2021 WSOP Online [International]: Festival guarantee surpassed! Nuno “Albertov” Capucho crushes the Deepstack for first bracelet

After 32 days of games, the 2021 World Series of Poker Online [International] surpassed its advertised US$ 52M+ guarantee with the current tally at US$ 53.9 Million across 23 bracelet events. The latest to complete was the WSOP #23: $600 Deepstack Championship NLH with Portugal’s Nuno “Albertov” Capucho crushing the final table to seize his first ever dream gold bracelet. Capucho brought Portugal its first gold this series and seventh in total. Also running deep was Taiwanese pro James Chen with a 4th place finish.  Check out our recap, updated Natural8 leaderboards, and other festival stats down below.  

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For those just tuning in, the festival is ongoing at online platform Natural8 [GG Network] until September 12. Nine gold bracelets have yet to be claimed including the series headliner $20M guaranteed Main Event title. Day 1 flights are underway. Players signed up on  Natural8 can 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 #23: $600 Deepstack Championship NLH – Nuno “Albertov” Capucho – US$ 190,273

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Portuguese player Nuno “Albertov” Capucho came out slashing at the final table of the WSOP #23: $600 Deepstack Championship NLH, wiping out seven of his eight opponents to clinch his first ever major career title. The milestone victory awarded Capucho the coveted gold bracelet and a career high US$ 190,273, nearly triple his previous known high score. With this win, Capucho has accrued well over US$ 600K in combined live and online tracked earnings. 

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One player favored to win by Asian railbirds was Taiwanese pro James Chen who entered the final table running third in chips. Chen‘s extensive list of achievements included over US$ 6 Million in WSOP earnings. He was the only bracelet holder at the final table having won the 2019 WSOPE $250K Super High Roller NLH for a massive US$ 3.1 Million payout. However, Chen’s bid for a second gold was cut short in 4th place. Other Asian players running deep were India’s Manish “thekid” Lakhotia (25th), Taiwan’s Jun Shan “defreak” Yeh (20th), South Korea’s Seungyeol “TENOPPA” Kim (11th), and China’s Bowen “lbwgooxdluck” Li (5th). 

Event recap

The two day WSOP #23: $600 Deepstack Championship NLH attracted 1,790 players with 1,030 re-entering for 2,820 entries. This generated another seven figure prize pool of US$ 1,607,400, making it the 19th of the series. Among the Asia Pacific players in the top 200 ITM of Day 1 were Jingxiang “Fuzzy Wuzzy!” Ong (78th), Seungmook “7high” Jung (97th), Cliff “TicTacTok” Chow (99th), Terry “Terryboom” Nguyen (111th), Jin Hyang “SON_7” Lee (120th), Malcolm “HappyWhale” Trayner (126th), Tarun “AreYouAhead” Goyal (140th), and Vincent “Moist” Huang (183rd). Day 1 wrapped up at 49 players with James Chen and Manish “thekid” Lakhotia as top two. 

Date: August 31 to September 1
Buy in: US$ 600
Entries: 2,820 (1,790 uniques, 1,030 re-entries)
Prize pool: US$ 1,607,400
ITM: 467 places

The final day ran a course of 4.5 hours with the final table set minutes before the 2.5 hour mark. Several of the day’s biggest movers were Israeli players “DeLaRoza55” and Ran “Pearblossom” Koller. DeLaRoza55 went from second to the bottom (48th rank) with just 6.7 BB all the way up to 13th place and Koller was sixth from the bottom with 16 BB to the final table, finishing in 7th place. Just before the final two tables, eventual champion Capucho rivered a flush with 6c4c to double up through “sharkh0” KhKd. (Hand pictured below)

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This began Capucho’s incredible rise to victory. He eliminated Diego “PERUYI” Gomez (19th) with AhKd ace on the board against 9s9d and “sharkh0” (17th) with another lucky spike, hitting the king with Kh10c to dust Ad10d. At the final 16, Capucho won two big pots to take over the chip lead then followed it up with the eliminations of Patricio “AsesArgentosJRR” Andion (12th) with AK dominating AQ and Seungyeol “TENOPPA” Kim (11th) with Kd10h pairing the ten to beat As8d. To form the final table, Christopher “Canuck Clout” Doyle denied Roman Hrabec a second final table with Ah3d three on the turn over Ac6s

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Final table recap

The final table consisted of three WSOP decorated players, bracelet winner James Chen and ring winners James “PHJ10” Carroll and Felipe Ramos. Ramos was the only player on his second final table. He placed 2nd at the WSOP #12: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No Limit Hold’em. At the helm was Capucho with a very big chip lead which he maintained until the end. 

Within the first five minutes, Ramos became Capucho’s first of seven final table busts with AcQs dominated by AdKd. Half an hour later, the overwhelming chip leader shoved on a board Qs10c5hJd4d with 9c8c straight, Doyle tank-called for all his chips with 5d5c set to depart in 8th place. Koller joined the executioner’s list when his As6c ran into Capucho’s AdAh, Lucas Alves “thefifapro” Ferreira was next with pocket Nines falling to pocket Twos, then short stacked Bowen “lbwgooxdluck” Liu joined the rail with KsQs outdrawn by 9h4h nine on the flop. 

At four remaining, Capucho was backed by over ⅔ of the chips in play which he used to raise at nearly every hand. Carroll avoided the rail on a lucky Kc5s five on the flop against Capucho’s AcKh. Not so fortunate though for Chen who dropped to 13 BB then lost it all to Carroll with Kd10s dominated by Ad10c. Chen was the only player Capucho did not eliminate. Down to three players, Carroll and Karolina “KarolinaNe” Norvaisaite went head to head on multiple hands that sent Carroll down to 13 BB. Capucho claimed it with AhQd over 7c5c on a board 7d10sJh6dQc. Carroll walked away with a healthy six figure payout of US$ 106,997. (Hand pictured below)

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Heads up kicked off with Capucho 105 BB and Norvaisaite 35 BB. Despite the big lead, Norvaisaite didn’t go down easy, winning multiple pots to cut the gap significantly. However, the rush was short lived. Capucho claimed the next big pots. He denied Norvaisaite’s 10h10c with 8c6s straight on a board 4d5d7s7h8s then continued to pressure with nonstop shoves leading to the final hand. Norvaisaite was all in with 4d4h, Capucho with KsQh, the board ran 10d3cAdKd3h. For their impressive run, both players earned their largest tracked score of six digits each. 

Final table payouts

1st Nuno “Albertov” Capucho – Portugal – US$ 190,273
2nd Karolina “KarolinaNe” Norvaisaite – UK – US$ 142,683
3rd James “PHJ10” Carroll – USA –  US$ 106,997
4th James Chen – Taiwan – US$ 80,236
5th Bowen “lbwgooxdluck” Liu – China – US$ 60,169
6th Lucas Alves “thefifapro” Ferreira – Brazil – US$ 45,120
7th Ran “Pearblossom” Koller – Israel – US$ 33,835
8th Christopher “Canuck Clout” Doyle – Canada – US$ 25,373
9th Felipe Ramos – Brazil – US$ 19,027

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

Bracelet events this week

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 – #23 prize pool: US$ 53,997,842
Seven figure prize pools: 19 events
Cumulative entries: 86,350
First time bracelet winners: 19
Natural8 champions: 3 
Million dollar payouts: 2 
Multiple final tables: 11 players 
Deepest run by Asian player: Keun Woo “POLALIFE!” Lee – Korea – 1st place at WSOP #12: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No Limit Hold’em

Fields and Prize Pools

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

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
WSOP #23: $600 Deepstack Championship NLH – Nuno “Albertov” Capucho – US$ 190,273

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

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
Portugal – 1

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 

Felipe Ramos
2nd – WSOP #12: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No Limit Hold’em
9th WSOP #23: $600 Deepstack Championship NLH 

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
WSOP #23: $600 Deepstack Championship NLH – US$ 1,607,400

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 – 7,361.18 points
“Imar54” – New Zealand – 3,572.16 points
Michael Addamo – 3,547.88 points
Vincent “Moist” Huang – New Zealand – 3,471.47 points
David “MPEW299” Wang – Malaysia – 2,630.26 points
Hun Wei Lee – New Zealand – 2,121.43 points

Latin America
Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto – Brazil – 7,641.67 points
Eduardo Augusto Pires – Brazil – 4,848.77 points
Marcelo Asensio – Brazil – 4,540.88 points
Daan “DaanOss” Mulders – Mexico – 4,169.51 points
Luciano Santos de Hollanda – 4,032.64 points
Joao Simao – Brazil – 4,017.87 points
Assad “KammyStyyle” Kamran – Argentina – 3,601.04 points

Rest of World 
Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas – 6,583.33 points
Tomas “CoronaMyAss” Jozonis – Lithuania – 6,580.44 points
Isaac Haxton – Canada – 6,073.36 points

Taiwan 
Pete Chen – 3,858.86 points
Yen-liang “yao_poker” Yao – 2,290.78 points
Chin-Wei “davidchien88” Chien – 1,365.61 points

Thailand 
George Kitsios – 2,241.61 points
“LuffyJd” – 2,053.23 points
Phachara Wongwichit – 930.47

Vietnam
“LittleFishVN” – 1,585.58 points
“Huethuong89” – 1,010.35 points
Cuong “CLVT” Trinh – 925.98 points

Japan 
“8809” – 2,068.78 points
Shota “shorta222” Nakanishi – 1,112.23 points

Hong Kong 
Dicky Siu Hang “Floatinworld” Tsang – 5,810.38 points
Edward “edyam1” Yam – 2,136.02 points

India
Sriharsha “Upswinger” Doddapaneni – 4,841.40 points
“happysim” – 2,505.95 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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