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Joon 'jykpoker' Kim Wins 2020 World Series of Poker Online $800 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout Deepstack Event

California Resident Defeats Field of 989 Entries To Win $103,127 and His First WSOP Bracelet


Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim is the most recent champion decided during the 2020 World Series of Poker Online series. The Thousand Oaks, California resident overcame a field of 989 total entries in the $800 buy-in no-limit hold’em knockout deepstack event to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $103,127. This knockout event saw $200 awarded for each player eliminated. Kim busted a total of 15 players to add $3,000 in bounties to his total earnings for the event.

The top 143 finishers made the money in this event, with plenty of big names making deep runs including David ‘dwpoker’ Williams (104th – $961), Nipun ‘javatini’ Java (103rd – $961), Brian ‘JackBogle’ Altman (86th – $1,122), Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout (80th – $1,228), Jared ‘DarrensRabbi’ Jaffee (56th – $1,495), Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia (51st – $1,762), Ben ‘WhyIsGamora’ Yu (34th – $2,403), Ryan ‘bitc0in’ Riess (33rd – $2,403), Peter ‘easypeazy’ Hengsakul (15th – $4,486), Layne ‘scoop87’ Flack (13th – $4,486), and Frank ‘spaghettiiii’ Marasco (12th – $5,661).

Jeff PlattWhen the final table began, poker commentator Jeff ‘mavsusc’ Platt held the chip lead, with Kim sitting in second place among the final nine players. Joseph ‘thehofffx’ Hoffman was the first player to hit the virtual rail after he lost a preflop race with A-K up against the pocket jacks of Lee ‘smallmytable’ Gale. Hoffman earned $7,316 as the ninth-place finisher. A few minutes later, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric ‘circleball’ Baldwin shoved with 10Heart Suit9Heart Suit from the cutoff. Jonathan ‘fan_sawyer21’ Love called for less with AClub Suit10Club Suit on the button. Baldwin paired his nine on the turn and held from there to knock Love out in eighth place ($9,560).

Kim secured his first bounty at the final table by taking down a massive pot against Platt. It folded to Kim in the small blind and he moved all-in with QHeart Suit9Club Suit. Platt called off his last 3,312,484 with KHeart Suit2Heart Suit. The board came down QClub Suit10Spade Suit8Club Suit3Spade Suit4Spade Suit and Kim’s pair of queens was enough to send the poker commentator and former NBA reporter home with $12,657 for his seventh-place showing.

Kim followed that hand up with another knockout. Gale moved all-in from the button for around 2.8 million with KSpade SuitJClub Suit and Kim called holding AClub Suit9Heart Suit from the big blind. Neither player improved and Gale was eliminated in sixth place ($16,983).

2018 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder main event runner-up Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman was the next to get involved in a big all-in confrontation. He shoved all-in for just shy of 3 million from the cutoff holding ASpade SuitJClub Suit, only to run into the KHeart SuitKDiamond Suit of Stephen ‘bunsamillion’ McManus in the big blind. McManus flopped top set and held from there to knock Steinman out in fifth place ($23,178).

Eric Baldwin2009 Card Player Player of the Year award winner Eric Baldwin secured the next knockout, picking up A-K and calling the all-in of Jason ‘Gunner_Q10’ Gunn, who held JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit. Ace-king high was enough by the river to earn the pot for Baldwin. Gunn took home $32,044 as the fifth-place finisher. Despite winning that big pot, Baldwin was the next player to hit the rail. He three-bet all-in over the top of a button raise from Kim, only to have Kim call with ASpade SuitADiamond Suit. Baldwin was at risk with 7Spade Suit7Heart Suit. The board ran out KDiamond SuitQSpade Suit4Club Suit5Club Suit5Diamond Suit and Baldwin busted in third place ($44,914).

With that Kim took roughly a 5:1 chip lead into heads-up play with McManus. By the time the final hand was dealt, McManus was down to his last seven big blinds. Kim shoved from the button with the KClub Suit9Heart Suit and McManus called all-in with QHeart Suit7Heart Suit. The KHeart Suit5Club Suit2Spade Suit2Diamond SuitAHeart Suit board gave Kim the winning two pair to secure the pot and the title. McManu cashed for $63,767.

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

Place Name Earnings Bounty Earnings
1 Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim $103,127 $3,000
2 Stephen ‘bunsamillion’ McManus $63,767 $2,000
3 Eric ‘CircleBall’ Baldwin $44,914 $1,600
4 Jason ‘Gunner_Q10’ Gunn $32,044 $1,800
5 Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman $23,178 $1,400
6 Lee ‘smallmytable’ Gale $16,983 $1,400
7 Jeff ‘mavsusc’ Platt $12,657 $2,400
8 Jonathan ‘fan_sawyer21’ Love $9,560 $1,200
9 Joseph ‘thehofffx’ Hoffman $7,316 $1,400

Platt photo credit: WSOP.