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This Week's Big Winner: Anson Tsang Scores His Second Career WSOP Bracelet In 2020 Online Series

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Sep 23, 2020


Anson Tsang has joined the elite ranks of players that have won multiple World Series of Poker gold bracelets. The Hong Kong resident emerged victorious from a field of 2,315 total entries in the 2020 WSOP Online $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em deepstack event to earn his second piece of WSOP hardware and the top prize of $150,460.

Tsang’s first bracelet win came at the 2018 WSOP Europe festival, where he took down the €2,200 buy-in pot-limit Omaha eight-max event for $105,489.

The strong turnout for this event resulted in a $1,099,625 final prize pool which was paid out among the top 332 finishers. A number of big names made deep runs in this event only to fall just short of the final table, including online tournament crusher Daniel Dvoress (56th — $2,229), Bryan Piccioli (44th — $3,101), Tim Reilly (43rd — $3,101), Samuel Vousden (26th – $4,313), Thai Ha (20th – $4,313), and Justin Lapka (14th – $5,999).

Tsang held the chip lead when the nine-handed final table was set. Countries from around the world were represented, including Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Israel, Bangladesh, and the UK, in addition to Hong Kong. Here are five key hands from the final table.

The Action

Everyone folded to Tsang in the small blind, and he opted to raise to 18.4 million, more than enough to put Campana to the test for the rest of his chips. Campana woke up with an ace and made the call, and was a slight favorite over Tsang’s suited connectors. Unfortunately for Campana, the flop of JHeart Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit left him drawing nearly dead. The turn and river were no help, and Campana was sent to the virtual rail to collect his $11,604 in winnings.

The Action

Tsang raised to 800,000 from under the gun and Trayner moved all in behind him from the cutoff. The blinds folded, and Tsang made the call for the ten-big blind shove with AHeart Suit 9Diamond Suit. Trayner was flipping with pocket eights, and held the lead as the flop fell 7Diamond Suit 5Club Suit 3Diamond Suit. The ADiamond Suit rolled off on the turn, however, leaving him with just two outs. The river was the 7Club Suit, and Trayner was eliminated in sixth place, earning $31,219.

The Action

Tsang raised to 1,000,000 on the button and Holford called from the big blind. The flop fell 7Club Suit 5Heart Suit 4Spade Suit and Holford checked. Tsang bet 1,450,000, and Holford called. The turn was the 6Spade Suit, and Holford check-called another bet, this time for 1,700,000. The river was the 4Heart Suit, and Holford checked for a third time. Tsang bet 4,150,000, and Holford called with 10Heart Suit 6Heart Suit. Tsang wasn’t bluffing, however, and his 8Heart Suit 2Spade Suit took down the big pot to give him half the chips in play four-handed.

The Action

Dvir moved all in for his last ten big blinds, and Tsang made the call from the small blind. Dvir was ahead with pocket eights against Tsang’s ace-high overcard, but the flop of ADiamond Suit 4Spade Suit 4Heart Suit gave Tsang a full house. Dvir needed one of the last two eights in the deck, but they failed to hit as the board finished out 10Heart Suit 6Spade Suit. Dvir banked $60,387 for his fourth-place run.

The Action

Tsang started the heads-up battle with a 3:1 chip lead and increased it until Ashrafee was left with less than 14 big blinds. Ashrafee moved all in with QSpade Suit JDiamond Suit, and Tsang called with a dominating KHeart Suit QDiamond Suit. The flop added insult to injury, coming AHeart Suit JClub Suit 10Diamond Suit to give Tsang yet another straight. Ashrafee needed runner-runner to win the pot, or a king to split, but neither came, and he was forced to settle for the $116,809 runner-up prize. Tsang pocketed $150,460, and also earned his second career gold bracelet.

Final Table Results

1. Anson ‘Tara@0z’ Tsang — $150,460
2. Mohaiman ‘Ironman3000’ Ashrafee — $116,809
3. Stephen ‘supernuts21’ Holford — $83,986
4. Amir ‘8ty4calling8’ Dvir — $60,387
5. Wong ‘SMLJtroll’ Soon Heong — $43,419
6. Malcolm ‘HappyWhale’ Trayner — $31,219
7. Marc ‘Face-0’ Carola — $22,446
8. Nobuaki ‘Sasa JHR’ Sasaki — $16,139
9. Eder ‘BlueMoon’ Campana — $11,604