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WSOP Online 2021: Daniel “RiverRats” Lazrus Champions Event #28: $3,200 NLH High Roller Championship ($205,347)

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 28, 2021
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Event #28: $3,200 NLH High Roller Championship of the WSOP.com-leg of the 2021 WSOP Online Series registered a 265-entry field, generating a hefty $805,600 prize pool. Daniel “RiverRats” Lazrus (cover image) overcame the competition to win his career-first gold bracelet and the personal-best $205,347 in prize money.

Lazrus had entered the final table with the fifth-biggest stack and came up against Daniel Buzgon heads-up. The two finalists were almost evenly stacks with less than one big blind separating them. It took about 10 minutes of heads-up action for Lazrus to come out on top and win his first-ever gold bracelet.

A total of 36 players made it in the money. The notable names on the payouts list included Josh “YoelRomero” King (9th for $14,098), Joe “swansong79” Kuether (11th for $11,198), Barry “puigmyfriend” Hutter (15th for $3,744), and Bryan “Pellepelle” Piccioli (25th for $5,639).

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Michael “DirtyMike973” Marone – 1,512,792
  2. Felix “madenspauwke” Van De Put – 1,102,200
  3. Jeremiah “freestylerr” Williams – 971,758
  4. James “BOCARATONE” Collopy – 732,461
  5. Daniel “RiverRats” Lazrus – 664,476
  6. Brett “Metanemesis” Apter – 644,574
  7. David “dpeters17” Peters – 542,902
  8. Daniel “juice” Buzgon – 467,890


Final Table Recap

The final table featured four former WSOP bracelet winners. James “BOCARATONE” Collopy was the first of them to fall when his ran into David “dpeters17” Peters’s . The board bricked, eliminating Collopy in eighth place.

About seven minutes later, Jeremiah “freestylerr” Williams’s were pitted against Brett “Metanemesis” Apter’s . Apter spiked an ace on the river, ending Williams’ run in seventh place.

Felix “madenspauwke” Van De Put was the next player to fall in sixth place.

Event #25: $7,777 NLHE Lucky 7’s High Roller champion David “dpeters17” Peters was gunning for his second gold bracelet in the series (his fourth overall) but got unlucky to fall out in fifth place. His pocket rockets were cracked by Daniel “juice” Buzgon’s that bettered to trip queens on the runout .

Less than five minutes later, Michael “DirtyMike973” Marone’s was busted by Daniel “RiverRats” Lazrus’s that flopped a set, eliminating Marone in fourth place.

Brett “Metanemesis” Apter ran out of steam in third place after his lost the flip to Buzgon’s .

The heads-up had Daniel “juice” Buzgon (3,893,701) starting out with a significant lead over Daniel “RiverRats” Lazrus (2,731,299). However, it didn`t take long for Lazrus to grab the chip lead from Buzgon and ride it to the finish line.

The last hand of the event saw Lazrus opening for 150,000 from the small blind. Buzgon called to see the flop open . Buzgon check-called a bet of 90,000. On the turn , Lazrus led out for 612,010, and Buzgon called. The river brought the . Buzgon checked, and Lazrus jammed for 2,464,187 into a pot of 1,716,030. He had Buzgon covered by only 20,000. Buzgon tanked for a while before calling with top pair, putting his tournament life on the line.

Daniel “RiverRats” Lazrus:

Daniel “juice” Buzgon:

Lazrus’s flopped two pair won him his career-first WSOP bracelet, with Buzgon having to settle for a runner-up finish.

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Daniel “RiverRats” Lazrus – $205,347
  2. Daniel “juice” Buzgon – $126,882
  3. Brett “Metanemesis” Apter – $87,246
  4. Michael “DirtyMike973” Marone – $61,145
  5. David “dpeters17” Peters – $43,744
  6. Felix “madenspauwke” Van De Put – $32,385
  7. Jeremiah “freestylerr” Williams – $24,249
  8. James BOCARATONE” Collopy – $18,126


Content & Images Courtesy: WSOP.com and PokerNews.com

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