Five memorable hands from the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table

Poker fans around the world have to wait one more day for the final table of the 2022 WSOP Main Eventeagerly anticipating the resumption of play at Bally’s and Paris, Las Vegas.

And what better way to prepare for this not-to-be-missed final table – and perhaps get a taste of what we can expect this year – we thought was returning to the 2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table.

Here we look back at five memorable hands from last year’s Main Event final table.

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From Second to Chips to Busto

Alexandre Lococo

Alexandre Lococo started the final table third in chips, but moved up to second in the standings after early eliminations from Chase Bianchi and Jareth East.

When this hand has occurred, another short stack in the form of Ozgur Secilmis supported the standings, but that didn’t prevent a huge showdown between Lococo and the chip leader Koray Aldemir.

Aldemir had 3-bet pre-flop with {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} after the opening of Lococo with {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}. Aldemir flopped a full house, with Lococo check-calling three streets – the last street of his tournament life – on a board of {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}only to be shown the bad news.

This hand saw Aldemir tighten his grip on the chip lead, sitting with more chips than the other six players combined.

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Cracking Kings with adapted T9

Ozgur Secilmis

Secilmis had been short-stacked the previous hand, but with five-handed play, he found himself in the middle of the pack when this hand came around.

Having opened with {k-Spike}{k-Clubs} he called the stampede Joshua Remitio for the American’s last chips. by Remitio {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} seemed to be far behind, but the {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{7-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds} The board saw him flop trips to break Secilmis’ pocket kings and double down. Secilimis would eventually collapse to fifth.

Fun fact: Secilmis was the first Turkish player to reach the WSOP Main Event final table

Almost a Double KO!

It would have been one of the most famous hands in WSOP Main Event history, if only the pocket queens had held.

Unsurprisingly, Aldemir still held the chip lead and it was the German with the ladies {q-Spike}{q-hearts}having both Jack Oliver {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and Joshua Remitio {a-Hearts}{j-Spike} at risk.

The flop {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Spades} gave outs to both opponents. Round {3-Diamonds} gave Oliver additional outings, with the river {7-Diamonds} completing its color to triple. Remitio would win the side pot with his riparian straight.

However, Aldemir still held the lead with double the chips of the remaining players combined. It would take a lot to deny him victory.

Exit Double Check-Raise

george holmes

george holmes was one of the final table stories, going from home games to playing for millions on the biggest stage of them all.

But this “Home Game Hero” was not afraid to mix everything up in threes.

Him and Jack Oliver were battling Aldemir, when Holmes made this extravagant play. Check-raise Oliver twice on one {q-Clubs}{q-Spike}{7-Spades}{j-Diamonds} board, with Oliver throwing his hand around the turn.

Oliver would be eliminated in third place, which brought the tournament head-to-head. george holmes Where Koray Aldemir – who would emerge victorious?

Claim victory in style

Koray Aldemir

More often than not, the final hand of the WSOP Main Event is an all-in showdown; the two players enduring the agony of racing with the cameras and confetti ready.

On this occasion, the moment of victory was preceded by a long game of chess in a hand of poker, with Aldemir succeeding on the river to win.

Have checked-raised on a {10-Hearts}{7-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop, Aldemir bet the {k-Spike} turn with the call of Holmes. The river was the {9-Clubs} and Aldemir checked.

With about 105 million in chips in the middle, Holmes pushed for 133 million and Aldemir went into the tank. Three minutes later, Aldemir had made his decision. He called with {10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for two pairs, beating the {k-Clubs}{q-Spike} top pair of Holmes. And just like that, he was world champion.

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Will Shillibier is based in the UK. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a BA in German, then studied for an NCTJ degree in sports journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. Previously, he worked as a freelance journalist and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.

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