Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens took the most important on-line poker match ever held on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The Belgian on-line poker professional outlasted 6,023 entries within the 2023 World Series of Poker Online $5,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’em predominant occasion on GGPoker, incomes his first bracelet and the highest prize $2,783,433.
Not solely did Stevens earn the lion’s share of the record-setting $28,609,252 prize pool, however he additionally made historical past for streaming the most important poker win ever broadcast on Twitch. The PokerTeaching coach peaked with greater than 14,000 concurrent viewers watching as he battled for the bracelet, chainsmoking cigarettes whereas dancing and singing alongside together with his music from his streaming setup on a farm in Belgium.
While this was the most important on-line match ever held, by way of prize pool, Stevens’ $2.7 million payout didn’t break the file for the most important on-line prime prize. That distinction stays with 2020 WSOP Online predominant occasion champion Stoyan Madanzhiev, who topped a area of 5,802 entries that 12 months to earn $3,904,686. While this 12 months’s closing prize pool was bigger by simply over $1 million, a flatter payout construction resulted in a decrease (however nonetheless large) prime prize for Stevens.
Stevens now has almost $3.5 million in recorded earnings from occasions with full real-name outcomes.
The closing desk started with Stevens because the chip chief. He sat with greater than 103 huge blinds to start out, whereas Erik Bakker was the next-largest stack with simply shy of 90 huge blinds.
Toward the top of the primary hour of play, Bakker briefly supplanted Stevens atop the chip counts, however a giant conflict between that went Steven’s method noticed him add a ways between himself and the remainder of the sector. The hand started with Bakker elevating to 2.3 huge blind from the button with Ok3. Stevens flat referred to as with AQ out of the small blind and the 2 noticed a flop of A53. Stevens check-called a 2.2 huge blind continuation guess together with his prime pair and the flip introduced the Q to enhance Stevens to aces and queens whereas making a flush doable. He once more check-called, this time for five.6 huge blinds. The river was the 9, prompting one more examine from Stevens. Bakker guess 14.7 huge blinds and Stevens referred to as to pull the sizable pot.
There had been nonetheless 9 gamers remaining when that hand went down. Only one elimination occurred throughout the subsequent hour, with Steven’s pocket nines besting Simon Wilson’s A-Q suited. Bakker then cracked Fabian Rolli’s pocket kings with pocket queens, spiking a set on the flop and holding from there to slim the sector to seven.
Yagen Li scored the subsequent elimination, successful a three-way all-in with pocket kings towards two A-Q suited to ship Lukas Hafner to the digital rail in seventh place.
Bakker finally completed sixth when he ran A-Ok into the pocket kings of Stevens. The pair held up and Bakkar completed sixth for $618,407. After that, Stevens had almost 75 huge blinds whereas the next-biggest stack sat at simply 19 huge blinds. He quickly added to his lead by knocking out Alexander Timoshenko (fifth – $835,303).
Li busted Ramiro Petrone (4th – $1,128,331) and Stevens’ pocket fives completed off Ezequiel Kleinman (third – $1,524,214) to arrange the ultimate showdown for the title. Stevens had greater than a 4.5:1 chip benefit to start out. It took him just some minutes to transform that lead into the bracelet.
In the ultimate hand he raised to 2.1 huge blinds from the button with 66 and Li three-bet to six huge blinds with AQ. Stevens moved all-in and Li referred to as for 23.3 huge blinds whole. The board ran out OkOk345 to lock up the pot and the title for Stevens. Check out a clip of the ultimate hand under, by way of a GGPoker social media publish.
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Here are the payouts from the ultimate desk: