The 2021 WSOP’s Event #6 was the $25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (8-Handed). It saw some of the best players in the world battling it out for a substantial paycheck and a piece of WSOP wrist bling.
Players started with 150,000 in chips, and blinds at 1,000-1,000 with a 1,000 big-blind ante. The tourney had one hour blind levels, so play took on a leisurely pace. Despite the small field of 139 entries, the tournament ended up making full use of the three days scheduled for the event.
With a buy-in this high, the field was always going to be pretty star-studded. Just the lineup of players who busted in the 70s is impressive, including: Maria Ho, Ryan LaPlante, Ryan Reiss, Michael Addamo, and Upeshka De Silva.
139 entries made for 21 players paid and a min-cash of $41,493 with $833,289 up top.
Day 1 ended with Jake Daniels leading the field of 58 remaining players. Day 2’s action saw the final table reached and broken, only closing up play when there were 5 players left.
The final table bubble boy ended up being GGPoker’s newest ambassador, Jason Koon, who went to the rail in 9th place. Adam Hendrix, Paul Newey, and Mohammad Arani followed him, in that order. Arani’s elimination marked the end of Day 2.
Event #6: $25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (8-Handed) Day 3 complete seat draw and chip counts
|Seat||Player Name||Chip Count (Big Blinds)|
|Seat No. 1||Michael Liang||5,140,000 (85 big blinds)|
|Seat No. 3||Jonathan Jaffe||3,650,000 (60 big blinds)|
|Seat No. 5||Adrian Mateos||2,180,000 (36 big blinds)|
|Seat No. 6||Mustapha Kanit||2,630,000 (43 big blinds)|
|Seat No. 7||Tyler Cornell||7,455,000 (124 big blinds)|
Day 3 began with Tyler Cornell in the chip lead by a significant margin. His stack of 7,455,000 in chips far outstripped Michael Liang’s second largest stack of 5,140,000.
In the end, it came down to Cornell and Liang heads up for the $833,289. When Mateos busted in 3rd place, he left Liang to face an enormous chip disparity. Liang had 2.1 million to Cornell’s 18.8 million.
By the time the final hand came, Liang had edged that up to 3.3 million. With blinds at 125,000/500,000 there was no real room to play around. When Liang picked up K♠2♦, he shoved and Cornell called with A♣2♣.
The board rolled out A♦6♥3♦T♦2♥ leaving Liang with a pair of deuces against two pair. Liang won $515,014 and a lifetime of regret for his second place finish.
Event #6: $25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (8-Handed) complete final table results
|9th (FT bubble)||Jason Koon||$79,834|
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