World Poker Tour (WPT) crowned a new champion at the PokerGo studio located in Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Last night was Brek Schutten’s turn to wear the newest WPT champion title and get his name added to the Mike Sexton Champions Trophy.
According to a report by Club Poker, the 2021WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker showdown had attracted about 2,482 entrants, thus setting a new record for a WPT event. The SHRP showdown had a $3,500 price tag along with a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million. The number of players that had flocked together at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida for a shot at winning the WPT Title was unanticipated.
Further reports stated that 2021’s WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker showdown paid out $1.26 million to the champion and about $900 to the runner-up. All the finalists at the table cashed out about $2,61,700. The top 311 places got paid in this juicy event.
According to a report by Club Poker, Brek Schutten raced to the top in the WPT showdown and won a prize of $1,261,095. At first, when the WPT event had ended a few weeks ago in April, Erik Cajelais had taken seventh place at the final table and Brekstyn Schutten and Sonny Franco entered into the finals. Franco had won the lead with 31.5 million and Schutten with 31.35 million. Ken Aldridge cashed out 10.6M for fourth overall, while Steven Snyder had a snicker under 16M. Viet Vo and Albert Calderon were the two shortest stacks remaining, Vo was the shorty with 4.1M, while Calderon had 4.35M.
It had taken 41 hands before someone could be busted at the final table. The two shorties had laddered up, while Ken Aldridge had been dismissed at sixth place and became the first elimination.
Ken Aldridge had a move but Brek Schutten had picked him off with pocket fives. The set of fives had been held up for Schutten while he had pulled up close to the chip lead. Aldridge got knocked out in sixth place, winning an impressive prize of $261,700.
After three hands, Albert Calderon had made a final stand with Ace-nine against Brek Shuttten’s Bog Slick. Schutten had flopped a King and rivered Kings up to drag the pot. Calderon had marked the fifth place, cashing out $326,750. Schutten had managed to pick off two players within four hands and chipped up to 39.2M. He became the new leader ahead of Sonny Franco’s 30M stack. Viet Vo was still short with four more to go, but he had enough room for breathing with 10.2 million.
Four-handed didn’t last long before someone else was sent packing. Franco had entered the final table as the chip leader, but had lost a flip and a flush draw on Hand #40 with Big Slick versus Steven Synder’s pocket Jacks. Another big pair from Snyder finished him off. Sonny Franco had made a final stand with two clubs, but he was attacked by Steven Snyder’s club and heart. The pocket Queens held up after Snyder flopped a set and dragged the pot. Franco earned $438,500 in fourth place.
There were three remaining, with Snyder and Scutten both winning 42.3M, Viet Vo had brought up the rear with 10.9M. Three-handed lasted 15 hands before Brek Schutten and Viet Vo rumbled. Viet had made a valiant final stand with a club and a heart against Schutten’s spade and club. The club had flopped and Schutten took the lead. While on the turn Vo and Schutten had both picked up a gutshot draw, but it never filled in on the river. Pocket sevens had been no good for Viet Vo. And Schutten had picked off another player. Vo had rolled out $593K for third place.
With two to go, it had become a heads up battle between Brek Schutten and Steven Synder. Steven had trailed 37.5M to Schutten’s big stack worth $61.8M. Around $360K had separated first and second place, so this was not an ordinary heads-up match.
Heads-up had lasted 35 hands before Brek Schutten delivered the knockout blow. He had held a 69M to 30M chip lead heading into the final hand. Snyder had betted out on the turn, with Schutten jamming all in. Snyder had called with a nut flush draw and two diamonds. Schutten had held a club and a heart for trip fives. The river was a club, which improved Snyder to two pairs, but it wasn’t good enough to beat Schutten. Schutten’s trips had held up and he had won the pot and the tournament. Snyder banked $899,295 for second place.
Further, reports stated that noteworthy players and familiar faces who went deep and cashed in the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker showdown included names like Tony Dunst, David the Dragon Pham, Nate Silver, Anthony Zinno, Alex Keating, Christian Harder, Sam Panzica, Ali Imsirovic, Faraz Jaka and many more.
Jochebed Mendes is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Transitioning from the beauty and lifestyle industry to the gaming industry, she is keen and enthusiastic to learn everything about cash games and non-cash games while also trying to take a chance on the hot seat of poker and rummy. Apart from trying her luck at writing for many genres, she also loves surfing through bizarre content on the internet, engaging in philosophical topics and sharpening her cooking skills every now and then. Other than her many go-to activities, her most favorite are playing the Violin, singing, and composing poetry; and when she’s not on board playing the role of a content writer, she takes off to teaching the violin to kids, adults, and people of all ages.
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