Apropriately named “The Reunion,” Event #4 at the 2021 World Series of Poker attracted nearly 13,000 entries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Each entry added $500 to push the prize pool to $5,448,660. One of the many faces in the field was Long Ma, a 35-year-old operations and project manager for an electronics company from Dallas, Texas, who began his run on Sunday, October 3. On Tuesday, October 5, Ma was the only player left standing, and he was crowned “The Reunion” champion and took home the bracelet and $513,604 cash.
“Great, great, wonderful,” Ma said after the event, grinning from ear to ear.
Ma entered the final day with the chip lead above the final five players. It was a short final day that lasted a little over an hour, and Ma knocked out each of his opponents en route to his first WSOP gold bracelet.
“For the first few hands, I needed to make sure how people are treating me with a big stack,” Ma said of the final day’s play. “I needed to know whether or not they’re going to play aggressively with me or if they’re going to slow down and wait for someone else to bust. But after a few hands, I pretty much knew the table and controlled my stack and position because it’s easier for me then.”
For as short as the final day was, the first two days of play during Ma’s run were marathons. On Day 1c, he played for around 15 hours, he said. On Day 2, the field played for even longer as it worked its way down to five players.
“Tired, a little bit tired,” Ma said of how he felt coming into the final day following the first two long ones. “The first day was 15 hours, then the second day was 17 hours. I still feel good and I was pretty confident today.”
WSOP 2021 Event #4: $500 The Reunion Final Table Results