WSOP Main Event: Who will win?
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WSOP Main Event: Who will win?

The world's most prestigious poker festival comes to a close this week! The World Series of Poker 2021 lived up to its promise, with players revealing themselves, professionals confirming their status as legends, and some great stories written in the prestigious Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. Even though attendance was down slightly from previous years due to the health crisis, players from all over the world had a great time competing for a bracelet in Las Vegas, especially during the WSOP Main Event!

It's every poker player's ultimate dream: to be still in the running on Day 8 of the World Series of Poker Main Event and to earn a spot at the final table of the world's greatest tournament! Only nine lucky players managed to avoid the pitfalls of more than a week of competition and get their hands on the precious bracelet and the $8 million prize money promised to the winner. After a very hectic night, there are now only 3 of them left to claim the final victory!

Lucky7Bonus takes a look back at the WSOP Main Event, the most prestigious tournament of the year! In this article, you'll find all the information about this extraordinary event, and then we'll also talk about the 3 remaining players who will give their all to win $8,000,000. Finally, we'll take a look at the exceptional performance of French player Romain Lewis who won his first bracelet at Vegas last night by finishing in first place in a $10,000 tournament!

The Main Event, the craziest poker tournament of the year!

It's an event that professional poker players check off their calendars as soon as the WSOP schedule is released! The Main Event has a mystique about it that is out of this world, and it is without a doubt the most difficult and prestigious tournament of the year. This event usually takes place at the end of the festival and brings together players with very different profiles. Indeed, the entry fee of $10,000 would at first sight be enough to slow down the ardor of many enthusiasts, however it is the tournament of the year with the biggest attendance!

For this 2021 edition, no less than 6,650 participants came to try their luck in the now very famous Amazon and Pavillon rooms of the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. The structure is also quite original for a tournament of this magnitude, as the blinds increase quite slowly, allowing players to take their time and not find themselves in danger too quickly. There are several Day 1s for players to try and hold on to and qualify for the rest of this adventure. The same goes for the Day 2, and it is only on the 3rd day of competition that all the players still in the running are gathered.

A real marathon follows, both physically and mentally demanding. The game is worth the effort, as the players who manage to reach the final table are all guaranteed to win at least $1,000,000! This tournament has been democratized thanks to Chris Moneymaker who, in 2003, managed to win the Main Event of the WSOP by qualifying on the Internet, even though he was a complete unknown.

Who are the final 3 players in the running?

Prize Pool:

  • 1st = $8,000,000

  • 2e = 4 300 000 $

  • 3e = 3 000 000 $

Chip Count:

  • Koray Aldemir = 264 600 000 chips

  • Jack Oliver = 77,300,000 chips

  • George Holmes = 57,400,000 chips

There were nine players at the start of Day 8, but now only three are holding cards! The eliminations continued last night, with some moves that will go down in WSOP Main Event history. The chip leader heading into this final table, Koray Aldemir, was once again first in chips. The German player has been head and shoulders above the rest of the field on Day 1 of the TF, being very aggressive and keeping other players from developing their game.

Aldemir finished the day with 264,600,000 chips, more than three times the stack of Britain's Jack Oliver, who has 77,300,000 chips. The Manchester-based player's knowledge of poker, as well as his incredible analysis of his opponents' behavior, is what got him to this point. Oliver will stare at other players for minutes at a time to spot a weakness and make the right decision. Even if the title seems to be in the hands of the chip leader, you'll have to keep an eye on this talented young man who hasn't said his last word.

An American was needed to make up this final trio! It's George Holmes who is currently in third place on the provisional leaderboard. The oldest player at this final table (49 years old) has been playing poker for over 20 years. The cash game specialist has gradually moved on to tournaments and has already put in a decent performance in the WSOP 2019 Main Event, finishing in 213th place for just over $50,000. George Holmes's personal best is shattered this time as the remaining 3 players are now guaranteed at least $3 million! The American is still 57,400,000 chips ahead, leaving him with a comfortable margin of about 35 blinds to try and get back into the bracelet race.

Meanwhile... Romain Lewis wins a WSOP bracelet!

The talent of this boy is finally rewarded! After several podiums 3 years ago, Romain Lewis, professional player for more than 7 years now, won the first WSOP tournament of his career. The Frenchman based in England for several years is undoubtedly one of the most talented players of the last few years and this triumph is a fair return for this hard worker who had made obtaining a bracelet a major goal. The Winamax-sponsored pro was able to share his victory with the entire French poker community and became the 29th French player to win a WSOP tournament.

It was in a $10,000 tournament that Romain Lewis achieved this feat. The format of this event suited him perfectly as he is a specialist in Turbos tournaments. The final table was very competitive, with the likes of Dario Sammartino and British poker legend Stephen Chidwick. The final table was a formality for the player from Bordeaux. At first slightly behind, Lewis resisted before coming out of the woodwork with 3 players remaining. With Chidwick eliminated, all that remained was to steal the chips from Indian player Aditya Agarwal. The final coin flip was won by the Frenchman who became the 26 year old World Poker Champion! Add to that the modest sum of $463,885 and you get a perfect Vegas for Romain Lewis!

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