Event #50 of the 2021 WSOP is $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed. This two-day event started at 11 am on Tuesday, October 27. It featured eight-player tables and was designed to offer players a simplified “mixed games” format at an affordable price. It included a single re-entry option per player.
Every WSOP so far has seen hundreds of players sign up in the hopes of scoring their first ever cash at the Las Vegas series. Darrin Wright’s dream came true in 2021 when he won the $600 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha mixed event.
As with several of the lower buy-in tournaments this year, the event drew a relatively large field, scoring 1,569 entrants. This created a prize pool of $800,190. Wright came away with $127,219.
Viewers and fans were wowed by Wright’s aggressive play at the final eight-handed table. During play at that table, he personally eliminated five of his seven opponents.
The PLO segment of the event worked in Wright’s favor, even though having a stake in the majority of pots generally requires a favorable card distribution, The marriage of the pot-limit betting structure preflop, plus the fact that hand equities are close in PLO, creates a big stack to pound in smaller stacks. Wright used this to his decided advantage.
This format debuted in the 2019 WSOP. The reigning champion — and, to date, the only $600 NLH/PLO bracelet winner in WSOP history — is Greece’s Aristeidis Moschonas. Moschonas earned a career-best $194,759 payday by topping a 2,403-entry field in the 2019 event.