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2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table Reached; Aldemir Leads
The 2021 WSOP Main Event final table is set and the players seated at it are only eight eliminations away from winning $8 million and becoming poker’s world champion. Some 6,650 players bought in across several Day 1s, and created a $62,011,250 prize pool. There is $24,125,000 of that pot waiting for the finalists.
Day 7 of the Main Event, the penultimate day’s action, saw 36 players return to the action. Each of those players had high hopes of reaching the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table. It took 15 hours to reduce the 36 returning players to the final nine.
Jonathan Dwek was the first casualty of the day; he banked $198,550. Former WSOP bracelet winner Robert Mitchell crashed out in 24th for $241,800.
All eyes were on Chance Kornuth when play was down to the last two tables. The three-time bracelet winner opened the betting before four-betting all-in with Ah-Ks after George Holmes three-bet. Homes instantly called before turning over As-Ac. The Ad-6h-4c-Qd-6c board resigned Kornuth to a 16th place finish worth $305,000.
Demosthenes Kiriopoulos busted in tenth and set the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table. The Canadian found himself all-in with As-3s against Koray Aldemir’s Qd-Tc. A Qs-9s-5h-7h-Jc board sent Kiriopoulos to the showers.
2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table Seat Draw
|1||Jareth East||United Kingdom||8,300,000|
|3||Jack Oliver||United Kingdom||34,000,000|
|5||George Holmes||United States||83,700,000|
|6||Chase Bianchi||United States||14,100,000|
|7||Joshua Remitio||United States||40,000,000|
|9||Hye Park||United States||13,500,000|
Each of the nine finalists are millionaires because ninth place pays out $1,000,000. Pay jumps are relatively gradual until the jump from fifth to fourth where the difference is $500,000. There is a $700,000 difference between fourth and third, and $1.3 million between third and second. The biggest difference in the payouts is from second to first, a jump of $3.7 million.
Koray Aldemir has won hand on the top prize because he holds a colossal chip lead at the restart. The Austria-based German has 140,000,000 chips, the equivalent of 175 big blinds at his disposal. Aldemir has more than $12.3 million in live tournament winnings, by far the most of any player at the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table.
His largest score weighs in at $2,154,265, his reward for a third-place finish in the 2016 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop. Aldemir needs a fourth place or better to beat that impressive sum.
George Holmes is the only other player with more than 100 big blinds, 106 to be exact. Holmes was down to only 1.5 big blinds during Day 7, but recovered to bag up 83,700,000 chips. Holmes prefers playing home games in Atlanta and has just one live cash to his name. He finished 213th in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $50,855.
The Best of the Rest
Everyone at the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table has reached the big stage on merit. Aldemir and Holmes are the clear favorites, but there are some talented grinders left in the tournament.
British pro Jareth East is the table’s shortest stack with a mere ten big blinds. The online poker specialist needs an early double to put himself back in business. East is a dangerous foe if he has chips in front of him.
Jack Oliver is East’s fellow countryman. He is looking to become the first British Main Event champion since Mansour Matloubi won in 1990. Oliver returns in the middle of the pack with 34,000,000 chips.
Others to look out for are Turkey’s Ozgur Secilmis (24,500,000), Chase Bianchi (14,100,000), and Joshua Remitio (40,000,000). Argentina’s Alejandro Lococo (46,800,000) and Hye Park (13,500,000) complete the final nine.
Who will become the 2021 WSOP Main Event champion? We do not have long to wait to find out.