WSOP: Nick ‘samadhi’ Binger Outlasts Matt Berkey, Ryan Leng to Win Event #24

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'samadhi' took down World Series of Poker Online Event #24 ($400 NLHE) on WSOP.com to score their first cash of the Series and take home a coveted WSOP bracelet.

Friday night’s World Series of Poker Online action on WSOP.com saw ‘samadhi’ overcome a final table that included Matt ‘Berkey11_S4Y’ Berkey and WSOP bracelet winner Ryan ‘Adopt_aDogg0’ Leng to win Event #24 ($400 NLHE 8-Max) and earn $133,412.83 and a WSOP bracelet.

It didn’t take long for the first final table bust out of the day when Christian ‘CalcFather’ Calcano open-jammed with Ac9c from middle position for 1,226,311. Action folded to chip leader ‘samadhi’ in the big blind who made the call with 8c8s. It was a coin flip that Calcano needed to win but he didn’t connect on the Tc4d2d5s7h runout and ended his final table cameo appearance.

Eight minutes later high-roller regular Berkey moved all-in for 2,936,652 after ‘eric_shun’ limped in on the button. The button limper called and they were off to the flop.

  • ‘eric_shun’: KhQd
  • Berkey: AdTs

The Jd9c5s flop meant Berkey was still ahead but gave ‘eric_shun’ a gutshot for Broadway. The 6c on the turn missed both players but Berkey made a pair on the Td river which also gave ‘eric_shun’ the straight sending the ‘Solve For Why’ co-founder to the rail.

With six players remaining, ‘alululululu’ raised to 480,000 from the cutoff, Norman ‘abnormality’ Michalek called off his remaining stack of 241,624 and Leng completed from the big blind. ‘alululululu’ fired a 240,000 continuation bet which Leng called after checking  on the 6c5c2d flop. The 5d turn and 3d were checked down. The at-risk Michalek tabled AhTc for ace-high but Leng rivered a pair as he was holding Qc3h to eliminate Michalek in sixth place.

Mark ‘batsman’ Bansemar was the next player with his tournament life on the line. Leng who was in the small blind put Bansemar all in, who committed his 2,161,265 stack from the big blind. Leng held Jh3h while Bansemar showed 7c7h. The flop came a favorable 6c6d2h for Bansemar. The Ad river meant that Leng just had three outs to hit, and hit he did as the Js fell on the river and sent Bansemar packing for a $33K payout.

There was more blind versus blind action 13 minutes later as short stack ‘alululululu’ shoved their 1,654,922 stack from the small blind with Kd9h and ‘samadhi’ called with Th7h in the big blind. Despite ‘alululululu’ remaining ahead on the 8h5h4d flop he still had to avoid what seemed like half the deck. An inconsequential 3d came on the turn but ‘samadhi’ completed his flush on the Qh river ending the hopes of ‘alululululu’ in fourth place.

Three-handed play ended just over ten minutes later after another blind versus blind battle. Leng limped in the small blind and ‘eric_shun’ checked his option. Leng bet 333,333 after seeing the Jh9c6c flop and ‘eric_shun’ called. Leng put the pressure on betting 666,666 the Ah turn and again ‘eric_shun’ called. Leng then put in a hefty bet of 3,669,669 on the Kh river and then snap-called after ‘eric_shun’ river raised all-in with Th9s for a pair of nines. Leng, holding Qh8h, rivered the nuts, rendering ‘eric_shun’s’ holding useless to take it to heads up.

Ryan ‘Adopt_aDogg0’ Leng at one point had a 8:1 chip lead and had ‘samadhi’ all in on three separate occasions with the latter winning all three to take the chip lead. With the blinds at 300,000/600,000 Leng moved all in on the button with 9c9d and was quickly called by ‘samadhi’ with Kh8s. The chip leader continued his run good versus Leng as the flop came KdQd2d, looking to fade any diamond or nine, the turn came the 4s and the 7s on the river sealed the win for ‘samadhi’ who overcame the odds to pick up a WSOP title and the lion’s share of $866,880 prize pool.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Nick ‘samadhi’ Binger – $133,412.83
  2. Ryan ‘Adopt_aDogg0’ Leng – $82,440.28
  3. ‘eric_shun’ – $60,161.47
  4. ‘alululululu’- $44,297.56
  5. Mark ‘bansman’ Bansemar – $32,941.44
  6. Norman ‘abnormality’ Michalek – $24,706.08
  7. Matt ‘Berkey11_S4Y’ Berkey – $18,637.92
  8. Christian ‘CalcFather’ Calcano – $14,216.83

Faces in the Crowd

2020 WSOP bracelet winner Pat ‘ichiikawawa’ Lyons bubbled the tournament in 331st place and notable names like Ali ‘sasukeuchiha’ Imsirovic (82nd – $1,300.32) and Scott ‘BudLightLime’ Hempel (53rd – $2,340.57) finished in the money. WSOP veteran Mike ‘mouth123’ Matusow made it to the final four tables but finished 30th for $3,380.83 and the unfortunate final table bubble boy Jordan ‘HFNeon’ Spurlin picked up $11,009.37 for his efforts.