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WSOP Online 2021: Jose Noboa From New Jersey Wins Career-First Gold Bracelet in Event #1: NLH Big 500 Kick-Off ($105,161)

WSOP Online 2021: Jose Noboa From New Jersey Wins Career-First Gold Bracelet in Event #1: NLH Big 500 Kick-Off ($105,161)
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 2, 2021
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The much-awaited 2021 WSOP Online has returned for its second edition, kicking off proceedings on the All-American Poker Network, WSOP.com, on July 1. The mega series will award as many as 33 bracelets across its month-long run until August 1. Only players geo-located in Nevada and New Jersey can play on WSOP.com.

The series-opener Event #1: NLH Big 500 Kick-Off, sporting a $500 entry buy-in, locked in 1,277 entries leading to a $574,650 prize pool. It took 12 hours for the first champion of the series to be crowned, and it happened to be New Jersey’s Jose “deposit” Noboa.

Noboa clinched not just his career-first WSOP gold bracelet but also a whopping $105,161 payday. He had entered the final table with the third-biggest stack and eventually made his way to the heads-up against two-time WSOP Circuit online ring winner Christopher “basile28” Basile. Noboa was slightly ahead at the start of the heads-up finale, and in the end, he bagged the gold bracelet after flopping a full house and getting Basile to call off with two pair.

The Poker Hall of Famer Jack “borgia92” McClelland money-bubbled the tournament in 181st place, getting the remaining 180 runners in the money.

Among the ITM finishers were numerous former WSOP bracelet winners like Allen “Acnyc718” Chang (16th for $3,793), Nick “CashUsKlay” Schulman (38th for $2,126), Kathy “Luckygal” Liebert (39th for $2,126), Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler (75th for $1,149), Ralph “sosana” Perry (78th for $1,149), Ankush “rickrosstheb” Mandavia (83rd for $1,034), Craig “imgrinding” Varnell (85th for $1,034), Nicholas “illari” Baris (86th for $1,034), Andrew “WATCHGUY42” Lichtenberger (129th for $862), Phil “Lumestackin” Hellmuth (141st for $862), Ryan “BiTC0iN” Riess (143rd for $862), Brett “metanemesis” Apter (149th for $862), Anthony “heheh” Zinno (151st for $862), Matthew “Bodeyster” Bode (155th for $804), Jason “heybuddyyyyy” Dewitt (164th for $804) and Nick “DrPayne” Jivkov (165th for $804).

Kevin “vamonospest” Lutz fell out in 10th place for $6,034, setting up the nine-handed final table.


Final Table Chip Counts

1. LND999 – 7,032,888

2. Christopher “basile28” Basile – 6,530,273

3. Jose “deposit” Noboa – 2,517,666

4. Steve “gborooo” Gross – 2,343,977

5. Ryan “PostmatesSel” Franklin – 2,169,079

6. Michael “ParxBigStax” Marder – 1,876,138

7. chuckthebum – 1,194,903

8. Ye “yuan365” Yuan – 963,344

9. Shannon “Aulophobia” Shorr – 911,732


Final Table Recap

Michael “ParxBigStax” Marder was the first player to be eliminated on the final table when his pocket queens ran into Ye “yuan365” Yuan’s pocket rockets, ending the former’s run in ninth place.

Michael Marder
Michael Marder


Less than 20 minutes later, Shannon “Aulophobia” Shorr’s lost out to Christopher “basile28” Basile’s .

Shannon Shorr
Shannon Shorr


“chuckthebum” was next to go in seventh place, and the only former bracelet winner on the final table, Steve “gborooo” Gross, followed the former to the rail in sixth place.

Steve Gross
Steve Gross


Ryan “PostmatesSel” Franklin finished fifth when his could not hold up against Jose “deposit” Noboa’s .

Ryan Franklin
Ryan Franklin

Two minutes later, Noboa claimed his second victim in the start-of-final table chip leader “LND999″‘s who came up against Noboa’s . The board brought and both players had a boat. However, Noboa’s was better, busting “LND999” in fourth place.

Ye “yuan365” Yuan’s elimination in third-place set in motion the heads-up finale between Jose “deposit” Noboa (20,207,712) and Christopher “basile28” Basile (5,332,288).

Ye Yuan
Ye Yuan


Noboa held a commanding chip lead starting out, and it took him less than 30 minutes to wrap things up. On the final hand, Noboa’s flopped a full house on the runout , with Basile’s only managing a two pair. And just like that, Noboa took down his career-first WSOP gold bracelet and his first six-figure WSOP cash worth $105,161.

Final Hand of Event #1: NLH Big 500 Kick-Off
Final Hand of Event #1: NLH Big 500 Kick-Off


Final Table Results (USD)

1. Jose “deposit” Noboa – $105,161

2. Christopher “basile28” Basile – $64,935

3. Ye “yuan365” Yuan – $46,144

4. LND999 – $33,330

5. Ryan “PostmatesSel” Franklin – $24,250

6. Steve “gborooo” Gross – $17,872

7. chuckthebum – $13,389

8. Shannon “Aulophobia” Shorr – $10,114

9. Michael “ParxBigStax” Marder – $7,758


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

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