Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim is the most recent champion decided during the 2020 World Series of Poker Online series. The Thousand Oaks, California resident overcame a field of 989 total entries in the $800 buy-in no-limit hold’em knockout deepstack event to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $103,127. This knockout event saw $200 awarded for each player eliminated. Kim busted a total of 15 players to add $3,000 in bounties to his total earnings for the event.
The top 143 finishers made the money in this event, with plenty of big names making deep runs including David ‘dwpoker’ Williams (104th – $961), Nipun ‘javatini’ Java (103rd – $961), Brian ‘JackBogle’ Altman (86th – $1,122), Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout (80th – $1,228), Jared ‘DarrensRabbi’ Jaffee (56th – $1,495), Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia (51st – $1,762), Ben ‘WhyIsGamora’ Yu (34th – $2,403), Ryan ‘bitc0in’ Riess (33rd – $2,403), Peter ‘easypeazy’ Hengsakul (15th – $4,486), Layne ‘scoop87’ Flack (13th – $4,486), and Frank ‘spaghettiiii’ Marasco (12th – $5,661).
When the final table began, poker commentator Jeff ‘mavsusc’ Platt held the chip lead, with Kim sitting in second place among the final nine players. Joseph ‘thehofffx’ Hoffman was the first player to hit the virtual rail after he lost a preflop race with A-K up against the pocket jacks of Lee ‘smallmytable’ Gale. Hoffman earned $7,316 as the ninth-place finisher. A few minutes later, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric ‘circleball’ Baldwin shoved with 109 from the cutoff. Jonathan ‘fan_sawyer21’ Love called for less with A10 on the button. Baldwin paired his nine on the turn and held from there to knock Love out in eighth place ($9,560).
Kim secured his first bounty at the final table by taking down a massive pot against Platt. It folded to Kim in the small blind and he moved all-in with Q9. Platt called off his last 3,312,484 with K2. The board came down Q10834 and Kim’s pair of queens was enough to send the poker commentator and former NBA reporter home with $12,657 for his seventh-place showing.
Kim followed that hand up with another knockout. Gale moved all-in from the button for around 2.8 million with KK and Kim called holding A9 from the big blind. Neither player improved and Gale was eliminated in sixth place ($16,983).
2018 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder main event runner-up Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman was the next to get involved in a big all-in confrontation. He shoved all-in for just shy of 3 million from the cutoff holding AJ, only to run into the KK of Stephen ‘bunsamillion’ McManus in the big blind. McManus flopped top set and held from there to knock Steinman out in fifth place ($23,178).
2009 Card Player Player of the Year award winner Eric Baldwin secured the next knockout, picking up A-K and calling the all-in of Jason ‘Gunner_Q10’ Gunn, who held J10. Ace-king high was enough by the river to earn the pot for Baldwin. Gunn took home $32,044 as the fifth-place finisher. Despite winning that big pot, Baldwin was the next player to hit the rail. He three-bet all-in over the top of a button raise from Kim, only to have Kim call with AA. Baldwin was at risk with 77. The board ran out KQ455 and Baldwin busted in third place ($44,914).
With that Kim took roughly a 5:1 chip lead into heads-up play with McManus. By the time the final hand was dealt, McManus was down to his last seven big blinds. Kim shoved from the button with the K9 and McManus called all-in with Q7. The K522A board gave Kim the winning two pair to secure the pot and the title. McManu cashed for $63,767.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:
|1||Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim||$103,127||$3,000|
|2||Stephen ‘bunsamillion’ McManus||$63,767||$2,000|
|3||Eric ‘CircleBall’ Baldwin||$44,914||$1,600|
|4||Jason ‘Gunner_Q10’ Gunn||$32,044||$1,800|
|5||Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman||$23,178||$1,400|
|6||Lee ‘smallmytable’ Gale||$16,983||$1,400|
|7||Jeff ‘mavsusc’ Platt||$12,657||$2,400|
|8||Jonathan ‘fan_sawyer21’ Love||$9,560||$1,200|
|9||Joseph ‘thehofffx’ Hoffman||$7,316||$1,400|
Platt photo credit: WSOP.