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

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 to Thursday, November 18, 2021

Event #79: Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout)

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  • Buy-in: $1,979
  • Prizepool: $826,050
  • Entries: 468
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:48 PM Local Time
Break Time

Players are now on a 20-minute break.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:45 PM Local Time
Assorted Chip Counts
Georgios Sotiropoulos110,00081,000
David Lappin85,000-1,000
Aladin Reskallah28,000
Barry Greenstein20,000-5,900
Barbara Enright18,000-23,000
Scotty Nguyen17,000
Pat Lyons16,000-2,000
Jonathan Little0-32,000
Pete Chen0-19,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:43 PM Local Time
Hall Of Famer Daniel Negreanu Sits Down

2014 poker hall of fame inductee Daniel Negreanu has just entered the tournament and is seated at seat 5 of table 13 in the blue section.

Also seated at his table is 2020 Main Event Champion Damian Salas.

Daniel Negreanu30,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:20 PM Local Time
Ferraro Ousted

Cole Ferraro

Action was recapped after the hand but Ferraro had gotten it in on a board reading      against Ari Oxman.

Cole Ferraro:   
Ari Oxman:   

Both players had full houses but Ferraro was drawing dead, he wished good game to his tablemates and left the tournament.

Ari Oxman85,00085,000
Cole Ferraro0-49,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:05 PM Local Time
McClelland Takes It Down With Top Pair

Jack McClelland

A player in early position opened to 1,200 and Jack McClelland called from behind and it went heads up to a flop of    .

Early position bet 1,500 and McClelland called to the turn of  , and both players checked to the river of  . Early position bet 3,000 and McClelland snap-called.

Early Position:   
Jack McClelland:   

McClelland took it down with a pair of aces.

Jack McClelland73,0007,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:01 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Maria Konnikova41,0006,400
Nadya Magnus36,000
Tom McEvoy32,000-13,000
Martin Jacobson29,000-1,000
Barry Greenstein25,900-7,700
Justin Barnum25,000-37,000
Mori Eskandani19,300-9,100
Pat Lyons18,000-9,000
Doyle Brunson9,000-11,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 2:49 PM Local Time
WSOP 2021 | AND THEN THERE WERE THREE! | Update Day 49

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 2:49 PM Local Time
Speranza Wins A Big One

Action was picked up on the river with a board reading      , with a pot that contained 27,000 in it, between Gianluca Speranza and an opponent who checked over to Speranza.

Speranza thought briefly before going all-in for 14,500, which sent the opponent into the tank. After about one-minute of thinking he tossed his hand into the muck, giving the pot to Speranza.

At another table, Melanie Weisner was eliminated.

Gianluca Speranza45,000
Melanie Weisner0-4,300
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 2:37 PM Local Time
Elezra Doubles Through Weisner

Eli Elezra

Action was picked up on a flop reading     three ways with Melanie Weisner in position and Eli Elezra under the gun.

"I want you to check," Elezra said to Weisner as he checked the action over to her. "I'm not going to," she retorted while putting in 1,500 while Eli called.

The turn came a   which Elezra checked once more and Weisner bet 7,000. Elezra put his stack of 28,700 on top of his bounty card and sent it into the middle and Weisner said "I'm going to try to bust you," while putting chips in the pot.

Eli Elezra:   
Melanie Weisner:   

Weisner was drawing dead before the   river and Eli Elezra got a double up only shorly after his bracelet ceremony.

Eli Elezra62,00032,000
Melanie Weisner4,300-25,700
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 2:15 PM Local Time
Eli Elezra Selected as 2021 Poker Hall of Fame Inductee

Eli Elezra Hall of Fame Ceremony

Eli Elezra, an Israeli-born high-stakes legend, is the 61st member of the Poker Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, and Daniel Negreanu in poker's most exclusive club.

The World Series of Poker revealed the 2021 winner prior to the start of Day 2 of the final table of the Main Event Wednesday afternoon.

Last month, the WSOP asked fans to nominate eligible candidates for the 2021 class. Industry giants Matt Savage and Isai Scheinberg, two of the most important and influential members of the poker community away from the felt in history, were chosen. The players nominated were Mike Matusow, Michael Mizrachi, Layne Flack, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, and Elezra.

Following the fan nominations, the current members of the Hall of Fame then had an opportunity to cast their ballots based on those fan selections. When all the votes were tallied, Elezra came out on top and the others must now wait until next year for another opportunity.

Strazynski Proud of Fellow Israeli

Savage, the World Poker Tour's Executive Tour Director, told PokerNews last week that it would mean bunches to him to reach the Hall of Fame. He's been nominated six times, but no luck thus far.

"I'm happy for Eli," Savage told PokerNews when he was informed Elezra was chosen as the 2021 inductee.

Robbie Strazynski, the founder of Cardplayer Lifestyle, who lives in Israel, was ecstatic to discover his good friend is the newest member of the Poker Hall of Fame.

"Eli Elezra has long been Israeli's national poker hero," Strazynski told PokerNews. "I believe I can safely speak for my fellow Israeli poker lovers and fans in saying that we couldn't be more proud to have him as our country's first ever representative in the Poker Hall of Fame."

Deserving of the Recognition

eli elezra poker hall of fame
eli elezra poker hall of fame

Eli Elezra is a four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner with $4.6 million in live tournament cashes. His last bracelet came in 2019 in Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud. During the 2021 WSOP, he's cashed in seven events and has reached three final tables.

Although Elezra has some outstanding results as a tournament player, that isn't where he excels the most. The 60-year-old Las Vegas resident has earned the respect of his peers, one of the main criteria for Poker Hall of Fame induction, as a high-stakes cash game player. He's competed in the biggest games in Las Vegas for more than 20 years.

The former Full Tilt Poker pro appeared numerous times on popular TV cash game shows such as Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker during the poker boom era.

Prior to becoming a professional poker player and moving to the U.S., Elezra served in the Israeli Army. He was discharged following an injury during the 1982 Lebanon War.

The newest member of the Poker Hall of Fame is also an author, having written an autobiography titled, "Pulling the Trigger," in which Strazynski was hired to translate into English.

"On a personal note, I am so tremendously happy for Eli to have gotten inducted," Strazynski said. "It's the kind of recognition he has worked his entire career to earn."

Looking Ahead to the 2022 Poker Hall of Fame

Next summer, the WSOP will enshrine a new member as part of the 2022 Poker Hall of Fame class. Who it will be is anyone's guess at this point, but the nine individuals who came up short this year will have another opportunity to get in.

Assuming the WSOP continues with the same process for inducting a new member, those nominated in 2021 will again have to make it through a round of fan voting before advancing to the final stage — current HOF member voting.

In 2020, the WSOP cut the annual selections in half, and now only inducts one member. Those who missed out this year will have some new competition with Brian Rast and Anthony Zinno turning 40, the minimum age required for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Rast, who won his fifth bracelet last month, recently told PokerNews that he not only wants to become the 2022 inductee, but also believes he's the most deserving eligible candidate.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 2:12 PM Local Time
Assorted Chip Counts
Jack McClelland66,00013,000
Christin Maschmann39,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos29,00029,000
Kyle Miholich28,00028,000
Pat Lyons27,00027,000
Eric Baldwin27,00027,000
Doyle Brunson20,000-12,000
Pete Chen19,00019,000
Kathy Liebert16,000-14,000
Lyle Berman00
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 2:12 PM Local Time
Chip Counts
David Lappin73,000-13,500
Borja Gross52,00052,000
Jonathan Little32,0006,000
Ashley Sleeth30,00030,000
Melanie Weisner30,00030,000
Ian O'Hara30,00030,000
Mike Watson30,000
Richard Dixon7,800-29,200
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 2:04 PM Local Time
Newest Hall Of Famer In The Field

Eli Elezra is the inductee into the Poker Hall Of Fame from the class of 2021. He has now taken his seat at table 1 in the blue section, seated right next to recent bracelet winner, Cole Ferraro.

Eli Elezra30,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 1:52 PM Local Time
Main Event Champs Together

Two main event champions are now seated at table 19 in the blue section. 1983 Main Event winner Tom McEvoy, and 2014 Main Event winner Martin Jacobson.

Tom McEvoy45,0007,000
Martin Jacobson30,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 1:40 PM Local Time
Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is underway.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 1:19 PM Local Time

Players are on a 20-minute break

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 1:16 PM Local Time
Updated Counts
Jack McClelland53,0009,000
Cole Ferraro49,00017,000
Barbara Enright41,000-6,000
Richard Dixon37,000
Maria Konnikova34,6004,600
Barry Greenstein33,600-2,400
Linda Johnson33,000-7,000
Ryan Laplante26,100
Matt Affleck17,0004,800
Mark Seif14,300-15,700
Sergio Aido0-30,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 1:15 PM Local Time
Brunson Check Raises His Opponent

Doyle Brunson

The action picked up on the turn with a board reading     . Jonathan Little checked in the small blind and Doyle Brunson checked in the big blind.

The button bet 1,300, Little folded and Brunson checked raised to 5,000 and took it down.

Doyle Brunson32,0008,000
Jonathan Little26,000-10,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 1:02 PM Local Time
Two For McEvoy

In the first hand, an early position player raised to 600 and got one caller in the small blind plus Tom McEvoy in the big blind.

The flop came    , and when checked to, McEvoy led for 800, and both opponents snap-folded, giving McEvoy a pot.

The second hand was picked up on a three-way contested flop reading    , with action checking to McEvoy, who bet 1,000, which both players called.

The turn   and river   was checked through, and McEvoy said, "I have a pair," while he turned over   . It was good for the pot as the other two players mucked.

Tom McEvoy38,0008,000
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:36 PM Local Time
Little Check Raises Turn

Jonathan Little

The action picked up on a three-way flop of    . Jonathan Little checked in the big blind, and a middle position player bet 800. A player in late position folded, but Little called. The turn was the  , Little checked-raised his opponent's 1,600 bet to 4,300 and got the fold.

Jonathan Little36,0006,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander