Three more WSOP bracelet winners were crowned on August 9, with the headliner being the $150 buy-in GGMasters WSOP Edition, which attracted an impressive 9,835 entries. The event had a $1,000,000 guarantee.
The other big event was the HK$8,0000 NLHE Asia Championship.
The three bracelet events totaled over $7.5m in prize money.
HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship
The 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events awarded another champion after Brazil’s Luis “Xapilskinha” Assuncao Garla took Event #55: HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship. The event took nearly 13 hours and included a field of 3,247 entries.
Assuncao Garla beat poker coach Alexandros “THE Sheriff” Theologis in a head-to-head battle, with the top prize of HK$3,551,611 ($461,709) going to him.
The top 404 finishers were awarded a portion of the HK$24,677,200 ($3,208,036) prize pool, which was about triple the initial guarantee.
Brazil is receiving attention due to the players’ deep runs at the WSOP, live in Las Vegas, and on the GGnetwork. Assuncao Garla’s victory was the third and is joined by three runner-up finishes during the first half of the festival.
Assuncao Garla’s best performance came a few years back in 2014 when he took 34th place in the WSOP Main Event, taking a prize of $230,487. He became the 8th Brazilian to enter the winner’s circle.
The third-place spot went to Kunal “Alex_52” Bhatia, who finished runner-up to Alek “astazz” Stasiak in Event #52: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em three days back.
The final table included big names like Alan “TheCockroach” Schein, Eduards “IlIlIlIliIIl” Kudrjavcevs, and Vladas “Vladiator13” Tamasauskas.
$1,500 GGMasters WSOP Edition
The other big event was Seth “AbeFroman” Fischer’s defeat over Arsenii “kastaban” Karmatckii in Event #56: $1,500 GGMasters WSOP Edition [High Roller]. The event took more than 14 hours, with Fischer winning his first WSOP bracelet, $444,869, and the WSOP Europe Package.
The $2,500,000 guaranteed prize went up to $3,068,025 after the field size grew to 2,153.
In 2008, Fischer almost took a bracelet when he finished second behind Dario Minieri in Event #11: $2,500 NLHE 6-Handed in 2008 for $330,519. He has hit the money 28 times in WSOP events for a total of $533,387 and is closing in on the $1,000,000-mark.
Karmatckii’s best WSOP performance came in 2019 when he took sixth place for $65,764 in Event #11: $5,000. He has over $1.5 million in live cashes and now has his biggest online victory in over eight years.
The final table also included Sebastien Grax, Michael “MrFabulous” Nugent, Evaldas “Man14c” Aniulis, Dominykas “MickeyMouse” Mikolaitis, Lukas “VapeNation” Parednis, Clement “Sea View” Tripodi, and Yonatan “malakasos” Basin.
Event #57: $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition for $183,526
Anatoly “Pohitrusha” Suvarov took Event #57: $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition after 14 and a half hours of play. He made it through the field of 9,835 players to go one-on-one with David “Duvidl18” Edelstein, which lasted over an hour.
The victory gave Suvarov his first bracelet, and it was better than his biggest live score, which was in 2011 during the Merit Fall Open, Kyrenia.
That win was for $183,526 and was more than his entire lifetime live earnings at $178,947. His most recent live cash came from his 44th place in $1,015 No-Limit Hold’em – Main Event (Event #1) at WSOP International Circuit – WSOPC Russia, Sochi in 2019.
The final table also included Tom “Matrix1973” Hoseth, Amine “Barbe-N0ire” Hamza, Jean-Francois “Jhope514” Alexandre, Hector “mendekua” Caldero, Adam “4bbVirtuoso” Cader, Andre “grohnaldo” Grohnert, William “OveyGG” Overmire.