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The 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events have crowned another champion and it a third player from Brazil to claim what poker enthusiasts from all over the world dream about at night. After nearly 13 hours on the final day of Event #55: HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship, it was Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla that topped a field of 3,247 entries after defeating poker coach Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis in heads-up to claim the top prize of HK$3,551,611 ($461,709).
Only 479 players had survived their respective starting days and the top 404 finishers received a portion of the HK$24,677,200 ($3,208,036) prize pool, which more than tripled the initial guarantee. After all was done and dusted, Brazil cemented his status as stronghold for deep runs at the WSOP not just live in Las Vegas but also on the GGnetwork once more as the third victory is also accompanied by three runner-up finishes during the first half of the festival so far.
Final Result Event #55: HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in HK$)||Prize (~ in USD)|
|1||Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla||Brazil||3,551,611 HKD||$461,709|
|2||Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis||Greece||2,531,708 HKD||$329,122|
|3||Kunal "Alex_52" Bhatia||India||1,804,691 HKD||$234,610|
|4||Alan "TheCockroach" Schein||United States||1,286,442 HKD||$167,237|
|5||Wenhao "pwhwin" Peng||China||917,020 HKD||$119,213|
|6||Divanshu "d0rk21" Khurana||India||653,684 HKD||$84,979|
|7||Eduards "IlIlIlIliIIl" Kudrjavcevs||Latvia||465,967 HKD||$60,576|
|8||Vladas "Vladiator13" Tamasauskas||Lithuania||332,158 HKD||$43,180|
|9||Ignacio "Curandero" Moron||Spain||236,773 HKD||$30,780|
The best result of Assuncao Garla came a few years ago back in 2014 when he made it all the way to 34th place in the WSOP Main Event for a payday of $230,487. A lot of flags on his live poker resume come from home soil and he has become the 8th Brazilian to enter the winner's circle.
Third-place finisher Kunal "Alex_52" Bhatia came agonizingly close to glory once more as he finished runner-up to Alek "astazz" Stasiak in Event #52: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em just three days ago.
The final table also featured notable names such as Alan "TheCockroach" Schein, Eduards "IlIlIlIliIIl" Kudrjavcevs, and Vladas "Vladiator13" Tamasauskas.
Deep Runs for Sammartino, Teoh
Plenty of poker luminaries made it deep in the field including 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino, who had to tap out as the final table bubble boy after dropping his final ten big blinds to Tamasauskas. It was a disappointing for the Italian icon, who sported the chip lead not long before. While Sammartino's maiden bracelet will remain elusive for him for the time being, he added another big score to an already extensive resumé with nearly $15M in live winnings alone.
Other notables that ran deep included Paul Teoh (12th - HK$168,780) whose incredible run during the GGPoker portion of the WSOP.com schedule already includes a bracelet victory, as well as a fifth- and seventh-place finish. With the deep run, Teoh also collected a slew of points for the WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard (Asia Time Zones Events), currently led by Roberto Romanello. The winner of this leaderboard will receive a pure gold dragon at the end of the series.
Martin Zamani, Joao Vieira, Rui Ferreira, Alexandre Mantovani, Nick Maimone, Michiel "Easterdamnz" Van Elsacker, and Kristen Bicknell also made big cashes in the event.
Final Table Action
Assuncao Garla started the final table sporting a sizable lead over his nearest challenger Alan "TheCockroach" Schein, a veteran of the game who's a staple in high- and mid-stakes tournaments in the US. Schein ended up being the wild card at the final table, pulling off some unconventional lines successfully to amass more chips.
It took — for online purposes — a long time before the first player departed, and it would be long-time chip leader Ignacio "Curandero" Moron of Spain who was the first to go. Already on fumes, he shipped ace-jack in against Schein's ace-ten but a ten on the turn ended his run.
Lithuanian grinder Vladas "Vladiator13" Tamasauskas was next out the door, losing the flip with ace-king against Assuncao Garla's tens. Eduards "IlIlIlIliIIl" Kudrjavcevs and Divanshu "d0rk21" Khurana departed next to leave the field with five. Assuncao Garla followed up and scored another knockout by ousting Wenhao "pwhwin" Peng with ace-four against ace-six, hitting not one but two fours in the process.
Schein, who boasts over $1.6M in lifetime winnings on his Hendon Mob, failed to add a bracelet to his two WSOP circuit rings as he got eliminated in fourth place. On a king-queen-six board, Schein got it in with king-six only to run into the pocket queens of Theologis. Kunal "Alex_52" Bhatia, who laddered himself up quite nicely, finished third by jamming ace-king into Assuncao Garla's aces to start the heads-up.
The heads-up started with Assuncao Garla sporting a slight lead, but the Brazilian was able to slowly pull away from his greek adversary by winning the majority of the small pots that were contested. Once Theologis was down to 11 big blinds, he made his final stand with the deuces and called off a shove from Assuncao Garla, who had queen-seven of diamonds. The flop brought a queen and the deuces remained hidden to hand Brazil yet another big bracelet win.
It didn't take long for the chips to go into the middle as Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla open-shoved and Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis called it off out of the big blind for what he had left over.
Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis:
Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla:
The virtual Brazilian rail had immediate reason to celebrate when the flop fell to vault Assuncao Garla into the lead. After the blank turn, Theologis was left with two outs and he missed on the blank river.
The runner-up spot for the Greek comes with a consolation prize worth HK$2,531,708 ($329,122) while Brazil has yet another WSOP champion. Assuncao Garla takes the top prize of HK$3,551,611 ($461,709), the bragging rights and the coveted gold bracelet.
A full recap of today's action is to follow.
|Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla||162,350,000||15,751,055|
|Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis||Отпаднал|
Right after the blinds had gone up, Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla started the action with his usual min-raise on the button and Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis called in the big blind.
The flop was checked through once more and Theologis then check-called a bet of 4.2 million on the turn.
As the river completed the board, Theologis checked the third street in a row. Assuncao Garla bet 11.76 million into a pot of 14.28 million and Theologis gave it some thought before making the call.
Assuncao Garla tabled for a pair of kings and Theologis' for second pair saw his stack dwindle to just 11 blinds.
|Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla||146,598,945||27,103,200|
|Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis||15,238,795||-27,103,200|
Another button min-raise by Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla was defended by Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis in he big blind and Theologis check-called a bet of 1,663,200 on the flop. Theologis check-called another 9,274,800 on the turn and the duo then checked the river.
Theologis had turned a flush with but it was no good as Assuncao Garla rivered a superior flush with .
|Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla||119,495,745||10,556,400|
|Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis||42,341,995||-10,556,400|
Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla raised to 2.4 million and was met by a call from Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis. The flop brought and Theologis check-raised from 1,663,200 to 5,246,400 in order to pick up a call from Assuncao Garla.
The turn was bet by Theologs for 5,125,824 and he picked up a call to then see the river go check, check.
Theologis tabled but Assuncao Garla had the superior two pair with .
|Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla||108,939,345||13,269,024|
|Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis||52,898,395||-13,269,024|
Both players took their turns to win small pots and the only one that surpassed 10 million was sent over to Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla. The Brazilian defended against a raise to 2.64 million by Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis and once they checked the flop, Assuncao Garla check-called 2.76 million on the turn. The river was checked and Assuncao Garla won the pot with versus .
Theologis then went on a streak of seven out of eight to pull back several big blinds, among others with a check-raise on the , to get closer to Assuncao Garla.
|Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla||95,670,321||-7,303,200|
|Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis||66,167,419||7,303,200|
Kunal "Alex_52" Bhatia raised the button to 2.4 million and Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla three-bet to 6.6 million out of the big blind. Bhatia piled it in for 21,780,380 and Assuncao Garla wasted the fraction of a second before making the call.
Kunal "Alex_52" Bhatia:
Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla:
It was the ultimate cooler for Bhatia and he found no help on the flop. There was some hope on the turn but the river provided no miracle. Bhatia has finished in 3rd place and takes home HK$1,804,691 ($234,610).
|Luis "Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla||102,973,521||22,500,380|
|Alexandros "THE Sheriff" Theologis||58,864,219||-2,040,000|
|Kunal "Alex_52" Bhatia||Отпаднал|