2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #83: $1,500 The Closer
Days:
1a1b2

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Prize Pool $2,540,505
Players 1903

Level Info

Level 37
Blinds 400,000 / 800,000
Ante 800,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 63
Event #83: $1,500 The Closer
Day 2 completed

Leo Margets Wins First Bracelet and $376,850 in Event #83: $1,500 The Closer

connorrichards • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 800,000 ante
Leo Margets
Leo Margets

Spanish poker professional Leo Margets won her first World Series of Poker bracelet on Sunday, Nov. 21 by taking down Event #83: $1,500 The Closer for a six-figure score worth $376,850. She outlasted a field of 1,903 participants and, in doing so, became the first woman to win a bracelet in an open-entry event at the 2021 World Series.

The tournament generated a total prize pool of $2,540,505 and attracted the likes of Chris Moorman, Michael Wang, Yuval Bronshtein, Mitchell Halverson, Joao Simao and 2013 Main Event champion Ryan Riess, all of whom made deep runs that extended into Day 2.

Event #83: $1,500 The Closer Final Results

 PLACEPLAYERCOUNTRYPRIZE (USD)
 1Leo MargetsSpain$376,850
 2Alex KulevBosnia$232,920
 3Stephen SongUnited States$172,855
 4Marc LangeGermany$129,460
 5Arturo SeguraUnited States$97,865
 6Cherish AndrewsUnited States$74,680
 7Aleksandr ShevliakovRussia$57,525
 8Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom$44,740
 9Benjamin UnderwoodCanada$35,131

A Victory for Women in Poker

Margets, a Winamax Team Pro whose poker portfolio includes a 27th place finish in the 2009 Main Event for $352,832 and a second-place finish in Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) in 2018, secured her first WSOP bracelet by overcoming a dominant chip lead held by heads-up opponent Bosnian grinder Alex Kulev, who earned a payday of $232,920. Margets joins Lara Eisenberg, who won Event #22: Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship earlier in the series, as one of two women to earn bracelets so far at this year's WSOP.

“Usually, it’s going be harder for a woman to get a bracelet because we are few (in poker)," Margets told PokerNews, adding that she believes her bracelet victory "might motivate women to be interested" in the game.

Margets wasn't the only woman to make a deep Day 2 run in The Closer. Melanie Weisner found a 17th place finish worth $14,740, while Cherish Andrews joined Margets at the final table and finished in sixth place for $74,680.

Cherish Andrews
Cherish Andrews

"I hope there is one day when there isn’t such an issue," Margets said about the disproportionate number of women in poker. “It shouldn’t be an issue."

Margets added a few words of encouragement for anyone looking to pursue the game: “I you like it, go ahead, even if you’re a man, a woman or a monkey!”

"What a Comeback"

It seemed like it would likely be another second-place finish for Margets when she began heads-up play with about seven million chips to the 40 million of Kulev, whose dominant appearance at the final table included a double-knockout of Marc Lange and Arturo Segura in fourth and fifth place, and later the elimination of Stephen Song in third.

“He had a massive chip lead," she recalled. "He actually did all of the hard work.”

Alex Kulev
Alex Kulev

Margets acknowledged that she made a near-fatal error early in heads-up play when she miscounted her stack and got it in with nine-four against the ace-nine of her opponent. However, she hit a four on the turn to give her the double-up that propelled her to victory.

“Somehow, I made a super huge mistake because I miscalculated my stack," said Margets. "I thought I had 2.5 bigs and I had seven bigs. And that was a huge mistake, but I got lucky.”

Margets then mounted a comeback that climaxed in a hand with middle pair and a flush draw against the top pair of Kulev and improved to trips on the turn. The encounter left Kulev short and he was eliminated in the next hand when he got it in with ten-four against the king-jack of Margets, who came back from less than 10 big blinds to take down the tournament.

"What a comeback," she said in reflection.

Leo Margets
Leo Margets

That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of Event #83: $1,500 The Closer. Be sure to also check out the team's coverage of other WSOP events.

Tags: Aleksandr ShevliakovBenjamin UnderwoodChris MoormanJoao SimaoLeo MargetsMelanie WeisnerMichael WangMitchell HalversonRyan RiessStephen SongYuval Bronshtein

Leo Margets Wins $376,850 and Maiden WSOP Bracelet

BrandonBloom • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 800,000 ante
Leo Margets
Leo Margets

Leo Margets has just won $376,850 and her first WSOP bracelet in Event #83: $1,500 The Closer.

A recap is to follow.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Leo MargetsSpain$376,850
2Alex KulevBosnia$232,920
3Stephen SongUnited States$172,855
4Arturo SeguraUnited States$129,460
5Marc LangeGermany$97,865
6Cherish AndrewsUnited States$74,680
7Aleksandr ShevliakovRussia$57,525
8Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom$44,740
9Benjamin UnderwoodUnited States$35,131

Alex Kulev Eliminated in 2nd Place ($232,920)

BrandonBloom • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 800,000 ante
Alex Kulev
Alex Kulev

Leo Margets limped in the small blind, Alex Kulev raised to 2.4 million, and Margets called.

The flop came {9-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, and that proved to be quite an action flop.

Kulev bet 4.1 million, Margets jammed for 20.4 million, and Kulev called.

Leo Margets: {q-Spades}{5-Spades}
Alex Kulev: {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

Kulev had top pair top kicker and Margets had middle pair and a flush draw. The {5-Clubs} hit the turn to put Margets ahead with trips, and the {10-Hearts} completed the board to send her the massive pot.

Kulev was left with only 1.8 million chips which he jammed in on the next hand and was called.

Alex Kulev: {10-Spades}{4-Hearts}
Leo Margets: {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

The board ran out {q-Spades}{7-Spades}{6-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and Margets officially completed the heads-up comeback to win the tournament and the gold bracelet, meanwhile, Kulev will have to settle for the $232,920 runner-up prize as consolation for his strong efforts.

Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
es 48,000,000 25,000,000
Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg Busted

Margets Levels Out Playing Field

connorrichards • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 800,000 ante
Leo Margets
Leo Margets

Leo Margets has won a series of small and medium pots to level her stack with that of Alex Kulev, who had Margets on the ropes at the start of heads-up play.

In one such hand, Margets limped in on the button and Kulev raised to 1,600,000 in the big blind. Margets jammed all-in and Kulev folded.

Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg 25,000,000 -6,000,000
Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
es 23,000,000 6,000,000

Tags: Leo Margets

Level:
37
Blinds:
400,000/800,000
Ante:
800,000

Quads for Margets

BrandonBloom • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Leo Margets
Leo Margets

Leo Margets jammed in her 4.5 million stack preflop and Alex Kulev called.

Leo Margets: {a-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}
Alex Kulev: {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

Margets smashed the {a-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop. The {k-Spades} came on the turn, and the {4-Spades} completed the board to give her quads.

Soon after, Margets got her 8.2 million chips in preflop against Kulev.

Leo Margets: {k-Spades}{6-Spades}
Alex Kulev: {a-Clubs}{8-Spades}

The board ran out {6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{2-Spades}{q-Spades}{7-Hearts} and Margets doubled again, while Kulev continues to attempt to finish her off.

Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg 31,000,000 -5,000,000
Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
es 17,000,000 5,000,000

Margets Hits a Four to Double Through Kulev

connorrichards • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Leo Margets
Leo Margets

Leo Margets was all-in preflop with around 6,000,000 against Alex Kulev.

Leo Margets: {9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}
Alex Kulev: {a-Spades}{9-Spades}

It looked like it would be a short heads-up match as Margets was dominated, and the flop of {j-Spades}{7-Clubs}{7-Hearts} didn't help her. But the {4-Clubs} peeled off on the turn to improve her held, which held up after the {8-Clubs} river.

Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg 36,000,000 -4,000,000
Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
es 12,000,000 5,000,000

Tags: Leo Margets

Stephen Song Eliminated in 3rd Place ($172,855)

connorrichards • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Stephen Song
Stephen Song

Stephen Song moved all-in from the small blind with a stack of 5,000,000 and Alex Kulev called in the big blind.

Stephen Song: {k-Clubs}{8-Hearts}
Alex Kulev: {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}

The flop came {4-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{9-Hearts} to give Kulev a set and Song stood up out of his chair. He then shifted back to his chair when the {5-Hearts} on the turn gave him flush outs, but the {5-Clubs} on the river gave Kulev a full house.

Song is now heads-up with Leo Margets, who finished second in Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) in 2018.

Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg 40,000,000 2,000,000
Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
es 7,000,000 3,000,000
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
us Busted

Tags: Leo MargetsStephen Song

Arturo Segura Eliminated in 5th Place ($97,865); Marc Lange Eliminated in 4th Place ($129,460)

BrandonBloom • Level 36: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Arturo Segura
Arturo Segura

Arturo Segura jammed for 3.65 million in the hijack, Marc Lange re-jammed for 4.3 million on the button, and Alex Kulev put in his chips in the small blind.

Arturo Segura: {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Marc Lange: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Alex Kulev: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

The {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop gave Segura a straight flush draw, the {6-Spades} came on the turn to change nothing, and the {q-Diamonds} hit the river to send the pot to Kulev and eliminate the other two players.

Lange started the hand with more chips than Segura so he will take fourth, while Segura will have to settle for fifth following his deep run. Meanwhile, Kulev extends his huge chip lead even more and seems to be running away with it.

Marc Lange
Marc Lange
Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg 38,000,000 13,000,000
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
us 6,000,000 -1,150,000
Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
es 4,000,000 -4,000,000
Arturo Segura us
Arturo Segura
us Busted
Marc Lange de
Marc Lange
de Busted