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Anthony Spinella Wins Inaugural World Series of Poker Online Event

Spinella Earns $197,743 and First Career Bracelet


The 2015 World Series of Poker featured a new event that partnered with their online poker platform to award the first ever bracelet for an online poker tournament. A total of 905 entrants put up the $1,000 buy-in, creating a total prize pool of $859,750.

It took just one day to determine the final table of six. Those players took a day off and then met up at the Rio in Las Vegas to play down to a winner in a live setting. After just three hours, it was longtime online poker pro Anthony Spinella who was left holding all of the chips.

Spinella, who is originally from Long Island, New York, but now spends his days in Mexico playing online poker, earned $197,743 and his first gold bracelet for the victory.

“It feels good to win this,” Spinella said. “I’ve been playing for a long time now and always want to win one, so this really feels great.”

Spinella now has $847,000 in career “live” tournament earnings, along with $4.6 million in online tournament earnings playing under the name “holdplz.”

The other five players who made the live final table of six included Ryan Franklin (6th), David Tuthill (5th), Andrew Rose (4th), Craig Varnell (3rd) and Hunter Cichy (2nd). Other notables who made the money in the event included Shannon Shorr (97th), Nick Rampone (87th), Jesse Sylvia (54th), Joe Kuether (28th) and Mike Gorodinsky (26th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Anthony Spinella $197,743 912
2 Hunter Cichy $116,066 760
3 Craig Varnell $73,079 608
4 Andrew Rose $55,884 456
5 David Tuthill $47,286 380
6 Ryan Franklin $33,530 304

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.