Day 1 Completed
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Players Info - Day 1
Day 1 Completed
The third Pot Limit Omaha tournament of the 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events has played down to a champion and it took more than nine hours of play to whittle down a field of 532 entries in Event #40: $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha to a winner. In an all-Scandinavian heads-up battle for the lion's share of the $1,263,500 prize pool it was Klas Simon Löfberg who defeated Andreas Torbergsen and claimed a maiden WSOP gold bracelet to his name along with the top prize of $224,493.45.
Lofberg ended the year 2019 on a high when he scored a career-best prize of €352,230 on the live poker circuit after finishing second to Tsugunari Toma in a €10,300 High Roller at the 2019 European Poker Tour Prague festival. While the cash value for finishing one spot better on the virtual felt may not be as big, it comes with the one prize most poker players dream of.
For Torbergsen, the runner-up finish comes with a consolation prize of $164,552.93. Third-placed Shyngis Satubayev scored a payday of $120,616.86 but missed out to become the first player from Kazakhstan to join the winner's circle. Just five days ago, Satuyabev bubbled the final table of Event #35 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha when yet another Scandinavian in Juha Helppi claimed his second WSOP bracelet.
Final Result Event #40: $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|3||Shyngis "somebodyelse" Satubayev||Kazakhstan||$120,617|
|4||Leon Tsoukernik||Czech Republic||$88,412|
|5||Sai Wah "sws79" Shek||Hong Kong||$64,806|
|6||Arvi "Catman777" Vainionkulma||Finland||$47,502|
|8||Benjamin "dr100percent" Juhasz||Hungary||$25,522|
Leon Tsoukernik Reaches Final Table and Finishes Fourth
The other big story of the final table was certainly the appearance of Leon Tsoukernik. The first entry had gone up in flames but he was one of the chip leaders once the bubble had burst. On the final two tables the King's Resort owner caught heat and carried that momentum over to the final table, which he entered as the chip leader.
Tsoukernik sent Paul Teoh as well as Arvi Vainionkulma to the rail in spectacular hands but the run-good stopped soon after as Torbergsen took control and took chunks out of his stack several times. He was able to double up once but ultimately sent over the remainder of his stack to Torbergsen to bow out in 4th place for $88,411.76.
Early Action of the Day
Around 80 players were in their seats when the cards went in the air and it took all but two minutes for the first contenders to bust and re-enter. It would be symbolic for the three hours of late registration as the four-card aficionados boosted the field by the minute and create a seven-figure prize pool.
The field raced towards the paid places without showing any signs of slowing down, yet it took an entire level to let the bubble burst. Adam Owen saw his aces cracked two spots away from the money and in the very next hand four players bowed out at once. Only five minutes were left until the next break, yet more than two dozen players headed to the virtual payout desk.
Lofberg appeared among the bigger stacks after knocking out Mike McDonald and Samuel Bernabeu in the same hand. Other notables such as Dario Sammartino, Ami Barer, Tomas Ribeiro, Philip Long, Erik Seidel and Jens Lakemeier all joined the rail soon after.
Late Stages and Final Table
Online legend Liviu Ignat reached the final four tables and Joao Vieira made it one step further before bowing out in 18th place. Craig Timmis and Paul Teoh were both aiming for their second PLO final table of the festival after achieving that feat a few days ago in Event #37 $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha. Timmis came up short in 14th place whereas Teoh made the final eight after "Ross_Geller" and "Brahman33" bowed out on separate tables.
As the momentum of Tsoukernik started to vanish with five players remaining, it was Andreas Torbergsen who jumped into the lead and dominated with sheer aggression. Sai Wah Shek fell to the Norwegian and Tsoukernik suffered the same fate after losing multiple pots in short order. Lofberg then doubled through Torbergsen and knocked out Satubayev in third place to enter heads-up with a narrow lead.
More than half an hour filled with fireworks followed as the lead switched back and forth. Torbergsen was on the brink of elimination but pulled a rabbit out of the hat when cracking aces to even out the chips again. Soon after, Lofberg doubled into a commanding lead when he flopped the nut straight and Torbergsen turned an inferior jack-high straight. Ultimately, the Norwegian missed out on a flopped open-ender, gutshot and flush draw as the turn and river were both bricks to keep Lofberg's king-jack high in the lead and seal his victory.
That wraps up the PokerNews updates for this event on the second Super Sunday and the next WSOP gold bracelet will be awarded in two days as the prestigious Event #43: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship takes place on July 28th.
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Andreas Torbergsen raised the pot on the button and Simon Lofberg three-bet the pot, which Torbergsen called with fewer than one million behind. On the flop, Lofberg moved all-in and Torbergsen called it off.
Torbergsen had an open-ender, gutshot and flushdraw while Lofberg had a gutshot to the higher straight and backdoor clubs. The turn paired the board and the river kept king-jack high in the lead. Torbergsen had to settle for second place which comes with a sweet payday of $164,552.93.
However, it is Lofberg that has earned his maiden WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $224,493.45.
A recap of today's action is to follow.
Andreas Torbergsen twice raised the pot to then jam the flop and helped himself to a near double. However, Simon Lofberg remained in the driver's seat with a comfortable lead.
Andreas Torbergsen raised to 600,000 and Klas Lofberg called. On a flop of , Lofberg check-called a bet of 600,000 and then check-shoved the turn for 4,523,820. Torbergsen had invested 2.4 million by then and called for a big portion of his stack.
The on the river put Lofberg on the verge of victory.
After returning from the break, Simon Lofberg and Andreas Torbergsen traded small pots only as the former pulled into a lead worth one and a half big blinds.
In a limped pot, Lofberg bet the [c10d7h] flop for 400,000 and the turn for 900,000 into 1,200,000. Torbergsen called once but then got out of the way.
Andreas Torbergsen and Simon Lofberg chopped a pot of 7.3 million when both hit a ten-high straight and after that, Lofberg earned four out of five pots without showdown. One of them saw him bet the flop for 300,000 to get called only to fire 750,000 on the turn and force a fold from Lofberg.
As the Scandinavian duo headed into the next break, they were separated by a mere big blind.
Simon Lofberg pulled away by earning a 3.2 million pot with against he of Andreas Torbergsen on a board of .
Torbergsen won a few medium-sized pots and they then clashed when both had invested 3.6 million preflop and the rest went in after the flop.
Lofberg was on the verge of victory as the turn came a blank but Torbergsen spiked the miracle river.
What followed was a battle as the chips went back and fourth. Eventually, Lofberg hit a streak of seven hands out of nine to regain the lead. After the blinds had gone up, a limped pot led to the flop on which Lofberg check-called a min-bet. Lofberg bet the turn for 557,000 to get called and the river was checked.
Lofberg tabled the for a straight which had the for two pair of Torbergsen beat.