WSOP Weekly: Piccioli, Leng Score Second Bracelets; David Williams Takes Runner-up; Big Week for Negreanu; Omaha Events On Tap

July 16, 2021
WSOP Weekly: Piccioli, Leng Score Second Bracelets; David Williams Takes Runner-up; Big Week for Negreanu; Omaha Events On Tap

WSOP.com awarded four more World Series of Poker Online bracelets this week in deepstack turbo and freezeout events. That included a few big names finding some deep runs.

Bryan Piccioli and Ryan Leng both won their second bracelets. Also, two-time WSOP Circuit winner Jonas Wexler accomplished an impressive feat by making back to back final tables on Tuesday and Wednesday night. 

Daniel Negreanu also had an impressive week. On top of winning the PokerGo Cup Player of the Series event, he also found a cash in Event 12.

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Event 12: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack (July 12)

After topping 958 entries, Bryan “Pellepelle” Piccioli was the last person standing. He nabbed $83,332 for his efforts and his second bracelet. This turbo event finished up in about seven hours. 

Piccioli has more than $4.5 million in live lifetime winnings. That includes $1.6 million for his sixth-place finish in the WSOP Main Event in 2017. 

Darren “ darrenelias” Elias also scored a final table appearance, finishing fifth for $18,729Other notable cashes included Shannon “aulophobia” Shorr, Katie “katelin” Lindsay, and Michigan’s Ryan “Bitcoin” Riess.

Daniel “Dnegs” Negreanu also had his fourth cash of the series. That capped off a nice week for Kid Poker, who won a PokerGO Cup event for $700,000.

Event 13: $1000 NLHE Freezeout (July 13)

Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng won his second bracelet in this event. Leng won $108,654 after battling heads up against Carmine “Shem22” Ciccone, who won $67,303 for runner-up. Leng previously won his first bracelet in the 2018 WSOP.

New Jersey online grinder Krishna “ninjago” Kalidas, who took fifth for $23,124. Kalidas has had five cashes so far in this bracelet series and spoke with USPoker about the nice run.

“This was my first WSOP bracelet event final table,” he said. “I have been playing and running good this series.

“The $1,000 buy-in is way over my normal range, so I wasn’t planning on playing. But since I cashed three in a row with deep runs, I was feeling confident and wanted to take a shot.”

The freezeout produced 561 entries, creating a prize pool of $504,900. Others recording deep cashes included Michael “TheGrinder44” Mizrachi, Kathy “LuckyGal” Liebert, and Vinny “brownmagic” Pahuja.

Event 14: $500 NLHE (July 14)

One of the bigger names from the poker boom of the 2000s had a shot of a bracelet in this event. David “dwpoker” Williams, who finished runner-up to Greg Raymer in the 2004 WSOP Main Event, played heads-up for his second bracelet.

However, Gionni “Coldwarkid” Demers took out Williams in an 11-hour tournament on Wednesday night. Demers topped 672 entries to score his 20th WSOP cash for $90,023 and his first gold bracelet. Williams was lighthearted about his second place finish.

The event produced a total prize pool of $466,200. Others cashing included Phil “Lumestackin” Hellmuth, Jegg “NedrudRelyt” Madsen, and Trace “TrickyTwelve” Henderson. 

Event 15: $5,300 NLHE High Roller (July 15)

This bracelet went to a relatively new player in the game. Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba took down his first bracelet after just two years of tracked cashes in the poker universe.

He won $253,800 after topping Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler in a heads-up match for the hardware.

Other deep cashes included Nick “Cashusklay” Schulman, Tony “Panoramic” Dunst, Jason “Haderade” Somerville, and Andrew “WATCHGUY42” Lichtenberger. 

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Upcoming bracelet events 

WSOP.com will offer a good mix of games over the next few days. That includes a big buy-in North American Open and some mixed game events. Here’s a look at the weekend’s action:

  • $600 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Six-Handed (Event 16, July 16) 
  • $400 NLHE 8-Max (Event 17, July 17) 
  • $1,000 NLHE North American Open (Event 18, July 18) 
  • $888 PLO Crazy Eights 8-Handed  (Event 19, July 19) 

WSOP.com Pennsylvania extends bracelet action in US

The WSOP Online shifts to the international GGPoker platform on Aug. 1. However, WSOP.com announced on Wednesday that the bracelet hunting will continue in Pennsylvania Aug. 1-8.

The site launched this week in the Keystone State and brings the hunt for gold hardware to PA. USPoker will continue offering WSOP Online throughout the Pennsylvania series as well. For a complete preview of the WSOP Pennsylvania series, click here.

Players looking to find updates on the GGPoker half should check out PokerScout beginning in August.

A look at the Catena poker team picks

The Catena poker team made their own picks to watch before the WSOP Online got underway. Content manager Valerie Cross extended her lead after a nice runner-up finish by Joon Kim. With a $5,000 bonus for runner-up, Kim scored Cross a nice $81,866.

Contributor Anthony Cicali found some cashes from Ryan Dodd and Yong Keun Kwon to slide into second.

Editor and site runner Sean Chaffin brings up the rear but is hoping for good things from Omaha specialist Nathan Gamble. Three PLO events are scheduled in the next six days, and Chaffin will need some deep cashes. Here’s a look at the standings so far.

  1. Valerie Cross – $109,276
  2. Anthony Cicali – $25,181
  3. Sean Chaffin – $15,669

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