2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: First career title and gold for Leonardo Mattos “Babaehduro” at the $2.5K Double Stack NLH; “upay4myweed” brings India another side event win

The 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international ] just  awarded its 27th champion and with that, half of the 54 bracelets  have now been claimed. The newest golden prize winner was Leonardo Mattos “Babaehduro” at the WSOP #59: $ 2,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em event. Mattos became the fourth player from Brazil to clasp the coveted merchandise, bumping up the country’s overall collection to nine. At the side events, the biggest winner was once again from India with player “upay4myweed” shipping the $ 250 Double Stack.

This segment of the series opened on July 19th on Natural8 – GG Network. To date, $ 57.1 million has been paid out in completed events. The series runs until September 6th. Currently running are entry flights to the WSOP #63: $500 Mini Main Event [ $5M GTD ]. Over 5,000 have entered across 7 starters. Other highlight events to come are: WSOP #71: BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ], for high rollers the WSOP #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP [ $10M GTD ], and of course the brand’s much awaited marquee event, the WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25 Million GTD ].

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WSOP #59: $2.5K Double Stack No Limit Hold’em – Leonardo Mattos – $ 399,046.75

Leonardo Mattos
Leonardo Mattos. Credit:

For Leonardo Mattos “Babaehduro”, a player with no prior live tournament WSOP cashes, this victory was a golden dream fulfilled. Mattos survived the 1,061 entry field of the WSOP #59: $2,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em to clinch his first major title and largest career score of $ 399,046.75. In addition, he was awarded a $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package.

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WSOP #59 – $2.5K Double Stack No Limit Hold’em

Prior to his triumph, Mattos kicked off his WSOP Online run on a high note. He bested 886 runners of the WSOP Side Event: $ 400 Sunday Deepstack to pick up the $ 56,046.56 first prize. This was to be his second known five figure career score with his first of $ 98,713 earned in November 2019 at the Brazilian Series of Poker Main Event where he finished in 4th place. Putting all his recent wins and live earnings together, he now sits with over $ 600K.

Buy in: $ 2,500
Entries: 1,061
Prize pool: $ 2,519,875
ITM: 152 places
Running time: 10 hours and 43 minutes

Recapping the action, the event was expected to be a lengthy one as players started with a very healthy stack worth 200 times the opening big blind. Eight and a half hours in, the final table was reached, led by Pedro Madeira “mrsweets29”. All the finalists were hunting down their first WSOP title. Two were known pros Christopher Puetz “RambaZamba” and Yiannis Liperis “GreekFreaker”. For Puetz, he was fairly fresh off a huge victory in February, taking down the 2020 WPT Germany Main Event for $ 292K. Looking forward, Puetz improved on that score today earning $ 298.3K for runner up.

WSOP 59 2.5K Double Stack No Limit Hold’em final table
WSOP #59 – $2.5K Double Stack No Limit Hold’em final table

Early action was dominated by the chip leader Madeira, eliminating the first three players. Liperis’s A-9 was dominated throughout by A-Q; Fabiano Kovalski “MarkyAurelio”’ pocket twos couldn’t crack pocket Kings; and short stacked Kevin Gibson risked it with K-4 offsuit only to fail to pocket sixes. During that time, Antonio Pedro “nanqtf” got very lucky on Madeira with his pocket Queens turned quads to survive against pocket Kings. However, despite the break, Antonio still tumbled in 5th place with Mattos collecting. Madeira then amassed over half the chips in play by railing Nethanel Klein “natykkk” in 4th place.

With a mountain of chips at his disposal, Madeira entered nearly every hand, causing him to lose two big pots to each of his opponents. On Puetz’s second scoop, Madeira dropped to the shortest stack. Puetz took the lead for the first time after terminating the Madeira fire in 3rd place.

WSOP 59 2.5K Double Stack No Limit Hold’em top pair for runner up finisher Christopher Puetz
WSOP #59 – $2.5K Double Stack No Limit Hold’em – top pair for runner-up finisher Christopher Puetz

Up 2:1 against Mattos, Puetz climbed to a 4:1 advantage with Qc2s full house to Mattos’s As4d. Mattos stayed resilient and evened it up after winning the first all in showdown with Ac8h dominating As2d throughout. Puetz pushed ahead again leading to a second all-in situation. Once again Mattos won it with Ac7d over Ad5c to take the lead. Using the momentum, Mattos widened the gap to 4:1. Puetz risked his remaining chips with 9h8s, Mattos called with Kd6s, the board ran empty and so did Puetz.

Final table payouts

1st Leonardo Mattos “Babaehduro” – Brazil – $ 399,046.75 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd Christopher Puetz “RambaZamba” – Germany – $ 298,296.25
3rd Pedro Madeira “mrsweets29” – Brazil – $ 216,473.38
4th Nethanel Klein “natykkk” – Israel – $ 157,094.80
5th Antonio Pedro “nanqtf” – Portugal – $ 114,003.68
6th Kevin Gibson “withered350” – Canada – $ 82,732.53
7th Fabiano Kovalski “MarkyAurelio” – Brazil – $ 60,039.04
8th Yiannis Liperis “GreekFreaker” – UK – $ 43,570.40

Notable players in the money: Gab Yong Kim “genbenglee” (12th), Stephen Chidwick (38th), Samuel Vousden (51st), Abhinav Iyer “OBellaCiao” (56th), Nicolas Chouity (65th), Michael Clacher “YesPlease” (77th), Rui Ferreira (81st), Bertrand Grospellier “ElkY” (83rd), Kitty Kuo (84th), Enrico Camosci “GTOExploiter” (95th), Jinho Hong (97th), TheMadQueen (101st), Thai Ha (105th), Chris Moorman (111th), Mustapaha Kanit (124th), Jake Schindler (125th), Hun Weil Lee (136th), Alex Foxen (139th), and just making the money was Daniel Negreanu in 152nd place.

Up Next: WSOP #60: $525 Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 525
Date: August 13 @ 18:00 UTC / August 14 @ 02:00 HKT
Late registration: 180 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times

Up Next: WSOP #61: $300 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed [ Asia ]

The next ASIA TIME ZONE event takes place this weekend – the WSOP #61: $300 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed – underway on Saturday, August 15 @ 20:00 HKT. For those chasing the WSOP Asia Player of the Series title, you can’t miss this event as it will surely generate a big field with plenty of points to earn.

Buy in: $ 300
Date: Saturday, August 15 @ 20:00 HKT
Late registration: 210 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times

Open: WSOP #63: $500 Mini Main Event [ $5M GTD ]

The next juiced up bracelet event is WSOP #63: $ 500 Mini Main Event with a whopping $ 5 million guarantee in tow. Like most of the events offered, this too comes with an added $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package to 1st place. Good news, two flights were just added. Entry flights run daily. 7 of 15 have been completed. Israel’s Vamoschico maintains the chip lead with 209.6 BB.

Among the latest qualifiers were: Bertrand Grospellier “ElkY”, Kristen Bicknell, Chris Moorman, Natural8 Team Hot Ambassador Henri Buehler and Natural8 Team Bling Hun Wei Lee and Daniel Dvoress. They join previous qualifiers: Daniel Negreanu, Ryan Reiss, Erik Seidel, Pete Chen, TheMadQueen, Mike Leah, Rui Ferreira, Stephen Chidwick, Patrick Kennedy “Muddington”, Sam Razavi “JejuKingCrab”, Aaron Wijaya “fishnchip”, Dario Sammartino, Paul Teoh, Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”, Alex Foxen, Daniel Smith, Yuri Dzivielevski, Rainer Kempe, and Jack Salter.

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 10 to 16
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Cumulative Entries: 5,501
Final Day qualifiers: 671
Entry flights: 8 remaining
Final Day: August 16 @ 18:30 UTC / August 17 @ 02:30 HKT

Top 15 in chips

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WSOP #63 – $500 Mini Main Event [ $5M GTD ] top15 in chips

Final Four: WSOP #54: $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship

The star studded WSOP #54: $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship wrapped up this past Sunday with the field crunched down from 128 players to the final 4 – Michael Addamo, Chi “Michael” Zhang, David Peters, and Alyssa MacDonald. The final dash to glory takes place on August 15 @ 18:00 UTC with a live stream on GGPoker.TV. Up for grabs is the $ 360,480 first prize, the added $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package, and the bragging rights WSOP gold bracelet. Who will win it?

Final four in WSOP 54 10000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship
Final four in WSOP #54 – $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship

Remaining payouts

1st $ 360,480 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket
2nd $ 223,488
3rd $ 124,160
4th $ 124,160

Buy in: $ 10,000
Entries: 128 cap
Prize pool: $ 1,241,600
ITM: 16 places
Semi Finals: August 15 18:00 UTC

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 27 completed events.

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard – Top 10

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WSOP Player of the Series leaderboard current standings

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: $250 Double Stack Warmup

Another big side event winner from India. This time it was player “upay4myweed” with a home run at the $ 250 Double Stack Warmup. It took upay4myweed just over 10 hours to outlast the sizable 1,291 entry field and ship the $ 46K first place bundle.

WSOP Side Event 250 Double Stack Warmup final table
WSOP Side Event – $250 Double Stack Warmup final table

Buy in: $ 250
Date: August 12
Guarantee: $ 200,000
Entries: 1,291
Prize pool: $ 296,930
ITM: 188 places
Winner: upay4myweed – India – $ 46,193.29

WSOP Side Event: $500 Deepstack 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 12
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 278
Prize pool: $ 132.050
ITM: 39 places
Winner: Beanboozled – Brazil – $ 25,182.11

WSOP Side Event: $125 Turbo 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 125
Date: August 12
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 674
Prize pool: $ 77,510
ITM: 98 places
Winner: Moonaldo – UK – $ 13,198.13

WSOP Side Event: $210 Bounty Starter

Buy in: $ 210
Date: August 12
Guarantee: $ 30,000
Entries: 206
Prize pool: $ 41,200
ITM: 27 places
Winner: RobTinnion – UK – $ 10,330.48

WSOP Side Event: $52.50 Bounty Turbo

WSOP Side Event 52.50 Bounty Turbo
WSOP Side Event – $52.50 Bounty Turbo

Buy in: $ 52.50
Date: August 12
Guarantee: $ 40,000
Entries: 1,030
Prize pool: $ 51,500
ITM: 152 places
Winner: Grinder@ – Turkey – $ 6,152.68


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. The hunt for the 51st champion begins on August 16 with entry flights running daily until August 30. Players are allowed only three bullets with no same day re-entry offered.

Buy in: $ 5,000
Guarantee: $ 25,000,000
Entry Dates: August 16 to August 30
Entry Flights: 22 offered
Final Day: August 30 [ 3-Day Freezeout Flights ]


For the high rollers and deep pocketed no title is more coveted than this one, the No Limit Hold’em Poker Player Championship. Expect the biggest names in poker in attendance. If you have $ 25,000 to burn, this is the event to wage your skills against the creme de la creme.

Buy in: $ 25,000
Date: August 23 @ 18:00 UTC
Guarantee: $ 10,000,000
Notes: 2 day event

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

At the 50th anniversary of the WSOP held last year, the BIG 50 event was introduced. Due to its massive draw of 28,371 entries, it is back in the roster. With the buy in lowered to a very affordable $ 50, players can expect a monstrous field.

Buy in: $ 50
Guarantee: $ 1,000,000
Entry Dates: August 16 to 23
Entry Flights: 15 offered
Final Day: August 23 @ 18:30 UTC

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. For 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. 29 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

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.

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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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