When the final table of 2020 WSOP Online Event #7 ($800 NLHE Knockout Deepstack Freezeout) started, Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim sat atop a group of four players bunched up together all chasing chip leader Jeff Platt. Over the next 90 minutes, Kim picked off four of his eight opponents, including Platt, to capture his first WSOP bracelet and $106,127.
The tournament, the second freezeout on the schedule, drew 989 players to create a $534,060 prize pool.
From late position, ‘smallmytable’ shoved for 1,896,108 with and ‘thehoffx’ called from the button with kd]. The board ran out to miss multiple draws for ‘thehoffx’ and eliminate them in ninth place.
Two minutes later, action folded to Eric ‘CircleBall’ Baldwin in the cutoff and he moved all in for 2,716,220 with before ‘fan_sawyer21’ called all in from the button with . The flop gave Baldwin extra outs but the turn moved him ahead with a pair and ‘fan_sawyer21’ was unable to work his way back into the hand after the river and was out in eighth.
Seven-handed play lasted another 15 minutes before Platt saw his run end in a blind versus blind battle. Action folded to Kim in the small blind and he moved all in for 8,110,424 with and Platt tank-called off his last 3,312,484 with . The flop moved Kim ahead and Platt could only watch as the turn and river completed the board with no help to cement his seventh place finish.
That hand gave Kim more than 30% of the chips in play and he continued to use that stack to apply pressure. Twenty minutes after busting Platt, Kim found another victim. From the button, ‘smallmytable’ moved all in for 2,782,004 with and Kim called from the big blind with . The runout missed both players but left Kim in front with ace-high and eliminated ‘smallmytable’ in sixth.
Three minutes later, Ian ‘APokerJoker’ Steinman moved all in from the cutoff for 2,997,000 with before ‘bunsamllion’ called from the big blind with . The flop gave ‘bunsamillion’ top set but left Steinman looking for a ten for a straight. The turn was the and the river was the to miss Steinman’s draw and eliminate him in fifth.
Baldwin earned another elimination five minutes later. As the first to act, Jason ‘Gunnger_Q10’ Gunn moved all in for 2,078,846 with and Baldwin moved all in for 6,475,798 with . Gunn was unable to find any relief on the runout and was eliminated in fourth place.
Four minutes later, Baldwin and Kim met in a preflop all in confrontation. From the button, Kim raised to 640,000 with and Baldwin shoved for 10,394,644 from the small blind with . ‘bunsamillion’ folded the big blind before Kim called. The flop changed nothing and neither did the turn or river and Baldwin was out in third.
That pot propelled Kim to a massive heads-up chip lead over ‘bunsamillion’. It took Kim 11 minutes to finish off his final opponent. Kim moved all in from the button with and ‘bunsamillion’ called with . The board ran out runout gave Kim the pot to eliminate ‘bunsamillion’ in second and give Kim his first career wsop bracelet.
Final Table Payouts
- Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim – $103,127 + $3,000 in bounties
- bunsamillion – $63,767 + $2,000 in bounties
- Eric ‘Circle’ Baldwin – $44,914 + $1,600 in bounties
- Jason ‘Gunner_Q10’ Gunn – $32,044 + $1,800 in bounties
- Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman – $23,178 + $1,400 in bounties
- smallmytable – $16,983 + $1,400 in bounties
- Jeff ‘mavsusc’ Platt – $12,657 + $2,400 in bounties
- fan_sawyer21 – $9,560 + $1,200 in bounties
- thehofffx – $7,316 + $1,400 in bounties
Faces in the Crowd
Frank ‘spaghettiii’ Marasco continued his strong play, posting a 12th place finish to pick $5,661.03 and another $1,600 from bounties. Other recognizable names that ended up in the money on Tuesday were Ryan ‘bitc0in’ Riess (33rd – $2,403.27 + $600), David ‘bewater’ Goodman (44th – $2,029.42 + $1,800), Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout (80th – $1,228.33 + $600), and Brian ‘JackBogle’ Altman (86th – $1,121.52).