Jason Gooch Wins First Bracelet After Tough WSOP Online Finale

June 28th, 2019 | by Greg Shaun

Jason Gooch has bounced back from a narrow defeat to win the World Series of Poker (WSOP) online double stack event.

Jason Gooch has won his first WSOP bracelet after taking down the $1,000 double stack online Hold’em event. (Image: World Poker Tour)

With a second-place finish in the WSOP.com $600 Pot Limit Omaha event to his name, Gooch didn’t waste his latest opportunity.

Anteing up in the $1,000 Hold’em double stack, the American had to battle through a field of 1,333 to win his first WSOP bracelet.

Home Advantage Helps Gooch

After cutting his way through an international mix of players, Gooch started the final table with the chip lead. However, with veteran pro Max Pescatori among the final nine, winning wasn’t going to be easy.

Fortunately for the American, his Italian counterpart didn’t last more than a few hands.

With a short stack and J7, Pescatori made a move. Despite having live cards, the WSOP bracelet winner couldn’t catch a break against the K9of Anthony Augustino or the K9 of Dario Sammartino.

With two tough players picking up chips, the heat was on Gooch to make a move. To compound matters, Italy’s second all-time money winner Sammartino was on a tear.

Dispatching with Ran Koller to leave just five in the mix, it looked as though the Italian would take home the title. However, the combined efforts of Gooch and Augustino finally pushed out Sammartino in fourth.

Three-handed, Brian Wood was the surprise package. Picking up unwanted pots and maneuvering himself into the lead, he quickly became the man to beat.

First to try and take down the chip leader was Augustino. Moving all-in from the small bling with Q6, the American was in trouble against Wood’s KQ.

Aggression Wins Gooch WSOP Title

With the board offering no help, it was down to two. Needing to redress the balance, Gooch was aggressive from the start. Pushing the pace, he finally caught a break with trip fours.

Moving in on the turn, the name known as TheBigGift was unbeatable. As the inconsequential river fell, Wood’s avatar faded to grey and Gooch scooped the final pot.

Event #55 WSOP.com $1,000 Double Stack Hold’em Result

1 – Jason Gooch – $241,493

2 – Brian Wood- $148,453

3 – Anthony Augustino – $104,980

4 – Dario Sammartino – $75,095

5 – Timothy Wong – $54,453

6 – Ran Koller – $40,143

7 – Gianluca Speranza – $29,886

8 – Justin Liberto – $22,541

9 – Max Pescatori – $17,349

As well as winning his first WSOP bracelet, Gooch now stands as the biggest online winner of the Series. By picking up $241,493 for his efforts, his surpassed this year’s other big winners, including Upeshka De Silva.


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