Nine days ago, Shane ‘danish01’ Daniels finished runner-up to Nathan Gamble in Event #6 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Early Thursday morning, Daniels had a chance to becoome the second player of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online to post a runner-up finish and then follow it with a victory when he reached the heads-up stage of Event #15 ($1,000 Pot Limit Omaha).
Unfortunately for Daniels, Guy ‘PhilLaak’ Dunlap wasn’t quite ready to let that story repeat itself.
Dunlap beat Daniels heads-up and topped the 663-entry field to win his first career bracelet and $133,780. Daniels had to settle for $82,069 and yet another runner-up finish.
Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno came to the final table with the shortest stack and was unable to change his fate. From the cutoff, Zinno raised to 240,000 and Matt ‘jacksup’ Matros called. The flop came and Matros bet 520,000 and Zinno called. Matros showed for a flush draw and gutshot straight draw while Zinno tabled for a set of aces. The turn filled Matros’ flush and Zinno got no full house help with the river and was eliminated in eighth.
Despite picking up his opponent’s stack, Matros was next out the door. Matros raised to 180,000 from middle position, Dunlap called from the cutoff and Todd ‘chi.t.420’ Sladek re-raised to 840,000 from the button. Matros responded by moving all in for 1,975,532, Dunlap folded but Sladek called and turned over which put him ahead of Matros’ . The flop kept Sladek ahead and gave him a flush draw to eliminate one of Matros’ outs. The turn gave Matros a flush draw but the river filled the board and missed both players to give Sladek the pot and eliminated Matros in seventh place.
Sladek ended another player’s tournament just 12 minutes later. Sladek raised to 200,000 from UTG with before Blake ‘shampainpopn’ Whittington moved all in for 317,760 with . Sladek called and then picked up a pair and a flush draw on the flop. The turn changed nothing. The river was the to give Sladek two pair and eliminate Whittington in sixth.
Four-handed play lasted 20 minutes before the two shortest stacks went head-to-head. From the button, Keith ‘thxsimgod’ Ferrera raised to 420,000, Daniels called from the small blind and Dunlap folded his big blind. The flop came and Daniels bet 575,328 and Ferrera called. Daniels showed for a straight draw and middle pair while Ferrera held for the nut flush draw and a pair of nines. The turn was a brick but Daniels made two pair on the river to bust Ferrera in fifth place.
Five minutes later, Daniels busted another player. After Daniels raised to 270,000 from UTG, Jacob ‘Bandit275’ Powers re-raised to 870,000 from the big blind and Daniels called. The flop got Powers to bet 120,000. Daniels shoved for 1,322,276 and Powers called all in for 596,640. Daniels showed for a straight draw while Powers showed for bottom set. The turn filled Daniels’ straight draw and Powers was unable to improve to a full house on the river and was eliminated in fourth.
It took 35 minutes of three-handed play to get heads up. Daniels raised to 600,000 fromthe button with and Sladek moved all in for 679,800 from the big blind with . The board ran out to give Daniels an ace-high straight and eliminate Sladek in third place.
Dunlap was ahead 8,437,368 to the 4,822,632 of Daniels when heads up play started and it took almost 15 for Dunlap end the tournament. On the final hand, Daniels raised to 400,000, Dunlap re-raised to 1,200,000 and Daniels called. After the flop, Dunlap bet 1,800,000 and Daniels called all in for 1,622,632. Dunlap showed while Daniels was going to need help with . Dunlap improved to trip kings on the turn before the river gave both players a flush. Dunlap’s nut flush eliminated Daniels in second place and gave him his first career bracelet and $133,780.
Final Table Payouts
- Guy ‘PhilLaak’ Dunlap – $133,780
- Shane ‘danish01’ Daniels – $82,069
- Todd ‘chi.t.420’ Sladek – $56,749
- Jacob ‘Bandit275’ Powers – $39,870
- Keith ‘thxsimgod’ Ferrera – $28,469
- Blake ‘shampainpopn’ Whittington – $20,659
- Matt ‘jacksup’ Matros – $15,305
- Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno – $11,526
Faces in the Crowd
The amazing WSOP of Robert Kuhn continued Wednesday. The Event #3 winner picked up his ninth cash of the Series with a 15th place result for $5,416.71. He wasn’t the only 2020 WSOP Online bracelet who finished in the money. Nathan Gamble finished 28th for $3,023.38 and Michael Lech came in 43rd place for $2,852.38. Other well known players who cashed in this event included David ‘Twizzlers’ Prociak (40th – $2,582.38), Kevin MacPhee (44th – $2,582.38), Ryan Laplante (58th – $2,015.52), Ari ‘philivey’ Engel (71st – $1,826.56), and Shawn ‘Saygoodnight’ Daniels (72nd – $1,826.56).