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Natural8 2020 WSOP Online Performances of the Week: Two Final Tables for Shawn “SayGoodnight” Daniels

Shawn “SayGoodnight” Daniels

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The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) online bracelet events will run from July 1st to September 6th and is comprised of 85 WSOP gold bracelets on the digital felt across two different clients: WSOP.com and GG Poker.

Each week, we’ll highlight those players who rise to the top through their performance, be it a dominating one in a single event, or an exhibition of consistency over several tournaments.

Say Hello to “SayGoodnight”

Prior to the 2020 WSOP, two-time circuit ring winner Shawn “SayGoodnight” Daniels was an accomplished player on WSOP.com. In fact, both of his rings came from online events, the first after he won the 2018 WSOP.com Online Circuit $525 Main Event for $83,545, and more recently last month when he won the WSOP.com Season Finale Circuit $1,000 High Roller 6-Max for $75,034.

That made him an early favorite to have success in the WSOP.com bracelet events, and he didn’t disappoint making two final tables in the first week.

In Event #1: $500 NLH Kickoff, which attracted 1,715 entries and offered up a $771,750 prize pool, he finished in fourth place for $42,060. In what would be his final hand, Tony "Panoramic" Dunst opened for 560,000 on the button and Daniels three-bet all in for 1,538,586 from the small blind. Dunst called.

Tony "Panoramic" Dunst: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Shawn "SayGoodNight" Daniels: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Dunst was ahead with his pocket kings but had a sweat after the {9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop gave Daniels flush and straight draws. Unfortunately for Daniels, he bricked the {6-Hearts} turn and {j-Clubs} river, eliminating him in fourth place.

Shawn Daniels Event 1 Bustout

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Fireworks on the 4th of July

A few days later on July 4th, Daniels was part of a 1,179-entry field in Event #4: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo, which featured six-minute levels. He would go on to become the first player of the series to make multiple final tables, although he did it by entering as the short stack.

He managed to latter up one spot and then put himself in great position to get back in contention. With the blinds at 250,000/500,000/62,500, two-time bracelet winner Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee moved all in for 2,833,565 from early position and Daniels called off for 1,652,932 from the small blind.

Shawn "Saygoodnight" Daniels: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee: {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}

Daniels primed to double, but not after the {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{q-Clubs} flop delivered MacPhee two pair. Neither the {5-Hearts} turn nor {2-Spades} river helped Daniels and he had to settle for eighth place.

Had he won that hand, who knows what might have happened? Regardless, making two final tables in the first week was worthy of Natural8’s “Performance of the Week.”

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Notable Mention – Matthew “Michmeister” Mich

Matthew Michmeister

At the beginning of the month, Iowa’s Matthew “Michmeister” Mich had just $3,344 in live tournament earnings, nearly half of which came from two small WSOP cashes, one in 2018 and the other in 2019.

What those paltry numbers don’t reveal is his experience and success online, which has been on display here in the 2020 WSOP online bracelet events as he’s cashed in all three events thus far. It started when he took 19th in Event #1: $500 NLH Kickoff, and on Thursday he final tabled Event #2: $1,000 NLH 8-Handed Deepstack for $15,628. In Event #3: $400 NLH, he placed 298th for a $602.20 min-cash.

Mich, a former poker dealer, traveled to Las Vegas with Taylor Howard, a Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) champ who finished in 26th place in the aforementioned kickoff event.

“He was only planning on being out here a couple weeks, but now I think he might stay with me and chase the leaderboard,” Howard said of his friend.

Mich was one of the early breakout performers of the online series.

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