Another two winners have been crowned during the 2021 GGPoker World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events. Brazil has earned the fourth victory in just nine tournaments and Natural8 Team Bling member Anson Tsang fell one spot shy of his third career bracelet. Furthermore, Daniel Smiljkovic secured his maiden triumph on the WSOP circuit after dominating the final day.
Daniel Smijkovic Takes Down Event #8
With a price tag of $5,000, the 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship was among the more expensive tournaments of the entire festival and it attracted plenty of notables. There were 479 entries to create a prize pool worth $2,275,250, which was split among the the top 71 finishers.
Close to the money bubble on Day 1, several big names fell such as Thomas Muehloecker, Niklas Astedt, and the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas. Shyngis Satubayed was eliminated on the money bubble, which secured a min-cash of $8,313.39 for all remaining contenders. Among those to bust soon after were Samuel Vousden, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Nicolo Molinelli, Renan Bruschi, Arthur Conan and Kenneth Smaron.
GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu bowed out in 49th place for $9,663.57 while the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev departed in 36th place. GGPoker’s Kevin Martin and Anatoly Filatov earned $13,058.25 for their efforts and Artur Martirosian hit the rail just shy of the final three tables.
Natural8 still had two contenders in the mix by then. Team Hot ambassador Pete Chen busted in 16th place for $20,511.37 and online streamer Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka finished in 13th place for $23,843.11. Christian Jeppsson, Kelvin Kerber and Aliaksandr Hirs were then the last three casualties of the day to wrap up Day 1 with nine hopefuls.
Austria resident Daniel Smiljkovic held a solid lead over the other eight competitors and the eliminations of Roman Hrabec and “DontTiltGG” set up the seven-handed final table. Xuming “scplayer” Qi was directly involved in the next four seat open including the knockout of George Wolff, who saw his turned set of tens end up second-best against two rivered broadway straights.
Smiljkovic’s top spot was never in danger and he sent Christodoulos “P0t RippeR” Christodoulou out in third when his ace-king made superior two pair versus queen-seven suited. The chip disadvantage of Qi in heads-up grew by the minute and he eventually got it in with a suited eight-six. Smiljkovic looked him up with king-queen suited and prevailed.
Qi had to settle for $306,349.35 while Smiljkovic claimed the top prize worth $423,426.16 and his maiden WSOP gold bracelet with the 30th WSOP-related cash. The final day took all but an hour and 40 minutes.
Lucio Lima Makes It Number Four for Brazil
South American powerhouse Brazil continues to dominate and has now racked up ten final table appearances during the first nine events. Even more impressive is the fact, that four of these made it all the way to claiming the coveted WSOP gold bracelet. The victory of Lucio “WizardOfAz” Lima in Event #9 $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty came at the expense of Anson Tsang, who narrowly missed out on his third WSOP gold bracelet.
Tsang is a member of Team Bling and earned his second victory via Natural8 one year ago. He made it to the final table as the chip leader and held a lead of four-to-one during the heads-up duel with Lima. However, the Brazilian doubled with king-jack versus ace-six and then held in a flip with pocket treys against the ace-five of Tsang. The runner-up finish came with a total prize of $66,918.19, of which nearly one third were accumulated progressive knockout bounties.
Lima earned the lion’s share of the $1,114,500 prize pool after coming out on top of a field of 2,229 entries. The fast-paced format took just eight and a half hours to determine a champion and the Brazilian walked away with $91,204.79 for his efforts. Notable finalists included Krzysztof “ZryjGruz” Dulowski, Joaquin Melogno, Yngve “IAMWILLIAM” Steen, and William “BigCharles” Romaine.
The top 314 finishers earned at least $698.51 in cash prizes for their efforts along with the bounties scooped up by sending opponents to the rail. Deep runs were recorded by Thomas Cazayous, Adam Owen, Laszlo Molnar, Oleg “Ad Astra” Vasylchenko and Ami Barer, who all made the top 50 and busted prior to the final table.
Which events are coming up next
The international portion of the 2021 WSOP Online enters yet another Super Sunday on the GGPoker Network. Day 2 of Event #10: $400 DOUBLE CHANCE Pot-Limit Omaha [2-Stack] will determine the next WSOP gold bracelet winner as 12 players out of a field of 975 entries remain.
All survivors in Event #12 $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em combine for the final day and a new tournament will kick off, too. High-stakes action will be guaranteed in Event #11 $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller. The special WSOP edition features a massive guarantee of $5 million and will certainly attract some of the biggest names in the world of poker.