As part of the World Series of Poker Super Circuit Online Series, the WSOP and the GGPoker Network gave cash game players the chance to win one of the elusive rings for the first time. Throughout the entire month of May 2021, enthusiasts from all over the world could showcase their talents to earn a spot in the nine-handed final SNG showdown.
Two WSOPC rings were up for grabs, one for No-Limit Hold’em and one for Omaha. Only the activity in regular cash game tables counted towards the leaderboards, which tracked the success through sessions of at least 50 and up to 100 hands respectively. At the end of the calendar month, the nine best players were invited for the Final 9 SNG, which concluded on Saturday, June 5.
Among the contenders were also two Natural8 players, one each for Hold’em and PLO/PLO-5. Hong Kong’s “wsmbb_” earned their entry for the Hold’em pool with the seventh biggest points tally. India’s “PrateekT” made the cut in sixth place. Both unlocked a 50% boost to their eventual cash prize thanks to qualifying on Asia’s leading online poker site Natural8.
Both Final 9 SNG concluded at the same time and took around two and a half hours to determine a champion. Each finalist had at least $300 locked up whereas the winner was slated to earn the top prize of $2,600 and WSOPC ring.
As the fate would tell, the only Natural8 contender in the Hold’em showdown was the first casualty of the final table. “wsmbb_” had to settle for the min-cash of $300, which was boosted to $450 thanks to Natural8. That left one finalist from Uruguay, three from Poland and four from Russia in contention.
“nsoop4u” from Uruguay, who qualified with the second-most points, was the next to bust and that turned the SNG into a two-horse race. “Narcissus” from Poland entered the Hold’em Final 9 with the most points and made it all the way to heads-up against “Satori_”, locking up at least $1,500 in cash for the efforts. Eventually, it was “Satori_” who prevailed and the title went to Russia.
The Omaha Final 9 was an almost entirely international affair, as players from eight different countries reached the final showdown. Only Russia had two contenders and Natural8’s “PrateekT” entered with the sixth-most points. They would have to settle for seventh place eventually and their $500 prize was boosted to $750 courtesy of Natural8.
“ShipItBabe” from the UK had earned the most points heading into the final and made it all the way to fourth place, which was rewarded with a payday of $1,200. Two players from Russia and “Mr-Bombastic” from Moldova were left to battle for the title and WSOPC ring. “spykismol” finished in third for $1,500 and “Geneti” had to settle for second place, which came with a payday of $1,900.
“Mr-Bombastic” avoided the Russian double victory in the Final 9 SNG and earned the top prize worth $2,600.
That officially concludes the entire festival but poker players from all over the world will soon be able to compete for WSOP Online Bracelet Events on Natural8. A total of 33 gold bracelet will be up for grabs from August 1 until September 12. Satellites for the 2021 WSOP $10,000 Main Event will also run on the GGPoker Network as well.