Yanovich, Hu, Mur claim bracelets in WSOP Online International series

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Haley Hintze
Posted on: September 5, 2023 09:25 PDT

Three more World Series of Poker gold bracelets have been secured in recent events in the WSOP Online International Series currently ongoing at the WSOP's online partner, GGPoker. Among them was Israel's Leonid Yanovich, playing from Austria, who became the second Israeli national to claim bracelet gold in the past week by winning Event #10, the $1,050 "Beat the Pros" Bounty tourney.

Yanovich was joined in the list of of recent winners by China's Jinlong "yiliuqi" Hu, who won Event #11, the $100 "Flip & GO" NLH event, and Spain's Sergio Ballestin "nextgoal" Mur, who took down Event #9, $320 Bounty No-Limit Hold'em.

Yanovich dominated the late stages of the Beat the Pros bounty tourney, collecting several large bounties on his way to the bracelet win. Altogether, Yanovich collected $110,842.95, and almost two thirds of that, $72,582.10, came from bounties, including a healthy bump for eliminating the eventual runner-up, Irish pro Gary Thompson, who played from the UAE. Thompson earned over $49,000 in combined payout and bounties for his second deep run of the series.

Other prominent finishers included Greece's Georgios Manousos, who began the final table with the lead but eventually finished fourth for a combined total of nearly $32,000, and the US's Ryan Riess, who finished seventh. Riess, the 2013 WSOP Main Event champion, earned over $24,000 in combined prize and bounties while playing from Mexico. The event drew 956 entries, resulting in a $956,000 prize pool.

Hu's win in the online Flip & Go event brought him the largest overall win of the three recent events. Hu's first bracelet win was worth $122,586.92 in a tournament that also carried a $1 million prize-pool guarantee. The format, introduced by GGPoker at the WSOP in 2021, involves players participating in a one-hand flip, with the winner of each flip moving on to the Go stage, already guaranteed a minimum payout. The event logged 13,272 entries and generated a $1,260,365 prize pool, easily clearing the guarantee

Hu's win, of course, was much more than that simple min-cash, and he secured the mass-field victory by knocking out the UK's "SuperSolid", who earned $90,689.96 for the also-strong effort. Other notables at the final table included Fabian Spielman (third, $67,127.69), and Mongolia's Tsolmon "Tsoomoon Venus" Erdene-Ochir (fifth, $36,778.10).

Spain's Mur, a previously unidentified participant playing from Canada, claimed his bracelet in the other bounty event that concluded over the weekend. The $320 bounty event drew a huge 2,856-entry turnout and ended up offering $848,232 in prize money. Nextgoal's combined $65,595.42 winner's payday came nearly equally from the winner's prize and the bounty payouts, which were $33,645.92 and $31,960, respectively. Eventual runner-up "twins_ilya", from Ukraine, cashed for nearly as much in total, over $55,000, but was unable to secure the win.