The second week of the 2021 World Series of Poker Super Circuit Online Series on the GGPoker Network has crowned another four winners in WSOPC Ring Events. One Natural8 player was among them and several had close calls to earn the elusive price and a LiveX sponsorship. Six Natural8 players reached the final table across four ring events and that also included two of the Team Hot ambassadors.
Lets have a look at the four events from this past week!
On Tuesday May 4, Event #4: $800 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Championship gathered hopefuls from all over the world to battle for the title, a six-figure payday and bragging rights. Eventually, the tournament attracted a total of 1,571 entries and that reeled in a prize pool of $1,193,960. The top 224 finishers earned at least $1,465 for their efforts and a payday of $166,860 was reserved for the eventual champion.
After the end of the registration period, it took around an hour to reach the bubble and Hungarian online legend Andras Nemeth was the last one to leave empty-handed. Many other notables bowed out in quick succession after that and the deep run of GGSquad member Kevin Martin ended in 32nd place for $5,255.
Down to the final two tables, Uri “JimyT” Reichenstein jumped into the lead which he would not surrender anymore. He knocked out Markku “ExVang” Koplimaa and Jeffrey “jumping gn” Reardon to bring the field down to the final five. Natural8 player Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka fell in 5th place for $45,598 and Reichenstein continued his rampage by knocking out all remaining opponents.
That included Claas Segebrecht, Matas “NoWeyyy” Cikinas, and Patrick “chrisbenoit” Brooks. The latter laddered to second place for $120,642 but it was Reichenstein who topped it all for $166,860 and the gold ring.
One of the bargain events of the series was Event #5: 315 BOUNTY GIANT and paid out at least $150 for each opponent sent to the rail. A field of 2,508 entries emerged to boost the prize pool to $752,400. The top 368 spots were guaranteed at least $425 of the cash pool and it would take almost ten hours to determine a champion.
Eight hours were required to whittle down the field to the final nine and among the contenders was also Natural8 player “Skinny Pete” from India. They made it to seventh place and got it in ahead with ace-ten suited against the nine-eight of Aleksandr “leeel” Shepel in the big blind. However, an eight appeared on the flop and “Skinny Pete” departed for $6,223 in cash and bounty prizes.
Shepel remained in the lead until the heads-up stage was reached with the elimination of Stefan “C3H5N3O6” Lehner in third place. Jonas “LobyPewis” Mackoff quickly closed the gap in the early stages of the duel one versus one and pulled into a commanding lead throughout several showdown pots.
The Russian escaped once but the second time was no charm when his queen-jack suited was dominated by ace-king suited. A queen on the flop brought hope for another comeback story but the king fell on the river. Shepel was eliminated for a combined payday of $44,174 whereas Mackoff collected the large bounty prize of $40,694 and a cash prize of $30,446 on top. It was the second WSOPC Ring for the Canadian, who already has more than $1 million in cashes on the live poker circuit.
It was a giant field of 4,000 entries that emerged in Event #6: $365 GIANT No Limit Hold’em and that ensured that the $1 million guarantee was easily surpassed. The top 476 finishers earned a portion of the $1,372,400 prize pool and padded their bankroll with at least $770.
After the end of the late registration, fewer than half the field remained and the bubble burst fewer than two hours later. GGSquad member Kevin Martin was once more enjoying a deep run and made it to the top 100 before bowing out in 59th place. GGPoker ambassador Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier reached the final two tables and hit the rail in 13th place for $7,174.
Jonas “LobyPewis” Mackoff was heading for his second WSOPC ring of the series but eventually fell short after bowing out in 10th place. With the final table set, two Natural8 players were left in contention. However, “PrinceHamed” from Brazil ($17,050) and Team Hot ambassador Pete Chen ($22,737) were the first two causalities.
Down to the final four players, an ICM deal was cut. Canada’s “Ben Cade” and Mateusz “SsethTzeenta” Szymanski were the two shortest stacks and bowed out for $97,184 and $105,193 respectively. That left Serbian poker pro Vlada “Vlada2108” Stojanovic and Russia’s “GangstaZab” to battle for the title. Stojanovic lost a race for almost all of the chips in play and had to settle for second place and $130,584. “GangstaZab” earned $133,180 and also claimed the elusive WSOPC Ring.
It was an expected huge field in Event #7: BIG 25 that attracted poker enthusiasts from all over the world with the bargain price tag and guarantee of $1 million. After all starting days concluded, a field of 61,546 emerged of which 6,767 players made the cut for Day 2 on May 9.
They were all aiming for a share of the $1,415,558 prize pool and it would take just over nine hours to determine a champion. The top 3,125 finishers earned at least $89.15 and among those that cashed were big names such as Ryan Riess, Hristo “icho” Anastassov, Anton Wigg, Pulkit Goyal, Christopher Puetz, Dara O’Kearney, Daiva Byrne and more.
Down to the final 100 contenders, WSOP Online Bracelet winner Nicolo Molinelli departed in 99th place and featured player “Raise4fun” from Thailand followed soon after. Abhivav “ObellaCiao” Iyer just missed out on the top 50 and once the nine handed final table was set, two Natural8 players were still in the mix.
Team Hot ambassador Phachara Wongwichit turned his $25 entry into a payday of $25,958.43 and fell in 7th place. Featured player Yuriy Pashinskiy departed next for $34,616.21 and the pay jumps became even more significant thereafter. New Zealand based player “Raggaz” was the one to collect all the chips and earned a massive $145,994.01 for the efforts. That not only earned them the biggest slice of the pie and the WSOPC Ring but also the LiveX sponsorship from Natural8.
The midweek showdown for a WSOP Circuit ring includes the #8: $800 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em Championship on Tuesday, May 11. Another three events follow thereafter including the $525 Bounty Deepstack NLHE on May 15, Event #10: $100 HUNDRED STACK No Limit Hold’em and Event #11: $400 COLOSSUS. The latter two events conclude on May 16 and wrap up the next Super Sunday of the series.