WSOP: Nahrain ‘2Rivers’ Tamero Wins $1K NLHE Championship for $310,832

'2Rivers' took down the $1,000 NLHE Championship of the 2020 WSOP Online to earn a bracelet and a $311,000 score.

After 31 days, the 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 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 JdTs4d and Calenzo moved all in for 942,735 and ‘2Rivers’ called. Calenzo showed KdQc for an open-ended straight draw while ‘2Rivers’ tables Ac9d for ace-high. The turn was the 3d and the Tc 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 AsTd which put him ahead of Bailey’s Ah9c. The AdKd5h flop gave both players top pair and Lichtenberger’s kicker played after the 8c turn and Jd 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 Th9h while Lichtenberger held As9s. The AdJc8s flop gave Stolt a gutshot but neither the 5h turn nor 5s 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 Ks8s while ‘Bubblealot’ tabled 5h5s. The KdJh8h flop gave Michalek two pair and ‘Bubblealot’ found no relief on the Js turn or Jc 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 Ad8c. ‘goatplaya’ had two live cards with kd]Td and then picked up a gutshot and flush draw on the AsQd2d flop. The 5s turn and 9h 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 Ah6c but got bad news after Michalek showed AcQc to dominate his opponent. The board ran out Qd5s2c8s6d 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 8c8d and Lichtenberger tabled Ah5d. The 9s7s2d9h9c 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 Kc8d6d flop, Michalek checked and ‘2Rivers’ bet 1,000,000. Michalek clicked back to 2,500,000 and ‘2Rivers’ called. The turn was the Qd and Michalek bet 2,750,000 and ‘2Rivers called again. The river was the Ts and Michalek bet his last 5,677,408 and ‘2Rivers’ called. Michalek showed 5s4d for a busted straight draw while ‘2Rivers’ showed Kd8s for two pair to eliminate Michalek in second place and claim the bracelet and $310,832.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Nahrain ‘2Rivers’ Tamero – $310,831.83
  2. Norman ‘abnormality’ Michalek – $192,073.47
  3. Andrew ‘WATCHGUY42’ Lichtenberger – $140,167.18
  4. Brian ‘foxxx’ Kirchhoff – $103,206.67
  5. Edan ‘goatplaya’ Sucov – $76,748.60
  6. ‘Bubblealot’ – $57,561.45
  7. Arian ‘4632647’ Stolt – $43,424.55
  8. Michael ‘merlot’ Bailey – $33,123.08
  9. Kevin ‘SpecialK333’ Calenz – $25,650.19