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Ethan 'RampageP' Yau Wins His First World Series of Poker Bracelet While Live Streaming

The 22-Year-Old Broadcasted His Play On YouTube As He Won $164,494


Ethan ‘RampageP’ Yau is a low-stakes cash game player who has been making video blogs about his time at the table for more than two years now. The 22-year-old decided to live stream his play in the "2020 World Series of Poker Online $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Grande Finale’ event on his RampagePoker YouTube channel. His caprion for the stream read ‘Traveled down to NJ for the weekend to experiment in playing some of the online WSOP tournaments for the dream of maybe a bracelet??’. After more than eight hours of broadcasting, he emerged victorious from a field of 2,502 total entries to capture his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $164,494 while thousands of viewers watched on. This was Yau’s first-ever cash in a WSOP event.

This event attracted 1,677 unique players who collectively re-entered a total of 825 times to create a final prize pool of $1,125,900. The top 371 finishers made the money, locking up a payday of at least $788. Among the notables to cash in this event were bracelet winner Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia (330th – $901), four-time bracelet winner Mike ‘Mouth123’ Matusow (304th – $901), two-time bracelet winner Nick ‘samadhi’ Binger (214th – $1,013), bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion Chris ‘Robotbob47’ Moorman (153rd – $1,351), six-time bracelet winner Daniel ‘DNegs’ Negreanu (92nd – $1,576), two-time bracelet winner Eric ‘circleball’ Baldwin (68th – $2,027), and three-time bracelet winner Ben ‘WhyIsGamora’ Yu (46th – $2,927). This was Negreanu’s 15th cash of the series, the most of any player so far.

Mohammad ‘Tmomoney’ Mufti was the chip leader when the final table of nine players was set, with Yau sitting in second chip position. Yau quickly overtook the top spot on the leaderboard by scoring a double elimination. Michael “Mike91680’ Guzzardi shoved from early position for around 1.9 million with KHeart SuitKClub Suit and Ya called from the cutoff holding ADiamond Suit8Diamond Suit. Recent WSOP Online bracelet winner Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim then moved all-in for around 2.6 million total with AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit. Yau called to put both of his opponents at risk and the board camde down 10Club Suit9Diamond Suit5Club Suit4Diamond SuitQDiamond Suit, giving him the nut flush on the river. Guzzardi earned $13,961 as the ninth-place finisher, while Kim took home $18,014 for his second final-table finish of the series.

Matt ‘OMG_Obama’ Iles was the next to fall. He ran K-Q into the A-4 suited of Jason ‘TATTOOMONEY’ Scott. Iles failed to improve and was knocked out in seventh place, earning $23,531 for his deep run in this event. Despite scoring that elimination, Scott soon followed Iles to the rail. He got his last chips in with 8Heart Suit6Heart Suit from the button and was called by the 10Spade Suit10Club Suit of Blake ‘shampainpopn’ Whittington. Scott made two pair on the river, but Whittington made a flush to win the pot. Scott cashed for $31,075 as the sixth-place finisher.

The next big showdown began with Yau rating to 925,000 from under the gun with QDiamond SuitJSpade Suit. David ‘reallytight’ Kim called from the big blind with QClub Suit10Diamond Suit and hit the nut straight with aADiamond SuitKDiamond SuitJHeart Suit flop. Kim checked and called all-in facing a bet of 2,350,00 from Yau, who was way behind with his bottom pair, outs to tie with the same straight, and a possible backdoor flush. The 3Diamond Suit on the turn made it so that Yau only needed to catch one more diamond in order to bust Kim. The 4Diamond Suit on the river completed Yau’s flush and he took down the pot to eliminate Kim in fifth place ($41,321).

Blake 'shampainpopn' WhittingtonYau kept up his rampage by sending WSOPC Circuit Tunica main event champion Blake ‘shampainpopn’ Whittington home in fourth place. Whittington shoved for 3.1 million, or about 7.8 big blinds, holding JHeart Suit10Heart Suit as the first to act. Yau three-bet all-in from the button with ADiamond SuitAClub Suit. The blinds folded and the board ran out 9Heart Suit7Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit2Club Suit5Diamond Suit. The six-time WSOPC gold ring winner earned $55,281 for his latest deep run.

Yau took a massive lead into three-handed play, but Brian ‘LakersGTD’ Patrick closed the gap somewhat by knocking Mohammad ‘Tmomoney’ Mufti out in third place ($74,647). It was a classic race situation, as Mufti got his last chips in with 9Spade Suit9Club Suit and found himself up against ASpade SuitQSpade Suit. Patrick flopped an ace and held from there to set up a heads-up showdown with Yau, who would begin with roughly a 3:2 chip advantage.

Yau was able to extend his lead even further, and held more than a 3:1 advantage by the time the final hand was dealt. Yau picked up 4Heart Suit4Diamond Suit on the button and raised to 1,250,000. Patrick three-bet shoved for 11,293,588 with AClub Suit8Spade Suit and Yau called. The board came down QHeart Suit7Spade Suit7Diamond Suit6Heart Suit7Heart Suit and Yau made a full house to lock up the pot and the title. Patrick was awarded $101,669 as the runner-up finisher.

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

Place Name Earnings
1 Ethan ‘RampageP’ Yau $164,494
2 Brian ‘LakersGTD’ Patrick $101,669
3 Mohammad ‘Tmomoney’ Mufti $74,647
4 Blake ‘shampainpopn’ Whittington $55,282
5 David ‘reallytight’ Kim $41,321
6 Jason ‘TATTOOMONEY’ Scott $31,075
7 Matt ‘OMG_Obama’ Iles $23,531
8 Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim $18,014
9 Michael “Mike91680’ Guzzardi $13,961

Winner photo screenshot via Yau’s RampagePoker YouTube channel.