First Online WSOP Bracelet Goes to Anthony Spinella5 years ago
Anthony Spinella will enter the poker history as the man who won the first ever online WSOP bracelet after taking down $1,000 buy-in WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em event.
Playing under the alias ‘casedismissed’, Anthony topped a tough field of 905 players that generated the prize pool of $859,750. The event was played online across Nevada and six final table players have met at Rio in Las Vegas to determine the winner of this unique event.
Online poker pro dominated the final table and after three hours of final table play on the ESPN main stage, Spinella collected his first WSOP gold bracelet along the $197,743 prize. Coon Rapids’ Hunter Cichy finished as a runner up after Spinella’s J-7 bested his Q-4. Cichy took home $116,066 for his efforts.
Spinella said to WSOP.com that he has been playing for a very long time and that he always wanted to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Poker pro has won $4,6m playing online and he now has more than $500,000 in WSOP earnings. Anthony Spinella had no plans to play this event but he decided to participate after his friend entered the tournament and called him. Spinella revealed that at the time of the tournament he was already in Las Vegas.
Craig Varnell got eliminated in third place which paid $73,079. This was his sixth time to cash at 2015 World Series of Poker including cash in the Colossus event and Millionaire Maker event.
Fourth place finisher was Andrew Rose from Las Vegas who earned $55,884 for his performance. This was Andrew’s second time that he cashed at the WSOP. First time that he cashed at the series was back in 2011 in the Main Event.
David Tuthill got eliminated in 5th place which paid $47,286. He now has four cashes at this year’s series which include two final table appearances.
Sixth place finisher was Ryan Franklin from Jacksonville, FL who earned $33,530 for his efforts. This was his fourth cash at World Series of Poker.
Mike Gorodinsky has finished in 26th place which paid $4,299. This was his seventh cash at this year’s series which includes four final table appearances and a gold bracelet victory in the $50k Poker Players Championship.
The WSOP.com tournament was easily the largest American regulated tournament in the history and it should remain a part of the series schedule in the future.
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