On the fourth and final day of the 2021 World Series of Poker Event #30: $1,500 Monster Stack, Michael Noori was crowned the champion as he defeated Ryan Leng heads-up for $610,437. The two opening flights attracted 3,520 entries to create a prize pool of $4,699,200 with the lion-share of all that money awarded to the remaining players today.
“I feel pretty good, I’m still kind of in shock. The heads-up match went really quick, I’m still processing it and going through it. I had two huge coolers that went my way so I was fortunate enough to win the bracelet today,” Noori reflected after the tournament.
Noori was down to 1.5 big blinds at one point today when he three-bet jammed with pocket nines and Daniel Fortier had looked him up with ace-queen. The queen on the river left Noori in bad shape but he tripled up shortly after to stick around to eventually get to his best-ever result after reaching several WSOP final tables in the past.
“I got lucky in the first hand and then I got a couple of shoves and re-jams through. I just kinda battled with 8-12 big blinds for a while, even four-handed. Ryan had all the chips, I stayed focused, never gave up, and kept battling.”
Looking back at his previous results, Noori seems to fare better in the mixed games variety.
“I think I am better in mixed games, but I had some deep runs in the Monster Stack before. I finished in the top 1 percent in 2017 or 2018. I’ve been there before but didn’t have the crucial flips go my way and on this final table, everything went my way. It’s very fortunate and nice to be here.”
|1||Michael Noori||United States||$610,437|
|2||Ryan Leng||United States||$377,220|
|5||Charlie Dawson||United States||$170,943|
|7||Daniel Fortier||United States||$103,784|
|9||Anthony Ortega||United States||$64,490|