Georgios Sotiropoulos Scores Second WSOP Bracelet in Flip & Go

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Georgios Sotiropoulos won the second WSOP bracelet of his career on Sunday night. (WSOP photo)

Georgios Sotiropoulos made his way through 6,359 other entries to end up at a final table with another previous World Series of Poker bracelet winner, a high stakes cash game crusher, and six other players in WSOP Online Event #6 ($200 Flip & Go) on GGPoker. He then eliminated six of his final eight opponents to win his second career WSOP bracelet and $117,022.

The Flip & Go format sees eight players seated at a table with all players all in on the first hand. Each table plays until only one player has chips. Those players advance into the next round where all players are in the money and the tournament plays down to a winner in a traditional format.

The turbo structure all but guaranteed a fast-paced final table and it took just five minutes to go from nine players to eight. With blinds of 50,000/100,000, Sotiropoulos moved all in for 1,407,262 from middle position with AdJc. Wing Tat Yeung called all in for his last 773,564 with KcKs. Yeung stayed ahead after the Qh5d4d flop but the Ac turn gave Sotiropoulos a pair of aces. The river was the 2s and was no help to Yeung as he exited in ninth.

Five minutes later, Sotiropoulos, who won his first WSOP bracelet in 2015 at WSOP Europe in am €1,100 NNLHE Turbo event, did it again. Markus Prinz shoved from the small blind for 259,080 with Jc9h and Sotiropoulos called from the big blind with KhTc. The KdQhQs gave Sotiropoulos top pair and left Prinz needing one of three tens or some runner-runner combination to stay alive. The turn was the 4d and the 8h river completed the board to eliminate Prinz in eighth place.

The steamroller that was Sotiropoulos only had to wait four minutes for the next elimination. From UTG+1, Quentin Roussey moved all in for 477,614 with KsQh and action folded back to Sotiropoulos in the big blind and he called with Ah3c. The AcTh5s flop gave Sotiropoulos a pair of aces while Roussey was needing a jack for Broadway or some runner-runner runout to stay alive. The turn was the 3h leaving only the Broadway outs for Roussey. The Ad river gave Sotiropoulos a full house and ended Roussey’s run in seventh.

The next bustout hand took the table from six-handed to four-handed and it was none other than PocketFives legend Chris Moorman who was on the winning side. Wiktor Malinowski raised to 490,000 with AhTh, Erwann Pecheux called off his last 166,269 from the small blind with 7h5h, before Moorman jammed for 816,256 from the big blind with AsKs. Malinowski called and everybody caught a piece of the Ad8c7c flop. The turn was the Qs and the Jd river gave Moorman the pot and eliminated Pecheux in sixth and Malinowski in fifth.

Despite picking up that pot, Moorman’s run didn’t last much longer and once again it was Sotiropoulos in the driver’s seat. Action folded around to Sotiropoulos in the small blind and he moved all in with Jh8d and Moorman briefly tanked before calling all in with KhQh. The Tc9d3c flop gave Sotiropoulos an open-ended straight draw. The 8h gave him a pair of eights leaving Moorman drawing to either one of three kings for a bigger pair or one of three remaining jacks for a king-high straight. The Qd river actually improved Sotiropoulos to a queen-high straight and ended Moorman’s quest for a second 2021 WSOP Online bracelet with a fourth place finish.

It took Sotiropoulos just 15 minutes to send his last two opponents to the rail to take home another bracelet. First up was Michael Van Elsacker. Yen-Liang Yao folded his button and Sotiropoulos raised to 1,600,000 from the small blind with QdJh and Van Elsacker called off his last 646,620 with AhTs. The JdTd6s flop hit both players but Sotiropoulos moved ahead with a bigger pair. Neither the 9s turn or the Qc river were able to save Van Elsacker and he was out in third.

Sotiropoulos started heads up play with 81% of the chips in play. Down to less than 15 big blinds, Yao moved all in with KdTc and Sotiropoulos snap-called with Ac6d. The flop came Kh9d5d flop moved Yao in front with a pair of kings. However, the As turn put Sotiropoulos back on top with a pair of aces and the 7c river was no help for Yao and he was eliminated in second place while Sotiropoulos took down the tournament and earned $117,022 in the process.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Georgios Sotiropoulos – $117,022
  2. Yen-Liang Yao – $90,371
  3. Michiel Van Elsacker – $69,791
  4. Chris Moorman – $53,898
  5. Wiktor Malinowski – $41,624
  6. Erwann Pecheux – $31,145
  7. Quentin Roussey – $24,824
  8. Markus Prinz – $19,171
  9. Wing Tat Yeung – $14,805

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