The official conclusion of the World Series of Poker Online at WSOP.com occurred on Tuesday. In the last week of play, there were a multitude of first-time bracelet winners, as well as three high rollers.
In the $10,000 Super High Roller, Justin Saliba won his second piece of WSOP silverware. The $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship, won by New Jersey’s Frank Funaro, was also a highlight of the last week. The last week of events, featuring recent winners from Michigan and Pennsylvania, are detailed below.
$500 Fall Finale
This incident marked the completion of the bracelet hunting activity on U.S. markets. Hung Truong won the series’ final bracelet for his first WSOP victory. The win earned him $52,670 and was his sixth payday in the series. He topped a field of 381 competitors, which generated a $288,000 prize fund.
Christopher Basile came in second place and won $38,188. In addition, he placed second in Event 14: NLHE Six-Max for $35,242 and cashed nine times in the series.
$10,000 Super High Roller Event
This high roller attracted 52 participants for a prize pool of $499,276. In the end, Justin Saliba (shown in the top image, courtesy of PokerGO) was declared the winner, earning his second bracelet and $154,752.
In 2021, he made his debut online appearance, winning a $5,300 High Roller for $253,800. Additionally, Saliba has won $1.2 million in live tournaments.
“I’m really proud of this one,” he noted on Twitter. “Feels so good to run hot and get it done in the high stakes against a bunch of great players for bracelet number two. Also, happy to capture the full experience. No software, no charts, just a fucking battle with other great players who I believe were treating it the same way.”
The second-place finisher paid homage to George Costanza from Seinfeld. Second place was won by Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler for a total of $107,536.
$600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Freeze
This freezeout event awarded players with a deep stack and drew 366 participants for a prize pool of $197,640. Qinghai Pan of California won his first bracelet and $36,148. Matthew Mendez of Florida won second place and $26,207, just missing his second bracelet.
Pan currently has more than $720,000 in WSOP earnings, the majority of which came from online tournaments, and $454,034 from live tournaments. The event included 366 participants and a prize money of $197,640.
High Roller $5,300
With 85 entrants, the prize pool for this tournament with a high buy-in was $425,000. Californian Brian Kim won his first bracelet and $119,000 in prize money. This was the second-highest score in his professional career.
The first one occurred this summer, as Kim placed 23rd in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, winning $323,100. Aram Zobian, who placed sixth in the 2018 Main Event for $1.8 million, finished in second place for $79,475.
The action attracted some of poker’s biggest stars. Anthony Spinella (third), Stephen Song (fourth), Shannon Shorr (fifth), Ben Yu (sixth), Anthony Zinno (seventh), and Jesse Lonis rounded out the top 10. (eighth).
$1,000 NLHE Championship
This championship would earn an online poker player a valuable bullet point. In the end, New Jersey’s Frank Funaro won the championship, $94,088 in prize money, and his first bracelet. Funaro is a frequent participant in the US online poker industry and one of the nation’s top-ranked online players.
The New Jersey player has also won over $1 million in live tournaments. In May, he also acquired an online WSOP Circuit championship ring. He was happy to have achieved success with a bracelet.
The event attracted 542 participants for a prize money of $487,800. John Ypma of Arizona was the runner-up and earned $68,097. A few days prior to identifying the runner-up, Dan Smith placed fifth and earned $26,146.
$365 Monster Stack
It was a good week for first-time winners in general, and this event also included a first-time victor. Desmond Haynes of Las Vegas won his first bracelet along with $44,827.
The Monster Stack attracted 790 participants for a prize total of $259,120. Kenny Han of New York placed second with $32,701 and Vanessa Kade of Canada came in third with $23,891
Kade came close to winning a bracelet in the WSOP Online at GGPoker. She placed second in the $500 Ladies Championship and earned $23,491. The poker pro had other plans on his birthday, but the third-place result and bracelet sweat were a good birthday present.
$500 NLHE Super Turbo
Patrick Eskandar of California won his first bracelet and $37,489 after prevailing in this fast-paced event. The competition had 291 submissions for a total prize fund of $184,950.
Since 2010, Eskandar has amassed more over $1.4 million in live tournament victories. Peter Braglia placed second and earned $27,095.
$3,200 Six-Max High Roller
Christopher Staats of Oklahoma won his first bracelet and $111,680 in high roller action to earn his first victory in the winner’s circle. He defeated poker pro Dan Smith to win the championship.
This contest began with Smith holding a little advantage, but the lead changed many times until Staats secured the victory. After narrowly losing out on a second bracelet, Smith was awarded $79,676 as the runner-up.
Staats has won $1,300,000 in live tournaments. The event had 149 participants and a prize fund of $452,960.
Pennsylvania and Michigan victorious
The most recent bracelet tournaments in Pennsylvania and Michigan have already finished. Here are some recent winners:
$777 NLHE Lucky 7s (Event 4) – Boris Kravets, $30,701
$500 BIG 500 (Event 5) – Andrew Voor ($20,507)
$1,000 NLHE Championship (Event 6) – Cherish Andrews ($31,986)
$1,000 NLHE Championship (Event 6) – Jonathan Schiller – $31,490