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Tuesday, July 28, 2020 to Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Event #43: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $812,700
  • Entries: 301
  • Remaining: 1


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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:48 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 16 hours ago)
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb Wins Event #43: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship for $276,393

E43 Final Screen

The first championship event in the 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online is now complete, and Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb has won what appears to be their first bracelet. He made it through the field of 130 entries on just a single bullet, besting short deck crusher Mikita Badziakouski heads up to win the bracelet as well as $276,393.

Little is known about the newest bracelet winner. Gottlieb does not appear to have any live cashes, so not only does this look like Gottlieb's first bracelet, but it may well be their first poker cash as well.

Final Table Results

1Lev "LevMeAlone" GottliebMexico$276,393
2Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus$210,249
3Sergi ReixachUnited Kingdom$159,933
4Nobuaki "Sasa JHR" SasakiJapan$121,659
5Dan "oiltrader" ShakUnited States$92,545
6Chi ZhangUnited Kingdom$70,397
7Bjorn "wong1324" LiHong Kong$53,550
8Carl "Swetomir" SchraderGermany$40,735
9Ami BarerCanada$30,987

The Day's Action

Action got underway at 2 p.m. Eastern time today with just 20 players in the field. Among the early entries were GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos, Jason Koon, Christopher Brewe, and the runner up of last year's Short Deck Championship, Thai Ha.

The field grew quickly during the four hour late registration period, with new entries, as well as rebuys. By the time registration was done, 130 entries had been recorded for the event, 16 more than the inaugural 2019 Short Deck Championship won by Alex Epstein. That put $1,261,000 in the prize pool, and meant that 17 players would get a piece of it.

Among the players that took a stab at the championship bracelet but fell short were Canadian high stakes regulars Lucas and Sam Greenwood, as well as Michael Watson. Isaac Haxton, George Wolff, and Martin "FuTimReilly" Zamani represented the United States, and internationally, Joao Vieira, Sergey Lebedev, Danny Tang and Jesus Cortes, among others, rounded out the field of players who didn't quite make the cut.

After registration closed, they played about three hours before getting down to the bubble. During much of the post-registration period, it looked like Ramos might make a deep run, but the GGPoker ambassador ended up as the hard bubble spot, going home empty handed in 18th place.

Japanese grinder and organizer of the Japan High Roller Festival, Nobuaki "Sasa JHR" Sasaki, was the beneficiary of Ramos' bad luck. He had been the short stack, and doubled up just prior to Ramos busting, putting him in the cashing spots. He then turned that chance into a 4th place finish worth more than $100,000.

Once the bubble burst, it went crazy. It took less than an hour to play down to the final table, and it was six-handed less than half an hour later after Canada's Ami Barer, Germany's Carl "Swetomir" Schrader, and Hong Kong's Bjorn "wong1324" Li went out in rapid succession.

Play slowed down considerably at that point, with six-handed play going on for almost an hour before Chi Zhang got his small stack in against Gottlieb and couldn't get there, ending his run in 6th place for $70,397. It took another half hour before Dan "oiltrader" Shak took 5th place for $92,545. Most of the damage done to Shak was the result of Sergi Reixach's ace-king getting there against Shak's pocket kings.

After barely surviving the bubble with one of the shortest stacks, Sasaki spun it up to make the final table, but finally ran into a wall for 4th place. It happened in a hand against Badziakouski where they both flopped two pair, with Sasaki on the best of it, before a dirty river nine gave the boat and the pot to Badziakouski.

They played three-handed for almost an hour with Badziakouski mostly holding a dominating stack. Reixach and Gottlieb were trading the short stack back and forth until Gottlieb finally got the best of his opponent. Reixach got it in good with kings, but the ace-jack of Gottlieb spiked trip jacks on the turn to eliminate Reixach in 3rd place for $159,933.

That set up an epic heads up match that went on for nearly four hours before the game was decided. Badziakouski came into the heads up with a big chip advantage, but Gottlieb fought his way back to take the chip lead after the first hour or so of play. The two then traded the lead back and forth, with the small stack always winning heads up.

At the end of Level 20, they paused the tournament to fix a clock issue. Badziakouski was running low on time bank, and a graphical glitch prevented him from seeing his remaining time. After contacting support, they restarted the tournament with normal time banks instead of the "chess clock" style typically used for final tables.

The pause lasted a little over 30 minutes, but it didn't speed up when they got back to the felt again. They traded the lead back and forth for another two hours before Gottlieb crushed Badziakouski with jack-six versus ace-ten after they turned trip jacks. That left Badziakouski very short, and it was over soon after with Badziakouski collecting $210,249 for 2nd, while Gottlieb scored $276,393 for the win as well as the first championship bracelet awarded on GGPoker.

PokerNews will be on the virtual floor throughout the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online, with live coverage here of every event. Stay tuned here to find out who the next bracelet winner will be in 2020.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:43 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 17 hours ago)
Mikita Badziakouski Eliminated in 2nd Place ($210,249)

Event 43 Hand 32

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb shoved preflop, and Mikita Badziakouski called off for less.

Mikita Badziakouski:   
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb:   


Gottlieb turned the straight, and Badziakouski couldn't catch up.

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb39,000,00011,909,460
Mikita Badziakouski0-11,909,460
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:36 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 17 hours ago)
Gottlieb Almost Three to One Again

They limped preflop, and Mikita Badziakouski bet 600,000 on the     flop. Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb called to see   on the turn. Badziakouski fired 660,000, and Gottlieb called again. Badziakouski check-called for 2,490,000 on the   river.

Mikita Badziakouski:   
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb:   


Gottlieb turned trip jacks and held to take a commanding lead again.

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb27,090,5405,445,520
Mikita Badziakouski11,909,460-5,445,520
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:15 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 17 hours ago)
Stacks to Start Level 23
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb21,645,020705,810
Mikita Badziakouski17,354,980-705,810
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:13 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 17 hours ago)
Level 23 started
Level: 23
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 200,000
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:10 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 17 hours ago)
Badziakouski Evens the Stacks Again

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb raised to 600,000 and Mikita Badziakouski called to see     on the flop. Gottlieb bet 45,000 and Badziakouski raised to 1,316,700. Gottlieb called and   came on the turn. Gottlieb bet 2,066,700 and Badziakouski called. Gottlieb checkd the   river, and Badziakouski shoved, forcing a fold.

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb20,939,210-1,203,678
Mikita Badziakouski18,060,7901,203,678
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:50 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 18 hours ago)
Gottlieb Back in the Lead

Mikita Badziakouski called and Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb raised to 600,000. Badziakouski called and the flop was    . Badziakouski check-raised the 495,000 bet to 1,316,700. Gottlieb called to the   turn. Badziakouski bet 2,066,700 and Gottlieb called. They both checked the   river.

Mikita Badziakouski:   
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb:   


Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb22,142,8882,783,400
Mikita Badziakouski16,857,112-2,783,400
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:44 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 18 hours ago)
Back to Even Stacks

Event 43 Hand 31

Mikita Badziakouski raised to 750,000 and Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb called to the     flop. Badziakouski bet 900,000, and Gottlieb shoved. Badziakouski called it off.

Mikita Badziakouski:   
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb:   


Badziakouski was looking for an ace or a ten, and the ten came on the river.

Mikita Badziakouski19,640,51214,880,384
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb19,359,488-14,880,384
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:37 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 18 hours ago)
Level 22 started
Level: 22
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 150,000
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:36 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 18 hours ago)
Gottlieb In a Commanding Lead

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb raised and Mikita Badziakouski to see     on the flop. Gottlieb bet 900,000 and Badziakouski called, then raised to 2.982 million when Gottlieb bet 1.2 million on the   turn. Gottlieb hit the tank, then shoved the covering stack, forcing Badziakouski to fold.

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb34,239,8726,418,800
Mikita Badziakouski4,760,128-6,418,800
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:20 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 18 hours ago)
Gottlieb Doubles into the Lead

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb raised over Mikita Badziakouski's limp, and Mikita Badziakouski shoved for 24,969,464. Gottlieb called off.

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb:   
Mikita Badziakouski:   


It was a huge cooler that ended up going Gottlieb's way for the huge lead.

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb27,821,07216,490,536
Mikita Badziakouski11,178,928-16,490,536
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:16 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 18 hours ago)
Badziakouski Takes Nearly 3:1 Lead

Event 43 Hand 30

Mikita Badziakouski limp-called the bet of 480,000 and the flop came    . Badziakouski check-called 900,000 to see the   turn. Badziakouski again check-called, this time for 2.25 million. The   river sent Badziakouski into the tank before he shoved, forcing the fold from Gottlieb.

Mikita Badziakouski27,669,4643,750,000
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb11,330,536-3,870,000
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:10 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 18 hours ago)
Badziakouski Holding the Lead

As Level 21 starts, Mikita Badziakouski is still holding a solid lead.

Mikita Badziakouski23,919,464-1,172,000
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb15,200,5361,292,000
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:08 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 18 hours ago)
Level 21 started
Level: 21
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 120,000
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:48 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 19 hours ago)
Badziakouski Increases Lead

Mikita Badziakouski limped and Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb raised to 400,000. Badziakouski called to see     on the flop and checked. Gottlieb bet 750,000 and Badziakouski raised to 2 million. Gottlieb called, and the turn was  . Badziakouski fired 3.75 million, and Gottlieb mucked.

Mikita Badziakouski25,091,4644,314,000
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb13,908,536-4,314,000
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:39 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 19 hours ago)
Badziakouski Retakes the Lead

Event 43 Hand 29

Mikita Badziakouski bet all the way to the river on a       board, and then both players checked.

Mikita Badziakouski:   
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb:   


Mikita Badziakouski20,777,4641,392,000
Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb18,222,536-1,392,000
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:31 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 19 hours ago)
Back in Action

Cards are back in the air with standard time banks.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:23 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 19 hours ago)
Four Minutes to Start

The tournament has been rebooted with standard time banks, and will resume shortly.

Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb19,614,5367,549,768
Mikita Badziakouski19,385,464-7,549,768
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:06 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 19 hours ago)
Pause Extended to 15 Minutes

The tournament is still paused, and the operator has suggested starting a new tournament with the same stacks and same ante, but without the final table chess clock in use. Action will resume shortly.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 6:56 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 20 hours ago)
Short Pause to Fix Clock Issue

The tournament has been paused heads up, as Mikita Badziakouski is unable to see his time bank clock on his screen. GGPoker has paused to try and fix the problem.

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