The 2021 World Series of Poker Online $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Monster Stack’ freezeout event attracted 1,080 total players to build a $1,539,000 prize pool. After two full days of online tournament poker action, Brazil’s Eduardo Rodrigues won a three-way all-in in the final hand to secure the title, his first WSOP gold bracelet, and the top prize of $212,815.
2019 WSOP main event runner-up Dario Sammartino finished second for $159,588. Sammartino now has just shy of $15 million in career earnings, extending his already sizable lead as the all-time earnings leader from his home country of Italy. His nearest competition on that leaderboard, Mustapha Kanit, has more than $11.6 million to his name.
The final day began with 24 players remaining and Jerecho Caballero in the lead. Sammartino and Rodrigues were both among the top five when play resumed. Rodrigues overtook the top spot in the standings by the time the final table was set, with Sammartino hot on his heels. Sammartino earned three of the first five knockouts at the final table to leapfrog Rodrigues. He cracked the pocket aces of Renato Valentim (5th – $67,278) with his pocket sevens to narrow the field to four competitors.
Rodrigues won a sizable pot with quads to keep within striking distance of the top spot. Thomas Harvey’s run in this event came to an end when he got all-in on a Q96flop with Q10, only to find himself at risk against the QJ of Jerecho Caballero. Harvey found no help on the turn or river and was knocked out in fourth place ($89,743).
Despite earning that elimination, Caballero was ultimately the shortest stack when the final hand of the tournament arose. Caballero moved all-in from the button for 8,777,326 with A3. Sammartino three-bet jammed for 19,836,916 holding 1010 out of the small blind. Rodrigues looked down at AQ in the big blind and made the call to put both of his opponents at risk . The board came down A4276 to give Rodrigues a double knockout to secure the title. Caballero earned $119,674 as the third-place finisher, while Sammartino took home $159,588 as the runner-up.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:
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