harvey mathews wsop bracelet

Harvey Mathews and Rafael Lebron are the latest WSOP bracelet winners at the 2021 World Series of Poker.

Meanwhile, there are some big names that remain in the ongoing tournaments. Let’s take a look a look at all the action on Friday a look ahead to Saturday.

$3,000 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em won by Harvey Mathews

Harvey Mathews took home his first WSOP bracelet after winning Event #13, the $3,000 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em. In his path to victory, Mathews outlasted 720 entries over three days to win the WSOP hardware and a first place prize of $371,914.

Mathews was understandably excited after the bracelet win. “Obviously it feels amazing. I used to come out every year back when I was younger but then I stopped coming after Black Friday. So it just feels great to be back here and to have success. This is pretty huge.”

Joining Mathews in the final five were Gabriel Andrade ($229,848), Michael Gathy ($164,083) — who just missed his 5th WSOP bracelet — Girish Apte ($118,815) and Brandon Caputo ($87,288).

Rafael Lebron wins 2nd WSOP bracelet

Rafael Lebron becomes the latest multiple bracelet winner after being the last remaining player in Event #14, the $1,500 Seven Card Stud. In addition to the bracelet, Lebron wins a first place of $82,262, after outlasting a field of 262 entries including David Williams heads-up ($50,842).

Other top finishers include David Moskowitz ($35,521), Christina Hill ($25,344) and Shaun Deeb ($18,475).

Lebron’s first WSOP bracelet came during the 2016 Limit Hold’em 6-handed, where he won $348,435. Lebron, who doesn’t play much poker, was surprised the victory came so soon.

“I felt good about last year but since it was online only last year I shifted my focus to 2021 and thought, I guess 2021 is my year”.


Ongoing action

Final day of the $1,500 6-handed No Limit Hold’em

Day 2 of the $1,500 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em is in the books with just eight players remaining, down from a total of 1,450 entries. It’s Jeremy Malod who holds the chip lead when action gets underway at noon PT.

The remaining players are guaranteed at least $28,782 in prizes with first place set to receive $313,403.

Nate Silver among Day 3 finalists in Limit Hold’em Championshipo

The $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship is down to just 10 players after Day on Friday. John Racener will hold the chip lead when action gets underway at 2 PM PT. But the table is full of some notables including Jason Somerville, Terrence Chan and FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver.

Each player is guaranteed $25,561 in prizes with $245,680 going to first place.

Millionaire Maker attracts 2,564 during Day 1a flight

An impressive 2,568 entries joined Event #17, the $1,500 MILLIONAIRE Maker No Limit Hold’em on Friday. Yiming Li holds the chip lead in the event among the 567 survivors in the first flight.

Chance Kornuth, Asi Moshe, Shannon Shoor and Ryan Riess are among the players who are still alive heading into Day 2, which begins Sunday and will combine players from Day 1b on Saturday.

Robert Mizrachi holds lead in $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball

When Day 2 of the $2,500 Mixed Draw gets underway at 2 PM PT, 4-time WSOP bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi will hold the lead among 104 remaining players.

Joining him at the top or near the chip counts are Julien Martini, Scott Seiver, Joao Vieira and Ryan Ohel as the remaining players vie for a piece of the $562,925 prize pool including $134,390 first-place prize.

New events starting Saturday

There is just one new event is on the schedule on Saturday, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, getting underway at 3 PM ET. Players will also be able to enter the second Day 1 flight of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold’em event.

Watch the WSOP

Tonight PokerGo subscribers can tune into the final table of the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship beginning at 8 PM ET.

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Sights and sounds are the WSOP

In Daniel Negreanu’s Saturday WSOP vlog, he’s in Day 1 of the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw and experiments with the Flip & Go Madness event.