The 2021 World Series of Poker Online $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em COLOSSUS event drew a total of 10,903 entries, easily surpassing the $3 million guarantee to build a final prize pool of $4,099,528. Over the course of The sea of virtual players was eventually narrowed down to one champion: Armando D’avanzo. The Maltese player earned $409,007 and his first WSOP gold bracelet for the win.
The final day began with over 1,800 players having already moved on from the first nine starting flights and more set to join the fray from the turbo day 1J, which began the morning of day 2.
The action was fast and furious, and as a result it took roughly eight hours to set the nine-handed final table. D’avanzo held the chip lead following the elimination of Jacky Zhang in tenth place. 2020 WSOP $10,000 main event winner Damian Salas was among the final table competitors. The Argentinian was looking for his second gold bracelet, but ended up hitting the rail in ninth place when his K9 was unable to outrun the A2 of Kosuke Tajima. Salas earned $40,900 for his latest deep run, increasing his career tournament earnings to $6,057,332 in the process.
Guillermo Gordo’s A-K failed to hold up against the A-J of Mathieu Giabiconi, resulting in Gordo hitting the rail in eighth place ($54,451). Despite securing that knockout, Giabiconi was ultimately the next to fall. He ran A10 into the AA of Mirko Numerato to finish seventh ($72,732). Numerato then extended his newfound lead by busting Diego Spataro (6th – $96,989).
D’avanzo earned his first knockout at the final table when his A10 won a preflop race against the pocket eights of Tarun Goyal (5th – $129,337). Shortly after that he won a massive pot with a flopped set of fives against the pocket kings of Kenneth Smaron. Smaron was left on fumes and was knocked out moments later, earning $172,474 as the fourth-place finisher. As a result, D’avanzo entered three-handed play atop the chip counts.
Mirko Numerato’s run in this event came to an end when he got the last of his stack in on an A85 flop with AJ. He was up against the 85 of D’avanzo. Numerato was unable to improve on the turn or river and was eliminated in third place ($229,998).
D’avanzo took more than a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Kosuke Tajima. The Japanese player was able to battle his way back into contention, and even overtook the lead, but D’avanzo regained the advantage by the time the final hand was dealt. Tajima raised to 10,000,000 from the button with AA. D’avanzo called with the K7 and the flop came down 863 to give him the second nut flush. D’avanzo checked and Tajima bet 10,600,000 with his overpair and nut flush draw. D’avanzo check-raised to 24,377,411. Tajima made it 70,000,000 to go, and D’avanzo moved all in. Tajima called and was in need of help. The 8 turn and 9 river kept D’avanzo ahead, though, and Tajima was knocked out in second place ($306,707).
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table: