Besting 1,037 other entries, Vlad Martynenko was the last poker player standing and won his first WSOP Gold Bracelet after triumphing in Event #29: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No-Limit Hold’em. With $1,863,900 in the prize pool, Martynenko won the lion’s share of it for $250,198 after prevailing against Faraz “Pokerguy21” Jaka heads-up.
Martynenko's victory means he is the ninth Ukrainian to win a Gold Bracelet, taking his country's tally to a total of ten pieces of WSOP hardware.
There were some famous faces on the final table, the likes of Simon Lofberg, Stefan "C3H5N3O6" Lehner and Ermo "PublicEnemy7" Kosk. Two-time WSOP Gold Bracelet winner Anson Tsang was the unfortunate final table bubble, whilst Alex "FutureofMe" Kulev and Simon "Holy_Jezkovy" Gould were among the 20 finalists.
Final Result Event #29: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No-Limit Hold’em
|PLACE||WINNER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|2||Faraz "Pokerguy21" Jaka||United States||$187,622|
|4||Stefan "C3H5N3O6" Lehner||Austria||$105,507|
|5||Ermo "PublicEnemy7" Kosk||Estonia||$79,120|
|6||Nir "NIRUSHHH" Amar||Israel||$59,331|
|7||Tzlil "opener" Ozer||Israel||$44,492|
|8||Peter "MrDagobert" Traply||Hungary||$33,364|
Late Play Puts Vlad Martynenko in Pole Position
Lofberg was the first final table casualty after he ran his pocket eights into the aces of Nir “NIRUSHHH” Amar. Next to go was Peter “MrDagobert” Traply whose pocket queens were bested by Kosk’s pocket tens who made a full house on the turn.
Amar was unable to better his third-place finish in Event #28: $2,100 Bounty Championship No-Limit Hold'em on Wednesday busting out in sixth. Stanislav Kuvaev then eliminated Kosk in fifth place with his ace-king holding versus Kosk ten-nine. The table became three-handed shortly after as Lehner was ousted by Jaka who rivered a straight.
It was a war of attrition when it got to the final three players, but it would be Kuvaev who got the bronze medal finish after calling Jaka’s all-in. Kuvaev was unable to hit his one over card against Jaka’s pocket tens.
Heads up play was all over after the first hand, Martynenko went all-in after Jaka raised preflop and was called. Martynenko with ace-seven offsuit was ahead of Jaka’s ace-six, the Ukranian poker player paired his seven on the flop and had a clean run out to pick up his first WSOP Gold Bracelet.
That wraps up the PokerNews updates for this event but the final week of the international 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events will be as busy as it gets with another six WSOP gold bracelet winners to be crowned.