Joseph “ul_gg” Mitchell is the champion of the first of three online bracelets at the 2017 World Series of Poker. He won Event #8, the $333 Little Grind Online No-Limit Hold’em tournament.
The tournament took place on WSOP.com. The internet poker champion earned $122,314 for his rungood.
Mitchell outlasted a massive 2,509-player field to win the bracelet. It was his first career WSOP title and largest score in his lifetime. He had never before won more than $22,000 in one tournament.
It was most definitely a successful event by any standard. WSOP.com guaranteed at least a $333,333 prize pool.
After registration concluded, there was $752,700 in the pot, crushing that guarantee.
Every hand was played online, including the final table. Players from all around the world were eligible to compete but were required to play within Nevada’s borders.
The Luckiest Break Ever?
Not to take away from Mitchell’s incredible accomplishment, but he may have gotten the luckiest break in internet poker history.
Mark “PLODonkey17” Scacewater, finished in 2nd place ($75,539). But he is the first WSOP runner-up to sit out heads-up play.
It wasn’t intentional. Scacewater got disconnected at the start of heads-up play and wasn’t able to regain connection again until the final two hands.
There was nothing he could do. Play doesn’t stop when a player gets disconnected. It’s up to the individual to ensure he/she has access to reliable internet.
That’s not to say Scacewater was using a 1990s dial-up modem, but WSOP.com doesn’t pause tournaments when players get disconnected. The game must go on. He was blinded down to a tiny stack before reappearing to go all-in as a 60/40 favorite but didn’t get a favorable result.
Scacewater disconnected immediately after Michael “ooookillthem” Addamo busted in 3rd place ($54,044). It could have been an epic heads-up battle if not for that pesky internet connection.
Two More Online Bracelets
For the first time ever, the World Series of Poker is hosting three online bracelet events. The recently conclud Little Grind was the first of the summer.
On July 1, WSOP Event #61, the Big Grind $3,333 Online Bracelet event gets underway as part of the WSOP.com Summer Grind Tour. This re-entry tournament starts at 3:33 pm PST and awards the piece of jewelry every poker player dreams about: a gold bracelet.
The final online bracelet event of the summer takes place July 7. Event #71, the $1,000 Classic Online Bracelet tournament is the same event as the past two years.
But there is one major difference: the entire tournament will take place online instead of having the final table battle at the Rio in Las Vegas.