2021 World Series of Poker
Event #31: $500 NLH Summer Saver

Event Info

Buy-in $500
Prize Pool $412,650
Players 917

Level Info

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

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 917

WSOP Legend: 10-Time Bracelet Winner Phil Ivey

AnthonyThompson • Level 40: 100,000-200,000, 25,000 ante
WSOP Legend Phil Ivey
WSOP Legend Phil Ivey

Few poker players have captured the attention of the poker universe quite like Phil Ivey. There have been plenty of champions of the game who crushed it at the felt, but none who built up the mystique of Ivey, who remains to this day arguably the most magnetic player in poker despite results that no longer match his days of utmost dominance.

A day after the anniversary of Ivey's induction into the Poker Hall of Fame, PokerNews examines the legacy of his WSOP success. Prior to 2000, Ivey didn't have any recorded WSOP cashes.

The 23-year-old didn't waste any time establishing himself as one of the top up-and-coming players. That year, after already making one final table and finishing fifth, Ivey secured his first bracelet. He beat none other than fellow Hall of Famer Amarillo Slim Preston heads up to win Event #14: $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, a rebuy event, for his first bracelet and $195,000. Three other Hall of Famers — Chris Bjorin, Phil Hellmuth and David "Devilfish" Ulliott — also competed at that final table, so shipping it was about more than just getting his first taste of gold. Ivey showed he could beat the best in the business.

Two years after that, though, would be when Ivey really showed he was the present and future of the game. In 2002, Ivey showcased his skills at limit poker in a big way.

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Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch Eliminated in 5th Place ($17,909)

AnthonyThompson • Level 39: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Jason Gooch
Jason Gooch

Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch open-jammed for 2,920,773 and Mark "victb" Ioli called from the big blind.

Mark "victb" Ioli: {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}
Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch: {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

Gooch was dominated and things got worse after the {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} flop gave Ioli trip aces.

The {7-Clubs} turn left Gooch drawing dead and the {8-Spades} river ended his tournament.

Mark "victb" Ioli us
Mark "victb" Ioli
us 6,370,285 2,274,675
Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch us
Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch
us Busted

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Orson "borgatcha" Young Eliminated in 6th Place ($13,122)

• Level 39: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Orson Young
Orson Young

Orson "borgatcha" Young raised to 240,000 from the cutoff. Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch defended from the big blind.

The flop came the {9-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. Young bet 160,500, Gooch raised to 545,000 and Young called the raise.

The turn was the {k-Clubs}. Gooch bet enough to put Young all in who called.

Gooch had the {9-Hearts}{2-Hearts} two pair, which was on top of the {q-Spades}{10-Hearts} of Young.

The river was the {6-Clubs} and Young was eliminated.

Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch us
Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch
us 5,792,969 2,047,272
Orson "borgatcha" Young
Orson "borgatcha" Young

John "Macallan25" Riordan Wins WSOP Summer Circuit Event #11

AnthonyThompson • Level 38: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante
WSOP Summer Online Circuit Event 11
WSOP Summer Online Circuit Event 11

On Monday, July 26, the WSOP Summer Online Circuit continued alongside the bracelet events. The 11th tournament was the $500 buy-in Event #11: $50,000 GTD PLO Big 500 6-Max, which attracted 144 runners who rebought 125 times. The 269-entry field resulted in a $125,623 prize pool that was paid out to the top 30 finishers.

Among those to cash were YK "LuckySpewy1" Kwon (13th - $1,658.22), Jeff "NedrudRelyt" Madsen (16th - $1,331.60), Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman (17th - $1,331.60), Anthony "heheh" Zinno (21st - $1,055.23), Ryan "Protential" Laplante (25th - $1,055.23), and Jesse "Patient0" Yaginuma (30th - $1,055.23).

In the end, it was John "Macallan25" Riordan besting Joseph "biueberry" Cheong in heads-up play to win a $26,204.95 top prize and his third gold ring.

WSOP Summer Online Circuit Event #11 Final Table Results

1John "Macallan25" Riordan$26,204.95
2Joseph "biueberry" Cheong$19,760.49
3Chris "BetURaise" Brewer$14,735.57
4Brent "grebnrets" Roberts$11,067.38
6Ankush "Rickrosstheb" Mandavia$6,318.83
7Zachary "Kings702" Grech$4,748.54
8Tomas "Excella" Soderstrom$3,555.13
9Kevin "VamonosPest" Lutz$2,726.01

Conrad "KerriP" Simpson Eliminated in 7th Place ($9,780)

AnthonyThompson • Level 37: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante

Conrad "KerriP" Simpson raised all in for 855,024 and got isolation from Mark "victb" Ioli who came over the top for 1,685,586 directly to their left.

Conrad "KerriP" Simpson: {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}
Mark "victb" Ioli: {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}

Simpson was in the lead with their made hand and the {j-Spades}{2-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop.

The turn however, came the {a-Clubs}, pairing Ioli's ace but it also gave Simpson outs drawing to the wheel.

Unfortunately for Simpson, the {6-Spades} completed the board on the river end ended their tournament.

Mark "victb" Ioli us
Mark "victb" Ioli
us 2,778,110 2,160,317
Conrad "KerriP" Simpson US
Conrad "KerriP" Simpson
US Busted

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Jeremy "g00sebumps" Menard Eliminated in 8th Place ($7,386)

• Level 37: 50,000-100,000, 12,500 ante

Jeremy "g00sebumps" Menard raised to 400,000 from early position, Josh "YoelRomero" King called on the button.

The flop came the {9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. Menard led jammed for 51,476 and was called.

Menard had the {k-Spades}{10-Diamonds} while King had the {a-Spades}{q-Hearts},

The turn was the {8-Diamonds} and the river the {3-Spades} to eliminate Menard.

Josh "YoelRomero" King us
Josh "YoelRomero" King
us 5,182,120 506,476
Jeremy "g00sebumps" Menard
Jeremy "g00sebumps" Menard