Eric Van Auken Wins 2021 WSOP Online #26: $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore


On Sunday night, the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Event #26 $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore attracted 729 players who rebought 389, making 1,118 total entries, which built a $503,100 prize pool.

The tournament was an encore to the first event on the 2021 WSOP schedule, and after more than 12 hours of play, it was Eric “8Bracelets” Van Auken coming out on top to win a $93,627 top prize for his first career bracelet and topping his previous career-high cash of $39,994 by some distance.

According to The Hendon Mob, the New Jersey native has accumulated $112,063 in winnings in his career so far, which means this latest prize almost doubled his career winnings in one fell swoop.

2021 WSOP Event #26: $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Eric “8Bracelets” Van Auken $93,627
2 Dominick “Flow_Cold” Sarle $57,856
3 Corey “Corgasm” Paggeot $40,952
4 Naichang “cncly1314” Chen $29,381
5 Tomasz “ToMRoX” Trelski $21,331
6 Dean “nikobellic99” Curreri $15,697
7 Justin “pocketprofit” Wong $11,722
8 Jacob “tooletime13” Toole $8,855
9 Jack “Borgia92” McClelland $6,792

After “oneTiger” exited as the bubble boy in 167th place, the in-the-money eliminations came at a steady pace, which included two-time WSOP bracelet winner Ryan “adopt_adogg0” Leng (130th – $805), Ryan “hagzzz021” Hagerty (64th – $1,157), Ye “yuan365” Yuan (28th – $2,214), Brett “Metanemesis” Apter (18th – $3,320), and (10th – $6,457).

Final Table Action

Event 26 Final Table

Jack “Borgia92” McClelland was the first final table victim as his ace-king fell to pocket queens when a straight came in to take out the flopped king. Next to go out was Jacob “tooletime13” Toole, who lost a flip with ace-queen vs jacks.

Justin “pocketprofit” Wong hit the rail in seventh place, falling to pocket kings. Dean “nikobellic99” Curreri fell in sixth after being unable to chase down ace-queen with king-jack.

Tomasz “ToMRoX” Trelski was eliminated in fifth place after taking the lead with king-eight on the flop, but falling back behind on the turn; his opponent paired the ace of his ace-ten. The next player to go was Naichang “cncly1314” Chen whose ace-jack could not overcome the dominating ace-queen.

Finishing in third place was Corey “Corgasm” Paggeot, who enjoyed another amazing run following his second-place finish in last night’s Event #24. Again, it just was not meant to be for Paggeot

Heads-up play began with Dominick “Flow_Cold” Sarle holding a 3:1 chip lead over Van Auken but it was Van Auken who immediately started to chip up and eventually draw close. After a series of big hands in his favor, he claimed a 3:1 chip lead for himself. Sarle did get managed to find a double-up to bring the stacks even, but Van Auken would put a hammerlock on it in a big all-in when his pocket eights made a straight on the river to overtake the ace-ten of Sarle, who had flopped a ten. Van Auken won a couple of hands later when his king-ten held against jack-ten.

2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Winners Thus Far

Date Tournament Players Re-entries Total Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
1-Jul Event #1: $500 NLH BIG 500 Kick-Off 837 440 1277 $574,650 Jose “deposit” Nooa $105,161
2-Jul Event #2: $600 NLH Monster Stack 727 311 1038 $560,520 Manig “Ohio77” Loeser $104,313
3-Jul Event #3: $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack 641 309 950 $427,500 Donnell “Spreezy52” Dais $90,801
4-Jul Event #4: $500 NLH Super Turbo 608 242 850 $382,500 Jeffery “Steelvikes7” Hoop $73,861
5-July Event #5: $1,000 NLH 8-Max 459 459 $648,700 Jeremiah “freestylerr” Williams $139,600
6-July Event #6: $2,000 NLH Deepstack 312 104 416 $769,600 Tyler “ShipTheShip” Denson $175,700
7-July Event #7: $777 NLH Lucky 7’s 576 312 888 $621,600 Michael “stiltwalk” Mercaldo $123,574
8-July Event #8: $888 Crazy Eights Hold’em 514 268 782 $625,600 Carlos “CarlosWelch” Welch $124,369
9-July Event #9: $400 NLH 6-Max 788 429 1,217 $438,120 Philip “wingsuiter” Beck $81,534
10-July Event #10: $333 NLH 986 531 1,517 $455,100 Michael “njnj17” Leib $81,645
11-July Event #11: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Ultra Deepstack 1,078 339 1,417 $510,120 Vijay “Eclypzed” Para $86,210
12-July Event #12: $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack 654 305 959 $431,550 Bryan “Pellepelle” Piccioli $83,332
13-July Event #13: $1,000 NLH Freezeout 561 561 $504,900 Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng $108,654
14-July Event #14: $500 No Limit Hold’em 673 363 1,036 $466,200 Gionni “COLDWARKID” Demers $90,023
15-July Event #15: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezout 188 188 $940,000 Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba $253,800
16-July Event #16: $600 PLO8 6-Handed 293 295 498 $268,920 Allen “Acnyc718” Chang $61,394
17-July Event #17: $400 NLH 8-Max 747 378 1,125 $405,000 Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka $75,371
18-July Event #18: $1,000 NLH North American Open 524 232 756 $692,000 James “Danfriel” Gilbert $137,570
19-July Event #19: $888 PLO Crazy Eights 8-Handed 285 222 507 $405,600 Martin “bathroomline” Zamani $92,598
20-July Event #20: $3,200 NLH High Roller 221 91 312 $948,480 Sang “youngkoi” Lee $241,768
21-July Event #21: $600 PLO 6-Handed 281 270 551 $297,540 Bradley “drstrange7” Ruben $69,148
22-July Event #22: $600 NLH Knockout 612 612 $342,720 Anthony “Lastbullet” Kennedy $46,796
23-July Event #23: $500 NLH Turbo 457 237 694 $312,300 Ryan “hagzzz021” Hagerty $67,207
24-July Event #24: $400 NLH Monster Stack 826 350 1,176 $423,360 Byung “bhy101” Yoo $77,475
25-July Event #25: $7,777 NLH Lucky 7’s High Roller 113 38 151 $1,113,927 David “dpeters17” Peters $283,940
25-July Event #26: $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore 729 389 1,118 $503,100 Eric “8Bracelets” Van Auken $93,627



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