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  1. Over the 31 days of July, 31 different players picked up a World Series of Poker bracelet on WSOP.com. While the winners dominated the headlines, there were thousands of players - 2,289 to be exact - who added to their WSOP resume with an in-the-money finish. Digging through all of the numbers from the 2020 WSOP Online on WSOP.com shows a number of players who found a way to shine bright on poker's biggest stage. Cash(ing) is King for Ryan Laplante Nobody found their way into the money more often Ryan Laplante. The Las Vegas resident cashed in 18 of the 30 events he was eligible to play in. Laplante earned $47,131 overall and his biggest cash came in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) where he finished in 11th place for $8,681. There were 57 players who cashed at least 10 times and 1,386 who only hit the payouts window once. [table id=88 /] Former World Champ Tops Total Earnings List 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen walked away from the WSOP.com events pushing a wheelbarrow full of cash. McKeehen won Event #14 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) for $352,985. That score alone would have put him atop the earnings leaderboard for the Series, but he also managed to cash seven more times for $16,646. Only two players in the earnings list top 10 were not bracelet winners, but both had high-profile runner-up finishes. Frank Funaro finished second to McKeehen in the High Roller event and Matthew Parry finished second in the second-biggest buy-in event on the calendar, Event #29 ($2,000 Deepstack NLHE). [table id=89 /] Just Three Players Score $300,000+ Scores McKeehen's victory also gave him the single biggest score of the entire Series and made him just one of three players to win more than $300,000 from a single event. Event #31 ($1,000 Championship NLHE) winner Nahrain Tamero finished with the second biggest score of $310,832 and Event #29 ($2,000 NLH Deepstack) champ Nick Guagenti snuck past the $300K mark earning $305,433. There 42 six-figure cashes throughout the 31 events and two players had two each. Ryan Torgersen, who finished runner-up in Event #9 ($1,000 Six Max NLHE) the night before winning Event #10 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) earned $172,362 and $116,379 respectively while William Romaine, runner-up in Event #13 ($1,500 NLHE Freezeout) and Event #28 ($1,000 Omaha 8-or-better Six Max) champion, banked scores of $110,979 and $ 110,670. [table id=90 /] They're Going Streaking Laplante's 18 cashes were buoyed by his run in Events #14-#23 were the bracelet winner cashed in every single event. Those 10 consecutive cashes represent the longest such streak of the Series. Two players, Roland Israelashvili and Huy Nguyen, tied for the next longest streak at six, and another eight players each had streaks of five. [table id=91 /] New Jersey versus Nevada: Tale of the Tape In the battle of the Silver State versus the Garden State, it was the latter that came out on top - but only barely. New Jersey players cashed a total of 1,592 times for $5,047,455 in winnings while their Nevada counterparts finished in the money 1,366 times and won $4,993,437. California and New York put on a worthy undercard battle with Californians earning 886 cashes versus New Yorkers' 718 but the Empire State won more money by banking $3,308,233 versus the $2,881,397 that Californians won. [table id=92 /] Rank & File: Former Number 1s Shine Bright It should come as no surprise to learn that players who have dominated online poker put up decent results during the Series. At least seven former #1-ranked players recorded ITM finishes with three of them hitting the double-digit mark. Bryan Piccioli had the most cashes at 14 while Ari Engel topped the earnings list with $148,919. [table id=93 /]
  2. Two weeks ago, William Romaine was forced to play bridesmaid as Michael Lech defeated him heads up to win Event #13 ($1,500 NLHE High Roller Freezeout) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online. On Tuesday night, and into the earliest hours of Wednesday morning, Romaine was allowed to shed the runner-up designation on his way to winning Event #27 ($1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max) for his first career bracelet and a six-figure score. It took 15 minutes of play at the final table for Romaine to send a player packing. From UTG, Romaine raised to 160,000 and 'NJ_FittyFish' called all in from the big blind. Romaine showed [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="3h"] and 'NJ_FittyFish' had [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="th"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"] flop gave Romaine top set and left his opponent drawing to a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="3c"] on the turn and [poker card="6s"] river changed nothing and 'NJ_FittyFish' was out in sixth place. Five-handed play ran for 28 minutes. Kyle 'Ksparks740' Sparks raised to 200,000 from UTG, 'Chippingggup' raised to 300,000, 'kheescopy' came along from the big blind before Sparks moved all in for 382,417. Both opponents called. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3s"], 'kheescoopy' checked and then called when 'Chippingggup' bet 100,000. The turn was the [poker card="7h"] and 'kheescoopy' checked and then folded when 'Chippingggup' bet 200,000. Sparks showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3h"] for a pair of threes while 'Chippingggup' tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"] for a pair of sevens and the nut low draw. The river was the [poker card="jh"] and Sparks was eliminated in fifth. It took another 25 minutes before the next player was eliminated. 'Choppingggup' raised to 240,000 from the button and Romaine called from the big blind. Romaine checked after the [poker card="qc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"] flop, 'Chippingggup' bet 120,000 and Romaine clicked back for 240,000. 'Chippingggup' called to see the [poker card="8h"] turn. Romaine bet 240,000 before 'Chippingggup' raised all in for 438,688 and Romaine called. 'Chippingggup' showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] and Romaine tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="4s"] river filled Romaine's gutshot straight draw and gave him the low to scoop the pot and eliminate 'Chippingggup' in fourth place. Romaine had to wait just 10 minutes to end another player's tournament. Action folded to Romaine in the big blind and he raised to 320,000 and 'kheescoopy' called from the big blind. Romaine then bet 160,000 on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"] flop before 'kheescoopy' raised to 320,000. Romaine called to see the [poker card="5s"] turn. Romaine bet 320,000 and 'kheescoopy' called all in for 156,086. Romaine had [poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"] and 'kheescoopy' showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="kd"] river failed to complete any of the draws for 'kheescoopy' and he was out in third place. Romaine held a 3-2 chip lead over Mark 'victb' Ioli and needed just six minutes to finish off the victory. On the final hand, Ioli was down to less than three bets and raised the button and Romaine called. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"], Romaine bet and Ioli called all in for 110,150. Romaine showed [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"] for top pair and the nut low draw while Ioli tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"] for second pair. The [poker card="tc"] turn and [poker card="td"] river failed to improve Ioli's hand and he was sent to the rail in second place giving Romaine his first career bracelet and $110,673. Final Table Payouts William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine - $110,672.62 Mark 'victb' Ioli - $68,478.37 'kheescoopy' - $45,286.50 'Chippingggup' - $30,473.62 Kyle 'Ksparks740' Sparks - $21,047.25 'NJ_FittyFish' - $14,812.87

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