Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:50 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
Daniel "centrfieldr" Lupo Eyes Up Second Gold Bracelet
One player who has been doing quite well on playing online in recent years is bracelet winner Daniel "centrfieldr" Lupo, 37, of West Milford, New Jersey. You might recall in 2019, Lupo topped a 1,767-entry field to win the WSOP.com Online $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack for $145,274 and a gold bracelet. Last year, he added a ring to his résumé by taking down the WSOP.com Online Circuit Event #3: $320 NLH 6-Max for $32,595 and a month later won the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD Sunday for $50,715.
PokerNews caught up with Lupo, who went to NJIT for Architecture and baseball, to ask him about poker, which he squeezes in between working for an Architecture firm in Bridgewater specializing in single-family residential and smaller commercial projects and his family, which includes three kids ages 2-5 and his supportive wife Laura.
PokerNews: When and how did you learn to play poker?
Lupo: I started playing/learning in college during the Rounders and Moneymaker boom with a bunch of the baseball guys. Within a year I found myself hosting games at college, at home on breaks and basically anywhere I could find or make a game. I didn't play much online early on, regrettably.
What sort of poker do you play these days?
Mostly online MTTs playing like three sessions per week on average with buy-ins typically from $50 to $1k with the occasional $2-$3k buy in for a big event. I average around 500-600 MTTs a month despite not playing full time, I tend to put in a lot of volume when I'm on. The games are mostly NLH and some PLO MTTs, but love when StarsNJ runs a series as they run a fun 8-Game MTT with a bunch of other mixed variants.
What's it like to play poker while raising young children?
It's been a constant evolution. I could probably write a book about all the highs and lows and life adjustments I've had or chose to make. It gives me a lot of inspiration to succeed while also adding some weight to my losses as it's like 'not only was I way from my kids for all of Sunday afternoon but I lost (insert obnoxious Sunday schedule cost here)'.
What are some of your poker goals?
Try and win everything I play. Actually, my biggest current goal is trying to optimize my MTT game selection. Since quarantine began the schedules have been exploding site to site and while it's been great, with lots of new players and lots of live players playing online it has also drastically increased my average buy-ins and session costs as well as the field size which further increases variance.
I'm trying to optimize the balance of table quantity and expected value vs individual session costs and the variance that comes with it. Having an average buy-in of $250 adds up pretty quickly when it's spread across 60+ entries on a Sunday. My biggest ongoing and long-term goal is to win enough to help my family live comfortably.
Lupo is in action today looking to make a run at his second gold bracelet.
|Daniel "centrfieldr" Lupo||20,000|
Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:41 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
Tice Says Goodnight to Daniels
Landon "ActionDealer" Tice raised from the hijack and then called the 19,990 three-bet jam Shawn "SayGoodnight" Daniels made from the small blind.
Landon "ActionDealer" Tice:
Shawn "SayGoodnight" Daniels:
Daniels was behind needing to pair his ace but none appeared on the runout and he was eliminated from the tournament.
|Landon "ActionDealer" Tice||92,602||23,960 |
|Shawn "SayGoodnight" Daniels||0||0 |
Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:39 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
Hunt Spills Bartholdi With Nut Flush
Matthew "BraceletHUNT" Hunt raised to 1,150 from the hijack. Two players called.
The flop came the . Joseph "melonhead" Bartholdi bet 1,350. One player folded and Hunt called.
The turn was the , both players checked it to the river. Hunt bet 6,346. Bartholdi raised to 19,940, Hunt snap called and showed the for the nut flush to beat the of Bartholdi who bought back in.
|Matthew "BraceletHUNT" Hunt||54,796||26,777 |
|Joseph "melonhead" Bartholdi||20,000||11,600 |
Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:32 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
|Matthew "peepeepoopoo" Paoletti||0|
|Ryan "Toosick" Tosoc||0|
|Kijoon "standardiu" Park||0|
|Brendan "Brendanshill" Shiller||0|
|Terry "mrterry007" Fleischer||0||-20,000 |
|Carlton "thesauce" Tartar||0|
|Gionni "COLDWARKID" Demers||0|
|James "whynot38" Boyer||0|
|Todd "Chi.T.420" Sladek||0|
|Stanley "stanman420" Lee||0|
|Jon "Lieb1717" Gottlieb||0|
|Terrell "Heezahustla" Cheatham||0|
Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:26 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
Justin "LappyPoker" Lapka Wins WSOP Summer Circuit Event #9
On Saturday, July 24, the WSOP Summer Online Circuit continued alongside the bracelet events. The ninth tournament was the $320 buy-in Event #9: $100,000 GTD NLH Double Stack, which attracted 305 runners who rebought 165 times. The 470-entry field resulted in a $141,000 prize pool that was paid out to the top 80 finishers.
Among those to cash were Daniel "stayactive" Chan (10th - $1,903.50), Frank "Spaghettiii" Marasco (17th - $1,142.10), Ryan "hagzzz021" Hagerty (22nd - $888.30), Harrison "harrisond33" Dobin (30th - $789.60), Matt "berkey11_s4y" Berkey (38th - $705), and Kristen "krissyb24" Bicknell (52nd - $549.90).
In the end, it was Justin "LappyPoker" Lapka besting Jake "nattydaddy24" Hernandez in heads-up play to win a $24,111 top prize and his first gold ring. The win came a week after Lapka took down the 2021 WSOP Online Event #17: $400 NLH 8-Max for $75,371 and his first gold bracelet.
WSOP Summer Online Circuit Event #9 Final Table Results
|1||Justin "LappyPoker" Lapka||$24,111|
|2||Jake "nattydaddy24" Hernandez||$17,836.50|
|3||Donnell "spreezy52" Dais||$13,155.30|
|4||Tyler "TipnTimeBomb" Sumrall||$9,672.60|
|5||Shawn "Shadysteem" Stroke||$7,515.30|
|6||Chris "Robotbob47" Moorman||$5,738.70|
|7||Paul "rungood27" Scaturro||$4,356.90|
|8||Naichang "cncly1314" Chen||$3,313.50|
|9||Matthew "GitGot" Volosevich||$2,467.50|
Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:20 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
Ross "BlueTang" Gottlieb Looking For a Taste of WSOP Gold
Columbus, Ohio's Ross "BlueTang" Gottlieb recorded four cashes in last year's WSOP.com Online Bracelet Series, but it was one huge run that defined his series, and brought him agonizingly close to earning his first career WSOP Gold Bracelet.
In Event #8: $500 NLH Freezeout, Gottlieb found himself at a final table of absolute crushers, including Robert "bustinballs" Kuhn, Scott "miamicane" Davies, and Randy "StayAlive" Ohel among others. Gottlieb was on the shorter side of the counts at the start of the final table, but took the majority of Kuhn's chips with queens to take a commanding lead with five players remaining.
When heads-up play commenced, Gottlieb was back in a 2:1 deficit against Alan "GladiusIII" Goehring, but looked poised to take back command of the battle when the final hand of the tournament took place. Gottlieb, holding king-nine, flopped a king-high straight, while Goehring held ace-three of clubs for a higher straight draw and a flush draw. Gottlieb went from retaking the chip lead to out in one card when the turn was a club, and Gottlieb was forced to settle for $73,942 for a second-place run.
Gottlieb, who describes himself on his Twitter bio as a "full time veterinarian, part time button clicker", is back in action for this year's series, and looks to have a full schedule of events to play in his quest to finish one spot higher in an event this year, and lay claim to a WSOP Gold Bracelet.
|Ross "BlueTang" Gottlieb||20,000|
Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:15 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
Top Fifteen Chip Counts; Zamani Leads Big
|Martin "Bathroomline" Zamani||155,218|
|John "Macallan25" Riordan||82,006|
|Farid "GatoVolador" Jattin||74,039|
|Aram "X69Podheiser" Zobian||68,976|
|Landon "ActionDealer" Tice||68,642||41,447 |
|Bader "Ib2nyce4u" Haq||66,745|
|Jason "Daluxxx" Luxenberg||62,408|
|Viacheslav "Innstillness" Fentisov||62,385||-18,067 |
|Ryan "Joeyisamush" Depaulo||57,744||7,465 |
|Tony "tonisinz" Sinishtaj||57,364|
|Christopher "rollsroyce18" Menzimer||56,546|
|Daniel "DNegs" Negreanu||52,968||9,621 |
Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:09 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
Liebert Misses Straight Flush and Rebuys
Three players saw a flop for 700 a piece and action was checked to Rajasekhara "RajaTegang" Munnangi who continued for 1,295 from the hijack.
Action folded to Kathy "Luckygal" Liebert who check-raised from the big blind to 5,180 and then called off her 14,623 stack after Munnangi three-bet jammed for 15,539.
Kathy "Luckygal" Liebert:
Rajasekhara "RajaTegang" Munnangi:
Liebert was behind holding live cards with an open-ended straight flush draw but neither the turn nor the river helped her and she re-entered the tournament.
|Rajasekhara "RajaTegang" Munnangi||32,752||32,752 |
|Kathy "Luckygal" Liebert||20,000||20,000 |
Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:02 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
A Day in the Life of the "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth
Last week, PokerNews had the pleasure to follow around Phil Hellmuth for a day as he competed in the 2021 WSOP Online in quest of his record-extending 16th gold bracelet..
The "Poker Brat" showed us his home away from home at the ARIA Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and puts in an online poker session on his tablet - not just in his suite, but also in the gym.
Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:55 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 7 hours ago)
Players are on a five-minute break.
Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:51 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
Matt "RubberFist" Stout Looking to Nab First Gold Bracelet
One of the most common names among the top finishers in WSOP.com high-stakes tournaments is "RubberFist." That one belongs to Matt Stout, as long-standing a tournament presence as any dating back to his days as "all_in_at420," the nom de guerre under which he's racked up almost $4 million in cashes.
A six-time WSOP Circuit ring winner, Stout has been killing it on the virtual felt in recent years and is in action today.
First, in 2019 he added a third ring to his collection, taking down Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max for $47,330 in a field of 177 runners.
Then, he crushed it even harder in March 2020. He shipped Event #2: $215 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack for $43,286. After a sixth-place finish in another $1K six-max event, Stout tasted victory again in Event #11: No-Limit Hold'em - BIG $500, banking $63,234. Along with three smaller cashes, that was enough to secure Casino Champion honors and make good on his pre-series prediction to his wife.
Stout, the founder of the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP), continued churning out solid results with eight cashes during last year's domestic bracelet series, though none saw him run particularly deep.
More recently, Stout captured his sixth ring last month when he won the WSOP.com Summer Online Circuit Event #5: $50,000 GTD PLO Big $500 6-Max for $13,955.
He'll try to keep things rolling this year and maybe even make a run at his first bracelet.
|Matt "RubberFist" Stout||20,000|
Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:43 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
Depaulo Chipping Up Early
Ryan "Joeyisamush" Depaulo raised to 600 from the button. Matthew "DirtyVladBoy" Beyerlein defended from the button.
The flop came the . It went check-check to the turn. Depaulo bet 1,215 and was called.
The river came the and both players checked again.
Depaulo showed the to take the pot to add more to his stack after winning a couple of other pots prior to this hand.
|Ryan "Joeyisamush" Depaulo||50,279|
|Matthew "DirtyVladBoy" Beyerlein||31,833||-7,595 |
Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:39 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
Ripple Rebuys After Cooler
Three players saw a flop for 1,800 a piece and Viacheslav "Innstillness" Fentisov led out for 3,000 from under the gun.
Only Kevin "StonesFan" Ripple called from middle position and the two players watched the pair the board on the turn.
Fentisov fired out 9,750 and then called the 24,648 all in raise from Ripple.
Kevin "StonesFan" Ripple:
Viacheslav "Innstillness" Fentisov:
Fentisov held the better pocket pair and the river didn't change a thing as Ripple re-entered the tournament.
|Viacheslav "Innstillness" Fentisov||80,452|
|Kevin "StonesFan" Ripple||20,000||0 |
Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:26 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
First to Fall
|Noam "Lokass27" Muallem||0|
|Nicholas "Got_The_Glow" Brancato||0||-20,000 |
|Kyle "Doingit" Chang||0|
|Christopher "Pokeher2014" Fuchs||0|
|Tyler "TipnTimeBomb" Sumrall||0||-20,000 |
|Jeremy "bigcakes1" Brown||0|
|Barry "_MLB_" Wenger||0|
|David "premium" Stevens||0|
|Jonathan "Jdp413" Press||0|
|Bassioni "Abraham5959" Hammouda||0|
Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:20 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
Tune Into Jeff Platt's Twitch Stream Now for Early WSOP Coverage!
For each of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online bracelet events, either Jeff Platt or PokerNews will be streaming early play up to the final table, which will then air exclusively on the PokerNews Twitch Channel. Early action of this event is streaming now, so be sure to tune in to see who walks away with the WSOP gold bracelet!
"I am thrilled to team up with PokerNews to present coverage of the 2021 WSOP Online," said Platt, who is a co-host of the PokerNews Podcast. "We learned last year that the prestige of bracelet events draws an incredibly passionate audience on Twitch. I can't wait to interact with that audience again as we crown poker's newest champions."
Tune Into Jeff Platt's Twitch here!
Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:12 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
Ye "yuan365" Yuan Looking to Close the Series With WSOP Gold
Ye "yuan365" Yuan, also known as Tony Yuan, has a tiny amount of cashes on his Hendon Mob profile, with just $6,774 in career tournament earnings outside of one particularly big outlier. Yuan, a Ph.D Candidate of Mathematics and Probability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, overcame the odds and made the final table of the 2020 WSOP $10,000 Main Event, after pushing through a field of 705 entrants.
"I still can't believe it." Yuan told PokerNews about his run to the final table. "I don't know how I made it, but someone I did. I was quite lucky to have some big hands. I won a coinflip when short-stacked with pocket nines against my opponent's ace-jack offsuit." Yuan also was confident in the transition to the live final table, as opposed to online, saying, "I'm a live guy. I think my live play is better than my online play. I can read people."
Yuan finally succumbed in fifth-place, losing a flip with ace-ten to the pocket fours of Joseph Hebert, but the $286,963 payday certainly helped put a big dent in his college tuition. Now, with another summer of online events waiting, Yuan will be looking to make another deep today after notching two final tables already this series.
|Ye "Yuan365" Yuan||33,756||416 |
Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:06 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
Set Over Set For Beyerlein
Three players went to a flop that came the after they all committed 1,050 to the middle. It checked around to the turn.
Mike "Cookies" Linster led bet 2,550 into two opponents, the first folded and Matthew "DirtyVladBoy" Beyerlein raised to 8,850, Linster three-bet to 15,150, Beyerlein four-bet to make Linster put in his last few chips and the cards were revealed.
Beyerlein had the , Linster had the for a set over set situation. the river came the and Linster was forced to re-buy.
|Matthew "DirtyVladBoy" Beyerlein||39,428||19,428 |
|Mike "Cookies" Linster||20,000|
Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:59 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
Defending Champ Nahrain "2Rivers" Tamero Back in Action
Last summer, Nahrain "2Rivers" Tamero was the only female to win a bracelet in the WSOP.com Online Bracelet Series.
She did so by topping a 2,126-entry field in the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Series Event #31: $1,000 NLH Championship for her first bracelet and a $310,831.83 first-place prize.
Tamero, who had amassed over $158,000 in lifetime live tournament earnings, of which just a small $3,428 cash came from the WSOP for a 315th-place finish in the 2018 WSOP $888 Crazy Eights event.
Tamero, a mother from San Diego, often plays events with her husband. They've made the trip up to Las Vegas this weekend to fire WSOP Online events,. Only time will tell if Tamero, who was kind enough to send us this picture of herself grinding online, can successfully defend her title.
Click here to listen to Nahrain Tamero on the PN Podcast!
|Nahrain "2Rivers" Tamero||20,552||20,552 |
Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:55 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
Players are on a five-minute break.
Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:55 PM Local Time (about 50 days and 8 hours ago)
Dean Tripped Up by Negreanu
Andrew "DrDisRespect" Dean raised on the button and then called the 1,426 three-bet Daniel "DNegs" Negreanu made from the small blind.
The flop saw Negreanu continue for 700 and Dean called bringing the turn. Both players checked and the completed the board on the river.
Negreanu quickly jammed for 33,184 and Dean called off hid 6,988 stack.
Daniel "DNegs" Negreanu:
Andrew "DrDisRespect" Dean:
Dean was way behind Negreanu's trip aces and re-entered the tournament.
|Daniel "DNegs" Negreanu||43,347||23,347 |
|Andrew "DrDisRespect" Dean||20,000|