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The Sunday attraction at the 2021 WSOP Online Series, Event #26: $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore registered 1,118 entries on WSOP.com, including 729 unique players – all of them vying for a share of the $503,100 prize pool. Pitted as an encore to the first tourney of the 2021 WSOP schedule, New Jersey’s Eric “8Bracelets” Vanauken (cover image) shipped the event for $93,627.
Like fellow city-resident Byung Yoo, who won Event #24, Vanauken added a career-first WSOP bracelet to his kitty. The top prize of $93,627 is Vanauken’s career-best performance to date, and his live winnings stand at $112,063.
Dominick “Flow_Cold” Sarle finished runner-up in the event for $57,856, with Event #24 runner-up finisher Corey “Corgasm” Paggeot taking home a third-place payout of $40,952.
Brett “Metanemesis” Apter (18th for $3,320), Ye “yuan365” Yuan (28th for $2,214), Ryan “hagzzz021” Hagerty (64th for $1,157), and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Ryan “adopt_adogg0” Leng (130th for $805) were some notables who made it in the money.
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Second in chips, Naichang “cncly1314” Chen claimed the first two knockouts on the final table, sending Jack “Borgia92” McClelland and Jacob “tooletime13” Toole out.
Justin “pocketprofit” Wong lost the race in seventh place after his flopped pair of tens failing to catch up to Dominick “Flow_Cold” Sarle’s cowboys.
Sarle subsequently eliminated Dean “nikobellic99” Curreri in sixth place after flopping top pair to dominate the latter’s king-jack.
Tomasz “ToMRoX” Trelski was Eric Vanvuken’s first final table victim. Auken was ahead pre-flop with ace-ten vs. Trelski’s king-eight and even paired his eight on the flop. However, Vanauken spiked an ace on the turn to take down the pot.
Vanauken next eliminated Naichang “cncly1314” Chen in fourth place before Corey “Corgasm” Paggeot once again fell short of the bracelet, falling in third place to Sarle.
Dominick “Flow_Cold” Sarle held a commanding 3-to-1 chip lead over Vanauken at the start of the heads-up showdown, but the latter found his way to the top. The final hand saw Vanauken moving all-in with , and Sarle, who was the shorter of the two, made a quick call with . The board ran declaring Vanauken the champion!
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