Brian Yoon Wins 4th WSOP Bracelet; Paul Volpe Leads Poker Players Championship

By Craig Klinski
November 4, 2021

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Brian Yoon becomes the latest player to win at least four bracelets at this year’s World Series of Poker while Anatolii Zyrin wins his second after a victory in the Colossus. Plus the Poker Player Championship enters a third day.

We take a look at all these stories and more in the Tuesday edition of the WSOP update.

Brian Yoon wins $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

Brian Yoon became the latest player to win a 4th bracelet after taking down the $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship on Monday night. Over three days, he outlasted a field of 80 players to earn an $839,350 first-place prize. Yoon defeated a strong group of players that included Danny Wong ($148,341) heads-up — who led the first two days – Wil Wilkinson ($104,381), Don Nguyen ($74,939), Joao Vieira ($54,993), Brandon Shack Harris ($54,217) and Jorden Siegel ($31,290).

In winning his 4th bracelet, he joins a growing list of players that achieved the feat this year including Ben Yu, John Monnette, Adam Friedman and Farzad Bonyadi. A handful of players have earned even more impressive feats this year. Shaun Deeb and Brian Rast have earned their 5th WSOP bracelets this year, Erik Seidel his 9th and Phil Hellmuth his 16th.

In post-match comments, Brian Yoon said it felt good to win in what is currently his most enjoyable game.

“This is awesome because I would say that right now deuce-to-seven is my favorite game. I’ve been working on this game for several years. I studied and I learned the game. I learned a lot of advanced stuff about this game and it’s great to get to use it.

Anatoliy Zyrin earns 2nd WSOP bracelet after Colossus win

After three days and 9,399 entries, we finally have a winner of the $400 buy-in Colossus No Limit Hold’em. Anatoliy Zyrin outlasted the huge field which included Michael Lee heads-up ($199,450) to win his second gold bracelet and a $314,705 first-place prize. Following Zyrin with six-figure scores was Kevin Rand ($147,595) and Phuoc Nguyen ($112,730).

With his win, Russia’s Zyrin eclipses the $2 million mark in lifetime tournament wins — $2,218,156 to be precise. This wasn’t his biggest-ever win which came during a $5,000 event at the 2019 Merit Poker Retro, a second-place finish for $359,450.

Zyrin’s first bracelet came at the $1,500 Omaha Mix in 2019, but in post-match comments, he indicated he was the proudest of this event. “The first one was more luck, but this one was won on skill. I had to defeat such a large field. Really strange feeling when you win against more than 9,000 people.”

Ongoing action

Poker Players Championship draws 63

After two days of play, Paul Volpe finds himself as the chip leader of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship with 35 players remaining out of the 63 that registered. In the chip count standings, Volpe is closely followed by Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Adam Friedman, Alex Livingston and Chris Vitch.

Other notable players still vying for the $954,020 first-place prize include Nick Schulman (10th in chips), Eli Elezra (12th), Daniel Negreanu (14th), Josh Arieh (16th) and Anthony Zinno (22nd), to name a few.

This is a tournament that is set to run for five days with Day 3 getting underway at 2 PM PT for players to grind out another six levels.

Reginald Powell leads Super Seniors event

Reginald Powell heads a field of 65 players in the $1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold’em event, a tournament dedicated to players who are 60 years of age or older. Day 3 action kicked off at 10 AM PT on Tuesday with David Slaughter, Randall Bolick and Bill Stabler among other large stacks to begin the day. Players are guaranteed a prize of at least $3,678 with $255,623 set for first place.

10 teams left in the Tag Team event

A team of Michael Newman and Robert Ormont leads the $1,000 Tag Team heading into Day 3 on Wednesday with just 10 teams remaining. Action for the third and final day will kick off at 2 PM PT with teams vying for a bracelet and a $56,683 first place prize.

Robert Hankins leads $600 Deepstack Championship

The $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em attracted 3,916 entries during Day 1 on Monday with Robert Hankins leading a field of 448 to the day’s action. Day 2 will pick up on Thursday at noon with the remaining players guaranteed at least $1,051 in prizes.

113 remain in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

On Monday, 725 entries joined Event #62, the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better with just 113 of those surviving the day. Japan’s Tsugunari Toma will hold a nearly 3:1 chip lead when action resumes at 2 PM PT. Other notable players battling include Nathan Gamble, Andrew Yeh, Ari Engel, Mike Matusow and Chip Jett.

Upcoming events

On the schedule for Tuesday is two new events. First up is the $500 Salute to Warriors No Limit Hold’em event, which gets underway at 11 AM PT. Proceeds from the event are donated to the USO and other veteran organizations. This event will be followed up by the start of the $5,000 Mixed No Limit Hold’em beginning at 3 PM PT.

Watch the WSOP

There is no streaming coverage of the WSOP for Tuesday. The next event on the schedule is on Thursday when poker fans will be able to tune into PokerGo for the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

Daniel Negreanu plays in Day 2 of what he calls the best tournament of the year, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship in the latest episode of his daily WSOP vlog.

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