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

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 to Thursday, November 18, 2021

Event #78: Razz Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,016,425
  • Entries: 109
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, November 18, 2021 3:40 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Soars to the Top, Hellmuth Still Alive in Razz Championship

Yuri Dzivielevski

After seven 90-minute levels of play, just 13 of the 63 players that started the day have advanced to Day 3 of Event #78: $10,000 Razz Championship.

Yuri Dzivielevski snagged the Day 2 chip lead and he was the only player to bag over 1 million chips (1,126,000). Dzivielevski began his run to the chip lead with a series of big pots on the bubble and kept on cruising through the rest of the night.

Not far behind the Brazilian though are Yehuda Buchalter (874,000), John Monnette (861,000), and Erik Sagstrom (845,000).

The dream of a 17th bracelet is still alive in 2021 for Phil Hellmuth as advanced to Day 3. Despite some great reads, a late swoon in the night leaves him with plenty of work Thursday to build up his 133,000 chips.

End of Day 2 Chip Counts

1Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil1,126,000
2Yehuda BuchalterUnited States874,000
3John MonnetteUnited States861,000
4Erik SagstromSweden845,000
5Roland IsraelashviliUnited States647,000
6Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom552,000
7Shirley RosarioUnited States398,000
8Brad RubenUnited States316,000
9Carlos Chadha-VillamarinUnited States299,000
10Everett CarltonUnited States231,000
11Erik SeidelUnited States227,000
12Phil HellmuthUnited States133,000
13Matt VengrinUnited States54,000

The final 13 players are all in the money, along with Brian Rast (17th place), Long Tran (16th place), David Benyamine (15th place), and John Racener (14th place), who all received the min-cash of $16,299.

The 109 total entries created a total prize pool of $1,016,425, and Thursday the final 13 will be vying for the top prize of $274,693 and a WSOP gold bracelet.

Those not fortunate enough to have made the money included Day 1 chip leader Jeff Lisandro, 2019 champion Scott Seiver, and 2021 WSOP Player of the Year contenders Shaun Deeb, and Jake Schwartz.

Lengthy Bubble Leads to Delayed Restart

The bubble burst after the dinner break when David Singer fell in a pot to Brad Ruben, who battled from a short stack much of the day before finishing the day with 316,000 chips.

Getting to that bubble was a somewhat lengthy affair, with hand-for-hand play adding over a half-hour to the night's play. As a result, a 3 pm local time restart on Thursday in the gold section of the Amazon room was announced for Day 3.

Play will begin at Level 18 with limits of 20,000 and 40,000, and PokerNews will have you covered for all the action Thursday as another World Series of Poker Champion is crowned at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 3:14 AM Local Time
Day 3 Seat Draw
Amazon4062Erik SagstromSweden845,000
Amazon4063Phil HellmuthUnited States133,000
Amazon4064Shirley RosarioUnited States398,000
Amazon4065Roland IsraelashviliUnited States647,000
Amazon4066Erik SeidelUnited States227,000
Amazon4067Carlos Chadha-VillamarinUnited States299,000
Amazon4141Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom552,000
Amazon4142Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil1,126,000
Amazon4143Yehuda BuchalterUnited States874,000
Amazon4144John MonnetteUnited States861,000
Amazon4145Brad RubenUnited States316,000
Amazon4146Matt VengrinUnited States54,000
Amazon4148Everett CarltonUnited States231,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 3:07 AM Local Time
End of Day 2 Chip Counts
Yuri Dzivielevski1,126,000346,000
Yehuda Buchalter874,000284,000
John Monnette861,000111,000
Erik Sagstrom845,00014,000
Roland Israelashvili647,00097,000
Benny Glaser552,000-58,000
Shirley Rosario398,000153,000
Brad Ruben316,000-114,000
Carlos Villamarin299,000-126,000
Everett Carlton231,000-99,000
Erik Seidel227,000-65,000
Phil Hellmuth133,000-252,000
Matt Vengrin54,000-176,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 3:04 AM Local Time
Play Done For The Day

The remaining 13 players are now bagging and tagging for the evening.

Stay tuned for a recap of the day's events.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:59 AM Local Time
John Racener Eliminated in 14th Place ($16,299)

John Racener

John Racener:   /   
Erik Sagstrom:   /   

After completing on third street, and getting called by Erik Sagstrom, Racener bet again on fourth and got called, then got he rest of his chips in on fifth.

Sagstrom quickly caught a   and a   to make a six-five, while Racener paired his  , ending his tournament in 14th place.

Erik Sagstrom831,000402,000
John Racener0-105,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:48 AM Local Time
David Benyamine Eliminated in 15th Place ($16,299)

David Benyamine

David Benyamine:   /    / 
Carlos Villamarin:   /    / 

Carlos Villamarin completed and David Benyamine raised. The action folded back to Villamarin, who called.

Villamarin called a bet from Benyamine on fourth street and then raised a bet from Benyamine on fifth. Benyamine called.

Villamarin continued to bet the rest of the way and Benyamine called all-in on seventh.

Benyamine tabled     for an eighty-seven, but it was no good against the     of Villamarin for an eighty-six, and Benyamine was eliminated.

Carlos Villamarin425,000265,000
David Benyamine0-305,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:40 AM Local Time
Racener Doubles Through Vengrin

John Racener got the last of his approximately 30,000 chips in on third street versus Matt Vengrin.

John Racener:    /    
Matt Vengrin:    /    

Racener ran out a ten low while Vengrin paired twice to give Racener the double-up.

Racener has since won a couple of small pots to boost his stack back over 100,000.

Matt Vengrin230,000-240,000
John Racener105,00023,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:10 AM Local Time
Poker Home Game Player Wins $4,000,000 in Main Event
Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:07 AM Local Time
Buchalter Leaves Racener With Crumbs

Yehuda Buchalter:   /    / 
John Racener:   /    /  - folded on seventh streeth

Catching up on fifth street, Yehuda Buchalter called a bet from John Racener and then Racener called a bet from Buchalter on sixth.

Buchalter bet again on seventh — sending Racener into the tank. Racener eventually decided to let his hand go and was left with just 82,000 in chips behind.

Yehuda Buchalter590,000200,000
John Racener82,000-158,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:49 AM Local Time
Israelashvili Contines to Climb

Phil Hellmuth:   /     - folded on sixth street
Roland Israelashvili:   /    
Carlos Villamarin:   /    - folded on fifth street

Roland Israelashvili completed and Carlos Villamarin raised. Phil Hellmuth called cold and Israelashvili called as well.

Hellmuth and Villamarin called a bet from Israelashvili on fourth street and Israelashvili bet again on fifth. Villamarin folded but Hellmuth called.

"I want to raise you, but won't," Hellmuth said.

Israelashvili bet again on sixth, which sent Hellmuth out of his seat. Hellmuth folded after a bit of ranting.

Israelashvili revealed a lone   and said, "That's the good one," as he collected the pot.

Roland Israelashvili550,00050,000
Phil Hellmuth385,000-112,000
Carlos Villamarin160,000-50,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:38 AM Local Time
Long Tran Eliminated in 16th Place ($16,299)

Long Tran

Long Tran was all in against Roland Israelashvili.

Tran had nine-low board while Israelashvili had a         board in front of him for an eight-low — eliminating Tran in 16th place.

Roland Israelashvili500,000131,000
Long Tran0-67,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:27 AM Local Time
Level 17 started
Level: 17
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:17 AM Local Time
Last Break of The Day

The remaining 16 players are now on their final 10-minute break of the day.

Yuri Dzivielevski780,00050,000
John Monnette750,00070,000
Benny Glaser610,000-51,000
Phil Hellmuth497,000-28,000
Matt Vengrin470,00044,000
Brad Ruben430,000-65,000
Erik Sagstrom429,00091,000
Yehuda Buchalter390,000-138,000
Roland Israelashvili369,00039,000
Everett Carlton330,000-2,000
David Benyamine305,000152,000
Erik Seidel292,000-23,000
Shirley Rosario245,000-57,000
John Racener240,00029,000
Carlos Villamarin210,0004,000
Long Tran67,000-158,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:15 AM Local Time
"I Think You Have A Nine"

Phil Hellmuth:   /   
Erik Sagstrom:   /   

Erik Sagstrom completed in late position and was quickly raised by Phil Hellmuth who said "I think you have a nine" as he tossed forward his raising chips.

Sagstrom made the call, then check-called a bet from Hellmuth on fourth street.

On fifth street, Sagstrom caught good again, while Hellmuth caught bad. Sagstrom bet and Hellmuth begrudgingly folded.

As Hellmuth mucked his cards, Sagstrom flashed his hole cards, showing he indeed had a nine with   .

Phil Hellmuth525,000-45,000
Erik Sagstrom338,00078,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:53 AM Local Time
Final Two Table Redraw and Chip Counts
SeatTable 430Table 439
1David BenyamineBenny Glaser
2Erik SagstromYuri Dzivielevski
3Phil HellmuthYehuda Buchalter
4Shirley RosarioJohn Monnette
5Roland IsraelashviliBrad Ruben
6Erik SeidelMatt Vengrin
7Carlos VillamarinJohn Racener
8Long TranEverett Carlton
Yuri Dzivielevski730,000-63,000
John Monnette680,000370,000
Benny Glaser661,000-229,000
Phil Hellmuth570,00070,000
Yehuda Buchalter528,00098,000
Brad Ruben495,0000
Matt Vengrin426,00096,000
Everett Carlton332,00072,000
Roland Israelashvili330,000-120,000
Erik Seidel315,000107,000
Shirley Rosario302,000-68,000
Erik Sagstrom260,000-110,000
Long Tran225,000-145,000
John Racener211,000-264,000
Carlos Villamarin206,000-4,000
David Benyamine153,000-17,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:44 AM Local Time
Brian Rast Eliminated in 17th Place ($16,299)

Brian Rast

Brian Rast:   /    / 
David Benyamine:   /    / 
Brad Ruben:   /    / 

Brian Rast was all in on third street against David Benyamine and Brad Ruben.

Benyamine called bets from Ruben on fourth street through sixth street and then both players checked on the the end.

Rast held    in the hole and was dealt a   for an eight. Ruben held    in the hole and was dealt a   — leaving him best with a seven.

Benyamine mucked and Rast was eliminated.

Brad Ruben495,000160,000
David Benyamine170,000-191,000
Brian Rast0-42,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:33 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Continues To Rise

Nobody flourished on the bubble more than Yuri Dzivielevski, as he took down another big pot as the bubble was bursting.

Yuri Dzivielevski:   /    / 
Shirley Rosario:   /    / 

The action was picked up on sixth street with several bets already in the middle, given each of their strong boards. Despite pairing her ace, Rosario put out another bet after Dzivielevski checked to her.

On seventh street, Rosario fired once more after Dzivielevski checked. She was quickly called and showed     for a ten-eight.

Dzivielevski showed     for a seven-six to drag another large pot.

Yuri Dzivielevski793,000143,000
Shirley Rosario370,000-40,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:24 AM Local Time
David Singer Bursts The Money Bubble

David Singer

Brad Ruben:   /    / 
David Singer:   /    / 

Brad Ruben completed and David Singer raised. The action folded back to Ruben, who re-raised and Singer called all in for his remaining chips.

Ruben's board left him with a seven, which was best against Singer's ten, and Singer was eliminated just shy of the money.

Brad Ruben335,000140,000
David Singer0-37,000
Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:16 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Joins Biggest Stacks On the Bubble

Yuri Dzivielevski

While the focus has been on the table with Brian Rast and David Singer clinging to short stacks, Yuri Dzivielevski just dragged a huge pot on an adjacent table.

Yuri Dzivielevski:   /    / 
Yehuda Buchalter:   /    / 

On third street, Dzivielevski defended his bring-in to Buchalter's completion. Buchalter then bet fourth through sixth streets, with Dzivielevski calling down.

On seventh, Buchalter checked, and Dzivielevski bet. Buchalter wasn't happy about it, but he tossed in a call.

Dzivielevski rolled over     to make a winning six-five and drag a large pot, putting him among the chip leaders in the tournament.

Yuri Dzivielevski650,000345,000
Yehuda Buchalter430,000-5,000
Brian Rast42,000-16,000
David Singer37,000-39,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:59 PM Local Time
Singer in Danger Near Bubble

David Singer:   /    
Everett Carlton:   /    

On third street, David Singer completed and Everett Carlton defended his bring-in.

Singer then bet each street, including on sixth street, where he was raised by Carlton. Singer gave it some thought then folded, saying "one of those is supposed to pair you," referencing Carlton's great runout of three wheel cards.

Singer now joins Brian Rast as the two shortest stacks on the bubble.

Everett Carlton260,00050,000
David Singer76,000-44,000
Brian Rast58,000-262,000