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Escape From The Rio: Cash Games and Tournaments to Target Outside of the WSOP


In what will be its final year hosting the World Series of Poker, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will be the center of the poker universe for the next two months. But as experienced live poker players know, while the majority of the top poker pros and recreational players taking a shot will be focusing their attention on the WSOP, there are plenty of other great options all around town.

Here’s our guide to the tournaments and cash games you should consider outside of the WSOP.

Brad Zusman Snags First WSOP Bracelet and $79K in Summer Saver Win


Brad Zusman picked up one of his three cashes in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online the $500 No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver event, earning $1,067 for 177th place. Zusman’s first WSOP cash of the 2021 online series came in the same event, only this time it was for a first place prize of $79,683 and a WSOP gold bracelet.

Mitchell Halverson Wins WSOP Online Six Max Championship


Mitchell Halverson had earned seven cashes in the 2021 World Series of Poker Online events heading into Thursday’s $600 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Championship. His biggest cash over those seven events was for $2,878 when he finished 32nd in the $888 No Limit Hold’em Crazy Eights events. Halverson scored a much more significant strike Thursday, winning the tournament to secure an $84,057 score and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Michael Leib Earns $81K, Bracelet in WSOP Online Event #10


Michael Leib finished in 16th place in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack Event #6 last Tuesday to earn what was at the time the second-largest recorded cash of his poker career at $5,695. Leib did quite a bit better in Saturday’s $333 No Limit Hold’em Event #10, scoring a first-place finish to earn the tournament’s top prize of $81,645 and his first career World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

WSOP: Philip Beck Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #9


Early Saturday morning, Philip ‘wingsuiter’ Beck capped off a dominating World Series of Poker Online final table performance in Event #9 ($400 Six Max NLHE) and earned the first-place prize of $81,534 and the first WSOP bracelet of their career.

They were one of three previously unknown players who advanced to the final table. The event drew 788 unique entries and 429 re-entries to generate a prize pool of $438,120.

WSOP: Michael Gathy Wins The Closer For $272K, 4th Bracelet


As the 2020 World Series of Poker Online draws to a close with just a few tournaments left on the schedule, Event #85 ($500 The Closer [Last Chance]) tournament drew 4,012 to generate a prize pool of $1,905,700. Two-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner Shankar Pillai and three-time WSOP Bracelet winner Michael Gathy both found their way into the final three in this massive field. And in the end, it was Gathy who came out on top to earn a first-place prize worth $260,504 and his fourth WSOP Bracelet.

WSOP: Malikeh Jamali Beats the Pros to Win $239K, WSOP Bracelet


The 2020 World Series of Poker $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty Tournament took over 13 hours to complete including a final table that lasted for over three hours. Malikeh Jamali was the last woman standing when it was all said and done, grabbing the first-place prize of $151,127 and $88,053 in bounties for a total of $239,180 to go along with her first World Series of Poker Bracelet.

WSOP: Trygve Leite Dominates $300 Double Stack Final Table


Trygve Leite entered the World Series of Poker $300 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em event with 14 career WSOP cashes including five in this year’s Online Series on GGPoker. Earlier this month he finished in 12th place in the $300 Monster Stack for $6,637 but did considerably better on Saturday with a first-place finish, a $130,100 and a WSOP gold bracelet.

WSOP: Jim Lefteruk’s First Series Cash Good for $299K, Bracelet


Jim Lefteruk entered the final table of World Series of Poker Online Event #73 ($1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed) as the only player at the table without a single registered result on Hendon Mob. He emerged from the final table with a first place prize of $299,511 and a WSOP gold bracelet.

WSOP: Ajay Chabra Claims $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship Title


Ajay Chabra entered the World Series of Poker Online $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship on Tuesday with 11 cashes already in the Series with four of those coming via top-ten finishes. Chabra cracked the top ten again on Tuesday night, and this time he converted his deep run into a tournament win and his first career WSOP gold bracelet.

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