Poker pro Martin Zamani took down his second WSOP bracelet in the early hours of Monday morning after shipping the first online event of the ongoing series. Zamani is a brother of Benjamin who is also a decorated poker player with three WSOP bracelets under his belt and more than $5 million in tournament earnings. He bested a star-studded 156-entry field in the $5,300 no-limit hold ’em freezeout on WSOP.com. The Florida native earned his first WSOP bracelet during the WSOP Online series last summer when he took down the $888 crazy eights pot-limit Omaha for $92,598. With his latest victory Monday morning, Zamani took his career earnings to a little over $2.9 million
Zamani defeated top pro Ankush Mandavia heads-up to earn the bracelet and $210,600. Mandavia took home $122,850 for his runner-up finish. His career earnings went to more than $5.5 million.
The eight-handed event paid out 30 players and it reached a star-studded final table after Soheb Parbandarwala falling in ninth place. Zamani began the FT as one of the shorter stacks with about 20 big blinds, while three-time WPT Champion Brian Altman held the start of the FT chip lead.
Zamani stayed quiet during the first-hour play at the final table and then won a big hand when he knocked out Anderson with a two-pair against the top pair. A little later, Zamani won a crucial flip to bust Brian “JackBogle” Altman in third place and entered heads-up with a massive chip advantage.
Zamani started heads-up play with 3,3650,000 against Mandavia’s 249,000. Any possibility of an epic comeback was crushed early on when Zamani shoved with J-7 and was called by Mandavia’s K-5. Zamani flopped trip jacks and Mandavia was drawing dead on the turn. Zamani secured the victory and took down a coveted WSOP bracelet, while Mandavia got eliminated in second place.
Other notables at the final table were Jason “EddieVedder” Koon and Alex “OrcinusOrca” Foxen, both made it to the final table and were eliminated in sixth and eighth place, respectively.
Final Table Payouts (USD)
- Martin “Bathroomline” Zamani – $210,600
- Ankush “Rickrosstheb” Mandavia – $122,850
- Brian “JackBogle” Altman – $70,200
- Calvin “projector52” Anderson – $54,600
- Daniel “spicoli24” Sepiol – $46,800
- Jason “EddieVedder” Koon – $39,000
- Joe “swansong79” Kuether – $29,640
- Alex “OrcinusOrca” Foxen – $18,720
“NJ_AcesmarkA” Wins WSOP.com (NV/NJ) Online Bracelet $500 NL Hold’em BIG 500
The second of the 11 online bracelet events at the 2021 WSOP was the WSOP.com (NV/NJ) Online Bracelet $500 NL Hold’em BIG 500. After 12 hours of action, “NJ_AcesmarkA” beat “Skullkid” heads up to win the second online tournament of the 2021 World Series of Poker’s first weekend. The champion outlasted 742 players and 325 rebuys to take down a WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $89,356 from a $480,150 prize pool that was shared by the top 167 players with a min-cash of $720
Final Table Payouts (USD)
- “NJ_AcesmarkA” – $89,356
- “Skullkid” – $55,217
- “DrDonkitoff” – $39,084
- “SwaggyK” – $28,041
- Jeremy “Thekid101” Pekarek – $20,358
- Jesse “Patient0” Yaginuma – $14,981
- Melissa “LuckMgmt” Bryne – $11,187
- Giovanni “John7012” Balistreri – $8,451
- “BDub0927” – $6,482