The 2021 World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events on the GGPoker Network have officially surpassed the halftime mark earlier this week. Throughout the first 17 events, more than 69,000 total entries generated prize pools in excess of $38 million.

Brazil has dominated the country rankings so far with five titles and nine results on the podium. This includes Joao Simao and Eduardo Pires, who were two of three Natural8 players to win a WSOP gold bracelet during the series so far. On top of poker’s most elusive prize and the hard-earned cash, each of the three winners has also received a Team Bling sponsorship as well.

Natural8 players have reached the final table 18 times in total during these first 17 events but throughout the entire festival, which also boasts an extended Side Event schedule, that number is far higher. For example, there have been 57 victories in total and 162 finishes in the top three!

Let’s have a closer look at the important statistics of the first half and the most successful Natural8 players in the 2021 WSOP Online on the fastest growing online poker network.

Overall Bracelet Event Stats:

  • Completed Gold Bracelet Events: 17 out of 33
  • Prize Money Generated: $38,178,414
  • Average Prize Money: $2,245,789.06
  • Seven-Figure Prize Pools: 14 out of 17
  • Freezeout Tournaments: 2
  • Rake Collected by GGPN: $1,793,070
  • Total Entries: 69,095
  • Average Entries: 4,064
  • Unique Entries: 51,394 (74.38%)
  • Re-Entries: 17,701 (25.62%)

The largest tournament in terms of attendance thus far was Event #1: $50 The Return, which drew a staggering 30,810 entries across 11 starting days. It was a sign of the things to come in the following weeks as 14 out of the first 17 tournaments created a seven-figure prize pool.

Seven of these 17 tournaments boasted a guarantee of at least $1 million and each of them surpassed it by at least 10%. The most impressive surplus figures were generated in Event #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($7,747,725 prize pool), Event #12 DOUBLE STACK NLHE ($5,599,300 prize pool), and Event #17 PLOSSUS ($1,738,880).

The Natural8 Gold Bracelet Winners So Far:

  • Event #2: $1,111 Caesars Cares Charity Event – Joao Simao (Brazil): $227,801.55
  • Event #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER – Eduardo Pires (Brazil): $1,384,012.80
  • Event #13: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship – Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas (Lithuania): $268,926.38

In the opening two events, Natural8 players were heads-up for the WSOP gold bracelet and Joao Simao earned the first Team Bling sponsorship in Event #2: $1,111 Caesars Charity Event, taking home $227,701.55 for his efforts. Cuong “CLVT” Trinh came up one spot shy of victory and had to settle for $120,810.42 in Event #1: $50 The Return NLH.

The second Natural8 bracelet winner during the festival so far also took home the biggest prize. Brazil’s Eduardo Pires prevailed in a field of 5,437 entries in Event #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, scoring a gigantic top prize of $1,384,012.80.

Last but not least, Lithuania’s Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas topped a field of 267 entries in Event #13: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. He claimed a top prize worth $268,926.38 and the $10,000 Team Bling sponsorship to go with it. This very event was also the most successful in terms of Natural8 finalists as Tamasauskas was joined by fourth-place finisher Ben Wilinofsky ($101,644.60) and fifth place finisher David “MPEW299” Wang ($73491.04)

Another two players besides Trinh finished as the runner-up and three players had to settle for the virtual bronze medal. Yen Liang “yao_poker” Yao and Anson Tsang ended up as the bridesmaid with the latter having missed a third gold bracelet. The bid of Canada’s Mike Watson to finally go all the way in a WSOP event was denied when he claimed $28,944.47 for his third place in #10: $400 DOUBLE CHANCE PLO.

Notable Side Event Winners

One of the pinnacle online poker festivals of the year isn’t just about the glory of winning a WSOP gold bracelet. There are plenty of Side Events and additional promotions running all around the clock and they could result in a massive boost to the bankroll.

Let’s take the WSOP High Rollers: $2,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty HR for example. Four Natural8 players took it down so far including Ben Wilinofsky, Hun Wei Lee, Isaac Haxton, and Joachim Haraldstad. Australia’s Joshua McCully won two events including the WSOP High Rollers: $840 Pot-Limit Omaha Hundred Stack, and Haxton added another victory in the WSOP High Rollers: $5,250 Blade Opener 500K for $115,556.32.

While Mike Watson missed out on the gold bracelet, he won three Side Events including the WSOP High Rollers: $1,050 Super Tuesday, WSOP High Rollers: $2,625 Short Deck HR, and WSOP Online: $525 Short Deck Daily Triple for nearly $120k combined.

Online poker coach and RaiseYourEdge founder Benjamin Rolle added two high-stakes victories to his resume. He took down the WSOP High Rollers: $3,150 Blade Bounty King for $34,445.97 and the WSOP High Rollers: $5,250 Blade Bounty Million for another $191,643.16, then finished second in the $5,250 Blade Bounty for $73,248.46 to further cement his impressive rise to the top in the last few years.

Another two Side Event winners claimed six-figure paydays for their efforts: Dicky “Floatinworld” Tsang scored $100,952.11 in the WSOP Online: $525 Bounty Hunters HR MILLION and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Michael Addamo topped one of the WSOP High Rollers: $10,300 Blade for $157,930.84.

Among the impressive deep runs that were all but crowned with a victory were two remarkable results. Julian “VWgunther” Menhardt came out on top of the WSOP High Rollers: $1,050 Sunday HR MAIN EVENT for a payday of $124,059.01 while Brazil’s “THE EDUCATOR” took home $84,215.70 in WSOP Online: $365 Sunday GIANT.

The first half of the 2021 WSOP Online on the GGPoker Network has certainly been very successful for Natural8 players and hopefully, there will be more success stories ahead in the weeks to come.