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
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
|3||Huy Nguyen||United States||$222,310|
|5||Z Stein||United States||$115,558|
|7||George Wolff||United States||$64,207|
|8||Lee Markholt||United States||$49,107|
|9||Justin Liberto||United States||$38,222|
"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.
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.
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.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:38 PM Local Time
Uri Reichenstein Eliminated in 2nd Place ($315,936)
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 Kolev||26,550,000||6,350,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||0||-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 Kolev||20,200,000||2,200,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||6,350,000||-2,200,000 |
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:19 PM Local Time
Reichenstein Doubles Up
Uri Reichenstein shoved and Boris Kolev called to put Reichenstein at risk.
The board ran out and Reichenstein was good with a set of sixes.
|Boris Kolev||18,000,000||-4,450,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||8,550,000||4,450,000 |
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:15 PM Local Time
Kolev Gets River Value
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 Kolev||22,450,000||2,900,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||4,100,000||-2,900,000 |
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 Kolev||19,550,000||5,815,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||7,000,000||-5,815,000 |
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:00 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
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)
Uri Reichenstein shoved from the small blind and Huy Nguyen called from the big blind for about 3,700,000.
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 Kolev||13,735,000||-1,165,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||12,815,000||5,165,000 |
|Huy Nguyen||0||-4,000,000 |
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:47 PM Local Time
Ramon Colillas Eliminated in 4th Place ($158,972)
Boris Kolev jammed in the small blind and Ramon Colillas called off his stack of about 5 million in the big blind.
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 Kolev||14,900,000||4,890,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||7,650,000||1,900,000 |
|Huy Nguyen||4,000,000||-400,000 |
|Ramon Colillas||0||-6,200,000 |
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 Kolev||10,010,000||510,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||5,750,000||-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 Kolev||9,500,000||2,140,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||6,450,000||650,000 |
|Ramon Colillas||6,200,000||-1,245,000 |
|Huy Nguyen||4,400,000||-425,000 |
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:26 PM Local Time
Kolev Drills The River To Double
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.
The board ran out and Kolev caught the eight on the river to make a straight.
|Boris Kolev||7,360,000||3,220,000 |
|Huy Nguyen||4,825,000||-5,975,000 |
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:19 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
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.
Thr flop was very favorable for Nguyen, and the and completed the board to confirm his double.
|Huy Nguyen||10,800,000||5,500,000 |
|Uri Reichenstein||5,800,000||-3,470,000 |
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:08 PM Local Time
Kolev Finds A Double
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.
The board ran out and the pocket eights of Kolev held with aces and eights.
|Uri Reichenstein||9,270,000||-1,830,000 |
|Boris Kolev||4,140,000||1,090,000 |
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:58 PM Local Time
Nguyen Doubles Through Reichenstein
Uri Reichenstein shoved from the button and Huy Nguyen called from the small blind.
The board ran out and Nguyen hit a ten to double up.
|Uri Reichenstein||11,100,000||-3,195,000 |
|Huy Nguyen||5,300,000||3,540,000 |
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:51 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:33 PM Local 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 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 Reichenstein||14,295,000||1,795,000 |
|Ramon Colillas||7,445,000||3,070,000 |
|Boris Kolev||3,050,000||-1,350,000 |
|Huy Nguyen||1,760,000||-1,940,000 |