2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #81: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $800
Prize Pool $1,352,384
Players 1921

Level Info

Level 39
Blinds 600,000 / 1,200,000
Ante 1,200,000

Players Info - Day 2

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Event #81: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Day 2 completed

Jason Wheeler Wins First WSOP Bracelet in Event #81: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack ($202,274)

Leo_Contreras • Level 39: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante
Jason Wheeler
Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler was crowned the winner of Event #81: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) to win his first bracelet

The American poker pro defeated a 1,921-player field and beat Columbian Julian Velasquez in heads-up play to win a $202,274 top prize.

Wheeler had over $4.1 million in live earnings coming into this event according to The Hendon Mob. That 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," he said. "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”

2021 WSOP Event #81 Final Table Results

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

A lot of familiar faces gave it a shot but most of them didn't make it. Five-time WSOP champion Shaun Deeb, Main Event champion Damian Salas, Women Hall of Famer Kathy Liebert, and WSOP bracelet winner Brett Apter all failed to make the money in this event. Plenty of others did make the money though as there were a total of 289 players that ended up winning a piece of the $1,352,384 prize pool.

Some of the fortunate players include Ralph Massey (7th - $30,087), Will Givens (39th - $4,605), Justin Lapka (47th - $3,920), Melanie Weisner (66th - $2,933), and David Moses (174th - $1,600).

Final Table Action

The final table was action-packed with large and loud rails from several players. The first final table casualty was Robert Hill, whose ace-jack was defeated by Velasquez's pocket kings.

Next to hit the rail was John O'Neal whose ace-king couldn't connect on the runout and was bested by Antoine Goutard's pocket jacks. Ralph Massey was then eliminated in seventh place despite flopping trip aces as Velasquez got his second KO of the final when his ace-queen turned a full house to send Massey to the rail.

Shelok Wong was next to go, his ace-seven was ahead on the flop but Velasquez, who was looking for his third elimination of the day, improved to a pair of kings on the turn and held on the river.

Goutard then moved all in with pocket tens after Diogo Veiga opened to 2.2 million. Veiga moved the call and had his opponent dominated with queens. After an ace-king-jack flop, Goutard needed to find one of the two remaining queens in the deck but the turn and river provided no help.

In Level 38, 2019 WSOP Main Event fourth-place finisher Garry Gates went all in for his remaining 11.9 million in chips and it folded to Velasquez who made the call to put Gates at risk for his tournament life. Gates had king-queen and Valasquez ace-eight. Gates never improved and was eliminated in fourth place.

Veiga then raised the button the 2.4 million and Jason Wheeler defended the big blind. The flop came king-jack-nine with two clubs and Wheeler check-raised all in after Veiga continued for 4.1 million. Veiga called off his stack of about 20 million and both hands were tabled. Viega had the ace-six of clubs and Wheeler had two pair with king-nine. The three of diamonds on the turn and the three of hearts on the river were no help for Viega though as he was eliminated in third place for $93,627.

Julian Velasquez
Julian Velasquez

The hand that changed all the momentum came in Level 39 when all the chips got in the middle between Wheeler and Velasquez putting the former at risk. Wheeler had pocket sixes and Velasquez had ace-four suited. The celebration came a little early for Velasquez's rail when the flop gave him a wheel. However, a four on the river gave Wheeler new life with a bigger straight.

Then in the final hand of the night, Wheeler limped on the button and Velasquez shoved his stack of 13 million into the middle. Wheeler snap-called, slamming his pocket aces face up, which were dominating the ace-deuce of Velasquez. The board ran out clean and Velasquez had to settle for second place.

Congratulations to Jason Wheeler for winning Event #81: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack

Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the updates on all the tournaments in this last leg of the 52nd World Series of Poker at The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

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Julian Velauez Eliminated in 2nd Place ($126,252)

Tboss • Level 39: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante
Julian Velasquez
Julian Velasquez

Jason Wheeler limped on the button and Julian Velasquez shoved his stack of 13,000,000 into the middle and Wheeler snap-called, slamming his hand face up.

Julian Velasquez: {a-Hearts}{2-Clubs}
Jason Wheeler: {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}

Velasquez ran into the best possible starting hand and the flop came {q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. The {a-Diamonds} hit the turn, giving Wheeler top set and Velasquez was no longer capable of winning as the {q-Spades} completed the board.

Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us 76,840,000 10,040,000
Julian Velasquez CO
Julian Velasquez
CO Busted

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Wheeler Wins a Massive Pot to Double Up

Leo_Contreras • Level 39: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante
Jason Wheeler
Jason Wheeler

All the chips got in the middle between Jason Wheeler and Julian Velasquez putting wheeler at risk.

Jason Wheeler: {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}
Julian Velasquez: {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

The celebration come a little early for Velasquez's rail when the board was {3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{5-Spades}{k-Clubs} giving Velasquez a straight on the flop but the river came {4-Diamonds} and Wheeler yelled in celebration as he hit the bigger straight to take down a massive pot and take the chip lead back.

Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us 66,800,000 33,000,000
Julian Velasquez CO
Julian Velasquez
CO 24,000,000 -19,000,000

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Velasquez Wins a Big Pot Early in Heads Up Battle

Leo_Contreras • Level 39: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante
Julian Velasquez Rail
Julian Velasquez Rail

Jason Wheeler put all the chips in the middle all-in when Julia Velasquez made the call to put himself at risk.

Julian Velasquez: {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}
Jason Wheeler: {a-Hearts}{4-Spades}

The board would run out {10-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{q-Spades} doubling up Velasquez early in heads up match.

Julian Velasquez CO
Julian Velasquez
CO 43,000,000 20,300,000
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us 33,800,000 -20,340,000

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Diogo Veiga Eliminated in 3rd Place ($93,627)

Tboss • Level 39: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante
Diogo Veiga
Diogo Veiga

Diogo Veiga raised the button the 2,400,000 and Jason Wheeler defended the big blind.

The flop came {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and Wheeler check-raised all-in after Veiga continued for 4,100,000. Veiga called off his stack of about 20,000,000 and both hands were tabled.

Diogo Viega: {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}
Jason Wheeler: {k-Hearts}{9-Spades}

Wheeler had flopped two pair while Viega had the nut flush draw. The {3-Diamonds} on the turn and the {3-Hearts} on the river were no help for Viega though as he was eliminated in third place for $93,627.

Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us 54,140,000 20,540,000
Julian Velasquez CO
Julian Velasquez
CO 22,700,000 -10,300,000
Diogo Veiga pt
Diogo Veiga
pt Busted

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Garry Gates Eliminated in 4th Place ($70,077)

Leo_Contreras • Level 39: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante
Garry Gates
Garry Gates

Garry Gates went all-in for his remaining 11.9 million in chips and it folded to Julian Velasquez who made the call to put Gates at risk for his tournament life.

Garry Gates: {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}
Julian Velasquez: {a-Clubs}{8-Spades}

The board would run out {4-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} which would be no help to Gates who would be eliminated in 4th place.

Julian Velasquez CO
Julian Velasquez
CO 33,000,000 19,500,000
Garry Gates us
Garry Gates
us Busted

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Level:
39
Blinds:
600,000/1,200,000
Ante:
1,200,000

15-Minute Break

Leo_Contreras • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 100,000 ante

Players are now on a 15-minute break.