The 2021 World Series of Poker Online $1,500 no-limit hold’em ‘FIFTY STACK’ event drew a field of 1,308 total entries, building a prize pool of $1,863,900 in the process. In the end, Vlad Martynenko defeated Faraz Jaka heads-up to secure the title, the top prize of $250,198, and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
This was by far the largest score of Martynenko’s career when it comes to events with full real-name results reported. The Ukrainian player’s previous largest score in such an event came when he finished 78th in the 2020 WSOP Online $5,000 main event for $30,776.
Jaka earned $187,622 as the runner-up finisher, falling just short of securing his first bracelet. The score increased his career earnings to $6,942,730. The final day of this event began with 20 players remaining and Jaka in the lead. Jaka remained atop the chip counts by the time the final table of nine was set, with more than twice as many chips as the next-largest stack, which belonged to Martynenko.
Simon Lofberg ran pocket eights into the pocket aces of Nir Amar to finish ninth ($25,020). Peter Traply got all-in not long after that with his pocket queens leading the pocket tens of Ermo Kosk. A ten on the flop gave Kosk a lead that he never relinquished and Traply was knocked out in eighth place ($33,364).
Jaka scored his first knockout at the final table when his Q9 outran the A10 of Tzlil Ozer (7th – $44,492). Nir Amar’s run in this event came to an end when his pocket queens were cracked by the pocket fives of Martynenko, who flopped a set and held from there. Amar earned $59,331 as the sixth-place finisher.
Ermo Kosk got the last of his chips in preflop with 109 facing the AK of Stanislav Kuvaev. Neither player improved by the river and Kosk was knocked out in fifth place ($79,120).
Short stack Stefan Lehner shoved with A2 and received a call from Jaka out of the big blind. Jaka’s 86 made a ten-high straight on the river to send Lehner packing in fourth place ($140,696).
Jaka began three-handed action with a healthy lead, but lost a sizable pot to Martynenko (without showdown) to fall to second place on the leaderboard. Martynenko began to run away with things as play continued. Jaka picked up 1010 and shoved, receiving a call from Kuvaev for the last five big blinds in his stack. Kuvaev held K2. The pocket tens held up and Kuvaev settled for $140,696 as the third-place finisher.
Despite earning the most recent knockout, Jaka still entered heads-up play at more than a 3:1 chip disadvantage. On the very first hand, Jaka raised to 2 million from the button with A6. Martynenko moved all-in with A7. Jaka called and the board ran out 74288 to secure the pot and the title for Martynenko.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table: