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AJ Kelsall Crowned WSOP.com Global Casino Championship Champion
Three-time WSOP Circuit ring winner AJ “RandyLerch” Kelsall is the new WSOP.com Global Casino Championship champion. Kelsall walked away with $275,632 and yet another poker title.
Only 130 players competed in the $1 million guaranteed event because of the rules surrounding entry. The tournament was only open to players who won a WSOP Circuit Main Event or finishing as Casino Champ. Anyone who won a ring during the season or finished in the top 100 of the WSOP Player of the Year race could buy in for $10,000.
Those 130 entrants fought it out to finish in the top 20 places where the $1,070,000 prize pool was awarded. British Pro Adam “nonce” Owen burst the money bubble. Owen got his stack in with Ac-Tc on a Kc-Jc-6d flop against Matt “RubberFist” Stout. Stout called with 6s-6d and his set of sixes held to pop the bubble.
Final Table Set; Kelsall Sixth In Chips
Frank “spaghettiii” Marasco was the first casualty of the final table. His eighth-place exited resulted in a $31,672 prize.
Ethans busted Negreanu to set the final table but couldn’t put those chips to good use. He came unstuck when he got his stack in with 7c-7d on a 6s-2s-8d flop. Michael “annie_r_u_ok” Trivett called with 8s-6h. Another eight landed on the turn and Ethans headed for the exits.
Former poker reporter Sam “Bickdutt69” Cosby fell in sixth and banked $49,541. Cosby open-shoved for a shade over four big blinds with Ah-5c. Unfortunately for Cosby, Brad “bd3303” Albrinck woke up with Ad-Ac and made the simple call. Cosby didn’t crack those aces and the final table lost another player.
The final five became four with the elimination of Shawn “Saygoodnight” Daniels. Daniels started the final table as the chip lead but he simply ran out of steam. His exit came from pushing all-in for 6.5 big blinds with Ah-5c. Kelsall called with the dominating Ac-Kh, which won courtesy of his king-kicker.
That hand gave Kelsall the chip lead, although he didn’t it for long. This is because Trivett sent Michael “miw210x” Wang home in fourth. Trivett called Wang’s shove with Ac-9c and had the Ah-8d of Wang out-kicked. That nine-kicker came into play, Wang crashed out and Trivett took over the lead.
Another Scalp For The Eventual Champion
Kelsall sent Albrinck to the rail in third, which sent the game into the heads-up stage. Kelsall open-shoved from the small blind with what turned out to be 4d-4s. Albrinck called all-in from the big blind with Ad-Js and it was off to the races. The Qs-4c-Jc flop put the ball firmly in Kelsall’s court. Neither the 9c turn or Th river provided any drama and Albrinck exited. Third-place weighed in at $120,161, the first six-figure prize of this tournament.
Anything can happen when the tournament is heads-up but having a chip lead gives you a significant advantage. Kelsall enjoyed exactly that, holding 5,584,352 chips to Trivett’s 2,215,648.
The final hand saw both players get their stack in on a flop reading 7s-Ah-4h. Trivett held 7c-4c for two pair with Kelsall and his 5s-3s needing some help. Help arrived on the 2h turn, which improved Kelsall to a straight. Trivett needed a four or seven on the river to double up. The 8d was the river card and it sent Trivett to the showers, albeit with $170,344 in tow.
Another superb result for Kelsall who padded his bankroll with $275,632, a career-best score.
2020 Global Casino Championship Final Table Results
|1||AJ “RandyLerch” Kelsall||$275,632|
|2||Michael “annie_r_u_ok” Trivett||$170,344|
|3||Brad “bd3303” Albrinck||$120,161|
|4||Michael “miw210x” Wang||$87,098|
|5||Shawn “Saygoodnight” Daniels||$64,735|
|6||Sam “BickDutt69” Cosby||$49,541|
|7||Eric “powwow” Ethans||$39,055|
|8||Frank “spaghettiii” Marasco||$31,672|