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  1. When the final table of Event #52 ($1,000 NLHE) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online began late Thursday night, Canadian Alek Stasiak had just six blinds. Two hours later he was the last player standing and became the first double bracelet winner of 2020. Stasiak scored his first WSOP bracelet on July 27 when he won Event #33 ($1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief Event). That win came with a $343,203 payday. Thursday's added another $273,505 to his bankroll. The event drew 2,006 entries and had a $1,905,700 prize pool. Stasiak was a spectator on the first few eliminations. Dejan Kaladjurdjevic opened to 400,000 from middle position before Federico Molina moved all in for 2,614,061 from the cutoff. Kunal Bhatia made it 6,026,122 to go and Kaladjurdjevic laid his hand down. Bhatia showed [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] which was bad news for Molina as he tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] flop was an awful one for Molina as he lost one of his queen outs. The [poker card="jh"] turn was a blank and both players made top pair on the [poker card="ad"] river but Bhatia's kicker played and Molina was out in ninth. Five minutes later Jimmy Guerrero saw his second final table of the week come to an earlier than he was hoping for. Guerrero, who finished ninth in Event #49 on Monday, move all in for 2,744,640 from the cutoff before Vincas Tamasauskas re-shoved from the small blind for 3,813,987. Guerrero had two live cards as he showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"] against Tamasauskas' [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Tamasauskas top pair. Guerrero picked up some straight outs on the [poker card="td"] turn but found a brick in the [poker card="5c"] river to bust in eighth place. Another five minutes past before another all in preflop situation lead to the third final table elimination. With blinds of 100K/200K, Denis Peganov was down to 2,804,982 and moved all in from UTG. Jesse Mercado called all in from the hijack and flipped over [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] and Peganov showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] gave Peganov a set of eights and left Mercado drawing very thin. The [poker card="3c"] turn rendered the [poker card="ks"] river meaningless and Mercado was out in seventh. Peganov was back to flopping sets 20 minutes and it meant the end of the night for another player. Action folded to Thomas Hueber in the big blind and he moved all in fro 6,289,872 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"] and Peganov snap-called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="td"][poker card="8c"] flop gave Peganov middle set and left Hueber drawing to his open-ender. The [poker card="3d"] turn was no good and neither was the [poker card="qc"] river to send Hueber to the rail in sixth place. Another blind versus blind spot six minutes later resulted in the next elimination. Tamasauskas moved all in for 3,927,449 from the small blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] and Kaladjurdjevic from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="ah"][poker card="3d"] run out gave Kaladjurdjevic two pair and eliminated Tamasauskas in fifth. Just a few hands after Stasiak had assumed the final table chip lead, he put that stack to use in sending another player out. Peganov moved all in for 5,717,464 from UTG and Stasiak called from the big blind. Peganov was ahead with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] against Stasiak's [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"] but the [poker card="as"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"] flop flipped that. Peganov watched the [poker card="8c"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river complete the board to eliminate him in fourth. Stasiak found another willing combatant 15 minutes later and used to send the tournament to heads up. From the button, Stasiak opened to 800,000, Bhatia called from the small blind but Kaladjurdjevic decided to move all in for 14,712,114 from the big blind. Stasiak came over the top for 18,544,954 and Bhatia folded. Kaladjurdjevic showed [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] and Stasiak was racing with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Stasiak control. The [poker card="as"] turn improved his holding to two pair and the [poker card="5c"] river made Kaladjurdjevic's third place result official. Stasiak had a better than 2-1 chip lead over Bhatia when heads up play began. Bhatia managed to briefly take over that chip lead, but Stasiak battled back and finished things off after after 25 minutes of play. Working with just 13 big blinds, Bhatia moved all in for 7,903,724 from the button and Stasiak called. Bhatia was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"] to Stasiak's [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"]. the [poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"] flop was a safe one for Bhatia and the [poker card="3s"] turn changed nothing. The [poker card="kd"] river however gave Stasiak top pair and eliminated Bhatia in second place. Final Table Payouts Alek Stasiak - $273,505 Kunal Bhatia - $207,190 Dejan Kaladjurdjevic - $150,358 Denis Peganov - $109,114 Vincas Tamasauskas - $79,184 Thomas Hueber - $57,464 Jesse Mercado - $41,701 Jimmy Guerrero - $30,263 Federico Molina - $21,962
  2. Event #33 of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online was supposed to wrap up on July 19. The issues GGPoker suffered on the opening day of their WSOP Online events forced it to be postponed until the following Sunday. Alek Stasiak probably has no problem with having to wait a week now. Stasiak outlasted 2,323 players to win Event #33 ($1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief Event) for $343,203 and his first career bracelet. The event raised funds for the Caesars Cares assistance fund, which helps Caesars employees who have suffered financial hardships as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The $111 rake from each entry was donated and after GGPoker doubled the total donation following the issues on the original Sunday, a total of $354,750 was raised. Stasiak was the first player to take a turn in the role of dream crusher. Stasiak raised from UTG to 5550,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"] before Norihiro Otani moved all in for 2,712,724 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"]. Stasiak called and then connected with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="4c"] flop to take control of the pot. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] and the river was the [poker card="3h"] to eliminate Otani in ninth. Stewart Kilpatrick nursed his short stack for another 15 minutes before he took a stand. Harry Lodge raised to 618,000 from UTG+1 and Kilpatrick called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] and Kilpatrick moved all in for 1,991,100 and Lodge called. Kilpatrick showed [poker card="4h"][poker card="5h"] for bottom pair and a straight draw while Lodge showed [poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"] for top pair. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Lodge two pair and the [poker card="7s"] river completed the baord to eliminate Kilpatrick in eighth place. Down to fewer than seven big blinds, Andreas Phouli moved all in from the hijack with [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] and David Montoya move all in over the top from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"]. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"] to eliminate Phouli in seventh. A standard race ten minutes later led to the next elimination. Lodge raised to 824,000 from the hijack with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] before Evan Parkes moved all in for 4,764,664 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. Montoya folded his blind and Lodge called. THe [poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2s"] flop changed nothing and Parkes was unable to make a pair through the [poker card="tc"] turn or [poker card="th"] river and was out in sixth place. The two players responsible for the previous two eliminations then clashed in a dramatic hand. Montoya moved all in from the cutoff for 7,169,640 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="8d"] and Lodge called from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. Montoya made two pair on the [poker card="js"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"] flop but Lodge improved to a set on the [poker card="9h"] turn. The river was the [poker card="7h"] to eliminate Montoya in fifth. Stasiak then got back into the elimination game. From the button, Stasiak raised to 1,200,000 and Abhinav Iyer moved all in for 6,514,824 and Stasiak called. Iyer tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] while Stasiak showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Iyer all kinds of outs. The [poker card="tc"] turn was not one of them and when the [poker card="2s"] completed the board, he was eliminated in fourth. Just over 15 minutes later, Stasiak ended another player's shot at WSOP glory. Lodge moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="5c"] and Stasiak woke up with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] in the big blind and called. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="9d"] to eliminate Lodge and send the tournament to heads up. Stasiak actually started heads up play with a slight chip deficit to Ilobera but it took him just 10 minutes of play to capture the chip lead and all of the chips in play. Ilobera moved all in from the button with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"] and Stasiak called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"][poker card="td"] flop gave Stasiak the lead and he kept it with the [poker card="4s"] turn and [poker card="ks"] river completing the board to eliminate Ilobera in second place. Final Table Payouts Alek Stasiak - $343,203 Martin Ilobera - $246,765 Harry Lodge - $177,426 Abhinav Iyer - $127,571 David Montoya - $91,724 Evan Parkes - $65,951 Andreas Phouli - $47,419 Stewart Kilpatrick - $34,095 Norihiro Otani - $24,514
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