CardsChat Presents: Big Winners of the WSOP (Nov. 18-24)

With eight of the last WSOP 13 events won by someone not from America, the final tournaments of the 2021 WSOP were indeed an international affair. Players from Australia, Belarus, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, and England all earned hardware and, in some cases, millions of dollars. And the WSOP finally saw a woman win an open event this Series when Leo Margets took down The Closer.

Leo Margets

Leo Margets and friends celebrate her first WSOP bracelet. (Image: Melissa Haereiti/WSOP)


Adrian Mateos

Adrian Mateos

$250K Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 
$3,265,362

By besting a small, 33-player field in the series’ biggest buy-in event, Mateos collected his fourth WSOP bracelet and pushed his career tournament winnings over the $25 million mark.


Benny Glaser

Benny Glaser

$10K RAZZ
$274,693

The man from Southampton, UK, won his fourth career WSOP lowball-event bracelet — and the first since 201,6 when he won two within three days.


Ole Schemion

Ole Schemion

$1,979 Hall of Fame No-Limit Hold’em Bounty
$172,499

The German poker pro made his first WSOP cash of the year count by winning a bracelet and taking his career tournament earnings to more than $16 million.


Robert Cowen

Robert Cowen

$3,000 PLO Six-Max
$280,916

With his sixth cash of the 2021 WSOP, England’s Cowen won his first career bracelet.


Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler

$800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack
$204,274

The man from Chicago added a bracelet to his collection of WSOP jewelry (he won a WSOPC ring in 2016) by besting a field of 1,921 in the Deepstack event.


Leo Margets

Leo Margets

$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
$376,850

The Spaniard and Winamax-sponsored pro logged her fifth cash of the series and became the only woman to win an open event at this year’s WSOP by outlasting 1,902 other players in The Closer.


Jeremy Ausmus

Jeremy Ausmus

$50K PLO High Roller
$1,188,918

Pushing his lifetime WSOP cashes to more than $5 million, the Las Vegas-based pro won his third bracelet by beating a final table that included Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, and WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh.


Mikita Badziakouski

Makita Badziakouski

$50K No-Limit Hold’em
$1,462,043

The partypoker sponsored pro from Belarus won his first bracelet in the event that attracted 113 entrants.


Michael McCauley

Mike McCauley

$1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em
$161,384

With his first WSOP cash in Las Vegas, the Kentuckian won his first bracelet by outlasting 1,024 other players in the event with 20-minute blinds.


Michael Addamo

Michael Addamo

$100K No-Limit Hold’em High Roller
$1,958,969

The Australian poker pro won his fourth bracelet in the event that saw 64 players drop a buy-in that could have been used to buy a Mercedes-Benz.


Boris Kolev

Boris Kolev

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight-handed
$511,184

Besting a field of 531 in the last live event of the 2021 WSOP was certainly a nice way to end this year’s WSOP for this member of the Bulgarian poker contingent.


Dann Turner

Dann Turner

$1,000 Online No-Limit Hold’em
$142,664

The Cleveland cash specialist brought his series earnings to nearly $700K and won his first bracelet online, beating a field of 773.


David Eldridge

$1,000 Online No-Limit Hold’em (Pennsylvania)
$41,553

A WSOP tournament player since at least 2011, Eldridge’s first bracelet win put his total WSOP cashes over the $229K mark.


Photos by Melissa Haereiti, Alec Rome, Haley Hotchstetler, and Katerina Lukina, courtesy of the WSOP.

Written by
Bob Pajich
Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never met suited connectors he didn't like.

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