The 2020 World Series of Poker Online is winding down its final week at the WSOP.com. It seems like just yesterday that the controversial, yet highly-anticipated series began at the beginning of July. The entire year of 2020 has felt like a decade, so it's not weird to think that each month seems to last a full year. Maybe I should shut up and not give the suits at the WSOP HQ and more free ideas to exploit and capitalize upon. Because if they had their way, they'd total host an online series with 365 bracelets at stake. One every single day!
Joking aside, the folks at the WSOP.com were handing out a bracelet per day in July. Two more events are in the books and two more players won their first WSOP events and bracelets.
One of the events this week was an old-school freezeout. Remember those? It used to be the norm when you bought in and fired just a single bullet and you either sunk or swam. These days, those re-entry events boost numbers and prize pools. Some players will say that want bad/unlucky/rich players firing away at multiple shots, while others think the deep-pocketed players will try to bully and buy a bracelet. Ah, there's always two polarizing sides to every debate these days, eh?
But for a brief moment, the 2020 WSOP Online paid homage to the old days with another freezeout.
2020 WSOP Online Event #27 $400 NL Freezeout was an old-school event in which players could only fire away with one-single entry. The latest freezeout attracted 1,940 total runners. They created a prie pool that was just short of $700,000. The top 289 places paid out with a little more than $110K set aside to the champ.
The final table included Ian 'ApokerJoker2' Steinman, Satoshi 'Godzillla' Tanaka, Mahyar "Psycho101" Ebrahimi, Nicholas "Got_The_Glow" Brancato, Cameron "crezident" Rezaie, Lokesh "lanku111" Garg, Alida "av1925" Veliu, Huiwen "HLM99" Liu, Cody "voltron12" Scherer.
ApokerJoker2 edged out Godzillla for the victory. Satoshi Tanaka banked $68K for second place in the Freezeout. Not too shabby, eh?
Ian 'ApokerJoker2' Steinman earned $110,557 for the victory in Event #27 and slapped his first WSOP bracelet around his wrist. Steinman had previously become internet famous for laying down a set of rivered Kings against Joe McKeehen's Broadway straight in a 2018 WPT final table from Rolling Thunder, California.
Adrian Armendariz bubbled the Freezeout final table when he busted in tenth place.
Notables who went deep and cashed in Event #27 Freezeout included...Ethan Yau, Shaun Deeb, Eddy Sabat, Jamie Kerstetter, Ted Liu, Rob Peacock, Porter Lambert, Albert Son, Jared Jaffe, Christian Harder, Lisa Costello, Andrew Lichtenberger, Dennis Kim, Yu Zhu, Mike Moon, Gina Bacon, Andy Lee, Scott Hempel, Steve Firestone, Joon Kim, Sylan Wilkerson, Matt Brady, Lisa Pickell, Mike Matusow, Jason Smith, Jesse Sylvia, Daniel Kelly, Safiya Umerova, Stan Lee, Tiffany Vedder, Greg Jennings, and Samuel Henson.
Meanwhile, over in WSOP Online Event #28 $1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max attracted 425 initial entrants. They fired away 100 additional re-entries for a total number of 525 entries. The prize pool in Event #28 fell short of $500K.
The final table in WSOP Online Event #28 included William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine, Mark 'victb' Ioli, "kheescoopy", "Chippingggup", Kyle 'Ksparks740' Sparks, and "NJ_FittyFish".
Mark 'victb' Ioli lost heads-up to William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine and he busted in second place. Ioli banked $68K for a runner-up share.
William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine took home the bling and $110,673 in cash. Huzzah.
Notables who went deep and cashed in WSOP Online Event #28 included... Erica Lindgren, Brian Rast, Norman Chad, Eric Baldwin, Ryan Torgersen, Ralph Perry, Ryan Laplante, and Upeshka De Silva.