2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Anson Tsang “Tara@0z” wins second bracelet at $500 Deepstack NLH; BIG 50 officially the biggest WSOP field in history

The 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international ] man of the hour was Hong Kong pro Anson Yan Shing Tsang “Tara@0z” who turned his third bullet into a gold at event WSOP #68: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ]. Tsang locked up his second career bracelet, a cool $ 150,460.15 and the added $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package. At the side events, Jonathan Bussieres “SidneyCrosby” also had an exceptional day, winning one and runner up at another.

Up next is bracelet event WSOP #69: $1500 Marathon No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ] taking place tonight at 20:00 HKT. After this, only one Asia Time Zone event remains for points towards the WSOP Asia Player of the Series race. Tsang is currently ranked 3rd; Natural8 player Luis Eduardo Assuncao Garla “Xapilskinha” leads and Roberto Romanello is ranked second.

Last night, also witnessed bracelet event WSOP #71: BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ] make history for the largest ever WSOP field. As it stands, a roaring 36,800+ have entered to more than obliterate the 29,306 record set by The Opener. That number will continue to grow as two final flights have yet to be played tonight. The guarantee has also been toppled with a strong chance of reaching $ 2 million. Final day gets underway on August 24 @ 02:30 HKT.

Another event running alongside this busy weekend is the much awaited high roller bracelet event WSOP #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP [ $10M GTD ]. 83 players are registered with more expected. At the time of writing, the $1K Ultra Satellite to this event completed wtih 18 seats awarded. Among the winners were Thi Nguyen “minag”, Kahle Burns, Sorel Mizzi, Yuri Dzivielevski, Abhinav Iyer “OBellaCiao”, and Chi Chung Ho “chipuker”.

The 2020 WSOP Online [ international ] opened July 19th on Natural8 – GG Network. Since then, 37 bracelets have been claimed and a cumulative $ 75.4 million paid out. 17 bracelets remain. The series runs until September 6th. For first timers, make sure to sign up on Natural8 to avail of their fantastic promos and incentives. Read about it at the bottom of the page.

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WSOP #68: $500 Deepstack NLH [ Asia ] – Anson Tsang “Tara@0z” – $150,460.15

Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang
Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang. Credit: partypoker LIVE

Using up his third and last bullet, Hong Kong pro Anson Yan Shing Tsang joined the multi bracelet winner club after capturing his second career gold at last night’s WSOP #68: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ]. Tsang became the fifth player to achieve this at the series following Kristen Bicknell (3rd bracelet), Juha Helppi, Yuri Dzivielevski, and Alek Stasiak. This also upped Hong Kong’s bracelet tally to three. For his victory, Tsang won $ 150,460.15 and the added $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package.

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WSOP #68 – $500 Deepstack NLH [ Asia ]

As one of Asia’s finest all around players, Tsang’s portfolio contains pages of accomplishments dating back to 2009. To date, he has accrued nearly $ 3 million in live earnings. His largest cash of $ 921,004 was won at the 2013 GuangDong Asia Millions Main Event in Macau where he finished in 7th place. In 2018, he landed his first career title at WSOP Europe in Rozvadov at the € 2,200 Pot Limit Omaha 8 Max for € 91,730 (~US$ 105,428). Up until this series, Tsang had collected 24 WSOP cashes with his largest of $ 130,482 earned at the 2019 WSOP $10K Short Deck No Limit Hold’em.

Buy in: $ 500
Entries: 2,315
Prize pool: $ 1,099,625
ITM: 332 places
Running time: 13 hours and 19 minutes

Briefly recapping the action, after seven and a half hours of play, the final table was formed at the fall of Yigit Aksoy “Gandhing1212” to Mohaiman Ashrafee “Ironman3000”. Tsang was the only golden boy at the table. Not only did he enter with the chip lead, he was also guaranteed to pocket his 11th cash this series. Also on the round was high roller Nobuaki Sasaki “Sasa JHR” who was on his second final table visit this series and looked to go all the way after taking 4th at the $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship. Australia’s Malcolm Trayner “HappyWhale” was also hoping o improve on a previous finish. Back in 2018, Trayner finished 2nd at the WSOP International Circuit $ 500 Opening Event in Australia, just missing the signature ring.

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WSOP #68 – $500 Deepstack NLH [ Asia ] final table

It would take nearly two hours to reach the finish with Tsang railing four players along the way. His first was Eder Rodrigues Campana “BlueMoon” who like Tsang was on his 11th cash this series. After Sasaki tumbled in 8th place to Stephen Holford “supernuts21” and Marc Carola “Face-O” (7th) to Ashrafee, Tsang denied the hopeful Trayner in 6th place. Out next went Wong Soon Heong “SMLJtroll” whose chips drained out until the last of it went to Holford.

At four remaining, Tsang muscled the table to amass well over half the chips in play then surged further after railing Amir Dvir “8ty4calling8” when his A-4 improved to a full house on the flop to dust pocket eights. Cutting the gap, Ashrafee finished off Holford in 3rd place to face Tsang at heads with Tsang up 3:1.

The final battle for the gold lasted for 45 minutes. During that time, Ashrafee impressively grinded to par, however Tsang tightened ship winning multiple big pots to build a wide 5:1 gap. See hand below. From there, Tsang went on to win with KhQd straight to QsJd on a final board JcAh10d9d10h. For runner up Ashrafee, his efforts may have missed the gold however he still collected a sizable six figure payout worth $ 116,808.65.

WSOP 68 500 Deepstack NLH Asia winner Tsang moves all in on the turn
WSOP #68 – $500 Deepstack NLH [ Asia ] – winner Tsang moves all-in on the turn

Final table payouts

1st Anson Yan Shing Tsang “Tara@0z” – Hong Kong – $ 150,460.15 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd Mohaiman Ashrafee “Ironman3000” – Bangladesh – $ 116,808.65
3rd Stephen Holford “supernuts21” – UK – $ 83,986.38
4th Amir Dvir “8ty4calling8” – Israel – $ 60,387.00
5th Wong Soon Heong “SMLJtroll” – Singapore – $ 43,418.80
6th Malcolm Trayner “HappyWhale” – Australia – $ 31,218.57
7th Marc Carola “Face-O” – Mexico – $ 22,446.42
8th Nobuaki Sasaki “Sasa JHR” – Japan – $ 16,139.30
9th Eder Rodrigues Campana “BlueMoon” – Brazil – $ 11,604.34

Tonight: WSOP #69: $1500 Marathon No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ]

Buy in: $ 1500
Date: August 23 @ 20:00 HKT
Late registration: 240 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Tonight: WSOP #71: BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ]

Last night, the highly popular budget bracelet event WSOP #71: BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ] officially amassed the largest ever WSOP field in history with 36,806 cumulative entries. Not only did that figure break its previous record of 28,371 set last year, it also smashed the 29,306 entries of The Opener. The pot is currently pushing $ 1.7 million with 1,900 players guaranteed a piece. Those numbers will continue to rise with two flights left to join the action.

Buy in: $ 50
Guarantee: $ 1,000,000
Cumulative Entries: 36,806
Cumulative prize pool: $ 1,693,076
Final Day qualifiers: 3,350
Entry Flights: 2 remaining
Final Day: August 23 @ 18:30 UTC / August 24 @ 02:30 HKT

Top 15 in chips

WSOP #71 – BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ] top15 in chips


For high rollers, no title is more coveted than this one, the $25K No Limit Hold’em Poker Player Championship. Expect the biggest names in attendance. Among them are Natural8 Team NLG Fedor Holz, Natural8 Ambassadors Michael Soyza, Danny Tang, and Pete Chen, GPI back to back winners Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell, and numerous bracelet winners. If you have $ 25,000 to burn, this is the event to wage your skills against the creme de la creme. If not, you can also buy action on your favorite players.

Finally back in the light is GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu who missed the past three bracelet events due to a blackout in Mexico. Players and fans have eagerly awaited his return with 61 of them quickly snatching up a piece of his action. Since his arrival to the series, Negreanu has been selling 25% of his action at no markup.

Buy in: $ 25,000
Date: August 23 @ 18:00 UTC / August 24 02:00 HKT
Guarantee: $ 10,000,000
Late registration: 270 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times
Final table: August 29 @ 18:00 UTC / August 30 @ 02:00 HKT
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Open: WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ]

Year after year, players flock to Las Vegas with dreams of winning a bracelet, however, no gold is more desired than that of the WSOP Main Event. This year’s edition guarantees a staggering $ 25 Million, the largest ever in online poker. The hunt for the 51st champion has begun with eight flights completed. 235 have already advanced out of 1,286 entries.

Last night, Jonathan Dokler “Serenity” stole the lead from Vlad Martynenko “CheckEtoFold”, piling in over 200 BB. Other qualifiers of the day were Natural8 Team NLG Manig Loeser and Niklas Ehrenholz “NikkyMouse”, bracelet winner Ji Young Kim, and Anmol Srivats “bemyfriend”. Freezeout entry flights run daily until August 30. Players are allowed only three bullets with no same flight re-entry offered.

Buy in: $ 5,000
Guarantee: $ 25,000,000
Entry Dates: August 16 to August 30
Cumulative Entries: 1,286
Final Day qualifiers: 235
Entry flights: 15 remaining
Day 2: August 30 @ 18:30 UTC [ play down to final 40 players ] Final Day: September 7 @ 18:30 UTC

Top 15 in chips

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WSOP #77 – $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ] top15 in chips

Also through were: Samuel Vousden, Christopher Brewer, Stephen Chidwick, Natural8 Team Hot Ambassador Pete Chen, Natural8 Team NLG Stefan Schillhabel “Schilli33”, Wei Guo Liang “SPARK1207”, Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”, Kathy Liebert, Gab Yong Kim “genbenglee”, Xuming Qi “scplayer”, Kilian Loeffler “Birdie Power”, Preben Stokkan, Fedor Kruse, Nicolas Chouity, Mark Radoja, and Dan Smith.

Update: WSOP Leaderboard

In addition to striving for the WSOP gold bracelet is the esteemed Player of the Series title. For the first time, three types of POS titles will be awarded. The ultimate leaderboard champion will win the WSOP Pure Gold Mouse, the WSOP Pure Gold Dragon will be awarded to the Asia Player of the Series – highest points accrued on the Asia Time Zone events -, and the exclusive Pure Gold Card to be given to leaderboard finishers 2nd to 5th. Current standings after 34 completed events.

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard – Top 10

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WSOP Player of the Series leaderboard current standing

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard [ Asia Time Zone Events ] – Top 10

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WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard [ Asia Time Zone Events ]


WSOP Side Event: $140 FORTY STACK – Jonathan Bussieres – $ 16,624.14

Strong day at the races for Jonathan Bussieres “SidneyCrosby” with two deep runs. Bussieres first triumphed at the $ 140 FORTY STACK event for $ 16,624.14 then took 2nd at the $ 300 Marathon for a higher payout worth $ 24,967.34. In total, he banked over $ 41K for the day.

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WSOP Side Event – $140 FORTY STACK

Buy in: $ 140
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 30,000
Entries: 758
Prize pool: $ 97,630.40
ITM: 98 places
Winner: Jonathan Bussieres “SidneyCrosby” – Canada – $ 16,624.14
2nd Cheuk Him Tsang “Congrachulei” – Hong Kong – $ 12,185.24
3rd ManuBO – UK – $ 8,931.74

WSOP Side Event: $300 Marathon – Simon Grabenschweiger – $ 34,062.57

Austria’s Simon Grabenschweiger “sprhightrolr” picked up his largest career payout of $ 34,062.57 after shipping the $ 300 Marathon side event. He denied Jonathan Bussieres “SidneyCrosby” a back to back. Grabenschweiger also has 5 bracelet event cashes so far this series.

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WSOP Side Event – $300 Marathon

Buy in: $ 300
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 717
Prize pool: $ 200,043
ITM: 98 places
Winner: Simon Grabenschweiger “sprhightrolr” – Austria – $ 34,062.57
2nd Jonathan Bussieres “SidneyCrosby” – Canada – $ 24,967.34
3rd Bruno Volkmann – Brazil – $ 18,300.99

WSOP Side Event: $210 Super Bounty – Alex DiFelice – $ 16,157.59

Buy in: $ 210
Date: August 23
Guarantee: $ 75,000
Entries: 430
Prize pool: $ 86,000
ITM: 62 places
Winner: Alex DiFelice – Canada – $ 16,157.59

WSOP Side Event: BIG 500 – MaShallah – Andorra – $ 50,412.49

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WSOP Side Event – BIG 500

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 250,000
Entries: 781
Prize pool: $ 370,975
ITM: 116 places
Winner: MaShallah – Andorra – $ 50,412.49 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package

WSOP Side Event: $126 Bounty Six Shooter – ineedrivers – $ 17,061.72

Buy in: $ 126
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 1,042
Prize pool: $ 125,040
ITM: 152 places
Winner: ineedrivers – Brazil – $ 17,061.72
2nd Andrey Vedomtsev “FivebetGAMER” – Russia – $ 8,798.76
3rd Un Gamja! – Indonesia – $ 7,578.62


WSOP #84: $100 WSOP MILLIONS [ $2M GTD ]

Buy in: $ 100
Guarantee: $ 2,000,000
Entry Dates: August 31 to September 6
Entry Flights: 26 offered
Final Day: September 5 @ 18:00 UTC / September 6 @ 02:00 HKT

WSOP #83: $10K WSOP Super MILLION$ [ $5M GTD ]

Buy in: $ 10,000
Date: September 6 @ 18:00 UTC / September 7 @ 02:00 HKT
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Notes: 2 day event

Other Games

For those looking to enter bracelet events for cheap, the WSOP Silk Road is your route. Daily tickets can be won until August 31. Alek Stasiak “astazz” earned his seat to WSOP #33: $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief via a $10 qualifier which bought him a seat in the $100 satellite to the above-mentioned bracelet event which he shipped for $ 343.2K. If you are interested in non- bracelet events, several WSOP side events are scheduled with buy ins from $125 to $800.

Natural8 Promos

For players signed up on Natural8, expect fantastic player incentives. WSOP Online champions Luis Assuncao Garla “Xapilskinha”, Daniel Dvoress, Hun Wei Lee, Teoh Ming Juen “Paul Teoh”, Shoma Ishikawa “pp_syon”, and Marcelo Jakovjlevic Pudla “Marolo” have already won a Team Bling Sponsorship package for their incredible achievement. Other promos are the First Deposit Bonus and WSOP Silk Road leaderboard race. 16 days left to avail of the promos!

WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship Packages

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Main Event = $100,000 Natural8 Sponsorship*

Win the WSOP Main Event and you’ll not only become a part of Team Bling, you’ll be the CAPTAIN of the team. This exclusive package includes:

12 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$15,000 Las Vegas Package ($10,000 to cover your buy-ins and $5,000 for expenses)
$25,000 for live event sponsorships
T$60,000 in online sponsorships, paid out over 12 months

Buy-ins of $1,000 and above = $15,000 Natural8 Sponsorship*

Win a WSOP Bracelet from any event with a buy-in of $1,000 and above, and you’ll get a Team Bling package that includes:

6 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$15,000 Las Vegas Package ($10,000 to cover your buy-ins and $5,000 for expenses)

Buy-ins from $50 to $999 = $7,500 Natural8 Sponsorship*

Win a WSOP Bracelet from any event with a buy-in of $999 and below, and you’ll get a Team Bling package that includes:

6 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$7,500 Las Vegas Package ($5,000 to cover your buy-ins and $2,500 for expenses)

WSOP First Deposit Bonus

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First time depositors on Natural8 can expect a special bump in the load. For a minimum deposit of $20 are gifts worth up to $ 100 over six consecutive days. The initial $ 60 in WSOP tickets – WSOP Satellite and WSOP Spin & Gold, another $ 40 in WSOP tickets for those that complete all 6 AoF challenges of 100 AoF hands per day.

WSOP Silk Road

The WSOP Silk Road Micro Series has been ongoing since July 1st and will run until August 31st. This is for players looking to enter bracelet events for cheap. And seriously, who wouldn’t want to win a multi million event for as low as $ 1.08? Via this route, buy ins only go as high as $ 21.60. Top the Natural8 Silk Road Leaderboard to win an instant ticket to the WSOP #77: $5,000 Main Event [ $25M GTD ].

Plenty of action still to come so stick with us at Somuchpoker as we bring you daily updates on the ongoing 2020 WSOP Online on Natural8.

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Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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