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The COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding, Team India has made a strong showing at the ongoing 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online taking place at GGPoker and Natural8. After Neel Joshi`s impressive FT finish in Event #36 $1.5 Fifty Stack NLHE, the country`s first solo bracelet winner, Abhinav ‘OBellaCiao’ Iyer, was seen chasing his second bracelet in Event #33 $1,111 Evert 1 for COVID Relief on Sunday. He came close to the title, eventually running out of chips in fourth place for a commendable $127,571.28 (~₹95.42 Lakhs) payday! No points for guessing that this is Iyer’s best finish in an online bracelet event, and with the majority of the schedule yet to play out, the next few weeks could bring many more bracelet sweats.
Iyer was also playing Event #39 $1.5 NLHE, where he finished 65th for $4,393 (~₹3.28 Lakhs).
The close-knit Indian poker community knows how to rail hard, and it was heartening to see Jaideep Sajwan and the IOPC Main Event – The Crown 3rd place finisher Sumit Sapra live-streaming Iyer’s FT run. You can watch the stream below.
‘rung00se’ (15th for $12,673 – ₹9.48 Lakhs) and ‘GeeKay’ (24th for $9,112 – ₹6.82 Lakhs) were two other Indians who made deep runs in the tourney.
This was one of two tournaments running on the starting day of the series on the GGPoker Network that had to be halted due to technical difficulties. The 1,400 players who had registered returned to play at 3 PM EST on Sunday, and new registrations grew the field 2,323-strong. After the nine-hour-long grind, it was Canada’s Alek ‘astazz’ Stasiak, who won his first-ever bracelet along with the winner’s cheque of $343,203.53.
Most of Stasiak’s live winnings have been recorded at various events at the Playground Poker Club in Quebec and date back to 2013.
The bubble burst after four hours of play with ‘COL_Moutarde’ becoming the last one to fall out empty-handed. Since there were multiple knockouts on the same hand, the player banked a payout.
The top 332 places earned at least $2,249 from the $2,580,853 prize pool, and some of the known names that received payouts were Adrian Mateos (19th for $9,112) and Geroge B ‘DrOctagon’ Adams (27th for $6,551).
Bertrand Grospellier, Elio Fox, Daniel Strelitz, Roberto Romanello, Henri Buehler, Anson Tsang, Dario Sammartino, and Chance Kornuth, Conor Beresford, Mikita Badziakouski and Simon Higgins were the other notable ITM finishers.
‘BaccaratKing`s’ elimination in 10th place set the FT in motion.
Final Table Recap
Japan’s Norihiro ‘orzorz’ Otani, UK’s Stewart ‘Stew_233’ Kilpatrick and Andreas ‘Addichip’ Phouli hit the rail within the first 30 minutes of play on the final table, taking home ninth to seventh place payouts, respectively.
Evan ‘NEONPILS99’ Parkes was booted out in sixth place after his ace-king was cracked by Harry ‘Vulvasore’ Lodge`s pocket eights that found another pair on the rundown.
Abhinav ‘OBellaCiao’ Iyer was among the short stacks on the table and caught momentum after doubling up through Lodge with a higher two-pair of aces and tens. Iyer was still short with a stack of about 8.04 Million.
Lodge recovered from the setback by dispatching David ‘BatSoup789’ Montoya in fifth place.
Around 15 minutes later, Iyer got in a standoff with Stasiak. The latter raised to 1.2 Million on the button. Iyer 3-bet shoved for 6.51 Million from the small blind. The action folded back to Stasiak, who called it off.
Alek ‘astazz’ Stasiak
Abhinav ‘OBellaCiao’ Iyer
Iyer was behind, but the flop gave him a flush draw and a backdoor straight draw. But it was not to be, as the on the turn was a blank, and so was the river. Stasiak scooped the pot with a higher kicker, ending Iyer’s dream run in fourth place.
Shortly after that, Stasiak knocked Harry ‘Vulvasore’ Lodge out of contention, with his getting the better of Lodge’s on the runout .
On the first hand of heads-up play, Stasiak drove up a massive lead to command a 51.92 Million stack against Martin ‘colinchow’ Ilobera’s 6.15 Million. Ilobera tried to catch up with a quick double–up, but he needed several more if he had to get a chance at the bracelet. The final hand saw him moving all-in from the button, and Stasiak made a quick call in the big blind.
Alek ‘astazz’ Stasiak
Martin ‘colinchow’ Ilobera
Stasiak took the lead on the flop after hitting top pair. The and on the next two streets won him the bracelet.
Final Table Results (USD)
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