Fedor Holz and Bryan Piccioli Vie for WSOP Online Bracelets
The 2020 WSOP Online is in the home stretch and two big events are down to their final days. First, the $5,000 Main Event is down to its final 38 players. The overall chip leader is no stranger to the poker world. Bryan Piccioli is the overall chip leader and looking to win his first career WSOP bracelet.
Meanwhile, the final four in the $25,000 Heads-Up NL Hold’em event is set. Fedor Holz is looking for his second career bracelet after battling his way through a tough field.
Bryan Piccioli Leads Main Event
The 2020 WSOP Online Main Event is down to its final 38 players. It took until the final flights of the event, but the tournament managed to crack its guarantee, finishing with 5,802 players and creating a prize pool of $27.55 million.
The Day 2 restart was on Sunday and 1,171 players returned for what proved to be a long day of play. By the end of the day, just 38 players remain. Leading the pack is Bryan Piccioli. He finished 6th in the 2017 WSOP Main Event and is looking to win his first career bracelet. He will return next weekend with a stack of 18.41 million.
The remaining players will go on hiatus before returning on Saturday, September 5 to play for the top prize of $3,904,686! https://t.co/HoX4b2ryux
— PokerNews (@PokerNews) August 31, 2020
Two bracelet winners remain in the field, but both are shorter stacks. Arkadiy Tsinis will return this weekend but has just 2.3 million in chips. Michael Lech will also return with 4.1 million.
Play will resume this Saturday, September 5th, at 6:30 pm UTC. When play resumes, the levels will be 40 minutes until the final table. At that point, the format switches to a fixed number of hands per level.
Players will battle for the bracelet along with $3.9 million in prize money. The top four players will walk away poker millionaires.
Fedor Holz in Final 4 of $25k Heads-UP NL
Event #79 was the “People’s Choice Event” where players and fans were supposed to vote on the most popular game or event to hold. Somehow, the people decided that a $25,000 NL Hold’em Heads-Up match was the way to go. Sure they did.
Regardless, the event drew a solid field of 127 players on Tuesday. By the end of the day, the Final 4 was reached. The final four are Brunno Botteon, Oktay Kahyaoglu, Sergi Reixach, and Fedor Holz. All four players will return on Sunday and play until a winner.
#WSOPOnline2020: @GGPokerOfficial Ambassador Fedor Holz headlines the four semi-finalists in Event 79: $25K Heads-Up NLHE on #GGPoker– @natural8. Sergi Reixach, Brunno Botteon & Oktay Kahyaoglu also in contention to win the bracelet and the $1.07M up-top.https://t.co/JR1iI5VtGh
— PokerGuru (@PkrGuru) September 2, 2020
All four players had stiff competition, but Brunno Botteon had the toughest road to the final four. First, he faced Ole Schemion in the Round of 128. His prize for surviving that round was a match against GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu.
After dispatching Negreanu, he faced Dan Smith in the Round of 32. After defeating Luke Sneath in the Sweet 16, he defeated Jason McConnon in the Elite 8. Fedor Holz had a relatively tough road to the finals as well, defeating Luc Greenwood, George Wolff, and Justin Bonomo along the way.
The finals of this event will kick off at 6 pm on Sunday with Bruno Botteon facing Oktay Kahyaoglu and Fedor Holz facing Sergi Reixach. All players will start with 200,000 in chips.
Looking forward to this weekend, I see Botteon making it to the finals. He has been on fire against top competition and should dispatch Kahyaoglu.
The match between Fedor Holz and Sergi Reixach is a bit harder to call. Both are established players and Reixach is a regular fixture of the high stakes world. Of course, Holz is a prior bracelet winner and has posted insane scores in the past. I’m giving the edge to Holz as he has more documented success in high stakes online tournaments.
This will setup a match between Holz and Botteon, Despite Botteon’s amazing run, I still see Holz coming out on top to win his second career WSOP bracelet.