Tony Dunst and Juha Helppi Win WSOP Online Bracelets
The 2020 World Series of Poker Online has produced a number of first-time bracelet winners but several players have managed to add to their bracelet collection. On Tuesday, two well-known players managed to take down their second career bracelet.
Over on WSOP.com in the United States, Tony Dunst won his second career bracelet after taking down the $777 NL Hold’em Six-Handed event. Over at GGPoker, Juha Helppi took down Event #35, the $5,000 PL Omaha Championship for his second title.
Tony Dunst Wins Event #21
Tuesday’s event at WSOP.com was Event #21: $777 NL Hold’em Six-Handed. The poker tournament drew a field of 1,361 entries to create a prize pool of $952,700. After close to 11 hours of play, a familiar name came out on top.
World Poker Tour host Tony “Panoramic” Dunst came out on top, besting a final table that included Jon “havuuuuuc” Turner. Dunst came into the heads-up play against “paymycollege” with a 2 to 1 chip lead after hitting a runner-runner straight to knock out Alec “Tango_Bravo” Parslow in third place.
Paymycollege managed to come storming back and had the narrowest of chip leads before what proved to be the effective end of the tournament. Paymycollege moved all-in holding a straight but Dunst had picked up a flush. Dunst doubled and paymycollege was left with less than one big blind. Paymycollege was knocked out two hands later after running his 6-3 into pocket aces.
Dunst is best known for being the host of the World Poker Tour, replacing long-time host and Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton. This was Dunst’s second career bracelet. He won his first back in 2016 after taking down Event #63, a $1,000 NL Event. Dunst was not the only big name to win gold on Tuesday.
Juha Helppi Wins $5k PLO Championship
Despite a rocky start to their leg of the series, GGPoker has now crowned their second champion. On Tuesday, Juha Helppi took down Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for his second career bracelet.
As expected, this was a smaller field but still drew 238 players. This created a $1.55 million prize pool. Multiple big names made the final table. Helppi made the final alson with Jens Kyllonen, Mike Watson, Jesus Cortes, and Sergi Reixach.
Early on at the final table, Kyllonen looked to be in control as he sent the first three players to the rail. However, PLO is a swingy game and Kyllonen only managed a fifth place finish. He donated a chunk of his stack to Helppi and that helped Helppi remain the chip leader for much of the rest of the final table.
Finnish high-stakes legend Juha Helppi wins his second career WSOP gold bracelet in Event #35: $5,000 PLO Championship at the 2020 Online WSOP on GGPoker. https://t.co/n5sfE29kXI pic.twitter.com/0I9fZFAnYZ
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Ultimately, it was Jesus Cortes facing Helppi for the title. Helppi had a solid chip lead and continued dominating. After flopping top set in multiple hands, he knocked out Cortes to take his second career WSOP bracelet title. In addition to the bracelet, he won $290,286 in prize money.
Helppi has been a fixture of high stakes poker in Europe for decades. However, he didn’t win his first bracelet until 2019. Last year, he won the $10k Limit Hold’em Championship for his first title. He now has bracelets in back-to-back years, further cementing his place in poker history.
WSOP.com Schedule Winding Down as GGPoker is Ramping Up
There’s just over a week left for the WSOP.com leg of the 2020 WSOP Online. Remaining events on the American schedule include the $1k Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max, the $500 Seniors Event, and the $1k NL Hold’em Championship.
After July 31, the 2020 WSOP Online will continue exclusively on GGPoker and will run for the remainder of the Summer. GGPoker events are opened to the rest of the world and offers multiple opportunities for players to win a bracelet on the cheap.