WSOP 2021: Kevin Gerhart & Bradley Ruben Win Their Third Career Bracelets; Carlos Chang Claims His First One

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2021 has crowned a total of 43 champions in the last three weeks, with Kevin Gerhart (Won Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for $361,124), Carlos Chang (Won Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout for $364,589) and Bradley Ruben (Won Event #42: $1,500 Razz for $99,188) being the latest bracelet winners and they all received their bracelets on Saturday.

Gerhart Wins His Third Career Bracelet In #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

The final table of the WSOP 2021 Event: #40 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. played out on Saturday and in the end it was the American mixed game specialist Kevin Gerhart who shipped the tournament. Out of a field of 149 entries, Gerhart outlasted some of the biggest names in the world of poker to make his way to the top to take home the third gold bracelet of his career and a personal best $361,124.

“If you look at just the final nine or even the last 16, there are so many names, so many bracelets, so many top-level players,” Gerhart told PokerNews after the win. “I am so happy that I get to prove myself year and year after year with three bracelets and hopefully be considered among the top in the world right now.”

Kevin Gerhart defeated Marco Johnson in heads-up to win the title. Johnson settled for a $223,194 payday for second place, while Eddie Blumenthal earned  $155,971 for his third-place finish.

Bryce Yockey’s latest final table brought him $111,701 for fourth. Brandon Shack-Harris made it to the final table of five as the short stack and was unable to climb up, finishing in fifth for $82,033.

Final Table Payouts (USD)

  1. Kevin Gerhart – $361,124
  2. Marco Johnson – $223,194
  3. Eddie Blumenthal – $155,971
  4. Bryce Yockey – $111,701
  5. Brandon Shack-Harris – $82,033
  6. Chris Vitch – $61,819
  7. Jake Schwartz – $47,835
  8. David Benyamine – $38,035

Carlos Chang Wins His First Gold In Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em

Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em ended in a lengthy heads-up between Taiwan’s Carlos Chang and Brady Osterman. Chang emerged as the victor and claimed his first gold bracelet and a career-high cash of $364,589, while Osterman locked in a second-place payout worth $225,333.

The final eight players returned on Saturday to battle it for the title. Quang Ngo, who started the day fourth in chips, was the first player to fall. He was followed by Gerald Cunniff in seventh place. Going out in sixth was Sung Joo Hyun whose pocket sixes lost to Arthur Conan’s ace-eight. Despite scoring the elimination, Conan was the next to fall after his pocket sevens lost to Delmas’ pocket nines.

The final four battled for almost an hour before Spain’s Sergi Reixach exited in fourth place. After the elimination of Adrien Delmas, it came down to the heads-up between Chang and Osterman who battled back-and-forth for almost three-and-a-half hours. In the end, it was Chang who won the title with a flush to Osterman’s two pairs in a pivotal pot. Osterman settled for $225,333 for second place.

Final Table Payouts (USD)

  1. Carlos Chang – $364,589
  2. Brady Osterman – $225,333
  3. Adrien Delmas – $161,731
  4. Sergi Reixach – $117,650
  5. Arthur Conan – $86,757
  6. Sung Joo Hyun – $64,864
  7. Gerald Cunniff – $49,179
  8. Quang Ngo – $37,820

Bradley Ruben Wins His Third Career Bracelet In Event #42: $1,500 Razz

Clinching his third gold bracelet in Event #42: $1,500 Razz was Bradley Ruben who started the day seventh in chips and chipped up nicely to win the event for his third career bracelet and a $99,188 payday.

Ruben topped a reg-laden final table featuring David ‘ODB’ Baker (5th for $20,732), worldwide online #1-ranked crusher Yuri Dzivielevski (4th for $29,089), and Matt Grapenthien (3rd place for $41,758).

Charles Sinn, who started the day as the chip leader, ended as the runner-up for a $61,303 payday.  

Talking about his heads-up against Sinn, Ruben said, “I think I had like 300K in chips, and I just ran like God pretty much from then on, doubled up a couple of times, so it’s really just running good at the end.”

Final Table Payouts (USD)

  1. Bradley Ruben – $99,188
  2. Charles Sinn – $61,303
  3. Matt Grapenthien – $41,758
  4. Yuri Dzivielevski – $29,089
  5. David ‘ODB’ Baker – $20,732
  6. Brett Fledman – $15,127
  7. Alex Livingston – $11,305

WSOP 2021 Event #43 & #44

Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em is done with both of its starting flights. Day 1A of the event drew 1,937-entries, with only 506 players progressing to Day 2. Alexander Farahi (742,500), Alexander Greenblatt (617,500) and Alexander Tafesh (601,000) topped thd day-end chip counts.

Also making it to Day 2 were the two Indians – Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni and Poker Bootcamp India co-founder Abhishek Goindi. Patni bagged 258,000, while Goindi bagged 26,000.

Day 1B drew 2,054, with 562 runners advancing to Day 2. Terry Presley bagged the chip lead with a stack of 828,000. Sylvain Naets (710,000) and Ting Ho (580,500) round out the top three stacks.

From Team India, MPL Ambassador Dhaval Mudgal (254,500), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (252,000), Neel Joshi (182,500), & Arsh Grover (56,000) were the paleyrs who bagged stack for o Day 2 play.

Kenny Hsiung ended Day 2 of Event #44: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em with the most massive chip stack of 1,171,000. The other big stacks are Kevin Erickson (1,139,000) and Ryan Hansen (1,115,000). There are 10 players left in contention, and the event will crown a champion on Day 3.

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