Aleksei “Ha KoJleHu” Vandyshev wins the 2021 WSOP Online [International] MAIN EVENT

The first Russian WSOP Main Event champion has been crowned with Aleksei “Ha KoJleHu” Vandyshev defeating Brazil’s Edson “CrownUpTsu” Tochimitsu Tsutsumi Jr in a thrilling one hour heads up battle. The dream victory earned Vandyshev a life changing US$ 2,543,072 and the championship gold bracelet. In addition, Vandyshev earned his spot in the GG Team Champions and was awarded a US$ 50,000 Sponsorship Package. 

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Aleksei Vandyshev, Photo Credit – winterpokeropen.blog.theborgata.com

The initial stages of the WSOP #27: $5,000 MAIN EVENT Online Championship took place from August 22 to September 5, drawing 4,092 entries across multiple starting days. 720 players advanced to Day 2 with the top 450 places earning a piece of the US$ 20 Million guaranteed prize pool. Once the final table was formed, the players went on a one week break. You can read up on our Day 2 recap and final 9 presentation via the link provided. The final table resumed on September 12 and was broadcasted on GGPoker.tv with commentators Lon McEachern and Norman Chad

2021 WSOP Online Main Event Final 9 and Day 2 recap

Date August 22 to September 5
Buy in: US$ 5,000
Guarantee: US$ 20,000,000 
Entries: 4,092
Prize pool: US$ 20,000,000
Overlay: US$ 563,000
ITM: 450 places

Final table recap

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With every player focused on the US$ 2.5 Million top prize and their first ever WSOP gold bracelet, the final hunt was supercharged with jaw dropping aggressive plays, big folds, and nonstop bluffs. The first casualty came down on the opening hand with USA’s Joe Serock eliminating Greek player Dimitrios Farmakoulis with 6s6d besting AhKs. Farmakoulis walked away with his 11th WSOP lifetime cash and a career high payout of US$ 254,308. 

Next all in, Serock hoped to land a second takedown with AcKh overcards against Canadian rec player Christine “Yunaa” Do’s 10h10c however, the board favored Do running 10dJs3hJd2s. Not so fortunate was Poland’s Dawid Smolka who was all in on the flop Ks8h4h6s9h with Kd7h top pair outkicked by Aleksei “Ha KoJleHu” Vandyshev’s Kh9d that further improved to two pair. Smolka earned a career high US$ 339,123 to boost his GG Network winnings to over US$ 1.5 Million. 

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Before the next bust, Serock made a big fold against Vandyshev (hand above}. With blinds at 350K-700K and bets at every stage, by the river board 2h6h8s7s3h the pot had grown to 9.8 Million. Serock checked to Vandyshev who fired over 15.2 Million, Serock tanked then opted to fold his flush. Minutes later, Brazil’s Renan “legal” Meneguetti couldn’t keep up and risked it all with Qs10h that was dominated by the chip leader Edson “CrownUpTsu” Tochimitsu Tsutsumi’s Ah9h. Meneguetti earned a career high US$ 452,229 to boost his GG Network winnings to over US$ 780K. 

Down to six handed, Vandyshev and Tsutsumi turned it up several notches, with raises and re-raises at nearly every hand. This led to another big fold from Serock with KhQc trips on a board Qd10sAsQs4h. Tsutsumi bet half the pot with 10d10c full house which was a third of Serock’s stack. (Hand pictured below). 

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This was followed by the fall of Norway’s Espen Uhlen “COVFEFE-19” Joerstad whose KsKh were outdrawn by Nikita “VSMPZD” Kuznetsov’s AhQd straight on a board JsKcQs10h4d. Joerstad earned a career high US$ 603,057 to double up his GG Network winnings to over US$ 1.2 Million.

Leading up to the next elimination, Vandyshev continued his aggression. He lost a pot against Do with a full house over two pairs but made it back and more in two big hands against Serock. On the hand pictured below, utg Serock raised with QdQs, Kuznetsov three-bet with Ks7s, Vandyshev four bet with QhQc, back to Serock who tank-folded, Kuznetsov followed. The next big hand saw a board 8cQcAsAc9s, Vandyshev had Ad10h trips higher kicker against Serock’s Ah6h trips. Several minutes later, Serock met his end with another failed AcKs against Tsutsumi’s 8s8h

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The four handed match saw the aggression amp up as Tsutsumi, Kuznetsov, and Vandyshev took turns up top while Do struggled. She eventually shoved with 6h6s that fell to Tsutsumi’s 10h10c. Do pocketed the first seven figure payout of the tournament amounting to US$ 1,072,405, for her largest tournament score. Tsutsumi proceeded to bad beat bust Kuznetsov into 3rd place with As10d two pair over AcJd top pair on a board 2hAh10c4s6d. Kuznetsov claimed US$ 1,430,073 which was also his largest ever poker payout. 

Heads up kicked off with Tsutsumi ahead 2:1. Both players maintained their aggressive stance with Vandyshev winning most of the bulkier pots to trim the gap. Half an hour in, Vandyshev caught up and from there, they both tugged hard at the top spot. Vandyshev pulled further away on a bluff then widened his lead to 2:1 with the nut flush holding Ad2h on a board Kd5d8c8dJd. Vandyshev bet the river, Tsutsumi called with 6d5c flush. Tsutsumi recovered and once again regained command. The Brazilian laid out a bluff bet with Jd8d missed draw on a board Ad4hAs7d9s, Vandyshev folded his 6c4d bottom pair. 

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Unfazed, Vandyshev won another two bluffs. He fired a big bet on a board 10hJs3d7c5s with Qc9s missed draw, Tsutsumi folded his As8h. The next one is the hand pictured above. The board completed Kd7c10s6d8s, Tsutsumi checked, Vandyshev fired 70 percent of the pot and claimed it. The final hand arrived with Vandyshev’s 10s10h dusting Tsutsumi’s 7s7c to seize the enormous US$ 2,543,072 first prize and the first WSOP Main Event title for Russia. For runner up Tsutsumi, his incredible performance also earned him a career high score of US$ 1,907,034. 

Final table payouts

1st Aleksei “Ha KoJleHu” Vandyshev – Russia – US$ 2,543,072
2nd Edson “CrownUpTsu” Tochimitsu Tsutsumi Jr – Brazil – US$ 1,907,034
3rd Nikita “VSMPZD” Kuznetsov – Russia – US$ 1,430,073
4th Christine “Yunaa” Do – Canada – US$ 1,072,405
5th Joe “assisup4rent” Serock – USA – US$ 804,190
6th Espen Uhlen “COVFEFE-19” Joerstad – Norway – US$ 603,057
7th Renan “legal” Meneguetti – Brazil – US$ 452,229
8th Dawid Smolka – Poland – US$ 339,123
9th Dimitrios Farmakoulis – Greece – US$ 254,308

Final day bracelet events – Day 1 last chance flights still available

For those just tuning in, the 2021 World Series of Poker Online [International} is on its final day. There is still time to enter and try to snag one of the last three bracelets. For newcomers, make sure to sign up on Natural8 for added perks and exclusive prizes. 

September 12: WSOP #31: ¥815 WSOP Zodiac Autumn Festival [Final Day]
September 12: WSOP #32: $210 WSOP Bounty Double MILLIONS [Final Day]
September 12: WSOP #33: $500 The Closer [Final Day] 

2021 WSOP Online bracelet events stats

WSOP #1 – #29 prize pool: US$ 82,354,836.10
Seven figure prize pools: 24 events
Cumulative entries: 98,074
First time bracelet winners: 24
Natural8 champions: 3 
Million dollar payouts: 6
Multiple final tables: 21 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 #27: $5,000 MAIN EVENT Online Championship – US$ 20,000,000
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

MAIN EVENT Online Championship – Aleksei “Ha KoJleHu” Vandyshev – US$ 2,543,072

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: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH – Lucio “WizardOfAz” Lima – Brazil – US$ 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 #15: $10K Heads Up NLH Championship  – Arthur Conan – France – US$ 466,167
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
WSOP #24: $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha – Dmitry Yurasov – Russia – US$ 92,710
WSOP #25: #777 LUCKY SEVENS 7-Handed NLH – David “Z0NEDin” Jackson – USA – US$ 194,178
WSOP #26: $888 CRAZY EIGHTS 8-Handed NLH – Alexandru Papazian – Romania – US$ 241,127
WSOP #28: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship – Dominik Panka – Poland – US$ 185,228
WSOP #29: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em – Vlad Martynenko – Ukraine – US$ 250,198

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
WSOP #25: #777 LUCKY SEVENS 7-Handed NLH – US$ 1,486,634.10
WSOP #26: $888 CRAZY EIGHTS 8-Handed NLH – US$ 1,982,460
WSOP #27: $5,000 MAIN EVENT Online Championship – US$ 20,000,000
WSOP #28: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship – US$ 2,128,000
WSOP #29: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em – US$ 1,863,900

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
Dmitry Yurasov – WSOP #24: $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha
Alexandru Papazian – WSOP #26: $888 CRAZY EIGHTS 8-Handed NLH

Seven figure payouts

Aleksei “Ha KoJleHu” Vandyshev – MAIN EVENT – US$ 2,543,072
Edson “CrownUpTsu” Tochimitsu Tsutsumi Jr – MAIN EVENT – US$ 1,907,034
Nikita “VSMPZD” Kuznetsov – MAIN EVENT – US$ 1,430,073
Eduardo Pires – $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – US$ 1,384,013
Alexandros Theologis – $25,000 Super High Roller Championship NLH – US$ 1,212,032
Christine “Yunaa” Do – MAIN EVENT – US$ 1,072,405

Bracelets by Country

Brazil – 6
Poland – 3
Italy – 2
Greece – 2 
Russia – 3 
USA – 2
Ukraine – 2
Germany – 1
Hungary – 1 
Korea – 1
Lithuania – 1
Israel – 1
Finland – 1
Portugal – 1
France – 1 
Romania – 1

Multiple final tables

Stanislav Kuvaev 
8th – WSOP #3: $2,500 Limit Hold’em Championship
5th – WSOP #9: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH 
3rd – WSOP #29: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em 

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 

Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang
2nd – WSOP #8: $5,000 6-Handed NLH Championship
7th – WSOP #24: $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha 

Arthur Conan
4th – WSOP #14: $500 THE BIG 500
1st – WSOP #15: $10K Heads Up NLH Championship 

Lucio “Wizard0fAz” Lima
1st – WSOP #9: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH 
5th – WSOP #25: $777 LUCKY SEVENS 7-Handed NLH

Michael Watson 
3rd – WSOP #10: $400 DOUBLE CHANCE Pot Limit Omaha
4th – WSOP #25: $777 LUCKY SEVENS 7-Handed NLH

Nikola Minkov 
5th – WSOP #14: $500 THE BIG 500
7th – WSOP #26: $888 CRAZY EIGHTS 8-Handed NLH 

Eugenio “Ausestep_255” Pernia 
7th – WSOP #14: $500 THE BIG 500
9th – WSOP #26: $888 CRAZY EIGHTS 8-Handed NLH 

David “Mclovin86” Mzareulov
5th – WSOP #24: $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha 
4th – WSOP #28: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship 

Chris Moorman 
4th – WSOP #6: $200 FLIP & GO No Limit Hold’em
7th – WSOP #28: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship

Nir “NIRUSHHH” Amar
3rd – WSOP #28: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship
6th – WSOP #29: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em 

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Natural8 Team Bling Sponsorship Package winners

Joao Simao – WSOP #2: $1,111 Caesars Cares Charity Event – US$ 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 Amazing Race Leaderboard update

Asia Pacific – top 3 win WSOP LiveX Packages, 4th to 6th win T$1000
Joshua McCully – New Zealand – 10,011.9 points
Vincent “Moist” Huang – New Zealand – 5,484.47 points
Luke “Imar54” Martinelli – New Zealand – 4,118.96 points
David “MPEW299” Wang – Malaysia – 2,630.26 points
David Yan – Australia – 2,607.51 points
Hun Wei Lee – 2,607.51 points

Latin America – top 4 win WSOP LiveX Packages, 5th to 7th win T$1000
Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto – Brazil – 9,645.89 points
Eduardo Augusto Pires – Brazil – 6,262.26 points
Luciano Santos de Hollanda – 5,856.29 points
Marcelo Asensio – Brazil – 5,807.28 points
Assad “KammyStyyle” Kamran – Argentina – 5,155.92 points 
Allison Eleres – Brazil – 5,072.08 points
Leocir “LeoJose” Carneiro – 4,198.23 points

Rest of World –  top 2 win WSOP LiveX Packages
Tomas “CoronaMyAss” Jozonis – Lithuania – 8,978.40 points
Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas – 8,548.81 points

Taiwantop 2 win WSOP LiveX Packages
Pete Chen – 4,707.79 points
Yen-liang “yao_poker” Yao – 2,888.12 points

Thailand – top 2 win WSOP LiveX Packages
George Kitsios – 3,225.32 points
Sorakit “LuffyJd” Saengcharuern – 2,217.09 points

Vietnam – 1st wins WSOP LiveX Package
Ahn Nguyen “LittleFishVN” Ngoc – 1,858.79 points

Japan – 1st wins WSOP LiveX Package
Kazuki “8809” Ikeuchi – 2,893.32 points

Hong Kong1st wins WSOP LiveX Package
Dicky Siu Hang “Floatinworld” Tsang – 6,819.09 points

India – 1st wins WSOP LiveX Package
Sriharsha “Upswinger” Doddapaneni – 5,458.26 points

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

Week 4
“Alexander800” – Taiwan – US$ 841.51
“IMEMYSELF” – India – US$ 616.58
“Kachikaku” – Japan – US$ 451.95

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Last day of the 2021 WSOP Online [International] on Natural8 so stick with us at Somuchpoker as we bring you the final recap and final wrap. 

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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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