Jeremiah ‘freestylerr’ Williams is the latest player to secure a piece of World Series of Poker hardware during the 2021 WSOP Online. Williams outlasted a field of 707 total entries to emerge victorious in event no. 5, a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max tournament. For the win he was awarded his first gold bracelet and $139,600.
This was Williams’ first recorded six-figure tournament score, and it easily surpassing his previous largest cash of $38,400 which he earned for a sixth-place finish in a $10,000 buy-in high roller event at the Wynn last December. Williams now has $297,384 in career tournament earnings. He also plays cash games and was recently featured on PokerGO’s Poker After Dark series playing $50-$100 no-limit hold’em.
The 707-entry turnout for this event built a prize pool of $648,700 that was paid out among the top 90 finishers. Several notable players made deep runs and finished inside the money, including 15-time bracelet winner Phil ‘Lumestackin’ Hellmuth (67th – $2,011), 2020 WSOPO event winner Michael ‘miguelfiesta’ Lech (50th – $2,400), two-time bracelet winner and three-time World Poker Tour champion Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno (41st – $2,789), bracelet winner and WPT champ Chris ‘Robotbob47’ Moorman (34th – $3,179), bracelet winner Ryan ‘Protential’ Laplante (18th – $4,606), and three-time bracelet winner Ben ‘WhyIsGamora’ Yu (16th – $4,606).
The final table of eight was set shortly after midnight Pacific time, with Gary ‘phiI_ivey’ Kosakowski holding the lead and Williams in the middle of the pack. Kevin ‘vamonospest’ Lutz was knocked out just minutes into the final table (8th – $11,936). Adam ‘Shakusky’ Richardson followed not too long after, getting all-in with 75 and failing to improve by the river despite flopping both straight and flush draws. Richardson earned $15,893 as the seventh-place finisher.
‘Vegasbroke’ earned their third straight knockout of the final table when their queen-jack outran the king-queen of ‘Pickitup’ (6th – $21,537). As a result, they moved into the top spot on the leaderboard with five remaining. ‘Vegasbroke’ continued their domination of the early action by busting Gary ‘phiI_ivey’ Kosakowski. The chips got in on a K106 flop, with Kosakowski holding 66 for bottom set while ‘Vegasbroke’ had A for the nut flush draw. The 5 on the turn gave ‘Vegasbroke’ the lead, and the 9 sent Kasakowski packing in fifth place ($29,710).
Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout’s run in this event came to an end when his A5 collided with the AA of Williams. Stout was unable to find help on the board and was sent to the virtual rail in fourth place ($41,711). The six-time WSOP Circuit ring winner now has more than $4.6 million in recorded tournament cashes to his name.
Joshua ‘zeal1906’ Ray busted in third place after getting involved in a battle of the blinds. Ray shoved from the small blind with king-five and ran into the ace-king of ‘Vegasbroke’. Neither player improved and Ray was awarded $59,551 for his strong showing in this event.
‘Vegasbroke’ began heads-up play against Williams with more than a 2:1 chip lead. The rolls were reversed when Williams got all-in with a set of deuces and held against the straight draw of ‘Vegasbroke’. In the final hand of the event, Williams raised to 320,000 from the button with 109 and ‘Vegasbroke’ three-bet to 989,000 holding QJ. Williams called and the flop came down Q87. ‘Vegasbroke’ bet 1,344,000 with top pair and Williams called with his open-ended straight draw. The J on the turn gave ‘Vegasbroke’ top two pair. They bet 3,345,890 and Williams moved all-in with his turned jack-high straight. ‘Vegasbroke’ quickly called, only to find they were in need of a queen or jack on the river. The A on the end secured the pot and the title for Williams, while ‘Vegasbroke’ took home $86,472 as the runner-up.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:
|1||Jeremiah ‘freestylerr’ Williams||$139,600|
|3||Joshua ‘zeal1906’ Ray||$59,551|
|4||Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout||$41,711|
|5||Gary ‘phiI_ivey’ Kosakowski||$29,710|
|7||Adam ‘Shakusky’ Richardson||$15,893|
|8||Kevin ‘vamonospest’ Lutz||$11,936|
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