Several additional poker tournaments took place in Las Vegas during the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP), including The Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget downtown and the 2021 Wynn Fall Classic on the Strip. The Venetian DeepStack Poker Series, which lasted from September 27 to November 28 and promised more than $10 million in prize pools, was another series that recently concluded. A total of 27,873 people competed in the 76-event series, winning a total of $22,546,322 in prize money. Ethan “Rampage Poker” Yau won the $1,100 Main Event for $230,379, while Lithuania’s Gediminas Uselis won the $1,600 Main Event for $325,428. PokerNews was on-site to offer live updates from a pair of Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) events.
The $1,600 DeepStack Championship drew 1,283 participants and featured a $1,821,860 prize pool in early November. Daniel Illingworth (10th – $25,506), Gloria Jackson (11th – $25,506), David Eldridge (16th – $17,672), Kenny Hallaert (18th – $17,672), Justin Zaki (26th – $10,020), Phil Mader (32nd – $7,652), and Mukul Pahuja (36th – $7,652) were among those who made relatively deep runs but fell short of the final table. Matas Cimbolas of Lithuania defeated Brady Osterman in heads-up play to win the tournament and the $310,265 first-place prize. According to The Hendon Mob, it was the fifth-largest payout for the poker player, who is second on his country’s all-time money list with more than $5.3 million in lifetime profits.
The $2,500 Card Player Poker Tour, held in mid-November at Venetian, more than quadrupled its $1 million guarantee, with 975 runners generating a prize pool of $2,218,125, which was distributed to the top 99 finishers. Ezeqiel “EZ” Waigel of Argentina and Kevin O’Donnell of the United States fought it out for the title, with the former winning after starting with a 7:1 chip advantage and taking home the $417,004 first prize. Waigel had a very easy ride, accumulating one of the largest stacks on Day 1a, the third-largest on Day 2, and starting the final table as chip leader.