October 22, 2021
Say what you want about him, but Phil Hellmuth never fails to impress — or cause controversy — at the WSOP. Over the past week, Hellmuth won his 16th career bracelet and came just one spot away from claiming #17 just a few days later. His performance has put him in the lead for the WSOP Player of the Year award, but that doesn’t mean he has the spotlight all to himself, as a number of other players had strong weeks — and impressive performances of their own — on the felt. Here’s a quick look at the players who distinguished themselves as the Big Winners at the WSOP for the week ending Oct. 21.
$5,000 Six-handed No-Limit Hold’em
Outlasting 577 players, Ball won his first WSOP bracelet, beating Galen Hall heads up with a run of cards so good that it included flopping a straight flush.
The Player of the Year contender took down his second bracelet of the 2021 WSOP and his fourth overall, beating 593 other mixed-game aficionados.
$1,000 PLO 8-Handed
With his fifth WSOP cash, Weisman won his first bracelet by surviving a field of 1,069.
$10K Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em
The Las Vegas-based poker coach beat out a small field of 65 players to win his third WSOP bracelet.
$1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout
Working his way through a massive 3,250-player field, Noori beat 2021 bracelet winner Ryan Long heads-up for his first WSOP bracelet.
$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
Hellmuth extended his WSOP bracelet record to 16 by winning this event. It’s his first bracelet in No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, something he said he’s wanted since he first started playing in the WSOP.
The man known as Mr. Big Queso made his 66th cash a good one by winning his second career WSOP bracelet.
$800 Eight-handed No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack
The Israeli won the first bracelet of his career when he outlasted 2,777 players for his 31st WSOP cash.
$1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
“Bakes” won his third WSOP bracelet by being the last player of 285. He’s cashed five times this series.
$500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout
The poker player from San Fransisco made his first WSOP cash count when he outlasted 2,930 players to win a bracelet.
$10k Dealers Choice Six-Handed
Friedman won his third consecutive dealer’s choice bracelet while, at the same time, denying Hellmuth his 17th career bracelet, and the second of the past week.
$1,500 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em
The Lithuanian poker player scored his 16th WSOP cash and won his first bracelet by outlasting 1,440 players in this turbo event.
$888 WSOP.com PLO Crazy 8’s
Pushing his WSOP winnings to more than $230K, Stoker won his first bracelet in this online event.
Photos by Danny Maxwell and Hayley Hochstetler, courtesy of WSOP.com.
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