Popular poker professional Carlos Welch has said he will buy a house for his mom from the money he won at the 2021 WSOP Online Event.

“I’m going house shopping for my mom!” said the extremely delighted Welch, who appeared to have thought out the best use of his top prize of $124,369 and the gold bracelet.

The poker pro had outlasted 781 other players in the 2021 World Series of Poker Online (WSOP) – the second annual series of digital poker tournaments organized by the WSOP.

Mr. Welch had defeated Joon Kim to win the 2021 WSOP Online Event #8:$888 Crazy Eights Hold’em for this maiden WSOP bracelet and the $124,369 top prize.

Welch Came from behind at Final Table

The 2021 WSOP Online Event drew as many as 782 players, including 268 re-entries, to create a $625,600 prize pool, with the top 126 participants collecting at least a $1,251 min-cash.

Welch – also a writer and coach – has been in the poker world for a long time but his live tournament earnings were just under $50,000 until he outclassed 781 others to claim his career-high $124,369, in addition to a gold bracelet.

The poker star did this while sitting at the desk in his hotel room at the Rio in Las Vegas on the eventful day of July 8th, which also witnessed him knocking out Daniel Negreanu in the process.

The bubble burst after four hours, and he found himself sitting at the final table after nearly 11 hours.

WSOP Event #8: $888 Crazy Eights Final Table Results

  1. Carlos “CarlosWelch” Welch :  $124,369
  2. Joon “jykpoker” Kim               :  $76,886
  3. Dylan “thesmith” Smith          :  $53,802
  4. Adam “PESOPESO” Krach     :  $38,224
  5. John “thirteen” Del Rossi     :  $27,526
  6. Dan “fatdan44” Wach          :  $20,144
  7. Isaac “going2Ship” Fermin  :  $14,952
  8. Joey “joeBeagles” Katzen    :  $11,260

After Benjamin “BigBlindAnte” Miner eliminated “BabyBrunson3” on the money bubble, the 126 remaining contestants began falling swiftly.

Final Table Action

The final action witnessed most players sitting deep with Katzen holding over 20 big blinds when he got evicted in eighth after Krach dominated him, and began the final table second in chips.

From there, the eventual winner Welch eliminated Fermin (seventh place), while Wach was set up by Smith and rolled out in sixth place.

Krach effected another elimination and Del Rossi was dominated holding ace-jack. But after some hands, Krach was on the chopping block after Kim’s ace-ten dominated the ace-four.

The final three pushed for a bit before Smith grew short and three-bet shoved the small blind with a suited king-five only to get called by Kim, the eventual runner-up.

Kim’s made of kings hand held strong, making him take 7.8 million chips into heads-up play against Welch, who had 3.9 million.

Despite a 2:1 chip advantage, Kim gave away Welch an early double before winning the event.

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