Aleksei Vandyshev, a 28-year-old Russian won the Event#27: $5,000 Main Event of the 2021 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Online Series which offered a colossal prize pool of $20,000,000. Vandyshev won the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and $2,543,073 after outlasting 4,092 participants over 27 opening days and a Day 2 of 720 survivors.
Vandyshev was a prominent participant on the final table, taking over the chip lead despite finding himself at the bottom of chip counts numerous times.The player was confident and relied on his nine years of professional poker experience to let the game come to him. When it did, the pro was able to complete the race and earn a career-defining victory. In a previous interview, Vandyshev said, “I think my strength as a poker player is that I have a built-in crystal ball, so I see it when people try to trick me.” No wonder the Main Event was a Vandyshev game.
Edson ‘CrownUpTsu’ Tsutsumi Jr. of Brazil entered the final day with Vandyshev for a heated game. Both stood tall following a fierce final table battle.
During the first hand of the day, Joe ‘assisup4rent’ Serock eliminated Dimitrios Farmakoulis in ninth place. Serock was responsible for a significant chunk of the early action. This American poker pro performed well in the early stages, but he eventually finished fifth after his ace-king ran into Tsutsumi’s eights.
Renan ‘legal’ Meneguetti, Serock, Christine ‘Yunaa’ Do, and Nikita ‘VSMPZD’ Kuznetsov were all knocked out by Tsutsumi during the day. This was Do’s fourth cash of the 2021 WSOP online championship. The online Main Event final table included a female qualifier for the second time in a row, following Wenling Gao’s second-place finish in 2020.
Tsutsumi took the lead in heads-up play after starting the day with the most chips, but Vandyshev raced towards victory. He fell in four-handed play before recouping to enter heads-up play with a disadvantage after a steady day of laddering up. The Russian pro kept floating around the numero uno position on the leaderboard as Tsutsumi knocked out other opponents.
After a sequence of hands in the early rounds of heads-up play, Vandyshev took command. The last hand was a duel of pocket pairs. Vandyshev’s pocket tens defeated Tsutsumi’s pocket sevens as the board ran out , thereby giving Vandyshev a gold bracelet and a pay cheque of $2,543,073.
|1||Aleksei “Ha KoJleHu” Vandyshev||Russia||$2,543,073|
|2||Edson “CrownUpTsu” Tsutsumi Jr||Brazil||$1,907,035|
|3||Nikita “VSMPZD” Kuznetsov||Russia||$1,430,073|
|4||Christine “Yunaa” Do||Canada||$1,072,405|
|5||Joe “assisup4rent” Serock||United States||$804,191|
|6||Espen “COVFEFE-19” Jorstad||Norway||$603,058|
|7||Renan “legal” Meneguetti||Brazil||$452,229|
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