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Whether it was during his highly successful career as a junk bond trader or his time at the poker tables, 58-year-old Alan Goehring made a life out of being unconventional. You don’t make millions trading by following trends and you don’t win poker tournaments doing what everybody else is doing. Moving the World Series of Poker to an entirely online schedule for 2020 was expected to be a coming-out party for young unheralded American poker pros expected to be the next generation of poker stars. In early July, Goehring once again defied convention and worked his way through a 1,479 player field in Event #8 ($500 NLHE Freezeout) to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career and $119,400. Winning a bracelet in 2020 doesn’t come with the normal celebrations at the club or dinner at a five-star restaurant that it might have in any other year. "After I won, it was about 2:30 in the morning, I went upstairs and woke up my wife to let her know she married a champion," Goehring said. "Then I had a glass of champagne. That was basically my celebration." Like a seasoned barkeep perfectly blending aged bourbon with bitters to craft a perfect Old Fashioned, Goehring combines humility and braggadocio when referring to himself as a poker champion. He was already a champion before this summer even began. A two-time champion in fact. In 2003, Goehring won the inaugural World Poker Tour World Championship for a shade more than $1,000,000. Three years later he won the LA Poker Classic for his second WPT championship and $2,391,500. In the few live events he has played the past few years, including a 93rd place finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, Goehring has noticed that a strategy he pioneered 17 years ago has become the standard play now. At both of those WPT final tables that Goehring won, he was opening pots by raising the minimum. The standard then varied between a first bet of three to five times the big blind. "When I was using it, playing a lot back in 2003 to 2006, it was not very common and I thought in 10 years it would be the industry standard," Goehring said. "In fact, I always thought that was one of my competitive advantages. I have some poker notes and in there I write, ‘everybody else is wrong’. So yeah, I would say I'm not surprised about it." In 1999, Goehring found himself in a spot every poker player since has dreamed about: heads up for the WSOP Main Event. Goehring eventually finished second to Noel Furlong, but he doesn’t look back at that with any regret or disappointment though. Goehring calls himself to be a realist and says when he started the final day second in chips, he knew his expected finish was either second or third. Coming out on the high end of that expectation felt like a win. Goehring went 21 years without making another WSOP final table and ranks winning this bracelet up there with his other obvious choices. "I would say (the bracelet) is one of my four big poker achievements or accomplishments or whatever you want to call it. The two WPT titles, the runner-up in the World Series of Poker, and this bracelet," Goehring said. "I haven't been, to be honest, going crazy trying to win a bracelet playing 20 events every year. So it's nice. And I thought it would never happen." From 2008 until 2018, Goehring played sparingly, focusing nearly all of his energy and effort in making as much money as possible in the markets. In February 2019, feeling like he needed to reset a little bit, Goehring opened an account with WSOP.com. His return to the tables started near the bottom. "Started playing a lot of $10 and $20 tournaments, because I was really rusty, right? So then I was playing and worked my way up and now, everything's good," Goehring said. In a normal WSOP schedule, Goehring says he’d play between 8 and 10 events, all No Limit Hold’em with buy-ins in the $2,500 or higher range. This year he played 20 bracelet events for the first time ever, all because the events were single-day online tournaments. While he’s hardly become a volume-based grinder, over the past few months, Goehring has become a bit of an online MTT regular. Playing from his home in Henderson, Nevada, he’s has won 15 events, including a $200 buy-in, 900-runner event. "I play two events a day, basically and maybe on Sunday, three or four," Goehring said. "So I probably play a couple of hours a day or whatever. I'm not sitting here grinding 40 hours a week or something like that."
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.
Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania were once again roaring with legal online poker action on Sunday, as thousands of players flocked to the virtual felt in an attempt to score big paydays. Let's take a look at some of the biggest results that were had from the U.S. online poker scene. The action on WSOP.com across Nevada and New Jersey was exciting. The site had several huge tournaments play out, including the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL High Roller, the WSOP.com $150,000 GTD NL Sunday Special, and the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD 'Keep It 100.' All three of these events had six-figure guarantees that were beat. The WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL High Roller drew a field of 104 entries and 57 reentries to generate a prize pool of $153,755. Winning the event was a player we've become accustomed to seeing in the winner's circle on WSOP.com, Brian 'JackBogle' Altman. He topped all competitors to win the $33,287.95 first-place prize. Altman beat Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen in heads-up play, with Hunichen taking home $24,939.06 in prize money. Shaun 'nyjets23' O'Donnell finished third and Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein took fourth. Speaking of Hunichen, he was the winner of the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD 'Keep It 100' tournament for $22,093.20. This event drew 386 entries and 260 reentries. Also in this event, Ryan 'hagzzz021' Hagerty took second place for $16,343.80, Jared 'darrensrabbi' Jaffee was third for $12,054.36, and Eric 'circleball' Baldwin placed fourth for $8,863.12. The 'Keep It 100' initiative is a new promotion from WSOP.com, beginning on Tuesday, May 5. The $215 buy-in event has a $100,000 prize pool guarantee and it will run daily until the guarantee isn't met. Sunday's edition was the sixth edition of the tournament. Also on WSOP.com, 'GladiusIII' won the $150,000 GTD NL Sunday Special for $27,222.36, beating out Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn in heads-up play. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In New Jersey, the PokerStars NJ $40,000 GTD Sunday Special attracted a field of 248 entries to generate a $46,128 prize pool. Finishing in first place was ‘Crav1us,’ who took home $9,433.33 for the victory. ‘JinYangPP’ placed second for $6,919.20. Over on partypoker NJ in the Garden State, ‘rumpthumper’ and ‘ChekyoRaySon’ chopped the Sunday $35,000 Guaranteed. After the deal, ‘rumpthumper’ took $7,012.78 and ‘ChekyoRaySon’ won $6,158.53. Pennsylvania online poker had some big prize pools and winners, too. In the PokerStars PA $100,000 GTD Sunday Special, ‘Gambolll’ chopped with ‘LilAlch’ and took home $15,517.57. ‘LilAlch’ earned $14,064.47. The site’s $20,000 GTD Sunday High Roller saw ‘aldrich801’ finish first for $8,031.20. Lastly, the $20,000 GTD Nightly Stars had a prize pool of nearly $28,000 and ‘c202020’ won it for $5,242.40. USA Sunday Majors Results WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL High Roller Buy-in: $1,000 Entries: 104 entries + 57 reentries Prize pool: $153,755 Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $33,287.95 Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen - $24,939.06 Shaun 'nyjets23' O'Donnell - $18,681.23 Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein - $14,022.45 Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker - $10,516.84 helionic - $7,887.63 wubalubadubb - $5,904.19 Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon - $4,382.01 WSOP.com $100,000 GTD 'Keep It 100' Buy-in: $215 Entries: 386 entries + 260 reentries Prize pool: $129,200 Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen - $22,093.20 Ryan 'hagzzz021' Hagerty - $16,343.80 Jared 'darrensrabbi' Jaffee - $12,054.36 Eric 'circleball' Baldwin - $8,863.12 nokilok - $6,886.36 bobbadabing - $5,258.44 chaipoker - $3,992.28 lolololol - $3,036.20 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $2,261 WSOP.com $150,000 GTD NL Sunday Special Buy-in: $215 Entries: 582 entries + 320 reentries Prize pool: $180,400 GladiusIII - $27,222.36 Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn - $20,168.72 Ryan 'N.O.Xplode' Hall - $14,883 Takaw - $10,896.16 ct188 - $8,460.76 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $6,494.40 FLOPEMDEAD - $4,906.88 xxlr8 - $3,734.28 Glenn 'deemsta' Poole - $2,832.28 PokerStars NJ $40,000 GTD Sunday Special Buy-in: $200 Entries: 248 entries Prize pool: $46,128 Crav1us - $9,433.33 JinYangPP - $6,919.20 TRott17 - $5,212.46 jokerlevynj - $3,920.88 Pokerkid1989#1 - $2,675.42 JETSgoJETS - $2,075.76 epdawg5 - $1,614.48 Fort Matilda - $1,153.20 el binko - $876.43 partypoker NJ Sunday $35,000 Guaranteed Buy-in: $215 Entries: 196 Prize pool: $26,028.80 rumpthumper - $7,012.68* ChekyoRaySon - $6,158.53* Chips_Jammed - $3,880.80 Gohednpopoff - $3,214.40 roystalin - $2,783.20 Pokerplaya86 - $2,391.20 Burritoboy28 - $1,999.20 Cholie - $1,607.20 skoops555 - $1,215.20 *Denotes a deal. PokerStars PA $100,000 GTD Sunday Special Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,186 entries Prize pool: $108,874.80 Gambolll - $15,517.57* LilAlch - $14,064.47* ShadoeWolf5 - $8,896.26 tich213 - $6,396.49 fellwear42069 - $4,599.12 NARDOELS - $3,306.81 Schwibbs1 - $2,377.61 SammyTheTank - $1,709.53 Tonya Hardingg - $1,229.16 *Denotes a deal. PokerStars PA $20,000 GTD Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $250 Entries: 172 entries Prize pool: $40,076 aldrich801 - $8,031.20 4TH3K1D$ - $5,826.03 DJHSMHBDH - $4,226.41 nsully10 - $3,065.99 liftship - $2,224.18 deadtosolve - $1,613.50 PokerStars PA $20,000 GTD Nightly Stars Buy-in: $100 Entries: 304 entries Prize pool: $27,907.20 c202020 - $5,242.40 NotGi1-t - $3,842.44 TYCA45 - $2,816.50 WHATWHYNO - $2,064.49 bigdoritoTito - $1,513.26 ALmerle - $1,109.21 $stacksMcGee - $813.05 ZSafern2019 - $595.96 Jackvybo09 - $436.84