Sunday, November 21, 2021 10:49 PM Local Time
Leo Margets Wins First Bracelet and $376,850 in Event #83: $1,500 The Closer
Spanish poker professional Leo Margets won her first World Series of Poker bracelet on Sunday, Nov. 21 by taking down Event #83: $1,500 The Closer for a six-figure score worth $376,850. She outlasted a field of 1,903 participants and, in doing so, became the first woman to win a bracelet in an open-entry event at the 2021 World Series.
The tournament generated a total prize pool of $2,540,505 and attracted the likes of Chris Moorman, Michael Wang, Yuval Bronshtein, Mitchell Halverson, Joao Simao and 2013 Main Event champion Ryan Riess, all of whom made deep runs that extended into Day 2.
Event #83: $1,500 The Closer Final Results
| ||PLACE||PLAYER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (USD)|
| ||1||Leo Margets||Spain||$376,850|
| ||2||Alex Kulev||Bosnia||$232,920|
| ||3||Stephen Song||United States||$172,855|
| ||4||Marc Lange||Germany||$129,460|
| ||5||Arturo Segura||United States||$97,865|
| ||6||Cherish Andrews||United States||$74,680|
| ||7||Aleksandr Shevliakov||Russia||$57,525|
| ||8||Chris Moorman||United Kingdom||$44,740|
| ||9||Benjamin Underwood||Canada||$35,131|
A Victory for Women in Poker
Margets, a Winamax Team Pro whose poker portfolio includes a 27th place finish in the 2009 Main Event for $352,832 and a second-place finish in Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) in 2018, secured her first WSOP bracelet by overcoming a dominant chip lead held by heads-up opponent Bosnian grinder Alex Kulev, who earned a payday of $232,920. Margets joins Lara Eisenberg, who won Event #22: Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship earlier in the series, as one of two women to earn bracelets so far at this year's WSOP.
"Usually, it's going be harder for a woman to get a bracelet because we are few (in poker)," Margets told PokerNews, adding that she believes her bracelet victory "might motivate women to be interested" in the game.
Margets wasn't the only woman to make a deep Day 2 run in The Closer. Melanie Weisner found a 17th place finish worth $14,740, while Cherish Andrews joined Margets at the final table and finished in sixth place for $74,680.
"I hope there is one day when there isn't such an issue," Margets said about the disproportionate number of women in poker. "It shouldn't be an issue."
Margets added a few words of encouragement for anyone looking to pursue the game: "I you like it, go ahead, even if you're a man, a woman or a monkey!"
"What a Comeback"
It seemed like it would likely be another second-place finish for Margets when she began heads-up play with about seven million chips to the 40 million of Kulev, whose dominant appearance at the final table included a double-knockout of Marc Lange and Arturo Segura in fourth and fifth place, and later the elimination of Stephen Song in third.
"He had a massive chip lead," she recalled. "He actually did all of the hard work."
Margets acknowledged that she made a near-fatal error early in heads-up play when she miscounted her stack and got it in with nine-four against the ace-nine of her opponent. However, she hit a four on the turn to give her the double-up that propelled her to victory.
"Somehow, I made a super huge mistake because I miscalculated my stack," said Margets. "I thought I had 2.5 bigs and I had seven bigs. And that was a huge mistake, but I got lucky."
Margets then mounted a comeback that climaxed in a hand with middle pair and a flush draw against the top pair of Kulev and improved to trips on the turn. The encounter left Kulev short and he was eliminated in the next hand when he got it in with ten-four against the king-jack of Margets, who came back from less than 10 big blinds to take down the tournament.
"What a comeback," she said in reflection.
That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of Event #83: $1,500 The Closer. Be sure to also check out the team's coverage of other WSOP events.
Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:31 PM Local Time
Leo Margets Wins $376,850 and Maiden WSOP Bracelet
Leo Margets has just won $376,850 and her first WSOP bracelet in Event #83: $1,500 The Closer.
A recap is to follow.
Final Table Results
|3||Stephen Song||United States||$172,855|
|4||Arturo Segura||United States||$129,460|
|6||Cherish Andrews||United States||$74,680|
|8||Chris Moorman||United Kingdom||$44,740|
|9||Benjamin Underwood||United States||$35,131|
Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:20 PM Local Time
Alex Kulev Eliminated in 2nd Place ($232,920)
Leo Margets limped in the small blind, Alex Kulev raised to 2.4 million, and Margets called.
The flop came , and that proved to be quite an action flop.
Kulev bet 4.1 million, Margets jammed for 20.4 million, and Kulev called.
Kulev had top pair top kicker and Margets had middle pair and a flush draw. The hit the turn to put Margets ahead with trips, and the completed the board to send her the massive pot.
Kulev was left with only 1.8 million chips which he jammed in on the next hand and was called.
The board ran out and Margets officially completed the heads-up comeback to win the tournament and the gold bracelet, meanwhile, Kulev will have to settle for the $232,920 runner-up prize as consolation for his strong efforts.
|Leo Margets||48,000,000||25,000,000 |
|Alex Kulev||0||-25,000,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:06 PM Local Time
Margets Levels Out Playing Field
Leo Margets has won a series of small and medium pots to level her stack with that of Alex Kulev, who had Margets on the ropes at the start of heads-up play.
In one such hand, Margets limped in on the button and Kulev raised to 1,600,000 in the big blind. Margets jammed all-in and Kulev folded.
|Alex Kulev||25,000,000||-6,000,000 |
|Leo Margets||23,000,000||6,000,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:03 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:54 PM Local Time
Quads for Margets
Leo Margets jammed in her 4.5 million stack preflop and Alex Kulev called.
Margets smashed the flop. The came on the turn, and the completed the board to give her quads.
Soon after, Margets got her 8.2 million chips in preflop against Kulev.
The board ran out and Margets doubled again, while Kulev continues to attempt to finish her off.
|Alex Kulev||31,000,000||-5,000,000 |
|Leo Margets||17,000,000||5,000,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:43 PM Local Time
Margets Hits a Four to Double Through Kulev
Leo Margets was all-in preflop with around 6,000,000 against Alex Kulev.
It looked like it would be a short heads-up match as Margets was dominated, and the flop of didn't help her. But the peeled off on the turn to improve her held, which held up after the river.
|Alex Kulev||36,000,000||-4,000,000 |
|Leo Margets||12,000,000||5,000,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:39 PM Local Time
Stephen Song Eliminated in 3rd Place ($172,855)
Stephen Song moved all-in from the small blind with a stack of 5,000,000 and Alex Kulev called in the big blind.
The flop came to give Kulev a set and Song stood up out of his chair. He then shifted back to his chair when the on the turn gave him flush outs, but the on the river gave Kulev a full house.
Song is now heads-up with Leo Margets, who finished second in Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) in 2018.
|Alex Kulev||40,000,000||2,000,000 |
|Leo Margets||7,000,000||3,000,000 |
|Stephen Song||0||-6,000,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:31 PM Local Time
Arturo Segura Eliminated in 5th Place ($97,865); Marc Lange Eliminated in 4th Place ($129,460)
Arturo Segura jammed for 3.65 million in the hijack, Marc Lange re-jammed for 4.3 million on the button, and Alex Kulev put in his chips in the small blind.
The flop gave Segura a straight flush draw, the came on the turn to change nothing, and the hit the river to send the pot to Kulev and eliminate the other two players.
Lange started the hand with more chips than Segura so he will take fourth, while Segura will have to settle for fifth following his deep run. Meanwhile, Kulev extends his huge chip lead even more and seems to be running away with it.
|Alex Kulev||38,000,000||13,000,000 |
|Stephen Song||6,000,000||-1,150,000 |
|Leo Margets||4,000,000||-4,000,000 |
|Arturo Segura||0||-4,500,000 |
|Marc Lange||0||-3,100,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:30 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:23 PM Local Time
Cherish Andrews Eliminated in 6th Place ($74,680)
Cherish Andrews shoved in her short stack in the hijack and Stephen Song isolated in the small blind.
The flop put Andrews ahead, and the turn improved her to a boat. A double for her looked imminent until the spiked the river to give Song the better boat as the table roared.
"So sick," Song said.
|Stephen Song||7,150,000||3,850,000 |
|Cherish Andrews||0||-2,200,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:15 PM Local Time
Aleksandr Shevliakov Eliminated in 7th Place ($57,525)
The two biggest stacks at the table got into it when Aleksandr Shevliakov opened in late position. Alex Kulev three-bet jammed in the small blind for 15,000,000 and Shevliakov called off with a stack of 10,000,000.
Shevliako was dominated by the ace-king of Kulev and didn't improve as the board ran out . Shevliako was eliminated in seventh place while Kulev picked up a huge pot that significantly boosted his chip lead.
|Alex Kulev||25,000,000||10,000,000 |
|Aleksandr Shevliakov||0||-10,000,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:06 PM Local Time
Song Spikes River to Double
Stephen Song jammed his 1.425 million stack in the small blind and Marc Lange called in the big blind.
The board ran out to give Song the pot on a fortunate river.
|Stephen Song||3,300,000||1,900,000 |
|Marc Lange||3,100,000||-1,900,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:02 PM Local Time
Players Back from Dinner Break
The remaining seven players have returned from dinner break.
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:01 PM Local Time
Level 35 started
Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:59 PM Local Time
Players on Dinner Break
The remaining seven players are on a one-hour dinner break. Action will presume at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
|Alex Kulev||15,000,000||2,000,000 |
|Aleksandr Shevliakov||10,000,000||-2,500,000 |
|Leo Margets||8,000,000||-1,000,000 |
|Marc Lange||5,000,000||700,000 |
|Arturo Segura||4,500,000||1,400,000 |
|Cherish Andrews||2,200,000||-400,000 |
|Stephen Song||1,400,000||-2,600,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:55 PM Local Time
Segura Finds Unlikely Triple
Arturo Segura open-shoved for 1.3 million from early position, Aleksandr Shevliakov raised to 2.1 million from middle position, and Marc Lange jammed for 5.1 million from the cutoff. Alex Kulev tanked on the button but eventually folded, and Shevliakov also folded.
Segura needed help and the flop came . The turn gave him some more outs with a straight draw, and he converted that draw on the river.
"Yes!" Segura said as he gave a clap of his hands upon the unlikely win, which gave him more than triple his stack thanks to the dead money and the blinds.
|Aleksandr Shevliakov||10,000,000||-2,500,000 |
|Marc Lange||5,100,000||800,000 |
|Arturo Segura||4,900,000||1,800,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:41 PM Local Time
Chris Moorman Eliminated in 8th Place ($44,740)
Chris Moorman open-shoved a stack of around 3,500,000 from the small blind and Leo Margets in the big blind got a count before calling.
Moorman was dominated and couldn't pull ahead as the board ran out to send the British grinder out in eighth place.
|Leo Margets||9,000,000||3,500,000 |
|Chris Moorman||0||-2,150,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:32 PM Local Time
Benjamin Underwood Eliminated in 9th Place ($35,131)
Benjamin Underwood open-shoved in the small blind and Aleksandr Shevliakov called in the big blind .
Underwood was dominated and couldn't get there as the board ran out to send him out in ninth place.
|Aleksandr Shevliakov||12,500,000||4,400,000 |
|Benjamin Underwood||0||-4,400,000 |
Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:29 PM Local Time
Ofer Wexler Eliminated in 10th Place ($27,860)
Ofer Wexler jammed in his 2.2 million stack from middle position and Alex Kulev isolated from the button.
Wexler ran into Kulev's big slick and was eliminated from the tournament after the board ran out .
|Alex Kulev||13,000,000||2,900,000 |
|Ofer Wexler||0||-2,200,000 |