A poker player from New Jersey wins an online WSOP event, earning the first gold bracelet ever to be awarded for an online event out of Nevada.
With interstate online poker in full swing, players in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey have all been able to compete together during the 2018 World Series of Poker. The WSOP kicked off in May, marking the first time that players in the three states were able to compete together during the most anticipated series of the year. The WSOP offers online tournament action, including events where gold bracelets are awarded. Just recently, the online events began to set records, including awarding the first-ever gold bracelet to a player located outside of Nevada.
Record-Setting WSOP Online Events
Event #10 of the WSOP, was a $365 Online No Limit Hold’em tournament. This was the first online event on the schedule, which saw 2,972 players competing. This was the most entries an online poker event in Nevada has ever seen. Event #47 was the second online event, a $565 Online Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed tournament. This event marked the first time that an online event was offered in a different format than NLH and the winner was based in New Jersey.
Matthew Mendez, known online as mendey, took part in the event and battle the field of 657 total players with 566 re-entries to earn the first-place win. The final 99 would earn a pay day and after coming back from a close to 4 to 1 chip deficit, mendey was able to earn the win and $135,077 in prize money.
Mendey would have to face Marton Czuczor, or GS.GURU as he is known online, in heads-up play. Mendey was the underdog but would eventually gain enough ground to take the chip lead and earn the win by flopping a straight. GS.GURU would earn $82,865 for his efforts.
Mendey is located in New Jersey and able to take part in the WSOP thanks to the decision of officials in his state to allow for interstate poker. In the past, only players in Nevada could take part in online poker events hosted by the WSOP during the summer series.
More Online Events to Come
The World Series of Poker still has events yet to go, with two more online events on the schedule. On June 29th, Event #61 will take place, a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The very next day, on June 30th, a $3,200 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em tournament will be on the schedule, Event #63.
Players can take part in the two remaining events on the online schedule by being located in New Jersey, Delaware or Nevada. Players will need to have a verified account in one of these states to register. Each of the remaining events are rebuys so we could see the total entries reach record numbers. The rebuy period is short though, so the WSOP is recommending that players have funds in their account to cover the rebuys.
Players should also be prepared for the length of game play. Online bracelet tournaments are one-day events, so they play out until they are finished. The first event took close to 13 hours to complete while the second was longer at over 15.
Hopefully, by the next WSOP, more states will be ready to get in on the interstate poker action and we will see the online events with even more total entries. Pennsylvania should get going this year, so at least one state will be joining the other three when it comes to taking part in online events of the World Series of Poker.