Sunday night saw 608 unique entries and 242 re-buys in the World Series of Poker Online Event #4 ($500 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo) and after those 850 entries were whittled down to a winner, it was ‘Steelvikes7’ who won the $73,861 top prize.
With a $382,500 prize pool giving everyone a chance of celebrating a big win as the Independence Day fireworks lit up the Nevada skyline, the Super Turbo structure saw the action kick off in dramatic fashion. A total of 143 players made the money and it was Galen Hall who busted ‘Retilt’ on the money bubble, prompting a flurry of exits.
A stacked final table took to the felt with nine players left and it was the eventual winner who got off to the best start. ‘Steelvikes7’ was all-in with pocket fives against pocket kings of Jonathan ‘Art.Vandelay’ Dokler. A five on the flop gave ‘Steelvikes7’ the pot and sent Dokler home with $5,240.
Vinny ‘brownmagic’ Pahuja busted in eighth place for $6,846 and his exit was followed by that of Wendy ‘Cardthartic’ Freedman. Guo Liang Chen was all-in with [9h] [9d] and held against Freedman’s [Qc] [Ks] across the ten-high board. Freedman cashed for $9,065 and it would be the last four-figure prize, with ‘JJcorrado87’ winning $12,163 for their sixth-place finish. The short stack was all-in with [Kc][8s] from the button, but Martin Zamani’s [Js][4h] in the small blind caught a jack on the river to reduce the field to five.
Matthew Beier had less than two big blinds when he moved all-in with [Qh] [Th] but was called by Ryan Hohner as well as ‘Steelvikes7’. Three-way to the flop of [9d][5h][6d], both other players checked through the [2c] turn and [9h] river. ‘Steelvikes7’ held [Kc] [4s] to win with a higher kicker than Beier.
Zamani has won over $2.5 million on the live felt alone, and his recent victories include the $113,698 he won for finishing in fourth place in Event #36, the FIFTY STACK NLHE that formed part of last year’s WSOP Online Series. The same position signaled Zamani’s doom once again almost a year later, as his raise from the button with [Qs][Tc] saw Hohner isolate from the small blind with [Ac][Ah]. The board of [Jd][8c][2s][Kc][Qh] gave Zamani hope of a straight but the river card didn’t help him and he bowed out for a result worth $22,950.
Three players became two almost instantly, as Chen lost out with [3h][3d] against Hohner’s second premium hand in short succession, his [Ad][Kc] flopping an ace and holding all the way to the river. That hand sent Chen home with $32,168 and gave Hohner all the momentum heading into the heads-up, but there was not to be a fairytale ending for the New Jersey-based player.
Hohner, who finished 94th in December’s WSOP Main Event and has already cashed an incredible 13 times in 2021 in WSOP events, winning his first WSOP Circuit ring in the process, couldn’t seal the deal for his maiden bracelet. He may have earned over $250,000 in WSOP events alone, but Hohner lost his final 9.3 million chips in a pot that was bet on every street to the river and saw ‘Steelvikes7’ end up with the entire 25.5 million chips in play piled in front of their avatar.
The board of [9c][7d][7h][6h][Ks] saw Hohner commit his stack on fifth street with [Kh][8c], but ‘Steelvikes7’ had reeled in their opponent with [As][7s] for flopped trips that never needed to improve further. ‘Steelvikes7’, who won the $15,000 Weekly Sunday Deepstack back in August 2020 on WSOP.com, was triumphant, collecting the $73,861 top prize, while the highly decorated Hohner had to settle for the $45,671 runner-up result.
Kevin Eyster, who already has two WSOP bracelets to his name, departed in 61st place for $1,071 and he was joined on the virtual rail by Max Pescatori (86th place for $803), Justin Liberto (42nd place for $1,453) and Christopher Ryan (11th for $4,054). WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia busted in 34th place, earning $1,721, while perhaps the most successful player of the final three tables – two-time WSOP winner and three-time World Poker Tour Main Event winner Anthony Zinno – crashed out in 20th place for $2,103.
2021 WSOP Turbo Deep Stack Final Table Results:
Ryan Hohner $45,671
Guo Liang Chen $32,168
Martin Zamani $22,950
Matthew Beier $16,600
Wendy Freedman $9,065
Vineet Pahuja $6,846
Jonathan Dokler $5,240
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