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WSOP Online 2020 - US & International The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, July 31, 2020 to Friday, July 31, 2020 Event #31: No Limit Hold'em Championship

  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $812,700
  • Entries: 301
  • Remaining: 1


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Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:53 AM Local Time
“2Rivers” Wins 2020 WSOP Online Event #31: $1,000 NLH Championship ($310,832)

Event 31 Final Hand

On Wednesday night, the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Series Event #31: $1,000 NLH Championship attracted 1,455 players who rebought 671 times. The 2,126-entry field resulted in a $2,019,700 prize pool (the largest out of all 31 events) and after nearly 12 hours of play, "2Rivers" emerged victorious to capture the bracelet and $310,831.83 first-place prize.

Unfortunately, the player behind the screen name isn't known at this time, but their identity will be revealed in the morning when WSOP officials release the tournament results. This recap will be updated accordingly at that time.

2020 WSOP Online Event #31 Final Table Results

2Norman "abnormality" Michalek$192,073
3Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger$140,167
4Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff$103,207
7Arian4632647" Stolt
8Michael "merlot" Bailey$33,123
9Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo$25,650

After Max "Mawkswell" Young bubbled the tournament in 331st place, the elimination came at a steady pace. Among those to make the money but fall short of the final table was Allen "chainsaw" Kessler (262nd - $1,817.73), Joe "fanofdapoker" McKeehen (215th - $1,817.73), Phil "Lumestackin" Hellmuth (133rd - $2,423.64), Tony "Panoramic" Dunst (106th - $2,625.61), Kathy "Luckygal" Liebert (100th - $2,625.61), Matt "berkey11_s4y" Berkey (56th - $4,645.31), Chelsea "wubalubadubb" Bowden (55th - $4,645.31), Jamie "DanBilzerian" Kerstetter (37th - $6,463.04), Ryan "protential" Laplante (30th - $7,876.83), and final table bubble boy David "bewater" Goodman (10th - $19,995.03).

The final table kicked off with a flurry of eliminations all in a 15-minute span. First, it was Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo exiting in ninth after getting it in on the flop with an open-ended straight draw and missing against the ace-high of "2Rivers", and then Michael "merlot" Bailey followed him out the door losing with ace-nine all in preflop against the ace-ten of Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger.

Soon after, Lichtenberger notched another knockout when Arian "4632647" Stolt jammed with ten-nine suited and "Lucky Chewy" held with ace-nine. From there, "Bubblealot" lost a race with pocket fives against Norman "abnormality" Michalek's king-eight after the latter flopped two pair.

"goatplaya" then lost jack-ten to the ace-eight of "2Rivers" to exit in fifth place, while Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff failed to get lucky with ace-six against Michalek's ace-queen all in preflop. Lichtenberger the three-bet jammed with ace-five only to get called by Michalek, who held with pocket eights.

Norman Michalek
Norman \"abnormality\" Michalek

That allowed Michalek to take 30.5 million into heads-up play against "2Rivers," who began with 12 million. However, "2Rivers" was able to pick off two bluffs to take the chip lead and then closed things out shortly thereafter when Michalek attempted a failed river bluff.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:48 AM Local Time
Norman "abnormality" Michalek Eliminated in 2nd Place ($192,073.47)

Norman Michalek

"2Rivers" raised to 1,000,000 and Norman "abnormality" Michalek called to see a     flop appear.

Michalek check-raised to 2,500,000 after "2Rivers" continued for 1,000,000 and was called.

Once the   appeared on the turn, Michalek led out for 2,750,000 and "2Rivers" called to see the   complete the board on the river.

Michalek moved all in for 5,677,408, "2Rivers" snap-called an both players tabled their hands.

Michalek rolled over    for air while "2Rivers" turned over    to win the hand and just like that after two bluffs Michalek was eliminated in second place.

Below is a look at one of the bluff hands "2Rivers" was able to pick off.

The Hand That Turned the Tides
The Hand That Turned the Tides
Norman "abnormality" Michalek0-30,523,704
Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:35 AM Local Time
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger Eliminated in 3rd Place ($140,167.18)

Andrew Lichtenberger

Norman "abnormality" Michalek raised the button to 1,000,000 and then called when Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger three-bet all in for 8,214,914 from the big blind.

Norman "abnormality" Michalek:   
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger:   

Lichtenberger was looking for some help, but he was left wanting as the board ran out       to give Michalek nines full of eights.

Norman "abnormality" Michalek30,523,7049,589,914
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger0-9,156,957
Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:32 AM Local Time
Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff Eliminated in 4th Place ($103,206.67)

Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff moved all in for 5,227,392 and Norman "abnormality" Michalek isolated by jamming from the small blind.

Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff:   
Norman "abnormality" Michalek:   

Kirchoff was dominated and it got worse when the     flop paired Michalek. The   turn left Kirchoff drawing dead and he exited in fourth place after the   was run out on the river.

Norman "abnormality" Michalek20,933,7902,447,392
Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff0-8,212,696
Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:29 AM Local Time
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 50,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:29 AM Local Time
"goatplaya" Eliminated in 5th Place ($76,748.60)

"goatplaya" raised all in for 3,214,094 from the button and "2Rivers" called from the big blind.


The     flop paired "2Rivers" ace but "goatplaya" also picked up flush and straight draws.

Unfortunately for "goatplaya", neither the   turn nor the   river were cards they wanted to see and they were eliminated in fifth place.

Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:25 AM Local Time
"Bubblealot" Eliminated in 6th Place ($57,561.45)

Norman "abnormality" Michalek raised to 800,000 from under the gun and then called "Bubblealot's" 1,459,960 three-bet jam from the next seat over.

Norman "abnormality" Michalek:   

"Bubblealot" was ahead with their made hand until the     flop appeared pairing Michalek's king.

The   turn was no help to "Bubblealot" nor was the   that followed on the river ending their tournament in sixth place.

Norman "abnormality" Michalek18,486,39810,511,960
Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:14 AM Local Time
Level 42 started
Level: 42
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 40,000
Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:13 AM Local Time
A Look at GGPoker's WSOP Gold Bracelets Winners
WSOP GGpoker
WSOP GGpoker

On Sunday, July 19, GGPoker held its first-ever WSOP bracelet events — part of a 54-event schedule spread out across July, August, and into September. Unfortunately, on a night where three bracelet winners were supposed to be crowned, two of the events ran into a critical bug and had to be suspended to next week.

The lightning-fast Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed — clocking in at a mere 3 hours and 15 minutes start to finish to make it the fastest-ever bracelet event — was unaffected by the technical issues and played out as normal. In total, 2,214 entries of $525 each were made to create a total prize pool of $1,107,000.

In the end, it was Shoma "pp_syon" Ishikawa of Japan writing history as GGPoker's first-ever online bracelet winner, as well as the third person from Japan after Naoya Kihara and Takahiro Nakai to claim the coveted prize. Ishikawa is an emerging talent from the land of the rising

Ishikawa may have been GGPoker's first-ever bracelet winner, but he's not the last. As the series rolls on, several others have been crowned.

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2020 Online WSOP Bracelet Winners on GGPoker

DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
7/26/20Event #32: $100 The Opener29,306$2,571,216Marcelo Jakovljevic Pudla$265,880
7/26/20Event #33: $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief2,323$2,580,853Alek Stasiak$343,204
7/19/20Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed2,214$1,107,000Shoma "pp_syon" Ishikawa$117,650
7/21/20Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship328$1,558,000Juha Helppi$290,286
7/22/20Event #36: $1,500 FIFTY STACK NLHE1,342$1,912,350Michael Clacher$297,496
7/23/20Event #37: $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha971$971,000Hun Wei Lee$161,886
7/25/20Event #38: $600 Monster Stack 6-Max2,007$1,143,990Aaron "fishnchip" Wijaya$171,389
7/26/20Event #39: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em922$1,313,850Roberto Romanello$212,613
7/26/20Event #40: $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha532$1,253,500Simon Lofberg$224,493
7/28/20Event #43: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship130$1,261,000Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb$276,393
7/29/20Event #44: $2,500 NLHE 6-Handed892$2,118,500Kristen Bicknell$356,412
7/30/20Event #45: $840 Bounty NLHE2,382$1,095,600Patrick "Muddington" Kennedy$245,448
Saturday, August 1, 2020 2:00 AM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts at the Break
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger9,156,957-2,952,980
Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff8,212,696-1,516,000
Norman "abnormality" Michalek7,974,4382,918,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:53 AM Local Time
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 170,000/340,000
Ante: 34,000
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:53 AM Local Time
Arian "4632647" Stolt Eliminated in 7th Place ($43,423.55)

Arian Stolt

Arian "4632647" Stolt raised all in for 967,524 from under the gun and action folded around to Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger who called from the button.

Arian "4632647" Stolt:   
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger:   

Stolt was way behind and the     flop paired Litchenberger but also gave Stolt a gutshot.

The   turn didn't change a thing nor did the   that followed on the river ending Stolts tournament in seventh place.

Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger12,109,9371,205,524
Arian "4632647" Stolt0-3,546,571
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:47 AM Local Time
Michael "merlot" Bailey Eliminated in 8th Place ($33,123.08)

Michael Bailey

Michael "merlot" Bailey moved all in for 3,055,945 from the button and Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger called from the big blind.

Michael "merlot" Bailey:   
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger:   

Bailey had a kicker problem and it didn't get resolved as the board ran out      .

Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger10,904,4133,059,945
Michael "merlot" Bailey0-2,399,945
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:45 AM Local Time
Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo Eliminated in 9th Place ($25,650.19)

Kevin Calenzo

"2Rivers" raised to 560,000 from middle position and Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo defended his big blind to see a     flop. Calenzo was first to act and jammed for 942,735, which "2Rivers" called.

Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo:   

Calenzo had an open-ended straight draw, though "2Rivers" held two blockers. Neither the   turn nor   river changed a thing and Calenzo was the first to fall from the final table.

Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo0-1,630,735
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:42 AM Local Time
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 140,000/280,000
Ante: 28,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:42 AM Local Time
Final Table Draw and Counts
Event 31 Final Table
Event 31 Final Table
Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff9,728,696-548,029
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger7,844,468720,000
Norman "abnormality" Michalek5,056,438-1,320,000
Arian "4632647" Stolt3,546,5711,581,333
Michael "merlot" Bailey2,399,9451,374,019
Kevin "SpecialK333" Calenzo1,630,735341,718
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:41 AM Local Time
David "bewater" Goodman Eliminated in 10th Place ($19,995.03)

David Goodman

David "bewater" Goodman raised all in for 2,861,756 and action folded to "2Rivers" who called from the big blind.

David "bewater" Goodman:   

Goodman was way behind and nothing changed after the     flop.

The   turn was no help to Goodman nor was the   river and he took his exit in 10th place.

David "bewater" Goodman00
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:38 AM Local Time
Justin "MadTitan" Turner Eliminated in 11th Place ($19,995.03)

Justin "MadTitan" Turner raised all in for 1,376,989 from under the gun and "goatplaya" isolated from the next seat over

Justin "MadTitan" Turner:   

It was a race with Turn looking to get ahead but nothing changed after the     flop.

The   turn left Turner drawing dead as the   river ended his tournament in 11th place.

Justin "MadTitan" Turner0-1,958,759
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:35 AM Local Time
"SammyNY" Eliminated in 13th Place ($15,551.69); Ross "NuBootGoofin" Hoffman in 12th Place ($19,995.03)

"SammyNY" moved all in for 767,926 from the button and Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger jammed for 4,963,152 from the small blind. Ross "NuBootGoofin" Hoffman was in the big and called off for 1,225,390.

Ross "NuBootGoofin" Hoffman:   
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger:   

The board ran out       and Lichtenberger scored the double knockout.

Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger7,124,4684,886,552
Ross "NuBootGoofin" Hoffman0-1,468,902
Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:32 AM Local Time
"Jah312" Eliminated in 14th Place ($15,551.69)

David "bewater" Goodman moved all in for 1,131,026 from early position and "Jah312" called off for 791,698 from the hijack. "2Rivers" then called from the big blind to put the other two at risk.

David "bewater" Goodman:   

The board ran out       and Goodman rivered a boat to win the pot.

David "bewater" Goodman3,341,750330,942
Playtika - Jason Alexander