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Raymond “avant9201” Avant Wins 2020 WSOP Event #23: $500 NLH Knockout ($93,776)

“avant9201” Wins 2020 WSOP Event #23: $500 NLH Knockout ($93,776)

On Thursday night, the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #23: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout attracted 1,452 players, which created a $667,920 prize pool. After 11 hours of play, it was New Jersey player Raymond “avant9201” Avant coming out on top to win the bracelet and $93,775.96 first-place prize.

It marked Avant's first-ever WSOP cash, and according to HendonMob, he has no live tournament cashes.

2020 WSOP Online Event #23 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrizeKO
1Raymond “avant9201” Avant$93,776$1,700
2Scott "intheblack14" Epstein$58,074$500
3Ryan “im.sorry” Torgersen$41,243$1,100
4Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva$29,690$700
5Byung Jun “YESUM1987” Kim$21,693$900
6Zachary “kings702” Grech$15,995$900
7Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan$12,023$2,900
8Michael “mikeob81” O'Brien$9,095$400
9Dan “pepperprince” Zack$7,004$400

After Toya “HandyCapper” McLeod bubbled in 208th place, the march to the final table began. Among those to cash but fall short of the final nine were Greg “FossilMan” Raymer (191st - $574.99), Calvin “projector52” Anderson (129th - $679.53), Allen “Acnyc719” Chang (84th - $940.89), Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu (25th - $2,770.41), and final table bubble boy Anthony “Fresshh429” Conte (10th - $5,436.28).

Bracelet winner Dan “pepperprince” Zack began the final table second in chips, but he found himself on the short stack after his missed flush-draw bluff was picked off by Scott “intheblack14” Epstein. Not long after, he ran queen-jack into the ace-king of Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva to fall in ninth place.

Michael “mikeob81” O'Brien then busted in eighth place after losing a flip with ace-king against Epstein’s pocket tens, and then Avant used pocket tens to dispatch Dilip Kumar “dogmai” Natarajan, who had eights. The latter flopped a set only to see the former river the two outer.

From there the eliminations came quickly with the rest of the competition falling within 20 minutes. Zachary “kings702” Grech lost with nines against the king-six of “avant9201” after a king spiked on the flop, and then Avant used jack-seven suited to bust Byung Jun "YESUM1987" Kim, who had gotten it in with king-queen.

Scott Epstein
Scott Epstein

De Silva, a two-time bracelet winner, was the next to go when he got his short stack all in with ace-king only to be outdrawn by Epstein’s nine-deuce, and then Avant woke up with aces after Ryan “im.sorry” Torgersen had jammed with queen three. Torgersen failed to get lucky and notched a third-place finish to go with his win and runner-up performances earlier in the series (he should now hold a firm lead atop the Championship leaderboard).

Heads-up play began with both players fairly even in chips, but Avant managed to pull out to a big lead before it all came down to a flip. Epstein was at risk and looking to hold with pocket fours against ace-five suited. Unfortunately for Epstein, a five appeared on the flop and he had to settle for second place.

The next tournament on the schedule – Event #24: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed – will take place at 3 p.m. PDT on Friday. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will once again be reporting all the action, so be sure to tune in then to see who captures the next 2020 WSOP bracelet!

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2020 Online WSOP Bracelet Winners

7/1/20Event #1: $500 NLH Kick-Off1,715$771,750Jonathan "Art.Vandelay" Dokler$130,425.75
7/2/20Event #2: $1,000 NLH Deepstack 8-Max919$873,050Louis "PokeThese" Lynch$168,586
7/3/20Event #3: $400 NLH2,091$752,760Robert "bustinballs" Kuhn$115,850
7/4/20Event #4: $500 NLH Super Turbo1,179$530,550Matt "Bodeyster" Bode$97,091
7/5/20Event #5: $1,000 NLH Freezeout854$811,300Allen "Acnyc718" Chang$161,286
7/6/20Event #6: $600 PLO8 6-Handed883$449,820Nathan "surfbum" Gamble$89,424
7/6/20Event #7: $800 NLH Knockout Deepstack989$731,660Joon “jykpoker” Kim$103,127
7/8/20Event #8: $500 NLH Freezeout1,479$665,550Alan "GladiusIII" Goehring$119,400
7/9/20Event #9: $1,000 NLH 6-Max1,026$974,700Ron "MacDaddy15" McMillen$188,214
7/10/20Event #10: $600 NLH MonsterStack2,074$1,119,960Ryan "Im.Sorry" Torgerson$172,361
7/11/20Event #11: $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack 6-Max1,691$760,950Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka$128,601
7/12/20Event #12: $500 The BIG 500 No-Limit Hold'em2,427$1,092,150Ryan "joeyisamush" Depaulo$159,563
7/13/20Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout649$924,825Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech$164,249
7/14/20Event #14: $3,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller496$1,507,840Joe "fanofdapoker" McKeehen$352,985
7/15/20Event #15: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha663$629,850Guy "PhilLaak" Dunlap$133,780
7/16/20Event #16: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo1,528$687,600Terrell “Heezahustla” Cheatham$116,204
7/17/20Event #17: $777 No-Limit Hold'em1,382$967,400Pat "IchiiKawawa" Lyons$173,551
7/18/20Event #18: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo DeepStack987$937,650Scott "BudLightLime" Hempel$181,060
7/19/20Event #19: $400 No-Limit Hold'em2,545$916,200Kenny "Chopuh" Huynh$133,857
7/20/20Event #20: $500 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed1,137$511,650Kevin "therealkg" Gerhart$97,572
7/21/20Event #21: $777 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed1,361$952,700Tony "Panoramic" Dunst$168,342
7/22/20Event #22: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack1,579$710,550Allan “Treeoflife” Cheung$120,083
7/23/20Event #23: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout1,452$667,920Raymond “avant9201” Avant$93,776

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