Russian poker pro Anatolii Zyrin won his second World Series of Poker bracelet after defeating one of the largest fields of the 2021 WSOP.
He topped a 9,399-entry field to win $314,705 and bested Michael Lee heads-up in the $400 colossus no-limit hold’em. The score was the second largest of his career behind only his runner-up finish in a $5,300 no-limit hold’em at the 2019 Merit Poker Retro, which netted him $359,450.
The 31-year-old won his first bracelet at the last live WSOP. when he took down the $1,500 mixed Omaha for $199,838 in 2019. His most recent bracelet victory sent his career tournament earnings over the $2 million mark.
Russia’s “Dykalis,” as he’s known online, had to fight through a large Day 3 finish in the popular Colossus event. Forty-nine players returned for Monday’s finale, led by Florida’s Rafael Fernandez. Zyrin started the day in 14th position.
Zyrin climbed steadily higher as the 49 players were trimmed to a nine-player final table. When Jeffrey Stellwagon bubbled the official final, Zyrin had already climbed to fourth, with Lee leading the way. Zyrin was one of the final table’s most active and aggressive players, mixing it up in several large pots and either taking big hits or doubling up on multiple occasions.
Overall, the active and aggressive strategy paid off. Zyrin moved into the lead during the end of an extended seven-player period of action, though Lee and Rand battled back to take later leads as well. The three collectively eliminated all other challengers, with Zyrin picking off sixth-place finisher Eric Kim and fifth-place finisher David Ripley to return to the top.
The wild action continued with Lee going from the short stack to the lead in a matter of hands, busting Rand along the way. Lee couldn’t close the deal, however, as Zyrin doubled through and then closed out the win in a cooler hand where both players made big holdings on the river card. At that point the board showed Ah-Js-8h-Qh-10c, and all the chips went in on the dangerous board. Lee showed Kc-2d for a straight, but Zyrin opened 5h-2h for the rivered flush and his second career WSOP win.
WSOP 2021 Event #55: $400 Colossus Final Table Results
|2||Michael Lee||United States||$194,450|
|3||Kevin Rand||United States||$147,595|
|4||Phuoc Nguyen||United States||$112,730|
|5||David Ripley||United States||$86,650|
|6||Eric Kim||United States||$67,025|
|9||Penh Lo||United States||$32,240|