Event #33 of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online was supposed to wrap up on July 19. The issues GGPoker suffered on the opening day of their WSOP Online events forced it to be postponed until the following Sunday. Alek Stasiak probably has no problem with having to wait a week now.
Stasiak outlasted 2,323 players to win Event #33 ($1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief Event) for $343,203 and his first career bracelet. The event raised funds for the Caesars Cares assistance fund, which helps Caesars employees who have suffered financial hardships as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The $111 rake from each entry was donated and after GGPoker doubled the total donation following the issues on the original Sunday, a total of $354,750 was raised.
Stasiak was the first player to take a turn in the role of dream crusher. Stasiak raised from UTG to 5550,000 with before Norihiro Otani moved all in for 2,712,724 with . Stasiak called and then connected with the flop to take control of the pot. The turn was the and the river was the to eliminate Otani in ninth.
Stewart Kilpatrick nursed his short stack for another 15 minutes before he took a stand. Harry Lodge raised to 618,000 from UTG+1 and Kilpatrick called from the big blind. The flop came and Kilpatrick moved all in for 1,991,100 and Lodge called. Kilpatrick showed for bottom pair and a straight draw while Lodge showed for top pair. The turn gave Lodge two pair and the river completed the baord to eliminate Kilpatrick in eighth place.
Down to fewer than seven big blinds, Andreas Phouli moved all in from the hijack with and David Montoya move all in over the top from the button with . The board ran out to eliminate Phouli in seventh.
A standard race ten minutes later led to the next elimination. Lodge raised to 824,000 from the hijack with before Evan Parkes moved all in for 4,764,664 from the small blind with . Montoya folded his blind and Lodge called. THe flop changed nothing and Parkes was unable to make a pair through the turn or river and was out in sixth place.
The two players responsible for the previous two eliminations then clashed in a dramatic hand. Montoya moved all in from the cutoff for 7,169,640 with and Lodge called from the small blind with . Montoya made two pair on the flop but Lodge improved to a set on the turn. The river was the to eliminate Montoya in fifth.
Stasiak then got back into the elimination game. From the button, Stasiak raised to 1,200,000 and Abhinav Iyer moved all in for 6,514,824 and Stasiak called. Iyer tabled while Stasiak showed . The flop gave Iyer all kinds of outs. The turn was not one of them and when the completed the board, he was eliminated in fourth.
Just over 15 minutes later, Stasiak ended another player’s shot at WSOP glory. Lodge moved all in from the small blind with and Stasiak woke up with in the big blind and called. The board ran out to eliminate Lodge and send the tournament to heads up.
Stasiak actually started heads up play with a slight chip deficit to Ilobera but it took him just 10 minutes of play to capture the chip lead and all of the chips in play. Ilobera moved all in from the button with and Stasiak called with . The flop gave Stasiak the lead and he kept it with the turn and river completing the board to eliminate Ilobera in second place.
Final Table Payouts
- Alek Stasiak – $343,203
- Martin Ilobera – $246,765
- Harry Lodge – $177,426
- Abhinav Iyer – $127,571
- David Montoya – $91,724
- Evan Parkes – $65,951
- Andreas Phouli – $47,419
- Stewart Kilpatrick – $34,095
- Norihiro Otani – $24,514