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Louis “PokeThese” Lynch Wins The Second Bracelet of the 2020 WSOP Online Series

The Pennsylvania Resident Defeated A Field of 919 Entries To Win His First Gold Bracelet and $168,585.95

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Louis Lynch at the 2010 Foxwoods Poker Classic main event final table, credit: Foxwoods Poker BlogThe second World Series of Poker gold bracelet tournament of 2020 is now in the books. The WSOP Online $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em deepstack eight-max event attracted a total of 919 entries, with 647 unique players and 272 re-entries made. As a result, the prize pool swelled to $873,050, which was paid out among the top 143 finishers.

The largest share of that money was awarded to eventual champion Louis “PokeThese” Lynch. The Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania resident emerged victorious with their first bracelet and the top prize of $168,586. Lynch’s largest prior tournament score had been a fourth-place finish in the 2010 Foxwoods Poker Classic main event for $54,494.

This single-day event kicked off at 3:00 p.m. Pacific, with late registration and entry available for the first 235 minutes of action. after about seven hours of action, the money bubble burst with the elimination of ‘MBEASY’, meaning that the remaining players all locked up a payday of at least $1,484.

Plenty of big names made the money in this event, including Jon ‘havuuuuuc’ Turner (135th – $1,484), Joseph ‘biueberry’ Cheong (111th – $1,571), Ryan ‘protential’ Laplante (106th – $1,571), Jim ‘BOCARATONE’ Collopy (102nd – $1,571), Roland ‘prngls12’ Israelashvili (101st – $1,571), World Poker Tour champion Justin ‘tamaratibles’ Young (91st – $1,659), three-time bracelet winner Ben ‘WhyIsGamora’ Yu (77th – $2,008), Connor ‘666666’ Drinan (61st – $2,445), WSOP and WPT winners Jared ‘DarrensRabbi’ Jaffee (56th – $2,445) and Harrison ‘whale321’ Gimbel (48th – $2,881), Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia (40th – $3,318), Ryan ‘adopt_adogg0’ Leng (38th – $3,318), Bryan ‘Pellepelle’ Piccioli (31st – $3,929), Shannon ‘Aulophobia’ Shorr (27th – $4,802), and six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel ‘DNegs’ Negreanu.

18th-place finisher Daniel NegreanuNegreanu announced that he was willing to bet up to a million dollars on winning a bracelet in 2020 before the series began, and has already made a deep run after just two events held. He got his last chips in with 9Spade Suit9Diamond Suit in this event, only to run into the 10Heart Suit10Club Suit of online pot-limit Omaha bracelet winner Matthew ‘Mendey’ Mendez. Negreanu’s nines failed to come from behind and he was sent to the virtual rail with $5,849.

By the time the final table was set, Lynch sat in second chip position behind Daniel ‘IntoTheRiver’ Fischer. Sean ‘bahbababa’ Prendiville scored the first two knockouts at the final table, busting Matthew ‘Michmeister’ Mich (8th – $15,627.59)) and Jon ‘jonnyg93’ Gisler (7th – $20,691.28) to climb toward the top of the leaderboard with six players remaining.

Lynch was involved in the next big all-in confrontation. He raised and called the three-bet shove of Jason ‘haderade’ Somerville. The WSOP bracelet winner and popular online poker streamer held AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit, which was racing against the 10Heart Suit10Club Suit of Lynch. Neither player improved and Somerville was eliminated in sixth place ($27,762.99), while Lynch overtook the outright lead.

Prendiville busted a few opponents early at the final table, but he fell back down the leaderboard during short-handed play. He ultimately got his last ten big blinds in from the button holding QSpade Suit9Heart Suit, only to have Kevin ‘GoneBananas’ Garosshen move all-in with 9Spade Suit9Spade Suit out of the small blind. The case nine came on the turn and the set was enough to send Prendiville home in fifth place with $37,890.37.

Fischer was the next to fall when he shoved with KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit and was called by Ryan ‘KOVID19’ Ko, who held JClub Suit10Club Suit. Ko turned a jack-high straight and held from there to eliminate Fischer in fourth place ($52,383). Garosshen got his last chips in by three-bet shoving from the big blind with AClub Suit5Spade Suit facing a button raise from Ko, who called with ADiamond Suit7Diamond Suit. Ko made quad sevens by the river. Garosshen earned $73,423.50 as the third-place finisher.

Despite earning the two most recent elimination, Ko entered heads-up play with less than a third of the chips that Lynch sat with. That lead was stretched even further by the time the final hand arose. With blinds of 170,000-340,000 and a 34,000 ante, Ko shoved for 2,246,570 from the button holding QSpade Suit6Club Suit. Lynch called with the 6Spade Suit6Diamond Suit. The board came down 10Heart Suit5Diamond Suit4Spade Suit2Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit and Lynch’s sixes held to lock up the pot and the title.

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

Place Name Earnings
1 Louis “PokeThese” Lynch $168,585.95
2 Ryan “KOVID19” Ko $104,242.17
3 Kevin “GoneBananas” Garosshen $73,423.50
4 Daniel “IntoTheRiver” Fischer $52,383.00
5 Sean “bahbababa” Prendiville $37,890.37
6 Jason “haderade” Somerville $27,762.99
7 Jon “jonnyg93” Gisler $20,691.28
8 Matthew “Michmeister” Mich $15,627.59