Koray Aldemir Wins 2021 WSOP Main Event

By Craig Klinski
November 24, 2021

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Germany’s Koray Aldemir is the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, beating a field of 6,650 players over nine days of play to win the $8 million prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet. In addition to poker’s biggest prize, Aldemir also eclipses the $20 million mark in lifetime tournament winnings.

The final hand came while Aldemir and heads-up opponent George Holmes were virtually even in chips with Aldemir holding just a slight lead. Aldemir was dealt T7s while Holmes had KQo. The flop came a 10 of hearts, 2 of hearts and 7 of spades, giving Aldemir two pair and two overcards for Holmes.

The turn came the King of spades and the river the nine of clubs, giving Holmes top pair on the turn before he went all-in on the river. Aldemir called after some thought to become the 2021 World Series of Poker champion. Check out how the action unfolded below:

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How it went down

Aldemir had the chip lead as early as Day 5 and bounced around the top of the leaderboard for the next few days, including chip leads after Day 7 and Day 8.

After a delayed start on Wednesday, the WSOP got underway at around 2:30 PM PT with Koray Aldemir, Jack Oliver and George Holmes each with an eye on poker’s biggest prize. Aldemir started the day in a dominant position as the chip leader with 264 million, followed by the United Kingdom’s Jack Oliver and Georgia “home game player,” George Holmes.

In total, 223 hands were played at the final table with Holmes taking a brief lead around hand 170. From there, the players bounced the even mark until the final hand put away Holmes.

Although Aldemir came away with the victory and the coveted WSOP bracelet, all players who made the final table became instant millionaires with their showings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

2021 WSOP Main Event Prizes

Position Player Location Prize
1 Koray Aldemir Germany $8,000,000
2 George Holmes Atlanta, GA $4,300,000
3 Jack Oliver Markyate, Great Britian $3,000,000
4 Joshua Paige Remitio Gilbert, AZ $2,300,000
5 Ozgur Secilmis Istanbul, Turkey $1,800,000
6 Hye Park Edgewater, NJ $1,400,000
7 Alejandro Lococo Argentina $1,225,000
8 Jareth East Redhill, Great Britain $1,100,000
9 Chase Bianchi Columbia, MD $1,000,000

Missed the final day of the Main Event?

The Main Event was streamed on PokerGo and broadcast on PokerGo for poker fans to follow hand by hand on Wednesday.

You will need a PokerGo subscription to stream the action, but you can also watch a replay on PokerGo, if you have a subscription. Subscriptions start at $14.99 per month or $99 per year.

Poker fans were also given a free preview of the first hour, which is also available below:

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Scenes from the 2021 WSOP Main Event

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