Australia’s Ehsan Amiri is soaring both in the air and on the felt as his run in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event continues.
The 40-year-old Sydneysider, who already has pulled in a string of impressive results this year including victory in the WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast “1 Day $2K” Event, returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in the early hours of Sunday morning (AEDT) to unbag 2,226,000 in chips prior to the start of Day 5, which got underway just a few hours ago.
Speaking with PokerMedia Australia between hands, Amiri expressed just how excited and grateful he was to not only be back playing poker, but also in his very first WSOP.
“It’s a pretty good feeling … so happy and loving every minute of it. I’m not taking it too seriously and just enjoying the moment,” he said.
“I’m coming back to a good table, I’ve got play chips and it’s Day 5 of the Main. Vegas baby! What else can one ask for?”
It’s certainly been an exciting time for the Poker Palace grinder, who jumped onto the first available flight to the US as soon as international travel restrictions were lifted to celebrate after recently acquiring his helicopter pilot’s licence.
That said, Amiri’s preparation hasn’t been rushed, jumping into a couple of tournaments along the Strip after arriving in Las Vegas before The Big Dance.
“I played in the WSOP Mini Main, as well as a couple of events at The Wynn and The Venetian to warm up and get the rust off the chips,” he said.
“With such a great structure [for the Main Event], one just needs to be patient and in the zone. It’s a true poker marathon.”
“If I’m gonna do something, I do it properly.”
2021 WSOP MAIN EVENT – DAY 5: TOP 10 CHIP COUNTS*
|3rd||Stephen Song||United States||4,500,000|
|4th||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||4,376,000|
|7th||Jason Osser||United States||3,900,700|
|8th||Dragana Lim||United States||3,801,000|
|9th||Fernando Rodriguez||United States||3,442,000|
|10th||Matthew Jewett||United States||3,398,000|
From a starting field of 6,650, Amiri is one of the 292 players continuing their quest for the WSOP Main Event bracelet and a top prize of USD $8 million (AUD $10,913,538), with this year’s ‘November Nine’ guaranteed a seven-figure sum.