Scheduled to award a total of 85 gold bracelets throughout the duration of the series, the 2020 World Series of Poker Online is almost halfway through its initial US leg.
The first part of the esteemed event currently running on the official client WSOP.com is set to conclude by the end of the month with its international offering to begin on the 19th on the fastest-growing Natural8 – GGPoker Network. With 13 out of the 31 gold bracelets already awarded to its lucky winners, only 18 are left to be claimed exclusively for players geo-located in the states of Nevada and New Jersey.
This week’s events have resulted to online players Alan “GladiusIII” Goehring, Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen, Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgerson, Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka, Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo and Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech topping the field for events #8-13 respectively. Successfully acquiring their own coveted gold bracelets, the fortunate winners have also bagged six digit scores in addition to the prestige of winning a WSOP title. Keeping up with the latest news on the series, below is a short recap of the following events and its final table results.
Event #8: $500 NLH Freezeout – Alan “GladiusIII” Goehring ($119,399)
More first time WSOP bracelet recipients are taking over the online poker scene dominating recent events to score an eventual victory. American pro Alan “GladiusIII” Goehring was one of the fortunate few to bag a WSOP title and a career first gold bracelet award. Emerging victorious after more than eleven hours of gameplay, Goehring topped the 1,479 entry field taking the lion’s share of the $665,550 prize pool.
A first place finish, Goehring bagged a total of $119,399.67 for his win to be added to his career earnings of over $5 million. While the pro has a number of WSOP-related cashes and even a runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event back in 1999, the bracelet event victory was a new feat for Goehring.
Running good in the endgame is every tournament poker player’s dream especially when it’s happening in a big event such as the WSOP. Goehring continuously scooped up big pots holding about half the chips in play once four-handed action ensued. Heads up opponent Ross “BlueTang” Gottlieb however, was not giving up and managed to even out the stacks once the battle began. Unfortunately for Gottlieb, his run was about to end fairly quick as he flopped the straight with king-nine off only to be beaten by Goehring’s turned nut flush with ace-three of clubs.
2020 WSOP Event #8: $500 NLH Freezeout Final Table Results
|1||Alan “GladiusIII” Goehring||$119,400|
|2||Ross “BlueTang” Gottlieb||$73,942|
|3||Randy “StayAlive” Ohel||$52,511|
|4||Robert “bustinballs” Kuhn||$37,803|
|5||Brendan “clembutt” Torrejon||$27,620|
|6||Drew “dudeguydrew” O’Connell||$20,365|
|7||Timothy “aceviper” Sterns||$15,307|
|8||Scott “miamicane” Davies||$11,580|
|9||Louie Anthony “xILoUieIx” Torres||$8,918|
Event #9: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max – Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen ($188,214)
Another six-digit score was awarded to Iowa’s Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen after he took down the ninth event of the series. McMillen topped the 1,026 entry field which generated a $974,700 prize pool, taking a sweet $188,214 for his victory and a career first WSOP gold bracelet as well. With plenty of live experience under his belt, McMillen was a regular on the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) and had a few close calls to winning a bracelet in the past years. The tournament win however, marked his first time competing in the online poker scene giving the 70 year old a story of a lifetime.
This is what it's all about ! pic.twitter.com/10UYvh8V1Y
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 10, 2020
Beasting through the field of pros, online crushers and recreational players, McMillen hoped for the best as he entered the final table middle of the pack. Two successful crucial flips was all he needed to bag the win. First was an early flip at the start of the final table play when he ended Ian “apokerjoker2” Steinman’s second final table appearance in the series with his pair of deuces holding up against Steinman’s ace-nine suited. The second crucial flip came in the heads up battle against Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgerson as he scooped up over 90% of the chips with pocket tens. McMillen instantly flopped a set against Torgerson’s ace-queen off leaving his opponent to draw for a runner-runner for the huge pot. No help came on the turn and Torgerson was shortly eliminated for second place, receiving $116,379 for his finish.
2020 WSOP Event #9: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Final Table Results
|1||Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen||$188,214|
|2||Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgerson||$116,379|
|3||Wade “WillowG23” Griffith||$81,972|
|4||Ruth “crazeelf666” Ruffman||$58,482|
|5||Chris “moodeez” Moody||$42,301|
|6||Ian “apokerjoker2” Steinman||$30,995|
Event #10: $600 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack – Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgerson ($172,361)
Following a second place finish in the event prior, Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgerson finally seals the deal as he bags Event #10: $600 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack. One of the largest fields of the series so far, Torgerson came out on top after twelve hours of play to win $172,361 in top prize and another career first gold bracelet award. The tenth event of the series held last Friday night marked the first million-dollar prize pool of the festival ($1,119,960), drawing in a total of 1,505 runners 569 of which rebought, pushing the total entry field to 2,074.
Making his first official WSOP cash just a month ago, Torgerson is on the move to make a name for himself in the industry with another impressive six-digit payout. Torgerson dominated the final table sending five other opponents to the rail with his good run of cards. A 2:1 chip lead into heads up play similar to his latest final table finish, Torgerson was booked for a win as he sent opponent Brandon “Omni27” Ienn for the exit with ace-eight, dominating Ienn’s ace-seven for an outstanding redemption.
2020 WSOP Event #10: $600 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack Final Table Results
|1||“Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgerson||$172,361|
|2||Brandon “Omni27” Ienn||$106,508|
|3||Sam “texasmolly” Grizzle||$77,725|
|4||Eric “bill_luga” Blair||$57,229|
|5||Chris “letsgetit888” Carey||$42,558|
|6||Brent “grebnrets” Roberts||$31,918|
|7||Justin “Fatstax” Whitfield||$24,079|
|8||Nick “DuckFlush” Pupillo||$18,367|
|9||Tom “4Logan” Dean||$14,234|
Event #11: $500 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed – Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka ($128,601)
With ten events down, the eleventh bracelet awarded this series fell into the hands of Belarus’ Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka after only seven hours of play. A total of 1,081 players who rebought 610 times jumped in the game creating a 1,691 entry field and a prize pool of $760,950. Afanasenka triumphantly scored the top payout of $128,601, walking away with another career first WSOP gold bracelet.
Entering the final table as the chip leader, Afanasenka was up against fierce competitors including three former bracelet winners David “Twizzlers” Prociak, Brett “Metanemesis” Apter and Chance “BingShui” Kornuth. Afanasenka however, was on a roll scoring the first three eliminations to eventually battle Kornuth in heads up play for the title. A crucial flip quickly ended Kornuth’s dream of being the first ever two-time WSOP.com online bracelet winner as he was sent home after Afanasenka’s pocket threes landed a full house on the river for the win.
2020 WSOP Event #11: $500 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed Final Table Results
|1||Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka||$128,601|
|2||Chance “BingShui” Kornuth||$79,291|
|3||Brett “Metanemesis” Apter||$57,071|
|4||David “Twizzlers” Prociak||$41,472|
|5||Neeraj “nee0903” Nayak||$30,514|
|6||Erica “Huckcheevers” Lindgren||$22,676|
Event #12: $500 The BIG 500 No Limit Hold’em – Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo ($159,563)
An eventful Sunday came to a close as The BIG 500 WSOP gold bracelet event awarded poker vlogger Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo his career first gold bracelet along with a payout of $159,563 for the victory. The major event drew in a total of 2,427 entries resulting in a $1,092,150 prize pool and another six figure payout for the top prize.
Surprisingly, the popular online poker personality made the impressive finish by playing inside his car in a New Jersey Whole Foods parking lot. Depaulo, who came close to a bracelet in last year’s WSOP $400 Colossus event, finally bagged the coveted award after beating tough competitor Jack “EarlGrey” Salter in heads up play.
The winning moment pic.twitter.com/o0m3jgJTol
— Ryan Depaulo: Degenerate Gambler (@depaulo_ryan) July 14, 2020
Entering the final table with the chip lead, Depaulo continued to amass more chips, sending opponents Dominic “rgdoc” Ricciardi and Shannon “Aulophobia” Shorr to the rail in eighth and seventh place respectively. He soon followed this with two more quick eliminations, scooping up approximately two-thirds of the total chips in play with a 5:1 gap ratio over his next closest competitor. Running hot, Depaulo got lucky against fourth place finisher Hayden “Luckbox89” Fortini after spiking an eight on the flop with ace-eight, crushing Fortini’s ace-king. Salter, who has around $8 million in lifetime earnings, was likewise racking up chips eliminating Sean “FilthyDiaper” Ruane for third to eventually fall short of winning the title. A final hand of ace-jack off against Depaulo’s pocket queens in heads up battle sent Salter to settle for a second place finish and $98,621 in winnings.
2020 WSOP Event #12: $500 The BIG 500 No Limit Hold’em Final Table Results
|1||Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo||$159,563|
|2||Jack “EarlGrey” Salter||$98,621|
|3||Sean “FilthyDiaper” Ruane||$72,410|
|4||Hayden “Luckbox89” Fortini||$53,625|
|5||Jessica “Jessyboo” Lanto||$40,082|
|6||Terry “mrterry007” Fleischer||$30,143|
|7||Shannon “Aulophobia” Shorr||$22,826|
|8||Dominic “rgdoc” Ricciardi||$17,474|
|9||Erick “Givmeaction” But||$13,543|
Event #13: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout – Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech ($164,249)
Posting a heftier buy-in, the first high roller bracelet event of the series attracted a total of 649 players generating a prize pool of close to a million dollars ($924,825). Eight-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech captured the $164,249 top prize and gold bracelet award after roughly eleven hours of play.
A dream came true last night that I have been hoping for since I started playing poker. First place in a World Series of Poker Bracelet event!!! Keep sharing good vibes and all will come together ♠️🤠🍻🥇 pic.twitter.com/EbpSu97ET4
— Michael Lech (@Miguel_Fiesta) July 14, 2020
Lech, who holds numerous tournament achievements under his belt, has reportedly cashed seven times already through the first thirteen online series events. The circuit grinder also has an excellent record of 79 previous WSOP-related cashes totaling $987,254 along with over a million in live tournament winnings.
Playing to win, Lech scored the first elimination in final table play sending opponent Michael “wsopmd” Dolle in ninth place finish. It wasn’t until three-handed play ensued when shortest stacked Sean “SPS8710” Seifert likewise fell into the hands of Lech’s rivered straight for third place. The boost in chips was enough to put Lech in for a minimal lead against heads up opponent William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine. Running well, Lech was in a great spot for the win after Romaine check-jammed after flopping middle pair only to have Lech call with top pair. No help came on the turn and river for Romaine leaving him to settle for second place and $110,979 in prize money.
“A dream came true last night that I have been hoping for since I started playing poker. First place in a World Series of Poker Bracelet event!!! Keep sharing good vibes and all will come together ♠️🤠🍻🥇”, the Arkansas native tweeted after the win.
2020 WSOP Event #13: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout Final Table Results
|1||Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech||$164,249|
|2||William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine||$110,979|
|3||Sean “SPS8710” Seifert||$77,408|
|5||Paul “ToTheMoon” Dewald||$40,599|
|6||Connor “666666” Drinan||$29,964|
|7||Christopher “pokeher2014” Fuchs||$22,381|
|8||Megan “wolverine17” Milburn||$18,404|
|9||Michael “wsopmd” Dolle||$14,982|