WSOP: Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim Earns Bracelet, $106K with Event #7 Win

Online grinder Joon 'jykpoker' Kim took down Event #7 ($800 NLHE Deepstack Knockout Freezeout) for his first career bracelet win.

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 JcJh and ‘thehoffx’ called from the button with Ah[kd]. The board ran out 8d6h4h8hQs 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 Th9h before ‘fan_sawyer21’ called all in from the button with AcTc. The Kd7s6c flop gave Baldwin extra outs but the 9d turn moved him ahead with a pair and ‘fan_sawyer21’ was unable to work his way back into the hand after the 5c 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 Qh9c and Platt tank-called off his last 3,312,484 with Kh2h. The QcTs8c flop moved Kim ahead and Platt could only watch as the 3s turn and 4s 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 KsJc and Kim called from the big blind with Ac9h. The Td5s3h7d3d 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 AsJc before ‘bunsamllion’ called from the big blind with KdKh. The KcQd6s flop gave ‘bunsamillion’ top set but left Steinman looking for a ten for a straight. The turn was the 8h and the river was the 2d 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 JdTd and Baldwin moved all in for 6,475,798 with AhKd. Gunn was unable to find any relief on the 6s4d4h5cQc 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 AdAs and Baldwin shoved for 10,394,644 from the small blind with AdAs. ‘bunsamillion’ folded the big blind before Kim called. The KdQs4c flop changed nothing and neither did the 5c turn or 5d 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 Kc9h and ‘bunsamillion’ called with Qh7h. The board ran out Kh5c2s2dAh runout gave Kim the pot to eliminate ‘bunsamillion’ in second and give Kim his first career wsop bracelet.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim – $103,127 + $3,000 in bounties
  2. bunsamillion – $63,767 + $2,000 in bounties
  3. Eric ‘Circle’ Baldwin – $44,914 + $1,600 in bounties
  4. Jason ‘Gunner_Q10’ Gunn – $32,044 + $1,800 in bounties
  5. Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman – $23,178 + $1,400 in bounties
  6. smallmytable – $16,983 + $1,400 in bounties
  7. Jeff ‘mavsusc’ Platt – $12,657 + $2,400 in bounties
  8. fan_sawyer21 – $9,560 + $1,200 in bounties
  9. 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).