CardsChat Presents: Big Winners of the WSOP (Oct. 22 – Nov. 4)

With 13 cashes at this year’s WSOP, Shaun Deeb doesn’t have to tell anyone he’s going to go down in poker history as one of the all-time greats — but he happily will. The attention-grabbing pro won his fifth bracelet this week, inching him closer to Hall of Fame-level numbers. But he wasn’t the only pro to add more hardware to their collections. Kevin Gerhart, Brian Yoon, and Ben Yu all won their fourth bracelets, and for Gerhart, it was his second of 2021. And, now that the Main Event has just begun, it’s going to be fun to see if these pros can continue to run good in the biggest tournament of the year.

Shaun Deeb

Shaun Deeb and friends celebrate his fifth WSOP bracelet. (Image: Melissa Haereiti/WSOP)


Robert McMillan WSOP

Robert McMillan

$1,000 Seniors NLH
$561,060

The Prescott, Arizona, resident scooped his first WSOP bracelet in his 10th cash in the Seniors tournament, and he had to beat a massive field of 5,404 to do it.


Shaun Deeb

Shaun Deeb

$25K Highrollers PLO
$1,251,860

Never shy about stating his goal of winning more than Phil Hellmuth’s record-holding 16 bracelets, Deeb grabbed his fifth and a nice payday by outlasting 211 in the big buy-in event.


Nicholas Julia WSOP

Nicholas Julia

$2,500 Nine Game Mix Six-Handed
$168,608

With his third career cash, Julia is taking his first bracelet back to Arizona by being the last player standing out of the 319 mixed-game specialists.


Anatolii Zyrin WSOP

Anatolii Zyrin

$400 Colossus NLH
$314,705

The Russian player turned $400 into six figures by claiming his second bracelet and the Colossus crown in a tourney that attracted 9,399 entrants who built a prize pool of more than $3.1 million.


Ben Yu WSOP

Ben Yu

$10K Six-Handed NLH
$721,453

The former professional break dancer popped and locked his way to his fourth bracelet while pushing his WSOP winnings over the $5 million mark.


Brian Yoon WSOP

Brian Yoon

$10K Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
$240,341

Yoon won his fourth WSOP bracelet at his second final table of this year’s Series; he’s cashed six times this year, all but twice in lowball draw events.


Jean-Luc Adam WSOP

Jean-Luc Adam

$1,000 Super Seniors NLH
$255,623

Adam is the second Frenchman to win a bracelet this year, making the most of his second cash in the United States.


Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi

Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi

$1,000 Tag-Team NLH
$56,683 each

The Californians each won their first bracelet in the tag-team event, which attracted 641 teams; Dighlawi closed the deal after a heads-up match that lasted more than three hours.


Cole Ferraro WSOP

Cole Ferraro

$600 NHL Deepstack
$252,491

Hailing from the Mile High City, Ferraro is making the most of his first WSOP appearance, cashing five times and winning his first bracelet.


Kevin Gerhart WSOP

Kevin Gerhart

$1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Eight-handed
$186,789

With eight cashes, three final tables, and two bracelets in 2021 (his fourth all-time) , Gerhart is making his presence felt in the WSOP Player of the Year race.


Eric Zhang WSOP

Eric Zhang

$500 NLH
$102,465

The man from San Fransisco made his first WSOP cash a good one by winning the “Salute to Warriors” tournament, where $40 from every buy-in went to charity.


Eelis Parssinen WSOP

Eelis Passinen

$5,000 Mixed NLH/ PLO Eight-Handed
$545,616

One of two Fins at the final table, Passinen’s second cash of the 2021 Series was good for his first bracelet.


John Ripnick

$666 NLH Online Event
$114,898

The man from New Jersey known as “Relevancy” won his first bracelet online on Halloween.


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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