From start to end, Day 2 of the 2021 World Series of Poker was jam-packed with activity. In the star-studded $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, two players received coveted gold WSOP bracelets, while 15-time WSOP winner Phil Hellmuth punched his Day 3 tickets. When he was the final guy remaining in Event #1: $500 Casino Employees, Caesars Palace dealer Jimmy Barnett became a WSOP champion for the first time. Barnett, who was born in California but now resides in Nevada, won $39,013.
In Event #3: $1,000 COVID-19 Charity Relief Event, Jeremy Ausmus earned his second bracelet and $48,681. On his road to victory, Ausmus defeated 265 opponents.
Only nine players remain in the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E event, and what an outstanding group they are. On Day 2 of this high-stakes event, big hands came thick and fast, including the last hand of the evening. Benny Glaser, a three-time WSOP champion from the United Kingdom, busted Roland Israelashvili and Daniel Negreanu on the final hand of the night. Irsaelashvili finished 11th, Negreanu ninth, and Glaser rose to the top of the chip leaderboard with 2,590,000 chips.
Because each of their opponents has earned a spot at the final table, neither Hellmuth nor Glaser will have it their way. Jesse Klein (1,800,000), David Benyamine (1,680,000), Philip Sternheimer (865,00), Chad Eveslage (860,000), Ben Yu (830,000), Matt Glantz (410,000), and DJ Buckley (160,000) are all hoping to win the WSOP.
Event #4: $500 is a much-anticipated event. On the first of three starting flights, the Reunion No-Limit Hold’em received 2,649 entries, helping to boost the prize pool closer to the $5 million guarantee set by the WSOP. Just 129 players who made it to Day 2 on the first try, and no one bagged more chips than David Alfa. The guy from Austin, Texas, ended the first flight with the tournament’s largest stack of 3,070,000 chips, which has done nothing to hurt his prospects of earning a bracelet. Alfa has two WSOP Circuit rings but no bracelet.