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 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
| ||1||Kevin Gerhart||United States||$186,789|
| ||2||Dustin Dirksen||United States||$115,440|
| ||3||Matthew Kaplan||United States||$81,696|
| ||4||Sterling Lopez||United States||$58,695|
| ||5||Alexandr Orlov||Russia||$42,823|
| ||6||Roman Hrabec||Czech Republic||$31,733|
| ||7||Michael Trivett||United States||$23,891|
| ||8||Dylan Wilkerson||United 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."
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)
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 Gerhart||18,125,000||9,360,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||0||-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 Dirksen||9,360,000||3,010,000 |
|Kevin Gerhart||8,765,000||7,587,500 |
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 Gerhart||11,177,500||402,500 |
|Dustin Dirksen||6,350,000||-1,000,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:51 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:39 PM Local 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 Gerhart||10,775,000||-1,325,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||7,350,000||1,950,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:25 PM Local Time
Matthew Kaplan Eliminated in 3rd Place ($81,696)
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.
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 Gerhart||12,100,000||2,500,000 |
|Matthew Kaplan||0||-2,525,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:18 PM Local Time
Sterling Lopez Eliminated in 4th Place ($58,695)
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 Gerhart||9,600,000||3,100,000 |
|Sterling Lopez||0||-2,615,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:02 PM Local Time
Dirksen Hits Two-Outer to Stay Alive
Dustin Dirksen was all-in and at risk for 2,700,000 against chip leader 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 Gerhart||6,500,000||-2,250,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||5,400,000||1,900,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:56 PM Local Time
Kaplan Doubles Through Lopez
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 Lopez||2,615,000||-1,010,000 |
|Matthew Kaplan||2,525,000||525,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:43 PM Local Time
Current Final Four Chip Counts
|Kevin Gerhart||8,750,000||700,000 |
|Sterling Lopez||3,625,000||1,925,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||3,500,000||300,000 |
|Matthew Kaplan||2,000,000||-1,550,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:34 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
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 Dirksen||3,200,000||500,000 |
|Sterling Lopez||1,700,000||-1,600,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:21 PM Local Time
Current Final Four Chip Counts
|Kevin Gerhart||8,050,000||2,550,000 |
|Matthew Kaplan||3,550,000||1,050,000 |
|Sterling Lopez||3,300,000||-300,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||2,700,000||-2,100,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:15 PM Local Time
Dirksen Doubles Through Gerhart
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.
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 Gerhart||5,500,000||-2,290,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||4,800,000||1,625,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:08 PM Local Time
Alexandr Orlov Eliminated in 5th Place ($42,823)
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 Dirksen||3,175,000||875,000 |
|Alexandr Orlov||0||-1,820,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:34 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:23 PM Local Time
Chips Counts on Break
|Kevin Gerhart||7,790,000||1,940,000 |
|Sterling Lopez||3,600,000||200,000 |
|Matthew Kaplan||2,500,000||-5,000 |
|Dustin Dirksen||2,300,000||-390,000 |
|Alexandr Orlov||1,820,000||-305,000 |
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:19 PM Local Time
The remaining five players have been sent on a 15-minute break.