The World Series of Poker (WSOP) decided to introduce a number of new events at the 2021 WSOP which started on Sep 30 at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada. The WSOP decided to celebrate the return of the biggest live poker tournament with a special event called The Reunion.
The WSOP is typically held every year during May and June at the Rio but had to be canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 and had to be postponed from the first half of 2021 to the second half of the year due to on-going concerns about the pandemic.

Event 4: The Reunion

The WSOP was confident that it would get a strong response at the live tables even with all of the additional restrictions that they have to put in place to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. They announced a special Event $ titled The Reunion which came with a $500 buy-in and had a massive $5 million guarantee.
When the WSOP announced The Reunion would come with a $5 million guarantee, there were a lot of doubters who felt the WSOP was going overboard with this event. The event had three Day 1 flights and the WSOP had to get 12,000 players to pay the $500 buy-in to meet the $5 million guarantee.
The event did get a massive response as there were long queues that saw players waiting for hours to get in on The Reunion. In the end, the WSOP not only met the guaranteed $5 million prize pool but also exceeded the amount by close to 10 percent. The massive response to The Reunion shows just how popular the WSOP is with poker players from all over the world and how much they have missed playing WSOP live tournaments.

Final Table Payouts

The Reunion ended up getting 12,973 registrations during the three Day 1 flights that resulted in an overall prize pool of $5,448,660. The $500 buy-in allowed thousands of players to get a crack at some big payouts. The extra prize money meant the winner would take home $513,604 while the second place finisher would end up with $317,352 and the third place finisher would get $241,766.
All nine players who made the final table were from the United States. Adrian Buckley exited in ninth place and took home $53,625, Derrick Stoebe followed soon after in eighth place and pocketed $67,886. Jugal Daterao took home $86,462 for his seventh place finish while Anthony Cass settled for sixth place and a $110,794 payout.
Michael Eddy exited in fifth place and received $142,847 while Alex Vazquez had to settle for fourth place and take home $185,281. The final three players at the table were Max Tavepholjalern, Long Ma and Giuliano Lentini. Tavepholjalern played a good game but he had to settle for third place which left Ma and Lentini fighting it out for the top spot.
In the end it was Ma who got the better of Lentini rather quickly and sent him packing. Ma’s victory was well deserved as he dominated the final table sending out Tavepholjalern, Eddy, Lentini and Vazquez.

Biggest Win Of Ma’s Poker Career

This was the biggest win of Long Ma’s poker career as coming into the 2021 WSOP as he had just over $120,000 in prize money according to the Hendon Mob. He is now half a million richer and also has his first WSOP gold bracelet.
The WSOP will be very pleased with The Reunion event as it shows that poker players were willing through go through the red tape to have a crack at this special event.

TightPoker Staff

TightPoker Staff