Day 1 Completed
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Players Info - Day 1
Day 1 Completed
The fifth champion has been crowned during the 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker (WSOP) Winter Online Circuit. India's Pulkit Goyal earned the lion's share of the $593,370 prize pool after coming out on top of a field of 1,041 entries, which consisted of 619 unique entries and 422 re-entries.
Only the top 179 spots were paid and Goyal defeated Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides in heads-up to claim the top prize of $82,052, while his opponent from South Africa had to settle for a consolation prize of $61,530.
Prior to this victory, Goyal had five WSOP cashes to his name including three cashes at the King's Resort in Rozvadov and two scores during the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events earlier this year. He has eclipsed his recorded career cashes and follows in the footsteps of fellow Indian players Nipun Java, Abhinav Iyer, Nikita Luther, Aditya Sushant and Kartik Ved, who all have a WSOP bracelet to their name.
Runner-up Kourtoumbellides was by far the most-aggressive player during the late stages and fell short of victory while the final table also featured Austria's Karl "Rossz" Schedlberger, Nikolay "boryan4ik" Prokhorskiy of Russia, and Brazil's Eduardo Pires.
Final Result WSOPC Event #5: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|2||Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides||South Africa||$61,530|
|3||Karl "Rossz" Schedlberger||Austria||$46,141|
|5||Nikolay "boryan4ik" Prokhorskiy||Russia||$25,947|
The Action of the Day
More than 300 players were in their seats in the first level of the day and the all-in showdowns never really stopped with blind levels of 12 minutes each. There were several double eliminations even before the blinds increased for the first time and new faces as well as re-entries kept on coming. The tournament offered up to three re-entries for each participant and that resulted in more than 40.5% of re-entries once the registration closed towards the end of level 15.
By then, fewer than one-third of the field remained and they raced towards the money bubble in an extraordinary fashion. Some of those that fell prior to the money were Kosei Ichinose, Niklas Astedt, Sami Kelopuro, Hun Wei Lee, Mike Watson, Blaz Zerjav, Bernardo "GGeKKo" Dias, Julien Martini and Felipe Ramos.
Steve O'Dwyer was unable to turn a late entry into a payday and close to the bubble, further familiar faces such as Dante Goya, Jessica Teusl, Joao Simao, and Noah "TheVaccine" Schwartz departed. Anton Wigg had his aces cracked and while Chris Moorman doubled on the bubble, it was then George Wolff who became the bubble boy.
Dylan Linde, Dario Sammartino, Alex Difelice, Toby Lewis, Ole Schemion and Mark Herm were among those who cashed and joined the rail outside of the top 100. One rather unusual name in contention in a PLO tournament was GGPoker ambassador Fedor Holz, who eventually departed in 38th place.
The non-stop action whittled down the field at a rapid pace and former big stacks such as Dorel "DorelEl" Eldabach and Yonathan "ninoboys80" Journo came up shy of the final three tables, as did PLO specialist Gavin Cochrane. En route to the final table, Pulkit Goyal scored two high-profile eliminations after knocking out Craig "GoBlue" Varnell and Andreas Christoforou in 15th and 14th place respectively.
Final Table Action
Russia's "1bloodflood" entered the final table as the chip leader followed by Goyal but it was Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides who quickly rose to the occasion and dominated the action with a very aggressive playing style. Eduardo Pires fell to Goyal when a wrap and flush draw missed and half an hour there were only four contenders still in the mix.
"SunOfABeach", "SK72" and "SlonoSarSki" all hit the rail in quick succession and Nikolay "boryan4ik" Prokhorskiy got it in preflop with double suited connectors only for Kourtoumbellides to hold with aces. Goyal then notched up another elimination when his flopped nut straight prevailed against a turned set by "1bloodflood" and Karl "Rossz" Schedlberger saw his hopes vanish with an inferior full house.
ICM deal discussions broke down twice and the lead switched back and forth. Eventually, Kourtoumbellides became short and jammed with an ace-king high in a three-bet pot to get called by Goyal with the middle pair and a gutshot. Two blanks concluded the four-card action after almost ten hours of play and Goyal was crowned the champion.
That wraps up the PokerNews coverage for this event but check back regularly to follow exclusive live updates for each Ring Event of the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit!
2020 WSOP Winter Online Circuit Winners so Far
|Event #||Event Name||Buy-In||Prize Pool||Entries||Winner||Top Prize|
|1||BIG $50||$50||$1,439,386||31,291||Aleksey "ImLuckPads" Savenkov||$168,810|
|2||Super MILLION$||$10,300||$5,110,000||511||Joaquin Melogno||$636,072|
|3||Deepstack NLHE Championship||$3,000||$1,436,400||504||Christian Jeppsson||$244,202|
|4||Monster Stack NLHE||$800||$1,060,200||1,395||Sihao "Mr_3rdBullet" Zhang||$140,472|
|5||Pot-Limit Omaha||$600||$1,060,200||1,041||Pulkit Goyal||$82,052|
|6||Mini Main Event||$170||$2,733,559||17,478||Final Table Reached||tba|
Right after becoming a 1-3 underdog, Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides was in the big blind and three-bet to 2.7 million. Pulkit Goyal made the call as they headed to the flop and Kourtoumbellides jammed near instantly. Goyal needed some additional time to make the call but did so after brief consideration.
Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides:
The turn gave Kourtoumbellides a wheel draw but he missed it all on the river to finish in second place for $61,530. Goyal accumulated all the chips and collects the top prize of $82,052 along with the WSOP Online Circuit ring.
A recap of today's action is to follow.
Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides raised it up to 900,000 on the button and was met by a three-bet to 2.7 million by Pulkit Goyal, which he called. On a flop of , Goyal bet 3.51 million into 5.4 million to earn a call then jammed the turn for more than 7.26 million, which proved to be too much for Kourtoumbellides.
Pulkit Goyal three-bet to 2.7 million and was called by Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides. The flop came and Goyal's shove went through.
Goyal then potted on the button to earn a call and Kourtoumbellides check-called for 444,000 on the flop. Kourtoumbellides checked the turn and gave up to a second barrel.
Goyal called a pot-sized raise and check-called for 612,000 on the flop. They checked through the turn and Goyal bet the river successfully to avoid a showdown.
Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides lost a pot of 3.06 million when his continuation bet on the flop was called by Pulkit Goyal. They checked the turn and river, and Goyal prevailed with versus .
However, soon after an even bigger pot emerged and Kourtoumbellides regained his commanding lead.
It was the usual button raise to 750,000 and a call by Goyal, which led to the flop. Goyal check-called for 780,000 and did so again for 3,060,000 on the turn. They checked it through on the 53h] river and Goyal's was no good, as Kourtoumbellides held the .
Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides three-bet the pot to 2.25 million and earned a call from Pulkit Goyal. On the flop, Kourtoumbellides bet 1.53 million and that forced a reluctant fold.
Two hands later, Goyal limp-called a pot-sized raise for 750,000 and Kourtoumbellides continued for 780,000 on the flop. Goyal made the call and they checked the turn. Kourtoumbellides checked the river and let go when Goyal bet for 1,134,800.
The next pot-sized raise on the button by Kourtoumbellides followed right after and Goyal then checked the flop, as did Goyal. Goyal check-called a million on the turn and the river went check, check.
Kourtoumbellides tabled for aces and sevens, which won the pot versus for jacks and nines.
The following three pots went to Kourtoumbellides without showdown and Goyal stopped his downfall by earning the next two pots.
Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides raised it up to 750,000 and was called by Pulkit Goyal, which led to the flop. Goyal opted for a bet worth 620,000 and earned a call to then bet the turn for 1,906,000 into 2,740,000.
Kourtoumbellides folded this time and conceded the lead to Goyal.
Goyal then also agreed to check ICM deal numbers once more but Kourtoumbellides declined when he noticed the inferior payout on his side.