The World Series of Poker first introduced online gold bracelet events back in 2015. The internet poker offerings, held on WSOP.com, expanded this year with a total of three events awarding WSOP gold bracelets. The first of those was the 2017 WSOP $333 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Little Grind’ online bracelet event. The tournament featured a $333,333 guaranteed prize pool that was blown away when 2,509 total entries were made in the re-entry event to build a $752,700 prize pool.
In the end it was Eugene, Oregon’s Joseph “ul_gg” Mitchell who emerged victorious, capturing his first gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $122,314. This was his third WSOP cash and by far his largest. His previous top score at the series was a ninth-place finish in a $3,000 Omaha eight-or-better event for $22,793.
Sticking with the ‘333’ theme, this event kicked off at 3:33 pm local time. Late registration and re-entry was open for 3 hours and 45 minutes. The top 333 finishers made the money, with the bubble bursting around 9:00 pm. The nine-handed final table wasn’t set until 12:45 am.
Mitchell started to gain steam during six-handed play. He knocked out Michael “TonyPerkis1” Jacoby in sixth place ($21,828) and then won a massive pot with the AA holding up against Bobby “bcmclawh” McLawhorn’s 1010. The board ran out 854QJ and McLawhorn, WSOP.com Nevada’s top rated player, was elimianted in fifth place ($29,205).
Mitchell survived to heads-up play with a chip lead, and was able to pad that even further when his opponent Mark “PLODonkey17” Scacewater ran into technical difficulties and ended up sitting out much of the early going. In the end Scacewater got his final chips in with the A7 against Mitchell’s QJ. The board came down 432Q6 and Mitchell paired his queen on the turn to secure the pot and the title, sending Scacewater to the virtual rail in second place with $73,539.
There will be two more online events this summer that will award official WSOP gold bracelets. The $3,333 ‘Big Grind’ no-limit hold’em event gets underway on July 1 at 3:33 pm and the original $1,000 no-limit hold’em online bracelet events starts at 2 pm on July 7.
Here is a look at the payouts from the final table:
|1||Joseph “ul_gg” Mitchell||$122,314|
|2||Mark “PLODonkey17” Scacewater||$73,539|
|3||Michael “ooookillthem” Addamo||$54,043.86|
|4||Hao “sandongcpa” Sun||$39,592|
|5||Bobby “bcmclawh” McLawhorn||$29,205|
|6||Michael “TonyPerkis1” Jacoby||$21,828|
|7||Kevin “SEQUENCE” Sheetz||$16,559|
|8||Casey “rhin0” Long||$12,645|
|9||William “nomoneyloser” Pan||$9,710|