WSOP: Ethan Yau Streams His Way to Gold in Event #26 for $164K

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Ethan Yau took down Event #26 ($500 NLHE Grand Finale) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online for his first career WSOP bracelet.

Ethan Yau‘s WSOP.com screenname ‘RampageP‘ is an ode to his RampagePoker YouTube channel where he streams and vlogs throughout the year. On Sunday night, Yau lived up to that moniker needing just 99 minutes to lay waste to five of his final eight opponents on his way to victory in 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #26 ($500 NLHE Grand Finale).

Yau streamed the final table action and gave his viewing audience a behind-the-scenes look at the win which paid him $164,493.99 and awarded him his first WSOP bracelet.

Yau got off to a hot start by sending two players out on one hand just ten minutes into the final table. Michael Guzzardi moved all in for 1,877,652 from UTG and Yau called from the cutoff before Joon Kim, making his second final table of the Series, re-shoved for 2,621,472 from the big blind. Yau called and tabled Ad8d which put him behind the AhKd of Kim and KcKh of Guzzardi. The Tc9d5c flop changed nothing but Yau picked up a flush draw on the 4d turn and made that flush on the Qd river to send both Guzzardi and Kim to the rail.

Five minutes later, Matt Iles moved all in for 716,847 with KcQd and Mohammad Mufti called from the big blind with Ad4h. Mufti was ahead and found a flush draw on the 7d6d3s flop. The Ac turn gave Mufti top pair and all Iles could do was watch the 2s river complete the board before collecting his seventh place payout.

On the button, Jason Scott moved all in for 2,065,965 and Blake Whittington re-raised all in for 2,992,388 from the small blind. Scott showed 8h6h which put him behind Whittington’s TcTs. The AsJc8s flop gave Scott some hope but the Qs turn and 6s river gave Whittington a flush to eliminate Scott in sixth.

Five-handed play went on for 45 minutes before Yau earned another elimination. From UTG, Yau raised to 925,000 and David Kim called from the big blind. The flop came AdKsJh and Kim checked. Yau bet 2,350,000 and Kim called. Yau showed QdJs for bottom pair but Kim tabled QcTd for Broadway. Yau picked up a flush draw on the 3d turn and completed it on the 4d river to eliminate Kim in fifth place.

Yau continued on the elimination mission four minutes later. Whittington moved all from UTG for 3,109,664 with JhTh and Yau moved all in from the button with AcAd. The board ran out 9h7d4d2c5d to ship the pot to Yau and eliminate Whittington in fourth.

Yau started three-handed play holding 75% of the chips in play. The two shorter stacks clashed a few minutes later to send the tournament to heads up. Mufti moved all in for 5,020,228 from the button, Yau folded his small blind before Brian Patrick called from the big blind. Patrick showed AsQs and was racing against the 9c9s of Mufti. The Ac4h3d flop gave Patrick top pair and Mufti wasn’t able to improve on the Kh turn or Jd river.

Yau had a 3-2 chip lead when heads up play began and it took only 10 minutes for Yau to cap off the win. Yau opened to 1,250,000 and Patrick moved all in for 11,293,588. Yau called and turned over 4d4h and Patrick needed help with the Ac8s. The Qh7d7s flop gave Patrick extra outs as did the 6h turn. The 7h river however gave Yau an unneeded full house to eliminate Patrick as the runner up.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Ethan Yau – $164,494
  2. Brian Patrick – $101,669
  3. Mohammad Mufti – $74,647
  4. Blake Whittington – $55,282
  5. David Kim – $41,321
  6. Jason Scott – $31,075
  7. Matt Iles – $23,531
  8. Joon Kim – $18,014
  9. Michael Guzzardi – $13,961