Day 4 Completed
|Blinds||1,000,000 / 2,000,000|
Players Info - Day 4
Day 4 Completed
The 2020 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Online has crowned a champion in the EPT Online 16: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] and it was Sweden's "WhatIfGod" who overcame a final table line-up filled with talented and experienced opponents to claim the top prize of $1,019,082. In a short-lived heads-up duel of just seven hands, "WhatIfGod" overcame Canadian High Roller regular Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams, who had to settle for a consolation prize of $728,633.
The flagship tournament of the festival drew a total of 1,304 entries, including 924 unique players and 380 re-entries, and the top 159 spots earned a portion of the $6,520,000 prize pool. Nine players from nine different countries reached the final table, which also featured big names such as David "MissOracle" Yan, Viacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin, Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou, and Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet.
Ultimately, it was "WhatIfGod" who prevailed after five hours and a quarter on the final day and he actually attended an EPT live festival previously. That was six years ago back in 2014, however, the Swede didn't play any of the tournaments back then. Instead, "WhatIfGod" collected the two bracelets he won during the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and almost exclusively plays online ever since, now topping off the resume with a seven-figure score after making a deep run in the 2020 WCOOP Main Event earlier this year (12th for $76.643) and winning two titles during the 2020 SCOOP.
Third-place finisher Yan was responsible for two spectacular eliminations by cracking aces and kings before carefully nursing a shorter stack for an extended period of time. No stranger to the live and online circuit, the payday of $520,966 was one of the biggest to date for the young New Zealander.
Final Result 2020 PokerStars EPT Online $5,200 Main Event
|Place||Winner||Country||Payout (in USD)|
|2||Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams||Canada||$728,633|
|3||David "MissOracle" Yan||New Zealand||$520,966|
|5||Viacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin||Russia||$266,323|
|6||Enio "Bozzano JNR" Bozzano||Brazil||$190,419|
|7||Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou||Cyprus||$136,147|
|8||Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet||United States||$97,344|
The Action of the Final Day
Every pay jump on the final table was significant and yet it only took some 40 minutes to lose the first three contenders. First to fall was "vip25459" who three-bet jammed their short stack with king-jack suited into the aces of Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet. However, the American online poker legend was the next casualty when he lost a flip with ace-king against the pocket jacks of Viacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin.
The exit of Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou came in an agonizing fashion when his aces were cracked by the ace-king suited of David "MissOracle" Yan. Going forward, the chip lead changed several times for the next 90 minutes, yet Brazil's Enio "Bozzano JNR" Bozzano was never able to leave the bottom of the leaderboard. His exit, too, came against Yan when kings were cracked by queens in a preflop contest.
Yan became a significant short stack after that and doubled to get back into contention, as did "WhatIfGod" against Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams with aces versus nines. Adams and Finland's "tikidiii" cruised at the top of the leaderboard and Viacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin then lost a flip to "WhatIfGod" to bust in 5th place.
The next hopeful to run out of chips was "tikidiii" and Yan went from joint chip leader to short stack after a failed bluff attempt against "WhatIfGod". This hand would turn out to be pivotal, as Yan was unable to stage another comeback and succumbed with his short stack when tens were cracked by then ace-four of Adams.
Adams entered heads-up with a small lead and won just two out of the hands that took place from thereon. When the Canadian and "WhatIfGod" flopped top pair and rivered trips, the chips went into the middle on each street and Adams had to settle for the runner-up spot.
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The second big pot in heads-up play kicked off with a button raise to 4.4 million by Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams and "WhatIfGod" raised to 16 million from the big blind, which was called by Adams.
On a flop of , "WhatIfGod" continued for 8 million and picked up a call, then slowed down on the turn. Adams now made it 15.94 million to go with just under 98 million behind, and "WhatIfGod" made the call.
The fell on the river and WhatIfGod" check-called the shove of Adams with both players turning over an ace.
Adams' was trailing by a minor kicker disavantage as "WhatIfGod" had the superior , and just like that the Main Event was over after a short-lived heads-up duel. Adams finishes as the runner-up and receives $728,633, while "WhatIfGod" scores their far biggest result for a payday of $1,019,082.
A recap of today's action is to follow.
Sweden's "WhatIfGod" won most of the medium-sized pots early in the heads-up duel and then raised to 4 million on the button. Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams made it 16 million to go and was called.
They checked down the flop and turn, which then prompted a bet worth 11.48 million by Adams on the river. "WhatIfGod" raised it up to 52 million and shut down his opponent.
David "MissOracle" Yan limped in from the small blind with a total stack of 32,735,613 and Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams raised to 34 million, Yan quickly called all-in.
David "MissOracle" Yan:
Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams:
Adams paired the four on the flop and had back door clubs at his disposal. The on the turn changed nothing yet but the river brought Yan's tournament to an end in 3rd place for $520,966.
Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams defended the big blind against a button min-raise by "WhatIfGod" and check-called the flop for 2.925 million. Adams check-called for another 15.6 million on the turn and the river was then checked down.
The of Adams for the top pair won the pot.
David "MissOracle" Yan raised it up to 4.32 million on the button and was called by "WhatIfGod" in the big blind. On a flop, a check-call for 3,324,800 led to the turn.
"WhatIfGod" check-called for another 5,452,672 with 72,180,337 behind and checked the on the river.
Yan overbet and jammed to receive a very reluctant call from "WhatIfGod", tabling the for a bluff. "WhatIfGod" had that beat with the and doubled into the lead.
Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams limped the small blind and called a raise to 7.2 million by "WhatIfGod". On the flop, Adams checked and subsequently folded to a continuation bet.
"WhatIfGod" then limped the small blind and David "MissOracle" Yan checked his option. They checked the flop and "WhatIfGod" bet the turn for 3.6 million, Yan raised to 10.26 million and picked up a call. The river was checked and "WhatIfGod" won the second pot in a row with for a pair of nines.
The final three players are now on a scheduled five-minute break and David "MissOracle" Yan has nearly closed the gap at the top of the leaderboard.