The 2021 WSOP Event #10 $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty Tournament started at 11am PST on Tuesday, October 5, and wrapped up just 16 hours later at 3am PST. The freezeout event drew 1,640 players to generate a total prize pool of $1,408,870. The action was fast and furious throughout, with the blinds going up every 20 minutes. Michael Perrone was the last survivor of a long day of poker, scooping his first WSOP bracelet, a first-place prize of $152,173, and some additional money in bounties as well.
Every knockout in this tournament came with a $300 bounty reward that was taken out of the prize pool for every entry. This tournament continued the trend of many others during the 2021 WSOP of failing to get the same amount of traction that it did in 2019. The 2019 $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty event had 2,452 unique entries. While the WSOP Reunion event surpassing its $5 million guarantee was an early win for the series, overall the effects of COVID-19 fears, the vaccine requirement, and international travel issues are clearly taking their toll on the numbers.
Michael Perrone likely didn’t mind having 812 fewer players to get through this year. Perrone had $575,322 in documented tournament earnings on his Hendon Mob page before this victory. His biggest career cash before Tuesday’s was for $118,090 when he finished in sixth place in the $3,700 WPT Main Event in Choctaw, Durant in July. Perrone had eight WSOP cashes and 27 WSOP Circuit cashes with two rings before this win as well.
Super Turbo final table action
The unofficial final table of 10 players was reached a little over 13 hours after the tournament had begun. It would take another two-and-a-half hours or so before Perrone would be crowned the champion.
Perrone entered heads-up with Pierre Calamusa with the a slight chip advantage of roughly 19,500,000 to Calamusa’s 13,500,000. Calamusa fell into an early hole, but managed to double back up to 12 million chips when he moved all-in with queen-five against Perrone’s ace-six and won the hand with a flopped queen.
The roles were reversed on the final hand of the tournament. This time, it was Perrone shoving with the queen-high hand of queen-nine and getting called by the ace-seven of Calamusa. And once again the queen-high hand won as the flop came queen-nine-six to put Perrone in the lead. A seven on the turn gave Calamusa some outs, but the four of diamonds completed the board and sealed the victory for Michael Perrone.
Final Table Payouts
1. Michael Perrone: $152,173
2. Pierre Calamusa: $94,060
3. Jeremiah Fitzpatrick: $69,454
4. Scott Podolsky: $51,787
5. Paul Dhaliwal: $38,996
6. John Moss: $29,657
7. Paul Jain: $22,783
8. Badr Imejjane: $17,680
9. Gabriel Ramos: $13,861
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