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

Monday, November 22, 2021 to Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Event #88: 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $2,449,238
  • Entries: 531
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 9:54 PM Local Time
Boris Kolev Wins Maiden Bracelet and $511,184 in Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em

Boris Kolev

On the second and final day of the 2021 World Series of Poker Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em, a champion was crowned as Boris Kolev defeated Uri Reichenstein in heads-up play for $511,184.

The event attracted 531 players to create a prize pool of $2,449,238, with the majority of that money awarded to the remaining players today. There were 80 players who made the money and a minimum cash of at least $8,061. A total of 30 players bagged a stack and returned today to Day 2, all looking for gold, but only Kolev was able to bring home the last bracelet of the 2021 World Series of Poker.

Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed Final Table Results

1Boris KolevBulgaria$511,184
2Uri ReichensteinIsrael$315,936
3Huy NguyenUnited States$222,310
4Ramon ColillasSpain$158,972
5Z SteinUnited States$115,558
6Niko KoopGermany$85,411
7George WolffUnited States$64,207
8Lee MarkholtUnited States$49,107
9Justin LibertoUnited States$38,222

Winner's Reaction

"I'm feeling good. I started to tell people I'm gonna win the last tournament. It's crazy because somehow I knew but I could not prove before the tournament."

Kolev said he had a feeling he would take down this event and even sent a message to friends on the day before the event started which read: "5k tomorrow last tournament should be mine, don't see a reason why not."

Kolev appears to have correctly predicted he would win his first bracelet today, but it wasn't easy. He said one moment that stuck out for him in the tournament was on Day 1 where he got pocket fours in against pocket kings and the board ran out a straight to chop the pot and keep him alive on his path to eventual victory.

Kolev had an enthusiastic rail supporting him, including some fellow Bulgarians, and even a dog.

"They always [go] crazy, but this time wasn't that crazy. You didn't see them crazy at all. They can be way more crazy… It's pretty cool, we're going to celebrate now and enjoy the life.

Boris Kolev & His Rail
Boris Kolev & His Rail

Final Table

The unofficial final table started with nine players, and Justin Liberto was the first one to fall there. Then, it was Lee Markholt who was eliminated in eighth after seeing a king on the flop when his sevens were against the king-three of Kolev.

George Wolff was the next to go in seventh, and then German Niko Koop found his way to the payout desk when running into Reichenstein's better ace in the blinds. Z Stein was the next victim of Reichenstein's when getting his short stack in against him and was eliminated in fifth.

The four players went on a short break and Reichenstein had a large chip lead with over half the chips in play. However, that didn't last long as players found several doubles against him. After more than an hour without an elimination, Ramon Colillas hit the rail in fourth after he got it in good with Kolev, but Kolev made a pair. Soon after, Huy Nguyen got his stack in against Reichenstein with king-ten versus jack-eight. An eight spiked the river to end Nguyen's run in third.

 Boris Kolev & Uri Reichenstein
Boris Kolev & Uri Reichenstein

Heads-Up Play

That set up a heads-up match between Reichenstein and Kolev with both having fairly even stacks. Kolev won several hands to pull away before Reichenstein doubled once. Still having a sizable chip lead, Kolev check-called on every street of a hand against Reichenstein, including the river where Reichenstein jammed in his remaining stack. After Kolev called, Reichenstein showed the bluff which was no good against Kolev's rivered flush, and that officially ended the tournament and gave Kolev his first WSOP bracelet.

Congratulations to Boris Kolev for winning Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em.

Boris Kolev
Boris Kolev

This concludes the PokerNews coverage of this event and the World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Check out the WSOP Live Reporting Hub to recap all the exciting action that occurred here.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:38 PM Local Time
Uri Reichenstein Eliminated in 2nd Place ($315,936)

Uri Reichenstein

Uri Reichenstein limped in and Boris Kolev checked his option.

The flop was     and Kolev check-called a bet of 400,000 from Reichenstein.

On the turn  , Kolev check-called again, this time 1,300,000 from Reichenstein.

The river was the   and Kolev checked again. Reichenstein shoved and Kolev snap-called.

Reichenstein revealed    for a bluff and Kolev turned over    for the club flush and the winner.

Reichenstein picks up a payday of $315,936 for his efforts.

Boris Kolev26,550,0006,350,000
Uri Reichenstein0-6,350,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:24 PM Local Time
Kolev Gains Some Back

Uri Reichenstein limped in the small blind and Boris Kolev checked.

Both players checked the     flop. Kolev check-called an 800,000 bet on the   turn, and both checked the   river.

Kolev showed    which was good for the pot as Reichenstein mucked.

Boris Kolev20,200,0002,200,000
Uri Reichenstein6,350,000-2,200,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:19 PM Local Time
Reichenstein Doubles Up

Uri Reichenstein

Uri Reichenstein shoved and Boris Kolev called to put Reichenstein at risk.

Uri Reichenstein:   
Boris Kolev:   

The board ran out       and Reichenstein was good with a set of sixes.

Boris Kolev18,000,000-4,450,000
Uri Reichenstein8,550,0004,450,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:15 PM Local Time
Kolev Gets River Value

Boris Kolev

Boris Kolev raised to 800,000 and Uri Reichenstein called.

The flop was     and Reichenstein check-called a bet of 400,000.

Both players checked the turn   to the river   and Reichenstein checked. Kolev bet 2,000,000 and Reichenstein called.

Kolev tabled    for aces up and Reichenstein mucked.

Boris Kolev22,450,0002,900,000
Uri Reichenstein4,100,000-2,900,000
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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:10 PM Local Time
Kolev Extends Lead With Straight

Uri Reichenstein opened in the small blind and Boris Kolev called in the big blind.

The     flop saw Kolev check-call a 700,000 bet.

On the   turn, Kolev check-called for 2,250,000, and both players checked the   river.

Kolev showed    which was good for the pot as Reichenstein mucked.

Boris Kolev19,550,0005,815,000
Uri Reichenstein7,000,000-5,815,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:00 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:58 PM Local Time
Short Break, Play Resumes

The two remaining players took a short break and cards are now back in the air.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:55 PM Local Time
Huy Nguyen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($222,310)

Huy Nguyen

Uri Reichenstein shoved from the small blind and Huy Nguyen called from the big blind for about 3,700,000.

Huy Nguyen:   
Uri Reichenstein:   

The board ran out       and Reichenstein paired his eight on the river to eliminate Nguyen.

Nguyen picks up $222,310 for his great run.

Boris Kolev13,735,000-1,165,000
Uri Reichenstein12,815,0005,165,000
Huy Nguyen0-4,000,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:47 PM Local Time
Ramon Colillas Eliminated in 4th Place ($158,972)

Ramon Colillas

Boris Kolev jammed in the small blind and Ramon Colillas called off his stack of about 5 million in the big blind.

Ramon Colillas:   
Boris Kolev:   

The     flop put Kolev ahead. The   turn left Colillas needing an ace, but the   completed the board as Kolev's rail erupted, and Colillas was sent to the rail.

Boris Kolev14,900,0004,890,000
Uri Reichenstein7,650,0001,900,000
Huy Nguyen4,000,000-400,000
Ramon Colillas0-6,200,000
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:42 PM Local Time
Kolev Pressures Reichenstein

Boris Kolev raised to 600,000 from the button and Uri Reichenstein called from the big blind.

The flop was     and both players checked to the turn  . Reichenstein check-called a bet of 425,000 and they saw the river  .

Reichenstein checked again and Kolev bet 1,175,000, forcing a fold from Reichenstein.

Boris Kolev10,010,000510,000
Uri Reichenstein5,750,000-700,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:35 PM Local Time
Kolev Jumps in Front

Boris Kolev limped the small blind and Ramon Colillas checked his option.

The     flop saw a 300,000 bet by Kolev and a call from Colillas.

The   turn saw a check-raise from Kolev, who brought Colillas' 400,000 bet up to 1.5 million. Colillas called.

The   completed the board and Kolev announced "all-in" for his stack of about 4.5 million. Colillas thought about it but ultimately decided to lay down his hand, which brought cheers from Kolev's rail as he took the chip lead.

Boris Kolev9,500,0002,140,000
Uri Reichenstein6,450,000650,000
Ramon Colillas6,200,000-1,245,000
Huy Nguyen4,400,000-425,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:26 PM Local Time
Kolev Drills The River To Double

Boris Kolev

Boris Kolev raised to 2,000,000 from under-the-gun and Huy Nguyen shoved from the big blind. Kolev called and was the player at risk.

Boris Kolev:   
Huy Nguyen:   

The board ran out       and Kolev caught the eight on the river to make a straight.

Boris Kolev7,360,0003,220,000
Huy Nguyen4,825,000-5,975,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:19 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:15 PM Local Time
Nguyen Finds Another Double Through Reichenstein

Huy Nguyen opened to 500,000 in the cutoff and Uri Reichenstein jammed in the big blind. Nguyen called for his 5.16 million stack.

Huy Nguyen:   
Uri Reichenstein:   

Thr     flop was very favorable for Nguyen, and the   and   completed the board to confirm his double.

Huy Nguyen10,800,0005,500,000
Uri Reichenstein5,800,000-3,470,000
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:08 PM Local Time
Kolev Finds A Double

Boris Kolev

Uri Reichenstein raised to 500,000 and Boris Kolev raised to 1,825,000 leaving just one 5,000 chip behind. Reichenstein shoved and Kolev tossed in his last chip.

Boris Kolev:   
Uri Reichenstein:   

The board ran out       and the pocket eights of Kolev held with aces and eights.

Uri Reichenstein9,270,000-1,830,000
Boris Kolev4,140,0001,090,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:58 PM Local Time
Nguyen Doubles Through Reichenstein

Huy Nguyen

Uri Reichenstein shoved from the button and Huy Nguyen called from the small blind.

Huy Nguyen:   
Uri Reichenstein:   

The board ran out       and Nguyen hit a ten to double up.

Uri Reichenstein11,100,000-3,195,000
Huy Nguyen5,300,0003,540,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:51 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 120,000/240,000
Ante: 240,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:33 PM Local Time
Break Time

The four remaining players are now on a 15-minute break.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:30 PM Local Time
Colillas Raises the River, Updated Chip Counts

Ramon Colillas

Ramon Colillas limped from the small blind and Uri Reichenstein checked his option.

The flop was     and Colillas check-called a bet of 325,000 from Reichenstein.

On the turn  , Colillas check-called again, this time 750,000 from Reichenstein.

The river was the   and Colillas checked a third time. Reichenstein cut out a stack of 1,100,000 and Colillas raised to 2,500,000. Reichenstein folded and Colillas took down the pot.

Uri Reichenstein14,295,0001,795,000
Ramon Colillas7,445,0003,070,000
Boris Kolev3,050,000-1,350,000
Huy Nguyen1,760,000-1,940,000
Gorilla Gaming