When the 2020 World Series of Poker Online schedule came out it was clear that Event #4 was designed with fireworks in mind in more ways than one. Event #4 ($500 Super Turbo NLHE) was designed to finish quickly so players could get outside on July 4th in Las Vegas and the quick pace of the event meant things moved along quickly.
Those July 4th celebrations didn’t seem to stop the players from turning out. There were 828 unique entries who fired a total of 351 rebuys to create a $530,550 prize pool. The event took just five hours and 48 minutes to play down to winner. The final table started with an average stack of just 10 big blinds.
Holding nine big blinds, Jason ‘Daluxxx’ Luxenberg shoved for 3,554,584 with from UTG+1. Action folded to Brian ‘XcrazylegsX’ Frasca who moved all-in for 5,081,808 on the button with . The board ran out to give Frasca top set and eliminate Luxenberg in ninth place.
Just five minutes later, Kevin ‘ImALuckSac’ MacPhee lived up to his screenname and it led to the elimination of Shawn ‘Saygoodnight’ Daniels. MacPhee moved all in for 2,833,565 with only to have Daniels call all in for 1,652,932 from the small blind with . The [k][q][t] flop gave MacPhee top two pair but left Daniels drawing live to an ace or a jack. The turn and river were both bricks and Daniels was sent to the rail in eighth place. This was the second final table of the 2020 WSOP for Daniels after he finished fourth in Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold’em Kickoff) for $42,060.
Ryan ‘Whosyourdodd’ Dodd got to stick around for another six minutes before he was exiting stage right. Dodd moved all in from the button for 3,591,334 with and Frank ‘spaghettiii’ Marasco called from the big blind with . The board ran out to miss Dodd entirely and give Marasco a rivered top set. Dodd was out in seventh place.
Down to just over two big blinds, Bode move all in for 2,129,268 with . Marasco then shoved for 13,068,178 with , and ‘DrJayTrotter‘ called all in for his last 1,048,964 wiht . The flop gave Bode top pair. The turn and river were both bricks for ‘DrJayTrotter’ and they were eliminated in sixth place.
Bode then picked up another victim. Down to 1.5 big blinds, MacPhee moved all in from UTG for 1,776,726 with Bode called from the small blind with . The flop gave Bode top pair and MacPhee was unable to get any relief through the turn and river and was denied a third WSOP bracelet with a fifth place result.
The fast pace of eliminations continued and Bode was more than happy to be the one doing the work. Bode moved all in from the small blind for 12,342,242 with and Marasco called all in for his last 5,213,910 from the big blind with . The flop left Marasco needing a hail mary to stay alive but the turn and river were no help. Marasco was eliminated in fourth place.
A few minutes later, Frasca sent the tournament to heads-up. Frasco moved all in from the small blind for 20,135,952 with and ‘KTUUUH’ called all in for 1,745,872 with . The flop gave Frasco bottom pair and that held up through the turn and river and ‘KTUUUH’ was eliminated in third.
Frasca had a 2-1 chip lead when heads-up play began but over the course of eight hands, Bode found himself holding all of the chips. On the final hand of the night, Frasca moved all in for 13,593,648 with and Bode called with . The board ran out to give Bode trip sevens to eliminate Frasca and capture his first career WSOP bracelet and $97,091.
Final Table Payouts
- Matt Bode – $97,091
- Brian Frasca – $59,952
- ‘KTUUUH’ – $42,603
- Frank Marasco – $30,772
- Kevin MacPhee – $22,389
- ‘DrJayTrotter’ – $16,500
- Ryan Dodd – $12,362
- Shawn ‘Saygoodnight’ Daniels – $9,338
- Jason ‘Daluxxx’ Luxenberg – $7,162
Hellmuth Cashes Again
Phil Hellmuth finished in 37th place finish for $1,963.03 to go along with 11th place finish for $7,872 from Event #1. He wasn’t the only familiar face to wind up in the money on Saturday night. Ryan ‘KOVID19’ Ko (14th – $4,403.56), Ari Engel (16th – $3,501.63), Tim ‘unorth0dox’ Reilly (17th – $3,501.63), Bryan ‘Pellepelle’ Piccioli, Event #3 champion Robert ‘bustinballs’ Kuhn (33rd – $2,334.42), and Yong ‘LuckySpewy1’ Kwon ($75th – $1,061.10) were just a handful of players who earned a positive result.