Mendez First Player to Win WSOP Bracelet Grinding Online in New Jersey
The second online World Series of Poker (WSOP) event offered to players in New Jersey has produced the first gold bracelet won in the Garden State.
Matthew Mendez – a poker pro who recently relocated from Florida to Sicklerville, New Jersey -took down the title in Event #47: $565 WSOP.com Online Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. In addition to his first career gold bracelet, Mendez won $135,077 for defeating the 1,223-entry field.
The second of four online events held during the 2018 WSOP – and the first Pot Limit Omaha bracelet event ever played on WSOP.com – Event #47 attracted 657 unique entries along with 566 reentries to generate a prize pool of $635,960.
After only seven hours of play, the one-day tournament reached the money when a player using the screenname “Perdente17” was eliminated in 100th place on the direct bubble.
Mendez, who played under the screenname “mendey,” reached the six-handed final table to find a pair of decorated WSOP champions awaiting.
Anthony Zinno, who adopted the screenname “heheh” while competing online, has over $7.5 million in live career tournament earnings to his credit. Zinno’s first and only gold bracelet win came back in 2015, in the $25,000 High Roller version of Pot Limit Omaha.
Ankush Mandavia brought over $4.5 million in live tournament earnings and a 2016 gold bracelet with him while playing with the screenname “rickrosstheb.” After short stack Ao “Maimai1990” Chen was eliminated just eight minutes into the final table – taking home $20,859 for his 6th-place finish – Mandavia was the next casualty.
The experienced pro got it all in holding K-K-10-8 against Marton “GS.GURU” Czuczor and his A-K-Q-4, but an Ace on the river sent Mandavia packing in 5th-place for $28,745.
Next to go was Alex ‘3shotwonder’ Smith (4th place for $40,256), who couldn’t catch up with A-Q-8-5 against Czuczor and his 10-10-7-6 on a baby card board.
Czuczor continued his domination of the final table by busting Zinno (3rd place for $57,299) next. In that collision, Zinno made top set with K-10-10-4 on a 10-9-5 flop, but Czuczor wound up with the winner when his Q-J-7-7 completed an open-ended straight draw on the King river.
Entering heads up play, Czuczor held a 3.5 to 1 chip lead over Mendez, and with more than $1.5 million in live tournament earnings heading into the duel, the Hungarian-born player appeared to have the edge.
But a massive cooler catapulted Mendez into the chip lead, when he made a straight flush while Czuczor landed an inferior nut flush.
On the final hand of the historic tournament, Mendez held 9-8-5-3 and flopped the nut straight on a J-10-7 board. With A-K-7-5 in the hole for bottom pair and a gutshot draw to Broadway, Czuczor shoved the last of his stack forward, only to see Mendez snap-call.
The final board ran out clean for New Jersey’s newest bracelet winner, sending the lion’s share of the prize pool to Mendez.
Online bracelet tournaments hosted by WSOP.com were added to the summer schedule in 2015, and this year’s edition features a record four events.
After the first online No Limit Hold’em event of the year wrapped up on June 3, Bill Rini – who serves as head of online poker for the WSOP – told US Poker that he expected a big turnout for the inaugural Pot Limit Omaha tournament:
“We were really pleased with the record-breaking performance of the first bracelet event, and we’re hoping the positive trends continue.”
For a full rundown of the final table results from Event #47, see the table below:
Official Final Table Results
Place Player Prize
1st Matthew “mendey” Mendez $135,077
2nd Marton “GS.GURU” Czuczor $82,865
3rd Anthony “heheh” Zinno $57,299
4th Alex “3shotwonder” Smith $40,256
5th Ankush “rickrosstheb” Mandavia $28,745
6th Ao “Maimai1990” Chen $20,859