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Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler Wins First Bracelet of 2020 WSOP Online Series

The Ohio Native Defeated A Field of 1,715 Entries To Win $130,425.75 And His First Bracelet


The first World Series of Poker bracelet of 2020 has officially been awarded. Jonathan “Art.Vandelay” Dokler outlasted a field of 1,715 total entries to take down the WSOP Online $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘kick-off’ event. The Ohio native earned his first bracelet and the top prize of $130,425.75 after defeating Justin ‘MadTitan’ Turner heads-up for the title. This was Dokler’s second big victory in an online event this year, having won a WSOP Circuit Online gold ring in late March for $77,910. he also won a $5,100 buy-in event at the Borgata Winter Poker Open earlier this year for $100,829, which was his largest recorded score prior to capturing this title.

With 1,195 players and 520 re-entries made in this event, the prize pool soared to $771,750. The top 248 finishers made the money, with a min-cash being worth $772 while the top nine finishers all earned at least five-figure paydays.

11th-place finisher Phil HellmuthThere were plenty of big names who made deep runs in this event, including four-time bracelet winner Mike ‘mouth123’ Matusow (44th – $2,623.95), 2012 WSOP main event runner-up Jesse “MrJesseJames” Sylvia (137th – $1,003.27), two-time Card Player Poker Tour main event winner Jon “havuuuuuc” Turner eliminated (12th – $7,872), and all-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth, who held the chip lead at one point with just two tables remaining.

Hellmuth lost two massive pots with pocket queens after taking the lead, and eventually hit the rail in 11th place ($7,871.85). He first ran queens into the pocket kings of Jim ‘aggie69’ Agate with 18 players remaining to fall back down the counts a bit.

He then got all-in with QDiamond SuitQClub Suit up against the AHeart SuitKSpade Suit of Shawn ‘SayGoodNight’ Daniels. Daniels hit a king on the flop and held from there to end Hellmuth’s run at winning his record-furthering 16th bracelet.

World Poker Tour champion Taylor ‘ZeroTo100’ Von Kriegenbergh was the first elimination at the final table. He got all-in with K-10, but ran into the A-K of Michael "DDSpade“ Balan and was unable to come from behind. He took home $10,109.92 as the ninth-place finisher.

Eliminations came fast and furious at the final table, with Dokler knocking out two of the next four players to take a sizable chip lead into four-handed action. Two-time WSOPC ring winner Shawn ‘SayGoodNight’ Daniels was the next to hit the virtual rail. He got all-in with ADiamond Suit10Diamond Suit up against the KSpade SuitKClub Suit of Tony ‘Panoramic’ Dunst. The 9Diamond Suit8Spade Suit6Diamond Suit flop gave Daniels outs to an ace, a flush or a straight. The turn was the 6Heart Suit, leaving him behind with one card remaining. The JClub Suit on the end was no help and Dunst’s pocket kings held to knock Daniels out in fourth place ($42,060.37).

Tony Dunst earned $57,881.25 for finishing thirdDunst was also involved in the next big confrontation. The WPT host and main event winner was only two knockouts away from securing his second WSOP bracelet, but his momentum came to a halt when he got all-in with 9Diamond Suit9Club Suit up against the ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit of Dokler. The QClub Suit5Club Suit2Spade Suit10Heart Suit board kept Dunst in the lead through the turn, but the KHeart Suit river game Dokler the winning pair. Dunst had to settle for $57,881.25 as the third-place finisher.

With that Dokler took nearly a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Justin ‘MadTitan’ Turner. Turner ultimately shoved his last chips in from the button with 10Spade Suit6Spade Suit and got called by Dokler’s 4Spade Suit4Heart Suit. Turner took the lead on a 6Club Suit5Spade Suit3Diamond Suit flop, but the 2Heart Suit turn gave Dokler a straight. The 5Diamond Suit on the river was no help to Turner, and he was eliminated in second place. He earned $80,416.35 for his strong showing in this event.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings
1 Jonathan ‘Art.Vandelay’ Dokler $130,425.75
2 Justin ‘MadTitan’ Turner $80,416.35
3 Tony ‘Panoramic’ Dunst $57,881.25
4 Shawn ‘SayGoodNight’ Daniels $42,060.37
5 Michael ‘DDSpade’ Balan $30,947.17
6 ‘ChefShap’ $22,998.16
7 ‘djp1006’ $17,287.20
8 Mark ‘NostraDonkus’ Liedtke $13,119.75
9 Taylor ‘ZeroTo100’ Von Kriegenbergh $10,109.92

Dokler photo via Borgata / PokerNews.