The 2021 GGPoker World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events are in full swing and 12 out of 33 tournaments have been completed. Brazil has dominated the first third of the festival with four gold bracelet winners and seven top-three finishes while players from Poland have earned the country’s maiden two bracelet wins.
Throughout the first 12 international 2021 WSOP Online events, prize pools of more than $30 million have been generated. The festival has attracted 59,212 entries across the gold bracelet events so far and the country basking in glory more often than any other has certainly been Brazil.
Players from the South American online poker powerhouse account for 11 final table appearances and earned seven top-three finishes along the way. Four Brazilians claimed poker’s most elusive prize while another two finished as the runner-up, which makes the overall performance even more impressive.
Only Poland comes close to a similar conversion rate for podium finishes, as five final table appearances turned into two victories and one runner-up finish. Prior to the second-ever WSOP Online Events on GGPoker, no poker player from Poland had claimed a gold bracelet.
Israel is the only other country with three podium appearances across the first 11 events, all of which were third-place finishes. They sit in tied third-place for the overall final table appearances behind China with seven in total, which has also been accomplished by players from Canada and Russia as well.
In total, players from 17 different countries have already reached multiple final tables during the current festival on the fastest-growing online poker network. Seven countries appear in the winner’s list with Hong Kong, Greece, Italy, Germany, and Hungary all claiming one gold bracelet.
GGPoker WSOP Bracelet Series Players’ Nationality Rankings 2021
The early dominance of players from Brazil comes as no surprise. During all major online poker festivals throughout the last few years, deep runs of Brazilians have littered the results. In the current global Pocket Fives rankings, three players from Brazil sit in the overall top ten including Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, Bruno Volkmann, and Renan Bruschi.
Bruschi came close to winning his maiden gold bracelet in Event #3: $2,500 Limit Hold’em Championship when he finished as the runner-up in a field of 180 entries. Only Nicolo Molinelli proved to be too much on the final hurdle. The Italian doubled his own tally after claiming his maiden gold bracelet during the 2020 Gold Bracelet Events on GGPoker.
Poker players from China converted eight final table appearances into two second-place finishes and another two countries appear twice in the top three including Finland and Hong Kong.
The most successful nation of last year’s edition is off to a slow start. Only one American player had reached a final table prior to the $10,000 Super MILLION$. That number has since tripled as eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel and one-time champion Isaac Baron reached the live-streamed final table of the high-stakes contest on Tuesday, August 17.
The 2021 WSOP Online on GGPoker in Numbers
Eleven WSOP gold bracelet winners from seven different countries have already been crowned on GGPoker during the ongoing festival and the registration for 12 tournaments has concluded. Across these 12 events, 59,212 entries were recorded and they generated prize pools of $30,116,059.
Five of these tournaments featured buy-ins below $1,000 but only three of them resulted in six-figure prize pools. The far largest attendance came in the opening Event #1 $50 The Return with 30,810 entries, which represents more than 50% of the entries so far.
Three events generated prize pools of more than $5 million and all five tournaments with a seven-figure guarantee surpassed their goal by at least 20%. The most successful event to date was the $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER with 5,437 entries and an impressive prize pool of $7,747,725.
It is followed by the $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller with $6,052,800 in prize money and the $1,000 DOUBLE STACK, which paid out $5,599,300 based on 5,894 entries.
Whether or not Brazil will continue to shine at the top of the country leaderboard throughout the entire series remains to be seen. A total of 33 gold bracelet events will be awarded in the international portion of the 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events on GGPoker. The festival kicked off on August 1 and will run until September 12.