Bracelets Galore as WSOP Big Weekend Crowns Champions

The 2020 Online WSOP has crowned several champions over the last few days, with Nahrain 2Rivers Tamero bagging the final gold bracelet of the US-focused part of the schedule, pocketing $310,832 in the process…

By: Andrew Burnett

With the 31 tournaments on coming to an end and attention now focusing on the GGPoker schedule, there were also huge wins in the COLOSSUS and PLOSSUS.

First up though, a brief recap of bracelet event 31, the $1000 buy-in NLHE Championship, which attracted 1455 unique entries and 671 rebuys – enough to build the largest prizepool of the series at $2,019,700.

330 players would make the money, with Phil 'Lumestackin' Hellmuth finishing 133rd for $2,423, Kathy 'Luckygal' Liebert in 100th spot for $2,625 and Jamie 'DanBilzerian' Kerstetter ending her run in 37th for $6,463 when she ran a short-stacked ace-rag into pocket 10s.

At the final table, nobody could really complain about ‘bad luck’, the big all-ins not producing any ‘upsets’, Andrew 'WATCHGUY42' Lichtenberger falling in 3rd in the following hand…

Norman 'abnormality' Michalek: 8♦ 8♣
Andrew 'WATCHGUY42' Lichtenberger: A♥ 5♦
Board: 2♦ 7♠ 9♠ 9♥ 9♣

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Heads-up saw Norman abnormality Michalek with a big chip lead, but he bluffed it away in two huge hands, Nahrain '2Rivers' Tamero taking advantage to bag his first WSOP bracelet and the massive payout.

Final results

1 Nahrain 2Rivers Tamero $310,832
2 Norman abnormality Michalek $192,073
3 Andrew WATCHGUY42 Lichtenberger $140,167
4 Brian foxxx Kirchhoff $103,207
5 Edan goatplaya Sucov $76,749
6 Greg Bubblealot Wish $57,561
7 Arian 4632647 Stolt $43,424
8 Michael merlot Bailey $33,123
9 Kevin SpecialK333 Calenzo $25,650


Over on GGPoker, it was Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski who scooped the $400 buy-in PLOSSUS, taking the $227,557 first prize with the added bonus of a WSOP Europe package worth $15,000.

A whopping 4356 entries were counted during the 15 opening flights last week and only nine players returned a week later to battle for gold and the lion’s share of the $1,637,856 prizepool.

Dzivielevski led the final table in chips and in experience and in winnings, the Brazilian boasting close to $9million in combined live and online earnings, with a first WSOP gold coming last summer.

He ran his big stack all the way to heads-up, Matt 'DNSFD' Vengrin providing the opposition, but there was no stopping Dzivielevski, the final hand playing out as follows, the chips going in on the flop…

Yuri Dzivielevski: A♥ 8♦ 6♦ 10♥
Matt 'DNSFD' Vengrin: Q♥ 8♣ 6♠ K♠
Flop: 5♥ 3♦ 8♠
Turn: 2♦
River: 4♠

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Final results

1 Yuri Dzivielevski $221,557*
2 Matt DNSFD Vengrin $165,147
3 Tautvydas GuliGul Jokubauskas $116,777
4 Gabi kidrurim Livshitz $82,573
5 Samuel vivaegipto Bernabeu $58,388
6 Juan Darth Vador Perez $41,287
7 Chad ThefastLayne Layne $29,194
8 Dustin JohnSmiley1 Dirksen $20,643
9 Marcus Phil Kessel Cara $14,597

*plus WSOP Europe package worth $15,000

The preceding event, the $400 buy-in COLOSSUS, also returned for a final table, the field of 12,757 whittled down to the final nine, with a massive top prize coming out of the $4,796,632 prizepool.

Among the final table contenders was Finnish legend Joni Jouhkimainen, but he would have to settle for third spot, running his ace into a bigger one in a blind-on-blind battle.

That left Estonia’s Ranno Sootla and Greek player Paraskevas Tsokaridis to fight it out for the bracelet, with Tsokaridis unable to keep up his final table run of eliminations, finally falling to kings…

Ranno Sootla: K♣ K♥
Paraskevas Tsokaridis: A♣ 9♥
Board: 7♦ 10♦ 10♣ 8♥ 10♠

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Final results

1 Ranno Sootla $595,930
2 Paraskevas Tsokaridis $433,345
3 Joni Jouhkimainen $308,904
4 Andre Figueiredo $220,198
5 Arunas Sapitavicius $156,964
6 Agate Ose $111,890
7 Tom Delaine $79,759
8 Lai Sisheng $56,885
9 Ajay Chabra $40,529


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