The first-ever PokerStars Stadium Series came to an end with the Grand Final. The three-tiered buy-in event had buy-ins ranging from $55 to $530 to $5,200 and Brazilian players won two of the three. Best of all, the Grand Final was an old-school freeze out. In the Stadium Series Grand Final - $530 buy-in Medium, Caio 'Pessagno' Pessagno outlasted 4,234 runners and secured a three-way deal to win $266K. In the Stadium Series Grand Final - $5,200 buy-in High, Fernando 'fviana' Viana faded 971 runners to take down first place and $721,235 (also via a three-way deal).
The final bracelet event at WSOP.com, the 2020 WSOP Online Event #31 $1,000 NL Championship, attracted 1,455 original runners and 671 additional entries to create a prize pool worth in excess of $2 million. '2Rivers' defeated Norman 'abnormality' Michalek heads-up for the bracelet and $310,832 in cash. Meanwhile, over at GGPoker, Patrick 'Muddington' Kennedy won Event #45 $840 NL Bounty for a $140,768 score plus $104K in bounties. In addition, Sung Joo 'ArtePokerTV' Hyun won Event #46 $500 Deep Stack NL for $161,898, and Paul Teoh took down Event #47 $1,000 Short Deck NL for $82,202 and the bracelet.
Three more bracelets were doled out at the 2020 WSOP Online. Nick 'shadowjacker' Guagenti took down WSOP Online Event #29 $2,000 NL Deep Stack afterhe outlasted a field of 747 entrants to ship the bracelet and $305,433. In WSOP Online Event #30, Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin won the $500 buy-in Seniors event after he faded a field of 720. Over at GGPoker, Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb outlasted a difficult field and final table to win Event #43 $10,000 Short Deck NL Championship for a score worth $276,393.
Canadian pro Kristen Bicknell added a third bracelet to her collection after she went the distance and won WSOP Online Event #44 $2,500 NL 6-Max at GGPoker for a score worth $356,412. Bicknell outlasted 892 entrants to win the bling. She previously won the Ladies Event back in 2013 and then binked a bounty event at the 2016 WSOP.
Two more bracelets were awarded at WSOP.com. 2020 WSOP Online Event #27 $400 NL Freezeout attracted 1,940 runners, and Ian 'ApokerJoker2' Steinman outlasted everyone to win $110,557 and his first bracelet. Meanwhile, in WSOP Online Event #28 $1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max, William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine faded a field of 525 entrants to win $110,673 and his first bracelet.
Nick 'samadhi' Binger secured his second career-bracelet with a victory in 2020 WSOP Online Event #24 $400 NL 8-Handed. Binger outlasted 2,408 runners to swoop up the blinf and $133,412 in cash. On Saturday, Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley outlasted a field of 2,155 entrants to win WSOP Online Event #25 $500 Summer Super Saver for a score worth $149,245. During a Sunday night grind, Ethan 'RampageP' Yau streamed his way to the winner's circle in WSOP Online Event #26 $500 NL Grand Finale. Yau banked $164,494 for fading a field of 2,502 entrants.
The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continued with bracelets awarded to Americans and international players. Allan 'Treeoflife' Cheung faded a field of 1,579 entries to win WSOP Online Event #22 $500 NL Turbo Deep Stack for a score worth $120,083. 'avant9201' outlasted a field of 1,452 players in Event #23 $500 NL Knockout to win the bracelet and $93,776 in cash. Finnish pro, Juha Helppi, added a second bracelet to his collection when he shipped WSOP Online Event #35 $5,000 PLO Championship on GGPoker.
The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continued at WSOP.com and they awarded out bracelets to players who previously won one. Both Kevin Gerhart and Tony Dunst became second-time winners. Gerhart, playing under 'therealkg', outlasted a field of 1,137 runners to win WSOP Online Event #20 $500 PLO 6-Max for a score worth $97,571. Over in WSOP Online Event #21 $777 NL 6-Handed, WPT's Tony 'Panoramic' Dunst outlasted 1,361 entrants to win $168,342 and his second career bracelet.
Over the weekend, the 2020 World Series of Poker Online handed out two more bracelets at WSOP.com. Scott 'BudLightLime' Hempel outlasted 987 entries to ship 2020 WSOP Online Event #18 $1,000 NL Turbo Deep Stack for $181,060. Kenny 'Chopuh' Huynh outlasted 2,545 Sunday grinders to win Event #19 $400 NL for a score worth $113,857. Both players won their first career bracelets.
At the 2020 WSOP Online, three more bracelets were awarded. Guy 'PhilLaak' Dunlap outlasted a field of 663 entries to win Event #15 $1,000 PLO High Roller for a score worth $133,780. Terrell 'Heezahustla' Cheatham faded a field of 1,528 runners to ship a bracelet in Event #16 $500 NL Turbo for $116,204. Pat 'IchiiKawawa' Lyons won $173,551 in cash and added a bracelet with a victory in Event #17 $777 NL.
The 2020 WSOP Online handed out two bracelets in High Roller events over the last two evenings. Michael 'miguelfiesta' Lech outlasted a field of 649 players to snag a bracelet and $164,248.92 in cash by winning Event #13 $1500 NL High Roller Freezeout. Joe McKeehen won his third-career bracelet with a victory in Event #14 $3,200 High Roller by fading a field of 496 entrants to win $352,985. The 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion added online bling to his growing collections of WSOP bracelets and rings.
Two more players took down bracelets at the 2020 World Series of Poker Online at WSOP.com over the weekend. Raman 'Acrogum' Afanasenka outlasted a field of 1,691 runners to win WSOP Online Event #11 $500 NL Turbo Deepstack 6-Max for $128,601. Vlogger Ryan 'joeyisamush' DePaulo, playing from his car in New Jersey, outlasted 2,427 runners to win WSOP Online Event #12 BIG 500 for a score worth $159,563.
Ron 'MacDaddy15' McMillen played in his first online poker event and won a bracelet for binking 2020 WSOP Online Event #9 $1,000 NL 6-Max. McMillen outlasted a field of 1,026 runners to win the bling and $188,214. Ryan 'Im.Sorry' Torgersen finished in second place in Event #9, but the next day, he faded 2,074 runners to ship Event #10 $600 NL Monster Stack for a $172,361 score and a bracelet.
The King's Casino in RozVegas hosted the Balkan Poker Tour and a fight broke out at the tables during the Main Event and a quick brawl ensued that happened to be captured in a video by someone on the rail. The King's in RozVegas has been one of the few poker rooms on the planet running tournaments while the coronavirus pandemic rages around the world and caused major tours like the WSOP to postpone or cancel out right like the EPT.
The 2020 WSOP Online awarded two more bracelets to Joon 'jykpoker' Kim and Alan 'GladiusIII' Goehring. Kim won WSOP Online Event #7 $800 NL Knockout Deepstack for $103,127, after fading a field of 989 runners. Over in WSOP Online Event #8 $500 NL Freezeout, Goehring outlasted a field of 1,479 players to win $119,399. The two-time WPT champ won his first bracelet and outlasted a final table that already included Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn.
Nathan 'surfbum' Gamble won 2020 WSOP Online Event #6 Omaha Hi/Lo for his second-career bracelet for a score worth $89,424. Back in 2017, Gamble binked a PLO8 event for $233K to win his first WSOP bracelet. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler won the first bracelet of the 2020 WSOP Online in the Kick-Off event. Other winners through the first week of action include... Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch, Robert 'BustinBalls' Kuhn, Matt 'Bodeyster' Bode, and Allen 'Acnyc718' Chang.
The USA is drastically spiking with coronavirus cases rising in 40 out of 50 states. Governors have been scaling back reopenings. In Los Angeles, card rooms and poker rooms were shut down when Governor Gavin Newsom ordered casinos to be closed. At the start of June, several of the most popular card rooms in LA reopened such as Commerce, the Bike, and Hustler. They've all shut their doors indefinitely while the pandemic peaks in SoCal during the Fourth of July holiday.
If you have $420,000 or so, you can purchase a home in Las Vegas owned by Phil Hellmuth. Yes, the Poker Brat's humble abode is up for sale. The 15-time WSOP bracelet winner confirmed his home, located in the Las Vegas County Club gated community, is available for sale. You can own a piece of Hellmuthian poker history along with 3 bedrooms, a pool, 2-car garage, and the infamous shirtless balcony.
Journalist and author, Maria Konnikova, recently published a new book about her experiences learning poker and taking down a big event in the Bahamas. Erik Seidel took Maria Konnikova under his wing and a short time, she became a decent poker player en route to a victory in a side event at the 2018 PCA for $84K. She chronicled her experiences in a non-fiction book published by Penguin titled 'The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win'.
GGPoker released their schedule for 54 events for the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, which begins July 16 and ends on September 6 for international players. The buy-ins range from $100 to $25,000. The Main Event as a $5,000 buy-in with a $25 million guaranteed prize pool and 22 opening flights. There's also the $25K Poker Players Championship and several People's Choice events. In an increased security measure, players must play under their own names at GGPoker.
Gambling will return to the Garden State in July. Governor Phil Murphy gave Atlantic City the go ahead to reopen as early as July 2 at 25% capacity and everyone must wear masks. The Borgata, the jewel of AC, will wait until after the Fourth of July holiday to reopen on July 6. New Jersey was one of the hardest hit states at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in the New York City tri-state area.