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Luis Assuncao Garla Wins World Series of Poker Online $8,000 HKD Asia Championship

Brazilian Defeats Field of 3,247 To Win His First Bracelet and $461,709 USD


Luis Assuncao Garla has won the 2020 World Series of Poker Online $8,000 HKDNLHE Adsia Championship’ event. The tournament featured a buy-in equivalent to just more than $1,000 USD, and attracted a field of 3,247 total entries. As a result, the event easily surpassed its $8,000,000 HKD guarantee to create a final prize pool of $24,677,200 HKD, or $3,208,036 USD. Assuncao Garla earned $3,551,611 HKD ($461,709 USD) and his first WSOP gold bracelet as the champion of this event.

Assuncao Garla entered the nine-handed final table as the chip leader, with his 39.1 million in chips being worth roughly 78 big blinds at the time. He was able to extend his lead even further before the first elimination took place. Ignacio Morom got the last of his stack in preflop with AClub SuitJSpade Suit and was called by Alan Schein, who held AHeart Suit10Heart Suit. Schein spiked a ten on the turn and held from there to send Moron to the rail in ninth place ($30,780 USD).

Vladas Tamasauskas was the next to fall. He found himself at risk with AClub SuitKSpade Suit against the 10Heart Suit10Diamond Suit of Assuncao Garla. Niether player improved by the river and Tamasauskas earned $43,180 USD the eighth-place finisher. Assuncao Garla surged past the 75 million chip mark after the hand, while several players sat with less than 8 million.

Eduards Kudrjavcevs’ run in this event came to an end when his pocket tens couldn’t hold up against the pocket eights of Alexandros Theologis. The smaller pair flopped a full house and Kudrjavcevs was unable to regain the lead on the turn or river. He settled for $60,576 USD as the seventh-place finisher. Divanshu Khurana got his last seven or so big blinds in preflop with AClub Suit8Diamond Suit and was called by the KHeart Suit9Heart Suit of big blind Kunal Bhatia. The flop brought a kind to give Bhatia top pair, but with three diamonds, Khurana picked up a flush draw. The turn and the river were of no help, though, and Khurana was eliminated in sixth place ($84,979 USD).

Wenhao Peng three-bet shoved over the min-raise of Assuncao Garla holding AClub Suit6Club Suit from the small blind. Assuncao Garla called the bet of just over 11 big blinds with ADiamond Suit4Diamond Suit and made trips fours by the turn to leave Peng drawing dead. Peng cashed for $119,213 USD as the fifth-place finisher.

Alan ScheinThe next big confrontation featured a post-flop cooler. With the KClub SuitQClub Suit6Heart Suit on the board, Alan Schein got all-in with KHeart Suit6Diamond Suit for top and bottom pair. Unfortunatley for him, he was up against the QSpade SuitQHeart Suit of Alexandros Theologis, which had made middle set. The 4Club Suit turn and 9Spade Suit river brought no help for Schein and the American was sent home with $167,237 USD for his fourth-place showing.

Kunal Bhatia’s tournament also came to an end as a result of a cooler. He got all-in preflop with AClub SuitKHeart Suit, only to find out that he had run into the AHeart SuitADiamond Suit of Assuncao Garla. The board came down 8Spade Suit7Club Suit2Spade SuitKClub Suit7Heart Suit and Bhatia was knocked out in third place ($234,610 USD).

With that Assuncao Garla took nearly a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up play against Alexandros Theologis, who was down to just over 2.5 big blinds when there were still seven players remaining in this event. Assuncao Garla was able to extend his lead to more than 9:1 by the time the final hand arose. He moved all-in from the button with QDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit and Theologis called all-in with 2Spade Suit2Club Suit. The QHeart Suit10Spade Suit4Heart Suit5Spade Suit10Heart Suit runout secured the pot and the title for Assuncao Garla, while Theologis earned $329,122 as the runner-up finisher.

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

Place Name Earnings (USD)
1 Luis Assuncao Garla $461,709
2 Alexandros Theologis $329,122
3 Kunal Bhatia $234,610
4 Alan Schein $167,237
5 Wenhao Peng $119,213
6 Divanshu Khurana $84,979
7 Eduards Kudrjavcevs $60,576
8 Vladas Tamasauskas $43,180
9 Ignacio Moron $30,780

Photo credits: Assuncao Garla -Card Player Brazil, Schein – Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Blog.