Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Progressive Knockout tournaments have proven to be very popular throughout the 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events so far as the previous five editions in No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha all attracted decent field sizes. Event #28: $2,100 Bounty Championship NLHE was no different either. Despite not featuring any guarantee, the tournament attracted a field of 1,064 entries and resulted in a prize pool worth $2,128,000.
The top 152 finishers earned a portion of the cash pool and at the end of 32 levels, only 22 contenders remained in the mix. Israel's "NIRUSHHH" topped the overnight standings as the only player with more than 50 big blinds for the final day and already amassed $20,219 in bounties.
Vincent "Moist" Huang staged a late comeback to advance with 46 big blinds closely followed by Arkadiy "Kamsky" Tsinis, who is one of three known WSOP bracelet winners among the survivors. Abhinav "OBellaCiao" Iyer and Chris Moorman advanced with 16 and 12 big blinds respectively.
Among the contenders is also Dara O'Kearney, the author of strategy book "PKO Poker Strategy" which is specifically dedicated to this action-packed tournament format. The Irishman soared to the top of the leaderboard after the end of late registration and made it through with 20 big blinds for the final day.
Top 10 After Day 1 in Event #28: $2,100 Bounty Championship
|Place||Player||Bounty||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||Vincent "Moist" Huang||$12,438||4,625,683||46|
|3||Arkadiy "Kamsky" Tsinis||$5,781||4,583,917||46|
|4||Mathias "Senor Perez" Siljander||$9,000||3,938,692||39|
|5||Sheng "asdf3578" Liu||$13,820||3,208,779||32|
|6||Noam "silverplat" Makavy||$17,117||2,913,279||29|
|7||Oleg "PbI6AFiSH" Eltsov||$18,938||2,671,398||27|
|9||Natalya "Nikitina N1" Nikitina||$4,063||2,558,936||26|
|10||Sergio "TugaStalion" Coutinho||$5,734||2,295,836||23|
The remaining 22 players will return to their virtual seats on Wednesday, September 8 at 5.01 pm GMT and play all the way down to a winner. Until the nine-handed final table, the levels will last 15 minutes each and the action recommences with blinds of 50,000-100,000 and a running ante of 12,500. So far, a cash prize of $7,171 is locked up whereas the top two finishers will pad their bankrolls with more than $86k in cash and the accumulated bounties.
The Action of the Day
There was action right from the start and the field size grew by the minute, be it via new entries or players firing multiple bullets. With bounty prizes up for grabs in every hand, it came as no surprise that more than two thirds of the field were gone by the time the late registration had closed. Notables no longer in contention by then were Felipe Ramos, Dario Sammartino, Niklas Astedt, the recent WSOP Online bracelet winners Dmitry Yurasov and Nuno "Albertov" Capucho, Blaz Zerjav and Bruno Volkmann to name all but a few.
It was not uncommon to see two or more players at risk during the same hand. One of many such examples saw the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev and Andrii Novak felted by "bootybanger", who remains in contention for the gold bracelet. Allan "Freedom35" Mello and Fabiano "MarkyAurelio" Kovalski were ousted by Aki "Seabossss" Virtanen and the money bubble burst soon after with Chinese player "JRamosCruz" ending up as the bubble boy.
The pace of eliminations only picked up from there on and Igor d'Ursel scored a memorable triple knockout in a rapidly shrinking field. Dara O'Kearney was propelled into the lead after he scored three knockouts in quick succession but the Irishman was sent back into the middle of the pack during the late stages.
Ultimately, things slowed down eventually on the final four tables and 22 players were left over when the dust had settled. They will be back in action after a good night of sleep and so will be the PokerNews live reporting team. Stay tuned for the conclusion of this event on September 8 to find out who becomes the latest WSOP gold bracelet winner.
No further eliminations took place in the final hands and the remaining 22 players then wrapped up for the night. The full counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
Dara O'Kearney suffered several setbacks to his stack late on and that included the final hand of the night. Sheng "asdf3578" Liu made it 168,000 to go and the Irishman three-bet to 576,000 in the hijack. Mathias "Senor Perez" Siljander then four-bet all-in for 2,994,692 and Liu quickly folded.
O'Kearney gave it some thought and also let go to drop below 2 million in chips.
Vincent "Moist" Huang raised to 160,000 as the second player to act and Alfred Karlsson jammed for 208,142 in the hijack. Sergio "TugaStalion" Coutinho called in the cutoff for Chris Moorman to then raise to 524,555 with very few chips behind. Huang moved all-in to force out Coutinho and Moorman called it off.
Vincent "Moist" Huang:
The Aussie failed to hit his live cards on the board and Karlsson chipped up slightly while Moorman neatly doubled.
Alessandro Giannelli open-jammed for the last 905,714 on the button and "Pbl6AFiSH" raised out of the small blind to isolate successfully for a shot at the bounty.
The board spelled the end for Giannelli in 23rd place and he collects $12,671, which includes $5,500 in bounties.
Dalton "morgota" Hobold raised to 160,000 in the cutoff and Manfred "MissGranger" Hermann called all-in for 117,396 on the button, Vincent "Moist" Huang defended the big blind.
The flop brought and Huang check-called for 120,000. He did so again for 398,698 on the turn and also checked the river.
Hobold now bet 997,396 and Huang called with for kings and treys. Hobold was bluffing with the 5As10c] and Hermann hit the rail with the . He takes home $500 in bounties and $7,171 in cash.
Nikita "VSMPZD" Kuznetsov defended out of the big blind and checked to the turn on which he invested 245,000 and earned a call. "NIRUSHHH" was his only opponent from under the gun and the river then brought the stacks into the middle.
Kuznetsov tabled the for the nut flush but "NIRUSHHH" had rivered a full house with .
Shortly after, Renan "PrinceHamed" Aziz lost the remainder of his short stack and bowed out in 25th place to set up the final three tables.