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 poolWhile 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.
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 flop before leading out for 4,000,500 on the turn. Bilokur called and the river completed the board. Bruschi jammed and Bilokur went into the tank before calling off his stack of 11,704,565.
Bilokur held but this wasn’t enough to stay alive as Bruschi, who flopped a flush draw with managed to river a straight to win his first WSOP bracelet.
|2||Leonid “Mikleler” Bilokur||Russia||$122,728|
|3||Rafael “riskgambler” Furlanetto||Brazil||$84,534|
|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|