8-Time WSOP-C Ring Winner Michael Lech Banks Bracelet

Michael lech now has a WSOP bracelet to go with the eight circuit rings he has to his name

Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech finally got his hands on a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet after crushing the WSOP circuit. Lech triumphed in the Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout and walked away with $164,249.

Lech is one of the most successful players on the WSOP Circuit. The man from Arkansas has eight WSOPC rings to his name, with five coming in different countries. He’s won more than $1.3 million from live tournaments and this victory was his seventh cash of the online series.

The nine finalists sat down with Sean “SPS8710” Seifert in a commanding position. Seifert held 5,421,996 chips with Connor “666666” Drinan his nearest rival with 2,055,573. Lech found himself in the middle of the pack with a 1,348,314 stack.

Fast Start For Lech at the Final Table

Lech sent Michael “wsopmd” Dolle to the rail in ninth-place. Dolle pushed his short stack of 8.3 big blinds into the middle with Ah-7d and Lech called with Qs-Qd. Dolle paired his eight but it wasn’t enough to stay in the tournament.

Megan “wolverine17” Milburn busted in eighth to make the tournament an all-male affair. The last female player in the event can count herself unlucky because her chips went in with Ac-Qs against “Bingoooo” who held Ah-Jh. A jack on the flop saw Bingooo come from behind and reduce the player count by one.

Bingooo claimed another scale when their Ac-6c prevailed against the 8h-6h of Christopher “pokeher2014” Fuchs.

The final six became five with the elimination of one of the game’s elite grinders. Connor “666666” Drinan open-jammed for his last 8.8 big blinds with Ac-8d. This move would usually result in winning the blinds and antes but not this time. Why? Because William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine woke up with As-Kd in the big blind. Neither player improved but Romaine didn’t need to. Game over for Drinan.

Eliminations continued coming and Paul “ToTheMoon” Dewald became a casualty. Romaine raised to 627,347 from the cutoff with blinds 80,000/160,000/16,000a. Dewald called all-in and flipped over 5s-5d. Romaine turned over Ad-2h and flopped an ace to send Dewald home in fifth.

Fourth-place and $56,599 went to “Bingooo”. Seifert sent him to the showers when his black sixes held against Bingooo’s ace-five.

Lech Second in Chips With Three Players Remaining

Eight-time WSOP-C ring winner Lech was second in chips when play was three-handed but soared into the chip lead when he busted Seifert. Seifert lost the majority of his stack to Romaine one hand early. The rest of his stack, 707,010, went into the middle holding Qc-7h. Lech called from the big blind with 8h-5d as it was only 467,010 more chips. The board ran Ac-Jd-6s-4d-7s to gift Lech a straight.

This gave Lech a 9,701,510 to 6,523,290 chip lead over Romaine and it didn’t take long to settle the tournament.

The final hand saw Lech min-raise to 560,000 with Ah-Ks and Romaine call with Tc-8s. The flop fell Kc-Td-3d, Romaine checked, Lech continued for 868,000 and Romaine check-shoved for 4,898,980. Lech called and watched on as the Qs and 7h landed on the turn and river, gifting him his first WSOP bracelet.

Place Player Prize
1 Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech $164,249
2 William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine $110,979
3 Sean “SPS8710” Seifert $77,408
4 “Bingooo” $56,599
5 Paul “ToTheMoon” Dewald $40,599
6 Connor “666666” Drinan $29,964
7 Christopher “pokerher2014” Fuchs $22,381
8 Megan “wolverine17” Milburn $18,404
9 Michael “wsopmd” Dolle $14,982

2020 WSOP.com Bracelet Winners So Far

Event Entrants Champion Prize
Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Kick-Off 1,715 Jonathan Dokler $130,426
Event #2: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Deepstack 919 Louis Lynch $168,586
Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 2,091 Robert Kuhn $115,850
Event #4: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo 1,179 Matthew Bode $97,091
Event #5: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout 854 Allen Chang $161,286
Event #6: $600 PLO8 6-Handed 833 Nathan Gamble $89,424
Event #7: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Deepstack 989 Joon Kim $103,127
Event #8: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout 1,479 Alan Goehring $119,399
Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max 1,026 Ron McMillen $188,214
Event #10: $600 No-Limit Hold’em MonsterStack 1,505 Ryan Torgersen $172,361
Event #11: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack 6-Max 1,691 Raman Afanasenka $128,601
Event #12: $500 No-Limit Hold’em The BIG 500 2,427 Ryan Depaulo $159,563
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout 649 Michael Lech $164,249
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