Natural8-WSOPC: Ficho and RyutaroYT lock up WSOPC Rings; D. Coleman, K. Ichinose, R. Sharma among side winners; Sunday highlights

As always, Sunday was red hot at the Natural WSOP 2021 Super Circuit Online Series with two WSOPC Rings claimed and 33 side events conquered. The newly minted champions were Germany’s “Ficho” and Japan’s Ryutaro “RyutaroYTSuzuki. At the side games, Blake “Beast2018!” Bohn won big, David Coleman landed his fifth, Pablo “Singleleg” Wesley shipped his third, Natural8 Team Hot Pro Kosei Ichinose was among the six players earning their second win, and India’s Rajat “Oye Como Va” was one of the first time winners. Good day as well for Greece’s Ioannis Konstas with deep runs at both Ring events.

With 23 days completed, the series entered its final week. To date, the series has paid out over US$ 78.7 Million across 654 events (15 Ring Events, 639 side events). Plenty of more cash to be won along with 3 WSOPC Tournament Rings and 2 WSOPC Cash Game Rings. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to secure your seat to the festival’s main highlight, Ring #18: $525 MAIN EVENT featuring a US$ 5 Million guarantee. Day 1 flights run daily. Day 2 is on May 30 at 20:05 UTC / May 31 at 04:05 HKT.

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WSOPC by the numbers

Day 1 – 23 cumulative prize pool: US$ 78,775,191
Seven figure prize pools: 8 ring events, 9 side events
Rings awarded: 15
Side events: 639
Total entries: 615,830

Largest Ring Event turnout

Phased: RING #7: BIG 25 – 61,456 entries
Single Day: Ring #14: $77 LUCKY 7’s – 9,966 entries

Multiple Ring Event final tables

Jonas “LobyPewis” Mackoff – two
Claas Segebrecht – two
TooStonedMonkey – two
Tim “BeardOilGuy” Rutherford – two

WSOP Circuit Ring winners

Ring #1: Tianyu “Bangshifu” LyuChina – US$ 147,012.67
Ring #2: James “PHJ10” CarrollUSA – US$ 49,835.14
Ring #3: Mario MosboeckAustria – US$ 129,700.43
Ring #4: Uri “JimyT” ReichensteinIsrael – US$ 166,859.75
Ring #5: Jonas “LobyPewis” MackoffCanada – US$ 71,139.69
Ring #6: GangstaZabRussia – US$ 133,179.80
Ring #7: RaggazNew Zealand – US$ 145,994.01
Ring #8: Andres “chokitin” KornArgentina – US$ 163,388.73
Ring #9: Aleksey “ somebody444” ChurbanovRussia – US$ 69,142.65
Ring #10: David “Alw4ysinduc3” VinayagamoorthyNorway – US$ 84,831.28
Ring #11: PDC MayorMexico – US$ 330,506.72
Ring #12: Ian “potamophobia” MatakisUSA – US$ 87,386.17
Ring #13: NuttedDreamsAustria – US$ 51,285.42

Ring Events remaining

RING #16: $840 Bounty Hunters Championship
Date: May 25 @ 18:05 UTC / May 26 @ 02:05 HKT
Guarantee: US$ 1,000000

RING #17: $52.50 Ultra Deepstack Bounty Turbo NLHE
Date: May 29 @ 18:05 UTC / May 30 @ 02:05 HKT
Guarantee: US$ 250,000

Guarantee: US$ 5,000,000
Day 1: Daily flights running
Day 2: May 30 @ 20:05 UTC / May 31 @ 04:05 HKT

Natural8 LiveX Sponsorship Package winners

Ring #7 winnerNew Zealand’s “Raggaz”
Ring #10 winnerNorway’s David “Alw4ysinduc3” Vinayagamoorthy

RING #14: $77 LUCKY 7’s – FICHO – US$ 76,029.52

Incredible turn of events at Ring $14: $77 LUCKY 7’s No Limit Hold’em with German player nicknamed “Ficho” defying the odds at heads-up to steal the win and the WSOPC Ring. In cash, Ficho pocketed the US$ 76,029.52 first prize which was his biggest score on the GGNetwork. To date, this event drew the largest single day turnout of 9,966 entries overtaking Ring #10: $100 HUNDRED STACK No Limit Hold’em that saw 8,404 entries. The half a million dollars guarantee was also easily breached for a wealthier US$ 705,991.44 prize pool.

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WSOP Super Circuit Online Series RING #14: $77 LUCKY 7’s

Buy in: US$ 77
Guarantee: US$ 500,000
Entries: 9,966
Prize pool: US$ 705,991.44
ITM: 1,232 places
Running time: 10 hours and 21 minutes

Final table payouts

1st Ficho – Germany – US$ 76,029.52
2nd Lovejuoo – Ecuador – US$ 57,007.69
3rd Danii “AllinFanLOL” Maksimchuk – Russia – US$ 42,749.76
4th huanli8 – Finland – US$ 32,057.81
5th Fox News – Finland – US$ 24,039.98
6th SO LILLO – Tunisia – US$ 18,027.40
7th w00ls – Iceland – US$ 13,518.66
8th Anybody11 – Austria – US$ 10,137.57
9th FreshHotdog – Canada – US$ 7,602.10

Event recap

Among the 1,332 players earning a portion of the pot, notable players in the top 100 were Ioannis Konstas (13th), Shannon Shorr (25th), Richard Gryko (50th), Joshua McCully (58th), and Anab “ChampakBhoomiya” Naiyer (83rd).

Picking up the action at the final two tables, Russia’s Danii “AllinFanLOL” Maksimchuk 7c7s set delivered a bad beat bust to balcerzak93 9c9s in 16th place, Germany’s Ficho railed bandicoot5 (15th), Austria’s Anybody11 denied PrinceHamed (14th) a second final table berth, Ioannis Konstas (13th), Show Maker (12th), and talkingcrow (11th) all followed out, Ecuador’s Lovejuoo landed a huge double up with AhJh flush against Tunisia’s SO LILLO’s 9hJc straight on a board 2s7h8h6h10d to enter the final table as massive chip leader after Panpies23 fell in 10th place.

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WSOP Super Circuit Online Series RING #14: $77 LUCKY 7’s

The final table ran for an hour and fifteen minutes with Lovejuoo in command up until the very last hand. Action kicked off with the leader amassing well over half the chips in play after eliminating the first two players, Canada’s FreshHotdog (9th) with 5d5c beating AhQh that missed, and Austria’s “Anybody11” (8th) with 9s7s flush over QhJc top pair on a board 5c2sJs8c10s.

Finland’s “huanli8” knocked out the next two players, Iceland’s “w00ls” in 7th place with JdJh dominating 6d6c and SO LILLO in 6th place with Ks8h spiking the king to overtake JcJs. Returning from a break, Ficho doubled up through huanli8 then Lovejuoo cleaned out Fox News (5th). At four-handed, huanli8 shoved its last 8 bb from the button with 6s5c only to fall to big blind Ficho with Ac10h. Down to three players, Lovejuoo had 34 bb, Ficho with 8 bb, and AllinFanLOL with 6 bb. Lovejuoo shoved repeatedly leading to a double up to Ficho with Ah10h dominating As4d, however, not so fortunate for AllinFanLOL (3rd) who fell to Lovejuoo with Kc9c spiking two nines to dust AhQs.

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Heads-up was just four quick hands. Lovejuoo had a monstrous lead of 41.4 bb to Ficho’s 6.5 bb. First hand Ficho doubled up with KdJd outdrawing Ah7d with a Jack on the river. Lovejuoo picked up the blinds on the next hand. On the third hand, Ficho doubled up again with Ac4d rivering the four to overtake Ah7s. For the first time in the entire final table, Lovejuoo was dethroned. The next hand was the last with leader Ficho’s KsKh dominating Lovejuoo’s AcQc. Ficho gave Germany its first ring of the series.

RING #15: $400 PLOSSUS – RYUTARO “RyutaroYT” SUZUKI – US$ 140,050.95

Japan was awarded its first WSOPC Ring of the series after Ryutaro “RyutaroYT” Suzuki emerged victorious at Ring #15: $400 PLOSSUS. The event drew 2,935 entries across a multitude of Day 1 flights to breach the guarantee for a heftier US$ 1,103,560 prize pool. Just under eight hours of Day 2 play,  RyutaroYT outlasted 444 other players, eliminating Belmiro Ribeiro at heads up to lock up the coveted merchandise and the US$ 140,050.95 first prize. 

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RyutaroYT. Credit: @BigFishKU on Twitter

Buy in: US$ 400
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 2,935
Prize pool: US$ 1,103,560
Day 2 qualifiers: 445 players
ITM: 300 places
Day 2 running time: 7 hours and 50 minutes

Final table payouts

1st Ryutaro “RyutaroYT” Suzuki – Japan – US$ 140,050.95
2nd Belmiro Ribeiro – Brazil – US$ 101,258.26
3rd Potsticker – Canada – US$ 73,211.74
4th Aristeidis “karapepono” Moschonas – Greece – US$ 52,933.53
5th v_Nistelrooy – Russia – US$ 38,272.04
6th Ioannis Konstas – Greece – US$ 27,671.43
7th Kentaro “ken-PoLi” Hori – Japan – US$ 20,006.98

Event recap

After a weeklong of Day 1 flights, the event drew 2,935 entries with 445 players advancing to Day 2. Many notable players fell before the money such as WSOP bracelet holders Chris Rudolph and Juha Helppi. Once the money flowed more famed players fell. Among the top 100 to cash were Kristof “ultrafish” Segers (9th), Anton “storytellerA” Morgenstern (10th), Joseph “B3ndTheKnee” Liberta (14th), Pulkit Goyal (18th), Jonas “LobyPewis” Mackoff (22nd), Nicolo Molinelli (27th), Jack Salter (42nd), Simon Lofberg (49th), Raggaz (51st), Chance Kornuth (56th), Tim “BeardOilGuy” Rutherford (59th), Connor Drinan (60th), Alessandro Giannelli (75th), Michael Watson (78th), and Mike Leah (96th).

Leading up to the final table, eventual champion RyutaroYT eliminated Joseph “B3ndTheKnee” Liberta (14th), Canada’s “Potsticker” railed Anton “storytellerA” Morgenstern (10th), then Russia’s “v_Nistelrooy” denied Germany’s “alltimetilt” (8th) a spot at the final table.

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WSOP Super Circuit Online Series RING #15: $400 PLOSSUS final table

Potsticker carried in the biggest stack of 89 bb, nearly double the stack of second ranked v_Nistelrooy with 49 bb. Ten minutes in, v_Nistelrooy AcKsJd10s two pair eliminated Japan’s Kentaro “ken-PoLi” Hori AsAh10d4s in 7th place on a board 10c3dJs6c5d. Fifteen minutes later, Potsticker cleaned out Greece’s Ioannis Konstas with KcJh9c7c outkicking Jd10h9s4h on a board QhJsQdAd2h.

Next showdown, v_Nistelrooy paid Aristeidis “karapepono” Moschonas a costly double up then fell to eventual champion RyutaroYT in 5th place. At four remaining, Potsticker QsQc8s8h quads amassed a nearly half the chips in play after railing karapepono Jc9c7h4h on a board 3s8c7s8d9h however, several orbits later, RyutaroYT won a preflop war against Potsticker to take the lead.

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WSOP Super Circuit Online Series

From there, Ryutaro went on to rail Potsticker (3rd) with KsKc10s4d over AcKhJs3d on a board 10hQd7dKd7h. Ahead with 48.4 bb to Belarmino Ribeiro’s 9.8 bb, heads up was all of one hand. RyutaroYT KhKc6d2c, Ribeiro JdJc8s5h and a final board Qs9c7h2d2h.

David Coleman lands side event win #5

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David Coleman. Credit: PocketFives

On Day 23, Canada’s David Coleman set the victory bar up one notch after capturing his fifth side event. His latest win was the biggest yet of US$ 55,109.37 at Sunday’s WSOPC High Rollers $3,150 Blade Bounty King. Additionally, Coleman finished 10th at the $5,250 Sunday 250 for US$ 10,330.92 and reached the final table of the network’s Super MILLION$ $ 10,300, $1.5M GTD where he is currently ranked 2nd in chips.

Coleman’s other WSOPC High Rollers side event wins were at the $1,500 Deepstack Special on Day 6 for US$ 24,553.13, $2,625 Blade Mulligan on Day 13 for US$ 18,765.39, $1,050 Daily Heater Bounty Turbo on Day 14 for US$ 13,368.53, and his fourth win was on Day 17 at the $3,150 Blade Bounty King for US$ 28,838.34. In victories alone, Coleman has collected US$ 140,634.76.

WSOPC High Rollers: $3,150 Blade Bounty King
Buy in: US$ 3,150
Guarantee: US$ 75,000
Entries: 49
Prize pool: US$ 147,000
ITM: 6 places
1st: US$ 55,109.37

Top 3 Side Event Winners

WSOPC High Rollers: $5,250 Sunday 250

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Blake Bohn. Credit: World Poker Tour

Buy in: US$ 5,250
Guarantee: US$ 250,000
Entries: 83
Prize pool: US$ 415,000
ITM: 11 places
Winner: BLAKE “Beats2018!” BOHN USA – US$ 96,801.75

WSOPC Series: $525 Bounty Hunters HR Main Event

Buy in: US$ 525
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 2,169
Prize pool: US$ 1,084,500
ITM: 314 places
Winner: IMS0LUCKYRussia – US$ 114,081.01

WSOPC High Rollers: $5,250 Bounty Hunters Sunday PLO

Buy in: US$ 5,250
Guarantee: US$ 300,000
Entries: 94
Prize pool: US$ 470,000
ITM: 13 places
Winner: JUDD TRUMPChina – US$ 98,615.20

Multiple Side Event Winners

WSOPC High Rollers: $1,050 Sunday Kick Off

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Rodrigo Selouan. Credit: Mundo Poker

Buy in: US$ 1,050
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Entries: 191
Prize pool: US$ 191,000
ITM: 26 places
Winner: RODRIGO SELOUAN Brazil – US$ 36,007.54

After a heads-up deal with Poland’s Georgi Sandev, Brazil’s Rodrigo Selouan went on to claim his second side event win. He shipped his first on Day 10 at the WSOPC Series $525 Bounty Hunters HR for US$ 40,849.50.

WSOPC High Rollers: $1,050 Daily Main

Buy in: US$ 1,050
Guarantee: US$ 200,000
Entries: 195
Prize pool: US$ 200,000
ITM: 27 places
Winner: PABLO “Singleleg” WESLEYBrazil – US$ 43,395.78

Third WSOPC High Rollers win for Brazil’s Pablo “Singleleg” Wesley. He shipped his first on Day 19 at the $1,050 Daily Heater HR Bounty Turbo for US$ 17,316.83 then picked up his second win on Day 21 at the same event for US$ 16,987.40.

WSOPC High Rollers: $840 Sunday Bounty Warmup

Buy in: US$ 840
Guarantee: US$ 100,000
Entries: 205
Prize pool: US$ 164,000
ITM: 27 places
Winner: ALEKS “JustaMortal” DIMITROVBulgaria – US$ 38,281.67

Second side event win for Bulgaria’s Aleks “JustaMortal” Dimitrov. He shipped his first on Day 5 at the WSOPC Series $525 Bounty Hunters HR for US$ 23,747.

WSOPC Series: $525 Sunday Fifty Stack HR

Buy in: US$ 525
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Entries: 353
Prize pool: US$ 176,500
ITM: 47 places
Winner: ALESSANDRO “MonkeyD93” PICHIERRIItaly – US$ 35,103.30

A much bigger side event win for Italy’s Alessandro “MonkeyD93” Pichierri on Day 23. He shipped his first on Day 18 at the WSOPC Series $25 Daily Mini Main Event for US$ 7,316.50. Pichierri also cashed US$ 2,905.02 at Ring #13: $210 Bounty 6 Max No Limit Hold’em for 12th place.

WSOPC Series: $525 Bounty Hunters Sunday PLO

Buy in: US$ 525
Guarantee: US$ 100,000
Entries: 235
Prize pool: US$ 117,500
ITM: 35 places
Winner: ROBERT LE ROUXSouth Africa – US$ 24,549.20

Second side event win for South Africa’s Robert Le Roux. He shipped his first on Day 12 at the WSOPC High Rollers $840 Bounty Warmup for US$ 14,318.25.

WSOPC Series: $315 Sunday Bounty King

Buy in: US$ 315
Guarantee: US$ 300,000
Entries: 1,191
Prize pool: US$ 357,300
ITM: 170 places
Winner: GANGSTAZABRussia – US$ 40,199.30

First side event win for WSOPC Ring winner “GangstaZab” on Day 23.

WSOPC Series: $525 Sunday Saver HR [Hyper]

Buy in: US$ 525
Guarantee: US$ 125,000
Entries: 281
Prize pool: US$ 140,500
ITM: 39 places
Winner: TIMOTHY ULMERUSA – US$ 31,290.38

Second side event win for USA’s Timothy Ulmer with a first one shipped on Day 4 at the WSOPC High Rollers $1,050 Daily Heater HR Bounty Turbo for US$ 27,399.

Asia Pacific – Side Event Winners

WSOPC Series: $315 Sunday Bounty King PLO

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Kosei Ichinose

Buy in: US$ 315
Guarantee: US$ 50,000
Entries: 185
Prize pool: US$ 55,500
ITM: 28 places
Winner: KOSEI ICHINOSEJapan – US$ 10,588.78

Second PLO side event win for Natural8 Team Hot pro Kosei Ichinose. Ichinose shipped his first on Day 1 at the WSOPC Series $525 Bounty Hunters PLO for US$ 11,864.89. Other deep runs were 3rd place at the $100 Deepstack Special on Day 5 and runner up on Day 9 at the $525 Bounty Hunters Sunday PLO.

WSOPC Series: $250 Sunday Monster Stack

Buy in: US$ 250
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Entries: 893
Prize pool: US$ 205,390
ITM: 134 places
Winner: DALYCChina – US$ 28,567.79

WSOPC Series: $52.50 Bounty Hunters Mini Main

Buy in: US$ 52.50
Guarantee: US$ 200,000
Entries: 5,426
Prize pool: US$ 271,300
ITM: 656 places
Winner: DEQUAN “jay554” ZHOUChina – US$ 20,239.87

WSOPC Series: $105 Sunday Heater Bount Turbo

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Rajat Sharma. Credit:

Buy in: US$ 105
Guarantee: US$ 100,000
Entries: 1,201
Prize pool: US$ 120,100
ITM: 170 places
Winner: RAJAT “Oye Como Va” SHARMA India – US$ 12,969.90

WSOPC Series: $30 Sunday Closer

Buy in: US$ 30
Guarantee: US$ 30,000
Entries: 1,215
Prize pool: US$ 33,534
ITM: 170 places
Winner: DABAISAChina – US$ 4,953.01

WSOPC Series: $50 Sunday Saver [Hyper]

Buy in: US$ 50
Guarantee: US$ 45,000
Entries: 1,035
Prize pool: US$ 47,610
ITM: 152 places
Winner: JIAOBABA66China – US$ 7,191.33

Exclusive Natural8 Promos

If you are just tuning in to WSOPC 2021, make sure to sign up to online platform Natural8 to avail of all the exclusive player incentives. We’ve listed them all down just below. For a more detailed breakdown, head to the link provided.

WSOPC – Natural8 Exclusive Promos


Natural8 will be giving away free WSOP tickets via their hourly freerolls, VIP Club FreerollsFirst Deposit Freerolls, and Natural8 Exclusive WSOP Freerolls. Players can win satellite tickets and WSOP tickets worth over US$ 2,000 weekly.

US$ 50,000 LiveX Sponsorship Package

Win the Main Event and this package is yours! The sponsorship package includes:

12 months LiveX Crew Sponsorship
US$ 15,000 Las Vegas Package ($10,000 to cover your buy-ins and $5,000 for expenses)
US$ 35,000 for live event sponsorships over 12 months

US$ 10,000 LiveX Sponsorship Package

Win one of the other WSOPC Ring Events and this package is yours! New Zealand’s “Raggaz” and Norway’s David “Alw4ysinduc3” Vinayagamoorthy have already won one of these packages. The sponsorship package includes:

6 months LiveX Crew Sponsorship
US$ 10,000 Las Vegas Package

Natural8 WSOP Flipouts

For N8 members that play any of the WSOPC events, you gain entry to exclusive Natural8 Exclusive WSOP Flipouts with each entry increasing your stack. $5,000 in WSOP tickets are up for grabs. Flipouts happen every Saturday on May 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 23:00 UTC.

WSOP 1.5x Cash Game Prize Multiplier

As announced, the WSOPC will be awarding 2 Cash Game Rings – one for No Limit Hold’em players and one for PLO players. Any Natural8 player that reaches the final table will see their prize money increase by 1.5x.

Join Natural8 – $100 in Free tickets with your 1st Deposit

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we continue to bring you recaps of the ongoing Natural8 WSOP 2021 Super Circuit Online Series festival.

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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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