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Michael "stiltwalk" Mercaldo Wins WSOP Online Event #7: $777 Lucky 7’s ($123,574)

Michael Mercaldo

The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online continued Wednesday evening with Event #7: $777 NLH Lucky 7’s, a tournament that attracted 888 entries and offered up a $621,600 prize pool. It took nearly 11 hours of play for New Jersey’s Michael "stiltwalk" Mercaldo to emerge victorious to claim a $123,574 top prize and the first bracelet of his career.

He did so by defeating 2019 WSOP Little One for One Drop champ James "biggs2424" Anderson in heads-up play, denying him a second bracelet in the process. According to The Hendon Mob, Mercado more than $148K in live tournament earnings, of which $98K has come from WSOP-related cashes.

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Event #7: $777 Lucky 7’s Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Michael "stiltwalk" Mercaldo$123,574
2James "biggs2424" Anderson$76,395
3Justin "MadTitan" Turner$53,458
4Angel "ChromeKing" Lopez$37,980
5Ryan "Protential" Laplante$27,350
6Jake "nattydaddy24" Hernandez$20,016
7Paul "presicion" Zappulla$14,856
8Krista "Pollux" Gifford$11,189

The top 126 finishers made the money including Dylan "PokerNpizza" Hortin (11th - $6,651), Matthew "saul_goodman" Rosen (21st - $3,481), Ema "Momma_says" Zajmovic (35th - $2,859), Jamie "DanBilzerian" Kerstetter (52nd - $2,113), Daniel "centrfieldr" Lupo (56th - $1,803), Daniel "DNegs" Negreanu (66th - $1,616), Kyle "kdruck" Draucker (82nd - $1,368), and Scott "miamicane" Davies (90th - $1,368).

Final Table Action

Krista "Pollux" Gifford was the first to fall from the final table after her king-nine suited failed to outdraw the king-queen of Anderson, and then Paul "presicion" Zappulla lost with king-eight to the king-jack of Jake "nattydaddy24" Hernandez.

Despite winning that hand, Hernandez was the next to go after running jacks smack dab into Anderson’s kings, and then bracelet winner Ryan "Protential" Laplante followed him out the door losing a flip with queen-jack to Justin "MadTitan" Turner’s pocket nines.

Turner then dispatched Angel "ChromeKing" Lopez in fourth place before taking his own leave in third place running king-jack into Mercaldo’s pocket aces.

Heads-up play began with Mercaldo and Anderson nearly even in chips, but it proved to be a wild back-and-forth affair with both players holding the chip lead. Eventually, Mercaldo picked off a bluff to double through Anderson and then flopped a straight against the latter’s two pair to seal the deal.

James Anderson
Runner-up James Anderson

The 2021 WSOP Online continues on Thursday with Event #8: $888 NLH Crazy Eights. PokerNews will be live reporting and streaming the action, so be sure to join us then.

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