2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Nicolo Molinelli “Paquitooo” wins gold at the Spin the Wheel $1,050 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed; G7COMMANDER crushes the $10K High Roller

On Day 47 of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international ], Italy’s Nicolo Molinelli “Paquitooo” outlasted the 1,925 head hunters of the WSOP #81: $ 1,050 Bounty NLHE Six Handed [ Spin the Wheel ] event to capture the signature gold bracelet and a career high score $ 243,414.72. He became the second Italian player to reach the finish line, bumping up the country’s overall bracelet count to 11. Interestingly, it was also the first ever WSOP cash for six players with five of them pocketing their largest tournament payout. At the series side events, big bucks at the $ 10,000 High Roller tournament guaranteeing one million dollars. Player G7COMMANDER absolutely crushed it to rein in the $ 229K first prize.

The 2020 WSOP Online [ international ] is down to its final four days. Last night, the series crossed into nine digits with a cumulative $ 101.2 million paid out across 48 completed bracelet events. We have yet to add in the Main Event and $25K Heads Up prize pools amounting to a combined $ 30.6 million. Those events will resume its final race this weekend. Aside from those two tournaments, only 4 bracelet events remain. Time is running out to join the action so make sure to sign up on Natural8 before it is all over.

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WSOP #81: $ 1,050 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed [ Spin the Wheel ] – Nicolo Molinelli – $ 243,414.72

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Nicolo Molinelli (middle, sitting). Credit: PokerStars Live

Determining the WSOP’s 81st bracelet event was a spin of the wheel that landed on the $ 1,050 Bounty NLHE Six Handed. This was a perfect outcome as both bounty and six max tournaments have been extremely popular. The event pulled in 1,925 entries for a juicy prize pool worth $ 1,925,000. A few minutes into the 14th hour, Italy’s Nicolo Molinelli  “Paquitooo” defeated Canada’s Kyle Menard “Eskimo Bro” to seize his first ever WSOP gold bracelet and a career high score $ 144,198.75. Molinelli also racked up an incredible $ 99,215.99 in bounties for a whopping $ 243,414.72 in winnings. This was his second ever WSOP cash with the first earned at the ongoing series’s WSOP $#75: $ 300 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em event where he finished 280th out of 3,552 for $ 907.

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WSOP #81 – $ 1,050 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed [ Spin the Wheel ]

Buy in: $ 1,050
Entries: 1,925
Prize pool: $ 1,925,000
ITM: 278 places
Running time: 14 hours and 5 minutes

Recapping the action from the final table where everyone was seeking their first WSOP title, on the virtual round were two seasoned pros – Moldova’s Pavel Plesuv “EzzzGame” and Finland’s Sami Kelopuro -, six players with no prior live WSOP cashes, and USA’s Michelle Shah “hu4trollzz” who was on her 18th bracelet event cash at the WSOP Online [ international ] series. Molinelli entered as chip leader, Plesuv in 2nd rank.

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WSOP #81 – $ 1,050 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed [ Spin the Wheel ] final table

The first casualty was delivered in 25 minutes with Shah’s hope for a gold vanishing at the hands of Molinelli. It took another forty minutes of chips moving in every direction before Plesuv’s fall 5d5c to Lukas Hafner “LolGGPok” AsKs when two Kings turned up. Israel’s Itai Drory “PokerSmart” was bumped out next. On a turn board 2s4d3cQc, Molinelli shoved, Drory tank-called for everything, Molinelli had Qs10s top pair, Drory 8c8s, the river came 4h. Drory exited with a career high $ 31,303.12 payout.

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WSOP #81 – $ 1,050 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed [ Spin the Wheel ] – pair of Queens for winner Molinelli

Not long after, Kelopuro’s AhQd paired the Ace to dust Aleksandr Grishchuk “Srinavasan” JcJd in 6th place. This was also Grishchuk’s largest career cash, just edging his previous high score by $ 6k.

The five handed round was a lengthy battle running for one hour. During that time, China’s Longyun Li “Mr Li” and Hafner found their way to the top. Kyle Menard “Eskimo Bro” stole command after booting Kelopuro in 5th place with AcQc improving to a nut flush to dust pocket Kings. Menard continued to dominate, sending Li out in 4th place.

Heavy action followed. Menard and Molinelli drained out Hafner who eventually risked it with Kh4h only bang into Molinelli’s AcAh. This gave Molinelli a slight advantage entering heads up against Menard.

The final battle for the gold ran for nearly an hour. With only five seconds in their time bank, both players felt the pressure. Molinelli led the reace throughout while Menard played catch up. Several minutes after the 14th break of the day, Menard shoved AhQc on a board 10c2hKd7s9d, Molinelli check-called with Kc8d top pair and shipped it, becoming the 48th bracelet winner this series. For Menard, it was his fourth WSOP Online [ international ] cash and largest known tournament score.

Final table payouts

1st Nicolo Molinelli “Paquitooo” – Italy – $ 144,198.75 + $ $ 99,215.99 bounties = $ 243,414.72
2nd Kyle Menard “Eskimo Bro” – Canada – $ 104,644.05 + $ 23,773.44 bounties = $ 128,417.49
3rd Lukas Hafner “LolGGPok” – Austria – $ 75,940.19 + $ $ 22,958.98 bounties = $ 98,899.17
4th Longyun Li “Mr Li” – China – $ 55,109.76 + $ 11,765.62 bounties = $ 66,875.38
5th Sami Kelopuro – Finland – $ 39,993.12 +$ 7,828.12 bounties = $ 47,821.24
6th Aleksandr Grishchuk “Srinavasan” – $ 29,022.93 + $ 1,875 bounties = $ 30,897.93
7th Itai Drory “PokerSmart” – Israel – $ 21,061.90 + $ 10,241.22 bounties = $ 31,303.12
8th Pavel Plesuv “EzzzGame” – Moldova – $ 15,284.59 + $ 15,792.96 bounties = $ 31,077.55
9th Michelle Shah “hu4trollzz” – USA – $ 11,092.04 + $ 13,828.11 bounties = $ 24,920.15

Notable players in the money (top 100): Ashish Gupta “NewGambler” (15th), Sergi Reixach (24th), Brunno Botteon (34th), Chris Fitzgerald (39th), Daniel Negreanu (55th), Rainer Kempe (66th), Pete Chen (81st), and Adrian Mateos (88th).

Open: WSOP #84: $100 WSOP MILLIONS [ $2M GTD ]

Another four flights completed at the budget bracelet event WSOP #84: $100 WSOP MILLIONS [ $2M GTD ] to bring the running tally to a massive 18,127 entries across twelve flights. 1,846 have already booked their seats into the Final Day. Only 8 flights left to qualify.

Among the latest to join the list were bracelet winners Anson Yan Shing Tsang “Tara@0z”, Enrico Camosci “GTOExploiter”, and Trygve Leite “FullSendWig”, Natural8 Team Hot Thai Ha, notables Martin Zamani, Brian Rast, Rui Ferreira, Andras Nemeth, Dhaval Mudgal “Toblerone27”, Rainer Kempe, and Terry Nguyen “Terryboom”.

Up top is Germany’s “MonsterMan” who stacked up 203.3 BB at Flight G. Also from that flight was Austria’s Daniel Smiljkovic with 190.1 BB stacked to take 3rd rank. Last night, China’s Movie_King racked up 191.3 BB to earn the 2nd rank spot.

Buy in: $ 100
Guarantee: $ 2,000,000
Entry Dates: August 31 to September 6
Entry Flights: 8 remaining

Cumulative Entries: 18,127
Final Day qualifiers: 1,846
Final Day: September 6 @ 18:30 UTC / September 7 @ 02:30 HKT
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Top 15 in chips

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WSOP #84 – $100 WSOP MILLIONS [ $2M GTD ] top15 in chips

Other Final Day qualifiers were: Henri Buehler (Natural8 Team Hot), Asian regular Michael Kim Falcon “DirtyDuck”, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Pete Chen (Natural8 Team Hot), revolutionary man Elon Musk, Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association owner David Tai, pro Chris Moorman, Yuri Dzivielevski, Paul Teoh, Patrick Kennedy “Muddington”, and Abhinav Iyer “OBellaCiao”.

Up next: WSOP #82: $ 1,050 Beat the Pros [ Bounty ]

Buy in: $ 1,050
Date: September 5 @ 18:00 UTC / September 6 @ 02:00 HKT
Late registration: 210 minutes
Re-entries: 2 allowed

WSOP #83: $10K WSOP Super MILLION$ [ $5M GTD ]

Buy in: $ 10,000
Date: September 6 @ 18:00 UTC / September 7 @ 02:00 HKT
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Notes: 2 day event
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

WSOP #85: $500 The Closer [ LAST CHANCE ]

Buy in: $ 500
Date: September 6 @ 20:00 UTC / September 7 @ 04:00 HKT
Late registration: 120 minutes
Re-entries: unlimited
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Paused: WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event – 38 players remaining

The record breaking WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event is currently on break until September 6 @ 02:30 HKT. If you are just hearing of this event, it drew a massive 5,802 entries for a smashing $ 27,559,500 prize pool – the largest in online poker history. The top four players will each receive a handsome seven figure payout. For the champion, a heart thumping $ 3,904,685.63 and a $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package.

In the lineup are seven Natural8 players in contention for the $100,000 Team Bling Sponsorship Package: Raise Your Edge co-founder Benjamin Rolle ranked 8th, American pro Samuel Taylor “WhyEsEl” ranked 14th, Team NLG pro Stefan Schillhabel ranked 15th, Japan’s Satoshi Isomae “Tamito” ranked 16th, Australia’s Joshua McCully ranked 18th, Argentina’s Martin Arce “colinchow” ranked 21st, and Team Hot ambassador Phachara Wongwichit (Thailand) ranked 26th.

In addition, Asia Pacific is well represented by players Wenling Gao ranked 9th, Dingxiang Ong “dydgg66” ranked 12th, Xuming Qi “scplayer” ranked 13th, Tzai Wei Phua “ahboy8888” ranked 20th, and Thomas Ward “readytoship” ranked 31st.

The 38 finalists will be led in by American pro Bryan Piccioli “smbdySUCKme” who already has one WSOP bracelet and one WSOPC ring under his belt. Running second is Michael Kane “All Love”, and to round out the top three is Stoyan Madanzhiev “Nirvana76”.

Buy in: $ 5,000
Guarantee: $ 25,000,000
Entry flights: 23 completed
Total Entries: 5,802
Day 2 qualifiers: 1,171
Prize pool: $ 27,559.500
ITM: 728 places
Running time: 12 hours and 20 minutes
Final Day: September 5 @ 18:30 UTC / September 6 @ 02:30 HKT.

Top 15 in chips

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WSOP #77 – $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event top15 in chips

 Remaining payouts

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WSOP #77 – $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ] remaining payouts

Paused: WSOP #79: $25,000 Heads Up NLHE – 4 players remaining

On Tuesday, the high roller shootout event WSOP #79: $25,000 Heads Up NLHE drew 127 players to build a massive prize pool worth $ 3,111,500. It took over ten hours to reach the final 4 players. When they return on Sunday, this is how they will match up (bracket pic below courtesy of For the champion awaits the WSOP signature gold and $ 1,077,025 plus an added $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package.

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WSOP #79 – $25,000 Heads Up NLHE final 4

Buy in: $ 25,000
Entries: 127
Prize pool: $ 3,111,500
ITM: 8 places
Running time: 8 hours and 55 minutes
Semi Finals: September 5 @ 18:00 UTC / September 6 @ 02:00 HKT
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place


1st $ 1,077,025 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd $ 622,300
3rd – 4th $ 311,150
5th Jason McConnon – UK – $ 194,468.75
6th Justin Bonomo – USA – $ 194,468.75
7th Stuart Wallensteen – Canada – $ 194,468.75
8th Aaron Van Blarcum – USA – $ 194,468.75


WSOP Side Event: $10,000 High Roller – G7COMMANDER – $ 229,028.60

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WSOP Side Event – $10,000 High Roller

Hard fought heads up battle at the $ 10,000 High Roller $1M GTD side event with the lead switching back and forth multiple times between G7COMMANDER and Pascal Hartmann before the former shipped it. Prior to the final stage of the race, G7COMMANDER was a killing machine, railing the first six players – John Tabatabai “Kunkuwap” (9th), Rui Ferreira (8th), Niklas Astedt (7th), Alex Foxen (6th), Chris Hunichen (5th), and Sergi Reixach (4th). Hartmann busted Ronny Kaiser (3rd) and the race for the $ 229,028.60 first prize took off. It took forty minutes for G7COMMANDER to close it out with pocket Aces dominating pocket sixes. G7COMMANDER also has two small bracelet event cashes amounting to a combined $ 4,264.

Buy in: $ 10,000
Date: September 3
Guarantee: $ 1,000,000
Entries: 103
Prize pool: $
ITM: 15 places
Winner: G7COMMANDER – Mexico – $ 229,028.60
2nd Pascal Hartmann – Germany – $ 172,451.70

WSOP Side Event: $126 Super Turbo Bounty 6-Handed – Chris Moorman – $ 16,062.12

The master of the six max, Chris Moorman, added another victory to his strong performance this series. Last night, the English pro shipped the $ 126 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed for his fourth deep run at a short handed event. Three weeks prior, Moorman placed 2nd for $ 398,393.20 at the WSOP#58: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed Championship falling only to Israel’s Ravid Gari “jerbi9999” then at the side events, he finished 4th at the $ 500 Deepstack Six Handed and 2nd at the $ 400 Six Handed.

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WSOP Side Event – $126 Super Turbo Bounty 6-Handed

Buy in: $ 126
Date: September 3
Guarantee: $ 60,000
Entries: 741
Prize pool: $ 88,920
ITM: 98 places
Winner: Chris Moorman – UK – $ 16,062.12

WSOP Side Event: $210 Bounty King

Buy in: $ 210
Date: September 3
Guarantee: $ 75,000
Entries: 508
Prize pool: $ 101,600
ITM: 71 places
Winner: sonmo – Argentina – $ 15,771.61

WSOP Side Event: $800 Marathon – trip 7-7-7 – $ 93,821.29

After four deep runs at the series side events, South Africa’s “trip7-7-7” finally pinned one down on Day 47 at the $ 800 Marathon. Running a lengthy 11 hours and 24 minutes, “trip7-7-7” eliminated the last two challengers – xingg (3rd), and Dylan Linde “mezcal” (2nd) – to seize the $ 93,821.29 first prize. Bracelet winner Nick Maimone “rdcrsn” finished 4th.

Buy in: $ 800
Date: September 3
Guarantee: $ 300,000
Entries: 725
Prize pool: $ 551,000
ITM: 98 places
Winner: trip 7-7-7 – South Africa – $ 93,821.29
2nd Dylan Linde “mezcal” – USA – 68,770.25
3rd xingg – China – $ 50,408.40

WSOP Side Event: $75 Six Handed

Buy in: $ 75
Date: September 3
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 992
Prize pool: $ 68,448
ITM: 134 places
Winner: Top1itsEasy – Russia – $ 11,265.02
2nd VENERA2019 – Russia – $ 8,174.34

WSOP Side Event: $400 FORTY STACK – godlikeson – $ 69,185.11

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WSOP Side Event -$400 FORTY STACK

Another deep run for Israel’s “kisaaa” at the series side events, however, the win slipped away again. Two nights ago, kisaaa placed 4th at this same event and last night a 2nd place finish, falling to Brazil’s “godlikeson”. At the start of heads up, kisaaa led and a deal was discussed but declined by godlikeson. The game proceeded and another deal was discussed, declined again by godlikeson. On the third attempt, kisaaa was behind in chips, and opted to decline after seeing the numbers. godlikeson went on to win it for a first series score of $ 69,185.11.

Buy in: $ 400
Date: September 3
Guarantee: $ 250,000
Entries: 1,128
Prize pool: $ 424,128
ITM: 152 places
Winner: godlikeson – Brazil – $ 69,185.11
2nd kisaaa – Israel – $ 50,207.16

WSOP Side Event: $50 Double Stack

Buy in: $ 50
Date: September 3
Guarantee: $ 30,000
Entries: 1,004
Prize pool: $ 46,184
ITM: 134 places
Winner: C4POKKiA – Tunisia – $ 7,601.07

WSOP Side Event: GGMasters Edition Daily $25 – TH0TH – $ 8,086.18

Buy in: $ 25
Date: September 3
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 2,386
Prize pool: $ 54,878
ITM: 395 places
Winner: TH0TH – South Africa – $ 8,086.18

Update: WSOP Online Leaderboard – Top 10

With the WSOP Asia Player of the Series won by Brazil’s Luis Eduardo Assuncao Garla “Xapilskinha”, next focus is on the WSOP Player of the Series title. In store for the ultimate winner is the WSOP Pure Gold Mouse trophy. Players that finish 2nd to 5th will also each win a Pure Gold Card. Current standings after 48 completed bracelet events.

Germany’s Christian Rudolph zoomed into the top spot after shipping the WSOP #70: $25K NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP high roller bracelet event. He also accrued points in eight other events. Canadian pro Daniel Dvoress – WSOP #71: $ 1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER champion – dropped to 2nd rank. Only six bracelet events remain to rack up points.

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WSOP Player of the Series leaderboard current standings

Natural8 – WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship Packages

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Eight Natural8 WSOP Online champions have already won a Team Bling Sponsorship package: Luis Assuncao Garla “Xapilskinha”, Daniel Dvoress, Hun Wei Lee, Teoh Ming Juen “Paul Teoh”,  Shoma Ishikawa “pp_syon”, Marcelo Jakovjlevic Pudla “Marolo”, Anson Yan Shing Tsang “Tara@0z”, and Thi Truong “HoneyandTHI”. Sign up on Natural8, win a bracelet event, and be part of the team!

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Win a WSOP Bracelet from any event with a buy-in of $1,000 and above, and you’ll get a Team Bling package that includes:

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Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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