One of the most anticipated tournaments of the GGPoker portion of the online 2020 World Series of Poker kicked off on Saturday as the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship got underway.
True to form in the skill-centric format, several high roller regs still remain alive as 128 evenly bracketed players got whittled down to a final four.
First to book a seat was Michael Addamo. The two-time bracelet winner has been on an absolute tear of late in high roller events, and he seemed to have the easiest time rolling through the bracket. Several times, he was among the first to advance through his matches, affording him some long stretches to relax or watch scout future opponents.
Opposite Addamo will be Michael Zhang. Another regular in the highest buy-in tournaments around the world, Zhang may have had the most impressive run of anyone en route to the semifinals. He dispatched the likes of Erik Seidel, GGPoker's Daniel Negreanu and Sean Winter.
On the other side of the bracket another top player, David Peters emerged. It wasn't easy though, particularly his final match. That turned into a four-hour marathon against Stefan Burakov, who at one point had Peters down to two blinds. However, Peters executed a memorable comeback to book what was for a time an unlikely berth.
The lone wild card remaining fills out the fourth seat: Canadian streamer Alyssa MacDonald. An online player with only $6K of live cashes to her name, MacDonald managed to get through Mark Radoja and Ajay Chabra as well as the red-hot Belarmino De Souza in the round of eight.
Routes to the Final Four
|Michael Addamo||Michael Zhang||David Peters||Alyssa MacDonald|
|Round of 128||Connor Drinan||David Yan||Johan Guilbert||Brunno Botteon|
|Round of 64||Shota Hirao||Sean Winter||Sami Kelopuro||Mark Radoja|
|Round of 32||Gabriel Campanha||Erik Seidel||Scott Woods||Viktor Kudinov|
|Round of 16||Bertrand Grospellier||Daniel Negreanu||Sergi Reixach||Ajay Chabra|
|Round of 8||Pedro Waldburger||Chris Brewer||Stefan Burakov||Belarmino De Souza|
Players eliminated in the round of 16 and the round of eight did make the money. In addition to those listed above, Samuel Vousden, Aaron Van Blarcum and Mike Leah were among those cashing.
The remaining players are on ice for a week until the final four plays out next Saturday. They'll battle for the bracelet and $360,480 at that point, along with a WSOPE package. Come back to PokerNews then to find out who emerges as heads-up champion.