The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #6: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em attracted 139 entries and generated a $3,283,875 prize pool. After three days of play, the 33-year-old poker pro Tyler Cornell took down the event to win $833,289 and his first gold bracelet in Las Vegas. He came out on top of a final table featuring the likes of Adrian Mateos and Mustapha Kanit.
“It feels amazing,” Cornell said after the win. “I’ve been trying to do this for a long time and finally got a win.”
The two-time WSOP bracelet winner Chance Kornuth bubbled the event in 22nd place. The newly-signed GGPoker Ambassador Jason Koon (9th for $79,834), Jarred Jaffee (11th for $63,976), Darren Elias (12th for $51,866), Day 1 chip leader Jake Daniels (14th for $45,382), Galen Hall (16th for 45,382), & PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton (21st for $41,492) were the notables to finish ITM.
The final day began with just five players remaining and Cornell in the lead. Mustapha Kanit was the first to fall. The Italian poker pro bet 340,000 with a board of Qd Jh 6s. WPT champion Jonathan Jaffe moved all-in over the top and Kanit called with Ah Kh. Jaffe had flopped top pair with Qc 10c. The turn 9c and 4h on the river were of no help to Kanit and he was busted in fifth place.
Despite scoring that knockout, Jaffe was the next to fall. He got the last of his stack in with Kh 5h and got a call from Michael Liang, who had Ac Kc. Neither player improved and Jaffe got busted in fourth place.
Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Adrian Mateos called off his last seven big blinds with Ah 9c. Cornell had shoved with pocket nines from the button. The pocket pair held up and Mateos fell in third place. With that, Cornell took a massive chip lead into heads-up play with Michael Liang.
Cornell started the heads-up with a 9:1 chip advantage against Liang, who made a comeback initially, but Cornell was able to rebuild his lead and finally ship the tournament. Liang finally shoved for around 10 big blinds with Ks 2d and Cornell called with Ac 2c.The board ran out Ad 6h 3d 10d 2h, giving Cornell a pair of aces to win the pot and the title. Liang earned $515,014 as the runner-up.
Final Table Payouts (USD)
- Tyler Cornell – $833,289
- Michael Liang – $515,014
- Adrian Mateos – $318,870
- Jonathan Jaffe – $286,202
- Mustapha Kanit – $216,842
- Mohammad Arani – $166,102
- Paul Newey – $128,654
- Adam Hendrix – $100,773