WSOP: Tony Dunst Dominates Event #21 Final Table for Second Bracelet

Tony Dunst took down Event #21 ($777 NLHE Six Max) to win the second WSOP bracelet of his career. (WPT photo)

Tony Dunst topped a 1,361-entry field to win World Series of Poker Online Event #21 ($777 Six Max NLHE) to give him the second WSOP bracelet and a $168,342 payday early Wednesday morning. Dunst eliminated four of his final five opponents at the final table and held the chip lead for all but a few moments on his way to victory.

The win comes four years after Dunst, also a World Poker Tour commentator, won his first bracelet in a $1,000 NLHE tournament.

Dunst’s path of destruction at the final table started with Jon Turner as the first casualty. Dunst raised to 300,000 from UTG before Turner moved all in for 462,593 on the button. Dunst called and showed KdJd while Turner tabled Ac9d. The flop came Jc9d4c to give Dunst top pair and Turner second pair. Neither the 4d turn or Th river was any help for Turner and he was out in sixth.

Dunst waited all of two minutes before busting another player. Krista ‘Pollux’ Gifford moved all in from the button for 764,508 with KcTh and Dunst moved all in over the top from the small blind with KdKs. The board ran out AdQh4d6h8s to give Dunst the pot and eliminate Gifford in fifth place.

Four-handed play last 15 minutes a blind versus blind battle saw one player sent home. From the small blind, ‘ilosestackz‘ moved all in for 1,555,996 with Jd8c and ‘paymycollege‘ called from the big blind with AsTc. The Ad7c4s flop gave ‘paymycollege’ a strangle hold which stayed through the 2h turn and 8h river to eliminate ‘ilosestackz’ in fourth.

Dunst resumed his role as table captain and 15 minutes later sent the tournament to heads up. Alec ‘Tango_Bravo’ Parslow raised to 350,000 from the small blind and Dunst moved all in from the big blind. Parslow called and then tabled AdKd to Dunst’s As9h. The Ts7d5s flop gave Parslow to reason for concern. The 8h turn gave Dunst an open-ended straight draw. The Jd river completed that straight toeliminate Parslow in third and gave Dunst 65% of the chips in play.

Over the next 15 minutes, ‘paymycollege’ took a slight chip lead before losing all but half of a big blind when Dunst made a flush again their straight on a 7s5s4d3sQh run out. Two hands later it was over. ‘paymycollege’ shoved from the button for 230,992 with 6c3s and Dunst called from the big blind with AhAs. The board ran out Qh8c7c4sJc to eliminate ‘paymycollege’ in second and give Dunst the second bracelet of his career.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Tony Dunst – $168,342
  2. paymycollege – $103,940
  3. Alec Parslow – $72,215
  4. ilosestackz – $50,779
  5. Krista Gifford – $36,203
  6. Jon Turner – $26,199

Faces in the Crowd

For the 13th time this Series, Ryan Laplante managed to work his way into the money before busting in 99th for a $1,524.32 score. Both Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth also earned a cash on Tuesday. Negreanu finished 30th for $5,144.58 while Hellmuth came in 114th for $1,429.05.

Among the other notables who cashed on Tuesday were Alan ‘GladiusIII’ Goehring (26th – $5,144.58), Ari Engel (39th – $3,429.72), Vanessa ‘ContainsNuts’ Kade (55th – $2,000.67), Ryan ‘bitc0in’ Riess (60th – $2,000.67), Ian ‘apokerjoker2’ Steinman (69th – $1,810.13), Jason Somerville (87th – $1,619.59), and Event # 1 winner Jonathan ‘Art.Vandelay’ Dokler (89th – $1,619.59).