Big-name pros such as Chris Moorman, Daniel Negreanu, and Mikita Badziakouski ran deep in WSOP Online Bracelet Series Event #58, a one-day tournament on GGPoker. But it was Ravid Garbi who emerged victorious in this 672-player, $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max Championship tournament. He won $531,513 and his first World Series of Poker bracelet.
Garbi, an Israeli poker player, earned life-changing money. His previous WSOP resume includes just three cashes — two in 2016 and one in 2018. He cashed in the $10,000 Main Event in Las Vegas in 2018, an 836th place-finish for $18,340, far and away his biggest score in any live poker tournament.
Though he has just $29,132 in live tournament cashes, Garbi now also has a mid-six-figure online poker score, and he joins an exclusive club of players who own World Series of Poker bracelets.
Winning a WSOP Online Bracelet Never an Easy Task
In the process of winning his first bracelet, Garbi eluded a field full of sharks, including Badziakouski, who might be the best young superstar in poker. “Badz” took seventh place for $84,299, his second close call this summer. The poker pro from Belarus also finished in second place in WSOP Online Bracelet Series Event #43, $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em for $210,249.
Badziakouski doesn’t often compete in World Series of Poker events, but when he cashes, he almost always runs deep. Of his six cashes in bracelet events, he reached the final table in five of them.
Badziakouski wasn’t the only accomplished star poker player at the $5,000 6-max final table. Chris Moorman, an author and online poker great, was the runner-up, earning $398,393. The British pro was shooting for his second bracelet. He won his first in 2017 in a similar event — $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max ($498,682).
Players from eight countries reached the final table, including Alan Schein, the lone American, who was finished in ninth for $45,293. Preben Stokkan, one of the top players from Norway, took third, which was good for $292,021.
Busting right before him was Urmo Velvelt from Estonia, who earned $214,051 for his efforts. Ludovic Geilich, who like Moorman is from the United Kingdom, rounded out the top 5, winning $156,898.
Numerous other poker stars cashed in this $5,000 buy-in event, but failed to reach the final table. That list includes Daniel Negreanu, Brandon Adams, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, David Peters, and Connor Drinan.
The 2020 WSOP Online Bracelet continues until Sep. 6 when the $25 million guaranteed Main Event concludes. That massive tournament begins on Aug. 16.