2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Stoyan Madanzhiev “Nirvana76” crowned 51st WSOP MAIN EVENT champion; Malikeh Sadat Jamali “Melirazavii” owned the gold at the Beat The Pros Bounty; final four bracelets up for grabs tonight

The hunt for the WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event champion is over with Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev “Nirvana76” emerging victorious after a six and half hour battle against 37 other contenders. For his incredible achievement, Madanzhiev claimed the massive $ 3,904,685.63 first prize and clasped his first ever WSOP championship bracelet. He also climbed into the top spot of the 2020 WSOP Online Player of the Series race.

At the WSOP #82: $ 1,050 Beat the Pros [ Bounty ] bracelet event, Iran’s Malikeh Sadat Jamali “Melirazavii” aka Melika Razavi crushed the final table to lock up her first gold bracelet and a career high $ 151,127.30. Jamali was the third female to win at the international series following Kristen Bicknell and Thi Truong “HoneyandTHI”. She was also the second player from Iran to ever bring home a gold.

After 49 days of 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international ] games taking place on Natural8 – GG Network, the grand festival has reached its final day. Running since July 19th, 50 champions have been crowned. Four bracelets remain. Registration is open on three of those events. We’ve provided all the info below. The WSOP #79: $25,000 Heads Up NLHE resumes with four players returning to slug it out for the title, the bracelet, and the hefty one million dollars.

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WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event – Stoyan Madanzhiev – $ 3,904,685.63

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Stoyan Madanzhiev. Credit:

The brand’s prestigious tournament drew a massive 5,802 entries across 23 entry flights for a record breaking $ 27,559,500 prize pool – the largest ever in online poker history. 38 players returned to action, each one seeking their first WSOP championship title. In the aftermath, it was the lone Bulgarian in the field, Stoyan Madanzhiev “Nirvana76”, who seized the glory, the $ 3,904,685.63 first prize, and the WSOP championship bracelet. Added in was a $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package.

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WSOP #77 – $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event

Like all the other WSOP Main Event champions, this was a life changing victory for Madanzhiev who prior to this event had no wins to boast of. Based on The Hendon Mob, he only had $ 31,268 in winnings and no WSOP live cashes. Today, he is a multimillionaire.

Madanzhiev wasn’t the only player to pocket seven figures. Three players were guaranteed over a million dollars as well. Runner up Chinese pro Wenling Gao “HappyDX” (2nd) who won her seat to the Main Event via $ 500 Mega Satellite earned $ 2,748,605.39, USA”s Tyler Rueger “BeatMeater” (3rd) pocketed $ 1,928,886.64, and New Zealand’s Thomas Ward “readytoship” (4th) took home $ 1,353,634.44. Like the champion, all of them banked their single largest tournament score.

Over at the Natural8 players section, three of the seven reached the final table, Satoshi Isomae (5th), Team NLG pro Stefan Schillhabel “Schilli33” (7th), and Samuel Taylor “WhyEsEl” (9th). Benjamin Rolle came close, exiting in 11th place.

For all the remaining bracelet holders hoping to add a second to the chest, their time at the felt was rough. Bryan Piccioli “smbdySUCKme” who entered as chip leader, went deepest in 23rd place. Michael Lech “MiguelFiesta” busted 31st, Jonas Lauck “rddkpp1” out 34th, and Arkadiy Tsinis “Kamsky” one of the earliest in 37th place.

Buy in: $ 5,000
Guarantee: $ 25,000,000
Entry flights: 23 completed
Total Entries: 5,802
Prize pool: $ 27,559.500
ITM: 728 places
Final Day: 38 players
Running time: 6 hours and 39 minutes

Recapping Madanzhiev’s road to victory, he gained momentum when he caught a lucky flush with KsQh on a board Kh9h4h3hAd to oust Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Phachara Wongwichit in 27th place. Following that bust, he railed another Natural8 player, Martin Arce “colinchow” (25th) then Manuel Saavedra {24th). All three players were failed by Ace-King.

After knocking out Julian Stuer “DanBiz” (22nd), Madanzhiev won a big pot against Samuel Vousden with Kc8d flush on a board Ad3c9c8cJc to dust As3s two pair. He proceeded to deny England’s Craig Timmis in 13th place with pocket Kings dominating pocket sevens, and stacked up further by railing Vousden (12th) and Mariano Martiradonna “TiroGiro” (10th). Madanzhiev entered the final table trailing chip leader Tyler Rueger by a narrow margin.

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WSOP #77 – $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event. final table

The final table action was dominated by three players, Rueger, Madanzhiev, and Wenling Gao. The trio eventually faced off after Gao eliminated New Zealand’s Thomas Ward in 4th place. This was Gao’s third victim of the final day with pocket sevens dominating pocket sixes. After numerous orbits, Gao railed Rueger in 3rd place with pocket Kings staying ahead of Ace-Queen. She entered heads up against Madanzhiev on a slight chip deficit.

Despite Gao’s hard jabs, it was a tough battle against the leader. Madanzhiev grinded down the aggressive Gao with raises and three-bets to collect a succession of big pots. When the gap widened to nearly 3:1, the final hand arrived. Gao’s Aces were cracked by Madanzhiev’s straight with the all in seen at the river.

Final Table payouts

1st Stoyan Madanzhiev “Nirvana76” – Bulgaria $ 3,904,685.63 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd Wenling Gao “HappyDX” – China – $ 2,748,605.39
3rd Tyler Rueger “BeatMeater” – USA – $ 1,928,886.64
4th Thomas Ward “readytoship” – New Zealand – $ 1,353,634.44
5th Satoshi Isomae – Japan – $ 949,937.38
6th Joao Santos “Petronio” – Brazil – $ 666,636.74
7th Stefan Schillhabel “Schilli33”- Germany – $ 467,825.26
8th Tyler Cornell “TheRayGuy” – USA – $ 328,305.29
9th Samuel Taylor “WhyEsEl” – USA – $ 230,394.66

WSOP #82: $ 1,050 Beat the Pros [ Bounty ] – Malikeh Jamali “Melirazavii” – $ 151,127.30

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Malikeh Jamali. Credit: 888 Live

2,024 head hunters came out for the WSOP #82: $ 1,050 Beat the Pros [ Bounty ] tournament to generate a $ 2,024,000 prize pool. As added bonus, any player that busts highlighted in Blue (Sponsored Pro), Purple (Streamer), or Yellow (Influencer), the winning player is rewarded with a seat to the $ 10K Beat the Pros Winners Freeroll taking place on September 12 at 18:00 UTC / September 13 02:00 HKT. The last of the pros to fall was Daniel Negreanu (173rd), of the influencers it was Juan Marconi (40th), and of the streamers was “mufengpoker” in 15th place. 

Half past the thirteenth hour of play, Iran’s Malikeh Sadat Jamali “Melirazavii” aka Melika Razavi defeated American pro / ring holder Dylan Linde “mexcal” to lock up her first WSOP bracelet and a career high score $ 151,127.30. Jamali joins Amir Vahedi as the only other Iranian to win a series gold. 

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Winning hand

Entering the final table, Jamali’s poker portfolio clearly took a back seat to most of the players virtually seated. Famous pro Elio Fox was looking to score a third bracelet, Canadian pro Michael Leah hoped for a second, Martin Zamani and Dylan Linde “mexcal” were circuit ring winners, Andre Difelice “ubermensch1” was on his 11th cash this series, and high stakes online grinder Peter Chien “BIG CHI”, on his 14th cash, had the chip lead. With no prior WSOP live cashes, Jamali and Vadim Stoyanov “Danis_Love” were the only two players seeking their second ever series payout. 

Buy in: $ 1,050
Entries: 2,024
Prize pool: $ 2,024,000
ITM: 296 places
Running time: 13 hours and 30 minutes

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Final table

The final table ran for three hours. During the time, Jamali eliminated three players with Stoyanov (9th) as her first victim. This immediately gave her the chip lead. Linde emptied out Fox (8th) with KdKh over Ac9c. After Chien crashed out in 7th to Difelice, Jamali dusted Leah (6th) then half an hour later, she gobbled up Zamani’s chips (5h) with pocket nines turned quads. Difelice claimed his second head in Leonid Yanovski (4th) to bring about the three-handed round.

To describe the round, it was loaded with aggression as players threw everything at each other. This led to big pots shuffled around the table that ended with Difelice falling to Linde with off suited Ace-Six running into pocket kings. Heads up lasted a lengthy forty minutes with Jamail ahead 2:1. Twenty five minutes in, Linde caught up after Jamali bet-folded to a shove on the hand below. 

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Jamali went back on the grind and quickly reclaimed the chip lead. From there, Linde struggled to win pots as the gap between them widened. The final hand arrived with Jamali pushing on the river holding Kd4c full house on a board KcKs3c5h4h. Linde tank-called for all his chips with Qd3c two pair. Jamali’s win makes her the third female champion this series. 

Final table payouts

1st Malikeh Sadat Jamali “Melirazavii” – Iran – $ 151,127.30
2nd Dylan Linde “mexcal” – USA – $ 108,660.76
3rd Andre Difelice “ubermensch1” – Canada – $ 78,128.01
4th Leonid Yanovski – Israel – $ 56,174.60
5th Martin Zamani – Luxembourg – $ 40,490.03
6th Michael Leah – Canada – $ 29,040.75
7th Peter Chien “BIG CHI” – Canada – $ 20,880.49
8th Elio Fox – USA – $ 15,013.22
9th Vadim Stoyanov “Danis_Love” – Russia – $ 10,794.59

Open and Finals tonight: WSOP #84: $100 WSOP MILLIONS [ $2M GTD ]

If you haven’t heard yet, the WSOP #84: $100 WSOP MILLIONS [ $2M GTD ] budget bracelet event prize pool is now over $ 2.6 million. That number will increase further with two more flights to cover before the Final Day race which gets rolling at September 6 @ 18:30 UTC / September 7 @ 02:30 HKT. Currently 3,000 players will see a profit with $ 246.6K up top.

3,239 players have already secured their spot in the finals. Canada’s “potamophobia” stole the top spot with a towering 223.7 BB stacked at Flight P. Germany’s “MonsterMan” and China’s Movie_King both dropped down one spot. Among the new qualifiers were Alex Papazian, Jinho Hong, Ho Bao Qiang “Yummers19”, and Natural8 Team NLG pros Manig Loeser and Niall Farrell.

Buy in: $ 100
Guarantee: $ 2,000,000
Entry Dates: August 31 to September 6
Entry Flights: 2 remaining
Cumulative Entries: 28,670
Cumulative Prize Pool: $ 2,638,100
Final Day qualifiers: 3,239
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Top 15 in chips

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WSOP #84 – $100 WSOP MILLIONS [ $2M GTD ] top15 in chips

Other players through to Final Day were online international series bracelet winners Anson Yan Shing Tsang “Tara@0z”, Paul Teoh, Yuri Dzivielevski, Patrick Kennedy “Muddington”, Enrico Camosci “GTOExploiter”, and Trygve Leite “FullSendWig”; Natural8 Team Hot Ambassadors Thai Ha, Pete Chen, and Henri Buehler; Asian circuit players Abhinav Iyer “OBellaCiao”, Terry Nguyen “Terryboom”, Dhaval Mudgal “Toblerone27”, Harry Duong, Guo Dong, Chi Chung Ho “chipuker”, Michael Kim Falcon “DirtyDuck”, and Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association owner David Tai.

Tonight: 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
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Tonight: WSOP #85: $500 The Closer [ LAST CHANCE ]

Buy in: $ 500
Date: September 6 @ 20:00 UTC / September 7 @ 04:00 HKT
Late registration: 120 minutes
Re-entries: unlimited
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Resumes tonight: WSOP #79: $25,000 Heads Up NLHE – 4 players remaining

On Tuesday, the high roller shootout event WSOP #79: $25,000 Heads Up NLHE drew 127 players to build a massive prize pool worth $ 3,111,500. It took over ten hours to reach the final 4 players. The race resumes tonight for the title, the WSOP signature gold, the $ 1,077,025 plus, and the added $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package. Here’s how they will match up. (Bracket pic courtesy of

The Semi-Final Bracket

Buy in: $ 25,000
Entries: 127
Prize pool: $ 3,111,500
ITM: 8 places
Running time: 8 hours and 55 minutes
Semi Finals: September 5 @ 18:00 UTC / September 6 @ 02:00 HKT
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place


1st $ 1,077,025 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd $ 622,300
3rd – 4th $ 311,150
5th Jason McConnon – UK – $ 194,468.75
6th Justin Bonomo – USA – $ 194,468.75
7th Stuart Wallensteen – Canada – $ 194,468.75
8th Aaron Van Blarcum – USA – $ 194,468.75


WSOP Side Event: $10,000 High Roller – Amchai Barer – $ 167,863.19

Canadian pro Amichai Barer may not have cashed at the bracelet events but his stats are still to be envied. Barer has won five of the network’s High Roller events since mid July, placed 2nd at another, then last night he was awarded the win at the $ 10,000 High Roller side event after a heads up deal with Sergi Reixach. The $ 167,863 payout was his largest score yet. Reixach also pocketed his largest score this series of $ 156,249.

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WSOP Side Event – $10,000 High Roller final table

Buy in: $ 10,000
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 500,000
Entries: 66
Prize pool: $ 640,200
ITM: 8 places
Winner: Amichai Barer – Canada – $ 167,863.19 (heads up deal)
2nd Sergi Reixach – Spain – $ 156,249.87 (heads up deal)

WSOP Side Event: $2,500 Deepstack Turbo – Artur Martirosian – $ 51,782.40

After winning the network’s High Roller Super MILLION$ last month, Artur Martirosian blanked out on the series events however last night the Russian pro was back and straight into the spotlight. Martirosian won the $ 2,500 Deepstack Turbo, eliminating both Ryan Riess (3rd) and Timothy Adams (2nd) to ship his first series side event and the $ 51,782.40 first prize.

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WSOP Side Event – $2,500 Deepstack Turbo

Buy in: $ 2,500
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 150,000
Entries: 92
Prize pool: $ 218,500
ITM: 13 places
Winner: Artur Martirosian – Russia – $ 51,782.40
2nd Timothy Adams – Canada – $ 39,216.13
3rd Ryan Riess – USA – $ 29,699.41

WSOP Side Event: $1,260 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed – Sami Kelopuro – $ 47,214.27

Three nights prior, Finland pro Sami Kelopuro reached the final table of WSOP #81: $ 1,050 NLHE Bounty Six Handed [ Spin the Wheel ] finishing 5th for $ 47.8K. Since then, Kelopuro has been on the rise with a runner up finish on the following night’s $ 2,500 Deepstack Turbo side event for $ 33K. Then last night, two more side event scores, 5th place at the $10K High Roller for $ 54,209 and a victory at the $ 1,200 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed for $ 47,214.27. Kelopuro collected a combined $ 182.2K.

Buy in: $ 1,260
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 75,000
Entries: 179
Prize pool: $ 214,800
ITM: 26 places
Winner: Sami Kelopuro – Finland – $ 47,214.27
2nd Ronalauc – Ireland – $ 27,339.23
3rd SickPapa – Estonia – $ 19,043.23
4th Arie Muller – Germany – $ 13,706.09

WSOP Side Event: $400 FORTY STACK

Buy in: $ 400
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 250,000
Entries: 940
Prize pool: $ 353,440
ITM: 134 places
Winner: HarryElSucio – Uruguay – $ 49,469.91 (heads up deal)
2nd golubici – Luxembourg – $ 50,903.48 (heads up deal)

WSOP Side Event: $800 Marathon – Upswinger – $ 85,280

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WSOP Side Event – $800 Marathon

The past five days have been very profitable for India’s Upswinger with three strong finishes at the series side events. Fresh off 2nd and 3rd place berths, the hard work paid off last night with a second bullet turning into a victory and an $ 85,280 high score at the $ 800 Marathon. For 2nd placer Martin Gierse “Rudi Ratlos” it was another good pick up after his win at the $ 10K High Roller.

Buy in: $ 800
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 300,000
Entries: 659
Prize pool: $ 500,840
ITM: 98 places
Winner: Upswinger – India – $ 85,280
2nd Martin Gierse “Rudi Ratlos” – Germany – $ 62,509.79

WSOP Side Event: $210 Bounty King

Buy in: $ 210
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 75,000
Entries: 479
Prize pool: $ 95,800
ITM: 71 places
Winner: cubecom – Germany – $ 14,800.88
2nd zagala – UK – $ 8,972.66

WSOP Side Event: $126 Super Turbo Bounty 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 126
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 60,000
Entries: 691
Prize pool: $ 82,920
ITM: 98 places
Winner: blufferbaba – India – $ 13,783.33

WSOP Side Event: $50 Double Stack – ETHOS – Canada – $ 8,457.54

Canadian player ETHOS is a newcomer to the network and impressively has already captured a win on just the third event entered. ETHOS triumphed at the first side event of Day 49, outlasting the 1,127 runners of the $ 50 Double Stack for a cool $ 8,457.54 starting bankroll. For 2nd place, the $ 6,136.92 payout was the largest of all side event cashes collected by “JustWannaWin” this series.

Buy in: $ 50
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 1,127
Prize pool: $
ITM: 152 places
Winner: ETHOS – Canada – $ 8,457.54
2nd JustWannaWin – Mexico – $ 6,136.92

WSOP Side Event: GGMasters Edition Daily $25

Buy in: $ 25
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 2,091
Prize pool: $ 50,000
ITM: 341 places
Winner: playandpray – Brazil – $ 7,471.16
2nd MrMc – Albania – $ 5,325.05

WSOP Side Event: $75 Six Handed

Buy in: $ 75
Date: September 5
Guarantee: $ 60,000
Entries: 887
Prize pool: $ 61,203
ITM: 116 places
Winner: Franjo – Albania – $ 10,296.98

Update: WSOP Online Leaderboard – Top 10

Changing of the guard at the WSOP 2020 Online Player of the Series race with WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event champion, Stoyan Madanzhiev “Nirvana76”, catapulting to the top. Madanzhiev is over 3,000 points ahead of Germany’s Christian Rudolph. The final events will determine if that lead will hold or be toppled. Only three bracelet events remain to rack up points.

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WSOP Player of the Series leaderboard current standings

Natural8 – WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship Packages

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Eight Natural8 WSOP Online champions have already won a Team Bling Sponsorship package: Luis Assuncao Garla “Xapilskinha”, Daniel Dvoress, Hun Wei Lee, Teoh Ming Juen “Paul Teoh”,  Shoma Ishikawa “pp_syon”, Marcelo Jakovjlevic Pudla “Marolo”, Anson Yan Shing Tsang “Tara@0z”, and Thi Truong “HoneyandTHI”. Sign up on Natural8, win a bracelet event, and be part of the team! Last three chances happens tonight!

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)

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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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