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Ole Schemion Wins 2021 World Series of Poker $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Event

The German Poker Pro Topped A Field of 469 Entries To Win $172,499 and His First Bracelet

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Several new tournaments made their debut at the 2021 World Series of Poker, including the $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame bounty event. The unique event featured an unusual buy-in that was selected for the year the Hall of Fame was established: 1979. The other interesting wrinkle for this tournament was that Hall of Fame member who participated would have bounties that match the year that they were inducted. Eli Elezra was announced as this year’s inductee during day 1 of this event. As an example, any player who eliminated Elezra from the event would earn a $2,021 bounty payout.

After three days of action, German poker pro Ole Schemion emerged victorious from the field of 468 total entries to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $172,499.

“It’s not too often in live tournaments that you come in first place,” Schemion told PokerNews live reporters after securing the title. “It’s what we all try to do but it feels very good to run through a good field and win one.”

Schemion made quick work of the final table. Day 3 began with him atop the leaderboard with six players remaining. 2016 WSOP main event eighth-place finisher Jerry Wong was the first to fall. He shoved for 12.5 big blinds from the cutoff with QClub SuitJClub Suit. Schemion called out of the big blind with 6Spade Suit6Club Suit. The pocket pair held up and Wong was eliminated in sixth place ($27,951).

James Alexander’s run in this event came to an end when he shoved A-7 suited and ran into the pocket jacks of Marc Rivera. Alexander failed to improve and was sent to the rail with $37,965 for his fifth-place showing.

Despite earning that knockout, Rivera was ultimately the next to be eliminated. He called an early-position shove from Schemion with pocket nines, and was well ahead of the German’s 3Club Suit2Club Suit. The board ran out QHeart Suit6Spade Suit5Diamond SuitQDiamond Suit4Heart Suit and Schemion rivered a six-high straight to send Rivera packing in fourth place ($52,569).

Schemion kept his foot on the gas with a big lead heading into three-handed action. He shoved from the small blind with 10Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit and Giovani Torre called all-in from the big blind for just over 4 big blinds with JHeart Suit6Heart Suit. The JDiamond Suit6Spade Suit2Diamond Suit flop gave Torre top pair and Schemion a flush draw. The 10Spade Suit improved Schemion to a pair to give him even more outs. The 10Club Suit on the river gave Schemion trips and eliminated Torre in third place ($74,175).

With that, Schemion took more than a 7:1 chip advantage into heads-up play with Ben Underwood. It didn’t take long for him to convert that lead into the title. In the final hand of the event, Schemion moved all-in from the button with ADiamond Suit5Spade Suit. Underwood called with KHeart SuitJDiamond Suit and the board came down ASpade SuitAClub Suit10Club Suit7Club Suit4Heart Suit to give Schemion trip aces for the win. Underwood earned $106,618 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Ole Schemion $172,499 720
2 Ben Underwood $106,618 600
3 Giovani Torre $74,175 480
4 Marc Rivera $52,569 360
5 James Alexander $37,965 300
6 Jerry Wong $27,951 240
7 Ronald Sullivan $20,985 180
8 Dylan Wilkerson $16,074 120
9 Eder Murata $12,565 60

Winner photo credit: WSOP / Katerina Lukina.