WSOP Weekly: Series Wraps Up With Arieh Grabbing POY; Mateos, Other Big Names Win Titles

November 24, 2021
WSOP Weekly: Series Wraps Up With Arieh Grabbing POY; Mateos, Other Big Names Win Titles

The World Series of Poker came to a close on Tuesday after almost eight weeks of action. The late action included a major push from Phil Hellmuth in an attempt to earn the Player of the Year title.

That didn’t happen as Josh Arieh turned his WSOP double-bracelet performance into a POY title. Several other big names made some nice runs late in the series. Here’s a look at some of the action from the last week.

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Event 70: $888 Crazy Eights NLHE

After David Moses was laid off in 2020, he turned to poker to keep some money rolling in. That decision led to a WSOP bracelet in this event and a score of $888,888.

The tournament brought in 5,252 entries for a $4.2 million prize pool. South Korea’s Sejin Park took runner-up for $400,888.

Event 73: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship

Brian Hastings joined the five-bracelet club with a win in this event. He earned $352,958 for his efforts after entering the final day of play fourth out of the final four in chips.

The tournament brought in 144 entries for a $1.3 million prize pool. Ian O’Hara finished runner-up for $218,144. 

Event 74: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet

Make it bracelet No. 2 for Russia’s Denis Strebkov after he took down this event for $117,898. The win came after taking down the $3,000 HORSE event in 2019 for $206,173.

Florida’s Jerry Wong was looking for his first bracelet, but finished runner-up for $72,868.

Event 75: $1,500 NLHE Freezeout

North Dakota’s Chad Himmelspach came out on top in this event, earning $270,877 and his first bracelet. He caught fire late in the final table, eventually holding 75% of the chips in heads-up play.

Germany’s Stefan Reiser took runner-up for $167,418. The tournament saw 1,191 entries for a $1.6 million prize pool.

Event 76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty

This quick-play freezeout event saw a field of 307 players for a $2.9 million prize pool. Romain Lewis, of France, broke through with his first bracelet and $463,885.

The win comes after numerous big runs at the series over the last few years. India’s Aditya Agarwal finished runner-up for $286,705. The tournament saw 307 players for a $2.9 million prize  pool.

Event 77: $1,500 Fifty Stack NLHE

The Brazilian poker scene continues to grow and has seen some big finishes recently in poker tournaments online and live. Paulo Joanello took the win in this event for $321,917, scoring his first bracelet in his fourth WSOP cash.

Toby Price, of Arizona, won runner-up for $198,970. The event attracted 1,501 players for a $2 million prize pool.

Event 78: $10,000 Razz Championship

A host of big names jumped in the lowball action with Benny Glaser winning $274,693 and his fourth bracelet. Minnesota’s Everett Carlton finished runner-up for $169,773.

Some other big finishers included: Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski (third, $123,254); John Monnette (fifth, $68,025); Erik Seidel (seventh, $39,987); and Phil Hellmuth (eighth, $31,411).

The tournament produced 109 entries for a $1 million prize pool. Glaser brought plenty of positivity after the win.


Event 79: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty

This new event is meant to celebrate the Poker Hall of Fame and included the induction of poker legend Eli Elezra. All members of the hall received a freeroll and each came with a bounty equal to the year they were inducted.

Ole Schemion, of Germany, scored his first bracelet and $172,499 and only his second WSOP cash. This adds to an impressive poker resumé with $16.6 million in live tournament winnings.

Canada’s Benjamin Underwood finished runner-up for $106,618. The tournament brought in 468 entries for a $826,050 prize pool.

Event 80: $3,000 Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha

This six-handed Omaha event featured two players from the UK battling heads-up for the title. In the end, Robert Cowen scored his first bracelet for $280,916.

His countryman Robert Emmerson took runner-up for $173,613. The tournament attracted 496 entries for a $1.3 million prize pool.

Event 81: $800 NLHE Deepstack

Another one of these deepstack events produced yet another nice field with 1,921 runners for a $1.4 million prize pool. Poker pro Jason Wheeler scored the win and his first bracelet for $202,274.

He defeated Colombia’s Julian Velasquez heads-up for the title, with the runner-up winning $202,274. For Wheeler, the win comes after a few deep runs at the series through the years including some runner-up finishes.

“My first time I got heads-up for a bracelet was in 2009 and at the time I didn’t truly appreciate what it was at the time because it was my first series you know,” he told

“It was so long ago, it takes so long to be back heads up for a bracelet. I played almost every event that was on the series. I have been working hard and it feels good to be validated and play well.”

Event 82: $250,000 Super High Roller

A host of high rollers ponied up six figures for a shot at this bracelet. Poker superstar Adrian Mateos (pictured in lead image) grabbed his fourth bracelet for $3.3 million.

Ben Heath, of the United Kingdom, finished runner-up for $2 million. The tournament brought in 33 players for an $8.2 million prize pool.

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Leo Margets become the only woman to win an open event at the WSOP in 2021. (photo courtesy WSOP)

Event 83: $1,500 The Closer

Spain’s Leo Margets won her first bracelet in this event. She also became the first woman of the series to win a bracelet.

The tournament brought in 1,903 players for a $2.5 million prize pool and Margets took $376,850 for the win.

Bosnia’s Alex Kulev finished runner-up for $232,920 with Stephen Song, of Connecticut, taking third for $172,855.


Event 84: $50,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha

Plenty of attention was paid to this massive final table that saw Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu among the final three.

Hellmuth was looking for his 17th bracelet and Negreanu hoping for his seventh. One hand between the two even left Negreanu knocking over his chair.

Neither player was able to secure the title however. Instead, Jeremy Ausmus took the top spot for $1.2 million and his third bracelet. This is his second bracelet of the series after winning the $1,000 COVID  Relief Charity event for $48,687.

The tournament brought in 85 entries for a $4.1 million prize pool. Hellmuth scored his second runner-up of the series for $734,807, but was frustrated by not adding bracelet No. 17.

Despite not scoring the win here, it was an impressive series run for Hellmuth. He won his 16th bracelet and made seven final table appearances.

Event #85: $50,000 High Roller

More big buy-in action returned to the Rio with Mikita Badziakouski, of Belarus, taking his first bracelet. He won $1.5 million with Georgia’s Ren Lin taking the runner-up for $903,610.

Some poker heavyweights made the final table including Negreanu, who took third for $661,041. Despite not winning a bracelet, Negreanu had a nice series with two third-place finishes and several final table appearances. This event attracted 113 players for a $5.4 million prize pool.

Event 86: $1,000 Super Turbo NLHE

The quick-pace action returned with 1,025 runners for a $912,250 prize pool. Michael McCauley, of Kentucky, scored a bracelet as well as $161,384 in his first-ever WSOP event.

North Carolina’s Andrew Wilson took runner-up for $99,742. McCauley had planned to play in a $2/$5 cash game but jumped in the Super Turbo at the last minute. That proved to be a wise decision.

Event 87: $100,000 High Roller NLHE

Once again Michael Addamo showed his skills in major high roller events. The Australian scored the title for $2 million and adds to a growing poker resumé.

The event brought in 64 entries for a $6.2 million prize pool. Kevin Rabichow, of Illinois, took runner-up for $1.2 million.

This is Addamo’s fourth bracelet and second of the series. He took down a $50,000 high roller earlier in the series as well for $1.1 million.

​​Event 88: $5,000 Eight-Handed NLHE

This tournament officially closed out the series with Bulgaria’s Boris Kolev taking the tournament for $511,184.

He topped a field of 531 entries that produced a prize pool of $2.4 million. Israel’s Uri Reichenstein finished runner-up for $315,936.

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Online events wrap up with three winners

Three more online bracelet events also recent wrapped up. Online Event 8: $777 Lucky 7s High Roller saw Estonia’s Aleksejs “APonakov” Ponakovs take the top spot for $432,491 and his first gold bracelet.

Event 9 brought the $777 Lucky 7s with Bulgaria’s Yuliyan “Dr.Feelg00da” Kolev taking the title for his first bracelet as well.

Event 10: $1,000 Mini Main Event, Daniel “SilasSilver” Turner scored first place for $142,663. That win officially closed out bracelet action that began almost five months ago at and GGPoker.

The WSOP brought some interesting storylines over the last few days including Josh Arieh winning his first bracelet in 16 years.
WSOP Player of the Year winner Josh Arieh. (photo courtesy PokerGO)

Player of the Year race ends with Arieh on top

The race for the top spot in the POY race has officially wrapped up. Josh Arieh scored two bracelets this fall and several deep runs to take the top spot.

Despite a ferocious finish, Hellmuth came up short to take second with Negreanu in third. The winner earns $15,000 with $7,500 for second and $2,500 for third. Here’s a look at the final standings.

  1. Josh Arieh – 4,194.59 points
  2. Phil Hellmuth – 3,720.01
  3. Daniel Negreanu – 3,531.03
  4. Ben Yu – 3,345.92
  5. Jeremy Ausmus – 3,272.57

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