The 2017 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is nearing its conclusion, and an online poker pro has claimed one of the coveted gold bracelets.
Nipun “Javatinii” Java from India took down Event #71, $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em Championship for $237,688.
Unlike most WSOP events, this one took place online, at WSOP.com, a site that is available to those located in Nevada. You don’t have to be a resident of the Silver State to play. You just have to be located within the state’s borders at the time you are playing.
The tournament, in its third year of existence, was one of three online events during this summer’s WSOP.
The winner in each event was awarded with a gold bracelet, the same piece of jewelry given to those who win live events.
For Java, it was his second career bracelet.
He also won a $1,000 Tag Team tournament this summer for $75,318 and has 40 career cashes at the World Series of Poker for just over $1 million.
Java, a former software engineer from California, defeated Jason “jadedjason” James, a Canadian, heads-up for the title. The runner-up will be bringing back $146,202 to Canada.
Not many poker players can say they’ve won more than $230,000 in less than 15 hours. That’s exactly what “Javatinii” accomplished. The tournament lasted just 14 ½ hours and there were 1,312 players, creating a $1,246,400 prize pool.
Java had to overcome a massive chip disadvantage late in heads-up play. He trailed James 14.8 million to 5.6 million after losing an all-in race.
But, fortunately for the Californian, luck was on his side. He shoved all-in with the smaller stack with ace-high and ran into pocket queens. He spiked his ace on the turn to double-up. Java never looked back, finishing off “jadedjason” soon after.
Three Online Bracelet Winners, One Summer
There were two other online bracelet events as part of the WSOP.com Summer Grind Tour during the 2017 Series. The first, Event #8, $333 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em had 2,509 entries. Joseph “ul_gg” Mitchell took it down for $122,314, his first career bracelet. He cashed in all three online bracelet events.
The second online bracelet tournament was Event #61, $3,333 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Thomas “FLOATZ” Cannuli, the 6th place finisher in the 2015 Main Event, won the tournament for $322,815.
The large sum of cash was a far cry from what Cannuli won in the Main Event two years ago ($1,426,283).
This was the first year the WSOP has offered multiple online bracelet events