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

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 to Friday, November 12, 2021

Event #69: Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $496,620
  • Entries: 372
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, November 13, 2021 4:08 AM Local Time
Mission Accomplished: Jermaine Reid Wins Event #69: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Jermaine Reid

Jermaine Reid had some bad news for people watching him from back home in New York City that he was about to bust out. But things didn't quite work out that way for the newest World Series of Poker champion in Event #69: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

Reid defeated Peder Berge heads-up following a marathon final table to win his first WSOP bracelet and the $113,459 top prize. A regular in the cash games at the Borgata in Atlantic City, it was the culmination of a dream Reid had for himself.

"It means a lot. It is something I set out to do this year," Reid shared with PokerNews after his victory. "I really didn't think I would accomplish it. It was just a stretch goal. So I'm very, very surprised I actually got it. It feels amazing. The money is irrelevant. The bracelet is everything."

It almost never happened. Reid came back from the dinner break at the bottom of the leaderboard among the four remaining players. He expected to be eliminated and told everyone he would soon be on his way back home.

"I expected to go out in fifth place," Reid said. "In fact, I sent out a message to my girlfriend saying, sorry, bad news. Things just turned around. I just got very lucky. Very, very lucky."

Final Table Results

1Jermaine ReidUnited States$113,459
2Peder BergeUnited States$70,126
3John HoangUnited States$48,138
4John MonnetteUnited States$33,734
5Esther TaylorUnited States$24,145
6Carol FuchsUnited States$17,658
7Espen SandvikNorway$13,202
8John RacenerUnited States$10,095

Day 3 Action

Day 3 began with 13 players remaining out of a starting field of 372. Joseph Kupresanin, Richard Bremer, Glenn Cozen, Perry Friedman, and Joe Ranciato all hit the rail early in the day, bringing the field down to the final table of eight.

John Racener, who began the day as chip leader, was eliminated in eighth place, followed by bracelet winners Espen Sandvik (seventh) and Carol Fuchs (sixth). Esther Taylor, making her sixth WSOP final table appearance, would be the next to fail, but not before some controversy.

Taylor was involved in a big pot against John Monnette that went to seventh street. Taylor had just 10,000 chips behind and received the  . When the dealer gave her the card, it hit her chip stack in the middle and flipped over. Monnette protested, and after a long pause, as a tournament official was called, it was ruled the card must be replaced.

Taylor failed to improve on the hand and was eliminated soon after. Monnette himself would finish in fourth place, just missing out on his fifth bracelet and second this year, but not before having some choice words for the dealers.

Esther Taylor
Esther Taylor

Then came the marathon three-handed session, as Reid, Berge, and John Hoang exchanged chips for more than three hours. Finally, in an all-in pot between Berge and Hoang, Berge turned up the   to go with his        to make a full house and beat Hoang's        .

Heads-up play would take nearly another two hours before Reid made a straight with         to beat Berge's         for two pair.

Reid nearly went wire-to-wire in the tournament. He had the chip lead after Day 1 and kept that momentum all the way to the end. Even more remarkably, he did it while also working his day job. Reid is Vice President of Global Integration Systems at a tech company in New York. With the three-hour time difference between New York and Las Vegas, he worked during the day and finished just as this tournament was starting.

He was also in a hurry to leave the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. He expected to be at the airport to fly back to New York by 9 p.m. PST. He managed to reschedule for 7 a.m., just four hours after the tournament was completed.

He now has a piece of gold jewelry to carry in his luggage.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 3:03 AM Local Time
Peder Berge Eliminated in 2nd Place ($70,126)

Peder Berge

Peder Berge:   /    / 
Jermaine Reid:   /    / 

Peder Berge and Jermaine Reid went to sixth street when Berge bet and Reid raised. Berge called the bet, then raised when Reid bet on seventh. Reid re-raised to put Berge all in, and Berge called.

Berge finished with     for two pair, queens and deuces. Reid showed     for a straight to win the pot, eliminating Berge in second place.

Jermaine Reid9,300,0001,500,000
Peder Berge0-1,500,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 2:55 AM Local Time
Terrifying Boards Lead to Huge Pot

On third street, Peder Berge opted to open for a completion showing the   and was raised by Jermaine Reid holding the  . Berge called to see fourth street, then called another bet from Reid.

On fifth street, Reid had the betting lead and did so, but was then raised by Berge. Reid called.

Sixth street saw Berge make a pair of sevens and now have the betting lead. He indeed bet and Reid called.

The players' action-inducing boards read,

Peder Berge:   /    / 
Jermaine Reid:   /    / 

Action was checked through on seventh street and Reid showed     for two pair, nines and eights which was enough for the win.

Jermaine Reid7,800,0002,000,000
Peder Berge1,500,000-2,000,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 2:39 AM Local Time
Reid Fights Back Into the Lead

Jermaine Reid:   /   
Peder Berge:   /    - folded

Peder Berge completed and called after Jermaine Reid raised. Berge bet his pair of deuces on fourth and Reid called. On fifth, Berge bet again but folded when Reid raised.

The next hand, Berge completed again with the   and finished with      showing. He bet on every street and Reid called with      on his board.

"I have nothing," Berge said on seventh. Reid showed     for a pair of aces to take the pot.

Jermaine Reid5,800,0001,700,000
Peder Berge3,500,000-1,700,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 2:34 AM Local Time
Berge Spikes Sixth to Double Up

Peder Berge

Peder Berge and Jermaine Reid traded raises back and forth through fourth, fifth and sixth streets until Berge was all-in.

Peder Berge:   /    
Jermaine Reid:   /    

Reid thought he was in great shape and on the verge of a bracelet as he showed    in the hole for two pair, aces and kings, but the queen Berge hit on sixth street had given him trips to go with the    he had in the hole.

Reid couldn't improve on seventh street with the  , giving Berge a double-up and the chip lead.

Peder Berge5,200,0003,125,000
Jermaine Reid4,100,000-3,125,000
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Saturday, November 13, 2021 2:14 AM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Saturday, November 13, 2021 2:10 AM Local Time
Quick Break

The players have taken a short five-minute break before proceeding with Level 34 and limits of 250,000 and 500,000.

Jermaine Reid7,225,000-575,000
Peder Berge2,075,000575,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 2:05 AM Local Time
Reid Pulling Away

Jermaine Reid:   /    / 
Peder Berge:   /    / 

Peder Berge completed, then called down to seventh street as Jermaine Reid bet. On seventh, Reid had a pair of threes showing and bet.

"I can't beat that," Berge said as he folded.

Shortly afterward, Berge bet on every street with      showing. Reid called and turned over        for a flush, beating Berge's trip sixes.

Jermaine Reid7,800,0002,200,000
Peder Berge1,500,000-2,200,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 1:59 AM Local Time
Just a Couple of Guys Playing Some Cards

Heads Up

After the excitement and craziness during Day 4 of the Main Event that was played around them all day, the scene of Peder Berge and Jermaine Reid dueling heads-up for a bracelet in the empty Amazon room is certainly one of the most surreal ones you'll ever see at the World Series of Poker.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 1:56 AM Local Time
Reid Takes a Big One From Berge

Jermaine Reid:   /    / 
Peder Berge:   /    / 

Betting went back and forth with a large pot built by the time cards were shown down after seventh street.

Reid first defended his bring-in to a completion from Berge, then check-called bets on fourth and fifth streets, before taking the lead on sixth.

The players then checked seventh street, and Reid announced "two pair" as he showed     for sevens and deuces, while Berge could only show a pair of losing tens.

Jermaine Reid5,600,0001,600,000
Peder Berge3,700,000-1,600,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, November 13, 2021 1:40 AM Local Time
Berge Strikes First

Peder Berge:   /  
Jermaine Reid:   /   - folded

Jermaine Reid completed with the   and called when Peder Berge raised. Berge bet again on fourth street and Reid used his cards to push his chips over to Berge, handing him the pot.

Peder Berge5,300,000200,000
Jermaine Reid4,000,000-200,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 1:34 AM Local Time
John Hoang Eliminated In 3rd Place ($48,138)

John Hoang

John Hoang has just been eliminated from the tournament in a brutal fashion by Peder Berge.

On third street, Hoang brought in, then called a completion from Berge.

On fourth street, Berge check-called a bet from Hoang, who was getting short.

Fifth street witnessed Berge take the opportunity to bet first, which got a call from Hoang.

Berge then bet again on sixth street, and Hoang frustratedly smashed his last stack of chips forward to put his tournament life at risk.

John Hoang:   /    / 
Peder Berge:   /    / 

Hoang feared he may have been dead to trip jacks, but was thrilled to see his rolled up fours were actually the best hand.

Hoang opened an inconsequential   on seventh street, but then Berge slowly peeked at his final card and said, "I have three aces" as he flipped up the   to drive a proverbial dagger into Hoang, ending his tournament with a horrific bad beat.

Peder Berge5,100,0001,700,000
Jermaine Reid4,200,000-300,000
John Hoang0-1,400,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 1:21 AM Local Time
Three See Fourth Street

Jermaine Reid:   /   
John Hoang:   /    - folded
Peder Berge:   /   - folded

Peder Berge called before John Hoang completed. Berge called, as did Jermaine Reid. Hoang bet on fourth street and Reid hung around while Berge folded.

Reid took the lead on fifth street with a bet and Hoang quickly let go out of his hand.

Jermaine Reid4,500,000750,000
Peder Berge3,400,000500,000
John Hoang1,400,000-750,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 1:15 AM Local Time
Fatigue Leads to Costly Calls, Hoang Doubles

John Hoang

On third street, Peder Berge brought in, and John Hoang limped behind.

Hoang then led out on fourth and fifth streets, with Berge calling on each.

On sixth street, Hoang bet again, leaving himself just 210,000 behind, less than one big bet. Berge somewhat lackadaisically put forward a call.

"Just call?" Asked Hoang.

"Yeah, I don't wanna put you in", replied Berge.

Before seventh street was dealt, Hoang bet his last 210,000 dark, and Berge turned up his cards, showing         for a pair of jacks.

Hoang questioned whether Berge was calling, to which Berge said, "sure, yeah" and cut out the 210,000.

Hoang immediately showed         for two pair, kings and sixes.

As Berge's chips were pushed to Hoang, Berge muttered to himself "that was stupid."

Peder Berge2,900,000-800,000
John Hoang2,150,0001,050,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 1:05 AM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, November 13, 2021 12:48 AM Local Time
Reid Takes the Chip Lead

Jermaine Reid

Jermaine Reid:   /    / 
Peder Berge:   /    / 

Peder Berge completed and Jermaine Reid called. Reid caught a pair of eights on fourth street and led out. Berge called, then called bets on fifth and sixth.

Reid bet again on seventh and Berge called. "Full house," Reid announced, showing     for eights full of nines.

Berge showed an ace and a four for a straight before mucking as Reid narrowly took the tournament chip lead.

Jermaine Reid3,750,000650,000
Peder Berge3,700,000-1,400,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 12:41 AM Local Time

A word that hasn't been uttered in a non all-in pot in quite some time was just spoken in a big pot between John Hoang and Peder Berge.

Hoang defended his bring-in versus a completion from Berge, then after making a pair of deuces on fourth street, he bet and was called by Berge who held the   /  .

On fifth street, Hoang continued the aggression with another bet after being given the  . However, now showing the     as his up cards, Berge announced a raise, which at this level was to 600,000.

Hoang gave it a bit of thought but then folded, with Berge saying afterward he had started the hand with buried tens and made trips on fifth street.

Peder Berge5,100,0001,200,000
Jermaine Reid3,100,000400,000
John Hoang1,100,000-650,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 12:26 AM Local Time
Hoang Fills Up to Double

John Hoang

John Hoang:   /    / 
Jermaine Reid:   /    / 

Jermaine Reid completed and John Hoang called. Hoang made a pair of sixes on fourth but threw his arms up in the air when Reid made a pair of kings. He called a bet and another on fifth.

Hoang took the lead with an all-in bet on sixth and Reid called. Hoang waited for Reid to turn over his     first before he showed     for a full house, sixes full of aces, to beat Reid's two pair.

Jermaine Reid2,700,000-1,420,000
John Hoang1,750,000450,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 12:13 AM Local Time
Betting and Calling and Seventh Street, Oh My!

In the first hand back from break featured the first pot to go to seventh street in quite some time with Jermaine Reid the beneficiary.

Reid called a bet on fourth street from John Hoang, then with the betting lead on fifth and sixth, led out into Hoang and got a pair of calls.

Jermaine Reid:   /    / 
John Hoang:   /    / 

On seventh street the players each checked, but a large pot was there to be claimed.

Reid turned over the     for a pair of eights, which was enough to win the pot and move him over four million in chips.

Jermaine Reid4,120,000830,000
Peder Berge3,900,000-50,000
John Hoang1,300,000-760,000
Saturday, November 13, 2021 12:04 AM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander