October 4, 2023
Marks, Yanovich, Hu Among Latest Bracelet Winners in 2023 WSOP Online

Marks, Yanovich, Hu Among Latest Bracelet Winners in 2023 WSOP Online

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Even more gold bracelets are being shipped to all corners of the globe as the 2023 WSOP Online to tick over on GGPoker. Another handful of have been completed on the platform which has seen the likes of Jessica “butfirstwine” Marks, Sergio “Nextgoal” Ballestin Mur, Leonid Yanovich, Jinlong “yiliuqi” Hu, Peng “gaosinimen999” Zhou and Boris “Zivakov” Neykov walk away with the most sought-after prize in poker.

Gergely Kulcsar has also put himself in a great position to become the Main Event champion after bagging best in Day 1C. His stack of 2,276,337 is currently the biggest out of all the qualifiers, as he overtook Day 1A chip leader “krxlkrxl53” to put himself in pole position for the time being.

Marks Wins Ladies Championship

After a six-day break for the 36 Day 1 survivors, play in the #5: $500 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship resumed on Saturday, September 6, and saw Jessica “butfirstwine” Marks claim her first WSOP bracelet along with the $16,613 first-place prize. Marks was the last woman standing from the 167-entry field, which generated a $79,325 prize pool.

Some of the best female poker players around were still in contention on Day 2, with 2022 Ladies Champ Jessica Teusl and PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary winner Vanessa Kade all making it through to the final stage.

Teusl could not replicate her performance from last year, while Kade was the first to exit from the final table. Day 2 chip leader Xinwen “Chris Baby” Zhang was also unable to stay at the of the chip counts and bowed out in sixth place.

Following the departures of Mary “KentaQ” Dvorkin and Zhanna “xeloruA” Hodovanets in fourth and third place respectively, Marks saw off Julia “Bulochka2022” Bondarov in heads-up play to seal the victory.

#5: $500 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Jessica “butfirstwine” Marks Germany $16,613
2 Julia “Bulochka2022” Bondarov Russia $12,458
3 Zhanna “xeloruA” Hodovanets Poland $9,342
4 Mary “KentaQ” Dvorkin Israel $7,005
5 Emilia Riot United Kingdom $5,253
6 Xinwen “Chris Baby” Zhang China $3,939
7 Carla “MickChecker” Marins Assis Palma Brazil $2,954
8 Suzie Williamson United Kingdom $2,215
9 Vanessa Kade Canada $1,661

WSOP Online Series On GGPoker Will Feature 33 Bracelet Events From . 20-Oct. 2

Ballestin Mur Becomes a Bracelet Winner

Bracelet events can always produce some surprising winners, and that's exactly what happened in #9: $315 Bounty No-Limit Hold'em. The unknown Sergio “Nextgoal” Ballestin Mur, who resides in British Columbia, Canada, reigned supreme over the 2,856 entries to get the job done.

Ballestin Mur, who is an Assistant Marketing Coordinator at Next Goal Agency, scored $31,960 in bounties and was awarded $33,635 for the win to make a final payout of $65,595.

The top 368 players made the money, each sharing a slice of the $848,232 prize pool.

#9: $315 Bounty No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

Place Player Country Bounty Prize Total
1 Sergio “Nextgoal” Ballestin Mur Canada $31,960 $33,635 $65,595
2 Ilya “twins_ilya” Marchenko Ukraine $21,739 $33,551 $55,290
3 “NapoleOFF” Sollero Brazil $9,089 $24,460 $33,549
4 Kayvan “Throatgoat” Payman Canada $5,924 $17,810 $23,734
5 Diego “Dinh21” Costa Brazil $8,448 $12,968 $21,416
6 Jianming “leng123” Li China $6,281 $9,443 $15,724
7 Martin “AMPLERFAN86” Piik Estonia $4,712 $6,875 $11,587
8 Joshua Hoesel Mexico $6,131 $5,006 $11,137
9 Osmar Junior Brazil $3,928 $3,645 $7,573

Leonid Yanovich Beats the Pros for Six-Figure Payday

Ryan Riess
Ryan Riess

956 hopefuls took to the virtual felt for #10: $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty . The buy-in was split in half, with 50% going towards bounty payouts while the remainder was allocated for the regular prize pool. After late registration had closed, there was $956,000 in the prize pool, and Israel's Leonid Yanovich was the player who received the first-place spoils. Along with the bracelet, $110,843 was also sent Yanovich's way after he overcame Ireland's Gary Thompson in the final showdown.

2013 WSOP Main Event winner Ryan Riess was just one of the notable players to put in a deep run. However, he had to settle for seventh place. His latest WSOP performance marks another close call for bracelet #2 as Riess fell short of seeing his name in lights once again.

At the 2022 WSOP, he finished in second and third place in Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop and Event #53: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha. During the summer, Riess made the podium again in another online bracelet event but couldn't get over the finish line to prolong his 10-year bracelet drought.

#10: $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty NLH Final Table Results

Place Player Country Bounty Prize Total
1 Leonid Yanovich Israel $72,582 $38,261 $110,843
2 Gary Thompson Ireland $11,055 $38,166 $49,221
3 Oshri Lahmani Israel $15,820 $30,339 $46,159
4 Georgios Sotiropoulos Greece $7,641 $24,088 $31,729
5 “K1bosha” Belarus $2,031 $19,124 $21,155
6 “ilargia” Brazil $13,703 $15,184 $28,887
7 Ryan Riess United States $12,031 $12,055 $24,086
8 “max77” Canada $250 $9,571 $9,821
9 “asyASYJDAy Thailand $8,270 $7,599 $15,869

Nezer, Steves & Koliakov Pick Up First Bracelets from 2023 WSOP Online

Flip & Go Bracelet Breaks $1 Million Guarantee

Jinlong Hu
Jinlong Hu

#11: $100 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold'em was another tournament to come with a seven-figure guarantee, and like all those before, the players turned out in droves to break the $1 million barrier.

For those unfamiliar with the FLIP & GO concept, it's fairly straightforward. The tournament is split into two parts. First up is the flip stage, which sees everyone forced all in. The winner at each table then advances to the Go stage, where everyone is already in the money and plays out as usual.

798 out of the 7688 entries made it through to the GO stage, where they had all locked up the min-cash from the $1,260,365 prize pool.

Yiannis “GreekFreaker” Liperis and Dawid Smolka were famous faces to make it through to the final table but neither could stop the title charge from Jinlong “yiliuqi” Hu. The player based in China picked up their maiden piece of WSOP hardware along with the $122,587 set aside for the champion.

#11: $100 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Jinlong “yiliuqi” Hu China $122,587
2 “SuperSolid” United Kingdom $90,690
3 Fabian Spielman Austria $67,128
4 Eric “grownstacks” Hayes Mexico $49,687
5 Erdene “Tsoomoo Venus” Ochir Mongolia $36,778
6 Dawid Smolka Poland $27,223
7 Yiannis “GreekFreaker” Liperis United Kingdom $20,150
8 Dalton “morgota” Hobold Brazil $14,915
9 “ShowMeThePeso” Mexico $11,040

Kulcsar Takes Top Spot in Main Event Chip Counts

Gergely Kulcsár
Gergely Kulcsár

The number of players through to the next stage of the $25 million guaranteed WSOP Online Main Event now stands at 123 as 54 more players booked their spot for Day 2. The third starting flight of the series' showstopper saw another 456 entries to bring the current total to 1,024, meaning another 4,240 entries are needed to surpass the guarantee.

While breaching that target currently seems like a big ask, there are eight more starting flights scheduled, with Day 1D penciled in on Sunday, September 10. The remainder of the Day 1's take place from September 17-25, with Day 2 also kicking off on the same day the Last Chance flight begins.

From the survivors in the latest Main Event qualifier, Gergely Kulcsar bagged the best and currently has the largest stack of any player through to Day 2 as it stands. His stack of 2,276,337 sees him join “krxlkrxl53” as the only player with more than 2 million.

Jans Arends, Yuri Dzivielevski and the aforementioned Reiss were just some of the bracelet winners to make it through from Day 1C.

WSOP Online Main Event Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chip Count
1 Gergely Kulcsar Austria 2,276,337
2 Daniel “Tourmination” Petersen Faroe Islands 1,577,536
3 Mikhail Zavoloka Russia 1,514,660
4 Artem Kobylynskyi Ukraine 1,304,592
5 Aleksei “Ha KoJleHu” Vandyshev Russia 1,161,197
6 “DNTS” Cyprus 1,125,195
7 “J-Dubya” Mexico 928,214
8 “Real Nickname” Denmark 892,835
9 “Sitacuisses” Austria 892,362
10 “Karma is a Cat” Canada 826,459

2023 WSOP Online: Main Event Champ Espen Jorstad Denied Third Bracelet

Zhou Bags Another Bracelet for China

While the Main Event is still in its infancy in deciding its winner, Peng “gaosinimen999” Zhou took down the younger sibling version of the event. Zhou was the victor in #12: $500 Mini Main Event to put another bracelet on the board for China.

The Mini Main Event had a plethora of starting flights, with 8,709 entries out for the 17 qualifying heats. The $2.5 million guarantee was obliterated, with $3,565,350 being the final prize tally.

#12: $500 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Peng “gaosinimen999” Zhou China $326,692
2 “Sjaakfcg” Netherlands $242,030
3 Ermo “PublicEnemy7” Kosk Estonia $179,412
4 Leonard “Sheogorath” Mendes Mexico $133,002
5 Bráulio Bianchetti Brazil $98,606
6 Leandro Sousa Brazil $73,113
7 Thomas Saterne France $54,219
8 Matthias “SeverusSnap” Nachtigal Germany $40,215
9 “BadProbBet” Russia $29,837

Neykov Gets Biggest First-Place Prize So Far

The latest bracelet event to wrap up was the #13: $5,000 6-Handed NLH Championship and featured several big . Daniel Negreanu (19th – $20,644) and Ethan Yau (15th – $23,998) put in commendable runs to make the latter stages of the tournament to see a decent return on their $5,000 investment.

But at the end of the day, it was Boris “Zivakov” Neykov who was a cut above the rest. The Croatian overcame a field of 487 to win the honors and $426,171, which is the biggest first-place payout of the series so far.

#13: $5,000 6-Handed NLH Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Boris “Zivakov” Neykov Croatia $426,171
2 Battulga “GodsofMongols” Byambaa Austria $308,130
3 “EEewashu99” Boyle Austria $222,784
4 Chin Wei Lim Malaysia $161,078
5 Felipe Ketzer Brazil $116,462
6 Jeromy “PureApple” Bynum Austria $84,205

2023 WSOP Online Bracelet Winners Table

EVENT Entries Prize Pool Winner Payout
#1: $108 Bankroll Builder Bounty NLHE 7,619 $761,900 Or “Nezer21” Nezer $58,884
#2: $300 Gladiators of Poker Opener, $2.5M GTD [Final Day] 9,488 $2,647,152 Vinicius Steves $234,707
#3: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship 667 $1,354,000 Sergei “Meruemu” Koliakov $158,345
#4: $840 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha 706 $564,800  Paulius “redpillgame” Vaitiekunas $81,848
#5: $500 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship 167 $79,325 Jessica “butfirstwine” Marks $16,613
#6: $1,500 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em 1,207 $1,719,975 Sean “EEewashu99” Boyle $231,821
#7: $210 Mystery Millions – $1M Top Bounty, $10M GTD [Day 2] 51,211 $10,242,200 Yurii “pumbiko_O” Olinyk $360,139
#8: $2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship 124 $294,500 Terrance Chan $64,021
#9: $315 Bounty No-Limit Hold'em 2.856 $848,232 Sergio “Nextgoal” Ballestin Mur $65,595
#10: $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty NLH 956 $956,000 Leonid Yanovich $110,843
#11: $100 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold'em, $1M GTD [Go Stage] 7,688 $1,260,365 Jinlong “yiliuqi” Hu $122,587
#12: $500 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em, $2.5M GTD 8,709 $3,565,350 Peng “gaosinimen999” Zhou $326,692
#13: $5,000 6-Handed NLH Championship 487 $2,313,250 Boris “Zivakov” Neykov $426,171
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Calum has been a part of the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the UK energy sector. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. Calum's proudest poker achievement is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Vegas, the prestigious $60 Flamingo evening event.

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