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Drew O’Connell Wins 2021 WSOP Online Event #32: $1,000 NLH Championship ($146,893)

On Saturday night, the penultimate tournament of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online took place. Event #32: $1,000 NLH Championship attracted 537 players who rebought 284 times, which resulted in a $738,900 prize pool.

After nearly 11 hours of play, New Jersey’s Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell prevailed over the 821-entry field to win the tournament for $146,893 and his first gold bracelet.

It was the second piece of WSOP gold O’Connell has captured in 2021 after winning his first circuit ring back in March in the WSOP.com Silver Legacy Circuit Event #4: $50,000 GTD NLH Deep Turbo. A week later, he also finished second in Event #12: $150,000 GTD NLH High Roller 6-Max for $39,044.

It was a bit of redemption for O’Connell, who just two days earlier finished sixth at the final table of the 2021 WSOP Online Event #30: $600 NLH 6-Max Championship for $13,615.

Prior to the score, O’Connell had $129,873 in WSOP-related cashes.

2021 WSOP Event #32: $1,000 NLH Championship

Place Player Prize
1 Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell $146,893
2 Jason “jayriv” Rivkin $90,811
3 Felix “madenspauwke” Vandeput $63,545
4 Alex “OrcinusOrca” Foxen $45,147
5 Kfir “Nahumus” Nahum $32,512
6 Dan “omg_its_dan” Gallegos $23,793
7 Michael “annie_r_u_ok” Trivett $17,660
8 Kyle “Kpcp22” Phillips $13,300
9 Millard “meekmill” Hale $10,197

Among those to finish in the top 126 spots and make the money were Shawn “clairvoyant” Kjetland (11th – $7,906), Mike “Mouth123” Matusow (17th – $5,025), Manig “Ohio77” Loeser (23rd – $4,138), Landon “ActionDealer” Tice (28th – $3,399), Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo (43rd – $2,882), Ryan “WHOSYOURDODD” Dodd (58th – $2,143), and Jeff “mavsusc” Platt (82nd – $1,626).

Final Table Action

Event 32 Final Table

Minutes into the final table, Millard “meekmill” Hale got his stack all in preflop with ace-king and was primed to double through Kyle “Kpcp22” Phillips, who held ace-queen. Unfortunately for Hale, a queen appeared on the flop and he became the first final table casualty.

Despite scoring the first knockout, Phillips was the next to go after running pocket nines smack dab into the jacks of Jason “jayriv” Rivkin. From there, Michael “annie_r_u_ok” Trivett lost most of his stack with king-queen against aces, and then he got his crumbs all in preflop with queen-deuce alongside Dan “omg_its_dan” Gallegos, who was at risk with pocket tens, and Rivkin, who had Big Slick suited. A king on the turn gave the pot to Rivkin, who scored a double knockout.

MSPT champ Kfir “Nahumus” Nahum bowed out in fifth place after getting it in with trip queens on the turn only to see Alex “OrcinusOrca” Foxen, who was at his third final table of the summer, roll over queens full of kings. Not long after, Foxen followed him out the door after flopping top pair of nines against O’Connell, who had him crushed with two pairs nines and sevens.

Three-handed play lasted a good bit before Felix “madenspauwke” Vandeput lost with ace-deuce to the ace-ten of Rivkin, who entered heads-up play down just a bit in chips against O’Connell. Rivkin, who qualified for the tournament via a $37 satellite, took over the chip lead, but O’Connell doubled through, and not long it was over.

In the final hand, Rivkin got his short stack all in preflop with ace-three only to see O’Connell have him crushed with ace-queen. Rivkin had to settle for second place and $90,811 in prize money, a healthy return on investment from the satty.

2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Winners Thus Far

Date Tournament Players Re-entries Total Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
1-Jul Event #1: $500 NLH BIG 500 Kick-Off 837 440 1277 $574,650 Jose “deposit” Nooa $105,161
2-Jul Event #2: $600 NLH Monster Stack 727 311 1038 $560,520 Manig “Ohio77” Loeser $104,313
3-Jul Event #3: $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack 641 309 950 $427,500 Donnell “Spreezy52” Dais $90,801
4-Jul Event #4: $500 NLH Super Turbo 608 242 850 $382,500 Jeffery “Steelvikes7” Hoop $73,861
5-July Event #5: $1,000 NLH 8-Max 459 459 $648,700 Jeremiah “freestylerr” Williams $139,600
6-July Event #6: $2,000 NLH Deepstack 312 104 416 $769,600 Tyler “ShipTheShip” Denson $175,700
7-July Event #7: $777 NLH Lucky 7’s 576 312 888 $621,600 Michael “stiltwalk” Mercaldo $123,574
8-July Event #8: $888 Crazy Eights Hold’em 514 268 782 $625,600 Carlos “CarlosWelch” Welch $124,369
9-July Event #9: $400 NLH 6-Max 788 429 1,217 $438,120 Philip “wingsuiter” Beck $81,534
10-July Event #10: $333 NLH 986 531 1,517 $455,100 Michael “njnj17” Leib $81,645
11-July Event #11: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Ultra Deepstack 1,078 339 1,417 $510,120 Vijay “Eclypzed” Para $86,210
12-July Event #12: $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack 654 305 959 $431,550 Bryan “Pellepelle” Piccioli $83,332
13-July Event #13: $1,000 NLH Freezeout 561 561 $504,900 Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng $108,654
14-July Event #14: $500 No Limit Hold’em 673 363 1,036 $466,200 Gionni “COLDWARKID” Demers $90,023
15-July Event #15: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezout 188 188 $940,000 Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba $253,800
16-July Event #16: $600 PLO8 6-Handed 293 295 498 $268,920 Allen “Acnyc718” Chang $61,394
17-July Event #17: $400 NLH 8-Max 747 378 1,125 $405,000 Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka $75,371
18-July Event #18: $1,000 NLH North American Open 524 232 756 $692,000 James “Danfriel” Gilbert $137,570
19-July Event #19: $888 PLO Crazy Eights 8-Handed 285 222 507 $405,600 Martin “bathroomline” Zamani $92,598
20-July Event #20: $3,200 NLH High Roller 221 91 312 $948,480 Sang “youngkoi” Lee $241,768
21-July Event #21: $600 PLO 6-Handed 281 270 551 $297,540 Bradley “drstrange7” Ruben $69,148
22-July Event #22: $600 NLH Knockout 612 612 $342,720 Anthony “Lastbullet” Kennedy $46,796
23-July Event #23: $500 NLH Turbo 457 237 694 $312,300 Ryan “hagzzz021” Hagerty $67,207
24-July Event #24: $400 NLH Monster Stack 826 350 1,176 $423,360 Byung “bhy101” Yoo $77,475
25-July Event #25: $7,777 NLH Lucky 7’s High Roller 113 38 151 $1,113,927 David “dpeters17” Peters $283,940
25-July Event #26: $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore 729 389 1,118 $503,100 Eric “8Bracelets” Van Auken $93,627
26-July Event #27: $1,000 PLO Championship 221 177 398 $367,050 David “lox10” Goldberg $86,440
27-July Event #28: $3,200 NLH High Roller Championship 202 63 265 $805,600 Daniel “RiverRats” Lazrus $205,347
28-July Event #29: $800 NLH 8-Max Turbo Deepstack 418 205 623 $448,560 Chris “Robotbob47” Moorman $102,406
29-July Event #30: $600 NLH 6-Max Championship 523 260 783 $422,820 Mitchell “franzia” Halverson $84,057
30-July Event #31: $500 NLH Summer Saver 632 285 917 $412,650 Brad “1badcajun” Zusman $79,683
31-July Event #32: $1,000 NLH Championship 537 284 821 $738,900 Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell $146,893