The 2020 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event Championship, aka WCOOP Event #72-H at PokerStars attracted 1,977 runners to the $10 million guaranteed prize pool event. The final table included... Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder, Andre "PTFisherman23" Marques, Robin 'robinho' Ylitalo, Tonio "prrrak4783" Roder, Michael 'munchenHB' Telker. The top three agreed to a chop that gave them roughly $1 million each. Portugal's Andre "PTFisherman23" Marques defeated Germany's Tonio "prrrak4783" Roder heads-up for the WCOOP Main Event title and $1.14 million in cash. Dutch pro Teun Mulder took third place.
Shaun Deeb, one of the greatest online poker player of all time and four-time WSOP bracelet winner, headed to Mexico to grind out the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars. Deeb contracted coronavirus and has been holed up in a hospital in Mexico, but he's still trying to grind out WCOOP tournaments, despite his health struggles.
Darvin Moon, the Luddite Logger from Maryland, made poker history when the amateur went all the way to the second-installment of the November Nine and reached the final table of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. Moon lost heads-up to Joe Cada but he cashed nearly $5.2 million off a modest $130 investment. Moon stepped out of the spotlight have his brief brush with fame. He passed away over the weekend at age 56 after complications from surgery.
The 2020 World Poker Tour Online Championship at PartyPoker continued with the Main Event. The $10,300 buy-in Main Event attracted 1,011 to the $10 million guaranteed prize pool. The UK's Phillip Mighall defeated Holland's Teun Mulder heads-up to win the Main Event for $1.7 million. Mulder earned $1.2 million for second place. PartyPoker Ambassador Dzmitry Urbanovich made the final table but finished in sixth place. Damian Salas busted in third place.
Love them or hate them but Phil Hellmuth and Tony G blowing up at each other is hysterical content. One of the many thing I miss about the poker boom, were the televised blow ups of our favorite poker villains. PokerStars released one of their clip videos of their favorite moments with Tony G needling Hellmuth during The Big Game.
Ever since Mike Sexton passed away last weekend, the tributes poured in all over the poker community including two good one from Houston Curtis and Padraig Parkinson. It's very rare when the community is unified by something and in this moment of tragedy, the poker world collectively mourned the passing of Mike Sexton as one of the true legends and one of the greatest ambassadors of the game.
The 2020 WSOP Online came to a close at GGPoker with its final bracelet events. Iran's Melika 'Melirazavii' Razavi snagged her first bracelet with a victory in Event #82 $1,050 Beat the Pros. Connor Drinan faded 899 players to win Event #83 $10K WSOP Super MILLION$ for a $1.4 million score. For the final bracelet event on the docket, Belgian pro Michael Gathy banked $272,504 for shipping Event #85 $500 Closer (Last Chance) and won his fourth-career bracelet.
It's been a wild, sizzling, sensational 24-hour period for Fedor Holz. The "retired" pro from Germany took down a WSOP Online $25K bracelet event at GGPoker on Sunday for a cool million and his second-career bling. Then on Monday at PokerStars, Holz heads-up chopped WCOOP Event #25-H Super Higher Roller for $515,293.
The poker world is mourning the loss of one of its greatest ambassadors and beloved players. Mike Sexton passed away at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer. Sexton loved the game of poker and he sought to share his love of the game with people all over the world. Sexton won over $6.7 million in live tournaments and unknown millions in cash games, including a WSOP bracelet in 1989. Sexton also won an event on the WPT in 2016. Sexton is widely known as an announcer for the World Poke Tour. He inspired people to become better players, but more importantly Sexton inspired pros to become better people.
The 2020 WSOP Online Event #77 $5,000 NL Main Event started with 5,802 runners and played down to a champion on Saturday evening. Bulgaria's Stoyan Madanzhiev and Wenling Gao from China were heads-up for the bracelet and $3.9 million for first place. Madanzhiev knocked out Wenling Gao to win the Main Event and small mountain of cash. The record-setting prize pool had over $27.5 million with multiple players earning seven-figure payouts. Wenling Gao earned $2.75 million for second place.
GGPoker hosted a couple of People's Choice events to determine the last batch of bracelet winners at the 2020 WSOP Online. American Jeffrey Dobrin outlasted 2,408 runners to emerge victorious in WSOP Online Event #80 People's Choice Pro's Pick that was a $600 NL tournament. Dobrin won his first bracelet and $189,666. In WSOP Online Event #81, Italy's Nicolo 'Paquitooo' Molinelli binked the People's Choice Spin the Wheel event that ended up a $1,050 NL Bounty 6-Handed affair. Molinelli earned over $243,420 including bounties.
Gediminas 'NeverGambol' Uselis is the latest player to etch their names in the history books. Uselis faded 4,461 runners and took down WSOP Online Event #78 $400 Forty Stack for $227,186 and the bracelet. Meanwhile, the big granddaddy of them all, the WSOP Online Main Event, is down to 38 players out of the original 5,802 runners. First place will pay out $3 million when it plays down to the champion this weekend. Oh, and Fedor Holz is two players away from a bracelet in the WSOP Online $25K Heads Up (People's Event). Holz is in the semifinals, which also will play out this weekend.
Over at GGPoker they're wrapping up the last few events of the international version of the 2020 WSOP Online. Norway's Trygve 'FullSendWig' Leite outlasted a field of 3,552 runners to win WSOP Online Event #75 $300 Double Stack NL. Leite faded a final table that included Connor Drinan to win his first bracelet and $130K. Over in WSOP Online Event #78 $1,000 Turbo NL 6-Handed, Adnan 'Bolazar' Hacialioglu outlasted 1,910 runners to win the bracelet and $259,842.
The 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #70 $25,000 Players Championship finally played down to a champion. A total of 407 runners took a shot at the high-stakes bracelet and coveted title. Germany's Christian Rudolph defeated American pro Chris Hunichen heads up for the title and $1.8 million in cash. Rudolph outlasted a final table that also included Jason Koon.
The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continued at GGPoker with two more players, both playing from Canada, earning their first bracelets. Jim 'grousegrind' Lefteruk faded 2,202 runners and shipped the WSOP Online Event #73 $1,000 NLHE 6-Handed. Lefteruk banked $299,511 for the victory. Over in WSOP Online Event #74 $1,500 PLO, Thi Truong won the bracelet and banked nearly $216K for the victory.
The Mirage Casino in Las Vegas, the first mega-gambling-resort to open on the Strip back in 1989, finally reopened after being shuttered in March due to the coronavirus outbreak. The casino also paid homage to Siegfried and Roy by renaming a nearby street -- Siegfried and Roy Drive. For 14 years, Siegfried and Roy and their white tigers were one of the biggest shows in town. Roy passed away in May due to COVID-19 complications.
Two different online series played down to a champion. The 2020 WSOP Online continued at GGPoker with an old-school limit hold'em affair, while the 2020 WPT World Online Championship crowned a new champ over at partypoker. American pro Ajay 'Ross_Geller' Chabra took down WSOP Online Event #70 $1,500 Limit Hold'em for a $77K score and a bracelet. Russia's Andrey Kotelnikov outlasted 989 players to win the WPT Online $3,200 buy-in Mix-Max Championship at partypoker for a socre worth over $488K.
Three more players won WSOP Online bracelets this weekend. An American online exile, Nick Maimone, took down his first career-bracelet with a victory in WSOP Online Event #69 $1,500 NL Marathon. Meanwhile, Anson Tsang snagged his second bracelet with a victory in WSOP Online Event #68 $500 Deepstack. Over in the Big 50, Huahuan 'F7588' Feng outlasted a staggering 44576 runners to win the $50 buy-in WSOP Online Event #71. Feng banked $211,282 for his victory.
PokerStars released the schedule for the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), which runs August 30 through September 21. They added two more events to the schedule this year with 75 total events with three tiers of buy-ins for 225 WCOOP tournaments and over $82 million in guaranteed prize pools. The WCOOP Main Event begins on September 20.
Ireland's Toby 'shinerrr' Joyce won a bracelet with a victory in 2020 WSOP Online Event #66 $800 PLO. Joyce outlasted 1,281 runners and banked $139,420. Dmytro 'Too Bad' Bystrovzorov from the Ukraine stepped into the winner's circle with a bracelet win in #65 $600 NL Deepstack Championship. He faded a field of 2,911 runners to win nearly $278K. In an old-school Limit Hold'em affair, Gregor 'soulsntfaces' Muller from Austria, outlasted 706 players to win WSOP Online Event #67 $500 LHE.
The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continued with a handful of new bracelet winners. Alexander 'MightyWarior' Stacey (UK) won Event #61 $300 Monster Stack 6-Max for $127,660. Bradley 'DrStrange7' Ruben (USA) shipped Event #62 $1,500 PLO for $220,160. Croatia's Ivan 'zufo16' Zufic binked Event #63 $500 Mini Main Event for a score worth $843,420. Meanwhile, Kartik 'Mandovi' Ved (India) won Event #64 $840 Turbo Bounty for $131K and his first bracelet.
American pro David Peters faded a field of 128 heads-up specialists to win the 2020 WSOP Online Event #54 $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship. Peters won seven matches including defeating Alyssa MacDonald in the semifinals, before knocking out Aussie pro Michael Addamo in the finals. Peters won his second WSOP bracelet and banked $360,480.
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner, Nick Petrangelo, took down the World Poker Tour Online Event #4 $3,200 6-Max Championship. Petrangelo faded 999 runners that were competing in a $3 million prize pool (which smashed the $1 million guarantee). Petrangelo's final table also included Jake Schinler and Elior Sion.
Two more players secured their first WSOP bracelets at GGPoker. Israel's Ravid 'jerbi999' Garbi was the last player standing in 2020 WSOP Online Event #58 $5,000 NL Championship. Garbi defeated Chris Moorman heads-up to win the bracelet and $531,513 in cash. Over in WSOP Online Event #59 $2,500 Double Stack, Leonardo 'Babaehduro' Mattos banked $399,047 for the victory as Brazil added another player to the growing list of Brazilian bracelet winners.