Case Closed: Anthony Spinella Wins First-Ever Online Bracelet Event

Anthony Spinella

In fitting fashion, former online tournament star Anthony “casedismised” Spinella won Event #64: $1,000 Online No-Limit Hold'em for $197,743 and his first bracelet. Spinella had a decent live résumé with more than $650,000 in cashes coming into the tournament, but he was perhaps best known for banking more than $4.5 million online under the moniker “holdplz.”

The inaugural online bracelet event began on July 2 on and played down to the final six runners, who gathered at the Rio for a traditional live final table to cap off the event. It drew 905 players total, but Spinella nearly wasn't one of them.

“I knew it was going on and I woke up an hour after it started,” he said. “I talked to a friend who said the tournament was going great, it was soft. So, I went to 7-11 and put money on Seven hours later, I was waiting for the final table.”

That final table convened at noon and was over in just a few hours as the speedy structure and shallow stacks – levels were only 40 minutes and the average stack was less than 25 big blinds – encourage players to mix it up. Spinella's online background means he's comfortable operating at such stack depths and was ready to make the proper adjustments.

He scored two quick eliminations, first knocking out Ryan “Stonerboner” Franklin with AA against AK and then picking off the semi-bluff shove of David “TuttyBear” Tuthill with ace-king on KJJ2, holding against 109. Tuthill switched from competitor to fan and was among those congratulating Spinella after his win.

Hunter “GringoLoco72” Cichy got the next two knockouts, sending Andrew “SLOPHOUSE” Rose packing in fourth and then Craig “Imgrinding” Varnell out in third, but he still entered heads-up play at a 3.5-1 deficit against Spinella. Twenty hands later, Spinella wrapped up the 82-hand final table when he jammed the J7 and got there against Q4.

In a way, Spinella's bracelet coming in the online event means his poker career has come full circle. As a top online tournament grinder, Black Friday changed his life in a big way. He called finding a place to live outside the states “chaotic and difficult” but has now settled in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for the time being, where he lives from September through February, when he's not following the World Poker Tour.

Spinella said he prefers to play live and was happy to get the chance to book his win at the featured table at the Rio, supported by friends and family.

“It's obviously way more exciting to play and finish live,” he said. “I wanted my first bracelet to be a live event, but I'll take what I can get.”

Final Table Results

1Anthony SpinellaNew York, NY$197,743
2Hunter CichyCoon Rapids, MN$116,066
3Craig VarnellFort Collins, CO$73,079
4Andrew RoseLas Vegas, NV$55,884
5David TuthillSt. Petersburg, FL$47,286
6Ryan FranklinJacksonville, FL$33,530

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  • Anthony Spinella won his first bracelet by taking down the first-ever WSOP online bracelet event for $197,743.

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