The focus of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) continued on the WSOP $10,000 Main Event on Day 44 with Day 4 dominating the action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

The WSOP Main Event is down to just 292 hopefuls. Ramon Colillas will enter Day 5 with the chip lead with Demosthenes Kiriopoulos, Stephen Song, and Stephen Chidwick closest on his tail.

Meanwhile, Jermaine Reid got his first taste at WSOP gold on Friday evening after defeating Peder Berge during heads-up play to win Event #69: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $113,459.

Four other events were in progress. Read on to find out what took place on Day 44 of the WSOP.

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Ramon Colillas Leads the Field into Day 5 of Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship

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Spain’s Ramon Colillas leads a field of 292 heading into Day 5 of Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker. The returning players survived the 1,000 runners who were already in the money when they showed up to Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Day 4 of the WSOP flagship event after the bubble burst at the end of Day 3.

A field of 6,650 has generated a $62,011,250 prize pool with $8 million slated to be awarded to the winner next Wednesday. The remaining players will return for Day 5 at 12 p.m. Las Vegas time on Saturday, November 12.

Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts

RANK PLAYER Country CHIP COUNT Big Blinds
1 Ramon Colillas Spain 5,000,000 208
2 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos Canada 4,500,000 188
3 Stephen Song United States 4,417,000 184
4 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom 4,376,000 182
5 Zachary Mcdiarmid Canada 4,093,000 171
6 Jonathan Dwek Canada 3,955,000 165
7 Jason Osser United States 3,900,700 163
8 Dragana Lim United States 3,801,000 158
9 Fernando Rodriguez United States 3,442,000 143
10 Matthew Jewett United States 3,398,000 142

Colillas went on a run in the late levels to bag the chip lead after steadily building his stack over the previous three days of the tournament. Also at the top of a crowded leaderboard are Stephen Chidwick, Stephen Song, and Fernando Rodriguez. Chidwick and Song are seeking their second WSOP gold bracelet, while Rodriguez is looking for a deep run after securing his first career live cash in this year’s Main Event.

Chris Moneymaker will return for Day 5 with 621,000 chips and an opportunity to recapture the magic he found nearly 20 years ago when he changed the poker world forever as the 2003 Main Event champion. Moneymaker came into Day 4 with one of the bigger chip stacks but spent the latter part of the evening trying to find traction on the PokerGO featured table. Qui Nguyen is the only other former WSOP Main Event champion that remains in the field.

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Other players returning for Day 5 include Nick Petrangelo, David Lappin, Matt Berkey, Jason Koon, Dan Heimiller, Marle Spragg, and John Morgan.

Some notable runners that did not survive on Day 4 include Kevin Gerhart, Josh Arieh, and Jessica Cai. Cai came into Day 4 as the chip leader but didn’t survive to see Day 5 after her ace-king ran into Casey Coughlan’s pocket aces shortly after the dinner break. Gerhart flopped top pair and got it in but was stopped by Christoph Strehl’s two-pair. Arieh had a frustrating exit after he bluffed off his stack to Stephen Gerber.

The 2021 WSOP Main Event in Numbers

Day Players Total for Day Players Total Cumulative Players Surviving
1a 523 523 348
1b 845 1,368 611
1c 600 1,968 433
1d 2,550 4,518 1,933
1e 797 5,315 590
1f 1,045 6,360 782
       
2abd 2,900 6,496 1,440
2cef 1,810 6,550 922
       
3 2,362 6,550 1,000
4 1,000 6,550 292

Final Table Payouts

Place Prize
1 $8,000,000
2 $4,300,000
3 $3,000,000
4 $2,300,000
5 $1,800,000
6 $1,400,000
7 $1,225,000
8 $1,100,000
9 $1,000,000

The Main Event will return with Day 5 on Saturday, November 13. Action will continue in Level 21 with blinds at 12,000/24,000/24,000 and Day 5 will play five two-hour levels.

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Michael Shanahan Leads Final 26 Hopefuls after Day 3 of Event #68: $1,111 Little One for One Drop

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After three days of play, the original field of more than 3,797 players has been trimmed down to the final 26 players in Event #75: $1,111 Little One for One Drop.

For the third straight day, the action was wild and the eliminations rapid, with the Day 3 starting field of 229 players whittled down to only 26 hopefuls by the end of the day.

Michael Shanahan took home the end-of-day chip lead, bagging 13,465,000. Others bagging big stacks in the Pavilion Room included Brekstyn Schutten (11,305,000), Scott Ball (10,550,000), Matthew Solitro (8,500,000) and David Jackson (8,180,000).

Event #38 Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

RANK PLAYER Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Michael Shanahan United States 13,465,000 67
2 Brekstyn Schutten United States 11,305,000 57
3 Scott Ball United States 10,550,000 53
4 Mathew Solitro United States 8,500,000 43
5 David Jackson United States 8,180,000 41
6 Derek Gregory United States 7,310,000 37
7 Sebastian Medina Cuba 7,205,000 36
8 Petro Zakusilov United States 7,040,000 35
9 Ronnie Ballantyne United Kingdom 7,000,000 35
10 Sorel Mizzi Canada 6,686,000 33

The final 26 return on Saturday, November 13 for Day 4 at 2 p.m. with the plan to play all the way down to a champion.

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Joseph Hebert Bags Day 1b Chip Lead in Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em

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Day 1b in Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em had come to an end. Day 1b drew a total of 1,104 entrants with 166 players making the money with a minimum payout being $1,425 After a long fourteen hours of play, only 50 players remain.

Among the top stacks are 2020 Online WSOP Main Event Champion Joseph Hebert with 2,100,000 in chips. Not far behind is Tjan Tepeh (2,000,000), Adam Croffet (1,975,000), Josue Aguirre (1,930,000), and Thomas Larson (1,825,000) rounding out the top five stacks who bagged big.

Event #70 Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

RANK PLAYER Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Joseph Hebert United States 2,100,000 53
2 Tijan Tepeh United States 2,050,000 51
3 Adam Croffut United States 1,975,000 49
4 Josue Aguirre Mexico 1,930,000 48
5 Thomas Larson United States 1,825,000 46
6 Wilbert Chun United States 1,660,000 42
7 Jacob Rich United States 1,550,000 39
8 Kyle Montgomery United States 1,420,000 36
9 David Moses United States 1,395,000 35
10 Sejin Park South Korea 1,350,000 34

This event drew a few notables such as two-time bracelet winner Freddy Deeb, 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion Ryan Riess, Russian-American Writer Maria Konnikova and popular content creator Jeff Boski.

Players who bagged will return for Day 2 on November 15 at 12 p.m noon in the Amazon room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

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Matt Mamiya Bags Day 2 Chip Lead in Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha

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A total of 94 players returned for battle on Day 2 of Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha returned to the Pavillion room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and after 10 levels of play only 15 hopefuls remain.

Leading the charge heading towards the final day is Matt Mamiya with 3,100,000 with the likes of Day 1 chip leader Mourad Amokrane chasing him closely with 2,940,000.

Amokrane has been near the top of the counts for much of the event thus far, rising to the top on Day 1 and maintaining the position throughout play on both days. Spain’s Paulo Villena closes the podium with 2,080,000 in chips. With total live earnings of $568,245, there is little doubt that Villena should be considered a serious contender for the chase of the gold.

Event #71 Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

RANK PLAYER Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Matt Mamiya United States 3,100,000 62
2 Mourad Amokrane France 2,960,000 59
3 Paulo Villena Spain 2,080,000 42
4 Kao Chieng Saechao United States 2,000,000 40
5 Gabe Ramos United States 1,600,000 32
6 Rodney Horton United States 1,595,000 32
7 Todd Jacobs United States 1,360,000 27
8 Ronald Larsen United States 1,205,000 24
9 Ryan Terpstra United States 1,140,000 23
10 Matthew Humphrey United States 1,075,000 22

Another notable who made his way into final Day 3 is Jeff Gross (1,070,000), who struggled with a small stack the first hours of the day and fought hard to bag over a million chips with which he will return for the finale. He will be joined tomorrow by others experienced players such as Matthew Humphrey (1,075,000), Nikolay Yosifov (570,000) and Borja Gross (515,000).

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All the returning players may have $5,223 locked up and there are still 15 bounties in play, but they all have their eyes on one of the last WSOP gold bracelets of the series and the $132,844 top prize.

The pace of play on Day 2 was as fast and furious as Day 1, and there was definitely no shortage of action.

Russell Alesi was the last player to fall on Day 2 for a 16th place finish worth $4,584 after he pushed his last few chips with a hand containing a pair of eights against Ronald Horton who found a board giving him a pair of nines.

“I only played 8 hours of PLO before that tournament” confessed Alessi with a smile right after his elimination. “I definitely waited too long to start playing Omaha!”

There was a pile of notables and bracelet winners to leave with some consolation on Day 2 as Jonathan Abdellatif (28th, $3,315), Joseph Di Rosa Rojas (42nd, $2,890), Uri Reichenstein (52th, $2,562), Diogo Veiga (57th, $2,313), Joao Vieira (74th, $1,985), Felipe Ramos (82nd, $1,890), and Dario Sammartino (89th, $1,890) all failed to find a bag. The two-time WSOP champion in PLO events Dash Dudley also saw his deep run come to an end, falling in 49th for $2,563.

Play resumes at 3 p.m local time in the Amazon room on Saturday and restarts at Level 21 with blinds of 25,000/ 50,000 with a 50,000 ante. There will be a 15-minute break after every two levels.

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Teliani Bags Monster Lead; Arieh Still In Contention In Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha

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After 15 levels (plus four minutes) of play, Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha gathered 846 entrants to build a prize pool of $1,129,410 and a first place of $209,716 with only 126 remaining entrants to compete for it on Day 2.

Of those remaining, it is Nohad Teliani who bagged the overall tournament chip lead with 1,100,000. Teliani was a force to be reckoned with for the majority of the day, having knocked out several players on her table and became the only player to bag over 1 million chips. Her total lifetime cashes come out to $64,634 and a win here would add more than $200,000 to it as well as her first WSOP Bracelet.

Event #72 Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

RANK PLAYER Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Nohad Teliani Canada 1,107,000 185
2 Paul Saso United States 583,000 97
3 Mihai Manole Romania 578,000 96
4 Karan Mehta India 567,000 95
5 Kosei Ichinose Japana 508,000 85
6 Josh Arieh United States 503,000 84
7 Bernard Larabi United States 491,000 82
8 Mariia Levseieva United States 481,000 80
9 Rishi Makkar Canada 459,000 77
10 Richard Dixon United States 442,000 74

One player who will not be looking for his first WSOP bracelet, but rather his third of the summer and fifth overall is Josh Arieh. Arieh was one of the late registrants of the tournament, but throughout the day, he amassed chips through many aggressive plays and ended the day as one of the chip leaders, bagging 503,000. Arieh is high on the player of the year leaderboard and a deep run here would certainly benefit his endeavors in that area. In a year of players winning two bracelets, Arieh could be the first of the series to win three.

The tournament was a star-studded affair, bringing out plenty of known players. Some of those who bagged included; Jerry Wong (316,000), Leif Force (285,000), James Mackey (153,000), Joao Vieira (152,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (37,000), and Diogo Veiga (34,000).

Some players who were not as fortunate included Ali Imsirovic, Adam Hendrix, Benny Glaser, Jake Schwartz, Chino Rheem, Kenny Hallaert, Ryan Leng, and 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Michael Wang’s elimination at the hands of Jerry Wong was the last hand before the bubble began which lasted well over an hour until two players eliminated simultaneously brought it to an end.

The players will return at 2 p.m. at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with 56-minutes left on Level 16, with blinds at 3,000/6,000 and a 6,000 big blind ante. 10 levels of 60-minutes each will be played on Saturday.

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  • 1 2021 WSOP Day 1: Series Underway With Star-Studded $25k H.O.R.S.E.
  • 2 2021 WSOP Day 2: Hellmuth In The Hunt For 16th Bracelet
  • 3 2021 WSOP Day 3: Drinan On Course For His Second Bracelet
  • 4 2021 WSOP Day 4: Cornell In Pole Position For First Bracelet
  • 5 2021 WSOP Day 5: Negreanu, Matusow, Seidel, and Hellmuth Advance in the $10K LO8 Championship
  • 6 2021 WSOP Day 6: Phil Hellmuth Chasing 16th Bracelet Deep in the $10K LO8 Championship
  • 7 2021 WSOP Day 7: Hellmuth Four Players Away From Bracelet #16
  • 8 2021 WSOP Day 8: Deeb Looking For Bracelet #5
  • 9 2021 WSOP Day 9: FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver Headlines $10K Limit Final Table; Racener Leads
  • 10 2021 WSOP Day 10: Brian Yoon Hunting for Fourth Bracelet
  • 11 2021 WSOP Day 11: Hellmuth In The Hunt Again; Reaches Another Final Table
  • 12 2021 WSOP Day 12: Negreanu Hunting for Seventh Bracelet
  • 13 2021 WSOP Day 13: Five Left in Milly Maker; Marle Cordeiro Among Last 17 in Ladies Event
  • 14 2021 WSOP Day 14: Vanessa Kade Racks Up Fifth Cash of the Series
  • 15 2021 WSOP Day 15: Zinno On Course For Fourth Bracelet
  • 16 2021 WSOP Day 16: Kornuth Reaches Back-to-Back $10K Short Deck Finals
  • 17 2021 WSOP Day 17: Phil Hellmuth Hunting for 16th Bracelet with 10 Remaining in $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball
  • 18 2021 WSOP Day 18: Elezra in the Mix For His Fifth Bracelet
  • 19 2021 WSOP Day 19: David “Bakes” Baker Hunting for Third Bracelet at $1,500 Triple Draw Final Table
  • 20 2021 WSOP Day 20: Friedman After a Three-Peat as Negreanu and Hellmuth Advance to Final 10 in $10K Dealer’s Choice
  • 21 2021 WSOP Day 21: Addamo Flying High In Yet Another High Roller
  • 22 2021 WSOP Day 22: Arieh Positions Himself For Bracelet #3
  • 23 2021 WSOP Day 23: Gerhart, Johnson, and Shack-Harris Seeking Third Bracelets with Five Remaining in $10K H.O.R.S.E.
  • 24 2021 WSOP Day 24: JC Tran Flying High in the $10K PLO
  • 25 2021 WSOP Day 25: Elezra and Matusow Hunting for Fifth Bracelets in the $10K PLO Championship
  • 26 2021 WSOP Day 26: Soverel Leads the Charge in the NL 2-7 Single Draw Championship
  • 27 2021 WSOP Day 27: Glaser Leads Final 8 $10K NL 2-7 Championship as Negreanu Alive Hunting for Seventh Bracelet
  • 28 2021 WSOP Day 28: Stars Turn Out For $25K PLO High Roller; Deeb Flying High
  • 29 2021 WSOP Day 29: Lamb Registers Late In $25K PLO and Bags Lead
  • 30 2021 WSOP Day 30: Ka Kwan Lau On Course For $25K PLO Bracelet
  • 31 2021 WSOP Day 31: Kolev Leads the $10K 6-Handed NLHE Championship
  • 32 WSOP 2021 Day 32: Yockey Bags $50k Poker Players Championship Day 1 Chip Lead
  • 33 2021 WSOP Day 33: Volpe and Cates Lead Final 35 of the $50K Poker Players Championship
  • 34 2021 WSOP Day 34: Ryan Leng Leads Final 10 in the $50K PPC
  • 35 2021 WSOP Day 35: Eli Elezra Leads Final 5 in the $50K Poker Players Championship
  • 36 2021 WSOP Day 36: Main Event Underway, Brunson Up to Old Tricks
  • 37 2021 WSOP Day 37: Three Bracelet-Winners Crowned as Main Event Continues
  • 38 2021 WSOP Day 38: Aleksandr Shevlyakov Bags Overall Chip Lead on Day 1c of the Main Event
  • 39 2021 WSOP Day 39: Main Event Breaks Through 4,500 Entrants; Ajayi Tops Counts
  • 40 2021 WSOP Day 40: Joe Hachem Back in Form on Day 1e of the Main Event
  • 41 2021 WSOP Day 41: Rameez Shahid Leads Main Event as Phil Hellmuth Makes Grand Entrance
  • 42 2021 WSOP Day 42: Main Event Whittled to 2,362 Players
  • 43 2021 WSOP Day 43: Jessica Cai Leads After Main Event Bubble Bursts
  • 44 2021 WSOP Day 44: Ramon Colillas Bags Day 4 Chip Lead in WSOP Main Event