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Top New Jersey Online Player Wins $500 Turbo Online Bracelet

Dan 'Centrfieldr' Lupo Earns $145,273 For First World Series Of Poker Bracelet


One of the best online poker players in New Jersey won his first World Series of Poker bracelet Wednesday night.

Dan ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo took down the $500 online no-limit hold’em turbo deepstack just before the clock struck midnight in Las Vegas, but nearly 3 a.m. in New Jersey where Lupo resides. Lupo defeated fellow New Jersey resident David Clarke heads-up to finish off the 1,181-entry field and earn $145,273.

Throughout his 11-year online poker career, Lupo has earned more than $2.6 million from tournament poker. Including his latest win, he now has $627,885 in earnings from alone. He also cashed in the $400 online no-limit hold’em bracelet event at the start of June. He finished 40th in that event for $3,458.

Lupo also picked up 480 Card Player Player of the Year points with the victory. It’s his second cash and first title of 2019, which puts him in 717th place in the 2019 POY race, sponsored by Global Poker.

Lupo took the chip lead into the final table. He and eventual third-place finisher Chris Johnson had some distance from the rest of the pack, but Lupo knocked out Aleksandr ‘hitrii999’ Shevelev in ninth to extend the lead.

Lupo also eliminated ‘jnutz’ in seventh but ran into some problems in the middle stages of the final table. During three-handed play, Johnson briefly took over the chip lead and had a shot at eliminating Lupo in third.

In a battle of the blinds situation, Lupo was all in with pocket fives against Johnson’s A-6. An ace came on the flop, but a five came on the river and Lupo doubled up and moved back into the chip lead for good.

A few minutes later, Johnson moved all in on the button with A-7 and ran into Lupo’s A-10. Lupo went into heads-up play with a 3.5:1 chip lead against Clarke. Heads-up only lasted a couple hands before the last of Clarke’s chips got into the middle with Q-10 against Lupo’s A-3.

Lupo flopped a three and faded a queen or a 10 to win the tournament and his first piece of WSOP gold.

Final Table Results:

Place Player Winnings (USD) POY Points
1 Daniel Lupo $145,273 480
2 David Clarke $89,692 400
3 Christopher Johnson $63,771 320
4 Jared Strauss $45,959 240
5 Fred Li $33,475 200
6 “MisterKK” $24,729 160
7 “jnutz” $18,526 120
8 Stephen Graner $13,994 80
9 Aleksandr Shevelev $10,734 40

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.

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