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It was an action-packed weekend in the 2021 World Series of Poker Online on GGPoker as the $20 million guaranteed Main Event wrapped up its starting flights and has played down to a final table. Plus, one of the most-watched events on the schedule, the $10,000 Heads Up Championship) crowned its winner. Event #27 ($5,000 Main Event Online Championship) Entries: 4,092 Prize pool: $20,000,000 After 27 Day 1 starting flights resulting in 4,092 total entries, Event #27 ($5,000 Main Event Online Championship) finally got to the business of playing down to a final table. By the time all of the Day 1 entries filled the lobby of Day 2 (with last-chance flights finishing after the start of Day 2) a total of 720 players were battling for a chance at the $2,543,073 first-place prize. In fact, once all the dust had settled, the payouts showed that the top four players would all walk away with seven-figure scores, and for those who made the final nine, a minimum payday of $254,308. At the end of the day, Brazilian Edson Tsutsumi Jr. emerged as the chip leader and will take 101 big blinds into the final table. Not terribly far behind is Russia’s Aleksei Vandyshev and his 54 million in chips, good for 90 big blinds. Rounding out the top three is longtime U.S. pro Joe Serock who bagged 76 big blinds. The rest of the field will have some catching up to do as the next closest player, Norway’s Espen Jorstad, will return with 33 big blinds, and Dimitrios Farmakoulis will arrive as the short stack, just 15 big blinds to try and spin up. Main Event Final Table Chip Count Edson Tsutsumi Jr. - 60,403,591 Aleksei Vandyshev - 54,232,812 Joe Serock - 45,567,634 Espen Jorstad - 19,575,928 Christine Do - 15,918,120 Nikita Kuznetsov - 13,454,800 Dawid Smolka - 13,154,945 Renan Meneguetti - 12,581,552 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - 9,067,144 Event #15 ($10,000 Heads Up Championship) Entries: 161 Prize pool: $1,561,700 With heads-up poker enjoying a bit of a renaissance over the past 18 months or so, it stands to reason that Event #15 ($10,00 Heads Up Championship) would draw high interest from both players and fans alike. The 161-player field pushed the prize pool to more than $1.5 million with France’s Arthur Conan returning to the final four, first defeating Adrian Mateos in the semi-finals and eventually besting online poker crusher Aleksejs Ponakovs in the finals. For his efforts, Conan earned his first career WSOP gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $466,167. As the runner-up, Ponakovs took home $279,700 and Mateos and fellow semi-finalist Daniel Soltys scored $155,389. Only 16 of the 161 players made the money, with some of online poker’s biggest names among them. Former #1-ranked pros Niklas Astedt and Sami Kelopuro were joined by Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Super MILLION$ champ Joakim Andersson in the round of 16, all of which earned $31,078. Aliaksei Boika and Germany’s Max Kruse were among those who made it to the quarter-finals, both taking home $62,156. Event #15 Final Four Results 1. Arthur Conan - $466,167 2. Aleksejs Ponakovs - $279,700 3. Daniel Soltys - $155,389 3. Adrian Mateos - $155,389 Event #24 ($1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha) Entries: 896 Prize pool: $896,000 Russia’s Dmitry Yurasov bested the 896 runners of Event #24 ($1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha) to lock up $36,224 for first place. He added on $55,487 in total bounties creating a total score of $92,711 and his second career gold bracelet. His first bracelet came back in 2017 when he took down the $10,000 NLHE Six Handed Championship at the WSOP in Las Vegas. Longtime online grinder Ami Barer was denied his first WSOP win by finishing as the runner-up in this one for $33,213 and an additional $36,134 in bounties for a total of $69,347. Finland’s Samuel Saariaho captured the bronze, taking home a total score of $33,630, bounties included. Event #24 Final Table Results Dmitry Yurasov - $36,224 + $56,487 in bounties Ami Barer - $36,134 + $33,213 in bounties Samuel Saariaho - $28,724 + $4,906 in bounties Daniel Perkusic - $22,805 + $13,926 in bounties David Mzareulov - $18,106 + $15,978 in bounties Fausto Tantillo - $14,375 + $4,688 in bounties Andson Tsang - $9,061 + $7,152 in bounties Event #25 ($777 LUCKY SEVENS NLH) Entries: 2,014 Prize pool: $1,486,634 Florida-based pro David Jackson has had plenty of success in his career, one that includes more than $2.7 million in lifetime live earnings, but over the weekend he may have a new headline on his poker resume. Jackson defeated the 2,014-entries of Event #25 ($777 LUCKY SEVENS) to grab his first gold bracelet and $194,178 first-place prize. The win not only gives Jackson a bracelet to go with his WSOP Circuit ring that he earned back in 2017, but now he’s eclipsed more than $1 million in WSOP earnings alone. Romania’s Dumitru Pora finished up in second place, also grabbing a six-figure score of $140,394. China’s Weilin Wang took third place and picked up $101,508 for their efforts. Event #25 Final Table Results David Jackson - $194,178 Dumitru Pora - $140,394 Weilin Wang - $101,508 Mike Watson - $73,392 Lucio Lima - $53,064 Ken Okada - $38,366 Masakazu Muyamoto - $27,740 Event #26 ($888 CRAZY EIGHTS 8-Handed NLH) Entries: 2,350 Prize pool: 1,982,460 Romania’s Alex Papazian loves Crazy Eights. Not only did he emerge from the middle of the pack at the final table of Event #26 ($888 CRAZY EIGHTS 8-Handed NLH) to win the $241,127 first-place prize but he also took home his second career gold bracelet. His first WSOP bracelet? That came back in 2017, in Las Vegas, where he won the live $888 Crazy Eights for $888,888. Crazy indeed. Tal Noach was Papazian’s final hurdle in completing the “crazy” feat was outing Ta Noach, who settled for runner-up in this one for $180,818 while Santiago Varela took home $135,594 for third. Event #26 Final Table Results Alex Papazian - $241,127 Tal Noach - $180,818 Santiago Varela- $135,594 Christian Nagaki - $101,681 Patrick Mahoney - $76,250 Aleksey Churbanov - $57,180 Nikol Minkov - $42,879 Igor Thiesen - $32,155 Looking Ahead As the final week of the 2021 WSOP Online speeds to a conclusion, the playing down of the final table of the Main Event - which takes place on September 11 - looms large. In the meantime, players will have a shot at racking up bounties in Event #28 ($2,100 Bounty NLH Championship) and play for large six-figure sums in Event #29 ($1,500 FIFTY STACK NLHE). Those players who survived the opening flights of Event #32 ($210 WSOP Bounty Double MILLION$) will have a shot at turning their $210 into more than $200,000 when the final day plays out on Sept. 12, the same day Event #32 (The Closer) plays out - giving grinders one last shot at saving their series.
The World Series of Poker Online events on GGPoker continue to be a showcase for Brazilian poker players. On Friday, Renan Carlos Bruschi, currently ranked #6 in the PocketFives Rankings, took down Event #14 ($500 The Big 500) to become the fifth player from Brazil to win a WSOP bracelet this year. When the final table began on Friday afternoon, Bruschi held the chip lead over the other eight players and the next closest stack to his belonged to a fellow countryman, Rafael Furlanetto. Just 15 minutes after play began, Furlanetto added to his stack by winning a classic flip. Furlanetto raised to 320,000 from UTG+1 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] before Andrejs Zukovs moved all in from his direct left for 3,964,752 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9s"] flop gave Furlanetto bottom set and left Zukovs hoping for runner-runner help. The [poker card="4h"] turn left him drawing dead to the [poker card="7h"] river and Zukovs was out in ninth place. Bruschi took his turn in the executioner role just a few minutes later. David Wang raised to 320,000 from UTG+1 and Arthur Conan bumped it up 832,000 on the button. Bruschi responded by raised to 2,208,000, Wang moved all in for 4,260,251 and Conan folded. Bruschi called and tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"] while Wang showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"] to eliminate Wang in eighth place. Furlanetto was involved in the next elimination but ultimately wasn't the benefactor. From UTG Eugenio Pernia moved all in for his last 1,866,806 with [poker card="as"][poker card="3s"] and Nikola Minkov attempted to isolate by moving all in for 3,811,082 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Furlanetto then re-shoved from the button for 19,314,503 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="7c"] turn. The [poker card="th"] river missed both Pernia and Furlanetto and gave Minkov a full house to bust Pernia in seventh. Minkov found another victim just over 10 minutes later. Nick Maimone raised to 770,000 from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] before Minkov jammed from the big blind for 7,993,970 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] and Maimone put the rest of his 7,136,510 stack at risk. The [poker card="th"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Maimone some extra outs. However, he bricked the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="tc"] river and was out in sixth place. While everything had gone swimmingly for Minkov to that point, it all came to a disastrous end in a cooler against Bruschi just 10 minutes later. Bruschi raised to 700,000 from UTG with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] and Minkov moved all in for 10,054,100 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Minkov some hope but as the [poker card="6s"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river completed the board, the Bulgarian grinder was eliminated in fifth. Watching that hand unfold with curiosity was Conan. Down to less than seven big blinds when Minkov went out, a one hand later Conan raised to 800,000 on the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"] and Furlanetto jammed for 35,286,534 from big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="4d"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7h"] to keep Conan safe, but the [poker card="4s"] turn gave Furlanetto a pair. The [poker card="ad"] river improved his hand to two pair and eliminated Conan in fourth place with just a pair of aces. While Brazilian poker fans were no doubt hoping for a heads-up duel between Bruschi and Furlanetto, Leonid Bilkour had other ideas. Having started the final table with the shortest stack, Bilkour navigated his way to holding the chip lead with three players remaining. After more than 20 minutes of battle, the two Brazilians clashed in a pot that propelled Bruschi to the chip lead and Furlanetto to the exit. From the small blind, Bruschi raised to 1,500,000 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] and Furlanetto moved all in for 12,514,699 with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] and Bruschi called. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="kc"][poker card="6d"] to eliminate Furlanetto in third place and send Bruschi to heads up with 62% of the chips in play. Over the eight minutes that followed, Bilokur battled back to take the lead over Bruschi, the PocketFives Player of the Month for July. That lead was short-lived as Bilokur watched the best hand in poker spell his demise. Bilokur raised to 1,800,000 and Bruschi called. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] flop got Bruschi to check and Bilokur bet 1,837,500. Bruschi called and then bet 4,000,5000 on the [poker card="7h"] turn. Bilokur called and watched the [poker card="9d"] river complete the board. Bruschi fired 11,869,500 into the middle. Bilokur called all in for his last 11,704,565 and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] but Bruschi tabled [poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"] for a rivered straight. Bilokur was eliminated in second place. The win allowed Bruschi to join Joao Simao, Thiago Crema, Eduardo Pires, and Lucio Lima as Brazilians winning WSOP gold in 2021 and gave him the opportunity to improve upon his runner-up finish in Event #2 ($2,500 Limit Hold’em Championship). Final Table Payouts Renan Carlos Bruschi - $150,327 Leonid Bilokur - $112,728 Rafael Furlanetto - $83,534 Arthur Conan - $63,391 Nikola Minkov - $47,537 Nicholas Maimone - $35,648 Eugenio Pernia - $26,732 David Wang - $20,046 Andrejs Zukovs - $15,032