Tyler Cornell “finally got a win”

Now that a few days have passed at the 2021 World Series of Poker, we’re at the point where bracelets are being handed out every day. It’s a constant overlap of tournaments, some starting, some on their second of three days, and some finishing up. Let’s take a look at the latest bracelet winners:

Tyler Cornell got his WSOP breakthrough moment, winning Event #6: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em for his first career gold bracelet. The $833,289 first prize wasn’t bad, either. He came close last year, finishing eighth in the GGPoker WSOP Online $5,000 Main Event, but I’m guessing even if he won that, doing this one in person would still have been sweeter.

“It feels amazing,” the 33-year-old told WSOP.com afterward. “I’ve been trying to do this for a long time and finally got a win.”

As one might expect in a high roller NLH game, the final table was daunting, with players such as Mutapha Kanit, Adrian Mateos, and Jonathan Jaffe all present. It was only a group of five that began the final day on Monday, though, each guaranteed over $200,000.

As these things often go, the chip lead changed hands several times during the final table. Cornell said he really only “got control of the table in the last hour.”

Tyler Cornell – $833,289
Michael Liang – $515,014
Adrian Mateos – $381,870
Jonathan Jaffe – $286,202
Mustapha Kanit – $216,842
Mohammad Arani – $166,102
Paul Newey – $128,654
Adam Hendrix – $100,773

Connor Drinan gets one for the other wrist

In Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, Connor Drinan said he just “played my normal game and ran good” on Sunday to win his second WSOP gold bracelet and $163,252.

Whereas Cornell had a near miss in the WSOP Online last year for what would have been his first bracelet, Drinan was able to nab his first in 2020, winning the $10K Super Millions on GGPoker for $1.4 million.

This is a slightly oddball tourney in that with a $1,500 buy-in, it should have a huge field, but the fact that it is a specialty game in Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better meant that the field would be naturally limited. Thus, it kind of ended up in the middle, attracting 607 entries. But even with a somewhat large field (though much smaller than many tourneys will be this year), strong players like Drinan and four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi made the final table.

Connor Drinan is now up to nearly $11.5 million in live tournament earnings.

Connor Drinan – $163,252
Travis Pearson – $100,901
Robert Mizrachi – $71,602
Sandy Sanchez – $51,590
Micah Brooks – $37,750
Carl Lijewski – $28,059
Kris Kwiatokowski – $21,192
Curtis Phelps – $16,266
Michael Moed – $12,693

Tournaments concluding on Tuesday include the $500 “The Reunion” No-Limit Hold’em and $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed events.

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