It took just over 11 hours of play to determine the latest champion in the 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events and it was Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" Hyun that topped a field of 2,307 entries in Event #46: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold'em to claim his first gold bracelet and top prize of $161,898.
Hyun defeated China's Yiduo "Tr1pTripM" Yu in heads-up to claim the lion's share of the $1,095,825 prize pool. However, it wasn't the biggest cash prize in his poker career so far. Two years ago, Hyun was very close to winning poker's most prestigious prize when he reached the final table in Event #68: $1,000+111 The Little One for One Drop. Out of 4,732 entries, the South Korean finished in 4th place and took home $189,098.
Two years later, the trip to Las Vegas was not possible and instead Hyun emerged victorious on the virtual felt instead. Many poker players with South Korean heritage have a dual nationality and travel in order to play poker as that is not allowed by law on home soil in the popular casinos in Incheon and Jeju. Hyun follows into the footsteps of Sejin Park and Sean Yu to become the third WSOP bracelet winner for his home country.
The final table also featured Nikita Kuznetsov, Jens Kerper, Wei Zhao and Yesha Punjabi, with the latter usually calling the Crown Casino in Melbourne as her home base for live poker.
Final Result Event #46: $500 Deepstack NLHE
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|1||Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" Hyun||South Korea||$161,898|
|2||Yiduo "Tr1pTripM" Yu||China||$116,605|
|3||Jeffrey "hockeysyrup" Mallach||Canada||$83,696|
|4||Nikita "VSMPZD" Kuznetsov||Russia||$60,178|
|5||Yu "kris16" Du||Thailand||$43,269|
|6||Che Li "32bo" Lin||Taiwan||$31,111|
|7||Jens "el_gazapo" Kerper||Germany||$22,369|
|8||Wei "dugui777" Zhao||China||$16,084|
|9||Yesha "Iconic" Punjabi||Australia||$11,564|
Rapid Fire Action From Start to Finish
More than 500 players were in their seats when the action kicked off on the GGNetwork and it lasted all but a few moments before the first hopes were crushed. As hundreds of entries kept pouring in for the next three hours, the field size more than quadrupled and many notables arrived and left without anything to show for.
Once the registration closed, the casualties kept coming frequently as the blinds went up every 15 minutes. Among those to bust were the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online winners Roberto Romanello, Hun Wei Lee and Kristen Bicknell, Aaron Wijaya was also not able to take down a second tournament of the Asia Time Zone events.
Further WSOP bracelet winners such as Alex Foxen, Mohsin Charania, Anson Tsang, Thomas Cazayous, Shawn Buchanan, nd Guoliang Wei all bowed out before the money. On the bubble itself, two players received their buy-in back thanks to the bubble protection for events with a buy-in of fewer than $1,000 on the GGNetwork. A three-way all-in saw "EL PAGANO" with kings and Anibal "ChiquiPlum" Andres with jacks at risk and both bowed out as "mjunior75" held aces, as "EL PAGANO" had fewer chips they became the bubble boy.
In the blink of an eye, three dozen players joined the rail in the few minutes until the break. If there was ever any period without any eliminations, it was down to the final two tables. Among the notables to add another WSOP cash to their poker resume were Conor Beresford, Jans Arends, Oliver Weis, Aditya Sushant, Juan Pardo Dominguez, Claas Segebrecht, Joao Vieira and Derek Ip, who all finished outside of the top 100.
From Four Tables Down to the Final Nine Hopefuls
Several big names were still in contention as the field had dropped below 30 hopefuls. Online poker streamer Justin Lapka was the first to fall and Dario Sammartino as well as Dimitar Danchev followed in quick succession. Danchev saw his aces cracked by pocket fours and had to settle for 25th place.
Daan Mulders went from shortest stack to big stack only to bust in the biggest pot of the tournament until then when his tens were dominated by pocket aces as Koray Turker won the side pot to triple up with pocket sixes. Turker was gone a few minutes later, as were Martijn Gerrits and another half a dozen players.
Down to the final two tables, Nikita Kuznetsov became the commanding chip leader when he doubled through Yu Du with a set against two pair. Kuznetsov also eliminated Andreas Samuelsson and reached the final nine with more than two times as many chips as the nearest follower.
Kuznetsov and Mallach from Hero to Zero on the Final Table
In the second hand of the final table, the fireworks kicked off in a three-way all-in as Yesha Punjabi jammed with pocket sevens, Wei Zhao isolated with ace-queen and Jeffrey Mallach called with queens. Kuznetsov mucked a suited ace-king and would have had all the chips as a king appeared on the flop. Instead, Mallach scored the huge pot and nearly closed the gap.
Fewer than 15 minutes passed and the field was already down to the last four. Zhao and Jens Kerper lost their battle with a short stack and Kuznetsov went on a carnage to eliminate Che Li Lin and Yu Du. Soon after, Mallach then flopped a set of sevens and doubled through Kuznetsov's king-ten suited for two pair to take over the role as overwhelming chip leader with four times as many chips as the Russian.
Kuznetsov's misery ended two all-in showdowns later and then it was Mallach who suffered a rough beat when his aces were cracked by the kings of Yiduo Yu. Sung Joo Hyun doubled through Mallach and Yu to take over the lead and Mallach lost two all-in showdowns against Yu to settle for third place.
While Yu won the first two hands of heads-up, he lost the handful remaining ones and the pivotal hand saw him three-bet and triple barrel bluff with ace-eight against the top pair of Hyun. It was all over moments later to crown the third-ever WSOP bracelet winner from South Korea.
That wraps up the live updates for tonight but a busy third Super Sunday awaits on the GGNetwork on August 2nd, 2020. Three WSOP bracelet events will take place and the PokerNews live reporting team will be providing updates for all of them from start to finish.
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