2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Teoh Ming Juen & Vladas Burneikis bring home the gold; Daniel Negreanu joins the action; MILLIONAIRE MAKER closes at $ 8.9 million

Weekend at the 2020 World Series of Poker Online always brings plenty of thrilling action and this Sunday was no exception. Two players saw their golden dreams fulfilled – Teoh Ming Juen and Vladas Burneikis – both players lifting one of the coveted WSOP signature bracelets. The MILLIONAIRE MAKER completed the last of its entry flights. With 6,299 in cumulative entries, it made for a richer $ 8.9 million prize pool. We have recaps on those events including the side games that dragged in thousands to the felt.

One well known figure finally making his way to the series was GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu who informed his fans through Twitter that he was enroute to Mexico to play the international leg. The Canadian pro went on to qualify into Day 2 of the MILLIONAIRE MAKER departing in 39th place.

The international portion of the 2020 WSOP Online opened on July 19 at Natural8 – GG Network with 54 bracelet events on the plate. To date, 17 have been captured and over $ 29.2 million paid out. The series runs until September 6 which means there’s still plenty of time and chances to rein in the gold. 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 ].

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WSOP #47: $1K Short Deck NLH Championship – Teoh Ming Juen – $ 82,202.15

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Teoh Ming Juen. Credit: Kings Casino

Three’s the charm! After two final table appearances at the ongoing series, Teoh Ming Juen “Paul Teoh” finally closed it out on his third visit. Using two bullets, Teoh outlasted a field of 487 runners at the WSOP #47: $ 1,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship event. He defeated Michelle Shah at heads up to lock in the WSOP gold bracelet and the $ 82,202.15 champion’s purse.

Playing on Natural8, Teoh also won his admission to “Team Bling “. His package will include a 6 month Team Bling Sponsorship and $ 15,000 Las Vegas Package ( $ 10,000 to cover buy-ins and $ 5,000 for expenses).

WSOP 47 1K Short Deck NLH Championship
WSOP #47 – $1K Short Deck NLH Championship

This was a stunning achievement for Teoh who prior to this win, only had 5 WSOP cashes all earned in Europe. He also had a scatter of deep runs in Korea and Macau but no victories to boast of. At the ongoing online series, Teoh had been running hot, reaching two final tables. He finished 5th at WSOP #37: $ 1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha for $ 37,038 and 7th at WSOP #40: $ 2,500 Pot Limit Omaha for 34,819. Today, he improved on those achievements to amass a combined $ 154,329.15 in winnings and bring home one of the coveted gold bracelets. Teoh became the third WSOP bracelet winner from Malaysia following Chin Wei Lim and Junzhong Loo.

Buy in: $ 1,000
Entries: 487
Prize pool: $ 462,650
ITM: 71 places
Running time: 10 hours 53 minutes

The WSOP #47: $ 1,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship was the fourth ASIA TIME ZONE event of the series. Points earned here were reflected on the WSOP Asia Player of the Series race. 487 signed up for a prize pool of $ 462,650, making it the lightest of all bracelet events.

Half past the seventh hour of play, the final table was formed led by Canadian pro Michael Watson. With 55 WSOP cashes under his belt earned in Las Vegas, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and over $ 12.1 million in live tournament career earnings, Watson was undeniably the most decorated player at the table. However, like all the finalists, Watson was seeking his first WSOP signature gold, one that slipped away twice when he finished in 2nd place in 2014 and in 2016. This was Watson’s second final table appearance of the online series and once again he missed the gold, finishing in a respectable 3rd place.

WSOP 47 1K Short Deck NLH Championship final table
WSOP #47 – $1K Short Deck NLH Championship final table

The final table race ran for nearly three and a half hours. Early action was dominated by Belarus star Andrei Konopelko “iosif stalin”, claiming numerous big pots to build a sizable lead. His stack ballooned further after booting Boon Heng Siong “CowBaby” (8th) and Shota Nakanishi “shorta222” (9th) simultaneously. It wasn’t until four-handed did he run into two costly pots against Watson to lose the lead and be dragged down to the shortest stack. Konopelko eventually met his end in 4th place with Watson sending the axe. However, like Konopelko, Watson lost momentum then fell to Teoh on a bad beat.

WSOP 47 1K Short Deck NLH Championship straight for winner Teoh Ming Juen
WSOP #47 – $1K Short Deck NLH Championship – straight for winner Teoh Ming Juen

Up 2.5:1 against Michelle Shah “hu4trollzz”, Teoh was relentless, surging higher to a 6:1 advantage. The final hand arrived with Teoh’s dominated QhJd outdrawing Shah’s AhJs when a Queen graced the board. Teoh became the 16th WSOP Online champion of the international leg. As for runner up Shah, her finish was just as impressive. This was her 8th cash of the ongoing series, her deepest WSOP run, and her largest known career score.

Final table payouts

1st Teoh Ming Juen “Paul Teoh” – Malaysia – $ 82,202.15
2nd Michelle Shah “hu4trollzz” – Austria – $ 60,253.59
3rd Michael Watson – Canada – $ 44,165.72
4th Andrei Konopelko “iosif stalin” – Belarus – $ 32,373.33
5th Joseph Orsino “MrWheatToast” – Canada – $ 23,729.54
6th Jose Luis Masliah “IQUI22” – Argentina – $ 17,393.69
7th Mykhailo Krasnytskyi “remand” – Ukraine – $ 12,749.52
8th Boon Heng Siong “CowBaby” – Singapore – $ 9,345.34
9th Shota Nakanishi “shorta222” – Japan – $ 6,850.08

Notable players in the money: Chad Layne “ThefastLayne” (16th), Leon Tsoukernik (27th), Danny Tang (29th), Dario Sammartino (36th), Kosei Ichinose (41st), Thai Ha (62nd), and Manig Loeser (64th).

WSOP #49: $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em – Vladas Burneikis – $ 192,523.20

Vladas Burneikis poker
Vladas Burneikis. Credit: PocketFives

Vladas Burneikis “apuokos” became the first player from Lithuania to win a WSOP bracelet after crushing the final table of the WSOP #49: $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em event. Included in his victory was the $ 192,523.20 first prize and a $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket. This was his first major win and his largest career cash.

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WSOP #49 – $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em

Prior to his accomplishment, Burneikis had 5 WSOP cashes, all earned in Europe. Based on his stats on The Hendon Mob, Burneikis had accumulated over $ 208K in live earnings with most of the buy-ins from $ 500 and below. His deepest live tournament career run was at the 2015 EPT Prague finishing 4th at the Main Event for $ 94,458 which he has trumped with his victory today.

WSOP 49 500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em final table
WSOP #49 – $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em final table

Kicking off the final table, Vladas Burneikis was already the player to catch up to with his big stack. However, after one fast hour of heated head chopping, no one was able to match up. Instead, Burneikis led throughout, railing five players to clasp the shiny new merchandise. His first victim was Guillaume Nolet (8th), later followed by Zhewen Hu “Polkadot” (7th), then ring holder Ezequiel Waigel “lafiera8” (6th) who was the only WSOP decorated player in the round.

WSOP 49 500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em full house for winner Burnaikis
WSOP #49 – $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em – full house for winner Burneikis

Pierre Merlin “Malaska” – who Burneikis faced at heads up – also had his fair share of busts, knocking out Jimmy Guerrero “KOBE_BRYANT8” (9th) and Jeffrey Cormier “allin donk” (5th). For Cormier, it was his second final table appearance at the ongoing series, finishing deeper to collect his largest WSOP career cash. Brendan Sheehan “doji” (4th) was forced all-in on the small blind with big blind Burneikis on the winning end. This was Sheehan’s fourth online series cash and largest ever WSOP payout. To reach heads up, Merlin emptied out one of Bulgaria’s high ranked tournament players, Boris Kolev in 3rd place. Kolev departed with his 23rd WSOP cash, which was also his overall largest of the series.

It took only ten minutes or less for Burneikis to wrap it up. He entered with a healthy advantage against Merlin, grinded to 2:1, then 5:1, without a showdown. At 10:1, Merlin shoved with 9h8h that failed to improve against Burneikis’s QhJd turned full house.

Final table payouts

1st Vladas Burneikis “apuokos” – Bahamas – $ 192,523.20 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket
2nd Pierre Merlin “Malaska” – Hungary – $ 147,052.65
3rd Boris Kolev – Costa Rica – $ 105,732.23
4th Brendan Sheehan “doji” – Ireland – $ 76,022.44
5th Jeffrey Cormier “allin donk” – Canada – $ 54,660.75
6th Ezequiel Waigel “lafiera8” – Argentina – $ 39,301.57
7th Zhewen Hu “Polkadot” – China – $ 28,258.18
8th Guillaume Nolet – Canada – $ 20,317.88
9th Jimmy Guerrero “KOBE_BRYANT8” – Macau – $ 14,608.76

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

The $ 1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER was certain to be one of the largest events of the series. Since its inception in 2013, the fields have been nothing but enormous. For this series, a $ 5 million guarantee with $ 1,000,000 straight to the winner’s pocket was all the incentive players needed to jump in. After 15 entry flights, 6,299 entered to amp up the prize pool to $ 8,976,075 with two players guaranteed to earn seven figures.

Buy in: $ 1,500
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Total Entries: 6,299
Day 2 Qualifiers: 1,041
Prize Pool: $ 8,976,075
ITM: 764 places
Running time: 8 hours and 6 minutes

Just past the eighth hour of play, the final table was formed at the fall of Manuel Ruivo “robocup” to Canadian pro Daniel Dvoress when As4h was unable to break 9h9d. The final 9 players take a break, returning on August 8 @ 18:30 UTC / August 9 @ 02:30 HKT for the final chase. Live broadcast cards face up on GGPoker.TV

Buy in: $ 500
Entries: 2,978
Prize pool: $ 1,414,550
ITM: 386 places
Running time: 6 hours and 5 minutes

WSOP 48 1500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER final table
WSOP #48 – $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER final table

Daniel Dvoress – Canada – 92,479,846 (30.8 BB)
Alejandro Caridad “pepealas” – Argentina – 64,001,642 (21.3BB)
Neville Mateus Endo Costa “NevSlater” – Brazil – 43,132,236 (14.4 BB)
Michael Nugent “MrFabulous” – Canada – 37,076,246 (12.4 BB)
Anatoly Filatov “Mr_Deer” – Russia – 22,480,138 (7.5BB)
Tomasz Cybulski “SushiJanushi”- Poland – 18,604,499 (6.2 BB)
Aneris Adomkevicius “TaiwanNumba1” – Albania – 13,452,228 (4.5 BB)
Caio De Almeida “Ez4ENCE” – Brazil- 12,558,546 (4.2 BB)
Ronny Kaiser – Switzerland – 10,506,666 (3.5 BB)

Final 9 payouts

1st $ 1,489,288.80
2nd $ 1,072,428.22
3rd $ 772,251.22
4th $ 556,094.77
5th $ 400,441.55
6th $ 288,356.40
7th $ 207,644.44
8th $ 149,523.45
9th $ 107,670.71

Making his first 2020 WSOP Online international series appearance was GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu just came off a stellar run at the USA leg, cashing in 15 events. Negreanu qualified to Day 2 of the MILLIONAIRE MAKER, and though it was a short stack, it didn’t stop stakers from snatching up a piece of the 25% for sale. Negreanu went on to cash out in 39th place.

Daniel Negreanu in the 1500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER
Daniel Negreanu in the $1,500 WSOP MILLIONAIRE MAKER

Running deeper than Negreanu was Michael Addamo in 16th place. For a majority of the race, Addamo was seen in the upper tier of the chip counts, sitting as chip leader at one point.

Notable players in the top 300: Sam Razavi “JejuKingCrab” (19th), Isaac Haxton (20th), Diego Ostrovich “El Motron” (26th), Wayne Heung (32nd), Seth Davies (37th), Vincent Kwun Ngai Li “Peleus34” (67th), Neel Joshi (86th), Leon Tsoukernik (135th), Darren Elias (139th), Kristen Bicknell (164th), Joao Vieira (228th), Hun Wei Lee (236th), Dario Sammartino (238th), and Team NLG Fedor Holz (285th).

Open: 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

Up Next: WSOP #50: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Bounty Championship

Buy in: $ 2,100
Date: August 4 @ 18:00 UTC / August 5 @ 02:00 HKT
Late registration: 180 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times

WSOP Side Event Results

Huge prize pools were also seen at the WSOP Side Events with one breaching a million and another coming close. Both events posted below beefed up the guarantee by over double.

WSOP Side Event: $365 Giant

The final three players of this event opted on a deal. Second placer Dante Goya Fernandes came out the richest having had the biggest stack at the time of the deal. Awarded the win was NewGambler who needed three bullets to make the grade. Illusive Man came in third though with the second largest payout.

Buy in: $ 365
Guarantee: $ 500,000
Entries: 2,943
Prize pool: $ 1,000,620
ITM: 368 places
Running time: 13 hours 25 minutes
Winner: NewGambler – New Zealand – $ 96,232.57 (deal)
2nd Dante Goya Fernandes – Brazil – $ 128,918.90 (deal)
3rd Illusive Man – Croatia – $ 98,337.55 (deal)

WSOP Side Event: $600 Sunday Monster Stack

WSOP Side Event 600 Sunday Monster Stack
WSOP Side Event – $600 Sunday Monster Stack

Buy in: $ 600
Guarantee: $ 400,000
Entries: 1,647
Prize pool: $ 938,790
ITM: 242 places
Running time: 10 hours and 25 minutes
Winner: mieux 90 – Austria – 142,232.84
2nd ZONEDin – Canada – $ 102,265.86

Other Results

GGMasters $150, $500K

GGMasters final table
GGMasters final table 08/02/2020

Buy in: $ 150
Guarantee: $ 500,000
Entries: 4,425
Prize pool: $ 610,650
ITM: 719 places
Running time: 11 hours and 44 minutes
Winner: LeNer tt – Brazil – $ 87,105.58
2nd GiveUp1905 – Germany – $ 60,691.22
3rd NArunnout – Brazil – $ 42.288.06

*Top 3 awarded $5,000 ticket to WSOP #77: No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $ 25M GTD ]

High Rollers Super MILLION$ $10K, $2M GTD [ 2 Day Event ]

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High Rollers Super MILLION$ $10K, $2M GTD – Final Table

Buy in: $ 10,000
Guarantee: $ 2,000,000
Entries: 210
Prize pool: $ 2,037,000
ITM: 25 places
Final table: August 4 @ 18:00 UTC
Live stream on GGPoker.TV


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 18 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 Player of the Series [ Asia Time Zone Events ] leaderboard current standings

Natural8 Promos

For players signed up on Natural8, expect generous promos for a more enjoyable and profitable WSOP experience. WSOP champions Teoh Ming Juen “Paul Teoh”, Shoma Ishikawa “pp_syon”, and Marcelo Jakovjlevic Pudla “Marolo” already capitalized, each awarded one of the WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship packages. 37 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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