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Russia’s Radmir “KOPOBA” Sadirov (cover image) had entered the final day’s play in Event #18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship of the GGPoker/Natural8-leg of the 2021 WSOP Online Series, holding close to half the chips in play. Sadirov rode his commanding lead all the way to the finish line on the star-studded final table that included three former bracelet winners and two first-time finalists. He single-handedly dispatched four players on the final table, including his heads-up opponent Joao Vieira to collect his career-first bracelet and $169,111 in prize money.
Sadirov had only about $200K in recorded winnings on GGPoker/Natural8 before this win and almost doubled that tally.
The event registered 144 players, generating a $684,000 prize pool.
The players were permitted to re-enter twice, which provided them with a starting stack of 60,000 available as three bullets of 20,000 chips each that could be used at any time. The event featured the 3-Stack format, and all unredeemed chips were released once the registration closed.
Most of the incoming entrants opted to fire the three stacks as single bullets. Sadirov busted early but re-entered, making good of his second run.
GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu was coasting for most of the Day 1 proceeding but busted towards the end of the day after running his ace-jack into “FortNitPro” s ace-queen. Negreanu picked up an 11th place score worth $11,135. He even tweeted about his run.
Really fun stream today playing the $5k Short Deck and another deep run with an 11th place finish.
Swingy game, and we had a shot. Those that bought a piece more than doubled their money.
Looks like I’ll fire the main event tomorrow 11:30 PDT.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) August 25, 2021
Giuseppe “0asis” Iadisernia (12th for $9,968) and partypoker ambassador Mikita Badziakouski (14th for $9,968) were the other notables who crossed the money line.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
The final table witnessed three quick eliminations – all in under 30 minutes of play. Joao Vieira eliminated Mukoro “AnonAnomaly” Gberevbie before Sadirov dispatched Sam Greenwood.
Dario Sammartino lost all his chips to Daniel Dvoress in fifth place.
Sadirov used his chip lead aggressively by applying pressure on the remaining players. He eliminated former bracelet winner Daniel Dvoress in fourth place and further consolidated his lead by dispatching the Event #6: $200 FLIP & GO runner-up finisher Yen-Liang “yao_poker” Yao to the rail in third place.
The heads-up showdown between Joao Vieira and Sadirov was a roller-coaster ride. Despite a comfortable lead, Sadirov faced stiff competition from Viera, who even took over the chip lead twice. Eventually, Sadirov scored a massive double-up before sealing his victory.
The final hand in the event saw his pocket queens pitted against Vieira’s jack-ten. Vieira flopped a gutshot draw that couldn’t connect on the last two streets. Instead, Sadirov found two aces and a queen on the board to improve to a full house.
Final Table Results (USD)
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