The WSOP Online Series Hits Several $1 Million Prize Pools In First 12 Events

Posted on July 13, 2020 - Last Updated on July 16, 2020

The World Series of Poker Online series has now completed 12 of its scheduled 31 bracelet events on WSOP.com. Nathan Gamble, Alan Goehring, and 70-year-old Ron McMillen were among last week’s notable bracelet winners.

One WSOP bracelet event is being awarded each day in July on WSOP.com, with another 54 online bracelets up for grabs later on GGPoker starting July 19. The WSOP.com events kick off at 3 p.m. PT each day (6 p.m. ET). See the entire WSOP Online series schedule here.

To compete for the bracelets on WSOP.com, players must play on either WSOP Nevada or WSOP New Jersey. Aside from the turbo events, most have taken 11-12 hours to complete. That means those playing in Nevada who go deep are playing until 2-3 a.m., while players in New Jersey who make final tables are playing until 5-6 a.m.

Here is a look at how things played out over the last week of WSOP.com bracelet events.

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Event #6: Nathan Gamble wins his second PLO8 bracelet

The first non-hold’em event of the WSOP Online series took place last Monday, with Nathan “surfbum” Gamble winning his second career bracelet in Event #6. The $600 PLO8 6-Handed event is just one of four non-NLHE events among the 31 scheduled in the WSOP Online series on WSOP.com.

The event drew 497 players who re-entered 336 times for 883 total entries. After a little more than 12 hours, Gamble won the largest piece of the over $440,000 prize pool, taking away over $89,000 for the win. Gamble won his first WSOP bracelet in a PLO8 event back in 2017.

John “rainman3817” Esposito (third, $38,684.52), Jeremy “ChipChecka” Ausmus (eighth, $8,096.76), and Max “MaxSparrow” Pescatori (10th, $4,813.07) were among those challenging Gamble at the end.

Event #7: Joon Kim grabs title in bounty event

Event #7 was an $800 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Deepstack Freezeout in which a small portion of the prize pool was reserved for knockout bounties. In the end Joon “jykpoker” Kim took the top prize of over $103,000, with bounties adding another $3,000 to his winnings.

Kim won his first WSOP bracelet by besting a field of 989 players who together built over a $730,000 prize pool.

Eric “CircleBall” Baldwin (third for $46,514.44, plus $1,600 in bounties), Ian “APokerJoker2” Steinman (fifth for $24,578.20, plus $1,400 in bounties), and Layne “scoop87” Flack (13th for $5,786.10, plus $1,300 in bounties) all made it relatively deep.

Event #8: Alan Goehring wins first WSOP bracelet

Alan “GladiusIII” Goehring provided a blast from the past by winning Event #8, a $500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout.

Goehring is best known among poker fans for his two World Poker Tour titles, including a victory in the very first $25,000 WPT Championship in 2003. In the late 1990s Goehring had a runner-up and a third-place finish in WSOP events, but now has finally broken through to win WSOP gold.

There were 1,479 players taking part in the freezeout, making a prize pool of over $449,000, from which Goehring claimed over $119,000 for finishing first.

Ross “BlueTang” Gottlieb was Goehring’s final opponent (second, $73,942.60), with bracelet winner Randy “StayAlive” Ohel (third, $52,511.89) and 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event champion Scott “miamicane” Davies (eighth, $11,580.57) also making the final table.

Event #9: 70-year old Ron McMillen wins in first-ever online tournament

Winner Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen provided a nice headline and story from Event #9, a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max tournament. The 70-year-old has many years of experience playing live, but reportedly was playing his very first online tournament Thursday night when he earned the victory, a bracelet, and a handsome first-place prize of over $180,000.

The event drew 658 players with 368 re-entries, making 1,026 total entries and a $974,700 prize pool . McMillen defeated Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgersen heads-up for the win, with Torgersen earning over $116,000 for second.

Ian “APokerJoker2” Steinman (6th, $30,995.46) and Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng (10th, $10,331.82) were also among the top finishers.

Event #10: Ryan Torgersen follows runner-up finish with a victory

Don’t feel too sorry for Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgersen, though. A night after taking second in Event #9, Torgersen played again on Friday and won Event #10, the $600 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack.

The event drew a big field of 1,505 players with 569 re-entries, making 2,074 total entries and a prize pool of over $1.1 million. That’s the largest prize pool of any of the 12 events so far, one of two to top $1 million along with Event #12 last night.

Torgersen earned over $172,000 for the win. Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen gave a good effort again after showing his online skills the night before, finishing 65th ($2,127.92).

Meanwhile Sam “texasmolly” Grizzle (third, $77,725.22), Nick “duckflush” Pupillo (eighth, $18,367.34), and Robert “bustinballs” Kuhn (19th, $5,487.80) were among the several familiar names going deep.

Event #11: Raman Afanasenka outlasts Chance Kornuth, Brett Apter for win

Saturday night saw Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka need just over seven hours to win Event #11, a $500 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed event, to win his first WSOP bracelet and over $128,000 for first prize.

The event drew 1,691 total entries (1,081 uniques, 610 re-entries) to create over a $760,000 prize pool. Afanasenka had to outlast two-time WSOP bracelet winner Chance “BingShui” Kornuth heads-up for the win.

Kornuth tweeted afterward how he had to battle both his opponents and connectivity issues at the final table as he had disconnected several times, including once during heads-up, while playing on the WSOP mobile app. Kornuth earned over $79,000 for finishing second.

Another WSOP bracelet winner, Brett “Metanemesis” Apter, finished third in the event for over $57,000. Erica “Huckcheevers” Schoenberg Lindgren took sixth ($22,676.31), while Tom “.BEAST.” Cannuli added another deep run by finishing 11th ($7,761.69).

Event #12: Ryan Depaulo wins The BIG 500 for $159,000

Finally, last night’s Event #12, $500 The BIG 500 No-Limit Hold’em, was another marathon, lasting 12-1/2 hours before Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo won the last pot, the bracelet, and an over $159,000 first prize.

The event featured a big field of 2,427 total entries to build over a $1 million prize pool.

Shannon “Aulophobia” Shorr (seventh, $22,825.93) and James “mig.com” Mackey (15th, $8,300.34) both played deep into the night, and Nick “duckflush” Pupillo also had another good showing (19th, $5,242.32).

2020 WSOP Online Series by the numbers (through Event #12)

EventEventBuy-InPlayersRe-EntriesPrize PoolWinnerFirst Prize
1No Limit Hold'em Kick-Off$5001,195520$771,750 Jonathan Dokler$130,425.75
2No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Deepstack$1,000 647272$873,050 Louis Lynch$168,585.95
3No Limit Hold'em$4001,450641$752,760 Robert Kuhn$115,849.76
4No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo$500828351$530,550 Matt Bode$97,090.65
5No Limit Hold'em Freezeout$1,000 8540$811,300 Allen Chang$161,286.44
6Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Handed$600497336$449,820 Nathan Gamble$89,424.21
7No Limit Hold'em Knockout Deepstack$8009890$731,860 Joon Kim$106,126.98*
8No Limit Hold'em Freezeout$50014790$665,550 Alan Goehring$119,399.67
9No Limit Hold'em 6-Max$1,000 658368$974,700 Ron McMillen$188,214.57
10No Limit Hold'em MonsterStack$6001505569$1,119,960 Ryan Torgersen$172,361.84
11No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed$5001081610$760,950 Raman Afanasenka$128,600.55
12The BIG 500 No Limit Hold'em$5001624803$1,092,150 Ryan Depaulo$159,563.11

*includes knockout bounties

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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. His book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books in 2019.

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