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  1. Every year for the past 51 years, the world's best poker players have gathered to battle for money and ego in the World Series of Poker. No matter the format, online or live, or the location, Europe, Australia, or in the birthplace of it all, Las Vegas, poker's heroes are born in the WSOP. The 2021 WSOP Online runs on WSOP.com from July 1 to August 1 and PocketFives is keeping tabs on all kinds of statistics from the action and will highlight one interesting stat or fun nugget from each day. July 30: Jason Gooch Loves The Fives (or the fifths) In 2019, Jason Gooch won the $1,000 buy-in WSOP Online NLHE Double Stack event for $241,493. Two weeks earlier, he finished runner-up in another online WSOP event. While 2021 hasn't seem him have that level of success, the Texas native has found a pair of final tables. The first came on July 17 when he finished fifth in Event #17 ($400 NLHE 8-Max). On Friday, Gooch came up with another fifth place finish, this time in Event #31 ($500 NLHE Summer Saver). He's also cashed eight other times in WSOP Online events this summer. July 29: Tony Dunst and Six Max Are a Match Made in Heaven In 2020, World Poker Tour commentator Tony Dunst beat 1,360 other runners to win WSOP Online Event #21 ($777 Six Max NLHE) for his second career WSOP bracelet. On Thursday, Dunst nearly pulled off the rare repeat. Dunst made his way through 773 entries in Event #30 ($1,000 Six Max NLHE Championship) before busting in ninth place. He also posted three fourth places finishes in three consecutive months in WSOP Circuit events online. July 28: The British are Coming! Chris Moorman won his second career WSOP bracelet on Wednesday, beating out 622 other entries to win Event #29 ($800 NLH 8-Max Turbo Deepstack). The last player he eliminated was fellow Englishmen Matthew Hunt. This is just the fifth time in WSOP that history that a pair of British players have finished 1-2 in a WSOP and the first time it's happened in a US-based event since 2007. That year, Ram Vaswani beat Andy Ward to win a $1,500 NLHE Shootout. In 2010, Scott Shelley beat J.P. Kelly to win a £1,075 NLHE event. The other two times it happened both involved one of English poker's most iconic characters. David 'Devilfish' Ulliott won a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event by beating Chris Truby heads up. The very next year, Ulliott finished second to Steve Rydel in a $3,000 PLHE event. [caption id="attachment_635726" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Todd Sladek has had some real success in the $1,000 buy-in PLO WSOP online events. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The names of the $1,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha events in 2020 and 2021 might have different names, but that didn't seem to change much for Todd Sladek. In 2020, Sladek made the final table of the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller, eventually busting in third place for $56,749. This year, in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, the Chicago native made it one spot deeper, finishing runner-up to David Goldberg. No other player made both final tables. July 26: Paggeot Produces Pair of Podium Placings Corey Paggeot has had one of those weekends that poker players simultaneously have dreams and nightmares about. Paggoet finished runner-up in Event #24 ($400 No Limit Hold'em Monsterstack) on Saturday and then on Sunday finished third in Event #26 ($500 No Limit Hold'em The Big 500 Encore). No other player has managed to find the podium twice so far this year. Getting that close to a WSOP bracelet has to be a frustrating experience, but he does get to console himself with $88,792 in winnings. July 25: First Two Comma Prize Pool of the Year Unsurprisingly, the biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #25 ($7,777 NLHE Lucky 7's High Roller), built a massive prize pool. The 113 players, combined with the 38 rebuys the field was responsible for, produced a $1,113,927 prize pool marking the first time this year that a WSOP Online event had more than $1 million up for grabs. The 33 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com had five events that hit the seven-figure mark with the biggest coming in Event #14 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) when $1,507,840 was up for grabs. July 24: The Wait for a Double Bracelet Winner Continues There has not been a double bracelet winner through the opening 24 events, but Saturday's event had two players get really close. Carlos Welch, who won Event #8 ($888 NLHE Crazy Eights), finished 13th for $3,514. A few moments later, Michael Leib, winner of Event #10 ($333 No Limit Hold’em), busted out in 12th for $4,445. No player has even won a 2021 event and then made the final table of another event. Ryan Leng, Event #13 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) winner, matched Leib's performance with a 12th place finish in Event #15 ($5,300 NLHE High Roller Freezeout). July 23: Jennifer Fitzgibbon Bubbles Final Table for First WSOP Cash Bubbling the final table of any event is painful, but bubbling the final table of a WSOP bracelet event is particularly painful. Taking some out of the sting of that for Event #23 ($500 NLHE Turbo) final table bubbler Jennifer Fitzgibbon is the fact that this was her first WSOP cash. Fitzgibbon, who has been a PocketFives member since June 2019, earned a career-best $3,435 for finishing 10th. July 22: The Knockout King is Here While Anthony Kennedy was busy winning Event #22 ($600 NLHE Knockout), Daxton Lyon was busy knocking people out like some online poker version Mike Tyson in the Nintendo hit Punch-Out! With the knockout format, each time a player eliminated an opponent, they earned a $100 bounty. Nobody was busier than Daxton Lyon who was responsible for eliminating 30 opponents on his way to finishing 26th. He earned $3,000 from bounties and an additional $1,278 for his finish. The second best KO tally belonged to Kennedy with 22. July 21: Brock Lesnar Released From Cage Hits 10th Cash Michael 'BrockLesnar' Holtz joined Anthony Zinno and Ryan Depaulo as the only players with double-digit cashes this year after his runner-up finish in Event #21. He's now made a pair of final tables and has $79,823 in earnings. His summer success almost wasn't allowed to happen. In May, Holtz was banned by WSOP.com after he made a withdrawal at the cashier cage at Caesars in Las Vegas. After filling out the necessary paperwork with Caesars, Holtz had his ban lifted and he was again allowed to play. July 20: #1-Ranked Chris Basile Narrowly Misses out on #1 Bracelet Over the past year, Chris Basile has skyrocketed up the PocketFives Rankings to become the #1-ranked player in the United States. Two online WSOP Circuit wins, one in April and another in June, helped propel him to the top spot but he's also managed a couple of oh-so-close calls in bracelet events. He started the 2021 WSOP Online with a second place finish in Event #1 ($500 NLHE Big 500 Kick Off) where he earned $64,935. On Tuesday, Basile finished fourth in Event #20 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) for $71,990. He now has seven cashes this summer for more than $144,000 in earnings. July 19: Ryan DePaulo Makes First Final Table of 2021 One after being one of the breakout stars of the 2020 WSOP Online, Ryan DePaulo made his back to a final table for the first. DePaulo, who famously won Event #12 ($500 NLHE The Big 500) while sitting in his car in a Whole Foods parking lot in New Jersey, earned $27,094 for finishing in fourth place in Event #19 ($888 Crazy Eights PLO). It was his tenth cash of the 2021 WSOP Online, but his first appearance at a final table since his win last June. July 18: 2020 WSOP.com Leaderboard Champ Shows Signs of Life Last summer, Ian Steinman won the WSOP.com Leaderboard during the WSOP Online by cashing 15 times. The highlight of those 15 cashes was his victory in Event #27 ($400 NLHE Freezeout) where he earned $110,557 and his first career bracelet. He made two other final tables, finishing fifth in Event #7 ($800 NLHE KO Deepstack) and sixth in Event #9 ($1,000 NLHE Six Max). The 2021 Series hasn't been quite as kind to Steinman but his game has started to show signs of life. After cashing in Events #7, #11, and #12, for his first three cashes, Steinman has made it into the money in the last two events, coming in 69th in Event #17 ($400 NLHE Eight Max) and then 43rd in Event #18 ($1,000 NLHE North American Open). July 17: Anthony Zinno First to Double Digits [caption id="attachment_635595" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Anthony Zinno became the first player to hit the double digits mark in 2021 WSOP Online cashes with a 40th place finish in Event #17. (WPT photo)[/caption] Just past the halfway mark of the WSOP.com online bracelet event schedule, Anthony Zinno became the first player to hit the double-digit mark in cashes. Zinno finished 40th in Event #17 ($400 NLHE Eight Max) to earn his tenth cash of the of the Series. Michael Holtz is one cash behind Zinno, with nine, and 2020 WSOP Online bracelet winner Ryan Depaulo and Martin Zamani are tied for third with eight cashes each. July 16: Allen Chang Rights a Wrong One Year Later Allen Chang topped the 498-entry field to win Event #16 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better) for a $61,394 payday. That win allowed Chang, who won Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) in 2020, some level of revenge. In 2020, he made his way through 853 other entries in that event before busting in 30th place. July 15: Ali Imsirovic Still Chasing Bracelet #1 [caption id="attachment_635592" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ali Imsirovic found his first cash of the 2021 WSOP on Thursday (WPT photo)[/caption] Over the last 3.5 years, Ali Imsirovic has risen from an unknown American online grinder to a verified poker superstar. He's won nearly $12 million by crushing the super high roller poker scene, but he has to find much success at the WSOP. In 2019, he finished runner-up in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event for his best Series result. He cashed 7 times in the 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, but failed to make a single final table. On Thursday, Imsirovic, who played ever PokerGO Cup event, picked up his first 2021 WSOP Online cash, finishing 17th for $9,870. July 14: Jeff Gross - the Other One - Breaks 2021 Goose Egg There's at least a couple of Jeff Gross' in the poker world. While the partypoker ambassador is the most high profile, there's one out of New Jersey who has been fairly successful in WSOP.com bracelet and ring events during the pandemic. In 2020, Gross cashed if five WSOP Online events. He picked up 31 cashes in WSOP Circuit Online event between October 2020 and June 2021. His first 2021 WSOP Online cash came in Event #14 ($500 NLHE), where he finished 49th for $1,538. July 13: Ryan Leng is All About Equal Opportunity [caption id="attachment_635577" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Ryan Leng won his second career WSOP bracelet on Tuesday.[/caption] Ryan Leng doesn't differentiate between live and online WSOP events. He finds success in both. At the 2018 WSOP, he defeated 1,982 other players to win Event #51 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty) for his first career bracelet. On Tuesday, he beat out 560 other entries to win Event #13 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) for his second bracelet. He's also been a winner in WSOP Circuit events - and yes, he split those evenly as well. He has four Circuit rings, two live (2017 & 2020) and another two online (2018 & 2020). He has five runner-up finishes as well, with three of them coming online and the other two coming live. July 12: Darren Elias Gets Closer to Gold [caption id="attachment_635518" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Darren Elias has dominated the World Poker Tour but can't seem to translate that success to the WSOP. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some would argue that Darren Elias is the greatest player in World Poker Tour history. He has four titles, beating fields of 162, 489, 118, and 1,226. Yet he's never won a WSOP bracelet and the closest he's ever come - a pair of third place finishes - didn't come in NLHE events. On Monday, Elias posted the best NLHE finish of his WSOP career, coming in fifth in Event #12 ($500 NLHE Deepstack) for $18,729. Prior to that, his best NLHE finish came in 2017 when he finished sixth in a $1,500 buy-in event. July 11: Roland Israelashvili Keeps on Rollin' [caption id="attachment_635504" align="aligncenter" width="799"] Roland Israelashvili continues to collect cashes in WSOP Online events. (WPT photo)[/caption] Last summer, Roland Israelashvili cashed 14 times in the WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, including an impressive six consecutive in-the-money finishes from Event #14 through #19. Through the first 11 events last year, he had cashed four times. This year, Israelashvili is ahead of that pace. On Sunday, he finished 26th in Event #11 for his sixth cash of the year. While he made two final tables last year, Israelashvili has yet to make one this year with a 15th place finish in Event #7 his best result to date. July 10: About the "World" Part of the WSOP So COVID-related travel restrictions - both in and out of the United States - are making it very difficult for tourists of any kind to enter the country. The fields in the first 10 events of the WSOP Online show this. There have been 1,377 in-the-money finishes so far and only 52 of them have belonged to non-American players. To the surprise of nobody, Canada leads the way with 17 cashes. No other country has cracked double digits. The second-best performing country is Russia with six cashes. Germany has five - including the only win by a non-American, thanks to Manig Loeser's Event #2 triumph. July 9: Poker Vlogging Kingpins Battle It Out [caption id="attachment_635479" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Poker vloggers Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen both cashed in Event #9 on Friday night.[/caption] There is an amazing level of talent in the poker vlogging world these days, and most of them will tell you that Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen are the Godfathers of the medium. In Event #9, Neeme and Owen each picked up their second cash of the Series. Owen busted in 106th and turned his $400 buy-in into $701 while Neeme went a little bit deeper, finishing 82nd for $832. Owen scored his first cash in Event #2 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) where he finished 17th for $3,699. Neeme didn't wait long to one-up his good friend. The next night, Neeme made the final table of Event #3 ($500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) before busting in sixth for a $14,022 score. July 8: Joon Kim Misses Out on Bracelet #2 One year and one day after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Joon Kim almost won his second. Kim, who shipped Event #7 ($800 NLHE Knockout Deepstack Freezeout) for $106,127 on July 7, 2020, found himself heads-up against Carlos Welch early Friday morning with a chance at a second bracelet and $124,369. Ultimately, it was Welch who took home the hardware and the six-figure score. Kim had to settle for runner-up status and $76,886 in Event #8 ($888 NLHE Crazy Eights). July 7: Jack McClelland Finds His Way into the Money [caption id="attachment_635458" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Jack McClelland finished 27th in Event #7 for his first cash of the 2021 WSOP Online.[/caption] Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth aren't the only Poker Hall of Famers clicking their way to WSOP success this summer. Former WSOP tournament director Jack McClelland picked up his first cash of the summer in Event #7 ($777 Lucky 7's). McClelland, who went into the PHOF in 2014 - the same year as Negreanu - finished 27th for $3,481. Last year, he cashed in Events #23 and #30. He's also managed to pick up some WSOP Circuit Online cashes over the past year. July 6: Ben Yu Picks Up Pace in Pursuit of Online Cashes Record [caption id="attachment_635390" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ben Yu cashed in Event #5 and Event #6 to get his 2021 WSOP Online campaign started. Last year, Yu cashed 16 times. (WPT photo)[/caption] Last summer, Ben Yu cashed in 16 of the 31 bracelet events available on WSOP.com for the second-highest total behind only Ryan Laplante, who had 17. On Tuesday, Yu made the final table of Event #6 ($2,000 NLHE Deepstack) before falling two spots short of a bracelet, finishing in third place for $73,958.46. It is his second cash of the summer, following up on his 16th place finish in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE 8-Max). He's now cashed in 106 WSOP events with 20 of those coming online. July 5: The House of Moorman Continues to Battle - Each Other [caption id="attachment_635364" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Husband and wife Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay both managed to finish in the money in Event #5 (888poker photo)[/caption] This time last year, PocketFives took readers along for the ride in The House of Moorman series as husband and wife Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay worked their way through the WSOP Online events in Las Vegas and then in Mexico. Earlier this year they finished first and second in an online WSOP Circuit event with Moorman getting the ring. On Monday night, they got close to duplicating that feat in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE 8-Max). Lindsay finished 37th for $2,789.41 and a few minutes later, Moorman busted in 34th place for a $3,178.63 score. July 4: Jonathan Dokler Continues to Impress [caption id="attachment_635356" align="aligncenter" width="696"] Jonathan Dokler has cashed in three of the first four WSOP Online events. (PokerNews/Borgata photo)[/caption] Making his way through 1,715 total entries in the opening event of the 2020 WSOP Online, Jonathan Dokler wasn't exactly a household name in the poker world. Fast forward a year later and he has continued to make a name for himself by putting up solid results. In May, right before the WSOP Online started, Dokler won the WSOP.com Caesars Atlantic City Circuit Main Event for $52,761. He's since cashed in three of the first four WSOP Online events. He finished 75th in Event #1, 74th in Event #3, and then made the final table of Event #4 before busting in ninth place. His total earnings so far are $7,543.55. July 3: Field Sizes Down Year-Over-Year, But Still Massive The opening of the 2020 WSOP Online came right in the heart of the early days of the pandemic lockdown - and the field sizes reflected that. Now that live poker is back to something resembling normal, players have more options to choose and the 2021 field sizes and prize pools reflect that. The first three events in 2020 attracted a total of 4,725 entries and prize pools of $2,397,760. Both the schedule and calendar are different (outside of the opening evnet) but the 2021 numbers are 3,265 - a 30.9% decline - and $1,562,670 - a 34.9% drop. Still, as live events in Las Vegas and Florida continue to draw record turnouts, the 2021 WSOP Online events are putting together some of the biggest prize pools in American online poker. July 2: Strong Start for Kathy Liebert [caption id="attachment_635335" align="aligncenter" width="799"] Kathy Liebert cashed in Event #1 ($500 NLHE Kickoff) and Event #2 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack). (WPT photo)[/caption] Kathy Liebert, who sits second on the Hendon Mob's Women's All-Time Money List, cashed in Event #2 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) on Friday to secure back-to-back cashes to start her 2021 WSOP Online run. Liebert finished 39th in Event #1 and then narrowly missed out on making the final table in Event #2, busting in 12th place. Her total earnings through the first two events are $8,011.66. Read: Manig Loeser Ships Monster Stack for First Career WSOP Bracelet July 1: Phil Hellmuth Keeps Cashing [caption id="attachment_635327" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Phil Hellmuth is on the verge of passing Daniel Negreanu for the all-time lead in WSOP cashes. (PokerGO photo)[/caption] There is no player more closely tied to the World Series of Poker than 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. During the 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, Hellmuth picked up 10 cashes, including an 11th-place finish in the first event on the schedule, the $500 NLHE Kickoff. He didn't quite get that deep this year, but did pick up another cash with a 141st place finish for $862. That's his 165th career WSOP cash and puts him just one behind Daniel Negreanu for the all-time lead. Read: Jose Noboa Opens 2021 WSOP Online With Win, $105K Score
  2. After calling his shot, 28-year old Russian Aleksei Vandyshev was the last person standing in the $20 million guaranteed GGPoker 2021 World Series of Poker Online Main Event. He entered the final table, second in chips, and left with a $2,543,073 payday and his first career gold bracelet. Prior to the playing of the final table, Vandyshev recorded a short interview in which he expressed supreme confidence that, in the end, it would be he who was this year’s Main Event champ. “I think my strength as a poker player is that I have a built-in crystal ball, so I see it when people try to trick me,” Vandyshev said. “I think I can win because I don’t care at all about ICM. I will always find a way to bring home the bacon. I want the bracelet and I want it really badly. Other players should think twice because if they fight me, they will only prolong the suffering - the magic is with me.” The magic was with him indeed. An active part of the final table, Vandyshev both took over the chip lead and found himself at the bottom of the chip counts several times. But he leaned on his nine years of experience as a professional poker player (and coach) to let the game come to him. When it did, he was able to close it out and lock up a career-defining victory. It took no time at all for the first player to fall. In fact, it happened on the second hand of the final table. With the blinds at 300k/600k, U.S.-based pro Joe Serock moved all-in for more than 45 million on the button with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] and, in the small blind, a short-stacked Dimitrios Farmakoulis called putting his tournament life on the line. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"] runout was clean for Serock’s pocket sixes sending Greece’s Farmakoulis out in ninth for $254,308. Forty-five minutes later the blinds were at 350k/700k when Vandyshev opened from the cutoff to 1.4 million holding the [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"] and Poland’s Dawid Smolka defended from the big blind off his stack of just over 8 million with a dominated [poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] giving both top pair but keeping kickers in play. Smolka checked it to Vandyshev, who continued for just over 1.2 million. Smolka then check-raised all-in for roughly 7 million and Vandyshev quickly called. The [poker card="6s"] came off on the turn, giving Smolka additional straight outs. But the river came the [poker card="9h"], improving Vandyshev to two pair and eliminating Smolka in eighth place for a $339,124 payout. The two Brazilians at the table clashed during the same level. Start of the day chip leader, Edson Tsutsumi opened the action from the button to 1.47 million with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"] and his countryman, Renan Meneguetti three-bet shoved from the big blind holding [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"]. Tsutsumi made the call and the flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7c"], giving Meneguetti open-ended straight outs to go along with his pair outs. However, the [poker card="5s"] turn and the [poker card="5h"] river both missed him and Tsutsumi’s ace-high took the hand. Meneguetti bowed out in seventh place, good for $452,229. With the elimination of Meneguetti, Norway's Espen Jorstad took over the role of the table short stack. The blinds had climbed to 400k/800k when Jorstad fell victim to a brutal cooler. From the cutoff, Russian Nikita Kuznetsov raised to 1.6 million and was immediately called by Vandyshev on the button holding [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. When it was Jorstad’s turn in the big blind he looked down at [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] and three-bet to just over 5 million, leaving himself with 11 million behind. Kuznetsov four-bet shoved and when Vandyshev folded, Jorstad clicked call. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] flop looked good for the Norwegian, giving him top set and better than 85% to win the hand. But the [poker card="th"] hit the turn and with Kuznetsov improving to a straight, Jorstad needed the board to pair to survive. The river was the [poker card="4d"] and rather than double up with his kings, he was out in sixth for $603,058. Thirty minutes passed and Serock, who came into the day third in chips, had slipped down the chip count due to plenty of earlier tough spots. Now, the well-traveled pro was sitting at the bottom of the chip counts. He opened from under the gun to 1.76 million holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] and when it folded to Tsutsumi, who was holding a commanding chip lead, the Brazilian three-bet shipped his [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"]. Serock called it off with his “big slick” and the board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"] keeping Tsutsumi’s pocket eights ahead the entire time. Serock finished up in fifth place and collected a career-high cash of $804,191. For the better part of the next hour, Vandyshev battled back from a short stack to not only pull even with Tsutsumi but re-take the chip lead. With the blinds at 700k/1.4m, Vandyshev put in a raise from the button to 2.8 million with his [poker card="9c"][poker card="3c"]. From the small blind, Tsutsumi flatted holding [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. From the big blind, Canadian Christine Do had 17 big blinds left and she moved them all-in holding [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"]. Vandyshev folded and Tsutsumi made the call with the dominating hand. There was no real drama as the flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3d"] giving Tsutsumi top set. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Do was drawing dead to the [poker card="8h"] river. Do was the first player to walk with a seven-figure score, earning $1,072,405 for fourth place. Less than ten hands later, during the same level, Kuznetsov opened the button to 2.8 million holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. After Vandyshev let go of the small blind, Tsutsumi three-bet shipped a chip leading 120 million with the inferior [poker card="as"][poker card="td"]. Kuznetsov quickly called for the remainder of his stack and found himself in great shape to double up and get back into the hunt for the bracelet. However, the flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"], bringing two pair to Tsutsumi and leaving Kuznetsov needing help. The [poker card="4s"] turn and [poker card="6d"] river was no good for the Russian and Kuznetsov grabbed the Main Event bronze and $1,430,073 for the deep run. Heads-up play began with the two players who entered the day one-two in chips. Tsutsumi and Vandyshev battled for the better part of an hour with the Russian slowly chipping up and eventually taking the chip lead, once again. The back-and-forth kept on, with both players assuming the chip lead multiple times. At 1.25m/2.5m blinds, both players still had plenty of play, both with more than 100 million in chips, but a heads-up cooler came along and ended it all. From the button, Tsutsumi raised to 5.2 million holding [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"]. As the big blind, Vandyshev put in a huge three-bet to nearly 25 million. Tsutsumi decided to go with it and shoved with Vandyshev sticking his chips in as well. No drama for Vandyshev’s pocket tens as the board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="jc"], eliminating Tsutsumi as the runner-up, good for a healthy $1,907,035 payday. And, as he predicted before the final table, Vandyshev is the 2021 WSOP Online Main Event champion and took home the $2,543,073 first-place prize and gold bracelet. [caption id="attachment_636203" align="aligncenter" width="750"] The final hand of the 2021 WSOP Online Main Event.[/caption] 2021 WSOP Online Main Event Final Table Results Total Entries: 4,092 Prize pool: $20,000,000 Aleksei Vandyshev - $2,543,073 Edson Tsutsumi Jr - $1,907,035 Nikita Kuznetsov - $1,430,073 Christine Do - $1,072,405 Joe Serock - $804,191 Espen Jorstad - $603,058 Renan Meneguetti - $452,229 Dawid Smolka - $339,124 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - $254,308
  3. It’s been another busy week in the GGPoker 2021 World Series of Poker Online festival as players from around the world battled for six (and seven) figure scores as well as the chance to capture a WSOP gold bracelet. A look at some of the recent events to wrap up sees the trend of first-time bracelet winners continue with five more players adding a new top-line to their poker resumes. Here’s a look at some of the latest results from the GGPoker 2021 WSOP Online. Event #19 ($840 6-Handed Bounty NLH) Entries: 2053 Prize Pool: $1,642,400 There were bounty hunters abound in Event #19 ($840 6-Handed Bounty NLHE) as Ukraine’s Andrii Derzhypilskyi rode his aggressive style to victory and took home his first WSOP gold bracelet and a total score (bounties included) of $154,322. Luciano Hollanda, the start-of-day chip leader, finished up as the runner up collecting $66,785 plus an additional $21,681 in bounties for a total haul of $82,222. Joining them on the podium was Silvio Costa. Playing under the flag of Portugal, Costa finished in third and picked up $49,448 and another $32,774 in bounties for a grand total of $82,222. Event #19 Final Table Results Andrii Derzhypilskyi - $66,950 + $87,372 in bounties Luciano Hollanda - $66,785 + $32,774 in bounties Silvio Costa - $49,448 + $32,774 in bounties Eder Campana - $36,568 + $15,650 in bounties Ivan Ciursin - $27,042 + $3,050 in bounties Kelvin Kerber - $19,998 + $2,150 in bounties Event #20 ($1,500 MONSTER STACK NLH) Enties: 1,080 Prize pool: 1,539,000 The end came quickly in Event #20 ($1,500 MONSTER STACK) when the final three players all moved all-in. Chip leader Eduardo Rodriguez held [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"], former WSOP final tablist Dario Sammartino had [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"], and Jerecho Caballero, on the short stack, shipped his [poker card="ah"][poker card="3s"]. When the board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"], Rodriguez claimed victory and earned the $212,815 first-place prize. Sammartino, who was second in chips when the hand went down, walked away with $159,588 as the runner-up. Finally, Caballero also scored six-figures, earning $119,674 for third. Event #20 Final Table Results Eduardo Rodriguez - $212,815 Dario Sammartino - $159,588 Jerecho Caballero - $119,674 Thomas Harvey - $89,743 Renato Valentim - $67,278 Romain Dours - $50,466 Chris Karambinis - $37,844 Lee Jinhyang - $28,379 Karolis Sereika - $21,281 Event #21 ($25,000 Super High Roller Championship) Read: Alexandros Theologis Wins WSOP Online $25K Super High Roller For $1.2 Million Event #22 ($400 COLOSSUS NLH) Entries: $10,903 Prize pool: $4,099,528 ($3 million guarantee) The massive 10,903-entry field of Event #22 ($400 COLOSSUS) assured that plenty of players were going to get a massive return on investment for their $400 buy-in. In the end, it was Italy’s Armando D’avanzo who outlasted them all and banked a $409,007 payday and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Japan’s Kosuke Tajima finished up as the runner-up, which was good for $306,707 while Mirko Numerato from Austria picked up $229,998 as the third-place finished. Also of note, 2020 WSOP Main Event winner Damian Salas had a seat at the final table, finishing in ninth place for a tidy $40,900. Event #22 Final Table Results Armando D’avanzo - $409,007 Kosuke Tajima - $306,707 Mirko Numerato - $229,998 Kenneth Smaron - $172,474 Tarun Goyal - $129,337 Diego Spataro - $96,989 Mathieu Giabiconi - $72,732 Guillermo Gordo - $54,451 Damian Salas - $40,900 Event #23 ($600 Deepstack Championship NLH) Entries: 2,820 entries Prize pool: $1,607,400 Nuno Capucho dominated the final table of Event #23 ($600 Deepstack Championship) eliminating nearly everyone at the final table en route to his first WSOP gold bracelet and $190,274 score. Karolina Norvaisaite, playing out of the UK, was forced to settle for second and its $142,683 payday. Longtime tournament grinder James Carroll took home the bronze, adding $106,998 to his bankroll. GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos was also at the final table, wrapping up in ninth place for $19,027. Event #23 Final Table Results Nuno Capucho - $190,274 Karolina Norvaisaite - $142,683 James Carroll - $106,998 James Chen - $80,237 Bowen Liu - $60,169 Alves Ferreira - $45,120 Ran Koller - $33,835 Christopher Doyle - $25,373 Felipe Ramos - $19,027 Looking Ahead The penultimate weekend of the WSOP Online will feature the final starting flights of the $5,000 buy-in Main Event - all eyes will be on if GGPoker will meet or exceed its ambitious $20 million guarantee. Weekend grinders are offered a pair of events with a buy-in of less than $1K in Event #25 ($777 Lucky Sevens 7-Handed) and Event #26 ($888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed). Both events are likely to bring in big fields with six figures being awarded to those who make it to the podium. Plus, the conclusion of the $10,000 Heads Up Championship in which Arthur Conan, Daniel Soltys, Aleksejs Ponakovs, and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Adrian Mateos will battle for the title and $466,167 first-place prize.
  4. The final online gold bracelet of the summer has been awarded as the 2021 World Series of Poker Online on GGPoker has officially come to an end. The final week of events brought out some of the largest fields of the series as well lifted four players to millionaire status in the $20 million guaranteed Main Event. The final events included some of poker’s top talent in the mix for a bracelet, including Dominik Panka, Faraz Jaka, Stoyan Madanzhiev, Arnaud Enselme, and former #1-ranked Chris Mooman. Event #28 ($2,100 Bounty Championship NLHE) Entries: 1,064 Prize pool: $2,128,000 2014 European Poker Tour PCA Champion Dominik Panka made his way back to the winner’s circle as he topped the 1,064 runners of Event #28 ($2,100 Bounty Championship NLHE) to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet as well as $86,702. Add to that the $98,526 in bounties and Panka walked away with $185,228. Right behind him was China’s Fengdian Wang who finished as the runner-up and collected a total prize of $107,117, bounties included. Isreal’s Nir Amar settled for the bronze which came with a $67,793 payday plus an additional $35,256 in bounties for a total score of $103,049. Also of note, former #1 Chris Moorman fell just a few spots shy of his third WSOP bracelet, finishing in seventh place for a total of $33,496. Event #28 Final Table Results Dominik Panka - $86,702 + $98,526 in bounties Fengdian Wang - $86,489 + $20,628 in bounties Nir Amar - $67,793 + $35,256 in bounties David Mzareulov - $53,073 + $29,074 in bounties Natalya Niktina - $41,550 + $20,430 in bounties Oleg Eltsov - $32,528 + $18,938 in bounties Chris Moorman - $25,465 + $8,031 in bounties Noam Makavy - $19,936 + $26,258 in bounties Vincent Huang - $15,607 + $26,828 Event #29 ($1,500 FIFTY STACK NLHE) Entries: 1,308 Prize pool: $1,863,900 With just three players left, it looked like perhaps poker stalwart Faraz Jaka was on the precipice of taking home his first career gold bracelet. But it was not to be as Ukrainian Vlad Martynenko took over the tournament and went on to victory, earning $250,198 while Jaka, fell just one spot short as the runner-up, collecting $187,622 for his efforts. Russia’s Stanislav Kuvaev wrapped up in third place, also taking home a six-figure score for $140,969. Event #29 Final Table Results Vlad Martynenko - $250,198 Faraz Jaka - $187,622 Stanislav Kuvaev - $140,969 Stefan Lehner - $105,507 Ermo Kosk - $79,119 Nir Amar - $59,331.18 Tzlil Ozer - $44,492 Peter Traply - $33,364 Klas Lofberg - $25,019 Event #30 ($525 Beat The Pros) Entries: 1594 Prize pool: $797,000 Canada’s Jase Regina not only beat the pros, but they beat everyone in the tournament by topping the 1594-entry field of Event #30 for a $75,342 (bounties included) payday and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Malta’s Stefan Atanasov came close but fell one spot short, finishing as the runner-up which was good for $42,443 while Arunas Sapitavicius from Greece claimed the bronze and $28,158 in total. Just missing out on the podium was 2020 WSOP Online Main Event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev who finished in fourth place, adding $28,165 to the bankroll. Event #30 Final Table Results Jase Regina - $32,856 + $42,486 in bounties Stefan Atanasov - $32,776 + $9,667 in bounties Arunas Sapitavicius - $24,707 + $3,451 in bounties Stoyan Madanzhiev - $18,602 + $9,563 in bounties Sebastian Mueller - $14,006 + $10,711 in bounties Julien Achard-stropoli - $10,545 + $8,360 in bounties William Wolf - $7,940 + $9,075 in bounties Alon Huberman - $5,789 + $2,918 in bounties Scott Hill - $4,501 + $5090 in bounties Event #31(¥815 WSOP Zodiac Autumn Festival) Entries: 7,036 Prize pool: $818,645 The final day of the ¥815 WSOP Zodiac Autumn Festival had Hong Kong’s Henry Luo celebrating a win over a field of 7,036 and take home the $87,404 first-place prize as well as his first WSOP gold bracelet. Right behind him in the standings was Argentian Martin Pochat who earned $65,543 as the runner-up. Germany’s Yannick Schumacher rounded out the top three and walked away with $49,151 for third. Event #31 Final Table Results Henry Luo - $87,404 Martin Pochat - $65,543 Yannick Schumacher - $49,151 Ryosuke Kubodera - $36,858 Tiago Lessa - $27,639 Yuhan Liu - $20,727 Robert Kaggerud - $15,543 Sota Yamashita - $11,655 Carlos Silva - $6,740 Event #32 ($210 WSOP Bounty Double MILLION$) Entries: 14,162 Prize pool: $2,832,400 What do you get when you pair a low buy-in with a massive $2 million guarantee? You get the massive field of 14,162 entries for Event #32 ($210 WSOP Bounty Double MILLION$). You also get a winner in Canada’s Ruslan Rishko that more than 1000x’d their buy-in. Rishko took home the $194,096 first-place prize plus another $88,490 in bounties for a total haul of $282,586 and, of course, the gold bracelet. Slovakia’s Ales Lekse also pulled in a nice return on investment, earning a total of $133,250 (bounties included) as the runner-up. Brazil’s Bruno Medalha was the third member of the six-figures club, walking away with $114,602 for third place. Event #32 Final Table Results Ruslan Rishko - $194,096 + $88,490 in bounties Ales Lekse - $119,283 + $13,967 in bounties Bruno Medalha - $106,477 + $18,125 in bounties Vitor Adiron - $68,068 + $9,851 in bounties Stefan Nemetz - $49,880 + $6,625 in bounties Ignas Navickas - $44,481 + $12,279 in bounties Danilo Gomas - $31,471 + $7,592 in bounties Oleg Vasylchenko - $26,149 + $8,407 in bounties Thien Thanh Nguyen - $16,048 + $2,866 in bounties Event #33 ($500 The Closer) Entries: 7,103 Prize pool: $3,373,925 There was no shortage of players willing to register for one last shot at an online gold bracelet in the 2021 WSOP Online on GGPoker. The final event of the series, Event #33 (The Closer) drew 7,103 entries and in the end, it was France’s Arnaud Enselme who booked the final bracelet of the summer and $360,223 for the win. Japan’s Kazuki Ikeuchi likely saved his series as well by earning $270,127 as the runner-up. Greecian grinder Ioannis Angelou-Konstas ended up in third place, good for $202,566. And with the end of Event #33, the 2021 WSOP Online on GGPoker came to a close. Event #33 Final Table Results Arnaud Enselme - $360,223 Kazuki Ikeuchi - $270,127 Ioannis Angelou-Konstas - $202,566 Hernando Guzman - $151,903 Yakov Nesterov - $113,911 Ryosuke Matsumoto - $85,421 Koki Kudo - $64,057 Ethan Reid - $48,036 Qiu Kefei - $36,022
  5. When the final table of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online $1,000 Championship began late Saturday night, Drew O'Connell probably had dreams of spinning up his short stack and turning it into a WSOP bracelet. Over the 95 minutes that followed, O'Connell lived out that dream and earned nearly $147,000 for it. Kyle Phillips raised to 125,000 from UTG+1 with [ac][qd] before Millard Hale shoved his 372,438 stack into the middle in the small blind with [as][kd]. Phillips called and then moved ahead on the [qs][jd][7d] flop. The [jh] turn changed nothing and the [6h] river made Hale's ninth place finish official. Despite picking up the first elimination, Phillips wasn't able to stay around much longer. Just 17 minutes later, Phillips shoved for 1,234,307 with [9c][9s] before Jason Rivkin re-shoved for 1,933,619 with [jc][jh]. The rest of the table folded and Phillips could only watch the [4h][4s][2h][9c][ac] runout to end his run in eighth. After starting the final table with the second smallest stack, O’Connell's race to the bracelet began in earnest a few moments later when he doubled through Michael Trivett. On the next hand, Rivkin raised to 214,500 from UTG with [ad][kd] and Trivett called off his last 68,098 from the button with [qd][2d]. Dan Gallegos moved all in for 1,573,824 in the big blind with [tc][ts] and Rivkin called to put both players at risk. The [jc][9d][5d] flop kept Gallegos in front but gave Rivkin the nut flush draw. The [ks] gave Rivkin top pair and left Trivett drawing to a single out while Gallegos was down to three outs. The [5c] river missed both players and Trivett was eliminated in seventh place with Gallegos going out in sixth. Action folded to Alex Foxen on the button and he raised to 200,000. Kfir Nahum called from the big blind. After the [kd][qd][jc] flop, Nahum check-called Foxen's 125,000 bet. The turn was the [qs] and Nahum moved all in for 840,007 and Foxen called. Nahum showed [qh][9d] for trip queens but Foxen tabled [kc][qc] for a full house and Nahum was drawing dead as the [3s] river completed the board to eliminate Nahum in fifth. With Rivkin leading, the other three players all sat with a very similar stack. Just a minute after busting Nahum, Foxen saw his tournament come to an end in a clash with one of the other players chasing Rivkin. Foxen called from the small blind and O'Connell checked his option. The flop came [9d][7h][4d] and Foxen bet 189,521 only to have O'Connell raise to 643,042. Foxen tanked briefly before moving all in for 3,323,789 and O'Connell called. Foxen tabled [ah][9s] for top pair but O'Connell showed [9h][7d] for top two pair. Neither the [2c] turn or the [4s] river were of any help for Foxen and he was eliminated in fourth place. That pot moved O'Connell into the chip lead for the first time. Three-handed play went on for 42 minutes before reaching heads-up. Rivkin called from the button with [ac][td] and Felix Van De Put moved all in from the small blind for 2,767,618 with [as][2h]. Rivkin called and then watched the [qs][7h][3h][6c][kd] runout provide no relief for Van De Put to eliminate him in third. When heads up play began, O'Connell held 8,999,534 and Rivkin was behind with 7,520,466. Rivkin battled back to retake the lead briefly before losing a critical pot with [ks][6s] against O'Connell's [as][js] on a [jd][6d][4h][3s] board. The money went in on the turn and the [jh] river wasn't able to improve Rivkin's hand. Down to just 10 big blinds, Rivkin drew a line in the sand on the very next hand and was shown the exit. Rivkin moved all in for 2,480,832 with [as][3h] and O'Connell called with [ac][qh]. Rivkin found no relief on the [9d][8h][2h][6s][2d] runout and was eliminated in second place to give O'Connell the victory. The win came just 48 hours after O'Connell made the final table of Event #30 ($600 Six Max NLHE Championship) before busting in sixth place. The event drew 537 unique entries who added 284 rebuys for 821 total entries and a $738,900 prize pool. The 2020 WSOP.com Championship event had 2,126 entries and a $2,019,700 prize pool. Martin Zamani (126th - $1,477.80), Yueqi Zhu (92nd - $1,551.69), Ryan Leng (81st - $1,773.36), Ryan Depaulo (43rd - $2,881.71), Landon Tice (28th - $3,398.94), and Manig Loeser (23rd - $4,137.84) all managed to make it into the money on Saturday. Defending champion Nahrain Tamers finished 325th and did not cash. Event #30 Final Table Payouts Drew 'dudeguydrew' O’Connell - $146,893 Jason 'jayriv' Rivkin - $90,811 Felix 'madenspauwke' Van De Put - $63,545 Alex 'OrcinusOrca' Foxen - $45,147 Kfir 'Nahumus' Nahum - $32,512 Dan 'omg_its_dan' Gallegos - $23,793 Michael 'annie_r_u_ok' Trivett - $17,660 Kyle 'Kpcp22' Phillips - $13,300 Millard 'meekmill' Hale - $10,197

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