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Samuel Vousden Wins 2021 World Series of Poker Online $1,050 GG Masters No-Limit Hold'em Event

The Finnish Online Tournament Star Defeated A Field of 2,240 Entries To Secure His First Bracelet and $274,519


Samuel Vousden is an online tournament poker superstar. Known to many by the screen name ‘€urop€an’, the Finnish poker professional has countless major online titles under his belt. Now, he can add a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to his collection. Vousden defeated a field of 2,240 total entries in the 2021 WSOP Online $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘GG Masters’ $2 million guaranteed event, earning $274,519 and his first piece of WSOP hardware.

Vousden now has more than $1.2 million in recorded earnings in events that released full real-name results. He also reportedly has millions more in online scores to his name.

The sizable field in this event saw the $2 million guarantee easily surpassed, with $2,240,000 ultimately paid out among the top 377 finishers. Day 2 began with 37 players remaining from the sea of entrants that turned out, with Joshua McCully in the lead and Vousden in sixth chip position.

By the time the final table was set, Qibing ‘degenkaliu’ Wang had moved into the lead, while Vousden sat near the bottom of the leaderboard. Rushik ‘PFMT’ Gandhi was the first to fall, with his A-K suited losing a preflop race against the pocket sixes of Bernardo Granato. Gandhi took home $27,452 as the ninth-place finisher.

Vousden began his climb up the standings when his pocket kings held up against the pocket jacks of Granato. He then moved into the lead when he made sixes full of jacks to win a sizable pot off Nicolo ‘Do-WhatYou-lov3’ Bartolone, who held pocket aces.

Alexander Zubov secured a $36,607 payday as the eighth-place finisher after his pocket nines collided with the pocket jacks of Vousden. Fong Alexander Joseph ‘AMATERA5!’ de Guzman (7th – $48,817) lost a classic race, with his pocket fives losing to the ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit of Granato when four more diamonds hit the board by the river.

Sergei Denisov’s run in this event came to an end when his pocket sevens failed to come from behind against the pocket aces of a surging Vousden. Denisov settled for $65,098 as the sixth-place finisher. Vousden secured yet another knockout when QHeart SuitJSpade Suit beat the KHeart Suit10Spade Suit of the short-stacked Bartolone, who shoved when it folded to him in the small blind. Vousden called from the big blind and promptly flopped trip jacks to take a big lead in the hand. The AClub Suit on the turn left Bartolone drawing dead, as his outs to a straight would improve Vousden to a full house. Bartolone earned $86,810 for his fifth-place showing.

It didn’t take very long for Vousden to bust yet another player. Granato three-bet shoved from the big blind for around 19 big blinds with KClub Suit9Heart Suit after Vousden had min-raised to 240,000 on the button. Vousden called with AHeart SuitKSpade Suit and made kings and sevens with an ace kicker to take down the pot and narrow the field to three. Granato cashed for $115,762.

Wang doubled through Vousden during three-handed action to take the lead. He then called the three-bet shove of short stack Zac ‘Pyschedelic’ Duce with AClub SuitJHeart Suit. Duve was dominated with the ADiamond Suit10Spade Suit. The board came down JClub Suit8Diamond Suit6Club Suit9Heart SuitJSpade Suit and Wang improved to trip jacks. Duce was awarded $154,372 as the third-place finisher.

With that Wang took roughly a 3:2 chip lead into heads-up play against Vousden. In around 10 minutes, Vousden had turned the tables. By the time the final hand arose, Wang had fallen below ten big blinds. He shoved from the button holding 8Spade Suit5Spade Suit and Vousden called with KHeart SuitQHeart Suit. The 10Heart Suit6Heart Suit4Spade Suit5Heart Suit4Heart Suit runout gave Vousden a winning flush to lock up the pot and the title. Wang earned $205,859 as the runner-up.

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

Place Player Earnings
1 Samuel Vousden $274,519
2 Qibing Wang $205,859
3 Zac Duce $154,372
4 Bernardo Granato $115,762
5 Nicolo Bartolone $86,810
6 Sergei Denisov $65,098
7 Fong Alexander Joseph de Guzman $48,817
8 Alexander Zubov $36,607
9 Rushik Gandhi $27,452

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