WSOP 2020 Online Finds First Five Bracelet Winners

WSOP 2020 Online Finds First Five Bracelet Winners

A primarily American crowd of players gathered virtually last week to kick off the first-ever WSOP 2020 Online series. And they’ve been doing so in significant numbers thus far, despite the tournaments not offering guaranteed prize pools.

The coronavirus pandemic gave the World Series of Poker little choice but to put some of its series online this year. After meticulously planning out a 101-tournament series – mostly live poker events – for Las Vegas this summer, Covid-19 swept across America and shut it all down.

The WSOP then delivered a schedule of 85 online poker tournaments, 31 of which would be on the ring-fenced sites in Nevada and New Jersey throughout the month of July. The other 54 events will play out on GGPoker and its poker skins starting in mid-July for the rest of the world.

Coverage of the online events is severely lacking its pizazz, its stories and excitement, photos and videos from the scene at the Rio in Vegas. Much of it is cut-and-dry reporting, so poker fans can expect some great writing but not much to spice it up. *shakes fist at Covid*

The World Series of Poker and PokerNews provide live updates and recaps of each tournament, in as much detail as possible. We will provide a fairly basic rundown of the events, which are compiled by accessing those live reports:

PokerNews WSOP 2020 Online landing page

WSOP 2020 Online updates page

Note that every US-based WSOP 2020 tournament plays out in one day. Reentries are as noted below.

The first five events played from July 1-5, and these were the results.

US Event 1: $500 NLHE Kickoff

A standard No Limit Hold’em event served as the launching pad for the 31-day, 31-event series. It permitted two reentries and brought in a solid field.

Buy-in: $500

Unique players: 1,195

Reentries: 520

Total entries: 1,715

Prize pool: $771,750

Paid players: 248

Minimum payout: $772

Winner:  Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler ($130,425.75)

2nd place:  Justin Turner ($80,416.35)

3rd place:  Tony Dunst ($57,881.25)

4th place:  Shawn Daniels ($42,060,37)

5th place:  Michael Balan ($30,947.17)

6th place:  Kyle Shappelle ($22,998.15)

7th place:  Daniel Park ($17,287.20)

8th place:  Mark Liedtke ($13,119.75)

9th place:  Taylor Van Kriegenbergh ($10,109.92)

This event winner hails from Ohio. Dokler won his first gold bracelet by beating a significant field of players, notably Phil “Lumestackin” Hellmuth. That notable aimed for his 16th bracelet but fell in 11th place.

US Event 2: $1K NLHE 8-Handed Deepstack

The second day doubled the buy-in to $1K and offered more chips. Again, players could reenter up to two times, and many of them did just that.

Buy-in: $1K

Unique players: 647

Reentries: 272

Total entries: 919

Prize pool: $873,050

Paid players: 143

Minimum payout: $1,484

Winner:  Louis “PokeThese” Lynch ($168,585.95)

2nd place:  Ryan Ko ($104,242.17)

3rd place:  Kevin Garosshen ($73,423.50)

4th place:  Daniel Fischer ($52,383.00)

5th place:  Sean Prendiville ($37,890.37)

6th place:  Jason Somerville ($27,762.99)

7th place:  Jon Michael Gisler ($20,691.28)

8th place:  Matthew Mich ($15,627.59)

US Event 3: $400 NLHE

The third event was the lowest buy-in bracelet event thus far on the night before Independence Day. But quite a few players ponied up to participate, some even taking advantage of the two reentries.

Buy-in: $400

Unique players: 1,450

Reentries: 641

Total entries: 2,091

Prize pool: $752,760

Paid players: 330

Minimum payout: $602

Winner:  Robert “BustinBalls” Kuhn ($115,849.76)

2nd place:  Ronald Keren ($71,587.47)

3rd place:  Richard Federico ($52,241.54)

4th place:  Theodore Lui ($38,466.03)

5th place:  Daniel Huster ($28,604.88)

6th place:  Evan Scott ($21,453.66)

7th place:  Christopher Fuchs ($16,184.34)

8th place:  Roland Israelashvili ($12,345.26)

9th place:  Andrew Freund ($9,560.05)

US Event 4: $500 NLHE Super Turbo

On Independence Day in America, the fourth event of the WSOP 2020 Online offered fast action and two reentries. The holiday didn’t stop a reasonably-sized field from looking for a bracelet…fast.

Buy-in: $500

Unique players: 828

Reentries: 351

Total entries: 1,179

Prize pool: $530,550

Paid players: 180

Minimum payout: $743

Winner:  Matthew “Bodeyster” Bode ($97,090.65)

2nd place:  Brian Frasca ($59,952.15)

3rd place:  Caitlin Dillon ($42,603.16)

4th place:  Frank Marasco ($30,771.90)

5th place:  Kevin MacPhee ($22,389.21)

6th place:  David Bernsen ($16,500.10)

7th place:  Ryan Dodd ($12,361.81)

8th place:  Shawn Daniels ($9,337.68)

9th place:  Jason Luxenberg ($7,162.42)

US Event 5: $1K NLHE Freezeout

Sundays are always big days for online poker, and players did line up for one of the few WSOP 2020 events that didn’t offer reentries. The freezeout was a welcome tournament for many.

Buy-in: $1K

Total players: 854

Prize pool: $811,300

Paid players: 126

Minimum payout: $1,623

Winner:  Allen “Acnyc718” Chang ($161,286.44)

2nd place:  Phillip Yeh ($99,708.77)

3rd place:  Felipe Leme ($69,771.80)

4th place:  Andrew Campbell ($49,570.43)

5th place:  Timothy Begley ($35,697.20)

6th place:  Alexander Condon ($26,123.86)

7th place:  John Forlenza ($19,390.07)

8th place:  Josh Greenberg ($14,603.40)

9th place:  Quintin Trammell ($11,195.94)

What’s on Tap This Week?

Starting today, the next seven events will provide one non-hold’em event, another freezeout, and some bigger stacks. The tournaments are lined up as follows:

July 6:  $600 PLO-8 6-Handed (3 reentries)

July 7:  $800 NLHE Knockout Deepstack (2 reentries)

July 8:  $500 NLHE Freezeout

July 9:  $1K NLHE 6-Max (2 reentries)

July 10:  $600 NLHE Monster Stack (2 reentries)

July 11:  $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed (2 reentries)

July 12:  $500 NLHE Big 500 (3 reentries)


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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