The first championship event in the 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online is now complete, with Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb taking home their first WSOP bracelet after victory in Event #43: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship. He made it through the field of 130 entries on just a single bullet, besting short deck crusher Mikita Badziakouski heads up to win the title along with $276,393 in prize money. Little is known about the newest bracelet winner. Gottlieb does not appear to have any live cashes, so not only does this look like Gottlieb’s first bracelet, but it may well be their first poker cash as well.
That set up an epic heads up match that went on for nearly four hours before the game was decided. Badziakouski came into the heads up with a big chip advantage, but Gottlieb fought his way back to take the chip lead after the first hour or so of play. The two then traded the lead back and forth, with the small stack always winning heads up.
At the end of Level 20, they paused the tournament to fix a clock issue. Badziakouski was running low on time bank, and a graphical glitch prevented him from seeing his remaining time. After contacting support, they restarted the tournament with normal time banks instead of the “chess clock” style typically used for final tables.
The pause lasted a little over 30 minutes, but it didn’t speed up when they got back to the felt again. They traded the lead back and forth for another two hours before Gottlieb crushed Badziakouski with jack-six versus ace-ten after they turned trip jacks. That left Badziakouski very short, and it was over soon after with Badziakouski collecting $210,249 for 2nd, while Gottlieb scored $276,393 for the win as well as the first championship bracelet awarded on GGPoker.
|1||Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb||Mexico||$276 393|
|2||Mikita Badziakouski||Belarus||$210 249|
|3||Sergi Reixach||United Kingdom||$159 933|
|4||Nobuaki “Sasa JHR” Sasaki||Japan||$121 659|
|5||Dan “oiltrader” Shak||United States||$92 545|
|6||Chi Zhang||United Kingdom||$70 397|
|7||Bjorn “wong1324” Li||Hong Kong||$53 550|
|8||Carl “Swetomir” Schrader||Germany||$40 735|
|9||Ami Barer||Canada||$30 987|