Jeffrey Dobrin Wins WSOP People’s Choice Event [Pros Vote] For $189K

Jeffrey Dobrin wins his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #80 ($600 Six-Max People's Choice Event - Pros Vote).

Las Vegas poker pro Jeffrey Dobrin’s persistence has paid off. After weeks of grinding the 2020 World Series of Poker, he not only made his first final table but ended up winning Event #80 ($600 Six-Max People’s Choice Event – Pros Vote) for $189,666 and his first career gold bracelet.

One look at Dobrin’s Hendon Mob profile will tell you that he’s been on the WSOP grind all summer long. Prior to his gold bracelet run, Dobrin, a two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner, racked up fifteen total 2020 WSOP results both on and GGPoker. Although he had been cashing regularly, all of the results only accounted for just under $25,000 in earnings, an average of roughly $1,600 per event. While Dobrin hadn’t really even been close to making the big money this summer (his deepest result was a 31st place finish), when it counted he made all the right moves to capture what is one of the biggest cashes of his career.

The action of the final table kicked off with one of poker’s most notable names hitting the rail in short order. After making an incorrect hero call just minutes before, six-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Ferguson shipped his short stack in from the button with As2h only to run into the AcAh of Joao Santos in the small blind. The QsQh6hJsQc board ran out clean for Joao’s pocket aces and the former Full Tilt Pro hit the rail in ninth place for $14,404.

Nearly thirty minutes later, Japan’s Hiroki Morishita, with less than five big blinds left in his stack, moved in from the small blind with 8h6s. He was called by Marc MacDonnell in the big blind holding Qs7h. The 5c4c2d brought Morishita some additional straight outs which he smashed on the 3s turn. However, the river brought the 6h giving MacDonnell a higher straight and eliminating Morishita in eighth place for $20,034.

Next, it was Arvhin Malinab’s turn to ship from the small blind as he moved his short stack all in with 6c6h and was called by Sergio Veloso in the big blind with Ks9s. The AhJs8h flop kept Malinab ahead but gave Veloso some additional backdoor outs. The Ts turn helped Veloso by opening up both flush and open-ended straight outs. The Qd completed the backdoor possibilities bringing Veloso the straight and sending Malinab and his pocket sixes out the door in seventh for $27,863.

Even with the knockout, Veloso was still one of the short stacks. He found his spot to pick up chips when, after a Vahe Martirosyan open, Dobrin three-bet shipped on the button holding AdQs which allowed Veloso to move all in for less with the ThTc. The flop came Ah7d[66] giving Dobrin top pair and leaving Veloso looking for help. The Kd hit the turn and the Jd fell on the river sending Veloso out in sixth place for $38,752.

Minutes later MacDonnell moved his eight big blind stack all in from under the gun holding 8d7d. It folded around to Joao Santos in the big blind who snap-called with his JcJd. The flop came AdJs9s giving Joao a set and leaving MacDonnell looking for a gutshot straight or some backdoor help. All of that was put to rest though when the Jh hit the turn, giving Joao quads and leaving MacDonnell drawing dead to the 2c river. MacDonnell finished in fifth place for $53,897.

Santos’ stack slipped for the better part of thirty minutes when he found himself all in and at risk. Idris Ambraisse shipped roughly fourteen big blinds from the button holding AcJs and Santos decided to make the call for less with his KcQc. The board ran out 6d4d3s2d8d giving the hand to Ambraisse’s ace-high and sending Santos out in fourth place for $74,960.

It was anyone’s tournament at three-handed with stack sizes all running close together. Eventually, after a big hand that left Martiosyan short, he moved all in from the button holding QcJc and was called by Dobrin in the big blind with KsQh. The Kc8h4d flop put Martiosyan in bad shape, looking for runner-runner outs. The 4h turn was not one of them, leaving Martiosyan drawing dead before the 3s hit the river. Martiosyan settled for third place and $104,255.

Ambraisse held a slight chip lead over Dobrin at the start of heads-up play, however a few key hands turned the tide in Dobrin’s favor. Ambraisse found a late-game double but on the very next hand, Dobrin was able to close it out when both players woke up with premium heads up hands. Ambraisse called on the button with 9c9d and Dobrin raised holding KdKc. Ambraisse shipped and Dobrin snap-called with the chip lead. The 8d6h2s3c5d board gave the hand and the bracelet to Dobrin. Ambraisse ended up as the runner up and walked away with $144,998.

Jeffrey Dobrin earned the $189,666 first-place prize, a $12,000 package to participate in the World Series of Europe, and his first career gold bracelet.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Jeffrey Dobrin – $189,666
  2. Idris Ambraisse – $144,998
  3. Vahe Martirosyan – $104,255
  4. Joao Santos – $74,960
  5. Marc MacDonnell – $53,897
  6. Sergio Veloso – $38,752
  7. Arvhin Malinab – $27,863
  8. Hiroki Morishita – $20,034
  9. Chris Ferguson – $14,404