The first World Series of Poker gold bracelet of 2021 has been awarded. Jose ‘deposit’ Noboa defeated a field of 1,277 total entries to win the WSOP Online $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Big 500 Kickoff’ event, earning his first bracelet and the top prize of $105,161 as the champion.
All 23 of the New Jersey resident’s recorded WSOP and WSOP Circuit scores have come online. His largest cash prior to this title run was a $20,304 payday for finishing 60th in last year’s online-live hybrid WSOP main event. Noboa made a deep run in this same kickoff event for the 2020 WSOP Online, finishing 21st out of a field of 1,715 entries.
This event got underway at 3:00 p.m. Pacific, with registration remaining open for nearly four hours. By the time late registration and re-entry closed at 6:55 p.m., the 1,277 turnout had built a prize pool of $574,650 that was paid out among the top 180 finishers.‘foreal’ was eliminated on the money bubble, ensuring that the remaining players all cashed for at least $805.
Plenty of notables made deep runs in this event, including three-time World Poker Tour champion and two-time bracelet winner Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno (151st – $862), 2013 WSOP main event champion Ryan ‘BiTC0iN’ Riess (143rd – $862), all-time bracelet leader Phil ‘Lumestackin’ Hellmuth (141st – $862), Tom ‘looter’ Marchese (130th – $862), Andrew ‘WATCHGUY42’ Lichtenberger (129th – $862), Vanessa ‘ContainsNuts’ Kade (99th – $919), Ari ‘PalmTreeB’ Engel (97th – $919), Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia (83rd – $1,034), Kathy ‘Luckygal’ Liebert (38th – $2,126), three-time bracelet winner Nick ‘CashUsKlay’ Schulman (38th – $2,126), and Jason ‘eddievedder’ Koon (37th – $2,126).
The final table was set at approximately 1:00 a.m, with Christopher ‘basile28’ Basile in the lead and Noboa sitting in third chip positiion. Just a few minutes after the final table was set, the first knockout took place. Michael ‘ParxBigStax’ Marder got all-in with pocket queens, only to find himself up against the pocket aces of Ye ‘yuan365’ Yuan. Marder earned $7,758 for his ninth-place showing, increasing his career tournament earnings to $1,463,598.
Shannon ‘Aulophobia’ Shorr’s run in this event came to an end when his K10 failed to come from behind against the AK of Basile. Shorr scored $10,114 for his eighth-place finish. He now has more than $8.7 million in career cashes to his name.
After ‘chuckthebum’ was eliminated in seventh place ($13,389), WSOP bracelet winner and 2010 Card Player Online Player of the Year award winner Steve ‘gborooo’ Gross found himself at risk with pocket fours racing against the A9 of Ye ‘yuan365’ Yuan. The flop was safe for Gross, but the turn and river both brought nines to give Yuan trips by the end. Gross earned $17,872 as the sixth-place finisher.
Ryan ‘PostmatesSel’ Franklin also lost a preflop race with a pocket pair facing A-9, but this time he was on the side of the overcards. The pocket sixes of Noboa held up through the river and Franklin was sent to the virtual rail in fifth place ($24,250).
‘LND999’ earned $33,330 as the fourth-place finisher when they were also eliminated by Noboa, who took a slight lead into three-handed action with Basile hot on his heels. Ye Yuan, who finished fifth in the 2020 WSOP $10,000 main event for $286,963, was the next to fall. With a board of K10927, Yuan bet 900,000 into a healthy pot, only to have Noboa move all-in. Yuan called all-in for 3,779,150 total with KQ for top pair, but Noboa showed J8 for a rivered straight. Yuan took home $46,144 for his third-place showing in this event.
Noboa took roughly 13.8 million into heads-up play with Basile, who sat with 11.8 million. Noboa was able to extend his lead to more than a 4:1 advantage by the time the final hand of the tournament was dealt. Basile raised from the button with K9 and Noboa defended his big blind with 109. The flop came down 10109 to give Noboa a full house. He checked and Basile bet 240,00. Noboa check-raised to 570,000 and Basile called. The A on the turn saw Noboa bet 1,080,000. Basile called and the 6 completed the board. Noboa moved all-in with his boat and Basile called for his last 2,692,288 with tens and nines. He earned $64,934 as the runner-up, the largest cash of his tournament career.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:
|1||Jose ‘deposit’ Noboa||$105,161|
|2||Christopher ‘basile28’ Basile||$64,935|
|3||Ye ‘yuan365’ Yuan||$46,144|
|5||Ryan ‘PostmatesSel’ Franklin||$24,250|
|6||Steve ‘gborooo’ Gross||$17,872|
|8||Shannon ‘Aulophobia’ Shorr||$10,114|
|9||Michael ‘ParxBigStax’ Marder||$7,758|