2021 WSOP Day 33: Volpe and Cates Lead Final 35 of the $50K Poker Players Championship

Paul Volpe

Day 33 of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) featured another full day of poker action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in sunny Las Vegas with Nov. 1 featuring seven bracelet events.

Anatolii Zyrin was one of the stars of the day after defeating a massive field of 9,399 entries in the $400 Colossus to win his second gold bracelet along with the hefty $314,705 top prize.

Meanwhile, Brian Yoon won his fourth gold bracelet in Event #57: $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship for $839,350.

Five events are still in play highlighted by Paul Volpe holding the chip lead with 35 players remaining in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship with Dan Cates closest on his tail.

Read on to learn about what took place on Day 33 of the 2021 WSOP.

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David Slaughter Leads Final 65 Players in the WSOP $1K Super Seniors

Day 2 of Event #58: $1000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em of the 2021 World Series of Poker has come to an end. A total of 65 super seniors bagged and tagged at the end of the night out of the total of 490 entries that started the event this morning with only 283 making the money with the minimum cash being worth $1,605.

Leading the field at the end of Day 2 is David Slaughter (1,835,000) with Randall Bolick (1,755,000), and Bill Stabler (1,725,000) being not too far behind. Slaughter finished 97th place for $5,191 in the WSOP Seniors Event less than a week ago, while Stabler finished runner-up for $409,456 in the WSOP Seniors Event back in 2018.

WSOP Super Seniors Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1 David Slaughter United States 1,835,000 92
2 Randall Bolick United States 1,755,000 88
3 Bill Stabler United States 1,725,000 86
4 Reginald Powell United States 1,565,000 78
5 Andrew Bodewin United States 1,355,000 68
6 Jean-Luc Adam France 1,140,000 57
7 Robert Chow United States 1,100,000 55
8 David Smith United States 1,080,000 54
9 Steve Miller United States 1,025,000 51
10 Joseph Neiman United States 975,000 49

The legendary three-time bracelet winner Sammy Farha busted in 66th place for $3,678, hedge fund manager Dan Shak in 97th for $2,583, and bracelet winner James Hess in 218th for $1,756. Hall of Famer Barry Greenstein started the day as one of the short stacks and was not able to spin it up into the money.

Players will return for Day 3 on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m local time in the Amazon room to compete for a top prize of $255,623 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet. The event will start at Level 21 with blinds of 10,000/20,000 with a big blind ante of 20,000.

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Team Newman Leads Final 10 in Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team

Michael Newman - Robert Ormont
Michael Newman – Robert Ormont

Day 2 has wrapped up in Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team with 10 teams remaining and Team Newman bagging the chip lead. Michael Newman and Robert Ormont will head into the third and final day of the tournament with a stack of 2,960,000, in front of duos Tomer Wolf and David Landell (1,900,000) and Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi (1,700,000).

Other teams that survived Day 2 include Team Erdwurm, Team Babbitt, and the father-daughter duo of Amanda Botfeld and David Botfeld.

Unofficial Final Table Seat Draw

  1 Zachary Erdwurm – Steven Jones 850,000
  2 Michael Newman – Robert Ormont 2,960,000
  3 Alfie Adam – Vidur Sethi 1,315,000
  4 Tomer Wolf – David Landell 1,900,000
  5 Amanda Botfeld – David Botfeld 790,000
  6 Holly Babbitt – Michael Babbitt 1,345,000
  7 Benjamin Miner – Dmitriy Uskach 1,065,000
  8 Mike Ruter – Samy Dighlawi 1,700,000
  9 Mike Lutz – Matt Krebs 430,000
  10 Scott Johnston – Bob Fisher 455,000

The duo of Jeff Platt and Brent Hanks made it deep in the day and were eliminated in 27th place when they ran pocket kings into the pocket aces of Team Wolf. Melanie Weisner and Xuan Liu of Team Weisner made it to the final two tables but were sent home in 18th place when their king-queen couldn’t fare against the ace-ten of Team Erdwurm.

Other partnerships that didn’t make it through the day include Mike Watson and Sarah Goddard, Asi Moshe and Uri Yochelman, and Stephen Song and Brock Wilson.

Day 3 will commence on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time and will play down to a winning team. Each member of the winning team will earn $56,683 and a WSOP bracelet.

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Paul Volpe Bags Day 2 Chip Lead in Event #60: $50K Poker Players Championship

Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

Day 2 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship has been played to its conclusion with Paul Volpe emerging as the new chip leader after another six levels of play. Volpe, who holds three gold bracelets, was the only player to bag over a million chips (1,092,000).

Play began on Day 2 with 44 players (up from the 39 players that bagged from Day 1) and increased periodically throughout the day until reaching a total of 63 by the time late registration ended. Among the new entries were Jesse Klein (656,000), Alex Livingston (872,000), Chris Brewer (715,000), Nick Schulman (723,000), Cary Katz (197,000) and Dan “Jungleman” Cates (944,000) – who made his 2021 WSOP debut and will be looking to improve on his sixth-place finish in the 2019 Poker Players Championship.

Notably absent was the defending champion Phil Hui, who has yet to make an appearance at the series this year.

$50K Poker Players Championship Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count
1 Paul Volpe United States 1,092,000
2 Dan Cates United States 944,000
3 Adam Friedman United States 913,000
4 Alex Livingston Canada 872,000
5 Chris Vitch United States 849,000
6 George Alexander United States 820,000
7 Brian Rast United States 790,000
8 Yuval Bronshtein Israel 775,000
9 Chad Campbell United States 764,000
10 Nick Schulman United States 723,000

Other players who managed to bag into Day 3 include Day 1 chip leader Bryce Yockey (510,000), Eli Elezra (700,000), Anthony Zinno (415,000), and Daniel Negreanu, who managed to run his 77,000 in chips at the beginning of Day 2 up to 655,000 by the day’s end.

By the end of the day, just 35 players remained. Some players who were less fortunate include Frank Kassela, George Wolff, Benny Glaser, Shaun Deeb, and previous PPC champions Michael Mizrachi and Freddy Deeb – all of whom were eliminated over the course Day 2.

Phil Hellmuth, who entered late into Day 2, was also unable to survive after being eliminated by a turned gutshot of George Alexander and failing to improve with a set.

The 63 entries generated a $3,016,125 total prize pool. Ten spots will pay, with the eventual winner taking home $954,020 in addition to a WSOP gold bracelet and the right to have their name engraved in the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship Payouts

Place   Prize (USD)
1   $954,020
2   $589,628
3   $404,243
4   $286,983
5   $211,235
6   $161,422
7   $128,256
8   $106,120
9   $91,595
10   $82,623

The remaining field will return Tuesday at 2 p.m. local time to play another six levels. As with past days, levels will last 100 minutes each and players will get 15-minute breaks after each level. Players will go on an hour-long dinner break after Level 16 at around 9:20 p.m.

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Robert Hankins Leads The Field Into Day 2 of Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em

Robert Hankins
Robert Hankins

Day 1 of Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em has come to a conclusion. There were a total of 3,916 entrants generating a prize pool of $1,997,160. The winner will take home the first-place prize of $252,491 paired with the coveted 2021 World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

They were 588 players to make the money but only 448 players advanced to Day 2 and are guaranteed a payout of $1,051.

Among the players leading the field into Day 2 is ten-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Robert Hankins who bagged a whopping 868,000 from a starting stack of 30,000. Hankins recently won his tenth WSOP ring in August of this year at Harrah’s Cherokee for the first-place prize of $132,241. He has now put himself in a position to capture his first WSOP bracelet which would add to his already impressive list of accomplishments in the tournament poker world.

Samuel Taylor (838,000), Justin Arnwine (779,000), Nana Senachika (646,000), Cole Ferraro (625,000) and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Mark Seif (550,000) follow close behind.

Event #61 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

1 Robert Hankins United States 868,000 87
2 Samuel Taylor United States 838,000 84
3 Radoslav Stoyanov Bulgaria 830,000 83
4 Dhaval Mudgal India 786,000 79
5 Justin Arnwine United States 779,000 78
6 Kc Vaughan United States 743,000 74
7 Matas Budginas United States 719,000 72
8 Ping Liu United States 702,000 70
9 Nissar Quraishi United States 687,000 69
10 Alan Ferraro Italy 686,000 69
Mark Seif
Mark Seif

Day 2 will restart at 12 p.m. local time on Nov. 2 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The 448 remaining players will be starting at Level 18 with 5,000/10,000 blinds and a 10,000 big blind ante. They will play 10 levels with a duration of 60-minutes. There will be 15-minute breaks every two levels and a 60-min dinner break after Level 23 (≈ 6:30 p.m.).

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Tsugunari Toma Bags a Massive Stack on Day 1 of the $1,500 PLO8

Tsugunari Toma
Tsugunari Toma

After a solid fifteen levels of play, Day 1 of Event #62: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better is completed. There were 725 total entries for this event with 113 players headed to Day 2.

Leading the field into Day 2 is Japan’s top live poker tournament earner Tsugunari Toma (1,076,000 chips) who bagged an astonishing million-plus chip stack. To put this into perspective, Toma bagged nearly triple that of his nearest competition in Steve Chanthabouasy, who bagged a healthy stack of 393,000.

From the middle to the end of the day, Toma was on cruise control. He found himself on the better end of almost every spot and used his tournament experience to bag up an impressive stack.

Event #62 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

1 Tsugunari Toma Japan 1,076,000 179
2 Steve Chanthabouasy United States 393,000 66
3 Paul Holder United States 380,000 63
4 Maury Barrett United States 373,000 62
5 Michael Trivett United States 342,000 57
6 Raymond Henson United States 339,000 57
7 Sean Remz United States 333,000 56
8 Nathan Gamble United States 328,000 55
9 Andrew Yeh United States 318,000 53
10 Dustin Dirksen United States 314,000 52

Others who bagged up healthy stacks at the end of the night include Mike Matusow (228,000 chips), Paul Holder (380,000 chips), and Nathan Gamble (328,000). Gamble added to his stack near the end of the night, which resulted in David Williams hitting the rail before the closing bell.

The players will return Tuesday at 2 p.m. local (PST) time and play 10 levels of 60 minutes each, with a 15-minute break after every two levels, and a 60-minute dinner break at the end of Level 21 (~8:30 p.m. local (PST) time).

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