2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Finland pro Juha Helppi wins second career WSOP gold; FIFTY STACK up next

Well-known Finland pro Juha Helppi outshined on Day 3 of the 2020 WSOP Online international series, taking down the lone gold bearing event offered, the WSOP #35: $ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, for a second career bracelet. We’ve got that story below including more info on upcoming and key events to lock in one of those coveted beauties.

The 2020 World Series of Poker Online event has been in full swing at since the start of July with Events 1 to 31 exclusively for players in Nevada and New Jersey, USA. 20 bracelets have already been claimed. For international players, the series opened on July 19th on Natural8 – GG Network and will run until September 6th. 54 bracelet events fill up that schedule with two already completed. In total, 85 iconic bracelets have been promised. Several highlight events are still to come including the prestigious $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event featuring a $ 25 Million guarantee. To sign up, just head to

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Now let’s get on with the Day 3 recap.

WSOP #35: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship – Juha Helppi – $ 290,285.58

Running for nearly nine hours, the WSOP #35: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship ended with pro Juha Helppi seizing his second WSOP gold bracelet. Helppi is a legend in Finland; he is one of the country’s most decorated live tournament pros. Last year, Helppi won his first at the 2019 WSOP $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship (Event #72). To earn the next coveted accessory, Helppi overcame a field of 328 entries denying two WSOP winners alongside him at the final table – Jens Kyllonen and Yuri Dzivielevsk. Helppi shipped $ 290,285.58 for his victory.

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Juha Helppi

With Hendon Mob stats dating back to 2001, Helppi’s long list of achievements in the live circuit has earned him nearly $ 8 million. Of that, over $ 1.4 million was from WSOP cashes. Combining in his latest score, Helppi has accrued over $ 1.7 million at the series. His largest live tournament payout to date was $ 399,261 for his 2nd place finish at the 2015 EPT Malta € 32,500 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller 8 Handed. We may yet see another title for Helppi as he currently holds the chip lead in the ongoing PLOSSUS event.

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PLO at the WSOP 2020 on Natural8

Buy in: $ 5,000
Entries: 328
Prize pool: $ 1,558,000
ITM: 47 places
Running time: 8:51:46

Before the final table was formed, Natural8 Team Hot Ambassador Thai Ha bumped the rail in 11th place with Canada’s Michael Watson holding the higher straight. WSOP ring winner Kazakhstan’s Shyngis Satubayev “somebodyelse” fell next to 2016 WSOP bracelet winner Jens Kyllonen, leaving nine players vying for the glory.

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WSOP 2020 5K PLO final table

The final table ran for over two hours. First hand threw a wrench at Juha Helppi’s stack with Sergi Reixach on the opposite end banking the double up. Helppi quickly recovered, getting a full boost off Jens Kyllonen “98snaeJ”. 98snaeJ continued to attack the table resulting in the fall of Alex Di Felice “rubbherducky” (9th) then Marija Andrijasevic “Maj Chenzie” (8th). After Michael Watson finished off Sergi Reixach (7th), 98snaeJ claimed another victim, denying 2017 WSOP bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevsk a second gold. Attempting to boot out a fourth player, 98snaeJ’s aces instead were cracked by the two paired Belarmino De Souza “Iseey0urcard”.

From here, the game slowed down with no called shoves for half an hour. 98snaeJ dropped down to a critical 8 bbs. Iseey0urcard was more fortunate, landing a second double up, this one off of Watson. Minutes later, Iseey0urcard went on to finish 98snaeJ in 5th place.

Next two matchups saw Watson double up Jesus Cortes then Helppi. Cortes used his new found chips to end Watson (4th) and Helppi did the same, eliminating Iseey0urcard in 3rd place. Heads up had Cortes up 7 bbs against Helppi. Cortes managed to widen the gap to over 3:1 however, Helppi grinded back to where they started then scored a crushing double up that brought Cortes down to under 8 bbs. Two shoves later, Helppi shipped the rest of Cortes’s stack to secure his second ever WSOP gold bracelet.

Juha Hellpi wins his second WSOP gold bracelet
Juha Hellpi wins his second WSOP gold bracelet

Final table payouts

1st Juha HelppiFinland – $ 290,285.58
2nd Jesus CortesAndorra – $ 213.270.25
3rd Belarmino De Souza “Iseey0urcard”Brazil – $ 156,687.74
4th Michael WatsonCanada – $ 115,117.03
5th Jens Kyllonen “98snaeJ”Finland – $ 84,575.56
6th Yuri DzivielevskBrazil – $ 62,136.93
7th Sergi ReixachMexico – $ 45,651.42
8th Marija Andrijasevic “Maj Chenzie”Serbia – $ 33,539.83
9th Alex Di Felice “rubbherducky”Canada – $ 24,641.32

Next up: WSOP #36: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em

Next chance to snag one of the iconic WSOP gold bracelets is at WSOP #36: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em. Action gets rolling tonight at 18:00 UTC. With a lengthy late registration and an acceptable two re-entries, players have ample chances to rein in the coveted jewelry.

Buy in: $ 1,500
Date July 22 @ 18:00 UTC
Late registration: 210 minutes
Re-entry: 2 times

Among the sponsored players already registered are Natural8 Team Hot Ambassador Yen Han Chen “TurboPete” and GGPoker pros Felipe Ramos, Sergey Ryabachenko, and Mikhail Semin.

Another notable in the lineup is Diego Ostrovich “El Motron” who recently missed the gold, falling one spot short to champion Shoma Ishikawa “pp_syon” at WSOP #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed.

Open: WSOP #41: $400 COLOSSUS [ $3M GTD ]

Buy in: $ 400
Game: No Limit Hold’em
Guarantee: $ 3,000,000
Cumulative entries: 2,799
Cumulative qualifiers: 404 players
Remaining entry flights: 10
Final Day: July 26 @ 18:30 UTC

Top 10 in chips

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$400 Colossus top10 in chips

Notable players already secured with a final day seat are: Natural8 Team Hot Ambassadors TurboPete and Thai Ha, Michael Watson, Kristen Bicknell, Jack Salter; Hun Wei Lee, Matthias Eibinger, Chance Kornuth, and Daniel Dvoress.

Open: WSOP #42: $400 PLOSSUS [ $1M GTD ]

Buy in: $ 400
Game: Pot Limit Omaha
Guarantee: $ 1,000,000
Cumulative entries: 1,579
Cumulative qualifiers: 216 players
Remaining entry flights: 10
Final Day: July 26 @ 19:00 UTC

Top 10 in chips

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WSOP $400 PLO event Top 10

Notable players already secured with a final day seat are: Natural8 Team Hot Ambassador Yen Han Chen “TurboPete”, Andras Nemeth “probirs”, Nicolas Chouity, and Chance Kornuth. Leading in chips is Juha Helppi, the newest 2020 WSOP Online bracelet winner.


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 ]


The Millionaire Maker is one of the most sought after events of the series. Since its inception in 2013, the fields have been enormous with every player on mutual ambition to ship an instant seven figures. Champion of this event is guaranteed $ 1,000,000.

Buy in: $ 1,500
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Entry Dates: July 26 to August 2
Entry Flights: 15 offered
Final Day: August 2 @ 18:30 UTC

WSOP #55: HK$ 8,000 No Limit Hold’em Asia Championship [ HK$ 8M GTD ]

Buy in: HK$ 8,000 (~ US$ 1,000)
Guarantee: HK$ 8,000,000 (~US$ 1,032,000)
Entry Dates: August 3 to August 9
Entry Flights: 14 offered
Final Day: August 9 12:00 UTC


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 down 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

Natural8 promos

For players signed up on Natural8, expect sizzling promos for a more enjoyable and profitable WSOP experience. Japanese player Shoma Ishikawa “pp_syon” already capitalized, awarded one of the WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship packages for his victory at WSOP #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed. 52 chances left to be a winner!

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 ticketsWSOP 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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