After 31 days, the WSOP.com leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online is done and dusted. The Series wrapped up early Saturday morning with Nahrain ‘2Rivers’ Tamero winning Event #31 ($1,000 NLHE Championship) for more than $300,000.
The final event of the WSOP.com schedule drew 2,126 entries to create a $2,019,700 prize pool making it the only one of the 31 events to break the $2 million mark.
After David ‘bewater’ Goodman bubbled the final table, it took just two minutes to go from nine players to eight. From middle position, ‘2Rivers’ made it 560,000 to go and Kevin Calenzo called from the big blind. The flop came and Calenzo moved all in for 942,735 and ‘2Rivers’ called. Calenzo showed for an open-ended straight draw while ‘2Rivers’ tables for ace-high. The turn was the and the river missed Calenzo and he was out in ninth.
Just a few minutes later, Andrew Lichtenberger picked up his first elimination of the final table. Down to nearly 11 big blinds, Michael Bailey moved all in from the button for 3,055,945 when action folded to him. Lichtenberger called from the big blind and turned over which put him ahead of Bailey’s . The flop gave both players top pair and Lichtenberger’s kicker played after the turn and river completed the board to eliminate Bailey in eighth place.
Lichtenberger sent another player home early five minutes later. Arian ‘4632647’ Stolt moved all in from UTG and Lichtenberger called from the button. Stolt showed while Lichtenberger held . The flop gave Stolt a gutshot but neither the turn nor river completed that draw and Stolt was done in seventh.
Six-handed play lasted 30 minutes. Norman Michalek opened from UTG to 800,000 and ‘Bubblealot’ moved all in from UTG+1 for 1,459,960. Action folded back to Michalek and he alled and showed while ‘Bubblealot’ tabled . The flop gave Michalek two pair and ‘Bubblealot’ found no relief on the turn or river and was eliminated in sixth place.
‘2Rivers’ picked up his first victim of the final table five minutes later. From the button, ‘goatplaya’ moved all in for 3,214,094 and ‘2Rivers’ called from the big blind and turned over . ‘goatplaya’ had two live cards with kd] and then picked up a gutshot and flush draw on the flop. The turn and river both failed to prevent ‘goatplaya’ from busting in fifth place.
By this point Michalek held the biggest stack and used it a few minutes later to send another player out. Brian ‘foxxx’ Kirchoff moved all in from the button for 5,227,392 and Michalek re-shoved from the small blind forcing ‘2Rivers’ to fold. Kirchhoff turned over but got bad news after Michalek showed to dominate his opponent. The board ran out to give Michalek the pot and eliminate Kirchhoff in fourth.
Lichtenberger lasted just a few more hands before hitting the rail. Michalek raised to 1,000,000 from the button before Lichtenberger moved all in from the big blind for 9,214,914. Michalek called and showed and Lichtenberger tabled . The runout kept Michalek in front and eliminated Lichtenberger in third place.
Heads up play began with Michalek holding a 3-1 lead over ‘2Rivers’ and over 12 minutes of play, ‘2Rivers’ reversed their fortune and eventually eliminated Michalak to claim victory. With blinds of 250,000/500,000, ‘2Rivers’ raised to 1,000,000 and Michalek called. After the flop, Michalek checked and ‘2Rivers’ bet 1,000,000. Michalek clicked back to 2,500,000 and ‘2Rivers’ called. The turn was the and Michalek bet 2,750,000 and ‘2Rivers called again. The river was the and Michalek bet his last 5,677,408 and ‘2Rivers’ called. Michalek showed for a busted straight draw while ‘2Rivers’ showed for two pair to eliminate Michalek in second place and claim the bracelet and $310,832.
Final Table Payouts
- Nahrain ‘2Rivers’ Tamero – $310,831.83
- Norman ‘abnormality’ Michalek – $192,073.47
- Andrew ‘WATCHGUY42’ Lichtenberger – $140,167.18
- Brian ‘foxxx’ Kirchhoff – $103,206.67
- Edan ‘goatplaya’ Sucov – $76,748.60
- ‘Bubblealot’ – $57,561.45
- Arian ‘4632647’ Stolt – $43,424.55
- Michael ‘merlot’ Bailey – $33,123.08
- Kevin ‘SpecialK333’ Calenz – $25,650.19