The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continues while the world turns and weird things go down all around us. Hey, it's the middle of a pandemic, but we still have donks to bust and bad beats to moan about and cash prizes to win. Oh, and how about some bracelets to commemorate the weirdest WSOP in history?
Hey quick shout out to Myles 'Shipthemoney' Kotler. He was a two-time runner-up this week and missed out on winning not one, but two WSOP Online bracelets. Heck of a run in Event #18 $1K Turbo Deep Stack and again in Event #22 $500 Turbo Deep Stack.
So, three more WSOP winners earned bling over the last few days. Juha Helppi made a name for himself during the momentous online poker boom in the mid 2000s. He was a runner up at a WPT Paris event in 2005, which kicked off his career. The pro from Finland won nearly $8 million in tournaments since then. At the 2006 WSOP, Helppi lost heads-up to Phil Hellmuth in a $1K event. It took 13 more years, but Helppi finally stepped into the winner's circle with a victory at the 2019 WSOP when he binked the $10K Limit Hold'em Championship for a $306K score.
After a lengthy wait to slap a first bracelet around his wrist, Helppi did not have to wait more than a year to add a second one to his collection. Helppi won the $5K PLO Championship at GGPoker by outlasting 301 international players and PLO gurus.
The final table for WSOP Online Event #35 $5,000 PLO Championship also included Jesus Cortes, Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza, Mike Watson, Jens "98snaeJ" Kyllonen, Yuri Dzivielevski, Sergi Reixach, Marija "Maj Chenzie" Andrijasevic, and Alex "rubbherducky" Difelice. Fellow Finn, Kyllonen, busted in fifth place. Helppi defeated Jesus Cortes heads-up for the bling and $290,286 in cash.
WSOP Online Event #22 $500 NL Turbo Deep Stack attracted 1,082 original runners, who added 497 additional entries for a final tally of 1,579 entries. The prize pool passed $710K with the top 248 places paying out. They set aside $120K for the winner.
Mike Matusow bubbled the final table when the Mouth busted in tenth place.
The final table for Event #22 included... Allan 'Treeoflife' Cheung, Myles 'Shipthemoney' Kotler, Brian 'JackBogle' Altman, Daniel 'juice' Buzgon, Terrell 'heezahustla' Cheatham, Louie 'pongpong' Valderrama, Derek 'this1smyvice' Salgals, Kara 'theLMT90' Denning, and Robert 'Nvrstsfied' Natividad.
Allan 'Treeoflife' Cheung banked $120,083 for the win and shipped his first-ever WSOP bracelet.
Myles 'Shipthemoney' Kotler banked $74,039 for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh? That marked his second bridesmaid performance after he finished second place against Scott 'BudLightLime' Hempel in Event #18 $1K Turbo Deep Stack.
Notables who went deep and cashed in Event #22 Turbo Deep Stack included... Mike Matusow, Cal Anderson, Daniel Negreanu, Brett Murray, Daniel McGrath, Brian Rast, Ryan Laplante, Vuong Do, Konstadinos Katsipoutis, Anthony Zinno, John Kim, Peter Park, Jackson White, Ryan Feldman, Susan Friedman, Pat Lyons, Minh Nguyen, Jean Gaspard, Joe Batholdi, Cody Brinn, Erica Lindgren, Bryan Piccoli, Matt Stout, Lee Watkinson, Brian Yoon, Scott Blackman, Jeff Madsen, Rocco Zarrillo, Brock Wilson, Jack Salter, Shannon Shorr, Jamie Kerstetter, Alex Ziskin, Chou Chou, Tim RHoda, Jeremy Asmus, Joe Cheong, Brent Roberts, Kami Hudson, Ben Yu, Layne Flack, John Walker, Andy Macguire, Tony Dunst, Jon Gisler, Thayer Rasmussen, Max Pescatori, Mike Clark, Matt Matros, Vinny Shaw, Christa Pryor, Thomas Maguire, Suzzane Greenberg, David Byer, Alex Jim, and Tommy Saleh.
WSOP Online Event #23 $500 NL Knockout attracted 1,452 runners who helped create a prize pool worth $668K.
The final table included avant9201, Scott 'intheblack14' Epstein, Ryan 'im.sorry' Torgersen, Upeshka 'gomezhamburg' De Silva, Byung Jun 'YESUM1987' Kim, "kings702", "dogmai", "mikeob81", and Dan 'pepperprince' Zack.
De Silva busted in fourth place, while Torgersen hit the bricks in third place. Scott 'intheblack14' Epstein lost heads-up to avant9201 and missed out on shipping the bling. Epstein banked $58,074 for second place. Not too shabby, eh? avant9201 banked $93,776 for first place, plus $1,700 in bounties and of course the online bracelet. Schwwwwwwwwing!
Notables who went deep and cashed in Event #23 included Greg Raymer, Kid Poker, and Allen Chang.