Stout, Gross, Nodes Score WSOP Summer Online Circuit Rings

Online poker veterans Matt Stout (left) and Steve Gross (right) picked up wins in the recent WSOP Summer Online Circuit Series.

New Jersey online grinder David ‘dave419’ Nodes scored a signature win on Sunday night after taking down the World Series of Poker Summer Online Circuit Series Main Event for $54,116.30.

The 18 event online series concluded over the weekend as Nodes bested the 679-entry field of the $525 Main Event to capture his first gold ring and the $54,116.30 first-place prize. Although Nodes had been close before, finishing as the runner-up in Event #9 ($300 NLH Knockout) of the Winter Online Super Circuit for $10,960, his WSOP resume had lacked that headline result until now. Nodes did cash two other times in the Summer Online Circuit Series including a deep run in Event #12 ($250 buy-in, $50,000 GTD NLH Freezeout) where he finished in 15th for an additional $956.

Finishing behind Nodes in the Main Event was Romain ‘terrr1’ Lotti, who narrowly missed out on his third WSOPC ring by ending up as the runner-up for $40,061. Darren ‘avocadotoast’ Rabinowitz took third place and added $29,536.50 to his more than $900,000 in previous WSOP scores.

Six For Stout

Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout continued to find success on by picking up his sixth career Circuit ring in Event Event #5 (PLO BIG $500) for a $13,954.89 score. Of his six Circuit victories, five have come online. He took down a pair of rings in 2019, including a $1,000 NLHE High Roller for $47,330. Then in March 2020, he took down two tournaments in the same series when he won Event #2 ($215 NLHE Monster Stack) and Event #11 (NLHE Big $500) in the Super Circuit Series for a combined score of more than $106,000.

With more than $2 million in earnings, Stout is the highest earner of the eight players who have six rings – tied for 21st on the all-time WSOP Circuit wins list.

Gross Grabs First Ring

Former #1-ranked online pro Steve ‘gborooo’ Gross scored his first career Circuit ring last week by taking down Event #6 ($1,000 High Roller 6-Max) for $39,244.96.

Prior to Black Friday, Gross was at the top of the online poker rankings after making deep runs in FTOPS events on Full Tilt Poker and regularly crushing the $109 rebuy on PokerStars. In 2013, Gross picked up a WSOP gold bracelet by winning the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed event for $488,817, his current career-high score.

It was a bit of a breakthrough for Gross. Although he’s no stranger to picking up large online scores, in the WSOP Online Circuit events he had a number of deep runs where he fell just short of the win. This includes a second-place finish in Event #10 of the March 2019 Online Circuit as well as another nine top 20 finishes.

Big Win For Petrou

Demetrios ‘GOGGINS’ Petrou scored his first WSOP Circuit ring in the biggest buy-in on the schedule, Event #13 ($2,000 Super High Roller 6-Max). Petrou survived a field of 128 entries to earn $54,233.60, the largest first-place prize of the series. In doing so he denied Anthony ‘flawlessbink’ Maio the opportunity to win his fourth career ring, forcing Maio to settle for second place and a $40,614 payday which sent his lifetime online earnings up over $5 million.

For Petrou, the Super High Roller win is a breakout score. According to, prior to his victory, Petrou had just five total WSOP results for just over $5,000.

Not To Mention…

New Jersey’s Ryan ‘hagzzz021’ Hagerty, who finished in fourth place at the domestic 2020 World Series of Poker final table for a $387,130 score, grabbed his first circuit ring. He took down Event #6 ($320 NL 6-Max) for $22,924, continuing to ride the momentum of his fast start to 2021.

While he didn’t end up taking home a ring, Gage ‘greypoupon’ Doyne did finish in the top three in two different events. He took home the bronze in Event #2 ($215 Limit Omaha 8 or Better 8-Max) for $4,785.84 and less than a week later finished in third again in Event #7 for another $12,799.68.

While Petrou took home the honors of the largest single prize of the series, it likely wasn’t supposed to be that way as Event #17, the $5,300 Ultra High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee, was canceled. Had the tournament run, even with a field size of less than half of that of the Super High Roller, another $50K prize would likely have been handed out.

WSOP Summer Online Circuit Series Winners

Event #Tournament EntriesPrize PoolWinnerAmount
1BIG $500 Kick-Off 8-Max ($75,000 GTD)283$132,161.00Gary 'phiI_ivey' Kosakowski$26,934.41
2$215 Limit Omaha 8 or Better 8-Max ($40,000 GTD)204$40,800.00Sergio 'allergic2avg' Ramirez$8,510.88
3$320 Double Stack ($100,000 GTD)366$109,800.00Christopher 'Basile28' Basile$21,081.60
4$215 Monster Stack ($125,000 GTD)829$165,800.00Charles 'sevenstars' Furey$24,339.44
5PLO BIG $500 6-Max ($50,000 GTD)134$62,578.00Matt 'RubberFist' Stout$13,954.89
6$1,000 High Roller 6-Max ($100,000 GTD)197$188,135.00Steve 'gborooo' Gross$39,244.96
7$320 NL 6-Max ($75,000 GTD)398$119,400.00Ryan 'hagzzz021' Hagerty$22,924.80
8$300 Knockout Freezeout ($100 Bounty - $50,000 GTD)326$91,932.00Brett 'BgDumbIdiot' Murray$15,129.66
9$215 Deepstack Turbo ($50,000 GTD)361$72,200.00Mitch 'paltexnj' Garofshky$13,414.76
10$320 Double Stack ($100,000 GTD)361$108,300.00Alexander 'alexduvallin' Duvall$20,793.60
11$525 Monster Stack ($150,000 GTD)353$176,500.00Rajendra "vsamba" Mahadevappa$32,793.70
12$250 Freezeout ($50,000 GTD)342$79,686.00Benjamin 'LittleC_88' Covello$20,319.93
13$2,000 Super High Roller 6-Max ($100,000 GTD)128$243,200.00Demetrios 'GOGGINS' Petrou$54,233.60
14$215 NL ($75,000 GTD)556$111,200.00James 'BugManJim' Altwegg$19,015.20
15$320 NL ($75,000 GTD)382$114,600.00Josh 'kenjiboi7' Faris$22,003.20
16$250 NL Turbo ($50,000 GTD)373$87,655.00Rick 'soooGRATEFUL' Whitesell$16,829.76
17$5,300 Ultra High Roller ($100,000 GTD)

18$525 Main Event 8-Max ($250,000 GTD)679$339,500.00David 'dave419' Nodes$54,116.30


  1. Maybe if Matt Stout starts winning at poker he won’t have to keep stealing a huge “salary” from the CSOP. Similar to how he kept encouraging people to deposit non Lock Poker when he knew they weren’t paying players, but we’re paying him as a “pro”.