Joe Mitchell walks away as the 2017 WSOP.com, online NL Hold' em champion.
With the advent of online casinos and poker rooms in the United States, the WSOP brand has tried their best to tie in the prestigious WSOP live events, with their personal branded online casino and poker room.
If you asked Benny Binion (founder of the WSOP) if he thought 20 somethings would be playing on a computer to win a WSOP bracelet, he would have laughed you out of the Horseshoe casino.
Joe Mitchell paid the $333 entry fee, along with 1,779 online players, to compete for a piece of the $752,700 prize pool. His efforts for winning added over $122,000 to his bank account, along with the coveted bracelet.
Mitchell, who goes by the moniker - 'ul_gg' at WSOP.com, is a Las Vegas resident with 3 lifetime cashes at the WSOP; two of those coming in 2014 when he final tabled an Omaha Hi-Lo event, eventually placing 9th.
Heads up play saw a usual situation as his opponent, Michael 'ooookillthem' sat out immediately after Joseph eliminated the 3rd place finisher. With an almost insurmountable chip lead, this could be the reason for Addamo choosing to accept his fate.
However, Addamo did sit back in with only 1 million in chips remaining to double up in his first hand back at the table to make the scene even more bizarre. His luck was short lived as he was busted the next hand.
Being a first of its kind, many were skeptical of the success this event would have. It's clear that players have accepted the online presence of poker at the WSOP by shattering the original $333,333 guaranteed prize pool by double.
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