Event #23: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout

Event Info

Prize Pool $667,920
Players 1452

Level Info

Level 42
Blinds 140,000 / 280,000
Ante 35,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 1452
Event #23: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout
Day 1 Completed

Raymond “avant9201” Avant Wins 2020 WSOP Event #23: $500 NLH Knockout ($93,776)

Chad_Holloway • Level 42: 140,000-280,000, 35,000 ante
Event 23 final hand
Event 23 final hand

On Thursday night, the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #23: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout attracted 1,452 players, which created a $667,920 prize pool. After 11 hours of play, it was New Jersey player Raymond “avant9201” Avant coming out on top to win the bracelet and $93,775.96 first-place prize.

It marked Avant's first-ever WSOP cash, and according to HendonMob, he has no live tournament cashes.

2020 WSOP Online Event #23 Final Table Results

1Raymond “avant9201” Avant$93,776$1,700
2Scott "intheblack14" Epstein$58,074$500
3Ryan “im.sorry” Torgersen$41,243$1,100
4Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva$29,690$700
5Byung Jun “YESUM1987” Kim$21,693$900
6Zachary “kings702” Grech$15,995$900
7Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan$12,023$2,900
8Michael “mikeob81” O'Brien$9,095$400
9Dan “pepperprince” Zack$7,004$400

After Toya “HandyCapper” McLeod bubbled in 208th place, the march to the final table began. Among those to cash but fall short of the final nine were Greg “FossilMan” Raymer (191st - $574.99), Calvin “projector52” Anderson (129th - $679.53), Allen “Acnyc719” Chang (84th - $940.89), Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu (25th - $2,770.41), and final table bubble boy Anthony “Fresshh429” Conte (10th - $5,436.28).

Bracelet winner Dan “pepperprince” Zack began the final table second in chips, but he found himself on the short stack after his missed flush-draw bluff was picked off by Scott “intheblack14” Epstein. Not long after, he ran queen-jack into the ace-king of Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva to fall in ninth place.

Michael “mikeob81” O'Brien then busted in eighth place after losing a flip with ace-king against Epstein’s pocket tens, and then Avant used pocket tens to dispatch Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan, who had eights. The latter flopped a set only to see the former river the two outer.

From there the eliminations came quickly with the rest of the competition falling within 20 minutes. Zachary “kings702” Grech lost with nines against the king-six of “avant9201” after a king spiked on the flop, and then Avant used jack-seven suited to bust Byung Jun "YESUM1987" Kim, who had gotten it in with king-queen.

Scott Epstein
Scott Epstein

De Silva, a two-time bracelet winner, was the next to go when he got his short stack all in with ace-king only to be outdrawn by Epstein’s nine-deuce, and then Avant woke up with aces after Ryan “im.sorry” Torgersen had jammed with queen three. Torgersen failed to get lucky and notched a third-place finish to go with his win and runner-up performances earlier in the series (he should now hold a firm lead atop the Championship leaderboard).

Heads-up play began with both players fairly even in chips, but Avant managed to pull out to a big lead before it all came down to a flip. Epstein was at risk and looking to hold with pocket fours against ace-five suited. Unfortunately for Epstein, a five appeared on the flop and he had to settle for second place.

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Scott "intheblack14" Epstein Eliminated in 2nd Place ($58,074)

AnthonyThompson • Level 42: 140,000-280,000, 35,000 ante
Scott Epstein
Scott Epstein

Raymond “avant9201” Avant open-jammed for 31,028,466 and Scott "intheblack14" Epstein called off his 5,201,534 from the big blind.

Raymond “avant9201” Avant: {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}
Scott "intheblack14" Epstein: {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

Epstein was ahead with his made hand until the {5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} flop appeared pairing Avant's five.

The {2-Spades} turn gave Epstein an open-ended straight draw but the {8-Hearts} river ended his tournament in second place.

Raymond “avant9201” Avant 36,300,000 5,271,534
Scott "intheblack14" Epstein Busted

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Ryan "im.sorry" Torgersen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($41,242.60)

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

Ryan "im.sorry" Torgersen open-jammed for 3,674,257 from the small blind and Raymond “avant9201” Avant called from the big blind.

Raymond “avant9201” Avant: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}
Ryan "im.sorry" Torgersen: {q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}

Avant woke up with aces and the {3-Spades}{10-Hearts}{a-Clubs} flop left Torgersen drawing to running threes.

The {8-Hearts} turn left Torgersen drawing dead and he took his exit in third place after the {7-Hearts} completed the board on the river.

Raymond “avant9201” Avant 17,943,466 3,529,257
Ryan "im.sorry" Torgersen Busted

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Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva Eliminated in 4th Place ($29,690.49)

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

Action on the table folded around to Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva who raised all in for 647,864 from the small blind and Scott "intheblack14" Epstein called from the small blind.

Scott "intheblack14" Epstein: {9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}
Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}

De Silva held the better hand and nothing changed after the {q-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop.

The {2-Diamonds} turn however, paired Epstein and the {5-Clubs} river eliminated De Silva in fourth place.

De Silva Loses With Big Slick
De Silva Loses With Big Slick
Scott "intheblack14" Epstein 18,536,534 1,947,864
Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva Busted

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Byung Jun "YESUM1987" Kim Eliminated in 5th Place ($21,692.88)

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

Byung Jun "YESUM1987" Kim moved all in for 1,038,184 from the button and Raymond “avant9201” Avant called from the big blind.

Byung Jun "YESUM1987" Kim: {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Raymond “avant9201” Avant: {j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}

Kim was ahead and things looked good on the {3-Spades}{5-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} flop. The {a-Diamonds} turn gave Avant a flush draw, but it was the {j-Hearts} on the river that gave them the win.

Raymond “avant9201” Avant 14,414,209 1,018,184
Byung Jun "YESUM1987" Kim Busted

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Zachary “kings702” Grech Eliminated in 6th Place ($15,995.23)

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

Zachary “kings702” Grech moved all in for 1,581,240 from the cutoff and Raymond “avant9201” Avant called from the big blind.

Raymond “avant9201” Avant: {6-Diamonds}{k-Spades}
Zachary “kings702” Grech: {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}

Grech got it in good but fell behind on the {7-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{k-Hearts} flop. Neither the {5-Spades} turn nor {2-Diamonds} river helped Grech and they hit the rail in sixth place.

Raymond “avant9201” Avant 13,396,025 1,791,240
Zachary “kings702” Grech Busted

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Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan Eliminated in 7th Place ($12,022.56)

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

Action on the table folded around to Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan who raised all in for 3,615,011 from middle position and Raymond "avant9201" Avant gave them isolation after the came over the top for 7,419,774 from the cutoff.

Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan: {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}
Raymond "avant9201" Avant: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

Natarajan was in need of some help and found it with the {8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{a-Hearts} flop giving them a set of eights.

The {3-Diamonds} turn filled up Natarajan and they were looking good to score a double-up until the {10-Clubs} appeared on the river ending their tournament in seventh place.

Raymond “avant9201” Avant 11,604,785 4,155,011
Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan Busted

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Updated Chip Counts at the Break (full)

Chad_Holloway • Level 41: 120,000-240,000, 30,000 ante
Scott "intheblack14" Epstein 16,588,670 -1,005,000
Raymond “avant9201” Avant 7,449,774 3,659,887
Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan 3,645,011 655,000
Ryan "im.sorry" Torgersen 3,489,257 -1,524,887
Byung Jun "YESUM1987" Kim 2,028,184 -1,120,000
Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva 1,577,864 -500,000
Zachary “kings702” Grech 1,521,240 -140,000