Renan Bruschi Sings His Way to His First WSOP Bracelet in the BIG 500 ($150,327)

Renan Bruschi added yet another notch to his belt by winning his first career WSOP gold bracelet on Friday, Aug. 20 in the 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online after defeating Leonid “Mikleler” Bilokur heads-up in the two-day Event #14: $500 The BIG 500 to win the $150,327 top prize. The event itself was a huge success with 2,639 entries generating a massive $1,253,525 prize pool

While this was Bruschi’s first bracelet, he is no stranger to the winner’s circle, with almost $7,000,000 in online wins.

Bruschi came to the final table second in chips, but nearly 10 million behind the leader and fellow Brazilian Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto. Bruschi quickly grabbed the lead when he eliminated David “MPEW299” Wang in eighth place, and while he wasn’t in a constant lead through the final table, he was consistently the top stack.

Bruschi was visibly enjoying himself at the final table. He took advantage of GGPoker‘s SnapCam feature several times through the final table, singing and eating. That casual attitude translated to his play at the table, as he was in control for much of the end-game.


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Event #14: The BIG 500 Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Renan Bruschi Brazil $150,327
2 Leonid “Mikleler” Bilokur Russia $122,728
3 Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto Brazil $84,534
4 Arthur Conan Ireland $63,391
5 Nikola Minkov Bulgary $47,537
6 Nick Maimone United States $35,648
7 Eugenio “Ausetep_255” Pernia Venezuela $26,732
8 David “MPEW299” Wang Australia $20,046
9 Andrejs “Testosterone” Zukovs Latvia $15,032

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The BIG 500 Final Day Action

The second and final day began with just 35 hopefuls with their eyes on the bracelet. Phachara “Phachara W” Wongwichit was second in chips to start the day, but couldn’t turn that into better than 22nd place. Friend of GGPoker Jessica Teusl was on the other end of the spectrum, coming into the day short-stacked, and ending her run early in 34th place.

Other notable players to advance to the final day but came short of the final table included Chun Lei “judd trump” Zhou, Ivan “uPayMyOnix” Limeira, Tomi “BAAABUUSKIIII” Brouk, Rafael “TheBigKid” Moraes, and Rayan “InhalemyQuQ” Chamas.

The final table began about two hours into Day 2 after Ken “[email protected]” Okada unsuccessfully jammed king-nine suited into Furlanetto’s ace-jack to finish in 10th place.

Furlanetto, who was the Day 1 chip leader, advanced to the final table with the biggest stack as well with nearly double the chips held by his closest competitor in Bruschi.

Bruschi managed to snag the lead with seven players remaining after the eliminations of Wang and Andrejs “Testosterone” Zukovs. The Brazilian was taking ample advantage of the GGPoker SnapCam at this point by entertaining both the other players and those watching on the PokerNews Twitch stream of the final table and maintained the lead during most of the final table.

Nick Maimone
Nick Maimone

Nick Maimone was the only player at the final table to previously win a bracelet after shipping Event #69: $1,500 Marathon for $302,472 at GGPoker last year and came one flip away from being near the top of the pack. But instead of doubling up, he was eliminated in sixth place just after Eugenio “Ausetep_255” Pernia hit the rail when his ace-queen suited didn’t improve against the jacks held by Nikola Minkov.

Minkov then hit the rail when his big slick didn’t get there against Bruschi’s cowboys and the action was down to three players after Arthur Conan was unable to get his ace-jack to hold against Furlanetto’s ace-four.

Renan Bruschi Wins Event #14 for First Bracelet and $150,327
Renan Bruschi Wins Event #14 for First Bracelet and $150,327

Bilokur Comes Back from Dust to Take the Lead

Leonid “Mikleler” Bilokur was down to just over two big blinds at one point at the final table before getting a crucial quadruple up. He followed this up with two double-ups to get into the mix before taking the lead for a short time before handing it back to Bruschi during three-handed play in what looked like a Cinderella story in the making. Bilokur advanced even further to heads-up play after Day 1 chip leader Furlanetto ran his deuces into Bruschi’s snowmen.

Bruschi began heads-up play with a nearly 2:1 chip lead and cracked Bilokur’s rockets en route to victory as follows.

Bilokur opened for 1,800,000 with blinds at 300,000/600,000/75,000a and Bruschi called.

Bruschi check-called for 1,837,500 on the k-Diamonds8-Spadesj-Spades flop before leading out for 4,000,500 on the 7-Hearts turn. Bilokur called and the 9-Diamonds river completed the board. Bruschi jammed and Bilokur went into the tank before calling off his stack of 11,704,565.

Bilokur held a-Diamondsa-Clubs but this wasn’t enough to stay alive as Bruschi, who flopped a flush draw with 10-Spades3-Spades managed to river a straight to win his first WSOP bracelet.

August 21 WSOP Online Action

PokerNews live reporting coverage continues on Saturday, August 21 with Event #15: $10,000 Heads Up NLHE Championship. The two-day event is sure to attract some of the biggest names in the poker world, and you can follow the action from start to finish right here at PokerNews.

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2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events Schedule and Results

Date Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Sunday, 1 August Event #2: $1,111 Caesars Cares Charity Event 1,584 $1,759,824 Joao Simao $206,075
Sunday, 1 August Event #1: $50 The Return NLH [Final Day], $1M GTD 30,810 $1,417,260 Bartlomiej “chester20o” Swieboda $161,110
Tuesday, 3 August Event #3: $2,500 Limit Hold’em Championship 180 $427,500 Nicolo Molinelli $88,461
Thursday, 5 August Event #4: $800 DOUBLE CHANCE NLH 1,643 $1,248,680 Thiago “IneedWasabi” Crema de Macedo $161,637
Saturday, 7 August Event #5: $315 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 2,989 $896,700 Kacper Pyzara $79,789
Sunday, 8 August Event #6: $200 FLIP & GO N0-Limit Hold’em [Go Stage], $1M GTD 6,368 $1,209,920 Georgios Sotiropoulos $117,022
Sunday, 8 August Event #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – $1M for 1st [Final Day], $5M GTD 5,437 $7,747,725 Eduardo Pires $1,384,013
Tuesday, 10 August Event #8: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship 479 $2,275,250 Daniel Smiljkovic $423,426
Thursday, 12 August Event #9: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em 2,229 $1,114,500 Lucio “WizardOfAz” Lima $91,205
Saturday, 14 August Event #10: $400 DOUBLE CHANCE Pot-Limit Omaha [2-Stack] 975 $366,600 Roland “Quina Quen” Czika $55,369
Sunday, 15 August Event #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller NLH, $5M GTD 624 $6,052,800 Erik Seidel $977,482
Sunday, 15 August Event #12: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em [Final Day], $4M GTD 5,894 $5,599,300 Hinojas “POLALIFE!” Jerome $635,736
Tuesday, 17 August Event #13: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship 267 $1,268,250 Vincas “seimininkas” Tamasauskas $268,926
Thursday, 19 August Event #14: $500 THE BIG 500 2,639 $1,253,525 Renan Bruschi $150,327
Saturday, 21 August Event #15: $10,000 Heads Up NLHE Championship [No Late Reg, 256 Cap]        
Sunday, 22 August Event #16: $1,050 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH, $2M GTD        
Sunday, 22 August Event #17: $400 PLOSSUS [Bounty, Final Day], $1M GTD        
Tuesday, 24 August Event #18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship [3-Stack]        
Thursday, 26 August Event #19: $840 6-Handed Bounty No-Limit Hold’em        
Saturday, 28 August Event #20: $1,500 MONSTER STACK NLH [Freezeout]        
Sunday, 29 August Event #21: $25,000 Super High Roller Championship NLH, $5M Gtd        
Sunday, 29 August Event #22: $400 COLOSSUS [Final Day], $3M GTD        
Tuesday, 31 August Event #23: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em        
Thursday, 2 September Event #24: $1,050 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha        
Saturday, 4 September Event #25: $777 LUCKY SEVENS No Limit Hold’em 7-Handed        
Sunday, 5 September Event #26: $888 CRAZY EIGHTS No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed        
Sunday, 5 September Event #27: $5,000 MAIN EVENT Online Championship [Final Day], $20M GTD        
Tuesday, 7 September Event #28: $2,100 Bounty Championship No-Limit Hold’em        
Thursday, 9 September Event #29: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No-Limit Hold’em        
Saturday, 11 September Event #30: $525 WSOP Beat the Pros [Freezeout]        
Sunday, 12 September Event #31: ¥815 WSOP Zodiac Autumn Festival [Final Day], ¥2,888,888 GTD        
Sunday, 12 September Event #32: $210 WSOP Bounty Double MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD        
Sunday, 12 September Event #33: $500 The Closer [Final Day], $2,021,000 GTD