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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 to Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Event #44: $2,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $2,118,500
  • Entries: 892
  • Remaining: 1


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Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:15 AM Local Time
Kristen Bicknell Wins Her Third Bracelet in Event #44: $2,500 NLHE 6-Handed for $356,412

Kristen Bicknell

She did it! Kristen Bicknell has won her third bracelet in Event #44: $2,500 NLHE 6-Handed by defeating Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza heads-up for $356,412 during the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events. The one-day event attracted 892 entries to create a total prize pool of $2,118,500 and lasted just over nine hours.

Bicknell won her first bracelet back in 2013 when she was victorious in the Ladies Event for a cash of $173,922 by defeating Leanne Haas. She then won her second bracelet and $290,768 in 2016 when she overcame a 2,158-strong field in the $1,500 Bounty event and beat Norbert "ElCabanero" Szecsi heads-up to stop him from winning his second bracelet ( which he still won but had to wait until the 2018 WSOPE).

PokerNews spoke to Bicknell after her win: "I'm shaking right now! I'm celebrating with some Uber Eats orders for a buffet lol."

Ilya Anatsky and Simon Higgins also reached the final table along with Dong "nuoyani" Jiang, Jerome "gorgiAAs" Finck, Patrick "Pepsi_zero" Semrau, Paul "Doduckduck" Barnes, and Nikita "SanyaRostov" Kalinin.

2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelets Event #44: $2,500 NLHE 6-Handed Final Table Results

1Kristen BicknellCanada$356,412
2Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De SouzaBrazil$261,249
3Ilya AnatskyBelarus$191,494
4Dong "nuoyani" JiangChina$140,365
5Simon HigginsUnited Kingdom$102,887
6Jerome "gorgiAAs" FinckFrance$75,416
7Patrick "Pepsi_zero" SemrauAustria$55,280
8Paul "Doduckduck" BarnesUnited Kingdom$40,520
9Nikita "SanyaRostov" KalininRussia$29,701

Race to the Bubble

The tournament started at 6 p.m. UTC and had over 200 players in the field when things kicked off. By the time the first break came around, almost 500 entries had been collected already. Martin "FuTimReilly" Zamani came fourth last week in Event #36 for $113,698 and propelled to the top of the counts after scoring a double knock-out.

During the third break of the day, four more players entered just before the late registration period closed with 270 players left in the field to bring it up to 271. With the prize pool finalized, the remaining players could race to the bubble. Jake "YogiNelly" Schwartz fell to Sean Winter and Ramiro "OnTheFlow" Petrone was eliminated by Semrau. Ping San "Garfield" Chan and David "Mclovin86" Mzareulov also busted before the bubble.

Sean Winter
Sean Winter

The Bubble and the Aftermath

Pete Chen ended up becoming the bubble boy when he three-bet shoved with ace-king into the queens of Dennis "huang1337" Voelz and got no help of the board. Many players lost their final all-ins shortly after, including Julien "Giovanni" Martini, Martijn "visacard" Gerrits, Ben Farrell, Mike McDonald, and Matthias Eibinger.

Bracelet winner Brandon "DrOctagon" Adams saw his aces get cracked by the kings of Anatsky, while Winter got felted by Pavlo Veksler. Orhan "yirtil" Ates busted to Finck before Arnaud Enselme's stack was split between Semrau and Finck. Blake "Beast2018!" Bohn and Danny Tang both failed to make the final two tables.

But the pace of eliminations didn't let up. Ben Affleck and Szecsi were both kicked out by David "ZONEDin" Jackson who didn't make the final table either. But it was Christopher Kruk who would bubble in tenth place when all the chips went in with queens on the turn. Anatsky had flopped two pair and held to bring the tournament down to the nine-handed final table.

Christopher Kruk
Christopher Kruk bubbled the final table

Short-Stacked Bicknell Turns Things Around

Kalinin left the final table in the very first hand with Barnes gone 30 minutes later. Bicknell was at the bottom of the counts but managed to stick around. A few double-ups later, Semrau was taken out by Anatsky, before Finck left the final table stage thanks to De Souza. Bicknell started her road to victory with quad kings to get her to the middle of the pack before eliminating Higgins a bit later. She then also took out Jiang to get her into second place while De Souza still had a commanding chip lead.

Bicknell took over the chip lead but then lost it back to De Souza when her queens got hit by a runner-runner flush when he held jacks to take her back to the bottom of the counts. She flopped trips to leave Anatsky short who then lost the rest of his stack to De Souza.

Bicknell dived deep into the tank when De Souza put her all-in on the ten-nine-five-seven-trey board with three hearts. "I had to really contemplate what to do here. If it was a normal heads-up, I would have called a lot quicker. But because this is for a lot of money and a bracelet, I really wanted to think about what his ranges were. He shoved so quickly on the river, it was a timing thing."

In the end, she made the right call as her pair of jacks were good against his missing straight and flush draw. Bicknell took the lead there and didn't look back. In the final hand of the tournament, she turned trips against the two pair of De Souza and called his shove on the river to take it down for her third bracelet and all the money.

PokerNews will be back on Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m. UTC for Event #45: $840 Bounty No-Limit Hold'em which Bicknell will be playing to make it a double for 2020. See you then!

Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:20 AM Local Time
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza Eliminated in 2nd Place ($261,249)

Bicknell vs De Souza

Kristen Bicknell called on the button and Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza opted to check.

The flop came    , De Souza check-raised the 200,000 bet of Bicknell to 837,500 which Bicknell called.

The turn was the   and De Souza took over the intiative and led out for 1,062,500 and was called again.

The river completed the board with the   and De Souza shoved for 3,575,632 for Bicknell to call. De Souza tabled    for two pair but Bicknell held    for trip fives for the win and her third bracelet while De Souza was eliminated in 2nd place for $261,249.

A recap is to follow.

Kristen Bicknell22,300,0005,575,632
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza0-5,575,632
Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:12 AM Local Time
3:1 Chip Lead for Bicknell

Bicknell vs De Souza

Kristen Bicknell raised to 440,000 from the button and Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza three-bet to 1,537,500 which Bicknell called.

The flop came     for De Souza to continue with a bet of 1,031,250 which Bicknell called.

They both checked through the   on the turn to the   on the river. Both players checked again for Bicknell to pick up the pot with    for two pair as De Souza held   .

Kristen Bicknell16,724,3683,633,750
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza5,575,632-3,633,750
Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:01 AM Local Time
Chip Counts After the Break
Kristen Bicknell13,090,618181,500
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza9,209,382-181,500
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:56 AM Local Time
Time for Another Break

The two players have gone for another 6-minute break.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:51 AM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 25,000
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:49 AM Local Time
Bicknell Catches De Souza's Bluff

Bicknell vs De Souza

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza completed his small blind and Kristen Bicknell raised it up to 592,000 which De Souza called.

The flop came    , Bicknell bet 416,000 and was called.

The turn was the  , Bicknell check-called the 1,382,000 bet of De Souza.

The river completed the board with the   and De Souza shoved with the bigger stack after Bicknell checked. Bicknell dived deep into the tank and then made the call with    for the overpair and saw she was good as De Souza tabled    for the bluff.

Kristen Bicknell12,909,1186,454,559
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza9,390,882-6,454,559
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:44 AM Local Time
Ilya Anatsky Eliminated in 3rd Place ($191,494)

Anatsky vs De Souza

Ilya Anatskya shoved from the small blind for 2,709,701 and was called by Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza in the big blind.

Ilya Anatsky:   
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza:   

The board ran out       for De Souza to river the straight to eliminate Anatsky in third place for $191,494.

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza15,845,4413,029,701
Kristen Bicknell6,454,559-120,000
Ilya Anatsky0-2,909,701
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:40 AM Local Time
Anatsky Gets Shorter

Bicknell vs Anatsky

Ilya Anatsky raised to 320,000 from the button and was called by Kristen Bicknell.

The flop came    , Bicknell check-raised the 273,000 bet of Anatsky to 697,320 and was called by Anatsky.

The turn was the  , Bicknell bet 695,885 and Anatsky called.

The river completed the board with the   and both players checked. Bicknell tabled    for the trips to scoop the pot as Anatskyheld   .

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza12,815,740260,000
Kristen Bicknell6,574,5592,718,205
Ilya Anatsky2,909,701-2,978,205
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:31 AM Local Time
De Souza Hits a Runner-Runner Flush to Stay Alive

De Souza vs Bicknell

Kristen Bicknell raised to 352,000 from the button and was called by Ilya Anatsky in the small blind. Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza shoved from the big blind for 6,071,870. Bicknell shoved for more for Anatsky to quickly get out of their way.

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza:   
Kristen Bicknell:   

The board ran out       for De Souza to hit the runner-runner flush to double up.

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza12,555,7407,301,870
Ilya Anatsky5,887,906-2,102,000
Kristen Bicknell3,856,354-5,199,870
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Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:25 AM Local Time
Anatsky Doubles Through De Souza

Anatsky vs De Souza

Ilya Anatsky completed his small blind and Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza raised to 540,000 from the big blind. Anatsky three-bet shoved for 3,964,953 and was called by De Souza with the bigger stack.

Ilya Anatsky:   
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza:   

The board ran out       for Anatsky to turn a pair of deuces and improved to two pair to double up with.

Kristen Bicknell9,056,2242,515,750
Ilya Anatsky7,989,9063,710,953
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza5,253,870-6,226,703
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:20 AM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 20,000
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:18 AM Local Time
Dong "nuoyani" Jiang Eliminated in 4th Place ($140,365)

Jiang vs Bicknell

Kristen Bicknell raised to 264,000 from the button and Dong "nuoyani" Jiang three-bet shoved from the bg blind for 2,193,233 and was called by Bicknell with the bigger stack.

Dong "nuoyani" Jiang:   
Kristen Bicknell:   

The flop came     for Bicknell to hit top pair.

The turn was the   which didn't change things and neither did the   on the river as Jiang was eliminated in fourth place for $140,365.

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza11,480,5730
Kristen Bicknell6,540,4742,313,233
Ilya Anatsky4,278,9530
Dong "nuoyani" Jiang0-2,313,233
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:14 AM Local Time
Simon Higgins Eliminated in 5th Place ($102,887)

Higgins vs Bicknell

Simon Higgins shoved from under the gun for 1,198,312 and Kristen Bicknell did the same for more on the button for the blinds to fold.

Simon Higgins:   
Kristen Bicknell:   

The board ran out       for Bicknell to flop top pair and hold throughout the rest of the board to eliminate Higgins in fifth place for $102,887.

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza11,480,57347,250
Ilya Anatsky4,278,953-255,000
Kristen Bicknell4,227,2411,661,062
Dong "nuoyani" Jiang2,313,233-255,000
Simon Higgins0-1,198,312
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:09 AM Local Time
Anatsky Fold to Jiang's River-Bet

Ilya Anatsky raised to 240,000 from the small blind and Dong "nuoyani" Jiang opted to defend his big blind.

The flop came    , Anatsky continued with a bet of 120,000 and Jiang called.

The turn was the   for Anatsky to bet 397,500 this time and was called again.

The river completed the board with the  . Anatsky checked this time and then folded to the 524,700 bet of Jiang who held    for the flush.

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza11,433,3231,443,000
Ilya Anatsky4,533,953-1,254,500
Dong "nuoyani" Jiang2,568,233585,500
Kristen Bicknell2,566,179-507,000
Simon Higgins1,198,312-267,000
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:06 AM Local Time
Level 28 started
Level: 28
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 15,000
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:05 AM Local Time
Quads for Bicknell

Bicknell vs De Souza

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza raised to 200,000 from the button and was called by Kristen Bicknell in the small blind.

The flop came    , Bicknell check-called the 184,800 continuation-bet of De Souza.

They both checked through the   on the turn to the   on the river. Bicknell bet 500,000 for De Souza to call withthe    for the full house. Bicknell held    for quad kings to claim the pot.

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza9,990,323-896,800
Ilya Anatsky5,788,453-112,000
Kristen Bicknell3,073,1791,032,800
Dong "nuoyani" Jiang1,982,733-12,000
Simon Higgins1,465,312-12,000
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:01 AM Local Time
Chip Counts After the Break
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza10,887,1231,262,000
Ilya Anatsky5,900,453-198,000
Kristen Bicknell2,040,379-358,000
Dong "nuoyani" Jiang1,994,733-408,000
Simon Higgins1,477,312-298,000
Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:00 AM Local Time
Ishikawa, Helppi, and Clacher Among First Winners on GGPoker
Shoma Ishikawa & Juha Helppi
Shoma Ishikawa & Juha Helppi

This past Sunday, it was a night to remember on GGPoker as their first-ever WSOP bracelet events — part of a 54-event schedule spread out across the next months — kicked off. 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

The second event of the festival saw Finnish high-stakes poker legend Juha Helppi doubled his gold bracelet tally in Event #35 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. Helppi who claimed the lion's share of the $1,558,000 prize pool after topping a field of 328 entries, receiving a first-place prize of $290,286 to go along with the coveted prize.

On Wednesday, Michael "YesPlease" Clacher won the third WSOP bracelet for South Africa in the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Event #36: $1,500 FIFTY STACK NLHE for $297,496 by overcoming a field of 1,342 players. The third event where a bracelet could be won generated a prize pool of $1,912,350 for 188 players to cash in in the end.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020 1:58 AM Local Time
Jerome "gorgiAAs" Finck Eliminated in 6th Place ($75,416)

Finck vs De Souza

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza raised to 200,000 from the cutoff and Jerome "gorgiAAs" Finck three-bet to 500,000 on the button for De Souza to four-bet to put Finck all-in who called for the 118,960 he still had left.

Jerome "gorgiAAs" Finck:   
Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza:   

The board ran out       for De Souza the flop top pair and improve to a straight on the river to eliminate Finck in sixth place for $75,416.

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza9,625,1231,065,304
Ilya Anatsky6,098,453-382,000
Dong "nuoyani" Jiang2,402,733-332,000
Kristen Bicknell2,398,379455,781
Simon Higgins1,775,312787,656
Jerome "gorgiAAs" Finck0-1,594,741