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Bradley Ruben Wins 2020 World Series of Poker Online $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Event

American Overcomes Field of 990 Entries To Win $220,160 and His First Gold Bracelet

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Bradley Ruben has won the 2020 World Series of Poker Online $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event. The Florida native defeated a field of 990 total entries to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $220,160. This was the largest record tournament score of Ruben’s career, topping the $55,958 he earned for a third-place showing in the $1,500 razz event held at the 2017 WSOP. Ruben has now cashed in nine events during the WSOP Online series, including finishing fourth in the $1,050 pot-limit Omaha bounty event.

The top 134 finishers made the money in this event, with a min-cash being worth $3,476. Plenty of notables made deep runs, including Belarmino De Souza (20th – $6,982), high-stakes cash game star Patrik Antonius (19th – $6,982), WSOP bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion Craig Varnell (18th – $6,982), and Christian Rudolph (14th – $8,405).

Canadian poker pro Patrick Serda came into the final table as the chip leader. There were only eight players left, as Simon Mattsson (10th – $17,858) and Adam Hendrix (9th – $17,858) were eliminated simulatenously. Tal Peretz was the first to hit the rail at the official final table, getting all-in with pocket jacks and some suited low cards up against the pocket aces of Finnish poker pro Sami Kelopuro. Peretz picked up a flush draw on the flop, but Kelopuro hit top set and held from there to send Peretz home with $24,608 as the eighth-place finisher.

Serda doubled up short-stack Naman Madan to fall out of the lead. The next big hand he got involved in saw him check-call a 7Spade Suit4Spade Suit3Club Suit flop holding the QSpade Suit8Club Suit6Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit. He check again on a 10Spade Suit turn and his opponent, Dorel Eldabach, bet 310,000 with the ASpade SuitKClub Suit7Club Suit3Spade Suit for the nut flush and two pair. Serda check-raised to 910,000. Eldabach called and the 10Diamond Suit completed the board. Serda moved all-in for 1,868,679 as a bluff and Eldabach made the call with his ace-high flush. Serda was eliminated in seventh place, earning $33,910 for his deep run in this event.

Sami KelopuroRuben earned a double up with his ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit10Diamond Suit10Club Suit outfloppign the pocket kings of Kelopuro. Ruben made a full house on the river to climb to fourth place, while Kelopuro fell out of the lead to become the second shortest stack. Kelopuro ultimately got his last chips in with 9Spade Suit9Club Suit3Heart Suit3Club Suit up against the KHeart SuitKClub SuitJHeart Suit8Diamond Suit of Blaz Zerjav. The king-high flop gave Zerjav a big lead, which he maintained through the turn and river. Kelopuro was awarded $46,727 as the sixth-place finisher.

Despite earning that knockout, Zerjav was ultimately the next player to be eliminated. He got all-in on a 7Club Suit6Spade Suit6Club Suit flop holding 9Heart Suit9Club Suit8Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit. He was facing the ASpade SuitAClub SuitKSpade Suit10Diamond Suit held by Ruben. The QClub Suit turn and JClub Suit river locked up the pot for Ruben, sending Zerjav home in fifth place ($64,389).

Ruben continued his spree by busting Naman Madan next. The two saw a flop of QHeart Suit5Heart Suit4Spade Suit and Ruben checked to Madan, who bet the pot of around 3.4 million with his KSpade SuitKDiamond Suit10Club Suit8Diamond Suit. Ruben moved all-in for around 1 million more and Madan called. Ruben had flopped top set and an open-ended straight draw with the QSpade SuitQDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit6Spade Suit. The turn brought the 6Heart Suit and the river the 10Spade Suit. Ruben’s top set sent Madan packing in fourth place ($88,727).

Jens Lakemeier called all-in with the ASpade SuitJSpade Suit8Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit after a flop of 8Club Suit7Diamond Suit6Spade Suit. He had been put all-in by Ruben, who held the KSpade SuitKDiamond SuitQHeart SuitJClub Suit. Ruben hit a set of kings on the KClub Suit turn. Lakemeier needed a four or a nine on the river, but instead the AClub Suit completed the board. Lakemeier settled for $122,264 as the third-place finisher.

Ruben took more than a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Dorel Eldabach. It didn’t take long for all of the chips to go in the middle. The two saw a JHeart Suit8Heart Suit4Club Suit after Ruben raised the button with the AHeart Suit9Spade Suit6Spade Suit6Heart Suit and Eldabach three-bet the pot holding KSpade SuitKClub Suit5Spade Suit2Club Suit. Eldabach bet 3.3 million on the flop and and Ruben clicked it back to put him all-in. Eldabach called and had the best hand for the time being. The 7Diamond Suit on the turn gave Ruben an open-ended straight draw to go along with his flush draw, overcard and a live pair. The QHeart Suit on the river completed Ruben’s flush to earn him the title and eliminate Eldabach as the runner-up ($168,478).

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

Place Name Earnings
1 Bradley Ruben $220,160
2 Dorel Eldabach $168,478
3 Jens Lakemeier $122,264
4 Naman Madan $88,727
5 Blaz Zerjav $64,389
6 Sami Kelopuro $46,727
7 Patrick Serda $33,910
8 Tal Peretz $24,608

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