The 2020 online World Series of Poker saw its first non-American bracelet winner Saturday night as Belarus’ Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka took down the $500 no-limit hold’em turbo deepstack six-max event.
Afanasenka bested a 1,691-entry field and a stacked final table that featured three bracelet winners to earn his first bracelet and $128,601.
With the victory, Afanasenka more than doubled his career earnings to $240,830. Before his bracelet win, Afanasenka’s largest cash was $48,910 for a victory in a $550 no-limit hold’em event during the 2018 Wynn Summer Classic.
Afanasenka denied Chance “BingShui” Kornuth his third bracelet and an epic comeback by coming out on top of their heads-up battle. Kornuth, who was down to 1/9th of a big blind earlier in the tournament, settled for a runner-up finish and $79,291.
The other two bracelet winners at the final table, Brett “Metanemesis” Apter and David “Twizzlers” Prociak finished third and fourth, respectively. Apter, who won the $1,500 no-limit hold’em shootout for $238,824 during last year’s WSOP, earned $57,071, while Prociak netted $41,472 for fourth place.
Former Full Tilt Poker Pro Erica “Huckcheevers” Lindgren finished sixth for $22,676 and Neeraj “nee0903” Nayak took fifth for $30,514.
Other notable finishers in-the-money finishers include Tom Cannuli (11th – $7,762), Brian Yoon (13th – $6,088), Ankush Mandavia (21st – $3,881), Dan Zack (32nd – $3,120), Eric Blair (35th – $3,120), Jesse Sylvia (40th – $2,587), Nick Pupillo (52nd – $2,207), and Ryan Laplante (69th – $1,598).
Afanasenka was at the top of the chip counts when the final six players reached the final table, followed closely behind by Kornuth, with Lindgren and Nayak at the bottom of the counts.
Afanasenka was nearly a one-man wrecking crew at the final table, scoring four of the five eliminations. Afanasenka eliminated Lindgren when his pocket sixes held against her A-J, knocked out Nayak when his A-2 wasn’t outflopped by Nayak’s 7-5 and sent Prociak home when he picked up pocket aces in the small blind against Prociak’s A-10 suited.
Kornuth eliminated Apter in third after he picked up pocket queens in the big blind and Apter shoved K-9 from the small blind. Kornuth flopped a set and faded a gutshot straight draw to square off against Afanasenka for the title.
Afanasenka held the chip lead at the outset of heads-up play, but by the time they got to the first break, Kornuth had overtaken the Belarusian. Afanasenka regained the chip lead when he slow-played a flopped flush, allowing Kornuth to bluff every street, including a river shove.
Shortly after, the two got all in with the title at stake in a race situation. Kornuth showed KClub Suit6Club Suit and was up against Afanasenka’s 3Heart Suit3Spade Suit.
Kornuth flopped two pair to take the lead, but the 3Club Suit came on the river to eliminate Kornuth in second.
020 WSOP Event #11 Final Table Results
|1||Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka||$128,601|
|2||Chance “BingShui” Kornuth||$79,291|
|3||Brett “Metanemesis” Apter||$57,071|
|4||David “Twizzlers” Prociak||$41,472|
|5||Neeraj “nee0903” Nayak||$30,514|
|6||Erica “Huckcheevers” Lindgren||$22,676|