McMillen and Depaulo Make Great WSOP 2020 Online Stories
The inaugural online version of the World Series of Poker completed its first full week of tournaments, having now declared 12 new WSOP gold bracelet winners thus far.
The WSOP 2020 Online got underway in the United States on July 1, offering one bracelet event per day for players located in Nevada and New Jersey on WSOP.com. At the completion of the first five events, we provided a list of the events with their stats and winners.
Online poker tournaments certainly lacked the excitement of the actual World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas, but Covid-19 didn’t leave many alternatives for the traditional summer series. This last week, however, was a bit different.
There were a couple of truly exciting and fun stories from event winners in the past few days. Most notable was Ron McMillen, a player from Iowa with quite a bit of live poker tournament experience. This WSOP 2020 was his first experience playing online, though, and his win was a moment that took the poker world by storm last week.
Iowa’s Ron "MacDaddy15" McMillen had never played online poker before, but that didn’t stop him from winning tonight’s @WSOP Online Event 9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Max for $188,214.
Even though the game is online this summer, we still get special moments like this! pic.twitter.com/6dnGXKhMTQ
— Chad Holloway (@ChadAHolloway) July 10, 2020
Just last night, Ryan Depaulo won his first piece of WSOP gold. The New York resident drove to New Jersey and played the WSOP tournament from a Whole Foods parking lot in his car. The self-proclaimed degenerate gambler won the tournament just one year after finishing third in the 2019 WSOP Colossus event.
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 13, 2020
For complete recaps and live updates of each event, the WSOP and PokerNews websites offer details.
Below is a quick rundown of the facts and figures of events from Monday, July 6 through Sunday, July 12.
US Event 6: $600 PLO-8 6-Handed
The first Omaha tournament of this year’s series delivered a solid turnout for a Monday afternoon event. Complete with three reentries allowed, the totals were solid. And in the end, a player won his second WSOP event, the first one back in 2017.
Unique players: 497
Total entries: 833
Prize pool: $449,820
Paid players: 126
Minimum payout: $899
Winner: Nathan “surfbum” Gamble ($89,424)
2nd place: Shane Daniels ($55,283)
3rd place: John Esposito ($38,685)
4th place: Tom Schwartz ($27,484)
5th place: Timothy Batow ($19,792)
6th place: Simon Lam ($14,484)
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 7, 2020
US Event 7: $800 NLHE Knockout Deepstack
Back to No Limit Hold’em, players got involved and some took starting accumulating bounties immediately in this first Knockout of the series. Every player represented a $200 bounty, and the action was fast and exciting.
Total entries: 989
Prize pool: $731,660
Paid players: 143
Minimum payout: $908
Winner: Joon “jykpoker” Kim ($106,126.98 including $3,000 KOs)
2nd place: Stephen McManus ($65,766.76 including $2,000 KOs)
3rd place: Eric Baldwin ($46,514.44 including $1,600 KOs)
4th place: Jason Gunn ($33,843.60 including $1,800 KOs)
5th place: Ian Steinman ($24,578.20 including $1,400 KOs)
6th place: Lee Gale ($18,383.10 including $1,400 KOs)
7th place: Jeff Platt ($15,057.22 including $2,400 KOs)
8th place: Jonathan Love ($10,759.67 including $1,200 KOs)
9th place: Joseph Hoffman ($8,716.62 including $1,400 KOs)
US Event 8: $500 NLHE Freezeout
This freezeout gave players a chance to play without their opponents making crazy moves just to reenter. Some players still love a good freezeout.
Total players: 1,479
Prize pool: $665,550
Paid players: 207
Minimum payout: $732
Winner: Alan “GladiusIII” Goehring ($119,399.67)
2nd place: Ross Gottlieb ($73,942.60)
3rd place: Randy Ohel ($52,511.89)
4th place: Robert Kuhn ($37,803.24)
5th place: Brendan Torrejon ($27,620.32)
6th place: Drew O’Connell ($20,365.83)
7th place: Timothy Stearns ($15,307.65)
8th place: Scott Davies ($11,580.57)
9th place: Louie Anthony Torres ($8,918.37)
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 9, 2020
US Event 9: $1K NLHE 6-Max
Fewer players at each table but back to two rebuys, the ninth event of this summer WSOP drew a very nice crowd. And the winner captured the love of poker in his genuine winning video clip.
Unique players: 568
Total entries: 1,026
Prize pool: $974,700
Paid players: 143
Minimum payout: $1,656
Winner: Ronald “MacDaddy15” McMillen ($188,214.57)
2nd place: Ryan Torgersen ($116,379.18)
3rd place: Wade Griffith ($81,972.27)
4th place: Ruth Ruffman ($58,482.00)
5th place: Chris Moody ($42,301.98)
6th place: Ian Steinman ($30,995.46)
7th place: John Dombroski ($23,100.39)
8th place: Aram Zobian ($17,447.13)
9th place: Dan Wach ($13,353.39)
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 10, 2020
US Event 10: $600 NLHE Monster Stack
It wasn’t just a deepstacked event, Event 10 offered monster stacks. Players also had two reentries available to each of them for some big Friday night action. And for the player who finished in second place the night before, it was his turn to win.
Unique players: 1,505
Total entries: 2,074
Prize pool: $1,119,960
Paid players: 330
Minimum payout: $895
Winner: Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgersen ($172,361.84)
2nd place: Brandon Ienn ($106,508.19)
3rd place: Sam Grizzle ($77,725.22)
4th place: Eric Blair ($57,229.95)
5th place: Christopher Carey ($42,558.48)
6th place: Brent Roberts ($31,918.86)
7th place: Justin Whitfield ($24,079.14)
8th place: Nicholas Pupillo ($18,367.34)
9th place: Thomas Dean ($14,223.49)
US Event 11: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed
The Saturday event was a quick structure but with short-handed tables and deep stacks.
Unique players: 1,081
Total entries: 1,691
Prize pool: $760,950
Paid players: 248
Minimum payout: $761
Winner: Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka ($128,600.55)
2nd place: Chance Kornuth ($79,290.99)
3rd place: Brett Apter ($57,071.25)
4th place: David Prociak ($41,471.77)
5th place: Neeraj Nayak ($30,514.09)
6th place: Erica Lindgren ($22,676.31)
US Event 12: $500 NLHE Big 500
Sunday is the ideal day for online poker, and the WSOP brought in the Big 500 for it. Players hopped to it and created a large field and prize pool. And in the end, a poker vlogger who drove into New Jersey and played the tournament in his car claimed victory.
Unique players: 1,624
Total entries: 2,427
Prize pool: $1,092,150
Paid players: 371
Minimum payout: $765
Winner: Ryan “Joeyisamush” Depaulo ($159,563.11)
2nd place: Jack Salter ($98,621.14)
3rd place: Sean Ruane ($72,409.54)
4th place: Hayden Fortini ($53,624.56)
5th place: Jessica Lanto ($40,081.90)
6th place: Terry Fleischer ($30,143.34)
7th place: Shannon Shorr ($22,825.93)
8th place: Dominic Ricciardi ($17,474.40)
9th place: Erick But ($13,542.66)
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 13, 2020
What’s on Tap This Week?
This is a week for the high rollers, as some big buy-ins kick off the week. And the US-based series will pass its halfway mark this week.
July 13: $1,500 NLHE High Roller Freezeout
July 14: $3,200 NLHE High Roller (2 reentries)
July 15: $1K PLO 8-Max High Roller (3 reentries)
July 16: $500 NLHE Turbo (2 reentries)
July 17: $777 NLHE (2 reentries)
July 18: $1K NLHE 8-Handed Turbo Deepstack (2 reentries)
July 19: $400 NLHE (3 reentries)
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