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WSOP Online 2021: Justin Saliba Clinches First Gold Bracelet in Event #15: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezout ($253,800)

WSOP Online 2021: Justin Saliba Clinches First Gold Bracelet in Event #15: $5,300 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezout ($253,800)
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 16, 2021
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The 15th gold bracelet of the ongoing 2021 WSOP Online Series went to Justin Saliba (cover image), who championed Event #15: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezout for a $253,800 top prize!

The Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Dayton is relatively new to the world of poker and took a shortcut to poker fame after winning the coveted gold bracelet. The Las Vegas resident entered the final table with the third biggest stack. He made it to the heads-up against former bracelet winner Jonathan Dokler sporting a commanding chip lead, and it took about two minutes for Saliba to get his hands on his first-ever WSOP bracelet.

The tournament registered 188 players, generating a $940,000 prize pool. The top 30 players received payouts and the notables on the payouts list included Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng (12th for $12,220), Andrew “WATCHGUY42” Lichtenberger (13th for $12,220), Ali “SasukeUchiha” Imsirovic (17th for $9,870), Jason “Haderade” Somerville (18th for $9,870), Tony “Panoramic” Dunst (28th for $8,554), and Nick “Cashusklay” Schulman (29th for $8,554).


Final Table Chip Counts

1. OrcinusOrca – 975,650

2. Martin “bathroomline” Zamani – 763,637

3. Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba – 718,812

4. Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler – 677,576

5. Michael “BrockLesnar” Holtz – 414,045

6. Jesse “Patient0” Yaginuma – 407,950

7. Thomas “HavanaClub” Boivin – 334,282

8. John “Macallan25” Riordan – 271,702

9. Joshua “Zeal1906” Ray – 136,346


Final Table Recap

Michael “BrockLesnar” Holtz was the first player to hit the rail in ninth place and was quickly joined by Thomas “HavanaClub” Boivin, who was eliminated in eighth place.

Thomas Boivin
Thomas Boivin


Towards the end of Level 27, John “Macallan25” Riordan was knocked out in seventh place by “OrcinusOrca.”

John Riordan
John Riordan


Less than 10 minutes later, Joshua “Zeal1906” Ray’s were up against “OrcinusOrca”‘s . The board bricked, ending Ray’s run in sixth place.

Martin “bathroomline” Zamani exited in fifth place when his were cracked by Jesse “Patient0” Yaginuma’s that bettered to a pair of kings on the flop.

Martin Zamani
Martin Zamani


“OrcinusOrca”‘s run came to an end in fourth place when their could not hold up against Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba’s which rivered a two pair on the board .

Down to three-handed play, Jesse “Patient0” Yaginuma‘s ran into Saliba’s . The runout saw Saliba hit a top two-pair on the turn, eliminating Yaginuma in third place.

Jesse Yaginuma
Jesse Yaginuma


The heads-up showdown had Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba (3,751,186) starting out with a commanding lead against former bracelet winner Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler (948,814). It all came to an end just two minutes later, with Saliba claiming his career-first bracelet.

Jonathan Dokler


Saliba limped from the button on the final hand, and Dokler jammed for his last 10 BBs. Saliba called.

Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba:

Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler:

The rundown gave Saliba trip kings, relegating Dokler to the rail in second place.

Justin Saliba
Justin Saliba


Final Table Results (USD)

1. Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba – $253,800

2. Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler – $148,050

3. Jesse “Patient0” Yaginuma – $84,600

4. OrcinusOrca – $65,800

5. Martin “bathroomline” Zamani – $56,400

6. Joshua “Zeal1906” Ray – $47,000

7. John “Macallan25” Riordan – $35,720

8. Thomas “HavanaClub” Boivin – $22,560

9. Michael “BrockLesnar” Holtz – $15,980


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

Cover Image Courtesy: PokerGO

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