This week’s poker news is focused in on the World Series of Poker, which has produced a number of big winners. We’ve got the stories covered for you here:
Chang Wins 2021 World Series of Poker Event
Nobody was able to get in the way of Carlos Chang at the World Series of Poker this past week as he was able to walk away a champion after winning the 2021 $2,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em freezeout event. It was the first career gold bracelet that Chang. He also received the top prize of $364,589 for the first-place finish.
This was a monumental win for him as he became the third player from Taiwan to ever win a WSOP gold bracelet event, with the only other two players in history being James and Pete Chen.
Chang also received a ridiculous amount of Card Player Player of the Year points, adding 1,368 to his name. It was the first recorded score of the 2021 year but it was enough to move him all the way up to 103rd place in the POY standings.
Gerhart Claims Third World Series of Poker Bracelet
Kevin Gerhart is continuing to add to his growing catalog of World Series of Poker wins. He was able to compete in the $10,0oo WSOP H.O.R.S.E. Championship and come away with the win. He had to overcome a field of 149 entries in order to take home the top prize of $361,124 along with that aforementioned gold bracelet.
Winning has been consistent for Gerhart lately. In 2019 he was able to win the $1,500 razz event at the WSOP, then the year after he won the WSOP Online $500 pot-limit Omaha six-max event. This would be the third bracelet win of his career.
Gerhart’s lifetime earnings have jumped up to over $1 million with his recent win. He also climbed up to 63rd place in the Card Player Player of the Year race with 720 points now added to his name.
Arieh Emerges Victorious During World Series of Poker Event
Josh Arieh was the big winner at the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event this past week. He had to get by 821 entries in order to do so. Winning $204,766 alongside his third career golden bracelet.
Arieh is already up above $5.4 million in career tournament earnings now. When asked about it, he said, “I think I’m really good just like everybody else, but I haven’t won a bracelet in 15 years.” He had been known as a successful player who hadn’t notched a gold bracelet yet.
Arieh also nabbed 912 Card Player Player of the Year points for his finish, acting as his first recorded score of 2021. The score was already enough to rank him within the top 200 in the POY race for the current year.
Tommy Le ended up finishing in second place for this event, earning $126,539 from the event. Then Robert Blair rounded out the top three with his $89,968 in event earnings.