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  1. Jeremy Ausmus won the second WSOP title of his career, first of the series, as he defeated the final four opponents in Event #3 to win the $1,000-entry COVID-19 Relief Charity Event. With just five players returning to action on Day 2 of the event and the 2021 World Series of Poker, Ausmus overcame a chip deficit heads-up to overnight leader Jesse Lonis to claim his maiden bracelet and the $48,681 top prize. Ausmus Overcomes Lonis, Takes First Title of Autumn It took no time at all for five players to become four as Lonis busted Steve Gross in fifth place for $10,854 when Gross’ eight-four was crushed by queen-five when the chip leader made a Broadway straight on the river. Soon after, Asher Coniff was all-in with ace-six and Lonis was the caller again, this time with pocket sixes. The small pocket pair held to send play to three-handed and Coniff to the rail for $14,919. Lonis was running over the field, and that didn’t stop with the elimination of Mitchell Halverson in third place for $20,960. Halverson was all-in with the best hand, holding [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"]. Lonis called with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"] and would need a lot of help on the board. The flop was a safe [poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"] for Halverson, but the [poker card="3d"] turn spelt disaster and the [poker card="2s"] river didn’t save him. Heads-up saw Lonis go into the duel with a 3:1 chip lead, but Ausmus quickly doubled himself level when his pocket tens held against Lonis’ [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jd"]. The final hand saw Ausmus all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"] against Lonis’ [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"] and when the board ran out [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"], Ausmus won the WSOP bracelet and $48,681. Event #3 $1,000 COVID-19 Relief Charity Event Final Table Results: Jeremy Ausmus - $48,681 Jesse Lonis - $30,086 Mitchell Halverson - $20,960 Asher Conniff - $14,919 Steve Gross - $10,854 Benny Glaser Leads $25K H.O.R.S.E. The biggest event of the day, in terms of buy-in, the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E., saw a total of 78 players as registration closed with the start of play on Day 2 of the three-day event. British mixed game specialist Benny Glaser dominated much of the day, busting players throughout vital stages of the tournament. While others, such as Stephen Chidwick, were shot down outside the 12 money places. Mike Matusow was another player who at one point looked very strong, only for two hands against Philip Sternheimer and Jesse Klein to leave ‘The Mouth’ on the rail. Cary Katz was the first player to sneak into the money, with his 12th place finish worth $42,162 after Yuval Bronshtein was the bubble boy in unlucky 13th place for no return on his investment. Daniel Negreanu (10th for $46,002) and Roland Israelashvili (11th for $46,002) were both busted on the final hand of the day, with Glaser the beneficiary as his two pair aces and tens beat both Israelashvili and Negreanu’s weaker two pair hands. When play ended, some very big names were still in the hunt with just nine players remaining. Chip leader at the end of Day 2 was Glaser but plenty of big names survived, such as Jesse Klein, David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth, and Day 1 chip leader Chad Eveslage all making the cut. WSOP 2021 Event #2 $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Chipcounts: Benny Glaser - 2,590,000 Jesse Klein - 1,800,000 Chad Eveslage - 1,695,000 David Benyamine - 1,680,000 Phil Hellmuth - 1,640,000 Philop Sternheimer - 865,000 Ben Yu - 830,000 Matt Glantz - 410,000 DJ Buckley - 160,000 Barnett's A Bracelet Winner The first event on the schedule was Event #1, the $500 Casino Employees Event and that saw a dramatic conclusion crown Caesars Palace employee Jimmy Barnett as the winner. In an event where 419 players created a prize pool of $175,980, Barnett went into a heads-up battle against Jack Behrens with more than double his opponent’s chips and sealed the deal when his flopped flush held against Behrens’ middle pair when the chips went into the middle. Event #1 $500 Casino Employees Event Final Table Results: Jimmy Barnett - $39,013 Jack Behrens - $24,112 Danny Chang - $16,540 Leo Abbe - $11,587 Bryan Garret - $8,294 Bobby Schmidt - $6,069 Chris Minton - $4,542 Rick Cuevas - $3,478 Ronald Baltazar - $2,727 Justin Steinman - $2,191 The Reunion Gets Underway One of the biggest events of the series to look forward to for many recreational players was The Reunion, with a $500 buy-in and massive $5 million guarantee. Day 1a saw an incredible 2,649 players take to the felt in pursuit of glory, with many players simply happy to be at the felt after so long away from the action. For one player, the emotion of cashing in a WSOP event for the first time was too much to take in this heartwarming video captured by Kenna James and posted on Twitter. https://twitter.com/Kenna_James/status/1444163921712017414 It wasn’t only players comparatively new to success who were happy. Even with some long waits at registration desks, players who have seen it such as Mike Gorodinsky advocated patience and good humor as he praised the staff at the Rio who are making it so much easier for everyone. https://twitter.com/gordoMG/status/1444032253026127872 READ: 10 Do’s And Don’ts For World Series of Poker First-Timers At the end of Day 1a in The Reunion, it was Dave Alfa who totaled the biggest stack, with a massive 3,100,000 chips going into his bag. A slew of great players trail in his wake, however, with Konstantinos Gennaios (2,650,000), Ryan Leng (2,400,000), Joey Weissman (2,270,000) Ryan Laplante (1,700,000), and Cate Hall (1,500,000) all bagging up at the close of play. Others weren’t so lucky, with former WSOP Main Event legend Matt Affleck, James Romero, and Amir Levahot all cashed but failed to make Day 2. WSOP 2021 Event #4 $500 The Reunion Top 10 Chipcounts: Dave Alfa - 3,100,000 Kostantinos Gennaios - 2,650,000 Ryan Leng - 2,400,000 Joey Weissman - 2,270,000 Greg Armand - 1,890,000 Ryan Laplante - 1,700,000 David Danlag - 1,510,000 Kenna James - 1,500,000 Cate Hall - 1,500,000 Walter Atwood - 1,400,000 Heimiller, Mizrachi In Omaha 8 Top 5 A strong field of 607 played Day 1 of Event #5, the $1,500-entry Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, with players such as Robert Mizrachi (177,000), JJ Liu (160,500), and Ari Engel (89,500) all thriving on the opening day of the three-day event. At the close of play, Christopher Stephen had the chip lead with a massive 206,500 chips, trailed by players of the caliber of Max Pescatori (37,500), Dan Zack (123,500), and Ian O’Hara (57,000) all surviving the day. WSOP 2021 Event #5 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Christopher Stephen - 206,500 Dan Heimiller - 177,000 Robert Mizrachi - 173,500 JJ Liu - 160,500 Anatoliy Zyrin - 143,000 Hernan Salazar - 141,000 Allyn Shulman - 134,500 Dan Zack - 123,500 Gary Kosakowski - 120,000 Frankie O'Dell - 112,500
  2. Three events kicked off the action on a busy opening day of the 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas as the Rio returns to poker action for what is heavily rumored to be the final time. With the $500 Casino Employees event offering the first ‘Shuffle Up and Deal!’ of the series and $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. and $1,000 COVID-19 Relief Charity events also taking place, there was something for every bankroll on opening day. Eveslage the Leader in $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. With 73 entries, the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event #2 attracted some of the best mixed games players in poker, with former #1-ranked Shaun Deeb, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Matthew Ashton all pitching up to take part from the off. After over 11 hours at the felt, just 47 players remained, with Chad Eveslage well clear of the chasing pack on 860,000 chips. Eveslage, who has never won a WSOP bracelet, was top of the pile by a long way from his nearest challengers of John Monette (589,500) and Jean Gaspard (569,000) and will head into Day 2 in pole position to make a run at the title of this all-new three-day event. Cary Katz was the first player to bust, with Mike Gorodinsky sending Katz home in a Stud Hi-Lo hand where Gorodinsky’s sevens and deuces triumphed. There were strong opening days at the felt for Mike Matusow (421,500), Deeb (321,000), and Negreanu (270,000), all of whom finished above average. Elsewhere, 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (206,000) and legendary WSOP commentator Norman Chad (150,500) both made the cut. Registration is still open until the first card hits the felt when Day 2 resumes at 2 pm Vegas time, so with a prize pool that is sure to grow, there is plenty of excitement ahead for a thrilling event. Event #2 $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Top 10 Chip Counts: Chad Eveslage - 860,000 John Monnette - 589,500 Jean Gaspard - 569,000 Jesse Klein - 490,500 Mike Matusow - 420,500 Adam Friedman - 420,500 Chris Vitch - 371,500 Shaun Deeb - 321,000 Hal Rotholz - 314,000 Randy Ohel - 295,000 Just Five Remain In Event For COVID Relief Event #3, the $1,000-entry COVID-19 Relief Charity took place with 266 players taking to the felt, creating a prize pool of $205,400 and a top prize of $54,844. With 39 players paid, play went down to the final five, with the great and good gathering to play poker and donate money to help those who are most vulnerable at the same time, with the eventual chip leader, Jesse Lonis, ending the night on 2,285,000 chips. Plenty of big names busted outside the money, including three-time WSOP winner Adrian Mateos, fellow three-time winner Upeshka De Silva, and Maurice Hawkins. Hovering halfway down the chip counts for much of Day 1 but also failing to make the money was a former World Champion in the shape of Ryan Riess, who had a serendipitous seat to welcome him to the Rio, the scene of his greatest triumph, with a cameo from legendary WSOP bracelet winner Ron McMillen to boot. https://twitter.com/RyanRiess1/status/1443744580717801494 Once the bubble burst, players such as Ali Imsirovic (32nd for $1,590) Ryan Laplante (31st for $1,590), Pavel Plesuv (26th for $1,817), Shannon Shorr (21st for $1,817), Dylan Linde (20th for $1,817), Ryan Riess (18th for $2,000) and Matt Stout (16th for $2,000) all making the money but missing out on the final table. In the end, of the five players who remain, it was Lonis who led. With just four players between Lonis and a WSOP bracelet - including Jeremy Ausmus and former #1-ranked Steve Gross - it's only Lonis and Asher Coniff yet to win WSOP bracelets. Event #3 COVID-19 Charity Event Final Table Chip Counts: Jesse Lonis - 2,285,000 Jeremy Ausmus - 1,345,000 Asher Conniff - 755,000 Steve Gross - 485,000 Mitchell Halverson - 385,000 "Shuffle Up And Deal" The $500-entry Casino Employees Event kicked off the 2021 WSOP in style, with 419 entries making a prize pool of $175,980. Leo Abbe led the field after the day’s conclusion, sitting on a massive pile of 537,000 chips, with Shaun Weintraub (474,000) and Roberto Reyna (461,000) his closest challengers in an all-American top 10. One player who enjoyed his day at the felt in the first event of the series was Jesse Fullen, who provided commentary on the WSOP Online series for thousands of poker fans to enjoy this summer. Fullen began as he meant to go on, busting a player early then continuing to run up his stack throughout the opening day, ending on 223,000 chips, well above the average. Jon Aguiar was also riding high in the event and advocated the positive atmosphere as one of the benefits of playing in the opening event. https://twitter.com/JonAguiar/status/1443753395865546754 Aguiar busted in 102nd place, outside the money, but he had good company, with former event winner Chad Holloway and Garry Gates, who finished fourth in the 2019 WSOP Main Event both failing to make the money too. With the money bubble bursting on Day 1, just 63 players made a profit on their investment. The bubble didn’t last long and when it burst, Chris Moon was the man eclipsed by the field as he busted with pocket nines to Jason Smith’s ace-ten, with both an ace and ten on the flop doing the fatal damage. In the end, just 50 players remained, with Smith making the top 10 and Abbe the chip leader heading into Day 2 of the opening event with the remaining players battling for a $39,013 top prize. Event #1 $500 Casino Employees Event Top 10 Chip Counts: Leo Abbe - 537,000 Shawn Weintraub - 474,000 Roberto Reyna - 461,000 Andrew Bart - 422,000 Akash Desai - 415,000 Jack Behrens - 363,000 Marco Starnoni - 363,000 Jason Smith - 351,000 James Barnett - 343,000 Daniel Kim - 337,000
  3. This summer, a 16-year association between the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the World Series of Poker comes to a close. With poker’s biggest annual festival rumored to be heading to Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Event Center starting in the summer of 2022, the curtain comes down on the Rio’s time as host of poker’s signature series of life-changing tournaments. The Rio has been what the WSOP has needed, exactly at the time it needed it. For some, the lasting images of the World Series of Poker come from yesteryear, with legends of the game such as Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Stu Ungar, and Johnny Chan winning big at Binion’s. While Binion’s has a great history, the Rio is where poker’s boom led to the growth of the game and its cavernous corridors have provided us with some of the most memorable moments ever witnessed at the felt. Many dramatic moments have followed in the Thunderdome, from Daniel Negreanu’s collapse after near-bubbling the final table to Phil Hellmuth’s record-breaking WSOP bracelet win in 2007 to Mark Newhouse’s celebrated reverse-curse on himself in WSOP the subsequent WSOP Main Event to his career-high score. https://twitter.com/mark_hizzle/status/486037130632638465 Binion’s had the gloriously claustrophobic nature of a state-wide game only much bigger. They hosted the WSOP while it was predominantly an American-attended festival. Fans were four or five deep at the rail, so close to Johnny Chan during his victory against Erik Seidel that they could have reached out and helped him push his chips over the line. The Rio, however, ushered in a new age of poker. During a time when poker enjoyed its years of growth and became more appealing to the mainstream, the rail increased and had to be moved back. Seating was erected in the Thunderdome, and in other rooms, with fans being kept at a modest distance. Antonio Esfandiari’s victory in the $1 million-entry Big One for One Drop in 2012 remains a watershed moment in poker and it all took place in the Thunderdome. From Sam Trickett’s quad threes against Brian Rast to ‘The Magician’ winning the bracelet and being held aloft by his friends and family after he got the better of the Brit heads-up, the event lived in the glow of flashbulbs. When thinking of the World Series of Poker at the Rio what comes to mind to this reporter is one hand in particular. In 2010, Jonathan Duhamel took down the WSOP Main Event to win $8.9 million when he dominated the final table. But in truth, Duhamel took the biggest step to victory when he won possibly the best hand the Rio has ever seen against Matt Affleck. Affleck had pocket aces, Duhamel had pocket jacks and somehow, all the money went in on a turn that saw Affleck a 4:1 favorite. Duhamel needed his straight draw or a jack to come in on the river and when it did, Affleck’s subsequent reaction was heartbreaking and incredible in equal measure. To the legendary commentary of Norman Chad and Lon McEachern, two men whose partnership has itself flourished at the Rio, a “thunderstruck” Affleck burst out of the Thunderdome and threw his water bottle against the wall. A few minutes later, Affleck returned to shake the hand of everyone at the table, ending in Duhamel himself. If the moment started awkwardly, it ended by transcending poker and showing the humanity that exists between poker players. Sure the Rio has its flaws. Poker can be about stepping into a teeming mass of sweat and closeness, shoulder-to-shoulder with your best friend and your biggest enemy - who, in a poker tournament, can be exactly the same person. It can feel like a cauldron. The Rio is often the opposite - it's a ‘cooler’. It's famous for its ice-cold temperatures forcing players to wrap up warm once they walk out of the Vegas sunshine and into the building where the last 15 World Champions have been crowned. Players who don’t insulate or consume enough vitamins have complained of the ‘Rio Flu’ years before COVID came along. In recent years, though, the WSOP Player of the Year has captivated fans for entire summers. With dozens of flags depicting former winners adorning every side of the two main cardrooms, each race has gathered its own momentum inside its echo chambers populated by thousands of poker players. From queues for the restroom and registration desk that snake through the labyrinthine pathways that criss-cross the Rio hallways to the stands of phone battery sellers and massage machines, there is no place like it. The Rio will go down in poker history as the venue where poker grew up, where it became the beast that can now never be tamed. The World Series of Poker will move on in 2022, but the memories of poker's time at the Rio will echo forever. How many more become eternal this Autumn remains as poker should, in the hands of the players who make the game what it is.
  4. Niall Farrell, also known as 'Firaldo' online, is one of just nine players on the planet who have won poker's live 'Triple Crown'. With a World Poker Tour, Europen Poker Tour, and World Series of Poker victory to his name, the Scotsman is not only one of the most respected players in the poker community, he's also one of the most well-liked. Farrell achieved that lofty ambition four years ago by winning a WSOP bracelet. Since then, he has turned 30, become a father, and, so far, survived a global pandemic - all with his trademark grin in place. For any British player traveling to Las Vegas, the options for travel have been vast. From quarantining practices to making sure a double vaccination has been administered a clear fortnight before the first event they play. And that’s been only the start of it. But Farrell is heading to Las Vegas for this year's World Series of Poker, and like many others traveling from Europe, he has not found it without its logistical difficulties. “There are three options, but I’ll probably end up going via Mexico,” he laughs. “I’m looking forward to it. We could all do without all the other things we need to do [to get there], but needs must, I guess!” Those ‘other things’ include the necessity for players to receive both doses of the COVID vaccine before entering the Rio after a 14-day period where the vaccine has fully worked. Farrell is "pro-vaccine", but perhaps not for the reasons you might think. “I don’t think it’s a question of whether you agree with it or not. I don’t think the World Series is doing it for the greater good of humanity, I think they’re doing it for liability reasons as a business," he said. "It’s the same as if they said every time you play at the Rio, you must pay $20 to come in. It’s not like they’re a health board and they’re trying to bring the numbers down in Nevada. It’s their policy. If you want to go, you’ve got to do it.” Farrell’s positive nature about the vaccine is down to his belief that scientists are doing what is right for people, not just players. “I’m pro-vaccine,” he says. “Generally, in spots like this, I just trust people who are a lot smarter than me to figure out the best things to do, then do it. I understand some people have their misgivings.” The Scottish pro, who has over $6.2 million in live tournament winnings alone, admits that after not playing as much since becoming a father, he might have skipped this autumn’s WSOP. After no live series in 2020, however, it’s a must for someone who plans a WSOP schedule every year. “I look at how many buy-ins I can play, and the World Series is one of the softest things you’ll play all year. It’s one of the biggest money-earners you’ll have all year. You can’t really miss it. I’ll be out there full time and I’m going to play everything $25k and down. If I have a really good summer, I’ll play some of the higher stuff.” Farrell doesn’t perceive the lack of players who have refused the vaccine as having a huge effect, with the WSOP on target to pull in massive numbers in his opinion. It’s a big change from the first time he played it over a decade ago. “I was just starting out as a ‘professional’,” Farrell recalls. “I only played six bracelet events, they were $1,000 and $1,500 entries only and I was grinding the $600 tournaments." Farrell stayed in a house rented by his backer, and with his poker-playing friends. It was a time of hunger in more ways than one. “We were all pretty skint at this point so, weirdly, my strongest memory from my first trip to Vegas was finally being allowed to play 'The Big 33' on Full Tilt and winning it the first time I played! It’s changed a lot now. Back then, it was a shot to take, now it’s more like a grind where you’re going to play pretty much everything and try to make a good chunk of your money for the year.” The recent influx of Pennsylvanian events and other smaller-field bracelet events has taken away some of the prestige for a player who admits to being legacy-oriented. “I think it has diluted it,” he tells us. “Joe Cada has won two bracelets; one was the Main Event and one was another for absolute bombs. If some other guy says ‘Oh yeah, I’ve won two bracelets’ and one was a 38-runner on WSOP PA and the other was a hyper-turbo flip on GGPoker, obviously I’m saying ‘Joe’s count and yours don’t really mate.’” One of Farrell’s proudest achievements is the WSOP bracelet he won in 2017 that sealed his Triple Crown. It had a final table with players such as Ryan Riess, Claas Segebrecht, Ole Schemion, Antoine Saout, Sylvain Loosli, and Benjamin Pollack, who Farrell toppled heads-up. Farrell admits that his American friends wind him up about his bracelet not having been won on U.S. soil. “My response to them is always ‘This is how you decide if a bracelet event counts: Was Philip Hellmuth Junior in the field?’ And for mine, he was, so it counts. I was the worst player at the table - that has to count for something!” Farrell only traveled to Rozvadov on that occasion because of the chance that he could win the Triple Crown - and because friend and fellow pro Sam Grafton persuaded him to play it. A happy blend of serendipity and skill led to success. Now, heading back to Sin City, Farrell believes that an early win could help kickstart a successful series. “It’s obviously nice if you instantly win something and you know you’ve got a winning trip. You know that regardless of what happens the rest of the summer you’ve made some money. Maybe it affects how you play subconsciously; it’s a relief to know that you’ve locked up a winning summer and you can start making arrangements to change your dollars.” This autumn will, of course, be the final time that the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino hosts the World Series of Poker and Farrell will miss it. “As much as we bitch about the Rio, I’ve been going there for a decade, so it will be a little bit sad in a way. Also, one of my favorite Irish bars is going to be in walking distance from Bally’s next year when I bust, so that can’t be good. Having to go on the Strip is not ideal.” The WSOP Main Event is the one tournament everyone wants to win and Farrell is no different, having played in it nine of the last 10 years. “It’s the biggest event of the year and although I’ve not personally been super lucky - I got 150th in 2012, my friends have done really well in it, Pius [Heinz] won it and Daniel Strelitz should have won it but punted it off like the little idiot he is.” It’s clear that Farrell loves everything about the WSOP Main Event. Declaring it the ‘greatest tournament in the world’, the freezeout element of the $10,000 buy-in event is its biggest plus. “The playing field couldn’t be any more level. It’s you against the world. It’s the tournament I look forward to most every year, and the event you’re saddest to bust. You always have the post-Main Event bender in Vegas which is a bit rough, but it’s a phenomenal tournament.” Farrell admits to being "on and off a wee bit" when it comes to putting in the practice and has steered clear of higher-stakes games in recent weeks. He has plans to ramp up the action post-WSOP however...whatever the outcome of his epic journey to Sin City. “I’ve played a little bit to keep some semblance of sharpness about me. When I get back from Vegas, I’m going to throw myself back into it a bit.” The Triple Crown winner is going to hit Vegas hard and that might mean a lot more time at the felt than in years gone by. The Scottish poker legend’s appetite for a Vegas bracelet is larger than ever, and perhaps the World Series will benefit from the energy that the Scotsman's presence will undoubtedly provide.
  5. The 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker concluded as Russian online pro ‘CrazyLissy’ bested Pascal Lefrancois in heads-up play at the end of the $10M guaranteed Main Event (High) to take home the $1,499,942 top prize. Plenty of big names took to the felt for the final table of Event 91-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max WCOOP Main Event), including online legend Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger and Stevan ‘random_chu’ Chew, who went into the action with the chip lead. While Chew could approach the battle with more expectation than hope, the same could not be said for Loeliger, who busted early in seventh place for $196,792. Tyler Jardine was the first player out for $99,997 as commentators James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton entertained fans on the PokerStars Twitch channel. He was followed from the felt by ‘necgaidziai’, with Loeliger out next. The final six players were that much closer to the top prize, but Markus Prinz soon busted, with bottom pair no good against Chew’s straight draw which came in on the turn. After Argentinian player Marco Zevola left in fifth for $387,284, ‘Rebel FishAK’ was eliminated by ‘CrazyLissy’ as the Russian began their assault on the title with pocket jacks holding against their opponent’s ace-ten. At that stage, ‘CrazyLissy’ had just 87 million chips, well below Chew on 230 million and Canadian Pascal Lefrancois on 110 million, but the elimination of ‘RebelFishAK’ changed everything. Soon after that hand, the stacks were almost even as three-handed, chew lost his chance of victory. He lost his final 122 million chips with pocket fives when Lefrancois called the shove with pocket eights and held on. Heads-up looked favorable for the Canadian, and after some early momentum for him, the former WSOP final table player had better than a 3:1 chip lead. He couldn’t make it last, however, as ‘CrazyLissy’ continued to play back at him and with the stacks close to level in Lefrancois’ favor, won the pivotal hand for almost all the chips. All-in with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"], Lefrancois was called by ‘CrazyLissy’ with [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Th"] pre-flop for a massive pot of 485 million chips, with just five million staying in front of the Canadian. The flop of [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Ts"] was a dramatic one, giving the Russian a set of tens but Lefrancois a Broadway straight draw. The turn of [poker card="5d"] and river of [poker card="2s"] were as uneventful as ‘CrazyLissy’ would have hoped for, however, and the title belonged to them, Lefrancois cashing for $1,069,210 for being runner-up. ‘CrazyLissy’ won the $1,499,942 top prize and one of the most fabled online poker titles that are out there to be won, their second title after winning their first WCOOP back in 2019. 2021 PokerStars WCOOP $5,200 Main Event Final Table Results: ‘CrazyLissy’ - $1,499,942 Pascal ‘Pass_72’ Lefrancois - $1,069,210 Stevan ‘random_chu’ Chew - $762,169 ‘Rebel FishAK’ - $543,301 Marco ‘marcozevola5’ Zevola - $387,284 Markus ‘playboy99999’ Prinz - $276,069 Linus ‘LLinusLove’ Loeliger - $196,792 ‘necgaidziai’ - $140,180 Tyler ‘Juicy_J_93’ Jardine - $99,997 Low and Medium events were very popular over the concluding couple of days, with the following players winning titles: ‘pagan_junior’ (Event #91-L), ‘festen x’ (Event #91-M), ‘mime123’ (Event #92-L), ‘Nlzkm9’ (Event #92-M), ‘pardalnegro’ (Event #94-L), ‘batataxpp’ (Event #94-M), ‘GRAPEL3SS’ (Event #95-L), ‘roo_400’ (Event #95-M), ‘Valeron12344’ (Event #96-L), ‘sweetmike79’ (Event #96-M), ‘FlaviOx00’ (Event #97-L), ‘Hendurr’ (Event #97-M), ‘123wisdomtree’ (Event #98-L), ‘FAL1st’ (Event #98-M), ‘IHELPMEI’ (Event #99-L), ‘Kzzon’ (Event #99-M), ‘Znaso’ (Event #100-L), ‘BowieEffect’ (Event #100-M), ‘Don’tCryM8’ (Event #101-L), ‘URMYLeNoR’ (Event #101-M), ‘parinio77’ (Event #102-L), ‘alexxt7’ (Event #102-M). High Event Results: Event #91 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max WCOOP Main Event Prizepool: $10,000,000 Entries: 1,965 ‘CrazyLissy’ - $1,499,942 ‘Pass_72’ - $1,069,210 ‘random_chu’ - $762,169 Event #92 (High) $10,300 PLO Main Event 6-Max Prizepool: $1,470,000 Entries: 147 ‘probirs' - $308,556 ‘AlexKP’ - $237,169 ‘Ben_Apart’ - $182,298 Event #94 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Series Saver Prizepool: $1,516,000 Entries: 1,516 ‘LaliTournier’ - $83,366 (Bounties) $99,228 ‘darkziv’ - $16,629 (Bounties) $99,227 ‘C. Darwin2’ $24,518 (Bounties) $59,330 Event #95 (High) $530 NLHE 8-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $332,000 Entries: $664 ‘Pwndidi’ - $56,520 ‘Ant1K1lller’ - $41,390 ‘FutureofMe’ - $30,310 Event #97 (High) - $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday Prizepool: $600,000 Entries: 300 ‘Tydarax’ - $103,384* ‘I’MalliN.3lli’ - $94,168* ‘phounderAA’ - $63,523 *denotes heads-up deal Event #98 (High) - $1,050 NL 6+ Hold‘em Prizepool: $106,000 Entries: 106 ‘kurzatvvarz’ - $25,330 ‘SantaZzz’ - $19,447 ‘OLD TIME GIN’ - $14,930 Event #99 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $476,000 Entries: 476 ‘utreg’ - $44,074 (Bounties) $36,778 (Prize) ‘22ehnutzz’ - $6,226 (Bounties) $36,778 (Prize) ‘lildani9’ - $2,578 (Bounties) $23,155 (Prize) Event #100 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Final Freeze Prizepool: $650,000 Entries: 130 ‘gusmaa’ - $142,470 ‘papan9_p$’ - $110,385 ‘kenny05’ - $85,525 Event #101 (High) $1,050 PLO 6-Max Prizepool: $253,000 Entries: 253 ‘beastinhngry’ - $48,886 ‘Grekzorba’ - $36,345 ‘phounderAA’ - $27,021 Event #102 (High) $1,050 NLE 7-Max Hyper-Turbo PKO Prizepool: $375,868 Entries: 370 ‘lelijk22’ - $15,071 (Bounties) $33,927 (Prize) ‘Olegent’ - $10,508 (Bounties) $33,926 (Prize) ‘!Mp!yavv’ - $19,267 (Bounties) $19,802 (Prize)
  6. Current worldwide #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski and UK high roller Talal Shakerchi were among the high-profile winners in the latest batch of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker events. In Dzivielevski's case, he did it twice. In what was a dramatic first win of the week, representing Dzivielevski’s sixth career WCOOP title, the Brazilian got the better of an online poker legend in the form of Dutch master Lex Veldhuis. The $10,300-entry No Limit Hold’em Event #80-H ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max PKO) saw the brilliant Brazilian get the better of Veldhuis to the tune of $265,918 in total prizes. It was a ding-dong battle at the end of an exciting final table, with other big names to fall late including Teun Mulder (9th for $40,126), former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth (8th for $56,705), Niklas Astedt (6th for $35,081), and Christian Rudolph (3rd for $83,866). The result might have been tough for Veldhuis to take, but the money wasn’t, with the Dutch destroyer recording his biggest ever online result in multi-table tournaments, taking home a total prize fund (bounties and placement) of $172,793. Veldhuis dominated much of the final table, eliminating many players, but heads-up was one-way traffic until a seismic pre-flop raising war that ended when Veldhuis’ ace-queen couldn’t get there against Dzivielevski’s ace-king. After the event, Dzivielevski shared news of his win online as he celebrated on Twitter. https://twitter.com/YuriNerdguy/status/1436781189029892097 It was only a few events later that Dzivielevski made it two wins and this time, it was against a fellow countryman in Pedro Garagnani. Event #88-H ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO) saw Dzivielevski triumph for a top prize of $83,249 as he topped the 190 entries to reign supreme. Elsewhere in the event, as well as Garagnani (2nd for $35,593) and Bruno ‘great dant’ Volkmann (3rd for $36,596), there were cashes for players such as Veldhuis (22nd for $4,562), Chris Oliver (6th for $11,848), and Talal Shakerchi (5th for $14,502). https://twitter.com/YuriNerdguy/status/1436852918536318977 Shakerchi would get some revenge on the high roller set when he took down Event #86-H ($1,050 NL08 6-Max) for $36,101 of the $181,000 prize pool. Heads-up, Shakerchi got the better of ‘1bloodflood’ who won $27,288 and also outlasted ‘FONBET_RULIT’ who finished third for $20,627. There were dozens of WCOOP winners in low and medium events, with the following players winning titles: ‘I_RaisyDaizy_I’ (Event #84-L), ‘Regis R69’ (Event #84-M), ‘tchozen666’ (Event #85-L), ‘Klyukvenniy’ (Event #85-M), ‘tratata44’ (Event #86-L), ‘dLaNiii’ (Event #86-M), ‘Capirov’ (Event #87-L), ‘sprint9410’ (Event #87-M), ‘Loke3011’ (Event #88-L), ‘ich_b1n_du’ (Event #88-M), ‘PhilKin9216’ (Event #89-L), ‘Mikel Unanue’ (Event #89-M), ‘Garos27’ (Event #90-L), ‘soulmekki’ (Event #90-M), ‘gjwanke’ (Event #93-L), ‘pacyff80’ (Event #93-M), ‘Valeron12344’ (Event #96-L), ‘sweetmike79’ (Event #96-M). High Event Winners: Event #80 (High) $10,300 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $1,060,000 Entries: 106 ‘theNERDguy’ - $157,968 (Bounties) $107,949 ‘L. Veldhuis’ - $64,843 (Bounties) $107,948 ‘WATnlos’ - $11,875 (Bounties) $71,991 Event #84 (High) $1,050 NLHE Deep Stack Freezeout Prizepool: $253,000 Entries: 253 ‘Leqenden’ - $48,648 ‘NeedBeat’ - $36,893 ‘XxJoaoFeraX’ - $27,978 Event #85 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $622,000 Entries: 311 ‘$()meb()dY’ - $58,546 (Bounties) $51,199 (Prize) ‘t4t0PAGAU’ - $22,531 (Bounties) $51,198 (Prize) ‘gnetaren’ - $3,687 (Bounties) $32,926 (Prize) Event #86 (High) $1,050 NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $181,000 Entries: 181 ‘raidalot’ - $36,101 ‘1bloodflood’ - $27,288 ‘FONBET_RULIT’ - $20,627 Event #87 (High) $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Turbo Prizepool: $318,000 Entries: 318 ‘tinnoemulder’ - 59,582 ‘SELOUAN1991’ - $43,380 ‘Lackoo87gcb’ - $31,585 Event #88 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: $380,000 Entries: 190 ‘theNERDguy’ - $49,781 (Bounties) $33,468 (Prize) ‘pvigar’ - $2,125 (Bounties) $33,468 (Prize) ‘great dant’ - $13,906 (Bounties) $22,690 Event #89 (High) $530 NLHE Prizepool: $658,500 Entries: 1,317 ‘DaniC19941893’ - $102,828 ‘moneyhowie’ - $74,649 ‘pabritz’ - $54,192 Event #90 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $1,226,000 Entries: 613 ‘Perrymejsen’ - $111,914 (Bounties) $92,596 (Prize) ‘0Human0’ $14,062 (Bounties) $92,595 (Prize) ‘gusmaa’ - $24,632 (Bounties) $57,150 (Prize) Event #93 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: $682,000 Entries: 682 ‘josef_shvejk’ - $71,320 (Bounties) $52,553 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $16,855 (Bounties) $52,553 (Prize) ‘TheGrinderØ’ - $11,890 (Bounties) $29,803 (Prize) Event #96 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $324,000 Entries: 324 ‘hellzito’ - $60,213 ‘Pimmss’ - $45,426 ‘peceli’ - $34,271
  7. The latest raft of PokerStars 2021 World Championship of Online Poker events featured a host of high-profile online pros take home titles as Finland's Samuel "€urop€an' Vousden joined Team PokerStars Pros Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg and Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot in claiming victories. The action was terrific across the board in Low, Medium, and High events the past few days on the PokerStars felt, not least in Event 73-H ($1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO), where 629 entries created a massive $629,000 prize pool, the biggest prize from which was won by recent WSOP gold bracelet winner ‘€urop€an’ - a.k.a. Finnish poker legend Samuel Vousden. Vousden has over $9.7 million in career online winnings and has ranked as high as #3 in the world as recently as 2018. A regular in events such as GGPoker’s weekly $10,000 buy-in Super MILLION$, where Vousden finished as runner-up last week, there is sure to be more massive results to come from one of the most consistent performers in online poker. Elsewhere in the event, Russian player ‘CrazyLissy’ finished in third place, while other behemoths of the high roller circuit, Niklas Astedt (14th for a total prize of $4,688) and Diego Ventura, (21st for $3,997) also made the money. In Event #75-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max Midweek Freeze), Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot took the WCOOP title after outlasting 90 other players to grab over 20% of the $455,000 prize pool for a top prize worth $108,729. Getting the better of Ramiro ‘ramastar88’ Petrone heads-up, Talbot also made it past players such as ‘CrazyLissy’ and former #1-ranked Chris Oliver, both of whom narrowly missed the money, as well as Patrick Leonard ($23,162) and Fabiano Kovalski ($17,900), both of made profit. Talbot’s first victory as a Team PokerStars Pro comes a year after his first WCOOP win. Finally, Ben Spragg celebrated his recent marriage to fellow Twitch legend Marle...Spragg with yet another title in Event #83-H, the $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout. With a healthy prize pool of $343,000. ‘Spraggy’ broadcast the victory on his Twitch channel as he edged out Hungary's top-ranked pro ‘Wildace_hun’ heads-up, with players such as the aforementioned Patrick Leonard along with Brazilians Kovalski and Pedro Padilha all making it through the money bubble to claim bounties and a place prize. Here’s how Spraggy announced the news to his thousands of Twitter followers. https://twitter.com/spraggy/status/1436144486271365124 In low and medium events, there were plenty of big names buried among the first-time winners, as well as one player, ‘Fisherman FV’ taking home two titles. Winning WCOOPs were the following players: ‘Lystig’ (Event#67-L), ‘tubatalevski’ (Event#67-M), ‘anelka79’ (Event#68-L), ‘Fisherman FV’ (Event#68-M), ‘S.GabrielR’ (Event#69-L), ‘2outerjames’ (Event#69-M), ‘omaha4lol’s’ (Event#70-L), ‘Supermassa1’ (Event#70-M), ‘Popiedejopie’ (Event#71-L), ‘sousinha23’ (Event#71-M), ‘Mulatin181’ (Event#72-L), ‘Fisherman FV’ (Event#72-M), ‘SAFADA1’ (Event#73-L), ‘atredezini’ (Event#73-M), ‘PippoHDX’ (Event#74-L), ‘Scarmak3r’ (Event#74-M), ‘MAIRONFO’ (Event#75-L), ‘SmilleThHero’ (Event#75-M), ‘borygo’ (Event#76-L), ‘thomber26’ (Event#76-M), ‘DonDwan’ (Event#77-L), ‘yagrebulave’ (Event#77-M), ‘marcelr0x’ (Event#79-L), ‘DonVIPoker’ (Event#79-M), ‘phlowzen’ (Event#82-L), ‘Giant_Santos’ (Event#82-M), ‘JefersonBonfim’ (Event#83-L) and ‘boss_bobo’ (Event#83-M). High Event Results: Event #67 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $874,000 Entries: 874 ‘elliottpet’ - $64,116 (Bounties) $63,655 (Prize) ‘Fukuruku’ - $5,921 (Bounties) $63,654 (Prize) ‘iLcAmello’ - $14,375 (Bounties) $39,512 (Prize) Event #68 (High) $530 Mixed NLHE/PLO 6-Max Prizepool: $161,000 Entries: 322 ‘mrAndreeew’ - $30,166 ‘wizowizo’ - $21,963 ‘beastishngry’ - $15,991 Event #69 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max Prizepool: $389,500 Entries: 779 ‘FutureofMe’ - $68,766 ‘Luciano S.H’ - $48,636 ‘SOUFODAMS’ - $33,294 Event #70 (High) $530 PLO8 6-Max Prizepool: $162,500 Entries: 325 ‘Arttyomka’ - $30,447 ‘bedias’ - $22,167 ‘Fabahaba’ - $16,140 Event #71 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday SE Prizepool: $738,000 Entries: 369 ‘gnetaren’ - $134,907 ‘hellzito’ - $101,614 ‘NL_Profit’ - $76,537 Event #72 (High) $1,050 Stud 8-Max Prizepool: $75,000 Entries: 71 ‘YordanPetrov’ - $17,454 ‘mistere3’ - $16,858 ‘guilherme’ - $10,500 Event #73 (High) $1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $629,000 Entries: 629 ‘€urop€an’ - $35,164 (Bounties) $46,248 ‘Sajanas23’ - $24,476 (Bounties) $46,247 ‘CrazyLissy’ - $4,519 (Bounties) $27,267 Event #74 (High) $530 NL 6+ Hold‘em 6-Max Prizepool: $67,500 Entries: 135 ‘kurzatvvarz’ - $14,168 ‘FONBET_RULIT’ - $10,890 ‘RunGodlike’ - $8,370 Event #75 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Midweek Freeze Prizepool: $455,000 Entries: 91 ‘tonkaaaa’ - $108,729 ‘ramastar88’ - $84,027 ‘Camilancefieldg’ - $64,937 Event #76 (High) $2,100 5-Card NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $276,000 Entries: 138 ‘kubapol1990’ - $52,106 ‘bokkie87’ - $50,356 ‘gangstachel9’ - $34,227 Event #77 (High) $1,050 NLHE 4-Max Turbo Prizepool: $295,000 Entries: 295 ‘LordTBird’ - $55,721 ‘kZhh’ - $37,590 ‘luckyfish89’ $25,358 Event #82 (High) $2,100 NLHE 6-Max Prizepool: $422,000 Entries: 211 ‘Lrslzk’ - $82,808 ‘zerodeda’ - $63,576 ‘Zurgok’ - $48,810 Event #83 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $343,000 Entries: 343 ‘Spraggy’ - $37,484 (Bounties) $30,484 (Prize) ‘Wildace_hun’ $13,437 (Bounties) $30,484 (Prize) ‘Killer_ooooo’ $3,203 (Bounties) $17,793 (Prize)
  8. It was another signpost day for Brazilian poker over the past couple of days as two more big PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker wins for Brazilian players Bruno Volkmann and Pablo Brito Silva headlined the action. With a raft of results across the summer of WSOP action, it’s no surprise that Brazil has been well represented at the virtual felt in PokerStars’ flagship online poker festival. The latest winner was Bruno Volkmann, who earned his third WCOOP title in Event #63 (High), the $10,300-entry PKO High Roller for $331,495. Volkmann outlasted a stacked final table featuring some of the world’s best poker players, including German player Christian Rudolph, who finished as runner-up, and Canadian Sam Greenwood, who finished third during a period of play at the conclusion of the event where each man of the three held the lead for separate periods of time. With 123 entries overall and a $1.2 million prize pool, one of the biggest WCOOP events of the series saw players such as Talal Shakerchi, Adrian Mateos and Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski reach the final table as Volkmann rode out the rollercoaster of ffinal table play to claim a memorable victory. WCOOP Event #63 ($10,300-entry PKO High Roller) Final Table Results Bruno Volkmann - $331,495 Christian Rudolph - $203,683 Sam Greenwood Canada $112,483 Arsenii 'hello_totti' Malinov - $81,446 Talal Shakerchi - $71,077 Patrick Brooks - $53,262 Wiktor Malinowski - $48,536 Alexandros Theologis - $25,093 Adrian Mateos - $37,277 [caption id="attachment_636140" align="aligncenter" width="635"] Pablo Brito Silva won a WCOOP after taking down a Deep Stack event on PokerStars[/caption] It was Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva, who won another Brazilian WCOOP title as he took down the 55th event of WCOOP 2021, the $2,100 NLHE Deep Stack for $62,901. Brita outlasted another great field, with 156 entries contributing to a $312,000 prize pool, including legends of the felt such as Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira, and Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard, all of whom made the money. In low and medium events, there were plenty more big winners, including Chris Moorman, who claimed a medium WCOOP win to add to his already stellar reputation. In the events between Sunday and Tuesday, ‘danielskruks’ (Event #55-L), ‘Silden4filho’ (Event #55-M), ‘YELLAMAN50’ (Event #56-L), ‘smmathi’ (Event #56-M), ‘hit-shev’ (Event #57-L), ‘persh600’ (Event #57-M), ‘maaitee’ (Event #58-L), ‘Gerkyha’ (Event #58-M), ‘mirka2007’ (Event #59-L), Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman (Event #59-M), ‘tangananator’ (Event #60-L), ‘Pablos701’ (Event #60-M), ‘Garf GFGF’ (Event #61-L), ‘karach0909’ (Event #61-M), ‘MagnatG’ (Event #62-L), ‘SSSMBRFC2/C’ (Event #62-M), ‘ZORG’ (Event #64-L), ‘Kraskata85’ (Event #64-M), ‘Taufner 22’ (Event #65-L), ‘blakerr’ (Event #65-M), ‘Paradise_a1’ (Event #66-L), ‘Pippooo28’ (Event #66-M) all took down WCOOP titles. High Event Results: Event #55 (High) $2,100 NLHE Deep Stack Prizepool: $312,000 Entries: 156 ‘pabritz’ - $62,901 ‘probirs’ - $48,970 ‘bar-bar9999’ - $38,124 Event #56 (High) $1,050 PLO 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $266,000 Entries: 266 ‘vincientvega’ - $28,417 (Bounties) $22,102 (Prize) ‘MikeDannnn’ - $6,992 (Bounties) $22,102 (Prize) ‘IneedMassari’ $10,832 (Bounties) $13,948 (Prize) Event #57 (High) $530 NLHE 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $589,000 Entries: 1,178 ‘Graftekkel’ - $37,117 (Bounties) $39,803 (Prize) ‘tua133’ - $8,873 (Bounties) $39,802 (Prize) ‘Virgilik’ $6,478 (Bounties) $23,024 (Prize) Event #58 (High) $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw Prizepool: $46,000 Entries: 46 ‘Premove’ - $18,048 ‘calvin7v’ - $11,820 ‘Chilliolini’ - $7,741 Event #59 (High) $1,050 NLHE 4-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: $273,000 Entries: 273 ‘Naza114’ $19,595 (Bounties) $21,742 (Prize) ‘zerodeda’ $13,095 (Bounties) $21,742 (Prize) ‘daltonhb’ $8,757 (Bounties) $11,603 (Prize) Event #60 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Prizepool: $344,000 Entries: 172 ‘RPILON’ - $69,352 ‘ludako123’ - $53,992 ‘SsicK_OnE’ - $42,034 Event #61 (High) $530 NLHE PKO Prizepool: $577,000 Entries: 1,154 ‘Lackoo87gcb’ - $34,265 (Bounties) $39,719 (Prize) ‘AlexGelinski’ - $13,675 (Bounties) $39,718 (Prize) ‘Totocasalini69’ - $6,908 (Bounties) $24,261 (Prize) Event #62 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm Up Prizepool: $692,000 Entries: 346 ‘tohazz’ - $128,604 ‘Kohlrabi7’ - $97,022 ‘cocojamb0’ $73,196 Event #63 (High) $10,300 8-Max PKO High Roller Prizepool: $1,230,000 Entries: 123 ‘great dant’ - $211,875 (Bounties) $119,620 ‘WATnlos’ - $84,062 (Bounties) $119,620 ‘Str8$$$Homey’ - $31,562 (Bounties) $80,920 (Prize) Event #64 (High) $5,200 PLO 6-Max Prizepool: $525,000 Entries: 105 ‘jedimaster82’ - $125,457 ‘dantegoyaF’ - $96,320 ‘3DTemujiN’ - $73,950 Event #65 (High) $2,100 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $404,000 Entries: 202 ‘CPUrul0r’ - $79,276 ‘MAMOHT_T’ - $60,864 ‘Bomber&Granater’ - $46,728 Event #66 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $525,500 Entries: 1,051 ‘HITRII999’ - $26,810 (Bounties) $36,093 (Prize) ‘Machadad RS’ - $13,050 (Bounties) $36,092 (Prize) ‘’lasagnaaammm’ $10,259 (Bounties) $20,465 (Prize)
  9. There were literally dozens of winners who claimed big money over the past few days as the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker entered September in style. With big winners in the high-ticket events, combined with even more winners at low and medium levels, the latest round of WCOOP events threw some top-quality poker at fans around the world. In Event #42-H, the $5,200 NLHE Championship, Elliott Peterman won the top prize of $146,932 and in doing so, claimed his first-ever WCOOP title. With a modest amount of overlay, it was Peterman who took maximum advantage, getting the better of a stacked final table. There were 136 total entries in the event, including players like former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth (9th for $20,153), Anatoly Filatov (8th for $24,481), and Russian player ‘CrazyLissy’ (6th for $40,851) all of whom busted in the early levels of the final table. Heading into the business end of the event, some multiple winners of WCOOPs past were waiting to battle with Peterman in the shape of Sam ‘Str8$$$Homey’ Greenwood and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich to name just two. As it happened, both men would miss out on heads-up, but the competition was no less intense for the eventual winner, with Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic unlucky to bust in second place for $113,745. There was another big winner in a $5,200-entry event in Event #53-H, the $5,200 6-Max Turbo High Roller, as British pro Simon Higgins, a.k.a. ‘simon1471’, took the WCOOP title for $127,846. Higgins had to see off 106 opponents in the event, with players such as Greenwood, Conor Beresford, Ami Barer, Fabiano Kovalski, Joao Vieira, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Oliver, Lex Veldhuis, and former #1 Niklas Astedt all heading to the rail outside the 11 money places. Patrick Leonard snuck into the money in 10th place for $15,433, while Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson finished in 6th place for $34,104. At the top end of the payouts, Higgins may have taken the top prize, but ‘mnstrkll’ ran all the way to second place for $98,155, with ‘Tomatee’ winning $75,369. Elsewhere, the Team PokerStars players had a great day at the felt playing Badugi. No less than four of the Red Spade team scored, with Georgina ‘GJReggie’ James, Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg, Tom ‘MajinBoob’ Hayward, and Mason ‘Pye_Face21’ Pye all making the money. The end of the week saw plenty of winners at low and medium levels, with ‘raiseeeeeeeeeee’ (Event #43-L), ‘FabioC.p.br’ (Event #43-M), ‘Dziubinko’ (Event #44-L), ‘Tudlenudle’ (Event #44-M), ‘olibullrider’ (Event #45-L), ‘Nelepo10’ (Event #45-M), ‘The TJS’ (Event #46-L), ‘jp_legacy’ (Event #46-M), ‘Extra-Lost’ (Event #47-L), ‘LaliTournier’ (Event #47-M), ‘Sick-Bluff’ (Event #48-L), ‘pucho2100’ (Event #48-M), ‘torsilov’ (Event #50-L), ‘RunGodlike’ (Event #50-M), ‘Ostlyngen193’ (Event #53-L), ‘Sw33ney’ (Event #53-M), ‘Twiggie1990’ (Event #54-L), ‘n1ceAK’ (Event #54-M) all winning WCOOP titles they’ll treasure for a long time. High Event Results: Event #42 (High) $5,200 NLHE Prizepool: $700,000 Entries: 136 1. 'elliottpet' - $146,931 2. 'SmilleThHero - $113,744 3. Str8$$$$Homey - $88,053.91 Event #43 (High) $2,100 PLO8 6-Max Prizepool: $266,000 Entries: 133 ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ - $55,834 ‘shhharp’ - $42,916 ‘BodogAri’ - $32,987 Event #44 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $464,500 Entries: 929 ‘joker180785’ - $35,556 (Bounties) $32,993 (Prize) ‘offQbert45’ - $4,873 (Bounties) $32,993 (Prize) ‘rafitia’ - $6,015 (Bounties) $18,707 (Prize) Event #45 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: 833,000 Entries: 833 ‘Ebaaa11’ - $70,640 (Bounties) $60,669 (Prize) ‘Dannyz0r’ - $8,167 (Bounties) $60,668 (Prize) ‘MAMOHT_T’ - $2,148 (Bounties) $37,659 (Prize) Event #46 (High) $1,050 FL Badugi 6-Max Prizepool: $53,000 Entries: 53 1. ‘Camilancefieldg’ - $18,632 2. ‘donthnrmepls’ - $12,340 3. ‘Muka82’ - $8,173 Event #48 (High) $530 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $250,000 Entries: 494 ‘davideriksso’ - $44,358 ‘marthijn_own’ - $31,683 ‘FutureofMe’ - $22,630 Event #50 (High) $530 NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $142,000 Entries: 284 ‘vincelis’ - $27,104 ‘PIPON777’ - $20,090 ‘mnstrkll’ - $14,892 Event #53 (High) $5,200 6-Max Turbo High Roller Prizepool: $535,000 Entries: 107 ‘simon1471’ - $127,846 ‘mnstrkll’ - $98,155 ‘Tomatee’ - $75,359 Event #54 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $320,000 Entries: 320 ‘drogba060193’ - $44,386 (Bounties) $26,340 (Prize) ‘karimmae’ - $7,593 (Bounties) $26,340 (Prize) ‘oriente1’ - $7,964 (Bounties) $16,939 (Prize)
  10. The latest round of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker titles have been won and there were some big names among those taking the top prizes. Polish poker legend Dzmitry Urbanovich, All-Time Online Money List leader Joao Vieira, and former Sunday Million winner Mantas ‘bagoch’ Bagočius all took home titles while notable pros Patrick Leonard, Parker Talbot, and former #1-ranked Chris Oliver all coming close. The biggest event on the WCOOP calendar over the last couple of days was easily the $25,000-entry Super High Roller, which was won by Hungarian player ‘kZhh’ after a thrilling final table saw players such as Justin Bonomo and Adrian Mateos both missed out. It’s worth looking back at this unique event in isolation, so here is how the final nine finished: WCOOP Event #34-H $25,000 Super High Roller: ‘kZhh’ (Hungary) - $657,557 Chris Oliver (U.S.A.) - $509,470 ‘spaise411’ (Russia) - $394,733 Adrian Mateos (Spain) - $305,835 Fabiano Kovalski (Brazil) - $236,959 Justin Bonomo (U.S.A.) $183,593 ‘CrazyLissy’ (Russia) - $142,247 Pedro Padilha (Brazil) - $110,211 ‘Sintoras’ (Germany) - $87,327 Chris Oliver came mighty close to winning that title but lost out heads-up to the first-time winner from Hungary, ‘kZhh’, who also took down the 2021 PokerStars SCOOP Main Event for over $878,000. Oliver, a former worldwide #1-ranked online player who took down the WCOOP $1k PKO Event back in 2019, will have been disappointed not to get over the line, but he was in great company in doing so. Adrian Mateos can claim to have had it harder than most, although it’s only down to his own skill that the Spaniard might have found the final table tougher than the others, as he was also playing the WSOP $25,000-entry event on the same day. Polish superstar Dzmitry Urbanovich claimed his latest major title under his online pseudonym ‘Colisea’ as he bagged Event #32-H ($1,050 NLHE) for a top prize of $77,614. Pipping last year's WSOP Main Event winner Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas to the title, Urbanovich, the former partypoker pro who left his pro team back in June, also outlasted ‘Piggysnipz’, who came in third for $43,587. Urbanovich has enjoyed a hugely successful last few years, and while he is known as a top professional in the live arena, this latest online victory will have reminded players and fans of just how good he is no matter where he shuffles up. In Event 33-H ($530 8-Max PKO Freezeout), Manuel ‘fellatiado’ Ruivo took the title, winning $30,528 in bounties and the $44,791 top prize, edging out ‘Mr.LuckyMan88’ (second for over $57,00 in total) and 'gabsdrogba’, who banked over - $38,000 for reaching the podium. Plenty of other events took place over Monday and Tuesday, with Event #35-H ($2,100 5-Card PLO 6-Max) won by ‘cmontopdeck’ for $62,020, beating Richard 'raconteur' Gryko into second place for $47,206. Gryko, who won $107,761 for another WCOOP runner-up result in September last year, will be distraught to have taken silver yet again. Elsewhere, former Sunday Million winner Mantas ‘bagoch’ Bagočius won Event #38-H ($2,100 6-Max PKO) to grab over $125,000, a massive proportion of the $646,000 prize pool spread out over 323 entries. This win may not quite have reached the heights of that $168,883 Sunday Million win back in 2015, but it was another major event. Few players being able to claim they have won both a WCOOP and the ‘Milly’. The Sunday Million winner this week was also the WCOOP Event #34-H winner, of course, with ‘MrHyde97’ winning the $245,066 top prize, edging out ‘THE MOVER 92’ heads-up. In the other high events, Parker Talbot won $12,880 in Event #39-H ($1,050 Razz 8-Max), falling just short of the title in third place. Event #40-H ($1,050 7-Max Freezeout) saw Joao Vieira claim yet another massive win as he outlasted ‘WhatIfGod’ to win the $64,680 top prize, with ‘ThePateychuk’ coming in third. Finally, in Event #41-H ($2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 6-Max) it was the turn of ‘Assad91’ to get the better of all their opponents, with the top prize of $36,819 claimed by the Argentinian. It was a British duo who made the other two places on the podium as Luke Schwartz won $23,531 in second place and Patrick Leonard came third for $15,038. In low and medium events, there were wins for ‘stepibakins’ (Event #33-L), ‘Baca4b’ (Event #33-M), ‘Perrymejsen’ (Event #34-M), ‘anti-durrr’ (Event #35-L), ‘shrekpoker91’ (Event #35-M), ‘Durabo’ (Event #36-L), ‘$uperdecay’ (Event #36-M), ‘anth0nypappa’ (Event #37-L), ‘0PIGGYBANK’ (Event #37-M), ‘Gladi3’ (Event #38-L), ‘piton4479’ (Event #38-M), ‘DoePopoe’ (Event #39-L), ‘Jindujun0805’ (Event #39-M), ‘Hackysack27’ (Event #40-L), ‘PPthegod90’ (Event #40-M), ‘Mattuttes’ (Event #41-L) and ‘vpisjak’ (Event #41-M). High Events: Event #32 (High) $1,050 NLHE Prizepool: $431,000 Entries: 431 ‘Colisea’ - $77,614 ‘pampa27’ - $58,163 ‘Piggysnipz’ - $43,587 Event #33 (High) $530 8-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: 678,500 Entries: 1,357 ‘fellatiado’ - $30,528 (Bounties) $44,791 (Prize) ‘Mr.LuckyMan88’ - $13,758 (Bounties) $44,790 (Prize) ‘gabsdrogba - $11,707 (Bounties) $26,600 (Prize) Event #34 (High) $25,000 NLHE 8-Max Super High Roller Prize pool: $3,000,000 Entries: 16 ‘kZhh’ - $657,557 ‘ImDaNuts’ - $509,469 ‘spaise411’ - $394,732 Event #35 (High) $2,100 5-Card PLO 6-Max Prize pool: $306,000 Entries: 153 ‘cmontopdeck’ - $62,020 ‘raconteur’ - $47,206 ‘jokkee_apart’ - $35,930 Event #38 (High) $2,100 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $646,000 Entries: 323 ‘bagoch’ - $73,593 (Bounties) $52,291 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $12,421 (Bounties) $52,291 (Prize) ‘$()meb()dY’ - $9,718 (Bounties) $32,081 (Prize) Event #39 (High) $1,050 Razz 8-Max Prizepool: $92,000 Entries: 92 ‘_sennj_’ - $25,070 ‘Daenarys T’ - $17,020 ‘tonkaaaa’ - $12,880 Event #40 (High) $1,050 7-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $308,000 Entries: 308 ‘Naza114’ - $64,680 ‘WhatIfGod’ - $46,200 ‘ThePateychuk’ - $32,340 Event #41 (High) $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 6-Max Prizepool: $85,000 Entries: 40 ‘Assad91’ - $36,819 ‘Ib6121’ - $23,531 ‘pads1161’ - $15,038
  11. The weekend’s 2021 World Championship of Online Poker events saw some of online poker's most notable names score big as the latest High events in the PokerStars online series took place. There were wins for players including South American poker crusher Diego Ventura, British high roller Talal Shakerchi, and Finnish online legend Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna, who moved into the top four of all-time WCOOP title winners. Plus, a near miss for long-time grinder, and author, Dara ‘Doke’ O’Kearney. The High events saw some of the biggest action of the weekend, with Event #26-H ($530 NLHE Deep Stack Freezeout) seeing Finnish player ‘mahmutt88’ taking the title and $53,840 top prize. It was Bulgarian player ‘Stoqnov303’ who finished second, beaten heads-up to take the $40,145 runner-up prize, with Canadian ‘Camilancefieldg’ claiming $29,934 for a podium finish. Brazilian player Pedro Garagnani, a recent big winner himself online, came fifth for $16,643. Dara ‘SlowDoke’ O’Kearney came fourth for $22,320 after qualifying for the tournament via a satellite, not a surprise for someone who has published a bestselling poker book on the subject, 2019’s Poker Satellite Strategy. https://twitter.com/daraokearney/status/1432196534746206216 As he told us after his weekend win, O’Kearney follows strict self-discipline on entering events of this level, despite his enormous success at the online felt. “I'm following conservative bankroll management these days with all the big series online, so for WCOOP anything above $215 I only play if I satellite in.” This stringent strategy led to a massive return on O’Kearney’s investment on Sunday. “I got into [the event] through the last deadline satellite - pro tip, those are always the softest. To be honest, I remember very little about Day 1 other than being pleasantly surprised that I got through with a decent stack as I was 12-tabling. For Day 2, I kept down to six tables to give it more focus which meant I even ended up skipping my favourite Sunday MTT, the Supernova on Unibet.” Day 2 was inevitably a tough field, as some of the best poker players around got down to the business end of bringing their A-games to battle for big money. “The field got noticeably tougher as it thinned out,” agrees O’Kearney. “I remember deciding I had to take thin edges given how tough the remaining field was. The first one I took, four-bet shoving ace-five suited on the final table bubble paid off, as I got there against pocket jacks. The bust-out was a similar spot, barely profitable, but this time my pocket deuces didn’t get there against pocket tens, but I have no regrets.” One of the biggest winners over the weekend was Peru’s finest poker player - at least in terms of live results - Diego Ventura. The Peruvian poker professional won Event #28-H ($1,050 8-Max PKO) for a total of $113,488 as the massive prize pool of $810,000 was shared out between just 103 players of the 810 entries. The top two chopped bar a dollar for the win, but Ventura’s incredible bounty total meant he won a lot more than ‘Spotzilla666’ in second place ($20,642 in bounties and a $58,993 runner-up prize) and ‘GamadGADOL’ ($7,273 in bounties and $36,619 for their third-place finish. Elsewhere in the event, five Brazilians cashed in the top 18 players, another amazing South American showing in a series that has been dominated by players from the continent. Event #27-H ($1,050 5-Card PLO8 6-Max) saw ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ win yet another WCOOP title for $32,834, with Lithuania’s ‘vincelis’ (2nd for $24,991) and Russian ‘recusant_89’ (3rd for $19,021) both coming close. Elsewhere in the event, recent PokerStars Team Pro addition Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot sneaked into the money in 18th place for $2,386. The event saw Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer miss out on the money by bubbling the event, having claimed the Event #21-M WCOOP title just last week. Event #29-H ($2,100 8-Game 6-Max) saw the incredible ‘calvin7v’ from Finland, a.k.a. Jussi Nevanlinna, win his fifth WCOOP title, putting him fourth on the list of all-time multiple WCOOP winners. The champion took the top prize of $40,486 from a prize pool of $150,000, with 68 yielding just nine paid places. ‘Fresh_oO_D’ came second for $30,264, with ‘spaise411’ finishing third for $22,623, while Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira snuck into the money by finishing ninth for $5,280. One of the biggest winners of the weekend was British player Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi, the high roller regular taking his second WCOOP title after winning Event #45 of the 2020 WCOOP series. Shakerchi, who won a SCOOP title way back in 2016 too, bossed Event #37-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO High Roller) for a top prize of $124,687 including bounties and place prizes combined. With a whopping $580,000 prize pool and 116 entries, ‘WushuTM’ won $42,187 in bounties and $56,406 as a place prize for coming second, with current #1-ranked Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Dzivielevski amassing over $55,000 in total winnings by finishing third. In the Event #30-H ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo) tournament, ‘WizardOffAz’ won the $63,304 top prize, with ‘Graftekkel’ (2nd for $49,284) and ‘YacuTTi’ (3rd for $38,369) both falling just short. With a massive $314,000 in the prize pool, 157 entries saw just 20 players cash with Sam ‘SamSquid’ Grafton (19th for $4,267) among them. Event #31-H ($1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO) saw 382 players topped by ‘_m0ney2_89’, who lived up to their name to win over $78,000 in prizes, while Event #36-H ($1,050 8-Max PKO Freezeout) saw $457,000 in the prize pool claimed by some great players, with the winner, ‘Piggysnipz’ winning over $74,000 and the title. The weekend welcomed plenty of winners in low and medium events. WCOOP winners in those value events included ‘JohnnieD47’ (Event #26-L), ‘Venulaband’ (Event #26-M), ‘Maverick250’ (Event #27-L), ‘IExPlayI’ (Event #27-M), ‘iveydoagrest’ (Event #28-L), ‘makemevision’ (Event #28-M), ‘lukaschek.1’ (Event #29-L), ‘Loveles5’ (Event #29-M), ‘fiorikopke69’ (Event #30-L), ‘Manu8866’ (Event #30-M), ‘lucksomuch77’ (Event #31-L), ‘karbovski’ (Event #31-M), ‘Durabo’ (Event #36-L), $uperdecay (Event #36-M), ‘anth0nypappa’ (Event #37-L) and ‘“0PIGGYBANK”’ (Event #37-M). High Event Winners: Event #26 (High) $530 NLHE Deep Stack Freezout Prize pool $305,000 Entries: 610 ‘mahmuttt88’ - $53,840 ‘Stoqnov303’ - $40,145 ‘Camilancefieldg’ $29,934 Event #27 (High) $1,050 5-Card PLO8 6-Max Prize pool: $162,000 Entries: 162 ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ - $32,834 ‘vincelis’ - $24,991 ‘recusant_89’ - $19,021 Event #28 (High) $1,050 8-Max PKO Prize pool: $810,000 Entries: 810 ‘Die_Ventura’ - $54,494 (Bounties) $58,994 (Prize) ‘Spotzilla666’ - $20,642 (Bounties) $58,993 (Prize) ‘GamadGADOL’ $7,273 (Bounties) $36,619 (Prize) Event #29 (High) $2,100 8-Game 6-Max Prize pool: $150,000 Entries: 68 ‘calvin7v’ - $40,486 ‘Fresh_oO_D’ - $30,264 ‘spaise411’ - 22,623 Event #30 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Prize pool: $314,000 Entries: 157 ‘WizardOffAz’ - $63,304 ‘Graftekkel’ - $49,284 ‘YacuTTi’ - $38,369 Event #31 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: 382,000 Entries: 382 ‘_m0ney2_89’ - $45,207 (Bounties) $33,950 (Prize) ‘zerodeda’ - $6,218 (Bounties) $33,950 (Prize) ‘pistecaloze’ $250 (Bounties) $19,816 (Prize) Event #36 (High) $1,050 8-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: 457,000 Entries: 457 ‘Piggysnipz’ $38,648 (Bounties) $35,700 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $22,085 (Bounties) $35,699 (Prize) ‘Proudflop’ - $22,626 (Prize only) Event #37 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO High Roller Prize pool: $580,000 Entries: 116 ‘raidalot’ - $68,281 (Bounties) $56,406 (Prize) ‘WushuTM’ $42,187 (Bounties) $56,406 (Prize) ‘theNERDguy’ $16,093 (Bounties) $38,157 (Prize)
  12. The latest PokerStars 2021 World Championship of Online Poker events have paid out some huge prizes as big names have again hoovered up some titles to add to their poker resumés. Winners across Wednesday and Thursday included the German high roller Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph, who took down the High Event #24 for $71,404, former #2-ranked pro Ivan Zufic, and longtime Belgian grinder Thomas 'MarToMchat' Boivin. Rudolph, who has previously won two High Roller tournaments in one day, as we previously reported, saw off some top-quality opposition to seal an impressive victory. In what was an exciting final table in an event with 179 entries at $2,100, Rudolph saw off the challenge of Swedish player ‘fkiw’ and ‘luckyluck653’ in the podium places, with two Brazilians also making the final table. The massive prize pool of $358,000 saw Rudolph win the biggest prize, but the Brazilian contingent was an indication of what was to come over days ahead, as once again, South American players continued to fly high during what has been a spectacular summer for online poker in the continent. It was a big couple of days for Brazilian players specifically, with half a dozen more victories in low and medium events in a series that has seen the Brazilian poker game thrive, just as it is in World Series of Poker events too. In other events, Swiss player Dinesh Alt took down the $530-entry Event #12 (High) by beating former SCOOP Main Event winner ‘Alexgirs’ heads-up for the $37,306 in bounties and the $37,290 top prize. Other players at the final table included Fintan ‘easywithaces’ Hand, who finished seventh for over $8,300 in total. In other high events, ‘MarToMchat’ outlasted a field of 271 players to win Event #17 (High) for a whopping $130,500.00. Climbing the ranks of PocketFives, ‘MarToMchat’ is racing into the top 250 players in the world at the time of writing and is currently the best Belgian poker player online. Chris ‘ImDaNuts’ Oliver finished seventh for $18,000. Austria-based ‘stojamanu’ won Event #18 for $58,458 against Joao Vieira a.k.a. ‘Naza114’ who came second for $42,562, with ‘Andre_Hansen’ from Ukraine coming in third for $30,989. Event #19 was won by Croatia’s former world online poker #2 ranked player, Ivan 'zufo16' Zufic. Zufic won it for $62,438, with Malta-based ‘WhaTisL0v3’ winning $46,541 and another Brazilian, ‘edercampana’ winning $34,691 for finishing third. Joao Vieira came in seventh for $10,709. Event #21-H was won by British-based player ‘1b6121’ for $22,850, with fellow Brit and well-known super high roller regular Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi coming third for $10,024. Finally, Event #25 saw ‘KennedyPK97’ beat 667 players to win the top prize of $24,588. Tuesday and Wednesday saw plenty of big winners at medium and low stakes too, with ‘Bib5300’ (Event 12-L), ‘edercampana’ (Event #12-M), ‘danieldl7’ (Event #17-L), diego07791 (Event 17-M), ‘zemachess’ (18-L in an event where Britain’s Billy Chattaway finished sixth), ‘ego_E_d_G_e_’(Event #18-M), ‘vncdzk1’ (Event #19-L) ‘dx2celt’ (Event #19-M), ‘ibrahim4272’ (Event #20-L), ‘Valaqual’ (Event21-L), Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer (Event #21-M), ‘AlexandreAnd’ (Event #24-L), ‘joaoMathias’ (Event #24-M), ‘martinkom111’ (Event #25-L) ‘petpat123’ (Event #25-M) all winners across the two days. Event #12 (High): $530 PKO Prize pool $265,250 Entries: 1,061 Dinesh ‘bib5300’ Alt - $74,596 ‘Alexgirs’ - $42,128 ‘dans170’’ - $28,272 Event #17 (High): $2,100 NLHE Prize pool $600,000 Entries: 271 MarTomChat $130,500 RPILON $90,000 Kot_Spartac $63,000 Event #18 (High): $530 Rebuy NLHE Prize pool $312,000 Entries 212 1. ‘stojamanu’ - $58,458 2. Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira - $42,562 3. ‘Andre_Hansen’ - $30,989 Event #19 (High): $530 Rebuy NLHE Prizepool $320,170 Entries 634 Ivan 'zufo16' Zufic - $62,438 ‘WhaTisL0v3’ - $46,541 ‘edercampana’ $34,691 Event #21 (High): $1,050 NLHE Prizepool $65,000 Entries 56 ‘1b6121’ - $22,850 ‘200XPoNnieS’ - $15,134. Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi - $10,024. Event #24 (High) $2,100 NLHE Prizepool $358,000 Entries 179 Christian Rudolph - $71,404 ‘fkiw’ - $53,974 ‘luckyluck653’ - $40,799 *All entry totals include re-entries.
  13. The latest World Series of Poker Online event on GGPoker saw big names go close at the final table as Radmir Sadirov topped them all to win his first WSOP bracelet and $169,111. After a thrilling heads-up win against Portuguese player Joao Vieira, Sadirov bagged gold as his opponent missed out on his second piece of WSOP jewelry. Heading into the final table of seven players, it looked like it was the Russian player Sadirov’s title to lose. Sadirov had 258 antes, with a stack of 4.1 million chips, his nearest challenger being Yen-Liang Yao with 82 antes. It was Mukoro Gberevbie who was eliminated first, busting in seventh place for $24,159. Gberevbie called his stack off with [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"] but couldn’t catch Joao Vieira, whose [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jc"] rivered a full house on the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="Js"] board. With just six players remaining, Sam Greenwood lost his stack. The Canadian moved all-In for around 31 antes with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Js"] only to be called by Sadirov with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qh"]. The flop of [poker card="As"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="6s"] gave Sadirov middle set, but Greenwood had a gutshot straight and flush draw. The [poker card="6h"] turn was no good for Greenwood and the [poker card="9d"] river ended the hand in the chip leader’s favor, busting Greenwood in sixth place for $33,413. The final table took 90 minutes in its entirety, and another quick bust-out sent a poker legend home without the bracelet. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event too, busted when he called all-in with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="7c"] after Daniel Dvoress three-bet shoved with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"]. The [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="7h"] flop put Sammartino into the lead, and that stayed the case after the [poker card="8h"] turn. The [poker card="Ad"] river, however, gave Dvoress top pair and that ousted Sammartino in fifth for $46,214. Four players remained, and while Dvoress had done well to eliminate a powerful foe, he couldn’t use that hand to propel a comeback. Shortest in chips, the Italian called all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qs"] after Sadirov’s aggressive shove pre-flop with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Td"]. The board of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="Jh"] saw Dvoress run out of luck as Sadirov hit top pair which was enough to send Sammartino home in fourth place for $63,918. After coming into play second in chips, Taiwanese player Yao busted in third place for $88,404 when his all-in move with [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"] met opposition with Sadirov’s easy call with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"]. The flop of [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"] almost locked up the hand for Sadirov, and Yao’s chances slimmed to a gutshot on the [poker card="As"] turn. Sadly for him, the [poker card="Jc"] river sent play heads up and denied Yao the chance to compete for the title. Sadirov held a lead going into the final duel, but it was not an insurmountable one, with Vieira holding 2.9 million antes against Sadirov’s 5.6 million. Those stacks stayed very similar in the early stages of the battle, and Sadirov only increased his lead shortly afterwards. Vieira, however, doubled up with pocket aces to close the gap to just a few antes to suggest a fightback was on the cards. Sadirov, however, was not going to be denied. Widening the gap a little, he then raised it up with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"] only for Vieira to shove with [poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"]. The [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"] flop gave Vieira a gutshot straight draw, but the [poker card="As"] turn meant an eight and only an eight would do to turn it around. Sadly for the Portuguese player, the [poker card="Qd"] river gave Sadirov a full house and ended the event in the Russian’s favor. In what was an exciting event, 144 entries saw the top 20 places paid, with a $684,000 prize pool meaning Vieira earned $122,270 for his runner-up result. It was the eponymous Sadirov who won the top prize of $169,111 and his first WSOP bracelet in the $5,00-entry Short Deck event. WSOP GGPoker Event #18 $5,000 Short Deck Final Table Results: Radmir ‘KOPOBA’ Sadirov - $169,111 Joao Vieira - $122,270 Yen-Liang ‘yao_poker’ Yao - $88,404 Daniel Dvoress - $63,918 Dario Sammartino - $46,214 Sam Greenwood - $33,413 Mukoro ‘AnonAnomaly’ Gberevbie - $24,159
  14. Andrew Porter won his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet after an exciting final table saw the advocate for poker in Philadelphia seal a memorable victory for $65,525. There were some great players to overcome at the nine-handed final table of Event #8( $1,000 NLHE Championship), but Porter proved top dog and won career-high cash along the way. The final table began with Porter second in chips with over 40 big blinds, but others didn’t have nearly as much freedom. Derek Duckett began play with just six big blinds and that micro stack had dwindled to four big blinds by the time he moved all-in with [poker card="5h"][poker card="5c"]. Duckett was called by the initial raiser in the hand, Levi Espeseth, who had [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"]. The flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="2s"] immediately put Espeseth ahead in the hand, and the [poker card="8c"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river did nothing to change that, sending Duckett home in ninth place for $4,143. The next player to go lasted just three minutes more and this time it was Drew Gonzalez who busted in eighth place for $5,374. Gonzalez committed his 30-big-blind stack with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="7c"] but was in terrible shape against Porter’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qd"]. The flop of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] was a disaster for Gonzalez, and after the [poker card="Jd"] turn, he was drawing dead to the [poker card="Kh"] river. Porter had almost double the chips of his nearest challenger in the form of Espeseth and was in danger of running over the field. That changed when Joshua Rivera moved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"] and was called by ‘nevermuk24’ with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="As"]. Across a board of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="8h"], ‘nevermuk24’ won a pot that put them up to second in chips. Rivera was out in seventh place for a score of $7,165. With six players left, Michael Lavin four-bet shoved for 20 big blinds with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"] and again ran into aces, with Espeseth’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"] good enough to hold once again on the eight-high board of [poker card="8d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2h"]. Lavin busted for $9,769 for his run to the final six players of the event but missed out on the top five. Matt Berkey had been one of the quieter players in all-in hands up to that point, but after losing a flip, Berkey needed to hope for the same himself. To that end, his all-in move pre-flop with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="8s"] for just under seven big blinds was unfortunate to run into Porter’s call with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8h"]. Dominated, Berkey was eliminated in fifth place for $13,547 after the board of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3h"] failed to save him. With four players left, Espeseth took the lead as Ryan McCarroll was short stack. Despite this, play went on for the longest period without an elimination as all four players at one point held the chip lead, the stacks evening up as the blinds increased. McCarroll shoved with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="7c"] from the small blind and got a call from ‘nevermuk24’ in the big blind with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="9h"]. The flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4s"] kept ‘nevermuk24’ in the lead and when the [poker card="9s"] turn fell, only a king would do for McCarroll, the river of [poker card="Qc"] condemning him to a fourth-place finish for $19,145. Three-handed play was incredibly tight, with just a single big blind separating Porter and ‘nevermuk24’ at the top of the chipcounts. Espeseth was a little further back with 1.1 million, and a defining pot would hand the initiative to Porter just when he needed it most. Porter called Espeseth’s raise to a [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="5c"] flop before Espeseth bet around two-thirds of the pot with the straight-drawing hand of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Js"]. Porter made the call with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qc"], to a [poker card="4d"] turn that Porter again check-called. Top pair was enough to win the hand after the [poker card="7d"] river prompted a shove from Espeseth and Porter had a crucial lead going into the heads up battle. Porter had 2.8 million chips, whereas ‘nevermuk24’ was behind with 1.8 million, but this chip lead evaporated over the first few heads-up pots. If Porter had gone into play facing a deficit he might have been beaten, but he had enough chips to build back into the battle and eventually, regained the lead. In the final hand, Porter limped on the button with [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"] and made the call to put ‘nevermuk24’ at risk when the latter shoved pre-flop with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="2d"]. The flop of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2s"] kept Porter in the lead and after the [poker card="3c"][ turn and [poker card="6c"] river, he had his first-ever WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $65,525, relegating ‘nevermuk24’ to a runner-up finish worth $40,669. With 311 entries across three Day 1 flights, the eighth and final scheduled event of the WSOP Online in Pennsylvania saw 88 players start the final day with just 63 of them making the money. Plenty of big names made it past the money bubble, with former WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen (23rd for $1,791) joined by Michael Wang (13th for $2,603) and Zach Gruneberg, who bubbled the final table in 10th place for $3,247, in the money places. It was Porter’s day, however, and after four cashes in Nevada-based WSOP Online events in June and July, he sealed a maiden bracelet victory in Philly just as he had hoped when he said on Twitter on July 25th that “Between live and online, Philadelphia is quickly becoming one of America's top cities for poker.” That certainly proved the case for Porter himself as he bagged $65,525 and won his first WSOP gold in stunning fashion at the stacked final table in the NLHE Championship in Pennsylvania. There still remains one more event from this WSOP Online PA for the books, which we’ll bring you the news of tomorrow as the rescheduled $3,200-entry Event #3 takes place Tuesday. WSOP Online Pennsylvania Championship Final Table Results: Andrew ‘LoveToLose’ Porter - $65,525 ‘nevermuk24’ - $40,669 Levi ‘AmosSlade’ Espeseth - $27,654 Ryan ‘TheDuce’ McCarroll - $19,145 Matt ‘berkey11’ Berkey - $13,547 Michael ‘TonyBandanas’ Lavin - $9,769 Joshua ‘ArmyWife1972’ Rivera - $7,165 Drew ‘MoveBlanket’ Gonzalez - $5,374 Derek ‘4evergr8’ Duckett - $4,143
  15. Sunday night's World Series of Poker Online Event #12 ($1,000 Double Stack) on GGPoker saw an exciting final table conclude with a heroic heads-up victory for Hinojas Jerome as he toppled GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos to win his first WSOP bracelet and $635,576. With a former WSOP Online Main Event winner at the final table felt, it was a dramatic conclusion to another well-populated event on GGPoker. The final table began with Jerome at the bottom of the chipcounts with just 14 big blinds to his name, while the eventual runner-up Ramos was leading the way with 92 big blinds. Only Yi Wang with 88 big blinds was anywhere near Ramos, with every other player having less than 27 big blinds going into the nine-handed table. It didn’t take long for the first player to be busted, with Manish Lakhotia losing his stack in ninth place for a result worth $63,557. Lakhotia went to a flop with both Ramos and former WSOP Online $5,000 ‘Main Event’ winner Stoyan Madanzhiev. Madanzhiev, who won the 2020 WSOP Main Event on GGPoker only for the $5,000 single-reentry event to then be demoted by a $10,000 Main Event later in the year, had periods of dominance throughout the race from 100 players down to the final table. On the flop of [poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"], Lakhotia’s bet of 900,000 was raised to 3,120,000 by Madazhiev, with Ramos getting out of the way. On the [poker card="Ks"] turn, Madanzhiev bet 3.2 million but Lakhotia check-shoved for 16.8 million. Madanzhiev called it off. Lakhotia tabled [poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"] for a flopped middle set, but Madanzhiev had a lock on the hand with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7h"]. Only a four could save the Indian player, but the [poker card="2c"] river was not the card and Madanzhiev propelled himself up the leaderboard after a dream start to the final. Ramos had lost his chip lead by getting involved in the opening action at the table but worked himself into the lead again pretty quickly. Quick enough to be able to open the action in the next bust-out hand. Ramos’ bet of 1.6 million saw Nethanel Klein move all-in for 17.7 million with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"] and Madanzhiev was again the player prepared to risk his stack, this time with the inferior [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"]. Klein was way ahead and stayed like that across the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"] flop. On the [poker card="Td"] turn, the gutshot chance of a Broadway straight presented itself, with four jacks able to send Klein to his doom. One landed on the [poker card="Jd"] river and gave the Bulgarian player the winning hand, sending Klein home stunned in eighth place with $84,755. That hand vaulted the dominant Madanzhiev into the lead and the early aggressor was at it again in eliminating Xuejian Li in seventh place for $113,023. Li moved all-in for nine big blinds pre-flop with [poker card="As"][poker card="5s"] and Madanzhiev was the only caller with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9d"]. The flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"][poker card="Js"] kept the Bulgarian chip leader ahead and after the [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="Ks"] river, Li saw her chances of becoming the latest female winner of a WSOP bracelet disappear. With six players left, Madanzhiev had a comfortable chip lead, holding 80 million chips compared to his nearest challengers in the shape of Wang, who had 56 million, but all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"], Madanzhiev doubled up Jerome, who held [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"] across a board where both men made two pair. That hand was critical to Jerome’s tournament and it helped him gain the lead a few hands later. Russian player Anton Yakuba was down to just 11 big blinds when he moved all-in with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jc"] pre-flop. Jerome made the call with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] and remained ahead of his opponent on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="3c"] flop. The turn of [poker card="Qc"] and river of [poker card="Kc"] ended the hand in the Hong Kong player’s favor, eliminating Yakuba for a score of $150,718. With five players left, the former chip leader and dominant player of the early stages, Stoyan Madanzhiev, busted for $200,986. The hand took place shortly after Ramos lost with pocket kings to ace-eight. Possibly due to that upset of the odds, when Madanzhiev called all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5s"] for 14 big blinds from the big blind, Jerome’s small blind shove with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="6h"] suddenly seemed to have a chance of success. So it proved, as the board of [poker card="Kc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"] gave the eventual winner two pair on the river to oust the Bulgarian in unfortunate circumstances. If Jerome’s hopes were boosted by that hand, his confidence was sky-high after the next. Wang was the loser in fourth place for $268,018 after he three-bet shoved pre-flop with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="2c"] and Jerome had the easiest call ever with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ad"]. The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] gave Wang hope of a miracle, but the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="Th"] river ended those hopes and further propelled Jerome ahead of the only two players who could stop him. Sriharsha Doddapaneni had clambered up the ladder to third place, but that was where their adventure ended, for a result of $357,409. Doddapaneni called off their stack with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"] and started the hand ahead of Jerome’s [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"], but the flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3c"] flipped the script and put the overwhelming chip leader in front. The [poker card="Jh"] turn didn’t help Doddapaneni at all, and on the [poker card="Kh"] river, play was heads-up, with Jerome holding a strong lead. With 223 million to Ramos’ 69 million, Jerome was a 3:1 leader and it took just a few minutes for the first-time WSOP event winner to end the Brazilian’s hopes of claiming that maiden bracelet. Ramos moved all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"] in great shape against Jerome’s [poker card="As"][poker card="6s"] and the flop of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"] paired both men’s hands and kept the GGPoker ambassador ahead. The turn of [poker card="Qs"] was no danger to Ramos’s chances of doubling back to being almost level in chips. However, the river of [poker card="6c"] gave Jerome a devil of a hand, with ‘666’ proving enough to win him his first WSOP gold bracelet, sending Ramos home with the runner-up result worth $476,612. The latest WSOP Online event had a total of 5,894 entries, costing just $1,000 to play. That meant 927 players advanced to the final day with 600 making the money. While a min-cash was worth $2,626, plenty of big names went higher, including Ramos’ fellow GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu, who claimed $9,015 for an 83rd place finish. Others to run deep included Nick Maimone (16th for $23,529) and Jiachen Gong (10th for $35,494), both of whom dominated at different points but eventually missed out on the final table action. It was Jerome’s day, though, after a final table that saw others take control before losing their shot at winning WSOP gold. Instead, the short stack came from nowhere to land his first-ever WSOP bracelet victory and walk away with the $635,576 top prize after a thrilling win. WSOP Online GGPoker Event #12 Final Table Results: Hinojas ‘POLALIFE!’ Jerome - $635,576 Felipe Ramos - $476,612 Sriharsha ‘Upswinger’ Doddapaneni - $357,409 Yi ‘jolen’ Wang -$268,019 Stoyan Madanzhiev - $200,986 Anton Yakuba - $150,718 Xuejian ‘LuckyCat00" Li - $113,023 Nethanel ‘natykkk’ Klein - $84,755 Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia - $63,557
  16. The latest WSOP Online Pennsylvania event handed out another bracelet to a first-time winner on Thursday night as ‘Mr.Magoo7’ took down the $777 NLHE Lucky 7’s Event for $40,235. After an exciting final table, yesterday’s winner Dean Morrow was denied a chance to win back-to-back events as the chip leader heading into the final nine got the job done to win in style. The eventual winner, ‘Mr.Magoo7’ had the lead going into the nine-handed final table of the event, but yesterday’s WSOP event winner, Morrow needed a lot of help to bounce back into contention, entering play ninth of the nine. With only seven big blinds, Morrow was all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] and was probably looking to the next hand when ‘Mr.Magoo7’ called with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"]. The board of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="Th"] had other ideas, however, and Morrow saw his chances flushed away, claiming $2,769 for his ninth-place finish. Just a few minutes later, the next player lost their tournament life. ‘ColdCold’ was all-in for 20 big blinds pre-flop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"] but again it was ‘Mr.Magoo7’ who called and this time, they had [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kd"]. The flop of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] kept ‘Mr.Magoo7’ in the lead, and after the [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="Ks"] river, ‘Mr.Magoo7’ had rivered a set, sending ‘ColdCold’ out in eighth place for $3,560. As ‘Mr.Magoo7’ took control, their third elimination was even more devastating to the player who crashed out. It was ‘pokervanman’ who moved all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"] on the turn of a board showing [poker card="Qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="8h"], but ‘Mr.Magoo7’ had [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"], and ‘pokervanman’ needed a miracle on the river. That didn’t come as the [J] river ended the hand with another player falling victim to the chip lead, ‘pokervanman’ winning $4,762. With six players remaining, ‘Mr.Magoo7’ had treble the chips of anyone else in the hunt and all the other players were looking to ladder up the leaderboard. ‘Tallinn’ faced the most difficult task in doing so, down to just under 10 big blinds. However, over the course of just five minutes, they went on a double-up run that saw them bust two players in one hand. Travis Herzing moved all-in for just two big blinds with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7h"] and was followed in the hand by ‘CheckCheckCh’, who shoved for 14 big blinds with [poker card="Ah"]Jh]. ‘Tallinn’ had woken up with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"], though, and made the easy call before seeing a [poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="Kc"] board eliminate both opponents. Herzing busted in sixth place for $6,360, while ‘CheckCheckCh’ was eliminated in fifth for $8,590. ‘Tallinn’ suddenly had 10 times the stack they had been sitting behind a few minutes earlier and looked a genuine threat to ‘Mr.Magoo7’ as the tournament reached the business end of payouts. In fourth place, ‘TheReserve’ cashed for $12,007 when they too fell victim to the dominant ‘Mr.Magoo7’. Moving all-in from the small blind with [poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"], ‘Mr.Magoo7’ saw ‘TheReserve’ call from the big blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="6d"]. The flop of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"] seemed like a good one for ‘TheReserve’, with only a gutshot and backdoor flush draw being open to ‘Mr.Magoo7’. The turn of [poker card="Jh"] and river [poker card="Th"] was enough to give the chip leader a runner-runner flush and send play three-handed. The short-stacked player with three remaining was ‘96Tears’, and they were left sobbing on the rail after busting in third place for $17,133. Moving all-in with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"], ‘96Tears’ saw ‘Mr. Magoo7’ claim yet another bust-out as they called with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"] and rode out the board of [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="4s"] to go into the heads-up duel with a 3:1 lead. ‘Mr.Magoo7’ was a big leader heading into the heads up battle, but it was far from easy for the eventual bracelet winner. ‘Tallinn’ fought back with the same dogged determination that had seen them recover from being the shortest stack with six players remaining and after ten minutes of heads-up play, had taken the lead, holding 1.8 million to ‘Mr.Magoo7’s 1.5 million. After the latest scheduled break, however, everything changed. In a big three-bet pot, ‘Mr.Magoo7’ won a massive pot after winning with top pair, top kicker on the turn as the kicker of ‘Tallinn’ was only a ten. Soon afterwards, it was all over. ‘Mr.Magoo7’ three-bet to set ‘Tallinn’ all-in and the chasing player made the call with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"]. ‘Mr. Magoo7’ needed all the help in the world with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"], but their chances improved dramatically on the [poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop. The open-ended straight draw didn’t come in on the [poker card="4h"] turn, but the [poker card="2h"] river saw ‘Mr.Magoo7’ make that straight to crack aces and claim their first-ever WSOP bracelet. The tournament had been concluded in stunning style, condemning ‘Tallinn’ to a runner-up result worth $24,917. The fourth WSOP Online event to take place in Pennsylvania (due to the rescheduling of Event #3 earlier in the week), Event #5 saw 158 players put down the $777 entry and take their chances in the Lucky 7’s. With 68 rebuys, this amounted to a massive $158,200 prize pool, and players such as Barrett ‘Soil_Brunson’ Lipkin (33rd for $1,107) and Taylor ‘dripbaeless’ Nicole (22nd for $1,266) both of whom cashed without threatening the big payouts at the end of the final table. It was a day that belonged to ‘Mr.Magoo7’, however, after busting all bar two of their opponents. Their victory was worth $40,235 and earning them a first-ever WSOP bracelet in the fourth event to conclude in Pennsylvania. With four more WSOP Online events to come, there will be plenty more chances for players in The Keystone State to win gold. WSOP Pennsylvania Event #5 Final Table Results: Mr.Magoo7 - $40,325 Tallinn - $24,917 96Tears - $17,133 TheReserve - $12,007 CheckCheckCh - $8,590 Travis ‘UnitedWeZag’ Herzing - $6,360 Pokervanman - $4,762 ColdCold - $3,560 Dean ‘TheRealYoshi’ Morrow - $2,769
  17. World Series of Poker Online events in Pennsylvania resumed on Wednesday after a day off due to technical difficulties, and it was Dean Morrow who won the third WSOP bracelet of the min series with no trouble at all. From going into the final table as chip leader to triumphing heads-up, Morrow breezed through the field to win his first WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $35,480. The final table began with just six players, with the six-max format producing half a dozen players with very different stacks. Morrow held a big chip lead with 2.6 million chips at blinds of 14,000/28,000, but others had nowhere near as many as him. They included ‘DeathNote_’, who busted first against the eventual winner. Morrow moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9s"] and ‘DeathNote_’ called in the big blind with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8s"]. The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"] saw Morrow maintain his lead in the land and the [poker card="9c"] turn sealed the deal, the inconsequential [poker card="Jh"] on the river sending ‘DeathNote_’ to the rail in sixth place for $5,289. It was ‘BubbyDubby’ whose bubble burst in fifth place for $7,336 after they made a move at exactly the wrong time. Three-bet shoving pre-flop with [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"] for just over six big blinds, ‘BubbyDubby’ saw ‘ArnoldSlick’ make the call with [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"]. The flop [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="8h"] gave ‘ArnoldSlick’ a set, but also dangled the carrot of an open-ended straight draw to salvage ‘BuddyDubby’s hopes. Sadly for them, however, the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="5h"] river ended those hopes and reduced the field to four. Morrow was still a massive leader after ‘Arnold Slick’ bagged their second elimination in a row by skittling the chances of Angel Lopez in fourth place for the first five-figure prize of the tournament in $10,367. Lopez, who has plenty of previous cashes in WSOP Online events as well as PokerStars SCOOPs, saw ‘ArnoldSlick move all-in from the small blind and called off his tournament life from the big blind. ‘ArnoldSlick’ had moved all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ks"] and was way ahead of Lopez’ [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8s"]. The flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qs"] offered no reprieve for Lopez and after the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="Th"] river, he was on the rail. The next elimination would be pivotal and with Morrow up to four million chips and both ‘ArnoldSlick’ and ‘Voice2skull’ hovering around the million mark, either of the short stacks needed to bust the other to regain some control. Morrow used his stack brilliantly, however, to fend off such ideas and when ‘Voice2skull’ raised it up pre-flop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"], Morrow moved all-in over the top with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qd"]. ‘Voice2skull’ made the call and got the bad news, but the flop of [poker card="Th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] gave them hope with the open-ended straight draw providing seven outs. The turn of a [poker card="4d"] didn’t help ‘Voice2skull’ at all, and the river of [poker card="Jd"] gave Morrow the straight instead, sending ‘Voice2skull’ out in third place for $14,974. Morrow went into heads-up with a chip lead of better than 3:1, and it took just five minutes to make that lead count. ‘ArnoldSlick’ dropped a little, then doubled up, but it was all over soon afterwards. In the final hand, Morrow’s three-bet with [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Js"] was called pre-flop by ‘ArnoldSlick’ with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. The flop of [poker card="Jc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"] was always going to see all the money end in the middle and so it proved as Morrow’s chunky bet was raised before the chip leader shoved and received the call. ‘ArnoldSlick’ needed a miracle, but instead, the [poker card="4s"] on the turn gave Morrow a full house and the [poker card="2s"] confirmed victory, with the unfortunate ‘ArnoldSlick’ unable to his their one-outer. The fourth event of the WSOP Online Series in Pennsylvania might have been the third to take place, with yesterday’s $3,200 Event #3 now re-scheduled for Tuesday, but it was well-attended. Overall, 295 players took to the virtual felt, with 126 of those players rebuying, meaning a prize pool of $151,560 was won over nine hours of action. Other notables who made the money but didn’t threaten the final table places included the winner of the opening WSOP PA Online Series event ‘ratrivers’, who finished 33rd for $834, fellow early event final table player "LooseChangee" (61st for $606) and Taylor Nicole, who made it all the to 19th place for $970). In the end, it was Dean Morrow’s day at the expense of runner-up ‘ArnoldSlick’, who won $22,022 for their efforts. Morrow’s moment will live long in the memory for many more tomorrows to come, along with his first-ever WSOP bracelet and the hard-earned top prize of $35,480. WSOP Online Series Pennsylvania Event #4 $400 Six-Max Final Table Results: Dean ‘TheRealYoshi’ Morrow - $35,480 ‘ArnoldSlick’ - $22,022 ‘Voice2skull’ - $14,974 Angel ‘Chr0meKing’ Lopez - $10,367 ‘BubbyDubby’ - $7,336 ‘DeathNote__’ - $5,289
  18. After an exciting end to the action, a dominant performance from ‘POTtheRIVER’ sealed a memorable World Series of Poker bracelet victory as they overcame a final table featuring Jason Rivkin to win $27,592. Pennsylvania WSOP Online Event #2 ($500 NLHE PKO) action saw bounties as well as finishing places create a diverse prize pool, with ‘POTtheRIVER’ leading from the start of the final table to clinch a heads-up win to claim only the second WSOP bracelet awarded in Pennsylvania. As the nine-handed final table kicked off, ‘POTtheRIVER’ held the chip lead with 1.06 million chips, albeit a marginal one over ‘m1kecr0ss’ (1.05m) and Rivkin (1.02m), with Rivkin already having cashed three times in 2021 WSOP Online events, including a runner-up finish in Event #32 for $90,811 which was won by Drew O’Connell. It took just a couple of minutes for the first victim to fall at the final table, with ‘bkellssc’ losing their stack after moving all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qc"]. They were called by both ‘Snacks22’ with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"] and ‘LooseChangee’ with [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Td"], and with the board coming [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="5d"], ‘Snacks22’ doubled up through ‘LooseChangee’, busting ‘bkellssc’ in the process for a total result of $2,820. It took some time for another player to bust and during that time, Rivkin rose up the ranks. The most decorated player at the final table won a series of small pots to become chip leader with 1.2 million chips, but that lead was overtaken by the eventual winner when ‘POTtheRIVER’ began their charge to victory by eliminating ‘PineCreek’. The at-risk player was all-in with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9d"] and was called by ‘POTtheRIVER’ with [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"]. The flop of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Js"] was dramatic enough, giving ‘POTtheRIVER’ the lead, but on the [poker card="Kc"] turn that switched, giving ‘PineCreek’ a better two-pair. All ‘PineCreek’ needed to do after hitting the turn was to fade the river, but the [poker card="Jc"] fell to give ‘POTtheRIVER’ the pot and live up to their catchy name in the most literal of senses. ‘PineCreek’ had been one card away from survival but instead cashed for a prize of $1,611 for finishing in eighth place and $1,209 in bounties won. Almost immediately, the field was reduced further. Despite heading into the final table second in chips, ‘m1kecr0ss’ lost their tournament life after moving all-in for around 14 big blinds with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ks"]. It was ‘POTtheRIVER’ who made the call with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="7s"] and the flop of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5c"] instantly gave the chip leader top two pair. The turn of [poker card="4h"] and river of [poker card="8d"] couldn’t help ‘m1kecr0ss’ and ‘POTtheRIVER’ moved into a commanding chip lead. The run of ‘Snacks22’ came to an end in sixth place for $4,467 after they were eliminated by ‘LooseChangee’. ‘Snacks22’ had moved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="2c"] and was ahead when ‘LooseChangee’ called with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7c"]. The flop of [poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"] kept ‘Snacks22’ ahead, but they were out of luck on the [poker card="Ks"] turn and the [poker card="5d"] river couldn’t save them. Just a few minutes later, play was suddenly four-handed after ‘PeachesParty’ left in fifth place for a total result worth $5,940. ‘PeachesParty’ shoved from the button with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="2h"], but ‘PA_iTiltHard’ called it off from the big blind with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"] and the queen-high board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="9c"] only offered ‘PeachesParty’ a gutshot from the flop which never arrived. As the final four players gathered their thoughts after a very busy hours play, it was ‘LooseChangee’ in the lead, with Rivkin bringing up the rear, but everything would change, with the stacks again evening up. That led to a massive pot where two players busted simultaneously. In the pivotal pot, ‘POTtheRIVER’ raised to three times the big blind with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"] and when ‘PA_iTiltHard’ moved all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="3c"] for just a shade more, Rivkin made the call with [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"], as did ‘POTtheRIVER’. On the flop of [poker card="9d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"], Rivkin led out, and ‘POTtheRIVER’ shoved, leaving Rivkin to call of his stack and see that he needed a lot of help. Another nine on the [poker card="9h"] turn left Rivkin needing an eight only to survive, but the [poker card="Th"] river couldn’t save him and both he and ‘PA_iTiltHard’ were busted at the same time, Rivkin earning a touch more than his counterpart. Heads-up began with ‘POTtheRIVER’ ahead, but not by an insurmountable pile of chips, with 3.8 million playing ‘LooseChangee’s 2.7 million. The stacks would even up to the point where just a solitary big blind separated the two players and ‘LooseChangee’ even moved ahead by nine big blinds. Those were all the chips they were left with, however, after ‘POTtheRIVER’ doubled up with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3h"] holding against [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"] when all the chips were committed on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"] flop and the [poker card="6d"] turn was followed by an [poker card="Ad"] river that prevented ‘LooseChangee’ claiming the bracelet. A short time later, it was all over, with ‘LooseChangee’ shoving from the button with [poker card="2s"][poker card="2h"] and ‘POTtheRIVER’ making the call with [poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"]. The flop of [poker card="8h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5s"] moved the eventual winner into the lead and both the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="Ks"] river did nothing to change the outcome of what would be the final hand. ‘LooseChangee’ cashed for a total prize of $14,690. With 327 total entries comprising of 262 players and 65 rebuys, the second WSOP Online event to award a bracelet in Pennsylvania paid out a prize pool of $147,150, with ‘POTtheRIVER’ winning a total of $27,592, a massive $14,176 of which was made up of the bounties of other players. WSOP PA Online Braelet Event #2 Final Table Results ‘POTtheRIVER’ - $27,592 ($12,846 place, $14,716 bounties) ‘LooseChangee’ - $14,690 ($12,846 place, $1,843 bounties) Jason ‘sandjay’ Rivkin - $9,945 ($7,835 place, $2,109 bounties) ‘PA_iTiltHard’ - $9,132 ($5,672 place, $3,459 bounties) ‘PeachesParty’ - $5,940 ($4,112 place, $1,828 bounties) ‘Snacks22’ - $4,467 ($3,001 place, $1,466 bounties) ‘m1kecr0ss’ - $4,407 ($2,192 place, $2,214 bounties ‘PineCreek’ - $2,820 ($1,611 place, $1,209 bounties) ‘bkellssc’ - $2,119 ($1,184 place, $935 bounties)
  19. After five and a half hours of Day 2 play play on Monday, the first World Series of Poker Online bracelet awarded in Pennsylvania was won by ‘ratrivers’ for $48,420. After an exciting final table, the nine-handed action played down to a winner after 148 players returned to their virtual seats on Day 2. At the end of a dramatic final table, it was ‘ratrivers’ who reigned supreme, and it was the winner who went into the last table of nine players as chip leader. That wasn’t the case for ‘Slap_Nuts’, who had just over 10 big blinds when they four-bet shoved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"]. They were called by ‘LavaCake’ with [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"] and the flop brought immediate service for the drawing hand as it landed [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="5d"]. The turn of [poker card="Kc"] locked up the hand for the unassailable ‘LavaCake’, the [poker card="5c"] river a mere formality as ‘Slap_Nuts’ left with a cash of $3,173 for finishing ninth. Just a couple of minutes later, another hopeful was on the virtual rail, as ‘MonkeyBLuffy’ cashed for $4,140 in eighth place. Three-betting all-in before the flop with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jc"], they were called by the initial raiser in the hand, ‘AceOnaJetski’ with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="4s"]. The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6d"] moved the caller into the lead but gave ‘MonkeyBLuffy’ a gutshot straight draw to go with three ace outs. The turn of [poker card="5s"] and river of [poker card="5h"] ended hopes of a reprieve, however. Either side of these hands, ‘ratrivers’ was accumulating chips by winning more pots than anyone and up to over 2.2 million chips, all the other players knew they needed to step it up to stay in touch. ‘SBbarnz’ managed to overcome the odds and vault up the leaderboard at the expense of Taylor Nicole. Nicole called off their stack from the big blind with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Qd"] after ‘SBbarnz’ moved all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="7s"] from the small blind. The board of [poker card="Js"][poker card="Td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] gave ‘SBbarnz’ two pair with aces and tens eliminating Nicole in seventh place for $5,512. With six players remaining, a huge pot saw another player’s chances go up in flames. Chip leader ‘ratrivers’ raised from under the gun but didn’t call the shove of ‘NawtyShawty’ from the button with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"]. ‘SBbarnz’ had called the initial raise and had no trouble doing likewise after the three-bet shove, holding [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"]. A flop of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="3s"] saw ‘NawtyShawty’ pick up a straight draw, but the [poker card="Jd"] turn and [poker card="9c"] river ended the hand in the favor of ‘SBbarnz’ and saw them closing in on ‘ratrivers’ lead, ‘NawtyShawty’ winning $7,470 as a result. Losing that hand saw ‘ratrivers’ spiral from chip leader to the short stack as the chips spent half an hour balancing up. All five players had over a million chips but less than two million when ‘ratrivers’ chipped up a little and took out the only player at the table with less chips than them. ‘LavaCake’ three-bet shoved for just under a million with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"] and ‘ratrivers’ snapped off the call with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. The board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4d"]8c] saw the former chip leader regain some control of the table at the expense of ‘LavaCake’, who won the first five-figure cash of the event, scoring $10,305 for a deep run to the top 1% of the tournament. Two ace-high hands clashed with four players remaining that left only three in the hunt. ‘SBbarnz’ was all-in and at risk with [poker card="As"][poker card="6h"], but far behind ‘ratrivers’ with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Js"]. The flop of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2d"] kept the dominating hand in the lead, and the [poker card="Ah"] turn and [poker card="5c"] made no difference to that superiority, leaving ‘SBbarnz’ to lick their wounds in fourth place for $14,467. Three-handed play lasted some time before ‘AceOnaJetski’ lost their hopes of winning their first WSOP bracelet and further strengthened the arm of ‘ratrivers’ in the process. ‘AceOnaJetski’ called off their stack with [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Tc"] and needed help against the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"] of ‘NovaRiver’. That help arrived for ‘AceOnaJetski’ on the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="2s"] flop, but ‘NovaRiver’ had the nut flush draw and straight draw to boot. The [poker card="3h"] turn changed nothing, but the [poker card="6d"] river gave ‘NovaRiver’ the nut flush and sent play heads up, with ‘AceOnaJetski’ cashing for $20,654. With just two players remaining, ‘ratrivers’ held a chip lead of 5:1 and while ‘NovaRiver’ doubled up once, soon after this brief reprieve, it was all over. With ‘NovaRiver’ raising pre-flop with [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"], ‘ratrivers’ made the call with [poker card="Th"][poker card="8d"] and both players saw a flop of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7h"]5h]. ‘ratrivers’ check-raised the bet of ‘NovaRivers’ who then called to a turn of [poker card="2c"], where ‘ratrivers’ moved all-in and ‘NovaRiver’, still ahead, made the call. On the river, ‘ratrivers’ needed one of ten outs to win the WSOP bracelet and when the [poker card="9d"] landed, their victory was sealed with a dramatic gutshot straight. ‘NovaRiver’ won $29,993 for their runner-up result after losing out to the drawing hand. With 425 entries, the first-ever WSOP bracelet event to be held on the Pennsylvania client of WSOP.com attracted 75 rebuys to create a prize pool of $225,000. That meant 90 players were paid with the minimum cash worth $630. That bubble hadn’t burst by the start of Day 2, which saw 148 players return to seats to battle for the win. When the dust settled, however, the chip leader at the start of the day 'ratrivers' emerged victorious to claim a $48,420 top prize and the first-ever WSOP gold bracelet awarded in Pennsylvania. WSOP PA Online Bracelet Event #1 Final Table Results ‘ratrivers’ - $48,420 ‘NovaRiver’ - $29,993 ‘AceOnaJetski’ - $20,655 ‘SBbarnz’ - $14,468 ‘LavaCake’ - $10,305 ‘NawtyShawty’ - $7,470 Taylor ‘dripbaeless’ Nicole - $5,513 ‘MonkeyBLuffy’ - $4,140 ‘Spal_Nuts’ - $3,173
  20. The first World Series of Poker Online bracelet on GGPoker of 2021 was won by Polish player Bartlomiej Swieboda, who came from the middle of the pack to win $161,111 in the $50 WSOP Online Event christened ‘The Return’. Unlike the events on WSOP.com, this event was open to worldwide players, which saw seven different nationalities represented between the nine players who made the final table. Heading into the final nine, it was Russian player Sergei Sitnikov who had the chip lead with a stack of 272 million chips dwarfing his nearest challenger Neville Costa (230 million). Brazilian player Matheus De Souza came into play with the second shortest stack, and he lost his stack first after moving all-in from the small blind with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qc"]. In a coinflip situation against Cuong Trinh, who had [poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"], the board of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="2s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4d"] didn’t allow De Souza back into contention, seeing him cash for $16,110. That pot vaulted Trinh up the leaderboard into second place and just a few hands later, the Chinese player took the lead. That all changed after a monumental clash between Costa and Ivan Zablyakin, however. Costa, holding [poker card="Qh"][poker card="5h"], limped from the small blind and Zablyakin checked to the flop with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9c"]. That flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Ts"] gave Costa a flush draw and Zablyakin the straight draw, leading to a bet from Costa, a raise from Zablyakin and a call from Costa to the [poker card="Kd"] turn. On the turn, Zablyakin bet again, this time calling a huge move as Costa shoved with the flush draw. The river of [poker card="7d"] meant Zablyakin’s straight survived, and Costa didn’t, leaving the event in eighth place for $21,483. It was still Zablyakin in charge by the time Sitnikov’s seat was empty in seventh place for $28,649. Sitnikov had come into nine-handed play as the chip leader but was running short when he moved all-in for a little over 16 big blinds with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qs"]. Called by Trinh with [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"], the board of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="9h"] never looked like helping the Russian player, who went from looking extremely likely to lock up a podium place when play began to missing out on the final six. With Zablyakin and Trinh running over the table, everyone else was clinging on for dear life, and it wasn’t long before another unlucky player found their grip loosened as they flew to the rail. Alexander Jung had come into the final table with the shortest stack, but his laddering continued one more hand after his initial raise leaving just one big blind behind saw fellow short-stack Matheus Santos, move all-in with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"]. Trinh made the call with the dominating [poker card="As"][poker card="Qh"] and Jung got out of the way in a bid to leap a place. The flop of [poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"] kept Trinh ahead and the [poker card="6d"] turn changed nothing. Santos needed a king and only a king on the river, but although he saw paint, the [poker card="Js"] crushed his dreams of redemption and sent him out in sixth place for $38,204. Jung lasted one more place, but he could climb no more rungs on the ladder. Jung tossed his last big blind into the middle with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="7h"] and was called by the chip leader Zablyakin with [poker card="Th"][poker card="3s"]. Jung was hoping to hit, but sadly for him, his Russian opponent turned a three to oust him from the reckoning and leave Jung on the rail for a fifth-placed result worth $50,945. Just four players remained and at that point, Zablyakin was in charge, holding 690 million to Trinh’s 569 million, with both other players short-stacked on less than 160 million each. That situation changed dramatically after Trinh won a series of pots to close in on a billion chips at the expense of all three of his opponents, but most importantly for Russian fans, Zablyakin. Losing a vital coinflip to double-up the eventual winner Swieboda, Zablyakin shoved with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="2d"] and was called by Trinh with [poker card="6h"][poker card="5s"]. The flop of [poker card="Td"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] put Trinh’s hand into the lead but opened up the flush draw for Zablayakin. Unfortunately for him, the [poker card="8h"] turn and [poker card="Ac"] river condemned him to a fourth-place finish worth $67,937. One player who had been quiet throughout was Israeli player Eran Soffer, but with the blinds escalating and both other players having at least double his chips, Soffer couldn’t wait any longer to get aggressive. He moved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8d"] and was ahead of his caller, Trinh, who held [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Ts"], but the exciting flop of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="9h"] changed that. Moving ahead with top two-pair, Trinh needed to fade both straight and flush draws held by Soffer, but that he did across the [poker card="9d"] turn and [poker card="3d"] to go into heads up with a massive 4:1 chip lead. Swieboda went into the final duel with nothing to lose as the massive underdog, and that showed in the early exchanges. Swieboda not only battled back but took the lead, in particular after counterfeiting Trinh’s two-pair with a better two-pair on the river to move into a 2:1 lead. Swieboda held onto the lead with a dogged determination and when the final hand played out, had even extended his lead to more than 5:1. Trinh was desperate to double back into the duel when he moved all-in with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7c"] on a flop of [poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"], but Swieboda had the easiest call of his tournament with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Ks"] and faded both the [poker card="Ac"] turn and [poker card="8h"] river to scoop the pot and win his first-ever WSOP bracelet in style. With a massive 30,810 Day 1 entries, thanks to 24,587 unique players and 6,223 rebuys, the prize pool grew to an incredible $1.4 million, far more than the $1 million guarantee. By the start of Day 2, there were still 3,584 players in with a shout of winning the gold bracelet, but that number was whittled down to the Polish first-time bracelet winner, Swieboda. Having not cashed live since a trio of tournaments in Cyprus in 2019, the little-known Polish player won his maiden bracelet and a career-high score of $161,111. WSOP Event #33 The Return Final Table Results: Bartlomiej ‘chester20o’ Swieboda -$161,111 Cuong ‘CLVT’ Trinh - $120,810 Eran ‘Ma_Yesh_Beze’ Soffer - $90,595 Ivan ‘GangstaZab’ Zablyakin - $67,937 Alexander ‘OMGWTF!!’ Jung - $50,945 Matheus ‘tio_ricco’ Santos - $38,204 Sergey ‘sit_boom777’ Sitnikov - $28,649 Neville ‘NevSlater’ Costa - $21,483 Matheus ‘durezabh’ De souza - $16,110
  21. After a mad dash to the tape, Chris Moorman won World Series of Poker Online Event #29 ($800 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Deepstack Championship) for $102,406 to claim his second WSOP bracelet in style. With the turbo deepstack format setting players to decisions for their tournament lives from the kick-off, the final table took less than an hour to roar to a conclusion and gave the British online poker legend yet another victory in his illustrious career. The action at the eight-handed final table was quick from the very first hand and it wasn’t long before the first elimination. It was Jeremy Menard who busted in eighth place for $8,477 after coming into play seventh in chips and with less than half of the chip stack the final table leader Moorman had built. Menard moved all-in pre-flop for just under eight big blinds with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Td"] and was called by Matthew Hunt with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"]. The flop of [poker card="Jc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7s"] gave Menard the best hand, pairing his jack, but while his hopes of survival were maintained on the [poker card="4c"] turn, the [poker card="Kc"] river dashed them to pieces and propelled Hunt into the lead. After a long period without any bust-outs, it would be ‘cakebot’ who lost their tournament life in seventh place for $11,303. When ‘bbert29’ moved all-in from early position, ‘cakebot’ called off their stack in the next seat and everyone else folded. Holding [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"], ‘cakebot’ was a big favorite to win the hand against the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qc"] of ‘bbert29’, but the board of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="Kd"] had other ideas as trips on the river reduced the field to six players. Just five minutes later, another player had departed as ‘JonSnow14’, who had begun the final table second in chips, saw their night’s watch for the chance of winning a bracelet over as they were frozen out on contention. All-in with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Qh"] against Patrick Eskandar’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kc"], the seven-high flop of [poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] offered no hope to the sixth-place finisher. After the turn of [poker card="5d"] and [poker card="2c"] river, ‘JonSnow14’’s hopes of a WSOP bracelet win could not be resurrected and he cashed out for $15,340. It was Philip Tom who busted in fifth place as the third elimination in quick succession sped up the action even more as the final table raced towards its conclusion. Tom moved all-in for four big blinds with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="9d"] and was up against Eskandar’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"]. The flop of [poker card="Td"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] gave little hope to Tom, and after the turn of [poker card="Ah"], the fifth place finisher was drawing dead to the [poker card="7h"] river, winning $21,261. There was barely time for the remaining four players to adjust their sliders before another player went to the rail. Hunt delivered another player’s hopes to the gutter as ‘bbert29’ shoved from the button with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Td"] and Hunt called with [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"]. The board of [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="6s"] gave ‘bbert29’ little hope of triumph along the way and they busted for a result worth $29,963. There was only one six-figure score up for grabs and three-handed, all of the remaining players seemed to focus in on that bracelet-earning amount up top. Moorman had the chip lead when the pivotal hand sent play heads-up, holding 10.1 million to Eskandar’s nine million chips, with Hunt bringing up the rear with 5.2 million chips. It was a surprising defeat for Eskandar in terms of chip stacks, then, when he moved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"] over Moorman’s opening bet. The British player called it off with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"] and suddenly, Eskandar needed a lot of help to remain in with a shot at victory. The flop of [poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"] gave Eskandar nothing to add to the three jack outs, and when the turn fell [poker card="Th"], he needed a jack and only a jack to survive. The river of [poker card="8c"] denied Eskandar the chance to take on Moorman heads-up and instead gave the Brit a massive chip lead heading into the decisive duel of the match, with Moorman’s stack nearly four times that of his challenger. Heads up saw the stacks balance a little over the course of just 10 minutes of to and fro, but by the time the final hand played out, Moorman still had a comfortable lead, with over 15 million chips playing the nine million belonging to Hunt. With blinds at 300,000/600,000, Moorman shoved from the button with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9d"] and was snap-called by Hunt with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"]. The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3s"] immediately vaulted Moorman into the lead in the hand, and after the [poker card="6h"] turn and [poker card="6c"] river, the British player celebrated a memorable victory on Twitter as he announced his second WSOP bracelet, condemning Hunt to the runner-up prize of $63,112. https://twitter.com/Moorman1/status/1420637602953191424   Of the 418 players and 205 rebuys, just 72 players cashed, including players such as Justin Lapka (55th for $1,660), Michael Dyer (42nd for $2,063), Johnnie Moreno (33rd for $2,333), Matt Berkey (28th for $2,333), Bryan Piccioli (16th for $3,319), Tom Cannuli (12th for $5,069) and Ryan Leng (10th for $5,069) the latter of whom came close to the final table without making the cut. WSOP Online Event #29 Turbo Deepstack Final Table Results: Chris ‘Robotbob47’ Moorman - $102,406 Matthew ‘BraceletHUNT’ Hunt - $63,112 Patrick ‘Synesthesia’ Eskandar - $43,106 ‘bbert29’ - $29,963 Philip ‘Chairman99’ Tom - $21,261 ‘JonSnow14’ - $15,340 ‘cakebot’ - $11,303 Jeremy ‘g00sebumps’ Menard - $8,477
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