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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 to Saturday, October 23, 2021

Event #40: H.O.R.S.E. Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,389,425
  • Entries: 149
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:04 PM Local Time
Kevin Gerhart Wins Third Career Bracelet in Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

Kevin Gerhart

A new three-time WSOP bracelet winner has been crowned in Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. American mixed game specialist Kevin Gerhart went wire-to-wire and converted his lead at the start of the final day after defeating Marco Johnson in heads-up.

Out of a field of 149 entries, Gerhart outlasted some of the biggest names in the world of poker and claimed the biggest slice of the $1,389,425 prize pool. For his efforts, he earned a top prize of $361,124 while runner-up Johnson had to settle for a consolation prize of $223,194.

While today's victory is the biggest in terms of money earned, he considers the first bracelet in Event #54: $1,500 Razz back in 2019 as the most important one. "I would consider the first one, the Razz one, the most important just because it opened the doors for me for bigger and better things. I just started playing 10ks this year so it's something new to me and I haven't experienced this field very much but I have played against all these guys in the $1,500's. I am just so happy to have all my friends that support me through everything."

It was a tough battle throughout the last four days and Gerhart praised not only the four opponents on the final day but also those who busted earlier in the money. "If you look at just the final nine or even the last 16, there are so many names, so many bracelets, so many top level players. I am so happy that I get to proof myself year after year after year with three bracelets and be hopefully considered among the top in the world right now."

Final Table Result Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Kevin GerhartUnited States$361,124
2Marco JohnsonUnited States$223,194
3Eddie BlumenthalUnited States$155,971
4Bryce YockeyUnited States$111,701
5Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States$82,033
6Chris VitchUnited States$61,819
7Jake SchwartzUnited States$47,835
8David BenyamineFrance$38,035

Gerhart headed into the final day as the chip leader after a long session at the tables on the previous day, where the field was whittled down from 16 contenders. That included a long spell with just one elimination on the nine-handed unofficial final table.

"It was so difficult. Playing nine-handed, anything is difficult, the hand ranges you have to play, tighten up so much and the short stacks kept doubling and doubling. By the end of the day I got home, I had no energy to think about anything and went straight to sleep for twelve hours," the eventual champion admitted.

Gerhart described runner-up Johnson as a tough competitor. He described one especially difficult Stud Hi-Lo hand in which Johnson's raise caused him to "almost throw up" as it was difficult to fold. However, once they headed into the next Limit Hold'em round, Gerhart went on a heater in which he "just had it over and over. I kept getting value bet after value bet in and he just called off."

That short spell sent Gerhart into an overwhelming lead and he eventually finished the job in an Omaha Hi-Lo hand in which he flopped an unbeatable full house.

During the final table, Gerhart had a large rail going and which created a familiar boisterous atmosphere in the Thunderdome while three WSOP events played down to a winner at nearly the same time.

"It is unbelievable to have 30 people cheering for you at the same time, just the energy I felt from the crowd. The only rail I had the last few days were my girlfriend and my girlfriend's parents who just came into town Thursday night," Gerhart said in the interview after his victory.

Kevin Gerhart
Kevin Gerhart celebrates the victory with his rail

The victory also comes at a special time as he celebrates his birthday next week and received the "best present I could have asked for." It was the fifth cash of the ongoing series in Las Vegas but Gerhart will be skipping the $50,000 Poker Players Championship to go back to his usual $1,500 Events and add a "couple of 10k buy-ins, play the Main Event and call it a year."

After the 2021 WSOP has wrapped up, Gerhart said he will certainly take a break from poker and promised his girlfriend a trip anywhere in December and January to spend some time together.

Action of the Final Day

Only five players returned to their seats on the main feature table in the Amazon Room and Gerhart was the chip leader ahead of Eddie Blumenthal while Marco Johnson was in third place. Another two WSOP bracelet winners were in contention including Bryce Yockey and Brandon Shack-Harris with the latter as the distinct short stack.

There would be no third victory for Shack-Harris as he fell in the opening stages, and Yockey's stack was decimated before he bowed out in a three-way Razz hand against Blumenthal and Gerhart. Throughout the entire 124 hands on the final day, which was live-streamed on the PokerGO platform, Gerhart remained in the lead and was only temporarily threatened by Johnson during heads-up play.

Blumenthal's fate was sealed in a Limit Hold'em hand in which Johnson made trips queens and the heads-up action commenced with a near two-to-one lead for Gerhart. After nearly closing the gap at one point, Johnson dropped to a severe short stack and was unable to mount a comeback to claim his own third WSOP gold bracelet.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:00 PM Local Time
Marco Johnson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($223,194)

Marco Johnson

Omaha Hi-Lo

Marco Johnson doubled his severe short stack to 410,000 and he got it in again right after.

Marco Johnson:     
Kevin Gerhart:     

The     flop left Johnson drawing dead as the   turn and   river only improved Kevin Gerhart to quads. Johnson's run ends in second place and he takes home $223,194.

Kevin Gerhart8,900,000200,000
Marco Johnson0-205,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:54 PM Local Time
All-In and a Chop

Omaha Hi-Lo

Marco Johnson:     
Kevin Gerhart:     

Marco Johnson was all-in preflop and Kevin Gerhart looked him up for 205,000 total. The board ran out       and Johnson rivered a full house for the chop.

Kevin Gerhart8,700,000300,000
Marco Johnson205,000-360,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:48 PM Local Time
Gerhart Leaves Johnson on the Ropes

Limit Hold'em

Kevin Gerhart raised on the button and Marco Johnson called. On a flop of    , Johnson check-called a bet and the   turn was checked through. Johnson then bet the   river and Gerhart raised, sending his opponent into a very long tank. Johnson called after nearly two and a half minutes and mucked when Gerhart showed the    for queens and sixes.

Kevin Gerhart8,400,0001,000,000
Marco Johnson565,000-935,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:40 PM Local Time
Gerhart Chips Up Some More

Limit Hold'em

Kevin Gerhart raised from the button and was called by Marco Johnson from the big blind.

The dealer spread out a flop of     and Johnson check-called the bet of Gerhart's.

The turn brought a   and the action was the same.

The river was a   and Johnson checked one last time and Gerhart bet, which sent Johnson deep into the tank. After a couple of minutes, he called and mucked after Gerhart tabled    for one pair tens and was pushed the pot.

The very next hand Gerhart three-bet preflop and Johnson called.

The dealer dealt a flop of     and Johnson folded after Gerhart led out.

Kevin Gerhart7,400,0001,200,000
Marco Johnson1,500,000-1,200,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:32 PM Local Time
Gerhart Pulls Ahead Once More

Limit Hold'em

Marco Johnson raised and then called a three-bet by Kevin Gerhart. The flop brought     and Gerhart bet for the win.

Johnson received a walk the next hand and he then raised the next button for Gerhart to defend. The flop came     and Gerhart check-called a bet. They checked it down on the   turn and   river. Gerhart tabled    for a pair of sevens and that won the pot.

Kevin Gerhart6,200,000800,000
Marco Johnson2,700,000-900,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:27 PM Local Time
Gerhart Back on Track

Stud Hi-Lo

Marco Johnson:   /    
Kevin Gerhart:   /    

Kevin Gerhart brought it in and called after Johnson completed the bet.

On fourth street Johnson fired out a bet and Gerhart called.

On fifth street Johnson slowed down and check-called the bet by Gerhart.

On sixth street Johnson checked again but opted to fold this time after Gerhart tossed out a bet.

Kevin Gerhart5,400,000600,000
Marco Johnson3,600,000-500,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:21 PM Local Time
Johnson Nearly Closes the Gap

Stud Hi-Lo

Marco Johnson:    /      /  
Kevin Gerhart:    /      /  

Marco Johnson was the bring-in and Kevin Gerhart completed for Johnson to raise and Gerhart to call. Johnson bet his lead on fourth and Gerhart then opted to check-call fifth. Both checked sixth and Johnson bet once more on seventh. Gerhart called but mucked when he was shown the     for fours and treys by Johnson.

Kevin Gerhart4,800,000-900,000
Marco Johnson4,100,000900,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:18 PM Local Time
Johnson Grabs Some More Back

Stud Hi-Lo

Marco Johnson:   /   
Kevin Gerhart:   /   

Kevin Gerhart brought it in and Johnson completed the bet and Gerhart called.

Fourth street Gerhart check-called a bet.

Fifth street Gerhart checked once again, then folded to the bet by Johnson.

Kevin Gerhart5,700,000-200,000
Marco Johnson3,200,000100,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:09 PM Local Time
Level 26 started
Level: 26
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:59 PM Local Time
Johnson Drags In Another Pot

Stud Hi-Lo

Marco Johnson:    /     
Kevin Gerhart:    /      fold on sixth

Marco Johnson limped in and Kevin Gerhart as the bring-in checked his option. Gerhart bet his lead on fourth to earn a call and then also bet fifth. Johnson raised for Gerhart to call and he then checked sixth. Johnson bet and a reluctant fold after 49 seconds by Gerhart sent the final two players into a scheduled 10-minute break.

Kevin Gerhart5,900,000-600,000
Marco Johnson3,100,000600,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:55 PM Local Time
Johnson Gets a Few Back

Seven Card Stud

Kevin Gerhart:   /    / 
Marco Johnson:   /    / 

Marco Johnson was the bring-in and Kevin Gerhart completed the bet, which prompted Johnson to raise and Gerhart called.

Fourth street, fifth street, and sixth street Gerhart check-called.

On seventh street the action went check-check and Gerhart mucked after Johnson tabled his pair of jacks and was pushed the pot.

Kevin Gerhart6,500,000-600,000
Marco Johnson2,500,000700,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:47 PM Local Time
Gerhart Pulls Further Ahead

Seven Card Stud

Kevin Gerhart:    /    
Marco Johnson:    /     fold on fifth

Kevin Gerhart completed and Marco Johnson raised for Gerhart to call. Both checked on fourth street and Johnson then bet his ace-king lead on fifth. Gerhart raised it up and Johnson reluctantly folded.

Kevin Gerhart7,100,000300,000
Marco Johnson1,800,000-400,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:42 PM Local Time
Gerhart Extends His Chip Lead


Kevin Gerhart:   /    / 
Marco Johnson:   /    / 

Marco Johnson was the bring-in and Kevin Gerhart called.

Fourth street and fifth street the action went check-check.

Sixth street Johnson fired out a bet and Gerhart called.

Seventh street flipped the script as Gerhart led out and Johnson tank-called. Then, Johnson mucked after Gerhart tabled a seven-five low and was awarded the pot.

Kevin Gerhart6,800,000600,000
Marco Johnson2,200,000-500,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:36 PM Local Time
Gerhart Strikes Again


Marco Johnson:   /   
Kevin Gerhart:   /   

Marco Johnson was the bring-in and Kevin Gerhart called.

On fourth street Gerhart led the action and was called by Johnson.

Fifth street saw Gerhart bet again, but this time Johnson folded, and Gerhart was awarded the pot.

Kevin Gerhart6,200,000-200,000
Marco Johnson2,700,000100,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:29 PM Local Time
Gerhart Chips Up Again

Omaha Hi-Lo

Marco Johnson raised the button and Kevin Gerhart defended to see a flop of     go check, check. Gerhart also checked the   turn and Johnson's bet took it down.

Johnson then received a walk before he raised the next button, Gerhart came along. The     flop brought a check-call by Gerhart and the   turn went check, check. Gerhart bet the   river and Johnson sent his cards into the muck.

Kevin Gerhart6,400,000100,000
Marco Johnson2,600,0000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:24 PM Local Time
Johnson Grabs an Early One Versus Gerhart; Gerhart Gets One Right Back

Omaha Hi-Lo

Marco Johnson raised pre-flop and was re-raised by Kevin Gerhart. Next, Johnson made the call.

The dealer brought the flop of     and Gerhart bet and Johnson raised and Gerhart called.

The turn was the   and Gerhart check-folded.

The very next hand saw Gerhart take one away from Johnson with trip jacks on a king-high board.

Kevin Gerhart6,300,000200,000
Marco Johnson2,600,000-200,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:18 PM Local Time
First Pot to Gerhart

Limit Hold'em

Kevin Gerhart raised the button and then called a three-bet by Marco Johnson in the big blind. Johnson bet the     flop and earned a call before the   turn brought another bet by Johnson. Gerhart stuck around and the   river was checked.

Johnson's cards were not shown but Gerhart had the best hand with the    to increase his lead in the first hand of heads-up play.

Kevin Gerhart6,100,000300,000
Marco Johnson2,800,000-400,000
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:07 PM Local Time
Break Before the Heads-Up Duel

Some of the smaller chip denominations are currently being coloured up and the two remaining players are re-positioned before starting the duel for the coveted gold bracelet.

Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:05 PM Local Time
Eddie Blumenthal Eliminated in 3rd Place ($155,971)

Eddie Blumenthal

Limit Hold'em

Eddie Blumenthal raised from the button with 30,000 behind and was called by Marco Johnson in the small blind and Kevin Gerhart in the big blind. On the     flop, Johnson checked and Gerhart bet for Blumenthal to call all-in and Johnson to call.

The two remaining players checked down the   turn and the   river. Gerhart's was holding    and mucked while Johnson had    for trips queens. Blumenthal's    was no good and he departed in third place for $155,971.

Kevin Gerhart5,800,000-300,000
Marco Johnson3,200,000600,000
Eddie Blumenthal0-230,000