Anson Tsang reached his second final table during the 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events but came up short of the elusive prize. Dmitry Yurasov, however, has doubled his tally in the very same event after he defeated Ami Barer in heads-up. The COLOSSUS title went to Italy and Portugal earned their first gold bracelet of the festival.
It’s time for the latest round-up of bracelet winners right here on the Natural8 blog.
Armando D’Avanzo Wins Event #22: $400 COLOSSUS
A gargantuan field of 10,903 entries emerged in the multi-flight Event #22: $400 COLOSSUS, which came with a $3 million guarantee. Only 1,619 players survived their starting days to battle for a share of the $4,099,528 prize pool. The top 1,100 finishers earned at least $1,074 whereas a spot on the final table was already rewarded with at least $40,900.
Melika “Melirazavii” Razavi, Vincent “Moist” Huang, Diogo Veiga, Nick Maimone, and Daniel Dvoress were in the overall top 20 when the action resumed. With blind levels of 12 minutes, the leaderboard changed every other second as the tournament raced towards a conclusion. It took fewer than an hour to let the bubble burst and new big stacks emerged in Stoyan “UncleToni” Obreshkov and Stoyan Madanzhiev.
Half-way through the day, Natural8 player Joachim Haraldstad appeared among the big stacks when he won a flop with ace-queen versus pocket jacks. Soon after, Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto also showed up as one of the chip leaders with some 150 players remaining. Both were still in the mix on the final four tables but Haraldstad took a big hit when Damian Salas got there with a straight and flush draw.
The tournament of Furlanetto ended in 16th place and he took home $14,597. Kazuhiro “TurboPropo” Shirasawa bowed out in 11th place for $19,211 and Haraldstad then bubbled the final table to claim $22,039 for his efforts. 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Salas was the biggest name among the final nine and first to go after a bluff cost him dearly.
Malta-based Italian player Armando D’Avanzo then proceeded to knock out Tarun “AreYouAhead” Goyal and Kenneth Smaron to cement his status as the chip leader. Mirko “25Ezekiel17” Numerato bowed out in third place after his ace-jack for top pair was no good, D’Avanzo had flopped two pair with eight-five suited.
Heads-up play carried on for an extended period and D’Avanzo eventually flopped a king-high flush to crack the aces of Kosuke “PXR-51” Tajima. For his runner-up finish, the Japanese took home $306,707 and D’Avanzo scored his first gold bracelet along with the top prize of $409,007.
Capucho Prevails in Event #23: $600 Deepstack Championship
Yet another bargain tournament was Event #23: $600 Deepstack Championship, which attracted a field of 2,820. Day 1 went all the way until the completion of level 32 and that cut down the number of hopefuls to just 47. James Chen led the pack in the hunt for the biggest slice of the $1,607,400 prize pool while other notables in the mix included James “PHJ10” Carroll, Nuno “Albertov” Capucho, Felipe Ramos and Jonathan Proudfoot.
The UK’s Proudfoot was eliminated in 15th place when his gutshot failed to get there against the ace-high of Roman Hrabec. There would be no happy end for Hrabec either as he bubbled the nine-handed final table. GGPoker ambassador Ramos was the first to bust when the field was united to one table when his ace-queen came up short versus Capucho’s ace-king suited.
It was also Capucho who knocked out Ran “Pearblossom” Koller with aces versus ace-six in a preflop contest. Alves “thefifapro” Ferreira was his next victim when nines flopped top set against a dominated pair of deuces. Natural8 player Chen came up short with king-ten against the ace-ten of James “PHJ10” Carroll and missed out on his second bracelet, he had to settle for fourth place and $80,237.
Carroll was then knocked out by Capucho, who also used his chip advantage in heads-up play against Karolina “KarolinaNe” Norvaisaite. The duel lasted some 20 minutes and Capucho eventually won a flip with king-queen versus pocket fours to claim the top prize of $190,274. Norvaisaite received $142,683 for her runner-up finish and recorded the best result for a female player during the festival so far.
Yurasov Defeats Barer in Event #24: $1,050 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
Poker enthusiasts from all over the world entered the fray in Event #24: $1,050 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha and the tournament attracted several specialists of the four-card variant. There were 896 entries in the end for a prize pool of $896,000, of which half was awarded in the cash pool and the other half in progressive knockout bounties.
The top 134 finishers earned at least $2,527 in cash on top of the accumulated bounty prizes and Hannes “BlackFortuna” Speiser was the first casualty in the money. With the six-handed format on top, the action never really slowed down and the top 50 were reached swiftly. Casualties from there on included notables such as Lucio “WizardOfAz” Lima, Florian “HoldemKing17” Fuchs, Wei Zhao, Pedro Garagnani, and Samuli Sipila.
GGPoker Omaha Squad member Fernando “Jnandez87” Habegger once more showcased his Omaha talents and made it to 24th place for a cash prize of $3,257. Aki “Seabossss” Virtanen, Phillip “FUGG” Nagy, Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb, and Andreas Torbergsen all departed before Day 1 wrapped up with just 10 survivors.
Among them was Anson Tsang, who has two WSOP gold bracelets and a WSOP Circuit ring to his name. He finished as runner-up in an earlier event during the festival and made it to the seven-handed final table, albeit with the shortest stack. David “Mclovin86” Mzareulov knocked out Tsang in somewhat bizarre fashion when he called with bottom pair on the flop and Tsang missed his wrap with the same pair and inferior kicker.
Mzareulov was eliminated in fifth place in a hand that also sent start-of-the-day chip leader Daniel Perkusic to the rail, as Ami Barer turned the nut straight. Dmitry Yurasov prevailed with a flopped straight against the set of eights of Samuel “FishIdiot” Saariaho and Barer entered heads-up with a 2-1 lead. Yurasov pulled into a commanding lead and flopped another straight to send Barer to the rail in second place.
The Canadian came close once more to scoop the maiden bracelet but had to settle for $33,213 in cash and $36,134 in bounties. For Yurasov, it was the second WSOP bracelet and he padded his bankroll with a combined prize of $92,711.
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