WSOP Weekly: Aleksei Vandyshev Takes Down Main Event; Faraz Jaka, Chris Moorman Run Deep

The World Series of Poker Online continued over the last week at GGPoker with the $5,000 Main Event coming to a close. In the end, Aleksei Vandyshev scored the title for a massive gold bracelet.

Some other big names also had impressive runs with Faraz Jaka scoring a runner-up in one of the final events.  Chris Moorman made a deep run looking for his third WSOP bracelet.

An American player also added his first WSOP bracelet as well. Here’s a look at some headlines from the series over the last week.

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Event 25: $777 Lucky Sevens (Sept. 4)

Sevens were the magic number for American David “Zonedin” Jackson. This tournament regular from Florida zoned in on the competition by defeating 2,014 entries.

Jackson scored his first bracelet along with $194,178. He now has a bracelet and a WSOP Circuit ring. 

Jackson defeated Romania’s Dumitru “Ddimancescu” Pora heads-up for the title. Pora took home $140,394 for the runner-up finish in an event with a total prize pool of $1.4 million

Event 26: $888 Crazy Eights (Sept. 5)

Alexandru Papazian added a second bracelet to his collection with this victory. The Crazy Eights brought in 2,350 entries for a $2 million prize pool. Papazian overcame the huge field to win $241,128

Nine different countries were represented at the final table with Romania’s Papazian coming out on top. Israel’s Tal Noach took second place for $180,818. 

Papazian also won the Crazy Eights events in Las Vegas in 2017. He showed off his victory with some Twitter subtlety.. 

Event 27: $5,000 Main Event (Sept. 5)

The series championship event finally came to a close after numerous starting flights and featured a $20 million guarantee. Along with an exclusive main event bracelet, the winner took home a seven-figure payday when the event concluded on Sept. 11

After three days of play, Russia’s Aleksei “Ha KojleHu” Vandyshev scored a victory worth $2.5 million. The 4,092 entries created a total prize pool of $19.4 million, treating players to an overlay of more than $500,000.

Brazil has been dominant all series long and another player from the country scored a nice finish. Edson “CrownUpTsu” Tsutsumi Jr. finished runner-up for $1.9 million.

Event 28: $2,100 Bounty Championship (Sept. 7)

Poland’s Dominik Panka took down the two-day Bounty Championship for his first bracelet and $185,228. He defeated China’s Fengdian “Shandongmenghu” Wang heads-up for the title.

The tournament produced a player field of 1,064 and prize pool $2.1 million

Chris Moorman, of the United Kingdom, was another notable cash, finishing eighth for $33,496. 

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Event 29: $1,500 Fifty Stack (Sept. 9)

Ukraine’s Vlad Martynenko pulled out the victory after defeating Faraz Jaka heads-up. Martynenko grabbed his first bracelet along with $250,198.

The event attracted 1,037 entries and generated a prize pool of over $1.8 million. Besides Jaka, notable other cashes included Simon Lofberg, Ermo Kosk, and Anson Tsang.

Jaka is no stranger to big finishes and has more than $6.8 million in live tournament winnings. While he’s yet to capture a WSOP bracelet, he has some huge finishes on some of poker’s biggest stages,

Event 30: $525 Beat The Pros (Sept. 11)

Beat the pros and win some nice cash – that was the name of the game in this event. Canada’s Jase “RetiredFedor” Regina did just that, scoring his first gold bracelet for $75,342.

The tournament attracted 1,594 entries looking to beat the pros, for a $797,000 prize pool. Malta’s Stefan “Stiopata” Atanasov finished runner-up for $42,433. Another interesting name made a deep run as well – Stoyan Madanzhiev.

The Bulgarian won the $5,000 WSOP Online Main Event at GG in 2020 for $3.9 million. He took fourth in this event for $28,165.

Final GGPoker WSOP bracelet events

GGPoker closes out the online series with a few last days of action. Here’s a look at what’s left on the menu.

  • $815 Zodiac Autumn Festival (Event 31, Sept.12) – $2.8 million guaranteed
  • $210 Bounty Double (Event 32, Sept. 12) – $2 million guaranteed
  • $500 The Closer (Event 33, Sept. 12) – $2 million guaranteed

After the series, the bracelet hunting shifts to the Rio in Las Vegas. The annual live series runs Sept. 30 to Nov. 23 with 88 bracelet events.

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