The 2020 World Series of Poker $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty Tournament took over 13 hours to complete including a final table that lasted for over three hours. Malikeh Jamali was the last woman standing when it was all said and done, grabbing the first-place prize of $151,127 and $88,053 in bounties for a total of $239,180 to go along with her first World Series of Poker Bracelet.
The field was comprised of 2,024 players in total for a total prize pool of $2,024,000. The progressive bounty tournament started with bounties of $250 on everyone’s head that grew with each elimination a player picked up. Players who eliminated designated GGPoker pros also received a ticket into a “Beat the Pros” freeroll tournament.
Nine-handed play lasted for nearly 20 minutes before the final table saw its first elimination. Jamali raised to 440,000 from early position with and Vadim Stoyanov moved all in from the hijack spot for his last 1,294,041 with . The action folded back around to Jamali who called and moved ahead in the hand with top pair when the flop came down . The on the turn and the on the river brought no help to Stoyanov who was out in ninth place.
Just over five minutes later, Elio Fox moved all-in for 1,683,806 from under the gun with the . Dylan Linde moved all-in for more with in the cutoff which prompted folds from the button and the blinds. The flop gave Linde a flush draw to go with his pair of kings, and the on the turn and on the river eliminated Fox from the tournament in eighth place.
The final table went on break after Fox’s elimination and returned to play for about 10 minutes before Peter Chien was eliminated in seventh place. Andre Difelice min-raised from the hijack with and faced an all-in shove to 1,357,135 from Chien with in the cutoff. The action folded back around to Difelice who was priced in needing only 877,135 more to call into a pot of over 2,400,000. The flop came down to give Difelice a double-gutter straight draw. Chien faded on the straight on the turn, but the on the river completed Difelice’s straight and sealed Chien’s fate.
Six-handed play lasted for over a half-hour before Mike Leah’s stack dwindled down to under two big blinds. Difelice min-raised his button to 560,000 and was called in the small blind by Jamali. Leah had only 128,982 left behind and moved his chips in preflop. Jamali and Difelice went check-check on an flop and a turn. Jamali bet 560,000 after the fell on the flop and Difelice folded. Leah had made a 10-high flush with the , but Jamali was best with the to knock Leah out in sixth place.
Another half hour passed before the final table’s next elimination. Jamali raised to 704,000 from the cutoff with and was called by Martin Zamani in the big blind with . Both players were happy with the flop that gave top set to Jamali and an open-ended straight draw to Zamani. Zamani check-raised to 3,744,600 after Jamali bet 583,440 and was met with a 4-bet shove for Zamani’s last 1,389,432. Zamani called and was drawing dead when the fell on the river to give Jamali quad nines. The meaningless on the river ended Zamani’s night in fifth place.
Ten minutes later, Leonid Yanovski was first to act and moved all-in for his last 2,612,014 with the . Difelice called on the button with and the two blinds fold. Yanovski was way behind on an flop that brought a pair and flush draw for Difelice, but he did turn some straight outs with the on the turn. The on the river didn’t give Yanvoski the help that he needed and the final table was down to three.
Three-handed play went on for about 15 minutes until Difelice moved all-in on the button with the and a 4,947,332 stack remaining. Jamali folded in the small blind and Linde snap-called from the big blind with . The board ran out clean for Linde’s kings and knocked Difelice out in third place to set up heads-up play.
It took over 40 minutes of heads-up play before a winner was finally decided. Jamali had a roughly 2-to-1 chip advantage when heads up began, but the play went back and forth with both players drawing about even in chips at one point. But Jamali had a convincing 7-to-1 chip advantage when the final hand was dealt.
Linde limped in on the button and Jamali checked behind. The flop came and Jamali check-called a 600,000 bet. Jamali check-called again when Linde bet 1,320,000 on the turn. The river completed the board and prompted another check from Jamali which was followed by an all-in shove for Linde’s last 4,441,416. Jamali quickly called and revealed the slow-played , which was more than enough to defeat Linde’s to win the tournament.
Final Table Payouts
1. Malikeh Jamali – $239,180
2. Dylan Linde – $147,447
3. Andre Difelice – $114,413
4. Leonid Yanovich – $66,056
5. Martin Zamani – $51,081
6. Mike Leah – $41,892
7. Peter Chien – $40,251
8. Elio Fox – $28,450
9. Vadim Stoyanov – $20,704