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2021 World Series of Poker in review: Week 3

21 October 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The 52nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) wrapped up its third week of play at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino with thrilling wins and new champions crowned. Week three delivered on excitement with poker legend Phil Hellmuth winning his record-breaking 16th gold bracelet and a stacked, star-studded faceoff in the final day of Event #36: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship.

Poker fans and interested media can tune into the weekly WSOP virtual press conference on Friday, 22 October at 12 p.m. PST where host Tiffany Michelle will dive deeper into this week’s milestone events with special guests, bracelet winners and more. This week’s virtual press conference can be viewed on the WSOP YouTube channel.

Week 3 Highlights:

- Phil Hellmuth Wins Record 16th World Series of Poker (WSOP) Gold Bracelet
  • Poker legend Phil Hellmuth took home his 16th WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw. The 16th Gold Bracelet extended Hellmuth’s record of having the most championship wins in WSOP. This is his first gold bracelet in a 2-7 poker game and his third in a non-Hold’em variation.
- Anthony Koutsos Wins First WSOP Bracelet in Event #35: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em
  • Anthony Koustos, a real-estate agent by day, took home his first WSOP gold bracelet and $167,272 in winnings. A poker player of nine years, this was Koutsos’ first time at the World Series of Poker and his third bracelet event.
- Karolis Sereika Wins First WSOP Bracelet in Event #37:$1,500 Super Turbo
  • Karolis Sereika won Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo, taking home his first WSOP gold bracelet, making it the first live Lithuanian WSOP bracelet. This is Sereika’s biggest win to date at $195,310.
- WSOP Adds Two More Main Event Starting Flights as U.S. Travel Restrictions Ease
  • In response to the easing of travel restrictions into the U.S., WSOP has announced two more Day 1 Event flights. Day 1E and Day 1F will take place 8 November and 9 November.
- Adam Friedman Defeats Phil Hellmuth to Win WSOP $10k Dealer’s Choice for Third Straight Year
  • Adam Friedman made history, winning Event #36: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship for third consecutive time and denying Phil Hellmuth his 17th WSOP gold bracelet. Friedman now has four gold bracelets and over $2 million in cashes.

What To Look Forward To:
- Thursday, 21 October – Event #41: Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em
  • Players will face-off for a chance at a WSOP gold bracelet in a $2,500 buy in, no re-entry tournament.
- Sunday, 24 October – Online Event #5: Online Bracelet Championship
  • Players will compete for a WSOP gold bracelet in one of the newly added online bracelet events.
- Upcoming WSOP live streaming on PokerGO: is live streaming 36 days of action from the 2021 World Series of Poker, including the entire $10,000 Main Event from start to finish. Coming up are live streams of Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha on Friday, 22 October, Event $40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship on Saturday, 23 October, and Event #44: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed on Sunday, 24 October.

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