Ole Schemion And Jason Wheeler Win First WSOP Bracelets; Arieh And Hellmuth Battle For Player Of The Year

By Craig Klinski
December 1, 2021

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Two seasoned players win their first WSOP bracelets while two big names battle for the title of 2021 WSOP Player of the Year in the $50k Pot Limit Omaha.

Check out these stories and more in the Saturday World Series of Poker report.

Ole Schemion wins $1,979 Hall of Fame Bounty

Ole Schemion inked a win in the $1,979 No-Limit Hold’em Hall of Fame Bounty after defeating opponent Benjamin Underwood heads-up on Friday. With the win, the German takes home his first WSOP bracelet and a prize of $172,499.

Although the win was Schemion’s first WSOP bracelet, he has been an accomplished player in the high-stakes poker circuit over the past decade, winning over $16 million in live tournament earnings, according to the Hedon Mob. Career highlights include $1 million wins at the 2016 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller, 2012 Partouche Poker Tour €8,500 Main Event and the 2014 Aria Super High Roller $100,000.

“Schemion hasn’t played much live poker due to the pandemic, but he has been itching to get back out there. “It has been very difficult to play any live poker with things how they are…I was really craving it and it just feels great to come out here to play, now it feels even better now that I have won something.”

Jason Wheeler takes down $800 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack

On Friday night, Jason Wheeler was vitorious in the $800 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack, defeating a field of 1,921 players to win his first WSOP bracelet and a $202,284 prize. In his path to victory, he knocked out Julian Velasquez ($126,252) heads-up along with Diogo Veiga ($93,627), Garry Gates ($70,077) and Antoine Goutard ($52,943).

Wheeler has now amassed over $4.3 million in lifetime tournament winnings with his first WSOP appearance coming twelve years ago.

“My first time I got heads-up for a bracelet was in 2009 and at the time I didn’t truly appreciate what it was at the time because it was my first series you know. It was so long ago, it takes so long to be back heads-up for a Bracelet. I played almost every event that was on the series. I have been working hard and it feels good to be validated and play well”

Ongoing action

Adrian Mateos leads $250,000 Super High Roller

Another nine players late registered for the $250,000 Super High Roller on Friday bringing the total number of entrants to 33 and an $8.2 million prize pool. Adrian Mateos holds a big chip lead with 25.5 million, followed by Keith Tilston’s 8.9 million, Ben Heath at 6.5 million, Seth Davies at 4.5 million and John Kincaid at 3.9 million.

The remaining players are guaranteed at least $632k with $3.2 million allocated for 1st, $2 million for 2nd and nearly $1.4 million for third. Play resumes at 4 PM PT on Saturday.

802 join first flight of The Closer

The $1,500 Closer attracted 802 players on Friday with Osman Ihlamur holding a small chip lead over the 25 survivors. Other top chip counts include Dimitar Danchev, Wesley Belding, Kenny Hallaert, Chris Moorman and Rainer Kemp. They will be joined by the survivors from Day 1b on Saturday for Day 2 at noon on Sunday.

$50k Pot Limit Omaha High Roller attracts 85 players

on Friday, Day 1 of the $50k Pot Limit Omaha High Roller welcomed 85 entries, of which 33 survived the day. Laszlo Bujtas holds the chip lead when action resumes at 2 PM PT. He will have some stiff competition as Ben Lamb, Josh Arieh, Daniel Negreanu, Jeremy Ausmus, Scott Seiver and Dan Cates are all in the top 10 in chips.

In addition to the prize pool and bracelet, that event could have repercussions for the Player of the Year race, which currently has Josh Arieh and Phil Hellmuth 1 and 2.

Upcoming events

It’s the last weekend of the World Series of Poker and only four live events remain. Today poker players can join the $50,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em, which will get underway at 3 PM PT. Flight 1b of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Closer also kicks off at 11 AM PT.

Watch the WSOP

Good news – poker fans will be able to tune into the final table of the $250,000 Super High Roller on PokerGo, beginning at 5 PM PT on a 1-hour delay. You can watch the action by purchasing a subscription of $14.99 or $99 per year.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

In his latest WSOP vlog, Daniel Negreanu is fighting in the $250,000 Super High Roller, where first place is set to receive $3.2 million.

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