2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Nick Maimone “rdcrsn” & Huahuan Feng “F7588” lock up their first gold bracelet; Jason Koon leads the final 9 of the $25K PPC; Rainer Kempe and RegDeBahrein score big at the sides

Day 36 at the 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international ] sizzled with action as players poured in for a chance at the next three WSOP signature bracelets. In the aftermath, two golden winners emerged. American pro Nick Maimone “rdcrsn” triumphed at the WSOP #69: $1500 Marathon No Limit Hold’em Asia Time Zone event and China’s Huahuan Feng “F7588” outlasted the massive 4,003 final day players of the record breaking BIG 50. Over at the high roller $ 25K POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP [ $10M GTD ], 407 saddled up, and paused once the final 9 was formed. American pro Jason Koon nailed the chip lead, UK’s Jack Salter missed the final table by one spot, and Australia’s Michael Addamo fell on the bubble.

Also on the Sunday beat were WSOP side events with over $ 2.7 million paid out across six tournaments. The biggest winners were RegDeBahrein and Natural8 Team NLG Rainer Kempe, both collecting six figures. Check out our recaps on all of the day’s festivities.

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. 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 #69: $1500 Marathon NLH [ Asia ] – Nick Maimone “rdcrsn” – $ 302,471.86

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Nick Maimone. Credit: PocketFives

Milestone day for American pro Nick Maimone “rdcrsn” who survived a grueling thirteen and a half hour race at the WSOP #69: $1500 Marathon NLH [ Asia ] to clasp his first ever WSOP bracelet. Maimone defeated Brazil’s Diego Bittar “JaxTeller” at heads up to claim $ 302,471.86 and the added $15,000 WSOP Europe Package.

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WSOP #69 – $1500 Marathon NLH [ Asia ]

Maimone got his first taste of WSOP money back in 2008 where he finished 4th at a circuit event in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The following year Maimone pocketed his first six figure payout of $ 633,022 for 15th place at the WSOP Main Event. Since then, he collected 11 more cashes though none that surpassed his high score until 2016 at the PCA. Maimone championed the $ 25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller 8 Handed for a handsome $ 996,480 payout. To date, he has over $ 2.1 million in live earnings.

Buy in: $ 1,500
Entries: 1,439
Prize pool: $ 2,049,150
ITM: 206 places
Running time: 13 hours and 34 minutes

Entering the final table running sixth in chips, Maimone was joined by well known online multimillionaire pro Sebastian Sikorski “Mustlaaaveit” who was fresh off a victory at the $ 500 Sunday Deepstack side event. Portugal’s Giovani Torre “Mandjocka” was also on the virtual felt for his second final table visit. The chase was led in by Canada’s Erik Lemarquand “FortySixand2”.

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WSOP #69 – $1500 Marathon NLH [ Asia ] final table

The final table ran for nearly three hours before Maimone put a lid on it. Early action was dominated by Russia’s Nikolay Motsenko “PROMSGT” who pressured his tablemates leading to the fall of Bert Stevens “ILOVECATS” (9th). With more chips to play with, Motsenko continued to attack the felt to eventually collect Lemarquand’s (8th) entire stack. Next shove, Diego Bittar “JaxTeller” nearly fell to Motsenko with A-J behind A-Q however the board saved him running A-A-J-J-8. Heavy action followed with big pots moving around the virtual felt. Forty minutes later, Ermo Kosk “PublicEnemy7” finished off Murilo Fidelis Do Nascimento “RaiseBluff” (7th).

Contributing to the knockout show, Maimone denied Kosk in 6th place with pocket Kings victorious then Bittar AhKh railed Sikorski Ad2d. Maimone picked up his second stack by sending the hard hitting Motsenko out in 4th place with QhQc over AhJd that missed. Down to three, Bittar claimed the chip lead though briefly. Maimone railed Torre in 3rd place to enter heads up with a narrow advantage.

From there, the pro muscled Bittar to build a 4:1 lead. Bittar sensed it and made a hero tank-call for all his chips on a board Ad9c4c3dJc. Maimone had 8s5s bluff, Bittar Qh4s pair. Despite the great call and boost in artillery, a few minutes after Bittar bit it with Ac5d outdrawn by Maimone’s Ks8h that dropped a king on the flop.

Final table payouts

1st Nicholas Maimone “rdcrsn” – USA – $ 302,471.86 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd Diego Bittar “JaxTeller” – Brazil – $ 228,211.58
3rd Giovani Torre “Mandjocka” – Belarus – $ 165,613.12
4th Nikolay Motsenko “PROMSGT” – Russia – $ 120,185.51
5th Sebastian Sikorski “Mustlaaaveit” – Canada – $ 87,218.79
6th Ermo Kosk “PublicEnemy7” – Estonia – $ 63,294.75
7th Murilo Fidelis Do Nascimento “RaiseBluff” – Brazil – $ 45,933.13
8th Erik Lemarquand “FortySixand2” – Canada – $ 33,333.52
9th Bert Stevens “ILOVECATS” – Belgium – $ 24,190.21

Notables in the money (top 100): Arnaud Enselme (25th), Samuel Vousden (35th), James Chen (39th), Wayne Heung (44th), Steven Van Zadelhoff (64th), Alex Foxen (80th), Daniel Negreanu (86th), and Jonathan Bussieres “SidneyCrosby” (99th).

WSOP #71: BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ] – Huahuan Feng “F7588” – $ 211,281.63

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Huahuan Feng. Credit: PokerStars

Smashing turnout at the budget bracelet event – WSOP #71: BIG 50 – with a roaring 44,576 entries across 15 starting flights. This has officially become the largest field in WSOP history. The event also soared past its $ 1M guarantee and in its place a wealthier $ 2,050,496 prize pool with 2,300 paid.

The final day kicked off with 4,003 players ready to click away however by game time, the server had to be stabilized due to the massive influx of players taking their seats. Reminiscent of opening day, players patiently waited. The delay lasted one hour then paused again for another 30 minutes due to “too many players sitting out”. When it resumed, good news flashed on the screens that all Day 2 players would be refunded $50 for the inconvenience.

At the tenth hour, China’s Huahuan Feng “F7588” entered the final table as chip leader having railed “youknowiknow” 11th and Carffan (10th), holding pocket Kings on both occasions. Feng went on to rail four more to lock up his first ever career title, first ever WSOP gold bracelet, and a career high score of $ 211,281.63. In addition, Feng was awarded a $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package.

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WSOP #71 – BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ]

Taking a closer look at the champ Feng, The Hendon Mob has him at $ 391.3k in live earnings with an impressive score at the 2018 Jeju Red Dragon where he finished 2nd at the High Roller event for $ 176,985. This was to be his largest score until the victory today. Leading up to his win, Feng cashed in six events this series.

Buy in: 50
Guarantee: $ 1,000,000
Total Entries: 44,576
Overall Prize pool: $ 2,050,496
Final Day qualifiers: 4,003
ITM: 2,300 places
Running time: 11 hours and 15 minutes

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WSOP #71 – BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ] final table

Kicking off the final table, the Chinese dominated in numbers with four representing the flag. Three players had significant earnings, Feng, Di Lu “LuXDi”, and online grinder Dean Lipscombe “JoogieJJ” while the rest had either no background stats or very low live earnings. Entering as the biggest stack, Feng continued to be a dominant force. He held the lead throughout despite Xue Qiao Zhao “whattfboys” matching him in kills when they faced off at heads up. The final hand saw Zhao three-bet push with Kd6h Feng called with his monster pile holding Ad6d. Zhao missed the board to take runner up and pocket a career high score $ 159,704.93. Incidentally, third placer Ronald Haverkamp “CorVanHout” also collected a hefty six figure pile of $ 114,236.82 for his largest score.

Final table payouts

1st Huahuan Feng “F7588” – China – $ 211,281.63 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd Xue Qiao Zhao “whattfboys” – China $ 159,704.93
3rd Ronald Haverkamp “CorVanHout” – Netherlands – $ 114,236.82
4th Daniel Montagnolli “Vanessa23” – USA – $ 81,713.70
5th Maximiliano Veyga “TheChosen1” – Argentina – $ 58,449.59
6th Di Lu “LuXDi” – China – $ 41,809.20
7th Xiong Huang “wwwyoujizz” – China – $ 29,906.07
8th Dean Lipscombe “JoogieJJ” – UK -$ 21,391.79
9th Wade Gillett “JWNomad” – Thailand – $ 15,301.62


The high roller bracelet event WSOP #70: $ 25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP dragged many top notched pros out of the woodwork. Among those making their debut appearance were Phil Hellmuth, Timofey Kuznetsov, Adrian Mateos, and Nick Petrangelo. It eventually pulled in 407 entries to keep the pot at a bulky $ 10,000,000.

Alike the BIG 50, the event experienced a pause for one hour. When it resumed, action was brutal with players quickly falling. For star player Michael Addamo, who lost an $842K cash pot to Wiktor Malinowski on a cooler then went on to win a third High Rollers Super MILLION$ title, his day ended as the stone cold bubble with AhJh falling to Aleksejs Ponakovs’s AdKh. Ponakovs went on to reach the final table.


To form the final table, Shankar Pillai “Saquon” AcJc four bet Jack Salter 8s8d. Salter tank called then pleaded with emojis for luck to shine. It did, but for Pillai with two Aces showing up. Pillai raked it in to carry in the second largest stack into the final table.

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WSOP #70 – $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP – three of a kind for Pillai

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

Out of all the finalists, Lithuania’s Paulius Plausinaitis “ChickenBBQ” was the only player to secure a seat to the tournament via the $1K Ultra Satellite Qualifier. When they return in one week’s time, American pro Jason Koon leads in with 49.1 big blinds. A million dollar payout awaits the top two places with an additional $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package to the winner.

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

Final table 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

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 10 flights completed. 342 have already advanced out of 1,868 entries.

Currently, Jonathan Dokler “Serenity” leads the pack as the only player with over 200 BB. Vlad Martynenko “CheckEtoFold” maintains second rank. Among the latest to qualify were Natural8 Team Hot Ambassador Danny Tang, Natural8 Team NLG Fedor Holz, Christopher Puetz “RambaZamba”, Matthias Eibinger, Adrian Mateos, Sammy Farha, and David Tai.

Buy in: $ 5,000
Guarantee: $ 25,000,000
Entry Dates: August 16 to August 30
Cumulative Entries: 1,870
Final Day qualifiers: 342
Entry flights: 13 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 top15 chips
WSOP #77 – $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ] top15 chips

Also through were: Natural8 Team Hot Ambassador Pete Chen, Natural8 Team NLG pros Manig Loeser, Stefan Schillhabel “Schilli33”, and Niklas Ehrenholz “NikkyMouse”, Asian bracelet winners Ji Young Kim, Wei Guo Liang “SPARK1207”, and Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”.

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 will win 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

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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 Side Event: BIG 500 – Rainer Kempe – $ 121,875.24

Natural8 Team NLG pro Rainer Kempe has finally come out of his slump this series with a win at the BIG 500 for $ 121,875.24. This was the largest payout of the side events on Day 36. Kempe was also awarded a seat to the Main Event.

WSOP Side Event BIG 500 Rainer Kempe
WSOP Side Event – BIG 500 – Rainer Kempe

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 500,000
Entries: 1,763
Prize pool: $ 837,425
ITM: 242 places
Winner: Rainer Kempe – Germany – $ 121,875.24 + WSOP #77: $ 5,000 Main Event ticket

WSOP Side Event: $1,260 Bounty Six Shooter – RegDeBahrein – $ 106,393.01

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WSOP Side Event – $1,260 Bounty Six Shooter

Buy in: $ 1,260
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 200,000
Entries: 562
Prize pool: $ 674,400
ITM: 80 places
Winner: RegDeBahrein – Argentina – $ 106,393.01
2nd Helen Clark – New Zealand – $ 65,051.20

WSOP Side Event: $2,100 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed – Dario Sammartino – $ 81,878.59

Yesterday, Alex DiFelice shipped the $210 Super Bounty event and returned today to take a stab at winning the high roller version with a buy in at $ 2,100. He was joined by 25 other gunners for a $ 378,000 prize pool. DiFelice navigated his stack all the way to heads up however he couldn’t get past Italian pro Dario Sammartino. This was Sammartino’s first victory this series. He earned $ 37,519.21 plus $ 44,359.38 in bounties for a grand total of $ 81,878.59. It was a decent payday for DiFelice as well, pocketing a total of $ 42,464.54.

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WSOP Side Event – $2,100 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 2,100
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 200,000
Entries: 189
Prize pool: $ 378,000
ITM: 26 places
Winner: Dario Sammartino – $ 37,519.21 + $ 44,359.38 bounties = $ 81,878.59
2nd Alex Di Felice – Canada – $ 28,511.4 + $ 13,953.12 bounties = $ 42,464.54

WSOP Side Event: $300 Marathon – gtavares10 – $ 80,087.56

Buy in: $ 300
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 250,000
Entries: 1,916
Prize pool: $ 534,564
ITM: 278
Winner: gtavares10 – Brazil – $ 80,087.56

WSOP Side Event: $140 FORTY STACK – Tommaso Briotti “Not_TodayBRO” – $21,557.41

Buy in: $ 140
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 1,026
Prize pool: $ 132,148.80
ITM: 152 places
Winner: Tommaso Briotti “Not_TodayBRO” – Slovenia – $ 21,557.41
2nd severstal – Russia – $ 15,643.43

WSOP Side Event: $210 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed

WSOP Side Event 210 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed
WSOP Side Event – $210 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 210
Date: August 22
Guarantee: $ 125,000
Entries: 949
Prize pool: $ 189,800
ITM: 134 places
Winner: Chris Klodnicki – Canada – $ 15,617.71 + $ 15,016.47 bounties = $ 30,634.18
2nd 5Dinks4all – $ 11,333.34 + $ 3,025.78 bounties = $ 14,359.12


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

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

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High Roller Super MILLION$ $10K, $2M GTD final table

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


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. 15 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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