WSOP Online International: Artur Martirosian takes down $10,000 Heads-Up NLH Championship

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Haley Hintze
Posted on: September 26, 2023 21:08 PDT

Another handful of World Series of Poker gold bracelets have been awarded to winners in the WSOP Online International series on GGPoker. Among the latest to claim gold is Russia's Artur Martirosian, the champion of Event #26, $10,000 Heads-Up NLH Championship.

Martirosian claimed his first career WSOP bracelet in grand fashion on Sunday in the first event of the series to date that was live-streamed by GGPoker. The streamed coverage began with the semifinals in the heads-up tourney, with Martirosian paired up against Finland's Heikki Piira in one semi, while two players participating from Austria, Leon Sturm and Petr Knopp, squared off in the other.

Martirosian and Knopp advanced to the final, where Martirosian built a commanding lead before closing out the win. Martirosian enjoyed a 9:1 edge in chips when he held pocket jacks against an all-in Knopp's Kd-Td, and when the board brought Knopp no help, the bracelet battle had ended.

The winner's payday of $424,697.54 moved Martirosian to nearly $4 million in recorded tourney cashes. The largest chunk of that remains the $3.27 million cash that Martirosian logged as the runner-up in last summer's WSOP $250,000 Super High Roller tourney. That was the event, won by Chris Brewer, that was inundated in controversy over the alleged cheating -- or even alleged faked cheating -- by Czech pro Martin Kabrhel.

Here, in the WSOP Online heads-up tourney, Martisorian topped a max-out 128-player field for the win. The top finishers in Event #26 were as follows:

  1. Artur Martirosian (Russia) - $424,697.54
  2. Heikki Piira (Finland) - $242,684.30
  3. Petr Knopp (Austria) - $121,342.15
  4. Leon Sturm (Austria) - $121,342.15
  5. Jonas Hagstrom (Sweden) - $75,838.84
  6. Biao Ding (China) - $75,838.34
  7. Goran Mandic (Croatia) - $75,838.34
  8. Linglin Zeng (China) - $75,838.34

'Real Nickname' wins suspended Event #20

Last Sunday, server difficulties at GGPoker caused two WSOP Online events to be suspended and restarted a week later, and one of those, Event #20, $1,000 Double Chance NLH, has reached its conclusion. "Real Nickname", an as-yet-unidentified player from Norway, topped the Double Chance to win $145,922.55 and the bracelet.

The event drew 1,119 entries that combined to create a $1,063,050 prize pool. The final-table finishers and prizes for Event #20 were as follows:

  1. "Real Nickname" (Norway) - $145,922.55
  2. Zemin Jiang (Hong Kong) - $109,126.27
  3. "dosen" (Cambodia) - $81,833.08
  4. Steven "Stiffii" Rohr (Austria) - $61,366.17
  5. Andres "MaShallah" De Agustin (Spain) - $46,018.13
  6. Yuri Dzivielevski (Brazil) - $34,508.78
  7. Vicente Delgado (Spain) - $25,877.92
  8. "Tiramisuwow666" (Hong Kong) - $19,405.66
  9. "Winstown" (Russia) - $14,552.23

'karma tova' takes FIFTY STACK PLO

Another completed bracelet tourney where the winner's real identity has not yet been revealed is Event #27, FIFTY STACK Pot-Limit Omaha. The winner here on Monday was Israel's "karma tova", who outlasted a 1,080-entry field to claim $76,702.52 and the bracelet.

The final-table finishers and payouts in Event #27 were as follows:

  1. "karma tova" (Israel) - $76,702.52
  2. "Africabomb" (Hong Kong) - $55,456.66
  3. Nikita Kuznetsov (Montenegro) - $40,096.25
  4. "ShowTheForce" (Ukraine) - $28,990.40
  5. "paidosolver" (Brazil) - $20,960.65
  6. Tom "Tom_Poker_NL" Talboom (Netherlands) - $15,154.95
  7. Gheorghe Butuc (Moldova) - $10,957.33
  8. Robert "Ham Sandwich" Cohen (Argentina) - $7,870.37

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