dunleavy24,900,0005,550,000
Cole Ferraro19,600,000-13,900,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:33 PM Local Time
Edgardo Rosario Eliminated In 6th Place ($52,914)

Edgardo Rosario

After getting bluffed a hand prior, Richard Dixon verbally declared he was "tilt all-in" for 7,400,000. Action folded to Edgardo Rosario in the big blind who snap-called and the hand were tabled

Edgardo Rosario:   
Richard Dixon:   

The board ran out       which gave Rosario a flush draw on the flop, but in the end Dixon made three sixes to make the best hand and eliminate Rosario in 6th place.

Richard Dixon11,500,000-800,000
Edgardo Rosario0-8,700,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:16 PM Local Time
Ferraro Wins A Monster Off Of Dixon

Cole Ferraro

Richard Dixon raised to 1,200,000 under the-gun and Cole Ferraro defended his big blind.

The flop came out     and Ferraro checked to Dixon who bet 2,600,000 into the pot, which Ferraro called.

The turn came an   and Ferraro checked once more to Dixon who bet 4,300,000 and after some deliberation, Ferraro called.

The river came a   and Ferraro checked with Dixon checking quickly behind. Ferraro tabled    and Dixon shook his head as he tossed    into the muck.

Cole Ferraro33,500,00012,300,000
Richard Dixon12,300,000-6,700,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:11 PM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:10 PM Local Time
Xiangdong Huang Eliminated In 7th Place ($41,108)

Xiangdong Huang

Xiangdong shoved all-in pre-flop for 4,800,000 from early position and Richard Dixon called from the cutoff, covering him.

Xiangdong Huang:   
Richard Dixon:   

The board ran out       and Dixon eliminated Huang with two pair, sixes and fives.

Richard Dixon19,000,0004,700,000
Xiangdong Huang0-6,100,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:04 PM Local Time
Dunleavy Stays Clean

Sean Dunleavy

Sean Dunleavy raised to 800,000 preflop and action folded around to Richard Dixon in the big blind who moved all-in, covering Dunleavy's stack of 9,175,000. "Well Frank said it best," said Dunleavy as he put in the chips for a call "luck be a lady."

Sean Dunleavy:   
Richard Dixon:   

The flop and turn came out      and Dunleavy shouted "Keep it clean!" The river came the   which was more than clean as he had filled up and got the full double through Dixon.

Sean Dunleavy19,350,00012,150,000
Richard Dixon14,300,000-11,900,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:50 PM Local Time
Rustom Pulls Ahead

Sami Rustom

Richard Dixon raised under the-gun to 1,000,000 and from the cutoff, Sam Rustom called.

The flop of     was checked through to the turn of   where Dixon bet 2,400,000 which Rustom quickly called.

The river came a   and Dixon bet 2,700,000 which after some time, Rustom called. Dixon tabled    for ace high and Rustom turned over    for fives and fours. With that pot, Sami Rustom has pulled into the chip lead.

Sami Rustom27,000,0005,000,000
Richard Dixon26,200,000-9,200,000