The moment thousands of poker players have been looking forward to during the 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events arrived last Sunday, September 5, 2021. All survivors of the $5,000 Main Event on the GGPoker Network returned to their seats for the $5,000 Main Event, all aiming to call their shot for seven-figure prizes.
Only nine of them remain and they are battling for the biggest slice of the $20 million guarantee. Throughout 27 starting days, the flagship tournament of the entire festival created a field of 4,092 entries. This in fact came short of covering the guarantee and caused an overlay of $563,000, which the operators recovered thanks to the collected rake.
Main Event Top 450 Finishers In The Money
When the action got back underway, just 720 players had chips at their disposal and the top 450 finishers were guaranteed at least $11,104 for their efforts. Some of those that busted prior to the money were Markus Prinz, Koray Aldemir, Guillaume Nolet, Farid Jattin, Pascal Hartmann, and the two-time WSOP bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos and Alexandru Papazian. Natural8 players to fall shy of the money were James Chen, Niklas “NikkyMouse” Ehrenholz, Kahle Burns, and Joshua McCully.
Brian “Kommon34” Fairfax ended up as the bubble boy when his flipped pair of nines ran into pocket kings. Other Natural8 players such as Sam Greenwood, Jingxiang “Fuzzy Wuzzy!” Ong, Stevan Chew, and Dicky “Floatinworld” Tsang finished in the first payout step. The eliminations shortly thereafter came at a rapid pace and Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Kitty Kuo was sent to the rail soon after, joined by the likes of Chris Hunichen, Dan Smith, Michael Addamo, and Patrick Leonard.
Brazilian Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto settles for 127th Place
Also in the mix was Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto who came close to winning a gold bracelet earlier in the festival in Event #14. The Brazilian was in the middle of the pack and won a flip against Aleksei Istomin with ace-king versus queens to boost his stack. Ultimately, Furlanetto had to settle for 127th place and $26,681.
After the bubble had burst, Julian “VWgunther” Menhardt chipped up and knocked out two-time WSOP bracelet winner Anson Tsang, among others, with kings versus ace-six. Menhardt would make it into the top 100 and eventually fell in 66th place and collected $39,056 for his efforts.
The field was whittled down slowly but surely and several Natural8 players were still in contention on the final four tables. Croatian player “Guthix” went on a roller coaster ride to first double with aces versus ace-king, then dashed out two doubles and lost the last few chips with jack-trey versus queens. Canada’s “UrielOnFire” was the next casualty in 31st place when they ran with fives into aces and collected $59,394.
WSOPC Ring Winner “TheMadQueen” Finishes in 25th Place
French-Canadian poker pro Charles “TheMadQueen” La Boissonniere made the pay jump to $68,301 and came up short in a battle of the blinds with Espen “COVFEFE-19” Jorstad to finish in 25th place. The Norwegian had pushed with ace-five and La Boissonniere called with king-jack but found no help on a queen-high board.
Perhaps one of the most cruel eliminations in the late stages concerned the second-last Natural8 contender Murilo “RaiseBluff” Nascimento. Against fellow Brazilian Renan “legal” Meneguetti, he got it in with ace-king against ace-king suited. Only one heart appeared on the flop but another two followed to give Meneguetti the winning flush, sending Nascimento out in 23rd place for $68,301.
Short Deck specialist Robert Flink failed to hold up with jacks against the ace-deuce suited of Meneguetti and hit the rail in 18th place. Soon after, the final two tables were set when Xinglong “XLongHuang” Huang failed to get there with ace-ten suited versus ace-queen.
An Intense Final Two Tables
Several big names were still in contention such as the WSOP bracelet winners Thomas Cazayous and Mike Leah, Luigi “shadinho94” Shehadeh, and Matthew “Un Gamja!” Wakeman. As the action became more tense, they fell one after the other. Wakeman came up short of the final table by two spots when he ran with ace-ten into the pocket jacks of Joe “assisup4rent” Serock.
The final table was then set with the elimination of Nicolo “Do-WhatYou-lov3” Bartolone in tenth place. He was one of three shorter stacks and called the shove by Aleksei “Ha KoJleHu” Vandyshev with ace-king, which was well ahead of jack-ten. However, a jack on the flop improved Vandyshev and locked up a massive pay jump for the remaining nine contenders.
Chip Leader “CrownUpTsu” Aims For Team Bling Captain
Two Brazilians and two Russians are among the final nine hopefuls and the chip leader is none other than Natural8 player Edson “CrownUpTsu” Tsutsumi. He has the chance to win a $100,000 Team Bling sponsorship if he accumulates all the chips on the live-streamed final table, which will conclude on Saturday, August 11.
Tsutsumi chipped up during the late stages and took over the lead on the final table bubble after scooping a large pot off Meneguetti. Notables for the grand showdown include Joe “assisup4rent” Serock, Espen “COVFEFE-19” Jorstad, and Nikita “VSMPZD” Kuznetsov. Jorstad streamed his efforts on Day 2 on Twitch and aims to do so again when the action resumes.
Christine “Yunaa” Do is also in the mix and has become the second female player in as many years to reach the WSOP Online Main Event final table. Wenling Gao finished as the runner-up in the 2020 edition and earned more than $2.7 million for her efforts, the biggest MTT prize for a female poker player in the history of poker.
And here is what they are playing for
You can follow the final table action on a 30-minute delay on GGPoker.tv with cards-up coverage and commentary from start to finish.
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