Drew O’Connell Wins 2021 WSOP Online Event #32: $1,000 NLH Championship ($146,893)

Drew O'Connell

On Saturday night, the penultimate tournament of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online took place. Event #32: $1,000 NLH Championship attracted 537 players who rebought 284 times, which resulted in a $738,900 prize pool.

After nearly 11 hours of play, New Jersey’s Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell prevailed over the 821-entry field to win the tournament for $146,893 and his first gold bracelet.

It was the second piece of WSOP gold O’Connell has captured in 2021 after winning his first circuit ring back in March in the WSOP.com Silver Legacy Circuit Event #4: $50,000 GTD NLH Deep Turbo. A week later, he also finished second in Event #12: $150,000 GTD NLH High Roller 6-Max for $39,044.

It was a bit of redemption for O’Connell, who just two days earlier finished sixth at the final table of the 2021 WSOP Online Event #30: $600 NLH 6-Max Championship for $13,615.

Prior to the score, O’Connell had $129,873 in WSOP-related cashes.

2021 WSOP Event #32: $1,000 NLH Championship

1Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell$146,893
2Jason “jayriv” Rivkin$90,811
3Felix “madenspauwke” Vandeput$63,545
4Alex “OrcinusOrca” Foxen$45,147
5Kfir “Nahumus” Nahum$32,512
6Dan “omg_its_dan” Gallegos$23,793
7Michael “annie_r_u_ok” Trivett$17,660
8Kyle “Kpcp22” Phillips$13,300
9Millard “meekmill” Hale$10,197

Among those to finish in the top 126 spots and make the money were Shawn “clairvoyant” Kjetland (11th - $7,906), Mike “Mouth123” Matusow (17th - $5,025), Manig “Ohio77” Loeser (23rd - $4,138), Landon “ActionDealer” Tice (28th - $3,399), Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo (43rd - $2,882), Ryan “WHOSYOURDODD” Dodd (58th - $2,143), and Jeff “mavsusc” Platt (82nd - $1,626).

Final Table Action

Event 32 Final Table

Minutes into the final table, Millard “meekmill” Hale got his stack all in preflop with ace-king and was primed to double through Kyle “Kpcp22” Phillips, who held ace-queen. Unfortunately for Hale, a queen appeared on the flop and he became the first final table casualty.

Despite scoring the first knockout, Phillips was the next to go after running pocket nines smack dab into the jacks of Jason “jayriv” Rivkin. From there, Michael “annie_r_u_ok” Trivett lost most of his stack with king-queen against aces, and then he got his crumbs all in preflop with queen-deuce alongside Dan “omg_its_dan” Gallegos, who was at risk with pocket tens, and Rivkin, who had Big Slick suited. A king on the turn gave the pot to Rivkin, who scored a double knockout.

MSPT champ Kfir “Nahumus” Nahum bowed out in fifth place after getting it in with trip queens on the turn only to see Alex “OrcinusOrca” Foxen, who was at his third final table of the summer, roll over queens full of kings. Not long after, Foxen followed him out the door after flopping top pair of nines against O’Connell, who had him crushed with two pairs nines and sevens.

Three-handed play lasted a good bit before Felix “madenspauwke” Vandeput lost with ace-deuce to the ace-ten of Rivkin, who entered heads-up play down just a bit in chips against O’Connell. Rivkin, who qualified for the tournament via a $37 satellite, took over the chip lead, but O’Connell doubled through, and not long it was over.

In the final hand, Rivkin got his short stack all in preflop with ace-three only to see O’Connell have him crushed with ace-queen. Rivkin had to settle for second place and $90,811 in prize money, a healthy return on investment from the satty.

The 2021 WSOP Online will conclude on Sunday with the final tournament of the series – Event #33: $500 NLH Grand Finale , which features a $1,000,000 guarantee. 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
26-JulyEvent #27: $1,000 PLO Championship221177398$367,050David "lox10" Goldberg$86,440
27-JulyEvent #28: $3,200 NLH High Roller Championship20263265$805,600Daniel "RiverRats" Lazrus$205,347
28-JulyEvent #29: $800 NLH 8-Max Turbo Deepstack418205623$448,560Chris "Robotbob47" Moorman$102,406
29-JulyEvent #30: $600 NLH 6-Max Championship523260783$422,820Mitchell "franzia" Halverson$84,057
30-JulyEvent #31: $500 NLH Summer Saver632285917$412,650Brad "1badcajun" Zusman$79,683
31-JulyEvent #32: $1,000 NLH Championship537284821$738,900Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell$146,893
  • Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell won 2021 @WSOP Event #32: $1,000 NLH Championship for $146,893.

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