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Koray Aldemir Leads Final 96 Players In 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event

All The Remaining Players Have Locked Up $59,000, But Only One Will Win The Bracelet and The $8 Million Top Prize

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The 2021 World Series of Poker main event drew 6,650 entries, the tenth-largest turnout in the tournament’s history. From that sea of players, there are now just 96 remaining with a shot at the championship bracelet and the first-place prize of $8,000,000.

Koray Aldemir ended day 5 of the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em world championship with 14,325,000 for the largest stack in the room. The German high-stakes tournament player (pictured above) has more than $12.3 million in prior live tournament earnings under his belt. He won a key hand down the stretch after calling the all-in of Ognyan Dimov with a flush draw, straight draw, and a pair. Dimov was ahead when the money in on the turn, having flopped top set, but the rivered completed Aldemir’s flush to send the massive pot his way.

Other big stacks heading into day 6 include 2019 $25,000 buy-in PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas (12,000,000), 40-year-old Canadian investment advisor Jonathan Dwek (10,125,000), and 31-year-old Las Vegas cash game grinder Zachary McDiarmid (9,700,000). McDiarmid has played the main event four times prior to this year and had yet to record cash. Now he and the other remaining players have locked up at least $59,000, with a shot at millions in potential earnings.

Jesse LonisThe next-largest stack belongs to 26-year-old poker pro Jesse Lonis, who now sits with 8,995,000 in his debut appearance in the big dance. Lonis was already having a breakout year on the tournament circuit, with eight final-table finishes and more than $600,000 in scores before buying into this event. Now he is among the leaders at the business end of the largest poker tournament in the world.

“It just feels like a dream, almost. I’m just kind of in the moment, and it’s like the emotions haven’t really hit me yet,” Lonis told Card Player on day 5. “I’m just trying to worry about the next hand, just worry about making the right decision and try to get to the end.”

Other notable players to survive day 5 included bracelet winner Chase Bianchi (7,065,000), three-time bracelet winner Chance Kornuth (5,920,000), bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer (5,850,000), bracelet winner Robert Mitchell (4,765,000), Jeremy Joseph (4,280,000), bracelet winner and 2019 Card Player Player of the Year award winner Stephen Chidwick (3,710,000), bracelet winner Tyler Cornell (3,065,000), nine-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Jeffrey Trudeau (2,780,000), bracelet winner Stephen Song (2,765,000), two-time bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski (2,030,000), and two-time bracelet winner Nick Petrangelo (1,000,000).

While 96 players remain, nearly 200 were eliminated on day 5. Among them was Salko Imsirovic, who earned $50,900 as the 100th-place finisher. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because his son Ali Imsirovic is currently the hottest player on the live tournament circuit, with 13 titles and 27 final-table finishes so far in 2021.

Salko Imsirovic“He played this like little small card room, but he wouldn’t want me to gamble. So obviously your parents don’t want you to do something you’re 16 makes me want to do to be more. So, I kind of got into poker because he didn’t want me to. But he’s been playing way longer than I have, and he loves the game. He mostly just plays like $5 and $10 tournaments online, but I put him in the main event this year and it’s going amazing right now,” said Ali Imsirovic before his father was eliminated. When asked if he had given his father a lot of strategic guidance, Ali replied, “I’m mostly just letting him play his game. I gave him a few tips about how to adjust a bit, but he got here by himself, ya know? I don’t want to mess it up.”

The elder Imsirovic is a 59-year-old retired parking lot attendant. He owned a restaurant in Bosnia before leaving the country due to conflict in the area.

“He came here and worked hard at multiple jobs for his family, and now he is doing this,” said Ali, clearly overjoyed with his father’s impressive run.

There will be a new world champion crowned in this year’s main event, as the two prior winners that made it to day 5 were both eliminated within the first few hours of play. 2016 champion Qui Nguyen finished 241st for $38,600. Chris Moneymaker, whose win in 2003 was a major factor in the poker boom, was among the leaders on day 2 and day 3, but slid away from the top of the leaderboard on day 4. His run this year came to an end in 260th place ($38,600) when his A-J failed to win a race against the pocket sixes of Vladas Tamasauskas.

Other notable players to hit the rail on day 5 included bracelet winner Matthew Waxman (287th – $38,600), two-time bracelet winner and Card Player columnist Steve Zolotow (283rd – $38,600), bracelet winner and high-stakes star Jason Koon (191st – $44,200), Matt Berkey (264th – $38,600), nine-time _WSOP Circuit) ring winner Daniel Lowery (255th – $38,600), bracelet winner Jonathan Aguiar(190th – $44,200), bracelet winner Ken Aldridge (169th – $44,200), recent super seniors event winner Jean-Luc Adam (147th – $50,900), bracelet winner James Gilbert (130th – $50,900), Aussie Millions champion Toby Lewis (112th – $50,900), bracelet winner Tristan Wade (111th – $50,900), and bracelet winner Cole Ferraro (109th – $50,900).

Day 6 is set to begin at noon local time on Sunday, Nov. 14 with blinds of 40,000-80,000 and a big blind ante of 80,000 for level 26.

Here is a look at the complete chip counts of the remaining 96 players:

Rank Player Chips
1 Koray Aldemir 14,325,000
2 Ramon Colillas 12,000,000
3 Jonathan Dwek 10,125,000
4 Zachary Mcdiarmid 9,700,000
5 Jesse Lonis 8,995,000
6 Roongsak Griffeth 8,925,000
7 Andreas Kniep 8,515,000
8 Tonio Röder 8,000,000
9 Alejandro Lococo 7,805,000
10 Stephen Gerber 7,700,000
11 Jung Woo 7,640,000
12 Preston McEwen 7,635,000
13 Adam Walton 7,610,000
14 Chase Bianchi 7,065,000
15 Nicolas Vayssieres 6,610,000
16 David Cabrera 6,500,000
17 Matthew Jewett 6,475,000
18 Roman Hrabec 6,320,000
19 Jareth East 6,275,000
20 Heng Zhang 6,050,000
21 Chance Kornuth 5,920,000
22 Abhinav Iyer 5,850,000
23 Norbert Koh 5,775,000
24 Patrick Wall 5,775,000
25 Arkadi Onikoul 5,655,000
26 Lewis Spencer 5,590,000
27 Dragana Lim 5,555,000
28 Hye Park 5,495,000
29 Chris Vezzetti 5,260,000
30 Nicholas Rigby 5,212,000
31 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos 4,920,000
32 Denys Prydvor 4,780,000
33 Robert Mitchell 4,765,000
34 Glynn Beebe 4,700,000
35 Ronald Jensen 4,680,000
36 Daniel Swartz 4,600,000
37 Francis Cruz 4,530,000
38 Ronnie Abro 4,450,000
39 Philipe Pizzari Pinto 4,320,000
40 Jeremy Joseph 4,280,000
41 Joshua Remitio 4,255,000
42 Alex Goulder 4,150,000
43 Ugur Secilmis 4,050,000
44 Vasu Amarapu 3,960,000
45 Michael Nugent 3,815,000
46 Jacob Millstein 3,810,000
47 Stephen Chidwick 3,710,000
48 Breno Campelo 3,490,000
49 Josh Prager 3,400,000
50 Sean Ragozzini 3,310,000
51 Chris Dowling 3,300,000
52 Mikiya Kudo 3,240,000
53 George Holmes 3,225,000
54 Joshua Field 3,175,000
55 Christopher Trang 3,135,000
56 Bryan Pimlott 3,080,000
57 Ehsan Amiri 3,070,000
58 Tyler Cornell 3,065,000
59 Raul Manzanares 2,945,000
60 Shai Arbel 2,880,000
61 Alireza Amiri 2,865,000
62 Eliot Hudon 2,835,000
63 Yaniv Peretz (IL) 2,810,000
64 Jeffrey Trudeau 2,780,000
65 Stephen Song 2,765,000
66 David Coleman 2,760,000
67 Adrian State 2,700,000
68 John Morgan 2,600,000
69 Matija Dobric 2,595,000
70 Ryan Roeder 2,205,000
71 Jon Shoreman 2,200,000
72 Yuri Dzivielevski 2,030,000
73 Behrooz Jamshidi 2,030,000
74 Timothy Cramer 1,930,000
75 Roman Valerstein 1,890,000
76 Bryan Braswell 1,850,000
77 Robert Cowen 1,840,000
78 Asher Conniff 1,825,000
79 Jack Oliver 1,565,000
80 Frank Weigel 1,515,000
81 Ruslan Dykshteyn 1,440,000
82 Jason Osser 1,435,000
83 Mitchell Halverson 1,360,000
84 Gabriel Sack 1,300,000
85 Cody Wiegmann 1,290,000
86 Matthew Schulte 1,245,000
87 Daniel Sewnig 1,200,000
88 Nicolas Dumont 1,175,000
89 Brian Frasca 1,135,000
90 Chris Alafogiannis 1,115,000
91 Jake Toole 1,100,000
92 Nick Petrangelo 1,000,000
93 Fatima Nanji 935,000
94 Austin Lewis 900,000
95 Adam Duong 680,000
96 Niko Koop 250,000