The main World Series of Poker doesn’t underway until September 30th, but that’s not stopping WSOP bracelets from being rewarded. On Thursday, the first event of the 2021 WSOP Online was held on WSOP.com with the $500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em “Big 500 Kickoff” and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs including the 1st WSOP gold bracelet.
A total of 1,277 players joined the tournament from New Jersey and Nevada with Jose “deposit” Noboa being the sole survivor early Friday morning after 12 hours of play. For his victory, Noboa wins his first WSOP bracelet and an impressive $105,161 payday. Noboa is a relative unknown with 9 career WSOP cashes over $39k.
Notables making deep runs in the event included Jason Koon (37th place), Nick Schulman (38th), Kathy Liebert (39th), Vanessa Kade (99th) and Andrew Lichtenberger (129th).
Jeff Platt was on hand to commentate on some of the action from Thursday, which you can watch a replay of from Platt’s Twitch channel, which was followed by PokerNews’ coverage of the final table.
The 2021 WSOP Online on WSOP.com will run for the month of July with 33 events over 32 days. In the months leading up to the tournament, there had been talk of more players able to play WSOP.com events as states authorize WSOP.com to offer games. However, only players who are located in Nevada and New Jersey will be able to play in WSOP.com bracelet events for now
With the first gold bracelet awarded, attention turns to Friday’s event, the $600 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack. Poker fans can follow the action through live updates from WSOP.com or find a Twitch streamer who is playing the event. Jeff Platt and PokerNews will also once again provide streaming coverage of the event.
Also on the WSOP Online schedule are two $500 buy-in events, the No Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack on Saturday and the No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo on Sunday. Monday will play host to $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em 8-Max.