Koray Aldemir Takes Down 2021 WSOP Main Event for $8 Million
- The German pro wins Main Event after an intense heads-up battle against George Holmes
- Aldemir takes home $8M for first place finish
- Aldemir now sits in 4th place on Germany’s all-time money list
Koray Aldemir is the new 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event winner.
The German poker pro outlasted a field of 6,650 entries and defeated George Holmes heads-up to win $8 million in top prize and his maiden bracelet.
The 31-year-old has now climbed to No. 4 in Germany’s all-time money list with more than $20 million in live tournament earnings.
The Main Event action hit the climax on November 17, with only three players returning to the table to battle it out for the title – Aldemir, George Holmes and Jack Oliver.
During the initial stages of play, the battle was intense between Holmes and Oliver, with both players trading punches for quite some time. It took three hours for the heads-up match to be set – Holmes eliminated Oliver who finished 3rd for $3 million, and went on to face Aldemir in what would become a thrilling fight for the lion’s share of the prize.
Holmes Puts The Pressure on Aldemir
Holmes, being the inexperienced player, crushed all expectations as he did not make it easy for Aldemir to capture the title. The poker player, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, only had one recorded live cash prior to entering this year’s biggest poker tournament – a 213th finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $50,855. He significantly lags behind Aldemir in terms of experience, but that was not evident during heads-up play.
The match began with Aldemir enjoying a huge chip lead, but Holmes managed to narrow the gap and even grabbed the lead at one point. The German pro admitted he was pretty stressed at the time but refused to give in to pressure.
Aldemir won a series of consecutive hands to reclaim the dominant position but Holmes just fought on and gave it his all until the final hand which saw him moving all in for 133,000,000. Aldemir called, and that’s when he realized he’s finally taking home his first gold bracelet. Holmes’ impressive performance earned him $4.3 million.
The other players who reached the final table were Chase Bianchi (9th), Jareth East (8th), Alejandro Lococo (7th), Hye Park (6th), Ozgur Secilmis (5th) and Joshua Remitio (4th).