2021 WSOP Online [International]: Alexandros Theologis scores $1.2M and first bracelet at the $25K SHR; Kahle Burns runner up

Three weeks ago the first seven digit payout was awarded to Brazil’s Eduardo Augusto Pires at the MILLIONAIRE MAKER event. Last night, Greek pro Alexandros Theologis became the second million dollar champion after taking down the $25,000 Super High Roller Championship NLH. Considerably one of the toughest events to conquer with the world’s leading pros comprising the bulk of the field, Theologis ruled the final table, defeating double bracelet holder Kahle Burns at heads up to capture the coveted US$ 1,212,032 first prize and first ever gold bracelet. Among the other finalists were Adrian Mateos, Mark Radoja, and Wenjie “Jerome001” Huang. Check out our recap, updated Natural8 leaderboards, and other festival stats down below.  

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For those just tuning in, the 2021 World Series of Poker Online [International] has just completed 30 of its 43 day run. A total US$ 53M+ has been promised, and with roughly US$ 51.4 Million already paid out, the festival guarantee will no doubt be crushed within the week. Plenty of cash yet to be won and 11 bracelets still up for grabs. One event not to be missed is the series’ headliner MAIN EVENT featuring a $20M guarantee. Day 1 flights are ongoing leading up to its final day on September 5. Buy in is US$ 5,000. 

The festival is ongoing at online platform Natural8 [GG Network] until September 12 inclusive. For players signed up on Natural8, expect plenty of added perks and exclusive prizes. You can read up on those incentives at the bottom of the page or via this link:

Natural8 offers $400,000 incentive to play 2021 WSOP Online

WSOP #21: $25,000 Super High Roller Championship NLH – Alexandros Theologis – US$ 1,212,032

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The WSOP #21: $25,000 Super High Roller Championship NLH was a two day affair that kicked off on Sunday night with 158 players coughing up the US$ 25,000 buy in plus an added 97 re-entering to more than surpass the US$ 5M guarantee. The top 30 places earned a piece of the US$ 6,247,500 prize pool. During the two hours of final table competition, Greek pro Alexandros Theologis knocked out four players to lock up his first ever WSOP title, gold bracelet, and the immense US$ 1,212,032 first prize. Theologis became the second highest paid champion of the series and the second player from Greece to seize the gold. 

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Up until this big win, Theologis only had US$ 567K in tracked winnings which included 15 prior WSOP cashes. The bulk of it was earned at last year’s WSOP Online HK$ 8,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship where he placed 2nd for US$ 326,664. His other accomplishments include a 2021 PartyPoker Millions win last March for US$ 75K and a 2019 WPT Aria Summer Championship No Limit Hold’em title for US$ 30K. With this dream victory, Theologis zoomed to US$ 1.78 Million in combined live and online earnings. 

Day 1 recap

Eight hours into Day 1, the bubble burst on China’s Kevin Pu with fellow countryman Wenjie “Jerome001” Huang cracking KcKs with Ad6h ace on the river (hand pictured below). From there, it took another two hours to form the final table. 

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Among the players profiting were WSOP decorated players Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb (27th), Shyngis Satubayev (24th), and David Peters (19th). The event’s biggest spenders were Michael Addamo with eight buy ins and Samuel Vousden with five, both players walking away empty handed. For Chinese pro Wei Zhao, his sixth buy in got him to 18th place for US$ 66,310 but was still in the red. Day 1 wrapped up at the fall of Artur Martirosian on a bad beat with QdQh rivered by Theologis4h4c full house (hand pictured below). 

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Final table recap

Bringing in the biggest stack to the final table was Australian elite player Kahle Burns who delivered a double knockout at 13 remaining with QcQs dusting Isaac Haxton’s 10h4h and Pavlo Veksler’s JdJh on a board Ah10c8cKd3d. Burns was hunting down his third WSOP bracelet and third seven figure payout. Wedged in the middle were double bracelet winner Mark Radoja and triple bracelet winner Adrian Mateos. Apart from this event, Mateos has a chance at another gold, reaching the semis of the US$ 10K Heads Up Championship. Also in the round was Russian pro Anatoly Filatov with over US$ 6 Million in tracked live and online scores. Bringing up the rear was Rui Neves Ferreira. Both Ferreira and Radoja were on their second final table in this series. For eventual champion Theologis, he was ranked 3rd in chips. 

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No free ride at the final table with nearly every hand seeing at least a raise. Action was fast and aggressive. During the first hour, Huang became the first player to cross over 100 BB after winning two big pots off Burns. The Aussie made up for the lost chips, railing Timothy Nuter in 9th place with 8d8c set over AcKh top pair on a board Ah8s2d9cJc. This was followed by a few double ups to short stacks Ferriera, Mateos, and Filatov, then Theologis landed his first of four eliminations, sending Mateos out with QsQc over Ah10h brick. Ferreira quickly followed with all his chips sent to Huang, and Burns emptied out Brazil’s last hope, Eduardo Amaral Silva in 6th place. By the first break, Theologis was ahead, Huang trailed by just 2 BB. 

Kicking off the second hour, Burns put the pressure on Radoja to send the Canadian pro down to 13 BB. Filatov did the rest with AhJh nut flush (three hearts on the flop) to dust Ad10c. From here on, Theologis took command and never relinquished. He shipped pot after pot with a couple of big ones before delivering the next bust. On the hand pictured below, his Ac4c improved to a flush to best Huang’s Kh3h two pair. 

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With his monstrous stack, Theologis continued to attack his opponents with multiple shoves. This led to the fall of Filatov in 4th place with Jc10c behind Theologis’ KcQs on a board Ac2hJs5sKs. With nearly a third of the chips in play at his disposal, he booted Huang in 3rd place with 8h8c dominating 5d5c to face Burns at heads up. Ahead 6:1, his lead widened to 15:1. Burns managed to cut the gap to 6:1 on a double up but a failed bluff cost him. With Theologis back ahead 10:1, the final hand arrived. Burns had Ah10s, Theologis Ad6d, the cards came 9h4hKcQs6c for a million dollar golden victory on the river. 

Date: August 29 to 30
Buy in: US$ 25,000
Guarantee: US$ 5,000,000
Entries: 255 (158 uniques, 97 re-entries)
Prize pool: US$ 6,247,500
ITM: 30 places

Final table payouts

1st Alexandros Theologis – Greece – US$ 1,212,032
2nd Kahle Burns – Australia –  US$ 934,604
3rd Wenjie “Jerome001” Huang – China – US$ 720,678
4th Anatoly Filatov – Russia – US$ 555,719
5th Mark Radoja – Canada – US$ 428,518
6th Eduardo Amaral “srjtdyfgukh” Silva – Brazil – US$ 330,432
7th Rui Neves Ferreira – Portugal – US$ 254,798
8th Adrian Mateos – Spain – US$ 196,476
9th Timothy Nuter – USA – US$ 151,503

Bracelet events this week

Open: WSOP #27: $5,000 MAIN EVENT, $20M GTD

The WSOP #27: $5,000 MAIN EVENT Online Championship is underway with 17 qualifying heats leading up to the final day on September 5. Last year, this event generated a massive 5,802 entries for a record breaking US$ 27,559,000 online tournament prize pool. This year’s edition will see the buy in remain at US$ 5,000 with a US$ 20,000,000 guarantee in tow. Only three Day 1 buy ins maximum permitted per player and same day re-entry is not allowed. Last chance to qualify for the Final Day is on September 5. 

Day 1 flights: August 22 to September 5
Buy in: US$ 5,000
Guarantee: US$ 20,000,000
Final Day: September 5

August 31: WSOP #23: $600 Deepstack Championship No Limit Hold’em
September 2: WSOP #24: $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha
September 4: WSOP #25: $777 LUCKY SEVENS No Limit Hold’em
September 5: WSOP #26: $888 CRAZY EIGHTS No Limit Hold’em

2021 WSOP Online bracelet events stats

WSOP #1 – #22 prize pool: US$ 52,390,442
Cumulative entries: 83,530
Seven figure prize pools: 18
Largest phased field: WSOP #1: $50 The Return NLH – 30,810 entries
Largest one day entry field: WSOP #5: $315 Bounty Deepstack NLH – 2,989 entries
Biggest pot (phased): WSOP #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – US$ 7,747,725
Biggest pot (single day entry): WSOP #21: $25,00 Super High Roller Championship NLH – US$ 6,247,500
Smallest field: WSOP #18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship – 144 entries
Smallest pot: WSOP #9: $400 DOUBLE CHANCE PLO – US$ 366,600
First time bracelet winners: 18
Natural8 champions: 3 
Multiple final tables: 10 players 
Deepest run by Asian player: Keun Woo “POLALIFE!” Lee – Korea – 1st place at WSOP #12: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No Limit Hold’em

2021 WSOP Online champions

WSOP #1: $50 The Return NLH – Bartlomiej “Chester20o” Swieboda – Poland – US$ 161,110
WSOP #2: $1,111 Caesars Cares Charity Event – Joao Simao – Brazil – US$ 206,075
WSOP #3: $2500 Limit Hold’em Championship – Nicolo Molinelli – Italy – US$ 88,461
WSOP #4: $800 DOUBLE CHANCE NLH – Thiago “IneedWasabi” Macedo – Brazil – US$ 161,636
WSOP #5: $315 Bounty Deepstack No Limit Hold’em – Kacper Pyzara – Poland – US$ 79,789
WSOP #6: $200 FLIP & GO No Limit Hold’em – Georgios Sotiropoulos – Greece – US$ 117,022
WSOP #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – Eduardo Pires – Brazil – US$ 1,384,013
WSOP #8: $5,000 6-Handed NLH Championship – Daniel Smiljkovic – Germany – US$ 423,426
WSOP #9: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH – Lucio “WizardOfAz” Lima – US$ 91,204
WSOP #10: $400 DOUBLE CHANCE PLO – Roland “Quina Quen” Czika – Hungary – US$ 55,369
WSOP #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller – Erik Seidel – USA – US$ 977,842
WSOP #12: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No Limit Hold’em – Keun Woo “POLALIFE!” Lee – Korea – US$ 635,575
WSOP #13: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship – Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas – Lithuania – US$ 268,926
WSOP #14: $500 THE BIG 500 – Renan Carlos Bruschi – Brazil – US$ 150,326
WSOP #16: $1,050 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH – Samuel Vousden – Finland – US$ 274,519
WSOP #17: $400 PLOSSUS [Bounty] – Gabi “kidrurim” Livshitz – Israel – US$ 152,165
WSOP #18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship – Radmir “KOPOBA” Sadirov – Russia – US$ 169,110
WSOP #19: $840 6 Handed Bounty No Limit Hold’em – Andrii Derzhypilskyi – Ukraine – US$ 154,322
WSOP #20: $1,500 Monster Stack NLH Freezeout – Eduardo Cappellaro “Ghazbaran” Rodrigues – Brazil – US$ 212,815
WSOP #21: $25,000 Super High Roller Championship NLH – Alexandros Theologis – Greece – US$ 1,212,032
WSOP #22: $400 COLOSSUS – Armando D’avanzo – Italy – US$ 409,007

Ninth career bracelet won

Erik Seidel – USA – WSOP #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller

Second career bracelet won

Nicolo Molinelli – WSOP #3: $2500 Limit Hold’em Championship
Georgios Manousos Sotiropoulos – WSOP #6: $200 FLIP & GO No Limit Hold’em

Seven figure payouts

Eduardo Pires – WSOP #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – US$ 1,384,013
Alexandros Theologis – WSOP #21: $25,000 Super High Roller Championship NLH – US$ 1,212,032

Multiple final tables

Stanislav Kuvaev 
8th – WSOP #3: $2,500 Limit Hold’em Championship
5th – WSOP #9: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH 

Renan Carlos Bruschi 
2nd – WSOP #3: $2500 Limit Hold’em Championship
1st – WSOP #14: $500 THE BIG 500 

David “MPEW299” Wang 
5th – WSOP #13: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship
8th – WSOP #14: $500 THE BIG 500 

Joao Vieira
7th – WSOP #3: $2500 Limit Hold’em Championship
2nd – WSOP #18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship

Yen Liang “yao_poker” Yao
2nd – WSOP #6: $200 FLIP & GO No Limit Hold’em
3rd – WSOP #18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship

Giuseppe Dario Sammartino 
5th – WSOP #18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship
2nd – WSOP #20: $1,500 Monster Stack NLH Freezeout 

Romain Jean “Flingue” Dours 
6th – WSOP #3: $2500 Limit Hold’em Championship 
6th – WSOP #20: $1,500 Monster Stack NLH Freezeout 

Karolis “Internecik” Sereika
7th – WSOP #19: $840 6 Handed Bounty No Limit Hold’em
9th – WSOP #20: $1,500 Monster Stack NLH Freezeout 

Mark Radoja
9th – WSOP #3: $2500 Limit Hold’em Championship
5th – WSOP #21: $25,000 Super High Roller Championship NLH 

Rui Neves Ferreira 
9th – WSOP #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller
7th – WSOP #21: $25,000 Super High Roller Championship NLH 

Bracelets by Country

Brazil – 6
Poland – 2
Italy – 2
Greece – 2 
Germany – 1
Hungary – 1 
Korea – 1
USA – 1
Lithuania – 1
Israel – 1
Finland – 1
Russia – 1
Ukraine – 1

Seven figure prize pools

WSOP #1: $50 The Return NLH – US$ 1,417,260
WSOP #2: Caesars Cares Charity Event  – US$ 1,759,824
WSOP #4: $800 Double Chance NLH – US$ 1,248,680
WSOP #6: $200 FLIP & GO No Limit Hold’em – US$ 1,209,920
WSOP #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – US$ 7,747,725
WSOP #8: $5,000 6-Handed NLH Championship – US$ 2,275,250
WSOP #9: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH – US$ 1,114,500
WSOP #11: $1,000 DOUBLE CHANCE NLH – US$ 5,599,300
WSOP #12: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller NLH – US$ 6,052,800
WSOP #13: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship – US$ 1,268,250
WSOP #14: $500 THE BIG 500 – US$ 1,253,525
WSOP #15: $10K Heads Up NLH Championship – US$ 1,561,700
WSOP #16: $1,050 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH – US$ 2,240,000
WSOP #17: $400 PLOSSUS – US$ 1,738,880
WSOP #19: $840 6 Handed Bounty No Limit Hold’em – US$ 1,642,000
WSOP #20: $1,500 MONSTER STACK NLH, Freezeout – US$ 1,539,000
WSOP #21: $25,00 Super High Roller Championship NLH – US$ 6,247,500
WSOP #22: $400 COLOSSUS – US$ 4,099,528

Natural8 Exclusive Promo results

Natural8 Team Bling Sponsorship Package winners

Joao Simao – WSOP #2: Caesars Cares Charity Event – US$ 10,000 Sponsorship
Eduardo Augusto Pires – WSOP #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – US$ 10,000 Sponsorship
Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas – WSOP #13: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship – US$ 10,000 Sponsorship

Natural8 WSOP 2-in-1 Challenge winners

Week 1
“Masukito83” – Dominican Republic – US$ 823.61
“DanielTsai” – Taiwan – US$ 597.12
“LotusFocus” – India – US$ 433.33

Week 2
Wai Yew “wong0410” Wong Malaysia – US$ 851.94
Richard Gryko – Canada – US$ 624.04
“All6886” – Vietnam – US$ 457.42

Week 3
Jonathan Katz – Argentina – US$ 851.94
“Flip888” – Hong Kong – US$ 624.04
“PhilIveyBrother” – Vietnam – US$ 457.42

Natural8 WSOP Amazing Race Leaderboard update

Asia Pacific
Joshua McCully – New Zealand – 6,571.13 points
“Imar54” – New Zealand – 3,405.24 points
Vincent “Moist” Huang – New Zealand – 3,089.58 points
David “MPEW299” Wang – Malaysia – 2,630.26 points
Hun Wei Lee – New Zealand – 1905.6 points
“TradingHalt” – New Zealand – 1,862.31 points 

Latin America
Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto – Brazil – 6,651.21 points
Marcelo Asensio – Brazil – 4,289.89 points
Eduardo Augusto Pires – Brazil – 4,147.55 points
Daan “DaanOss” Mulders – Mexico – 4,053.39 points
Joao Simao – Brazil – 3,778.36 points
Luciano Santos de Hollanda – 3,471.30 points
Assad “KammyStyyle” Kamran – Argentina – 3,441.30 points

Rest of World
Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas – 6,222.07 points
Tomas “CoronaMyAss” Jozonis – Lithuania – 6,201 points
Isaac Haxton – Canada – 5,081.39 points

Taiwan 
Pete Chen – 3,581.69 points
Yen-liang “yao_poker” Yao – 2,123.21 points
Chin-Wei “davidchien88” Chien – 1,365.61 points

Thailand 
George Kitsios – 2,241.61 points
“LuffyJd” – 1,321.36 points
Phachara Wongwichit – 865.72

Vietnam
“LittleFishVN” – 1,418.06 points
“Huethuong89” – 1,010.35 points
Cuong “CLVT” Trinh – 925.98 points

Japan 
“8809” – 1,730.92 points
Takashi “IKAIKA” Ogura – 1,100.58 points
Shota “shorta222” Nakanishi – 953.01 points

Hong Kong 
Dicky Siu Hang “Floatinworld” Tsang – 5,316.31 points
Edward “edyam1” Yam – 1,705.99 points
Anson Tsang – 1,656.68 points

India
Sriharsha “Upswinger” Doddapaneni – 4,657.01 points
“happysim” – 2,444.19 points
Gaurav “Haversham” Sood – 2,039.83 points

Exclusive Natural8 promos

To give more value to your buck, Natural8 players can expect added incentives amounting to US$ 400,000 up for grabs throughout the series. We’ve broken them down right here. 

WSOP Team Bling Sponsorship

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Win any of the 2021 WSOP Online bracelet events and you are assured entry to Team Bling along with one of these fine sponsorship packages listed: 

Main Event = $100,000 Team Bling Sponsorship*

Win the WSOP Main Event and you’ll not only become a part of Team Bling, you’ll be the CAPTAIN of the team. This exclusive package includes:

12 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$25,000 for live event buy in sponsorships
$5,000 to cover expenses
T$70,000 in online event sponsorships, paid out over 12 months

Buy-ins of $1,000 and above = $10,000 Team Bling Sponsorship*

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:

6 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$7,500 for live event buy in sponsorships
$2,500 to cover expenses

Buy-ins from $50 to $999 = $5,000 Team Bling Sponsorship*

Win a WSOP Bracelet from any event with a buy-in of $999 and below, and you’ll get a Team Bling package that includes:

6 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$3,500 for live event buy in sponsorships
$1,500 to cover expenses

WSOP Amazing Race

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Top the leaderboards to win a piece of the US$ 75,000 prize pool! There are ten leaderboards running throughout the series with varying prizes. Points can only be earned at bracelet events and WSOP side events. Three different LiveX packages up for grabs are listed: 

US$ 5,000 LiveX Gold which includesUS$ 3,500 live event buy in sponsorship and US$ 1,500 in expenses. 

US$ 3,000 LiveX Silver which includes US$ 2,000 live event buy in sponsorship and US$ 1,000 in expenses. 

US$ 2,000 LiveX Bronze which includes US$ 1,500 live event buy in sponsorship and US$ 500 in expenses. 

WSOP 2-in-1 Challenge

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Win a share of US$ 30,000 via the WSOP 2-in-1 incentive. This unique perk is only offered in Natural8. To start off, play any of the WSOP bracelet events and WSOP side events to earn points. As written on the website,

Take part in any WSOP Branded Tournaments to earn points and boost those points by playing in cash games. We’ll multiply the points you’ve earned by playing tournaments with the points from cash games to reveal your chipstack for the final WSOP 2-in-1 Challenge Flipout.

Natural8 offers $400,000 incentive to play 2021 WSOP Online

Plenty of action ahead so stick with us at Somuchpoker as we bring you recaps of the ongoing 2021 WSOP Online [International] on Natural8. 

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Triccia David

Triccia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits. She spent a year working part time with Poker Portal Asia and later became the editor and 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 blogger for several other major events in the Philippines. Currently, she is in charge of events reporting for Somuchpoker.

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