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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 #62: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $967,875
  • Entries: 725
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:51 PM Local Time
Kevin Gerhart Earns Fourth Career WSOP Bracelet in Event #62: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($186,789)

Kevin Gerhart

Kevin Gerhart won his fourth World Series of Poker bracelet — and second bracelet of the series — on Wednesday, Nov. 3 by taking down Event #62: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for a score worth $186,789. Gerhart sealed the victory by beating Dustin Dirksen in a heads-up battle to send Dirksen out in second for $115,440.

Gerhart, a mixed game specialist who has $782,658 in WSOP earnings to his name, earned his first bracelet of the series at the Rio Convention Center just weeks ago by winning Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for $361,124.

"It's absolutely amazing," Gerhart told PokerNews about his run this fall. "It's unreal and more than I ever could have expected. All these different mixed disciplines are so much more fun than playing No-Limit Hold'em."

To get his fourth bracelet, Gerhart had to navigate through a field of 725 players in a tournament that generated a total prize pool of $967,875. Gerhart entered Day 3 second in chips out of 13 remaining players and used his stack to lean on his opponents.

Event #62: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Results

 1Kevin GerhartUnited States$186,789
 2Dustin DirksenUnited States$115,440
 3Matthew KaplanUnited States$81,696
 4Sterling LopezUnited States$58,695
 5Alexandr OrlovRussia$42,823
 6Roman HrabecCzech Republic$31,733
 7Michael TrivettUnited States$23,891
 8Dylan WilkersonUnited States$18,278

"PLO8 is hugely about just applying maximum pressure on your opponents and making them fold," he said. "Equities run so close in that game that even if you get the smallest edge by being more aggressive than your opponent, you have to take it."

Final Table Action

The official final table of eight turned to seven when Dylan Wilkerson jammed into the full house of Matthew Kaplan as the player at risk. But it was Gerhart who did most of the eliminating on Wednesday, including knocking out Michael Trivett, Roman Hrabec, Sterling Lopez, and Kaplan — who Gerhart sent home in third place to get heads-up play underway.

It seemed inevitable that the heads-up battle would be between Dirksen and Gerhart as Dirksen prodded the chip leader throughout the day and predicted it would end with the two of them.

"Just double me up three times and I'm there," Dirksen said in good spirits in the early stages of the final table. "I bet you've never heard a short stack talk this much shit."

It was a heads-up match that almost never happened. While playing four-handed, Dirksen was all-in with pocket sixes and dominated by the flopped trip sevens Gerhart. But Dirksen spiked a six on the river to improve to a full house and stay in contention.

The final hand of the tournament occurred when Gerhart, holding     , put Dirksen all-in on a board of      . Dirksen called with      for second pair and was no good against the top pair of Gerhart. But Gerhart was not betting for value, the four-time bracelet winner told PokerNews.

"I can rep that I have queen-ten and get my opponent to fold a worse hand," he said about the final hand. "But I turned my top pair into a bluff and my opponent snap-called me with second pair. I thought I was dead when he snap-called, obviously. I did not turn my hand over in a winning fashion, let's say that."

Kevin Gerhart
Kevin Gerhart

Gerhart said much of his poker variant prowess can be credited to a $80/$160 mixed game that started at the Wynn and has since moved to Resorts World. "I get to bounce ideas off of and play against some of the best players in Vegas on a daily basis in mixed games, which definitely helps my skill level."

That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting teams coverage of Event #62: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Head over to the WSOP live reporting portal to check out coverage of other events.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:33 PM Local Time
Dustin Dirksen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($115,440)

Dustin Dirksen

On the final hand of the tournament, Kevin Gerhart on the button, and Dustin Dirksen in the big blind, saw a flop reading    .

Dirksen fired out a bet on the flop and Gerhart called and called again when the   peeled off on the turn.

The river brought the   and Gerhart fired enough chips to put his opponent all-in. After a moment, Dirksen opted to make the call.

The hands were tabled and it was the      held by Gerhart for one pair of Kings that bested the      for one pair of jacks held by Dirksen, and the latter was eliminated in 2nd place and took home $115,440 in cash.

With this hand, Gerhart secured the victory and won his fourth coveted WSOP gold bracelet along with the $186,790 in first place cash.

Please stay tuned to PokerNews for a full recap of the day's action as well as the winner's interview.

Kevin Gerhart18,125,0009,360,000
Dustin Dirksen0-9,360,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:17 PM Local Time
Dirksen Takes the Chip Lead

All of the chips went into the pot pre-flop between Dustin Dirksen and Kevin Gerhart.

The hands were tabled and it was the      held by Dirksen versus the     .

The dealer ran out the board of       and that earned Dirksen the scoop and the double up.

Dustin Dirksen9,360,0003,010,000
Kevin Gerhart8,765,0007,587,500
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:02 PM Local Time
Heads-up Chip Counts

After a few small pots, these are the current heads-up chip counts.

Kevin Gerhart11,177,500402,500
Dustin Dirksen6,350,000-1,000,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:51 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 120,000/240,000
Ante: 240,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:39 PM Local Time
Break Time

The remaining two players have been sent on a 15-minute break.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:30 PM Local Time
Current Heads-up Chip Counts
Kevin Gerhart10,775,000-1,325,000
Dustin Dirksen7,350,0001,950,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:25 PM Local Time
Matthew Kaplan Eliminated in 3rd Place ($81,696)

Matthew Kaplan

Kevin Gerhart opened to 500,000 on the button and Matthew Kaplan defended from the big blind after doubling through Gerhart a few hands earlier.

Gerhart continued with a bet of 750,000 on the flop of     and Kaplan check-raised all-in. Gerhart went into the tank before calling.

Matthew Kaplan:     
Kevin Gerhart:     

Kaplan was in the lead with a pair and straight draw while Gerhart had the better spade draw. The board ran out    to give Gerhart the winning hand with a flush and send Kaplan home in third place.

"You're supposed to fold that hand, buddy," Kaplan said after shaking his opponent's hand.

Kevin Gerhart12,100,0002,500,000
Matthew Kaplan0-2,525,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:18 PM Local Time
Sterling Lopez Eliminated in 4th Place ($58,695)

Sterling Lopez

The action began with Sterling Lopez who moved all-in on a flop of     and was called by Kevin Gerhart.

The hands were tabled and it was the      for a seven-high straight held by Lopez that was behind the      for an eight-high straight held by Gerhart.

The turn card was the   and changed nothing.

The river card   sealed the deal for Gerhart and Lopez was eliminated in 4th place and took home $58,695 in cash.

Kevin Gerhart9,600,0003,100,000
Sterling Lopez0-2,615,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:02 PM Local Time
Dirksen Hits Two-Outer to Stay Alive

Dustin Dirksen

Dustin Dirksen was all-in and at risk for 2,700,000 against chip leader Kevin Gerhart.

Dustin Dirksen:     
Kevin Gerhart:     

"Oh, we have similar hands," Dirksen said.

"I like yours better," replied Gerhart.

But attitudes changed when the flop of     gave Gerhart trips and the lead, and the   on the turn didn't change things.

"Just a six and a six only," Dirksen said as he considered his outs.

And just like that, the river brought the   and Dirksen scooped the pot to keep his tournament dreams alive.

Kevin Gerhart6,500,000-2,250,000
Dustin Dirksen5,400,0001,900,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:56 PM Local Time
Kaplan Doubles Through Lopez

Matthew Kaplan

The action began with Matthew Kaplan who moved all-in from the hijack and was called by Sterling Lopez from the cutoff.

The hands were tabled and it was the      versus the      held by Lopez.

The dealer flopped the     and Kaplan was ahead with one pair of tens.

The turn card was the   and no change.

The river card was the   and that secured the double up for Kaplan, and he was awarded the pot.

Sterling Lopez2,615,000-1,010,000
Matthew Kaplan2,525,000525,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:43 PM Local Time
Current Final Four Chip Counts
Kevin Gerhart8,750,000700,000
Sterling Lopez3,625,0001,925,000
Dustin Dirksen3,500,000300,000
Matthew Kaplan2,000,000-1,550,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:34 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 200,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:34 PM Local Time
Dirksen Pots Turn

Dustin Dirksen was in a heads-up pot against Sterling Lopez that checked through on the flop reading    .

Lopez bet 400,000 on the   turn and Dirksen announced "pot" to raise it up.

"I can tell you I don't have top set, or the nut flush draw, or the nut low draw," Dirksen told his opponent.

Lopez folded and inquired, "Did you even have a pair?"

"No," replied Dirksen. "But I had outs."

Dustin Dirksen3,200,000500,000
Sterling Lopez1,700,000-1,600,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:21 PM Local Time
Current Final Four Chip Counts
Kevin Gerhart8,050,0002,550,000
Matthew Kaplan3,550,0001,050,000
Sterling Lopez3,300,000-300,000
Dustin Dirksen2,700,000-2,100,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:15 PM Local Time
Dirksen Doubles Through Gerhart

Dustin Dirksen

Kevin Gerhart opened to 480,000 on the button and Dustin Dirksen called in the big blind.

Gerhart threw out a bet of around 800,000 on the flop of     and called when Dirksen raised all-in.

Dustin Dirksen:     
Kevin Gerhart:     

The   on the turn gave Dirksen a straight and the   on the river gave him an ace-to-seven low to scoop the pot and secure a double to stay alive.

Kevin Gerhart5,500,000-2,290,000
Dustin Dirksen4,800,0001,625,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:08 PM Local Time
Alexandr Orlov Eliminated in 5th Place ($42,823)

Alexandr Orlov

The action was picked up on a board of      with Alexandr Orlov who led out and moved all-in versus Dustin Dirksen who snap-called.

The hands were tabled and it was the      for nut-nut held by Dirksen that was in the lead against the      held by Orlov.

The dealer dealt the river card   and confirmed the scoop for Dirksen, and Orlov was eliminated in 5th place and took home $42,823 in cash.

Dustin Dirksen3,175,000875,000
Alexandr Orlov0-1,820,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:34 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 160,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:23 PM Local Time
Chips Counts on Break
Kevin Gerhart7,790,0001,940,000
Sterling Lopez3,600,000200,000
Matthew Kaplan2,500,000-5,000
Dustin Dirksen2,300,000-390,000
Alexandr Orlov1,820,000-305,000
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:19 PM Local Time
Break Time

The remaining five players have been sent on a 15-minute break.