Terrence Chan, Paulius Vaitiekunas among latest WSOP Online international bracelet winners

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Haley Hintze
Posted on: August 31, 2023 21:59 PDT

Four more bracelet events within the ongoing WSOP Online international series have reached their conclusions, with Canada's Terrence Chan and Lithuania's Paulius Vaitiekunas among the latest players to capture World Series of Poker bracelet gold.

The popular Chan took down Event #8 of the series, the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship. Chan, playing as "fr33hongkong", earned $64,021 after topping an elite 124-entry field. Chan's final opponent in the event was 2022 WSOP Main Event champion Espen Jorstad, who earned $48,330 for the runner-up showing.

For Chan, who has also worked on poker's industry side for many years and who has also competed professionally in MMA fights, the bracelet win ended a long drought. Chan is widely considered one of poker's best limit hold'em players, but had to wait until Wednesday to claim his first WSOP jewelry.

Lithuania's Vaitiekunas wins Bounty PLO bracelet, Olinyk and Sean 'EEewashu99' Boyle also claim titles

Two other recent WSOP Online international bracelet winners are Lithuania's Paulius Vaitiekunas, who won Event #4, $840 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha playing as "redpillgame", and Ukraine's Yurii Oliinyk, who won the first "major" of the series, Event #7, $210 Mystery Millions NLH while playing as "pumbika_O".

Vaitiekunas triumphed over a 706-entry field in his Event $4 victory. He earned $24,895 in first-place money, but as often happens in bounty events, the winner earns more in bounties than the first-place prize itself. Here, Vaitiekunas collected $56,853 in bounties, given him a total payday of nearly $81,749.

Oliinyk's first-ever bracelet win also came with a $354,651 first-place payout, plus another $5,488 in bounties. The tournament's biggest score, however, went to 224th-place finisher "John Milly", who randomly collected the event's million-dollar top bounty prize. Overall, the event drew a massive 51,211 entries and generated a $10,242,200 prize pool.

One other bracelet event on GGPoker's global platform also found its winner in recent days. Sean "EEewashu99" Boyle, a UK player participating from Austria, triumphed in Event #6, $1,500 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em. This event pulled in a mundane (by comparison only) 1,207 entries. The tournament was able to be run in a single "day" over the weekend, but that day turned out to be nearly 30 hours long before Boyle/EEewashu99 closed out his final challenger. Boyle's win was worth $231,821. Before he was publicly identified, as all WSOP bracelet winners eventually are, GGPoker tacitly acknowledged the event's winner was from a country other than Austria by describing him as "flying the Austrian flag."

WSOP Online Canada awards first two bracelets

In addition to the twin 33-bracelet series being offered international on GGPoker and beginning next month in the US on WSOP.com, a third WSOP Online series is also underway. That's occuring on the WSOP.ca (Canada) platform, which serves the Canadian province of Ontario.

The WSOP.ca series offers eight additional bracelet events, and the first two of those events have found their winners. In Event #1, Gladiators of Poker Ontario Opener, "pokerkeeng" earned the bracelet and a $38,404 payday. In Event #2, Mystery Millions NLH, "fishw33d" took down the bracelet, earning $27,297.55 plus an additional $7,590 in collected bounties.