2021 WSOP Online [USA]: Dan Sindelar wins the Grand Finale; Drew O’Connell and Bradley Zusman clinch last two bracelets

After a thrilling month long series that ran from July 1 to August 1 at WSOP.com, the 2021 World Series of Poker Online [USA] has officially ended with all 33 coveted bracelets now claimed. The last three went to Dan “Feeltheflow” Sindelar, Brad “1badcajun” Zusman, and Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell. Here’s our final recap. Stand by for the final wrap. 

*Information based from WSOP.com, The Hendon Mob, PokerNews live reporting, and PokerNews Twitch. 

WSOP #33: NLH Grand Finale – Dan “Feeltheflow” Sindelar – US$ 159,100

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The last bracelet event was the WSOP #33: $500 No Limit Hold’em Grand Finale and it came loaded with a US$ 1 Million guaranteed prize pool. 1,355 players came out for the hunt with 669 re-entering for a series high 2,024 total entries. Despite the big turnout, it still saw an overlay of US$ 89,200. After two hours of final table play, Dan “Feeltheflow” Sindelar seized the title, the US$ 159,100 top prize, and his first ever WSOP gold. Overall, Sindelar had a great series run with 9 cashes including a runner up finish at the WSOP #12: No Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack. According to THM, Sindelar has accumulated US$ 2.2 Million in live earnings since 2007. The bulk of it was won at the 2014 WSOP $10,000 Main Event where he finished 7th for US$ 1,235,862. 

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The final table formed at the fall of Michael “BrockLesnar” Holtz who just missed his fourth appearance on a bad beat delivered by Drew “Casualcarl” Gonzalez with AcQs pairing the queen against AdKs. In addition to Gonzalez, among the nine advancing players were bracelet winner Guy “PhilLaak” Dunlap and double ring winner Stanley “stanman420” Lee. Also back for a series second final table were Dan “Feeltheflow” Sindelar, ring winner Conrad “KerriP” Simpson who placed 7th two days ago at the WSOP #31: NLH Summer Saver, and Dan “omg_its_dan” Gallegos who was on an incredible back to back final table run having finished 6th at yesterday’s WSOP #32: No Limit Hold’em Championship. 

Despite the strong run, Gallegos’s gold hunt was cut short, falling to chip leader “chuckybrown9” on just the second hand. His pocket Queens were cracked by a straight on the river. Dunlap railed the next two, short stacked Anna “Dusty4” Antimony then Simpson whose pocket Sixes were denied by Dunlap’s pocket Twos full house. Six handed saw the rise of Lee and the crash of chip leader “chuckybrown9” who lost multiple pots to drop to 11 bb. Lee collected the rest and proceeded to do the same to Gonzalez to even up with Dunlap as top dogs. 

Four handed action was fierce with everyone taking turns in command. With increasing blinds causing more damage, Lee landed a monster double up off Dunlap who bluff shoved 8dJh on the river 7d10sAc5s5d, Lee called for his tournament life holding 9dAd two pair (hand below). Down to 4 bb, Dunlap managed to double up but still met his end in 4th place busting with QsAd to Lee’s Ah4h flush hearts. 

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With nearly two thirds of the chips at his disposal, Lee cleaned out Fred “staeks” Li’s remaining 2 bb to enter heads up in front roughly 4:1 against Sindelar. Ten minutes in, Sindelar tightened the gap to just 5 bb then shipped a defining double up. Action saw Lee shove his 40 bb stack with QcKc, Sindelar JcAs called off his 32 bb stack, the board ran 4s6c10c2d10h to switch command. Five quick hands after, Sindelar shipped it with AsKc over 2sQs

Other players in the money were Darren “darrenelias” Elias, Shankar “Burgersssss” Pillai, Jeff “NedrudRelyt” Madsen, Mike “Mouth123” Matusow, and series winners Philip “wingsuiter” Beck, Michael “Stiltwalk” Mercaldo, Carlos “CarlosWelch” Welch, James “DanFriel” Gilbert, and Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka

Date: August 1, 2021
Buy in: US$ 500
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 2,024 (1,355 uniques, 669 re-entries)
Prize pool: US$ 1,000,000
Overlay: US$ 89,200
ITM: 289 places

Final table payouts

1st Dan “Feeltheflow” Sindelar – USA – US$ 159,100
2nd Stanley “stanman420” Lee – USA – US$ 98,400
3rd Fred “staeks” Li – USA – US$ 71,500
4th Guy “PhilLaak” Dunlap – USA – US$ 52,400 
5th Drew “Casualcarl” Gonzalez – USA – US$ 38,800
6th “chuckybrown9” – USA – US$ 29,000
7th Conrad “KerriP” Simpson – USA – US$ 21,900
8th Anna “Dusty4” Antimony – USA – US$ 16,700
9th Dan “omg_its_dan” Gallegos – USA – US$ 12,900

WSOP #32: No Limit Hold’em Championship – Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell – USA – US$ 146,893

The WSOP #32: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship attracted 537 players with 284 re-entering for 821 total entries. This was the largest US$ 1,000 buy in event of the series, amassing a prize pool of US$ 738,900. Out of the 126 that reached the money, it was New Jersey’s Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell who went the full distance to capture the second to the last coveted gold bracelet and his first six figure takedown worth US$ 146,893. This was O’Connell’s first major victory which came just two days after placing 6th at the WSOP #30: 6-Max Championship. It was also his ninth cash in this series. 

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Among the players eliminated just before the final table was Taiwan’s Pete “PeteChen” Chen who finished 18th for his deepest series run. Quadruple bracelet winner Mike “Mouth123” Matusow also came close with a 17th place finish. 

The final table opened with five ring winners namely, Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell, Jason “JayRiv” Rivkin, Michael “Annie_r_u_ok” Trivett, Millard “MeekMill” Hale, and the highly decorated two time GPI Player of the Year Alex “OrcinusOrca” Foxen who was on his third final table visit. Joining them was Felix “madenspauwke” Vandeput who became the first player to reach four final tables in this series. Hale fell first in 9th place, Trivett followed in 7th place, then Foxen missed the bracelet again, bowing out in 4th place. During the hand, Foxen Ah9s three-bet shoved his top pair on a flop 7h9d4d, O’Connell 7d9h snap called with two pair, the turn 2c and river 4s.

Three handed was the longest round with blinds going up twice. Vandeput was down to 13 bb when he shoved As2h only to be dominated throughout by Rivkin’s Ac10d. Heads up kicked off with O’Connell ahead 44 bb to Rivkin’s 37 bb. Rivkin grinded to steal the lead which he held until O’Connell shipped a massive double up. On a turn board 4h6dJd3s, Rivkin pushed Ks6s second pair, O’Connell called with AsJs top pair, the river Jh improved O’Connell to trips (hand pictured above). With Rivkin down to just 10 bb, he sent it all in on the next hand holding As3h however O’Connell had better AcQh. With no hits on the board, O’Connell seized the gold bracelet to pair up the ring he recently won in March. For Rivkin, it was another missed bracelet having reached 2nd place at the 2016 WSOP $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. 

Date: July 31, 2021
Buy in: US$ 1,000
Entries: 821 (537 uniques, 284 re-entries)
Prize pool: US$ 738,900
ITM: 126 places

Final table payouts

1st Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell – USA – US$ 146,893 
2nd Jason “JayRiv” Rivkin – USA – US$ 90,811
3rd Felix “madenspauwke” Vandeput – Belgium – US$ 63,545
4th Alex “OrcinusOrca” Foxen – USA – US$ 45,147
5th Kfir “Nahumus” Nahum – USA – US$ 32,512
6th Dan “omg_its_dan” Gallegos – USA – US$ 23,793
7th Michael “Annie_r_u_ok” Trivett – USA – US$ 17,660
8th Kyle “Kpcp22” Phillips – USA – US$ 13,300
9th Millard “MeekMill” Hale – USA – US$ 10,197

WSOP #31: NLH Summer Saver – Bradley “1badcajun” Zusman – US$ 79,683

Dream come true for Bradley “1badcajun” Zusman who topped the 917 entry field of the WSOP #31: No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver to capture the coveted gold bracelet and the US$ 79,683 first prize. This was Zusman’s maiden title and largest score. 

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The Summer Saver event attracted 632 players with 285 re-entering for a prize pool US$ 412,650. 143 players cashed. Coming close to another final table but just missed was WSOP #20: $3,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller champion Sang “youngkoi” Lee who fell in 13th place. 

A few decorated players reached the final table, bracelet winner Jason “TheBigGift” Gooch who was on his second visit, and ring winners David “dave419” Nodes and Orson “Borgatcha” Young. Also back for his second finals appearance was Jeremy “G00sebumps” Menard who placed 8th two days ago at the 8-Max Turbo Deepstack Championship. 

Despite all the muscle, these notable players were among the first to go. Nodes was out 9th, Menard in 8th place for the second time, Young busted 6th, and Gooch was stopped in 5th place. Leading up to heads up, Mark “Victb” Ioli doubled up Zusman then recovered some of the loss by railing Jeff “bortzork” Miller in 4th place. Ioli also cleaned out Josh “YoelRomero” King in 3rd place to bring in a 4 bb advantage into heads up. Zusman quickly grinded to par and from there the lead switched multiple times. Zusman eventually closed it out with AhJh outdrawing Ioli’s QhQc, catching the ace on a board 3h5dAs3d2c. Zusman locked up the dream gold while Ioli settled for runner up for the second time. Last year, Ioli finished 2nd at the 2020 WSOP Online Omaha 8 of Better 6-Max. 

Date: July 30, 2021
Buy in: US$ 500
Entries: 917 (632 uniques, 285 re-entries)
Prize pool: US$ 412,650
ITM: 143 places

Final table payouts

1st Bradley “1badcajun” Zusman – USA – US$ 79,683
2nd Mark “Victb” Ioli – USA – US$ 49,720
3rd Josh “YoelRomero” King – USA – US$ 34,704
4th Jeff “bortzork” Miller – USA – US$ 24,759
5th Jason “TheBigGift” Gooch – USA – US$ 17,909
6th Orson “Borgatcha” Young – USA – US$ 13,122
7th Conrad “KerriP” Simpson – USA – US$ 9,780
8th Jeremy “G00sebumps” Menard – USA – US$ 7,386
9th David “dave419” Nodes – USA – US$ 5,653 

Stick with us at Somuchpoker as we bring you one final wrap of the 2021 WSOP Online series. 

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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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