Marty Derbyshire wsop bracelet

Dozens of California online poker players found success in the first online bracelet event on the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule, including two who made the final table.

The $365 buy-in WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em re-entry event drew 2,123 players and 2,972 buy-ins on Sunday, June 3. Those entry numbers made it the largest WSOP online bracelet event field ever and helped create a $974,816 that paid the top 333 players.

Michael Hauptman from Marina Del Rey and Jennifer Miller from San Pedro both made the final nine. However, the pair could do no better than eighth and ninth place, cashing for $16,279 and $12,478, respectively.

The big winners

A French journalist currently residing in Plano, Texas, William Reymond went on to win the event, its $154,995 first-place prize, and the first WSOP bracelet awarded online this year. He beat Lawrence, New York’s Shawn Stroke ($94,265) heads-up to book the win.

Amazingly, Las Vegas, Nevada’s Anthony Spinella, who won both the first online WSOP bracelet event in 2015 and first online WSOP Circuit gold ring event on WSOP.com Nevada this past February, made the final table. However, Spinella finished seventh for $21,251.

A total of 31 California players were among the 333 who cashed in the event. In addition to the two who made the final table, three more California players made the top 15, including:

  • 12. Kevin Glenn, Santa Rosa ($9,748)
  • 14. Jeffrey Meadows, Lancaster ($7,799)
  • 15. Dan Pham, Sacramento ($7,799)

In the middle of that group, 2013 WSOP Main Event winner Ryan Riess ($7,799) finished 13th.

Additionally, four other California players made the top 100, including:

  • 43. David Feldman, Santa Clara ($3,314)
  • 44. Hung Le, Union City ($3,314)
  • 95. Hagop Daglian, Burbank ($1,267)
  • 99. Paul Enriquez, Rancho Cucamonga ($1,267)

Double 2017 WSOP bracelet winner Nipun Java finished 159th for $975. Originally from India, Java now calls Northridge home. In 2017, he won the $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em Championship for $237,688. He also captured a second WSOP bracelet, winning the 2017 WSOP $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event with partner Aditya Sushant.

For a full list of 333 players who cashed in the event, including 21 others from California, check the results page on the WSOP.com website.

More players, more problems

Despite breaking entry number records, the first online WSOP bracelet event of 2018 wasn’t without its share of problems.

Several players ran into a glitch trying to register for the event. They were sent a message indicating they had already registered for the tournament when they clearly had not. Most were completely shut out.

Other reported connectivity issues. Additionally, busted players were allowed only 30 seconds to take advantage of the unlimited re-entry period. It was impossible to make a deposit in time to cover the cost of re-entry, preventing several from buying back in.

The WSOP and software partner 888 Poker are promising to fix the problems prior to this year’s three other online bracelet events. For the first time ever, players located inside both New Jersey and Nevada can compete in online WSOP bracelet events.

This includes:

  • $565 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed on June 22
  • $1,000 WSOP.com Online Championship on June 29
  • $3,200 High Roller on June 30
Marty Derbyshire
Marty Derbyshire - Martin Derbyshire is a veteran of the world of poker and gambling, having worked as a reporter, producer, and editor in the industry for more than a decade. He has traveled the globe interviewing high-profile personalities and contributes to a number of publications, including USPoker.com, PlayCA.com, and PlayNJ.com.