Tyler Cornell made a name for himself back in 2020 when he finished in 8th place at the WSOP Event #77: $5,000 Main Event running on GGPoker. His 8th place finish saw him pocket $328,305 and get the attention of the online poker community.
2021 WSOP – First Week – 7 Figure Events
Tyler Cornell has now made a bigger splash at the 2021 WSOP live poker tournament which is currently underway at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cornell decided to take part in Event 6 which was the $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed event.
This was the first major high stakes poker event taking place at the 2021 WSOP but not the first event with a multi-million dollar guarantee. The WSOP had a lot of success with its new The Reunion No Limit Hold-em Event number 4. The Reunion was launched to celebrate the WSOP’s return to the live poker felts after the 2020 WSOP was canceled due to COVID.
The Reunion had a $500 buy-in and a $5 million guarantee which was quite a gamble by the WSOP given the fact that the WSOP had to get 12,000 registrations. The response to the event was outstanding as the WSOP overshot the guarantee and ended up with a guaranteed prize pool that was 8.9 percent more than the guaranteed amount.
High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed
The WSOP also had good success with its $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed event as a total of 139 players put down the $25,000 buy-in and brought the guaranteed prize pool to $3,283,875. Top high stakes poker players from around the world took part in this event and some of the notable names were Darren Elias, Mustapha Kanit and Jason Koon who recently signed on as the new GGPoker ambassador.
Final Table Results
Adam Hendrix was the first to be eliminated from the final table and his 8th place finish brought him $100,773. Brit Paul Newey was the next to go in 7th place and took home $128,654 while Mohammad Arani finished in 6th place for $166,102.
Italian poker pro Mustapha Kanit was looking to win his first WSOP bracelet at this event but he couldn’t get past 5th place and had to settle for $216,842. The action started to heat up as the four players left at the table were Spaniard Adrian Mateos who is one of the best high stakes players in the world, Tyler Cornell, Jonathan Jaffe and Michael Liang.
Jaffe was the next to go in 4th place and took home $286,202 while Mateos was the next to be eliminated in third place and took home $381,870. The final battle came down to the two Americans Cornell and Liang who were both vying to win their first WSOP gold bracelet.
Liang put up a good fight but Cornell dismantled him slowly but surely. Liang was eliminated in second place and took home $515,014 while Cornell ended up winning his first high-stakes event at the WSOP. He collected $833,289 for his first place finish and now also has his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Cornell Delighted With His Win
This was Cornell’s best live cash to date and brought his total live tournament winnings to $1,753,965 according to the Hendon Mob. The 33 year old poker pro from California said it was only during the final hour of the event that he felt that he had a good chance to win the event as there was so much of competition at the table. Cornell said that it was his dream to win a WSOP gold bracelet and it felt amazing to accomplish it.