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Plausinaitis Leads WSOPC $1,700 Main Event Final Table; Cheong, Papazian and Jouhkimainen in Contention

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Paulius Plausinaitis
Paulius Plausinaitis

The final table of the 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker Winter Online Circuit $1,700 Main Event is set and nine players out of a huge field of 6,395 entries remain in the hunt for the coveted WSOP Online Circuit ring. With several starting days taking place prior to the restart of Day 2, the flagship tournament of the festival surpassed the ambitious $10 million guarantee and the top 700 spots shared a portion of the $10,327,925 prize pool.

Ultimately, it took just seven hours of high-octane action to get from 1,112 Day 1 survivors to the final table and Macau-based Paulius Plausinaitis soared to the top of the leaderboard with a stack of 76,004,224, good enough for 95 big blinds. Plausinaitis already knows what it feels like to reach a big final on GGPoker as he finished 8th in the 2020 WSOP Bracelet Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP for $210,079.

However, a much bigger payday of $1,236,361 awaits for the eventual champion with the Lithuanian in the driver's seat. Artem "Amsterq" Prostak follows in second place with 54,179,291 and Joseph Cheong is not far behind that with 50,700,582. "likeboy" is one of two finalists from China and accumulated 47,269,129 thus far, DaiMing141319" (8,992,305) also made it through.

Alexandru Papazian knocked out a third Chinese prospect with the alias of "iownumind" on the final table bubble to advance with 25,140,091. The remaining contenders include "BetAddict" (20,263,058) and Finnish poker pro Joni Jouhkimainen (13,814,882).

Final Table 2020 GGPoker WSOPC Event #18: $1,700 Main Event

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Paulius PlausinaitisLithuania76,004,22495
2Artem "Amsterq" ProstakBelarus54,179,29168
3Joseph CheongUnited States50,700,58263
4likeboyChina47,269,12959
5Alexandru PapazianRomania25,140,09131
6turkey1Turkey21,939,16027
7BetAddictIsrael20,263,05825
8Joni JouhkimainenFinland13,814,88217
9DaiMing141319China8,992,30511

The final nine players will return on Saturday, January 16 as of 6.30 p.m. UTC to play down to a champion. The action will be broadcasted with cards-up coverage and commentary on the GGPoker.tv Twitch channel. The blinds appear to be 400,000-800,000 with a running ante of 100,000 as an average stack of 44.2 big blinds has been reached.

The Action of the Day

The final two turbo starting days wrapped up fewer than an hour prior to the start of Day 2 on which all 1,112 survivors returned to their virtual seats. They had barely played the first half a dozen hands and some 100 hopes had already vanished into thin air. It was a sign for things to come in the hours after as the tournament raced towards the money bubble.

Poker superstars Fedor Holz was among dozens of big names who all missed out on the min-cash of at least $4,107, as notables such as Juan Pardo, Daniyar Aubakirov, David Yan, Andreas Christoforou, Christian Rudolph, Isaac Baron, Kenny Hallaert and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos came up short by fewer than 100 spots. Benjamin "Geraaaard" Chalot ended up as the bubble boy and the floodgates opened moments later.

Once again, in the blink of an eye, the hopefuls were ousted by the dozens and the min-cash was reserved for Jack Salter, Brunno Botteon, Noah "ExclusiveA" Boeken, Mark Radoja, Laurynas Levinskas, Mohsin Charania, Ryan Riess, and Blaz Zerjav to name all but a few.

Mid-way through the day, GGPoker ambassador Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier went on a hot streak to go from severe short stack to healthy contender only for it all to come to a crashing end. Grospellier's open-ender and flush draw ultimately came up short of the top pair and top kicker of Dylan Linde. Only moments later, Joseph Cheong joined the big stacks and remained near the top of the leaderboard for the remainder of the day.

Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand Grospellier

Inside the top 100, well-known pros such as Niklas Astedt, Ronny Kaiser, Hun Wei Lee, Michael Addamo, Mike Watson and George Wolff all hit the rail. For Linde, the end came in 54th place for $19,634 and Andre "ubermensch1" Difelice earned the same amount for succumbing in 46th place.

Aleksey "ImLuckPads" Savenkov missed out on the chance to win a second WSOP Circuit ring during this festival and finished in 32nd place. Not even one full hour later, the final table was already set as the casualties kept coming at a lightning speed. Among the big names to fall were Kenneth Smaron, Simon "FiestaPagana" Mattsson, Danny Tang, and Idris Ambraisse. Philippe D'Auteuil had to settle for the final two tables and seemingly every minute another contender ran out of chips in the frantic final stages.

Stay tuned for the conclusion of this event as the PokerNews live reporting team will be back for the final table on January 16 on the way to crowning a champion.

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (Completo)

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All nine remaining players are now on break until the following Saturday, on which the final table will be live-streamed on the GGPoker.tv Twitch channel. A full recap of today's action is to follow.

Paulius Plausinaitis LT 76,004,224 -500,000
Artem "Amsterq" Prostak by 54,179,291 1,700,000
Joseph Cheong us 50,700,582 500,000
likeboy CN 47,269,129 -100,000
Alexandru Papazian ro 25,140,091
turkey1 TR 21,939,160 -100,000
BetAddict IL 20,263,058 -2,480,000
Joni Jouhkimainen fi 13,814,882 -1,700,000
DaiMing141319 CN 8,992,305 -900,000

"iownumind" Eliminated in 10th Place ($55,718)

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iownumind Eliminated in 10th Place
iownumind Eliminated in 10th Place

The final table bubble enabled hand-for-hand mode and it was a huge pay jump. Ultimately, it went through in the same style as the previous dozens of all-in showdowns as the chips were already in the middle without any major hesitation.

Involved were Alexandru Papazian in the cutoff and "iownumind" out of the small blind with the latter at risk but holding the far superior pocket pair.

"iownumind": {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Alexandru Papazian: {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}

The {k-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Diamonds} flop was blank, as was the {10-Hearts} turn. However, disaster struck for "iownumind" on the {3-Hearts} river as Papazian binked the set to end the day in dramatic fashion.

Alexandru Papazian ro 25,140,091 12,253,813
iownumind CN Eliminado

Drew "BigPavelski" Soik Eliminated in 11th Place ($48,908)

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Soik Eliminated in 11th Place
Soik Eliminated in 11th Place

Drew "BigPavelski" Soik lost a bigger portion of his short stack when a five-high flush draw missed and but he then doubled with {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades} against the {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} of "turkey1" thanks to a board of {k-Hearts}{8-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. Fast forward a few seconds and Soik's chips were in the middle again as he three-bet jammed for 11,443,442 on the button.

Paulius Plausinaitis cold-called in the big blind and "likeboy" as the initial raiser elected to fold.

Drew "BigPavelski" Soik: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Paulius Plausinaitis: {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

The {8-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} flop gave Plausinaitis a flush draw, which he missed on the {4-Hearts} turn. The sweat card on the river revealed a diamond well before it rolled over to expose the {8-Diamonds}, sending Soik out in 11th place for $48,908.

Paulius Plausinaitis LT 76,504,224 11,943,442
likeboy CN 47,369,129 4,700,000
turkey1 TR 22,039,160 -6,321,721
DaiMing141319 CN 9,892,305 900,000
Drew "BigPavelski" Soik US Eliminado

Nicola "JuStOnETiMe_" Angelini Eliminated in 12th Place ($42,929)

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Angelini Eliminated in 12th Place
Angelini Eliminated in 12th Place

Joseph Cheong opted for the open-jam out of the small blind as he had covered Nicola "JuStOnETiMe_" Angelini by more than two-to-one and the Italian called it off from the big blind for 12.5 million.

Nicola "JuStOnETiMe_" Angelini: {a-Clubs}{7-Spades}
Joseph Cheong: {k-Spades}{3-Spades}

Cheong hit a dream flop of {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} to make trips and once the {4-Clubs} fell on the turn, he only had to fear the remaining two aces in the deck. Neither appeared as the {10-Hearts} river sent Angelini out in 12th place or $42,929.

Artem "Amsterq" Prostak by 52,479,291 3,240,950
Joseph Cheong us 50,200,582 17,633,199
BetAddict IL 22,743,058 -2,085,000
Joni Jouhkimainen fi 15,514,882 3,415,000
Alexandru Papazian ro 12,886,278 -4,334,950
iownumind CN 8,673,813 -2,485,000
Nicola "JuStOnETiMe_" Angelini it Eliminado

Junichi "[email protected]" Nakanowatari Eliminated in 13th Place ($42,929)

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Nakanowatari Eliminated in 13th Place
Nakanowatari Eliminated in 13th Place

"likeboy" opened to 1.6 million in the hijack and was called by Junichi "[email protected]" Nakanowatari in the big blind. The Japanese went for a stop and go as he open-jammed the {q-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop for just under 4.1 million and was instantly called.

Junichi "[email protected]" Nakanowatari: {a-Spades}{9-Hearts}
"likeboy": {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}

The {q-Hearts} turn was a blank and that also applied for the {3-Spades} river, sending Nakanowatari out in 13th place for $42,929.

Paulius Plausinaitis LT 64,560,782 1,400,000
likeboy CN 42,669,129 8,129,485
turkey1 TR 28,360,881 -600,000
Drew "BigPavelski" Soik US 11,221,721 -3,959,999
DaiMing141319 CN 8,992,305 -7,467,650
Junichi "[email protected]" Nakanowatari jp Eliminado

"topboi" Eliminated in 14th Place ($37,681)

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topboi Eliminated in 14th Place
topboi Eliminated in 14th Place

"turkey1" opened to 1.6 million from the under-the-gun position and was called by "topboi" in the big blind. Both players checked the {8-Spades}{7-Spades}{5-Spades} flop and "topboi" check-jammed the {7-Clubs} turn for 12.158 million. "turkey1" snap-called with a few hundred thousand chips more at their disposal.

"topboi": {k-Spades}{j-Hearts}
"turkey1": {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

"topboi" was the top dog for quite some time but their tournament came to an end, as a meaningless {9-Hearts} river sent them out in 14th place for $37,681.

turkey1 TR 28,960,881 13,858,468
topboi CA Eliminado

Plausinaitis Takes the Lead

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Paulius Plausinaitis defended the big blind when facing a button min-raise by "topboi" and check-raised the {k-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop from 1.6 million to 3.76 million. "topboi" came along to then also call a bet worth 7,273,600 on the {3-Clubs} turn and Plausinaitis jammed the {10-Hearts} river for an effective 12.3 million.

"topboi" used their time bank and elected to fold.

Paulius Plausinaitis LT 63,160,782 13,633,600
topboi CA 12,358,468 -11,833,601

Plausinaitis Doubles Through "turkey1"

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Plausinaitis doubles through topboi
Plausinaitis doubles through topboi

In a preflop raising war, the stack of Paulius Plausinaitis ended up in the middle from under the gun as a pot of more than 49.5 million emerged in a battle with "turkey1" in the big blind.

Paulius Plausinaitis: {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}
"turkey1": {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}

The {q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{7-Spades} board ran out clean for Plausinaitis and he doubled into a commanding position on his table.

Paulius Plausinaitis LT 49,527,182 39,743,741
turkey1 TR 15,102,413 -28,466,091