2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Back to back side event wins for Alex Difelice; other winners include Stephen Holford, Augusto Hagen, Renle Lin; next gold tonight at $1500 Limit Hold’em Championship

Following a fierce Sunday loaded with thrilling action, the 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international ] toned down on Day 37 with only side events to keep players busy. Among the winners were Renle Lin “li_xiaolong”, Stephen Holford “supernuts21”, Augusto Hagen “Betylafea”, and Alex DiFelice with a back to back victory.

The 2020 WSOP Online [ international ] has been running since July 19th on Natural8 – GG Network. 39 bracelets have been claimed and a cumulative $ 79.5 million paid out. 15 bracelets remain. The series runs until September 6th. Entry flights to the most prestigious tournament of the series – WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $ 25M GTD ] – are ongoing with 12 of 23 completed. 359 players have advanced out of 2,028 entries. Australian pro Kahle Burns leads the final day qualifiers. 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 Side Event: $840 Bounty Hunter High Roller – Alex Difelice – $ 26,572.87

In addition to cashing in on 11 bracelet events – where he reached two final tables – high volume player Alex Difelice has been attacking the WSOP side events. Two weeks prior, Difelice placed 2nd at the $ 500 FIFTY STACK, two nights ago he won the $ 210 Super Turbo Bounty and placed 2nd at the $ 2,100 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed, then last night a victory at the $ 84 Bounty Hunter High Roller. According to his stats on Sharkscope, he is back in the black over $ 16K.

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WSOP Side Event – $840 Bounty Hunter High Roller

Buy in: $ 840
Date: August 24
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 131
Prize pool: $ 104,800
ITM: 17 places
Winner: Alex Difelice – Canada – $ 26,572.87
2nd Yiming Xiao “linghao” – Sigapore – $ 15,249.24

WSOP Side Event: $1,500 Deepstack – Renle Lin “li_xiaolong” – $ 74,187.19

Big win for Renle Lin “li_xiaolong” who has struggled to get in the black since his 2nd place finish at the network’s High Rollers FAST 500 tournament at the start of the month. He defeated Kevin Rabichow at heads up to ship the $ 74,187.19 first prize.

Buy in: $ 1,500
Date: August 24
Guarantee: $ 200,000
Entries: 273
Prize pool: $ 389,025
ITM: 39 places
Winner: Renle Lin “li_xiaolong” – Hong Kong – $ 74,187.19

WSOP Side Event: $200 Second Chance – Stephen Holford “supernuts21” – $ 16,313.82

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WSOP Side Event: $200 Second Chance

Another strong finish for Stephen Holford “supernuts21” who placed 3rd at the WSOP #68: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em just two days prior for $ 83,986. Holford came from behind at heads up to defeat the hot running Wuyi Wang “Bubble2023”. At the hand show above, it was all in at the flop. Holford spiked the higher two pair on the river.

Buy in: $ 200
Date: August 24
Guarantee: $ 75,000
Entries: 499
Prize pool: $ 91,816
ITM: 71 places
Winner: Stephen Holford “supernuts21” – UK – $ 16,313.82
2nd Wuyi Wang “Bubble2023” – China – $ 11,957.73

WSOP Side Event: $250 Super Turbo 6 Handed – Augusto Hagen “Betylafea” – $ 10,808.90

For the declared winner Augusto Hagen “Betylafea”, this was redemption for missing the win by one spot at the WSOP Side Event: $ 210 Super Turbo Bounty two days prior. Hagen seems to have a hold on short handed events having also finished 7th out of 2,101 at the WSOP #60: $ 525 Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed.

Buy in: $ 250
Date: August 24
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 370
Prize pool: $ 85,100
ITM: 53 places
Winner: Augusto Hagen “Betylafea” – Argentina – $ 10,808.90 (three-way deal)
2nd DIE_ANTON – Germany – $ 13,180.61 (three-way deal)
3rd sach1227 – Austria – $ 11,414.69 (three-way deal)

WSOP Side Event: $400 Six Handed – Ian Matakis “potamophobia” $ 19,933.74

It took three bullets for American player Ian Matakis “potamophobia” to shut down the $ 400 Six Handed event. He defeated UK’s Chris Moorman at heads up for his first win in the network and a cool $ 19,933.74 to his wallet.

Buy in: $ 400
Date: August 24
Guarantee: $ 60,000
Entries: 278
Prize pool: $ $ 104,528
ITM: 39 players
Winner: Ian Matakis “potamophobia” – USA – $ 19,933.74

WSOP Side Event: $84 Bounty Hunter – St1ll0nTop – $ 9,156.86

Buy in: $ 84
Date: August 24
Guarantee: $ 25,000
Entries: 548
Prize pool: $ 43,840
ITM: 80 places
Winner: St1ll0nTop – Indonesia – $ 9,156.86

Tonight: WSOP #72: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship

This is a LIMIT tournament. There will be a maximum of one bet and four raises on every betting round. Any all in bet that does not meet the bet or raise, will not count towards the number of bets or raises. The next bettor(s) has the option of raising a full fixed amount. Once the tournament becomes heads up (only two players remain in the tournament), unlimited raises apply. In the event an all in results in an incomplete bet or raise, “full bet rule” applies.

Buy in: $ 1,500
Date: August 25 @ 18:00 UTC / August 26 @ 02:00 HKT
Late registration: 180 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Tomorrow: WSOP#73: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 1,000
Date: August 26 18:00 UTC / August 27 @ 02:00 HKT
Late registration: 210 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times
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 12 flights completed. 359 have already advanced out of 1,868 entries.

Last night, Australian pro Kahle Burns overtook Jonathan Dokler “Serenity” for the Final Day chip lead. At Flight L, Burns amassed a monster stack of 277.5 BB. Vlad Martynenko “CheckEtoFold” was bumped to 3rd rank. Among the latest to qualify were Mike Leah and Simon Mattsson “FiestaPagana”.

Buy in: $ 5,000
Guarantee: $ 25,000,000
Entry Dates: August 16 to August 30
Cumulative Entries: 2,028
Final Day qualifiers: 359
Entry flights: 11 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

WSOP 77 5000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event 25M GTD
WSOP #77 – $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ]

Also through were: Natural8 Team Hot Ambassadors Danny Tang, Pete Chen, and Niklas Ehrenholz “NikkyMouse”, Natural8 Team NLG pros Fedor Holz, Manig Loeser, and Stefan Schillhabel “Schilli33”, Asian bracelet winners Ji Young Kim, Wei Guo Liang “SPARK1207”, and Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”, other notable players Christopher Puetz “RambaZamba”, Matthias Eibinger, Adrian Mateos, Sammy Farha, and David Tai.


Yesterday, the high roller bracelet event WSOP #70: $ 25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP drew 407 entries. This kept the prize pool at the $ 10,000,000 with cash flowing out starting at 55th place. The final table was formed with American pro Jason Koon as chip leader. Of the finalists, Lithuania’s Paulius Plausinaitis “ChickenBBQ” was the only player to secure a seat via the $1K Ultra Satellite Qualifier. A million dollar payout awaits the top two places with an additional $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package to the winner.

Buy in: $ 25,000
Guarantee: $ 10,000,000
Entries: 407
Prize pool: $ 10,000,000
ITM: 55 places
Final table: August 29 @ 18:00 UTC / August 30 @ 02:00 HKT
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place
*Live broadcast on GGPoker.TV

WSOP #70 – $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP final table

Final table players by chip count

Jason Koon – USA – 7,863,055 – 49.1 BB
Shankar Pillai “Saquon” – USA – 6,875,234 – 43 BB
Christian Rudolph – Germany – 5,544,188 – 34.7 BB
Aram Zobian “Pusha T” – USA – 4,405,440 – 27.5 BB
Chris Hunichen – USA- 4,175,274 – 26.1 BB
Aleksejs Ponakovs – Latvia – 3,883,951 – 24.3 BB
Aliaksei Boika “BladeRunner1” – Montenegro – 3,297,276 – 20.6 BB
Paulius Plausinaitis “ChickenBBQ” – Lithuania – 2,905,555 – 18.2 BB
Brunno Botteon – Brazil – 1,750,027 – 10.9 BB

Remaining payouts

1st $ 1,800,290 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd $ 1,332,097
3rd $ 979,138
4th $ 719,700
5th $ 529,005
6th $ 388,837
7th $ 285,808
8th $ 210,079
9th $ 154,416

Among the players in the money were: Jack Salter (10th), Scott Seiver (15th), Stephen Chidwick (19th), Jacob Schindler (20th), Hun Wei Lee (30th), David Peters (32nd), Elio Fox (41st), Kartik Ved “Mandovi” (44th), Christopher Brewer (46th), Andras Nemeth (49th), Thai Ha (51st), and James Chen (52nd).

FINALS Tonight: High Rollers Super MILLION$ $10K, $2M GTD [ 2 day event ]

Although High Rollers Super MILLION$ $10K, $2M GTD [ 2 day event ] is not a WSOP Online event, it still merits a spot in our recap. The event runs every Sunday with the final table taking place 2 days after… which is tonight for this week’s edition.

Buy in: $ 10,000
Guarantee: $ 2,000,000
Entries: 267
Prize pool: $ 2,589,900
ITM: 39 places
Final Day: August 25 @ 18:00 UTC / August 26 @ 02:00 HKT
*Live broadcast on GGPoker.TV

High Rollers Super MILLION 10K 2M GTD 2 day event final table 1

Final 9 players by chip count

Rui Ferreira – Portugal – 4,965,118 – 55.2 BB
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas “BluffMeNot” – Greece – 4,403,973 – 48.9 BB
Darren Elias – USA – 4,202,648 – 46.7 BB
UberCelta – Brazil – 4,017,498 – 44.6 BB
Sami Kelopuro “YrttiDekaani” – Finland – 2,416,913 – 26.9 BB
Jonathan Van Fleet – Canada – 2,192,809 – 24.4 BB
Laurynas Levinskas – Lithuania – 1,664,514 – 18.5 BB
TikToklmaCik – Canada – 1,529,268 – 17 BB
Giuseppe Iadisernia “0asis” – Venezuela – 1,307,259 – 14.5 BB

Remaining payouts

1st $ 493,894.13
2nd $ 367,319.30
3rd $ 273,183.16
4th $ 203,171.95
5th $ 151,103.31
6th $ 112,378.60
7th $ $ 83,578.40
8th $ 62,159.15
9th $ 46,228.93

Among the players in the money were: Mustapha Kanit (10th), Scott Seiver (13th), Dario Sammartino (14th), Jason Koon (19th), Mikita Badziakouski (24th), and Michael Addamo (33rd).

Update: WSOP Leaderboard

The race for the WSOP Player of the Series title and the Asia Player of the Series title are well underway. In store for the ultimate Player of the Series winners, overall leaderboard champion wins the WSOP Pure Gold Mouse, the Asia Player of the Series claims the WSOP Pure Gold Dragon, and the exclusive Pure Gold Card will be awarded to overall leaderboard finishers 2nd to 5th. Current standings after 39 completed bracelet events.

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard – Top 10

Canadian pro Daniel Dvoress continues to lead the overall race. Dvoress cashed in four events which included a victory at the WSOP #71: $ 1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER. Second ranked Alek Stasiak is not too far behind. Stasiak cashed in three events of which two were victories. He is the only player with two WSOP titles this series.

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WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard current standings

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

At the APOS, WSOP #55: HK$ 8,000 NLH Asia Championship winner Luis Eduardo Assuncao Garla “Xapilskinha” maintains pole position while WSOP #69: $1500 Marathon NLH champion Nicholas Maimone “rdcrsn” moved to second rank to bump down bracelet winner Roberto Romanello by one notch. Only one Asia Time Zone event remains to accrue points towards this race.

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WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard [ Asia Time Zone Events ]


WSOP #75: $300 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ]

This is the last ASIA TIME ZONE event to accrue points towards the WSOP Asia Player of the Series race.

Buy in: $ 300
Date: Saturday, August 29 @ 20:00 HKT
Late registration: 210 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times

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. 14 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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