In 2017, Mateos became the youngest player in history to win three bracelets at age 22. He now has a chance to score a fourth as one of the final four remaining in the $25,000 Heads-up Championship.
Daniel Negreanu continues searching for his seventh bracelet and also had a deep run over the last week. The WSOP action continues through Sept. 12 and here’s a look at some of the news from the last week.
Event 15: $10,000 Heads-up (Aug. 21)
Originally this event was planned for128 entries, but due to high demand GGPoker expanded that to 256. At the end of the day 161 players entered into the heads-up challenge for a $1.6 million prize pool.
The event is currently down to four remaining players and will resume on Sept. 4. The matchups are set for Arthur Conan to face off against Adrian Mateos and Daniel Soltys to battle Aleksejs Ponakovs. The winner scores a gold bracelet and $466,167.
Mateos is seeking his fourth WSOP bracelet and won the $10,000 live version of this tournament in 2017 in Las Vegas. That brought his third bracelet and $324,470.
Conan, Soltys, and Ponakovs are all looking for their first bracelets. Norman Chad and Lon McEachern both will provide commentary on GGPoker.tv during the matches.
Event 16: $1,050 GGMasters High Roller (Aug. 22)
This event included a $2 million guarantee and ended up with 2,240 entries, paying out $2.2 million. After two days of play, Finland’s Samuel Vousden secured the victory for a $274,519 payout.
Vousden defeated China’s Qibing “degenkaliu” Wang heads-up to score his first bracelet. Wang won $205,859 for his runner-up finish.
Event 17: $400 PLOSSUS (Aug. 22)
The PLO bounty event took place over two days and came with a $1 million guarantee. Israel grabbed the country’s first bracelet of the series as Gabi “kidrurim” Livshitz defeated Russia’s Yuri “sjeverest” Suvorov heads-up.
Between bounties and prize payouts, Livshitz cashed in $152,165 for the achievement.
GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu had the chip lead after day one, but ended up finishing 23rd for $8,900. Kid Poker continues to live stream all of his events during the series as he chases his seventh bracelet.
Event 18: $5,000 Short Deck (Aug. 24)
Short Deck action returned to the WSOP over the last week. For the uninitiated, deuces through fives are removed from the deck in this version of poker.
This makes for plenty of action and big hands. Because of the differing mathematics in the game, straights are worth more than flushes. Flushes are also greater than a full house. Other key differences include tables being five-handed and the lowest straight is A-6-7-8-9.
At the tables, Russia’s Radmir “KOPOBA” Sadirov landed a bracelet and $169,111 after defeating 144 players.
Sadirov faced some tough competition with bracelet winners Sam Greenwood and Daniel Dvoress also at the final table. The total prize pool for the event was $684,000.
Event 19: $840 Bounty Six-Max (Aug. 26)
Ukraine’s Andrii Derzhypilskyi stopped Brazil from claiming another bracelet this series. Going into Day 2 of the event, Brazil held the top three spots on the leaderboard. Brazilian players have already won several events.
Derzhpilskyi won $154,322 between bounties and prizes. He also was awarded a gold bracelet for defeating the 2,053-player field. The total prize pool reached $1.6 million.
No stranger to deep runs, Derzhpilskyi was at a final table for a bracelet almost a year to the day. He finished fifth in that event in 2020.
Upcoming GGPoker WSOP bracelet events:
The upcoming week promises much more action from GGPoker. Players will be hunting for more bracelets as the site offers NLHE High Rollers, Deepstacks, and more PLO. Here’s what’s on the menu for the upcoming week:
- $10,000 Heads-up Championship (Event 15, Sept. 4) – final four players play to a winner
- $1,500 Monster Stack (Event 20, Aug. 28)
- $25,000 Super High Roller (Event 21, Aug. 29) – $5 million guaranteed
- $400 COLOSSUS (Event 22, Aug. 29) – $3 million guaranteed
- $600 Deep Stack Championship (Event 23, Aug. 31)
- $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha (Event 24, Sept. 2)
Update: Catena Media poker team selections
PokerScout editor/site runner Sean Chaffin took a lead in the race among the Catena Media poker team. Chaffin along with content manager Valerie Cross and contributing writer Anthony Cicali offered their own picks for players to watch in the series.
Chaffin found some nice scores over the last couple weeks with Michael Addamo and Mikita Badziakouski. Cross has also found some consistency with Niklas Astedt.
Cicali seems to have found players looking at other live events. That’s led to his points coming exclusively from Negreanu so far. Here’s a look at the standings with a couple weeks remaining:
- 1st – Sean Chaffin, $133,590
- 2nd – Valerie Cross, $100,673
- 3rd – Antony Cicali, $49,759