The World Series of Poker Main Event is always guaranteed to be an action-packed final table with some of the sport’s greatest talent battling it out for the crown and, perhaps most importantly, the opportunity to walk away with a seven-figure cash prize to add to their existing poker bankroll. 2021 was no different. If you missed out on the action from the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table or just want a reminder of some of the unbelievable figures amassed on November 17, continue reading to find out everything you need to know.
The 2021 WSOP Main Event was won by Koray Aldemir after he triumphed over a field of nine professional poker players during the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em to take home a cash prize of $8,000,000. He entered the highly anticipated final table with 140,000,000 which roughly translated to around 35% of the total chips in play and was, by a long shot, the most experienced and accomplished poker player at the table which may have more than slightly contributed to his somewhat expected win. In the years leading up to his 2021 WSOP victory, the German-born professional poker player, who now resides in Austria, had already amassed over $12.3 million in live tournament earnings due to a number of seven-figure wins with his largest live cash coming earlier in the series when he finished in third place in the $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller for a cool $2.1 million.
If you are a keen online poker player, you may have been familiar with Alejandro Lococo ahead of his appearance at the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table. He may be most well-known for his successes during online poker tournaments, such as those held on GGPoker UK, but the 29-year old professional poker player is also a highly skilled live poker player having earned himself a spot at the tournament’s most exclusive and coveted event. He bagged the third-largest stack with 46,800,000, finished in seventh place, and took home an impressive $1,225,000 cash prize to make up the majority of his live career winnings of $1,343,127 to date. This saw him shoot up to tenth place on the Argentina All Time Money List and 1,566th place on the All Time Money List.
George Holmes was a force to be reckoned with at the 2021 WSOP and his performance at last year’s Main Event final table only proved his worth as a professional poker player by bagging the second-largest stack behind WSOP champion Aldemir. It marked the second Main Event appearance for the 49-year old professional poker player from Georgia whose only prior live tournament cash was a 213th place finish during the 2019 tournament for a cash prize of $50,855. He may have entered the 2021 WSOP as one of the many recreational poker players in attendance but his decision to only play Main Events clearly paid off as he ended up walking away as a recognised player with the nickname of the Home Game Hero, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside some of the sport’s most famous faces, and a runner-up position with the added bonus of a $4,000,000 cash prize.
The 2021 WSOP may have led to some substantial cash payouts for both amateur and professional poker players but it was the tournament’s final table that took the cake when it came to earnings with seven-figure wins for Koray Aldemir, Alejandro Lococo, and George Holmes.