2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Patrick Kennedy captures the dream gold at Bounty No Limit Hold’em; up next $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em Asia

Day 12 of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online international leg, taking place on Natural8 – GG Network, awarded another first time winner. The newest WSOP gold bracelet owner was UK’s Patrick Kennedy “Muddington” who defeated two time bracelet holder Joshua Pollock at heads up of the $ 840 Bounty No Limit Hold’em event. With no prior WSOP stats, it is unknown if this was Kennedy’s first WSOP experience, however, what is clear is it was his first ever WSOP cash, one he will likely brag about for years to come. Read up on his victory via our recap.

If you are just tuning in, the 2020 WSOP Online is running on two platforms with a combined 85 signature bracelets for the taking. The USA series on – exclusively for players geo-located in Nevada and New Jersey – is nearing its end. 30 of the allotted 31 bracelets have been claimed. The last game takes place later today. For a read on all the winners, check our recaps.

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For international players, the series opened on July 19 on Natural8 – GG Network running until September 6. Filling up the roster are 54 bracelet events. As of today, 12 days of games have already completed, 12 bracelets clasped, and over $ 19.8 million paid out in completed bracelet events. Open events and highlight events still to come are listed below which includes the upcoming $ 1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER [ $5M GTD ] and the prestigious $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25 Million GTD ].

WSOP #45: $840 Bounty No Limit Hold’em – Patrick Kennedy – $ 245,448.39

The fourteenth bracelet event of the international leg – WSOP #45: $840 Bounty No Limit Hold’em – was a very popular one drawing a thunderous 2,382 field. This was the largest field to date for a single day event. After an eleven hour battle, rising to the throne to lock up the gold was Patrick Kennedy “Muddington” for his first known major victory and a whopping payout amounting to $ 245,448.39. Included in his winnings was a massive bounty reward worth $ 104,680.51. To emphasize how large that reward was, the next down the rung in just bounties was $ 18,089.05 earned by 6th placer Arie Kliper “abush”. Kennedy is now on board the WSOP Player of the Series race ranked 6th.

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WSOP #45 – $840 Bounty No Limit Hold’em

Buy in: $840
Entries: 2,382
Prize pool: $ 1,905,600
ITM: 332 places
Running time: 11:04

A rundown of the race, just before the ninth break of the day Arie Kliper “abush” grounded Japanese high roller Kazuki Ikeuchi “8809” in 13th place. This was another close one for Ikeuchi who missed the gold twice by one spot in 2018 and 2019. With 12 remaining, Patrick Kennedy “Muddington” delivered a double bust with JsJd booting MTT0516 AsKc and Scrm4k3r Ac4s on a board 2s4h10d7h2d. This awarded Kennedy the chip lead which he proceeded to carry into the final table after Kliper railed Alessandro Giannelli “GoldRush” in 10th place. Kennedy also had the largest bounty on his head.

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WSOP #45 – $840 Bounty No Limit Hold’em final table

It took nearly two hours for Kennedy to wrap it up and claim the gold. Among the players he faced were two time bracelet winner Joshua Pollock “kaledak” and Berrnardo Da Silveira Dias “GGeKKo”. Pollok was the only WSOP decorated player at the table and Dias was a near champion with 20 WSOP cashes that included a runner up finish at one of the events in 2017. Kennedy railed four players before facing off against Pollock at heads up.

Opening the final table, Chi Chung Ho picked up the first big pots. He doubled up through Arie Kliper then eliminated Panama pro Jose Severino “robertoduran” in 9th place. This was Severino’s fifth series cash and his deepest-ever WSOP finish. Kennedy busted Francesco Favia (8th) to claim his first final table bounty. Following out was Ho Yin Tai (7th) who fell to Franco Spitale. Kliper, who entered the final table running second in chips, only got as far as 6th place with Chi taking a big chunk then the rest to Kennedy. Kliper had the second largest bounty reward on his head that Kennedy also claimed.

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WSOP #45 – $840 Bounty No Limit Hold’em – Pair of 9’s wins the pot for winner Kennedy

After a series of hands with heavy pots won by each player, Dias called for all his chips on a turn board push by Kennedy. Dias had two pairs, Kennedy with a straight, Kennedy’s hand held and entered heads up against Pollock with a 3.5:1 chip advantage. Pollock put up a good fight, winning multiple big pots to trim the gap to near even. When the final hand arrived, Kennedy was only ahead by 3 bbs. Kennedy’s JdJh prevailed over Pollock’s 10s10d. This was Kennedy’s first known major win and largest career score.

Final table payouts

1st Patrick Kennedy “Muddington” – UK – $ 140,767.88 + $ 104,680.51 Bounty = $ 245,448.39
2nd Joshua Pollock “kaledak” – Canada – $ 101,212.03 + $ 11,964.06 Bounty = $ 113,176.09
3rd Bernardo Da Silveira Dias “GGeKKo” – Brazil – $ 72,772.29 +$ 7,530.47 Bounty = $ 80,302.76
4th Franco Spitale “ pelaguacha” – Argentina – $ 52,323.96 + $ 10,693.74 Bounty = $ 63,017.70
5th Chi Chung Ho “chipuker” – Hong Kong – $ 37,621.40 + $ 3,168.75 Bounty = $ 40,790.15
6th Arie Kliper “abush” – Israel – $ 27,050.18 + $ 18,089.05 Bounty = $ 45,139.22
7th Ho Yin Tai “hoyintai” – Hong Kong – $ 19,449.31 + $ 15,468.75 Bounty = $ 34,918.06
8th Francesco Favia “Pachamama” – Albania – $ 13,984.34 + $ 15,365.62 Bounty = $ 29,349.96
9th Jose Severino “robertoduran” – Panama – $ 10,054.89 + $ 3,987.50 Bounty = $ 14,042.39

Notable players in the money: Yuri Dzivielevsk (17th), Michael Clacher “YesPlease” (36th), Dario Sammartino (75th), Martin Zamani “FuTimReilly” (109th), Lev Gottlieb “LevMeAlong” (134th), Danny Tang (157th), and TheMadQueen (221st).

Up Next: WSOP #46: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em Asia

This is the third of nine ASIA TIME ZONE EVENTS on offer. WSOP Player of the Series points earned here will be reflected in the overall race and towards the WSOP Asia Player of the Series race.

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 1 @ 20:00 HKT
Late registration: 195 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times

Update: WSOP Leaderboard

In addition to striving for the WSOP gold bracelet is the 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 14 events.

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WSOP Player of the Series leaderboard current standings

WSOP Side Event: $600 Monster Stack

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WSOP Side Event – $600 Monster Stack

Buy in: $ 600
Date: July 30
Guarantee: $ 300,000
Entries: 829
Prize pool: $ 472,530
ITM: 116 places
Winner: linghao – Singapore – $ 79,497.88

Open: WSOP #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER [ $5M GTD ]

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 bag the $ 1,000,000 champion’s purse. 9 of 15 entry flights have been completed.

Buy in: $ 1,500
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Cumulative Entries: 2,981
Cumulative Day 2 Qualifiers: 433
Remaining Flights: 6
Day 2: August 2 @ 18:30 UTC / August 3 @ 02:30 HKT
Final Table: August 9 @ 18:30 UTC / August 10 @ 02:30 HKT – Live broadcast cards face up on GGPoker.TV

Top 15 in chips

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WSOP #48 – $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER [ $5M GTD ] top15 in chips

Among the players through are Natural8 Team Hot Ambassadors Kosei Ichinose and Pete Chen, Team NLH Fedor Holz, Michael Addamo, Daniel Dvoress, Preben Stokkan, Mike McDonald, Jason Koon, Isaac Haxton, Kristen Bicknell, Alex Foxen, Martin Jacobson, Leon Tsoukernik, Shawn Buchanan, Simon Klas Lofberg, Juha Helppi, Rodrigo Dos Santos Caprioli “PAPAI_PIG”, Syngis Satubayev “somebodyelse”, Matthias Eibinger, Andras Nemeth, Yuri Dzivielevsk, Stephen O’Dwyer, Pablo Silva, Dario Sammartino, Roberto Romanello, Mike Leah, Simon Burns “Fireburns”, and Vincent Kwun Ngai Li “Peleus34”.


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 ]

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 @ 20:00 HKT


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 running until August 31. Alek Stasiak “astazz” won 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

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For players signed up on Natural8, expect generous promos for a more enjoyable and profitable WSOP experience. WSOP champions Shoma Ishikawa “pp_syon”  and Marcelo Jakovjlevic Pudla ” Marolo” already capitalized, each awarded one of the WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship packages. 42 chances left to be a winner!

WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship Packages

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

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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