2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #18: $1,000 NLH North American Open
Days:
1

Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Prize Pool $692,000
Players 756

Level Info

Level 39
Blinds 120,000 / 240,000
Ante 24,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 756

Platt, Zamani & Pahuja Among Recent Eliminations

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 400-800, 80 ante
John Allan "beastro" Hinds us
John Allan "beastro" Hinds
us Busted
Jeremy "Thekid101" Pekarek
Jeremy "Thekid101" Pekarek
Busted
Tomas "predi24" Teran
Tomas "predi24" Teran
Busted
Huy "SavePluto9" Nguyen
Huy "SavePluto9" Nguyen
Busted
Martin "bathroomline" Zamani
Martin "bathroomline" Zamani
Busted
Salvatore "Kingsilas1" Dicarlo
Salvatore "Kingsilas1" Dicarlo
Busted
Mukul "NJ_NeVerMuK" Pahuja
Mukul "NJ_NeVerMuK" Pahuja
Busted
Noam "Lokass27" Muallem
Noam "Lokass27" Muallem
Busted
Stanley "stanman420" Lee
Stanley "stanman420" Lee
Busted
David "SobBaget" Lieberman
David "SobBaget" Lieberman
Busted
Jeff "mavsusc" Platt
Jeff "mavsusc" Platt
Busted

Big Slick Does Not Do the Trick for Goodman

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 400-800, 80 ante

"Demerssa" raised to 1,600 from early position and Bobby "Katie1972" Poe called next to act. Shaun "goodycakes" Goodman then three-bet jammed for 9,590 from the hijack and action folded back to "Demerssa", who isolated with a four-bet. Poe got out of the way and the hands were turned up.

Shaun "goodycakes" Goodman: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
"Dmerssa": {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

It was a flip but Goodman needed to improve to stay alive. That didn't happen though as the board ran out an unhelpful {3-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

Shaun "goodycakes" Goodman
Shaun "goodycakes" Goodman
Busted

Tags: Shaun Goodman

Level:
12
Blinds:
400/800
Ante:
80

Break Time

Chad_Holloway • Level 11: 300-600, 60 ante

Players are now on a five-minute break.

Deutsch Finds Aces

• Level 11: 300-600, 60 ante

Ronald "rlksaces" Keren raised to 1,590 from under the gun, Jason "margateman" Deutsch three-bet to 8,900 from the small blind over two callers, Karen called and the other two folded.

The flop came the {j-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. Deutsch let for 7,000, Keren raised all in for 24,030, Deutsch called and rolled over the {a-Hearts}{a-Spades} while Keren had the {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}.

The turn was the {j-Clubs} and the river the {q-Hearts} and Deutsch collected the pot while Keren re-bought.

Jason "margateman" Deutsch
Jason "margateman" Deutsch
79,207
Ronald "rlksaces" Keren us
Ronald "rlksaces" Keren
us 30,000

Daniel “centrfieldr” Lupo Eyes Up Second Gold Bracelet

Chad_Holloway • Level 11: 300-600, 60 ante
Daniel Lupo
Daniel Lupo

One player who has been doing quite well on playing online in recent years is bracelet winner Daniel “centrfieldr” Lupo, 37, of West Milford, New Jersey. You might recall in 2019, Lupo topped a 1,767-entry field to win the WSOP.com Online $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack for $145,274 and a gold bracelet. Last year, he added a ring to his résumé by taking down the WSOP.com Online Circuit Event #3: $320 NLH 6-Max for $32,595 and a month later won the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD Sunday for $50,715.

PokerNews caught up with Lupo, who went to NJIT for Architecture and baseball, to ask him about poker, which he squeezes in between working for an Architecture firm in Bridgewater specializing in single-family residential and smaller commercial projects and his family, which includes three kids ages 2-5 and his supportive wife Laura.

PokerNews: When and how did you learn to play poker?

Lupo: I started playing/learning in college during the Rounders and Moneymaker boom with a bunch of the baseball guys. Within a year I found myself hosting games at college, at home on breaks and basically anywhere I could find or make a game. I didn’t play much online early on, regrettably.

What sort of poker do you play these days?

Mostly online MTTs playing like three sessions per week on average with buy-ins typically from $50 to $1k with the occasional $2-$3k buy in for a big event. I average around 500-600 MTTs a month despite not playing full time, I tend to put in a lot of volume when I’m on. The games are mostly NLH and some PLO MTTs, but love when StarsNJ runs a series as they run a fun 8-Game MTT with a bunch of other mixed variants.

What’s it like to play poker while raising young children?

It’s been a constant evolution. I could probably write a book about all the highs and lows and life adjustments I’ve had or chose to make. It gives me a lot of inspiration to succeed while also adding some weight to my losses as it's like 'not only was I way from my kids for all of Sunday afternoon but I lost (insert obnoxious Sunday schedule cost here)'.

Daniel Lupo and his family. (Photo c/o Daniel Lupo)
Daniel Lupo and his family. (Photo c/o Daniel Lupo)

What are some of your poker goals?

Try and win everything I play. Actually, my biggest current goal is trying to optimize my MTT game selection. Since quarantine began the schedules have been exploding site to site and while it's been great, with lots of new players and lots of live players playing online it has also drastically increased my average buy-ins and session costs as well as the field size which further increases variance.

I'm trying to optimize the balance of table quantity and expected value vs individual session costs and the variance that comes with it. Having an average buy-in of $250 adds up pretty quickly when it's spread across 60+ entries on a Sunday. My biggest ongoing and long-term goal is to win enough to help my family live comfortably.

Lupo is in action today looking to make a run at his second gold bracelet.

Daniel “centrfieldr” Lupo
Daniel “centrfieldr” Lupo
30,000

Tags: Daniel Lupo

Level:
11
Blinds:
300/600
Ante:
60

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Early Eliminations

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 250-500, 50 ante
Gershon "jets613" Distenfeld
Gershon "jets613" Distenfeld
Busted
Vito "thesuitbig29" Distefano
Vito "thesuitbig29" Distefano
Busted
Zachary "thepepster5" Epstein
Zachary "thepepster5" Epstein
Busted
Jason "justanenigma" Wheeler
Jason "justanenigma" Wheeler
Busted
Tony "Tonyirl" Montana
Tony "Tonyirl" Montana
Busted
Jonathan "jpards" Pardy
Jonathan "jpards" Pardy
Busted
Gary "phiI_ivey" Kosakowski
Gary "phiI_ivey" Kosakowski
Busted
Steven "GoKnights" Burr
Steven "GoKnights" Burr
Busted
Terry "mrterry007" Fleischer
Terry "mrterry007" Fleischer
Busted
Kijoon "standardiu" Park
Kijoon "standardiu" Park
Busted
Lacey "Reysol" Jones
Lacey "Reysol" Jones
Busted
Jamie "danbilzerian" Kerstetter
Jamie "danbilzerian" Kerstetter
Busted
Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo
Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo
Busted
Rajendra "vsamba" Mahadevappa
Rajendra "vsamba" Mahadevappa
Busted
Israel "buckets2424" Haar
Israel "buckets2424" Haar
Busted
Level:
10
Blinds:
250/500
Ante:
50