2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian
Event #31: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Prize Pool $2,019,700
Players 2126

Level Info

Level 43
Blinds 250,000 / 500,000
Ante 50,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 2126
Event #31: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 1 completed

Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero Wins 2020 WSOP Online Event #31: $1,000 NLH Championship ($310,832)

Chad_Holloway • Level 43: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante
Event 31 Final Hand
Event 31 Final Hand

On Friday night, the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Series Event #31: $1,000 NLH Championship attracted 1,455 players who rebought 671 times. The 2,126-entry field resulted in a $2,019,700 prize pool (the largest out of all 31 events) and after nearly 12 hours of play, Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero emerged victorious to capture the bracelet and $310,831.83 first-place prize.

Tamero has amassed over $158,000 in lifetime live tournament earnings, of which just a small $3,428 cash came from the WSOP for a 315th-place finish in the 2018 WSOP $888 Crazy Eights event.

2020 WSOP Online Event #31 Final Table Results

1Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero$310,832
2Norman "abnormality" Michalek$192,073
3Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger$140,167
4Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff$103,207
5Edan “goatplaya” Sucov$76,749
6Greg “Bubblealot” Wish$57,561
7Arian "4632647” Stolt$43,424
8Michael “merlot” Bailey$33,123
9Kevin “SpecialK333” Calenzo$25,650

After Max “Mawkswell” Young bubbled the tournament in 331st place, the elimination came at a steady pace. Among those to make the money but fall short of the final table was Allen “chainsaw” Kessler (262nd - $1,817.73), Joe “fanofdapoker” McKeehen (215th - $1,817.73), Phil “Lumestackin” Hellmuth (133rd - $2,423.64), Tony “Panoramic” Dunst (106th - $2,625.61), Kathy “Luckygal” Liebert (100th - $2,625.61), Matt “berkey11_s4y” Berkey (56th - $4,645.31), Chelsea "wubalubadubb" Bowden (55th - $4,645.31), Jamie “DanBilzerian” Kerstetter (37th - $6,463.04), Ryan “protential” Laplante (30th - $7,876.83), and final table bubble boy David “bewater” Goodman (10th - $19,995.03).

The final table kicked off with a flurry of eliminations all in a 15-minute span. First, it was Kevin “SpecialK333” Calenzo exiting in ninth after getting it in on the flop with an open-ended straight draw and missing against the ace-high of Tamero, and then Michael “merlot” Bailey followed him out the door losing with ace-nine all in preflop against the ace-ten of Andrew “WATCHGUY42” Lichtenberger.

Soon after, Lichtenberger notched another knockout when Arian “4632647” Stolt jammed with ten-nine suited and “Lucky Chewy” held with ace-nine. From there, Greg “Bubblealot” Wish lost a race with pocket fives against Norman “abnormality” Michalek’s king-eight after the latter flopped two pair.

Edan “goatplaya” Sucov then lost jack-ten to the ace-eight of Tamero to exit in fifth place, while Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff failed to get lucky with ace-six against Michalek’s ace-queen all in preflop. Lichtenberger the three-bet jammed with ace-five only to get called by Michalek, who held with pocket eights.

Norman Michalek
Norman \"abnormality\" Michalek

That allowed Michalek to take 30.5 million into heads-up play against Tamero, who began with 12 million. However, Tamero was able to pick off two bluffs to take the chip lead and then closed things out shortly thereafter when Michalek attempted a failed river bluff.

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Norman "abnormality" Michalek Eliminated in 2nd Place ($192,073.47)

AnthonyThompson • Level 43: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante
Norman Michalek
Norman Michalek

Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero raised to 1,000,000 and Norman "abnormality" Michalek called to see a {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} flop appear.

Michalek check-raised to 2,500,000 after Tamero continued for 1,000,000 and was called.

Once the {q-Diamonds} appeared on the turn, Michalek led out for 2,750,000 and Tamero called to see the {10-Spades} complete the board on the river.

Michalek moved all in for 5,677,408, Tamero snap-called, and both players tabled their hands.

Michalek rolled over {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds} for air while Tamero turned over {k-Diamonds}{8-Spades} to win the hand and just like that, after three failed bluffs, Michalek was eliminated in second place.

Below is a look at one of the bluff hands Tamero was able to pick off.

The Hand That Turned the Tides
The Hand That Turned the Tides
Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero
Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero
42,520,000 30,523,704
Norman "abnormality" Michalek us
Norman "abnormality" Michalek
us Busted

Tags: Nahrain TameroNorman Michalek

Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger Eliminated in 3rd Place ($140,167.18)

Chad_Holloway • Level 43: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante
Andrew Lichtenberger
Andrew Lichtenberger

Norman "abnormality" Michalek raised the button to 1,000,000 and then called when Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger three-bet all in for 8,214,914 from the big blind.

Norman "abnormality" Michalek: {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger: {a-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}

Lichtenberger was looking for some help, but he was left wanting as the board ran out {2-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{9-Spades}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} to give Michalek nines full of eights.

Norman "abnormality" Michalek us
Norman "abnormality" Michalek
us 30,523,704 9,589,914
Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero
Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero
11,996,296 -3,394,957
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger us
Andrew "WATCHGUY42" Lichtenberger
us Busted

Tags: Norman MichalekAndrew Lichtenberger

Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff Eliminated in 4th Place ($103,206.67)

Chad_Holloway • Level 43: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff moved all in for 5,227,392 and Norman "abnormality" Michalek isolated by jamming from the small blind.

Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff: {a-Hearts}{6-Clubs}
Norman "abnormality" Michalek: {q-Spades}{a-Clubs}

Kirchoff was dominated and it got worse when the {q-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop paired Michalek. The {8-Spades} turn left Kirchoff drawing dead and he exited in fourth place after the {6-Diamonds} was run out on the river.

Norman "abnormality" Michalek us
Norman "abnormality" Michalek
us 20,933,790 2,447,392
Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff US
Brian "foxxx" Kirchhoff
US Busted

Tags: Brian KirchhoffNorman Michalek


Edan "goatplaya" Sucov Eliminated in 5th Place ($76,748.60)

AnthonyThompson • Level 42: 200,000-400,000, 40,000 ante

Edan "goatplaya" Sucov raised all in for 3,214,094 from the button and Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero called from the big blind.

Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero: {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Edan "goatplaya" Sucov: {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

The {a-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} flop paired Tamero ace but "goatplaya" also picked up flush and straight draws.

Unfortunately for Sucov, neither the {5-Spades} turn nor the {9-Hearts} river were cards they wanted to see and they were eliminated in fifth place.

Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero
Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero
15,391,253 7,599,398
Edan "goatplaya" Sucov
Edan "goatplaya" Sucov

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Greg "Bubblealot" Wish Eliminated in 6th Place ($57,561.45)

AnthonyThompson • Level 42: 200,000-400,000, 40,000 ante

Norman "abnormality" Michalek raised to 800,000 from under the gun and then called Greg "Bubblealot" Wish's 1,459,960 three-bet jam from the next seat over.

Greg "Bubblealot" Wish: {5-Hearts}{5-Spades}
Norman "abnormality" Michalek: {k-Spades}{8-Spades}

Wish was ahead with their made hand until the {j-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} flop appeared pairing Michalek's king.

The {j-Spades} turn was no help to Wish nor was the {j-Clubs} that followed on the river ending his tournament in sixth place.

Norman "abnormality" Michalek us
Norman "abnormality" Michalek
us 18,486,398 10,511,960
Greg "Bubblealot" Wish
Greg "Bubblealot" Wish

Tags: Greg WishNorman Michalek


A Look at GGPoker's WSOP Gold Bracelets Winners

AnthonyThompson • Level 41: 170,000-340,000, 34,000 ante
WSOP GGpoker
WSOP GGpoker

On Sunday, July 19, GGPoker held its first-ever WSOP bracelet events — part of a 54-event schedule spread out across July, August, and into September. Unfortunately, on a night where three bracelet winners were supposed to be crowned, two of the events ran into a critical bug and had to be suspended to next week.

The lightning-fast Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed — clocking in at a mere 3 hours and 15 minutes start to finish to make it the fastest-ever bracelet event — was unaffected by the technical issues and played out as normal. In total, 2,214 entries of $525 each were made to create a total prize pool of $1,107,000.

In the end, it was Shoma "pp_syon" Ishikawa of Japan writing history as GGPoker's first-ever online bracelet winner, as well as the third person from Japan after Naoya Kihara and Takahiro Nakai to claim the coveted prize. Ishikawa is an emerging talent from the land of the rising

Ishikawa may have been GGPoker's first-ever bracelet winner, but he's not the last. As the series rolls on, several others have been crowned.

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2020 Online WSOP Bracelet Winners on GGPoker

DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
7/26/20Event #32: $100 The Opener29,306$2,571,216Marcelo Jakovljevic Pudla$265,880
7/26/20Event #33: $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief2,323$2,580,853Alek Stasiak$343,204
7/19/20Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed2,214$1,107,000Shoma "pp_syon" Ishikawa$117,650
7/21/20Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship328$1,558,000Juha Helppi$290,286
7/22/20Event #36: $1,500 FIFTY STACK NLHE1,342$1,912,350Michael Clacher$297,496
7/23/20Event #37: $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha971$971,000Hun Wei Lee$161,886
7/25/20Event #38: $600 Monster Stack 6-Max2,007$1,143,990Aaron "fishnchip" Wijaya$171,389
7/26/20Event #39: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em922$1,313,850Roberto Romanello$212,613
7/26/20Event #40: $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha532$1,253,500Simon Lofberg$224,493
7/28/20Event #43: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship130$1,261,000Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb$276,393
7/29/20Event #44: $2,500 NLHE 6-Handed892$2,118,500Kristen Bicknell$356,412
7/30/20Event #45: $840 Bounty NLHE2,382$1,095,600Patrick "Muddington" Kennedy$245,448