Manig Loeser made his way through a field of 1,038 on Friday night to take down Event #2 ($600 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack) of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online for $104,313 and the first WSOP bracelet of his career.
Loeser came to the final table with the chip lead and maintained that lead throughout the night despite not eliminating any players until three players were left.
Alexandre ‘alexmdm’ Besse began the final table third in chips, but five minutes later he was on the rail. Blinds were 100,000/200,000 (20,000 ante) and Besse moved all in from UTG+1 for 5,329,969. Action folded around to Jordan ‘ThLstCrdBndr’ Miller on the button and he re-shoved for 5,351,636 getting the blinds to fold. Besse showed but was given bad news when Miller tabled . The board ran out to eliminate Besse in ninth place.
Another 20 minutes passed before the next elimination. Justin ‘LappyPoker’ Lapka raised to 480,000 from the hijack before Julie ‘i.win.13’ Polatchek shoved from his immediate left for 1,444,810. With action back on him, Lapka called and showed while Polatchek had . The flop hit both players with Lapka holding two pair against Polatchek’s open-ended straight draw. All of the drama ended early as the turn gave Lapka a full house and as the completed the board, Polatchek was out in eighth.
A three-way all in ten minutes resulted in the next elimination. Down to just 6.5 big blinds, Mark ‘Nostradonkus’ Liedtke moved all in for 1,814,147. The only player shorter than him, Craig ‘mrjanovich’ Mason, called all in from the button and Damian ‘martillo1978’ Alonso came along from the big blind. Liedtke showed , Mason tabled , and Alonso had two live cards with . Each player got a piece of the flop with Mason ahead with top pair. Nothing changed on the turn, but the river filled Liedtke’s gutshot straight draw and eliminated Mason in seventh place.
Lapka was down to less than big blinds and moved all in for 2,659,676 from UTG and Aaron ‘WompDatTHomp’ Thivyanathan re-jammed for 6,324,062 from the cutoff. Lapka turned over while Thivyanathan was ahead with . The flop put Thivyanathan in control and when the hit the turn, Lapka was drawing dead. The river completed the board and ended Lapka’s run in sixth.
Thivyanathan had to wait just three minutes to find his next victim. Thivyanathan called before Miller raised to 3,400,000 from the button. Thivyanathan shoved for 8,897,738 and Miller called off his last 2,943,719. Thivyanathan had Miller dominated with against . The board ran out to Thivyanathan in front and Miller was sent out in fifth place.
On the very next hand, Alonso moved all in for 1,301,806 and Liedtke decided to call from the big blind. Alonso turned over while Liedtke was slightly ahead with . The flop changed nothing and after the turn and river, Alonso was done for the night with a fourth place finish.
Three-handed play carried on for more than 22 minutes before reaching heads up. On the button, Liedtke raised to 800,000, Thivyanathan moved all in from the small blind for 8,485,907, and Loeser re-shoved for 14,256,795. Liedtke released his hand and Thivyanathan showed which put him behind Loeser’s . Liedtke got some good news after picking up a flush draw on the flop. Neither the turn or the river were any help for Liedtke and he was eliminated in third, sending Loeser to heads up play holding 57.5% of the chips in play.
It took just two hands of heads up play for Loeser to lay claim to all of the chips and the bracelet. On the final hand of the night, Liedtke opened to 900,000. Loeser responded by re-raised to 3,600,000 and then called when Liedtke moved all in for his last 16,077,298. Loeser turned over and Liedtke was behind with . Loeser stayed in control through the and eliminate Liedtke in second place to win his first career bracelet.
World Series of Poker Champion!! Only took me 11 years to get the bracelet @worldpokertour next! @ Las Vegas, Nevada https://t.co/ejxUfkA1QY
— Manig Loeser (@swordfish007) July 3, 2021
One day after Phil Hellmuth moved to within one cash of Daniel Negreanu for the all-time WSOP lead, Negreanu found a cash of his own. Negreanu finish 92nd for $953 for his 166th career WSOP cash. One year after famously winning a WSOP bracelet from a Whole Foods parking lot, Ryan ‘joeyisamush’ Depaulo found his first cash of the 2021 WSOP Online, earning $841 for coming in 158th. Other players who cashed on Friday included Jim Collopy (143rd – $897), Dan Zack (119th – $897), Upeshka De Silva (37th – $2,130), Chance Kornuth (34th – $2,466), Joe Hebert (33rd – $2,466), Andrew Lichtenberger (28th – $2,466), Jesse Sylvia (22nd – $3,027), Brad Own (17th – $3,699), and Kathy Liebert (12th – $5,885).
2021 WSOP Online Event #2 Final Table Payouts
Manig Loeser – $104,313
Mark Liedtke – $64,460
Aaron Thivyanathan – $45,626
Damian Alonso – $32,734
Jordyn Miller – $23,766
Justin Lapka – $17,488
Craig Mason – $13,060
Julie Polatchek – $9,865
Alexandre Besse – $7,567
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