2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $5,000
Prize Pool $2,449,238
Players 531

Level Info

Level 33
Blinds 200,000 / 400,000
Ante 400,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 30
Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Boris Kolev Wins Maiden Bracelet and $511,184 in Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em

BrandonBloom • Level 33: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Boris Kolev
Boris Kolev

On the second and final day of the 2021 World Series of Poker Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em, a champion was crowned as Boris Kolev defeated Uri Reichenstein in heads-up play for $511,184.

The event attracted 531 players to create a prize pool of $2,449,238, with the majority of that money awarded to the remaining players today. There were 80 players who made the money and a minimum cash of at least $8,061. A total of 30 players bagged a stack and returned today to Day 2, all looking for gold, but only Kolev was able to bring home the last bracelet of the 2021 World Series of Poker.

Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Boris KolevBulgaria$511,184
2Uri ReichensteinIsrael$315,936
3Huy NguyenUnited States$222,310
4Ramon ColillasSpain$158,972
5Z SteinUnited States$115,558
6Niko KoopGermany$85,411
7George WolffUnited States$64,207
8Lee MarkholtUnited States$49,107
9Justin LibertoUnited States$38,222

Winner’s Reaction

“I’m feeling good. I started to tell people I’m gonna win the last tournament. It’s crazy because somehow I knew but I could not prove before the tournament.”

Kolev said he had a feeling he would take down this event and even sent a message to friends on the day before the event started which read: “5k tomorrow last tournament should be mine, don’t see a reason why not.”

Kolev appears to have correctly predicted he would win his first bracelet today, but it wasn’t easy. He said one moment that stuck out for him in the tournament was on Day 1 where he got pocket fours in against pocket kings and the board ran out a straight to chop the pot and keep him alive on his path to eventual victory.

Kolev had an enthusiastic rail supporting him, including some fellow Bulgarians, and even a dog.

“They always [go] crazy, but this time wasn’t that crazy. You didn’t see them crazy at all. They can be way more crazy… It’s pretty cool, we’re going to celebrate now and enjoy the life.

Boris Kolev & His Rail
Boris Kolev & His Rail

Final Table

The unofficial final table started with nine players, and Justin Liberto was the first one to fall there. Then, it was Lee Markholt who was eliminated in eighth after seeing a king on the flop when his sevens were against the king-three of Kolev.

George Wolff was the next to go in seventh, and then German Niko Koop found his way to the payout desk when running into Reichenstein’s better ace in the blinds. Z Stein was the next victim of Reichenstein’s when getting his short stack in against him and was eliminated in fifth.

The four players went on a short break and Reichenstein had a large chip lead with over half the chips in play. However, that didn’t last long as players found several doubles against him. After more than an hour without an elimination, Ramon Colillas hit the rail in fourth after he got it in good with Kolev, but Kolev made a pair. Soon after, Huy Nguyen got his stack in against Reichenstein with king-ten versus jack-eight. An eight spiked the river to end Nguyen’s run in third.

 Boris Kolev & Uri Reichenstein
Boris Kolev & Uri Reichenstein

Heads-Up Play

That set up a heads-up match between Reichenstein and Kolev with both having fairly even stacks. Kolev won several hands to pull away before Reichenstein doubled once. Still having a sizable chip lead, Kolev check-called on every street of a hand against Reichenstein, including the river where Reichenstein jammed in his remaining stack. After Kolev called, Reichenstein showed the bluff which was no good against Kolev’s rivered flush, and that officially ended the tournament and gave Kolev his first WSOP bracelet.

Congratulations to Boris Kolev for winning Event #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em.

Boris Kolev
Boris Kolev

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Tags: Boris KolevGeorge WolffHuy NguyenJustin LibertoLee MarkholtNiko KoopRamon ColillasUri Reichenstein

Uri Reichenstein Eliminated in 2nd Place ($315,936)

• Level 33: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Uri Reichenstein
Uri Reichenstein

Uri Reichenstein limped in and Boris Kolev checked his option.

The flop was {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{a-Spades} and Kolev check-called a bet of 400,000 from Reichenstein.

On the turn {k-Spades}, Kolev check-called again, this time 1,300,000 from Reichenstein.

The river was the {4-Clubs} and Kolev checked again. Reichenstein shoved and Kolev snap-called.

Reichenstein revealed {q-Diamonds}{7-Spades} for a bluff and Kolev turned over {j-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for the club flush and the winner.

Reichenstein picks up a payday of $315,936 for his efforts.

Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 26,550,000 6,350,000
Uri Reichenstein il
Uri Reichenstein
il Busted

Tags: Boris KolevUri Reichenstein

Kolev Gains Some Back

BrandonBloom • Level 33: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Uri Reichenstein limped in the small blind and Boris Kolev checked.

Both players checked the {j-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Clubs} flop. Kolev check-called an 800,000 bet on the {a-Diamonds} turn, and both checked the {7-Diamonds} river.

Kolev showed {9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} which was good for the pot as Reichenstein mucked.

Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 20,200,000 2,200,000
Uri Reichenstein il
Uri Reichenstein
il 6,350,000 -2,200,000

Kolev Gets River Value

• Level 33: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Boris Kolev
Boris Kolev

Boris Kolev raised to 800,000 and Uri Reichenstein called.

The flop was {k-Clubs}{j-Spades}{j-Hearts} and Reichenstein check-called a bet of 400,000.

Both players checked the turn {4-Diamonds} to the river {a-Hearts} and Reichenstein checked. Kolev bet 2,000,000 and Reichenstein called.

Kolev tabled {a-Spades}{9-Clubs} for aces up and Reichenstein mucked.

Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 22,450,000 2,900,000
Uri Reichenstein il
Uri Reichenstein
il 4,100,000 -2,900,000

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Kolev Extends Lead With Straight

BrandonBloom • Level 33: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Uri Reichenstein opened in the small blind and Boris Kolev called in the big blind.

The {j-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop saw Kolev check-call a 700,000 bet.

On the {q-Diamonds} turn, Kolev check-called for 2,250,000, and both players checked the {8-Clubs} river.

Kolev showed {j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} which was good for the pot as Reichenstein mucked.

Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 19,550,000 5,815,000
Uri Reichenstein il
Uri Reichenstein
il 7,000,000 -5,815,000
Level:
33
Blinds:
200,000/400,000
Ante:
400,000

Short Break, Play Resumes

• Level 32: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

The two remaining players took a short break and cards are now back in the air.

Huy Nguyen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($222,310)

• Level 32: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Huy Nguyen
Huy Nguyen

Uri Reichenstein shoved from the small blind and Huy Nguyen called from the big blind for about 3,700,000.

Huy Nguyen: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}
Uri Reichenstein: {j-Clubs}{8-Hearts}

The board ran out {9-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and Reichenstein paired his eight on the river to eliminate Nguyen.

Nguyen picks up $222,310 for his great run.

Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 13,735,000 -1,165,000
Uri Reichenstein il
Uri Reichenstein
il 12,815,000 5,165,000
Huy Nguyen us
Huy Nguyen
us Busted

Tags: Huy NguyenUri Reichenstein