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When the final six players in the World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship bagged up their chips on January 13, 2020 they knew there was going to be a delay before they got the chance to crown a champion. They just didn't know it was going to last 422 days. Originally scheduled to be played on March 31, 2020 at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the final table was ultimately postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. With live poker slowly opening back up in Sin City, the six players, including chip leader Chance Kornuth, were brought into the PokerGo studio at the Aria Hotel & Casino to resume play on Wednesday night. It took just an hour of play to go from six players to five and it ended what could have been an historic night. From UTG, Tuan Phan raised to 60,000, Chance Kornuth called from the cutoff, and Qing Liu, who won the WPT Venetian on Tuesday night, defended his big blind. Liu then led for 100,000 after the [poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] flop. Phan and Kornuth both called. The turn was the [poker card="2d"] and this time Liu checked. Phan bet 350,000 forcing Kornuth toss his hand into the muck before Liu moved all in for 755,000. Phan called and tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] for an overpair while Liu showed [poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] for bottom two pair. The river was the [poker card="qh"] to give Phan a better two pair and end Liu's run at winning WPT titles in back-to-back days with a sixth place finish. On the very next hand, Phan sent another player to the cashier. Straton Wilhelm moved all in from the cutoff for 430,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="th"] and Phan snap-called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"]. The [poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3h"] runout offered Wilhelm no relief and he was eliminated in fifth. Kornuth started the final table with the chip lead but wasn't able to turn it into his first WPT title. After a little more than 2.5 hours of four-handed action and playing with the shortest stack, Kornuth came out on the wrong end of a battle of the blinds. Action folded to Kornuth in the small blind and he called with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"]. Markus Gonsalves moved all in from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"] and Kornuth called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"] flop moved Gonsalves ahead and left Kornuth drawing thin. The [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="kc"] river were both bricks for Kornuth and he was done in fourth place. Just 12 hands later, Gonsalves found another victim. Phan opened to 125,000 from the button before Jonathan Cohen moved all in for 1,465,000 from the small blind. Gonsalves re-shoved from the big blind and Phan quickly got out of the way. Cohen showed [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] but got bad news when Gonsalves showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] flop changed nothing and Cohen could only watch as the [poker card="ad"] turn and [poker card="8c"] completed the board to seal his fate with a third place finish. Gonzalves was ahead by a 5-1 margin when heads up play began. Phan seemingly refused to play any big pots with Gonsalves and three hours into heads up play, Phan wrestled the chip lead away. It turned out to be all for naught however as Gonsalves quickly took the lead back and then finished Phan off for good. Gonsalves completed his small blind and Phan checked to send both players to a [poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"] flop. Phan check-called Gonsalves' bet of 200,000. Phan checked again after the [poker card="qs"] fell on the turn. Gonsalves bet 600,000 and this time Phan moved all in for 3,075,000. Gonsalves called and showed [poker card="th"][poker card="4h"] for a flush while Phan had flopped bottom two pair with [poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="js"] river failed to fill up Phan and he was eliminated in second place, leaving Gonsalves to collect the $554,495 first place prize and etch his name onto the WPT Champions Cup. "I feel like he ran really well against me heads up. I was getting frustrated, when he took the chip lead from me I started to get frustrated. I was more tired than anything," Gonsalves said. He also couldn't help but point out that the win gives him one more WPT title than a certain 15-time WSOP bracelet winner. “I think I’ve come close once or twice before so it feels nice to finally win one. All my friends have them. That’s going to be great to troll Phil [Hellmuth], that’s for sure,” Gonsalves said. WPT Gardens Poker Championship Final Table Payouts Matthew Gonsalves - $554,495 Tuan Phan - $359,650 Jonathan Cohen - $263,090 Chance Kornuth - $195,085 Straton Wilhelm - $146,655 Qing Liu - $111,795
There was another Sunday of big money wins across online poker's top tournaments with the crowning of a three-time PokerStars Sunday Million champion. Russia's 'veeea' took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for an outstanding third time in their career after they came through the 5,236 player-field to win $141,494. 'veeea' who previously won the event back in 2015 and 2017 is also a three-time Super Tuesday champion and a former PocketFives.com world number #1. The win for 'veeea' comes less than eight weeks after a near miss in the Sunday Million chasing a third title when they ended up with the bronze medal for $71,823, but this time around they achieved it. 'LEHMATLENTAA' departed in third place for $69,680 before 'WhatA298' fell at the final hurdle during heads-up and banked an impressive $99,292. Nick "fu_15" Maimone defeated Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom heads-up in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller after the pair had agreed to a money deal. Blom was awarded the slightly bigger share after negotiations had taken place after 'Roma_Tilt' had departed in third place for $19,787 + $5,885 in bounties. However, Maimone was able to turn it around and sent Blom to the rail as runner-up for $32,331 + $9,368 in bounties, with Maimome picking up $31,491 + $23,542 in bounties for the win. The PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up saw a 919 entrants field create a $183,800 prize pool with Malta's 'wisopekeño!' banking the largest share. 'KayCrusher' exited in third place for $15,867.25, which left 'wisopekeño!' in a battle against the Czech Republic's 'Vocaaas.' 'wisopekeño!' was able to come out on top to win the $30,693 top-prize and continued a great year having picked up a SCOOP title in May. 'Vocaaas' added another $22,068 to their already impressive $1.1m in online earnings as runner-up. 'M.nosbocaJ' topped an 82 player-field in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to win $39,838. 'Pimmss' claimed the bronze medal for $24,511, before 'M.nosbocaJ' faced off with 'topdoll827' for the title, with the latter falling in second place for $31,248. 'SandwichBacon' banked over $41,000 for victory in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter after they defeated 'Skipper22' heads-up. One hundred and fifty entrants created a prize pool worth $153,000 and when Sweden's 'Algorhytm' hit the rail in third for $9,000 + $3,607 in bounties, 'Skipper22' was unable to get the better of 'SandwichBacon' and settled for $12,375 + $7,036 in bounties as the runner-up. Samuel 'JHelppi' Vousden went the distance in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller and added another impressive result to his poker c.v. The Finn won his 84th PocketFives.com gold medal after a heads-up victory over 'j2805667' who exited in second for $31,900. 'addhuSK' banked $21,025 in third place, with Vousden taking away $47,125 for the win. Bulgaria's #1 ranked player 'SUPERSCOUSER' was the last player standing in the partypoker $1,050 Deepstack after they held off the challenge of 97 other players to win $24,500. Sweden's former world ranked #1 'Doyle_B' came third for $12,500, with 'Gl4adiat0r' the final player to depart, and banked $17,500 as runner-up. 'Yattag0' turned $215 into $16,380 after they came through a 420 player-field in the 888poker $80,000 Sunday Mega Deep. On a final table of eight, 'ShipGold' had to settle for bronze in third place for $9,240, before 'DuckFace01' banked $12,180 in second, which meant 'Yattag0' was this week's hero. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,236 entrants, $1,047,200 prize pool veeea - $141,494.47 WhatA298 - $99,292.15 LEHMATLENTAA - $69,680.16 sman9876 - $48,899.31 Joelauson7 - $34,316.11 SoCloseCall - $24,082.03 Ejdms - $16,900.02 shockpowerJr - $11,859.95 neto gol - $8,323.04 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 82 entrants, $164,000 prize pool M.nosbocaJ - $39,838.65 topdoll827 - $31,248.82 Pimmss - $24,511.14 Sphinx87 - $19,226.19 sonmonedas - $15,080.75 blanconegro - $11,829.12 a Bull 67 - $9,278.59 Ssick_One - $7,277.99 Nolet20 - $5,708.75 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400k Gtd 894 entrants, $447,000 prize pool FU_15 - $31,491.79* + $23,542.40 (in bounties) Isildur1 - $32,331.67* + $9,368.64 Roma_Tilt - $19,787.12 + $5,885.74 Tulkaz - $14,503.89 + $9,490.23 Sphinx87 - $10,631.31 + $437.50 C.Darwin2 - $7,792.72 + $890.93 Geokarak - $5,712.05 + $6,685.54 jayjayme - $4,186.91 + $2,953.13 pappadogg - $3,068.99 + $1,625.00 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 919 entrants, $183,800 prize pool wisopekeño! - $30,693.25 Vocaaas - $22,068.24 KayCrusher - $15,867.25 $odomiz€r - $11,408.68 infiniti3330 - $8,202.93 engantil - $5,897.97 hopezACE - $4,240.68 paulitschMC - $3,049.09 Anjeyyy - $2,192.31 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter $150k Gtd 150 entrants, $153,000 prize pool SandwichBacon - $17,242.50 + $24,943.75 Skipper22 - $12,375 + $7,036.25 Algorhytm - $9,000 + $3,607.50 sergewiceq - $6,375 + $1,495 Partyyycular - $4,500 + $1,787.50 aagii101 - $3,562.50 + $1,820 0txark0agabr0 - $2,835 + $1,625 WhoDatt. - $2,250 + $2,015 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR $100k 101 entrants, $101,000 prize pool whresmymind - $21,707.23* uNORTH0doX - $20,712.78 BelowAvgGreg - $12,625 HellmuthTheGr8 - $8,837.50 ACHSO8000 - $6,525 spinner2255 - $5,050 Patrick_Leonard - $4,040 Gl4diat0r - $3,282.50 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 58 entrants, $145,000 prize pool JHelppi - $47,125 j2805667 - $31,900 addhuSK - $21,025 Specter_Litt - $13,050 madgenius87 - $10,150 Z0mbiegirl - $7,975 george15mcd - $6,887.50 Iluvia71 - $6,887.50 partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR $100k Gtd 98 entrants, $100,000 prize pool SUPERSCOUSER - $24,500 Gl4adiat0r - $17,500 Doyle_B - $12,500 madgenius87 - $8,750 andstar555 - $6,500 JHelppi - $4,000 chik12ha - $4,000 p3pp3rOnc1n1 - $3,250 888poker $80,000 Sunday Mega Deep 420 entrants – $84,000 prize pool Yattag0 - $16,380 DuckFace01 - $12,180 ShipGold - $9,240 GangstaGo - $6,720 1LevelAbove - $4,620 WadoIchimonj - $3,360 LifeOnMars - $2,520 bAdP0KeR87 - $2,100
When the World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship reached their final table 55 days ago, the poker world was given a chance to get to know a little bit about chip leader Frank Stepuchin. On Tuesday night, Stepuchin put on quite a show, eliminating four of his opponents while devouring tandoori chicken wings at the table on his way to winning the title and $548,825. The final six players played for 90 minutes before finally seeing an elimination. From the hijack, Jonathan Abdellatif moved all in for 590,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"]. Action folded to Stepuchin in the big blind and he called with [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Stepuchin the lead and the [poker card="6d"] turn gave him a boat. The [poker card="ac"] river provided nothing but a needle for Abdellatif as he was eliminated in sixth place. It took less than an hour before the next player was sent to the rail and once again, it was Stepuchin doing the work. Ray Qartomy moved all in from UTG for his last 335,000 with [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] and Stepuchin called from the small blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3c"] and Qartomy was out in fifth place. Shannon Shorr then took over the role of executioner. From UTG Shorr raised to 105,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] before Brent Roberts moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] and Shorr insta-called. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="6c"] turn before the [poker card="kd"] river gave Shorr an unneeded set to bust Roberts in fourth place. A blind versus blind battle set up the next elimination. Shorr folded his button, Stepuchin bet 1,530,000 from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and Sung called off his last 775,000 with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"] flop gave Stepuchin all kinds of outs. The [poker card="ac"] turn gave Stepuchin Broadway but Sung still had four outs to a full house. The [poker card="as"] river was not one of them and Sung was out in third place. Heads up play began with Stepuchin holding 85% of the chips in play. Shorr was able to chip up a little bit, but Stepuchin wasn't going to be denied his victory. Shorr raised to 160,000 from the button and Stepuchin called and then check-called Shorr's bet of 210,000 after the [poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5c"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="as"] and Stepuchin checked again. Shorr bet 650,000 before Stepuchin moved all in for 7,165,000. Shorr called and turned over [poker card="8h"][poker card="5s"] for two pair while Stepuchin showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"] for top pair with a straight draw. The river was the [poker card="4c"] to give Stepuchin a better two pair and $548,825 along with his first WPT title. Final Table Payouts Frank Stepuchin - $548,825 Shannon Shorr - $355,885 Steve Sung - $259,880 Brent Roberts - $192,465 Ray Qartomy - $144,595 Jonathan Abdellatif - $110,225