Wednesday, November 17, 2021 9:35 PM Local Time
Chad Himmelspach Wins First Bracelet and $270,877 in Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em
Chad Himmelspach of North Dakota earned his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet and a payday of $270,877 on Wednesday, Nov. 17 by taking down Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em after a roller-coaster three-hour heads-up battle against Germany's Stefan Reiser. Himmelspach had to get through a field of 1,191 players in a tournament that generated a total prize pool of $1,589,985.
Himmelspach, who previously had $93,065 in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob, entered the final table fourth in chips and stayed quiet in the early hours of Day 3. The eventual champion picked up steam by eliminating Tarun Gulati in sixth place when Gulati moved all-in with ace-nine. and Himmelspach re-jammed with pocket tens and held up.
Later, Himmelspach sent Day 2 chip leader Renmei Liu out in third when Liu moved in with queen-jack and Himmelspach called with pocket fives. Himmelspach's fives held up after the board ran out and he entered heads-up play with almost three-quarters of the chips in play.
Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Final Results
| ||PLACE||PLAYER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (USD)|
| ||1||Chad Himmelspach||United States||$270,877|
| ||2||Stefan Reiser||Germany||$167,418|
| ||3||Renmei Liu||Canada||$121,580|
| ||4||Kaue De Souza||Brazil||$89,344|
| ||5||Ori Hasson||Israel||$66,447|
| ||6||Tarun Gulati||United States||$50,021|
| ||7||Nicholas Hubers||United States||$38,121|
| ||8||Seth Evans||United States||$29,416|
| ||9||Louison Vincent||France||$22,986|
Intense Heads-Up Battle
Reiser, who was also after his maiden WSOP bracelet, quickly leveled out the playing field, including by catching a river bluff from his heads-up opponent. Reiser eventually took the chip lead and had Himmelspach down to a few big blinds at one moment.
The turning point came when Himmelspach picked up aces in the big blind and got it in against the pocket jacks of Reiser. The double-up gave him a lease on life and he used it to regain the chip lead and lean on his opponent.
Reiser eventually chipped down to a few big blinds himself and moved all-in with nine-three. Himmelspach called with pocket eights and Reiser couldn't catch a nine to stay alive. It would have been the second victory for Germany in the Amazon room on Wednesday, as Koray Aldemir a few yards away had been crowned the Main Event champion just minutes earlier.
In an interview with PokerNews, Himmelspach said he was "feeling good" about earning his biggest-ever tournament score, which was previously $30,730.
"It was (a) really back and forth (heads-up match), but, you know, we came through and had to stick it out," said Himmelspach.
Himmelspach noted that he had gotten down to a single blind toward the end of Day 1, "and I tripled up, and then doubled up again right away, and then I just rode it out."
"It's just a mindset," he said. "You're never really out of it. You always have a chance, you know. A chip and a chair. And you've just got to battle. It's a battle, you've got to battle it out and you can't give up."
Himmelspach's victory comes after years of dedication to the game. He told PokerNews he began playing poker in 2003 after the Moneymaker Boom and started off by making $5 and $10 deposits on online poker sites.
"So I've been kind of a veteran, actually, at this point, since 2003," he said. "It's kind of crazy."
That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em. Be sure to check out the team's coverage of other WSOP events in the meantime.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:44 PM Local Time
Stefan Reiser Eliminated in 2nd Place ($167,418)
Stefan Reiser was down to under 2,000,000 after folding to a raise on his big blind and moved all-in on the button. Chad Himmelspach called.
Reiser needed a nine to stay alive and didn't get much help from the flop. The on the turn didn't help him and the on the river sealed his fate as the second-place finisher for a score of $167,418.
"Good game, man," Himmelspach said as he shook his opponent's hand.
|Chad Himmelspach||29,775,000||3,800,000 |
|Stefan Reiser||0||-3,800,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:37 PM Local Time
Reiser Pays Off Himmelspach
Stefan Reiser limped, Chad Himmelspach made it 1,000,000 more and Reiser called.
Both players checked the flop to the turn . Himmelspach led for 1,500,000 and Reiser called.
On the river , Himmelspach bet 2,500,000 and Reiser called.
Himmelspach tabled for a straight and Reiser mucked.
|Chad Himmelspach||25,975,000||5,200,000 |
|Stefan Reiser||3,800,000||-5,200,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:29 PM Local Time
Reiser Staying Afloat
Chad Himmelspach opened to 1,300,000 and Stefan Reiser called.
Reiser checked on the flop and called a bet of 1,000,000 from Himmelspach. Reiser checked again on the turn and Himmelspach checked back.
Reiser checked a third time on the river and Himmelspach also checked. Reiser turned over for a rivered pair of fives and Himmelspach looked annoyed as he mucked.
|Chad Himmelspach||20,775,000||-3,200,000 |
|Stefan Reiser||9,000,000||3,200,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:22 PM Local Time
Himmelspach Clips Reiser With Queens
Stefan Reiser limped in and Chad Himmelspach made it 800,000 more to go. Reiser called and the flop came down .
Himmelspach continued for 800,000 and Reiser called to see the turn . Himmelspach bet again, this time 1,800,000 and Reiser called again.
The river was the , Himmelspach bet 3,000,000 and Reiser called. Himmelspach showed and Reiser mucked.
|Chad Himmelspach||23,975,000||9,975,000 |
|Stefan Reiser||5,800,000||-9,975,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:12 PM Local Time
Level 35 started
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:10 PM Local Time
Himmelspach and Reiser Near Even
Chad Himmelspach opened on the button and Stefan Reiser called.
Reiser checked on the flop and Himmelspach bet 600,000. Reiser raised to 1,800,000 and Himmelspach responded with a re-raise to 3,000,000. Reiser called.
Reiser checked on the turn and Himmelspach moved all-in for around 6,000,000. Reiser folded.
|Stefan Reiser||15,775,000||-5,125,000 |
|Chad Himmelspach||14,000,000||5,125,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:06 PM Local Time
Reiser Takes a Pair of Pots
Chad Himmelspach limped in and Stefan Reiser checked his option.
Both players checked down to the river . Himmelspach led for 500,000 and Reiser called. Himmelspach mucked his hand and Reiser dragged the pot without a showdown.
On the next hand, Reiser raised to 900,000 and Himmelspach called to see the flop .
Himmelspach check-folded to a bet of 600,000 and Reiser extended the lead.
|Stefan Reiser||20,900,000||2,125,000 |
|Chad Himmelspach||8,875,000||-2,125,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:59 PM Local Time
Reiser Back in Front
Stefan Reiser has won a series of small and medium pots to re-take the lead, including a hand where he opened to 900,000 on the button. Chad Himmelspach called.
Himmelspach led out with a bet of 800,000 on the flop and Reiser raised to 2,200,000. Himmelspach laid it down.
|Stefan Reiser||18,775,000||5,975,000 |
|Chad Himmelspach||11,000,000||-5,975,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:55 PM Local Time
Himmelspach Back in the Lead
Chad Himmelspach limped and Stefan Reiser checked his option.
The flop was , Reiser led for 400,000 and Himmelspach called.
Both players checked the turn to see the river .
Reiser check-called a bet of 1,000,000 and Himmelspach showed for a straight.
On the next hand, Reiser raised to 900,000 and Himmelspach called.
The flop was and Himmelspach bet 800,000. Reiser called.
On the turn , Himmelspach continued for 1,600,000 and Reiser called again.
Himmelspach sized up to 5,000,000 on the river and Reiser folded.
|Chad Himmelspach||16,975,000||5,975,000 |
|Stefan Reiser||12,800,000||-5,975,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:45 PM Local Time
Himmelspach Doubles With Aces
Stefan Reiser limped in on the button and Chad Himmelspach raised to 1,000,000. Reiser raised to put Himmelspach all-in for around 4,500,000 and he called.
Himmelspach was in a great spot to double up and did so as the board ran out .
|Stefan Reiser||18,775,000||-2,225,000 |
|Chad Himmelspach||11,000,000||1,225,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:36 PM Local Time
Himmelspach Takes a Few Small Pots
Stefan Reiser limped in and Chad Himmelspach shoved for about 7,500,000 and Reiser folded.
On the next hand, Himmelspach raised to 800,000 and Reiser called.
The flop was and Reiser check-folded to a bet of 600,000.
A few hands later, Reiser raised to 800,000 and Himmelspach called to see the flop .
Both players checked the turn and the river was the . Himmelspach led for 800,000 and Reiser folded.
|Stefan Reiser||21,000,000||-775,000 |
|Chad Himmelspach||9,775,000||1,775,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:28 PM Local Time
Reiser Increases Lead
Chad Himmelspach opened to 900,000 on the button and Stefan Reiser called.
Reiser checked on the flop and called a bet of 800,000 from Himmelspach. Reiser checked again on the turn and called a bet of 1,300,000 from his opponent.
The river brought the and Reiser led out with a bet of 3,300,000. Himmelspach immediately flicked his cards to the dealer.
|Stefan Reiser||21,775,000||3,250,000 |
|Chad Himmelspach||8,000,000||-3,250,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:24 PM Local Time
Flush Over Flush Puts Reiser Back in Front
Chad Himmelspach raised to 900,000 and Stefan Reiser called to see the flop.
Reiser check-raised a bet of 600,000 up to 1,800,000 and Himmelspach called.
The turn was the and Reiser continued for 1,600,000, Himmelspach called.
Reiser checked the river and Himmelspach fired 1,800,000.
Reiser called and Himmelspach tabled for a diamond flush but Reiser showed for a better flush and he regained the lead.
|Stefan Reiser||18,525,000||6,225,000 |
|Chad Himmelspach||11,250,000||-6,225,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:13 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:49 PM Local Time
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:32 PM Local Time
Players Taking Dinner Break
The remaining two players have agreed to take a 45-minute dinner break. They will return around 7:15 p.m. Pacific Time.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:30 PM Local Time
Himmelspach Back In Front
Chad Himmelspach raised to 650,000 and Stefan Reiser called.
The flop was and Reiser check-raised a bet of 400,000 up to 1,400,000.
Himmelspach called and they saw the turn .
Reiser sized up to 2,600,000, Himmelspach shoved and Reiser let it go.
|Chad Himmelspach||17,475,000||6,475,000 |
|Stefan Reiser||12,300,000||-6,475,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:22 PM Local Time
Flop Bet Wins It for Himmelspach
Stefan Reiser raised to 650,000 on the button and Chad Himmelspach three-bet to 1,400,000 in the big blind. Reiser called.
The flop came and Himmelspach continued with a bet of 1,000,000. Reiser folded.
|Stefan Reiser||18,775,000||2,025,000 |
|Chad Himmelspach||11,000,000||-2,025,000 |
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:14 PM Local Time
Himmelspach Clawing Back
After trading a few small pots, Chad Himmelspach limped in and Stefan Reiser raised to 1,000,000.
Himmelspach called and they saw the flop.
Reiser continued for 800,000 and Himmelspach raised to 1,800,000, prompting a quick fold from Reiser.
|Stefan Reiser||16,750,000||-3,625,000 |
|Chad Himmelspach||13,025,000||3,625,000 |