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

Thursday, October 28, 2021 to Thursday, October 28, 2021

Event #54: Nine Game Mix 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $709,775
  • Entries: 319
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:42 AM Local Time
Nicholas Julia Wins First Gold Bracelet in Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed ($168,608)

Nicholas Julia

The 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas has crowned a new mixed game champion as Nicholas Julia prevailed in a field of 319 entries in Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed. He overcame Kristan Lord in heads-up to claim the biggest slice of the $709,775 prize pool and boosted his bankroll with the top prize of $168,608. Runner-up Lord earned a consolation prize of $104,210 and missed out on a maiden WSOP gold bracelet of his own.

Among the returning 17 players were several former WSOP bracelet winners and three of them made it to the seven-handed unofficial final table. As a matter of fact, two were knocked out in the same hand in what became one of the pivotal hands on the final day. Eventual champion Julia sent Kenny Hsiung and Robert Mizrachi to the rail to form the official final table.

Justin Liberto missed out on a second bracelet and finished in third place while other notables on the final day included actor James Woods, Mike Matusow, Bradley Ruben, Marco Johnson, 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem, and John Racener.

Final Table Result Event #54: $2,500 Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Nicholas JuliaUnited States$168,608
2Kristan LordUnited States$104,210
3Justin LibertoUnited States$69,341
4Aditya PrasetyoUnited States$47,164
5Robert McLaughlinUnited States$32,808
6Robert MizrachiUnited States$23,352
Nicholas Julia
Nicholas Julia

Final Table Action

When the unofficial final table of this six-handed event began, nobody could have seen how the first two eliminations were to have come. In what may turn out to be one of the most unique hands of the entire WSOP, let alone at a WSOP final table, both Kenny Hsiung (7th Place; $17,017) and Robert Mizrachi (6th Place; $23,352) were eliminated.

The action was picked up with three players involved on a flop of     and Hsiung who led out with a bet of about half of his remaining chips. Next, Mizrachi raised all-in for the rest of his stack. Julia, re-raised all-in, and Hsiung snap-called.

All of the hands were turned face-up and it was an incredible analytical sight as Hsuing held    for a flopped bottom set, Mizrachi and his    for a flopped top set, and Julia was in the lead with the    and a flopped nut straight.

Nothing changed on the   turn and the   river sealed the double knockout for Julia.

It was not until two levels later that the next player was eliminated. Robert McLaughlin (5th Place; $32,808) found himself on the unfortunate end of a blind versus blind confrontation holding pocket nines versus the pocket kings held by his opponent, Kristan Lord. The kings held and McLaughlin exited the tournament.

Next to go was Aditya Prasetyo (4th Place; $47,164). Prasetyo got caught up in the whirlwind of a run by Nicholas Julia, whose nines full of kings on sixth street in Stud Hi-Lo put an end to Prasetyo's tournament run.

Justin Liberto (3rd Place; $69,341) had been up and down in chips and was attempting to run a short-stack back up in a hand of Limit 2-7 triple draw versus Lord but the eventual runner-up got the best of him. It was the eight-six low held by Lord that pipped Liberto's eight-seven.

Kristan Lord (2nd Place; $104,210) and Nicholas Julia (1st Place; $168,608) began heads-up play with Julia ahead with more than two to one in chips. Although Lord came quite close and even took over the lead for a few minutes, in the end, the night belonged to Julia.

He played well and he ran even better. Nicholas Julia entered the day as the chip leader and he left it the same way with his incredible performance, which netted him a coveted WSOP gold bracelet and $168,608 in first-place prize.

When asked how he felt after winning his first WSOP gold bracelet, Nicholas Julia responded with, "Great! Amazing! Everybody's sweating; the wife, Suzanne. All these guys from Arizona. You know, everyone? I literally have a hundred people texting me we're having a great time!".

As far as key hands that got him here, most would expect the double-elimination at the final table to be the answer, but Julia got into a hand early in Day 2 versus Greg Mueller that resulted in him claiming the chip leader position and never looking back from that point forward.

When questioned about whether or not he plays poker for a living, he laughed out loud before explaining how he plays for fun and has no plans to play any more WSOP tournaments in this series. He is taking his one o'clock flight back home to Arizona on Saturday and plans on celebrating his win by spending time with his wife and kids.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:25 AM Local Time
Kristan Lord Eliminated in 2nd Place ($104,210)

Kristan Lord


Kristan Lord:    /      /  
Nicholas Julia:    /      /  

After a chop in the previous Omaha Hi-Lo hand, they got it in after third street in the first Razz hand. When the cards were exposed, Nicholas Julia was already ecstatic as he had a massive advantage over Kristan Lord.

Fifth street gave Lord paint and that was it, as he ended up drawing dead and caught even more paint.

Julia ended up with an eight-six and Lord finished in second place for $104,210. Julia earned his maiden WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $168,608. A full recap of today's action is to follow.

Nicholas Julia11,165,0001,165,000
Kristan Lord0-1,100,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:22 AM Local Time
Heads-up Chip Counts
Nicholas Julia10,000,000-450,000
Kristan Lord1,100,000450,000
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:12 AM Local Time
Lord Left With Fumes

Kristan Lord

Seven Card Stud

Nicholas Julia:    /      /  
Kristan Lord:    /      /  

Nicholas Julia bet fifth and then check-called sixth when Kristan Lord bet. He also checked seventh and Lord bet again. That left Julia confused but he eventually called, admitting he had no idea what his opponent had. Julia exposed     for just a pair of eights but it was good, as Lord held     for a pair of treys.

Nicholas Julia:    /      /  
Kristan Lord:    /      /  

Lord then completed and bet fourth and fifth, which Julia called. They checked sixth, Julia bet seventh and Lord came along. Julia tabled     for a straight and Lord mucked     for kings and tens.

Nicholas Julia10,450,0001,950,000
Kristan Lord650,000-1,950,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:59 PM Local Time
Julia Pulls Further Ahead

Nicholas Julia

Stud Hi-Lo

Kristan Lord:    /      /  
Nicholas Julia:    /      /  

Kristan Lord limped and Nicholas Julia checked his option. Lord check-called a bet on fourth and then check-raised fifth for Julia to call.

Lord bet sixth to earn a call and they checked seventh.

Julia announced two pair and tabled the     for tens and sevens to earn the pot, as Lord only briefly showed his down cards before mucking them.

Nicholas Julia8,500,0001,700,000
Kristan Lord2,600,000-1,700,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:55 PM Local Time
Julia Takes One from Lord

Stud Hi-Lo

Nicholas Julia:   /    / 
Kristan Lord:   /    / 

The action was joined on fifth street with Julia having tossed out another bet and Lord called.

Sixth street saw the same action.

Seventh street Julia fired once more and Lord made the call. He was shown the bad news when Julia tabled his hole cards and revealed a full house, sevens full of deuces, and Lord tossed his two pairs tens and eights into the muck.

Nicholas Julia6,800,0001,400,000
Kristan Lord4,300,000-1,400,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:43 PM Local Time
Still No Action in Sight

The action has slowed down even more as they are breezing through the game variants at the moment. Only minor chip changes has taken place and Kristan Lord has taken over the lead by a few big bets only.

Kristan Lord5,700,000500,000
Nicholas Julia5,400,000-500,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:34 PM Local Time
Slow Restart After the Break

Limit Hold'em

The usually action-packed Pot-Limit Omaha round brought no action at all and once the game type changed, Nicholas Julia raised the button and Kristan Lord called from the big blind. Lord check-called once on the     flop and they checked it down on the   turn and   river. Lord tabled    and that won the pot.

Nicholas Julia5,900,000-300,000
Kristan Lord5,200,000300,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:25 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:11 PM Local Time
Current Heads-up Chip Counts at Break
Nicholas Julia6,200,0000
Kristan Lord4,900,0000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:10 PM Local Time
Break in Heads-Up

The remaining players are now on a scheduled 15-minute break and the action will resume at 11.25 pm local time.

Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:06 PM Local Time
Lord Tank-Calls Correctly

Kristan Lord

Pot-Limit Omaha

Nicholas Julia raised to 160,000 on the button and Kristan Lord called in the big blind. Both checked the     flop and Lord then bet the   turn for 230,000, which Julia called. Lord checked the   river and Julia bet the pot.

That sent Lord into the tank for more than three minutes and he then called. "You got it," Julia announced without exposing his cards. Lord tabled the      and that won the pot.

"It was the same as last time ... I had something," Julia added.

Nicholas Julia6,200,000-900,000
Kristan Lord4,900,000900,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:55 PM Local Time
Julia and Lord Trade a Few; Current Heads-up Chip Counts
Nicholas Julia7,100,000-450,000
Kristan Lord4,000,000400,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:44 PM Local Time
Lord Gets Some Back

Seven Card Stud

Kristan Lord:     /     
Nicholas Julia:    /      /  

Nicholas Julia started pulling away further but Kristan Lord was able to cut back the deficit by some soon after. Julia bet fourth and fifth to receive a call and Lord then bet sixth when he paired the five, earning a call. Lord also bet seventh and Julia called to get shown     for trips fives as the winning hand.

"I didn't see the rest of your board but you were dead to the five," Julia commented after the hand.

Nicholas Julia7,550,000-525,000
Kristan Lord3,600,000500,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:36 PM Local Time
Lord Folds to Three-Bet

No-Limit Hold'em

Rapid-fire hands in the No-Limit Hold'em round brought very little action. The most notable hand brought a button raise to 155,000 by Kristan Lord. "Raise it," Nicholas Julia announced and made it 450,000 to go. Lord tanked for a bit and folded. Previously, Julia had received a walk and flashed the   .

Nicholas Julia8,075,000575,000
Kristan Lord3,100,000-600,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:30 PM Local Time
Justin Liberto Eliminated in 3rd Place ($69,341)

Justin Liberto

Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

The action was picked up after the first draw with Justin Liberto who led out and was raised by Kristan Lord. Liberto made the call.

The second draw each player drew one and Liberto check-called all-in for less the bet by Lord.

The final draw Lord stood pat and Liberto drew one. Next, both hands were tabled and it was the       held by Lord that notched the       held by Liberto, and the latter was eliminated in 3rd place and took home $69,341 in cash.

Kristan Lord3,700,000825,000
Justin Liberto0-825,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:22 PM Local Time
Liberto On the Ropes

Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Justin Liberto barely survived the previous Stud round and then raised out of the small blind when the game type changed. Kristan Lord called. Liberto discarded two and Lord took one new card. A bet by Liberto followed and Lord folded.

Nicholas Julia7,500,000300,000
Kristan Lord2,875,000-225,000
Justin Liberto825,000-25,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:15 PM Local Time
Julia Remains With a Big Lead

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

No big pots played out in the next variant and Nicholas Julia retained his big lead. He was involved in a single-raised battle of the blinds with short stack Justin and discarded two while Justin Liberto took one. They checked after the draw and Julia's       for a queen-ten low won the pot.

Nicholas Julia7,200,000400,000
Kristan Lord3,100,0001,075,000
Justin Liberto850,000-625,000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:11 PM Local Time
Level 28 started
Level: 28
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:10 PM Local Time
Lord Takes One from Liberto

Pot-Limit Omaha

The action was joined on a board of      and Kristan Lord having led out and bet 120,000 chips. After a brief moment, Justin Liberto called.

The dealer completed the board with the river   and Liberto checked. Then, Lord tossed out 400,000 chips, and Liberto tank-folded, and Lord was pushed the pot.

Kristan Lord2,025,000-325,000
Justin Liberto1,475,000-75,000