Nick "samadhi" Binger Captures 2nd Bracelet in Event #24: $400 NLH 8-Handed ($133,413)

Nick "samadhi" Binger

On Friday night, the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #24: $400 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed attracted 1,590 players who rebought 818 times. The 2,408-entry field resulted in an $866,880 prize pool, and after 12 hours of play, it was Nick “samadhi” Binger claiming his second bracelet and a $133,412.83 top prize.

Binger, who has more than $2.3 million in lifetime live earnings, won his first bracelet back at the 2011 WSOP when he took down Event #57: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $397,073.

Outside of two live cashes, one each over the past two years, the poker world hasn't seen a lot of Binger. He had a single cash in 2015, and before that had not been very active since 2013, which is when he notched a half dozen cashes at that year's WSOP.

Binger had to contend with WSOP bracelet winner Ryan "Adopt_aDogg0" Leng in heads-up play. The latter actually began with a 4:1 chip lead and was seemingly on the verge of capturing his second gold bracelet, but Binger was not to be denied. He scored back-to-back doubles to pull out to a chip lead of his own and eventually closed it out.

2020 WSOP Online Event #24 Final Table Results

1Nick “samadhi” Binger$133,413
2Ryan "Adopt_aDogg0" Leng$82,440
3Philip “eric_shun” Beesley$60,161
4Ian “aulululululu” Waldron$44,298
5Mark “bansman” Bansemar$32,941
6Norman “abnormality” Michalek$24,706
7Matt “Berkey11_S4Y” Berkey$18,638
8Christian “CalcFather” Calcano$14,217

After bracelet winner Pat “ichiikawawa” Lyons, this week’s guest on the PokerNews Podcast, bubble the tournament in 331st place, the in-the-money finishes mounted fast. Among those to make deep runs but fall short of the final table were Bo “proudpatriot” Cappello (124th - $1,126.94), Melisa “NJ_Melisa” Singh (106th – 1,126.94), Ali “sasukeuchiha” Imsirovic (82nd - $1,300.32), Scott “BudLightLime” Hempel (53rd - $2,340.57), Mike “mouth123” Matusow (30th - $3,380.83), and final table bubble boy Jordan “HFNeon” Spurlin (9th - $11,009.37).

Binger began the final table as the chip leader and it didn’t take them long to absorb the short stack of Christian “CalcFather” Calcano, who got it in with ace-nine suited but failed to win a flip against pocket eights.

Not long after, Matt “Berkey11_S4Y” Berkey was denied his first bracelet when he got it all in preflop with ace-ten only to see Philip “eric_shun” Beesley river a straight with king-queen. He was followed out the door by Norman “abnormality” Michalek, who got his short stack all in preflop with ace-ten against two players. Leng wound up making a pair of threes and that was all she wrote for Michalek.

Leng then jammed the small blind to put the pressure on the short-stacked Mark “bansman” Bansemar, who called off with pocket sevens in the big. He was primed to double against Leng’s jack-three, but a river jack put a dagger through his heart.

At that point, Leng had opened up a pretty good chip lead with half the chips in play, but Binger closed the gap a but dispatching Ian “aulululululu” Waldron in fourth place. It happened when the former’s ten-seven rivered a heart flush to overcome the latter’s king-nine.

Ryan Leng
Ryan Leng

During three-handed play, Beesley bluffed the river only to get snap-called by Leng, who had flopped a gutshot straight draw but went runner-runner for the nut flush. Leng took a 4:1 chip lead into heads-up play against Binger, but the latter managed to double up to make a game of it.

The duo battled for a while before Binger opened up a lead and then finished it off when his king-eight found a cowboy on the flop to crack Leng’s pocket nines all in preflop.

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2020 Online WSOP Bracelet Winners

DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
7/1/20Event #1: $500 NLH Kick-Off1,715$771,750Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler$130,426
7/2/20Event #2: $1,000 NLH Deepstack 8-Max919$873,050Louis "PokeThese" Lynch$168,586
7/3/20Event #3: $400 NLH2,091$752,760Robert "bustinballs" Kuhn$115,850
7/4/20Event #4: $500 NLH Super Turbo1,179$530,550Matt "Bodeyster" Bode$97,091
7/5/20Event #5: $1,000 NLH Freezeout854$811,300Allen "Acnyc718" Chang$161,286
7/6/20Event #6: $600 PLO8 6-Handed883$449,820Nathan "surfbum" Gamble$89,424
7/7/20Event #7: $800 NLH Knockout Deepstack989$731,660Joon “jykpoker” Kim$103,127
7/8/20Event #8: $500 NLH Freezeout1,479$665,550Alan "GladiusIII" Goehring$119,400
7/9/20Event #9: $1,000 NLH 6-Max1,026$974,700Ron "MacDaddy15" McMillen$188,214
7/10/20Event #10: $600 NLH MonsterStack2,074$1,119,960Ryan "Im.Sorry" Torgerson$172,361
7/11/20Event #11: $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack 6-Max1,691$760,950Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka$128,601
7/12/20Event #12: $500 The BIG 500 No-Limit Hold'em2,427$1,092,150Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo$159,563
7/13/20Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout649$924,825Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech$164,249
7/14/20Event #14: $3,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller496$1,507,840Joe "fanofdapoker" McKeehen$352,985
7/15/20Event #15: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha663$629,850Guy "PhilLaak" Dunlap$133,780
7/16/20Event #16: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo1,528$687,600Terrell “Heezahustla” Cheatham$116,204
7/17/20Event #17: $777 No-Limit Hold'em1,382$967,400Pat "IchiiKawawa" Lyons$173,551
7/18/20Event #18: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo DeepStack987$937,650Scott "BudLightLime" Hempel$181,060
7/19/20Event #19: $400 No-Limit Hold'em2,545$916,200Kenny "Chopuh" Huynh$133,857
7/20/20Event #20: $500 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed1,137$511,650Kevin "therealkg" Gerhart$97,572
7/21/20Event #21: $777 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed1,361$952,700Tony "Panoramic" Dunst$168,342
7/22/20Event #22: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack1,579$710,550Allan “Treeoflife” Cheung$120,083
7/23/20Event #23: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout1,452$667,920Raymond “avant9201” Avant$93,776
7/24/20Event #24: $400 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed2,408$866,880Nick “samadhi” Binger$133,413

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