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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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)
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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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