2020 WSOP Main Event partypoker US Network Online Series
EPT Online 01: $1,050 NLHE [Arena Championship]
Days:
1234

Event Info

Prize Pool $2,426,000
Players 2426

Level Info

Level 56
Blinds 3,500,000 / 7,000,000
Ante 875,000

Players Info - Day 4

Players Left 1
Entries 9
EPT Online 01: $1,050 NLHE [Arena Championship]
Day 4 Completed

"DON JOHAN" Wins the Arena Championship for $356,769

elron66 • Level 56: 3,500,000-7,000,000, 875,000 ante
"DON JOHAN" Wins the Arena Championship for $356,769
"DON JOHAN" Wins the Arena Championship for $356,769

It took a bit more than six hours on the fourth day of play for "DON JOHAN" to take down the win in the first event of the 2020 PokerStars EPT Online. They came into the final day with the second biggest stack, but they were well behind the start of day chip leader.

It wasn't an easy run for the eventual winner, even after they made it through 2,417 other players to make the final nine. More than once they were short stacked during three-handed play, and they were all in for their life with an under pair, but flopped a set to stay alive. That was the turning point, as they eliminated start of day leader Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström a few hands later to take a big lead into heads up.

The Final Table

PlaceNameCountryPrize
1DON JOHANNorway$356,769
2smoothiegCanada$254,316
3Daniel “Kihlström” KihlströmSweden$181,285
4Andrey "drupa-lucker" ChernokozRussian Federation$129,226
5Gustavo “MachadinhaRS” RochaBrazil$92,117
6Guilherme "Guizãoo_" CarmoBrazil$65,664
7ImTheNuts1Poland$46,808
8Jeiko "JEIK0" PalmaPanama$33,366
9Audrius "Stakelis24" StakelisLithuania$23,784

Tournament's Action

The epic EPT Online 01: $1,050 NLHE [Arena Championship] was the lead off event for the first ever 2020 PokerStars EPT Online. It was clear early the online edition of the EPT would be a success as the $1.5M guarantee was broken before the end of Level 6, and Day 1 topped out with $2,179,000 in the prize pool.

Players weren't done though. Just 622 players were left after Day 1 action, but with registration open till the start of Day 2, the Day 2 starting field swelled to nearly 900, putting the final prize pool at $2.426M. Day 2 was expected to play down to 72 players, but the final hand of the day saw two eliminations, which meant just 71 players came back for Day 3.

Kihlström emerged as the chip leader at the end of Day 3, taking almost twice as many chips into the final day as "DON JOHAN". Once the final table started, they played for about an hour before Audrius "Stakelis24" Stakelis was the first person eliminated, and another hour till Jeiko "JEIK0" Palma followed in 8th after his queens were cracked by the ace-queen of Kihlström.

"ImTheNuts1" was the next to go after getting coolered with ace-king into kings, but it took another hour or so for Guilherme "Guizãoo_" Carmo and Gustavo “MachadinhaRS” Rocha to bust one after the other. They battled four-handed for more than an hour before Andrey "drupa-lucker" Chernokoz lost a race in fourth.

Three handed was a raucous affair, with the lead changing several times before start of day leader Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström busted in 3rd when "DON JOHAN" got there for a straight. That set up a quick heads up that saw "DON JOHAN" take it down over Canadian "smoothieg" who started the final table with the shortest stack, but managed to run that up to better than $250K for second place.

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"smoothieg" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($254,316)

elron66 • Level 56: 3,500,000-7,000,000, 875,000 ante
"smoothieg" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($254,316)
"smoothieg" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($254,316)

The final two players briefly talked about a deal, but decided to play on, but it didn't last long. A few hands in "smoothieg" raised to 17M, "DON JOHAN" reraised to 49M, and "smoothieg" shoved for more than 258M and got the call.

"smoothieg": {3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}
"DON JOHAN": {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}

Board: {6-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

"DON JOHAN" had the best of it from the start, and held to bust "smoothieg" in 2nd for $254,316.

DON JOHAN NO 606,500,000
smoothieg CA Busted

Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström Eliminated in 3rd Place ($181,285)

elron66 • Level 55: 3,000,000-6,000,000, 750,000 ante
Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström Eliminated in 3rd Place ($181,285)
Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström Eliminated in 3rd Place ($181,285)

After being whittled down to under 100M, Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström called off a small blind shove from "DON JOHAN".

"DON JOHAN": {q-Spades}{8-Spades}
Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström: {a-Hearts}{3-Spades}

Board: {5-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Clubs}

Neither player had a club, but "DON JOHAN" had the eight for a straight and left Kihlström felted for $181,285.

DON JOHAN NO 320,412,008 123,484,160
smoothieg CA 286,087,992 25,350,000
Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström SE Busted
Level:
56
Blinds:
3,500,000/7,000,000
Ante:
875,000

"DON JOHAN" Comes Back

elron66 • Level 55: 3,000,000-6,000,000, 750,000 ante

It was limp-call before the flop of {3-Spades}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades}, and "DON JOHAN" check-called a bet of 6M. They check-called again for 18M on the 4c turn when Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström bet and fired 31.125M on the {5-Hearts} river. Kihlström called, but mucked to the {j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}.

smoothieg CA 260,737,992 -750,000
DON JOHAN NO 196,927,848 62,625,000
Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström SE 148,834,160 -61,875,000

"smoothieg" Takes Lead

elron66 • Level 55: 3,000,000-6,000,000, 750,000 ante
smoothieg" Takes Lead
smoothieg" Takes Lead

"smoothieg" raised to 14M from the small blind, and "DON JOHAN" called from the big. They called again for 18M on the {4-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} flop, but when the turn came {10-Diamonds}, "smoothieg" check-raised a bet of 33,125,000 to 78M, sending "DON JOHAN" deep into their time bank before they finally found a fold.

smoothieg CA 261,487,992 59,875,000
Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström SE 210,709,160 -4,500,000
DON JOHAN NO 134,302,848 -55,375,000

Two Shoves for "DON JOHAN"

elron66 • Level 55: 3,000,000-6,000,000, 750,000 ante

Twice in a row, "smoothieg" raised, then folded to shoves from "DON JOHAN", and that allowed "DON JOHAN" to chip up to almost 200M

Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström SE 215,209,160 -44,650,000
smoothieg CA 201,612,992 6,400,000
DON JOHAN NO 189,677,848 38,250,000

Break Stacks

elron66 • Level 55: 3,000,000-6,000,000, 750,000 ante

There was a lot of chip movement right before the break. "DON JOHAN" took the lead briefly with a pot won on the flop, then doubled "smoothieg" up, before smoothieg gave some chips to Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström on the last hand before the break.

Daniel “Kihlström” Kihlström SE 259,859,160 -16,025,000
smoothieg CA 195,212,992 83,506,496
DON JOHAN NO 151,427,848 -67,481,496
Level:
55
Blinds:
3,000,000/6,000,000
Ante:
750,000