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Sung Joo Hyun Wins 2020 World Series of Poker Online $500 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Event

The South Korean Overcame A Field of 2,307 Total Entries To Earn $161,898 and His First WSOP Bracelet


Sung Joo Hyun emerged victorious from a field of 2,307 entries to win the 2020 World Series of Poker Online $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em deepstack event. For the win the South Korean earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $161,898. This was the second-largest recorded score of his career, behind his fourth-place showing in the 2018 WSOP $1,111 ’Little One For One Drop_ event which earned him $189,098.

Hyun came into the final table of nine in second chip position behind Nikita Kuznetsov. The action kicked off with a three-way all-in, with Yesha Punjabi’s pocket sevens facing the A-Q of Wei Zhao and the pocket queens of Jeffrey Mallach. The queens held up to win the massive pot and eliminate Punjabi in ninth place ($11,564). Zhao was left with less than three big blinds and hit the rail just moments later with $16,084 as the eighth-place finisher.

Jens Kerper was the next to fall, with his QClub Suit10Heart Suit oyt of the small blind running into the AClub SuitJClub Suit of Mallach. Kerper flopped a pair of tens to take the lead, but Mallach rivered an ace-high straight to take down the pot and eliminate Kerper in seventh place ($22,369).

The next big confrontation was a classic race situation, with Che Li Lin holding A-K against the pocket jacks of Kuznetsov. While it was more or less a coinflip preflop, the JSpade Suit5Club Suit2Club Suit flop shifted things drastically in Kuznetsov’s favor. The 6Diamond Suit turn left Lin drawing dead, and the 8Club Suit sealed the deal. Lin earned $31,111 as the sixth-place finisher.

Kuznetsov kept his streak alive by busting Yu Du in fifth place ($43,269). Du got his last chips in ahead, with A-K dominating the A-9 suited of Kuznetsov. That advantage held until a nine on the river gave Kuznetsov the winning hand to send Du the the rail and take the chip lead.

Kuznetsov lost a monster pot with top two pair versus the middle set of Mallach to relinquish the lead, and then came out on the wrong side of a preflop coinflip to fall to the very bottom of the leaderboard. In the end, he got his last chips in with ADiamond Suit2Spade Suit against the QDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit of Yiduo Yu. The board came down QHeart Suit5Diamond Suit5Club Suit6Spade Suit2Diamond Suit and Yu made queens up to lock up the pot. Kuznetsov finished in fourth place, earning $60,178 for his deep run.

Hyun was the shortest stack heading into three-handed play, but he secure two double ups with A-10 and A-J winning out against smaller pocket pairs to surge to the top of the chip counts. Mallach’s stack dwindled until he was left with less than ten big blind. He got the last of those chips in preflop with AHeart Suit6Spade Suit and was called by Yu’s ADiamond Suit7Spade Suit. Both players paired their aces on the flop, and Yu’s seven kicker ended up playing by the river. Mallach took home $83,696 as the third-place finisher.

With that Hyun took a slight lead into heads-up play gainst Yu. Hyun picked off a huge bluff to take a dominant lead in the match. The hand began with Hyun raising to 2.2 million from the button holding QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit. Yu three-bet to 6,840,000 with AHeart Suit8Spade Suit. Hyun called and the flop came down QHeart Suit9Heart Suit6Diamond Suit. Yu bet 6,200,000 and Hyun called. The 10Spade Suit saw Yu fire 12.1 million, which Hyun also called with his top pair. The 6Spade Suit river paired the board and Yu moved all-in. Hyun called for his tournament life and took down the largest pot of the tournament to leave Yu with just over three big blinds. Thise went in with 7Spade Suit5Diamond Suit and Hyun called holding 10Club Suit6Club Suit. The board came down ASpade Suit8Diamond Suit4Club Suit10Spade Suit3Heart Suit and Yu was eliminated as the runner-up ($116,605).

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

Place Name Earnings
1 Sung Joo Hyun $161,898
2 Yiduo Yu $116,605
3 Jeffrey Mallach $83,696
4 Nikita Kuznetsov $60,178
5 Yu Du $43,269
6 Che Li Lin $31,111
7 Jens Kerper $22,369
8 Wei Zhao $16,084
9 Yesha Punjabi $11,564