The format of Event #6 in the GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet series seemed to give amateur players a fighting chance at a World Series of Poker bracelet. New GGPoker content creator Greg Goes All In announced that he would be playing in the $200 FLIP & GO event, joking that “this is the best chance I have of making it into the money in any bracelet event.” But despite the low buy-in and wild structure of the event, it was professional poker player Georgios Sotiropoulos who came away with the victory.
The FLIP & GO event had a total of 6,368 entrants across 10 “Flip” stages, generating a prize pool of $1,209,920. During the “Flip” stage, each player was dealt three cards and had to choose one to discard. Once all of the players at a table had made their discards, all hands were revealed and the flop, turn, and river were dealt out. The player with the winning hand at each table moved on to “Go” stage and was automatically in the money.
The field was whittled down to 326 players in the “Go” stage, based purely on the luck of the draw in the “Flip” stage. The “Go” stage was played with five-minute blinds and no breaks, setting the stage for a frantic pace in a tournament that took less than three hours to crown a winner. Georgios Sotiropoulos was that winner, locking up the second WSOP gold bracelet of his career and the first place prize of $117,022.
Sotiropoulos came into this series with 48 career WSOP cashes and $628,190 in WSOP tournament earnings. He cashed in 10 events during the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet series for $70,114; a total he has already eclipsed after winning Saturday’s FLIP & GO tournament. The Greek pro has over $2.8 million in live earnings listed on his Hendon Mob profile.
Other big names joined Sotiropoulos at the final table
While the “Flip” stage and the hyper-turbo format of the “Go” stage both paved the way for an extremely high-variance tournament, the cream still managed to rise to the top in the $200 event. French pro Erwann Pecheux finished the event in sixth place for a $31,145 payday. British pro and two-time bracelet winner Chris Moorman earned $53,898 for his fourth-place finish. And GGPoker Twitch ambassador Michiel “Easterdamnz” Van Elsacker finished in third place for $69,791.
Despite all of the star-power at the final table, Georgios Sotiropoulos’s eventual win was rarely in doubt. Sotiropoulos took over the chip lead when his ace-jack eliminated Wing Tat Yeung’s pocket kings, and he never looked back. The two-time bracelet winner had six eliminations at the final table en route to victory.
Final Table Payouts
1. Georgios Sotiropoulos: $117,022
2. Yen-Liang Yao: $90,371
3. Michiel Van Elsacker: $69,791
4. Chris Moorman: $53,898
5. Wiktor Malinowski: $41,624
6. Erwann Pecheux: $31,145
7. Quentin Roussey: $24,824
8. Markus Prinz: $19,171
9. Wing Tat Yeung: $14,805
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