Koray Aldemir Dominating In Run-up To 2021 WSOP Main Event Conclusion Today

By Craig Klinski
June 17, 2022

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Koray Aldemir leads the final three with a new World Series of Poker champion to be crowned tonight.

Check out these stories and more in our report on Wednesday from the World Series of Poker.

WSOP Main Event champion to be crowned Wednesday night

Koray Aldemir continued his dominance on Day 8, building his chip stack to 264,600,000 and extending his lead against the United Kingdom’s Jack Oliver (77,300,000) and Atlanta, Georgia’s George Holmes (57,400,000).

Another half-dozen players were knocked out on Tuesday, each becoming millionaires with their payouts: 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).

Original plans had the day ending with four players until a decision was made late in the day to play down to three, which could have been two had it not for Jack Oliver’s triple up hand late in the session:

Now all attention turns to Wednesday, when a new WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned.

Aldemir is in the driver’s seat heading into the final day of play, getting underway at 2 PM PT on Wednesday. Here is where chip counts stand when play resumes:

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

Brian Hastings wins 5th bracelet

Brian Hastings became the 29th player in WSOP history to earn his 5th gold bracelet after taking down the $10,000 Stud Hi/Lo Championship on Tuesday night. Hasting outlasted 144 players over four days to win the $352,958 first place prize.

In winning the bracelet, he joins an exclusive list of players including Michael Mizrachi, Stu Ungar, Scott Nguyen and Shaun Deeb as players that have won five bracelets in their poker career.

Despite the achievement, Hastings wasn’t thinking about bracelets during the final part of the tournament. “I was just so focused on playing. I came into Day 4 fourth out of four, so I really wasn’t expecting it, but I’m really happy with how I played, happy with how I ran, and excited about it.

READ: Brian Hastings with 6th WSOP bracelet

David Moses scores first WSOP bracelet in $888 Crazy Eights

After three days and 5,252 entries, David Moses is the sole survivor of the $888 Crazy Eights, winning a $888,888 first place and his first gold bracelet.

Joining Moses at the final table was Sejin Park ($400,888), Timo Kamphues ($400,888), Paul Fehlig ($134,888), and Leonid Yanovski $102,888).

In post-match comments, Moses, who was laid off from his job a year ago, understandably said the score was life-changing money.

“Everybody wants a bracelet. They asked me if I wanted a picture of it when we got heads-up and I said I’ll get a picture when I win. Just being honest, the money mattered a lot more. It’s a huge amount of money for an eight-hundred dollar tournament, it’s life-changing money. I’ve got two amazing backers. The series has been kind of rough, but it’s definitely not rough anymore.”

Denis Strebhov takes down $2,500 Big Bet Mix

On Tuesday night, Russia’s Denis Strebhov beat Jerry Wong heads-up to win his second gold bracelet after taking down the $2,500 Big Bet Mix.

In winning his second WSOP bracelet, Strebhov defeated a field of 212 entries over three days to win the $117,898 first-place prize while Jerry Wong won $72,868 for finishing runner up.

Strebhov’s previous bracelet win came during the $3,000 HORSE in 2019. Stebhov, who almost did not play the event as he originally had a vaccine that was not approved in the United States, said he was pleased to add a second WSOP bracelet to his list of accomplishments.

“I am just speechless right now. The second bracelet is very good! I am going to go to the Razz event right now. I am already thinking about the next one. I might play another Omaha tournament, but we will see how it’s going.”

Ramine Lewis wins $10k Super Turbo Bounty

France’s Romain Lewis came out on top of the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, defeating 307 entries over 2 days of play to win his first WSOP bracelet and a $463,885 first-place prize.

In his path to victory, Lewis beat a strong final table to secure the bracelet, outlasting Aditya Agarwal ($286,705), Stephen Chidwick ($200,598) and Dario Sammartino ($76,442).

Lewis, who has come close to victory a few times, said it felt good to finally secure the bracelet. “All the different deep runs I made a couple of years ago, I was so happy with those results, but when I looked back a few years later, I was like wow bracelets are not that easy. These spots don’t come that often.”

Upcoming events

Wednesday will see the start of two new events. First up is the $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No Limit Hold’em beginning at 11 AM PT. Players will get extra bounties for knocking out a Poker Hall of Famer, with the prize equal to the year the player was inducted.

At 3 PM PT, players will sit down for the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha.

Watch the WSOP

On Wednesday night, PokerGo will stream the conclusion of the WSOP Main Event beginning at 2 PM PT. Players can tune in by purchasing a subscription for $14.99 per month or $99 per year.

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