Canadian Stasiak Collects Second Bracelet of 2020 WSOP

The WSOP 2020 Online was an experiment in many respects, the first attempt to put the entire World Series of Poker online…in two places. The first portion was on the WSOP’s own site in a part of the US market, but Canada and much of the rest of the international market got a taste of the WSOP 2020 Online when action began in mid-June.

As reported shortly thereafter, Canadian players came out fighting in the series. One of them even won a WSOP gold bracelet from the US market. And then there was Kristen Bicknell, the Ontario native who won her third career WSOP bracelet just last week on GGPoker.

Now, Canadian Alek Stasiak is the only player in the entire series thus far to win a second gold bracelet in THIS series. He started off by winning the second event of the GGPoker portion of the 2020 WSOP, and yesterday, he won another one.

Starting with a Charity Tournament

The first WSOP 2020 event offered on GGPoker last month was the Opener, a $100 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament. But the second – technically #33 in the entire 2020 series – was a $1,111 buy-in NLHE tournament called the Every 1 for Covid Relief event.

Established to benefit the Caesars Cares organization, which was established this year as a way to help members of the Caesars Entertainment family in dozens of casinos that suffered due to temporary property closures. This all stemmed from the coronavirus pandemic and the shuttering of casinos in mid-March 2020 to stop the spread of the virus.

From the buy-in, $1,000 went into the prize pool, and the other $111 was set aside for Caesars Cares. In the end, the players raised $257,853 for the charity, and GGPoker added another $96,903 to bring the entire donation to $354,756.

Meanwhile, players competed as normal because there was a coveted WSOP gold bracelet on the line, along with a substantial amount from the prize pool.

The tournament numbers were:

  • Total entries: 2,323
  • Total prize pool: $2,580,853
  • Paid players: 332
  • Minimum payout: $2,249

Stasiak, playing as “astazz,” did not hold chip-leader status going into the final table of nine players, but he held his own as players departed. Harry Lodge maintained his lead over the table until he Stasiak took over and ousted Lodge in third place. Stasiak had fewer chips than Martin Ilobera when heads-up play began, but Stasiak doubled up on the first hand and dominated from there. Stasiak took A-6 into the final hand against pocket deuces, and an ace on the flop took Stasiak to victory.

That victory was worth $343,203.53.

According to PokerNews, Quebec is home for Stasiak. He plays live at Playground Poker Club and has done so since 2013, but it was through online poker skills that he won his first WSOP bracelet.

Claiming a Second Win

This week, as the WSOP 2020 Online continued, Event 52 offered a $1K buy-in for a straight-up NLHE tournament with reentries. When registration closed, the numbers were:

  • Total entries: 2,006
  • Total prize pool: $1,905,700
  • Paid players: 278
  • Minimum payout: $2,214

Stasiak was the shortest of the stacks going into the final table. He climbed out of that spot but doubled up during four-handed play to take the chip lead. He eliminated the next two players to take a two-to-one lead as heads-up action began. Kunal Bhatia did take the lead once during the match, but Stasiak came back and busted him to win.

The victory delivered $273,505, a WSOP Europe prize package, and a second gold bracelet.

Not only is Alek Stasiak the first player to win two WSOP titles this year, he is the first to ever win two online bracelets in the WSOP.

 

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen

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