Pocket aces good enough to win 2021 WSOP $600 Deepstack for Wu Zhi

Jon Pill
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Posted on 10/07/2021

WSOP Event #8: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack put another first-time winner on the World Series of Poker’s list of bracelet winners. Zhi Wu of Boston admitted in his post game interview to a decided lack of experience before his $281,604 first place finish in Event #8.

“I won a Foxwoods $400 a couple of years ago,” Wu explained. “And I came in second in a $1,700 bounty in Florida. But I am not a professional, though I have a little experience.”

He is still maintaining a pretty professional approach to the series though. While he says he plans to party a “a little bit,” he still plans to play the Millionaire Maker and the Main Event along with a scattering of other events.

His victory saw him top out a field of 4,527 entries. At $600 a pop, that still left $2,309,280 in the prize pool after Caesars had gouged out their cut.

Final table action

“I was nervous about big hands so I changed my strategy,” Wu said, after the dust had settled. “I played big hands differently because I knew my opponent was a strong heads-up player.”

In the end, Mezrich’s skill heads up didn’t make much difference.

The final hand arrived along with the 1,200,000/2,400,000 blind level. Mezrich had another 2.4 million in for the big blind ante and looked down at T♣7♣.

Wu made it 5.2 million and Mezrich called.

The flop was, 2♣T♠J♠. Mezrich checked his middle pair looking to catch a bluff if one came from Wu. Sure enough, Wu bet 5 million into a pot of 12.8 million. Mezrich called.

The turn was the 3 changing very little. Wu moved all in for Mezrich’s remaining ~20 million or so. Getting three to one odds from the pot, Mezrich called.

Wu’s hand was not what he wanted to see — A♠A♣.

The turn came down the J and Wu stood up to chat to the PokerGO cameras through his interpreter, while Mezrich went to collect $173,998 from the cashier for his second-place finish.

Across the room, Phil Hellmuth was in the hunt for his 16th bracelet. At Wu’s table, a brand new first-time bracelet winner was collecting his first.

2021 WSOP Event #8: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack complete final table results

PositionPlayer NamePayout
1stZhi Wu$281,604
2ndAri Mezrich$173,998
3rdChrishan Sivasundaram$131,675
4thRyan Chan$100,330
5thNicholas Zautra$76,974
6thAlexander Tafesh$59,466
7thAmalim Onyia$46,262
8thHannes Jeschka$36,243
9thDaniel Lowery$28,596

Featured image source: PokerGO (photographer: Enrique Malfavon)