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The 2019/2020 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) is finally in the books with the season-ending Global Casino Championship (GCC) playing down to a winner a few hours ago. After more than 11 hours of play, three-time ring winner Andrew “RandyLerch” Kelsall (cover image) proved the last player standing and walked away with what is likely going to be the last gold bracelet to be awarded this year and $275,632.
The invitational-only bracelet event made its online debut on WSOP.com this year, bringing the best of the WSOP Circuit performers together like aways. All the players who had won WSOP Circuit stop Main Events or finished as Casino Champ’s were automatically granted entry in the $1 Million guaranteed tournament. Additionally, the WSOPC ring winners and the top 100 finishers from last year’s WSOP POY race had the option to enter the rake-free tourney by paying the $10,000 entry buy-in. The prize money collected from all such entries was added to the $1 Million base prize pool.
With a record 130 players converging on the virtual felts, the event collected a generous $1.07 Million prize pool.
Kelsall, a first-time bracelet champion, had qualified for the championship as an at-large points qualifier after he had ranked fourth on the season leaderboard with a total of 30 cashes tallying up to $214,326, adding up for 332.5 points. After taking down the event, he summed up his win by announcing that it was a “dream come true.”
After registration closed, WSOP erroneously reported the final field as 132.
132 players are registered for the 2020 Global Casino Championship, ensuring the biggest field ever ! If you were eligible and didn’t confirm, last chance to contact us : https://t.co/uYrgvWdzHA pic.twitter.com/ADItgdoFHL
— WSOP (@WSOP) September 12, 2020
Only the last 20 players made it in the money, with a min-cash worth $16,264.
Adam “nonce” Owen was the last player to fall out empty-handed in 21st place.
Among those who cashed included Faisal “desigolfer” Siddiqui (13th for $20,330), Brian “JackBogle” Altman (16th for $17,869), Matt “RubberFist” Stout (17th for $16,264), Scott “stpauli111” Hall (19th for $16,264) and David “TheClubber” Larson (20th for $16,264).
Iconic American poker pro Mike “mouth123” Matusow (10th for $22,898) was among the poker superstars that missed out on winning the bracelet. Matusow was pitted against Shawn “Saygoodnight” Daniels in a blinds-versus- blinds situation where Matusow called small blind Daniels’ shove to see the latter scoop the pot with two-pair of sevens and treys, dominating his ace-ten.
GGPoker Ambassador Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu (9th for $26,643) came agonizingly close to the FT and was within reach of that elusive seventh bracelet. However, it was not to be as he ended up hitting the rail on the FT bubble after getting it in with king-queen only to see Eric “powwow” Ethans wake up with ace-king.
Negreanu later tweeted about it.
Out in 9th place dang it.
15 blinds in the small blind shoved KQ but the big blind woke up with AK.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 14, 2020
Shawn Daniels entered the final table in the chip lead with a stack of 18.89 Million. Kelsall was the third shortest stack at the start of the FT.
Final Table Chip Counts
The event was live-streamed by PokerNews. You can watch the replay below.
Final Table Recap
It took the final table nearly two hours to whittle down to the heads-up between Kelsall and Michael “annie_r_u_ok” Trivett. Kelsall, who had started out as one of the shorter stacks, improved his chances after dispatching Shawn “Saygoodnight” Daniels in fifth place. Once play got down to three-handed, he got short again but found some ammunition after eliminating Brad “bd3303” Albrinck in third place.
Kelsall entered the heads-up with a massive 5.58 Million against Trivett’s 2.21 Million and took less than 20 minutes to seal the deal. The final hand saw all the chips go in on the flop .
Michael “annie_r_u_ok” Trivett
Andrew “RandyLerch” Kelsall
Trivett flopped two-pair, but Kelsall had a double gutshot straight draw, and the on the turn completed his straight! The on the river didn’t come to Trivett’s rescue, awarding the title and the bracelet to Kelsall.
Final Table Results (USD)
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