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  1. After five straight days of No Limit Hold'em action in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, the four-card wizards got their first chance to shine with on Monday night with a Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better event and Nathan Gamble emerged to win his second career WSOP bracelet in this variant. Event #6 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) drew 833 runners for a $449,820 prize pool and when the final table began, Gamble sat right in the middle of the chip counts with a less-than-average stack. Ten minutes into the final table, action folded to Simon 'bagelbites' Lam in the cutoff and he raised to 350,000 and 'danish01' called from the button. After the [poker card="qd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop, Lam shoved for 576,136 and 'danish01' called. Lam showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] for a pair of kings while 'danish01' turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] for a wrap and the only low draw. The [poker card="ad"] turn actually gave 'danish01' top pair and that held up through the [poker card="4h"] river which gave both players two pair to bust Lam in sixth. From the button, 'rainman3817' raised to 350,000 and 'hansdigalo' and 'SSJTimmy' defended the small and big blinds respectively. After the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] flop, 'hansdigalo' bet 120,000, 'SSJTimmy' called all in for 43,644, and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and 'hansdigalo' bet 771,822 and 'rainman3817' called. The [poker card="9c"] river completed the board and 'hansdigalo' and 'rainman3817' both checked. 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] for missed flush and low draws, 'SSJTimmy' turned over [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] for jacks and eights, while 'hansdigalo' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] for trip eights to eliminate 'SSJTimmy' in fifth place. Twenty minutes later Gamble picked up his first elimination of the night on his way to the title. Gamble opened to 320,000 as first to act and 'hansdigalo' replied with a three-bet to 1,120,000 from the small blind. Gamble called to see a [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] flop. 'hansdigalo' moved all in for 1,799,668 and Gamble called. Gamble showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="2s"] for two pair with multiple straight draws while 'hansdigalo' was behind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and the river was the [poker card="7d"] to give Gamble the pot and eliminate 'hansdigalo' in fourth. Just five minutes passed before Gamble went back to work. 'rainman3817' opened to 320,000 and Gamble called. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"] and Gamble bet 720,000 and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and Gamble fired 1,520,000 into the pot and 'rainman3817' called for his last 1,257,760. Gamble showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] while 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="3d"] river changed nothing and Gamble's flush was good enough to take down the pot and eliminate 'rainman3817' in third. Gamble held a commanding 87% of the chips in play but still needed another 20 minutes to eliminate his final opponent. 'danish01' battled back during heads-up play to face only a 2-1 deficit but wasn't able to build upon that. On the final hand, 'danish01' raised to 600,000, Gamble re-raised to 1,800,000, and 'danish01' moved all in for 3,368,864 and Gamble called. 'danish01' turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and Gamble showed [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"] flop kept 'danish01' ahead but left Gamble with a straight draw and multiple low draws. The [poker card="5d"] turn assured Gamble of at least half of the pot but the [poker card="4d"] river gave him a straight to take the high and low pots to eliminate 'danish01' in second place and give Gamble another PLO8 bracelet. Gamble's first bracelet came in 2017 when he beat 829 other entries to win the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Final Table Payouts Nathan 'surfbum' Gamble - $89,424 danish01 - $55,283 rainman3817 - $38,865 hansdigalo - $27,484 SSJTimmy - $19,792 Simon 'bagelbites' Lam - $14,484 Faces in the Crowd One day after making threats against another player on his YouTube live stream, Mike Matusow played his way into the money before going out in 37th for $1,754.29. Other notables who cashed include Jeremy 'Chipchecka' Ausmus (8th - $9,096.76), Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori (10th - $4,813.07), Randy 'StayAlive' Ohel (12th - $4,813.07), Shaun 'ddtgg' Deeb (21st - $2,518.99) Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (53rd - $1,529.38), and Daniel Negreanu picked up his third cash of the Series, finishing in 59th place for $1,304.47. WSOP commentator Norman Chad drove from Los Angeles to Nevada specifically to play this event and finished 112th for $899.64.
  2. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
  3. The opening event of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online events had a little bit everything that makes the WSOP so special. A huge field, a deep run by none other than Mr. WSOP himself, Phil Hellmuth, and a final table that saw a new member, Jonathan Dokler, join the bracelet winner club. Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold'em Kickoff) drew 1,715 total entries from 1,195 unique players to create a $771,750 prize pool. Dokler's eventual first place prize of $130,426 is the largest single prize on WSOP.com this year, beating the $130,410 score that Champie Douglas earned in the $525 Main Event of the Super Circuit Series earlier this year. As the field dwindled down to two tables, the field included Hellmuth gunning for a 16th bracelet, former World Poker Tour champ Taylor von Kriegenberg looking to add a WSOP bracelet to his resume, and WPT commentator and WSOP bracelet winner Tony Dunst hoping for a second bracelet. Hellmuth was the only one of those three to not make the final table. Taylor von Kriegenbergh moved all-in from the hijack for 751,580 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"] only to have Justin 'MadTitan' Turner call from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="jh"] to give von Kriegenbergh top pair on the flop before Turner made the nut flush on the turn to pick up the first elimination of the night. A few minutes later, Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler picked up his first victim of the final table. Action folded to Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke on the button and he moved all-in for 1,017,824 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="7s"]. Dokler called from the big blind with [poker card="9h"]][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Liedtke and he could do nothing but watch as the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="9c"] river gave Dokler a full house to send Liedtke out in eighth place. The fast pace of eliminations continued as a blind versus blind battle two hands later ended one player's tournament. Michael 'DDSpade' Balan opened to 390,000 from the small blind and 'djp1006' defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] and Balan bet 460,000. 'djp1006' moved all-in behind him for 1,470,536. Balan called and tabled [poker card="th"][poker card="7d"] for middle pair while while 'djp1006' was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] but the river was the [poker card="td"] to give Balan trip tens to bust 'djp1006' in seventh. No one player was able to seize control of the final table to this point with the fourth elimination of the night coming at the hands of a fourth unique player ten minutes later. 'ChefShap' moved all-in from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] with Shawn 'SayGoodNight' Daniels calling from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. Daniels stayed in control through the [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8h"] run out to send 'ChefShap' to the rail in sixth place. The final five players battled for 20 minutes with Dunst holding the chip lead despite not having been responsible for a single final table elimination. Two other players who had sent players packing battled in the next bustout. From the small blind, Balan raised to 555,000 and Dokler re-raised to 1,200,000 from the big blind. Balan called and the two players saw a flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"][poker card="4d"]. Balan checked, Dokler bet 680,000 and Balan called. The turn was the [poker card="2d"] and Balan shoved his last 2,840,000 into the middle and Dokler called. Balan showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="ts"] for second pair and the third nut flush draw only to be shown [poker card="kd"][poker card="4h"] by Dokler for two pair and a better flush draw. The [poker card="3c"] river offered Balan no help and he was sent packing in fifth. Down to four players, Dunst finally found himself a victim. From the button, Dunst raised to 560,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Daniels moved all-in for 1,538,586 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] and Dunst called. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Daniels all kinds of outs. The [poker card="6h"] turn was not one of them and neither was the [poker card="jc"] river to send him home in fourth place. Unfortunately for Dunst, his run didn't last much longer after an all-in preflop flip didn't go his way. Dunst bet 560,000 from the button with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and Dokler responded by three-betting to 1,800,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Dunst moved all-in for 9,450,881 and Dokler called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2s"] flop was a safe one for Dunst and the [poker card="th"] turn kept him in control. The [poker card="kh"] river however gave Dokler top pair and eliminated Dunst in third place. Heads-up play lasted just 20 minutes thanks largely to Dokler holding a better-than 3-1 lead over Turner after Dunst's elimination. On the final hand Turner bet his last 4,765,824 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"] and Dokler called with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Turner top pair but Dokler was now drawing to an open-ended straight. The [poker card="2h"] turn completed that draw and all Dokler could do was watch as the meaningless [poker card="5d"] river completed the hand to eliminate him and award Dokler the win and his first career WSOP bracelet. The win comes three months after Dokler picked up a WSOP Circuit Ring in the Super Circuit Series on WSOP.com and five months after his win in the Borgata Winter Poker Open High Roller for $100,829. Final Table Payouts Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $130,426 Justin 'MadTitan' Turner - $80,416 Tony 'Panoramic' Dunst - $57,881 Shawn 'SayGoodNight' Daniels - $42,060 Michael 'DDSpade' Balan - $30,947 'ChefShap' - $22,998 'djp1006' - $17,287 Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke - $13,120 Taylor 'ZeroTo100' Von Kriegenbergh - $10,110 Notable Finishes Hellmuth was certainly the biggest name to make the money on opening day but not the only familiar face starting off the Series with a cash. Jonathan 'havuuuuuc' Turner (12th - $7,782), Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc (25th - $3,935.92), Dan 'feeltheflow' Sindelar (29th - $3,164.17), Mike 'mouth123' Matusow (44th - $2,623.95), Jesse 'MrJesseJames' Sylvia (137th - $1,003.27), Katie 'katelin' Lindsay (149th - $1,003.27), Napun 'javatini' Java (159th - $926.10), and Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo (247th - $771.75) and managed to work their way into the money on Wednesday night.
  4. Over the course of the 2020 World Series of Poker, PocketFives will be checking in with Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay as they chase down WSOP glory. This is Episode 2 of The House of Moorman. Katie Lindsay wants to get it on the record early. With her three cashes through the first nine events of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, she’s still holding the lead over her husband Chris Moorman, who has just two. Not that anybody is keeping score. That second cash came on July 4, when Chris finished 124th in Event #4 ($500 NLHE Super Turbo) for $795.82. It wasn’t pretty. “I had to fold to min-cash with three big blinds,” Chris joked. That min-cash was just part of their low-key July 4th festivities. They picked up some lobster rolls from a local cafe that just opened down the street from their Las Vegas home and hung out by the pool while grinding the fastest structured tournament on the 2020 schedule. “It was weird though because it didn’t feel like a turbo at all and then all of a sudden it turned into a huge crapshoot and no on had more than ten bigs on the bubble,” Chris said. Once that was over, they hung out on their dock and watched some of the fireworks that other area residents were launching into the sky. Sunday was a good day for both of them on the tables. Katie finished fourth in the $320 WSOP.com Online Championship Sunday Special - not to be confused with the WSOP Online events - for $17,497.35 and Chris took down a $75 buy-in Knockout event. He almost didn’t register for it, knowing it’s usually a smaller event on Sundays but decided to add it to the other events he was grinding on Sunday. The win was worth nearly $6,800 but it lasted well into the night. “I’d rather win a smaller tournament then come second or third in a slightly bigger one just because it’s a nice feeling at the end to at least win it,” Chris said. If I had known how long it was going to go, I’m not sure I would have registered it in the first place.” Both Katie and Chris have been surprised to see unfamiliar names walking away with bracelets through the opening week and half of the schedule. “Everyone I know in Vegas is playing it and I’ve not really had one friend at a final table yet,” Chris said. All of that was supposed to change in Thursday’s $1,000 Six Max NLHE event. “Less recreational players like playing Six Max, it’s a slightly higher buy-in.” That’s not at all what happened. 70-year-old Ron ‘MacDaddy15’ MacMillen, playing online poker for the first time in his life, beat out 1,026 other entries to win the bracelet and $188,214. The winning moment was captured on video and shared on social media. “That video is amazing. I feel like that’s what it’s all about,” Chris said. “It brings out the magic of the World Series. It’s good to see.” The success that Chris and Katie have had at the tables the past weeks is made all the more impressive by the fact that they’ve been dealing with some early-rising, noisy house guests. For the past month, renovators have been re-doing the three bathrooms inside their house, arriving each day at 8 am - but they wanted to start earlier. “They tried to start at 7. They come one day and I said ‘You can’t start at 7’. If we’re playing poker until one in the morning, it’s too early,” Katie said. The pair have developed a routine though to help keep them sane through the renovations. Katie gets to get out of the house in the morning to get a workout in and Chris stays behind to answer any questions that the contractors have. Once Katie gets home, Chris heads out to play pickleball or golf before coming back home to start the day. Fortunately for the pair, the contractors are usually out of the house before each day’s bracelet event begins. Moorman, a former #1 on PocketFives, is quite happy returning to his roots as an online grinder while live poker is on hiatus. “I enjoy (online) more. You can’t replicate the feeling of making a live final table, but it’s just so hard,” Chris said, one year after winning a Wynn $1,600 No Limit Hold’em event for $107,590. “Live poker is quite draining for me and mentally sort of challenging, whereas online if you have a bad day, you can just come back the next day and reset.” It’s the opposite for Katie. Playing events in Las Vegas throughout the year means running into the same group of people over and over again. The tourists and recreational players that populate WSOP bracelet events each summer offer a totally different dynamic and it has nothing to do with how soft the fields become. “I love talking to people. I love meeting people. That’s why the World Series is just one of my favorites,” Katie said. “Sitting next to a 75-year-old Navy vet - my dad was in the Navy - and talking about where they were stationed and I just love stuff like that. It’s so cool hearing people’s stories. They’re excitement of just being there and you just feed off that energy.” “I miss it so much.”
  5. For almost two decades, poker fans have been pestering Brian Koppelman and David Levien to write a sequel to Rounders. In the final scene Mike McDermott jumps in a taxi in New York City and tells the driver to take him to the airport. "So where you headed?" "I'm going to Vegas." "Vegas, huh?" "Yup." "Good luck man." The cab drives off into the distance and the credits roll as Counting Crows' Baby, I'm a Big Star Now plays, but what happens after Mike gets to Las Vegas? Well, Kopelman and Levien are busy with their hit show Billions, and a sequel seems highly unlikely, but 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #1 winner Jonathan Dokler might just be writing it on his own. Six months ago, the 27-year-old had a good-paying job at a trading firm in New York City. "I decided it wasn't the life for me. I quit my job, moved out to Vegas," Dokler said. He didn't take a cab to Kennedy though - he took a train to Newark and then flew to Las Vegas. Everything started coming together about a month earlier though. Still working his 9-5, Dokler went to Atlantic City to play in some Borgata Winter Poker Open events. "I took a Greyhound from New York to Atlantic City for a quick trip, a couple of days before I had to get back to work. I hadn't even quit my job yet but I was planning to very soon," Dokler said. Dokler, with all of four live cashes to his credit totalling a little more than $21,000 in earnigns, beat out 76 other entries to win a $5,000 High Roller event for $100,829. Some of the players that he outlasted included former #1-ranked PocketFiver Paul Volpe, Faraz Jaka, Ian O’Hara, Jerry Wong, Christian Harder, and Jake Schwartz. "It was a small field, only 77 people, so it's nothing crazy, but it was cool to play that event, against that class of field and have a good result," Dokler said. Having picked up the game in college in 2013, Dokler's competitive side fueled his desire to get better at the game. He began playing more, watching Run It Once videos, and talking over hands with friends. As time went by, Dokler grew more and more passionate about the game and he kept flirting with the idea of playing professionally. The bus ride back to New York City gave Dokler time to think and the Borgata win made it crystal clear to him that he needed to follow his gut. In early March, Dokler packed up his stuff and left for Las Vegas. His original plan was to use Las Vegas as a home base of sorts as he travelled the world playing poker. "I was actually planning on travelling for a lot of tournaments. I was going to be in South America for some of the big PokerStars stuff, and I wanted to play the Irish Poker Open, WPT Amsterdam," Dokler said. That’s when Dokler's 2020 story - and everybody else's - really lost the narrative. "I got out here, I had an Airbnb for a couple of days and one of the places I went to go eat after finishing a session, they'd shut down. That's how I found out about the shut down in Vegas," Dokler said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered casinos and many Las Vegas businesses. He did not bring many personal belongings with him to Las Vegas, so he quickly ditched the Airbnb and found an apartment to rent and began getting set up to play as much online poker as possible. He had the necessities though, even if he didn't have the essentials. "I didn't have toilet paper for the first month or so, but I had a computer and an internet connection, enough to keep me happy," Dokler said. Happy indeed. In late March, Dokler earned $77,910 and a Circuit ring for winning WSOP Circuit Super Series Event #9 ($500 NLHE Monster Stack) on WSOP.com. That was really just a pre-cursor to last Wednesday when Dokler kicked off the WSOP Online by beating 1,714 other entries to win Event #1 ($500 NLHE Kickoff) for $130,425.75 and a WSOP bracelet. But even as Dokler was grinding his way towards the win, he was multi-tabling events across multiple sites and didn't think anything would come of it. "I was playing a lot of tables so I wasn't even paying super close attention to the bracelet event until it was actually getting kind of close," Dokler said. "I had some more interesting spots that didn't really pan out and I was able to run up a bunch of chips in the bracelet event and make that happen." So inside of six months, Dokler won six figures in a live event, quit his job, moved across the country, quarantined himself in a new apartment, won a WSOP Circuit ring and then became the first WSOP bracelet winner of 2020. He might be relatively new to the scene, but he understands his recent run is thanks to a combination of his skill and some luck. "I have friends who are much better at poker than me that don't have any bracelets and there are also players that are worse than me that have multiple bracelets," Dokler said. "I'm glad I won but the bracelet itself I don't attach any particular significance to it." With three weeks of events left, Dokler plans to continue to grind as much of the WSOP.com schedule as possible and hasn't yet made up his mind about leaving the country to play the GGPoker bracelet events. "I actually haven't decided yet. It's tough because you've gotta get set up in a different country and all that," Dokler said. "And I'm not sure if the borders are going to be open yet. We'll see."
  6. It was just before midnight when chaos erupted in the basement of Mr. Bode’s Hampton, New Jersey house. You see, his son, 29-year old Matthew Bode, who had just driven all the way from his home in North Carolina to play a little online poker, had just won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. “I started screaming and yelling. I was going crazy after the win,” Matt 'Bodeyster' Bode said. “I was freaking out. It was surreal…I ran like hot fire.” Once his father and step-mom ambled down the steps, once the dogs stopped barking, he did his best to explain what had happened. After nearly predicting it just days before, Bode won Event #4 of the 2020 WSOP Online series for just over $97,000. The event which took place on July 4 was designed with fireworks in mind. It took less than six hours from start to finish for Bode to claim the gold bracelet making it one of the fastest gold bracelets won in WSOP history. He was faced with stiff competition at a short-stacked final table including Kevin ‘ImaLuckSac’ MacPhee, Frank ‘spaghettiii’ Marasco, and eventual runner-up Brian ‘XcrazylegsX’ Frasca. Even so, he felt like he was the one with the edge. “I think I had an advantage over a lot of the crushers at the final table because they didn’t know who I was but I knew who they were,” Bode said. “There was no room for mistakes if you messed up in any spot you were out in that tournament. And I knew it too, at that moment. My hands were sweatin’, my balls were sweatin’…you name it and it was sweatin’ on me,” Bode said. “I knew how big of a moment it was.” “I just stuck to my guns and stuck to my charts and kept with it,” he said talking about his final table performance. “I just didn’t make any calls. Just stayed with the all-in button and didn’t hit the call button. Just made all the folds and hit all-in. That was my goal just not to hit call.” While he didn't make any 'calls' at the final table, Bode, who considers himself a part-time pro MTT player who mostly competes on America’s Cardroom, did take to Twitter, to call his own shot. “My goal back in January was to win a bracelet. So I slowly built up enough of a bankroll up. Going into the weekend I had $5,000 to my name to play for the weekend,” he said. “I had $1,500 to my name headed into the Super Turbo.” While those who take bankroll management seriously might shudder at that thought, Bode has never really lacked confidence when it comes to poker. He started playing young, around 12, and came up with a crew of friends, many of which turned into professional poker players. As an eighteen-year-old Bode was playing on Full Tilt and partypoker online and winning the first live tournament he ever played. He was even taken under the win of pro poker player Leif Force who helped him elevate his game. But even though Bode felt like he was just as good as anyone, especially when he was younger, he didn’t take the poker pro path. He found another competitive outlet in Ultimate Frisbee. In 2009, as a high school student, Bode won a National Championship in Ultimate Frisbee, and then in 2013, as a professional, he won a World Championship. At the same time, Bode has another job working with kids with autism, helping non-verbal kids become more verbal and assisting their families through Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy. “The work I do with children, it fills the bucket if that makes sense,” Bode said. “If I didn’t wake up and do something else, work with someone I feel like I’d be a miserable online grinder.” While he was playing poker recreationally from time to time over the last ten years, Bode was more focused on his work. It wasn’t until November 2019 that he decided to give the grind another chance. When he did decide to go for it, he buckled down and put in the work. “I’m super competitive so I just started studying and studying and studying and grinding super hard,” he said. He quickly got back into the scene, playing eight tables at a time, making deep runs online. “Everyone started seeing me on the ACR scene as I was making final table after final table. I was going deep in everything but no big binks.” That’s when he decided to make a run at a bracelet. He started to build a bankroll early in the year. He sold a little to his brother, who plays professionally, and his girlfriend but kept most of himself. Then for the Fourth of July weekend, he packed his car and made the trip to New Jersey to take his shot. “I knew it was going to happen. If you’re a poker player you know, you get that feeling and I had that feeling. I hadn’t won a tournament since January,” he said. “For me to sun run it at that time, I kinda knew I was due. I earned this moment. And a soon as we hit that min-cash, as soon as I saw it, I was like ‘ok, I’m going for the win’.” “This is that moment I’ve been waiting for. When you get to that spot and you have that absolute feeling like ‘This is my tournament, my time to win.’ and I put in all this effort. There’s a reason why I’m up to 4 a.m. every night. And after I’m losing I’m studying why the hell I lost and understanding all my mistakes.” In the end, he says he “ran well and made all the right jams and that’s all that matters.” As for what’s next, Bode can’t be sure. “I haven’t even seen the bracelet yet,” he laughed. After a nearly ten-year detour from poker, Bode is back - now with a bracelet. But he doesn’t regret taking any of that time off. “If I were to have tried to grind my way through at twenty when I knew I was really good at this game, I wouldn’t have been able to have this bracelet now,” he said. “The poker gods wouldn’t have had my back until I had gone and gotten life lessons. They wouldn’t have given me this bracelet, I had to be mature enough to embrace this.” As for what’s next Bode is still basking in the glow of a bracelet. “Leif wants me to fly out to Vegas and go to Mexico with him to finish out the whole series and try to earn a bunch of points. But I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m in this ‘what the hell just happened??’ kind of moment.”
  7. Starting the final table with the biggest stack, Allen 'Acnyc718' Chang eliminated five of his eight opponents to take down Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online to win his first bracelet and a $161,286 payday. The tournament was the first freezeout on the schedule and attracted 854 runners to create an $811,300 prize pool, the second largest of through the first five events, trailing only Event #2 ($1,000 NLHE). The win was the 12th career WSOP cash for Yang and his first final table. Starting the final table with the second shortest stack at just 8.5 big blinds, Quintin 'AA_QTiP_KK' Trammell moved all-in from the cutoff for 699,132 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] after 'iseefoodtuna' opened to 120,000 from middle position with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. 'iseefoodtuna' called and then sweated through a [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"] runout to eliminate Trammell in ninth. Two minutes later, Chang put his big stack to work to end the other short stack home. Action folded to 'charliefrog' in the cutoff and they moved all in for 532,132 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] and Chang called from the small blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"] flop gave 'charliefrog' top pair and left Chang drawing to Broadway. The [poker card="5h"] turn changed nothing but the [poker card="kd"] river filled Chang's straight draw and eliminated 'charliefrog' in eighth. Alexander 'ShadowFiend' Condon raised to 200,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"] from late position before John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza moved all in for 790,158 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] from the cutoff. The board ran out [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="qs"][poker card="kc"] to give Condon middle set and eliminate Forlenza in seventh place. Condon got into another all-in preflop situation 15 minutes later that had a very different outcome. Condon raised to 240,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] from late position and Chang moved all in for 6,353,967 from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] and Condon called. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="7d"] runout gave Condon no help and he was eliminated in sixth. Chang found another victim just a few minutes later. Down to just 12 big blinds, 'married' moved all in from UTG with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] and action folded to Chang in the big blind who called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] flop kept Chang in front and 'married' was unable to pick up one of their two remaining outs through the [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river and busted in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted a full 30 minutes. From UTG, 'iseefoodtuna' moved all in for 2,278,039 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="2c"]. Philip 'tomte' Yeh moved all in for 3,305,205 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"][poker card="2d"] flop gave 'iseefoodtuna' some hope but the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river couldn't save them from a fourth place result. Chang continued to use his big stack in optimal spots and earned yet another elimination. Action folded to Chang on the button and he raised to 360,000 and Felipe 'McBain' Leme called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"], Leme checked, Chang bet 350,000 and Leme called. The turn was the [poker card="7h"] and Leme moved all in for 2,342,150 and Chang called. Leme showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] for second pair and the nut flush draw while Chang turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] for top pair. The [poker card="2d"] river was a blank and Leme was eliminated in third. Chang started heads-up play with a 2.5-1 chip lead over Yeh. It took 25 minutes before the pair clashed in a hand the resulted in Chang's victory. Yeh moved all in for 2,900,000 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"] and Chang called with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] to give Chang top pair and eliminate Yeh in second place. Final Table Payouts Allen 'Acnyc718' Chang - $161,286 Philip 'tomte' Yeh - $99,709 Felipe 'McBain' Leme - $69,772 iseefoodtuna - $49,570 married - $35,697 Alex 'ShadowFiend1' Condon - $26,124 John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza - $19,390 charliefrog - $14,603 Quintin 'AA_QTiP_KK' Trammell - $11,196 Faces in the Crowd Ryan 'Protential' Laplante just missed out on the final table, finishing in 11th place for $8,680.91. He wasn't the only familiar face who worked their way into the money. A few well known online grinders and players who have found success early on in the Series also cashed including Michael 'itwasthator0' Gagliano (12th - $8,680.91), Event #2 winner Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch (50th - $2,758.42), Daniel 'redsoxnets5' Sewnig (94th - $1,703.73), Jed 'jchak' Hoffman (110th - $1,622.60), Katie 'katelin' Lindsay (113th - $1,622.60), and fresh off of his fourth place finish in Event #4 on Saturday, Frank 'spaghettiii' snuck into the money with 124th finish worth $1,622.60.
  8. 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 [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] from UTG+1. Action folded to Brian 'XcrazylegsX' Frasca who moved all-in for 5,081,808 on the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4d"] 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 [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] only to have Daniels call all in for 1,652,932 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. The [k][q][t] flop gave MacPhee top two pair but left Daniels drawing live to an ace or a jack. The [poker card="5h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] 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 [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] and Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="th"] 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 [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Marasco then shoved for 13,068,178 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"], and 'DrJayTrotter' called all in for his last 1,048,964 wiht [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Bode top pair. The [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="as"] 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 [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"] Bode called from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Bode top pair and MacPhee was unable to get any relief through the [poker card="3d"] turn and [poker card="9s"] 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 [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] and Marasco called all in for his last 5,213,910 from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop left Marasco needing a hail mary to stay alive but the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="jd"] 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 [poker card="jd"][poker card="2s"] and 'KTUUUH' called all in for 1,745,872 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Frasco bottom pair and that held up through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="as"] 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 [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and Bode called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"] 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.
  9. Mike Matusow will not face any discipline from the World Series of Poker after he threatened to assault another player following his elimination from Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 WSOP Online on Sunday night. Matusow, a four-time bracelet winner, was eliminated after playing just two hands of the online tournament and began berating the player who won a key-hand against him leading to his eventual elimination. "We take prevention of abusive behavior at WSOP tournaments or on the WSOP.COM platform extremely seriously. We have a number of preventive measures online including recently disabling our chat entirely," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP. "But the regulation of content on our customer's personal streams and social media accounts is a slippery slope, particularly as each of these third-party platforms have their own escalation procedures. We reserve the right to suspend the account of any individual going forward, but in this case, it appears the player had the perfect response to resolve the situation herself." Matusow's rant included threats of physical and sexual assault and the eventual doxxing of the player in question. "This motherfucker, 'wolverine17', I'm gonna fuck him right in his fucking ass man, right in his fucking ass. Mark that name down, 'wolverine17'," Matusow told those watching his YouTube stream, not realizing the player was a female. Matusow then complained that chat has been turned off in the WSOP.com client, preventing him from telling "these scumbags what you really think of them." Before the 2020 WSOP Online began, tournament organizers made an "operational decision" to turn chat within the game client off for the duration of the series. Asked for comment before the Series began, the personal safety of players was given as a key reason behind that decision. "Chat is currently disabled for everyone," said Danielle Barille, Director for WSOP Online Poker. "We have decided to permanently disable chat, in order to create a safe gaming experience for players." He continued to deride the player and threatened to assault them when they meet in person. "I've got this guy's name written down. I'm going to find out who he is. I'll see him in person, I'll fucking knock him the fuck out. Think I won't? Watch," Matusow said. "I am going to find out who this motherfucker is and I swear to you I'm going to throw him up against the fucking wall and tell him, 'you fucking ever slow roll me again, I'm going to beat your fucking ass'." Speaking directly to those in his YouTube stream chat, Matusow then offered a monetary reward for anybody who could provide him with the real name of 'wolverine17'. "If anybody in here right now can find the name of this guy and the actual truth of this guy, you guys will get an extra $50 bonus if you sign up in my homegame," Matusow said. One user eventually provided Matusow with the name Megan Milburn and Matusow then tweeted directly at her. In a since-deleted tweet, Matusow used a derogatory term when tweeting directly at Milburn. "do you enjoy acting like a fucking c-----t by slowrolling people online where nobody can see you? Learn poker etiquette or your poker career won't last long! Sincerely Mike". Milburn replied to Matusow and appeared to hold no ill-will towards him. Matusow has claimed to have apologized via social media. Note: this story was updated to reflect the streaming platform Matusow uses.
  10. It took just 55 minutes on Friday morning for 'MacDaddy15' to go from middle of the final table pack to World Series of Poker bracelet winner in Event #9 ($1,000 NLHE Six Max) and in the process earn the single biggest score of the 2020 WSOP to date. A total of 1,026 entries from 658 unique players created a $974,700 prize pool with the eventual champion getting to take home $188,214 and the bracelet. When the final table began, Ruth 'crazeeelf666' Ruffman held a comfortable chip lead with 'WillowG23' in second and 'MacDaddy15' not far behind in third. Ian 'apokerjoker2' Steinman was the first player sent packing by 'MacDaddy15'. From the button, 'MacDaddy15' raised to 332,500 with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] before Steinman moved all in for 1,365,109 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"]. 'MacDaddy15' called and then had to sweat all the way through a [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5s"][poker card="js"][poker card="jc"] runout to eliminate Steinman in sixth. Five-handed play lasted another 15 minutes before the next elimination hand occurred. 'Im.Sorry' raised to 250,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"] before 'moodeez' re-raised all in for 890,486 from the small blind with [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] and 'Im.Sorry' called. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="4d"] flop gave 'Im.Sorry' second pair and the [poker card="5c"] turn and [poker card="5h"] river failed to save 'moodeez' from a fifth place finish. A few moments later, 'Im.Sorry' raised to 254,000 from the hijack with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] only to have Ruth 'crazeelf666' re-raise to 806,000 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. 'Im.sorry' continued betting, moving all in for 4,489,926 and Ruffman called all in. Ruffman was unable to improve on the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"] runout and was eliminated in fourth. 'Im.Sorry' continued to be the aggressor and ended another player's run five minutes later. 'Im.Sorry' called from the button and 'WillowG23' checked their big blind. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"] and 'WillowG23' checked and then called after 'Im.Sorry' threw in a bit of 160,000. The turn was the [poker card="jc"] and 'WillowG23' check-called after 'Im.Sorry' bet 225,000. The river was the [poker card="5c"], 'WillowG23' checked and 'Im.Sorry' moved all-in for 10,070,712 . 'WillowG23' called all in for 1,614,568 and showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="9c"] for top pair but 'Im.Sorry' turned over [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"] for a flush to send 'WillowG23' home in third position. That both gave 'Im.Sorry' 62.8% of the chips at the start of heads up play. The play played for nearly 15 minutes before 'MacDaddy15' took over the lead thanks to winning an all in preflop hand with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] against the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] of 'Im.Sorry'. Two minutes later, the tournament was over. Down to 10 big blinds, 'Im.Sorry' open-shoved for 1,752,560 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="4c"] and 'MacDaddy15' called with [poker card="td"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"] flop gave 'MacDaddy15' a flush draw and gave 'Im.Sorry' to pair. The [poker card="qd"] turn filled that flush draw and eliminated 'Im.Sorry' as the runner-up as the [poker card="2c"] completed the board to officially crown 'MacDaddy15' as the winner. Final Table Payouts MacDaddy15 - $188,214 Im.Sorry - $116,379 WillowG23 - $81,972 Ruth 'crazeelf666' Ruffman - $58,482 mooodeez - $43,301 Ian 'apokerjoker2' Steinman - $30,995 Faces in the Crowd The #1-ranked player in the United States, Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon, came in 56th for $2,729.16 and was one of a handful of notable names to make it into the money. Daniel Negreanu picked up another cash, his fourth, coming in 96th for $1,851.93 and Event #1 champion Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler snuck into the top 100, finishing 99th for $1,851.93. A pair of former #1 PocketFivers also had a winning day. Ari 'philivey' Engel finished 105th for $1,754.46 and Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman was behind him, coming in 141st to take home $1,656.99. Anthony 'heheh' Zinno (22nd - $5,360.25), Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels (37th - $3,703.86), Nick 'cashUSklay' Schulman (43rd - $3,703.86), and Kevin 'ImaLuckSac' MacPhee (95th - $1,851.93) also cashed.
  11. Early Friday morning, Ryan Torgersen suffered the ultimate heartbreak in poker after finishing runner-up in Event #9 of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online. A little bit more than 24 hours later, Torgersen enjoyed the ultimate joy after winning Event #10 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) to win his first career bracelet and $172,361. He could not have picked a better event to win. For the first time in the 2020 WSOP Online, the prize pool moved into seven-figure territory with 2,074 total entries building a $1,119,960 prize pool. The first elimination of the final table came five minutes after it began. Action folded to Tom '4Logan' Dean on the button and he moved all in for 3,105,365 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and 'Letsgetit888' re-shoved for 5,710,730 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"] flop gave 'Letsgetit888' second pair and left Dean drawing thin. The [poker card="4s"] turn and [poker card="5h"] river were both blanks and Dean was out in ninth place. Just a few minutes later, another preflop all in confrontation sent a player packing. Eric 'bill_luga' Blair raised to 1,000,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] before Nick 'DuckFlush' Pupillo moved all in for 6,192,549 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"] and Blair called. Pupillo was unable to connect with the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5h"] flop or the [poker card="2h"] turn and the [poker card="kd"] river gave Blair an unnecessary improvement to eliminate Pupillo in eighth. Torgersen finally got involved in the business of eliminating players at the final table five minutes later. From the hijack, Torgersen raised to 1,095,000, Brent 'grebnrets' Roberts called from the cutoff and 'FatStax' and Sam 'texasmolly' Grizzle defended the small and big blinds respectively. The flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] and 'FatStax' moved all in for 2,446,816. Grizzle got out of the way, Torgersen came over the top for 10,838,096 forcing Roberts to fold. 'Fatstax' turned over [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] and Torgersen showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"]. The turn was the [poker card="3d"] and the [poker card="8d"] completed the river to give Torgersen the pot and end the tournament for 'Fatstax' in seventh place. A few hands later Sam Grizzle moved into the chip lead and almost immediately put it to work. From UTG, Roberts moved all in for 7,559,235 with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] and Grizzle called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"] flop left Roberts in control. The [poker card="7c"] turn gave Grizzle nine more outs. The river was the [poker card="ah"] to give Grizzle top pair and send Roberts home in sixth. Torgersen then ended another player's tournament in a massive pot. Action folded to 'letsgetit888' on the button and they moved all in for 11,964,504 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"] only to have Torgersen call from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"] flop changed nothing but the [poker card="qd"] turn gave 'letsgetit888' top pair. Torgersen filled his straight draw on the [poker card="tc"] river to eliminate 'letsgetit888' in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly 15 minutes. Blair raised to 1,600,000 from the button and Brandon 'Omni27' Ienn called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"], Ienn checked, Blair bet 980,000 and Ienn called. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Ienn bet 1,600,000. Blair moved all in for 6,590,707 and Ienn called. Blair turned over [poker card="6c"][poker card="7s"] for trip sevens while Blair was drawing to an open-ender with [poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="6h"] river gave Ienn an unneeded full house and busted Blair in fourth. Old school poker fans had their heart broken just 15 minutes later. Ienn raised to 2,000,000 from the button before Grizzle moved all in for 13,150,561 from the small blind. Torgersen then moved all in over the top for 37,667,878 and Ienn folded. Grizzle showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"] to Torgersen's [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"] flop gave Grizzle top pair. The turn was the [poker card="8c"] to give Torgersen more outs and the [poker card="ts"] river gave him a set to eliminate Grizzle in third. Torgersen held a nearly 2-1 chip lead over Ienn when heads up play began and needed less than five minutes to eliminate Ienn. The final hand saw Torgersen shove from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] and Ienn called all in for 18,761,561. The [poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="ts"][poker card="tc"] run out meant Torgersen's [poker card="8d"] played and Ienn was eliminated in second place to give Torgersen his first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Ryan 'Im.sorry' Torgersen - $172,361 Brandon 'Omni27' Ienn - $106,508 Sam 'texasmolly' Grizzle - $77,725 Eric 'bill_luga' Blair - $57,229 letsgetit888 - $42,558 Brent 'grebnrets' Roberts - $31,918 FatStax - $24,079 Nick 'DuckFlush' Pupillo - $18,367 Tom '4Logan' Dean - $14,223 Faces in the Crowd The player who ultimately busted Torgersen in second place in Event #9, Ron 'MacDaddy15' MacMillen made a deep run in Event #10 as well, eventually busting in 65th place for $2,127.92. He wasn't the only 2020 WSOP Online bracelet winner to cash on Friday though. Robert Kuhn (19th - $5,487.80) and Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch (31st - $4,367.84) both made their way into the money. Other notables included Jesse Sylvia (27th - $5,487.80), Jason 'haderade' Somerville (51st - $3,023.89), Ian Steinman ($1,455.94), and Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels (266th - $1,007.96).
  12. Some 21 years ago, Alan Goehring finished runner-up to Noel Furlong in the 1999 World Series of Poker Main Event. He hadn't made a WSOP final table since - until Wednesday. Early Thursday morning, Goehring conquered a final table that had two WSOP bracelet winners - including the current top player on the WSOP leaderboard - to finally earn his first career WSOP bracelet. Goehring topped the 1,479-player field in Event #8 ($500 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 WSOP Online to win $119,399.67 and that bracelet. He adds that bracelet to a resume that includes a pair of World Poker Tour titles, including the inaugural WPT Championship from 2003. Not long after the double elimination of Steve 'gborooo' Gross and Matthew 'MartyCohen' Weiss in 10th and 11th place respectively, a classic race situation led to the first elimination of the final table. Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb raised to 360,000 from UTG with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] before Louis 'xILoUieIx' Torres re-raised all in to 1,625,444 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] and Gottlieb called. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] to eliminate Torres in ninth. Five minutes later, Event #3 winner and the current #1-player on the WSOP leaderboard, Robert Kuhn began an ascension to the chip lead after sending a player to the rail. From middle position, Kuhn raised to 400,000 with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] and Scott 'miamicane' Davies moved all in for 2,062,092 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"] and Kuhn called. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] flop gave Davies no help and neither did the [poker card="5s"] turn or [poker card="th"] river and he was out in eighth place. A battle of the blinds led to the next elimination. Kuhn moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] and 'aceviper' called off their last 1,111,520 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] flop gave 'aceviper' top pair but gave Kuhn four outs to a straight. The [poker card="4s"] turn gave Kuhn a flush draw. The [poker card="jd"] river completed Kuhn's straight draw and eliminated 'aceviper' in seventh. Just four minutes passed before yet another blind versus blind spot produced another elimination. Goehring called from the small blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] and 'dudeguydrew' shoved for 3,803,270 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"] and Goehring called. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="th"] to give Goehring the pot and end 'dudeguydrew''s run in sixth place. Kuhn then clashed with Gottlieb in a pot that changed the complexion of the final table. Kuhn lost more than 90% of his stack with pocket threes against Gottlieb's pocket queens and was the table short stack with just 3.5 big blinds. Kuhn was a spectator a few hands later when 'clembutt' moved all in for 2,802,760 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] before Randy 'StayAlive' Ohel moved all in for 5,505,426 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"] runout secured the pot for Ohel and send 'clembutt' out in fifth. Throughout the 20 minutes of four-handed play, Goehring continued to accumulate chips and Kuhn's chip stack rode a roller coaster of ups and downs before finally hitting a hard stop. From the button, Kuhn put his last 2,753,022 at risk with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jc"] and Gottlieb re-raised all in for 8,084,752 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"]. Kuhn wasn't able to improve through the [poker card="9h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="ac"] runout and was done in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted just five minutes before the last remaining bracelet winner was eliminated. Ohel, who earned a bracelet in 2012 ($,500 Triple Draw 2-7), raised to 560,000 from the button and Goehring and Gottlieb defended the small and big blinds respectively. After the [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"][poker card="3c"] flop, Goehring and Gottlieb checked, allowing Ohel to bet 800,000. Goehring clicked back with a check-raise to 2,160,000, Gottlieb folded, and Ohel moved all in for 4,083,186 and Goehring called. Ohel turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="8c"] but was outpipped when Goehring showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="ah"] turn kept Goehring in front and he completed a Broadway straight on the [poker card="qc"] to earn the pot and eliminate Ohel in third. Goehring started heads-up play with 61.3% of the chips in play and it took less than five minutes for him to capture the rest. Gottlieb raised to 680,000 and Goehring called. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] and Gottlieb bet 860,000. Goehring responded by raising to 1,720,000 and Gottlieb moved all in for 7,996,774. Goehring called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"] for a nut flush draw while Gottlieb showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"] for a flopped straight. The [poker card="6c"] turn completed Goehring's flush and Gottlieb could only watch as the [poker card="jd"] completed the board to make his runner-up finish official and award Goehring the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Final Table Payouts Alan 'GladiusIII' Goehring - $119,399 Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $73,942 Randy 'StayAlive' Ohel - $52,511 Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn - $37,803 clembutt - $27,620 dudeguydrew - $20,365 aceviper - $15,307 Scott 'miamicane' Davies - $11,580 xILoUieIx - $8,918 Faces in the Crowd Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steve 'gborooo' Gross's final table bubble finish came with a $6,921.72 payday. He was the only well-known player who finished in the money on Wednesday. Jeff 'NerdrudRelyt' Madsen (14th - $5,457.51), Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo (62nd - $1,730.43), Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels (77th - $1,331.10), Kevin 'ImaLuckSac' MacPhee (93rd - $1,064.88) and veterans Phil Hellmuth (109th - $931.77) and Mike Matusow (118th - $931.77) all added to their bankroll.
  13. The third time was definitely the charm as far as field sizes go in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online. On Friday, Event #3 ($400 No Limit Hold'em), the lowest buy-in event on the schedule to date, drew the largest turnout to date with 2,091 total entries creating a $752,760 prize pool. After a little more than 12 hours of play, Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn emerged victorious to win his first WSOP bracelet and $115,849.76. The win came just a few hours after he picked up another victory on WSOP.com to bring his daily earnings just north of $136,000. Starting the final table with just six big blinds, 'AndrewFreund' needed to find a spot to double up. After action folded to 'AndrewFreund' in late position, he moved all-in for 658,052 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"] and the second shortest remaining, Max 'ndirish50' Huster, moved all-in over the top with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3s"] flop put a quick end to any drama and 'AndrewFreund' was officially eliminated in ninth place following the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="jh"] river. Kuhn and Roland 'prngls12' Israelashvili then engaged in a pre-flop raising war that saw the six-time WSOP Circuit ring winner sent packing. Holding [poker card="td"][poker card="th"], Israelshvili raised to 240,000 from UTG before Kuhn re-raised to 705,000 from the hijack with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. Israelshvili then moved all-in for 3,257,635 and Kuhn called. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"] flop changed nothing and the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="6c"] river sealed Israelshvili's eighth place finish. Ten minutes later 'pokeher2014' moved all-in for 1,641,622 from middle position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"] and 'kulbot' called from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2s"] runout failed to give 'pokeher2014' any assistance and they were eliminated in seventh place. A multi-way pot led to the next elimination just five minutes later. Keren opened to 320,000 from UTG, Kuhn called from UTG+1, 'Doc33' called from the button, and Evan 'Escott121181' Scott defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"] and Scott moved all-in for 2,671,929. Keren and Kuhn both folded but 'Doc33' called. Scott showed [poker card="td"][poker card="8h"] but found himself outpipped when 'Doc33' tabled [poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river both kept 'Doc33' in front and Scott was eliminated in sixth. The momentum continued for 'Doc33' a few minutes later and he turned it into another elimination and the chip lead. Kuhn raised to 320,000 as the first to act, Max 'ndirish50' Huster shoved for 1,451,606, and 'Doc33' called from the button. Kuhn folded. 'Doc33' flipped over [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"] and he once again had his opponent dominated as Huster showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"] flop gave both players top pair, the [poker card="2h"] turn gave Huster the nut flush draw and chop outs, but the [poker card="qd"] river gave 'Doc33' two pair and the pot to eliminate Huster in fifth place. 'Doc33' continued to steamroll and a few minutes after ending Huster's bracelet run, they did the same thing to another player. From UTG, 'klubot' moved all-in for 2,259,071 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] and 'Doc33' called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] in the big blind. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"] flop gave 'klubot' the lead and the [poker card="tc"] turn changed nothing. The [poker card="ac"] river, however, gave 'Doc33' yet another pot and sent 'klubot' out in fourth. Three-handed play carried on for 25 minutes and despite starting with the chip lead, 'Doc33' was the next one out the door. Kuhn raised to 810,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] from the small blind and 'Doc33' clicked back to 2,332,500 from the big blind holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"]. Kuhn responded by shoving all in for 15,444,620 and 'Doc33' called all in for 10,045,975. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="td"] to eliminate 'Doc33' in third. Heads-up play began with Kuhn holding a 5-1 chip lead over Keren and through 45 minutes of play, Keren battled back to hold the lead himself only to see it fall back into Kuhn's hands one final time. Down to just five big blinds, Keren three-bet shoved for 2,075,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] after Kuhn opened to 800,000 with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"][poker card="7s"] flop gave Keren all kinds of outs but neither the [poker card="4c"] nor the [poker card="2d"] river was any help and Kuhn eliminated him to win his first WSOP bracelet and $115,850. Final Table Payouts Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn - $115,850 Ronald 'rlksaces' Keren - $71,587 Doc33 - $52,242 klubot - $38,466 Max 'ndirish50' Huster - $28,605 Evan 'Escott121181' Scott - $21,454 pokerher2014 - $16,184 Roland 'prngls12' Israelshvili - $12,345 AndrewFreund - $9,560 Faces in the Crowd The huge field all but guaranteed there would be some familiar names making their way into the money. Joey 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo (41st - $2,408.83), Ari 'philivey' Engel (76th - $1,279.69), Daniel Negreanu (210th - $677.48), and Dan 'centrfieldr' Lupo (229th - $677.48) were some of the more recognizable names who picked up a score on Friday. Negreanu has now cashed in back-to-back events.
  14. The argument could be made that Joe McKeehen is the most successful World Series of Poker Main Event champion of the modern era. The 2015 WSOP Main Event champion added a second bracelet in 2017 and has nearly $9 million in live earnings outside of his Main Event victory. Early Wednesday morning, McKeehen added to that resume when he took down Event #14 ($3,200 High Roller) of the 2020 WSOP Online. The event, the biggest buy-in on the 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, drew 328 unique players who accounted for an additional 128 total reentries to build a prize pool of $1,507,840. McKeehen earned the bracelet after coming to the final table third in chips and was responsible for eliminating just one player. The first elimination of the final table came 10 minutes after it began. David 'newjerz05' Jackson raised to 120,000 from middle position with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] before 'SoccerDJ' re-raised to 450,000 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. Jackson moved all in for 1,248,229 and 'SoccerDJ' called. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="2h"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"] to give 'SoccerDJ' the pot and Jackson was out in eighth place. The slow pace of the final table continued for another 20 minutes for the next elimination. 'SoccerDJ' raised to 160,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] after action folded to them in the small blind. Nathan 'innate9' Russler moved all in for 1,312,269 from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5h"] and 'SoccerDJ' called. Russler was unable to get any help through the [poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] runout and he was out in seventh. The final six players played for another 25 minutes before another blind versus blind battle ended with an elimination. Action folded to Clayton 'nevarlucky' Maguire in the small blind and he jammed for 1,266,984 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="3d"] only to have Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro call from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7d"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"][poker card="8c"] flop missed Maguire. The [poker card="7h"] turn gave Maguire a pair to extend his lead and the [poker card="3h"] river paired Maguire but it wasn't good enough to avoid a sixth place elimination. The two players responsible for all of the final table eliminations clashed ten minutes later resulting in one of them going home. Funaro moved all in for 5,443,009 from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3h"] and 'SoccerDJ' called off his last 1,749,327 with [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] from the big blind. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6h"] board gave 'SoccerDJ' no relief and they were eliminated in fifth. Funaro was back to work eliminating opponents a few minutes later. From the cutoff, Funaro raised to 240,000 and 'Jaydestar17' called from the big blind. After the [poker card="qs"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"] flop 'Jaydestar17' check-raised all in after Funaro bet 120,000. Funaro called and tabled [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"] while 'Jaydestar17' showed [poker card="4d"][poker card="6d"] for a pair of fours. Funaro stayed ahead through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="qc"] river to eliminate 'Jaydestar17' in fourth place. Funaro wasn't done and it took him just three minutes to send the tournament to heads up. After McKeehen folded his button, Roland 'prngls12' Isrealshvili shoved for 2,090,325 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"] from the small blind and Funaro called from the big blind with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2c"][poker card="th"][poker card="3s"] to eliminate Israelshvili in third place for his 95 career WSOP cash and fifth of the 2020 WSOP Online. Thanks in large part to the string of eliminations he was responsible for, Funaro began heads-up play with a 2.8-1 chip lead. Over the course of the next 15 minutes, however, McKeehen's championship pedigree allowed the 2015 WSOP Main Event winner to claw his way back before ending Funaro's tournament. McKeehen min-raised to 320,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="9h"] and Funaro responded by moving all in for 2,759,541 with [poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Funaro an gutshot straight draw and a backdoor flush draw to go with his six existing outs. The [poker card="4c"] turn was a blank as was the [poker card="qc"] river to eliminate Funaro in second place and give McKeehen the victory and $352,985. Final Table Payouts Joe 'fanofdapoker' McKeehen - $352,985 Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro - $219,089 Roland 'prngls12' Israelashvili - $148,975 'Jaydestar17' - $103,136 'SoccerDJ' - $72,979 Clayton 'nevarlucky' Maguire - $52,624 Nathan 'innate9' Russler - $38,601 David 'newjerz05' Jackson - $28,951 Faces in the Crowd Two nights after winning his first career bracelet in Event #12 ($500 NLHE The Big 500), Ryan Depaulo posted another deep run, finishing 16th for $11,459.58. Other notables who earned a paycheck on Tuesday included Ryan 'sych0sId' Hohner (13th - $14,022.91), Blake 'CheeetahGirl' Bohn (15th - $14,022.91), Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon (23rd - $9,650.17), Ryan 'protential' Laplante (29th - $8,293,12 ), Tenzin 'tc_ownz' Chakdor (45th - $7,237.63) and for the second night in a row, David 'Twizzlers' Prociak (49th - $6,483.71).
  15. One hour and one minute. That's all it took for Terrell 'heezahustla' Cheatham to go from third shortest stack at the final table to bracelet winner on Friday morning in Event #16 ($500 NLHE Turbo). The tournament, which had 1,528 entries, took just 7.5 hours to play down to a champion. The third hand of the final table delivered the first elimination. From the cutoff, 'cmbezz99' moved all in for 2,857.851 with [poker card="as"][poker card="6s"] and Cheatham called from the button with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. THe [poker card="jd"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3s"] runout gave Cheatham set of jacks to eliminate 'cbmezz99' in ninth place. Four minutes passed before the next player hit the rail. Phillip 'AvonB' Rhodes raised to 560,000 from the hijack before Lev 'Methinks' Milman re-raised to 1,750,000 from the cutoff. Rhodes responded by moving all in for 5,045,170 and Milman called. Rhodes showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] while Milman turned over [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] flop changed nothing and Rhodes found no help with the [poker card="2h"] turn or [poker card="js"] river and was out in eighth. It took two minutes to go from seven to six players. Down to five big blinds, 'http401' shoved for 1,464,529 from UTG with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"] and 'Mojoesmarc' re-shoved for 3,219,416 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. 'http401' failed to connect on the [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="kd"] runout and was eliminated in seventh place. 'Mojoesmarc' ended another opponent's tournament just five minutes later. Daniel 'StayActive' Chan, who began the final table with the shortest stack, moved his last 1,259,772 into the middle from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6h"] and 'Mojoesmarc' re-raised all in for 3,741,067 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="ad"] and giving both players two pair but 'Mojoesmarc' had the king play to eliminate Chan in sixth. 'Mojoesmarc' was not finished there. Parmann raised to 640,000 from the cutoff, 'Mojoesmarc' called from the button, and Andrea 'Andrewbull88' Buonocore moved all in for 4,072,112 from the small blind. Parmann folded but 'Majoesmarc' called and tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] while Buonocore showed [poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"]. There was no help for Buonocore and the [poker card="ts"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] flop, [poker card="ac"] turn, or [poker card="jd"] river and he was out in fifth. The fast pace of the first five eliminations meant the stacks of the four remaining players were a little deeper. After 15 minutes of play, 'Mojoesmarc' was back in preflop confrontation but this one did not go their way. From UTG, 'Mojoesmarc' moved all in for 4,441,788 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"] before Cheatham re-raised all in for 6,201,976 [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7h"] gave 'Mojoesmarc' an inside straight draw and second pair while Cheatham picked up top pair. The [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="jh"] river failed to save 'Mojoesmarc' from a fourth place result. Despite holding the lead for most of the final table, Milman couldn't avoid a cold run of cards. After losing the chip lead after Cheatham rivered a flush, Milman stuck around for just two more minutes before Cheatham took the rest of his chips. Cheatham opened to 1,218,750 and Milman moved all in for 12,834,282 from the small blind. Cheatham snap-called and showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"] while Milman turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2s"] flop left Milman drawing to runner queens. The [poker card="kc"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river completed the board and made Milman's third place finish official. Those two pots allowed Cheatham to hold a nearly 3-1 chip lead when heads up play began. After 20 minutes of play, Parmann was down to just 10 big blinds and moved all for 10,134,370 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] and Cheatham called with [poker card="as"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2c"] flop gave Cheatham contol and Parman couldn't catch up through the [poker card="9d"] turn or [poker card="6h"] river and was eliminated in second place to give Cheatham the title and $116,204.40. Final Table Payouts Terrell 'heezahustla' Cheatham - $116,204.40 Julian 'Julian' Parmann - $71,647.92 Lev 'Methinks' Milman - $51,570.00 Mojoesmarc - $37,474.20 Andrea 'Andrewbull88' Buonocore - $27,572.76 Daniel 'stayactive' Chan - $20,490.48 http401 - $15,402.24 Phillip 'AvonB' Rhodes - $11,689.20 cbmezz99 - $9,007,56 Faces in the Crowd Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Calvin 'projector52' Anderson just missed out on a final table finishing in 11th place for $7,013.52. Other familair faces who made the money in Event #16 included David 'bewater' Coleman (36th - $2,819.16), Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler (58th - $1,719), Daniel Negreanu (86th - $1,168.92), Jack Salter (101st - $962.64), Frank 'Spaghettiii' Marasco (123rd - $962.64), Darren Elias (140th - 893.88).
  16. Michael Lech is one of 13 players with at least eight World Series of Poker Circuit rings to his name. Early Tuesday morning the Arkansas native won Event #13 ($1,500 NLHE High Roller) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online to become just the fifth player of that group to own a WSOP bracelet. Lech topped the 649-player field in Event #13 to win $164,248.92 for his first career bracelet and seventh cash since the Series started on July 1. The final table included Connor Drinan chasing his first career bracelet and a potential six-figure payday from a bracelet bet with Daniel Negreanu. Megan 'wolverine17' Milburn, the player Mike Matusow berated during his YouTube live stream earlier in the Series, also made the final table. The final table had barely begun and one player was shown the door. From the button, Michael 'wsopmd' Dolle moved all in for 836,123 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7d"] and Lech called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="9s"][poker card="jh"] runout gave Lech a king-high straight to beat Dolle's jack-high straight and eliminate Dolle in ninth place. A few moments later, Milburn moved all in for 775,161 from UTG+1 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] before 'Bingooo' re-shoved for 1,630,010 from the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"] flop gave 'Bingooo' control and all Milburn could do was watch as the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="3s"] river completed the board to eliminate Milburn in eighth. Ten minutes later, 'Bingooo' eliminated another opponent. From the cutoff, 'Bingooo' min-raised to 240,000 and Christopher 'pokeher2014' Fuchs called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4c"] and Fuchs moved all in for 342,320 and 'Bingoooo' called. Fuchs showed [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"] for a gutshot straight draw while 'Bingooo' tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"] for top pair. Fuchs picked up a pair on the [poker card="8s"] turn but the [poker card="ad"] river made his seventh place finish official. The most high profile player at the final table was the next player shown the exit. Connor '666666' Drinan, who is one of a handful of players with a six-figure bracelet bet against Negreanu, moved all in from UTG for 1,421,573 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"] before William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="js"] runout was of no help for Drinan and he was out in sixth. Romaine wasn't done playing executioner. From UTG, Romaine raised to 627,347 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"] and Paul 'ToTheMoon' Dewald called all in from the cutoff with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] flop moved Romain ahead and Dewald missed his chance to improve on the [poker card="tc"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river and was eliminated in fifth place. Despite having picked up a pair of eliminations earlier, 'Bingooo' was the shortstack four-handed. Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert moved all in from the button for 2,054,764 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] and 'Bingooo' called all in from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. Seifert moved way ahead on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"] flop. The [poker card="3c"] turn gave 'Bingooo' some hope but the [poker card="tc"] river snuffed it out to eliminate them in fourth. It took 25 minutes of three-handed play to get down to just two players. Down to less than three big blinds, Seifert moved all in from the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"] and Leach called from the big blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="7s"] runout gave Lech a runner-runner eight-high straight to eliminate Seifert in third. Lech held a slight lead when heads-up play began and it took nearly 15 minutes for Lech to finish off Romaine. Lech raised to 560,000 and Romaine called. Romaine checked the [poker card="kc"][poker card="td"][poker card="3d"] flop and Lech bet 868,000. Romaine moved all in for 4,898,890 and was immediately called by Lech. Romaine showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] for second pair but got bad news when Lech tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] for top pair. Neither the [poker card="qs"] turn or [poker card="7h"] river were able to save Romaine and he was out in second place giving Lech the title and $164,249. Final Table Payouts Michael 'miguelfiesta' Lech - $164,249 William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine - $110,979 Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert - $77,408 Bingooo - $56,599 Paul 'ToTheMoon' Dewald - $40,600 Connor '666666' Drinan - $29,964 Christopher 'pokeher2014' Fuchs - $22,381 Megan 'wolverine17' Milburn - $18,404 Michael 'wsopmd' Dolle - $14,982 Faces in the Crowd He wasn't playing in a Whole Foods parking lot on Monday night, but Event #12 winner Ryan 'Joeyisamush' Deangelo finished 23rd for $6,381.29. Negreanu finished also earned $6,381.29 for coming in four spots behind Deangelo. Other notables who finished in the money incldued David 'bewater' Goodman (32nd - $5,456.46), David 'Twizzlers' Prociak (47th - $3,976.74), Philip 'tomte' Yeh (57th - $3,421.85), Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo (83rd - $2,219.58), Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman (86th - $2,219.58).
  17. No matter what happens, the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event will have the largest prize pool in online poker history. The $5,000 buy-in event, which has 22 starting flights, features a $25 million guarantee, allowing it to surpass the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS which had a $21,780,000 prize pool. Slapping a guarantee on an event is one thing, putting enough butts in seats to make it is another entirely. To avoid an overlay, the tournament needs to draw 5,264 entries or an average of 240 per flight. PocketFives will be keeping an eye on this tournament as it pushes through the 22 starting flights throughout August. Current Numbers Updated: August 31, 9 AM ET Flights Completed: 22 of 22 Total Entries: 5,802 Prize Pool: $27,559,500 Players Advancing to Day 2: 1,145 Current Overall Top 10 Chip Counts Kahle Burns 1,387,292 Serenity - 1,021-967 stamina22 - 994,190 Shikamaru - 931,221 TlLTTTT1999 - 908,569 easy game1 - 892,346 Depaulainspt - 871,335 james5388 - 849,104 Jahad - 845,928 CheckEtoFold - 819,099 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight A August 16, 2020 Entries: 464 Prize pool: $2,204,000 Players Advancing: 99 Top 10 Chip Counts Samuel Vousden - 717,497 CharlieD23 - 602,774 Julien Martini - 576,965 BigPavelski - 547,536 waransan - 498,741 PJGecko - 472,434 TurdFerguson - 441,567 Altbbb - 400,263 slayerv1fan - 392,596 DaanOss - 385,661 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight B August 17, 2020 Entries: 114 Prize pool: $541,500 Players Advancing: 25 Top 10 Chip Counts scplayer - 620,372 Dan Smith - 421,653 Tourmination - 384,569 shadinho94 - 362,238 Stefan Burakov - 339,041 JPC123 - 329,361 VitinhoLeao - 308,882 Simon Higgins - 304,491 72neverloose - 264,443 Laurynas Levinskas - 220,587 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight C August 18, 2020 Entries: 110 Prize pool: $522,500 Players Advancing: 19 Top 10 Chip Counts elhareefff - 656,260 TheCockroach - 455,015 Almedin Imsirovic - 444,538 Horseshack - 422,022 JOhn Mcclean - 368,769 Preben Stokkan - 357,743 SPARK1207 - 306,049 ILUCKuHARD - 301,298 Timothy Nuter - 285,994 Ez4ENCE - 269,089 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight D August 19, 2020 Entries: 68 Prize pool: $323,000 Players Advancing: 7 Top 10 Chip Counts bigdad - 625,267 TTVTT - 594,852 21_Pirlo - 582,309 Oliver Weis - 411,446 goguma - 407,814 newclearfish - 402,403 Mark Radoja - 375,909 CheckEtoFold - 819,099 Christopher Brewer - 557,457 calderOn77 - 368,981 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight E August 20, 2020 Entries: 83 Prize pool: $394,250 Players Advancing: 16 Top 10 Chip Counts CheckEtoFold - 819,099 Christopher Brewer - 557,457 calderOn77 - 368,981 pelaguacha - 308,011 Holidaywer - 289,022 pakisoze911 - 281,093 papochka - 259,788 Elli25 - 231,492 TheWildHunt - 190,752 professor06 - 171,574 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight F August 21, 2020 Entries: 129 Prize pool: $522,500 Players Advancing: 19 Top 10 Chip Counts M. Vaskaboinikau - 796,176 MikePrice82 - 621,949 Adrien Delmas - 605,052 govegan - 463,605 PAPAI_PIG - 459,958 DerekJanick - 413,156 DNSFD - 410,525 BLUPHD-U - 400,354 An0n1m112 - 296,446 Much0Gust0 - 280,846 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight G August 22, 2020 Entries: 194 Prize pool: $921,500 Players Advancing: 32 Top 10 Chip Counts bemyfriend - 649,699 chokitin - 624,071 NastyMinder - 620,747 WhoAteABat - 592,161 LinusLove - 549,529 li_xiaolong - 508,932 Esganiss - 505,361 H0dler - 493,714 Petronio - 486,672 ExoticJoe - 466,107 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight H August 22, 2020 Entries: 113 Prize pool: $536,750 Players Advancing: 18 Top 10 Chip Counts Serenity - 1,021,967 Nirvana76 - 663,411 pipostinkt - 513,521 Danelk - 379,980 MarraKechy - 373,755 zyxel777 - 342,142 Ronalauc - 324,100 digopapel - 249,755 naturalMENTE - 213,683 Manig Loeser - 211,370 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight I August 23, 2020 Entries: 233 Prize pool: $1,106,750 Players Advancing: 41 Top 10 Chip Counts Freez112 - 749,186 s3c378 - 660,721 Benjamin Rolle - 587,506 TaiwanNumba1 - 552,443 upDraft - 535,148 DuanChao - 518,838 WaldRambo - 407,611 Gaug1nho - 396,652 cyphellus - 371,739 TheFlaneur - 371,063 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight J August 23, 2020 Entries: 349 Prize pool: $1,657,750 Players Advancing: 66 Top 10 Chip Counts RambaZamba - 757,963 AntreVolt - 737,254 Noceur - 615,595 Farid Jattin - 612,978 Moosey - 606,598 Chasseneige - 544,236 Drygo 1 - 512,765 ShipitFedEX - 475,204 Fedor Holz - 464,791 PokerPro69 - 458,818 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight K August 24, 2020 Entries: 72 Prize pool: $342,000 Players Advancing: 9 Top 10 Chip Counts Gr33d13 - 735,959 MrLeeeee - 678,625 RaiseVoice - 627,325 PolarFish - 457,281 kid1591 - 440,106 Boomboompig - 205,756 Arwizzz - 177,943 iosif stalin - 149,434 BIG CHI - 127,571 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight L August 24, 2020 Entries: 88 Prize pool: $418,000 Players Advancing: Top 10 Chip Counts Kahle Burns - 1,387,292 kastaban - 678,259 EzzzGame - 623,230 Arbutus77 - 416,374 betcheckbet - 393,881 PatoAgro88 - 337,315 Mike Leah - 295,485 FiestaPagana - 268,164 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight M August 25, 2020 Entries: 98 Prize pool: $465,500 Players Advancing: 18 Top 10 Chip Counts james5388 - 849,104 somebodyelse - 623,401 Matsuzaka - 466,775 Sam Greenwood - 344,355 Calvin Lee - 294,090 Rage Monkey1 - 291,901 smbdySUCKme - 250,346 tali19677 - 231,028 unknownfear - 221,286 Arsh Grover - 188,832 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight N August 25, 2020 Entries: 159 Prize pool: $755,250 Players Advancing: 36 Top 10 Chip Counts Estudiante - 689,711 yarsk - 462,120 JejuKingCrab - 446,595 NevSlater - 388,316 tonij - 338,772 MadFox89 - 321,431 Brian Green - 318,091 R4d054v - 318,090 Poch0Loc0 - 310,883 GTOExploiter - 263,406 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight O August 26, 2020 Entries: 118 Prize pool: $560,500 Players Advancing: 21 Top 10 Chip Counts Maznacik - 791,634 Johtajaberg - 529,649 unobet - 521,586 KT90 - 410,430 KEN-C - 403,853 Redondez@ - 377,856 Moist - 373,673 Martiroca - 305,140 OhhhNo - 270,694 bibi zay - 260,192 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight P August 27, 2020 Entries: 239 Prize pool: $755,250 Players Advancing: 44 Top 10 Chip Counts stamina22 - 994,190 ZryjGruz - 592,607 Nator - 570,606 Pearblossom - 566,302 TheKid101 - 532,977 BluffMeNot - 432,907 You Kaisheng - 413,289 jerbi9999 - 390,180 KING0FCARDS - 378,355 Rainer Kempe - 371,292 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight Q August 27, 2020 Entries: 126 Prize pool: $598,500 Players Advancing: 23 Top 10 Chip Counts TwoPairTom - 724,747 RhyzmP - 665,586 MadSwitch - 473,473 FTBG - 452,070 TopRegUK - 412,729 Kingkramer88 - 348,523 Euro10 - 339,873 meiiYunqi - 323,640 Knossi Fan - 309,388 Decent! - 305,262 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight R August 27, 2020 Entries: 247 Prize pool: $1,173,250 Players Advancing: 54 Top 10 Chip Counts MisterPro - 577,772 Isaac Haxton - 526,156 DeniseGrober - 470,548 Hookaholic - 455,609 dirtynude - 423,782 retemax1 - 417,192 LUTULUM - 411,586 Ana Marquez - 389,189 David Peters - 357,981 nocomprendoo - 350,246 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight S August 28, 2020 Entries: 237 Prize pool: $1,125,750 Players Advancing: 44 Top 10 Chip Counts TlLTTTT1999 - 908,569 Conor Beresford - 531,367 tIot - 514333 Prodigal Sen - 510,618 fsousa - 461,111 UknowWhoIam - 408,469 PKmaster911 - 383,199 PequenoPony - 377,902 s2pni - 377,651 arigatou - 376,297 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight T August 28, 2020 Entries: 437 Prize pool: $2,075,750 Players Advancing: 83 Top 10 Chip Count Shikamaru- - 931, 221 easy game1 - 892,346 Jahad - 845,928 NikolaCokesa - 752,355 MiguelFiesta - 671,675 kellyyy - 554,720 TuttiARsUG0 - 486,099 TheRayGuy - 478,143 NewGambler - 467,681 km123 - 444,946 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight U August 29, 2020 Entries: 506 Prize pool: $2,403,500 Players Advancing: 101 Top 10 Chip Counts Ruslan234 - 718,427 wolverine27 - 655,314 Luckyshiba - 538,177 Shankar Pillai - 528,890 Emotion 98 3 - 523,092 KingPu - 496,007 colinchow - 480,286 bulemashina - 479,594 Nutshell31- 469,256 duckquack - 467,287 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight V August 29, 2020 Entries: 760 Prize pool: $3,610,000 Players Advancing: 155 Top 10 Chip Counts Depaulainspt - 871,335 Adamwia - 668,354 SickPapa - 653,316 Shershnyaga - 643,282 Guidoo - 636,759 Wizardofodds - 612,730 ProteinBaby - 585,548 deadman1100 - 581,248 Freddyf86 - 546,995 Iconic - 540,688 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight W August 30, 2020 Entries: 858 Prize pool: $4,075,500 Players Advancing: 242 Top 10 Chip Counts mrdemidov - 668,033 Phachara W - 649,813 Mcalaiii - 644,587 ExclusiveA - 524,783 PMA888 - 478,268 Tara@0z - 471,061 Craig Timmis - 457,188 xoxotic ACID - 429,580 sazan - 425,224 Tien_Dau79 - 424,208
  18. For the last five days, 38 poker players have been dreaming about having the possibility of becoming the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event champion. That's how many players were left when the tournament was paused last Monday. Bryan Piccioli was the chip leader and online crushers Benjamine Rolle, Samuel Vousden, and Jonas Lauck were all still in contention. But as the 38 players began clicking buttons on Saturday afternoon, those four players were all pushed aside to make way for Serbian Stoyan 'Nirvana76' Madanzhiev. Piccioli was eliminated in 23rd place after coming out on the losing end of a massive pot with Julien Perouse before surrendering the remainder of his stack to Rolle. Lauck went out in 34th place while Vousden and Rolle went out in 12th and 11th place respectively. The final table started with Tyler Rueger in the lead and Madanzhiev in second place. Almost as quickly as Samuel Taylor took his seat at the final table, he was removed from it in brutal fashion. Wenling Gao raised to 1,400,000 from UTG+1 and Taylor, who started the final table with the sixth largest stack, called from middle position. The flop came [poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"] and Gao bet 1,750,000 and Taylor called. The turn was the [poker card="ac"] and Gao checked. Taylor bet 4,200,000 and Gao clicked back to 11,900,000. Taylor called. The [poker card="qs"] completed the board and Gao bet 8,750,000. Taylor moved all in for 9,918,268 and Gao snap-called. Taylor showed [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] for a flopped set but Gao showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] for top set to eliminate Taylor in ninth. It was 24 minutes before the next player was eliminated. Rueger raised to 1,400,000 from UTG+1. Tyler Cornell shoved his last 4,796,374 into the middle from Rueger's direct left. Action folded back around to Rueger and he called and showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"]. Cornell tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"] but the [poker card="qs"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] flop put Rueger in control. The [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="8h"] river changed nothing for Cornell and he was eliminated in eighth place. Gao found her second victim of the final table just a few moments later. Gao raised to 1,400,000 from UTG+1 before Stefan Schillhabel raised to 7,987,052. Gao re-raised to 25,606,156 and Schillhabel called off the last 2,100,000 in his stack. Gao tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] and found out she was racing against Schillhabel's [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] flop gave Gao the nut flush draw to go with her two overcards. The [poker card="kc"] turn gave her the nut flush and Schillhabel was eliminated in seventh place as the [poker card="5s"] completed the board. Rueger went back to work as the executioner just 35 minutes later. Rueger min-raised to 1,400,000 from the cutoff and Joao Santos moved all in for 9,061,138 from the big blind. Rueger called and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] which was bad news for Santos who tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] flop gave Santos some chop out and the [poker card="4h"] turn gave him extra outs for the win. The river was the [poker card="7s"] to miss both players to give Rueger the pot and eliminate Santos in sixth place. Four minutes later, Satoshi Isomae was sent to the rail. Madanzhiev raised to 1,540,000 from late position and Isomae re-raised from the small blind to 4,483,500. Madanzhiev called and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"]. Isomae bet 11,605,800 and Madanzhiev called. The turn was the [poker card="7h"] and both players checked to see the [poker card="6s"] river. Isomae moved all in for 23,411,295 and Madanzhiev called. Isomae showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] for ace-high which wasn't good enough to beat Mandazhiev who flopped top two pair with [poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"]. Isomae was eliminated in fifth. On the very next hand, Gao was once again in charge of ending one of her foe's tournaments. Action folded to Thomas Ward on the button and he moved all in for 9,508,960 before Gao called from the small blind. Ward tabled [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] and Gao was ahead with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]. The board ran out [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="js"][poker card="kc"] to eliminate Ward in fourth place. The inevitable confrontation between Gao and Rueger happened 14 minutes later. Gao raised to 1,400,000 from the button before Rueger raised to 4,395,000 from the big blind. Gao made it 9,800,000 to go and Rueger replied by moving all in for 48,697,202. Gao called and showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"] while Rueger tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"]. Rueger whiffed on the [poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6c"] flop and got no relief via the [poker card="8c"] turn or [poker card="2c"] river and was eliminated in third place. Madanzhiev held an eight big blind lead over Gao when heads up play began. Madanzhiever ceased control as the pair battled for a half hour. On the final hand of the tournament, Gao raised to 1,600,000 and Madanzhiev called. The flop came [poker card="5c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"] and Madanzhiev bet 1,700,000. Gao raised to 3,944,000 and Madanzhiev called. The [poker card="8h"] turn got Madanzhiev to check. Gao bet 5,644,000 and Madanzhiev raised to 15,040,000. Gao moveda all in for 8X,000,000 and Madanzhiev called. Gao tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] but Madanzhiev showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"] for a flopped straight that improved on the turn. The meaningless river was the [poker card="8s"] and Gao was eliminated in second place giving Madanzhiev the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event bracelet and just over $3.9 million. After his victory, the Bulgarian 29-year-old was ready to celebrate.   Final Table Payouts Stoyan Madanzhiev - $3,904,686 Wenling Gao - $2,748,605 Tyler Rueger - $1,928,887 Thomas Ward - $1,353,634 Satoshi Isomae - $949,937 Joao Santos - $666,637 Stefan Schillhabel - $467,825 Tyler Cornell - $328,305 Samuel Taylor - $230,395
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