Alan Goehring Gets His First WSOP Bracelet as Gold Rush Continues Online

July 10th, 2020 | by Kaycee James

The WSOP’s online bracelet race continued to pick up steam this week as familiar names and emerging stars stepped into the limelight.

Alan Goehring

Veteran pro Alan Goehring picked up his first WSOP bracelet after winning the eighth event of this year’s online series. (Image: WSOP)

Following recent winners Jonathan Dokler, Robert Kuhn, Matt Bode, and Allen Chang into the winner’s circle on July 7 was Nathan Gamble.

The aptly named army vet topped a field of 833 players to win the $600 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (PLO8) event. It was the first non-Hold’em MTT of the 2020 WSOP Online, but it was far from Gamble’s first rodeo.

Army Vet Proves His PLO8 Prowess

The Texan won his first WSOP bracelet playing PLO8 in 2017. Beating almost exactly the same number of players on that occasion (830), Gamble won the $1,500 event to take home $223,339.

His latest victory wasn’t quite as lucrative, but it was no less significant. Heading into the final table, Simon Lam was the man to watch. With five cashes from six events, he’s become one of the rising stars of the WSOP Online this year.

However, after getting it in with kings on a queen-high flop, he was sent packing when Shane Daniels spiked an ace. Next to fall were Timothy Batow and Tom Schwartz, before Gamble made his presence felt.

Having dispatched with Schwartz, the retired serviceman ousted John Esposito with a flush. That hand gave Gamble an 8:1 chip lead over Daniels heads-up.

The final hand saw Daniels all-in with K♥K♣Q♣Q♦. With the board showing J♠7♦6♠, he was ahead of Gamble’s A♠T♦5♠3♥. However, the 5♦ on the turn and 4♦ on the river gave Gamble a straight and his second WSOP bracelet.

As another winner etched his name in poker history, Joon Kim was taking gold in the $800 No Limit Hold’em Knockout Deepstack. A strong performance on July 8 saw him top the 989-player field to take home $103,127.

Poker Vet Finally Bags WSOP Bracelet

Next up to the podium was poker veteran Alan Goehring. While he may not be as well known to some as the likes of Doyle Brunson or Phil Ivey, Goehring has been grinding at the highest level for more than two decades.

His list of accomplishments dates back to 1997 and includes two WPT titles. However, until now, a WSOP bracelet has eluded him. The closest he’d come previously was a second-place finish in the 1999 WSOP Main Event.

All that changed on July 9 when he won the $500 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout. Although he might not have won a bracelet in the way he expected, Goehring had to beat 1,478 players to get it, including Phil Hellmuth, Kevin MacPhee, and Steve Gross.

The long-time pro’s seminal moment came when he turned the nut flush with A♣3♣. With his opponent, Ross Gottlieb holding a straight, it was all over before the river, meaning Goehring took home $119,400 and his first WSOP title.

Rounding out the recent batch of winners was Ron McMillen. The live tournament grinder came out top in Event #9, the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max, to win healthy $188,214.


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