Arnaud Enselme Wins The Final Bracelet Of The 2021 World Series of Poker Online
The final bracelet of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online series was awarded to France’s Arnaud Enselme. He overcame a field of 7,103 entries in ‘The Closer’, a $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event that featured a $2,021,000 guaranteed prize pool. The huge turnout built a prize pool of $3,373,925. Enselme earned $360,223 as the champion of this event, along with his first WSOP gold bracelet.
This was the largest payday of Enselme’s career, surpassing the $95,453 he earned as the champion of a $1,100 buy-in event at the 2019 Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series. His win in this event increased his career earnings to just shy of $1 million.
The final day of this event began with more than a thousand players remaining. By the time the final table was set, Kazuki Ikeuchi had established himself as the chip leader, while Enselme sat in second chip position. Enselme moved into the lead in the early going at the final table, and then extended his advantage by eliminating Ethan Reid in eighth place ($48,036).
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas earned the next knockout, with his pocket kings besting the pocket nines of Koki Kudo (7th – $64,057). Yakov Nesterov also picked up pocket kings in a big pot, beating out the K-Q of Ryosuke Matsumoto (6th – $85,421) to narrow the field of five contenders. Despite earning that knockout, Nesterov was the next to hit the rail. His A-K lost a preflop race to the pocket eights of Ikeuchi. Nesterov flopped an ace, but an eight on the turn gave Ikeuchi a set and the pot. Nesterov earned $113,911 as the fifth-place finisher.
Hernando Guzman got the last of his stick in ahead, with A4 leading the Q8 of a surging Ikeuchi. A queen on the flop gave Ikeuchi a lead which he maintained through the river, and Guzman settled for $151,903.
2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK main event winner Ioannis Angelou-Konstas was the next player to run into the Ikeuchi buzzsaw. Angelou-Konstas defended his big blind with K5 facing a button raise from Ikeuchi. The flop came down 1053 and Angelou-Konstas check-called a continuation bet of 1,800,000 from Ikeuchi. The turn brought the 7 and Angelou-Konstas checked again. Ikeuchi bet 4,725,000 and received another call. The 3 on the river paired the board. Angelou-Konstas checked for a third time. Ikeuchibet enough to put Angelou-Konstas all-in. Angelou-Konstas made the call with his fives and threes, only to be shown the JJ of Ikeuchi. Angelou-Konstas was awarded $202,566 as the third-place finisher. The Greek player now has more than $2.8 million in recorded tournament earnings.
Ikeuchi took roughly a 5:2 chip lead into heads-up play with Enselme. A rivered two pair to beat out the top pair of Ikeuchi saw Enselme close the gap significantly. Enselme eventually overtook the lead and extended his advantage to roughly 2:1 by the time the final hand was dealt. With blinds of 1,250,000-2,500,000 and an ante of 300,000, Ikeuchi moved all-in from the button for just less than 50 million holding K6. Enselme called from the big blind with KQ. The board ran out Q4396 and Enselme made a pair of queens to secure the pot and the title. Ikeuchi took home $270,127 as the runner-up finisher.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:
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