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Joao Simao Wins His First World Series of Poker Bracelet in Online $1,111 Caesars Cares Charity Event

The Brazilian Poker Pro Defeated A Field of 1,584 To Earn $206,075


The 2021 World Series of Poker Online $1,111 buy-in Caesars Cares Charity Event drew a field of 1,584 entries, building a prize pool of $1,759,824 while also raising $175,824 for the titular charity that supports those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Brazilian poker pro Joao Simao emerged victorious, capturing his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $206,075 for the win. This was Simao’s fourth-largest recorded tournament score, bringing his career earnings to more than $3.4 million.

Simao also has accumulated additional millions in online events that don’t report full real-name results. He was once the top-ranked online tournament player in the world according to PocketFives.

The final day of this event began with 20 players remaining and Simao in the lead. A number of big names were among the casualties as the field was narrowed down to a final table, including high-stakes tournament player Claas Segebrecht (18th – $7,839), two-time bracelet winner Elio Fox (15th – $8,973), and Spanish tournament pro Sergio Aido (13th – $10,270).

Roman Hrabec held the chip lead when the nine-handed final table began, with Simao in second place and Hungarian online tournament star Andras Nemeth hot on his heels. Peter Raimondi (9th – $20,607) was the first to fall when his K-Q couldn’t outrun the A-J of Tom Shaham. Just a few minutes later Le Fang was eliminated when his A-10 clashed with the A-J of Simao. Fang took home $27,480 for his eighth-place showing.

Andras NemethNemeth earned his first knockout of the final table when his ADiamond Suit8Club Suit beat out the KSpade Suit10Diamond Suit of Jinlong Hu (7th – $36,646). He sat in the lead entering six-handed play, but lost a big pot when his trip kings were outkicked by the trips of bracelet winner Espen Sandvik. Nemeth fell to the bottom of the leaderboard, while Sandvik soared into the top spot. Nemeth got the last of his chips in ahead with QHeart SuitQClub Suit facing the 6Diamond Suit6Club Suit of Simao, but the 7Spade Suit5Diamond Suit4Spade Suit3Diamond Suit7Heart Suit runout gave Simao a straight to send Nemeth to the rail in sixth place ($48,868).

Ilya Yakunin’s run in this event came to an end when his pocket tens lost to the pocket deuces of Sandvik. The chips wen in preflop, and Sandvik turned a deuce to make a winning full house. Yakunin earned $65,166 as the fifth-place finisher. Shortly after that hand took place, Roman Hrabec got all-in with ADiamond SuitJClub Suit and was at risk against the ASpade SuitQDiamond Suit of Simao. Neither player improved and Hrabec was knocked out in fourth place (86,900).

Tom Shaham lost a flip to see his tournament end in third place ($115,884). His QHeart SuitJHeart Suit was unable to beat the pocket nines of Sandvik, who took 27.9 million into heads-up play with Simao, who had 11.7 million to start.

There were a number of lead changes, but Simao picked off a bluff in one of the final hands of the event to take a commanding lead before the ultimate deal. Sandvik got the last of his stack in with QClub Suit10Club Suit and found himself dominated, with Simao holding AHeart SuitQDiamond Suit. The board ran out 10Diamond Suit4Spade Suit3Spade Suit7Diamond SuitJClub Suit and Sandvik was eliminated in second place ($154,533). The 2019 WSOP Europe €2,500 mixed game event winner now has more than $282,312 in career tournament earnings to his name.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings
1 Joao Simao $206,075
2 Espen Sandvik $154,533
3 Tom Shaham $115,884
4 Roman Hrabec $86,900
5 Ilya Yakunin $65,166
6 Andras Nemeth $48,868
7 Jinlong Hu $36,646
8 Le Fang $27,480
9 Peter Raimondi $20,607