Chad Norton Wins Bracelet In First Ever WSOP Tournament

By Craig Klinski
November 2, 2021

Chad Norton WSOP Bracelet

A car salesman turned online poker player wins a WSOP bracelet in his first-ever WSOP tournament. Poker commentator Jeff Platt is among players still alive in the Monster Stack.

Check out what happened Monday and what’s ahead for Tuesday’s action at the World Series of Poker.

Chad Norton wins $800 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack

Chad Norton is the winner of the $800 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack after two days of play to win his first WSOP bracelet and a first place prize of $214,830. Joining Norton at the final table was Steve Lemma ($132,802), Andrew Jackeln ($98,269), Narimaan Ahmadi ($73,271) and Ivan Uzunov ($55,279), who each topped a field of 2,053 entries in the event.

Not only was the victory Norton’s first WSOP bracelet, it just so happened to be Norton’s first-ever WSOP tournament. “I play mostly online but I came in on such a downswing so to be able to come in and win my first ever WSOP tournament feels amazing,” said the former car salesman.

Norton, who plays mostly at Canterbury Park near Minneapolis, had a previous best live cash during a 187th place finish at the $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (Event #17) where he won $7,225 earlier this year. Just last week he had a 2nd place finish in the $400 No Limit Hold’em during the Rio Daily Deep Stack Series for $3,938.

Ongoing action

17 left in the Double Stack No Limit Hold’em

After three days and 3,991 entries, the $1,000 Double Stack is down to just 17 players. Michael Wang will hold the chip lead when the action gets underway at noon PT. He will be joined by WSOP bracelet winners Sejin Park and Jonathan Dokler as they play towards the bracelet and a $446,983 first-place prize.

Also still alive is PokerGO poker commentator Jeff Platt, who is guaranteed at least $19,391 in prizes.

Final five of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship

Tuesday is the 4th and final day of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship, which Tommy Le leads among the remaining five players with Artem Maksimov, Chris Sandrock, Jordan Spurlin and Jeremy Ausmus also vying for the title. They will reconvene at 4 PM PT for the conclusion of the event that is set to guarantee at least $168,689 in prizes with an impressive $746,477 for first.

Alexandre Reard leads $5,000 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em

The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout is down to 5 players from an original 421 entries after two days of play. Alexandre Reard finds himself as the chip leader with WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Strelitz, Qing Liu, Conrad Simpson and Ren Lin still alive fighting for the bracelet and a $428,694 first-place prize. A winner will be crowned on Tuesday with action set to begin at 3 PM PT.

$1,500 Shootout down to 80 players

The $1,500 Shootout is down to 80 players who will return to Day 2 beginning at noon PT. The remaining players will play 8-handed on 10 tables with each of the winners returning for the third and final table on Wednesday.

Sam Soverel leads $10k No Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship

A big name leads Event #49, the $10k No Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship, after Day 1 action on Monday. Sam Soverel is at the top of the chip counts among 43 players with late registration still open prior to the Day 2 start time of 2 PM PT. When action picks up, Soverel will be joined by other top stacks such as Johannes Becker, Julien Martini, Shaun Deeb and Benny Glaser.

Upcoming action

There are two new events on the calendar for Tuesday. First up will be the 50th event of the 2021 WSOP, the $600 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-handed getting underway at 11 AM PT. This will be followed up by the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Champion at 3 PM PT.

Watch the WSOP

PokerGo is set to showcase two events on Tuesday — the final table of the $10,000 8-Handed Pot Limit Omaha Championship and the final table of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout and the Poker fans can watch the action but subscribe to PokerGo for $14.99 per month or $99 for a year.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

In Daniel Negreanu’s Tuesday WSOP vlog, he is one of the top stacks in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout as he seeks his 12th cash of the series.

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