The 2021 World Tournament Main Event was won by Rok Gostisa on Tuesday by a big bluff and a few blessings from poker gods to defeat 1178 players and cash for $959,493. The Main Event was spaced out over more than two weeks, following a pattern we’ve seen in major online tournaments as a means to allow participants greater freedom. The first of three beginning flights took place on August 29th, one on each of the following Sundays. The second day of the tournament was held on Monday, and the final table was completed yesterday.
Vlad Darie was the chip leader at the start of the nine-handed final table, but David Peters swiftly took over, knocking out Joao Simao in ninth place and slashing Rodrigo Sirichuk’s stack. Sirichuk was eliminated shortly after. Darie, on the other hand, seemed unfazed, knocking out both Manuel Fritz and Talal Shakerchi with the same hand. If there’s any comfort for them, it’s that, aside from huge sums of money, they were dead after the fiasco, so there was nothing to be disappointed about.
Then Peters embarked on a vengeance tour. Philipp Hofbauer doubled through him at first, but Peters found Aces against Hofbauer’s Kings not long after to knock him out of the competition. Bruno Volkmann followed suit, double past Peters before being pushed to the rail by the very same opponents. Peters was crushing it, amassing such a large stack that he had more than three times his opponents’ combined total at one point when playing three-handed. Peters still had a 2-to-1 chip advantage when Gostisa eliminated Darie in third place.
Mike Gostisa took first place in the Mike Sexton Champions Cup, a tournament for the world’s finest amateur poker player. He had an overpair with Tens, but was able to beat Peters and win the tournament by hitting one of the two remaining Tens on the river. He received a replica of the trophy with his name engraved on it, as well as a Hublot watch, in addition to the prize money.