The 2021 World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events on the GGPoker Network continue as another two champions have been crowned. Malta resident Nicolo Molinelli doubled his bracelet tally with a second victory in as many years while Brazil earned the second title of the series as well.
After the strong start for Natural8 players with three finalists and one Team Bling sponsorship in the opening two tournaments, there was one final table bubble boy and one finalist this time. Let’s take a closer look at how the next two gold bracelet events played out.
Molinelli Takes Down Event #3 Limit Hold’em Championship
As one of the pricier events on the schedule, Event #3 Limit Hold’em Championship came with a price tag of $2,500. There were a total of 140 unique players who re-entered 40 times and they created a prize pool of $427,500, which was split among the top 31 spots. All those in the money received at least $4,062.67 for their efforts.
For Kosei Ichinose, two bullets brought no success. Fellow GGPoker Network ambassadors Felipe Ramos, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, and Anatoly Filatov fell short of the money, as did Mark Herm, Joao Simao, Enrico Camosci, Guillaume Nolet, and Mike Watson to name all but a few.
The 2020 WSOP Online Main Event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev ended up as the bubble boy to send the remaining 31 players into the money. Konstantin Maslak, GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu, Adam Owen, Ivan Zufic and Luke Schwartz departed shortly after in the first and second payout steps. Two Natural8 players made the top 20 in Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka and Daniel Dvoress but they had to settle for 18th and 17th place respectively.
Day 1 eventually ended once the final table was set with Natural8 player Takashi “IKAIKA” Ogura hitting the rail in 10th place. Nicolo Molinelli had accumulated the most chips ahead of fellow WSOP bracelet winner Joao Vieira and Vince Cavailles. The event concluded on the following day and it took around four hours to determine a champion.
Mark Radoja exited almost immediately as the far shortest stack among the finalists and it then took a while for the next casualty, which happened to be Stanislav “Stas Kuvaev” Kuvaev. The bid of Vieira for a second bracelet ended in seventh place when his ace-trey could not get there to beat pocket jacks.
Other notable final table finishers included Romain “Flingue” Dours, Alex “Pl3ase_MuCk” Fortin-Demers, and Milos “Picasso98” Petakovic. Down to the final two, Brazil’s Renan Bruschi was in the lead but Molinelli pulled way ahead when he rivered a straight against two pair. It was over in the next hand as Bruschi had to settle for $66.335.96 for his efforts.
Molinelli, who won his second WSOP Online bracelet on GGPoker in as many years, claimed the top prize of $88,460.64. He became the second poker player from Italy after Max Pescatori to win at least two gold bracelets.
Macedo earns second Brazilian Bracelet of the Series in Event #4 Double Chance
August 5 featured the start of Event #4 Double Chance, which featured a buy-in of $800. The tournament drew 1,063 unique players and 580 re-entries to create a prize pool worth $1,248,680. Only the top 269 spots were paid and three players benefited from the bubble protection for events with a buy-in below $1,000 to get their buy-in refunded as tournament dollars. Well-known Greek poker pro Ioannis Angelou-Konstas had not registered prior to the start and walked away empty-handed as the bubble boy.
Niklas Astedt became the first player in the money to collect $1,391.90 and the casualties then kept coming at a rapid pace. Day 1 was slated to finish once the final table was reached or upon completion of 32 levels. The latter was the case as 24 players remained when the dust had settled. Notables in the money were Kartik “Mandovi” Ved, Pulkit Goyal, Joakim Andersson, Juan Pardo, Bruno Volkmann and Wiktor Malinowski.
Kosei Ichinose fired three entries and cashed for $1,823.52 in 161st place, online streamer Dan Almeida made it further to 92nd place and scored a payday of $2,388.95. The first of two tournament days wrapped up with 24 players remaining and among them were also the Natural8 players David “Alw4ysinduc3” Vinayagamoorthy and Sung Keung “skpang781” Pang.
Vinayagamoorthy fell on the final two tables, swiftly followed to the rail by Event #1 champion Bartlomiej “chester20o” Swieboda. Malcolm “HappyWhale” Trayner and British poker pro Adam Owen narrowly missed out on the final table, the latter of which saw his ace-jack cracked by ace-eight. Pang entered the final nine last in chips and managed one pay jump to score $21,554.41 for 8th place.
The 2020 WSOP international leg Main Event finalist Stoyan Obreshkov had to settle for sixth place and $38,329.79 for yet another very strong showing on the GGPoker Network. Once four players remained, Thiago “IneedWasabi” Macedo was facing three opponents from Finland.
Tomi “BAAABUUSKIII” Brouk was the first to fall when his jam with a missed open-ender ran into Macedo’s trips kings. Up next, Mathias “Senor Perez” Siljander stood no chance with an off suit nine-eight as Macedo held king-nine once more to prevail. Andreas “Duckzzz” Nasman entered heads-up against Macedo with the lead but king-nine was the key hand once more for the Brazilian when he flopped top pair.
From there on, Macedo was not to be denied anymore and flopped two pair with queen-nine secured the title and gold bracelet as Nasman’s king-jack suited missed a huge draw and only made top pair on the river. Nasman earned a consolation prize of $121,209.38 but it was Macedo that walked away with the lion’s share worth $161,636.72.
It was his first gold bracelet and the second for Brazil within the first four events. That number may soon increase as the weekend features three further chances to join the winner’s circle. Stay tuned for the next results right here on the Natural8 blog.