For French poker pro Arthur Conan, 2021 has proven to be an incredible year. In the course of this year, Conan has not only earned all three of his biggest cashes but also now laid claim to a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. This amazing achievement required Conan to overcome a total of 161 entries in order to claim victory in the 2021 World Series of Poker Online $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold ’em heads-up championship.
This tournament earned the 24-year-old player $466,167, his second-biggest payday in his short career. This fell behind the $733,320 earned as the victor of April’s $50,000 buy-in high roller event in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. As of now, these wins have contributed greatly to the player’s total career tournament earnings of $2.1 million.
This player, just like the rest of the final four competitors, had received a bye in the round of 256. This player would then overcome Ben Maya, Roman Hrabec, Stuart Wallenstein, and Shota Hiram.
To win this event, Conan had to face off with the youngest player to ever claim three WSOP golds, Adrian Mateos. This player claimed this live event himself back in 2018. Unfortunately for Mateos, he started off slowly and then lost a sizable pot against Conan, resulting in a 5:1 ratio.
On the final hand, Adrian Mateos and Conan both got a flush when the flop came down 8♥7♥3♥. Mateos had a 10♥2♥ with Conan holding an A♥Q♥. A 4♠ came on the turn, and all chips were on the table. Then an A♦ came on the river, which meant Mateo was eliminated and took home $279,700.
In this final match, Ponakovs had a good start when he got the better straight. However, this would change when Conan got a bottom pair and won a hefty pot. Then, after getting a flopped pair of aces, he had a 2:1 chip lead. Conan would still be in the lead when the final hand came. Conan would run his 5♥5♦ up against the J♣9♣ of Ponakovs. Then, the board came down with K♣9♥3♣7♠7♥. This gave Conan nines and sevens, which gave him the title and the pot.
This left Ponakovs with $279,700 for a runner-up finish. This event still gave the Latvian Ponakovs his second-largest cash, still short of his largest score of $719,700 earned from a fourth-place standing in the $25,000 high roller event of the WSOP Online. This has left the player with greater than $1.7 million in total career earnings.