Jason Wheeler Wins First World Series of Poker Bracelet in $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack

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Despite a 12-year poker career with more than $4 million in live tournament earnings, Jason Wheeler’s extensive resume was without a World Series of Poker bracelet.

That changed Friday night at the 2021 WSOP when the Chicago native won the $800 no-limit hold ’em deepstack event for his first piece of WSOP gold. Wheeler defeated Columbian Julian Velasquez heads-up to top the massive 1,921-entry field and win $202,274 for his efforts.

Wheeler told WSOP reporters after the match that he has wanted a bracelet since his first near-miss 12 years ago when he finished runner-up in a $1,500 no-limit hold ’em.

“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 because it was my first series, you know?” said Wheeler. “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.”

The two-day even returned 121 players for the final day, but with 30-minute levels, the field was trimmed to the 10-handed unofficial final table after about eight hours of play. At the time of the 10-handed redraw, Wheeler was the short stack, while Diogo Veiga was the chip leader.

Wheeler won a flip with 9-9 against Antoine Goutard’s A-J to start his ascent up the chip counts and then Veiga busted Maxwell Sabel in 10th to leave the final nine at an official WSOP final table.

Robert Hill was the first player to leave the final table when he moved all in with AClub SuitJDiamond Suit and was called by Velasquez, who turned over KSpade SuitKClub Suit. Hill couldn’t drill a three-outer and was out in ninth.

Fourth-Place Finisher Garry GatesGoutard then won a flip against John O’Neal with J-J against O’Neal’s A-K. After a 7Diamond Suit4Club Suit3Heart Suit2Heart SuitQSpade Suit runout, O’Neal was out in eighth.

Ralph Massey followed O’Neal to the rail just a few hands later when he shoved with A-6 and got looked up by Velasquez’s A-Q. Massey was dead on the turn as the board came ASpade SuitAHeart Suit7Heart SuitQClub Suit4Club Suit and he took home $31,087 for his efforts.

Wheeler stayed out of most significant showdowns but chipped up to 9,200,000. With blinds of 400,000-800,000, it was a battle of the blinds between Wheeler and Goutard. Goutard moved all in from the small blind and Wheeler called off his stack with KDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit and was in great shape against Goutard’s KSpade Suit5Club Suit.

Wheeler’s hand held up after the entire board was dealt which put him into contention for the chip lead with Velasquez.

Velasquez cemented himself as the chip leader when he eliminated She Lok Wong in sixth. Wong was all in preflop against both Velasquez and Veiga. Velasquez turned a pair of kings with K-4, bet the turn, and forced Veiga to fold and bested Wong’s AHeart Suit7Heart Suit.

Goutard hit the rail just a couple of hands later when he ran 10-10 into Veiga’s Q-Q to leave the table four-handed. But at the end of the level, Wheeler was the one in the chip lead ahead of Velasquez, Veiga and 2019 WSOP main event fourth-place finisher Garry Gates as the short stack.

Velasquez busted Gates in fourth when his AClub Suit8Spade Suit bested Gates’ KClub SuitQHeart Suit and Wheeler took care of Veiga in third when his top and bottom pair held up against Veiga’s nut flush draw.

By knocking out Veiga, Wheeler took a better than 2-1 chip lead into heads-up against his Colombian opponent.

Although heads-up didn’t even last the rest of the level, the chip lead changed hand twice thanks to a double up from both players. Velasquez doubled up with QHeart SuitJHeart Suit against Wheeler’s AHeart Suit4Spade Suit and then Wheeler retook the chip lead when his 6-6 held against Velasquez’s AClub Suit4Club Suit.

Ultimately, Velasquez got his last 11 big blinds into the middle with A-2, but ran into Wheeler’s A-A. Velasquez never had much of a sweat and earned $126,252 for his runner-up finish.

Final Table Results:

POY Points

Jason Wheeler

Julian Velasquez

Diogo Veiga

Garry Gates

Antoine Goutard

She Lok Wong

Ralph Massey

John O’Neal

Robert Hill

Photo Credit: WSOP/Rachel Kay Miller




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