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GGPoker Suffers DDOS Attack – Gerhart Wins WSOP Online Bracelet

Kevin Gerhart WSOP Online Winner

The 2020 WSOP Online is now officially in full gear on both in America and GGPoker for the rest of the world. However, the GGPoker leg did not get off to the smoothest of starts.

GGPoker experienced both server issues and a DDOS attack during the first day, causing two of three events to be delayed. Meanwhile, the third event managed to play to completion. Also, WSOP awarded several bracelets including a second career title for last year’s $1,500 Razz champion.

Pat Lyons and Kevin Gerhart Among Recent Bracelet Winners

Several players have been awarded WSOP bracelets at over the last few days. Guy Dunlap took down Event #15, the $1,000 PLO 8-Max High Roller for $133,780. On Thursday, Terrell Cheatham won Event #16, the $500 NL Hold’em Turbo for $116,204.

A name recognizable to some older poker pros took down Event #17, $777 NL Hold’em. Pat Lyons, playing as “IchiiKawawa”, took down the event for his first WSOP bracelet, earning $173,551 in prize money. Lyons is best known for taking down the Legends of Poker Main Event in 2016. He also has an Arizona State Poker Championship and WSOP Circuit ring to his credit.

On Saturday, Scott Hempel took down Event #18, the $1k NL Hold’em 8-Handed Turbo Deepstack. Kenny Huynh won Event #19, $400 NL Hold’em on Sunday.

Finally, Kevin Gerhart added a second WSOP bracelet to his collection. On Monday, he won Event #20, $500 PLO 6-Handed, for his second career WSOP bracelet. The final table included all-time online tournament money leader Chris Moorman. In 2019, Gerhart won Event #54, $1,500 Razz for his first bracelet. Gerhart also earned $97,572 in prize money for the victory.

GGPoker Suffers DDOS Attack on First Day of WSOP Online

On Sunday, GGPoker began its series of WSOP Online events. However, things did not go as expected. The site had multiple issues, including a DDOS attack.

Things started going south as GGPoker’s servers could not handle the load put on them due to WSOP Online players and railbirds flooding the system. GGPoker officials tried to then extend late registration due to the server slowdowns, and this cause additional problems. This caused server-client mismatch errors that disconnected players.

To make things worse, the site then experienced a DDOS attack. After so many problems, GGPoker was forced to delay both Event #32 and Event #33 until next week.

GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu took to Twitter following the delay to apologize for the company and mentioned that there will be a compensation plan in place for affected players.

While some would argue that GGPoker should have planned better for this series, we can also cut them some slack. The WSOP Online is a new series and something that became a necessity due to the pandemic. Things are going to happen and hopefully, this will be the last time we have significant issues during the series.

Shoma Ishikawa Wins Event #34

Fortunately, GGPoker’s opening night was not a complete bust. Event #34, the $525 Super Turbo Bounty NL Hold’em 6-Max managed to play out in just 3 hours and 15 minutes. This was the fastest WSOP bracelet event in history. Luckily, the event played out before server issues or the DDOS attack could impact it.

The event drew a field of 2,214 entries to create a prize pool of just over $1.1 million. In the end, it was Japan’s Shoma Ishikawa that managed to take down the title. Playing as “pp_syon”, he managed to navigate through a tough final table that included bracelet winner Daniel Strelitz to win his first career bracelet and $117,650. Ishikawa also earned $35,225 in bounties.

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