As the 2021 World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events on the GGPoker Network approach the halftime, Natural8 players were coming close to glory as of recently but missed out on the elusive gold bracelet. However, that dry period has come to an end with the victory of Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas in Event #13: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship.
Further contenders reached the final tables to boost their bankrolls while one of the highlights of the tournament schedule has completed the first day. Event #15: $10,000 Heads-Up Championship is down to the final four players and Adrian Mateos is vying for his fourth gold bracelet.
Find out below how the latest batch of events unfolded.
Tamasauskas Wins Gold Bracelet and Team Bling Sponsorship
Among the high-stakes tournaments of the schedule was the Event #13 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship with a price tag of $5,000 and the tournament attracted a field of 267 entries. Only the top 39 finishers were guaranteed a slice of the $1,268,250 prize pool and many familiar names were among those that failed to make the cut.
Four-card aficionados GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos, Ola Amundsgaard, George Wolff, Aku Joentausta, Andras Nemeth, James Chen, and Andreas Torbergsen all hit the rail without anything to show for. Anson Tsang then failed to hold up with aces against the defending champion Juha Helppi to come up shy by two spots, followed by the elimination of Isaac Baron on the money bubble.
The 6-Max format resulted in quick-fire eliminations thereafter and the likes of Hun Wei Lee, Ludovic Geilich, Gavin Cochrane and Jonas Kronwitter were ousted in the first payout steps. Six-time WSOP bracelet winner and GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu flirted with the lead close to the bubble but ultimately busted in 19th place for $13,484. The same payday was awarded to Helppi, who had to settle for 17th place this time.
As the field raced towards the seven-handed final table, Team Bling member Joao Simao departed in 12th place for $15,642. Fellow WSOP bracelet winners Nick Maimone and Simon Lofberg were the next two casualties and the day wrapped up soon after when Arthur Conan and “Lee0r” ran out of chips.
The final-table line-up included three Natural8 contenders in David “MPEW299” Wang, Ben Wilinofsky, and Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas. It only took two hours to determine a champion but that period was filled with plenty of action. Hernando Guzman entered as the chip leader but became the first casualty, followed by Florian Fuchs.
Wang laddered two spots with a short stack and finished in 5th place for $73,491. Wilinofsky dominated the early action but his topsy-turvy run came to an end in 4th place for $11,645. GGPoker’s OmahaSquad member Fernando “Jnandez87” Habegger was the short stack in three-handed play and eventually had to settle for $140,583.
That left Ben Lakatos and Tamasauskas to battle for the title and the Lithuanian quickly pulled way ahead. In the final hand, Lakatos turned a wheel but the chips only went in after the river paired the board and that’s what improved Tamasauskas to a full house. The Lithuanian walked away with the top prize of $268,926 while Lakatos was awarded a consolation prize worth $194,439.
On top of the money, gold bracelet and bragging rights in the family, Tamasauskas will also receive a Team Blind Sponsorship worth $10,000 courtesy of Natural8.
Bruschi Brushes Off Competition in Event #14: THE BIG 500
This past week also featured one of the bargain events with a price tag of just $500. Out of a field of 2,639 entries, only 35 hopefuls survived the first day in Event #14: THE BIG 500. They locked up a decent portion of the $1,253,525 prize pool and Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Phachara Wongwichit was second in chips behind another Natural8 player in Brazil’s Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto.
Friend of Natural8 Jessica Teusl was among the short stacks and her spin-up never happened as she finished in 34th place. Wongwichit, likewise, had a bad day at the office and bowed out in 22nd place for $4,506. Among the big names that departed prior to the final table were
Tomi “BAAABUUSKIIII” Brouk, Alexander “Mucurinha” Debus, and Chun Lei “judd trump” Zhou.
Two Natural8 players reached the final nine with Furlanetto in the lead and David “MPEW299” Wang in contention. For Wang, who recorded his second final table of the series in bracelet events, it all came to a crashing end in 8th place when he ran with queens into the kings of Renan Bruschi to collect $20,046.
Other notables such as Nick Maimone and Arthur Conan hit the rail thereafter and Furlanetto’s bid of a maiden bracelet was denied by fellow countryman Bruschi. The Brazilians got it in with pocket pairs in three-handed play and Bruschi’s eights prevailed against mighty ducks. Furlanetto collected $84,534 for his efforts.
Heads-up play saw Bruschi up against Leonid “Mikleler” Bilokur with the Russian staging an incredible comeback prior after being down to two big blinds. However, Bilokur’s aces were cracked by ten-trey suited that whiffed a flush draw and made a straight instead. Bruschi, who has been actively using the SnapCam feature in the poker client throughout the series, earned his first bracelet and top prize worth $150,327, Bilokur padded his bankroll with $122,728.
Event #15: $10,000 Heads-Up Championship Reaches the Final Four
High-stakes and heads-up specialists entered the fray in Event #15: $10,000 Heads-Up Championship. The tournament initially had a cap of 128 players but that was reached two days prior to the start, which led to an increase to 256 entries max. A field of 161 entries emerged and the $1,561,700 prize pool was divided among the top 16 finishers.
All players had to survive four heads-up duels to secure a min-cash of $31,078 and the eventual four semi-finalists had a bye in their first round. Notables who fell in the first payout step were Niklas Astedt, Sami Kelopuro, as well as the Natural8 players Carlos Chadha, Mike Watson and Yen-Liang Yao.
In the quarter finals, young Frenchman Arthur Conan defeated Miguel Capriles to be the first player to advance. He will face three-time WSOP bracelet winner Adrian Mateos in the upcoming semi finals, while the other side of the draw features the duel between Daniel Soltys and Aleksejs Ponakovs.
Soltys knocked out Joakim Andersson and active German football striker Max Kruse in the round of 16 and 8 respectively. Once in the money, Ponakovs defeated Yao and Aliaksei Boika to lock up a cash of at least $155,389. A spot in the final will be worth at least $279,700 while the winner is slated to take home $466,167.
The action resumes on Saturday, September 4, and all three remaining heads-up matches will be broadcasted on the GGPoker.TV Twitch channel with commentary by the legendary duo of Norman Chad and Lon McEachern.