Nahrain Tamero Wins 2020 Online Championship

Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero won the $1K NLHE Championship online at WSOP.com

Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero isn’t the best-known poker player in the world but he’s a WSOP champion. Tamero is the new 2020 WSOP Championship winning, an accolade that came with a $310,832 prize and a gold bracelet.

Some 1,455 unique players rebought 671 times between then to create a 2,126-strong field. The top 330 finishers shared the massive $2,019,700 prize pool. Max “Mawkswell” Young was the unfortunate bubble boy, his exit locked up $1,616 for the surviving players.

Tamero went under the radar as reporters focussed on some of the bigger names in the field. These fell by the wayside and included Tom Marchese, Brian Rast, and Allen Kessler. Eric Baldwin, Joe McKeehen, Anthony Zinno, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson and Ryan Riess also cashed.

$25,650 was the least anyone could win at the final table. Tamero found himself third in chips, behind leader Brian “foxxx” Kirchhoff and Andrew “WATCHGUY42” Lichtenberger.

Tamero Claims First Final Table Casualty

The final nine became eight when the Ac-9d of Tamero prevailed against the Kd-Qc of Kevin “SpecialK333” Calenzo. Lichtenberger busted Michael “merlot” Bailey with As-Td versus Ah-9c to leave seven players in the hunt for the title.

Seventh-place and $43,423 went to Arian “4632647” Stolt who was the short stack. Stolt moved all-in for less than three big blinds with Th-9h. Lichtenberger called on the button with As-9s to put Stolt at risk. Stole flopped an open-ended straight draw and Lichtenberger top pair. That pair held to send Stolt to the showers.

Greg “Bubblealot” Wish lost a coinflip against Norman “abnormality” Michalek to crash out in sixth. Tamero claimed the tournament life of Edan “goatplaya” Sucov soon after. It was a hand that put Tamero towards the top of the chip counts.

The final four became three with the elimination of Kirchhoff. Michalek busted Kirchhoff before he sent Lichtenberger home in third.

Michalek held a 30,523,704 to 11,996,296 chip lead over Tamero. Tamero expertly picked off two bluffs to claim the lead for himself.

The final hand took place at the 250,000/500,000/50,000a level. Tamero raised to 1,000,000 and Michalek called. Michalek check-raised Tamero’s 1,000,000 continuation bet on an 8d-6d-Kc flop. The Qd turn saw Michalek lead for 2,750,000 and Tamero call. Michalek jammed for 5,677,408 on the Ts river only to be snap-called.

Tamero showed Kd-8s for two pair, Michalek could only muster 5s-4d for, well, nothing.

Place Player Prize
1 Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero $310,832
2 Norman “abnormality” Michalek $192,073
3 Andrew “WATCHGUY42” Lichtenberger $140,167
4 Brian “foxxx” Kichhoff $103,207
5 Edan “goatplaya” Sucov $76,749
6 Greg “Bubblealot” Wish $57,561
7 Arian “4632647” Stolt $43,424
8 Michael “merlot” Bailey $33,123
9 Kevin “SpecialK333” Calenzo $25,650

Full List of 2020 WSOP.com Bracelet

Event Entrants Champion Prize
#1: $500 NLHE Kick-Off 1,715 Jonathan Dokler $130,426
#2: $1,000 NLHE 8-Max Deepstack 919 Louis Lynch $168,586
#3: $400 NLHE 2,091 Robert Kuhn $115,850
#4: $500 NLHE Super Turbo 1,179 Matthew Bode $97,091
#5: $1,000 NLHE Freezeout 854 Allen Chang $161,286
#6: $600 PLO8 6-Handed 833 Nathan Gamble $89,424
#7: $800 NLHE Knockout Deepstack 989 Joon Kim $103,127
#8: $800 NLHE Freezeout 1,479 Alan Goehring $119,399
#9: $1,000 NLHE 6-Max 1,026 Ron McMillen $188,214
#10: $600 NLHE MonsterStack 1,505 Ryan Torgersen $172,361
#11: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack 6-Max 1,691 Raman Afanasenka $128,601
#12: $500 NLHE The BIG 500 2,427 Ryan Depaulo $159,563
#13: $1,500 NLHE High Roller Freezeout 649 Michael Lech $164,249
#14: $3,200 NLHE High Roller 496 Joe McKeehen $352,985
#15: $1,000 PLO High Roller 663 Guy Dunlap $133,780
#16: $500 NLHE Turbo 1,528 Terrell Cheatham $116,204
#17: $777 NLHE 1,382 Pat Lyons $173,551
#18: $1,000 NLHE 8-Max DeepStack 987 Scott Hempel $181,060
#19: $400 NLHE 2,545 Kenny Huynh $133,857
#20: $500 PLO 6-Handed 1,137 Kevin Gerhart $97,572
#21 $777 NLHE 6-Handed 1,361 Tony Dunst $168,342
#22: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack 1,579 Allan Cheung $120,083
#23: $500 NLHE Knockout 1,452 Raymond Avant $97,572
#24: $400 NLHE 8-Handed 2,408 Nick Binger $133,413
#25: $500 NLHE Summer Saver 1,484 Nicholas Kiley $149,245
#26: $500 NLHE Grand Finale 2,502 Ethan Yau $164,494
#27: $400 NLHE Freezeout 1,940 Ian Steinman $110,557
#28: $1,000 PLO Hi-Lo 6-Max 525 William Romaine $110,673
#29: $2,000 NLHE Deepstack 747 Nick Guagenti $305,433
#30: $500 NLHE Senior’s Event 720 Jonathan Lessin $64,411
#31: $1,000 NLHE Championship 2,126 Nahrain Tamero $310,832
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