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

Thursday, November 04, 2021 to Thursday, November 04, 2021

Event #67: MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $62,011,250
  • Entries: 6,650
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 9:05 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 6 hours ago)
Koray Aldemir Wins 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event for $8,000,000

Koray Aldemir

Koray Aldemir, 31, took the reins from defending champ Damian Salas Wednesday night as he became the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion, topping a 6,550-player field to win $8 million and the coveted gold bracelet.

On the 223rd hand of the final table, Aldemir finished off his unrelenting heads-up opponent — George Holmes — and now sits atop the poker mountain until July 2022.

Aldemir's victory propelled him to fourth all-time among Germany's winningest live tournament players with just north of $20 million in cashes, $12 million shy of Fedor Holz. More importantly, he's the champion of the world and joins an exclusive club that includes legends of the game such as Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, and Johnny Chan.

"It's the one tournament family and friends know of basically. It does mean a lot to me to win it," Aldemir told media moments after shipping the bracelet.

2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Koray AldemirGermany$8,000,000
2George HolmesUnited States$4,300,000
3Jack OliverUnited Kingdom$3,000,000
4Joshua RemitioUnited States$2,300,000
5Ozgur SecilmisTurkey$1,800,000
6Hye ParkUnited States$1,400,000
7Alejandro LococoArgentina$1,225,000
8Jareth EastUnited Kingdom$1,100,000
9Chase BianchiUnited States$1,000,000

Aldemir, Holmes, and Jack Oliver were the lone remaining players with dreams of becoming poker's 2021 World Champion entering Wednesday's session. Clearly, Aldemir was the favorite entering Day 9, not only due to having a massive chip lead but also because he's more experienced in tournaments than his opponents.

But he'd quickly discover that his opposition was ready for battle. Holmes played masterfully all evening and pulled off a number of impressive bluffs that even shocked the PokerGO commentators. The gap in experience between Aldemir and the competition wasn't evident much on this day.

George Holmes
George Holmes

Holmes Shows Oliver the Lights

Three players returned to the Amazon room Wednesday for the ninth and final day of the tournament. Aldemir, who played big stack poker throughout the final table, returned with a massive chip lead over Oliver and Holmes but had to grind for every chip during the final session.

Early on, Holmes and Oliver battled each other to face Aldemir for the bracelet, but neither was willing to give in. Holmes would land a small jab, and then Oliver would punch back. In doing so, both struggled for quite some time to make up any ground on the chip leader.

Three hours into Day 9 and Holmes finally landed a haymaker. Or, as his rowdy fans in the attendance repeatedly shouted, he "showed him the lights" on Oliver. But it required a bit luck when he called a 35.7 million chip all-in bet preflop with queen-jack and was up against ace-eight.

The board would run out jack-high, giving Holmes top pair for the win while eliminating Oliver, who received $3 million for third place, in the process.

Jack Oliver
Jack Oliver

Underdog Here to Win It

Holmes finished 213th in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $50,855, his only prior recorded live tournament cash. But if you thought the poker player from the "Dirty South" was satisfied just to make it heads-up in poker's most prestigious event, you'd be mistaken.

When the final two players returned to action following a brief break, Holmes sat down ready to tangle with the German poker superstar. Despite trailing by more than 2-1 in chips at the start of heads-up play, he battled his way back, pot by pot, and eventually grabbed a small lead.

"I was pretty stressed to be honest," Aldemir said of losing the chip lead during heads-up play. "After 10 days of poker, especially the last five or six days were all super stressful. Not a lot of sleep, like five hours a day. All those people watching me play. It's not easy. Respect to all the other players too who all played great. Crazy experience."

For the first time at the final table in two days, Aldemir wasn't well ahead of the competition. Would the setback cause the high-stakes pro to crumble? Not hardly. He's too experienced and composed to wilt under pressure. When the going got tough, the experienced player got going.

Aldemir jumped right back into the chip lead after winning a series of consecutive hands. That didn't deter Holmes from continuing to play solid poker. The inexperienced tournament player forced his seasoned opponent to earn every chip and kept the score close for a lengthy period of time.

In the end, however, overplaying top pair doomed the Atlanta resident. On the 223rd and final hand, with the blinds at 1,200,000/2,400,000 with a 2,400,000 big blind ante, Holmes raised to 6,000,000 with king-queen and his opponent, who held a slight chip lead, made the call with ten-seven suited.

The flop came out ten-seven-deuce and the preflop raiser made a continuation bet of 6,000,000. Aldemir, with top two, check-raised to 19,000,000, which didn't convince the underdog to dump king-high, and he made the call.

When a king hit on the turn, Aldemir led out big for 36,500,000 and when Holmes called, those watching began anticipating the end of the Main Event nearing. The river nine of clubs changed nothing and Aldemir decided on a check. Holmes paused for a bit before moving all in for 133,000,000.

With action back on the German poker great, he had a difficult decision to make given the circumstances. After much thought, he opted to call, then showed his winning hand, which put an end to the 2021 WSOP Main Event. Holmes walked away with $4.3 million and put on an overall impressive performance.

"On the flop, I kind of have the nuts almost all the time," the champ said of the final hand. "On the turn still happy. My plan was to check-call on the river because he showed he was capable, but I had to think about it because it's a big moment obviously. If I lose the hand I don't have much left. I'm glad I made the call."

Congratulations to Koray Aldemir, the 2021 WSOP Main Event champion!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:40 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 6 hours ago)
George Holmes Eliminated in 2nd Place ($4,300,000)

George Holmes

Hand #223: George Holmes raised to 6,000,000 and Koray Aldemir called. On the     flop, Aldemir checked, Holmes bet 6,000,000, and Aldemir check-raised to 19,000,000 after about a minute. Holmes called after some thought.

The   landed on the turn and Aldemir took nearly two minutes before betting 36,500,000. Holmes took about a minute before coming along with the call, creating a pot of over 100,000,000 in the process.

The crowd held their collective breath as the   was dealt on the river. Taking around 90 seconds, Aldemir decided to check. Within twenty seconds, Holmes moved all in for 133,000,000, more than the size of the pot.

Aldemir, who covered Holmes by a mere ten million, went deep in the tank to try and analyse the situation. The German high roller spent nearly three minutes before ultimately settling on a call, which had everyone in the Amazon room jolting out of their seats to watch the showdown unfold.

Holmes showed    for a pair of kings and Aldemir slapped    on the table for two pair. Just like that, with one amazing call, the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event came to an end.

Holmes, the home game hero, can reflect on an unforgettable run. With just one previously recorded cash to his name, he left the stage $4,300,000 richer, all while capturing the hearts of many poker fans around the world in the process with his style of play.

Ultimately, despite a valiant effort from Holmes, the victory goes to Germany for the second time in three years. Congratulations to Koray Aldemir, poker's new world champion!

Koray Aldemir399,000,000193,900,000
George Holmes0-194,200,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:20 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 7 hours ago)
Hands #219-222: Aldemir Back in the Lead

Hand #219: George Holmes raised to 5,200,000 from the button and Koray Aldemir defended. They both checked through the     flop to the   on the turn. Aldemir bet 4,400,000 which Holmes called. The river completed the board with the  , Aldemir barreled a bet of 15,800,000 over the line to get the fold.

Hand #220: Aldemir limped in on the button and Holmes raised to 6,000,000 which was called. The flop came    , they both checked to the   on the turn. Holmes bet 8,000,000 for the fold.

Hand #221: Holmes limped in and Aldemir opted to check. The flop came    , no action ensued and the turn was the  . Aldemir bet 4,100,000 and Holmes called to see the   complete the board. Aldemir fired a bet of 15,500,000 out and Holmes folded.

Hand #222: Koray Aldemir raised to 6,000,000 and George Holmes called. The flop was     and Holmes checked. Aldemir bet 4,800,000 and Holmes folded.

Koray Aldemir205,100,00018,500,000
George Holmes194,200,000-18,500,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:08 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 7 hours ago)
Hands #216-218: All In and Call Results in Split Pot

Hand #216: Koray Aldemir limped in and George Holmes raised to 5,000,000 for Aldemir to call. The     flop was checked by both players and the   followed on the turn. Holmes check-called for 4,600,000 and the   river was checked. Holmes tabled the    and dragged in the next pot.

Hand #217: Holmes opened to 5,200,000 and Aldemir made the call to see the     flop. Aldemir's check was followed by a bet worth 7,000,000 by Holmes and the subsequent call by Aldemir came thereafter. On the   turn, Aldemir quickly checked once more.

The second barrel by Holmes was worth 17,000,000 and Aldemir tanked for 48 seconds before making the call. He then checked the   on the river and Holmes then fired a bet of 40,000,000. Aldemir check-jammed with the    for broadway and Holmes snap-called with the    to chop it up.

Hand #218: Aldemir opened to 6,000,000 and Holmes defended out of the big blind. The     flop was checked by Holmes and Aldemir now bet 4,800,000. This time, Holmes folded and Aldemir collected the pot.

George Holmes212,700,0002,400,000
Koray Aldemir186,600,000-2,400,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:03 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 7 hours ago)
5th Place Bust Out Interview with Ozgur Secilmis

Ozgur Secilmis has taken pride representing his home country of Turkey in the Main Event. The 5th place finisher said he wasn't paying attention to the final table payouts and was elated to realize he earned himself a $1,800,000 payday. What's up next for Ozgur? Cash games, high stakes and winning next year's Main Event.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:57 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 7 hours ago)
Hands #212-215: Holmes Regains Lead

George Holmes

Hand #212: Koray Aldemir raised to 6,000,000 and George Holmes called. The flop was     and Holmes checked. Aldemir bet 4,800,000 and Holmes called. Both players checked the   on the turn.

The river was the   and Holmes cut out a sizable bet of 17,000,000 and Aldemir gave it up.

Hand #213: Holmes raised to 4,800,000 and Aldemir called. The     flop prompted two quick checks. Aldemir check-folded to a bet of 4,800,000 on the   turn.

Hand #214: Aldemir made it 6,000,000 and Holmes called. The     flop and   turn got checked through, as did the   river. Holmes showed    for a pair to win the hand.

Hand #215: A walk for Aldemir.

George Holmes210,300,00022,800,000
Koray Aldemir189,000,000-22,800,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:49 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 7 hours ago)
Hands #210-211: Aldemir Makes the Right Call to Take Chip Lead Back

Koray Aldemir

Hand #210: Koray Aldemir raised to 6,000,000 from the button and George Holmes defended. The flop came    , Holmes check-folded to Aldermir's 4,800,000 bet.

Hand #211: Holmes raised to 4,800,000 from the button and Aldemir called.

The flop came    , Aldemir check-called the 5,400,000 continuation-bet of Holmes. The turn was the   and Aldemir checked again. This time, Holmes checked too.

The river completed the board with the  . Aldemir took some time and then opted to take over the initiative. He bet 7,800,000 for Holmes to consider his options. In the end, he decided to raise it up to 38,000,000. Aldemir jumped into the tank and called.

Holmes tabled the    for the bluff for Aldemir's rail to cheer as he held the    for two pair and the pot. Aldemir turned around for a fist pump celebration

Koray Aldemir211,800,00056,600,000
George Holmes187,500,000-56,600,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:37 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 7 hours ago)
Hands #207-209: Holmes Flops a Straight and Gets Paid

Hand #207: George Holmes raised to 4,800,000 and Koray Aldemir came along to the     flop, on which Aldemir checked. Holmes continued for 3,800,000 and Aldemir tossed in calling chips. The   turn brought another quick check by Aldemir and Holmes made it 8,000,000 to go this time.

Aldemir made the call after 38 seconds and the   on the river brought in a possible flush draw and paired the board. Once more, Aldemir checked and Holmes now bet 20,000,000 and Aldemir snap-called. The pot went to Holmes, who had flopped a straight with the   .

Hand #208: Aldemir limped in and Holmes' raise to 6,000,000 took it down uncontested.

Hand #209: Up next it was Holmes who limped in and Aldemir now raised to 10,000,000, which brought no resistance from Holmes.

George Holmes244,100,00039,000,000
Koray Aldemir155,200,000-39,000,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:28 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 8 hours ago)
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 1,200,000/2,400,000
Ante: 2,400,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:56 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 8 hours ago)
Chip Counts on the Break

The players are on an extended 30-minute break and their counts are as follows.

George Holmes205,100,0000
Koray Aldemir194,200,0000
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:54 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 8 hours ago)
Hands #203-206: Small Pots Prior to the Next Break

Hand #203: Koray Aldemir defended against a button min-raise by George Holmes and checked the     flop, which Holmes checked back. On the   turn, both players checked and the   fell on the river. Both checked once more and Holmes won the pot with the    for a pair of fives.

Hand #204: Aldemir made it 4,600,000 to go and Holmes filled up to the     flop, on which Holmes opted to check. Aldemir continued for 2,700,000 and Holmes sent the cards into the muck.

Hand #205: Holmes raised it up to 4,000,000 and Aldemir defended the big blind. On a flop of    , Aldemir's check triggered a bet worth 5,800,000 by Holmes and a call by Aldemir. The   turn was checked around and the   river completed the board. Aldemir checked once more and Holmes made it 25,000 to go, which won the pot without showdown.

Hand #206: Aldemir limped in and Holmes checked to the     flop, on which the latter checked. The check back by Aldemir led them to the   turn and both checked it down once more. On the   river, Holmes eventually bet 4,000,000 and Aldemir folded.

George Holmes205,100,00013,200,000
Koray Aldemir194,200,000-13,200,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:48 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 8 hours ago)
WSOP 2021 | High-Stakes Legend Is 60th Hall Of Fame Inductee! | Interview

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:44 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 8 hours ago)
Hands #199-202: A Straight and Two Pair; Not Much Changed

Hand #199: George Holmes raised to 4,000,000 from the button and Koray Aldemir defended. The flop came    , they both checked to the   on the turn. Aldemir check-called the 3,000,000 bet of Holmes. The river completed the board with the   and they both checked. Holmes tabled the    for ace-high but Aldemir showed the    for the rivered straight and the pot.

Hand #200: Aldemir raised to 4,600,000 and Holmes called. The flop came    , they checked to the   on the turn. It went check-check again for them to see the   complete the board. Holmes bet 4,000,000 and Aldemir called but mucked when Holmes flipped over the    for two pair.

Hand #201: Holmes min-raised and that did not scare Aldemir away. The flop came    , Aldemir quickly checked but Holmes bet 3,500,000 which was enough to get Aldemir out of the hand.

Hand #202: Aldemir limped on the button and Holmes opted to check. The     flopped over and Holmes check-called the min-bet of Aldemir. The turn was the  , Holmes checked again. Aldemir bet 10,000,000 to get the fold.

Koray Aldemir207,400,000-1,600,000
George Holmes191,900,0001,600,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:33 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 8 hours ago)
Hands #196-198: Aldemir Leaps Back Into A Narrow Lead

Hand #196: Koray Aldemir limped in and George Holmes checked his option in the big blind. The     flop was checked by Holmes and Aldemir made it 2,000,000 to go. That prompted a fold from Holmes and Aldemir recovered some chips.

Hand #197: Holmes was next to limp from the button and Aldemir checked back to the     flop, which was quickly checked. On the   turn, both checked once more and that led to the   river. Aldemir bet 2,000,000 and received no call.

Hand #198: Aldemir made it 4,600,000 to go and Holmes filled up to see the     flop. Holmes checked and Aldemir made it 3,700,000 to go as Holmes came along to the   turn. Another check by Holmes followed and Aldemir checked it back to the   turn. Holmes now bet 6,400,000 and Aldemir took one minute and 20 seconds before raising it up to 24,100,000.

Holmes called after more than one minute of consideration and Aldemir won the large pot with    for queens and fours.

Koray Aldemir209,000,00040,400,000
George Holmes190,300,000-40,400,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:23 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 9 hours ago)
Hands #193-195: Biggest Pot of the Day Goes to Holmes

George Holmes

Hand #193: George Holmes limped in on the button but Koray Aldemir raised it up to 8,500,000 to get the fold.

Hand #194: Aldemir raised to 4,600,000 from the button and Holmes defended. The flop came down with the    , Holmes checked and so did Aldemir. The   on the turn didn't bring any betting action either so the   completed the board. They both checked again. Aldemir showed the    for the ace-kicker to claim the pot.

Hand #195: Holmes raised to 4,000,000 and Aldemir three-bet to 17,000,000. Holmes called.

The flop came    , Aldemir took a minute and barreled a bet of 10,000,000 out, Holmes raised it up to 28,000,000 after thinking about it for 44 seconds. Aldemir called after 47 seconds.

The turn was the   and Aldemir checked. Holmes did the same for the   to complete the board. Aldemir tanked for 74 seconds and then bet 9,000,000. Holmes raised to 24,000,000 after considering it for a minute. Aldemir called but Holmes held the    for two pair and the big pot.

George Holmes Chips Up
George Holmes Chips Up
George Holmes230,700,00062,400,000
Koray Aldemir168,600,000-62,400,000
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:11 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 9 hours ago)
Hands #189-192: Three Limped Pots Without Any Drama

Hand #189: George Holmes limped in and Koray Aldemir checked in the big blind. The     flop was checked and the   turn was checked through as well. On the   river, Aldemir checked the third street in a row and Holmes bet 3,000,000 in order to avoid a showdown, as Aldemir folded.

Hand #190: The next limped pot led to the     flop and neither player bet to see the   turn for free. Holmes checked and Aldemir bet 2,000,000 to win the pot.

Hand #191: Holmes min-raised and Aldemir called. The     flop went check, check, and the   turn completed a possible flush draw. Aldemir checked to Holmes and Holmes checked to the   river. The bet worth 8,800,000 by Aldemir won the pot, as Holmes folded within two seconds.

Hand #192: Aldemir limped and Holmes checked as the third limped pot within four hands headed to the     flop. Holmes checked to Aldemir, who bet for the minimum and received a call. The   turn brought a second flush draw and Holmes checked once more. Both players checked to the   river which was checked down, too. Holmes tabled the    for sixes and fours to drag in the pot.

Koray Aldemir231,000,0000
George Holmes168,300,0000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:03 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 9 hours ago)
Hands #186-188: Holmes Rivers the Higher Pair

Hand #186: Koray Aldemir completed his small blind and George Holmes opted to check. The flop came    , they both checked to the  . it was checked again to see the   complete the board. Holmes checked for the final time. Aldemir bet 3,000,000 for Holmes to fold.

Hand #187: Holmes raised to 4,000,000 and Aldemir defended. The flop came    , Aldemir check-called the 5,000,000 continuation-bet of Holmes.

The turn was the  , Aldemir quickly checked again. This time, Holmes decided to bet 7,000,000 for Aldemir to call. The   completed the board and Aldemir checked for the final time. Holmes did the same.

Aldemir tabled the    for the flopped pair of nines but Holmes held the    the higher pair he had rivered.

Hand #188: Aldemir raised to 4,600,000 and Holmes came along to the     flop. Holmes check-folded to the 3,700,000 continuation-bet of Aldemir.

Koray Aldemir231,000,000-7,400,000
George Holmes168,300,0007,400,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 5:54 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 9 hours ago)
Hands #183-185: Straight Flush for Aldemir

Koray Aldemir

Hand #183: George Holmes raised to 4,000,000 and Koray Aldemir filled up to see the     flop, which went check, check. On the   turn, Aldemir bet 4,000,000 and Holmes folded.

Hand #184: Aldemir opened to 4,600,000 on the button and Holmes defended. The flop brought     and Holmes opted to check, Aldemir bet 2,400,000 and received a call. After the   turn, both players checked to the   river and Holmes checked once more. Aldemir bet 8,000,000 and won the pot without showdown.

Hand #185: Holmes min-raised the button and Aldemir called. The     flop was checked and the   followed on the turn. Aldemir now bet for 5,200,000 and Holmes called as the   fell on the river. The check by Aldemir was followed by a check from Holmes who flashed the    for a flush with the four. However, Aldemir had the    for a straight flush to win the pot.

Koray Aldemir238,400,00022,200,000
George Holmes160,900,000-22,200,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 5:52 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 9 hours ago)
Master of Ceremonies Vince Vaughn Suffers Bad Beat in His First WSOP Tournament
Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn

Hollywood actor Vince Vaughn, the star of Swingers, Old School, Wedding Crashers, and Dodgeball, was recently announced as the "Master of Ceremonies" for the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Yesterday, he gave the traditional "shuffle up and deal" announcement at the final table of the WSOP Main Event, and on Wednesday he returned for several other promotional endeavors. Once finished, he took the opportunity to enter his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet tournament, Event #79: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty where every Poker Hall of Famer had a bounty on their head.

While not a member of the PHoF, Vaughn, too, had a target on his back as Jack Effel revealed the WSOP was putting a $10,000 bounty on the actor, much to the delight of players sat with him at Table 2 in the Brasilia Room.

How did he do? Find out here!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 5:45 PM Local Time (about 15 days and 9 hours ago)
Hands #180-182: Aldemir Bets All the Streets for the Chip Lead

Koray Aldemir

Hand #180: Koray Aldemir raised to 4,600,000 and George Holmes called. The flop came    , they both checked through it to the   on the turn. They both checked again for the   to complete the board. They checked again. The    of Holmes for the turned pair of sevens was enough to claim the pot.

Hand #181: Holmes raised to 4,000,000 for Aldemir to call. They both checked through the     on the flop and the   on the turn to the   on the river. Aldemir bet 3,400,000 for Holmes to fold.

Hand #182: Aldemir raised to 4,600,000 from the button and Holmes came along to the     flop. Holmes check-called the 3,000,000 continuation-bet of Aldemir.

The turn was the   for Holmes to check again. This time, Aldemir bet 12,400,000 for Holmes to call again.

The river completed the board with the  . Holmes checked for the final time. Aldemir took a minute and then barreled a bet of 36,000,000 over the line. Holmes contemplated his options for 129 seconds and then folded, revealing a   .

Koray Aldemir216,200,00021,400,000
George Holmes183,100,000-21,400,000
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