After a month of online poker at WSOP.com, the folks at the WSOP awarded its 31st and final bracelet of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online. It's been wild year and despite the lockdowns, quarantine, and shutdowns, the WSOP pivoted in a way to provide poker players with a chance to compete against pros, top players, and poker enthusiasts. The 2020 WSOP Online is far from perfect, but they tried their best to give Americans a shot at winning a bracelet (so long as they figured out a way to get within Nevada or New Jersey state lines). Heck, even one pro won a bracelet in the parking lot of a Whole Foods... which demonstrated his ferocious intent on shipping a bracelet, but it also revealed the absurdity of state-by-state online poker laws in America. Just legalize it already!
Anyway, the 2020 WSOP Online played out at WSOP.com all July. GGPoker got into the mix for international players starting in mid-July and will run until the end of the summer.
202 WSOP Online Event #31 $1,000 NL Championship attracted 2,126 total entries and a prize pool worth over $2 million. The final bracelet event at WSOP.com this summer attracted 1,455 runners and 671 additional entries. First place would win over $310K and the top four places banked over six figures.
2020 WSOP Online Event #31 final table included... '2Rivers', Norman "abnormality" Michalek, Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger, Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff, "goatplaya", "Bubblealot", Arian "4632647" Stolt, Michael "merlot" Bailey, and Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo. David Goodman bubbled the final table in tenth place.
LuckyChewy, playing under 'WATCHGUY42' busted in third place and just missed out on winning another bracelet.
2Rivers defeated Norman "abnormality" Michalek heads-up for the cash and bling. Michaelk banked $192,073 for a runner-up finish.
The top 330 places paid out in the NL Championship. Notables who cashed and went deep in the final event on WSOP.com included... Farrid Jattin, Upeshka De Silva, Christian Harder, Bryan Piccli, OfirMor, Ryan Laplante, Jamie Kersetter, Mo Chun, Porter Lambert, James Carroll, John Walker, Ryan Riess, Matt Berkey, Brett Murray, Mike Gagliano, James Salter, Eddy Sabat, Kathy Liebert, Jesus Ferguson, Tony Dunst, Brian Yoon, Anthony Zinno, Phil Hallmuth, Jackson White, Matt Affleck, Tom McEvoy, Aaron Mermelstein, Jack Salter, Joe McKeehen, Eric Baldwin, Brock Wilson, Nick Binger, Tracey Nguyen, Tom Cannuli, Bernard Lee, Philip Yeh, Chainsaw Kessler, Will Reynolds, Will Berry, Rob Peacock, Brian Rast, Mark Newhouse, Tom Marchese, Jos PRager, Ben Yu, Ted Lui, and Ron Larsen.
Over at GGPoker, WSOP Online Event #45 $840 NL Bounty attracted 2,382 runners and a prize pool worth $1.9 million. The top 320 places paid out with $140,768 set aside to the champion plus bounties.
the final table included Patrick 'Muddington' Kennedy, Joshua 'kaledak' Pollock, Bernardo "GGeKKo" Dias, Franco "pelaguacha" Spitale, Chi Chung "chipuker" Ho, Arie "abush" Kliper, Ho Yin "hoyintai" Tai, Francesco "Pachamama" Favia, and Jose "robertoduran" Severino.
It was the UK vs USA in the final with Josh 'kaledak' Pollock heads-up against Pat 'Muddington' Kennedy. The Brits came out on top of the Americans in this one. kaledak banked $113K including bounties for second place. Not too shabby, eh?
Patrick 'Muddington' Kennedy banked $120,768 for first place, plus a whopping $104,680 in bounties for a total score wort $245,448.
Over in WSOP Online Event #46 $500 Deep Stack NL, it was one of several events that kicked off in Asia's time zone in order to appeal to players in that region instead of adhering to Central Europe or "ET" in North America. Over 4,732 runners took a shot at the bracelet in Event #46, plus nearly $162K set aside to the winner.
The final table of Event #46 included... Sung Joo 'ArtePokerTV' Hyun, Yiduo 'Tr1pTripM' Yu, Jeffrey "hockeysyrup" Mallach, Nikita "VSMPZD" Kuznetsov, Yu "kris16" Du, Che Li "32bo" Lin, Jens "el_gazapo" Kerper, Wei "dugui777" Zhao, and Yesha "Iconic" Punjabi.
It was South Korea heads up against China for the bracelet in Event #46. Sung Joo 'ArtePokerTV' Hyun defeated Yiduo 'Tr1pTripM' Yu heads-up to win the bracelet and cash. Korea's 'ArtePokerTV' won his first bracelet and $161,898 in cash for first place. Meanwhile, Tr1pTripM banked $116,605 for second place. Not too shabby, eh?
Over the weekend, GGPoker hosted WSOP Online Event #47 $1,000 Short Deck NL, another Asia Time Zone event, attracted 487 runners. Only the top 71 places paid out of the $462,560 prize pool.
Notables who went deep and cashed included Dan 'oiltrader' Shak, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Dustin Dirksen, Manig Loeser, Pierre Fromage, and Jens Lakemeier.
The final table for Event #47 included... Paul Teoh, Michelle 'hu4trollzz' Shah, Mike Watson, Andrei "iosif stalin" Konopelko, Joseph "MrWheatToast" Orsino, Jose Luis "IQUI22" Maslhia, Mykhailo "remand" Krasnytskyi, Boon Heng "CowBaby" Siong, and Shota "shorta222" Nakanishi.
SirWatts busted in third place and missed out on adding another bracelet to his collection. Paul Teoh edged out Michelle 'hu4trollzz' Shah heads up for the bling and $82,420 in cash.