WSOP Online Comes to a Glittering End as Americans and Europeans Win Gold

August 3rd, 2021 | by Jason Reynolds

The US leg of the 2021 WSOP Online came to a conclusion on Sunday and, standing tall when the chips had fallen, were some of poker’s biggest names.

Chris Moorman

Chris Moorman (pictured) and Manig Loeser were among the Europeans making waves in the latest US WSOP Online Series. (Image: 888Poker)

Despite the series taking place on in New Jersey and Nevada, a selection of international pros managed to bag bracelets.

Indeed, by finding a way to travel from Europe to the US in time for the series, Chris Moorman and Manig Loeser climbed onto the winner’s rostrum.

The European Invasion

Germany’s Loeser has been one of poker’s elite for the best part of a decade. His glittering résumé includes WPT, EPT, and Triton titles.

However, until he’d taken down the $600 Monster Stack on July 2, he’d never won a WSOP bracelet. All that changed though when he bested a field of 1,038 entries to pick up a monster payday worth $104,313.

Next to nip in and steal a bracelet from the Americans on home soil was Moorman. Like Loeser, the English pro has won just about all there is to win in poker.

He did have a WSOP title before anteing up in this year’s US online series. However, he’d never done the business in his natural habitat of the online poker world.

The $800 8-Max Turbo Deepstack proved to be the winning event for Mr. Moorman.

The $102,406 score was another healthy bankroll boost for the poker millionaire. However, we’re sure he’ll be more pleased to have won his second bracelet.

The appearance of two non-Americans inside the winner’s circle is a testament to the WSOP’s allure. Indeed, if players are willing to jump through hoops and battle with COVID-19 travel restrictions to play for a bracelet, it obviously means something.

Americans Dominate WSOP on Home Soil

Of course, try as the Europeans might, they weren’t able to steal all of the glory.

Given that the WSOP Online was only open to those located in New Jersey and Nevada, it was the Americans that dominated.

From the 33 winners this summer, the top earners were:

  • Event #15: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout – Justin Saliba: $253,800
  • Event #20: $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller – Sang Lee: $241,768
  • Event #25: $7,777 No-Limit Hold’em Lucky 7s High Roller – David Peters: $283,940
  • Event #28: $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Championship – Daniel Lazrus: $205,347
  • Event #33: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Grand Finale- Dan Sindelar: $159,000

Overall,’s online bracelet series crowned 33 winners and paid out over $17 million.

Focus now shifts to GGPoker and the international leg of the 2021 WSOP Online. The action is already underway and will run until September 12.

Like its US counterpart, the international series will feature 33 bracelet events but, because it’s open to a larger audience, it boasts a $51 million guaranteed prizepool.


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