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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Almost 11 months to the day after Nicolo Molinelli won his first World Series of Poker bracelet on GGPoker.com, the Italian poker pro won his second by winning WSOP Online Event #3 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship) on GGPoker for nearly $90,000. Molinelli eliminated three of his final eight opponents after working his way through the 180-runner field to make the final table. Mark Radoja came to the final table with the shortest stack and after just five minutes of play, made his stand. Radoja raised to 50,000 from the button and Stanislav Kuvaev called from the small blind. After the [poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] flop. Kuvaev checked-raised to 50,000 and Radoja re-raised for his last 7,500. Kuvaev showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"] for top pair while Radoja held [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"]. The turn was the [poker card="2s"] and the [poker card="8h"] river completed the board to eliminate Radoja in ninth. It took another 90 minutes of action before the next player was eliminated. Blinds had gone up to 30,000/60,000. Molinelli raised to 120,000 from the small blind and Kuvaev made it three bets from the big. Kuvaev then shoved for 281,775 after Molinelli clicked it back to him. Kuvaev tabled [6[6 and would need to hold against Molinelli's [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"] flop was a safe one for Kuvaev but the [poker card="jc"] turn gave Molinelli extra out to a flush. The [poker card="as"] river gave Molinelli a pair of aces and ended Kuvaev's run in eighth place. Once again, the deep structure meant that there was a wait for the next bustout. Just over 45 minutes after Kuvaev was eliminated, current #4-ranked Joao Vieira was sent to the rail. Vieira struggled to stay afloat. Alex Fortin-Demers opened from UTG+1 and Vieira called from the big blind. After the [poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] flop, Vieira check-raised to 160,000 and then called all in after Fortin-Demers three-bet. Fortin-Demers showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] while Vieira tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="3c"] for a wheel draw. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="6s"] to miss all of Vieira's outs and eliminated the Portuguese pro in seventh. Fortin-Demers carried some momentum for the next 15 minutes and in the process found another victim. Romain Dours raised to 240,000 from the big blind after Fortin-Demers had limped from the small. The flop was [poker card="jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] and Fortin-Demers check-called Dours' bet. He then checked again after the [poker card="ah"] river and Dours bet 144,000 all in and Fortin-Demers called and tabled [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"]. Dours showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] and was down to two outs heading to the river. The [poker card="qc"] completed the board and sent Dours out in sixth place. Exactly one half-hour later, Molinelli put another player away. Vince Cavailles pushed his last 378,500 into the middle from early position with [poker card="ks"][poker card="6h"] and Molinelli defended his big blind with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="9c"] to give Molinelli a pair of eights which were good enough to beat Cavailles' turned pair of sixes and Cavailles was eliminated in fifth. Despite being responsible for sending a pair of players home earlier, Fortin-Demers was the next player to go. Down to just 826,050 and with blinds at 100,000/200,000, Fortin-Demers got all of his chips in against Renan Bruschi preflop. Fortin-Demers had [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] while Bruschi had [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing and all Fortin-Demers could do was watch as the [poker card="2c"] turn and [poker card="2d"] river cemented his fourth place elimination. At this point, Molinelli was the shortest remaining stack but he doubled on the first hand of three-handed play to leave Milos Petakovic as the shortest remaining stack. Down to less than two big blinds, Petakovic was all in with [poker card="9h"][poker card="2h"] against the [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"] of Bruschi. Petakovic found no relief on the flop, turn, or river and was eliminated in third place. Bruschi began heads up play with the chip lead but with 20 total big blinds in play, it didn't take long for Molinelli to flip the script and take out his Brazilian opponent. On the final hand of the tournament, Bruschi had just 833,300 left to play with before paying his big blind. Molinelli had taken most of Bruschi's chip on the previous hand and collected the remainder by raising to 600,000 and then calling when Bruschi moved all in. Bruschi was ahead with [poker card="qd"][6] against Molinelli's [poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop gave the Italian top pair and as the [poker card="ah"] turn and [poker card="5s"] river completed the board, Bruschi was out in second place and Molinelli laid claim to a WSOP Online bracelet on GGPoker for the second year in a row. GGPoker WSOP Event #3 Final Table Payouts Nicolo Molinelli - $88,461 Renan Bruschi - $66,336 Milos Petakovic - $49,745 Alex Fortin-Demers - $37,303 Vince Cavailles - $27,974 Romain Dours - $20,977 Joao Vieira - $15,731 Stanislav Kuvaev - $11,796 Mark Radoja - $8,846
  4. After each 2021 World Series of Poker Online bracelet event wraps up, the WSOP ships the event winner their gold bracelet via FedEx. The way the first nine events have gone, somebody needs to inquire about bulk shipping rates to Brazil. For the fourth time in nine events, a Brazilian grinder has managed to take down a WSOP Online event on GGPoker. Lucio Lima defeated 2,228 other players to win Event #9 ($525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLHE) for $95,205. The final table included a pair of previous bracelet winners as well as a Polish player looking to capture the third bracelet this week for his homeland. In the end, it was Lima joining Joao Simao, Eduardo Pires, and Thiago Crema as Brazilian players who have capture gold already this summer. Action folded to Krzysztof Dulowski in late position and he raised to 700,000 with [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] before William Romaine made it 1,995,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] from his direct left. Dulowski called. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"] and Dulowski check-called after Romaine bet 2,170,000. The turn was the [poker card="js"] to give Dulowski trip jacks and Dulowski checked to Romaine who checked behind. The river was the [poker card="7d"] and Dulowski moved all in to put Romaine to a decision for his tournament life. The American, who is residing in Mexico during this series, called off the rest of his chips only to be shown a better hand and was eliminated in ninth place. A few moments later, Lima used a dominating hand to pick up his first elimination of the night. From UTG, Japan's Daisuke Ogita moved all in for 9,124,815 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and action folded to Lima in the cutoff. He re-shoved with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"], forcing the rest of the table to fold. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="ts"][poker card="as"][poker card="4s"] to give both players top pair with Lima's king kicker coming into play to eliminate Ogita in eighth. With blinds of 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante), Yngve Steen moved all in for 7,593,157 holding [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]. Everybody folded until Stanislav Kuvaev re-shoved for 8,965,336 on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop changed nothing and the [poker card="qh"] meant Steen was drawing very thin. The river was the [poker card="6c"] to give Kuvaev the pot and send Steen out in seventh place. When the final table began, Joaquin Melogno was the second shortest stack. After seeing three others bust around him, Melogno's rise up the ladder came to a halt. Melogno raised to 1,470,000 from UTG and Lima called from the big blind. Both players checked after the [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="6s"] and Lima bet 4,060,000 and Melogno called. The river was the [poker card="6c"] and Lima moved all in. Melogno called off his 11,892,512 stack and tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"] but Lima showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"] for a bigger pair to give him his second elimination of the night as Melogno departed in sixth. Kuvaev was the only player who had a shorter stack than Melogno at the start of the final table. His run lasted just five minutes longer than Melogno. Kuvaev moved all in from UTG for 11,475,993 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] before Dulowski re-shoved with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. Dulowski stayed in control after the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"] flop before Kuvaev got a little tease on the [poker card="qs"] turn. The [poker card="ts"] river completed the board and eliminated Kuvaev in fifth position. A battle of the blinds took the tournament from hour-handed to three-handed just 11 minutes later. Lima raised from the button to 1,600,000 before Dulowski three-bet to 6,560,000 in the small blind. Johnathon French then moved all in from the big blind for 9,820,175. Lima folded but Dulowski called and turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"] which put French in great shape holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] flop was a great one for French but the [poker card="jh"] spelled disaster and sent the Canadian to the river with only seven outs. The river was the [poker card="3c"] and French failed to improve and was sent to the rail in fourth. Thanks to that pot, Dulowski started three-handed play with the chip lead and almost 50% of the total chips in play. Just 12 minutes later, he was out. Anson Tsang, who won a bracelet at 2018 WSOP Europe, raised the button to 2,400,000 and Lima came along in the small blind. Dulowski moved all in for 11,794,214 and Tsang re-shoved for 50,286,066 forcing Lima to fold. Dulowski showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"] which put him behind Tsang's [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"]. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8h"] to miss both players and allowed Tsang to take the pot thanks to his ace as Dulowski went home in third place, denying himself the chance to become the third Polish player to win a 2021 WSOP Online event. Tsang started heads up play with 58% of the chips in play and through the early hands of play, he increased that to holding nearly 75%. That was as close as Tsang got to winning the bracelet though. Over the next 17 minutes of play, Lima grinded back to even stacks and eventually took the lead. At this point both players were sitting on stacks of roughly 20 big blinds each. On the final hand of the night, Lima open-shoved for 55,468,880 with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"] and Tsang called for 55,281,120 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] flop paired Tsang's ace but gave Lima bottom set. The turn was the [poker card="7s"] to leave Tsang drawing dead as the [poker card="td"] river completed the board and eliminated Tsang in second place and handed Lima his first career WSOP bracelet. Event #9 Final Table Payouts Lucio 'WizardOfAz' Lima - $95,205 Anson Tsang - $66,918 Krzysztof 'ZryjGruz' Dulowski - $60,634 Johnathon 'Resolve' French - $29,320 Stanislav Kuvaev - $23,741 Joaquin Melogno - $18,314 Yngve 'IAMWILLIAM' Steen - $18,390 Daisuke 'REDJOE' Ogita - $17,123 William 'BigCharles' Romaine - $16,438
  5. Joao Simao has been #1 on PocketFives and has long been considered one of the most successful online poker players ever. On Monday, the Brazilian added to his resume and his legacy when he navigated through the final 20 players to his first World Series of Poker bracelet in WSOP Online $1,111 Caesars Cares event. The second day of action began with 20 players remaining from a 1,584 runner field that built the prize pool to $1,759,824 with $111 of each buy-in going to the Caesars Cares charity, which provides financial assistance for Caesars employees impacted by the COVID pandemic. Peter Raimondi and Le Fang started the final table with the two shortest stacks and spent the first 45 minutes of the final table doing their best to avoid being the first one out. Raimondi ultimately became the ninth place finisher. With blinds at 80,000/160,000 (20,000), Tom Shaham raised to 320,000 from UTG with [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"]. Action folded to Raimondi in the small blind and he moved all in for 725,372 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] and Shaham called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Shaham an even firmer grasp on the hand but the [poker card="tc"] turn gave Raimondi a Broadway draw with just the river to come. The [poker card="as"] river was no help and the Canadian was eliminated in ninth place. Two hands later, Fang shoved from UTG for his last 739,228 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] and Simao called from his immediate left with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"]. Fang could only watch as the board ran out [poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="qh"] to signal the end of his tournament in eighth place. After losing most of his stack in a battle of the blinds, Jinlong Hu was left with just four big blinds. Hu moved all in for 661,394 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="td"] and Andras Nemeth called from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"]. Hu found a dream [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3h"] flop to be in perfect position to double up. The [poker card="as"] turn and [poker card="8d"] river combined to form a nightmare runout for Hu and he was eliminated in seventh after Nemeth went runner-runner to make a better two pair. Unfortunately for the former #1-ranked Nemeth, that was the end of his run good. Just 45 minutes after he busted Hu, Nemeth was on the wrong end of a bad beat. Simao raised to 500,000 from the hijack with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] before Nemeth moved all in from the button for 3,197,295 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The flop came [poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"] to give Simao an open-ended straight draw. There was no waiting around as the [poker card="3d"] turn completed the straight and left Nemeth drawing dead to the [poker card="7h"] river and was out in sixth. Espen Sandvik had more than double the next biggest stack at the table when he picked up the next elimination. Sandvik shoved on the button for 15,575,394 with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] and Ilya Yakunin called all in for 6,542,084 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. Yakunin was in line to double up into the chip lead after the [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] flop, but the [poker card="2h"] turn gave Sandvik a full house and when the [poker card="3h"] fell on the river, Yakunin was out in fifth. On the very next hand, Simao raised to 600,000 from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. Roman Hrabec shoved for 4,837,065 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] and Simao called. Hrabec couldn't connect with the [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="7h"] runout and was sent to the rail in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted 21 minutes with Israel's Shaham doing everything in his power to stay alive long enough for one of the two big stacks to make a misstep. Unfortunately, that's not how things panned out. Shama moved all in for 5,253,186 on the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] and Sandvik re-raised to 12,256,372 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] to force Simao to fold. The [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] flop gave Shaham a few extra outs. The [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="6h"] river ended up giving Sandvik a ten-high straight to eliminate Shaham in third place. Sandvik had 27,810,764 of the 39,550,050 chips in play when heads-up action got underway. Simao battled back to nearly even when the Brazilian picked up a pot worth nearly 37,000,000 chips when he made a king-high flush on a [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"] board. Sandvik had moved all in on the river and Simao tanked before calling with the second-nut flush only to find out Sandvik had been bluffing. The tournament was over on the very next hand. Sandvik moved all in for 2,634,456 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] and Simao called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"]. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"] to give Simao top pair. Neither the [poker card="7d"] turn or the [poker card="jc"] river were able to keep Sandvik alive and he was eliminated in second place to give the highly-decorated Simao his first WSOP bracelet. Event #2 Final Table Payouts Joao Simao - $206,075 Espen Sandvik - $154,533 Tom Shaham - $115,884 Roman Hrabec - $86,900 Ilya Yakunin - $65,166 Andras Nemeth - $48,868 Jinlong Hu - $36,646 Le Fang - $27,480 Peter Raimondi - $20,607
  6. Every poker player dreams of arriving at a World Series of Poker final table with the chip lead and using that chip lead to perfect effect to take out opponent after opponent on their way to winning a WSOP bracelet. The nightmare of that scenario ends with the final opponent coming from behind to win the bracelet. On Sunday, Russia's Evgeny Kochubey lived that nightmare while Poland's Kacper Pyzara won his first WSOP bracelet and $36,285 in WSOP Online Event #5 ($315 Bounty NLHE Deepstack) on GGPoker. Pyzara is the second player from Poland to win a WSOP bracelet this summer on GGPoker. Prior to Bartlomiej Swieboda's victory in Event #1, no Polish player had won a WSOP bracelet. Kochubey eliminated five of his final eight opponents at the final table but couldn't make it past Pyzara who eliminated him and one other player on his way to victory. Pyzara wound up earning an impressive $43,504 in bounties to along with the winner's share of the prize pool. While Kochubey came to the final table with the lead, Pyzara was the second shortest stack when the final nine players sat down. Kocubey went to work almost immediately. From UTG, Kochubey raised to 630,000 before Vicente Delgado raised to 1,860,000 on the button. Kochubey called and then checked the [poker card="jc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"] flop. Delgado bet 1,480,050 and Kochubey called. The turn was the [poker card="ad"] and Kochubey checked to Delgado who bet 2,456,883. Kochubey called to see the [poker card="qc"] river. Kochubey continued his passive line and checked again. Delgado responded by moving all in for 3,872,934. Kochubey called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"] while Delgado tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"] and was eliminated in ninth. Just a few moments later the next player was sent packing. From the hijack, Moti Ohayon raised to 600,000 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"]. Action folded to Arkadiy Tsinis in the big blind and he moved all in for 4,003,708 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] and Ohayon called. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3h"] flop changed nothing and after the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="7s"] river completed the board, Tsinis was eliminated in eighth place. Kochubey waited just eight minutes before finding an opportunity to add to his stack at the expense of one of his opponents. Kochubey opened to 635,000 from UTG with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and Martina Ciklaminiova moved all in for 3,463,308 in the small blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Kochubey called. Ciklaminiova could only watch as the board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="kc"] to send her out in seventh. Just ten minutes later Takahiko Nishiyama open-shoved for 1,177,441 from the hijack with [poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"] and Pyzara called from the small blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"] flop gave Pyzara top two pair and Nishiyama was unable to catch up through the [poker card="kh"] turn or [poker card="2c"] river and was eliminated in sixth. Kochubey continued to pile up chips and eliminations. Takao Shimizu raised to 1,200,000 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"]. Kochubey re-raised to 3,800,000 from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"] and Shimizu moved all in for 19,193,802. Kochubey snap-called. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2c"] flop kept Kochubey in front but gave Shimizu some extra outs with the nut flush draw. The [poker card="3d"] turn was no help and neither was the [poker card="4s"] river and Shimizu was out in fifth place with Kochubey now holding 57% of the chips in play. Another 15 minutes past and Kochubey was once again ending the night for another player. With blinds of 250,000/500,000, Kochubey raised from the cutoff to 1,000,000 with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]. Baoyang Xu jammed for their last 5,889,958 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4h"] from the small blind and Kochubey called. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"] flop kept Kochubey in front. Xu found no further assistance on the [poker card="ks"] turn or [poker card="8s"] river as Kochubey made a flush to cement Xu's fourth place result. Three-handed play started with Kochubey holding more than 65% of the chips in play. Even with such a dominating chip stack amongst them, ICM implications meant that the remaining three players battled for another 47 minutes before one of them busted. Down to less than five big blinds, Ohayon moved all in from the button for 3,782,896. Kochubey defended his small blind before Pyzara three-bet to 11,207,240 from the big blind. Kochubey called and all three players saw the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4h"] flop. Ohayon and Kochubey both checked. The turn was the [poker card="ts"] and Kochubey checked to Ohayan who bet 6,744,135. Kochubey called and then checked the [poker card="3d"] river. Pyzara bet 13,547,411 forcing Kochubey to fold. Ohayon showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"] for ace-high while Pyzara tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] for Broadway to eliminate Ohayon in third place and set the stages for heads up. The two players' stacks were separated by just 14 big blinds with Kochubey in front. In the 40 minutes of toe-to-toe action between the two, Pyaza doubled up early and eventually busted Kochubey to win his first career WSOP bracelet. The double up came on a board showing [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="qh"][poker card="2d"] and 23,055,200 already in the middle. Pyzara checked and called all in when Kochubey shoved. Pyzara tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"] for two pair after Kochubey showed [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"] for nothing but a busted straight. A half hour later, Pyzara opened to 2,400,000 from the button with [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] and Kochubey moved all in for 24,720,488 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. Pyzara called. Kochubey picked up no help on the [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4c"] flop. The [poker card="8c"] turn gave him a few extra outs but the [poker card="th"] river gave Pyzara a full house and eliminated Kochubey in second place. The tournament had 2,989 total entries to generate an $896,700 prize pool. Final Table Payouts Kacper Pyzara - $36,285 + $43,504 in bounties Evgeny Kochubey - $36,194 + $16,952 in bounties Moti Ohayon - $26,386 + $5,801 in bounties Baoyang Xu - $19,213 + $9,886 in bounties Takao Shimizu - $13,990 + $2,794 in bounties Takahiko Nishiyama - $10,186 + $3,816 in bounties Martina Ciklaminiova - $7,417 + $3,312 in bounties Arkadiy Tsinis - $5,401 + $2,652 in bounties Vicente Delgado - $3,932 + $5,152 in bounties
  7. Poker Hall of Fame member Erik Seidel captured his ninth career World Series of Poker bracelet after winning GGPoker 2021 WSOP Online Event #11 ($10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller) for $977,842. With the victory, Seidel moves into a tie for third all-time bracelets with the legendary Johnny Moss and sits just one bracelet win behind Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, and Johnny Chan. Seidel's last WSOP gold bracelet win took place in 2007 when he won the live $5,000 Duece To Seven Lowball Championship for $538,835 of his now more than $37 million in career live earnings. The final table was especially hard-fought as not only was the gold bracelet on the line, but the WSOP edition of the Super MILLION$ had nearly $1 million up top. Start of the day chip leader Francisco Benitez applied constant pressure while some of today's best online pros including Thomas Mueloecker, Isaac Baron, and Rui Ferreira fought over six-figure sums. It took just two hands before the first player fell. With the blinds at 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante) Thomas Muehloecker opened from under the gun to 336,000 holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"]. When it folded to Rui Ferreira in the hijack, he moved all in for roughly 15 big blinds with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Muehloecker took only a second to call, and Ferreira was flipping for his tournament life. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qc"] allowing Muehloecker’s pocket jacks to hold and ending Ferreira’s day before it got started in ninth place for $129,410. Despite the quick elimination of Ferreira, the action at the final table slowed down considerably. It took nearly an hour for the next player to hit the rail. The blinds were up to 125,000/250,000 (30,000 ante) when a short-stacked Isaac Baron opened from under the gun to 1.25 million with [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"], leaving himself with just over one big blind behind. In the cutoff, Chin-wei Chien flat called holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] and the rest of the table let go of their hands. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4s"] and Baron moved all-in for his final big blind and Chien snap-called. The turn was the [poker card="2s"], giving Baron some flush outs but the river came the [poker card="tc"] and shipped the pot to Chien, as Baron, who started the day sixth in chips, exited in eighth place for $166,631. Five hands later, former Super MILLION$ champion Claas Segebrecht found himself on the short stack and looking for help. After Erik Seidel opened from UTG+1 to 500,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"], it folded to Segebrecht in the big blind with [poker card="9s"][poker card="9c"] and he moved all-in. Seidel made the quick call and the flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] keeping Seidel’s pocket kings in great shape to hold. The [poker card="kd"] effectively ended the hand improving Seidel to a set and leaving Segebrecht drawing dead to the [poker card="9h"] river. It was a small river needle for Segebrecht who collected $214,557 for his seventh-place finish. Thirty minutes later, the blinds had climbed to 175,000/350,000 (45,000 ante) when Norway’s Joachim Haraldstad put in a raise to 1.575 million with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"], leaving himself with three big blinds behind. By this time, Fransicso Benitez had amassed a healthy chip lead over the field and moved all-in from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Both the blinds released their hands and Haraldstad committed the rest of his stack. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"], keeping kickers in play. The turn was the [poker card="qc"], bringing some additional chop outs for Haraldstad. But the river came the [poker card="4c"], awarding the pot to Benitez and sending Haraldstad out in sixth place for a $276,268 payday. Moments later, Chien moved all-in for nearly 3.9 million from the cutoff with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] and when it folded to Muehloecker in the big blind with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"] he made the call. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="6s"] flop put Muehloecker in the lead with top pair and left Chien looking for running spades or one of the last two fours in the deck. The turn was the [poker card="5h"] and the river was the [poker card="kh"], ending Chein’s run in fifth place for $355,728. A tense four-handed battle was waged for the better part of thirty minutes as Benitez held the chip lead, Muehloecker was not terribly far behind, and both Seidel and Shyngis Satubayev were within striking distance with around 20 big blinds. With the blinds at 250,000/500,000 (60,000 ante), Benitez put in a raise to 1 million on the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and Satubayev shoved all-in for more than 12 million holding [poker card="ts"][poker card="td"]. Seidel folded his [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] and Benitez quickly called putting Satubayev’s tournament life at risk. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7c"], keeping the pocket queens in the lead. The turn fell the [poker card="ks"], reversing Satubayev’s outs from the final two tens to two queens to make a straight. But the river was [poker card="kc"] and the cooler sent Satubayev to the rail in fourth place for $458,043. Benitez held a roughly 2:1 chip lead over both Muehloecker and Seidel when, with the blinds at 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante), he opened from the button to 1.2 million with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"]. After Seidel folded his small blind, Muehloecker shipped his 26 big blind stack all-in holding [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. Benitez made the call and Muehloecker saw that he was dominated. The flop came [poker card="7d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"], keeping Benitez ahead. The turn was the [poker card="kh"], and Muehloecker needed a ten to survive. However, the river fell the [poker card="jd"] and Muehloecker bid for a Super MILLION$ title ended in third place for $589,785. Benitez had both the chip lead and momentum when heads-up play against Seidel started. But only a few hands into heads-up play, Seidel found a double when he coolered Benitez holding [poker card="qs"][poker card="qd"] against the [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"] of Benitez. After than, Seidel built a chip lead of his own, taking a 2:1 advantage. On the last hand, with the blinds at 350,000/700,000 (85,000 ante) Seidel limped the button holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"] and Benitez put in a raise to 2.8 million with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. Seidel took a few seconds and then shipped all-in and Benitez snap-called creating a monster pot of more than 52 million. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4h"], giving Seidel heart flush out while keeping Benitez with a small edge. The turn was the [poker card="ad"], but it was the [poker card="3h"] river that helped Seidel come from behind in the hand to win it all. Benitez settled for runner-up and its $759,418 payday for second place, while Erik Seidel claims World Series of Poker bracelet number 9 and the $977,842 first-place prize. WSOP Online Event #11 (Super MILLION$) Final Table Erik Seidel - $977,842 Francisco Benitez - $759,418 Thomas Muehloecker - $589,785 Shyngis Satubayev - $458,043 Chin-wei Chien - $355,728 Joachim Haraldstad - $276,268 Claas Segebrecht - $214,557 Isaac Baron - $166,631 Rui Ferreira - $129,410
  8. Gabi Livshitz eliminated five of the final six players - including one of the most dominant players in PocketFives history - on his way to victory in Event #17($400 PLOSSUS) of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online on GGPoker Sunday night to earn his first WSOP bracelet and a six-figure score. Having arrived at the final table with just a touch more than 10 big blinds, Shihhui Wang never managed to escape the danger zone. With blinds at 300,000/600,000, Livshitz raised to 1,200,000 holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"] from middle position before Wang jammed for 3,933,594 from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Livshitz two pair and wrap. The turn was the [poker card="6d"] and the [poker card="9s"] river gave Livshitz a straight to bust Wang in seventh. Livshitz had to wait nearly 25 minutes to find his second victim. From the button, Livshitz opened to 1,400,000 and then called when Lasse Enojarvi raised to 5,250,000 from the button. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] and Livshitz checked. Enojarvi moved all in for 4,135,424 and Livshitz called. Enojarvi tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"] but got bad news when Livshitz showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="6s"] for a flopped straight. Neither the [poker card="7h"] turn nor the [poker card="tc"] river were any help and Enojarvi was out in sixth place. Five-handed play carried on for 37 minutes before Livshitz ended yet another player's tournament. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Niklas Astedt raised to 3,500,000 and Livshitz called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] and Livshitz bet 7,718,750 and Astedt called all in for his last 6,539,398. Livshitz showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] which gave him a slight lead over Astedt who tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="qd"] turn gave Livshitz two pair and when the [poker card="7h"] river completed the board, Astedt was shown the exit in fifth place. With Livshitz holding nearly half of the chips in play, the final four players played for 40 minutes without sending anybody home. That all ended after a pre-flop raising war between the two shortest remaining stacks. First to act, Idris Ambraisse raised to 2,400,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"]. Yuri Suvorov bumped it up to 8,400,000 from Ambraisse's immediate left with [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"]. Livshitz and Shengchao Zhu both folded and Ambraisse moved all in for 24,512,632 and after a full minute of tanking, Suvorov called. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="js"] to give Suvorov the nut flush and eliminate Amrbaisse in fourth. Over the next 30 minutes of three-handed action, Suvorov took the chip lead from Livshitz but eventually conceded it back, setting up Livshitz to resume his duties as table captain. Suvorov conceded hi button and Livshitz limped from the small blind before Zhu raised to 4,800,00 from the big blind. Livshitz popped it up back up to 14,400,000 and Zhu called. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] and Livshitz potted it to 29,400,000 with Zhu holding 33,145,442. Zhu moved all in and Livshitz called. Zhu showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] but Livshitz turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. Neither the [poker card="6s"] turn or the [poker card="3h"] river changed anything and Zhu was gone in third place. Livshitz started heads up play against Suvorov with 65% of the chips in play. The two played for just four minutes before Livshitz put the finishing touches on a dominating performance. Suvorov raised to 4,800,000 and Livshitz re-raised to 14,400,000 and Suvorov called. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"] flop, Livshitz bet 17,520,000 and Suvorov called all in. Livshitz was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"] while Suvorov was hoping for his [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] holding to improve. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="7s"] to eliminate Suvorov in runner-up position and give Livshitz his first WSOP bracelet and $152,165.44. The event attracted a total of 4,576 entries from 3,486 unique players to build a total prize pool of $1,738,880 to easily surpass the $1,000,000 guarantee. Final Table Payouts Gabi Livshitz - $152,165.44 Yuri Suvorov - $89,236.81 Shengchao Zhu - $52,317.61 Idris Ambraisse - $43,949.86 Niklas Astedt - $35,065.02 Lasse Enojarvi - $19,673.48 Shihhui Wang - $22,107.05
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. The first Pot Limit Omaha event of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online GGPoker schedule played down to a champion on Sunday with Roland Czika coming out on top of the 975-entry field in Event #10 ($400 Double Chance PLO) to pick up his first piece of WSOP hardware and more than $55,000. The seven players who made the final table battled for just over 15 minutes before one of them was eliminated. From UTG, Lei Yang raised to 200,000 and then called when Stanislav Halatenko three-bet to 750,000 on the button. Both players checked the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] flop to see the [poker card="5d"] turn. Yang checked and Halatenko bet 673,375. Yang called and the [poker card="2d"] river completed the board. Yang checked again and Halatenko moved all in for 3,037,266. Yang called and showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="9d"] for flopped quads while Halatenko tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8s"] for aces and queens and was eliminated in seventh. It took nearly three-quarters of an hour to go from six players to five. With blinds of 80,000/160,000, Arkadiusz Liszewski raised to 560,000 from the cutoff and Noam Garama chose to defend his big blind. The flop was [poker card="qc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2h"] and Liszewski moved all in for his last 1,241,589 and Garama called. Liszewski tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] for top pair with an ace kicker while Garama also paired the queen but had kicker problems with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="8c"] turn solved those kicker problems and left Liszewski hoping for some help on the river. The [poker card="7s"] river was a complete brick and Liszewski was out in sixth place. It only took 20 minutes to find the next elimination and once again, Garama was the one conducting things. On the button, Garama raised to 500,000 before Mariam Nozadze bumped it up to 1,600,000 from the big blind. Garama called. After the [poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"] flop, Nozadze shoved for 2,598,733 and Garama called. Nozadze turned up [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4h"] for a pair oces but Garama was way ahead with a flopped straight thanks to his [poker card="qc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"] hole cards. Nozadze turned a set thanks to the [poker card="as"] on fourth street, but the [poker card="3h"] river didn't give her a full house and she was out in fifth. A full hour and 20 minutes passed without any eliminations before Garama got involved again - this time with a different outcome. Blinds were 250,000/500,000 and Garama raised to 1,750,000 and Czika came along from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] and Czika bet 2,872,800 and Garama called all in for 1,044,536. Czika showed [poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"] for a pair of sixes while Garama was drawing with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"]. Czika made two pair on the [poker card="5h"] turn then made a straight on the [poker card="7h"] river to send Garama to the rail in fourth place. That hand propelled Czika into the chip lead. Czika added to his lead 15 minutes later when he took out the most high-profile player at the final table. Czika raised to 1,320,000 from the button and Mike Watson moved all in for his last 2,756,392 in the big blind. Czika called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3d"] while Watson tabled [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ah"] to give Czika two pair and send Watson to the rail in third place. When heads up play began, Czika was ahead 3-2 in chips over Yang. Over the next 10 minutes, Czika continued to chip away and eventually found a spot to vanquish his last foe. From the small blind, Czika raised to 1,800,000 and Yang called from the big. Yang checked the [poker card="ts"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"] flop and then called when Czika bet 1,200,000. After the [poker card="qs"] turn, Yang moved all in for 3,559,464 and Czika called. Yang showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] for a flush and straight draw while Czika made a pair with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] holdings. The river was the [poker card="ac"] to miss all of Yang's outs and eliminate him in second place while Czika laid claim to his first-ever WSOP bracelet and $55,369. Final Table Payouts Roland 'Quina Quen' Czika - $55,369 Lei 'A LEI' Yang - $40,033 Mike Watson - $28,944 Noam 'lamalo21' Garama - $20,927 Mariam 'WisdomTree' Nozadze - $15,131 Arkadiusz 'Noksukow' Liszewski - $10,940 Stanislav 'shrekpoker91' Halatenko - $7,910
  12. 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
  13. In the 51 year history of the World Series of Poker, just two Lithuania players had managed to win bracelets before Vincas Tamasauskas joined them after his win over the 267 entries in WSOP Online Event #13 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship) on GGPoker. During the 2020 WSOP Online, Vladas Burneikis became the first Lithuanian to win a WSOP bracelet and Gediminas Uselis became the second just a few weeks later. The seven players who started Wednesday's final table battled for 45 minutes before the first player was eliminated. Hernando Guzman called from early position and Ben Lakatos called from the cutoff. From the button, Ben Wilinofsky raised to 300,000 and only Guzman came along. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"] and Guzman checked. Wilinofsky bet 802,500 and then called when Guzman moved all in for 2,174,587. Wilinofsky turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7h"] for two pair while Guzman showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"] for top pair with a straight draw. Neither the [poker card="2s"] turn or the [poker card="ks"] river were any help however, and Guzman was out in seventh. Nearly a half hour passed before an all in pre-flop battle of the blinds sent another player to the rail. Florian Fuchs raised to 210,000 from the small blind before Lakatos re-raised to 630,000 in the big blind. Fuchs responded by calling off the rest of his 410,534 chip stack. Fuchs showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] while Lakatos was slightly ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="js"][poker card="4h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"] flop put Lakatos comfortably in front and as the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river completed the baord, Fuchs was eliminated in sixth place. Just a minute later, Wilinofsky found himself another victim. On the button, Wilinofsky raised to 155,000 and David Wang jammed from the big blind for 311,956. Wilinofsky called and showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"] while Wang tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"][poker card="5d"]. Wilinofsky took the lead on the [poker card="qs"][poker card="td"][poker card="3d"] flop. Wang actually lost some outs on the [poker card="7d"] turn and was officially eliminated when the [poker card="8h"] fell on the river. Despite being responsible for two of the first three bustouts, Wilinofsky was the next player out just a few hands after losing a massive pot to Lakatos. Tamasauskas opened to 200,000, Lakatos called from the button, and Wilinofsky bet his last 259,542 from the small blind. Fernando Habegger called from the big blind, and Tamasauskas and Lakatos also came along for the ride. Everybody checked the [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] flop and the [poker card="ad"] turn. After the [poker card="ks"] completed the board, Lakatos bet enough to force Habegger and Tamasauskas to fold. Wilinofsky flipped over [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7c"] for top two pair but was shown bad news when Lakatos sowed [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"] for a full house to cement Wilinofsky's fourth place finish. Three-handed play carried on for another 16 minutes until Tamasauskas took out his first opponent of the night. Lakatos called from the button, Habegger bet 480,000 in the small blind and Tamasauskas defended the big blind. Lakatos opted to fold. After the [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"][poker card="4h"] flop, Habegger moved all in for 331,781 and Tamasauskas called. Habegger was a 2-1 favorite after showing [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"] against the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"] that Tamasauskas held. The [poker card="8c"] turn completely flipped the script and gave Tamasauskas the best hand. The [poker card="8d"] river was a formality as Habegger was sent packing in third place. Tamasauskas held a 3-1 chip lead when heads up play began and needed just five minutes to close out the victory. The final hand of the night started with Tamasauskas raising to 350,000. Lakatos called and then checked after the [poker card="9s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] flop. Tamasauskas bet 210,000 and Lakatos raised to 1,365,000 and Tamasauskas called. The turn was the [poker card="as"] and both players checked. After the [poker card="2c"] river, Lakatos bet his last 2,431,831 and Tamasauskas called. Lakatos showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"] for a wheel, which was no good after Tamasauskas tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2h"] for a full house to eliminate Lakatos and ship Tamasauskas his first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Vincas Tamasauskas - $268,926 Ben Lakatos - $194,439 Fernando Habegger - $140,583 Ben Wilinofsky - $101,645 David Wang - $73,491 Florian Fuchs - $53,135 Hernando Guzman - $38,418
  14. 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
  15. Greek high-stakes pro Alexandros Theologis took down one of arguably the toughest fields of the 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online when he bested the 255-entry field of Event #21 ($25,000 Super High Roller Championship) to claim the $1,212,033 first-place prize and his first career World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Theologis, currently ranked #40 in the world (#1 in Greece), put on an impressive final table performance en route to a career-high online score. He entered the day third in chips but amassed a formidable chip lead that kept his tough competition, including Kahle Burns, Adrian Mateos, and Anatoly Filatov, from ever really closing the gap. The first elimination of the day arrived quickly when, with the blinds at 35,000/70,000, Timothy Nuter put in put in a raise of over 680,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"], leaving himself just two big blind behind. Kahle Burns called from late position with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Nuter top pair, but it also brought Burns middle set. So, when Nuter open jammed for his final 140,000, Burns quickly called and his set held through the [poker card="9c"] turn and [poker card="jc"] river. Nuter ended in ninth place and picked up $151,503. The early bustouts continued when, with the blinds at 40,000/80,000 a short-stacked Adrian Mateos moved all-in from the button for just over 10 big blinds with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"] and Theologis, in the big blind, snap-called holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The flop came [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"] keeping pocket queens well ahead, but offering Mateos some back door outs. The turn was the [poker card="ts"], bringing Mateos a pair, however the [poker card="7h"] river was no help to the three-time WSOP bracelet winner and Mateos was eliminated in eighth place for $196,476. On the very next hand, Rui Ferreira shipped his final 840,000 all-in from under the gun with his [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. He was immediately called by next-to-act Wenjie Huang holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The rest of the table got out of the way and the flop came down [poker card="as"][poker card="th"][poker card="7c"], bringing both top pair, but leaving Ferriera dominated. The turn was the [poker card="qc"], giving the top-10 ranked Ferriera three outs to the gutshot straight, but the [poker card="3h"] was a miss and he bowed out in seventh place which was good for a $254,798 payday. During the same level, Huang opened his [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"] from under the gun to 168,000, and Burns flat-called with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. Then, on the button, Brazilian Eduardo Silva three-bet shoved his final nine big blind with the [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. When the action returned to Huang, he called and Burns came along as well. The flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"], and both Huang and Burns checked. The turn came the [poker card="9s"], and Huang led for 600,000 and Burns called. The [poker card="qs"] hit Burns, giving him top pair and when the action checked through, he dragged the pot and sent Silva to the rail in sixth place for $330,432. It took nearly thirty minutes of five-handed play for the next elimination. With the blind up to 60,000/120,000 Anatoly Filatov opened to 240,000 on the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. After Theologis folded the small blind, Mark Radoja shipped all-in with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"]. Filatov made the call and after the flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"], Radoja was drawing dead. A meaningless [poker card="2d"] and [poker card="jd"] came on the turn and river respectively and Radjoa finished up in fifth place for $428,518. Although he picked up some momentum from the knockout of Radoja, Filatov’s fortunes turned when play got to four-handed. With the blinds up to 70,000/140,000 Filatov was on the short stack when he moved all in from the small blind holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] and was called by the chip leading Theologis in the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"][poker card="2h"], giving Filatov a pair, but leaving Theologis with both pair and straight outs. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] but the [poker card="ks"] river gave Theologis the best hand and sent Filatov out in fourth for $555,719, the second-highest score of his online career. Five hands later, a critical pot took place when Theologis put in a small raise from the small blind holding [poker card="8h"][poker card="8c"] and with more than 34 big blind in his stack, Huang pushed all-in with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"]. Theologis essentially snap-called which build a pot of nearly 10 million. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"], leaving Huang looking for the [poker card="5s"], the only card that would save him. But the [poker card="jd"] hit the turn and the [poker card="jh"] completed the board, ending Huang’s run in third place for $720,678 and giving Theologis a massive chip lead. Theologis started his heads-up battle with Burns with a nearly seven-to-one advantage and while Burns held his ground for the roughly 20-minute match, Theologis was able to use his stack to take it down. On the final hand, the pair found themselves all-in preflop, Burns holding a dominating [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] to Theologis’ [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4h"] flop looked good for Burns. When the [poker card="qs"] came on the turn, Burns looked like he was in good shape to double. But one of Theologis’ three outs, the [poker card="6c"] spiked on the river, giving him the hand. Burns settled for second place and a $934,604 payday while Alexandros Theologis earned the $1,212,032 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet. WSOP Online $25,000 Super High Roller Final Table Alexandros Theologis - $1,212,033 Kahle Burns - $934,604 Wenjie Huang - $720,679 Anatoly Filatov - $555,720 Mark Radoja - $428,518 Eduardo Silva - $330,433 Rui Ferreira - $254,798 Adrian Mateos - $196,476 Timothy Nuter - $151,504
  16. 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 second half of the 2021 WSOP Online runs on GGPoker.com from August 1 to September 12 and PocketFives is keeping tabs on all kinds of statistics from the action and will highlight one interesting stat or fun nugget from each event. READ: WSOP Stat of the Day: WSOP.com Edition Event #2:   Event #1: Poland is on the Board (They Kinda Already Were) Through 51 years of action, players from 59 different countries have won WSOP bracelets. According to the Hendon Mob, Poland was not one of them until after the opening event of the 2021 WSOP Online on GGPoker. Bartlomiej Swieboda navigated his way through 30,809 other entries to win Event #1 ($50 NLHE The Return) for $161,111 and the first WSOP bracelet for his native Poland. There are at least two previous bracelet winners born in Poland, though both were U.S. residents at the time of their victory. Henry Orenstein won his bracelet in a $5,000 Seven Card Stud event in 1996 while Michael Gracz won a $1,000 NLHE w/rebuys event in 2005.    
  17. Georgios Sotiropoulos made his way through 6,359 other entries to end up at a final table with another previous World Series of Poker bracelet winner, a high stakes cash game crusher, and six other players in WSOP Online Event #6 ($200 Flip & Go) on GGPoker. He then eliminated six of his final eight opponents to win his second career WSOP bracelet and $117,022. The Flip & Go format sees eight players seated at a table with all players all in on the first hand. Each table plays until only one player has chips. Those players advance into the next round where all players are in the money and the tournament plays down to a winner in a traditional format. The turbo structure all but guaranteed a fast-paced final table and it took just five minutes to go from nine players to eight. With blinds of 50,000/100,000, Sotiropoulos moved all in for 1,407,262 from middle position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. Wing Tat Yeung called all in for his last 773,564 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Yeung stayed ahead after the [poker card="qh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop but the [poker card="ac"] turn gave Sotiropoulos a pair of aces. The river was the [poker card="2s"] and was no help to Yeung as he exited in ninth. Five minutes later, Sotiropoulos, who won his first WSOP bracelet in 2015 at WSOP Europe in am €1,100 NNLHE Turbo event, did it again. Markus Prinz shoved from the small blind for 259,080 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"] and Sotiropoulos called from the big blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] gave Sotiropoulos top pair and left Prinz needing one of three tens or some runner-runner combination to stay alive. The turn was the [poker card="4d"] and the [poker card="8h"] river completed the board to eliminate Prinz in eighth place. The steamroller that was Sotiropoulos only had to wait four minutes for the next elimination. From UTG+1, Quentin Roussey moved all in for 477,614 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"] and action folded back to Sotiropoulos in the big blind and he called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Sotiropoulos a pair of aces while Roussey was needing a jack for Broadway or some runner-runner runout to stay alive. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] leaving only the Broadway outs for Roussey. The [poker card="ad"] river gave Sotiropoulos a full house and ended Roussey's run in seventh. The next bustout hand took the table from six-handed to four-handed and it was none other than PocketFives legend Chris Moorman who was on the winning side. Wiktor Malinowski raised to 490,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"], Erwann Pecheux called off his last 166,269 from the small blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"], before Moorman jammed for 816,256 from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. Malinowski called and everybody caught a piece of the [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="qs"] and the [poker card="jd"] river gave Moorman the pot and eliminated Pecheux in sixth and Malinowski in fifth. Despite picking up that pot, Moorman's run didn't last much longer and once again it was Sotiropoulos in the driver's seat. Action folded around to Sotiropoulos in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8d"] and Moorman briefly tanked before calling all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop gave Sotiropoulos an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="8h"] gave him a pair of eights leaving Moorman drawing to either one of three kings for a bigger pair or one of three remaining jacks for a king-high straight. The [poker card="qd"] river actually improved Sotiropoulos to a queen-high straight and ended Moorman's quest for a second 2021 WSOP Online bracelet with a fourth place finish. It took Sotiropoulos just 15 minutes to send his last two opponents to the rail to take home another bracelet. First up was Michael Van Elsacker. Yen-Liang Yao folded his button and Sotiropoulos raised to 1,600,000 from the small blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"] and Van Elsacker called off his last 646,620 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"][poker card="6s"] flop hit both players but Sotiropoulos moved ahead with a bigger pair. Neither the [poker card="9s"] turn or the [poker card="qc"] river were able to save Van Elsacker and he was out in third. Sotiropoulos started heads up play with 81% of the chips in play. Down to less than 15 big blinds, Yao moved all in with [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"] and Sotiropoulos snap-called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"]. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"] flop moved Yao in front with a pair of kings. However, the [poker card="as"] turn put Sotiropoulos back on top with a pair of aces and the [poker card="7c"] river was no help for Yao and he was eliminated in second place while Sotiropoulos took down the tournament and earned $117,022 in the process. Final Table Payouts Georgios Sotiropoulos - $117,022 Yen-Liang Yao - $90,371 Michiel Van Elsacker - $69,791 Chris Moorman - $53,898 Wiktor Malinowski - $41,624 Erwann Pecheux - $31,145 Quentin Roussey - $24,824 Markus Prinz - $19,171 Wing Tat Yeung - $14,805
  18. 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
  19. Another day in Pennsylvania meant another online grinder was earning a World Series of Poker Online bracelet. This time it was 'Conngong12' topping a 319-entry field in event #6 ($400 NLHE PKO) to win WSOP gold and more than $22,000. The first elimination of the night came after 'SimSolvers' opened to 32,000 from late position holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. 'DAG_CLG' moved all in from the small blind for 298,476 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"] and 'SimSolvers' called. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] leaving 'DAG_CLG' some backdoor hope. The [poker card="9s"] turn however sealed things for 'SimSolvers' and as the [poker card="5h"] river completed the board, 'DAG_CLG' was eliminated in ninth place. Ten minutes later, 'CampPinebox' shoved from UTG for 234,909 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"] and 'MoXSTeeM' moved all in from the cutoff for 640,869 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"] and the rest of the table folded. The board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="ts"][poker card="th"] to eliminated 'CampPinebox' in eighth place. The seven remaining players battled for 15 minutes before sending the next player home without a bracelet. 'MoXSTeeM' called the big blind from early position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. Action folded to 'mskrrr' on the button and they moved all in for 542,184 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"] and 'MoXSTeeM' called. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] flop left only runner-runner hope for 'mskrrr'. The [poker card="2h"] turn was no good and after the [poker card="ks"] river, 'mskrrr' was eliminated in seventh. 'MoXSTeeM' ended another opponent's run just over five minutes later. 'MoXSTeeM' bet 72,222 from UTG with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] before 'Jokulhaups' moved all in for 610,480 from the hijack holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. 'MoXSTeeM' called. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] flop gave 'Jokulhaups' top pair and moved him in front. The [poker card="th"] river changed nothing but the [poker card="8d"] river gave 'MoXSTeeM' a set to bust 'Jokulhaups' in sixth place. After picking up three consecutive eliminations, 'MoXSTeeM' sat the next one out. 'SimSolvers' raised to 56,000 from the button with [poker card="ah"]jc] and Zach Gruneberg pushed his entire 540,057 stack into the middle from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. 'SimSolvers' called and then watched as the [poker card="9h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="qc"] runout missed both players to send the pot to 'SimSolvers' thanks to his jack kicker and Gruneberg was out in fifth. With four players remaining, 'Conngong12' turned things into overdrive. Drew Gonzalez shoved for 372,705 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8h"] only to have 'Conngong12' move all in for 946,342 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] forcing 'SimSolvers' to fold his big blind. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6c"] to leave Gonzalez wanting and eliminated him in fourth place. Just six minutes later, 'Conngong12' sent the tournament to heads up. 'Conngong12' opened with a min-raise to 120,000 on the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"]. 'SimSolvers' moved all in for 1,420,716 from the small blind with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. 'MoXSTeeM' folded the big blind before 'Conngong12' called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3h"] flop put 'Conngong12' in the driver's seat heading to the turn. The [poker card="3d"] turn changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="6s"] river and 'SimSolvers' was out in third. 'Conngong12' started heads up play holding 66% of the chips in play. It took them just seven minutes to turn that number up to 100%. 'MoXSTeeM' opened to 95,555 on the button with [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] before 'Conngong12' shoved for 4,443,201 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. 'MoXSTeeM' called off their last 1,831,234. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"] flop was a safe one for 'MoXSTeeM' but the [poker card="ad"] was disastrous. Down to just two outs, 'MoXSTeeM' found no safety net on the [poker card="jc"] river and was eliminated in second place, leaving 'Conngong12' to collect the chips and the WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts 'Conngong12' - $22,214 'MoXSTeeM' - $13,747 'SimSolvers' - $9,593 Drew 'MoveBlanket' Gonzalez - $6,626 Zach 'CaptainLevi' Gruneberg = $3,953 'Jokulhaups' - $3,488 'mskrrr' - $3,227 'CampPinebox' - $2,540 'DAG_CLG' - $2,333
  20. 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
  21. 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)
  22. 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
  23. The 2021 World Series of Poker Online bracelet events on GGPoker are through seven events and Brazilian players have now captured three of them with Eduardo Pires becoming the first player to win seven figures along with the gold after his win in Event #7 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker) on Sunday night. Joao Simao was the first Brazilian to win a bracelet this year after taking down Event #2 ($1,111 Caesars Cares NLHE) for $206,075. Four days later, Thiago Crema de Macedo won Event #4 ($800 Double Chance No Limit Hold’em) for a $161,637 payday. Pires came out on top of the 5,437-entry field to win $1,384,013. He wasn't the only player at the final table representing Brazil. Tauan Naves and Victor Begara also made the final nine and those three players held three of the top four stacks when the final table began. With blinds of 400,000/800,0000, Oskar Prehm moved all in for 2,925,322 from early position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4h"] and Naves called from the button with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The board ran out [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"] to give Naves the pot and make Prehm the first final table casualty. Five minutes later, another one of the Brazilian players took their turn as executioner. Tomas Jozonis open-shoved for 111,173,168 from the cutoff with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2d"]. Begara moved all in for 30,11,034 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] and Xiongbin Zhang folded the big blind. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5c"] flop wasn't a good one for Jozonis and as the [poker card="8d"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river changed nothing, Jozonis was sent to the rail in eighth. Naves took the reigns for the next bustout. Naves min-raised to 2,400,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] before Lachezar Petkov moved all in for just a shade under 10,000,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"]. Naves called but got bad news on the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"] flop as Petkov moved ahead. The [poker card="js"] turn changed things however and left Petkov with just a single out. The [poker card="td"] completed the board to eliminate Petkov in seventh. A battle between two of the Brazilians led to the next elimination. Everybody folded to Pires on the button and he moved all in for 112,812,238 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"]. Begara called all in for 22,932,702 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] forcing Zhang folded his big blind. Everything looked good for Begara on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] flop. He stayed in control on the [poker card="4s"] turn but the [poker card="9h"] river spelled doom for him as Pires made a pair of nines to eliminate his fellow countrymen in sixth place. After having his kings cracked in a hand against Lukas Hafner, Paul Fisher was left with just 2.5 big blinds. Fisher moved all in for 6,147,246 from UTG with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7h"]. Hafner raised to 14,086,736 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and the remaining players folded. The board ran out [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2d"] to give Hafner the pot and eliminate Fisher in fifth. With blinds at 1,250,000/2,500,000 (300,000 ante), Zhang moved all in for 21,066,137 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] and Hafner called from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. Zhang's domination of Hafner didn't last long as the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Hafner a pair to move in front. Neither the [poker card="2c"] turn or [poker card="4c"] river were able to save Zhang from a fourth place result. When three-handed play began, the two remaining Brazilian players held nearly 66% of the chips in play with Pires holding more than half on his own. After 12 minutes of play, Pires added to his stack at the expense of Naves. Hafner folded the button and Pires shoved his entire 115,505,440 stack into the middle from the small blind with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. Down to just 6.5 big blinds, Naves called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="5c"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"] flop gave Pires bottom set and left Naves hoping for a jack to make a straight and stay alive. Neither the [poker card="4h"] turn or the [poker card="6c"] river filled that straight draw and Naves was out in third place. Hafner started heads up play with the slightest of chip leads but over the 10 minutes that followed, Pires took the lead and eventually collected all of the chips. On the final hand of the night, Pires called from the small blind and Hafner checked his option to see a flop of [poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"]. Hafner check-raised to 11,619,000 after Pires bet 3,500,000. The turn was the [poker card="4d"] and Hafner took some time before betting 19,691,760. Pires contemplated his options and clicked the call button. The river was the [poker card="8d"] and Hafner checked to Pires who moved all in for 161,161,584. After thinking for nearly 30 seconds, Hafner called all in and showed [poker card="7s"][poker card="3d"] for a pair of sevens but Pires tabled [poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] for a straight to eliminate Hafner and win his first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Eduardo Pires - $1,384,013 Lukas Hafner - $984,469 Tauan Naves - $700,270 Xiongbin Zhang - $498,115 Paul Risman - $354,317 Victor Begara - $252,031 Lachezar Petkov - $179,275 Tomas Jozonis - $127,521 Oskar Prehm - $90,708
  24. 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
  25. 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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