PokerStars WCOOP 2020 2020 PACOOP 2020 WPT World Online Championships
Event #81: People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel]
Days:
1

Event Info

Prize Pool $1,925,000
Players 1925

Level Info

Level 42
Blinds 200,000 / 400,000
Ante 50,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 1925
Event #81: People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel]
Day 1 Completed

Nicolo "Paquitooo" Molinelli Wins WSOP Online Event #81: People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel] ($243,415)

elron66 • Level 42: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Nicolo Molinelli at the PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo
Nicolo Molinelli at the PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo

After a heads up battle that lasted over an hour, Italy's Nicolo "Paquitooo" Molinelli has emerged victorious in Event #81: People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel], winning the biggest share of the nearly $2 million prize pool. He battled through the field of 1,925 runners and won $243,415 including a massive bounty of almost $100,000.

With no preset format, the structure of Event #81 was determined based on random spins of a prize wheel. Once they were done, the format for #81 was set as a 6-handed No Limit Hold'em Bounty with a $1,050 buy-in.

Check out below how Dan 'Artosis' Stemkoski and Calvin Lee determined the format for this event.

WSOP Online Event #81: People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel] Final Table Results

PlaceNameCountryTotal PrizePrize Pool
1Nicolo "Paquitooo" MolinelliItaly$243,415$144,199
2Kyle "Eskimo Bro" MenardCanada$128,417$104,644
3Lukas "rustyhusky" HafnerAustria$98,899$75,940
4Longyun "Mr Li" LiChina$66,875$55,110
5Sami KelopuroFinland$47,821$39,993
6Aleksandr "Srinavasan" GrishchukRussian Federation$30,898$29,023
7Itai "PokerSmart" DroryIsrael$31,303$21,062
8Pavel "EzzzGame" PlesuvMoldova$31,078$15,285
9Michelle "hu4trollzz" ShahUnited States$24,920$11,092

Action of the Day

Within an hour of registration closing, the bubble had burst and players were in the money including, once again, GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu who was one of the players to fall before the late stages.

By the time the final table was reached action slowed down significantly compared to the earlier pace. Short stack Michelle "hu4trollzz" Shah busted rapidly in ninth place, but play lasted almost an hour before Pavel "EzzzGame" Plesuv exited in eight after losing the race with fives versus Lucas "rustyhusky" Hafner's ace-king.

Itai "PokerSmart" Drory and Aleksandr "Srinavasan" Grishchuk went down pretty quickly after, with Grishchuk nurturing his short stack long enough to sneak in some payjumps. After another hour, high-staker Sami Kelopuro from Finland fell in fifth place when Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard's ace-queen cracked his kings. Longyun "Mr Li" Li then ran his short stack into Menard's ace-ten to leave the field with three.

Thirty minutes later, Hafner ran into Molinelli's aces to set up a heads-up match that went on for over hour. While Menard was the short stack for most of it he fought on valiantly, chipping up to even stacks at one point, before Molinelli hit a straight against his eights to crush his stack. Menard came back with a double, but it all ended a few hands later when his ace-queen was cracked by king-eight.

Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard Eliminated in 2nd Place ($128,417)

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Menard Eliminated in 2nd Place
Menard Eliminated in 2nd Place

Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard raised to 900K and Nicolo' "Paquitooo" Molinelli called. The flop came {10-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and Molinelli check-raised from 600K to 1.885M, and Menard called. The turn was {7-Spades} and Molinelli bet 2,217,500. Menard called, and on the {9-Diamonds} river he shoved after a check. Molinelli called it off.

Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard: {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Nicolo' "Paquitooo" Molinelli: {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

Board: {10-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{9-Diamonds}

Molinelli flopped a king, and that was all he needed to send Menard home with almost $24,000 in bounties on top of the $104,644 2nd place prize.

Nicolo "Paquitooo" Molinelli IT 48,125,000 10,060,672
Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard CA Busted

Menard Crushed

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Menard Crushed
Menard Crushed

Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard raised to 1M, and Nicolo' "Paquitooo" Molinelli called. Molinelli check-called for 1.2M on {3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and again for 3.3M on {j-Hearts} turn. They check-called again for 9M on the {9-Hearts} river, and took it down with jack-four against a pair of eights. Two hands later, Menard got his small stack in and doubled with jack-eight when he rivered a straight.

Nicolo "Paquitooo" Molinelli IT 39,634,328 13,519,124
Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard CA 8,490,672 -13,519,664
Level:
42
Blinds:
200,000/400,000
Ante:
50,000

Almost Even

elron66 • Level 41: 160,000-320,000, 40,000 ante

Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard raised and Nicolo' "Paquitooo" Molinelli called to see {3-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{8-Hearts} on the flop. Molinelli check-called fro 500K, and again for 1.4M on the {8-Spades} turn. He check-called for 3.8M on the {a-Diamonds} turn, but showed down the weaker ace and the pot went to Menard.

Nicolo "Paquitooo" Molinelli IT 25,898,664 -6,540,000
Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard CA 22,226,336 6,540,000

Menard Gets Some Back

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After a limp and a call pre-flop, Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard check-called for 320K on the {8-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{k-Hearts} flop. He check-called ahain for 1.12M on the {q-Spades} turn, and for 4.52M on the {2-Hearts} river. His king-seven was good against the six-three bluff for Molinelli.

Nicolo "Paquitooo" Molinelli IT 32,438,664 -4,711,200
Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard CA 15,686,336 4,711,200

Molinelli Hits the Straight

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Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard raised to 800K and Nicolo' "Paquitooo" Molinelli called to see {3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} on the flop. Molinelli check-called 750K on the flop, and again for 2.8M on the {5-Spades} turn. Molinelli fired 2.675M on the {2-Spades} river, and Menard called.

Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard: {8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}
Nicolo' "Paquitooo" Molinelli: {5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}

Board: {3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Spades}

Menard smashed the flop, but Molinelli went runner-runner straight for the win.

Nicolo "Paquitooo" Molinelli IT 37,149,864 6,589,800
Kyle "Eskimo Bro" Menard CA 10,975,136 -6,589,800