Jeffrey Dobrin is the latest player to capture a gold bracelet during the World Series of Poker Online. Dobrin overcame a field of 2,408 entries to take down the ’People’s Choice Event – Pros Vote’, which turned out to be a $600 buy-in six-max no-limit hold’em tournament. The American secured his first bracelet and the top prize of $189,666 for the win.
“Looks like the SIM allows for occasional bright spots in 2020, after all,” Dobrin said in post on Twitter after coming out on top. “Special thanks to George Wolff, for helping fix my game during quarantine.”
This is the largest recorded score of Dobrin’s career, surpassing the $160,496 he earned as the fourth-place finisher in the $777 buy-in no-limit hold’em event at the 2015 WSOP. He had previously won a WSOP Circuit ring, taking down a $365 buy-in event during the 2016 stop at Bally’s.
While this event played six-handed throughout the day, the final table began with nine players remaining. Dobrin held the lead at that time, with Vahe Martirosyan and Marc MacDonnell on the next largest stacks. Six-time bracelet winner Chris Ferguson made the final table in the middle of the pack, but lost a big pot early on against Martirosyan to fall towards the bottom of the chip counts. He ultimately finished in ninth place, earning $14,404 for his 16th in-the-money finish of the WSOPO.
Hiroki Morishita (8th – $20,034) and Arvhin Malinab (7th – $27,863) were eliminated next to set up the six-handed final table. The first big confrontation among the final six saw Dobrin get all-in preflop with AQ against the 1010 of Sergio Veloso. Dobrin won the race by flopping a pair of aces and Veloso was knocked out in sixth place ($38,752).
Ireland’s Marc MacDonnell was the next to hit the rail. He got all-in with 87 and found himself facing the JJ of Joao Santos, which made quads on the turn to leave MacDonell drawing dead. He took home $53,897 as the fifth-place finisher.
Despite scoring that knockout, Santos soon followed MacDonnell to the virtual sidelines. He called all-in from the big blind with KQ facing a button shove from Idris Ambraisse. The French player was ahead with AJ, which held up through an eighth-high runout to send Santos packing in fourth place ($74,960).
Vahe Martirosyan was left short after losing a big pot with flopped two pair against the turned trips of Ambraisse. Martirosyan’s last chips ultimately went into the middle with QJ. He was called and at risk against the KQ of Dobrin. The board came down K8443 and Martirosyan settled for $104,255 as the third-place finisher.
Heads-up play began with Ambraisse holding 33.3 million to Dobrin’s 26.9 million. The American was able to seize the lead in time for the preflop cooler that ended the event Ambraisse got all-in with 99 from the button and found himself up against the KK of Dobrin. The 86235 runout secured the pot and the title for Dobrin, while Ambraisse was awarded $144,998 as the runner-up.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:
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