Eric Zhang Wins 2021 World Collection of Poker $500 Salute to Warriors Occasion


The 2021 World Collection of Poker $500 Salute to Warriors no-limit maintain’em match attracted a subject of 1,738 gamers, constructing a $782,100 prize pool whereas additionally elevating $64,827 for the USO Group. This was the second operating of this occasion, which first debuted on the 2019 WSOP. After three full days of motion, Eric Zhang got here out on high to safe the $102,465 high prize and his first gold bracelet.

The novice participant from San Francisco made the journey to Las Vegas to play this match as his one WSOP occasion for the 12 months, based on PokerNews reside updates.

“I at all times cherished poker however I solely began taking part in a pair years in the past, primarily money video games, probably not tournaments. However the WSOP is at all times a really big day and I took a while off work as a result of I actually wished to come back right here,” stated Zhang. “That is the one occasion I deliberate of taking part in. It’s an reasonably priced occasion, plus an amazing trigger, and I’m happening trip to Morocco and Europe proper after.”

Along with the {hardware} and the cash, Zhang additionally earned 540 Card Participant Participant of the Yr factors for his first recorded match rating.

The ultimate day of this occasion started with 9 gamers remaining and Zhang in second chip place behind solely Bradley Rogoff. Anthony McCurdy was the primary to fall, along with his pocket eights operating into the pocket kings of Chulhan Choi. McCurdy was unable to come back from behind and was eradicated in ninth place ($9,857).

Zhang surged into the lead throughout eight-handed motion because of profitable an enormous preflop race with pocket jacks towards the A-Okay of Rogoff. Christopher Corbo was the subsequent to be despatched to the rail, along with his Okay-Q clashing towards the A-10 of Mitch Garshofsky. A ten-high board secured the pot for Garshofsky, whereas Corbo settled for $12,471 because the eighth-place finisher.

Zhang earned his first knockout of the day when he flopped backside set of deuces towards the highest two pair, aces and fives, of Hlib Kovtunov. Zhang improved to quads on the river to ship Kovtunov house in seventh place ($15,943).

A battle of the blinds noticed the tip of Marty Zabib’s run on this occasion. He earned $20,592 for his sixth-place displaying. Mitch Garshofsky adopted round ten minutes later, with with 10-9 operating into the pocket queens of Rogoff. Garshofsky failed to come back from behind and was awarded $26,866 because the fifth-place finisher.

Choi Chulhan additionally shoved proper into a giant pair for Rogoff. His QDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit had a minimum of one overcard to the pocket tens, however the board improved neither participant and Chulhan was eradicated in fourth place ($35,406).

Regardless of scoring these two knockouts, Rogoff was finally the subsequent to fall. He shoved from the small blind with ADiamond Suit7Diamond Suit and Man Hadas known as from the massive blind with AHeart SuitQSpade Suit. Rogoff spiked a seven on the flop to take the lead, however the river introduced a queen to ship him house with $47,125.

Heads-up play started with Zhang holding 23,500,000 to Hadas’ 17,300,000. Zhang was capable of prolong that benefit even additional earlier than the ultimate hand of the occasion was dealt. Hadas limped in for 500,000 on the button with AHeart Suit5Heart Suit and Zhang raised to 2,000,000 with OkayDiamond SuitJClub Suit. Hadas known as and the flop got here down QSpade Suit10Spade Suit2Heart Suit. Zhang guess 1,400,000 and Hadas known as. The flip introduced the OkayHeart Suit to provide Zhang high pair to associate with his straight draw. He guess 2,600,000 and Hadas, who had picked up the nut flush draw and a gutshot, moved all-in for round 10,400,000. Zhang made the decision and the ADiamond Suit on the river gave him the broadway straight to lock up the pot and the title. Hadas earned $63,344 because the runner-up finisher.

Here’s a have a look at the payouts and POY factors awarded on the closing desk:

Place Participant Earnings POY Factors
1 Eric Zhang $102,465 540
2 Man Hadas $63,344 450
3 Bradley Rogoff $47,125 360
4 Choi Chulhan $35,406 270
5 Mitch Garshofsky $26,866 225
6 Marty Zabib $20,592 180
7 Hlib Kovtunov $15,943 135
8 Christopher Corbo $12,471 90
9 Anthony McCurdy $9,857 45

Winner picture credit score: WSOP / Hayley Hochstetler.




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