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2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« on: October 05, 2021, 22:22:09 PM »

The 2021 WSOP has started and so has the APAT WSOP Fantasy League.

This is an abridged version of the updates for those who don't have Facebook. The full updates are at https://tinyurl.com/APATWSOP-Updates.
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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2021, 22:54:10 PM »
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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2021, 02:38:46 AM »
Event 1: $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em
Winner          James Barnett
Runners          420
Paid          63
Final Table          9

Player          Position          Points         
-          -          -         

Selector    Points                  
-    -                  

Jimmy Barnett's reaction to winning the Casino Employees Event was different to the 2019 winner, who promptly withdrew from his dealing commitments for the Series. Jimmy has arranged with his boss to play some and deal some, so everyone should be happy.
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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2021, 03:47:20 AM »
Event 2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Winner          Jesse Klein
Runners          78
Paid          12
Final Table          9

Player          Position          Points         
Benny Glaser          3          15         
Phil Hellmuth          6          8         
Ben Yu          7          6         
Daniel Negreanu          10          1         
Cary Katz          12          1         

Selector    Points                  
Jo 2    30                  
Stephen 1    30                  
Aneurin    24                  
Barrie 2    24                  
Gareth    22                  
Carl 1    15                  
Del    15                  
Jo 1    15                  
Rob    15                  
Richard    10                  
Chris H 1    9                  
David    9                  
Derek    9                  
Jon    9                  
Luca 2    9                  
Nic 1    9                  
Simon L    9                  
Stephen 2    9                  
Stu    9                  
Tom    9                  
Karen    9                  
John 2    8                  
Michael    8                  
Barrie 1    7                  
John 1    6                  
Carl 2    1                  
Luca 1    1                  


A stacked tournament ended up with a loaded final table, but an unknown winner. Klein's recorded tournament winnings prior to this, at $23k, were less than the buy-in for this event, though he is a high-stakes mixed-game player. Virtually everyone else in the tournament was a household name in poker circles, but Klein outlasted them all, having the satisfaction not only of winning, but of sticking a couple of beats on Hellmuth near the end. Phil has said he is targeting a multi-game bracelet this time, and this was a good attempt.

Matthew Ashton returned for this event. Having smashed the WSOP mixed games a few years ago, he seemed to lose interest, so it's good to see him again. All the top British mixed players (Ashton, Chidwick, Glaser, Owen) were present, as were the Germans, so it seems that the pro's have generally managed to find their way to Vegas.


Glaser is ready for a quick getaway as his lookalike opponent has all the chips.
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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2021, 01:33:16 AM »
Event 3: $1,000 Covid-19 Relief No Limit Hold'em Charity Event
Winner          Jeremy Ausmus
Runners          260
Paid          39
Final Table          9

Player          Position          Points         
Daniel Zack          32          1         
Shannon Shorr          38          1         


Selector    Points                  
Carl 1    1                  
Gareth    1                  
Jo 2    1                  
John 1    1                  
Stu    1                  

Entries were surprisingly low for this - maybe the players weren't keen on an event where a percentage of the prize-pool is removed. That percentage was supposed to be 10% of the $1,000 entry fee. With 266 entries, the WSOP worked out that meant $25,000 for charity, so I guess they had a slice before calculating the 10%.
The tournament was a turbo with twenty minute levels, which probably also contributed to the low entries. It turned out to be quite pro-heavy and bracelet-holder Ausmus ended up winning his second.


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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2021, 02:58:17 AM »
Event 5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Winner          Connor Drinan
Runners          607
Paid          92
Final Table          9

Player          Position          Points         
Robert Mizrachi          3          15         
Ryan Hughes          18          1         
Adam Hendrix          69          1         
David "Bakes" Baker          75          1         
Max Pescatori          80          1         


Selector    Points                  
Jon    15                  
Aneurin    1                  
Derek    1                  
John 2    1                  
Rob    1                  

Drinan and Mizrachi were the big names on the final table and the key moment came in a large pot between these two, when Drinan called a River bluff from Mizrachi, which gave Conor a big lead and left Rob short and he was soon out. on and Gareth cheered Mizrachi on, but it turned out that only one of them had actually chosen him.


A Shot in the Arm for Anti-Vaxxer James Woods, who cashed in 73rd place
« Last Edit: October 07, 2021, 23:30:10 PM by MintTrav »
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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2021, 00:36:34 AM »
Event 6: $25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed
Winner          Tyler Cornell
Runners          139
Paid          21
Final Table          8

Player          Position          Points         
Adam Hendrix          8          4         
Jason Koon          9          1         


Selector    Points                  
Derek    4                  
David    1                  
Stu    1                  

Well done to Derek for spotting Adam Hendrix, overlooked by everyone else.
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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2021, 22:01:46 PM »
Event 7: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
Winner          Jaswinder Lally
Runners          307
Paid          47
Final Table          6

Player          Position          Points         
Phil Hellmuth Jr          18          1         
Ryan Hughes          35          1         


Selector    Points                  
John 2    2                  
Jon    1                  
Aneurin    1                  
Derek    1                  
Rob    1                  
Jo 2    1                  
Stephen 1    1                  
Barrie 2    1                  
Del    1                  
Jo 1    1                  
Richard    1                  
Chris    1                  
David    1                  
Luca 2    1                  
Nic    1                  
Simon L    1                  
Stephen 2    1                  
Stu    1                  
Tom    1                  
Karen    1                  
Michael    1                  

In your face suckers! Gimme dat trophy!

A second cash for Hughes and a second deep finish for 'over-the-hill' Phil.

Indian-Canadian Lally had $3.6k winnings before this, but it was another case of an amateur overcoming the professionals.
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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2021, 00:37:16 AM »
Event 8: $600 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Winner          Zhi Wu
Runners          4527
Paid          680
Final Table          9

Player          Position          Points         
Sean Perry          219          1         
Maurice Hawkins          355          1         
Daniel Buzgon          425          1         
Shaun Deeb          640          1         

Selector    Points                  
Simon L    2                  
John 2    1                  
Jon    1                  
Aneurin    1                  
Derek    1                  
Rob    1                  
Jo 2    1                  
Stephen 1    1                  
Barrie 2    1                  
Del    1                  
Jo 1    1                  
Richard    1                  
Chris    1                  
Luca 2    1                  
Tom    1                  
Karen    1                  
Michael    1                  
Gareth    1                  
Carl 1    1                  
Barrie 1    1                  
John 1    1                  
Simon A    1                  

Zhi Wu's first WSOP cash was a good one - 1st out of 4,527.

Among the memorable players to cash in this were William Hill, Matthew Stuff, Happy Fitzgerald, Ken Norton, Neo On and Bong Yang.

Sofia Lovgren was 343rd, which is enough reason to feature her in my book.
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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2021, 01:00:42 AM »
Some guys have all the luck!

Imagine you get to heads-up out of four and a half thousand players in your first WSOP tournament and you are dealt AA, and manage to get it all in, winning $281k for your $600 buy-in to match your sponsorship deal with Michael Kors. If ever there was a day when Zhi Wu should have tried his luck with Sofia Lovgren, this was it!

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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2021, 03:47:32 AM »
Event 4: $500 The Reunion No Limit Hold'em
Winner          Long Ma
Runners          12973
Paid          1820
Final Table          9

Player          Position          Points         
Ryan Laplante          19          1         
Joseph Cheong          150          1         
Shannon Shorr          803          1         
Sam Razavi          898          1         

Selector    Points                  
Carl 1    2                  
Chris    1                  
John 1    1                  
Jon    1                  
Michael    1                  
Rob    1                  
Simon L    1                  
Stu    1                  


The WSOP's results lists are worse than ever this year. I can't remember ever seeing so many gaps or so many repetitions. If you think you have a player who hasn't been credited, let us know.

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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2021, 18:03:19 PM »
Who has banked the most cash so far? That's right, it's the WSOP.

Long Ma received an incredible $513k for winning The Reunion. Even more incredible was the $1.038m that the WSOP retained from that one tournament.

Puts UK operators' rake into perspective.


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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2021, 22:38:11 PM »
Event 9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Winner          Alan Engel
Runners          134
Paid          21
Final Table          9

Player          Position          Points         
Phil Hellmuth Jr          5          10         
Robert Mizrachi          7          6         
Christopher Vitch          10          1         
Paul Volpe          14          1         
Benjamin Yu          20          1         
Ryan Laplante          21          1         

Selector    Points                  
Jon    17                  
Jo 2    12                  
Stephen 1    12                  
Rob    11                  
Del    11                  
Jo 1    11                  
Chris    11                  
Simon L    11                  
Stu    10                  
Michael    10                  
John 2    10                  
Aneurin    10                  
Derek    10                  
Barrie 2    10                  
Richard    10                  
David    10                  
Luca 2    10                  
Nic    10                  
Stephen 2    10                  
Tom    10                  
Karen    10                  
Gareth    2                  
John 1    1                  
Barrie 1    1                  
Carl 1    1                  
Luca 1    1                  
Simon A    1                  

Another win for Canada. Canada used to win plenty of bracelets, but has really underperformed in recent years. It still has many more cashes every year than every country except the US, but they just haven't been able to covert them, to the extent that the three won in 2019 was the highest since the glory days of 2013, when they won ten. 2021 looks like it could be the year that Canada retakes its rightful place.

Rob Mizrachi and Phil Hellmuth were playing their second final tables of the Series and several others already have two or three cashes. Rob was 3rd in #5 (the $1,500 Hi-Lo) and 7th in this, but he wasn't the only one to do well in both. Khamar Xaytavone was 15th in #5 and 9th in this, while Engel cashed 43rd in the $1,500 before winning his second bracelet in this one against a starry field. Ryan Laplante was another to pick up his second cash.

Jon Young used his poker-industry knowledge to build some points.
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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2021, 22:56:06 PM »

And what about Hellmuth? Written off years ago by people who didn't know what they talking about, he has continued to perform outstandingly at the World Series and elsewhere. One of the criticisms used to be that he had 'only' won bracelets in big-field Hold-em events, as if there was something wrong with that. That has been put to bed as he has repeatedly scored highly in mixed-game events, crowned by winning a Razz bracelet in 2015. Since then, he has won two WPT titles and been runner-up once, one of the wins being a Heads-Up tournament and the other two events being mixed games. He has also finished 2nd and 3rd in WSOPE mixed events and picked up another large-field Hold'em bracelet. More recently, he has demonstrated his Heads-Up abilities, with numerous one-on-one wins, including whipping Esfandiari and Negreanu three times each. He has played three tournaments in this Series and his worst finish is 18th, with two final tables. Surely everyone now accepts that this is the greatest poker player ever?

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Re: 2021 APAT WSOP Fantasy League
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Brandon Shack-Harris
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