It took a little over eight hours for Polish player Bartlomiej "chester20o" Swieboda to take down the first Gold Bracelet of the 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events. He had to make his way through 30,810 Day 1 entries and 3,584 returning players to win the gold.
He didn't have an easy run of it. He started the final table in the middle of the stacks, but never regained that many chips again until they were four-handed. He was way behind when he got heads-up, and had to fight back against Cuong "CLVT" Trinh who had more than 1 billion going into the final stage.
Swieboda fought back, taking three-successive hands to turn the tide and put him on top for the first time. Trinh leveled it again at one point with a double, and retook the lead, but Swieboda came storming back again, ending the game with a huge cooler. That gave Swieboda the biggest share of the more than $1.4 million prize pool, at $161,111.
The Final Table Payouts
|1||Bartlomiej "chester20o" Swieboda||Poland||$161,111|
|2||Cuong "CLVT" Trinh||Vietnam||$120,810|
|3||Eran "Ma_Yesh_Beze" Soffer||Israel||$90,595|
|4||Ivan "GangstaZab" Zablyakin||Russia||$67,937|
|5||Alexander "OMGWTF!!" Jung||Germany||$50,945|
|6||Matheus "tio_ricco" Santos||Brazil||$38,204|
|7||Sergey "sit_boom777" Sitnikov||Russia||$28,649|
|8||Neville "NevSlater" Costa||Brazil||$21,483|
|9||Matheus "durezabh" De souza||Brazil||$16,110|
The Day's Action
With a bunch of Day 1 flights in the books, the final numbers for all the flights came in at a staggering 30,810 entries. That was made up of 24,587 unique players rebuying 6,223 times, and put $1,417,260 into the $1 million guaranteed prize pool.
A total of 3,584 players found a bag at the end of one of the Day 1 games, ready for Day 2 action, but only 1,600 of them were scheduled to get paid. They took no time getting to the money, with the bubble bursting just an hour after play got underway at 4:30 p.m. eastern time.
It didn't slow down from there. It took around 3 hours to bring the field under 100 players, and it wasn't until they got down to the final three tables that the pace of play started to slow a bit. Along the way, GGTeam Russia player Anatoly Filatov, who started the day second in chips, ended his run with a score of $346 for 647th.
It took about two and a half more hours to set the final table. Beyond the big cashers, one standout from the final table was German player Alexander "OMGWTF!!" Jung. Jung got to the final table as the shortest stack, but managed to nurse that stack through a series of ladders to a final payout of $50,945 for 5th place.
Swieboda was the real star of the game however, and especially the heads-up phase. While he certainly ran well to take the title, he played the near 4:1 short stack coming into the two-handed play very well, picking his spots to finally vault into the lead. He didn't lose his cool when Trinh retook the lead, and closed it out shortly after with a double followed by slow-played kings to win the title.
Swieboda bagged more than $160,000 for the win, while Trinh pocketed a bit over $120,000 for second.
PokerNews will be back tomorrow with the final day of Event #2: $1,111 Caesars Cares Charity Event. Day 1 ended with 20 players remaining, but more than $1.7 million in the middle. That means they also collected $175,824 for Caesars Cares, a Nevada-based COVID-19 charity. Catch all the action of the final day tomorrow.