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Event #27: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout

Event Info

Buy-in $400
Prize Pool $698,400
Players 1,940

Level Info

Level 45
Blinds 250,000 / 500,000
Ante 62,500

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 1,940



Event #27: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
Day 1 Completed

Former Online Player of the Year Ian “ApokerJoker2” Steinman Captures 1st Gold Bracelet ($110,557)

Chad_Holloway • Level 45: 250,000-500,000, 62,500 ante
Ian Steinman
Ian Steinman

On Sunday night, the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #27: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout attracted 1,940 players and 2016 Online Player of the Year Ian “ApokerJoker2” Steinman capture the $110,556.72 first-place prize and his first gold bracelet.

“I really credit playing before playing online because I started playing when I was like 16 and I just got all those skills before I got my fundamentals,” Steinman said in the past regarding online poker. “Then I met some good players and I got some fundamentals because online, obviously, there are no live reads.”

A four-time WSOP Circuit ring winner, Steinman had $654,816 in WSOP-related series before the win. That included two prior final table appearances and 10 cashes in the online series. Steinman’s biggest live score was for $201,428 after he finished runner-up in the 2018 WPT Rolling Thunder (the same tournament in which he gained notoriety for folding a set of kings to Joe McKeehen).

After winning his last gold ring earlier this year, Steinman had told WSOP officials: “I’m just trying to play well honestly. I’d love to win a bracelet but that’s kind of a strange goal to have because I can’t control as much as I would like to. It is weird to have a goal if you can’t control the outcome … I want to win a bracelet, but I don’t want to make it my goal because I don’t want it to affect my mentality if I don’t do that.”

While he may not have explicitly set it as a goal, it doesn’t matter now as Steinman is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner!

2020 WSOP Online Event #27 Final Table Results

1Ian “ApokerJoker2” Steinman$110,557
2Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka$68,373
3Mahyar “Psycho101” Ebrahimi$49,796
4Nicholas “Got_The_Glow” Brancato$36,526
5Cameron “crezident” Rezaie$27,028
6Lokesh "lanku111" Garg$20,254
7Alida “av1925” Veliu$15,295
8Huiwen “HLM99” Liu$11,663
9Cody “voltron12” Scherer$9,009

After Mikey “Mn_2Die4” Wangh bubbled in 290th place, the in-the-money finishers included Event #26 champ Ethan “RampageP” Yau (217th - $698.40), Jamie “DanBilzerian” Kerstetter (163rd - $838.08), Blake “shampainpopn” Whittington (128th - $907.92), Marjorie “Cheetara” Davidovic (86th - $1,117.44), Mike “Mkspresident” Shin (30th - $2,793.60), Bryan “Pellepelle” Piccioli (14th - $5,517.36), and Shaun “ddtgg” Deeb (13th - $5,517.36).

Steinman, who was at his third final table of the online series, began the final nine with the chip lead, but it was Lokesh “lanku111” Garg scoring the first knockout when his king-queen held against the king-jack of Cody “voltron12” Scherer on a king-high flop.

Huiwen “HLM99” Liu exited in eighth place after losing with king-queen all in preflop against Cameron “crezident” Rezaie, who held with ace-nine suited. Following him out the door was Alida “av1925” Veliu, who got it all in preflop with pocket queens only to see them go down in flames against Mahyar “Psycho101” Ebrahimi's ace-six when an ace appeared on the flop.

Garg then lost a flip with pocket sevens to Nicholas “Got_The_Glow” Brancato’s ace-queen to bow out in sixth place, and Rezaie bowed out a short time later losing a race with ace-jack to Steinman’s two red nines.

Brancato took his leave after losing with ace-ten to Steiman’s ace-queen all in preflop, and then Steinman dispatched Ebrahimi in third place with ace-nine against ace-eight. That allowed Steinman to take a nearly 4:1 chip lead against Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka.

Tanaka put up a fight but wasn’t able to battle back, eventually falling in second place when his king-jack failed to get there against Steinman's ace-five.

Steinman's brother captured the moment of victory and shared it on social media:

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Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka Eliminated in 2nd Place ($68,373.36)

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

Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman raised all in for 26,974,082 and Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka called off his 11,700,948 stack.

Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka: {k-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman: {a-Spades}{5-Diamonds}

Tanaka was behind holding live cards but couldn't finds a pair on the {2-Spades}{8-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} runout ending his tournament in second place.

Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman
Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman
38,800,000 12,235,948
Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka jp
Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka
jp Busted

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Mahyar “Psycho101” Ebrahimi Eliminated in 3rd Place ($49,795.92)

Chad_Holloway • Level 44: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Mahyar “Psycho101” Ebrahimi moved all in for 5,351,012 and Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman three-bet to 10,302,024 from the small blind. Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka folded from the big and the hands were turned up.

Mahyar “Psycho101” Ebrahimi: {8-Hearts}{a-Hearts}
Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman: {a-Spades}{9-Hearts}

Steinman had the better ace and things looked good for him on the {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop. The {3-Hearts} turn gave Ebrahimi a heart flush draw, but it didn't come in as the {q-Spades} bricked on the river.

Steinman won the pot and took a solid chip lead into heads-up play.

Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman
Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman
30,900,000 3,797,374
Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka jp
Satoshi "Godzillla" Tanaka
jp 7,800,000 -1,296,362
Mahyar “Psycho101” Ebrahimi
Mahyar “Psycho101” Ebrahimi

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Nicholas "Got_The_Glow" Brancato Eliminated in 4th Place ($36,526.32)

AnthonyThompson • Level 44: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Nicholas Brancato
Nicholas Brancato

Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman raised to 800,000 under the gun and then called Nicholas "Got_The_Glow" Brancato's 3,351,882 three-bet jam from the button.

Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Nicholas "Got_The_Glow" Brancato: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Brancato was dominated and nothing changed after the {9-Spades}{j-Hearts}{6-Hearts} flop.

The {k-Clubs} turn gave both players a broadway draw but the {5-Spades} completed the board on the river ending Brancato's tournament in fourth place.

Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman
Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman
27,102,626 4,901,882
Nicholas "Got_The_Glow" Brancato us
Nicholas "Got_The_Glow" Brancato
us Busted

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Cameron “crezident” Rezaie Eliminated in 5th Place ($27,028.08)

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

Cameron “crezident” Rezaie raised to 640,000 from the cutoff and then called off their 4,702,420 stack after Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman three-bet jammed for 12,530,824 from the small blind.

Cameron “crezident” Rezaie: {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

It was a classic race with Rezaie holding two overs but he couldn't find a pair with the {5-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} runout ending his tournament in fifth place.

Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman
Ian "apokerjoker2" Steinman
17,753,244 6,022,420
Cameron “crezident” Rezaie
Cameron “crezident” Rezaie

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