2021 WSOP Day 43: Jessica Cai Leads After Main Event Bubble Bursts

2021 WSOP Day 43: Jessica Cai Leads After Main Event Bubble Bursts

November 12, 2021
Will Shillibier

All eyes were once again on the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event today as play resumed on Day 3, and only concluded once all remaining 1,000 players are in the money — even if that did end up being half-past one in the morning!

The unfortunate bubble boy was Kevin Campbell, who got it in good with pocket aces only to suffer a bad beat at the worst possible time. Read more about the bubble hand here! At the end of play it was Jessica Cai who was the chip leader, ahead of Phachara Wongwichitand Joshua Paige Remitio

Meanwhile, three other events were on the agenda, including Day 1 of the popular $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha, as well as Day 2s in both the $1,111 Little One for One Drop and $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

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Moneymaker Bags Big on 2021 WSOP Main Event Day 3

Chris Moneymaker

The 2021 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event has concluded on Day 3 by bursting the money bubble, sending all 1,000 survivors home with a guaranteed min-cash of $15,000. No portion of the $62,011,250 prize pool has been awarded yet in the pinnacle live poker event of the year at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, as all survivors bagged and tagged their chips for the night.

Jessica Cai claimed the Day 3 chip lead with a stack of 1,796,000 with Natural8 ambassador Phachara Wongwichit (1,773,000) hot on her heels. Several other contestants bagged up more than 1.5 million in chips such as Joshua Paige Remitio (1,671,000), Ehsan Amiri (1,574,000), Stephen Song (1,557,000), Neel Choksi (1,552,000), and Andreas Kniep (1,509,000).

The early spotlight on Day 3 belonged to the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker, who was among the first players to run up a seven-figure stack. Moneymaker spent the last levels of the night on the feature table and advanced with one of the biggest stacks in the room as he bagged up 1,432,000.

2021 WSOP Main Event End of Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Jessica Cai United States 1,796,000 225
2 Phachara Wongwichit Thailand 1,773,000 222
3 Joshua Paige Remitio United States 1,671,000 209
4 Ehsan Amiri Australia 1,574,000 197
5 Roman Valerstein United States 1,560,000 195
6 Neel Choksi United States 1,552,000 194
7 Stephen Song United States 1,551,000 194
8 Dragana Lim United States 1,539,000 192
9 Jordan Jayne United States 1,525,000 191
10 Andreas Kniep Germany 1,509,000 189

All players that bagged and tagged their chips will return at noon local time and play one hour and 50 minutes of level 16 along with another four levels of two hours each. The blinds will resume at 4,000 / 8,000 with a big blind ante of 8,000 and the field will be reduced significantly en route to determine the new World Champion in the days to come. Stay tuned for more exclusive updates from the live poker event of the year as the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor from start to finish.

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GGPoker Qualifier Alache Second in Chips Ahead of $1,111 Little One for One Drop Day 32

Oscar Alache

Day 2 of Event #75: $1,111 Little One for One Drop is complete. By the end of late registration, a total of 3,797 entries made it into the field, and the money bubble burst on the eighteenth level of the day, with 570 players getting paid with first place taking home $396,445 and the WSOP bracelet.

All of those players guaranteed themselves at least a min-cash of $1,779, and by the end of the night the field narrowed down to 229 players. Those survivors will come back Friday, November 12th for the Day 3 restart, which commences at 2:00 p.m.

Matthew Solitro was the end of day chip leader, and is the only player over two million in chips. GGPoker Qualifier Oscar Alache was the Day 1c chip leader, and today is second in chips with 1,980,000.

Event #68: $1,111 Little One for One Drop Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count
1 Mathew Solitro United States 2,300,000
2 Oscar Alache Chile 1,980,000
3 David Jackson United States 1,935,000
4 Jan Wagner Germany 1,720,000
5 Idris Ambraisse France 1,605,000
6 Lingkun Lu United States 1,590,000
7 Chris Vickrey United States 1,565,000
8 Edward Pak United States 1,475,000
9 Masaki Nakamura Japan 1,450,000
10 David Singontiko United States 1,450,000

Notable players still remaining in the field include Main Event winner Hossein Ensan (345,000) , Joseph Cheong (510,000), Ori Hasson (1,235,000), and Sorel Mizzi (1,280,000).

The remaining 229 players come back Friday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m. in section yellow in the Pavilion room to play a full day, with 10 one-hour levels on the schedule with a 60-minute dinner break approximately at 7:30 p.m.

Racener Leads Final 13 in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

John Racener

Ten levels of play on Day 2 of Event #69: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better reduced what was a field of 141 players to just 13 still with a chance to win the World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

Leading the way are two players familiar with WSOP glory. Bracelet winner John Racener takes the chip lead into Day 3 after bagging 1,220,000 to end the night. Right behind him is four-time winner John Monnette (1,165,000), who is looking for his second bracelet in 2021.

Remaining Players in Event #69: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Rank Player Country Chip Count
1 John Racener United States 1,220,000
2 John Monnette United States 1,165,000
3 Esther Taylor United States 1,100,000
4 John Hoang United States 1,065,000
5 Peder Berge United States 962,000
6 Carol Fuchs United States 940,000
7 Jermaine Reid United States 725,000
8 Joseph Ranciato United States 705,000
9 Perry Friedman United States 540,000
10 Espen Sandvik Norway 255,000
11 Joseph Kupresanin United States 240,000
12 Richard Bremer United States 225,000
13 Glenn Cozen United States 155,000

Mourad Amokrane Tops Day 1 Of Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha

Mourad Amokrane

Today saw the start of Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The tournament drew 860 entries, generating a prize pool of $718,100. A min-cash is worth $1,512, for 129 players getting in the money, with the winner of the event taking home a prestigious WSOP gold bracelet and the $132,844 first prize.

Play began with players busting quickly as bounty hunters claimed heads from a frantic start to a frenetic finish, with the tournament clock reading just 94 players at the end of the day.

When the dust settled, it was French Mourad Amokrane that bagged the chip lead with a massive stack of 1,066,00,000, being the first player to reach the 1 million chip-mark after busting a few players in the last 20 minutes of the night. Amokrane, who travelled from Europe only a few days ago, is cashing the first WSOP event of his career in Las Vegas.

Event #71: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha Top 10 Chip Counts

1 Mourad Amokrane France 1,066,000
2 Jaime Lewin United States 712,000
3 Nikolay Yosifov Bulgaria 674,000
4 Felix Borden United States 650,000
5 Miltiadis Kyriakides Austria 578,000
6 Kirk Dillon Canada 492,000
7 Paulo Villena Spain 483,000
8 Ryan Coon United States 468,000
9 Blake Napierala United States 461,000
10 Manuel Ruivo Portugal 448,000

Day 2 will have a 3 p.m restart with action picking up on level 15 where blinds will be 3,000/ 5,000. Blind levels will be 60-minutes long and players will receive a 15-minute break after every two levels along with a 60-minute dinner break at the end of level 21.


  • Just 1,000 players remain in the 2021 WSOP Main Event after a Day 3 in which the bubble burst! The remaining players have all locked up $15,000, with play resuming at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 12

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  • 21 2021 WSOP Day 21: Addamo Flying High In Yet Another High Roller
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