2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Orhan Ates “yirtil” brings Turkey its first WSOP victory; Alessandro Valli “EdgarDavids” runs deep in two side events & Wei Guo Liang wins one

Turkey is on board the World Series of Poker bracelet ranking after Orhan Ates “yirtil” brought the country its first gold at the WSOP #60: $525 Bounty NLH 6 Handed event. Ates triumphed over 3,170 entries and became the 28th champion of the international online series. At the side events, bracelet winner Wei Guo Liang shipped one and Alessandro Valli “EdgarDavids” ran deep in two.

The 2020 WSOP Online [ international ] opened on July 19th on Natural8 – GG Network. To date, $ 58.7 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 7,000 have entered across 9 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 ]. Sign up on Natural8 to avail of fantastic promos and incentives.

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WSOP #60: $525 Bounty NLH 6 Handed – Orhan Ates “yirtil” – $ 180,177.51

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Orhan Ates – Photo

Dramatic finish at the WSOP #60: $525 Bounty NLH 6 Handed event with Turkish player Orhan Ates “yirtil” cracking aces to haul in $ 180,177.51 and the country’s first gold bracelet. In fact, on numerous final table showdowns, luck shined brightly on Ates.

Based on Ates’s live stats on The Hendon Mob, the newest champ had previously tasted victories, albeit smaller and mostly in Cyprus. In 2015, he won the 2015 Merit Gangsters Poker Cup High Roller event for $ 76,920, then at the same festival in 2018, he shipped the Warm Up event for $ 71,525 and landed a career high $ 185,000 at the Main Event for finishing 3rd. Ates’s victory today brought him a second six figure career payout, an amount more than enough to carry him over $ 1.1 million in career earnings.

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WSOP #60 – $525 Bounty NLH 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 525
Entries: 3,170
Prize pool: $ 1,585,000
ITM: 368 places
Running time: 11 hours and 30 minutes

Picking up the race at 12 remaining, Ates knocked out Dean Pitcher “RandyLahey” (12th) then Renato Ribeiro “Songonku” (10th) on a bad beat with As7d pulling off a runner runner flush 8s6dAdJd2d against 6h6c set. He entered the final table as chip leader trailed by two time ring winner Alexandre Reard “STAY_HUNGRY” by a small margin . Reard was the only player decorated with WSOP titles. Just as impressive was Jeffrey Hakim “PlayingNaked” with three final table visits.

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WSOP #60 – $525 Bounty NLH 6 Handed final table

The first hour of the final table guttered three players. Out 9th was Arsens Sakanjans “peterpandam” who was first crippled by Tomas Jozonis “CoronaMyAss” with a dominating A-A to A-K then fell to Caique Sanches “Redondez@” when A-6 got lucky against A-10. Hakim (8th) followed with 10h10s dusted by Ates’s KdKs. Sanches claimed his second victim in Augusto Hagen “Betylafea” (7th) who missed with K-10 against pocket eights.

Leading up to the next bust, Jozonis outflipped Ates’s AhKc when a ten landed on the flop to partner up his Ks10c hole cards. Tobias Schwecht “juanson” joined the bashing, eliminating Gaurav Sood “Haversham” with pocket Queens mighty against A-J. This gave Schwecht the lead for the first time which he maintained to heads up.

As chip leader, Schwecht began to distance himself, winning two sizable pots off Ates. The Turkish made up some ground by taking down Sanches on a lucky river straight that cracked AhAs with 10h10d on a board JdAd9c7s8s.

Keeping pressure on the players, Schwecht drained Reard in 4th place then cleaned out Jozonis to enter heads up against Ates backed by a massive pile. Less than ten minutes in, Ates got lucky again with 10c7c rivering a full house to survive Kd8d nut flush (hand below).

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WSOP #60 – $525 Bounty NLH 6 Handed – full house for winner Ates

The double up was not nearly enough for Ates to overtake Schwecht – however, on the next showdown, with 7h7s surviving AsJc, Ates was back on top. From there, he closed it out, once again catching the river. He cracked Schwecht’s AcAs with Qd10c on a final board of 6d3hQs3dQc.

For runner up Schwecht, he may have missed the glory and the six figure payout however his strong finish earned him a record payout $ 98,015.16. Players Sanches and Sood also pocketed their career high score.

Final table payouts

1st Orhan Ates “yirtil” – Turkey – $ 114,584.39 + $ 65,593.11 bounties = $ 180,177.51
2nd Tobias Schwecht “juanson” – Germany – $ 82,386.08 + $ 15,629.08 bounties = $ 98,015.16
3rd Tomas Jozonis “CoronaMyAss” – Lithuania – $ 59,236.36 + $ 2,173.83 bounties = $ 61,410.19
4th Alexandre Reard “STAY_HUNGRY” – France – $ 42,591.48 + $ 13,884.06 bounties = $ 56,475.54
5th Caique Sanches “Redondez@” – Brazil – $ 30,623.62 + $ 20,675.83 bounties = $ 51,299.45
6th Gaurav Sood “Haversham” – India – $ 22,018.66 + $ 6,521.49 bounties = $ 28,540.15
7th Augusto Hagen “Betylafea” – Argentina – $ 15,831.61 + 11,853.53 bounties = $ 27,685.14
8th Jeffrey Hakim “PlayingNaked” – Lebanon – $ 11,383.07 + $ 6,332.04 bounties = $ 17,715.11
9th Arsens Sakanjans “peterpandam” – Latvia – $ 8,184.54 + $ 6,669.93 bounties = $ 14,854.47

Notable players in the money (top 100): Shawn Buchanan (17th), Juha Helppi (20th), Kitty Kuo (28th), Ryan Reiss (34th), Christopher Puetz “RambaZamba” (45t), Diego Ostrovich “El Motron” (49th), and Chris Moorman (69th).

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 gain.

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 added. Entry flights run daily. 9 of 15 have been completed. Among the latest to advance were: Thai Ha, Dominik Nitsche, Michiel Van Elsacker “Easterdamnz”, and Simon Higgins. Brazil’s “baladeiro” topped Flight I with a towering stack worth 219.5 BB. “baladeiro” now leads the final day qualifiers.

Among the previous flight qualifiers were: GG pros Daniel Negreanu and Bertrand Grospellier “ElkY”, Natural8 Team Hot Ambassadors Pete Chen and Henri Buehler, Natural8 Team Bling reps Daniel Dvoress, Hun Wei Lee, and Yuri Dzivielevski, online series champions Paul Teoh, Patrick Kennedy “Muddington”, Aaron Wijaya “fishnchip”, Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”, and Kristen Bicknell.

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 10 to 16
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Cumulative Entries: 7,326
Final Day qualifiers: 887
Entry flights: 6 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 [ Shootout Tournament ] 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 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 all that?

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 28 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 ]


Largest earner: Alessandro Valli “EdgarDavids”

Germany’s Alessandro Valli “EdgarDavids” shined at the side events running very deep in two events. At the $ 500 Deepstack 6 Handed, Valli took 3rd place while streamer Mikhail Semin shipped it. At the $ 250 Double Stack, Valli and IchBinP4scu struck a deal at heads up then flipped to determine the winner. Though Valli was ahead in chips and was guaranteed to earn the larger pay, IchBinP4scu got lucky on the showdowns. Valli collected a combined $ 59.1K to become the day’s largest side event earner.

WSOP Side Event: $500 Deepstack 6 Handed – Mikhail Semin – $ 27,371.85

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WSOP Side Event – $500 Deepstack 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 13
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 306
Prize pool: $ 145,350
ITM: 44 places

Winner: Mikhail Semin – Russia – $ 27,371.85
2nd Leandro Bianchini “107dalmatass” – Argentina – $ 20,343.21
3rd Alessandro Valli “EdgarDavids” – Germany – $ 15,119.52
4th Chris Moorman – UK – $ 11,237.15

WSOP Side Event: $250 Double Stack – IchBinP4scu – $ 42.653.95

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WSOP Side Event – $250 Double Stack

Buy in: $ 250
Date: August 13
Guarantee: $ 200,000
Entries: 1,423
Prize pool: $ 327,290
ITM: 206 places

Winner: IchBinP4scu – Germany – $ 42.653.95 (deal)
2nd: Alessandro Valli “EdgarDavids” – Germany – $ 44,023.59 (deal)

WSOP Side Event: $125 Super Turbo 6 Handed – Wei Guo Liang – $ 16,213.55

China’s Wei Guo Liang2018 WSOP champion of the $ 1,000 Little One for One Drop event – hasn’t reached the final table of a bracelet event yet, however, he has been faring well at the side events. Two weeks ago he finished 6th at the $ 600 Monster Stack then last night he closed out the $125 Super Turbo 6 Handed.

Buy in: $ 125
Date: August 13
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 838
Prize pool: $ 96,370
ITM: 116 places
Winner: Wei Guo Liang “SPARK1207” – China – $ 16,213.55

WSOP Side Event: $210 Bounty Starter

Buy in: $ 210
Date: August 13
Guarantee: $ 30,000
Entries: 215
Prize pool: $ 43,000
ITM: 31 places
Winner: igor98 – Israel – $ 9,198.16

WSOP Side Event: $52.50 Bounty Turbo

Buy in: $ 52.50
Date: August 13
Guarantee: $ 40,000
Entries: 1,234
Prize pool: $ 61,700
ITM: 170 places
Winner: Never_Lucky – UK – $ 8,339.17


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

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. 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. 28 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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