A Russian held off a top American pro and multi-bracelet winner, while a popular vlogger binked a bracelet while playing from his car in a parking lot of Whole Foods. You really can't make this stuff up. The stories have been writing themselves at the 2020 World Series of Poker Online. Just when you thought it would be a yawn-inducing money grab, there has been lots of excitement in this pandemic-driven money grab and bracelet dilution series.
But hey, congrats to Raman 'Acrogum' Afanasenka for a heck of a win on Saturday. Afanasenka defeated American pro Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth heads-up for the bling. Kornuth was seeking his third bracelet but got denied by the Russian.
Plus, the parking lot win by Ryan 'joeyisamush' Depaulo is the stuff legends are made of and that story will be retold for the next hundred years in poker circles.
Remember the time during the first wave of the plague when Ryan 'joeyisamush' DePaulo shipped a bracelet from his car at Whole Foods? Kales chips and kombucha on DePaulo. Sometimes the poker gods really smile upon degens.
2020 WSOP Online Event #11 $500 NL Turbo Deep Stack 6-Max attracted 1,081 original runners that added 610 rebuys to create a 1,691-etry event and a prize pool nearly $761K. Only the top 248 places paid out in Event #11.
The final table for Event #11 $500 NL Turbo Deep Stack 6-Max included Erica Lindgren, Neeraj Nayak, David Prociak, Raman Afanasenka, Brent Apter, and Chance Kornuth.
Erica 'Huckcheevers' Lindgren busted in sixth place, followed by Neeraj 'nee0903' Nayak in fifth place, David 'Twizzlers' Prociak in fourth place, and Brett 'Metanemesis' Apter in third place.
Raman 'Acrogum' Afanasenka picked off Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth for the win, bracelet, and and $128K in cash. Kornuth missed out on his third piece of bling when he busted in second place. He had to settle on $79K for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?
Kornuth, two-time bracelet winners, banked over $2 million in WSOP-branded events over the last decade. Kornuth made a splash a decade ago when he he won his first bracelet by shipping the 5K PLO event for a half-million.
In 2018, Kornuth won an online bracelet during one of the virtual events at WSOP.com when he binked the WSOP.com Online High Roller for $342K.
Notables who went deep and cashed in Event #11 included... Tom Cannuli, Brian Yoon, Jaime Reyes, Mike Lech, Jim Boyer, Brent Roberts, Ankusj Mandavia, Ben Perez, Jesse Sylvia, Eric Blair, Jacob Powers, Jason Gunn, Mike Marder, Melisa Singh, Ryan Laplante, Nick Pupillo, Andy Hanna, Meredith Holtzman, Blaze Gaspari, Eric Baldwin, Becca Wooten, Justin Liberto, Ben Yu, Joe Bartholodi, Jim Collopy, Steve Gross, Toby Lewis, Tyler Patterson, Israel Colangelo, Vanessa Kade, Ben Moon, Sten Lee, LuckyChewey, Jeff Gross, Rob Pisano, Angel Lopez, Patrick Murphy, Matt Matros, Leo Wolpert, Maria Ho, Willie Lambert, Bobby Brown, Bryan Picciolo, Corbin White.
On Sunday, the WSOP hosted Event #12 BIG 500 at WSOP.com. The $500 buy-in NL event attracted 1,624 original players that fired away at 803 additional bullets to create 2,427 entries in yet another million-dollar prize pool in the virtual version of the 2020 WSOP.
You only have to be within the state limits of New Jersey and Nevada in order to play in the 2020 WSOP Online. So, someone like Ryan DePaulo decided to hop in his car and drive over the New Jersey state border to play some online poker. He found a Whole Foods parking lot to hole up for the Big 500. At one point he went thrua Burger King drive-thru while busting donks. The rest is history.
Ryan 'joeyisamush' Depaulo picked off British pro Jack 'EarlGrey' Salter heads-up for the bling and $160K in cash. Jack 'EarlGrey' Salter banked $98K for second place. Not too shabby, mate!
The final table in Event #12 included Ryan 'joeyisamush' Depaulo, Jack 'EarlGrey' Salter, Sean 'FilthyDiaper' Ruane, Hayden 'Luckbox89' Fortini, 'Jessyboo', Terry 'mrterry007' Fleischer, Shannon 'Aulophobia' Shorr, Dominic 'rgdoc' Ricciardi, and 'Givmeaction'.
Daniel Negreanu is still sweating his million dollar bracelet prop bet. He cashed but busted in 205th place, which was waaaaay before the final table. Other notables who went deep and cash included James Carroll, Kevin MacPhee, Shannon Shorr, Peter Carini, Max Pescatori, Jim Murphy, and James Mackey.
Depaulo went deep in the 2019 WSOP Colossal Donkament last year but fell short of the win when he busted in third place. A year later, he won a bracelet from his car at Whole Foods. Who said poker doesn't make dreams come true?
Sometimes you have to come up with a way to adapt to your current situation in order to make things happen. Kudos to Depaulo for his clever way of figuring out how to take down a bracelet event.
2020 WSOP Online Results
- Event #11 $500 NL Turbo Deepstack 6-Max: Raman 'Acrogum' Afanasenka $128,601
- Event #12 $500 BIG 500: Ryan 'joeyisamush' DePaulo $159,563