2021 WSOP Day 51: Glaser, Schemion, Cowen and Wheeler Pick Up Bracelets; Mateos Chip Leads in $250K SHR

Day 51 WSOP

Day 51 of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) featured another full day of poker action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in sunny Las Vegas with four events playing out to their conclusion. Day 1a of The Closer and the $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller also played out whilst the final table of the $250,000 Super High Roller was established.

It was a good day for the Brits at the WSOP as English poker pro Benny Glaser secured WSOP bracelet number four and Welsh PLO specialist Robert Cowen captured his maiden WSOP title.

Jason Wheeler and Ole Schemion also won their first WSOP gold bracelets whilst Adrian Mateos gained the chip lead heading into the $250,000 Super High Roller final table. Osman Ihlamur bagged big on Day 1a of The Closer and Laszlo Bujtas leads the pack after his performance on Day 1 in the PLO High Roller.

Read on to learn about what took place on Day 51 of the 2021 WSOP.

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Benny Glaser Finally Gets 2021 WSOP Bracelet After Winning Event #78: $10,000 Razz Championship

Benny Glaser

The 2021 WSOP Event #78: $10,000 Razz Championship attracted 109 players who generated a prize pool of $1,016,425. After four days of play, the UK’s Benny Glaser emerged victorious to capture a $274,693 top prize and the fourth gold bracelet of his career.

It was the cherry on top of a solid series for Glaser, who kicked things off by finishing runner-up to Jesse Klein in Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. He would go on to take ninth in Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for $31,110 followed by third in Event #49: $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship for $132,685. So, was the victory a redemption of sorts?

“Absolutely, yeah. I was disappointed with the second and third,” Glaser admitted. “I was a big chip leader in both of those and it seemed like the win was in sight for both, which made it kind of more disappointing. Makes this win more enjoyable after tasting that recent disappointment.”

Glaser, who prior to the win had $2,670,003 in tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob, won his first bracelet back in 2015 when he took down Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw for $136,215. His other two came the following year within a few days of each other. First, he won the 2016 WSOP Event #26: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $244,103 followed by Event #32: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $407,194.

“I’m feeling amazing. There were a couple of rough hands where he took the lead and it started to feel less enjoyable, but in the end, I think that made the win even more enjoyable,” Glaser said.

2021 WSOP Event #78 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom$274,693
2Everett CarltonUnited States$169,773
3Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil$123,254
4Erik SagstromSweden$90,859
5John MonnetteUnited States$68,025
6Yehuda BuchalterUnited States$51,739
7Erik SeidelUnited States$39,987
8Phil HellmuthUnited States$31,411

Ole Schemion Secures First Ever WSOP Win After Dominant Final Table Display in Event #79: Poker Hall of Fame Bounty

Ole Schemion

After only two hours of play in Event #79: $1,979 Hall Of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold’em, it was Ole Schemion who came out on top, winning his first WSOP bracelet and $172,499.

“It’s not too often in live tournaments that you come in first place,” said Schemion after his win. “It’s what we all try to do but it feels very good to run through a good field and win one.”

The 29-year old German pro, who resides now in Austria with his wife and two kids, has an impressive resume of over $16 million in lifetime earnings, and has collected his first live cash in over two years.

“It has been very difficult to play any live poker with things how they are,” he said when discussing his absence from live poker “I was really craving it and it just feels great to come out here to play, now it feels even better now that I have won something.”

A relatively experienced final table was facing Schemion with former November niner Jerry Wong, and number one on the Philippines all-time money list Marc Rivera. Though he did not collect any bounties this tournament, he collected a nice new piece of jewellery and a WSOP win to add to his already very decorated tournament results.

2021 WSOP Event #79 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Ole SchemionGermany$172,499
2Benjamin UnderwoodCanada$106,618
3Giovani TorrePortugal$74,175
4Marc RiveraPhillipines$52,569
5James AlexanderUnited States$37,965
6Jerry WongUnited States$27,951

Robert Cowen Triumphs in Event #80: $3,000 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha for $280,916

Robert Cowen

Event #80: $3,000 6-Handed Pot Limit-Omaha has come to an end and after nearly twelve hours of blazing play on Day 3 it was Robert Cowen who emerged from an original starting field of 496 as the winner of his first WSOP Bracelet and the grand prize of $280,916.

It took a few minutes for the reality to set in for the poker pro hailing from Swansea, Wales who looked to be still in the zone from the grueling day of poker but was starting to loosen up thanks to a boisterous rail of friends who were over the moon for their friend.

“It’s not quite sunk in yet. It’s a big load off. I have been wanting one of these (WSOP Bracelet) for 15 years after watching the main and stuff on ESPN”.

It was a great event for Cowen to win as he stated he is primarily a PLO cash game specialist and loves to compete in the game of PLO first and foremost.

Despite the preference to PLO, Cowen is fresh off a 39th place finish in the Main Event just a few days ago as he was able to ride that deep run momentum to a bracelet tonight.

“I have had quite a few deep runs. I played well all series really; I have not made many mistakes it’s just that this one landed as the big winner.” (Referring to his other four cashes, including three top 70 finishes in PLO events).

One of the key hands that propelled Cowen to the bracelet came three-handed when he was down to one card, drawing to a king against eventual second-place finisher Robert Emmerson and that king would come to breath new life into Cowen’s bid to win.

“I don’t often cheer when I win a hand but that one was big. And I had no doubts that I was going to win the tournament “

Final Table Results

1Robert CowenUnited Kingdom$280,916
2Robert EmmersonUnited Kingdom$173,613
3Uri ReichensteinIsrael$116,106
4Dylan WeismanCanada$79,368
5William BensonUnited States$55,485
6Karel MokryCzech Republic$39,688
7Mike MatusowUnited States$29,063

Jason Wheeler Wins His Fist WSOP Bracelet in Event #81: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack

Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler was crowned the winner of Event #81: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack to win his first WSOP bracelet. The American poker pro defeated a 1921 player field and beat Columbian Julian Velasquez in heads-up play to win the $202,274 top prize.

Wheeler had over $4.1 million in live earnings coming into this event which included a second-place finish in 2009 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold‘em event where he finished just short of the WSOP bracelet that has eluded him ever since.

“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 at the time because it was my first series you know. 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”

Event 81: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Final Table

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Jason WheelerUnited States$202,274
2Julian VelasquezColumbia$126,252
3Diogo VeigaPortugal$93,627
4Garry GatesUnited States$70,077
5Antoine GoutardFrance$52,943
6Shelok WongUnited States$40,376
7Ralph MasseyUnited States$31,087
8John O'NealUnited States$24,165
9Robert HillUnited States$18,968

Final Table Set for Event #82: $250,000 Super High Roller

Adrian Mateos

Only five players remain after the money bubble was burst late on Day 2 of Event #82: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em. Adrian Mateos will lead the way into the final day with 25,500,000 chips, a commanding lead over the rest of his competitors.

Mateos bagged up over half of the chips in play, most of which was accumulated while the short stacks navigated the money bubble late on Day 2. The three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner will be the odds on favorite to capture his fourth title and the $3,265,362 payday that comes along with it.

Entering the day near the top of the leaderboard, Mateos got off to a quick start by doubling up through Michael Addamo in the first orbit. From there, it was pretty smooth sailing for the Spanish poker pro who has over $21 million in career earnings. In the last hour of the night, Mateos clashed with Keith Tilston in what was the largest pot of the night. A four-bet pot quickly escalated between the two chip leaders and Mateos finally forced a fold from his opponent after barrelling three streets.

Tilston will also be joining Mateos tomorrow in the final five as the only other player to have won a WSOP gold bracelet. Tilston sits second in chips with 8,900,000 after cracking the money bubble and sending Christoph Vogelsang home in sixth place. Ben Heath (6,500,000), Seth Davies (4,550,000), and John Kincaid (3,925,000) round out the rest of the field who will battle for the title.

$250,000 Super High Roller Final Table

TableSeatNameChip CountBig Blinds
Featured Table1Ben Heath6,500,00026
Featured Table2John Kincaid3,925,00016
Featured Table3Adrian Mateos25,500,000102
Featured Table4Keith Tilston8,900,00036
Featured Table5Seth Davies4,550,00018

$250,000 Super High Roller Final Table Payouts


Osman Ihlamur Bags Big on Day 1a of Event #83: $1,500 The Closer

Osman Ihlamur

Day 1a of Event #83: $1500 The Closer No-Limit Hold’em has concluded and has generated a $1,070,670 prize pool from it's 802 entrants. A total of 121 players made the money and only 25 players remain.

Leading the field is Osman Ihlamur with 1,765,000 in chips, this would be Ihlamur’s first cash of the 2021 World Series of Poker. Dimitar Danchev (1,635,000), Wesley Belding (1,620,000), Kenny Hallaert (1,250,000) and Chris Moorman (1,250,000) round out the top five players who bagged big on Day 1a.

Day 1a attracted a few notables such as recent bracelet winner David Moses, five-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, three-time bracelet winners David Pham and Chance Kornuth and fan-favorite Pat Lyons who were unable to find a bag at the end of the night.

These surviving players will return on Sunday, November 21 at 12:00 p.m local time to play down to a winner. Play will resume at Level 23 with blinds at 15,000/30,000 with a big blind ante of 30,000. Day 1b gets underway Saturday, November 20 at 11 p.m. PT.

Laszlo Bujtas Leads After Day 1 of Event #84: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

Laszlo Bujtas

With just four events remaining on the World Series of Poker schedule, the race for Player of the Year might just be decided tomorrow on Day 2 of Event #84: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller.

Josh Arieh completed a miraculous comeback, falling down to 14,000 chips at one point on Day 1 before finishing the night with 1,355,000. Arieh, already with two bracelets in the 2021 WSOP, leads the POY race by nearly 600 points.

The man who’s his closest chaser, though, also bagged chips on Day 1. Phil Hellmuth was, as usual, a late entrant into the field and finished the day near the bottom of the chip counts with 365,000. A win in this event will not only earn the champion $1,188,918 and the WSOP bracelet, but it will also be worth more than 1,000 POY points, more than enough for Arieh either to clinch the title or Hellmuth to close the gap.

At the end of 15 levels, just 33 players out of a starting field of 85 survived to play Day 2 tomorrow at 2 p.m. PST. Play was supposed to last through Level 17, but the decision was made to shorten the day by two levels, one that didn’t sit well with some of the players.

Laszlo Bujtas of Hungary finished Day 1 as the chip leader, bagging 1,980,000. Bujtas has nine career WSOP cashes and two final tables. His largest cash was a big one; Bujtas finished runner-up in the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event for $789,227.

Right behind Bujtas is Ben Lamb, who busted a player near the end of the night to finish with 1,750,000. Arieh, Jared Bleznick (1,270,000), and Daniel Negreanu round out the unofficial top-five. Negreanu's first entry into this tournament lasted him less than a level, but his second bullet went much better as he finished with 1,250,000. Scott Seiver (1,070,000) and Dan Cates (1,045,000) also bagged more than one million chips.

Further down the leaderboard, Chance Kornuth (625,000), Shaun Deeb (520,000), Dan Smith (505,000), and Anthony Zinno (420,000) will have some catching up to do on Day 2 if they want to contend for the bracelet.

Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountyChip Count
1Laszlo BujtasHungary1,980,000
2Ben LambUnited States1,755,000
3Alexander PetersenDenmark1,355,000
4Josh AriehUnited States1,355,000
5Jared BleznickUnited States1,270,000
6Alex AleksandrovskiUnited States1,130,000
7Daniel NegreanuCanada1,125,000
8Jeremy AusmusUnited States1,125,000
9Scott SeiverUnited States1,070,000
10Dan CatesUnited States1,045,000

Over the course of 10 hours of play, Brian Rast, Felipe Ramos, Jake Schindler, and Robert Mizrachi all saw their $50,000 buy-in disappear as they hit the rail.

There are still 35 players left chasing the top prize and the bracelet and Day 2 is scheduled to play down to a winner.

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