WSOP Weekly: ‘Homeless Poker Player’ & Strategy Writer Scores Bracelet, More Updates

July 12, 2021
WSOP Weekly: ‘Homeless Poker Player’ & Strategy Writer Scores Bracelet, More Updates

Plenty of action continued over the weekend in the World Series of Poker Online WSOP.com. That included two events that topped 1,400 entries and more big prize pools.

A major name has yet to emerge as a bracelet winner, but Nevada and New Jersey online regulars continue to score well. Poker strategy writer Carlos Welch made some waves over the weekend by winning his first bracelet.

Here’s a look at some of the recent results.

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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 #8: $888 Crazy Eights (July 8)

Many may know Carlos Welch as a strategy writer and co-host of the Thinking Poker Daily podcast. He offers players a plethora of concepts and ideas when not at the tables himself.

That mindset for the game also paid off last Thursday in the WSOP Online. He topped a field of 782 to score a $124,369 payday and championship bracelet.

That’s a long way from his life known as “The Homeless Poker Player.” He hit the road in his car known as the “Nit Mobile” going from event to event. Welch actually played the event from a hotel room in the Rio.

Topping the event wouldn’t be easy. He battled heads-up against Joon “jykpoker” Kim, who won a bracelet in last summer’s WSOP Online.

Event #9: $400 NLHE Six-Max (July 9)

This smaller buy-in event attracted 788 entries for a $438,120 prize pool. Philip “wingsuiter” Beck came out on top for $81,534 and this is just his fifth WSOP cash.

Apparently Beck is a big fan of Team partypoker pro Jaime Staples. He sent the Twitch streamer a word of thanks after the win.

Justin “pocketprofit” Wong finished runner-up for $50,384. Others cashing included: Michael “thegrinder44” Mizrachi (149th, $701); Craig “imgrinding” Varnell (101st, $701); Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu (64th, $1,008); and  Anthony “heheh” Zinno (18th, $2,892).

Event #10: $2,000 NLHE (July 10)

The stakes were again raised for this event with 1,517 entries and a prize pool of $455,100. Michael “njnj17” Leib took the top spot for a $81,645 payout and first gold bracelet. He has less than $15,000 in live tournament winnings, so this is quite a nice addition to his poker record.

Robert “LuckyLuch11” Aronowitz finished runner-up for $50,562. A couple big names also made the final table. Dan “oiltrader513” Shak finished fourth for $25,850.

2018 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Michael Dyer took fifth for $13,926. This marked his fourth cash of the series.

Other players cashing included: Shannon “aulophobia” Shorr (12th, $4,733); Carlos “carloswelch” Welch (31st, $1,957); Tony “Panoramic” Dunst (42nd, $1,638); YK “LuckySpewy1” Kwon (58th, $1,183); and Anthony “heheh” Zinno (98th – $728).

Shorr now has a couple deep runs in the series. Last Friday, he also offered up a bit on his final table preparation after some nice runs recently in the live arena as well.

Event #11: $400 NLHE Ultra Deepstack

Vijay “Eclypzed” Para won a WSOP Online Circuit ring in January and now add to that collection. This event brought in 1,417 entries for a $510,120 prize pool. The New Jersey grinder came out on top for $86,210 and his first championship bracelet.

Belgium’s Felix “madenspauwke” Vandeput took runner-up for $53,155. Las Vegas poker pro Anthony “Nowb3Athat” Spinella won the first WSOP online bracelet in 2015 and came close again. He took sixth place for $15,202. Anthony Zinno also had another nice run, finishing eighth for $8,672.

This event marked Zinno’s eighth cash of the series as he hopes to score his third bracelet. Others in the money included: Dan “pepperprince” Zack (23rd, $2,601); Jesse “MrJesseJames” Sylvia (32nd, $2,091); Landon “ActionDealer” Tice (56th, $1,275); and Matt “RubberFist” Stout (81st, $969); and 2017 WSOP Main Event winner Scott “ItsNVRgoDown” Blumstein (93rd, $765).

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Major names yet to bank a win

While plenty of major names have been getting close, winners have remained mostly unknown to many poker fans. With 22 events remaining there are plenty still looking to snag a bracelet.

The action will then shift to GGPoker, which should also attract plenty of pros with a bracelet on the brain as well. It should make for an interesting two months leading into the fall and the live WSOP in Las Vegas.

A look ahead

Plenty of action remains including a mix of buy-in levels. Through Thursday, players will find buy-ins ranging from $500 to $5,300.

That Super High Roller event plays out Thursday and should be an event to watch. Plenty of big names will be out in force with that price point building a hefty prize pool. Here’s a look at what to look for over the next few days.

  • $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack – July 12
  • $1,000 NLHE Freezeout – July 13
  • $500 NLHE – July 14
  • $5,300 Super High Roller Freezeout – July 15

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