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

Sunday, November 14, 2021 to Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Event #74: Mixed Big Bet Event

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $471,700
  • Entries: 212
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 10:40 PM Local Time
Denis Strebkov Wins His Second WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix

Denis Strebkov

Russia's Denis Strebkov defeated Jerry Wong in heads-up play to win his second World Series of Poker title in Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix at the 2021 WSOP. Strebkov outlasted a field of 212 entries to win $117,898 and the gold bracelet.

This is Strebkov's second WSOP title, the first coming in 2019 in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. Strebkov found a great deal of success in 2019, making three final tables in mixed formats and winning one.

"I like the mixed format because I play a lot of games," Strebkov told PokerNews after the win. "I play a lot of mixed. I don't like to play hold'em but I like some other games where you can play a lot of hands and have more fun."

Strebkov was eager to build on his 2019 success, but travel restrictions related to COVID-19 made the 2021 WSOP a complicated trip that required a stop in Croatia to get the necessary vaccines.

"This is fantastic. I am glad I can play. I had a problem because the Russian vaccine is not approved here."

Strebkov is taking a moment to celebrate, but after going through the trouble to get to the United States, he plans to make more noise at the 2021 WSOP.

"I am just speechless right now. The second bracelet is very good! I am going to go to the Razz event right now. I am already thinking about the next one. I might play another Omaha tournament, but we will see how it's going."

2021 WSOP Event #74 Final Table Results

PlaceNameCountryPrize (USD)
1Denis StrebkovRussia$117,898
2Jerry WongUnited States$72,868
3Pearce ArnoldUnited States$48,864
4Richard BaiUnited States$33,583
5Shanmukha MerugaUnited States$23,670
6Patrik CiklaminiSlovakia$17,119
7Hooman NizadUnited States$12,715

Day 3 Action

Noah Boeken was the first to hit the rail on Day 3 when Strebkov drew the fourth ten in Five Card Draw High to send him home in 14th place. Amnon Filippi followed right behind in a Pot-Limit Omaha hand where Strebkov made two-pair to beat Filippi's pocket aces.

Shortly after the re-draw to two tables, Asher Lower hit the rail in 12th place in a hand of Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw when he caught a pair of fives on the last draw to lose to the ten-nine of Anthony Ribeiro.

Jordan Siegel was next to go after he got it in with pocket nines against the ace-king of Richard Bai. Bai flopped a straight and Siegel was out in 11th place. Jon Turner went home with a 10th-place finish after he got it in with ace-jack but Patrik Ciklamini looked him up with pocket aces.

Ciklamini went on to bust Scott Bohlman in ninth place when he called Bohlman's shove and caught a pair of twos score the elimination. Riberio was close behind in eighth after running into Wong's two-pair in Five Card Draw.

After the final table re-draw, Hooman Nizad fell in seventh place in a Big O hand when Bai made a pair of aces to beat his pocket kings. Cinkamini was out in sixth after shoving with ace-eight against Strebkov's ace-queen. Shanmukha Meruga managed to ladder up in the process, but he ran out of time after being forced all-in on his big blind, and Bai stepped in to finish the job with tens full of nines in a hand of Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better.

Bai was the next out after tangling with Wong in a hand of Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw. The fourth-place finisher got it in and drew to a seven, but a queen on the third draw lost to Wong's eight-seven. Pearce Arnold finished third after running into Strebkov's nut flush in a hand of Big O.

Heads-up play started with both players close to even, but Wong took a big hit early when he made a failed attempt to bet Strebkov off of a flush. The big moment came just a short time later when Strebkov made three eights in Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better and Wong missed his last chance at a low draw.

Denis Strebkov
Denis Strebkov on Day 3 of the 2021 Big Bet Mix Event.

Congratulations to Denis Strebkov for winning his second bracelet in Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix. Be sure to keep it here throughout the rest of the series for updates on all of your favorite events from the PokerNews live reporting team.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9:20 PM Local Time
Jerry Wong Eliminated in 2nd Place ($72,868)

Jerry Wong

Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better

With his chip stack now slightly over a million, Jerry Wong raised to 150,000 on the button/small blind and was called by Denis Strebkov in the big blind.

The duo saw a flop of    , and Strebkov checked to Wong who bet 350,000. Strebkov check-raised all-in and Wong called.

Jerry Wong:     
Denis Strebkov:     

Wong's queens were behind Strebkov's trip eights, but he did have a low draw. Unfortunately for Wong, the   and   fell, giving Strebkov the victory and ending Wong's day in second place.

Denis Strebkov7,420,0001,020,000
Jerry Wong0-980,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9:11 PM Local Time
Wong Quarters Strebkov

Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better

Denis Strebkov raised to 120,000 from the button and Jerry Wong three-bet to 360,000. Denis Strebkov placed a column of green chips in the middle to put Wong all-in and he called.

Jerry Wong:     
Denis Strebkov:     

The board ran out       and the players split the high with their kings, while Wong took the low pot to quarter Strebkov.

Denis Strebkov6,400,000-120,000
Jerry Wong980,00080,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9:04 PM Local Time
Wong On the Comeback Trail

No-Limit Hold'em

Jerry Wong and Denis Strebkov took a limped pot to a flop of    .

Strebkov checked, and Wong bet 40,000 on the button. Strebkov then check-raised Wong to 110,000. Wong called.

The turn brought the   and again Strebkov checked. Wong bet again, this time for 75,000. Strebkov just called.

On the   river, Strebkov checked once more and Wong moved all-in for his last 395,000. Strebkov faced another tough decision, but this time he opted to fold.

With the win, Wong has crept back toward one million chips.

Denis Strebkov6,520,000-530,000
Jerry Wong900,000530,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 8:52 PM Local Time
Wong Takes a Big Hit

No-Limit Hold'em

Jerry Wong raised to 90,000 from the button and Denis Strebkov called.

The flop was     and Strebkov checked. Wong bet 100,000 and Strebkov check-called.

The turn was   and Strebkov checked again. Wong continued for 160,000 and Strebkov check-raised to 460,000. Wong called and the river was  .

Strebkov bet 860,000 on the river and Wong went into the tank. After several minutes he shoved with Strebkov covered. Strebkov took his turn in the tank for several minutes before calling with   . Wong turned over    and Strebkov dragged a huge pot with the flush.

Denis Strebkov7,050,0003,695,000
Jerry Wong370,000-3,700,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 8:39 PM Local Time
Pearce Arnold Eliminated in 3rd Place ($48,864)

Pearce Arnold

Big O

Denis Strebkov raised to 100,000 on the button and Pearce Arnold called in the big blind with approximately 350,000 behind.

On the     flop, Pearce bet the pot, and Strebkov moved him all-in, which Pearce called.

Pearce Arnold:      
Denis Strebkov:      

The   quickly fell on the turn, giving Strebkov the nut flush. Arnold was still drawing live to a low to chop the pot, but the   fell on the river, ending his tournament in third place.

After a short impromptu break, Strebkov and Jerry Wong have agreed to pass on taking a dinner break, and will now play it out for the bracelet and $117,898 first prize.

Jerry Wong4,070,000-210,000
Denis Strebkov3,355,000390,000
Pearce Arnold0-300,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 8:23 PM Local Time
Richard Bai Eliminated in 4th Place ($33,583)

Richard Bai

Richard Bai raised to 120,000 from the button and Jerry Wong bet the pot for 400,000 from the small blind. Bai called and drew two while Wong took one.

Wong bet pot on the first draw for 880,000. Bai shoved his last 1,280,000 and Wong called.

Bai drew one on each of the last two draws while Wong stood pat for both.

Wong turned over      . Bai had      and he peeled a   to lose the pot and hit the rail in fourth place for $33,583.

Jerry Wong4,280,0002,080,000
Richard Bai0-2,145,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 8:15 PM Local Time
Wong Pressures Pearce

Pot-Limit Omaha

Jerry Wong limped in from the small blind and Pearce Arnold checked his option in the big blind.

The players checked the     flop, then on the   turn, Wong led out for 80,000. Arnold called, leaving himself about 300,000 in his stack.

The   paired the board on the river, and Wong bet the size of the pot, 280,000, which was most of Arnold's remaining stack.

Arnold didn't take long to fold, preserving the shortest stack of the remaining four players.

Jerry Wong2,200,000300,000
Pearce Arnold300,0000
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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 8:00 PM Local Time
Level 26 started
Level: 26
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 7:56 PM Local Time
Shanmukha Meruga Eliminated in 5th Place ($23,670)

Shanmukha Meruga

Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better

Shanmukha Meruga was all-in for 60,000, exactly enough to cover the big blind and the ante. Richard Bai came along from the next seat over while Pearce Arnold and Denis Strebkov called from the button and small blind, respectively.

The flop came     and Strebkov bet 45,000. Bai called and Arnold folded.

The turn was   and Strebkov checked. Bai bet 100,000 and Strebkov folded to leave Bai alone with Meruga.

Meruga turned over      for a pair of kings, but Bai had      for tens full of nines. The river was   and no help to keep Meruga from being eliminated in fifth place for $23,670.

Denis Strebkov2,965,00065,000
Richard Bai2,145,000-455,000
Pearce Arnold300,000-475,000
Shanmukha Meruga0-60,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 7:43 PM Local Time
Strebkov and Wong Battle With Their Big Stacks

No-Limit Hold'em

Denis Strekov raised to 70,000 in the cutoff and was called in the big blind by Jerry Wong.

On a flop of    , Wong check-called a bet of 150,000 from Strebov to see the   fall on the turn.

Wong checked again, and Strebkov cranked up his bet size to 375,000. Again, Wong called and a big pot was brewing.

On the river  , Wong checked once more and Strebkov didn't stop betting. He pushed forward 500,000, to which Wong quickly folded.

Not long after though, the duo would battle again...

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Wong opened to 100,000 from first position and was three-bet to 400,000 by Strebkov on the button.

Wong then went deep into the tank before moving all-in for a little under 1.3 million chips.

Of note, Shanmukha Meruga was in the small blind with just 60,000 chips, so this bet meant business with potential payout implications.

Strebkov thought for about three minutes before ultimately folding and returning some of the chips from the previous hand to Wong.

Denis Strebkov2,900,000-320,000
Jerry Wong1,900,000400,000
Shanmukha Meruga60,000-229,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 7:28 PM Local Time
Patrik Ciklamini Eliminated in 6th Place ($17,119)

Patrick Ciklamini

No-Limit Hold'em

Patrik Ciklamini shoved his last 260,000 into the middle and Denis Strebkov was the lone caller.

Patrik Ciklamini:   
Denis Strebkov:   

The board ran out       and Strebkov's ace-queen held on to eliminate Ciklamini from the tournament in sixth place for $17,119.

Denis Strebkov3,220,000733,000
Patrik Ciklamini0-427,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 7:16 PM Local Time
Hooman Nizad Eliminated in 7th Place ($12,715)

Hooman Nizad

Big O

Richard Bai raised in first position to 90,000 and was called by Hooman Nizad directly to his left.

The flop came     and Bai quickly bet the size of the pot, 260,000. Nizad thought for about three minutes before finally moving all-in for a little under 600,000. Bai quickly called.

Hooman Nizad:      
Richard Bai:      

Both players had the nut low draw, but Bai also had a pair of aces versus Nizad's pair of kings.

The turn brought the  , and the river came the   with Bai's aces and queens winning him a massive pot to vault him well over two million chips.

Richard Bai2,600,0001,475,000
Hooman Nizad0-848,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:50 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Level: 25
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:41 PM Local Time
Chip Counts At Break
Denis Strebkov2,487,00047,000
Jerry Wong1,500,000-80,000
Richard Bai1,125,000-25,000
Hooman Nizad848,000458,000
Pearce Arnold775,000240,000
Patrik Ciklamini427,000-83,000
Shanmukha Meruga289,000-28,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:37 PM Local Time
Wong Takes from Arnold

Pot-Limit Omaha

Jerry Wong raised to 72,000 from the small blind and Pearce Arnold called from the big blind.

The flop was     and Wong checked. Arnold bet 100,000 and Wong called.

The turn was   and both players checked to see   on the river.

Wong checked and Arnold bet 150,000. Wong called quickly and turned over      for a straight. Arnold mucked the losing hand.

Jerry Wong1,580,000230,000
Pearce Arnold535,000-455,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:35 PM Local Time
Player Break

The final seven players are now on their second 15-minute break of the evening.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:26 PM Local Time
Bai Brings the Pressure to Strebkov

Pot-Limit Omaha

In the big blind, Richard Bai called a raise from Denis Strebkov on the button.

The flop came    , and the action was checked through. On the   turn however, Bai led out for 80,000 but Strebov called.

The river brought the  , and Bai fired once more, this time for 240,000. Strebkov took his time to think, but ultimately folded, awarding the pot to Bai.

Denis Strebkov2,440,000-150,000
Richard Bai1,150,00050,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:15 PM Local Time
Final Table Seat Draw
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
Amazon 4061Shanmukha Meruga317,000
Amazon 4062Richard Bai1,100,000
Amazon 4063Hooman Nizad390,000
Amazon 4064Patrik Ciklamini510,000
Amazon 4065Jerry Wong1,350,000
Amazon 4066Pearce Arnold990,000
Amazon 4067Denis Strebkov2,590,000
Denis Strebkov2,590,00070,000
Jerry Wong1,350,000-88,000
Richard Bai1,100,000285,000
Pearce Arnold990,000500,000
Patrik Ciklamini510,000-15,000
Hooman Nizad390,000-370,000
Shanmukha Meruga317,000-278,000