The Greatest Hands That Came Out of the 2021 WSOP

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The World Series of Poker will be back in 2022! The biggest tournament in poker might be headed to a new venue, but all the old favourites and the best action will be back. There will be new blood sitting at the tables, facing against the fiercest of previous years, plus all the coverage to see the sweat on the brows of the players.

But in the meantime, to tide over you poker fans until the doors of the Paris Hotel and Casino open up to the fans showing up in Vegas, we’re looking back over the best hands of the 2021 WSOP tournament. Maybe there is something to be learned amongst these most intense and shocking hands that took place in the WSOP 2022.

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Chris Moneymaker lives up to his name

Poker Hall of Famer, Chris Moneymaker, was back to prove he hasn’t lost any talent at the poker table. He showed up to the 2021 season of the WSOP with high hopes and even higher wins.

Sitting at a high stakes table that eventually came down to only Moneymaker and one Bryan Reyes, the blinds were at 800/1,600. Moneymaker raised to 3,500 in the middle, Eric Inderrieden called, and Reyes reraised to 14,600 from the big blind. Moneymaker four-bet, getting the bet to 40,500 to which Inderrieden folded and it was just left between Moneymaker and Reyes, who called.

After a round of Moneymaker betting and Reyes checking, finally Reyes check-raised all in, with a bet of 203,400. With the tension rising, Moneymaker called and showed his pocket aces, where Reyes had pocket kings. The river didn’t help Reyes with a 10 and he had to relinquish the pot to a please Moneymaker.

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The bluff of the tournament

Nicholas Rigby has clearly spent a lot of time in front of the mirror perfecting his poker face, and it paid off on Day 6 of the tournament when Ronald Jensen was hit with its full force like a slap in the face, or like a $3 million loss?

There was a big 120,000 blind ante at the main table, which Jensen raised to 325,000 while hiding two pocket kings. Re-raising to 920,000, Rigby held three-deuce off suit and waited. After another raise from Jensen taking the bet to 2,100,000, Rigby called.

The flop showed ace, four, four with two spades, wherein Jensen checked, and Rigby went in all, forcing Jensen to bet the last of his 3 million. The tension in the room was visibly higher. That was a crushing blow when Jensen finally folded, and Rigby revealed his bluff.

The Main Event big winner

When the 2021 WSOP started, Koray Aldemir, was just another poker wannabe from Berlin, but when he left, he was $8 million up and the WSOP 2021 World Champion.

The final hand was nothing to scoff at either. Aldemir was given a tough choice that could have sent him packing back to his residence in Vienna with nothing to show for it but a WSOP t-shirt.

After a series of raises and calls on a 2,400,000 big blind ante, Aldemir’s opponent, George Holmes, went all in with a bet of 132,700,000, backing Aldemir into a corner. Aldemir then made the call with a ten and seven of diamonds, beating Holmes’ king and queen and proving that in the game of poker, sometimes the odds are so close that you have to rely on luck.

Aldemir went home with $8 million from that table alone, and of course, his first WSOP bracelet. Will we see him back for the 2022 WSOP?