The international leg of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events have wrapped up the second weekend and seven out of the 33 gold bracelet events have crowned a champion. In the latest trio of tournaments, as many Natural8 players reached the final table. Brazil has racked up the third victory and the second Team Bling sponsorship has been won!
Find out below which Natural8 players earned the spotlight and what highlights await in the days to come.
Kacper Pyzara Wins Event #5 $315 Bounty Deepstack
Prior to the 2021 WSOP Online Events on the GGPoker Network, no player from Poland had earned a gold bracelet but many came close. That fact was already eradicated in the very first event and Kacper Pyzara has now become the second Polish poker player who can call himself a WSOP champion.
The first results of Pyzara on the live poker circuit date back all the way to 2011 and he has earned more than $900k in cashes until now. With his victory in Event #5 $315 Bounty Deepstack, Pyzara padded his bankroll with the top prize of 79,789.46, of which more than half came from accumulated progressive knockout rewards.
The tournament attracted a field of 2,989 entries and the $896,700 prize pool was shared among the top 368 finishers. Several WSOP bracelet winners such as Abhinav Iyer, Natural8’s Paul Teoh, Adrian Buckley, Konstantin Maslak, Trygve Leite, and Chris Moorman cashed but failed to make the final day. Only 45 players still had chips at their disposal when Day 1 ended and Baoyang “baoyang666” Xu held the lead.
Xu would also make it to the nine-handed final table but his tournament finished in 4th place for a combined payday of $29,098.88. The final table started with the eliminations of well-known poker pros Vicente Delgado and Arkadiy “Kamsky” Tsinis. Japan’s hope of another bracelet ended in 6th and 5th place respectively, as Takahiko “tanyaodora3” Nishiyama and Takao “shimizu9” Shimizu came up short by a few spots.
Israel’s Moti “rtm6789” Ohayon was the short stack among the final three players and eventually bowed out to set up the duel for the gold bracelet between Pyzara and Evgeny “pro_nl” Kochubey. The Russian entered the final table as the chip leader and remained at the top when heads-up play got underway. However, Pyzara pulled into the lead and eventually won a flip with pocket sixes versus ace-queen to seal the win. Kochubey earned a consolation prize of $53,145.36 in cash and $16,951.53 in bounties.
Georgios Sotiropoulos Runs Best in Event #6 $200 FLIP & GO
The innovative Flip & Go format, which was introduced on the GGPoker Network earlier in 2021, also had its own gold bracelet edition. With the new multi-stage layers, Event #6 $200 FLIP & GO came with a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. There were a total of 6,368 entries including 2,696 unique players and 3,672 re-entries, boosting the prize pool to $1,209,920.
All those contenders that survived their initial table made the cut to the money and could add to their stack with further successful attempts. Eventually, 326 made it through and earned at least $1,236.13 for their efforts. Included in that batch were the GGSquad streamers Torsten “jektiss” Brinkmann, Koray “KakiTee” Turker, Kevin Martin and Patrick “Egption” Tardif, OmahaSquad member Fernando “JNandez87” Habegger, online legend Niklas Astedt, Juha Helppi, Dmitry Yurasov, Adam Owen, and Dario Sammartino.
The GGPoker ambassadors Felipe Ramos and Daniel Negreanu were joined in the money by Natural8 Team Hot’s Pete Chen and Phachara Wongwichit, while Natural8 streamer Dan Almeida went the furthest in 71st place for $3,271.51. Stefan Schillhabel earned the same amount and Evan “PURPLEPILS99” Parkes received $4,964.76 after hitting the rail in 31st place.
It didn’t take long to determine the final table soon after due to the fast-paced structure and several big names were still in contention. Erwann Pecheux was leading the pack but Georgios Sotiropoulos jumped into the top spot after knocking out Wing Tat Yeung, Markus Prinz and Quentin Roussey. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Moorman scored a double knockout with ace-king when he prevailed against Pecheux and Wiktor Malinowski.
The momentum of Moorman stopped shortly after and he was sent out in 4th place by Sotiropoulos. GGPoker streamer Michiel “Easterdamnz” Van Elsacker then departed in third for a tasty payday of $90,371.42. That left Sotiropoulos and the only Natural8 player on the final table, Yen Liang “yao_poker” Yao, to battle for the gold bracelet.
Taiwan’s Yao doubled twice but his third attempt was not crowned with success, as king-ten ended up second-best to the ace-six of Sotiropoulos. For Yao, the runner-up finish was sweetened by a consolation prize worth $90,371.42. Sotiropoulos, who relocated to Austria to pursue online poker further, earned his second career WSOP bracelet and the prize of $117,022.17.
Eduardo Pires Earns Team Bling Sponsorship in Event #7 $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER
Within the first six events, players from Brazil reached the final six times and won two bracelets. The poker powerhouse from South America continued to shine in Event #7 $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, as three of the nine finalists hailed from Brazil to showcase the early dominance. Among the contenders for the biggest prizes of the festival so far were also two Natural8 players, who had the chance to earn an additional $10,000 Team Bling sponsorship.
The far biggest tournament of the international 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events attracted a massive field of 5,437 entries. It crushed the $5 million guarantee as $7,747,725 in prize money was distributed to poker enthusiasts from all over the world. Only 656 out of the 953 Day 1 survivors earned at least $2,115.34 for their efforts.
Among those to bow out prior to the bubble were GGPoker ambassadors Daniel Negreanu and Felipe Ramos, Dara O’Kearney, Roman “RRomashka” Emelyanov, Matas Cimbolas, Samuel Vousden, as well as the Natural8 bracelet winners Joao Simao and Hun Wei Lee. Once the bubble had burst, the eliminations kept coming at a rapid pace. Recent WSOP bracelet winner Kacper Pyzara and Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Pete Chen fell outside of the top 500 and earned $2,472.27.
Natural8’s very own Danny Tang made the next pay jump and cashed for $2,888.55, as did Bryan Paris after finishing in 387th place. The online streamers Hristivoje “ALLinPav” Pavlovic and Hristo “icho” Anastassov as well as Natural8 bracelet winner Daniel Dvoress went further and padded their bankroll with $3,376.53 each. Several other big names such as Rainer Kempe, Alekejs Ponakovs, Brunno Botteon, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Fabian Quoss and Michael Zhang were gone outside of the top 100.
Among the well-known pros, GGPoker ambassador Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (28th for $11,750.03), Jun “misawa1” Obara (23rd for $16,517.27), Natural8’s Joshua McCully (18th for $23,221.77) and Christopher Puetz (11th for $64,521.90) recorded deep runs that ended not far away from the final table.
Once the remaining hopefuls combined to one table, two Natural8 players were still in contention including Brazil’s Eduardo Pires and Tomas “CoronaMyAss” Jozonis from Lithuania. The end for Jozonis came in 8th place when he failed to improve with ace-deuce suited against ace-king. Jozonis walked away with $127,521.28 for the efforts. Pires earned his first knockout on the final table after sending fellow countryman Victor Begara to the rail with king-nine suited versus ace-king.
Austria’s Lukas Hafner was responsible for the next two eliminations and Tauan Naves departed in third place to notch up a massive score worth $700,270.44. Heads-up play between Hafner and Pires saw the latter commence with a narrow lead but an ill-timed bluff widened the gap significantly. Pires then turned a straight and Hafner’s flopped top pair was no good to crown the next WSOP gold bracelet winner.
Hafner took home $984,469.16 and Pires continued the hot run of Brazilians with the third victory in just seven events during the festival so far. On top of his incredible top prize worth $1,384,013.01, he has also earned the Team Bling sponsorship worth $10,000. With such a massive boost to the bankroll, he may very well use the package and wear the Natural8 patch during the in-person WSOP in Las Vegas this October and November.
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