The poker world had eyes on Phil Hellmuth and several other multi-time WSOP winners battling out during the final day of the 2021 WSOPEvent #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. bracelet event, with each hoping to add to their bracelet collections. Eventually, it was Pennsylvanian business owner Jesse Klein who came out on top of 78 runners to earn his first bracelet and the $552,182. This is the largest score of Klein, and his first in more than 10 years, as he prefers high-stakes mixed cash games over tourneys.
The final day began with nine players remaining and three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser in the lead. Matt Glantz was the first to fall, with his 10-6-4 razz draw failing to beat the 10-3-2 of Hellmuth, who made a 10-5-3-2-A by seventh street to win the pot and bust Glantz in ninth place. DJ Buckley followed soon after. Buckley called all-in with his last few chips holding K-5-A. Three-time bracelet winner Ben Yu’s 6-2-A made a seven low to win the pot and narrow the field to seven.
After nearly three hours into seven-handed play, Ben Yu lost to the trip eights of Klein in Omaha eight-or-better after getting all-in on the flop. Yu could not beat three of a kind and was busted in seventh place.
All-time bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth lost a big chunk of his stack in a razz hand and then got the last of his chips in on third street playing seven card stud, with K-10-6 and two diamonds. He was facing the 7-4-2 of diamonds for WPT Venetian main event winner Chad Eveslage. Another seven on the turn gave Eveslage a lead that he kept through seventh street. Hellmuth was eliminated in sixth place.
A few minutes after Hellmuth exited the tournament, Philip Sternheimer found himself all-in on sixth street in stud with a straight draw and flush draw against the eights and threes of Glaser. Sternheimer bricked seventh street and went out in fifth place. The next to fall was Chad Eveslage.
Klein busted David Benyamine in third place in Omaha Hi-Lo to enter the heads-up play with a dominating 10,170,000 stack against Benny Glaser’s 1,525,000. Klein won the bracelet in a hand of Seven Card Stud. Klein made aces up to win the pot and the title. The final boards looked as follows:
Klein: (As) Ad 2d 4d 5d (4s)
Glaser: (Kh 5h) 8h 10d Js Kc (9s)
Glaser was denied his fourth bracelet, but he took home $341,274 as the runner-up finisher.
Final Table Payouts (USD)
- Jesse Klein – $552,182
- Benny Glaser – $341,274
- David Benyamine – $236,626
- Chad Eveslage – $169,218
- Philip Sternheimer – $124,935
- Phil Hellmuth – $95,329
- Ben Yu – $75,260
- DJ Buckley – $61,549
- Matt Glantz – $52,211