2021 WSOP Online [International]: Lucio Lima wins first bracelet at the Superstack Turbo Bounty; Anson Tsang finishes runner up

The 2021 World Series of Poker Online [International] is in full swing at Natural8 [GG Network] with 9 out of the 33 coveted bracelets on offer now claimed. Locking up his first ever WSOP title and bracelet was Brazil’s Lucio “WizardOfAz” Lima at the Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH, outlasting a field of 2,229 entries. Natural8 player / Hong Kong pro Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang took second place, just missing a career third bracelet. Also running well was Russia’s Stanislav Kuvaev who became the first player to reach two final tables. With this win, Brazil gained its fourth gold this series. Check out our recap, updated N8 leaderboards, and other festival stats down below. 

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The bracelet series is ongoing from August 1 to September 12 featuring US$ 53+ Million in guaranteed prize pools. Over US$ 17.6 Million has already been paid out with 7 events pulling in seven figures. 24 coveted bracelets are still up for grabs. For players that sign up on Natural8, expect plenty of added perks amounting to US$ 400,000 in exclusive prizes. Natural8 players Joao Simao and Eduardo Augusto Pires have already won one of the Team Bling US$ 10,000 Sponsorship Packages. You can read up on those perks at the bottom of the page or via this link: 

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

WSOP #9: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH – Lucio “WizardOfAz” Lima – US$ 91,204

The hunt for the ninth bracelet drew 2,229 entries to the $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH for a seven figure prize pool of US$ 1,114,500. After 8.5 hours of play, Lucio “WizardOfAz” Lima was the last man standing, defeating double bracelet winner Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang at heads up to seize his first ever WSOP gold bracelet and the US$ 45,796 first prize. Lima also collected US$ 45,408 in bounty rewards for a combined US$ 91,204 in winnings. Based on his tracked online results this was Lima’s largest career score, topping the US$ 87,426 he shipped at the WSOP Online $365 Sunday GIANT side event just days prior. 

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Date: August 12
Buy in: US$ 525
Entries: 2,229 (1,582 uniques, 647 re-entries)
Prize pool: US$ 1,114,500
ITM: 314 places
Running time: 8.5 hours

Final table payouts 
1st Lucio “WizardOfAz” Lima – Brazil – US$ 45,796 + US$ 45,408 bounties = US$ 91,204
2nd Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang – Hong Kong – US$ 45,684 + US$ 21,234 bounties = US$ 66,918
3rd Krzysztof “ZryjGruz” Dulowski – Poland – US$ 33,470 + US$ 27,164 bounties = US$ 60,634
4th Jonathan “Resolve” French – Canada – US$ 24,492 + US$ 4,828 bounties = US$ 29,320
5th Stanislav Kuvaev – Russia -US$ 17,923 + US$ 5,818 bounties = US$ 23,741
6th Joaquin Melogno – Uruguay – US$ 13,115 + US$ 5,199 bounties = US$ 18,314
7th Yngve Hella “IAMWILLIAM” Steen – Norway – US$ 9,597 + US$ 8,793 bounties = US$ 18,390
8th Daisuke REDJOE” Ogita – Japan – US$ 7,022 + US$ 10,104 bounties = US$ 17,126
9th William “BigCharles” Romaine – USA – US$ 5,139 + US$ 11,298 bounties = US$ 16,437

Lima’s road to victory was no easy climb. At three tables remaining, he was down to just 7 bb after losing a three way. He recovered with a triple up on his next shove holding 9c9s set against two players with overcards. Down to 12 players, Lima piled in more chips. He pushed his 10h8h straight on a board Jh7c9hJcKd that awarded him all of Andorra’sIm44bet” chips after being tank-called with Ks6c top pair. Lima entered the final table ranked fourth. 

For the first time in this series, it was an all international final table with not one player hailing from the same place. Among them were 2x bracelet winner Hong Kong pro Tsang and bracelet winner USA’s William “BigCharles” Romaine. Russia’s Stanislav Kuvaev (8th place at the Limit Hold’em Championship) was also in the lineup, becoming the first player to reach two final tables, and bringing in the most bounties was Poland’s Krzysztof “ZryjGruz” Dulowski. Tsang was riding high up top having shipped a double up just before the table was formed with AdJh trips aces against Romaine’s 10d10h two pair. 

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The final table ran for nearly two hours with action dominated by Dulowski, Lima, and in the later stages, Tsang, with each one taking turns as chip leader. Dulowski delivered the first bust with Jh10h trips jacks cracking Romaine’s pocket Kings. This evened him up with Tsang until Lima railed Japan’s Daisuke “REDJOE” Ogita (8th) to take point for the first time. 

Next showdown, Kuvaev enjoyed a triple up to climb out from the bottom, then sent Norway’s Yngve Hella “IAMWILLIAM” Steen (7th) packing with pocket Aces over pocket Sevens. However, Kuvaev’s rush was short lived. Dulowski shaved off a big portion with A7o improving to trips aces to dust pocket Kings.

Lima went on to claim a second victim after scalping Uruguay’s Joaquin Melogno in 6th place. Lima pushed Qs10h top pair on a board Qc7d9c6s6c, Melogno tank-called with JsJh. Up until this time, Tsang’s stack was only southbound until a double up off Lima with pocket Queens dominating pocket Threes revived him. Dulowski finished off Kuvaev (5th) and Jonathan “Resolve” French (4th) to bring the table down to three players. 

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Tsang came out very aggressive, pressuring his opponents with heavy three bets and four bets. This led to Lima dropping in chips which he then shoved with 6s6d that held against Dulowski’s AhQc overcards. Plunging to 10 bb, Dulowski risked it all with KcQd but bricked against Tsang’s Ah4c to bring about heads up. Tsang was ahead 54 bb to Lima’s 38 bb. 

The more experienced Tsang quickly went to work, widening his lead to over 3:1 when Lima scored a lucky double up with KsJd trips jacks over Ah6c on a board 9s5dQhJhJc. This brought them back to par. From there, the lead exchanged multiple times. Still roughly even, the final hand arrived. Lima shoved 3h3s, Tsang risked it with Ac5h, the board ran 3s9cAh7s10d for a set of threes to the Brazilian to capture the gold.

Among the pros, champions, Asia Pacific contingent, and N8 players in the money were “Fund a Mental” (10th), Wai Yew “wong0410” Wong (16th), Renato “MAIAAA” Velantim (33rd), Terry “Terryboom” Nguyen (48th), Pulkit Goyal (63rd), Cliff “TicTacTok” Chow (71st), Manh Hung VN (94th), Binh “XeKooVn” Nguyen Thanh (97th), Allison Eleres (102nd), Joshua McCully (112th), Dario Sammartino (128th), Yanfei “aoeteman1888” Chi ( 131st), series champion Thiago “IneedWasabi” Macedo (151st), Wei Zhao (161st), Thomas “Flashguts513” Lee (165th), and 2020 WSOP Online Main Event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev (211st). 

Upcoming Guaranteed Events

Sunday is going to be a big one with two guaranteed events amounting to US$ 9 Million running on August 15, 2021. Satellites and qualifiers are ongoing for the events listed. 

WSOP #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller NLH [2 day event] – US$ 5,000,000 GTD
WSOP #12: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No Limit Hold’em – US$ 4,000,000 GTD

2021 WSOP Online bracelet events stats

WSOP #1 – #9 prize pool: US$ 17,680,099
Cumulative entries: 51,719
Biggest phased field: WSOP #1: $50 The Return NLH – 30,810 entries
Biggest one day entry field: WSOP #5: $315 Bounty Deepstack NLH – 2,989 entries
Biggest pot: WSOP #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – US$ 7,747,725
Smallest field: WSOP #3: $2500 Limit Hold’em Championship – 180 entries
Smallest pot: WSOP #3: $2500 Limit Hold’em Championship – US$ 427,500
First time bracelet winners: 7
Largest payout: WSOP #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – Eduardo Pires – US$ 1,384,013

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

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

Multiple final tables

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

Bracelets by Country

Brazil – 4
Poland – 2
Italy – 1 
Greece – 1 
Germany – 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

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

Natural8 WSOP 2-in-1 Challenge Week 1 winners

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

Natural8 WSOP Amazing Race Leaderboard update (current top 3 for each category)

Asia Pacific 
Joshua McCully – New Zealand – 3,817.63 points
“Imar54” – New Zealand – 1,774.96 points
Stevan Chew – Indonesia – 1,144.1 points

Latin America
Eduardo Augusto Pires – Brazil – 3,618.51 points
Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto – Brazil – 2,833.55 points
Joao Simao – Brazil – 2,308.65 points

Rest of World
Tomas “CoronaMyAss” Jozonis – Lithuania – 2,442.35 points
TheoTA – Canada – 2,080.27 points
Internecik – Austria – 2,002.71 points

Pete Chen – 1,162.76 points
Chih Wei “FanChihWei” Fan – 718.74 points
“Tze-wei” – 689.82 points

“Tanik” – 328.44 points
“BraydenEiei” – 303.34 points
“LuffyJd” – 301.61 points

Cuong “CLVT” Trinh – 925.98 points
“19_01” – 603.9 points
“AndyPokerV” – 570.72 points

Shota “shorta222” Nakanishi – 479.91 points
“Tezyy” – 452.5 points
J Lin – 394.23 points

Hong Kong 
Dicky Siu Hang “Floatingworld” Tsang – 2,607.75 points
Vincent Kwun Ngai Li – 655.15 points
Wayne Heung – 492.05 points

Sriharsha “Upswinger” Doddapaneni – 1,550.93 points
Abhinav “OBellaCiao” Iyer – 1,003.35 points
Gaurav “Haversham” Sood – 810.27 points

*China results listed under APAC category

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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Tricia David

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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