WSOP Online: Maxx Coleman, Michael Mercaldo Score Second Bracelets; Lonis, Ausmus Continue Nice Series Runs

October 13, 2022
WSOP Online: Maxx Coleman, Michael Mercaldo Score Second Bracelets; Lonis, Ausmus Continue Nice Series Runs

A couple of players locked up their second bracelets in action over the last week in the World Series of Poker Online at WSOP.com. Maxx Coleman and Michael Mercaldo were among the big winners, adding some more hardware to their series records.

Some other online poker players who already won bracelets in the series also fared well. Jesse Lonis and Jeremy Ausmus both finished just short of some gold. Here’s a look at the last week of bracelet-hunting action with less than a week left in the series.

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Event 25: $2,000 25: No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max

Evan Sandberg grabbed his first bracelet and $94,567 for this win. This marked the California player’s fifth cash of the series. His career live tournament winnings are just short of $1 million.

New York’s Kijoon Park finished runner-up for $67,488. He came up just short of a second bracelet after winning a $2,500 Nine-Game Mix event this summer in Las Vegas for $219,799.

Event 24: $7,777 Lucky 7s High Roller

This big buy-in event found a field of 72 high rollers for a $649,176 prize pool. Jared Strauss took the top spot for $181,769 and his first gold bracelet. The New Yorker is a regular online player and has $281,690 in WSOP winnings. 

Jeremy Ausmus came close to his sixth bracelet, finishing second for $121,395. He scored his fifth earlier in the series in a $365 NLHE event, winning $51,807.

Event 23: $1,500 NLHE

Michael Mercaldo secured his second bracelet in this event, which brought in 244 players for a $335,500 prize pool. Mercaldo scored $68,005 with New Jersey online grinder Joseph Walters taking runner-up for $49,150. Joseph Walters, of Missouri, finished runner-up for $49,150.

Mercaldo also scored an online bracelet last year when he took down the $777 Lucky Sevens for $123,574. 

Event 22: $500 NLHE Big 500

Matthew Paoletti, who goes by the unique name “peepeepoopoo” on WSOP.com, scored the win in this event for $61,070 and his first bracelet. The player originally from Pennsylvania topped a field of 462 entries, which created a prize pool of $333,900.

Paoletti also has seventh- and eighth-place finishes in the series. This summer, he produced a deep run in the $10,000 Main Event, taking 76th for $101,700.

Poker pro Jesse Lonis came close to his second bracelet, snagging runner-up for $44,275. He won his first bracelet earlier in the series, taking down a $1,000 NLHE Six Max event for $73,371. The nice finish apparently came after a few days after Lasik eye surgery.

Event21: $600 NLHE Six-Max 

Maxx Coleman (pictured in lead image, courtesy WSOP) found career bracelet No. 2 in this event that produced a field of 593 for a $241,920 prize pool. He scored $46,666 for the effort.

It’s been a nice year for Coleman, who has more than $2.7 million in live tournament winnings. The poker pro originally from Kansas scored his first bracelet this summer in a $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw event for $127,809.

Getting the online win didn’t come easy. Coleman faced a tough opponent in two-time bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli in heads-up play. PokerGO commentator Jeff Platt finished third for $24,579 and offered a look into his thoughts at making the final table.

Event 20: $500 NLHE Turbo

Player usernames can be interesting and the Las Vegas-based winner of this event chose pretty well. Mark “.TheGambler.” Dibello topped Matthew “GitGot” Volosevich in the quick-paced action for his first bracelet and a score of $41,579.

Not too much information is available about the winner, but he is a regular online player in Nevada. He also notched a runner-up finish in April in an Online Circuit event for $12,749.

Volosevich scored $30,091 for runner-up. The tournament saw 622 entries for a $215,550 prize pool.

Michael “BrockLesnar” Holtz continued his nice run through the series, finishing fourth for $15,864. He now has 10 cashes in the series including a win and a third-place finish.

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Looking ahead

Just under a week of action remains in the series with plenty of interesting events remaining, including in Pennsylvania and Michigan. That includes some major high roller action and the $1,000 Online Championship on Oct. 16.

Those looking for more events may want to check out this month’s Online Circuit Series. For a complete preview, click here.

Here’s a look at all the tournaments remaining in the WSOP Online.

WSOP Online 2022

DateEventBuy-in
Oct. 6#20: NLHE Turbo (NV/NJ)$500
Oct. 8#21: NLHE 6-Max (NV/NJ)$600
Oct. 9#22: BIG 500 (NV/NJ)$500
Oct. 9#23: NLHE (NV/NJ)$1,500
Oct. 9#5: BIG 500 (PA)$500
Oct. 9#5: BIG 500 (MI)$500
Oct. 11#24: Lucky 7s High Roller (NV/NJ)$7,777
Oct. 12#25: NLHE 8-Max (NV/NJ)$2,000
Oct. 13#26: High Roller 6-Max (NV/NJ)$3,200
Oct. 14#27: Super Turbo (NV/NJ)$500
Oct. 15#28: Monster Stack (NV/NJ)$365
Oct. 16#29: Online Championship (NV/NJ)$1,000
Oct. 16#30: High Roller (NV/NJ)$5,300
Oct. 16#6: Online Championship (MI)$1,000
Oct. 16#6: Online Championship (PA)$1,000
Oct. 17#31: Deep Freeze (NV/NJ)$600
Oct. 18#32: Super High Roller 8-Max (NV/NJ)$10,000
Oct. 18#33: Fall Finale (NV/NJ)$500

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