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For the sixth year in a row, 888poker is an exclusive online poker sponsor of the World Series of Poker. The WSOP summer series is set to take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 26 - July 15 with 888poker, once again, helping players from around the world win their seats in the most prestigious poker tournament of the year - The Main Event. In years past, the online poker site would qualify players online and provide them with a $12,500 package which included a seat in the Main Event as well as accommodations and travel expenses. But this year, 888poker is upping the ante. Not only will players be battling for a spot in poker’s richest tournament but they will also have an opportunity to also play in the 888poker branded Crazy Eights tournament. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The all-new 888poker WSOP 2020 Mega Package is worth $15,000 this year and will have winners of the experience in Las Vegas for nearly two weeks. Take a look at everything included in the 2020 WSOP Mega Package: • $10,000 Buy-in to the 2020 WSOP Main Event • $888 buy-in to the Crazy 888’s bracelet event • $1,000 in cash for travel, food and additional expenses • 12 night stay at the Vdara Hotel (June 26 - July 8) • Transportation to and from the Rio • 888poker Welcome Session at the Vdara • 888poker LIVE kit, including branded merch As the only online poker site outside of the United States offering online qualifiers, 888poker has all the bases covered. They’ve also made vying for a Mega package very straight forward and available to everyone with super satellites starting at just $0.01. In the 888poker client, players can drill down in the 'Tournaments' tab to the 'Live Events'. In that lobby, 888poker is offering Step satellites where players can win their way up the ladder to eventually play for it all in the $1,050 WSOP 2020 MEGA Package qualifier. Of course, players can start at the bottom for a penny or buy-in directly at any point in the satellite tree, including hopping into the $1,050 should their bankroll allow. The MEGA package is one of the best ways to win a seat into the Main Event. According to 888poker, in 2019 they were responsible for more than 100 players in the Main Event field and 17 of them cashed for a total of over $1,000,000. Of course, it didn’t hurt that one of their qualifiers was high-stakes phenom, and former top-20 ranked PocketFives, Sam Greenwood who finished the Main Event in 45th place for over $211,000. As exciting as it is to play in the Main Event, don’t sleep on the Crazy 888s. For those who have never been to the World Series of Poker, every gold bracelet event has a special feel. Last year, 10,185 players piled into the Crazy Eights in search of claiming its life-changing $888,888 first-place prize. Ricardo Alvarado walked away with the win, however, it was also an amazing showing for 888poker ambassador Vivian Saliba who rallied all the way to fourth place for $308,888 in the tournament she sponsored by the online site she represents. With less than 100 days before the start of the World Series of Poker, there’s really no time to waste for those looking to make their way to Las Vegas, spend a couple of weeks in the sun, and play for their share of tens of millions. Satellites for the 888poker WSOP 2020 MEGA Package are running right now.
For the penultimate 2020 World Series of Poker Online bracelet event on WSOP.com, Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin rolled back the years to win Event #30 ($500 Seniors Event). Lessin secured the victory for $64,411.20 and his first career bracelet. Allen 'Nucman' Pock started the final table as chip leader and did not waste anytime putting his 3 million strong chip stack to use. Following an early position all in of 234,618 by Al 'BigAl16' Riccobono, Pock called after looking down at [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] which dominated his opponents [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"]. The board ran out a safe [poker card="Jc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"] for Pock sending Riccobono to the rail in ninth. In unusual fashion for this year's final tables, it took another half hour for the next final table bust-out. Brian 'ggtdm' McGill opened to 150,00 in early position with [poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"] and then made the quick call when Carmen 'cjdstable' Dimaria moved all in for 371,944 from the hijack with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"]. Dimaria was looking at a certain double up but McGill moved ahead making a set on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7s"] flop. Only a jack would keep Dimaria in the tournament but he didn't find the help needed on the [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="5d"] river. Now in the usual fashion, the next elimination came 2 minutes later. The then chip leader 'muskrrr' raised to 150,000 from middle position and called the 343,198 button jam from 'bigfatpirate'. 'bigfatpirate': [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"] 'muskrrr': [poker card="Qs"][poker card="9d"] 'bigfatpirate' enjoyed seeing the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="5s"] flop, the [poker card="Ts"] meant the at-risk player was still ahead but 'muskrrr' picked up additional outs with an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the straight draw for 'muskrrr' and sunk the ship of 'bigfatpirate.' McGill picked up another victim shortly after the game turned six-handed. McGill had the easy decision to call 'dusty16's' all in for 161,644 after opening for 150,000 from under the gun. This time McGill, with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"], was the dominator pre-flop crushing the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5h"] held by 'dusty16'. However a lifeline appeared for the short stack on the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"] flop, a safe [poker card="3c"] came on the turn but the [poker card="Qs"] river sealed the hand for McGill causing 'dusty16' to be eliminated in sixth. Shortly after losing a significant percentage of their stack to Pock, 'gwitsch' moved all in with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3c"] for 132,402 from under the gun. Lessin, holding [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Th"], isolated the all-in player with a three-bet to 324,804. King high was enough on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2h"] run-out to scoop the pot and cut the tournament short for 'gwitsch'. Four-handed play just lasted three minutes, Pock raised to 120,000 on the button and called the 879,054 three-bet jam from McGill in the small blind. McGill needed help after seeing his [poker card="Kc"][poker card="4c"] was behind Pock's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="5s"]. Both players didn't connect on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] flop and Pock's ace-high held on the [poker card="6h"] turn and the [poker card="Td"] river. Neither player wanted to miss out on a chance to play heads up for a bracelet and the $64K top prize but unfortunately for Pock it wasn't meant to be. Pock defended his big blind after 'muskrrr' opened to 320,000 on the button to see the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"] flop. Pock called 'muskrrr's' continuation bet of 355,000 to then see the [poker card="5s"] peel off on the turn. All the chips went in on the turn as Pock check-jammed for 2,366,954 over 'muskrrr's' bet of 1,065,000 and they snap called. Despite holding top pair with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"], Pock needed help to over come the [poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] held by 'muskrrr'. The [poker card="Ac"] river meant 'muskrrr' would have a commanding chip lead going into heads up play. By the next break Lessin had clawed back some chips to cut the lead held by 'muskrrr' to just 900,000. Going into the final hand Lessin, who now held a narrow chip lead himself, opened to 320,000 and called 'muskrrr's' 800,000 three-bet. The flop came [poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"] and the 2,473,504 flop jam from 'muskrrr' was snap called by Lessin. 'Muskrrr': [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] Lessin: [poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] Lessin sealed the victory after turning a full house with the [poker card="4h"] and the inconsequential [poker card="Jd"] gave the New Jersey native his first WSOP title. Final Table Payouts Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin - $64,411.20 'muskrrr' - $39,819.60 Allen 'Nucman' Pock - $27,864 Brian 'ggtdm' McGill - $19,796.40 'gwitsch' - $14,256 'dusty16' - $10,432.80 'bigfatpirate' - $7,743.60 Carmen 'cjdstable' Dimaria - $5,832 Al 'BigAl16' Riccobono - $4,471.20 Faces in the Crowd The Seniors Event attracted a few of notable names from the poker-sphere. Among those who fell short of the final table but managed to finish in the money were Roland Israelashvili (107th - $648) and Lena Evans (95th - $680.40). Phil Hellmuth couldn't secure bracelet #16 as he finished in 67th for $842.40 and both Greg Raymer (43rd - $1,263.60) and Terry Fleischer (17th - $2,203.20) picked up four-figure paydays.
In the sixth instalment of the 2020 World Series of Poker online Asia time zone events, Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla overcame 3,247 total entries and 426 other players on Day 2 to win Event #55 HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship. Garla secured his first career bracelet to take home $461,709.47. There were eight different countries across four continents represented at the final table of Event #55 (HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship). Brazilian Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla came into the table with a gargantuan 40,674,090 stack with American Alan 'TheCockroach' Schein second in chips with 22,737,151. It took almost two hours of poker prior to the first elimination of the final table. Ignacio 'Curandero' Moron, who was the short stack, raised to 2,178,853 with 350,000 still behind and was called by Schein in the hijack. The players then got it all in on the [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"] flop, the turn brought in the [poker card="Td"] and the [poker card="4d"] completed the board. Moron turned over [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Js"] but Schein showed [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Th"] for the turned two pair ending Moron's tournament journey. It took another 16 minutes for the next final table bustout. Vadas 'Vladiator13' Tamasauskas, who finished fifth in WSOP #Event 52, moved all in preflop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] from early position and was called by the [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"] held by runaway chip leader Garla. It was a classic race but the at risk Tamasauskas finished in eighth for $43,180 as he failed to connect with the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] runout. Immediately following the break, in unusual fashion, the two big stacks in Garla and Schein got involved in a big pot against each other. Schein raised to 1.4 million from the cutoff and Garla defended his big blind to see the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"] flop. Garla checked to the preflop aggressor who fired a continuation bet of 1.82 million, the Brazilian called. Garla then fired a 5.39 million bet on the [poker card="9c"] turn, which Schein called. Garla continued to apply pressure with a bet of 10.78 million on the [poker card="6c"] river, Schein snap-called with [poker card="Kd"][[poker card="Qh"] for top pair but was behind the turned two pair as Garla showed [poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"]. The Brazilian held a commanding chip lead with a stack of just shy of 95 million, over 70 million more than second place Schein. As the short stacks kept surviving, it took another 15 minutes for the next tournament casualty. Alexandros 'THE Sheriff' Theologis open-jammed with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] and was snap called by the shorter stack Eduards 'lIlIlIlIillI' Kudrjavcevs who had a bigger pair in [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"]. Theologis delivered a fatal blow to the Latvian, flopping a full house on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] flop. A ten didn't appear on the [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river and Kudrjavcevs was eliminated. Things started to pick up as the blinds grew as the next elimination came immediately. Divanshu 'd0rk21' Khurana shoved all in for 5,816,672 and his compatriot, Kunal 'Alex_52' Bhatia, called off in the big blind. Khurana: [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8d"] Bhatia: [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"] Bhatia, the runner up in WSOP Event #52, connected on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop. With an over-card and a flush draw, Khurana still had a chance of survival but neither came as the [poker card="Qs"] and [poker card="3c"] river brought the game to five-handed play. Garla claimed another victim after calling the 11,360,972 three-bet jam by Wenhao 'pwhwin' Peng. Garla, with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="4d"], was dominated by Peng's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] but the chip leader made three of a kind as the board came [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="5d"]. Peng finished in fifth for $119,212.54. Theologis then opened the action and raised to 2 million with Garla and Schein calling from the button and big blind respectively. The flop came [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6h"] and created a whirlwind of action, it checked through to Garla for took a stab at the pot with a bet of 2.277 million. Schein then min-raised and Theologis then clicked it back to 7.831 million, Garla folded and Schein then moved all in and was quickly called by Theologis. Schein, with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="6d"], surely thought he was ahead with top and bottom pair but found himself needing help as Theologis flopped middle set with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. The American ended the day in fourth as he failed to improve on the [poker card="4c"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river. With no player looking to give up any ground, Bhatia was sent to rail in third. In a button versus blind battle, Bhatia opened to 2.4 million and Garla three-bet to 6.6 million and snap-called Bhatia's 21,780,380 four-bet jam. Bhutia needed a miracle as his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"] was in bad shape against Garla's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"]. Bhatia got now help on the [poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="7h"] run out. Going into heads up play the blinds were 600,000/1,200,000 and the stacks were: Garla: 102,973,521 (85.8BBs) Theologis: 58,864,219 (49BBs) But it only took Garla a few more minutes to wrap up the victory after maintaining the chip lead for the duration of the final table. Theologis was then in the danger zone after falling to 11 blinds. Garla had chipped away at the Englishman's stack but took a 10 to 1 chip lead after winning a pot of 37.8 million. Theologis called a river bet of 11.76 million into a pot of 14.28 million with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"] for second pair on the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ks"] board but Garla rivered top pair with his [poker card="Kh"][poker card="5d"]. The killer blow was delivered two minutes later as both players were all in preflop. Theologis: [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] Garla: [poker card="Qd"][poker card="7d"] Garla sealed the win, his first career bracelet and a 3,551,611.32 HKD ($461,709.47) payday as he flopped top pair and held as the board came [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="4h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="Th"]. Final Table Payouts Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla - $461,709.47 Alexandros 'THE Sheriff' Theologis - $329,122.04 Kunal 'Alex_52' Bhatia - $234,609.77 Alan 'TheCockroach' Schein - $167,237.48 Wenhao 'pwhwin' Peng - $119,212.54 Divanshu 'd0rk21' Khurana - $84,978.95 Eduards 'lIlIlIlIillI' Kudrjavcevs- $60,575.74 Vladas 'Vladiator13' Tamasauskas - $43,180.48 Ignacio 'Curandero' Moron - $30,780.46 Faces in the Crowd A plethora of notable names made it to Day 2 and finished in the money. Bracelet winner Chris Moorman (159th - $3,712) added another WSOP cash to what has been an impressive series from the Englishman. Another player representing the United Kingdom was recent WSOP bracelet winner Roberto Romanello (120th - $4,234). Romanello became the first Welsh-born player to win a bracelet and latest player to join the prestigious 'Triple Crown' winners list with titles in the WPT, EPT and now WSOP. Alex Foxen (78th), Daniel Negreanu (77th) and Brandon Adams (75th) all cashed for $5,665. Kristen Bicknell (53rd - $5,665 ), Parker Talbot (34th - $7,948) and Steve O'Dwyer (25th - $11,149) all amassed big chip stacks at one stage in Day 2 but fell before the final table. The unfortunate final table boy was last years WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino who finished in 10th place for $21,941.