Eric Van Auken Wins 2021 WSOP Online #26: $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore

Eric "8Bracelets" Van Auken

On Sunday night, the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Event #26 $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore attracted 729 players who rebought 389, making 1,118 total entries, which built a $503,100 prize pool.

The tournament was an encore to the first event on the 2021 WSOP schedule, and after more than 12 hours of play, it was Eric "8Bracelets" Van Auken coming out on top to win a $93,627 top prize for his first career bracelet and topping his previous career-high cash of $39,994 by some distance.

According to The Hendon Mob, the New Jersey native has accumulated $112,063 in winnings in his career so far, which means this latest prize almost doubled his career winnings in one fell swoop.

2021 WSOP Event #26: $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore Final Table Results

1Eric "8Bracelets" Van Auken$93,627
2Dominick "Flow_Cold" Sarle$57,856
3Corey "Corgasm" Paggeot$40,952
4Naichang "cncly1314" Chen$29,381
5Tomasz "ToMRoX" Trelski$21,331
6Dean "nikobellic99" Curreri$15,697
7Justin "pocketprofit" Wong$11,722
8Jacob "tooletime13" Toole$8,855
9Jack "Borgia92" McClelland$6,792

After "oneTiger" exited as the bubble boy in 167th place, the in-the-money eliminations came at a steady pace, which included two-time WSOP bracelet winner Ryan "adopt_adogg0" Leng (130th - $805), Ryan "hagzzz021" Hagerty (64th - $1,157), Ye "yuan365" Yuan (28th - $2,214), Brett "Metanemesis" Apter (18th - $3,320), and (10th - $6,457).

Final Table Action

Event 26 Final Table

Jack "Borgia92" McClelland was the first final table victim as his ace-king fell to pocket queens when a straight came in to take out the flopped king. Next to go out was Jacob "tooletime13" Toole, who lost a flip with ace-queen vs jacks.

Justin "pocketprofit" Wong hit the rail in seventh place, falling to pocket kings. Dean "nikobellic99" Curreri fell in sixth after being unable to chase down ace-queen with king-jack.

Tomasz "ToMRoX" Trelski was eliminated in fifth place after taking the lead with king-eight on the flop, but falling back behind on the turn; his opponent paired the ace of his ace-ten. The next player to go was Naichang "cncly1314" Chen whose ace-jack could not overcome the dominating ace-queen.

Finishing in third place was Corey "Corgasm" Paggeot, who enjoyed another amazing run following his second-place finish in last night's Event #24. Again, it just was not meant to be for Paggeot

Heads-up play began with Dominick "Flow_Cold" Sarle holding a 3:1 chip lead over Van Auken but it was Van Auken who immediately started to chip up and eventually draw close. After a series of big hands in his favor, he claimed a 3:1 chip lead for himself. Sarle did get managed to find a double-up to bring the stacks even, but Van Auken would put a hammerlock on it in a big all-in when his pocket eights made a straight on the river to overtake the ace-ten of Sarle, who had flopped a ten. Van Auken won a couple of hands later when his king-ten held against jack-ten.

The 2021 WSOP Online continues on Monday with Event #27: $1,000 PLO Championship. PokerNews will be live reporting and streaming the action, so be sure to join us then.

2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Winners Thus Far

DateTournamentPlayersRe-entriesTotal EntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
1-JulEvent #1: $500 NLH BIG 500 Kick-Off8374401277$574,650Jose "deposit" Nooa$105,161
2-JulEvent #2: $600 NLH Monster Stack7273111038$560,520Manig "Ohio77" Loeser$104,313
3-JulEvent #3: $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack641309950$427,500Donnell "Spreezy52" Dais$90,801
4-JulEvent #4: $500 NLH Super Turbo608242850$382,500Jeffery "Steelvikes7" Hoop$73,861
5-JulyEvent #5: $1,000 NLH 8-Max459-459$648,700Jeremiah “freestylerr” Williams$139,600
6-JulyEvent #6: $2,000 NLH Deepstack312104416$769,600Tyler "ShipTheShip" Denson$175,700
7-JulyEvent #7: $777 NLH Lucky 7's576312888$621,600Michael "stiltwalk" Mercaldo$123,574
8-JulyEvent #8: $888 Crazy Eights Hold'em514268782$625,600Carlos "CarlosWelch" Welch$124,369
9-JulyEvent #9: $400 NLH 6-Max7884291,217$438,120Philip "wingsuiter" Beck$81,534
10-JulyEvent #10: $333 NLH9865311,517$455,100Michael "njnj17" Leib$81,645
11-JulyEvent #11: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Ultra Deepstack1,0783391,417$510,120Vijay “Eclypzed” Para$86,210
12-JulyEvent #12: $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack654305959$431,550Bryan "Pellepelle" Piccioli$83,332
13-JulyEvent #13: $1,000 NLH Freezeout561-561$504,900Ryan "Adopt_aDogg0" Leng$108,654
14-JulyEvent #14: $500 No Limit Hold'em6733631,036$466,200Gionni "COLDWARKID" Demers$90,023
15-JulyEvent #15: $5,300 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezout188-188$940,000Justin "Jsaliba2" Saliba$253,800
16-JulyEvent #16: $600 PLO8 6-Handed293295498$268,920Allen "Acnyc718" Chang$61,394
17-JulyEvent #17: $400 NLH 8-Max7473781,125$405,000Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka$75,371
18-JulyEvent #18: $1,000 NLH North American Open524232756$692,000James "Danfriel" Gilbert$137,570
19-JulyEvent #19: $888 PLO Crazy Eights 8-Handed285222507$405,600Martin “bathroomline” Zamani$92,598
20-JulyEvent #20: $3,200 NLH High Roller22191312$948,480Sang "youngkoi" Lee$241,768
21-JulyEvent #21: $600 PLO 6-Handed281270551$297,540Bradley "drstrange7" Ruben$69,148
22-JulyEvent #22: $600 NLH Knockout612-612$342,720Anthony "Lastbullet" Kennedy$46,796
23-JulyEvent #23: $500 NLH Turbo457237694$312,300Ryan “hagzzz021” Hagerty$67,207
24-JulyEvent #24: $400 NLH Monster Stack8263501,176$423,360Byung "bhy101" Yoo$77,475
25-JulyEvent #25: $7,777 NLH Lucky 7's High Roller11338151$1,113,927David "dpeters17" Peters$283,940
25-JulyEvent #26: $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore7293891,118$503,100Eric "8Bracelets" Van Auken$93,627
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