2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: First career win for Toby Joyce “shinerrr” at the $800 Pot Limit Omaha; Connor Drinan and “Fall Oh Gutz” among side winners

Ireland’s Toby Joyce “shinerrr” became the newest bracelet winner of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international ]. Joyce took down the WSOP #66: $800 Pot Limit Omaha event for his first ever career title. Read about his triumph via our recap below. Also victorious on Day 32 were side winners that included Connor Drinan and Fall Oh Gutz.

Next chance at a gold is at the WSOP #67: $500 Limit Hold’em event underway on August 21 @ 02:00 HKT. Following is the WSOP #68: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ] event. This is one of the last three Asia Time Zone events to rack up points toward the WSOP Asia Player of the Series race. Flights for the WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ] and WSOP #71: BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ] are also ongoing.

The 2020 WSOP Online [ international ] opened July 19th on Natural8 – GG Network. Since then, 35 bracelets have been claimed and a cumulative $ 74 million paid out. 19 bracelets remain. The series runs until September 6th. For first timers, make sure to sign up on Natural8 to avail of their fantastic promos and incentives.

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WSOP #66: $800 Pot Limit Omaha – Toby Joyce “shinerrr” – $ 139,452.91

Toby Joyce. Credit. World Poker Tour
Toby Joyce. Credit: World Poker Tour

After 24 WSOP cashes throughout his career, plus 10 more at the ongoing WSOP Online [ international ], Ireland’s Toby Joyce “shinerrr” finally reached his first WSOP final table at the $800 Pot Limit Omaha event then went on to close it out. Firing three bullets, Joyce captured the elusive gold bracelet, a WSOP high $ 139,452.91, and a $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package. This was his first ever career title.

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WSOP #66 – $800 Pot Limit Omaha

Prior to his golden win, Joyce’s strong performance at the online series was already the makings of a champion. His first cash was at WSOP #35: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship where he finished in 13th place for $ 20,872. From there, he went on to collect at 9 other events of which three were also PLO events. It seemed it was only a matter before he would ship it.

Aside from his impressive run at the series, back in December 2019 Joyce turned an overnight millionaire after he pocketed his largest score to date of $ 1,120,040 for runner-up at the WPT Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 No Limit Hold’em event in Las Vegas.

Buy in: $ 800
Entries: 1,281
Prize pool: $ 973,560
ITM: 188 places
Running time: 12 hours and 34 minutes

Recapping the race, it took over three hours of final table play before Joyce emerged victorious. Mark Herm “Beanboozled” brought in the largest stack and was also littered with WSOP experience with 32 WSOP (live) cashes under his belt of which three were 3rd place finishes. Looking to improve on it, Herm did so by eventually taking 2nd place. Ruslan Nazarenko “zverrmvp” was also on the round. He was on his second final table visit, finishing 7th at WSOP #51: $400 Pot Limit Omaha. Like Herm, Nazarenko also improved on it, finishing 5th for a career high score.

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WSOP #66 – $800 Pot Limit Omaha final table

Within the first half hour, the two shortest stacked – Wilder Brito (9th) and Rahul Gupta “sabertooth35” (8th) – bowed out in succession. Seven handed was to be the longest round running for an hour and 25 minutes until Maksim Fomin “MAX FOMIN” eliminated Grzegorz Derkowski “CUatRhinosLV” (7th). Minutes after, Fomin did the same to Giorgiy Skhulukhiya “NINASKH” (6th) and to Nazarenko (5th). Out in 4th place was Jonas Kronwitter “deucesup” who first doubled up off Fomin before falling to Herm.

Three-handed brought on plenty of heavy action. Herm was still chip leader with a massive stack of over half the chips in play. Even after Joyce won a big pot off the leader, it only slightly dented Herm’s stack. However, Herm’s losses began to pile up with Fomin capitalizing on three big pots to take the lead. From there, leadership switched between Fomin and Herm until the latter chunked down Joyce to once again amass over half the chips in play. Joyce recovered by banking two double ups off Herm then proceeded to empty out Fomin. It was all in at the flop (hand below). Joyce rivered trips to overtake two pair. Fomin departed in 3rd place with his largest career cash and his deepest WSOP finish.

WSOP 66 800 Pot Limit Omaha set of 9s for winner Joyce
WSOP #66 – $800 Pot Limit Omaha – set of 9’s for winner Joyce

Within the first ten minutes of heads up, Herm stole the lead then stretched it, however Joyce grinded to par where the chip lead began to switch between them. Joyce proceeded to win a big pot holding 5cJsAcKd two pair on a board 9s7hAsKsJh against Herm’s 6c4h6dAh to go up 2.5:1. Minutes after, it was all over. Joyce closed it out with a full house to Herm’s pair of eights.

Final table payouts

1st Toby Joyce “shinerrr” – Ireland – $ 139,452.91 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd Mark Herm “Beanboozled” – USA – $ 109,908.88
3rd Maksim Fomin “MAX FOMIN” – Russia – $ 79,760.85
4th Jonas Kronwitter “deucesup” – Austria – $ 57,882.52
5th Ruslan Nazarenko “zverrmvp” – Ukraine – $ 42,005.21
6th Giorgiy Skhulukhiya “NINASKH” – Georgia – $ 30,483.23
7th Grzegorz Derkowski “CUatRhinosLV” – Poland – $ 22,121.61
8th Rahul Gupta “sabertooth35” – India – $ 16,053.71
9th Wilder Brito – Brazil – $ 11,650.20

Notables in the money (top 100): Shyngis Satubayev “somebodyelse” (11th), Daniel Neilson (15th), Hun Wei Lee (33rd), side event winner Fabian Geisel “SkulIsland” (37th), Philipp Gruissem (76th), Yuri Dzivielevski (79th), Samad RAzavi “JejuKingCrab” (80th), Dominik Nitsche (87th), Kartik Ved “Mandovi” (89th), and Joao Vieira (96th),

Tonight: WSOP #67: $500 Limit Hold’em

This is a LIMIT tournament. There will be a maximum of one bet and four raises on every betting round. Any all in bet that does not meet the bet or raise, will not count towards the number of bets or raises. The next bettor(s) has the option of raising a full fixed amount. Once the tournament becomes heads up (only two players remain in the tournament), unlimited raises apply. In the event an all in results in an incomplete bet or raise, “full bet rule” applies.

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 20 @ 18:00 UTC / August 21 @ 02:00 HKT
Late registration: 180 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Next: WSOP #68: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ]

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 22 @ 20:00 HKT
Late registration: 240 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times
Notes: $15,000 WSOP Europe Package added to 1st place

Open: WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ]

The Main Event is here! 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. This year’s edition guarantees a staggering $ 25 Million, the largest ever in online poker. The hunt for the 51st champion has begun with 3 flights completed. 143 advanced out of 694 players. Freezeout entry flights run daily until August 30. Players are allowed only three bullets with no same flight re-entry offered.

Natural8 Team Hot Ambassador Pete Chen, Natural8 Team NLG Stefan Schillhabel “Schilli33”, Wei Guo Liang “SPARK1207”, Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”, Gab Yong Kim “genbenglee”, Xuming Qi “scplayer”, Kilian Loeffler “Birdie Power”, Preben Stokkan, Fedor Kruse, Nicolas Chouity, and Dan Smith were among the Day 2 qualifiers.

Buy in: $ 5,000
Guarantee: $ 25,000,000
Entry Dates: August 16 to August 30
Cumulative Entries: 694
Final Day qualifiers: 143
Entry flights: 20 remaining
Day 2: August 30 @ 18:30 UTC [ play down to final 40 players ] Final Day: September 7 @ 18:30 UTC

Top 15 in chips

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WSOP #77 – $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ] top15 in chips

Open: WSOP #71: BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ]

At the 50th anniversary of the series last year, the BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ] event was introduced. Due to its incredible draw of 28,371 entries, it was given a spot at this year’s roster. With this year’s buy in lowered to $ 50, it is the cheapest of all the bracelet events. An enormous field has been brewing since it opened; 13,450 have entered across seven flights. If it continues at this pace, expect the $1M guarantee to be breached  very soon. 8 flights remain.

Buy in: $ 50
Guarantee: $ 1,000,000
Cumulative Entries: 13,450
Final Day qualifiers: 1,211
Entry Dates: August 16 to 23
Entry Flights: 8 remaining
Final Day: August 23 @ 18:30 UTC / August 24 @ 02:30 HKT

Top 15 in chips

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WSOP #71 – BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ] top15 in chips

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 34 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 ]


WSOP Side Event: $300 Marathon – Connor Drinan – $ 24,092.12

It took a whopping four bullets for Connor Drinan to secure victory at the $300 Marathon side event. He defeated Alyssa MacDonald “xAlyssaTTV” at heads up to ship $ 24,092.12. This is now his largest tournament score on the network, surpassing the $ 18,817.17 payout he received for 21st place at the Mini Main Event.

WSOP Side Event 300 Marathon
WSOP Side Event – $300 Marathon

Buy in: $ 300
Date: August 19
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 486
Prize pool: $ 135,594
ITM: 71 places
Winner: Connor Drinan – Canada – $ 24,092.12

WSOP Side Event: BIG 500 – Fall Oh Gutz – $ 43,506.78 + Main Event seat

After the fall of Michelle Shah “hu4trollzz” in 3rd place, chip leader Blake Bohn “Beast2018!” and player “Fall Oh Gutz” played several hands then struck a deal. With the money set, it was a battle for the $ 5,000 Main Event ticket. Fall Oh Gutz came from behind to win it with Qh4h against 7h5d on a board Jd3dKd6sQs.

WSOP Side Event BIG 500
WSOP Side Event – BIG 500

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 19
Guarantee: $250,000
Entries: 621
Prize pool: $ 294,975
ITM: 89 places
Winner: Fall Oh Gutz – Canada – $ 43,506.78 + WSOP #77: $5,000 Main Event ticket
2nd Blake Bohn “Beast2018!” – Canada – $ 45,881.74
*heads up deal

WSOP Side Event: $210 Super Bounty

Buy in: $ 210
Date: August 19
Guarantee: $ 75,000
Entries: 408
Prize pool: $ 81,600
ITM: 55 places
Winner: Roman Matveychuk “ImSiberian” – Russia – $ 15,934.04

WSOP Side Event: $400 PLO Encore – Gaby Livshitz “kidrurim” – $ 13,702.84

WSOP Side Event 400 PLO Encore
WSOP Side Event – $400 PLO Encore

Buy in: $ 400
Date: August 19
Guarantee: $ 50,000
Entries: 207
Prize pool: $ 77,832
ITM: 31 places
Winner: Gaby Livshitz “kidrurim” – Israel – $ 13,702.84 (heads up deal)
2nd Tommi Lankinen “wnbgambb” – Finland – $ 12,779.33 (heads up deal)

WSOP Side Event: $126 Bounty Shooter

Buy in: $ 126
Date: August 19
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: `,074
Prize pool: $ 128,880
ITM: 152 places
Winner: Fabian Geisel “SkulIsland” – $ 19,762.57

WSOP Side Event: $140 FORTY STACK

Buy in: $ 140
Date: August 19
Guarantee: $ 30,000
Entries: 341
Prize pool: $ 43,920.80
ITM: 47 places
Winner: zhangtao1 – China – $ 8,183.50



For 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 #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. If you are interested in 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. 22 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

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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.

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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