High Rollers Dominate Final Four $10K Heads-Up; Crivello Captures PLO Bracelet

David Peters

One of the most anticipated tournaments of the GGPoker portion of the online 2020 World Series of Poker kicked off on Saturday as the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship got underway.

True to form in the skill-centric format, several high roller regs still remain alive as 128 evenly bracketed players got whittled down to a final four.

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Addamo, Zhang, Peters Among Final Four

First to book a seat was Michael Addamo. The two-time bracelet winner has been on an absolute tear of late in high roller events, and he seemed to have the easiest time rolling through the bracket. Several times, he was among the first to advance through his matches, affording him some long stretches to relax or watch scout future opponents.

Opposite Addamo will be Chi Zhang, also known as Michael Zhang. Another regular in the highest buy-in tournaments around the world, Zhang may have had the most impressive run of anyone en route to the semifinals. He dispatched the likes of Erik Seidel, GGPoker's Daniel Negreanu and Sean Winter.

Michael Zhang
Chi Zhang had arguably the toughest route to the Final Four.

On the other side of the bracket, another top player, David Peters (lead photo) emerged. It wasn't easy though, particularly his final match. That turned into a four-hour marathon against Stefan Burakov, who at one point had Peters down to two blinds. However, Peters executed a memorable comeback to book what was for a time an unlikely berth.

The lone wild card remaining fills out the fourth seat: Canadian streamer Alyssa MacDonald. An online player with only $6K of live cashes to her name, MacDonald managed to get through Mark Radoja and Ajay Chabra as well as the red-hot Belarmino De Souza in the round of eight.

Alyssa MacDonald
Like David taking on three Goliath, Alyssa MacDonald will be the underdog in the final four.

Routes to the Final Four

 Michael AddamoMichael ZhangDavid PetersAlyssa MacDonald
Round of 128Connor DrinanDavid YanJohan GuilbertBrunno Botteon
Round of 64Shota HiraoSean WinterSami KelopuroMark Radoja
Round of 32Gabriel CampanhaErik SeidelScott WoodsViktor Kudinov
Round of 16Bertrand GrospellierDaniel NegreanuSergi ReixachAjay Chabra
Round of 8Pedro WaldburgerChris BrewerStefan BurakovBelarmino De Souza

Players eliminated in the round of 16 and the round of eight did make the money. In addition to those listed above, Samuel Vousden, Aaron Van Blarcum, and Mike Leah were among those cashing.

$10K Heads-Up Championship Final Four
$10K Heads-Up Championship Bracket

The remaining players are on ice for a week until the final four plays out next Saturday. They'll battle for the bracelet and $360,480 at that point, along with a WSOPE package. Come back to PokerNews to find out who emerges as heads-up champion.

Frank "Sbma2016" Crivello strikes WSOP gold in Event #53: $800 Double Stack PLO

Frank Crivello
Frank "Sbma2016" Crivello won $94,253 and a bracelet in Event #53: $800 Double Stack PLO

The fifth tournament of the Asia Time Zone during the 2020 World Series of Poker on GGPoker has a champion and it was Frank "Sbma2016" Crivello that came out top in Event #53: $800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha. The event attracted a total of 831 entries and generated a prize pool of $631,560, which was split among the top 116 finishers.

Crivello defeated the UK's Craig Timmis and claimed his first WSOP gold bracelet along with the top prize of $94,253, and he also receives a package for the WSOP Europe. The American had six WSOP and WSOP Circuit cashes to his name with a 40th place in the 2017 WSOP Main Event for $176,399 as the best result.

2020 WSOP Online Event #53: $800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Frank "Sbma2016" CrivelloUnited States$94,253*
2Craig TimmisUnited Kingdom$77,883
3Julijan "Grgur" RadosCroatia$57,088
4Yonathan "ninoboys80" JournoAlbania$41,485
5Tszfai "WinEasy" TongHong Kong$30,672
6Jin "SharkLeeeee" LiHong Kong$22,483
7Markus "Phil Kessel" CaraCanada$16,480
8Ajay "Ross_Geller" ChabraCanada$12,080
9Pulkit "PgTilt" GoyalIndia$8,854

*the winner also receives a package for the WSOP Europe

Timmis recorded his second top-three result in a PLO event during the festival so far and walked away $77,883 richer. The third time proved to be the charm, as both the winner and runner-up fired the maximum allowed total of three bullets.

It was a final table filled with more turns and twists than the world's most legendary serpentine roads in the mountains which culminated in the duel between the arguably most-aggressive players in the late stages. Among those to reach the final and come up short of victory were Ajay "Ross_Geller" Chabra, Markus "Phil Kessel" Cara, Yonathan "ninoboys80" Journo and Julijan "Grgur" Rados.

Notables in the money included Kahle Burns, GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu, Aku Joentausta, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Mike Watson, Ami Barer, Erik Seidel, Connor Drinan, Manig Loeser, Juha Helppi and Mohsin Charania.

Check out the full PLO recap in the live reporting section

2020 WSOP Online Bracelet Winners on GGPoker

DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
7/26/20Event #32: $100 The Opener29,306$2,571,216Marcelo Jakovljevic Pudla$265,880
7/26/20Event #33: $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief2,323$2,580,853Alek "astazz" Stasiak$343,204
7/19/20Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed2,214$1,107,000Shoma "pp_syon" Ishikawa$117,650
7/21/20Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship328$1,558,000Juha Helppi$290,286
7/22/20Event #36: $1,500 FIFTY STACK NLHE1,342$1,912,350Michael Clacher$297,496
7/23/20Event #37: $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha971$971,000Hun Wei Lee$161,886
7/25/20Event #38: $600 Monster Stack 6-Max2,007$1,143,990Aaron "fishnchip" Wijaya$171,389
7/26/20Event #39: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em922$1,313,850Roberto Romanello$212,613
7/26/20Event #40: $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha532$1,253,500Simon Lofberg$224,493
8/1/20Event #41: COLOSSUS12,757$4,796,632Ranno Sootla$595,930
8/1/20Event #42: PLOSSUS4,356$1,637,856Yuri Dzivieleski$227,557
7/28/20Event #43: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship130$1,261,000Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb$276,393
7/29/20Event #44: $2,500 NLHE 6-Handed892$2,118,500Kristen Bicknell$356,412
7/30/20Event #45: $840 Bounty NLHE2,382$1,905,600Patrick "Muddington" Kennedy$245,448
8/1/20Event #46: $500 Deepstack2,307$1,095,825Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" Hyun$161,898
8/2/20Event #47: $1,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em487$462,560Paul Teoh$82,202
8/8/20Event #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, $5M Gtd.6,299$8,976,075Daniel Dvoress$1,489,289
8/2/20Event #49: $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold'em2,978$1,414,550Vladas Burneikis$192,523
8/4/20Event #50: $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Bounty Championship1,168$2,336,000Enrico "GTOExploiter" Camosci$327,319
8/5/20Event #51: $400 Pot Limit Omaha2,005$753,880Eoghan "DrRoche" O'Dea$100,945
8/6/20Event #52: $1,000 NLHE2,006$1,905,700Alek "astazz" Stasiak$273,505
8/8/20Event #53: $800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha831$631,560Frank "Sbma2016" Crivello$94,253

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  • David Peters, Michael Addamo, and Chi Zhang are joined by streamer Alyssa MacDonald.

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