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Ryan Depaulo Won The Latest World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Event From A Grocery Store Parking Lot

'joeyisamush' Outlasted A Field of 2,427 Total Entries To Earn $159,563 From A Car Parked Outside A Whole Foods In New Jersey


Ryan 'joeyisamush' Depaulo after winning an event at the 2018 Borgata Spring Poker OpenThe earliest World Series of Poker events were contested by the likes of Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim Preston, Johnny Moss and other legendary ‘road gamblers’, who were known as such due to the fact that they traveled from town to town chasing poker action. None of those greats of the game likely ever suspected that a WSOP gold bracelet would one day be won from the inside of a car.

Incredibly, that is precisely what happened during the early hours of July 13, as Ryan ‘joeyisamush’ Depaulo defeated a field of 2,427 entries to win the 2020 WSOP Online ‘Big 500’ no-limit hold’em event from the parking lot of a Whole Foods grocery store in New Jersey. The New York native and poker vlogger earned his first bracelet and $159,563 for the win. This was the second-largest cash of Depaulo’s career, behind his third-place finish in the 2019 WSOP ‘Colossus’ event for $208,643.

Depaulo made several social media posts while playing from inside his parked car, including the following:

This $500 buy-in event attracted a total of 1,624 unique players who collectively rebought 803 times to build a final prize pool of $1,092,150. The top 371 finishers made the money in this event, with a min-cash being worth $765.

Among the big names to make deep runs in this event were James ‘meatsweats’ Carroll (221st – $983), Daniel ‘DNegs’ Negreanu (205th – $1,092), Kevin ‘ImaLuckSac’ MacPhee (144th – $1,311), Max ‘MaxSparrow’ Pescatori (108th – $1,420), Katie ‘katelin’ Lindsay (57th – $2,403), Nick ‘duckflush’ Pupillo (19th – $5,242.32), and James ‘’ Mackey (15th – $8,300.34)

When the final got underway Depaulo sat in the chip lead with more than 8.4 million. Hayden ‘Luckbox89’ Fortini (7.1 million), Terry ‘mrterry007’ Fleischer (6.3 million), and Jack ‘EarlGrey’ Salter (6.2 million) had the next largest stacks.

The first elimination at the final table took place when Erick ‘Givmeaction’ But called all-in with AHeart SuitQHeart Suit and was up against the 6Heart Suit6Club Suit of Sean ‘FilthyDiaper’ Ruane, who had shoved from under the gun. Ruane flopped a set and held from there to knock But out in ninth place ($13,543).

Dominic ‘rgdoc’ Ricciardi was the next to fall. He moved all-in from the button with ASpade Suit7Spade Suit only to run into the AClub SuitQSpade Suit of Depaulo from the big blind. Depaulo paired his queen on the flop and was able to maintain the lead through the river to send Ricciardi to the virtual rail in eighth place ($17,474).

Shannon 'Aulophobi' ShorrDepaulo secured his second knockout of the final table with KHeart SuitKClub Suit. Shannon ‘Aulophobia’ Shorr got his last chips in with AHeart Suit9Spade Suit. Depaulo flopped top set and Shorr was drawing dead by the turn. He earned $22,826 as the seventh-place finisher.

The reign of terror continued as Depaulo moved all-in after a 4Spade Suit3Spade Suit3Diamond Suit flop after raising from under the gun preflop with JClub Suit10Spade Suit. Terry ‘mrterry007’ Fleischer had defended his big blind with 5Diamond Suit2Spade Suit and picked up an open-ended straight draw. He called for his tournament life and the KSpade Suit hit the turn. The 7Diamond Suit on the river completed the board and Depaulo’s J-10 high was enough to secure the pot. Fleischer cashed for $30,143 as the sixth-place finisher.

Depaulo scored two more eliminations, busting Jessica ‘Jessyboo’ Lanto (5th – $40,082), and Hayden ‘Luckbox89’ Fortini (4th – $53,625) to take a massive stack of 32 million into three-handed action. That meant that he had roughly twice as many chips as his two remaining opponents combined.

English poker pro Jack ‘EarlGrey’ Salter broke Depaulo’s streak by securing the next bustout. He shoved all-in from the small blind with 4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit and Sean ‘FilthyDiaper’ Ruane called out of the big blind with ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit. The board improved neither player and Ruane was awarded for $72,410 for his third-place showing.

Heads up play began with Depaulo holding 27.7 million to Salters 20.8 million. Salter was able to overtake the lead by winning a big pot with a turned straight, but Depaulo doubled up with QHeart Suit8Spade Suit beating out Salter’s KDiamond Suit10Heart Suit to regain the ascendancy. In the final hand Salter min-raised from the button with AClub SuitJDiamond Suit and Depaulo three-bet shoved with QClub SuitQHeart Suit. Salter called all-in and the board came down 10Diamond Suit2Spade Suit2Club Suit3Diamond Suit3Spade Suit. Depaulo’s pocket queens held up to secure him the pot and the title, while Salter cashed for $98,621 as the runner-up.

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

Place Name Earnings
1 Ryan’joeyisamush’ Depaulo $159,563
2 Jack ‘EarlGrey’ Salter $98,621
3 Sean ‘FilthyDiaper’ Ruane $72,410
4 Hayden ‘Luckbox89’ Fortini $53,625
5 Jessica ‘Jessyboo’ Lanto $40,082
6 Terry ‘mrterry007’ Fleischer $30,143
7 Shannon ‘Aulophobia’ Shorr $22,826
8 Dominic ‘rgdoc’ Ricciardi $17,474
9 Erick ‘Givmeaction’ But $13,543