Nicolo Molinelli has received the 2021 World Series of Poker Online $2,500 buy-in restrict maintain’em championship. The Italian outlasted a discipline of 180 whole entries within the occasion to safe his second WSOP bracelet and the highest prize of $88.461. His first victory on the sequence got here throughout final 12 months’s inaugural WSOPO. Molinelli took down the $1,100 buy-in no-limit maintain’em bounty six-max occasion for $243,415.
The prime 31 finishers made the cash on this occasion, with a lot of highly-accomplished names amongst those that cashed, together with six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (twenty ninth – $4,063), Adam Owen (twenty sixth – $4,063), 2020 WSOPO bracelet winner Ranno Sootla (twenty fourth – $4,256), bracelet winner Luke Schwartz (twenty third – $4,256), Dan Shak (twenty second – $4,256), bracelet winner Justin Lapka (18th – $4,458), bracelet winner Daniel Dvoress (seventeenth – $4,670), and 2019 WSOP predominant occasion runner-up Dario Sammartino (thirteenth – $4,892).
The remaining desk started with Molinelli within the lead, and one other bracelet winner in Joao Vieira sitting in second chip place. Canadian poker professional and two-time bracelet winner Mark Radoja was the primary to be eradicated. He started the day with the shortest stack, and received his final 4 large bets in with A-Ok forward of the Ok-10 suited of Stanislav Kuvaev. The flop introduced a ten to offer Kuvaev a lead which he maintained by means of the river and Radoja settled for $8,846 because the ninth-place finisher.
Despite scoring that knockout, Kuvaev was the following to fall. He received all-in preflop with pocket sixes and was unable to carry in opposition to the A9 of Molinelli, who added to his lead when the A on the river earned him the pot. Kuvaev took dwelling $11,796 for his eighth-place displaying.
Joao Vieira had fallen from the highest few spots to the underside of the leaderboard throughout seven-handed play. His run at his second WSOP gold bracelet got here to an finish when his A3 for a gutshot straight draw bumped into the pocket jacks of Alex Fortin-Demers. The Portuguese poker professional and present all-time online tournament earnings leader took dwelling $15,731 because the seventh-place finisher.
Fortin-Demers continued his surge by eliminating Romain Dours in sixth place ($20,977). Fortin-Demers limped in with 87 from the small blind and referred to as the increase to 240,000 from Dours, who held AOk. The J77 flop gave Fortin-Demers journey sevens. He check-called the flop and the flip introduced the A. Dours guess his final 144,000 when checked to along with his aces and sevens with a king kicker. Fortin-Demers made the decision to place Dours in danger. The Q was no assist and the sphere was narrowed to simply 5 contenders.
Vince Cavailles’ run on this occasion got here to an finish when his Ok6 did not beat out the J8 of Nicolo Molinelli. Both gamers made a pair, however Molinelli’s eights had been sufficient to ship Cavailles to the rail in fifth place ($27,974).
With the betting limits having grown fairly excessive, there have been a lot of large swings throughout short-handed motion. Despite a surge earlier on the remaining desk, Fortin-Demers discovered himself because the shortest stack earlier than the following key hand arose. He received the final of his chips in preflop with OkQ dealing with the A5 of Brazil’s Renan Bruschi. Neither participant improved and Fortin-Demers was despatched to the digital rail with $37,303.
Milos Petakovic was quickly floor right down to a brief stack as properly, along with his final bets going within the center with 92. Bruschi seemed him up with A10, which remained the most effective hand after a 8633J runout. Petakovic was awarded $49,745 because the third-place finisher.
With that, Bruschi took simply shy of 6.4 million in chips into heads-up play with Molinelli, who held 2.6 million. The tables shortly turned, with Molinelli dragging a large pot with a turned prime pair to overhaul the lead. Molinelli prolonged that benefit when his pair and a straight draw was a jack-high straight on the river, beating the aces and eights of Bruschi to depart the Brazilian with simply over three large bets. The following hand noticed Bruschi get all-in with Q6. Molinelli got here together with 104, spiking a pair of tens on the flop to take a lead that he by no means relinquished. Bruschi earned $66,336 for his runner-up displaying.
Here is a take a look at the payouts awarded on the remaining desk:
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