Israel’s Ravid Garbi worked his way through a tough final table that included a number of players making their second trip to a 2020 World Series of Poker Online final table before going one-on-one with an online poker legend to win his first career in Event #58 ($5,000 Six NLHE Championship).
The 672-entry field was whittled down to nine players including Shyngis Satubayev, Mikita Badziakouski, Andy Hun Wei Lee, and Alan Schein, all of whom had previously made WSOP final tables already over the past few weeks of play. The final table also included Chris Moorman and Ludovic Geilich. Garbi arrived at the final table with just five big blinds.
The final nine players played without an elimination for 48 minutes before the first of those final table returnees went home. Schein, who previously finished 4th in Event #55, limped from UTG+1 and action folded around to Urmo Velvelt who checked his big blind option. The flop came and Velvelt checked to Schein who moved all in for 1,703,894. Velvelt tank-called and showed which put him ahead of Schein’s . The turn and river were of no help to Schein and he was eliminated in ninth.
A few minutes later, another one of those returnees joined Schein on the rail. Event #37 winner Andy Hun Wei Lee moved all in for 1,251,130 from middle position before Ludovic Geilich moved all in over the top from the small blind forcing Mikita Badziakouski to fold his big blind. Lee showed and Geilich tabled a. The flop changed nothing Geilich stayed ahed through the turn before hitting top pair on the river to bust lee in eighth place.
Down to just a tad more than 1.5 big blinds, Badziakouski’s night lasted just five more minutes. The Belarussian poker pro, runner-up in the $10,000 Short Deck Championship, moved all in from the cutoff and Urmo Velvelt called from the big blind. Badziakouski was ahead after showing after Velvelt tabled . The board ran out to give Velvelt a rivered pair and send Badziakouski home in seventh place.
Those quick pace of eliminations continued and just two minutes later, Event #40 third place finisher Satubayev was the next to go. Satubayev moved all in from UTG for 7,200,000 and Ravid Garbi defended his big blind. Satubayev showed while Garbi tabled . The runout ended Satubayev’s run in sixth.
Geilich managed to ladder up a few spots before the the structure forced his hand. Velvelt moved all in from the button and Geilich called off his last 2,500,000 and turned over while Velvelt had two live cards with . The flop came to keep Geilich in front. The turn however put the Scot in a rough spot and when the river didn’t improve his hand, Geilich was eliminated in fifth place.
It took 10 minutes before the next bustout and despite having had a hand in earlier eliminations, Velvelt couldn’t stick around. After doubling up Preben Stokkan, Velvelt was down fewer than 12 big blinds when he called from the small blind. Garbi checked his big and the players saw a flop of . Velvelt bet 300,000 before Garbi raised to 900,000. Velvelt moved all in for 3,270,000 and Garbi called. Velvelt showed but got bad news after seeing Garbi turn over a big blind special of for two flopped pair. The turn was the and the completed the board to eliminate Velvelt in fourth.
Garbi found another victim just 10 minutes later. Garbi called from the small blind and then called again when Stokkan moved all in from the big blind for 4,440,000. Stokkan showed but Garbi was in complete control with . The [7h flop gave Stokkan some hope, but the turn and river offered no further relief and Stokkan was out in third and Garbi entered heads up against online poker legend Chris Moorman with a 2.5-1 chip lead.
The heads up battled last 30 minutes with both players taking turns with the lead. Garbi took control though and left the 888poker Ambassador sitting on a stack of just 12 big blinds. Moorman called after Ravid moved all in. Ravid showed and Moorman needed some help with . He didn’t get any on the runout and was out in second giving Ravid his first career bracelet and more than a half-million dollar payday
Final Table Payouts
- Ravid Garbi – $531,513
- Chris Moorman – $398,393
- Preben Stokkan – $292,021
- Urmo Velvelt – $214,051
- Ludovic Gelich – $156,898
- Shyngis Satubayev – $115,006
- Mikita Badziakouski – $84,299
- Andy Hun Wei Lee – $61,791
- Alan Schein – $45,293