Long Ma takes down the WSOP Reunion Event
By Bob Garcia
Almost 13,000 entries were registered for the event, breaking the $5M guarantee
Winning a poker tournament is one thing, but taking that win after just under 13,000 entries makes it even more satisfying. As many anticipated, the first big buy-in, low buy-in no-limit Hold’em tournament and large field of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a huge success in terms of turnout, even though there were long registration lines during the initial three flights. Long Ma, having proven to have all the necessary skills in this event better known as “The Reunion,” with a guarantee that easily exceeded $5 million, was able to take home the victory and winning a total of $513,604 and his first WSOP gold bracelet as champion.
The $500 No-Limit Hold’em event was undoubtedly a success, and the 35-year-old came to stand in front of all comers, knocking out each and every one of them on the final day on the road, which turned out to be the biggest tournament win in his entire career. In addition to taking home the money and the title, Ma was also awarded a total of 720 Card Player of the Year (POY) points. While it is true that the score he earned is quite large, this is the first he has received all year, which places him just inside the top 300 in the POY 2021 race.
The last day started with only five players remaining after a marathon that lasted almost 17 hours of day two that began with more than 680 players in contention. The event featured many iconic poker personalities, such as John Borsuch, Ryan Laplante and Adrian Buckley, who took 33rd, 19th and 9th place, respectively.
However, no matter who was sitting at these tables, it was Ma who was crowned the outright champion, and the pro says he is thrilled to have achieved such a great goal.