wsop 2021 main event

It’s finally here! It’s been nearly two and a half years since Las Vegas hosted a “normal” World Series of Poker Main Event. Of course, there are many things about this year’s event that is anything but normal, but the WSOP Main Event we see this year will look a heck of a lot like what we are used to.

Thursday, November 4th marked the official return of the Main Event, so we thought it was a good time to break down what this year’s event will look like with the most important info.

Last updated: November 18th, 2021 at 10:00 PM ET

What are the results of the 2021 WSOP Main Event so far?

Day-to-day results will be placed here after the completion of each day’s play.

WSOP Results Summary

Day Date Entrants to start the day Survivors After Day Chip Leader Top After Day Notables
Day 1a November 4th 523 348 Mustapha Kanit Alex Livingston (3rd), Billy Baxter (6th)
Day 1b November 5th 845 611 Scott Foutty Ryan D'Angelo (40th), Jared Jaffee (41st), Stephen Chidwick (105)
Day 1c November 6th 600 433 Aleksandr Shevlyakov Matt Glantz (4th), JC Tran (25th), Josh Arieh (38th)
Day 1d November 7th 2,550 1,939 Adedapo Ajayi David "Bakes" Baker (5th), Dan Shak (8th), Cliff Josephy (36th)
Day 1e November 8th 797 592 David Gerassi Victor Ramdin (6th), Joe Hachem (22nd), Eddie Blumenthal (130th)
Day 1f November 9th 1,045 782 Adam Walton Michael Mizrachi (11th - 212,300), Cate Hall (38th), Barry Greenstein (44th), Fedor Holz (53rd)
Day 2abd November 9th 3,000+ 1,444 Rameez Shahid Scott Davies (8th), Nick Petrangelo (14th), David Williams (24th)
Day 2cef November 10th 2,179 + Late registrations 918 Conrad De Armas Matt Glantz (4th), Chris Moneymaker (7th), Qui Ngyuen (11th)
Day 3 November 11th 2,362 1,000 Jessica Cai Chris Moneymaker (12th), Stephen Chidwick (27th), David Williams (34th)
Day 4 November 12th 1,000 292 Ramon Colillas Stephen Chidwick (4th), Chance Kornuth (44th)
Day 5 November 13th 292 96 Koray Aldemir Ramon Colillas (2nd), Chance Kornuth (21st), Stephen Chidwick (47th)
Day 6 November 14th 96 36 Hye Park Koray Aldemir (5th), Chance Kornuth (11th)
Day 7 November 15th 36 9 Koray Aledmir Chase Bianchi (8th)
Day 8 November 16th 9 3 Koray Aldemir (264 million in chips) Jack Oliver (77 million), George Holmes (57 million)
Day 9 November 17th 3 1 Koray Aldemir - 2021 Main Event Champion

Note: The leaders presented for Days 1 and 2 are for just their flight.

Top chip stacks:

After Day 8 (final three)
Position Player Chips County
1 Koray Aldemir 264,600,000 Austria
2 Jack Oliver 77,300,000 United Kingdom
3 George Holmes 57,400,000 United States
After Day 7 (final table)
Position Player Chips Country
1 Koray Aldemir 140,000,000 Austria
2 George Holmes 83,700,000 Georgia, USA
3 Alejandro Lococo 46,800,000 Argentina
4 Joshua Remitio 40,000,000 USA
5 Jack Oliver 30,400,000 United Kingdom
6 Ozguar Secilmis 24,500,000 Turkey
7 Hye Park 13,500,000 New Jersey, USA
8 Chase Bianchi 12,100,000 Maryland, USA
9 Jareth East 8,300,000 United Kingdom
After Day 6
Position Player Chip Count
1 Hye Park 29,500,000
2 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos 24,905,000
3 Joshua Remoitio 21,490,000
4 Chase Bianchi 20,765,000
5 Koray Aldemir 18,905,000
6 George Holmes 18,425,000
7 Ramon Colillas 18,200,000
8 Alejandro Locooco 17,950,000
9 Ozgur Secilmis 14,700,000
10 David Cabrera 14,530,000
11 Chance Kornuth 13,645,000
22 Robert Mitchell 7,380,000
25 Michael Halverson 6,370,000
After Day 5
Position Player Chips
1 Koray Aldemir 14,325,000
2 Ramon Colillas 12,000,000
3 Jonathan Dwek 10,125,000
4 Zachary Mcdiarmid 9,700,000
5 Jesse Lonis 8,995,000
6 Roongsak Griffeth 8,925,000
7 Andreas Kniep 8,515,000
8 Tonio Roder 8,000,000
9 Alejandro Lococo 7,805,000
10 Stephen Gerber 7,700,000
14 Chase Bianchi 7,065,000
21 Chance Kornuth 5,920,000
22 Abhinan Iyer 5,850,000
33 Robert Mitchell 4,765,000
47 Stephen Chidwick 3,710,000
58 Tyler Cornell 3,065,000
65 Stephen Song 2,765,000
83 Mitchell Halverson 1,360,000
92 Nick Petrangelo 1,000,000
After Day 4
Chip Position Player Chip Count
1 Ramon Colillas 5,000,000
2 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos 4,500,000
3 Stephen Song 4,417,000
4 Stephen Chidwick 4,376,000
5 Zachary Mcdiamid 4,093,000
6 Jonathan Dwek 3,955,000
7 Jason Osser 3,900,000
8 Dragana Lim 3,801,000
9 Fernando Rodriquez 3,442,000
10 Matthew Jewett 3,398,000
44 Chance Kornuth 2.327.000
78 Tyler Cornell 1.860,000
106 Matt Berkey 1,535,000
144 Qui Nguyen 1,146,000
204 Jason Koon 765,000
225 Chris Moneymaker 621,000
231 Jon Aguiar 605,000
After Day 3

With 1,000 players left, the bubble has been hit at the WSOP Main Event. All players are now guaranteed at least $15,000.

Position Player Chip Count
1 Jessica Cai 1,796,000
2 Phachara Wongwichit 1,773,000
3 Joshua Paige Remitio 1,671,000
4 Ehsan Amiri 1,574,000
5 Roman Valerstein 1,560,000
6 Neel Choski 1,552,000
7 Stephen Song 1,551,000
8 Dragana Lim 1,539,000
9 Jordan Jayne 1,525,000
10 Andreas Kneip 1,509,000
12 Chris Moneymaker 1,432,000
27 Stephen Chidwick 1,258,000
34 David Williams 1,175,000
46 Jason Koon 1,049,000
88 Nick Petrangelo 860,000
94 Ryan D'Angelo 860,000
120 Chance Kornuth 787,000
140 Ben Yu 755,000
147 Peter Jetten 748,000
159 Kevin Gerhart 715,000
190 Qui Nguyen 659,000

Other notables still alive: Mike Matusow, David Pham, Matt Berkey, Joao Vieira, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Brian Yoon, Marle Spragg, Scott Davies, Billy Baxter, Randy Ohel, Robert Mizrachi, Barry Greenstein, Jerry Wong, Josh Arieh, Steve Zolotow, Martin Jacobson, Chris Moorman, Jon Aguiar, Mustapha Kanut, Johnnie Moreno

Day 2cef
  1. Conrad De Armas (744,000)
  2. Adam Walton – 673,100
  3. Daniel Lowery – 625,200
  4. Matt Glantz – 580,000
  5. Artan Dedusha – 577,100

Notables: Chris Moneymaker (7th – 531,600), Qui Nguyen (11th – 479,100), Victor Ramdin (15th – 435,000), Peter Jetten (30th – 325,000), Robert Mizrachi (37th – 311,300), Ted Forrest (39th – 298,100), Liv Boeree (44th -289,500), Barry Greenstein (60th – 258,200), David Pham (109th – 208,800), JC Tran (139th – 190,000), Michael Mizrachi (172nd – 171,200), Phil Hellmuth (1602nd – 25,400)

Day 2abd

This field represented the survivors from three of the six Day 1 flights plus late registrations.

  1. Rameez Shahid – 731,700
  2. David Mock – 679,700
  3. Damien Steel – 649,000
  4. Farhad Jamasi – 635,000
  5. Raul Martinez – 628,100

Notables: Scott Davies (8th – 615,100), Nick Petrangelo (14th – 580,000), David Williams (24th – 499,100), Mutapha Kanit (27th – 473,300), Greg Mueller (33rd – 456,500), Alex Livingston (38th – 442,700), Brian Altman (39th – 440,100), Matt Affleck (58th -404,100), Jason Koon (93rd – 361,200), Ryan D’Angelo (94th – 361,200)

Day 1f
  1. Adam Walton – 334,000
  2. Tung Nguyen – 328,200
  3. Hannes Speiser – 282,100
  4. Arkadi Onikoul – 266,300
  5. Ryan Hartmann – 243,200

Notables: Michael Mizrachi (11th – 212,300), Cate Hall (38th – 172,000), Barry Greenstein (44th – 166,800), Fedor Holz (53rd – 161,600), David Pham (67th – 153,800), Felip Ramos (119th – 127,500), Erik Lindgren (185th – 108,600), Liv Boeree (189th – 107,300), Phil Hellmuth (244th – 94,500), Chris Moneymaker (346th – 75,800)

Day 1e
  1. David Gerassi – 316,100
  2. Kenn Pluard – 307,600
  3. Conrad De Armas – 302,800
  4. James Mendoza – 255,900
  5. Greg Pohler – 248,500

Notables: Victor Ramdin (6th – 228,300), Joe Hachem (22nd – 186,100), Eddie Blumenthal (130th – 115,500), Kenny Tran (148th – 105,800), Jake Schindler (177th, 99,900), Peter Jetten (178th, 99,600), David “ODB” Baker (180th – 98,100), Brandon Adams (190th – 96,600), Robert Mizrachi (196th – 95,500), Scott Blumstein (200th – 95,000)

Day 1d
  1. Adedapo Ajayi – 340,900
  2. Zachary Grech – 318,400
  3. Ugur Secilmis – 260,000
  4. Wooram Cho – 252,100
  5. David “Bakes” Baker – 247,300

Notables: Dan Shak (8th – 229,200), Cliff Josephy (36th – 198,600), Nick Petrangelo (66th – 180,000), Matt Berkey (67th – 179,800), Greg Mueller (71st – 176,700), Nate Silver (93rd – 166,300), Ben Yu (119th – 160,600)

Day 1c
  1. Aleksandr Shevlyakov – 392,600
  2. Dylan Nguyen – 252,400
  3. Suk-Kyu Koh – 237,900
  4. Matt Glantz – 236,000
  5. Veselin Dimitrov – 235,000

Notables: JC Tran (25th – 173,400), Josh Arieh (38th), Scott Bohlman (55th – 143,800), Lucas Greenwood (108th – 106,900), Ted Forrest (190th – 79,600)

Day 1b
  1. Steve Foutty – 287,000
  2. Mattjew Traylor – 279,500
  3. Maxime Canevet – 277,000
  4. Justin Garcia – 243,500
  5. Kayvon Shahbaz – 238,500

Notables: Ryan D’Angelo (40th – 171,500), Jared Jaffee (41st – 170,700), Faraz Jaka (45th – 168,200), Niall Farrell (76th – 141,600), Stephen Chidwick (105th – 124,900), Martin Jacobson (116th – 120,100, Chris Moorman – (131st, 113,200)

Day 1a
  1. Mustapha Kanit – 363,500
  2. Rittie Chuaprasert – 345,700
  3. Alex Livingston – 319,200
  4. David Fong – 298,500
  5. Fabian Quoss – 273,800

Notables: Adrian Mateos (12th – 212,500), Doyle Brunson (41st – 151,000), Chris Wallace (45th – 148,000), Johnnie Moreno (103th – 114,000), James Woods (138th – 97,800)

Notable players in the money

Starting on Day 4, all players who were eliminated were guaranteed prizes of at least $15,000.

Day 8

Joshua Paige Remitio (4th – $2.3 million), Ozgur Secilmis (5th – $1.8 million), Hye Park (6th – $1.4 million), Alejandro Lococo (7th – $1,275,000), Jareth East (8th – $1.1 million), Chase Bianchi (9th – $1 million)

Day 7

Ramon Colillas (14th – $380,050), Chance Kornuth ($305,000), Robert Mitchell (24th – $241,800), Jeffery Lonis (25th – $241,800), Matthew Jewett (28th – $410,864)

Day 6

Tyler Cornell (38th – $163,900), Nick Petrangelo (45th – $163,900), Daniel Swartz (55th – $113,800), Abhinav Iyer (60th – $113,800), Yui Dzivielevski (81th – $81,000), Stephen Song (83rd – $68,900), Stephen Chidwick (89th – $68,900)

Day 5

Toby Lewis (112th – $50,900), James Gilbert (130th – $50,900), Jon Aguiar (190th – $44,200), Jason Koon (194th – $44,200), Marle Spragg (227th – $38,600), Qui Nguyen (241st – $38,600), Chris Moneymaker (260th – $38,600), Matt Berkey (264th – $38,600), Justin Turner (267th – $38,600), Steve Zolotow (283rd – $38,600),

Day 4

Bertrand Grospellier (312th – $33,900), Ben Yu (327th – $33,900), Jerry Wong (387th – $30,000), Barry Greenstein (388th – $30,000), David Levy (389th – $30,000), Josh Arieh (411th – $30,000), Chris Moorman (432nd – $26,700), Ryan D’Angelo (475th – $26,700), Mike Matusow (503rd – $23,900), Scott Davies (505th – $23,900), Victor Ramdin (530th – $23,900), David Pham (544th – $21,600), Brian Yoon (549th – $21,600), Christoph Vogelsang – (60th – $20,000), Kevin Gerhart (627th – $20,000), Robert Mizrachi (718th _ $17,500), Billy Baxter (733rd – $17,500), Randy Ohel (789th – $17,500), Martin Jacobson (844th – $15,000), Johnnie Moreno (888th – $15,000), Kathy Leibert (938th – $15,000), Mutapha Kanit (971st – $15,000),

Notable eliminations

Day 3: Mike Del Vecchio, Liv Boeree, Ben Lamb, Ole Schemion, Greg Mueller, Andy Frankenberger, Anthony Zinno, Andy Black, Felipe Ramos, Allen Kessler, Justin Bonomo, Erik Lindgren, Jerry Yang, Phil Hellmuth
Day 2cef: Scotty Nguyen, Hossein Ensan, Tony Miles, Erik Seidel, Brandon Adams, Nathan Gamble, David “ODB Baker, Paul Volpe, Brandon Cantu, Mikiyo Aoki, Jake Schindler, Kevin MacPhee, Dan Ott
Day 2abd: Doyle Brunson, Adrian Mateos, Tom McEvoy, Perry Friedman, David Schwartz, Jeremy Ausmus, Cary Katz, Jim McManus, Sam Soverel, Connor Drinan, Manig Loeser, Chip Jett, Jerry Yang, Ryan Riess, Asi Moshe, Kevin Martin, Jeff Gross, Kevin Martin, Mikita Badziakouski
Day 1f: Shawn Sheikhan, Andy Black, David Benyamine, Dominik Nitsche, Rainer Kempe, Robert McMillan
Day 1e: Daniel Negreanu, Dan Ott, Andrew Barber, Dan Smith, Maurice Hawkins, Ryan Leng
Day 1d: Jeff Boski, Joao Vieira, Adam Levy, Joseph Cheong, Brandon Shack-Harris, John Monnette, Michael Addamo, Phil Laak, David Williams, Greg Raymer, John Esposito, Jason Somerville, Ryan Laplante, Joe McKeehen
Day 1c: Jay Farber, Andrew Frankenberger, Tony Dunst, Bryce Yockey, Shannon Shorr
Day 1b: Johnny Chan, Ryan DePaulo, John Racener, Brian Rast, Shaun Deeb, Brian Hastings, Freddy Deeb, Barry Shulman, Nick Schulman, Brian Rast
Day 1a: Upeshka De Silva, Ali Imsirovic, Jake Swartz, Damian Salas, Calvin Anderson, Dylan Wisman, Jerod Smith

What is the schedule of the 2021 WSOP Main Event?

The WSOP will start off with six flights over the next week, which will be followed by six Day 2s (three flights per day) starting on November 9th. November 11th will mark the first combined day of all players when Day 3 gets underway. From there, the WSOP Main Event will continue each day until a winner is crowned on November 17th.

The tournament is expected to hit the money on Day 4, November 12th.

2021 WSOP Main Event Schedule

Day Date Start Level info Note
Day 1a November 4th 11 AM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 3
Day 1b November 5th 11 AM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 3
Day 1c November 6th 11 AM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 3
Day 1d November 7th 11 AM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 3
Day 1e November 8th 11 AM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 3
Day 1f November 9th 12 PM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 3
Day 2a, 2b, 2c November 9th 11 AM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 8 Remaining players from Day 1a, 1b, 1c
Day 2d, 2e, 2f November 10th 11 AM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 8 Remaining players from Day 1d, 1e, 1f
Day 3 November 11th 11 AM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 13 Remaining players from all flights
Day 4 November 12th 11 AM PT 5 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 18
Day 5 November 13th 11 AM PT 5-6 levels, 15-20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 23
Day 6 November 14th 11 AM PT 5-6 levels, 20 min breaks, 75 min break after Level 28
Day 7 November 15th 11 AM PT 20 min brreaks, 75 min break after Level 33 Play down to final 9
Day 8 November 16th 1:30 PM PT TV breaks Play down to 4 players
Day 9 November 17th 1:30 PM PT TV breaks Play down to winner

How many players entered the 2021 WSOP Main Event?

The 2021 WSOP Main Event attracted 6,650 players over six Day 1 flights and during late registration of Day 2.

What is the structure of the Main Event?

As is tradition, the WSOP Main Event has a $10,000 buy-in freezeout format with no rebuys or add-ons allowed. Once a player has busted they are out of the tournament until next year, amplifying the importance of players growing their chip counts.

Players start with 60,000 chips to begin the tournament with levels 120 minutes in length. Breaks will be provided every after every level. Players can late register anytime for the event during any Day 1 flight and the first two levels of Day 2 (before level 7).

Who is going to play the 2021 Main Event?

Every year, there is some mystery as to actually will sit down and buy-in to the Main Event. However, the WSOP Main Event, perhaps unlike any other tournament, tends to attract the most active high-profile players in the world. Think Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and many other top greats, recreational players and everyone in between.

Many players who may have put tournament poker on the back burner, or are not as high profile as they used to be, enter this event for the sheer prestige and spectacle of the WSOP Main Event. Will Doyle Brunson continue his comeback and enter the 2021 WSOP Main Event. Time will tell. Update: He did!

But really, anybody with a dream and $10,000 — or a satellite entry — can play the event, which sets the tournament apart from many other sports and competitions.

How can I watch the 2021 WSOP Main Event?

For poker fans who want to watch as much of the WSOP Main Event action as possible, you are going to want to grab a PokerGO subscription, which is available for $14.99 per month or $99 per year and is available on most devices.

They will feature live streaming coverage every day throughout the WSOP Main Event except for Day 1b (they will instead focus on the final table of the $50k Poker Players Championship that day).

ESPN will not broadcast any of the WSOP Main Event this year. Over the air coverage will instead be handled by the CBS Sports Network, not to be confused with CBS Sports.

The CBS Sports Network is available through the Paramount+ service, DirecTV, DISH and certain cable providers. CBS Sports will only handle 15 hours of Main Event coverage with much of the focus presumably on the latter portion of the Main Event.

Although ESPN will not broadcast the Main Event this year, longtime WSOP hosts Lon McEachern and Norman Chad will man the commentary booth for the latter part of the event.

Curious what the PokerGO coverage is like? Check out the free preview from Day 1a:

Where can I go for updates on the 2021 WSOP Main Event?

BonusCodePoker will provide daily updates and news throughout the 2021 WSOP Main Event this year. However, if you are looking for real-time updates on the action, there are a few different sources you will want to bookmark.

The official World Series of Poker webpage itself is a good go-to location for all things related to the WSOP Main Event. Powered by PokerNews, the source provides frequent updates on chip counts, who have busted recently, payouts and much more.

Another great option of course is Twitter. Here are some of the accounts you will definitely want to keep an eye out for over the next couple of weeks.

@Kevmath
@WSOP
@pokerlolz
@PokerGoNews
@PokerNews

What have been some of the bigger stories of the WSOP 2021 Main Event?

Doyle Brunson enters WSOP Main Event

Doyle Brunson entered the WSOP Main Event for the first time since 2013. Last month, Brunson made an appearance in the $1,000 Super Seniors Event, which was the first time he played any WSOP event since 2018. The day was a good one for Brunson, who finished the day in the top 15% of chip stacks.

Chris Moneymaker early chip leader

Could Chris Moneymaker do it again? He was among the top chip stacks during both Day 2 and Day 3, as he seeks his first WSOP bracelet since his historic 2003 run.

WSOP Main Event Money bubble reached in dramatic fasion

The 2021 WSOP Main Event was reached late on Day 3 as the field was narrowed down to 1,000 players. Watch how the action unfolded in front of shocked onlookers.

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