As far as the 2020 World Series of Poker Online events go, the final battle of Event #39 had all the makings of a heavyweight battle between two elite players. Roberto Romanello defeated former #1-ranked PocketFiver Niklas Astedt heads up to win $216,212.95 and in the process become the first Welsh-born player to win a WSOP bracelet.
The win makes Romanello just the ninth player to ever have won poker’s Triple Crown: a World Poker Tour title, a European Poker Tour title, and a WSOP bracelet. He won EPT Prague in 2010 and and WPT Bratislava in 2011.
The event drew 922 runners for a $1,313,850 prizepool and was the second event in as many days with a start time geared towards the massive Asian online poker market.
Astedt started the final table with more than twice as many chips as his nearest competitor and it didn’t take long for him to put them to use. Jeffrey Cormier only got to spend 10 minutes at the final table before Astedt picked him off. From UTG, Astedt raise to 220,000 and Cormier jammed all in for 432,000 middle position. Astedt called and showed and Cormier turned over . The flop gave Astedt a firm grasp on the hand. The turn gave Cormier Broadway outs but the river was the proverbial nail in the coffing and he was out in ninth place.
Five minutes later, an all in preflop race ended on player’s tournament. Paul Barnes made it 200,000 from UTG+1 and Orkhan Allahverdiyev raised to 1,176,000 from the cutoff and Barnes called. Allahverdiyev showed while Barnes tabled . The flop paired Allahverdiyev but the turn gave Barnes a set. The river didn’t complete a board flush and Allahverdiyev was finished in eighth.
Ravali Krishna opened to 200,000 from middle position before Romanello raised to 1,900,000. Krishna called off his last 1,500,000 and showed . Romanello was ahead with and stayed there through the runout to eliminate Krishna in seventh place.
Astedt continued to hold the chip lead despite having to watch other players do the eliminating. This time it was Russia’s Aleksandr Trofimov‘s turn to do the heavy lifting. Trofimov opened to 240,000 as the first to act and Hannes Speiser shoved for 1,500,000 from the cutoff. Trofimov called and showed with Speiser needing help with . The flop left Speiser needing help and he got some on the turn. The river didn’t make his runner runner flush and he was sent packing in sixth.
Five-handed play lasted a half hour before Barnes found a second victim of the night. Action folded to Thomas Cazayous in the small blind and he called only to have Barnes raise to 475,000 from the big. Cazayous called to see a flop. Both players checked. The turn was the and Cazayous led out for 535,500 and Barnes called. The river got Cazayous to bet 1,000,000 and Barnes raised again to forced Cazayous to call off his last 67,000. Barnes showed for top set while Cazayous showed for top pair and was out in fifth.
Over the next half hour, Astedt surrendered the chip lead with Barnes and Romanello each taking a turn at the top. Astedt recaptured it in a hand that ended Trofimov’s night. Down to just 12 big blinds, Trofimov moved all in with and Astedt defended from the big blind with . The flop was a great one for Trofimov but the turn and river gave Astedt Broadway and busted Trofimov in fourth place.
Twelve minutes later Astedt send the tournament to heads up. Astedt moved all in from the small blind wit4h and Barnes called for his tournament life with . The board ran out to eliminate Barnes in third.
Despite having eliminted the previous two players, Astedt began heads up with the shorter of the two stacks, but only by three big blinds. The pair clashed early with Romanello doubling thanks to a flopped set of sevens and a few hands later, Astedt was done. Astedt bet his last 2.5 big blinds with and Romanello called with . The flop gave Romanello top pair and Astedt got no help on the turn or river and was eliminated in second place.
Final Table Payouts
- Roberto Romanello – $216,212.95
- Niklas Astedt – $156,905.35
- Paul Barnes – $113,866.12
- Aleksandr Trofimov – $82,632.62
- Thomas Cazayous – $59,966.47
- Hannes Speiser – $43,517.60
- Ravali Krishna – $31,580.88
- Orkhan Allayverdiyev – $22,918.14
- Jeffrey Cormier – $16,631.76