Nick Maimone Secures His First WSOP Bracelet and $302,472

Nick Maimone won his first WSOP bracelet by triumphing in the $1,500 Marathon NL Hold'em event

Nick Maimone is the latest player to get his hands on a 2020 WSOP Online bracelet. Maimone has come close to winning a bracelet on several occasions and he now has one.

The man from Rutherfordton, North Carolina may not be well-known to some of you reading this article. Rest assured, however, Maimone is a superb poker player. He’s won more than $2.15 million from live poker tournaments. He also won several million dollars from online poker where he is usually known as “FU_15”.

A field of 1,438-entries gathered at the GGPoker tables for the $1,500 Marathon No-Limit Hold’em. It certainly was a marathon because the tournament took more than 13.5 hours to complete. The tournament paid out $3,243 as a min-cash with a final table appearance boosting this to $24,190.

The final table started with Ermo “PublicEnemy7” Kosk as the chip leader. Maimone languished in sixth-place, although he still had a healthy stack at his disposal.

It didn’t take too long for the first elimination. Bert “ILOVECATS” Stevens open-shoved for 13 big blind from the cutoff with Kh-Qs. Nikolay “PROMsGT” Motsenko called from the small blind with Ad-As to leave Stevens needing some help. That help never arrived and while Stevens loves cats, he sure hates aces.

Motsenko claimed another tournament life when he busted Erik “FortySixand2” Lemarquand in eighth-place. All the chips went in on a 5h-9c-3h flop, Lemarquand holding only Ts-9s. Motsenko turned over Ks-Kh, which held, and Lemarquand crashed out despite starting the final table second in chips.

Maimone Ladders Up Among The Carnage

Maimone continued going about his business quietly and efficiently, slowly laddering up. He locked up more cash when Murilo “RaiseBluff” Nascimento busted in seventh place. Kosk opened with a raise with Th-8h and called when Nascimento three-bet all-in for 8.5 big blinds. Nascimento showed Qd-Qc and looked set for a timely double. That was until Kosk turned an ace-high straight to send Nascimento to the showers.

Kosk lost a massive pot shortly after that hand. The Estonian four-bet all-in with Ts-Th and ran straight into the As-Ad of Giovani “Mandjocka” Torre. The five community cards provided little in the way of drama and Kosk was left nursing a short stack.

The last of Kosk’s chips went in against Maimone. Kosk pushed all-in for four big blinds from the small blind. Maimone instantly called, as would you had you been dealt Ks-Kh. Qh-7c is all Kosk could muster and he busted in sixth despite flopping a queen.

Sebastian “Mustlaaaveit” Sikorski has crushed online poker tournaments for more than a decade. He ran out of luck in this event in fifth-place, however. Sikorski jammed 17.7 big blinds into the middle of the table from the small blind. He made the move with Ad-2d. Diego “JaxTeller” Bittar called with the dominating Ah-Kh to put Sikorski at risk. Bittar’s ace-king remained the best hand and the tournament lost another star.

Motsenko Busts In Fourth; Eventual Champion Claims Chip Lead

The chip lead went to Maimone when he busted Motsenko in fourth-place. Bittar min-raised to 480,000, Maimone three-bet to 1,080,000, before Motsenko four-bet all-in for 3,246,000. Bittar folded but Maimone called.

It was Ah-Jd for Motsenko and Qc-Qh for Maimone. A ten-high board saw the queens remain true and Motsenko headed into the night.

Bittar doubled through Maimone before the latter won those chips back. Heads-up was set when Torre’s Kd-9s couldn’t get there against Maimone’s Qs-6h for Torre’s last 10 bigs.

The heads-up stacks were pretty even although Maimone had a narrow lead. He won a massive pot early on with a straight versus two pair and never looked back.

Victory was Maimone’s when Bittar limped with Ac-5d before calling off his last 8,500,000 when Maimone set him all-in with what turned out to be Ks-8h. The 6d-Th-Kh flop left Bittar drawing thin. Matters grew worse with the 6s turn and he busted on the Jd river. A valiant fight from Bittar who collected $228,212 for his efforts.

Maimone, on the other hand, scooped $302,472 plus a $15,000 WSOP Europe package and a WSOP bracelet.

Event #69: $1,500 Marathon No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Results

Place Player Country prize
1 Nick “rdcrsn” Maimone Canada $302,472
2 Diego “JaxTeller” Bittar Brazil $228,212
3 Giovani “Mandjocka” Torre Germany $165,613
4 nikolay “PROMsGT” Motsenko Russia $120,186
5 Sebastian “Mustlaaaveit” Sikorski Canada $87,219
6 Ermo “PublicEnemy7” Kosk Estonia $63,295
7 Murilo “RaiseBluff” Nascimento Brazil $45,933
8 Erik “FortySixand2” Lemarquand Canada $33,334
9 Bert “ILOVECATS” Stevens Mexico $24,190

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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