wsop 2021 bracelet update

The World Series of Poker crowns a pair of three-time WSOP bracelet winners and three other first time champions in a busy weekend of poker action.

Check out our Monday recap of what happened on Saturday and Sunday as well as a look ahead to Monday’s action.

Kevin Gerhart wins bracelet number 3

Kevin Gerhart became the latest three-time WSOP bracelet winner on Saturday night after taking down the $10,000 HORSE Championship after four days of play to win a first-place prize of $361,124.

In his path to the victory, Gerhart outlasted a field of 149 entries including Marco Johnson heads-up ($223,194), Eddie Blumenthal ($155,871), Bryce Yockey ($111,701) and Brandon Shack-Harris ($82,033).

Gerhart’s previous bracelets came during smaller entry events, the 2019 $1,500 Razz and the 2020 WSOP.com Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed. Still, Gerhart said that the $10k doesn’t match the importance of the first.

“I would consider the first one, the Razz one, the most important just because it opened the doors for me for bigger and better things. I just started playing 10ks this year so it’s something new to me and I haven’t experienced this field very much but I have played against all these guys in the $1,500’s. I am just so happy to have all my friends that support me through everything.”

Carlos Chang wins $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout

Carlos Chang took down the $2,500 Freezeout on Saturday night to win $364,589 and his first WSOP bracelet. Chang, a “hobby” player from Taiwan, outlasted a field of 896 players over three days to claim the victory.

Other top finishers at the final table were Adrien Delmas ($161,731), Sergi Reizach ($117,650) and Arthur Conan ($86,757). In post match comments, Chang said he was pretty confident he could clinch the bracelet if he made the final table.

“I think this is my biggest cash, yes, this is my fourth final table. I told myself, this year if I make a final table, I will win the bracelet. And it happened! I am pretty excited. I was focused all day and yesterday.”

Bradley Ruben wins third WSOP bracelet

The World Series of Poker crowned yet another three-time WSOP champion on Saturday night when Bradley Ruben took down the $1,500 Razz to win a $99,168 first place prize. Ruben beat a field of 311 players over three days including Charles Sinn, Matt Grapenthien, Yuri Dzivielevski and David “ODB” Baker.

Ruben’s previous bracelets both came within the last couple of years online. His first victory came during the 2020 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha on GG Poker. He followed that up with a bracelet in the $600 Pot Limit Omaha on WSOP.com earlier this year.

Ruben said that his victory in the $1,500 Razz was only the third time we had played a Razz tournament, which he saw as an advantage.

“My theory is, if you play a game that you haven’t played much before, it’s more enjoyable. You’re kind of like a kid, you’re in awe of it. That’s helped me a lot in this tournament, and the one I got third in, in 2017.”

Ryan Hansen wins $3k Limit Hold’em

In Event #44, the $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em, Ryan Hansen was the sole survivor, winning his first WSOP bracelet and a $109,692 first place prize. He defeated a field of 162 including Kosei Ichinose ($67,796) heads-up to claim the prize.

Hansen considers himself a limit hold’em specialist that began playing in the wake of the Chris Moneymaker boom, “This is the dream. I never expected this to happen. Never expected this to happen. I was just having a shot, having some fun, and look what happened.”

Ongoing events

Poker commentator Jeff Platt leads $1k Double Stack No Limit Hold’em

ESPN and PokerGo poker commentator Jeff Platt heads the $1,000 Double Stack after 2 days with 149 players remaining. Action will pick up again at 10 AM on Monday for Day 3 as players hope to get a bigger piece of the $3.5 million prize pool.

Jonathan Witz leads PLO 8-handed Championship

After two days of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, Jonathan Witz leads a field of 18 players with action picking up at 2 PM PT on Monday.

Daniel Negreanu 4th in chips in $5k Freezeout No Limit Hold’em

Daniel Negreanu is among the top chip leaders in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 8-handed freezeout with 82 players remaining, down from the 421 players that joined the tournament on Monday. Jamie Sequeira will hold the chip lead when action resumes at 2 PM PT.

Upcoming action

Two more events are on the schedule for Monday, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, getting underway at 11 AM Pt. This will be followed up by Event #48, the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship at 3 PM PT.

Watch the WSOP

PokerGO is taking a break from the action on Monday with no poker streams. They will resume coverage tomorrow with the final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, getting underway at the regular time of 8 PM ET.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

In case you missed it, in Daniel Negreanu’s Sunday blog, he plays Day 1 of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha:

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