Robert ‘bustinballs’ Kuhn is the latest player to emerge victorious with a 2020 World Series of Poker gold bracelet. The Barnesville, Ohio native defeated a field of 2,091 total entries in the WSOP Online $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em event to earn his first bracelet and the top prize of $115,850. This was Kuhn’s second major live tournament title, having previously won the 2016 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event for $122,098.
This tournament attracted 1,450 unique players, who collectively re-entered 641 times to create a final prize pool of $752,760. With 2,091 total entries, the top 330 finishers made the money in this event, with a min-cash worth $602.
Plenty of accomplished players made deep runs in this event, including six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel ‘DNegs’ Negreanu (210th – $677), Ali ‘sasukeuchiha’ Imsirovic (79th – $1,280), Ari ‘philivey’ Engel (76th – $1,280), 2015 WSOP main event winner Joseph ‘fanofdapoker’ McKeehen (57th – $1,731), double bracelet winner Niupun ‘Javatini’ Java (35th – $2,936), five-time bracelet winner Berry ‘numbers86’ Johnston (34th – $2,936), two-time bracelet winner Calvin ‘projector52’ Anderson (18th – $4,592), and 2015 WSOP main event fifth-place finisher Thomas ‘.beast.’ Cannuli (17th – $4,592).
When the final table of nine was set, Kuhn held the chip lead with 7,572,410 or the roughly 31.3 million chips in play. Short stack Andrew ‘AndrewFreund’ Fruend was the first to fall when he ran A-8 offsuit into the pocket queens of Max ‘ndirish50’ Huster. Roland ‘prngls12’ Israelashvili followed him to the virtual rail when his 10Heart Suit10Diamond Suit failed to best the QSpade SuitQClub Suit of Kuhn. Israelashvili has now cashed in all three of the WSOP Online events held thus far this summer. He currently sits in fourth place on the all-time leaderboard for career cashes in WSOP bracelet events with 115.
Christopher ‘pokerher2014’ Fuchs got the last of his chips in with AHeart Suit7Heart Suit up against the 9Spade Suit9Club Suit of Theodore ‘klubot’ Lui. Fuchs failed to improve and was knocked out in 7th place ($16,184).
Richard ‘Doc33’ Federico scored the next three eliminations, sending Evan ‘Escott121181’ Scott (6th – $21,454), Max ‘ndirish50’ Huster (5th – $28,605), and Theodore ‘klubot’ Lui (4th – $38,466) home to take a sizable lead into three-handed play. Kuhn was able to battle his way back into the lead by the time the next key showdown arose. With blinds of 120,000-240,000 and an ante of 30,000, Kuhn raised to 810,000 from the small blind with KSpade SuitKHeart Suit. Federico three-bet to 2,332,500 out of the big blind with QClub SuitJClub Suit and Khun moved all-in for more than 15.4 million Federico called for just over 10 million. The board ran out JSpade Suit8Spade Suit6Diamond Suit5Heart Suit10Diamond Suit and Federico was eliminated in third place ($52,242)).
With that Kuhn took roughly a 5:1 chip lead into heads-up play against Ronald ‘rlksaces’ Keren. Over course of the first half-hour of action Keren was able to close the gap and even overtake the chip lead. Kuhn won a big pot with a turned straight to regain control, though, and had re-opened a sizable lead by the time the final hand was dealt. With blinds of 200,000-400,000 and an ante of 50,000, Kuhn raised to 800,000 holding 8Spade Suit8Heart Suit. Keren three-bet to 2,075,000 with the KSpade Suit10Spade Suit. Kuhn moved all-in and Keren called for his last 5,756,210. The ASpade SuitJDiamond Suit7Spade Suit flop gave Keren a flush draw and a straight draw to go along with his overcards, but the 4Club Suit on the turn and the 2Diamond Suit on the river were no help. Kuhn’s pair of eights were enough to secure the pot and the title.
Final Table Results of 2020 WSOP Event #3
|1||Robert “bustinballs” Kuhn||$115,850|
|2||Ronald “rlksaces” Keren||$71,587|
|3||Richard “Doc33” Federico||$52,242|
|4||Theodore “klubot” Lui||$38,466|
|5||Max “ndirish50” Huster||$28,605|
|6||Evan “Escott121181” Scott||$21,454|
|7||Christopher “pokerher2014” Fuchs||$16,184|
|8||Roland “prngls12” Israelashvili||$12,345|
|9||Andrew “AndrewFreund” Freund||$9,560|