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Michael Lech is one of 13 players with at least eight World Series of Poker Circuit rings to his name. Early Tuesday morning the Arkansas native won Event #13 ($1,500 NLHE High Roller) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online to become just the fifth player of that group to own a WSOP bracelet. Lech topped the 649-player field in Event #13 to win $164,248.92 for his first career bracelet and seventh cash since the Series started on July 1. The final table included Connor Drinan chasing his first career bracelet and a potential six-figure payday from a bracelet bet with Daniel Negreanu. Megan 'wolverine17' Milburn, the player Mike Matusow berated during his YouTube live stream earlier in the Series, also made the final table. The final table had barely begun and one player was shown the door. From the button, Michael 'wsopmd' Dolle moved all in for 836,123 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7d"] and Lech called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="9s"][poker card="jh"] runout gave Lech a king-high straight to beat Dolle's jack-high straight and eliminate Dolle in ninth place. A few moments later, Milburn moved all in for 775,161 from UTG+1 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] before 'Bingooo' re-shoved for 1,630,010 from the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"] flop gave 'Bingooo' control and all Milburn could do was watch as the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="3s"] river completed the board to eliminate Milburn in eighth. Ten minutes later, 'Bingooo' eliminated another opponent. From the cutoff, 'Bingooo' min-raised to 240,000 and Christopher 'pokeher2014' Fuchs called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4c"] and Fuchs moved all in for 342,320 and 'Bingoooo' called. Fuchs showed [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"] for a gutshot straight draw while 'Bingooo' tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"] for top pair. Fuchs picked up a pair on the [poker card="8s"] turn but the [poker card="ad"] river made his seventh place finish official. The most high profile player at the final table was the next player shown the exit. Connor '666666' Drinan, who is one of a handful of players with a six-figure bracelet bet against Negreanu, moved all in from UTG for 1,421,573 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"] before William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="js"] runout was of no help for Drinan and he was out in sixth. Romaine wasn't done playing executioner. From UTG, Romaine raised to 627,347 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"] and Paul 'ToTheMoon' Dewald called all in from the cutoff with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] flop moved Romain ahead and Dewald missed his chance to improve on the [poker card="tc"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river and was eliminated in fifth place. Despite having picked up a pair of eliminations earlier, 'Bingooo' was the shortstack four-handed. Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert moved all in from the button for 2,054,764 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] and 'Bingooo' called all in from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. Seifert moved way ahead on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"] flop. The [poker card="3c"] turn gave 'Bingooo' some hope but the [poker card="tc"] river snuffed it out to eliminate them in fourth. It took 25 minutes of three-handed play to get down to just two players. Down to less than three big blinds, Seifert moved all in from the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"] and Leach called from the big blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="7s"] runout gave Lech a runner-runner eight-high straight to eliminate Seifert in third. Lech held a slight lead when heads-up play began and it took nearly 15 minutes for Lech to finish off Romaine. Lech raised to 560,000 and Romaine called. Romaine checked the [poker card="kc"][poker card="td"][poker card="3d"] flop and Lech bet 868,000. Romaine moved all in for 4,898,890 and was immediately called by Lech. Romaine showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] for second pair but got bad news when Lech tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] for top pair. Neither the [poker card="qs"] turn or [poker card="7h"] river were able to save Romaine and he was out in second place giving Lech the title and $164,249. Final Table Payouts Michael 'miguelfiesta' Lech - $164,249 William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine - $110,979 Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert - $77,408 Bingooo - $56,599 Paul 'ToTheMoon' Dewald - $40,600 Connor '666666' Drinan - $29,964 Christopher 'pokeher2014' Fuchs - $22,381 Megan 'wolverine17' Milburn - $18,404 Michael 'wsopmd' Dolle - $14,982 Faces in the Crowd He wasn't playing in a Whole Foods parking lot on Monday night, but Event #12 winner Ryan 'Joeyisamush' Deangelo finished 23rd for $6,381.29. Negreanu finished also earned $6,381.29 for coming in four spots behind Deangelo. Other notables who finished in the money incldued David 'bewater' Goodman (32nd - $5,456.46), David 'Twizzlers' Prociak (47th - $3,976.74), Philip 'tomte' Yeh (57th - $3,421.85), Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo (83rd - $2,219.58), Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman (86th - $2,219.58).
Mike Matusow will not face any discipline from the World Series of Poker after he threatened to assault another player following his elimination from Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 WSOP Online on Sunday night. Matusow, a four-time bracelet winner, was eliminated after playing just two hands of the online tournament and began berating the player who won a key-hand against him leading to his eventual elimination. "We take prevention of abusive behavior at WSOP tournaments or on the WSOP.COM platform extremely seriously. We have a number of preventive measures online including recently disabling our chat entirely," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP. "But the regulation of content on our customer's personal streams and social media accounts is a slippery slope, particularly as each of these third-party platforms have their own escalation procedures. We reserve the right to suspend the account of any individual going forward, but in this case, it appears the player had the perfect response to resolve the situation herself." Matusow's rant included threats of physical and sexual assault and the eventual doxxing of the player in question. "This motherfucker, 'wolverine17', I'm gonna fuck him right in his fucking ass man, right in his fucking ass. Mark that name down, 'wolverine17'," Matusow told those watching his YouTube stream, not realizing the player was a female. Matusow then complained that chat has been turned off in the WSOP.com client, preventing him from telling "these scumbags what you really think of them." Before the 2020 WSOP Online began, tournament organizers made an "operational decision" to turn chat within the game client off for the duration of the series. Asked for comment before the Series began, the personal safety of players was given as a key reason behind that decision. "Chat is currently disabled for everyone," said Danielle Barille, Director for WSOP Online Poker. "We have decided to permanently disable chat, in order to create a safe gaming experience for players." He continued to deride the player and threatened to assault them when they meet in person. "I've got this guy's name written down. I'm going to find out who he is. I'll see him in person, I'll fucking knock him the fuck out. Think I won't? Watch," Matusow said. "I am going to find out who this motherfucker is and I swear to you I'm going to throw him up against the fucking wall and tell him, 'you fucking ever slow roll me again, I'm going to beat your fucking ass'." Speaking directly to those in his YouTube stream chat, Matusow then offered a monetary reward for anybody who could provide him with the real name of 'wolverine17'. "If anybody in here right now can find the name of this guy and the actual truth of this guy, you guys will get an extra $50 bonus if you sign up in my homegame," Matusow said. One user eventually provided Matusow with the name Megan Milburn and Matusow then tweeted directly at her. In a since-deleted tweet, Matusow used a derogatory term when tweeting directly at Milburn. "do you enjoy acting like a fucking c-----t by slowrolling people online where nobody can see you? Learn poker etiquette or your poker career won't last long! Sincerely Mike". Milburn replied to Matusow and appeared to hold no ill-will towards him. Matusow has claimed to have apologized via social media. Note: this story was updated to reflect the streaming platform Matusow uses.
PocketFives had to opportunity to chat with Megan 1timewonderMilburn (pictured), who made the move from Connecticut to New Jersey to play regulated online poker. She is known to many on the virtual felts as wolverine17, which is her handle on WSOP. Ever since high school, Milburn played various card games, but when discovering NLHE online, she was instantly hooked and found the drive to improve her game. With over $167,000 in tracked online cashes, some of her notable finishes include two wins in the 888 Poker/WSOP $10,000 Guarantee and a second place finish in the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee for a total of $8,688. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. PocketFives: Tell us your story. How did you get started in poker? Megan Milburn: I grew up playing poker and other card games with my parents and grandparents. When I was in high school, my grandfather had a poker night every week. We would play games like Stud, Anaconda, Follow the Queen, and Baseball. When I discovered online Texas Hold'em, I was instantly hooked. PocketFives: Give us your thoughts and experiences of regulated online poker in New Jersey. Megan Milburn: It has had its positives and negatives for sure. Overall, I am happy to see regulated online poker coming to the US. I am excited to watch its growth and hope the other states legalize and regulate it as well. PocketFives: What has been your most memorable cash or win on the New Jersey websites? Megan Milburn: My most memorable cash was when I won the WSOP $10,000 Guarantee for the first time. I was sick in my hotel room at Borgata and it was one of my first times playing on the site. It reignited my passion for online poker and made me excited that it was back in the US. If Borgata would ever let me survive the last two tables of the $100,000 Guarantee, it would probably be my favorite cash. PocketFives: What are your favorite New Jersey online poker sites to play and why? Megan Milburn: I like all three sites and play on all of them, but if I had to pick one as my favorite, it would probably be WSOP, but I do love Borgata's Sunday tournaments. What I am really waiting for is for PokerStars to finally come to New Jersey. I assume they would immediately become my favorite site to play on. PocketFives: Do you feel online poker has improved your live play? If so, how? Megan Milburn: I don't play as many live tournaments as I do online, but I do believe it has helped somewhat. My experience playing online has definitely made me more comfortable playing different stack sizes live. Playing a lot of online poker has made me more aggressive and more comfortable playing an aggressive style in a live setting. PocketFives: What do you do away from poker? What else interests you? Megan Milburn: My favorite thing to do in this world is travel. I fancy myself an explorer and would like to see as much of the world as possible. I love immersing myself in new cultures and trying different cuisines. Besides traveling and food, I'm just like every other human. I enjoy long naps, hit series like "Game of Thrones," hiking, and spending time with my family and friends. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.