Weekend Hit and Run: Bracelets for Hempel, Lyons, the WSOP on GG, and Negreanu Vlogs

“World Famous” Pat Lyons and Scott Hempel are the latest WSOP bracelet winners. The WSOP on GGPoker hits a snag. And Negreanu, Berkey, and Brad Owen keep the vlogs a’coming. We have all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.


Pat Lyons, Scott Hempel Claim Online Gold

Pat Lyons has now joined the illustrious list of players that have a World Poker Tour title and a WSOP gold bracelet. That’s because on Friday, Lyons won the 2020 WSOP Online Event #17: $777 No-Limit Hold’em for a solid $173,551 and the WSOP bracelet. Lyons largest score was the 2016 WPT Legends of Poker for almost five times that amount, but this might be the highlight of his poker career thus far. Other big name players to cash in the event include Dan “PepperPrince” Zack (147th – $1,257.62), Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu (123rd – $1,354.36), Robert “NeverEven” Peacock (79th – $1,934.80), Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva (50th – $2,902.20), Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng (26th – $5,127.22), Andrew “PintoPedro” Donabedian (17th – $6,288.10), Roland “prngls12” Israelashvili (12th – $10,060.96) and Michael “joebiden” Klein (10th – $10,060.96).

Here are the final table payouts courtesy of PokerNews:

Searching for WSOP gold


And of course the following day, there was another new winner. And that winner was poker pro Scott Hempel who conquered the the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Event #18: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Turbo DeepStack and took home an impressive $181,060 for his efforts. Incredibly, Scott also made the final table the night before when Lyons won.

Once again big names to cash include Roland “prngls12” Israelashvili (133rd – $1,594), Event #1 champ Jonathan “art.vandelay” Dokler (107th – $1,687.77), Phil “Lumestackin” Hellmuth (97th – $1,781.53), Ryan “joeyisamush” Depaulo (84th – $1,969.06), Max “MaxSparrow” Pescatori (52nd – $3,094.24), Erica “huckcheevers” Lindgren (38th – $3,563.07), Ryan “bitc0in” Riess (32nd – $4,219.42), Eric “stackattack5” Salazer (14th – $7,876.26), and final table bubble boy Dave “dunningkrugr” Alfa (9th – $12,845.80).

And the final table:

8 handed Final


Congrats to all the winners! And be sure to follow PokerNews and for live updates. And this week new events on GGPoker will also begin.

Quick Hitters

-Over on the World Poker Tour’s website, Tony Dunst is giving some tips on how you can qualify for the big WPT events coming up on PartyPoker. Check out the article and accompanying video.

-Poker’s really about chasing that dollar, and Tim Duckworth has an excellent article on PokerCentral talking about just that. It was a simple question on Twitter that generated fantastic replies. “What’s the highest stakes poker you’ve played? How’d it go?”

-Heading over to, the numbers are in for online poker traffic, and they’re… fine. “New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware online casino numbers came back to reality a bit in June. Despite a decline, all three states continue to show impressive numbers.”

-Over on PokerNews, the story that’s all the rage right now is the WSOP on GGPoker. And Yori Eskamp has a great article entitled “10 Reasons Why the WSOP Online on GGPoker Will Be HUGE (…And Three Why It Won’t Be).” It’s a good luck at all the reasons why this series should break records. But emphasis on “should.”

-And finally, if you thought we weren’t going to include a link to an article on, then you’ve got another thing coming, buddy. And this week Robbie is featuring an article by Tadas Peckaitis talking about the “Top 3 Non-Poker Games that Poker Players Love to Play.” Let’s face it, poker players first love probably wasn’t poker. And almost all of them also enjoy a nice game of chess or backgammon.

Best Poker Videos on the Internet

-Matt Berkey is still out there grinding and going for that elusive first bracelet. And the Solve for Why founder recently streamed the $1k turbo bracelet event. How did he fair? Watch the replay and see for yourself:


-DNegs himself Daniel Negreanu has also been streaming up a storm lately. Every day of the WSOP he streams live for one hour, giving his legions of fans a taste of the action. And if you missed yesterday’s, here it is!


-And finally Brad Owen is back with another great vlog. In this one Brad plays a little Bellagio 5/10 and gets all the money in with a full boat. But does he win?


That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.


Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker.


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