WSOP Online: Series Wraps Up With Several First-Time Winners; Justin Saliba Grabs Second Bracelet, Frank Funaro Scores

October 19, 2022
WSOP Online: Series Wraps Up With Several First-Time Winners; Justin Saliba Grabs Second Bracelet, Frank Funaro Scores

The World Series of Poker Online officially came to an end at WSOP.com on Tuesday. The last week of action saw a bevy of first-time bracelet winners with three high rollers also playing out.

Justin Saliba grabbed his second piece of WSOP hardware in the $10,000 Super High Roller. The $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship also highlighted the last week with New Jersey’s Frank Funaro securing his first bracelet. Here’s a look at the final week of events including recent winners from Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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Event 33: $500 Fall Finale

This event brought a conclusion to the bracelet hunting action for players in US markets. Hung Truong took the last bracelet of the series for his first WSOP win The victory brought $52,675 in his sixth cash in the series. He topped a field of 381 players, which produced a prize pool of $288,000.

Christopher Basile found the No. 2 slot and took home $38,188. He also finished runner-up in Event 14: NLHE Six-Max for $35,242 and recorded nine series cashes.

Event 32: $10,000 Super High Roller

This high roller produced a field of 52 players for a $499,276 prize pool. Justin Saliba (pictured in lead image, courtesy PokerGO) was eventually crowned the champion, adding his second bracelet and $154,752.

His first came online in 2021 as well, taking down a $5,300 High Roller for $253,800. Saliba also has $1.2 million in live tournament winnings.

“I’m really proud of this one,” he noted on Twitter. “Feels so good to run hot and get it done in the high stakes against a bunch of great players for bracelet number two. Also, happy to capture the full experience. No software, no charts, just a fucking battle with other great players who I believe were treating it the same way.”

The runner-up finisher brought a bit of a tribute to George Costanza of Seinfeld. Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler grabbed second place for $107,528.

Event 31: $600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Freeze

This freezeout event saw players receive a deepstack and attracted 366 runners for a $197,640 prize pool. California’s Qinghai Pan scored his debut bracelet and $36,148. Florida’s Matthew Mendez bagged second place for $26,207, just missing his second bracelet.

Pan now has more than $720,000 in WSOP winnings, a big chunk of that coming online, and $454,034 in live tournament winnings. The tournament produced a field of 366 players for a $197,640 prize pool.

Event 30: $5,300 High Roller

This big buy-in event brought a hefty $425,000 prize pool with 85 entries. California’s Brian Kim grabbed his first bracelet and a nice payout of $119,000. This marked the second-biggest score of his career.

The first came this summer after Kim finished 23rd in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas for $323,100. Aram Zobian, who finished sixth in the 2018 Main Event for $1.8 million, took runner-up for $79,475.

The action included some of the bigger names in poker. Among those in the top 10 were Anthony Spinella (third), Stephen Song (fourth), Shannon Shorr (fifth), Ben Yu (sixth), Anthony Zinno (seventh) and Jesse Lonis (eighth).

Event 29: $1,000 ​​NLHE Championship

This championship would bring a nice bullet point for one online poker rounder. In the end, New Jersey’s Frank Funaro scored the title for $94,096 and his first bracelet. Funaro is a regular in the US online poker market and one of the country’s highest-ranked online players.

The Garden State grinder also has almost $1 million in live tournament winnings. In May, he also grabbed a WSOP Circuit championship ring online as well. He was pleased to break through with a bracelet.

The championship saw 542 entries for a $487,800 prize pool. Arizona’s John Ypma took runner-up for $68,097. Dan Smith finished fifth for $26,146 just a couple days before finding a runner-up. 

Event 28: $365 Monster Stack

It was a nice week for first-time winners overall and this was another event with a debut winner. Desmond Haynes, of Las Vegas, came out on top for his first bracelet and $44,827.

The Monster Stack drew 790 entries for a $259,120 prize pool. New York’s Kenny Han finished runner-up for $32,701 and Canada’s Vanessa Kade scored third for $23,891

Kade came close to a bracelet in the international WSOP Online at GGPoker. She took runner-up in the $500 Ladies Championship for $23,491. The third-place finish and bracelet sweat brought a nice birthday gift for the poker pro who originally had other plans.

Event 27: $500 NLHE Super Turbo

This fast-paced tournament saw California’s Patrick Eskandar rise to the top for his first bracelet and $37,489. The event brought in 291 entries for a $184,950 prize pool.

Eskandar has more than $1.4 million in live tournament winnings in a career dating back to 2010. Peter Braglia scored runner-up for $27,095.

Event 26: $3,200 High Roller Six-Max

Oklahoma’s Christopher Staats reached the winner’s circle in the high roller action for his first bracelet and $111,609 payday. He battled poker pro Dan Smith heads up for the title.

That matchup saw Smith begin with a small lead and that shifted back and forth before Staats found the win. After just missing his second bracelet, Smith scored $79,676 for runner-up.

Staats has $1.3 million in live tournament winnings. The tournament produced a field of 149 entries for a $452,960 prize pool.

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Pennsylvania, Michigan winners

The last few events also recently concluded in the Pennsylvania and Michigan bracelet events. Here’s a look at recent winners:

Pennsylvania

  • $777 NLHE  Lucky 7s (Event 4)  – Boris Kravets, $30,701
  • $500 BIG 500(Event 5) – Andrew Voor, $20,507
  • $1,000 NLHE Championship (Event 6) – Cherish Andrews, $31,986

Michigan

  • $777 NLHE  Lucky 7s (Event 4)  – Thomas Metz, $26,389
  • $500 BIG 500(Event 5) – A. Korby, $17,786
  • $1,000 NLHE Championship (Event 6) – Jonathan Schiller, $31,490

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