Event #12: $500 The BIG 500 No-Limit Hold'em

Event Info

Prize Pool $1,092,150
Players 2427

Level Info

Level 47
Blinds 400,000 / 800,000
Ante 100,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 2427
Event #12: $500 The BIG 500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 Completed

Poker Vlogger Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo Wins 2020 Online WSOP Big 500 ($159,563)

Chad_Holloway • Level 47: 400,000-800,000, 100,000 ante
Ryan Depaulo
Ryan Depaulo

On Sunday night, the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #12: $500 The BIG 500 No-Limit Hold'em attracted 1,624 players who rebought 803 times. The 2,427-entry field resulted in a $1,092,150 prize pool and after 12.5 hours of play, it was Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo walking away with a $159,563 top prize and his first gold bracelet.

Depaulo, who was literally playing from inside his car in a New Jersey Whole Foods parking lot, is a popular online poker personality, a self-described “degenerate gambler” who makes “+EV Vlogs about my -EV poker play.” It was a bit of redemption for him as last summer he finished third in the 2019 WSOP Event #61: $400 Colossus for $208,643, which comprises the vast majority of his $225,644 in live tournament earnings.

Depaulo won in impressive fashion entering the final table with the chip lead and eliminating all but two competitors. It wasn’t easy though as Depaulo had to overcome Jack “EarlGrey” Salter in heads-up play. The Brit, who has $8 million in lifetime earnings, was seeking his first bracelet as well, but despite claiming the chip lead at one point, Depaulo ultimately regained it and closed it out.

2020 WSOP Online Event #12 Final Table Results

1Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo$159,563
2Jack “EarlGrey” Salter$98,621
3Sean “FilthyDiaper” Ruane$72,410
4Hayden “Luckbox89” Fortini$53,625
5Jessica “Jessyboo” Lanto$40,082
6Terry “mrterry007” Fleischer$30,143
7Shannon “Aulophobia” Shorr$22,826
8Dominic “rgdoc” Ricciardi$17,474
9Erick “Givmeaction” But$13,543

After “pill_ivey” bubbled in 372nd place, the in-the-money eliminations mounted. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were James “meatsweats” Carroll (221st - $982.93), Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu (205th - $1,092.15), Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee (144th - $1,310.58), Max “MaxSparrow” Pescatori (108th - $1,419.79), Katie “kateline” Lindsay (57th - $2,402.73), Nick “duckflush” Pupillo (19th - $5,242.32), James “mig.com” Mackey (15th - $8,300.34), and final table bubble boy Spencer “PrideEgoBalz” Christenson (10th - $10,593.85).

Depaulo began the final table as chip leader while Erick “Givmeaction” But was the short stack. Not surprisingly, But was the first to go after his ace-queen suited failed to win a race against the pocket sixes of Sean “FilthyDiaper” Ruane.

Not long after, Dominic “rgdoc” Ricciardi ran ace-seven into Depaulo’s ace-queen to fall in eighth place, and then Shannon “Aulophobia” Shorr bowed out in seventh when his ace-nine failed to overcome Depaulo’s pocket kings. Shorr, on many people's shortlist as one of the best players without a bracelet, scored his 96th career WSOP cash and is closing in on 2.5M in lifetime WSOP winnings.

Depaulo then scored two quick eliminations – Terry “mrterry007” Fleischer and Jessica “Jessyboo” Lanto – to take a commanding chip lead into four-handed play; in fact, he had nearly 5:1 over his next closest competitor and approximately two-thirds of the chips in play.

Depaulo soon got lucky with ace-eight to dispatch Hayden “Luckbox89” Fortini, who saw his ace-king go down in flames when an eight hit the flop. At that point, Salter won a flip with pocket fours against the ace-queen of Ruane, who exited in third place. That gave Salter ammunition, roughly 21 million in chips, to go into heads-up play against Depaulo, who had 28 million.

The two battled hard, but before too long Salter claimed the lead and began to apply pressure. It looked as if the Brit was going to win the title, but then Depaulo got lucky to double back into the lead. Soon after, Salter got it in with ace-jack and failed to get there against Depaulo’s pocket queens.

The next tournament on the schedule – Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout – will take place at 3 p.m. PDT on Monday. 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 next 2020 WSOP bracelet!

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Jack "EarlGrey" Salter Eliminated in 2nd Place ($98,621.14)

BrandonTemple • Level 47: 400,000-800,000, 100,000 ante
Jack Salter
Jack Salter

A few hands after doubling up with {a-Spades}{8-Hearts} against Depaulo's {k-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}, Jack "EarlGrey" Salter raised to 1,600,000 from the button, and Ryan "Joeyisamush" Depaulo three-bet jammed in the big blind. Salter called off his last 17,000,000 and the cards were tabled.

Jack "EarlGrey" Salter: {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Ryan "Joeyisamush" Depaulo: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Depaulo looked primed to avenge his third-place performance at 2019's WSOP Event #61:$400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em, and the {2-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Diamonds} flop and {3-Diamonds} turn meant Salter had to hit an ace to continue their heads-up match.

The {3-Spades} hit the river instead, and Salter settled for second-place after a deep run, while Ryan Depaulo earned his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo 48,540,000 13,743,408
Jack "EarlGrey" Salter gb Busted

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Depaulo Doubles Back Into the Lead

Chad_Holloway • Level 47: 400,000-800,000, 100,000 ante

Jack "EarlGrey" Salter limped the button and then called when Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo moved all in for 17.2 million.

Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo: {q-Hearts}{8-Spades}
Jack "EarlGrey" Salter: {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}

The board ran out {8-Hearts}{4-Spades}{4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and Depaulo shipped a big double.

Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo 34,796,592 20,798,296
Jack "EarlGrey" Salter gb 13,743,400 -20,798,304

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Salter Opens Up a Big Lead on Depaulo

BrandonTemple • Level 46: 300,000-600,000, 75,000 ante

Ryan "Joeyisamush" Depaulo raised to 1,200,000 from the button, and Jack "EarlGrey" Salter called in the big blind.

Salter check-called a bet of 1,912,500 from Depaulo on a {6-Spades}{10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} flop, and both players checked the {7-Hearts} turn.

The {4-Clubs} fell on the river, and Salter bet 4,200,000. Depaulo tanked for a bit before calling, only to muck after Salter tabled {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} for a ten-high straight.

Jack "EarlGrey" Salter gb 34,541,704 13,776,615
Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo 13,998,296 -13,776,615

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Sean "FilthyDiaper" Ruane Eliminated in 3rd Place ($72,409.54)

BrandonTemple • Level 46: 300,000-600,000, 75,000 ante

Jack "EarlGrey" Salter jammed for 10,650,683 in the small blind, and Sean "FilthyDiaper" Ruane called off his last 9,889,406 in the big blind.

Sean "FilthyDiaper" Ruane: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Jack "EarlGrey" Salter: {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

Salter's pair of fours held on the {9-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop and the {6-Clubs} turn, leaving Ruane looking for an ace or queen to survive. The {6-Diamonds} fell on the river, leaving Ruane out in third.

Ryan "Joeyisamush" Depaulo begins heads-up play with a slight edge in chips over Salter.

Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo 27,774,911 916,666
Jack "EarlGrey" Salter gb 20,765,089 8,810,240
Sean "FilthyDiaper" Ruane us Busted

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Depaulo Rips It On Salter

BrandonTemple • Level 45: 250,000-500,000, 62,500 ante

Jack "EarlGrey" Salter limped in from the button, and Ryan "Joeyisamush" Depaulo checked his option in the big blind.

Action checked to the river on a {3-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{q-Spades} board, and Depaulo bet 500,000. Salter raised to 2,000,000, and Depaulo three-bet shoved. Salter decided not to commit his last 11,954,849, and folded.

Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo 26,858,245 3,250,000
Jack "EarlGrey" Salter gb 11,954,849 931,250
Sean "FilthyDiaper" Ruane us 9,726,906 -4,181,250

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Ruane Battles Back With a Double Through Depaulo

BrandonTemple • Level 45: 250,000-500,000, 62,500 ante

Ryan "Joeyisamush" Depaulo raised to 1,000,000 from the button, and Sean "FilthyDiaper" Ruane called in the big blind.

Both players checked the {3-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{7-Spades} flop, and the {6-Clubs} fell on the turn. Ruane bet 1,452,500 and Depaulo called.

Ruane checked the {5-Diamonds} river to Depaulo, who jammed to put Ruane at risk for his last 4,282,828. Ruane called with {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} for top pair, and bested Depaulo, who held {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds} for ace-high.

Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo 23,608,245 -5,110,328
Sean "FilthyDiaper" Ruane us 13,908,156 6,172,828
Jack "EarlGrey" Salter gb 11,023,599 -1,062,500

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