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And…it’s a wrap! The GGPoker/Natural8 leg of the 2021 WSOP Online Series made a 33-bracelet event run from July 26 till Monday, and bringing the mega-series to a close was Event #33, $500 The Closer. France’s Arnaud Enselme (cover image) rode past a 7,013-player field to win the last bracelet at the series (his first) and a career-best $360,223.
The event ran a marathon 16 starting flights, generating a $3,373,925 prize pool.
Only 1,089 came back on Day 2, and 800 got paid at least $1,152. The bubble burst in just three levels with Tien Thanh “Terryboom” Nguyen the last player to fall empty-handed.
From there, the tournament took seven hours to reach the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
The four short stacks, Qiu Kefei, Ethan Reid, Koki Kudo, and Ryosuke Matsumoto, were the first lot to be eliminated, and in that order.
Yakov Nesterov and Hernando Guzman were the next to fall.
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas was among the chip leaders once the tournament was down to the final two tables. He eventually fell in third place after Kazuki Ikeuchi’s pocket jacks cracked his pair of fives.
Kazuki Ikeuchi held a 2-to-1-chip lead over Enselme at the start of the heads-up, and he soon pulled ahead into a 4-to-1 advantage after taking down several small pots. However, Enselme scored a huge double-up to strengthen his position, reclaiming the chip lead. He closed it out after his king-queen dominated Ikeuchi’s king-six.
Final Table Results (USD)
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