In addition to the blog, PokerNews will also broadcast the event live on Twitch. PokerNews social media manager and Twitch host Jesse Fullen will be back in the virtual Rio to bring you the excitement live as it happens.
After a five-day hiatus, one of the most anticipated events of the GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Series concludes tonight as Event #79: $25,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em will crown a winner. It's one of the People's Choice Events and the audience has voted to see the best of the best take on each other in a head-to-head format.
It's the second big heads up event of the series, with David Peters capturing his second bracelet as well as $360,480 in the first edition. 127 players originally signed up for the bigger-sized event (with Chris Ferguson receiving the lone bye in the first round) and five rounds later, just four are left standing in search of one of the most sought-after WSOP bracelets of the series as well as the $1,077,025 first-place prize that's awarded to the one person that wins two more matches.
Four contenders are left standing in search of WSOP glory: GGPoker's Fedor Holz will take on Sergi Reixach in the bottom part of the bracket, while the upper part sees Brazil's Bruno Botteon lock horns with the least notable name of the four, Oktay Kahyaoglu. Dedicated profiles on each of these remaining players and how they got here are added below in separate posts.
Both Holz and Botteon used GGPoker's unique staking feature to sell off action for this event, making a lot of railbirds brimming with excitement as soon as cards go back in the air. Holz sold off 77.5% at 1.15 mark-up, while Botteon parted with 66.4% of his action at 1.05.
Those that invested already have a massive return on investment as each of the four remaining players is guaranteed a slice of $311,150 out of the prize pool. The runner-up will touch $622,300, while the winner, as mentioned, walks away a millionaire.
Routes to the Final Four
Round of 128
Round of 64
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Cards will be back in the air at 6 p.m. UTC with players received 100,000 in chips, 200 big blinds, to start off the match. Levels will be 12 minutes throughout and PokerNews will be on hands to cover all the action from the first card off the deck to the last one pitched, so don't miss a beat on the last Sunday of the WSOP online!
Perhaps nobody had it tougher in the first few rounds than Brunno Botteon, who faced high roller veterans Ole Schemion, Daniel Negreanu and Dan Smith. However, the Brazilian managed to dispatch all three, and to those who have followed the online scene in recent years, it may not have been such a shock.
Botteon currently sits No. 5 in the worldwide tournament points rankings on PocketFives and recently peaked as high as No. 4. His $3.7 million in earnings might not sound insanely impressive in an age when some are pushing toward the $20M mark until you consider Botteon just turned 25 and has only been on PocketFives less than two years.
He's fairly inexperienced live with only a couple of five-figure scores, but he'll be in his comfort zone here playing online.
Particularly on GGPoker, Botteon has been on absolute fire as he's amassed an excellent 13 cashes during the bracelet events. The best of those was a sixth-place finish in the $25K Poker Players Championship, worth $388K. He also had a very near miss for a bracelet, finishing second in Event #67: $500 Limit Hold'em.