Event #35: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship

Event Info

Premiação $1,558,000
Players 328

Informações do Nível

Nível 30
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 0

Informações do Jogador - Dia 1

Jogadores Restantes 1
Entries 328
Event #35: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship
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Juha Helppi Wins Second Career Bracelet in Event #35: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship

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Juha Helppi Winning His First WSOP Bracelet in 2019
Juha Helppi Winning His First WSOP Bracelet in 2019

The 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events have crowned their second champion of the festival and it was Finnish high-stakes poker legend Juha Helppi who doubled his gold bracelet tally in Event #35 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. Helppi who claimed the lion's share of the $1,558,000 prize pool after topping a field of 328 entries, receiving a first-place prize of $290,286 to go along with the coveted prize.

Helppi, a staple of European high-stakes for decades, had to wait a long time for his maiden WSOP victory but finally got the monkey off his back last year, when he took down Event #72 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $306,622.

The Finn already boasts nearly $8,000,000 in lifetime winnings according to The Hendon Mob, as well as countless winnings in the high-stakes PLO cash games he's been frequenting on the European circuit.

2020 WSOP Online Event #35 Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1Juha HelppiFinland$290,286
2Jesus CortesSpain$213,270
3Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De SouzaBrazil$156,688
4Mike WatsonCanada$115,117
5Jens "98snaeJ" KyllonenFinland$84,576
6Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil$62,137
7Sergi ReixachSpain$45,651
8Marija "Maj Chenzie" AndrijasevicSerbia$33,540
9Alex "rubbherducky" DifeliceCanada$24,641

Learn more about Juha Helppi and his astonishingly long high-stakes career

Kyllonen, Dzvilielevski Make Final Table

Once the nicknames were turned into real names for all nine finalists, Helppi's countryman Jens Kyllonen — ubiquitously known as "Jeans89" at the high-stakes PLO tables — was also revealed. Truth be told, Kyllonen's GGPoker nickname of "98snaeJ", with the accompanying Finnish flag, left little doubt to the railbirds who was behind the moniker.

Kyllonen was one of two other players with a WSOP bracelet to their name along with Brazil's Yuri Dzivielevski. Kyllonen played a vital role in the early stages of the final table by sending three opponents to the rail but eventually had to settle for fifth place.

Alex Difelice was one of Kyllonen's victims and confirmed his hot streak on the virtual felt in the last few months with yet another deep run. The Canadian was part of a three-way deal in the 2020 SCOOP Main Event and also claimed a WSOP Circuit ring during the previous festival on the GGNetwork after topping a huge field of 2,614 entries in the $1,000 PLO Main Event under his illustrious moniker "rubbherducky."

Action of the Day

The action kicked off with more than 70 players in their seats and that number grew by the minute. Especially towards the end of the late registration and reentry period, plenty of big names appeared and vanished without anything to show.

Cortes emerged as one of the chip leaders when he hit a one-outer for quads, and the eliminations kept coming at a rapid pace.

Towards the money bubble, the action suddenly slowed down. Eventually, Maxi Lehmanski and Brian Green bowed out at the same time on different tables with Green holding fewer chips to become the bubble boy.

In the blink of an eye, two tables closed and it didn't take long to reach the final three tables. Stephen Chidwick, Dario Alioto, Isaac Haxton, George Wolff and Anson Tsang all hit the rail in rather swift fashion. On the final table bubble, Thai Ha lost a big pot with straight under straight against Mike Watson, and Shyngis Satubayev also came up short.

While Kyllonen did the leg work to trim down the contenders for the WSOP bracelet, he doubled Helppi who then took over control and remained near the top of the leaderboard for the remainder of the night.

In heads-up play, Helppi flopped top set twice and Cortes would not recover from that to come up one spot shy of poker history.

2020 WSOP Bracelet Winners on GGPoker

DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
7/19/20Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed2,214$1,107,000Shoma "pp_syon" Ishikawa$117,650
7/21/20Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship328$1,558,000Juha Helppi$290,286

That wraps up the PokerNews live updates for tonight but thenext WSOP bracelet events on GGPoker are already around the corner. PokerNews is back on Wednesday at 6p GMT for live coverage of Event #36: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold'em.

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Jesus Cortes Eliminated in 2nd Place ($213,270)

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Jesus Cortes
Jesus Cortes

As Jesus Cortes hovered around 10 blinds in the new level, he had portion of his chips in to the {10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop already and that's when Juha Helppi applied the pressure and the following showdown took place.

Jesus Cortes: {9-Hearts}{7-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}
Juha Helppi: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}

Not long ago Helppi had doubled into a commanding lead when he flopped top set and had done so again to leave Cortes in desperate shape.

The {k-Diamonds} turn immediately left the Spaniard drawing dead and he quickly typed in a "gg" in chat even before the {k-Clubs} river officially ended his run.

Cortes takes home a consolation prize of $213,270.25 while Helppi has doubled his gold bracelet tally and earned the top prize of $290,285.58,

Jesus Cortes Eliminated in 2nd Place
Jesus Cortes Eliminated in 2nd Place

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Juha Helppi fi 8,200,000 1,436,832
Jesus Cortes es Eliminado

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Helppi Pulls Ahead Once More

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Juha Helppi raised it up to 320,000 and Jesus Cortes came along to see a flop of {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. Cortes bet the pot for 640,000 and picked up a call from Helppi to then check-fold the 55h] turn when Helppi made it 400,000 to go.

Juha Helppi fi 6,763,168 1,491,200
Jesus Cortes es 1,436,832 -1,491,200

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Two Doubles and a Boat for Cortes

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Jesus Cortes dropped down to all but fewer than three blinds in the new level and his first all-in showdown was as follows.

Jesus Cortes: {k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Clubs}
Juha Helppi: {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}

The board came {8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{8-Spades} and Cortes doubled.

He would do so again when they got it in after a {a-Hearts}{7-Spades}{2-Spades} flop as Cortes check-called all-in.

Jesus Cortes: {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Juha Helppi: {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

The {2-Hearts} turn made things clear and the {9-Spades} river didn't matter.

Up next, a pot of 1.6 million emerged to the {5-Spades}{2-Spades}{2-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{j-Spades} river and Helppi checked behind with {j-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} for a straight, Cortes won the next pot with {k-Spades}{q-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{4-Spades} for a full house.

Juha Helppi fi 5,271,968 -1,996,024
Jesus Cortes es 2,928,032 1,996,024

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Helppi Doubles Into Overwhelming Lead

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Juha Helppi doubles into commanding lead
Juha Helppi doubles into commanding lead

Juha Helppi managed to scrap back and nearly double without any major showdown but that would all but change just before the blinds went up.

Helppi min-raised and Jesus Cortes called to see a flop of {k-Hearts}{j-Spades}{2-Hearts} on which Cortes check-called 240,000. After the {3-Spades} turn, Cortes check-shoved and Helppi snap-called.

Juha Helppi: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}
Jesus Cortes: {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

The {9-Hearts} river was already insignificant as Helppi had the checkmark with top set.

Juha Helppi fi 7,267,992 5,352,396
Jesus Cortes es 932,008 -5,352,396

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Cortes In Control So Far

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Jesus Cortes won most pots in heads-up including the two biggest hands so far against Juha Helppi and pulled into a comfortable lead.

A limped pot saw Helppi bet the {9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop and Cortes check-called a min-bet to then check-call 480,000 on the {j-Hearts} turn. They checked the {k-Diamonds} river and Helppi's [10h107h5d] were no good as Cortes held {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{5-Hearts}.

Jesus Cortes es 6,284,404 1,740,000
Juha Helppi fi 1,915,596 -2,227,652

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Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza Eliminated in 3rd Place ($156,688)

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Juha Helppi made it 240,000 to go from the button and Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza three-bet the pot to 780,000 in the small blind with fewer than two big blinds behind. Helppi four-bet and De Souza called all-in.

Belarmino "Iseey0urcard" De Souza: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{2-Hearts}
Juha Helppi: {a-Spades}{q-Spades}{q-Clubs}{5-Spades}

The {k-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop and {8-Diamonds} turn changed nothing as Helppi was freerolling and an ace on the river would seal the fate for De Souza. Indeed it was the {a-Diamonds} that appeared as final card and that sent the Brazilian out in 3rd place for a payday of $156,687.74.

Belarmino De Souza Eliminated in 3rd Place
Belarmino De Souza Eliminated in 3rd Place
Jesus Cortes es 4,544,404
Juha Helppi fi 4,143,248 1,493,464
Belarmino De Souza br Eliminado

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