2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Second bracelet for Yuri Dzivielevski; Ranno Sootla & Sung Joo Hyun capture first WSOP title

Golden celebrations on Day 14 of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online as another three signature bracelets found its champions. Going the distance were Ranno Sootla “RukKuRuku”, Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”, and Yuri Dzivielevski for his second WSOP title. Recaps below include updates on tonight’s bracelet games. The $ 1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER has already breached its $ 5 million guarantee. Two entry flights remain with the pot currently over $ 6.7 million.

Up until yesterday, the 2020 WSOP Online series was running on two platforms. From July 1 to 31 was the USA leg on – exclusively for players geo-located in Nevada and New Jersey. All 31 gold bracelets have now been claimed. Make sure to check our recaps on all the winners.

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For international players, the series got underway on July 19 at Natural8 – GG Network and will run until September 6. Up for grabs are 54 bracelets of which 15 have been captured and over $ 27.3 million paid out. Open events and highlight events still to come are listed below which includes the HK$ 8,000 No Limit Hold’em Asia Championship [ HK$ 8M GTD ] and the prestigious $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25 Million GTD ].

WSOP #41: $400 COLOSSUS – Ranno Sootla – $ 595,930

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Ranno Sootla – Photo

The final nine players of the $ 400 COLOSSUS event returned to action and after a very fast hour and a half battle, Ranno Sootla “RukKuRuku” seized the glory for his first ever WSOP title. This was also the first  ever bracelet for Estonia. Sootla denied the head slashing Paraskevas Tsokaridis “Cantaloupe7” to ship a multitude of prizes – the $ 595,930 champion’s purse, the added $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket, and of course the WSOP signature gold bracelet. Sootla moved to top rank in the WSOP Player of the Series race.

WSOP #41 – $400 COLOSSUS

Prior to his victory, Sootla had only cashed twice at the WSOP and three times at the ongoing international online series. In 2018, Sootla missed the gold by one spot at the WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Bounty event, however, he did capture his first six figure score of $ 168,464. Based on The Hendon Mob, Sootla has accumulated nearly $ 614K in live earnings since 2013 and is ranked 3rd in Estonia’s All Time Money List. For his incredible win today, it brought him over $ 1.2 million in known winnings.

Buy in: $ 400
Game: No Limit Hold’em
Guarantee: $ 3,000,000
Total Entries: 12,757
Total Day 2 Qualifiers: 1,946 players
Total Prize Pool: $ 4,796,632
ITM: 1,575
Running time: 1:30 (final table)

The COLOSSUS event drew 12,575 across 14 entry flights for a smashing $ 4,796.632 prize pool. 1,946 qualified for Day 2, which played down to the final table. Leading in chips was Arunas Sapitavicius “AngryGoose”. Among the finalists were three players – Finland pro Joni Jouhkimainen, Ajay Chabra, and Sootla – seeking redemption after missing the mark by one spot on a previous deep run. Tom Delaine “Pik00rs” was on his second final table appearance of the series hoping to further his 6th place finish.

Final 9 Players

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WSOP #41 – $400 COLOSSUS final table

When the game resumed, action was dominated by Paraskevas Tsokaridis “Cantaloupe7”. On the opening hand, Tsokaridis quickly booted the desperate Ajay Chabra “Ross_Geller” (9th). This was the first of four busts delivered by Tsokaridis. After the fall of Lai Sisheng “fisherman90” (8th), Delaine was out next and though he didn’t improve on his previous finish, it did award him his largest career score.

Knockouts continued with Tsokaridis claiming his second victim in Agate Ose “bonerjamz69” (6th place) then a third in Sapitavicius (5th). By this stage, Tsokaridis built up an overwhelmingly large stack. Jouhkimainen trimmed the field by railing short stacked Andre Felipe De Medeiros Figueiredo “hwilson22” in 4th place.

Three-handed witnessed the rise of Sootla. He doubled up through Tsokaridis then won a couple of big pots against both opponents. Tsokaridis reclaimed some of the lost chips by finishing off Jouhkimainen in 3rd place. When heads up began, Tsokaridis was way up but lost steam as Sootla pressured, leading to a changing of the guard. From there, it was tug of war for the top spot. Sootla scored a game changer on a river overbet with a flush called by Tsokaridis holding mid pair. Sootla had 9d5d to Tsokaridis’s Qc7d on a board 2d8dQdAsKs.

Final table payouts

1st Ranno Sootla “RukKuRuku” – Estonia – $ 595,930 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket
2nd Paraskevas Tsokaridis “Cantaloupe7” – Greece – $ 433,345.96
3rd Joni Jouhkimainen – Finland – $ 308,904.53
4th Andre Felipe De Medeiros Figueiredo “hwilson22” – Brazil – $ 220,198.02
5th Arunas Sapitavicius “AngryGoose” – Lithuania – $ 156,964.98
6th Agate Ose “bonerjamz69” – Austria – $ 111,890.55
7th Tom Delaine “Pik00rs” – Malta – $ 79,759.83
8th Lai Sisheng “fisherman90” – Singapore – $ 56,855.91
9th Ajay Chabra “Ross_Geller” – Canada – $ 40,529.14

WSOP #42: $400 PLOSSUS [ $1M GTD ] – Yuri Dzivielevski – $ 221,556.78

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Yuri Dzivielevski – Photo partypoker

The next resuming event was the WSOP #42: PLOSSUS [ $1M GTD ] with 9 players back on the virtual hunt for the golden dream. While several already had numerous WSOP cashes, only Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski had a bracelet to boast of. After four hours of play, Dzivielevski denied everyone’s hopes, locking up his second WSOP gold along with the $ 221,556.78 first prize and $15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket. He also moved up to second rank in the WSOP Player of the Series leaderboard.

WSOP #42 – $400 PLOSSUS

Since 2010, Yuri Dzivielevski has accumulated over $ 1.2 million in live earnings as recorded on The Hendon Mob. That figure includes 22 WSOP cashes, of which one was a victory in 2019 at the $ 2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better for $ 213,750. He improved on that score at the Main Event finishing deep in 28th place for $ 261,430 – his largest live tournament cash to date.

Returning to the series this year, Dzivielevski seemed unaffected by the change of venue. He continued his strong performance. Prior to this victory, out of the 14 completed events, Dzivielevski cashed in five of which one was a 6th place finish. Today, he became the second player to clasp a second career bracelet with Juha Helppi being the first.

Buy in: $ 400
Game: Pot Limit Omaha
Guarantee: $ 1,000,000
Total Entries: 4,356
Total Day 2 Qualifiers: 642 players
Total Prize Pool: $ 1,637,856
ITM: 548 places
Running time: 4:05 (final table)

The WSOP #42: $400 PLOSSUS [ $1M GTD ] drew 4,356 entries across 15 entry flights for a prize pool of $ 1,637,856. Only 642 qualified into Day 2. Portions of the pot flowed starting at 548th place with the biggest cuts determined today. Apart from Dzivielevski seeking his second gold, Dustin Dirksen “JohnSmiley” and Matthew Silas Vengrin “DNSFD” were hoping this would be the event where they scored the shine having missed the mark by one spot in previous attempts. Chad Layne “ThefastLayne” was another strong contender with the most WSOP cashes totaling to 48. His stats include 4 runner up finishes at the WSOP Circuit.

Final 9 Players

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WSOP #42 – $400 PLOSSUS [ $1M GTD ] final table

Final table action opened with chip leader Yuri Dzivielevski muscling the table with his big stack. This led to short stacked Juan Perez “Darth Vador” doubling up twice off him to move second ranked Gabi Livshitz “kidrurim” into the top spot. The lead didn’t last however with Samuel Bernabeu “vivaegipto” landing a double up off Livshitz. Livshitz recovered by bumping out Markus Michael Cara “Phil Kessel” in 9th place.

Next shove called hands, Matthew Silas Vengrin “DNSFD” doubled up off Dustin Dirksen “JohnSmiley” then the ailing Dirksen lost the rest to Tautvydas Jokubauskas “GuliGul”. Jokubauskas continued to climb, earning a full boost off Livshitz. Before the next player fell, Dzivielevski muscled the table again resulting in his stack fluctuating until he railed Chad Layne in 7th place to create a substantial lead over the rest. Perez was out next with Livshitz capitalizing, then Jokubauskas increased to second rank after railing Bernabeu (5th).

Four handed saw Dzivielevski drop as Livshitz and Jokubauskas took turns claiming the high seat. When Jokubauskas killed Livshitz’s fire, Jokubauskas amassed a big lead over Vengrin and Dzivielevski. However, the lead was volatile. Vengrin shaved some on a double up then Dzivielevski won two pots to take an even larger chunk and regain the lead. Unable to weather the attacks, Jokubauskas fell in 3rd place.

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WSOP #42 – $400 PLOSSUS [ $1M GTD ] – full house for winner Dzivielevski

Heads up was very lopsided with Dzivielevski ahead 44 bbs to Vengrin’s 10 bbs. Vengrin doubled up once but on the next shove, he was out in 2nd place missing the mark by one spot again.

Final table payouts

1st Yuri Dzivielevski – Brazil – $ 221,556.78 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket
2nd Matthew Silas Vengrin “DNSFD” – Mexico – $ 165,147.14
3rd Tautvydas Jokubauskas “GuliGul” – Argentina – $ 116,776.51
4th Gabi Livshitz “kidrurim” – israel – $ 82,573.32
5th Samuel Bernabeu “vivaegipto” – Mexico – $ 58,388.09
6th Juan Perez “Darth Vador” – Mexico – $ 41,286.58
7th Chad Layne “ThefastLayne” – Mexico – $ 29,193.96
8th Dustin Dirksen “JohnSmiley” – Mexico – $ 20,643.04
9th Markus Michael Cara “Phil Kessel”- Canada – $ 14,596.73

WSOP #46: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ] – Sung Joo Hyun – $ 161,898.19

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Sung Joo Hyun – Photo

The WSOP #46: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ] was the third of nine ASIA TIME ZONE events on offer. The event attracted 2,307 for a prize pool spilling over a million bucks. It took a smidge over 11 hours to find its champion with Korea’s Sun Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV” lifting his first ever WSOP gold and the $ 161,898.19 first prize. Hyun joins Sejin Park and Sean Yu with one bracelet each for Korea.

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WSOP #46 – $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ]

Sung Joo Hyun may not have an extensive list of live tournament earnings but one of his cashes was most commendable. In 2018, Hyun ran very deep at the WSOP finishing 4th at the $ 1,111 The Little One for One Drop. This earned him his first six figure payout of $ 189,098. Another hefty score was at the Zynga Poker WPT500 in June 2019 taking 3rd for $ 75,000.

Buy in: $ 500
Entries: 2,307
Prize pool: $ 1,095,825
ITM: 332 places
Running time: 11:05

Recapping the action, the final table was formed at the fall of PokerSamurai to Hyun with AsKs unable to improve against 4d4h. Five minutes in, three-way shove led to the rise of Jeffrey Mallach “hockeysyrup” and the fall of Yesha Punjabi “Iconic”. Wei Zhao “dugui777” was also in the hand. He met his end shortly after at the hands of Hyun.

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Several double ups followed as chips moved around the virtual felt. Mallach claimed a second victim in Jens Kerper “el_gazapo” to take the lead. Next two players drained were Che Li Lin and Yu Du, both falling to Nikita Kuznetsov “VSMPZD”. As quick as it came, it was taken. Kuznetsov suffered two costly hits, first to Yiduo Yu then a larger one against Mallach. On a board 2s7c10sKh3c, Mallach shoved on the river with 7d7h set, Kuznetsov tanked for three minutes before calling with a lesser Kd10d two pair. Ten minutes later, Kuznetsov busted to Yiduo Yu in 4th place pushing with Ace-two off that failed to improve against pocket Queens.

Next shove was a nasty cooler between Yiduo Yu and Mallach that sent the latter plummeting. Yiduo had KsKc, Mallach AhAd, the cards landed Js7c9s3s10s for a winning flush and a double up to Yiduo. Mallach eventually finished in 3rd place with Yiduo cleaning him out.

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WSOP #46 – $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ] top pair wins the final pot for winner Hyun
Heads up began with Yiduo and Hyun fairly even in stacks. After several exchanges, Hyun tank-called a river shove by chip leader Yiduo. Yiduo was bluffing to award Hyun an 8:1 chip advantage (hand above). From there, Yiduo continued to fall, losing another pot with trips over two pair. Hyun nailed it shut to win his first WSOP gold band.

Final table payouts

1st Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV” – China – $ 161,898.19
2nd Yiduo Yu “Tr1pTripM” – China – $ 116,404.99
3rd Jeffrey Mallach “hockeysyrup” – Canada – $ 83,696.15
4th Nikita Kuznetsov “VSMPZD” – Russia – $ 60,178.32
5th Yu Du “kris16” – Thailand – $ 43,268.75
6th Che Li Lin “32bo” – Taiwan – $ 31,110.69
7th Jens Kerper “el_gazapo” – Germany – $ 22,368.85
8th Wei Zhao “dugui777” – China – $ 16,083.53
9th Yesha Punjabi “Iconic” – New Zealand – $ 11,564.24

Points earned here was reflected in the overall WSOP Player of the Series race and towards the WSOP Asia Player of the Series race.

Notable players in the money: Dario Sammartino (26th), Natural8 Team Hot Ambassador Niklas Ehrenholz “NIkkyMouse” (71st), Joao Vieira (121st), Juan Pardo Dominguez (182nd), and Brenardo Dias “GGeKKo” (217th).

Up Next: WSOP #47: $1,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship [ Asia ]

This is the next ASIA TIME ZONE event offered for the weekend. Once again, 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: $ 1,000
Date: August 2 @ 20:00 HKT
Late registration: 180 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times

Up next: WSOP $49: $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 2 @ 20:00 UTC / August 3 @ 04:00 HKT
Late registration: 100 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times
* $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

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

GUARANTEE DUSTED! 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 eager to bag the guaranteed seven figure champion’s purse. After 13 entry flights, this year’s edition has drawn 4,750 cumulative entries. Initial offering of $ 5 Million is now a thing of the past. The prize pool is over $ 6.7 million which is expected to further increase with two entry flights to go. Players will be very thrilled to know that the money up top has also fattened up. Eventual champion is guaranteed to pocket a minimum of $ 1.2 Million.

Buy in: $ 1,500
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Cumulative Entries: 4,750
Cumulative Day 2 Qualifiers: 733
Cumulative Prize Pool: $ 6,768,750
Remaining Flights: 2
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 top15 in chips

Among the players through to Day 2 are Natural8 Team Hot Ambassadors Kosei Ichinose and Pete Chen, Team NLH Fedor Holz, Michael Addamo, Kristen Bicknell, Alex Foxen, Daniel Dvoress, Preben Stokkan, Mike McDonald, Jason Koon, Isaac Haxton, Martin Jacobson, Jacob Schindler, Leon Tsoukernik, Simon Klas Lofberg, Juha Helppi, Matthias Eibinger, Andras Nemeth, Yuri Dzivielevski, Stephen O’Dwyer, Dario Sammartino, Roberto Romanello, Mike Leah, Simon Burns “Fireburns”, and Vincent Kwun Ngai Li “Peleus34”.

Last night, $10K Short Deck No Limit Hold’em champion Lev Gottlieb ”LevMeAlone” qualified with a stack that placed him in 2nd rank overall. Series two time finalist Belarmino De Souza “Iseey0urcard” also pulled through along with Sammy Farha, Dan Smith, and GGPoker Ambassador Felipe Ramos.


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.

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 standing

Natural8 Promos

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. 39 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 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.

First deposit rules

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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