WSOP Update: Hellmuth, Zinno Dominating Series; Kornuth, Addamo Win Again

October 22, 2021
WSOP Update: Hellmuth, Zinno Dominating Series; Kornuth, Addamo Win Again

Phil Hellmuth and Anthony Zinno continue to take the spotlight at the World Series of Poker. The Poker Brat scored three final bracelets in the first three weeks of the series.

That culminated with a 16th bracelet followed by a runner-up finish. Zinno is also making waves after scoring two bracelets over the last week. The two players are now battling for the Player of the Year lead.

Other big names like Chance Kornuth and Michael Addamo have been finding some deep runs as well. Here’s a look at some of the action over the last week.

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Event 25: $5,000 Six-Handed NLHE

Scott Ball topped a field of 604 for his first bracelet and $562,667 in this event. The field produced a $2.7 million prize pool. The 35-year-old topped bracelet winner Galen Hall heads-up for the title. Hall took home $347,757 and Jonathan Jaffee took third for $234,781. 

Event 26: $5,000 Freezeout NLHE

The Czech Republic’s Dalibor Dula came out ahead of 1,358 entries for his first bracelet and $199,227. This marked his first trip to the WSOP after playing poker for five years.

The trip turned out to have some nice return on investment. The tournament attracted a $1.2 million prize pool with Cole Ferraro finishing second for $123,142.

Anthony Zinno scored his second bracelet of the series this week. (photo courtesy PokerGO)

Event 27: $1,500 HORSE

Anthony Zinno continues to dominate the series. He added his second bracelet of the fall for his fourth career WSOP title.

In this tournament, Zinno topped a field of 594 that produced a $792,990 prize pool. He added $160,636 for his efforts. Also a three-time World Poker Tour champion, Zinno is proving he has plenty of skills beyond No Limit Hold’em.

“The feeling is indescribable,” Zinno said afterward. “Poker is my passion and to be so fortunate and run so well … what can I say?”

Event 28: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight-Handed

Another first-time bracelet winner hit the winner’s circle in this event. California’s Dylan Weisman took the title for $166,461 after showing off his Omaha prowess.

The event brought in 1,069 entries for a $951,410 prize pool. Weisman’s friends lifted him in the air to celebrate the win.

Event 29: $10,000 Short Deck NLHE

Chance Kornuth remains a consistent force in the poker world. The well-regarded pro and coach now has his third bracelet after going long in Short Deck.

This high-action, high-stakes game attracted a field of 66 players for a $615,450 prize pool. Kornuth grabbed $194,670 of that for his efforts. He apparently is a recent student of the Short Deck game and quite a fast learner.

Event 30: $1,500 Monster Stack

The monstrous action, fittingly running in October, came to an end on Monday with Michael Noori capturing the crown. He won his first bracelet and $610,437 in a tournament attracting 3,520 entries for a $4.7 million prize pool.

Down to one and a half big blinds at one point, Noori battled back for the win. Ryan Leng took runner-up for $377,220 and continues to have a huge series. The Illinois player now has a win and a runner-up for more than $500,000.

Event 31: $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

Phil Hellmuth has had a goal to win a 2-7 bracelet for several years. He can now check that off after winning this event for bracelet No. 16 and $84,851.

The event brought in 272 players for a $363,120 prize pool. A runner-up finish only a few days later in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice event made it five final tables in the series’ first 21 days.

Hellmuth is now six bracelets ahead of poker legends Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey. The Poker Brat now sits atop the Player of the Year standings ahead of Zinno and Leng.

Event 32: $3,000 HORSE

The HORSE-riding action produced an interesting final table of recognizable pros. That included Daniel Negreanu, Maria Ho, and Eli Elezra all looking to add a bracelet.

However, Maryland poker pro Jim Collopy, 32, took the title for his second bracelet and $173,823. His first bracelet came in 2013 at the WSOP Asia Pacific and he now has $1.3 million in WSOP winnings.

New Jersey’s Ahmed Mohamed finished runner-up for $107,428. Elezra took fourth for $53,936 with Ho fifth for $39,423 and Negreanu eighth for $17,526.

Event 33: $800 Eight-Handed NLHE Deepstack

Israeli players have scored well in the WSOP so far and that included this event. Ran Koller won his first bracelet for $269,478 with his countryman Ran Ilani finishing runner-up for $166,552.

The tournament is believed to be the first time two Israeli players have been heads-up for a bracelet. The tournament featured several other players from outside the US scoring big. Here’s a look at some other top finishers:

  • 3rd – Florian Guimond (France), $124,671
  • 4th – Oleg Titov (Russia), $94,028
  • 5th –  Kris Steinbach (Canada), $71,457

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Event 34: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

There are two David Bakers in poker and they now have five WSOP bracelets between them. It was David “Bakes” Baker, from California, taking his third bracelet in this event.

The tournament attracted 285 entries for a prize pool of $380,475. Peter Lynn finished runner-up for $54,286.

His last WSOP win came in 2012 and he’s finished runner-up three times since then. Baker also won a 2-7 Triple Draw event for his first bracelet in 2010. 

Event 35: $500 Freezeout NLHE

California’s Anthony Koutsos made his first WSOP really count – scoring his first bracelet in the process. This event found 2,931 entries for a $1.2 million prize pool. Koutsos snagged $167,272 of that and the win comes in just his third WSOP event.

Koutsos’ previous best tournament cash was for just over $5,000. He’s now added significantly to his career winnings.

Adam Friedman shows off his hardware after winning his third straight Dealers Choice tournament in three years. (photo courtesy WSOP)

Event 36: $10,000 Dealers Choice Six-Handed Championship

All eyes were on Phil Hellmuth looking to add a 17th bracelet after winning No. 16 only days earlier. Hellmuth held a 3-to-1 chip advantage heads-up against Adam Friedman heads-up, but it slipped away.

Friedman excels at the Dealers Choice format and this became his third straight win in the tournament. He took home his fourth bracelet and $248,350 with 93 total entries for a $867,225 prize pool.

Hellmuth was devastated by the loss and took $153,493 for runner-up. He was magnanimous in defeat however.

“Let’s give credit where credit is due: congrats Adam Friedman on the three-peat in the WSOP Dealers Choice tournament – amazing feat!” he noted on Twitter. “Adam made a great comeback.”

Event 37: $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty

Lithuanian Karolis Sereikacame took down this event for his first bracelet and a $195,310 payday. The quick-action tournament produced 1,441 entries for a $1.2 million prize pool. 

Brazil’s Pedro Padilhatook the runner-up spot for $120,700.

Event 38: $50,000 High Roller Eight-Handed

Australia’s Michael Addamo continues his winning ways after taking the Super High Roller Bowl in September. He secured $5.4 million for that win and now adds $1.1 million for this win – not a bad couple months.

Addamo secured his third bracelet and battled another well-known high roller, Justin Bonomo, for the title. The event featured 81 entries and a $3.9 million prize pool. Bonomo took $700,228 for runner-up and just missed out on his fourth bracelet.

Online Event 4: $888 PLO Crazy 8s

The fourth online event found 295 entries looking to get in on the crazy action. Washington’s Ryan Stoker came in the top position for $95,338.

Two-time WPT champion Tony Sinishtaj took runner-up for $58,756, a nice share of the $417,600 prize pool. Both players battled for their first bracelet with Stoker coming out on top.

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What’s ahead?

Several more events in the coming days should attract some interest. The $10,000 HORSE Championship reaches Day 3 on Friday with Benny Glaser, David Benyamine, and Bertrand Grospellier among those still in the final 16. 

The $1,000 Double Stack should attract a big weekend field with starting flights running Friday and Saturday. A few other events to watch include:

  • $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship (Event 45) – Oct. 22
  • $800 NLHE Deepstack (Event 46) – Oct. 23
  • $5,000 Freezeout NLHE Eight-Handed (Event 47) – Oct. 24
  • Online Event 5: $1,000 Online Bracelet Championship – Oct. 24

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