2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Ravid Garbi “jerbi9999” denies Chris Moorman a second bracelet; Kunal Bhatia “Alex_52” wins 6 Handed Encore side event

The 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international leg ] wrapped up Day 24 crowning a new champion. Israel’s Ravid Garbi “jerbi9999” shipped the WSOP #58: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed Championship event after overcoming bracelet winner Chris Moorman. At the side events, India’s Kunal Bhatia scored a big one at the $ 2,500 6 Handed Encore. We’ve got those stories for you below.

For those just catching up to the greatest online poker festival in history, this segment of the series opened on July 19th on Natural8 – GG Network with 54 signature bracelets on the table. 26 have been captured and over $ 54.6 million paid out. The series runs until September 6th. Sign up on Natural8 to avail of fantastic promos and incentives.

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Currently running are entry flights to the WSOP #63: $500 Mini Main Event [ $5M GTD ]. Nearly 4,000 have entered across 5 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 ].

WSOP #58: $5K NLH 6 Handed Championship – Ravid Garbi – $ 531,519.19

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Ravid Garbi. Credit:

A moment to remember for Ravid Garbi “jerbi9999” who towered above 671 runners of the $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship event to capture his first ever WSOP bracelet. Garbi entered the final table at the bottom, won eight called shoves before defeating bracelet winner Chris Moorman at heads up. He shipped a career high score $ 531,519.19 and the $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package. Garbi moved up to 5th rank in the WSOP Player of the Series leaderboard.

WSOP 58 5K NLH 6 Handed Championship
WSOP #58 – $5K NLH 6 Handed Championship

Buy in: $ 5,000
Entries: 672
Prize pool: $ 3,192,000
ITM: 98 places
Running time: 9 hours and 24 minutes
*This currently holds the largest prize pool of the single day events.

Excluding today’s win, Ravid Garbi “jerbi9999” was already running well in the series. He finished deep in five events to add to his 3 WSOP cashes earned in previous years. Entering his first WSOP final table, the odds were stacked against him. Not only was he surrounded by seasoned pros, he was also the shortest in the count.

On the round was WSOPC ring winner Shyngis Satubayev “somebodyelse”, High Roller superstars Mikita Badziakouski, Preben Stokkan, and Ludovic Geilich “Gr4vyB04t”, and two bracelet winners Christopher Moorman and Hun Wei “Andy” Lee. For Moorman, he was on the hunt for a repeat having won this event back in 2017 while Lee – also a ring winner – won his first bracelet at the $ 1,050 Pot Limit Omaha event during the opening week of the online series. For Badziakouski, he hoped this would be his shining moment having reached 5 final tables at past WSOPE events and one final table at this series where he finished 2nd to Lev Gottlieb “LevMeAlone” at the $ 10K Short Deck Championship; like Badziakouski, USA’s Alan Schein “TheCockroach” and Satubayev were also on their second final table visit of the series.

The 6-Handed tournament became a 9-Handed final table after Francisco Benitez “VaPaCooler” busted in 10th place to Hun Wei Lee. Stokkan carried in the largest stack and close on his heels was Badziakouski.

WSOP 58 5K NLH 6 Handed Championship final table
WSOP #58 – $5K NLH 6 Handed Championship final table

It took roughly 50 minutes before the first elimination. Leading up to it, Badziakouski was the ATM machine, doubling up both Urmo Velvelt “PidrPan” and Moorman. This gave Velvelt the lead and would have soared further if not for a bad beat against Schein. Schein’s pocket eights improved to a set to survive Velvelt’s pocket Jacks. Four double ups followed, then on the fifth showdown, Schein lost it all to Velvelt. A few minutes later, Lee joined, then Badziakouski fell to Velvelt just after being crippled down to 1.5 bbs by Garbi with 8c8s besting 5s5h. Garbi claimed his first victim in Satubayev.

At five handed, chip leader Velvelt went on a shoving spree that led to Stokkan fully paid twice, Moorman once, and Ludovic Geilich “Gr4vyB04t” the boot. Velvelt continued to muscle the table much to the delight of Stokkan who doubled up twice again to grab the lead. However, Stokkan quickly lost some to the short stacked Garbi whose two pairs earned a full boost. For the first time at the final table, Garbi assumed leadership by railing Velvelt in 4th place then surged to a 2.5:1 advantage after emptying out Stokkan with AcAh dominating As7d.

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WSOP #58 – $5K NLH 6 Handed Championship – two pair for winner Garbi

Heads up was a ruthless tug of war. The shorter Moorman attacked relentlessly and successfully trimmed the gap, eventually taking the lead. On a board QcKhQh2hAs, Moorman shoved holding KcKs full house and after tanking, Garbi called with Qd2s lower full house. Two minutes after, Garbi answered back to reclaim it with a winning diamond flush. From there, he went on to victory with Kh8c dominating Qs10c on a dry board.

Final table payouts

1st Ravid Garbi “Jerbi9999” – Israel – $ 531,513.19 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd Christopher Moorman – UK – $ 398,393.20
3rd Preben Stokkan – Norway – $ 292,021.07
4th Urmo Velvelt “PidrPan” – Estonia – $ 214,050.73
5th Ludovic Geilich “Gr4vyB04t” – Ireland – $ 156,898.29
6th Shyngis Satubayev “somebodyelse” – Kazakhstan – $ 115,006.16
7th Mikita Badziakouski – Belarus – $ 84,299.12
8th Hun Wei Lee – Australia – $ 61,7990.73
9th Alan Schein “TheCockroach” – USA – $ 45,292.56

Up Next: WSOP #59: $2,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em

Buy in: $ 2,500
Date: August 12 @ 18:00 UTC / August 13 @ 02:00 HKT
Late registration: 210 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times
Starting stack: 50,000 (200x opening BB)
*$ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

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. Entry flights run daily. 5 of 13 have completed. Among the latest qualifiers were: Dario Sammartino, Paul Teoh, Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”, Alex Foxen, Daniel Smith, Yuri Dzivilelvski, Rainer Kempe, and Jack Salter.

Previous flight qualifiers were: Daniel Negreanu, Ryan Reiss, Erik Seidel, Pete Chen, TheMadQueen, Mike Leah, Rui Ferreira, Stephen Chidwick, Patrick Kennedy “Muddington”, Sam Razavi “JejuKingCrab”, and Aaron Wijaya “fishnchip”.

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 10 to 16
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Cumulative Entries: 3,955
Final Day qualifiers: 477
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 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 last stretch 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.

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 26 events.

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard – Top 10

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WSOP Player of the Series leaderboard current standing

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard [ Asia Time Zone Events ] – Top 10

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WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard [ Asia Time Zone Events ]


High Rollers Super MILLION$ $10K, $2M GTD – Artur Martirosian – $ 442,184.42

This week’s High Rollers Super MILLION$ $10K, $2M GTD drew 237 of the finest poker players worldwide. It was a two day affair with the final 9 back in action earlier today. In under two hours, it wrapped up with Russia’s Artur Martirosian shipping in all the chips and the $ 442,184.42 first prize.

Buy in: $ 10,000
Date: August 9 to 10
Guarantee: $ 2,000,000
Entries: 237
Prize pool: $ 2,298,900
ITM: 35 places

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High Rollers Super MILLION$ $10K, $2M final table

Final 9 payouts

1st Artur Martirosian – Russia – $ 442,184.42
2nd Chris Fitzgerald – Mexico – $ 329,586.62
3rd Biereux – Canada – $ 245,660.91
4th Rui Ferreira – Croatia – $ 183,106.00
5th Benjamin Rolle – Austria – $ 136,479.94
6th Roger Tondeur “SirRabbit2” – Morocco – 101,726.78
7th David Miscikowski – Mexico – $ 75823.23
8th Christopher Brewer – Canada – $ 56,515.69
9th Amichai Barer – Canada – $ 42,124.58


WSOP Side Event: $2,500 6 Handed Encore – Kunal Bhatia “Alex_52” – $ 99,906.26

Running alongside the bracelet event was another 6 handed event for the big guns though this one cost half the buy in and offered no bracelet. 216 contributed the $ 2,500 buy in to practically obliterate and more than double up the advertised guarantee. Just over seven hours, India’s Kunal Bhatia “Alex_52” took it to the finish line, railing Jonathan Van Fleet at heads up. This was another superb performance by Bhatia who reached the final table of 2 bracelet events, nearly capturing the gold in both with his 2nd and 3rd place finishes. For his side event victory today, Bhatia added $ 99,906.26 to his impressive scores.

WSOP Side Event 2500 6 Handed Encore
WSOP Side Event – $2,500 6 Handed Encore

Buy in: $ 2,500
Date: August 11
Guarantee: $ 200,000
Entries: 216
Prize pool: $ 513,000
ITM: 31 places
Running time: 7 hours and 8 minutes
Winner: Kunal Bhatia “Alex_52” – India – $ 99,906.26

Also in the money: Jonathan Van Fleet (2nd), Vicent Bosca Ramon (3rd), Alex Foxen 8th), Thai Ha (10th), Elio Fox (14th), Mikita Badziakouski (16th), Jake Schindler (21st), Jack Salter (22nd), and Martin Zamani (31st).

WSOP Side Event: $500 Deepstack 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 11
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 317
Prize pool: $ 150,575
ITM: 44 places
Winner: ExVang – Estonia – $ 24,369.73 (deal)
2nd nine songs – China – $ 25,060.65 (deal)

WSOP Side Event: $210 Bounty Starter

Buy in: $ 210
Date: August 11
Guarantee: $ 30,000
Entries: 228
Prize pool: $ 45,600
ITM: 31 places
Winner: TeufeurSoff – Luxembourg – $ 9,779.52

WSOP Side Event: $250 Double Stack

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WSOP Side Event – $250 Double Stack final table

Buy in: $ 250
Date: August 11
Guarantee: $ 150,000
Entries: 1,033
Prize pool: $ 237590
ITM: 152 places

WSOP Side Event: $125 Super Turbo 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 125
Date: August 11
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 593
Prize pool: $ 68,195
ITM: 89 places
Winner: Ben Farrelll – UK – $ 9,412.11 (deal)
2nd SEPOLAGUOD – Brazil – $ 8,541.34 (deal)
3rd havuuuuuc – Canada – $ 9,119.47 (deal)

WSOP Side Event: $52.50 Bounty Turbo

Buy in: $ 52.50
Date: August 11
Guarantee: $ 40,000
Entries: 975
Prize pool: $ 48,750
ITM: 134 places
Winner: SpaceInside – Russia – $ 6.958.48


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 ]


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. 30 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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