WSOP WEEKLY: Dunst Wins Bracelet, Negreanu Running Deep, and More

Sean Chaffin July 27, 2020 482 Reads
Caesars sell Rio, what about WSOP?

The World Series of Poker Online rolls into the final week of action with five bracelets left to award. A few big names won bracelets last week and more will be looking to close out the series in style.

Nick Binger and Tony Dunst were among those big winners. Daniel Negreanu also has also put together numerous deep runs, but falling short of a final table.

Many players will now have their eyes on Friday’s final event – the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship. Here’s a look at all the WSOP Online news.

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Numbers remain strong at WSOP Online

Overall, the move online for WSOP bracelet action seems to have been a good one from a business standpoint. Players have shown up in droves for a successful online poker series.

With players at home and no live tournaments, many have found a way to Nevada or New Jersey to compete. Many in the industry hope the success of the last few months can convince more states to get on the bandwagon.

The last week saw a bit of a contrast in prize pools. The $500 PLO Six-Handed produced the second-lowest prize pool – $511,650. However, Sunday’s Grande Finale produced the second-highest ($1.125 million), only topped by the $3,200 High Roller ($1.51 million).

As of July 27, tournaments attracted an average 1,053 unique entries per event with 1,468 total entries. The average prize pool is $842,728 with an average payout of $146,790. Five events remain and here’s a look at few that stand out:

Event 28: $1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Six-Max – Tuesday, July 28

The Omaha events have produced the lowest prize pools in the series so far. But with a big buy-in, that should bring out players looking for a nice score.

Omaha specialist Nathan Gamble won his second bracelet earlier in the series in a PLO event. He also cashed in the $1,000 PLO High Roller and should be back in the field again for this event.

The poker pro from Texas now lives in Vegas and checked out his new bracelet with help from his dogs.

 

Event 29: $600 NLHE Turbo Deepstack Six-Handed – Wednesday July 29

The term “turbo deepstack” is a bit of an interesting dichotomy. The action is quick, but players have a deep stack of chips.

These events have proven popular with the three previous turbo deepstacks each paying out more than $120,000 to the winners. In the last week of play, this one should be a nice prize pool as well.

Event 30: $500 No Limit Hold’em Seniors Event – Thursday, July 30

The seniors championship is one of the most anticipated events of the series each summer in Las Vegas. Players 50 and over mark the event on their calendars each year for some poker at the Rio.

That won’t be happening this summer, but WSOP.com has at least added an online series event this year. Turnout will be interesting.

Many players make the seniors championship a summer getaway. Will the online nature of this event deflate numbers compared to other events in the WSOP Online?

Event 31: $1,000 NLHE Championship – Friday, July 31

Whether the Main Event gets played this year remains to be seen. In the meantime, this offers a big WSOP bracelet event title for an online player.

The final event of the series should attract plenty of players looking for one last hurrah. Here’s a complete look at the statistics and winners from the action so far.

Event Buy-In Unique Entries Re-Entries Total Prize Pool Top Prize Winner
#1 NLHE Kick-Off $500 1195 520 1715 $771,750 $130,426 Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler
#2 NLHE 8-Handed Deepstack $1,000 647 272 919 $873,050 $168,586 Louis "PokeThese" Lynch
#3 NLHE $400 1450 641 2091 $752,760 $115,850 Robert "bustinballs" Kuhn
#4 NLHE Super Turbo $500 828 351 1179 $530,550 $97,091 Matt "Bodeyster" Bode
#5 NLHE Freezeout $1,000 854 0 854 $811,300 $161,286 Allen "Acnyc718" Chang
#6 PLO 6-Handed $600 497 386 883 $449,820 $89,424 Nathan "surfbum" Gamble
#7 NLHE Knockout Deepstack $800 989 NA 989 $731,660 $103,127 Joon "jykpoker" Kim
#8 NLHE Freezeout $500 1,479 0 1,479 $665,550 $119,400.00 Alan "GladiusIII" Goehring
#9 NLHE Six-Max $1,000 658 368 1026 $974,700 $188,214 Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen
#10 NLHE Monster Stack $600 1,505 569 2,074 $1,119,960 $172,361 Ryan "Im.sorry" Torgerson
#11 NLHE Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed $500 1,081 610 1,691 $760,950 $128,601 Raman "Acrogum" Afanasenka
#12 BIG 500 NLHE $500 1,624 803 2,427 $1,092,150 $159,563 Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo
#13 NLHE High Roller Freezeout $1,500 649 0 649 $924,825 $164,249 Michael "miguelfiesta" Lech
#14 NLHE High Roller $3,200 368 128 496 $1,507,840 $352,985 Joe "fanofdapoker" McKeehen
#15 PLO 8-Max HR $1,000 386 277 663 $629,850 $133,780.00 Guy "PhilLaak" Dunlap
#16 NLHE Turbo $500 1,044 484 1,528 $687,600 $116,204 Terrell "Heezahustla" Cheatham
#17 NLHE $777 917 465 1,382 $967,400 $173,551 Pat "IchiiKawawa" Lyons
#18: NLHE 8-Handed Turbo DeepStack $1,000 697 290 987 $937,650 $181,060 Scott "BudLightLime" Hempel
#19: NLHE $400 1,757 788 2,545 $916,200 $133,856 Kenny "Chopuh" Huynh
#20 PLO Six-handed $500 627 510 1,137 $511,650 $97,572 Kevin "therealkg" Gerhart
#21 NLHE Six-Handed $777 849 512 1,361 $952,700 $168,342 Tony "Panoramic" Dunst
#22 NLHE Turbo Deepstack $500 1,082 497 1,579 $710,550 $120,083 Allan "Treeoflife" Cheung
#23 NLHE Knckout $500 1,452 0 1,452 $667,920 $93,776 Raymond "avant9201" Avant
#24 NLHE Eight-Handed $400 1,590 818 2,408 $866,880 $133,413 Nick "samadhi" Binger
#25 NLHE Summer Saver $500 1,484 671 2,155 $969,750 $149,245 Nicholas "mrfinalt" Kiley
#26 NLHE Grande Finale $500 1,677 825 2,502 $1,125,900 $164,494 Ethan "RampageP" Yau
TOTALS 27386 38171 $21,910,915 $3,816,539

Binger, Gerhart score second bracelets

A few interesting names stand out when looking at the action over the last week. One of the most recognizable winners is Nick Binger.

The Las Vegas-based poker pro added his second bracelet and $133,413 after winning the $400 NLHE Eight-Handed. Binger has $2.3 million in live tournament winnings including a bracelet in 2011 ($5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo) for $397,07 3.

When not playing himself, Binger works with other aspiring players. He’s taught thousands as lead instructor at LearnWPT, the tour’s training site.

Kevin “therealkg” Gerhart also snagged a second bracelet last week. In Event 20: PLO Six-Handed, Gerhart won $97,572. His previous bracelet came in 2019 in the $1,500 Razz event for $97,572.

888poker ambassador Chris Moorman finished fourth in that event for $28,601.

Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu continues to run deep at WSOP.com. He’s recorded 15 cashes in the series including finishing 18th, 27th, 25th (twice), 30th, and 32nd.

That included losing some big hands late with pocket Aces and Kings. So many deep runs coming up short at a shot at a bracelet left Negreanu a bit frustrated.

“What a grind it’s been the last four nights,” he said in his vlog on Friday. “It’s getting goofy how I keep running deep every time and not finishing. You’ve got to run good at the end. That’s the key.”

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Commentating booth to WSOP Online gold

WPT commentator Tony Dunst may have been the biggest name among winners last week. He took down the $777 NLHE event for $168,342.

After the win, Dunst spoke with USPoker about the victory. He said the event went smoothly after entering the final table with a mountain of chips. Adding a big online title is a nice addition to his poker resumé.

“I came up online, so winning a huge tournament is actually very meaningful to me,” he says. “I never really had a big online score even prior to this series. My online results have always lagged behind, so in a lot of ways this was always something that I wanted to get done.”

Players have found online poker an excellent alternative during the pandemic, including Dunst.

“In a way, we’re very lucky in poker that we can pivot the online side,” he says. “The WPT has been able to pivot to do things with international sites and the US-based sites can run major series. I’ve got to think that a lot of other people during this period are just going stir crazy.”

WSOP continues for international players at GGPoker

While the action may be coming to a close this week at WSOP.com, plenty remains at GGPoker. This becomes the first time players outside the US will have a chance to win an online bracelet.

The GGPoker half kicked off on July 19 but not without some hiccups. The first two events of the day were postponed after the site experienced server issues and denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Players were met with numerous issues including disconnections and trouble logging back in. The events had to be completed on July 26.

Despite those issues, there was one event completed on July 19. Japanese player Shoma Ishikawa won the $525 Super Turbo Bounty for $117,650. He became the first player to win an online bracelet outside the US.

Robert Kuhn continues leading Online Bracelet Leaderboard

Robert “bustinballs” Kuhn remains at the top of the WSOP leaderboard. He now has 11 cashes including a win and fourth and 15th-place finishes.

There’s an extra $100,000 on the line in the series leaderboard with the winner taking home $18,000.

  • 1st – Robert “bustinballs” Kuhn, 2,810.92 points
  • 2nd – Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgerson, 2768.45
  • 3rd – Philip “tomte” Yeh, 2388.96
  • 4th – Roland “prngls12” Israelashvili, 2358.76
  • 5th – Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech, 2239.86

* standings as of July 26

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WSOP schedules, information, Twitch streams, and more

For more information, including facts, events, and Twitch streams, visit the USPoker Total WSOP Online page.

2020 WSOP Online – WSOP.com

Event Date Time (PT) Game Buy-In
1 July 1 (W) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Kick-Off $500
2 July 2 (Th) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Deepstack $1,000
3 July 3 (F) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em $400
4 July 4 (Sa) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo $500
5 July 5 (Su) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Freezeout $1,000
6 July 6 (M) 3 p.m. PLO8 6-Handed $600
7 July 7 (Tu) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Knockout Deepstack $800
8 July 8 (W) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Freezeout $500
9 July 9 (Th) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em 6-Max $1,000
10 July 10 (F) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em MonsterStack $600
11 July 11 (Sa) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed $500
12 July 12 (Su) 3 p.m. The BIG 500 No Limit Hold'em $500
13 July 13 (M) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout $1,500
14 July 14 (Tu) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em High Roller $3,200
15 July 15 (W) 3 p.m. PLO 8-Max HR $1,000
16 July 16 (Th) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Turbo $500
17 July 17 (F) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'emÊ $777
18 July 18 (Sa) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Turbo DeepStack $1,000
19 July 19 (Su) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em $400
20 July 20 (M) 3 p.m. PLO 6-Handed $500
21 July 21 (Tu) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $777
22 July 22 (W) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack $500
23 July 23 (Th) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Knockout $500
24 July 24 (F) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed $400
25 July 25 (Sa) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Summer Saver $500
26 July 26 (Su) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Grande Finale $500
27 July 27 (M) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Freezeout $400
28 July 28 (Tu) 3 p.m. Omaha 8 6-Max $1,000
29 July 29 (W) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed $600
30 July 30 (Th) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Seniors Event $500
31 July 31 (F) 3 p.m. No Limit Hold'em Championship $1,000

2020 WSOP Online – GGPoker

Date Event Number Tournament Buy-in Prize Guarantee Notes
Sunday, July 19, 2020
** Day 2 postponed to July 26
1 $100 The Opener [Final Day], $2M GTD $100 $2,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, July 19, 2020
** Day 2 postponed to July 26
2 $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief [Caesars Cares] $1,111 2-Day Event
Sunday, July 19, 2020 3 $525 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $525
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship $5,000
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 5 $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold'em $1,500
Thursday, July 23, 2020 6 $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha $1,050
Saturday, July 25, 2020 7 $600 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $600 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, July 26, 2020 8 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em $1,500 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, July 26, 2020 9 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha $2,500
Sunday, July 26, 2020 10 $400 COLOSSUS [Day 2], $3M GTD $400 $3,000,000 3-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, July 26, 2020 11 $400 PLOSSUS [Day 2], $1M GTD $400 $1,000,000 3-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12 $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship $10,000
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 13 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $2,500
Thursday, July 30, 2020 14 $840 Bounty No Limit Hold'em $840
Saturday, August 01, 2020 15 $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold'em $500 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 02, 2020 16 $1,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em $1,000 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 02, 2020 17 $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER [Day 2], $5M GTD, $1M to 1st $1,500 $ 5,000,000 3-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, August 02, 2020 18 $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold'em $500
Tuesday, August 04, 2020 19 $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Bounty Championship $2,100
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 20 $400 Pot Limit Omaha $400
Thursday, August 06, 2020 21 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em $1,000
Saturday, August 08, 2020 22 $800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha $800 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 09, 2020 23 HK$8,000 No Limit Hold'em Asia Championship [Final Day], HK$8M GTD HK$8,000 HK$8,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, August 09, 2020 24 $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition [Freezeout], $1M GTD $150 $1,000,000 Freezeout
Sunday, August 09, 2020 25 $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship [No Late Reg, 128 Cap] $10,000 2-Day Event, Freezeout
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 26 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship $5,000
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 27 $2,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em $2,500
Thursday, August 13, 2020 28 $525 Bounty No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $525
Saturday, August 15, 2020 29 $300 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $300 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 16, 2020 30 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha $1,500
Sunday, August 16, 2020 31 $500 Mini Main Event [Final Day], $5M GTD $500 $5,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, August 16, 2020 32 $840 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em $840
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 33 $600 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack Championship $600
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 34 $800 Pot Limit Omaha $800
Thursday, August 20, 2020 35 $500 Limit Hold'em $500
Saturday, August 22, 2020 36 $500 Deepstack No-Limit Hold'em $500 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 23, 2020 37 $1,500 Marathon No Limit Hold'em $1,500 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 23, 2020 38 $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, $10M GTD $25,000 $10,000,000 2-Day Event
Sunday, August 23, 2020 39 BIG 50 [Final Day], $1M GTD $50 $1,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 40 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Championship $1,500
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 41 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $1,000
Thursday, August 27, 2020 42 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha $1,500
Saturday, August 29, 2020 43 $300 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em $300 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 30, 2020 44 $400 FORTY STACK No Limit Hold'em $400
Sunday, August 30, 2020 45 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event [Day 2], $25M GTD $5,000 $25,000,000 3-Day Event, Feezeout Flights
Sunday, August 30, 2020 46 $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $1,000
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 47 People's Choice Event [Most Popular] TBA TBA TBA by Vote
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 48 People's Choice Event [Pros Vote] TBA TBA TBA by Vote
Thursday, September 03, 2020 49 People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel] TBA TBA TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 2020 50 People's Choice Event [Most Popular] TBA TBA Asia Time Zone, TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 2020 51 $1,050 Beat the Pros [Bounty] $1,050
Sunday, September 06, 2020 52 $10K WSOP Super MILLION$, $5M GTD $10,000 $5,000,000 2-Day Event
Sunday, September 06, 2020 53 $100 WSOP MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD $100 $2,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, September 06, 2020 54 $500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE] $500

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