Brad Zusman picked up one of his three cashes in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online the $500 No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver event, earning $1,067 for 177th place. Zusman’s first WSOP cash of the 2021 online series came in the same event, only this time it was for a first place prize of $79,683 and a WSOP gold bracelet.
Friday’s event brought in 632 unique entrants and had 285 rebuys to build a prize pool of $412,650. Zusman had a roller coaster ride at the final table as he started with the second biggest stack at the table and fell down to below ten big blinds before eventually clawing his way back to the top.
Nine-handed play lasted for 15 minutes before the final table had its first casualty of the night. Josh King min-raised to 160,000 from the cutoff and Jason Gooch re-raised to 480,000 on the button. Zusman folded in the small blind before David Nodes moved all-in for 1,311,374 chips out of the big blind with . King folded and Gooch quickly called with the . The board ran out , bringing no help to Nodes who was knocked out in ninth place.
About seven minutes passed before two quick eliminations occurred. Jeremy Menard was down to just 4.5 big blinds when he committed the majority of his stack with a raise to 400,000 in early position with . King called on the button with and the two remaining players saw a flop of . Menard moved all-in for his remaining 51,476 and King made the call. The came on the turn and the fell on the river to keep King’s ace-high in the lead and to eliminate Menard in eighth place.
Two hands later, ‘KerriP’ went all-in with their remaining 855,024 chips from under the gun with . Mark Ioli was next to act and made the call with , prompting folds from the rest of the table. ‘KerriP’ dodged trouble on the flop of , but the on the turn left ‘KerriP’ in need of a three or five on the river. The completed the board and locked in a seventh place finish for ‘KerriP’.
Six-handed play lasted for over 25 minutes before another elimination occurred. Orson Young min-raised to 240,000 and Gooch made the call in the big blind. The flop came and Gooch checked the action over to Young, who put in a continuation bet of 160,000. Gooch raised to 545,000 and Young called. The fell on the turn and Gooch bet enough to put Young all-in. Young called off his remaining 1,142,272 chips with and found himself behind Gooch’s two pair. Young was knocked out in sixth place when the came on the river.
Just under ten minutes passed before Gooch moved all-in for 2,920,773 chips in the cutoff with . Action folded to Ioli in the big blind who quickly called with . The flop of added no drama to the hand and the on the turn sealed the win for Ioli. A meaningless on the river completed the board and eliminated Gooch in fifth place.
The four players left at the final table continued to play for another eight minutes until Jeff Miller moved all-in for 3,007,504 from the small blind with . Ioli once again woke up with a big hand in the big blind with and he made the call. The flop came to give Miller a pair, but Ioli’s pocket nines were still best. The on the turn and the on the river brought no help for Miller, ending his night in fourth place.
Less than five minutes passed before three-handed play came to an end. Ioli min-raised to 400,000 on the button and King moved all-in for 2,950,927 chips in the small blind with . Zusman folded in the big blind and Ioli quickly called with . A flop of brought in a flush draw for King, but the on the turn and the on the river sealed a third place finish for King.
It took 90 minutes to get to heads-up play, and with both players sitting with stacks of over 40 big blinds, the stage seemed to be set for a long heads up battle. But the decisive hand came only 15 minutes after heads-up action started, including a five minute break. Ioli raised to 480,000 and Zusman re-raised up to 1,245,000. Ioli moved all-in for 7,944,932 chips holding and Zusman made the call with . Zusman jumped into the lead on a flop of that left Ioli in need of a queen. The came on the turn and the fell on the river to lock up the tournament victory for Zusman.
Event #31 Final Table Payouts
- Brad ‘1badcajun’ Zusman – $79,683
- Mark ‘victb’ Ioli -$49,270
- Josh ‘YoelRomero’ King – $34,704
- Jeff ‘bortzork’ Miller – $24,759
- Jason ‘TheBigGift’ Gooch – $17,909
- Orson ‘borgatcha’ Young – $13,122
- ‘KerriP’ – $9,780
- Jeremy ‘g00sebumps’ Menard – $7,386
- David ‘dave419’ Nodes – $5,653