2021 wsop bracelet

Adrian Mateos, Mikita Badziakouski and Jeremy Ausmus are among the WSOP bracelet winners in a big weekend of WSOP action. Meanwhile, Leo Margets is first woman to win an open event during the 2021 WSOP.

A look at these events and more in the final weekend of the 2021 WSOP, before we look at the WSOP 2022.

Adrian Mateos earns 4th WSOP bracelet in the $250k Super High Roller

Adrian Mateos took down his 4th career bracelet on Saturday after winning the $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em against some of the poker’s biggest players. Mateos defeated 33 players over the three-day event to win the bracelet and the first-place prize of $3,265,000.

In his path to victory, Mateos beat Ben Heath heads-up ($2,018,148), followed by John Kincaid ($1,370,575), Seth Davis ($930,791) and Keith Tilson ($632,124) at the final table.

Mateos’ previous bracelets came during the 2013 No Limit Hold’em Main Event in Europe, the 2016 $1,500 Summer Solstice No Limit Hold’em and the 2017 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship. But despite his long list of accomplishments, Mateos has never won a Super High Roller.

“It means a lot. I have played some $100,000 tournaments and even the $1,000,000 buy-in, and I never won a big buy-in like this. So this was something I’ve had in mind, to win one of these.”

Check out the conclusion of the match, which PokerGo simulcast on YouTube:

Leo Margets wins $1,500 Closer

Spain’s Leo Margets became the first woman to win an open event during the 2021 World Series when she took down the $1,500 Closer for her first bracelet and a $376,850 first-place prize. To win the event, Marget outlasted 1,903 entries over two days including defeated Alex Kulev heads-up ($376,850) in an epic comeback. Before that, Stephen Song ($172,855), Marc Lang ($129,460) and Arturo Segura ($97,865) hit the rails to round out the top 5.

Margets already had nearly $1.2 million in live tournament winnings prior to the victory. Her previous best cash came during a 27th place finish in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, where she took home $352,832.

In post-match comments, Margets alluded to that wins like this might motivate more women to take up the game heavily dominated by men. “Usually, it’s going be harder for a woman to get a bracelet because we are few [in poker]. [The victory] might motivate women to be interested.”

Jeremy Ausmus snags his third bracelet from Hellmuth and Negreanu

Eighty-five players entered the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller, but it was the final three that had all of the attention early Sunday. Jeremy Ausmus, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu battled each other three-handed over three hours with Ausmus ultimately prevailing with a $1.2 million win and his third WSOP bracelet.

Hellmuth knocked out Negreanu with a straight against Negreanu’s two pair, leaving Hellmuth to face off against two-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus. After Negreanu busted, the match only lasted two more hands as Hellmuth’s two pair was beaten by Ausmus’s straight. For their efforts, Hellmuth still won $734,807 while Negreanu takes home $519,764. Josh Arieh finished in 7th place to hold on to his top 2021 WSOP Player of the Year position.

Here was how Hellmuth stayed alive with a lucky river:

Ausmus said in post-match comments that he was not intimidated by the 22 combined bracelets from Negreanu and Hellmuth.

“I mean, I’ve played with them a lot. A fair amount over the years. I play a fair amount of PLO, so I felt like I liked my spot, you know. Not saying they’re not great players or anything. And they have a lot of tournament experience and they’ve been here a million times.”

Mikita Badziakouski wins 1st bracelet with $50k High Roller win

Belarus high roller Mikita Badziakouski won his first WSOP bracelet of his poker career when he took down the $50,000 High Roller to win a $1,462,043 first-place prize. Mikita Badziakouski defeated a field of 113 players including Ren Lin heads-up ($903,610), Daniel Negreanu ($661,041) — who earned his 2nd third-place finish in a row — Jason Koon ($489,585) and Stephen Chidwick ($367,153).

Badziakouski, who has now won just shy of $31 million in recorded live tournament winnings, has moved to 13th place all-time, passing Daniel Colman with the victory.

In post-match comments, Badziakouski was happy to win another tournament but was forthright about how much winning a bracelet means to him.

“Honestly, the bracelet is not as important for me as it is for many other players. I will just say it feels great to win a high roller.”

$1,000 Super Turbo won by Michael McCauley

Michael McCauley took down the $1,000 Super Turbo No Limit Hold’em late on Sunday night to win his first WSOP bracelet and a $161,384 first-place prize. To claim the prize, McCauley outlasted 1,025 players over a single-day tournament. Other top finishers included Andrew Wilson ($99,742) and Neel Joshi ($72,031), and Yuval Bronshtein ($52,679).

McCauley, who was participating in his first WSOP, almost opted out of the tournament for a $2/$5 No LImit Hold’em cash game.

“This is my first WSOP so it’s pretty amazing to come out here and win a bracelet. I was nervous but after I won a couple of pots I settled down and trusted my reads. I tried not to pay attention to the field, trusted my game and I believe I can play with the best of them.”

Daniel Turner wins $1,000 Mini Main Event on WSOP.com

Daniel “SilasSilver” Turner won the $1,000 Mini Main Event on WSOP.com early Monday, defeating a field of 774 unique entries to win a $142,663 first-place prize.

Ongoing action

Fedor Holz leads a stacked field in the $100k High Roller

Fedor Holz leads a who’s-who of prominent high stakes players in the $100,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em. On Sunday, 53 players joined the event with late registration open until 1 PM PT on Monday. In addition to Holz, top chip stacks include David Peters, Orpen Kisaikoglu, Sam Grafton and Bill Klein.

Upcoming events

On Monday, the final event of the 2021 World Series of Poker will be held when the $5,000 8-Handed No Limit Hold’em gets underway at noon PT.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

In his latest WSOP vlog on Monday, Daniel Negreanu plays in day two of the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller:

In case you missed it, in the previous day Daniel Negreanu reported in from the final table of the $50,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha event, where he sat with Phil Hellmuth and Jeremy Ausmus as the final three in the event.

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