2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Alek Stasiak “astazz” wins a second series title, clasps bracelet #2 at the $1K No Limit Hold’em; HK$8,000 NLH Asia Championship soars past HK$8M guarantee

Alek Stasiak “astazz” has done it again! The Canadian became the first player of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international leg ] to capture not one but two titles. Stasiak rose above the 2,006 entry field of the WSOP #53: $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em event for his second gold bracelet and second six figure payout worth $ 273,504. He now leads the WSOP Player of the Series race. Read up on his victory below.

The 2020 WSOP Online international leg opened on July 19th on Natural8 – GG Network with 54 signature bracelets up for grabs. To date, 20 have been captured and over $ 37.1 million paid out. Last of the games take place on September 6th. Sign up on Natural8 to avail of various promos and player incentives.

Currently underway are qualifiers to the HK$ 8,000 No Limit Hold’em Asia Championship [ HK$ 8M GTD ]. Last night, the guarantee was breached, and with six flights remaining, it has every potential to climb over double. Another event seeing significant interest is the WSOP #57: $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition [ Freezeout ], $1M GTD. This event is also building up to be a big one with more than 700 already signed up. As for the WSOP #54: $ 10,000 Heads up No Limit Hold’em Championship, registration has closed with the 128 player cap reached.

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Other highlight events to come are: WSOP #71: BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ], for high rollers the WSOP #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP [ $10M GTD ], and of course the brand’s much awaited marquee event, the WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25 Million GTD ].

WSOP #52: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em – Alek Stasiak – $ 273,504.86

Eleven days after his maiden victory at the WSOP #33: $ 1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief, Canada’s Alek Stasiak “astazz” brought down the hatchet on the WSOP #52: $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em event to lock up a second WSOP bracelet. Stasiak became the first player to win two bracelets at the ongoing series. He also shipped the $ 273,504.86 top prize and another $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket.

WSOP #52 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Stasiak is quite an inspiration for the series. When he shipped the WSOP #33: $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief, it was discovered that he won his seat via a $ 10 qualifier that led to a $ 100 satellite into the event. In essence, Stasiak turned a lowly $ 10 into a mind blowing $ 343,203.53 victory payout. Combining his two big wins, he has now collected a whopping $ 616,708.39.

Buy in: $ 1,000
Entries: 2,006
Prize pool: $ 1,905,700
ITM: 278 places
Running time: 10 hours and 23 minutes

Kicking off the finals, three of the players – Dejan Kaladjurdjevic “627265”, Jimmy Guerrero “KOBE_BRYANT8”, and Stasiak – were on their second final table appearance of the series. Kaladjurdjevic carried in the largest stack and was looking to improve on his 3rd place finish at The Opener. He didn’t get there, instead bowing out in 3rd place again, however he did pocket a larger payout. For Guerrero, he finished 8th for his 27th WSOP career cash. Also in the mix was WSOP circuit ring holder Jesse Mercado “AAGenius88” who busted in 7th place.

WSOP #52 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em final table

It wasn’t until four handed did Stasiak begin to rise. He got lucky on Denis Peganov “FXOpen” when his dominated AsJs to AdQs spiked a Jack on the board. This bumped him up to second in chips to Kunal Bhatia. Fifteen minutes later, Stasiak assumed command after railing Peganov (4th). Stasiak’s Ah5h found an ace on the board to dust QhQs. Sitting on half the chips in play, Stasiak was brought down to earth by Kaladjurdjevic who doubled up with Ad10c turned top pair against Stasiak’s 10h10d. The Canadian wasted no time recovering the lost chips railing Kaladjurdjevic (3rd) to face Bhatia for the bracelet up 2:1.

Bhatia started out strong, dragging in three big pots to reclaim the chip lead and an advantage of over 2.5:1. Stasiak retaliated with a double up (hand below) then proceeded to bring in multiple pots without a showdown to slide back on top. The final hand arrived with Stasiak behind with KsQh to Bhatia’s Ah4s. When the board ran 3h8d7h3sKd, Stasiak rivered a pair to ship it.

WSOP #52 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em – top two pair for winner Stasiak

Final table payouts

1st Alek Stasiak “astazz” – Canada – $ 273,504.86 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket
2nd Kunal Bhatia “Alex_52” – India – $ 207,189.80
3rd Dejan Kaladjurdjevic “627265” – Montenegro – $ 150,357.63
4th Denis Peganov “FXOpen” – Latvia – $ 109,114.47
5th Vincas Tamasauskas “seimininkas” – Lithuania – $ 79,184.31
6th Thomas Hueber “IplayYpay” – Croatia – $ 57,463.90
7th Jesse Mercado “AAGenius88” – Canada – $ 41,701.48
8th Jimmy Guerrero “KOBE_BRYANT8” – France – $ 30,262.70
9th Federico Molina “elputoamo!” – Argentina – $ 21,961.66

Notable players in the money: Shyngis Satubayev “somebodyelse” (16th), Ben Farrell (23rd), Jacob Schindler (59th), Michael Clacher “YesPlease” (62nd), Martin Zamani “FuTimReilly” (90th), David Peters (174th), Yuri Dzivielevski (204th), and Patrick Kennedy “Muddington” (238th).

Up Next: WSOP #53: $800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha [ Asia ]

Buy in: $ 800
Date: August 8 @ 20:00 HKT
Late registration: 195 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times
*Added to 1st place: $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket

Popular: WSOP #57: $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition [ Freezeout ] $1M GTD

Buy in: $ 800
Date: August 9 @ 17:00 UTC / August 10 @ 01:00 HKT
Late registration: 180 minutes
*Over 700 entries

Open: WSOP #55: HK$ 8,000 No Limit Hold’em Asia Championship [ HK$ 8M GTD ]

Guarantee breached! The WSOP #55: HK$ 8,000 No Limit Hold’em Asia Championship is shaping up to be a multi million dollar pot as it sits at a cumulative $ 1.45M with six flights yet to be completed. Latest qualifiers were recent 2020 WSOP winners Kristen Bicknell, Yuri Dzvielevski, and Ranno Sootla “RukKuRuku”. Final day is on August 9 at 20:00 HKT.

Buy in: HK$ 8,000 (~ US$ 1,000)
Guarantee: HK$ 8,000,000 (~US$ 1,032,000)
Cumulative Entries: 1,483
Cumulative Prize Pool: HK$ 11,270,800 ( ~US$ 1,454,269)
Day 2 qualifiers: 221
Entry Flights: 6 remaining
Final Day: August 9 @ 20:00 HKT

Top 15 in chips

WSOP#55 – HK$ 8,000 No Limit Hold’em Asia Championship [ HK$ 8M GTD ] top15 in chips

In addition to the top 15, other notable players through to Day 2 are Roberto Romanello, Joao Vieira, Andrei Konopelko “iosif stalin”, Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”, Mike Leah, Kahle Burns, and Mike McDonald, Martin Zamani “FuTimReilly”, Sam Razavi “JejuKingCrab”, and Team NLG Manig Loeser.

Registration Closed: WSOP #54: $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship

The 128 player cap has been reached and with each buy-in at a pricey $ 10,000, only a star studded lineup for the upcoming $ 10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship. It will take seven consecutive knockouts to capture the signature bracelet, the $ 360,480 first prize, and the added $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package Ticket. For onlookers, you can still buy a piece of the action.

Buy in: $ 10,000
Date: August 8 @ 18:00 UTC / August 9 @ 02:00 HKT
Entries: 128 cap
Prize pool: $ 1,241,600
ITM: 16 places
Semi Finals: August 15 18:00 UTC with live stream on GGPoker.TV

Final Table: WSOP #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER [ $5M GTD ]

The $ 1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER pulled in 6,299 across 15 entry flights for a prize pool worth $ 8,976,075. In less than two days, action resumes with the final 9 players back on the chase. Two of them will walk away more than a million bucks richer, the champion shipping the mother lode $ 1,489,288.80 first prize. Mark the date: August 9 @ 18:30 UTC / August 9 @ 02:30 HKT. Live broadcast cards face up on GGPoker.TV.

Buy in: $ 1,500
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Total Entries: 6,299
Day 2 Qualifiers: 1,041
Prize Pool: $ 8,976,075
ITM: 764 places

WSOP #48 – $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER final table

Daniel Dvoress – Canada – 92,479,846 (30.8 BB)
Alejandro Caridad “pepealas” – Argentina – 64,001,642 (21.3BB)
Neville Mateus Endo Costa “NevSlater” – Brazil – 43,132,236 (14.4 BB)
Michael Nugent “MrFabulous” – Canada – 37,076,246 (12.4 BB)
Anatoly Filatov “Mr_Deer” – Russia – 22,480,138 (7.5BB)
Tomasz Cybulski “SushiJanushi”- Poland – 18,604,499 (6.2 BB)
Aneris Adomkevicius “TaiwanNumba1” – Albania – 13,452,228 (4.5 BB)
Caio De Almeida “Ez4ENCE” – Brazil- 12,558,546 (4.2 BB)
Ronny Kaiser – Switzerland – 10,506,666 (3.5 BB)

Remaining payouts

1st $ 1,489,288.80
2nd $ 1,072,428.22
3rd $ 772,251.22
4th $ 556,094.77
5th $ 400,441.55
6th $ 288,356.40
7th $ 207,644.44
8th $ 149,523.45
9th $ 107,670.71

Update: WSOP Leaderboard

In addition to striving for the WSOP gold bracelet is the esteemed Player of the Series title. For the first time, three types of POS titles will be awarded. The ultimate leaderboard champion will win the WSOP Pure Gold Mouse, the WSOP Pure Gold Dragon will be awarded to the Asia Player of the Series – highest points accrued on the Asia Time Zone events -, and the exclusive Pure Gold Card to be given to leaderboard finishers 2nd to 5th. Current standings after 21 events.

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard – Top 10

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard [ Asia Time Zone Events ] – Top 10

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard [ Asia Time Zone Events ]

WSOP Side Event winners

WSOP Side Event: $500 FIFTY STACK

WSOP Side Event – $500 FIFTY STACK

Buy in: $ 500
Date: August 6
Guarantee: $ 250,000
Entries: 850
Prize pool: $ 403,750
ITM: 116 places
Winner: TheVaccine – Canada – $ 67,926.71

WSOP Side Event: $210 Bounty Turbo 6 Handed

Buy in: $ 210
Date: August 6
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 779
Prize pool: $ 155,800
ITM: 116 places
Winner: Messi – Malta – $ 28,422.50

WSOP Side Event: $105 Bounty King

WSOP Side Event – $105 Bounty King

Buy in: $ 105
Date: August 6
Guarantee: $ 125,000
Entries: 1,859
Prize pool: $ 185,900
ITM: 260 places
Winner: Pik00rs – Malta – $ 48,415.90

WSOP Side Event: $400 Warmup

Buy in: $ 400
Date: August 6
Guarantee: $ 75,000
Entries: 296
Prize pool: $ 111,296
ITM: 39 places
Winner: WizardOfAz – Brazil – $ 21,224.26


WSOP #77: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $ 25M GTD ]

Year after year, players flock to Las Vegas with dreams of winning a bracelet, however no gold is more desired than that of the WSOP Main Event. The hunt for the 51st champion begins on August 16 with entry flights running daily until August 30. Players are allowed only three bullets with no same day re-entry offered.

Buy in: $ 5,000
Guarantee: $ 25,000,000
Entry Dates: August 16 to August 30
Entry Flights: 22 offered
Final Day: August 30 [ 3-Day Freezeout Flights ]


Buy in: $ 25,000
Date: August 23 @ 18:00 UTC
Guarantee: $ 10,000,000
Notes: 2 day event

WSOP #71: BIG 50 [ $1M GTD ]

At the 50th anniversary of the WSOP held last year, the BIG 50 event was introduced. Due to its massive draw of 28,371 entries, it is back in the roster. With the buy in lowered to a very affordable $ 50, players can expect a monstrous field.

Buy in: $ 50
Guarantee: $ 1,000,000
Entry Dates: August 16 to 23
Entry Flights: 15 offered
Final Day: August 23 @ 18:30 UTC

Other Games

For those looking to enter bracelet events for cheap, the WSOP Silk Road is your route. Daily tickets can be won until August 31. Alek Stasiak “astazz” earned his seat to WSOP #33: $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief via a $10 qualifier which bought him a seat in the $100 satellite to the above-mentioned bracelet event which he shipped for $ 343.2K. For non- bracelet events, several WSOP side events are scheduled with buy-ins from $125 to $800.

Natural8 Promos

For players signed up on Natural8, expect fantastic player incentives. Newest WSOP champions Teoh Ming Juen “Paul Teoh”, Shoma Ishikawa “pp_syon”, and Marcelo Jakovjlevic Pudla “Marolo” have already capitalized, each one awarded a WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship package. 35 days left to avail of our promos!

WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship Packages

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$25,000 for live event sponsorships
T$60,000 in online sponsorships, paid out over 12 months

Buy-ins of $1,000 and above = $15,000 Natural8 Sponsorship*

Win a WSOP Bracelet from any event with a buy-in of $1,000 and above, and you’ll get a Team Bling package that includes:

6 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$15,000 Las Vegas Package ($10,000 to cover your buy-ins and $5,000 for expenses)

Buy-ins from $50 to $999 = $7,500 Natural8 Sponsorship*

Win a WSOP Bracelet from any event with a buy-in of $999 and below, and you’ll get a Team Bling package that includes:

6 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$7,500 Las Vegas Package ($5,000 to cover your buy-ins and $2,500 for expenses)

WSOP First Deposit Bonus

First time depositors on Natural8 can expect a special bump in the load. For a minimum deposit of $20 are gifts worth up to $ 100 over six consecutive days. The initial $ 60 in WSOP tickets – WSOP Satellite and WSOP Spin & Gold, another $ 40 in WSOP tickets for those that complete all 6 AoF challenges of 100 AoF hands per day.

WSOP Silk Road

The WSOP Silk Road Micro Series has been ongoing since July 1st and will run until August 31st. This is for players looking to enter bracelet events for cheap. And seriously, who wouldn’t want to win a multi million event for as low as $ 1.08? Via this route, buy-ins only go as high as $ 21.60. Top the Natural8 Silk Road Leaderboard to win an instant ticket to the WSOP #77: $5,000 Main Event [ $25M GTD ].

Plenty of action still to come so stick with us at Somuchpoker as we bring you daily updates on the ongoing 2020 WSOP Online on Natural8.

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