WSOP Weekly: First Week Wraps Up With Major Prize Pools as Bracelet Hunting Begins

July 5, 2021
WSOP Weekly: First Week Wraps Up With Major Prize Pools as Bracelet Hunting Begins

The opening weekend of the World Series of Poker Online has concluded with four new gold bracelets awarded. kicked off the series on July 1 with one events each day until Aug 1.

Germany’s Manig “Ohio77” Loeser was among the winners over the weekend. Several big-name pros also made appearances and were in the hunt for some hardware as well. Players such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Michael Gagliano, and Andrew Lichtenberger all notched cashes over the weekend.

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The series opened up on July 4 weekend, producing large crowds and large cash payouts. The opening four bracelet event prize pools were just shy of $2 million

The largest of the four events took place on Thursday. The opening event brought in $574,650 with 1,277 entries. All online bracelet events are available to players in the New Jersey and Nevada markets at

Players don’t have to live in the state, but must physically be located in New Jersey or Nevada. Here’s a look at the action from the first four events.

WSOP Online 2021

EventTournamentEntriesPrize poolWinnerWinner payout
1$500 NLHE BIG 500 Kickoff (July 1)1,277$574,650Jose “Deposit” Noboa$105,161
2$600 NLHE Monster Stack (July 2)1,038$560,520Manig “Ohio77” Loeser$104,313
3$500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack (July 3)950$427,500Donnell “Spreezy52” Dais$90,801
4$500 NLHE Super Turbo (July 4)850$382,500Jeffery "Steelvikes7" Hoop$73,861
5$1,000 NLHE 8-Max459$648,700Jeremiah "freestylerr" Williams$139,600
6$2,000 NLHE Deepstack416$769,600Tyler "ShipTheShip" Denson$175,700
7$777 Lucky Sevens888$621,600Michael "stiltwalk" Mercaldo$123,574
8$888 Crazy Eights782$625,600Carlos "CarlosWelch" Welch$124,369
9$400 NLHE Six-Max788$438,120Philip "wingsuiter" Beck$81,534
10$2,000 NLHE1,517$455,100Michael "njnj17" Leib$81,645
11$400 NLHE Ultra Deepstack1,417$510,120Vijay "Eclypzed" Para$86,210
12$500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack958$431,550Bryan “Pellepelle” Piccioli$83,332
13$1,000 NLHE Freezeout561$504,900Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng$108,654
14$500 NLHE671$466,200Gionni “Coldwarkid” Demers$90,023
15$5,300 NLHE High Roller188$940,000Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba$253,800
16$600 PLO Hi/Lo Six-Handed498$268,920Allen “Acnyc718” Chang$61,394
17$400 NLHE 8-Max747$405,000Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka$75,371
18$1,000 North American Open756$692,000James “Danfriel” Gilbert$137,570
19$888 PLO Crazy Eights Eight-Handed507$405,600Martin “bathroomline” Zamani$92,598
20$3,200 NLHE High Roller311$948,840Sang “youngkoi” Lee$241,768
21$600 PLO Six-Handed1,551$297,540Bradley “DrStrange7” Ruben$61,148
22$600 NLHE Knockout612$342,720“LastBullet”$46,796
23$500 NLHE Turbo694$312,300Ryan “hagzzz021” Hagerty$67,207
24$400 NLHE MonsterStack1,176$423,360Byung “bhy101” Yoo$77,475
25$7,777 High Roller151$1,113,927David “dpeters17” Peters$283,940
26$500 NLHE Big Encore1,118$503,100Eric “8Bracelets” Van Auken$93,627
27$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship398$367,050David “lox10” Goldberg$86,440
28$3,200 High Roller Championship265$805,600Daniel “RiverRats” Lazarus$205,347
29$800 NLHE Turbo 8-Max Turbo Deepstack623$448,560Chris “Robotbob47” Moorman$102,406
30$600 NLHE Six-Max Championship783$422,820Mitchell “franzia” Halverson$84,057
31$500 NLHE Summer Saver917$412,650Brad “1badcajun” Zusman$79,683
32$1,000 NLHE Championship821$738,900Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell$146,893
33$500 Grand Finale 2,024$159,100Dan “feeltheflow” Sindela$1,000,000

Event 1: $500 NLHE BIG 500 Kickoff (July 1)

New Jersey’s Jose “Deposit” Noboa took home the first bracelet of the summer. He defeated Christopher “basile28” Basile heads-up on Thursday night for the title.

A resident of North Bergen, New Jersey, Noboa took home $105,161 after 12 hours at the felt on opening night. Noboa seems to have luck in opening events. In the 2020 opening event, he finished in 21st for $3,936.

Before Thursday’s tournament, Noboa had $39,341 in lifetime WSOP cashes. This was his first six-figure score.

Other final table notables included Shannon “Aulophobia” Shorr and Michael “ParxBigStax” Marder. BigStax spoke with USPoker about his unfortunate run at the final table.

“Disappointing of course to immediately get coolered the second hand of the final table,” says Marder, a poker grinder from Sewell, New Jersey. “But you can’t knock the opportunity to chill at home on the couch playing for six figures and a bracelet.”

Event 2: $600 NLHE Monster Stack (July 2)

Manig “Ohio77” Loeser finally sealed the deal and won his first bracelet. Previously he’s finished second twice and third three times in bracelet events.

On Friday night, he outlasted 1,038 players to take in $104,313 and a bracelet. Even though this was his first bracelet, Loeser is a seasoned veteran with over $11 million in lifetime tournament winnings. 

Twitch streamer Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka also found some success in the event, finishing sixth for $17,488. 

Kathy “Luckygal” Liebert was among other recognizable names that made a deep run. She finished just out of the final table, coming in 12th for $5,885

Event 3: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack (July 3)

In just six hours, Donnell “Spreezy52” Dais scored his first bracelet and $90,801 in this fast-moving tournament. Dais topped tournament regular Mike “SammyTwizz” Azzaro heads-up for the championship. 

The event saw 950 entries and a prize pool total of $427,500. Phil “Lumestackin” Hellmuth, Jamie “DanBilzerian” Kerstetter, Jeff “NedrudRelyt” Madsen ,and Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo all cashed in the event as well.

Hellmuth is playing the series from the Aria in Las Vegas and also played in the World Poker Tour Venetian event over the weekend as well. He took some time to offer players some interesting practical advice when playing so much online poker.

Event 4: $500 NLHE Super Turbo (July 4)

Jeffery “Steelvikes7” Hoop took down the Super Turbo bracelet event on Sunday. This becomes Hoop’s first bracelet and he also scored $73,861

This was the smallest event so far, but may have been expected with most Americans celebrating the holiday. The event still produced 850 entries and generated a $382,500 prize pool.

At just under six hours, the Super Turbo tournament was also the shortest event played so far in the series.

Other notable final table qualifiers included regulars Vineet “brownmagic” Pahuja, Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler, and Ryan “sYchoSiD” Hohner, who finished runner-up for $45,671.

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Upcoming bracelet events will continue to offer action for the rest of July. High rollers should be pleased to see a few bigger buy-in events on the horizon.

Friday and Saturday also bring some lower price-point tournaments for weekend warriors. Here’s a look at this week’s upcoming events:

  • $1,000 NLHE Eight-Max (Event 5, July 5) 
  • $2,000 NLHE Deepstack (Event 6, July 6) 
  • $777 NLHE Lucky 7’s (Event 7, July 7) 
  • $888 NLHE Crazy Eights (Event 8, July 8) 
  • $400 NLHE Six-Max (Event 9, July 9) 
  • $333 NLHE (Event 10, July 10) 
  • $400 NLHE Ultra Deepstack (Event 11, Sun July 11)

Look for USPoker’s WSOP updates on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the series.

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