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

Friday, November 19, 2021 to Sunday, November 21, 2021

Event #83: The Closer - No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $2,540,505
  • Entries: 1,903
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, November 21, 2021 10:49 PM Local Time
Leo Margets Wins First Bracelet and $376,850 in Event #83: $1,500 The Closer

Leo Margets

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

 1Leo MargetsSpain$376,850
 2Alex KulevBosnia$232,920
 3Stephen SongUnited States$172,855
 4Marc LangeGermany$129,460
 5Arturo SeguraUnited States$97,865
 6Cherish AndrewsUnited States$74,680
 7Aleksandr ShevliakovRussia$57,525
 8Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom$44,740
 9Benjamin UnderwoodCanada$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.

Cherish Andrews
Cherish Andrews

"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."

Alex Kulev
Alex Kulev

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.

Leo Margets
Leo Margets

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

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

1Leo MargetsSpain$376,850
2Alex KulevBosnia$232,920
3Stephen SongUnited States$172,855
4Arturo SeguraUnited States$129,460
5Marc LangeGermany$97,865
6Cherish AndrewsUnited States$74,680
7Aleksandr ShevliakovRussia$57,525
8Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom$44,740
9Benjamin UnderwoodUnited States$35,131
Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:20 PM Local Time
Alex Kulev Eliminated in 2nd Place ($232,920)

Alex Kulev

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.

Leo Margets:   
Alex Kulev:   

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.

Alex Kulev:   
Leo Margets:   

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 Margets48,000,00025,000,000
Alex Kulev0-25,000,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:06 PM Local Time
Margets Levels Out Playing Field

Leo Margets

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 Kulev25,000,000-6,000,000
Leo Margets23,000,0006,000,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:03 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 800,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:54 PM Local Time
Quads for Margets

Leo Margets

Leo Margets jammed in her 4.5 million stack preflop and Alex Kulev called.

Leo Margets:   
Alex Kulev:   

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.

Leo Margets:   
Alex Kulev:   

The board ran out       and Margets doubled again, while Kulev continues to attempt to finish her off.

Alex Kulev31,000,000-5,000,000
Leo Margets17,000,0005,000,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:43 PM Local Time
Margets Hits a Four to Double Through Kulev

Leo Margets

Leo Margets was all-in preflop with around 6,000,000 against Alex Kulev.

Leo Margets:   
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 Kulev36,000,000-4,000,000
Leo Margets12,000,0005,000,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:39 PM Local Time
Stephen Song Eliminated in 3rd Place ($172,855)

Stephen Song

Stephen Song moved all-in from the small blind with a stack of 5,000,000 and Alex Kulev called in the big blind.

Stephen Song:   
Alex Kulev:   

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 Kulev40,000,0002,000,000
Leo Margets7,000,0003,000,000
Stephen Song0-6,000,000
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

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.

Arturo Segura:   
Marc Lange:   
Alex Kulev:   

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.

Marc Lange
Marc Lange
Alex Kulev38,000,00013,000,000
Stephen Song6,000,000-1,150,000
Leo Margets4,000,000-4,000,000
Arturo Segura0-4,500,000
Marc Lange0-3,100,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:30 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 300,000/600,000
Ante: 600,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:23 PM Local Time
Cherish Andrews Eliminated in 6th Place ($74,680)

Cherish Andrews

Cherish Andrews shoved in her short stack in the hijack and Stephen Song isolated in the small blind.

Cherish Andrews:   
Stephen Song:   

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 Song7,150,0003,850,000
Cherish Andrews0-2,200,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 8:15 PM Local Time
Aleksandr Shevliakov Eliminated in 7th Place ($57,525)

Aleksandr Shevliakov

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.

Aleksandr Shevliako:   
Alex Kulev:   

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 Kulev25,000,00010,000,000
Aleksandr Shevliakov0-10,000,000
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.

Stephen Song:   
Marc Lange:   

The board ran out       to give Song the pot on a fortunate river.

Stephen Song3,300,0001,900,000
Marc Lange3,100,000-1,900,000
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
Level: 35
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
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 Kulev15,000,0002,000,000
Aleksandr Shevliakov10,000,000-2,500,000
Leo Margets8,000,000-1,000,000
Marc Lange5,000,000700,000
Arturo Segura4,500,0001,400,000
Cherish Andrews2,200,000-400,000
Stephen Song1,400,000-2,600,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:55 PM Local Time
Segura Finds Unlikely Triple

Arturo Segura

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.

Arturo Segura:   
Mark Lange:   

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 Shevliakov10,000,000-2,500,000
Marc Lange5,100,000800,000
Arturo Segura4,900,0001,800,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:41 PM Local Time
Chris Moorman Eliminated in 8th Place ($44,740)

Chris Moorman

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.

Chris Moorman:   
Leo Margets:   

Moorman was dominated and couldn't pull ahead as the board ran out       to send the British grinder out in eighth place.

Leo Margets9,000,0003,500,000
Chris Moorman0-2,150,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:32 PM Local Time
Benjamin Underwood Eliminated in 9th Place ($35,131)

Benjamin Underwood

Benjamin Underwood open-shoved in the small blind and Aleksandr Shevliakov called in the big blind .

Benjamin Underwood:   
Aleksandr Shevliakov:   

Underwood was dominated and couldn't get there as the board ran out       to send him out in ninth place.

Aleksandr Shevliakov12,500,0004,400,000
Benjamin Underwood0-4,400,000
Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:29 PM Local Time
Ofer Wexler Eliminated in 10th Place ($27,860)

Ofer Wexler

Ofer Wexler jammed in his 2.2 million stack from middle position and Alex Kulev isolated from the button.

Ofer Wexler:   
Alex Kulev:   

Wexler ran into Kulev's big slick and was eliminated from the tournament after the board ran out      .

Alex Kulev13,000,0002,900,000
Ofer Wexler0-2,200,000