2020 GGPoker WSOP Bracelet Events 2020 WPT World Online Championships
Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Kick-Off

Event Info

Prize Pool $771,750
Players 1715

Level Info

Level 43
Blinds 160,000 / 320,000
Ante 40,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 1715
Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Kick-Off
Day 1 Completed

Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler Captures First Bracelet of 2020 WSOP; Hellmuth’s Run Falls Short in 11th Place

Chad_Holloway • Level 43: 160,000-320,000, 40,000 ante
Jonathan Dokler winning his BPO title earlier this year.
Jonathan Dokler winning his BPO title earlier this year.

The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Bracelet Events kicked off on WSOP.com Wednesday afternoon with Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Kickoff. The tournament attracted 1,195 runners who rebought 520 times to create a 1,715-entry field and $771,750 prize pool.

For much of the tournament, all eyes were on Phil “Lumestackin” Hellmuth as he made a run at bracelet No. 16, but he eventually fell by the wayside two spots shy of the final table. Down the stretch, it was Ohio’s Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler who sped to the finish line to capture the title for $130,425.75 and his first gold bracelet.

Prior to the victory, Dokler had $105,159 in live tournament earnings, nearly all of which came when he won the Borgata Winter Poker Open $5,100 High Roller back in January for $100,829. Two months later, he won the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series Event #9: $150,000 GTD NLH Monster Stack 2x Re-entry for $77,910 and his first WSOPC gold ring.

2020 WSOP Event #1 Final Table Results

1stJonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler$130,425.75
2ndJustin “MadTitan” Turner$80,416.35
3rdTony “Panoramic” Dunst$57,881.25
4thShawn “SayGoodNight” Daniels$42,060.37
5thMichael “DDSpade” Balan$30,947.17
6thKyle “ChefShap” Shappelle$22,998.16
7thDaniel "“djp1006” Park$17,287.20
8thMark "NostraDonkus" Liedtke$13,119.75
9thTaylor "ZeroTo100" Von Kriegenbergh$10,109.92

After Darren Elias bubbled the tournament in 249th place – the result of losing a flip with ace-king to the pocket fives of Shawn “SayGoodNight” Daniels – the in-the-money finishes came quick and included Taylor “gambol_time” Howard (26th - $3,935.92), Mike “mouth123” Matusow (44th - $2,623.95), Clayton “clayfletch” Fletcher (64th - $1,620.67), David “davedadonk” Gutfreund (76th - $1,466.32), Alex “RIP_Neiko” Rocha (95th - $1,157.62), Jesse “MrJesseJames” Sylvia (137th - $1,003.27), Katie “Katelin” Lindsay (149th - $1,003.27), Melisa “NJ_Melisa” Singh (173rd - $926.10), and poker lawyer Maurice “Mac” VerStandig (196th - $771.75).

Hellmuth's Demise

As mentioned earlier, Hellmuth was the center of attention for a good part of the tournament, including when he took the chip lead with just two tables left. Unfortunately, a bad run of cards combined with some lost flips in crucial spots led to his demise in 11th place.

In his final hand, Hellmuth three-bet jammed his last 21 big blinds preflop holding pocket queens against Daniels, who had opened with ace-king. Daniels called and promptly flopped a king to take a commanding lead. Hellmuth failed to get lucky and just like that the fireworks fizzled.

Dokler Comes on Strong at Final Table

At the final table, Dokler began to amass chips with approximately six players remaining and contended with WPT commentator Tony “Panoramic” Dunst, who was the last bracelet winner in the field. Dokler ended up notching four eliminations at the final table, including the last two.

First, he won a big flip with ace-king against Dunst’s pocket nines when a king spiked on the river. That allowed him to take a 19.1 million to 6.5 million chip lead into heads-up play against Justin “MadTitan” Turner, who largely nursed a short stack at the final table to ladder up.

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Turner was flipping with ten-six against Dokler’s pocket fours. The former flopped top pair, but the latter turned a straight to seal the deal and become the first bracelet winner of the 2020 WSOP.

The next tournament on the schedule – Event #2: $1,000 NLH 8-Handed Deepstack – will take place at 3 p.m. PDT on Thursday. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will once again be reporting all the action, so be sure to tune in then to see who captures the second bracelet of the 2020 WSOP!

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Justin "MadTitan" Turner Eliminated in 2nd Place ($80,416)

AnthonyThompson • Level 43: 160,000-320,000, 40,000 ante

Justin "MadTitan" Turner open-jammed for 4,765,824 and Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler called.

Justin "MadTitan" Turner: {10-Spades}{6-Spades}
Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler: {4-Hearts}{4-Spades}

Turner held two overcards and connected with the {3-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{6-Clubs} flop which also gave Dokler a gutshot.

There wasn't much of a sweat as the {2-Hearts} appeared on the turn completing Dokler's straight, leaving Turner drawing to a chop at best.

The {5-Diamonds} completed the board on the river sending Turner out in second place.

Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler 25,725,000 6,125,824
Justin "MadTitan" Turner US Busted

Tony "Panoramic" Dunst Eliminated in 3rd Place ($57,881)

AnthonyThompson • Level 42: 140,000-280,000, 35,000 ante
Tony Dunst
Tony Dunst

Tony "Panoramic" Dunst opened to 560,000 on the button and Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler three-bet to 1,800,000 from the big blind. Action was back on Dunst who four-bet jammed for 9,450,881 and Dokler called.

Tony "Panoramic" Dunst: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

Dunst was ahead with his made hand of nines and nothing changed after the {2-Spades}{5-Clubs}{q-Clubs} flop.

The {10-Hearts} turn gave Dunst a sweat as it added broadway outs to Dokler's hand who could win the hand with any ace, king or jack.

Unfortunately for Dunst, the river came came as the {k-Hearts} appeared on the river, eliminating Dunst in third place.

Tony "Panoramic" Dunst
Tony \"Panoramic\" Dunst Eliminated
Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler 19,146,762 5,566,099
Justin "MadTitan" Turner US 6,982,912 4,149,456
Tony "Panoramic" Dunst Busted

Shawn "SayGoodNight" Daniels Eliminated in 4th Place ($42,060)

AnthonyThompson • Level 42: 140,000-280,000, 35,000 ante
Shawn Daniels
Shawn Daniels

Tony "Panoramic" Dunst opened for 560,000 on the button and Shawn "SayGoodNight" Daniels three-bet all in for 1,538,586 from the small blind, Dunst called.

Tony "Panoramic" Dunst: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Shawn "SayGoodNight" Daniels: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Dunst was ahead with his pocket kings but had a sweat after the {9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop gave Daniels flush and straight draws.

Unfortunately for Daniels, he bricked the {6-Hearts} turn and {j-Clubs} river, eliminating him in fourth place.

Shawn "SayGoodNight" Daniels
Shawn \"SayGoodNight\" Daniels Eliminated
Tony "Panoramic" Dunst 6,965,881 313,586
Shawn "SayGoodNight" Daniels us Busted

Michael "DDSpade“ Balan Eliminated in 5th Place ($30,947)

AnthonyThompson • Level 41: 120,000-240,000, 30,000 ante

Michael "DDSpade“ Balan opened for 555,000 from the small blind and Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler three-bet to 1,200,000 from the big blind, Balan called.

The flop came {10-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Balan check-called Dokler's 680,000 continuation bet.

Once the {2-Diamonds} appeared on the turn, Balan moved all in for 2,840,000 and was quickly called by Dokler.

Michael "DDSpade“ Balan: {q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler: {k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}

Balan needed a ten to fall on the river to win the hand but it came the {3-Clubs} ending his tournament in fifth place.

Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler 14,145,663 6,503,903
Michael "DDSpade“ Balan US Busted