23 November 2021 23 November 2021
- Leo Margets wins his first WSOP bracelet
- First female poker player to win open event at WSOP 2021
- Margets raised $ 376,850 for first place
Spanish poker pro Leo Margets is now World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion. The 38-year-old won her first bracelet and took home the top prize of $ 376,850 at one of the festival’s latest events, Event # 83: $ 1,500 Closest November 21.
Margets also became the first female player to win an open event at the 2021 WSOP.
Margets, a Winamax Team Pro, is no stranger to the WSOP. She’s been in the series for over a decade now and has cashed in several events, including a 27th-place finish at the 2009 WSOP Main Event for $ 352,832 before eventually winning her first bracelet.
Her latest win represents her biggest score to date and her fourth win in the 2021 series. She also made silver in the recently concluded $ 10,000 Main Event, finishing 452nd for $ 26,700.
Margets and Bosnia Alex kulev were the two remaining players at the table, with the latter holding a huge chip lead. Kulev dominated the final table, knocking out three players. He had 40 million in chips compared to seven million for Margets at the start of the heads-up game.
For a while, it looked like Margets would end up settling for second place, especially when she miscalculated her stack early in the game. The Spanish pro admitted it was a huge mistake and luck was on her side as she managed to overcome that crucial hand that could have ended her chances of winning the tournament.
From there, Margets was able to rack up more chips to bridge the gap between her and Kulev. She finally took the advantage by beating her opponent’s top pair with a middle pair and a flush draw which improved to set on the turn. After that hand, Kulev went all-in with ten-four against Margets’ king-jack, ending his bid in second place for $ 232,920.
Women’s victories at the 2021 WSOP
Two other women also ran deep in the tournament. Melanie Weisner finished 17th for $ 14,740, while Cherish Andrews also made it to the final table, taking home $ 74,680 for his 6th place finish.
Margets isn’t the only player to win a bracelet in the 2021 series. Lara eisenberg also got his first bracelet in Event # 22: Women’s No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Margets hopes their wins this year will motivate more women to play poker and compete in major tournaments.