As the month of July comes to an end, the final events for the 2020 World Series of Poker Online U.S. leg running on the official WSOP.com client are likewise drawing closer. With 27 fortunate poker players already awarded the highly coveted gold bracelet, only four more are up for grabs to end its initial half. Running until the 31st, the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship is set to conclude the beginning part of the series with its international leg on the Natural8 – GGPoker Network running up until the first week of September. All in all, a total of 85 lucky winners will receive the esteemed WSOP gold as well as a prestigious WSOP title under their belts.
Another eventful week came down as five more bracelets are awarded to online players Raymond “avant9201” Avant, Nick “samadhi” Binger, Nicholas “mrfinalt” Kiley, Ethan “RampageP” Yau and Ian “ApokerJoke2” Steinman for bagging events #23-27 respectively. This final Sunday night hosted one of the key events on the WSOP.com series being the $500 No Limit Hold’em Grande Finale. More details of the following events along with its final table results can be seen as follows.
Event #23: $500 No Limit Hold’em Knockout – Raymond “avant9201” Avant ($93,776)
Amateur players and poker enthusiasts who are keen on owning a WSOP gold bracelet can possibly make their dream come true this summer, given the relatively more affordable buy-ins for the online games. For the 23rd event, it was no other than online player Raymond “avant9201” Avant who captured the title after playing through the 1,452 player field. The New Jersey-based player, who had no previous live cashes according to HendonMob, made his first WSOP-related cash of $93,776 with an additional $1,700 in won bounties. Close to a six-figure score, Avant bagged the biggest payout from the $667,920 shared prize pool and an outstanding event title to start his poker record.
Final table play went fairly quick as eliminations fell one after the other. Avant ran pretty well and sent three opponents Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan, Zachary “kings702” Grech and Byung Jun “YESUM1987” Kim settling for seventh, sixth and fifth place. His run continued on as he picked up pocket rockets to send Ryan “im.sorry” Torgersen out for third. Beginning the heads up game almost at par with Scott “intheblack14” Epstein in terms of chips, Avant eventually sealed the deal by winning the last flip with Ace-five suited against Epstein’s pocket fours for the overall win.
2020 WSOP Online Event #23: $500 No Limit Hold’em Knockout Final Table Results
|1||Raymond “avant9201” Avant||$93,776||$1,700|
|2||Scott “intheblack14” Epstein||$58,074||$500|
|3||Ryan “im.sorry” Torgersen||$41,243||$1,100|
|4||Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva||$29,690||$700|
|5||Byung Jun “YESUM1987” Kim||$21,693||$900|
|6||Zachary “kings702” Grech||$15,995||$900|
|7||Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan||$12,023||$2,900|
|8||Michael “mikeob81” O’Brien||$9,095||$400|
|9||Dan “pepperprince” Zack||$7,004||$400|
Event #24: $400 No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed – Nick “samadhi” Binger ($133,413)
Unlike the previous event, the winner for this $400 No Limit Hold’em 8-handed game had more experience and recorded winnings under his name. The American pro Nick “samadhi” Binger successfully earned his second career WSOP gold bracelet after topping the 2,408 entry-field. Binger cashed a sweet $133,413 for his win, taking the biggest payout from the $866,880 prize pool after twelve hours of play. With over $2.3 million in total live earnings, Binger won his first bracelet back in 2011 when he took down Event #57: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $397,073.
Entering the final table as the chip leader, Binger continued to dominate the table scoring the first elimination by winning a flip against opponent Christian “CalcFather” Calcano. Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng was similarly on the move scooping up two stacks to amass about half the chips in play. With both players alternately scoring succeeding eliminations, the heads up play between the two eventually came up with Leng holding a 4:1 chip advantage against Binger. Binger, eager to catch up with Leng, managed to double up and take the lead once the final hand came up. Putting his tournament life on the line, Leng got it all in preflop with nines against Binger’s King-eight only to see a king on the flop which ultimately resulted in a runner-up finish and an $82,440 payout for Leng.
2020 WSOP Online Event #24: $400 No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Final Table Results
|1||Nick “samadhi” Binger||$133,413|
|2||Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng||$82,440|
|3||Philip “eric_shun” Beesley||$60,161|
|4||Ian “aulululululu” Waldron||$44,298|
|5||Mark “bansman” Bansemar||$32,941|
|6||Norman “abnormality” Michalek||$24,706|
|7||Matt “Berkey11_S4Y” Berkey||$18,638|
|8||Christian “CalcFather” Calcano||$14,217|
Event #25: $500 No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver – Nicholas “mrfinalt” Kiley ($149,245)
The last weekend for the summer series’ U.S. leg, Saturday night’s event saw a total of 1,484 players who rebought 671 times to generate a prize pool of $969,750. After twelve hours of play, Nicholas “mrfinalt” Kiley was awarded the champion title for the Summer Saver event, taking the $149,245 payout for his first place prize. Based on HendonMob records, Kiley has made several WSOP-related cashes throughout the decade with majority of the events played under a different poker format other than the classic No Limit Hold’em. Scoring an outstanding six-digit score, Kiley has close to tripled his total live earnings of $57,088.
Chips were swinging back and forth as coolers were spotted early on in the final table sending Michael “ha8me” Policastro, Richard “Daddyp69” Perrin and Kevin “SpecialK333” Calenzo to the rail. Splitting eliminations with runner-up Guo Liang “Ct188” Chen, it seemed certain that the two would be playing against each other for the heads up battle. True enough, the two faced each other in the endgame with Kiley successfully claiming the title. The final hand saw Kiley opening with King-ten for 800,000 and a three-bet for 2,475,000 from Chen with Ace-jack of clubs. The flop of instantly put Kiley in the lead with Chen firing for 2,125,000 and a call from Kiley. An on the turn saw Chen check-call for 5,050,000 to see a for the river. Chen checked once again and Kiley fired an all-in covering Chen’s last 8,068,883. Chen eventually called off and was left to settle for second place after being defeated by Kiley’s higher two pair.
2020 WSOP Online Event #25: $500 No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver Final Table Results
|1||Nicholas “mrfinalt” Kiley||$149,245|
|2||Guo Liang “Ct188” Chen||$92,223|
|3||Weiyi “wymoney” Mo||$67,301|
|4||Stephen “S.Dot22” Russo||$49,554|
|5||Matt “ berkey11_s4y” Berkey||$36,851|
|6||Kevin “SpecialK333” Calenzo||$27,638|
|7||Richard “Daddyp69” Perrin||$20,850|
|8||Michael “ha8me” Policastro||$15,904|
|9||Ofir “panda15” Mor||$12,316|
Event #26: $500 No Limit Hold’em Grande Finale – Ethan “RampageP” Yau ($164,494)
An interesting victory went down last Sunday as 22 year old YouTube content creator Ethan “RampageP” Yau topped the Grande Finale event for a whopping $164,494. The amateur player bested through the 2,502-entry field, taking the lion’s share of the $1,125,900 generated prize pool. Streaming his WSOP journey on his channel Rampage Poker, his two videos showing over three hours of content garnered an audience close to 17,000 views. In spite of having numerous vlogs on his channel taking viewers along cash games and tournament runs, Yau’s HendonMob results only reveal two small cashes totalling to $2,800.
Yau entered the final table already with a big stack but instantly took the lead once he scored a double elimination. An all-in preflop situation, Yau got lucky against opponents Michael “Mike91680” Guzzardi and Joon “jykpoker” Kim after crushing both pocket Kings and Ace-King respectively with his ace-eight suited by hitting a runner-runner flush. His run good does not stop there as he hits another runner-runner flush against David “reallytight” Kim and pocket Aces soon after to send Blake “shampainpopn” Whittington for fourth place. Leading the heads up battle, it did not take long for Yau to scoop the title with his pocket fours after seeing Brian “LakersGTD” Patrick’s Ace-eight for a huge flip.
2020 WSOP Online Event #26: $500 No Limit Hold’em Grande Finale Final Table Results
|1||Ethan “RampageP” Yau||$164,494|
|2||Brian “LakersGTD” Patrick||$101,669|
|3||Mohammad “Tmomoney” Mufti||$74,647|
|4||Blake “shampainpopn” Whittington||$55,282|
|5||David “reallytight” Kim||$41,321|
|6||Jason “TATTOOMONEY” Scott||$31,075|
|7||Matt “OMG_Obama” Iles||$23,531|
|8||Joon “jykpoker” Kim||$18,014|
|9||Michael “Mike91680” Guzzardi||$13,961|
Event #27: $400 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout – Ian “ApokerJoke2” Steinman ($110,557)
The latest event to conclude was today’s $400 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout event which saw a total of 1,940 players and a $698,400 prize pool. Claiming his first WSOP bracelet, 2016 WSOP.com Online Player of the Year Ian “ApokerJoke2” Steinman once again emerged victorious claiming another six-figure score from his most recent win. The impressive American pro has four WSOP circuit ring titles under his name with $654,816 in WSOP-related cashes both from live and online circuits. Prior to his latest feat, Steinman has made two other final table appearances in the summer online series ultimately falling short of the title.
Coming in the final table with the chip lead, Steinman was ready to seal the deal for this third chance of a title. It seemed almost fate as Steinman scored three eliminations in a row sending opponents “crezident”, Nicholas “Got_The_Glow” Brancato and “Psycho101” for fifth, fourth and third place finish respectively. By the heads up battle against Satoshi “Godzillla” Tanaka, Steinman held a massive chip lead sitting with a 4:1 chip advantage against his last rival. The final hand saw Tanaka calling off for all his chips preflop with King-Jack and unfortunately failed to get lucky against Steinman’s Ace-five. Scooping up the pot, Steinman finally secured a WSOP gold bracelet and a champion title for the series, proving the saying “third time’s the charm” more true than ever.
2020 WSOP Online Event #27: $400 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout Final Table Results
|1||Ian “ApokerJoke2” Steinman||$110,557|
|2||Satoshi “Godzillla” Tanaka||$68,373|
|4||Nicholas “Got_The_Glow” Brancato||$36,526|
|6||Lokesh “lanku111” Garg||$20,254|
|7||Alida “av1925” Veliu||$15,295|
|8||Huiwen “HLM99” Liu||$11,663|
|9||Chris “voltron12” Radcliff||$9,009|