2021 World Series of Poker

Event Info

Buy-in $500
Prize Pool $480,150
Players 742

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 742
WSOP.com (NV/NJ) Online Bracelet $500 NL Hold’em BIG 500 [3x Re-entry]
Day 1 Completed

Mark "NJ_AcesmarkA" Herm Wins WSOP Gold in WSOP.com (NV/NJ) Online Bracelet $500 NL Hold’em BIG 500

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Mark Herm
Mark Herm

After nearly 12 hours of action on WSOP.com, Mark "NJ_AcesmarkA" Herm beat “Skullkid” heads up to claim the second online tournament of the 2021 World Series of Poker’s opening weekend. Herm outlasted 742 players and 325 rebuys to win a WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $89,356 from a $480,150 prize pool in the WSOP.com (NV/NJ) Online Bracelet $500 NL Hold’em BIG 500. It marked his second career bracelet.

Among the 742 entrants were a plethora of decorated champions that made their presence felt late in the tournament. WSOP gold bracelet winners Brent "UncleRon" Hanks (24th - $2,593), David "vincevegas" ODB Baker (14th - $3,985), and former main event champion Ryan "BitC0in" Riess (11th - $5,042) all went on a deep run but fell short of collecting more WSOP gold. Six-time WSOP champion Daniel "DNegs" Negreanu chipped up throughout the day but finished in 54th place after faltering in the final stretch.

WSOP.com (NV/NJ) Online Bracelet $500 NL Hold’em BIG 500 Final Table Results

PlaceNameCountryPrize
1Mark "NJ_AcesmarkA" HermUnited States$89,356
2“Skullkid”United States$55,217
3“DrDonkitoff”United States$39,084
4“SwaggyK”United States$28,041
5Jeremy "Thekid101" PekarekUnited States$20,358
6Jesse "Patient0" YaginumaUnited States$14,981
7Melissa "LuckMgmt" BryneUnited States$11,187
8Giovanni "John7012" BalistreriUnited States$8,451
9“BDub0927”United States$6,482

Final table action got underway quickly with the elimination of “BDub0927” when “DrDonkitoff” turned an ace to bust pocket queens. The final table’s lone WSOP champion Jeremy "Thekid101" Pekarek soon eliminated Giovanni "John7012" Balistreri in eighth place and Melissa "LuckMgmt" Bryne bowed out in seventh after an impressive run.

Jeremy Pekarek
Jeremy Pekarek

The turning point for final table chip leaders Herm and "Skullkid" came when six players remained and Herm busted Jesse "Patient0" Yaginuma with pocket kings. “Skullkid” eliminated Pekarek in fifth place with pocket tens and Herm sent “SwaggyK” to the rail in fourth place with a turned straight.

Herm extended his lead early in three-handed play and soon eliminated “DrDonkitoff” in third place with a pair of eights on the flop. “Skullkid” started heads up with a deficit and fought hard to gain an advantage over nearly 30 minutes, but Herm fended off the challenge and closed the deal on the WSOP gold bracelet shortly after 5 a.m. PT.

This wraps up coverage of the WSOP.com (NV/NJ) Online Bracelet $500 NL Hold’em BIG 500. Thank you for joining the PokerNews live reporting team and be sure to check back tomorrow to follow all of the action live from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

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"Skullkid" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($55,217)

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WSOP Bracelet
WSOP Bracelet

Soon after the player break, "Skullkid" was eliminated by "NJ_AcesmarkA" in second place.

"NJ_AcesmarkA" wins the WSOP gold bracelet and $89,356 and "Skullbum" picks up $55,217 for second place.

Stay tuned for a recap of the day's action from the PokerNews live reporting team.

nj_acesmarka US
nj_acesmarka
US 14,840,000 1,652,000
Skullkid US
Skullkid
US Busted

Player Break

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The final two players are on a five-minute break.

"SwaggyK" Eliminated in 4th Place ($28,041)

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Blinds 100,000/200,000 (25,000)

"NJ_AcesmarkA" raised to 400,000 on the button and "SwaggyK" shoved from the big blind for 1,621,160. "NJ_AcesmarkA" called.

"SwaggyK": {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
"NJ_AcesmarkA": {q-Hearts}{j-Spades}

The board was {3-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and the turned straight eliminated "SwaggyK" in fourth place.

nj_acesmarka US
nj_acesmarka
US 9,871,920 1,073,506
swaggyk US
swaggyk
US Busted

Jeremy "Thekid101" Pekarek Eliminated in 5th Place ($20,358)

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Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000)

Jeremy "Thekid101" Pekarek open-shoved his last 2,979,866 from under the gun and action folded around to "Skullkid" in the big blind for a call.

Jeremy "Thekid101" Pekarek: {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}
"Skullkid": {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The board ran out {q-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and the tens held to eliminate Pekarek from the tournament in fifth place.

nj_acesmarka US
nj_acesmarka
US 8,798,414 1,557,654
Skullkid US
Skullkid
US 8,354,346 4,501,674
DrDonkitoff US
DrDonkitoff
US 2,391,080 -3,854,462
swaggyk US
swaggyk
US 1,716,160 688,080
Jeremy "Thekid101" Pekarek
Jeremy "Thekid101" Pekarek
Busted

Player Break

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The final five players are now on a five-minute break.