Connor Drinan won big twice on Tuesday to close out the first-ever WSOP Online Bracelet Series on GGPoker. He shipped the $10,000 Super Millions event for $1,423,049 and, in doing so, won an extra $100,000 from Daniel Negreanu in a bracelet side bet.
Negreanu had multiple other side bets, all of which he pushed. He bet up to $100,000 against numerous poker players that he would win a bracelet this summer. He failed to do so, but he didn’t lose most of those bets, as they were considered pushes because his opponents didn’t win any WSOP events either.
He lost $100,000 to Drinan, who was the last player to win a bracelet in the series. Drinan outlasted 899 players for one of the biggest scores of the summer. The Illinois native has more than $11 million in live tournament cashes.
A Glorious River Card
As is the case with most high-stakes events, the field included many top-notch pros, including Negreanu and Drinan. At the final table, Canadian poker star Christopher Kruk was in search of his first bracelet. It wasn’t meant to be on this day, but he still earned $209,609 for seventh place.
Frenchman Sylvain Loosli, a 2013 November Niner (fourth place for $2.8 million), also reached Tuesday’s $10,000 no-limit hold’em tournament on GGPoker, the 83rd bracelet event of the summer. He earned $398,010 for fifth place.
Chris Oliver from the US took fourth place ($548,450), while Viktor Ustimov, a Russian, went out in third place, good for $755,754. That left Drinan and Daniyar Aubakirov, who hails from Kazakhstan, to battle it out for the bracelet.
Drinan began heads-up play with a huge lead, about 5-1 in chips. But Aubakirov picked up a few hands and cut the deficit to just 1.5-1. That didn’t last long as Drinan won a big pot with A-9 after rivering trips. Aubakirov called off a large chunk of his stack with just a small pair.
A-9 came back to crush Aubakirov again. In the final hand, Drinan called off Aubakirov’s remaining stack with A-9, and appeared to be in a world of hurt when he discovered his opponent held A-J. The board ran out A-K-4-8 before the soul-crushing 9 landed on the river to finish off the event and the 2020 WSOP Online Bracelet Series.
Although the final hand was brutal for the Russian, he still went home with $1,041,414.