Aleksei Vandyshev Wins GGPoker 2021 WSOP Online Main Event for $ 2.5 Million
After calling his shot, a 28-year-old Russian Alexey Vandychev Was the last person standing in the 2021 GGPoker guaranteed $ 20 million World Series of Poker Main Event Online. He entered the final table, second in chips, and walked away with a salary of $ 2,543,073 and his first career gold bracelet.
Before playing the final table, Vandyshev recorded a short interview in which he expressed his supreme confidence that in the end he would be the champion of this year’s Main Event.
“I think my strength as a poker player is that I have a built-in crystal ball so I see it when people try to trick me,” Vandyshev said. “I think I can win because I don’t care about the ICM at all. I’ll always find a way to bring home the bacon. I want the bracelet and I really want it. Other players should think twice because if they fight me, they will only prolong the suffering – the magic is with me.
The magic was with him indeed. An active final table participant, Vandyshev both took the chip lead and found himself low several times in the chip count. But he relied on his nine years of experience as a professional poker player (and coach) to let the game come to him. When he did, he was able to close it and achieve a career-defining victory.
It didn’t take long for the first player to fall. In fact, it happened on the second hand of the final table. With blinds at 300k / 600k, pro based in the US Joe serock put all-in for over 45 million on the button with and, in the small blind, a short stack Dimitrios Farmakoulis called putting his tournament life on the line. The run out was clean for Serock’s pair of sixes sending Greece’s Farmakoulis to ninth place for $ 254,308.
Forty-five minutes later, the blinds were 350k / 700k when Vandyshev opened the cutoff to 1.4 million holding the and Poland Dawid smolka defended from the big blind with a stack of just over 8 million with a dominated . The flop has come give both top pair but keep the kickers in play. Smolka checked it out to Vandyshev, who went on for just over 1.2 million. Smolka then made an all-in check-raise to around 7 million and Vandyshev quickly called. The came out on the turn, giving Smolka additional direct withdrawals. But the river came on , improving Vandyshev to two pair and knocking out Smolka in eighth place for a gain of $ 339,124.
The two Brazilians at the table faced each other at the same level. Chip leader at the start of the day, Edson Tsutsumi opened the button action at 1.47 million with the and his compatriot, Renan Menéguetti 3-bet pushed from the big blind . Tsutsumi called and the flop came , giving Meneguetti open direct outings to accompany his pair outings. However, the turn and the River both missed him and Tsutsumi’s ace took the hand. Meneguetti lost in seventh place, good for $ 452,229.
With the elimination of Meneguetti, the Norwegians Espen Jorstad took over the role of the table’s short stack. The blinds had risen to 400k / 800k when Jorstad suffered a brutal chill. From the cut, Russian Nikita Kuznetsov raised to 1.6 million and immediately called by Vandyshev on the button . When it was Jorstad’s turn in the big blind, he looked down at and 3-bet to just over 5 million, leaving himself 11 million behind. Kuznetsov 4-bet pushed and when Vandyshev folded Jorstad clicked call. The The flop looked good for the Norwegian, giving him the best set and better than 85% to win the hand. But the hit the turning point and with Kuznetsov improving to a straight, Jorstad needed the pair to survive. The river was the and rather than double down with his kings, he placed sixth for $ 603,058.
Thirty minutes passed and Serock, who finished third in chips for the day, had lowered the chip count due to many difficult points earlier. Now the pro who traveled a lot was sitting at the bottom of the chip count. He opened from under the gun to 1.76 million holdings and when he folded to Tsutsumi, who had a large chip lead, the Brazilian 3-bet sent his . Serock canceled with his “big slick” and the board ran out keep Tsutsumi’s pocket eights in front all the time. Serock finished in fifth place and collected a career-high $ 804,191.
For most of the next hour, Vandyshev battled a short stack to not only draw Tsutsumi to a level, but also regain the chip lead. With blinds at 700k / 1.4m, Vandyshev raised from the button to 2.8million with his . From the small blind, Tsutsumi flattered the outfit . From the big blind, Canadian Christine Do She had 17 big blinds left and she moved them all-in by holding . Vandyshev folded and Tsutsumi followed with the dominant hand. There was no real drama when the flop happened giving the upper set of Tsutsumi. The turn was the and Do was dying at River. Do was the first player to walk with a seven-figure score, taking home $ 1,072,405 for fourth place.
Less than ten hands later, at the same level, Kuznetsov opened the button to 2.8 million in possession . After Vandyshev dropped the small blind, Tsutsumi reraised sent in a chip of 120 million with the worst. . Kuznetsov quickly claimed the rest of his stack and found himself in great shape to double down and get back to the bracelet hunt. However, the flop came , bringing two pairs to Tsutsumi and leaving Kuznetsov in need of help. The turn and The river was not good for the Russian and Kuznetsov took bronze in the Main Event and $ 1,430,073 in the deep run.
Heads-up began with the two players entering the chip day 1-2. Tsutsumi and Vandyshev fought for almost an hour with the Russian who slowly improved and finally took the lead, once again. The back and forth continued, with both players assuming the chip lead several times. At 1.25m / 2.5m blinds, both players still had plenty of play, both with over 100 million in chips, but a one-on-one cooler arrived and ended it all.
On the button, Tsutsumi raised to 5.2 million holdings . In the big blind, Vandyshev made a massive 3-bet to almost 25 million. Tsutsumi decided to go and pushed Vandyshev by putting his tokens there as well. No drama for Vandyshev’s pocket tens as the board ran out , knocking out Tsutsumi as a runner-up, good for a healthy salary of $ 1,907,035. And, as he predicted before the final table, Vandyshev is the 2021 WSOP Online Main Event champion and won the first place prize of $ 2,543,073 and the gold bracelet.
2021 WSOP Online Main Event Final Table Results
Total number of entries: 4,092
jackpot: $ 20,000,000
- Aleksei Vandyshev – $ 2,543,073
- Edson Tsutsumi Jr – $ 1,907,035
- Nikita Kuznetsov – $ 1,430,073
- Christine Do – $ 1,072,405
- Joe Serock – $ 804,191
- Espen Jorstad – $ 603,058
- Renan Meneguetti – $ 452,229
- Dawid Smolka – $ 339,124
- Dimitrios Farmakoulis – $ 254,308