2021 World Series of Poker
Event #1: $500 NLH Big 500 Kick-Off
Days:
1

Event Info

Buy-in $500
Prize Pool $574,650
Players 1277

Level Info

Level 41
Blinds 120,000 / 240,000
Ante 30,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 1277

Kevin "vamonospest" Lutz Bubbles Big 500 Kick-Off ($6,034)

AnthonyThompson • Level 36: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

"LND999" raised from the cutoff and the called Kevin "vamonospest" Lutz's three-bet jam from the big blind.

"LND999": {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}
Kevin "vamonospest" Lutz: {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}

Lutz was ahead with his made hand until the {a-Hearts}{4-Spades}{q-Clubs} flop appeared pairing the ace of "LND999".

The {3-Spades} turn wasn't bad for Lutz as it gave him two mire outs with a wheel draw but the {10-Diamonds} river ended his tournament in 10th place for $6,034.

Ashton “LND999” Freemon
Ashton “LND999” Freemon
7,032,888 3,706,620
Kevin "vamonospest" Lutz us
Kevin "vamonospest" Lutz
us Busted

Tags: Levin Lutz

Ronald "Ceek100x" Ellis Eliminated in 11th Place ($6,033.82)

Chad_Holloway • Level 36: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Action folded to Ronald "Ceek100x" Ellis in the small blind and he moved all in for 961,530, which "LND999" called from the big blind.

Ronald "Ceek100x" Ellis: {8-Hearts}{a-Hearts}
"LND999": {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

Ellis had a kicker problem and it didn't get resolved on the {4-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} flop. The {6-Hearts} turn gave him a flush draw, but the {7-Spades} river was a brick.

Ronald "Ceek100x" Ellis
Ronald "Ceek100x" Ellis
Busted

Tags: Ronald "Ceek100x" Ellis

Norman "Abnormality" Michalek Eliminated in 13th Place ($4,770)

AnthonyThompson • Level 36: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

"LND999" raised to 200,000 from under the gun and only Norman "Abnormality" Michalek called from the cutoff.

The {9-Spades}{4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop saw "LND999" check-call Michalek's 80,000 bet and then did the same for 455,000 after the {8-Spades} turn.

Once the {3-Clubs} completed the board on the river, "LND999" check-called Michalek once again this time for his whole 839,139 stack.

Michalek rolled over {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} for air while "LND999" showed {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts} to eliminate Michalek.

Ashton “LND999” Freemon
Ashton “LND999” Freemon
3,326,268 1,966,401
Norman "Abnormality" Michalek
Norman "Abnormality" Michalek
Busted

Aram "X69Podheiser" Zobian Eliminated in 14th Place ($4,769.59)

Chad_Holloway • Level 36: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Aram Zobian
Aram Zobian

Action folded to Christopher "basile28" Basile in the small blind and he jammed into Aram "X69Podheiser" Zobian, who called off from the big for 957,962.

Christopher "basile28" Basile: {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Aram "X69Podheiser" Zobian: {k-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

Zobian got it in good but fell behind on the {5-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Clubs} flop. The {5-Clubs} turn was a brick for Zobian and so was the {q-Hearts} river.

Christopher "basile28" Basile US
Christopher "basile28" Basile
US 6,040,000 2,279,852
Aram "X69Podheiser" Zobian us
Aram "X69Podheiser" Zobian
us Busted

Tags: Christopher "basile28" BasileAram "X69Podheiser" Zobian

Level:
36
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
10,000

David "dbaba" Baba Eliminated in 15th Place ($4,769.59)

Chad_Holloway • Level 35: 30,000-60,000, 7,500 ante

David "dbaba" Baba moved all in for 870,428 under the gun and action folded to chip leader Christopher "basile28" Basile, who jammed from the button. Both blinds folded and it was off to the races.

David "dbaba" Baba: {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}
Christopher "basile28" Basile: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}

It was a flip but not after the {q-Spades}{2-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop gave Basile top pair. Neither the {3-Diamonds} turn nor {j-Spades} river helped Baba and he was ousted in 15th place.

David "dbaba" Baba US
David "dbaba" Baba
US Busted

Tags: David "dbaba" BabaChristopher "basile28" Basile

"TheVillager" Taken Out by Yuan

AnthonyThompson • Level 35: 30,000-60,000, 7,500 ante

Action folded around to Ye "yuan365" Yuan who raised all in on the button and "TheVillager" called off their stack from the small blind.

"TheVillager": {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Ye "yuan365" Yuan: {j-Spades}{9-Spades}

"TheVillager" was ahead until a nine appeared in the window on the {6-Hearts}{j-Spades}{9-Diamonds} flop. The {2-Clubs} didn't help "TheVillager" nor did the {5-Hearts} river and they were eliminated from the tournament in 18th place for $3,793.

Ye "yuan365" Yuan
Ye "yuan365" Yuan
1,100,844 125,216
TheVillager US
TheVillager
US Busted

Tags: Ye Yuan

WSOP Legend: 3-Time Poker Players Championship Winner Michael Mizrachi

AnthonyThompson • Level 35: 30,000-60,000, 7,500 ante
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

The World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship (PPC), which was created in 2006, is considered the tournament where the best of the best take on one another and duke it out in a variety of poker games, a reflection of all-around poker skill. Imagine playing the likes of Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, and Daniel Negreanu five days in a row in a short-handed mixed format.

Needless to say, the hefty price tag coupled with a small, elite field created a legacy for the PPC where champions are considered among the greatest overall poker players. A quick glance at its 14-year history shows nothing but greatness among champions, from John Hennigan to Mike Gorodinsky, and with the late David "Chip" Reese as perhaps the event's most fitting inaugural winner back in 2006.

Winning once is the poker professional's dream. Winning two? You're in a league of your own. But winning the toughest event with poker's best three times? Only one man achieved that improbable feat on this day back in 2018, after winning his first two titles in 2010 and 2012: Michael Mizrachi.

Click Here to Read More About this WSOP Legend

Level:
35
Blinds:
30,000/60,000
Ante:
7,500

Updated Chip Counts for the Final 20 (full)

Chad_Holloway • Level 34: 25,000-50,000, 6,250 ante
Christopher "basile28" Basile US
Christopher "basile28" Basile
US 3,760,148 -11,300
Allen "Acnyc718" Chang us
Allen "Acnyc718" Chang
us 1,813,554 582,868
Steve "gborooo" Gross
Steve "gborooo" Gross
1,791,965 64,130
Kevin "vamonospest" Lutz us
Kevin "vamonospest" Lutz
us 1,684,431 387,398
Ryan "PostmatesSel" Franklin US
Ryan "PostmatesSel" Franklin
US 1,609,304 504,592
DoubleAceBar US
DoubleAceBar
US 1,598,486 608,870
Michael "ParxBigStax" Marder US
Michael "ParxBigStax" Marder
US 1,438,935 357,586
Norman "Abnormality" Michalek
Norman "Abnormality" Michalek
1,385,558 -518,322
Ashton “LND999” Freemon
Ashton “LND999” Freemon
1,359,867 362,918
TheVillager US
TheVillager
US 1,179,134 -458,998
Ronald "Ceek100x" Ellis
Ronald "Ceek100x" Ellis
1,143,265 62,916
Shannon "Aulophobia" Shorr US
Shannon "Aulophobia" Shorr
US 998,366 -522,470
Ye "yuan365" Yuan
Ye "yuan365" Yuan
975,628 548,016
Aram "X69Podheiser" Zobian us
Aram "X69Podheiser" Zobian
us 956,712
Charles “chuckthebum” Varner
Charles “chuckthebum” Varner
849,024
Bearbuck us
Bearbuck
us 647,898 152,074
Jose "deposit" Noboa US
Jose "deposit" Noboa
US 643,653
Derek "PuntRunner" Gomez
Derek "PuntRunner" Gomez
629,714 -619,229
OpenOpen us
OpenOpen
us 570,394
David "dbaba" Baba US
David "dbaba" Baba
US 503,964

Read full