The PokerStars EPT Online series wrapped up on Thursday after Sweden’s ‘WhatIfGod’ was crowned the champion of the $5,200 NLHE Main Event and walked away with the $1,019,082 million first-place prize.
The first-ever EPT Online looked to bring players similar offerings to that of one of their popular live stops which have been understandably postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And over the past two weeks, some of the world’s top online poker talent packed the PokerStars lobbies to battle for a piece of the $21.1 million in total prize money that was spread out over the series’ 20 events.
The Main Event
After four days of play, the final nine players reconvened to fight for the biggest prize of the series and the right to be called EPT Main Event Champion.
The first three eliminations happened in short order as ‘vip25459’ fell was the first to fall, busting out ninth place for $78,797. Soon after busting ‘vip25459’, online poker legend Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet hit the rail in eighth place ($97,344) when he lost a huge flip holding against ‘VbV1990’s . Then Andreas ‘daskalos20’ Christoforou busted in spectacular fashion when he got his all in preflop against David ‘MissOracle’ Yan’s . The flop came and when the hit the river, Christoforou was drawing dead. He settled for seventh place and $136,147.
Play slowed down at six-handed until Enio ‘Bozzano JNR’ Bozzano suffered a bad beat in sixth place ($190,419) as Yan again came from behind and cracked Bozzano’s with his . Russia’s Viacheslav ‘Vbv1990’ Buldygin was the next to exit when he moved all-in with [aj] and was called by ‘WhatIfGod’s . The pocket eights held and Buldygin was eliminated in fifth place for $266,323. Not long after, ‘tikidiii’ busted in fourth place when he open-shoved his into Timothy ‘Tim0thee’ Adams who showed down . Adams’ pocket eights flopped a set and held through the river as ‘tikidiii’ fell in fourth place for $372,485.
The experienced final three players battled for roughly thirty minutes before Yan became short-stacked after he was called on a bluffed missed flush draw. Unlike earlier in the tournament when he was able to chip up from the short stack, Yan was unable to recover. He shoved his remaining 16 big blinds in the middle holding against Adams’ . Although the tens held to the turn, the spiked on the river, shipping the pot to Adams and sending Yan home with a third-place $520,966 payday.
Despite both being deep-stacked, Adams and ‘WhatIfGod’ had a brief heads-up battle of just seven hands. It came to a head when Adams raised the button with and ‘WhatIfGod’ three-bet with . The flop came which brought a bet from ‘WhatIfGod’ which Adams called. The turn came the and ‘WhatIfGod’ checked it over to Adams who put in a bet of his own. ‘WhatIfGod’ called. The case ace, the , fell on the river and ‘WhatIfGod’ checked again. Adams then shoved his remaining stack and was called by ‘WhatIfGod’ who used his to outkick Adams and clinch the championship. Adams earned $728,633 as the runner up and ‘WhatIfGod’ locked down the seven-figure $1,019,082 first-place prize.
EPT Online Main Event Final Table Payouts
|2||Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams||$728,633|
|3||David 'MissOracle' Yan||$520,966|
|5||Viacheslav 'VbV1990' Buldygin||$266,323|
|6||Enio 'Bozzano JNR' Bozzano||$190,419|
|7||Andreas 'daskalos20' Christoforou||$136,147|
|8||Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet||$97,344|
The series got off to a fast start as EPT Online Event #1 ($1,050 NLHE, Arena Championship) racked up a total of 2,426 entries to shatter the $1.5 million event guarantee to the tune of a $2,426,000 prize pool. After four days of play, ‘DON JOHAN’ walked away with a $356,769 payday setting the stage for a series that promised players big-time payouts throughout.
While not the first tournament numerically, EPT Online Event #3 ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) was the first to reach the finish line and, in the end, it was David ‘MonkeyBausss’ Laka that became the answer to the trivia question “Who was the first EPT Online Champion?” Laka outlasted a talent-packed final table that included former #1-ranked pros Chris ‘ImDaNuts’ Oliver and Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov as well as current #2-ranked player from Croatia Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic to lock up the $143,567 score.
After a three-handed deal was made in EPT Online Event #4 ($530 NLHE), former PokerStars Team Online member Tatiana ‘Mysters_Y’ Barausova took home a trophy, surviving the field of 1139 runners and earning herself $74,951 in the process.
The final table of EPT Online Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) was a who’s who of online poker. Belarusian crusher Mikita Badziakouski and Mathias Eibinger made a deal heads-up that saw both players take home just over $221,000 but it was Badziakouski who will receive the trophy. 2020 WSOP NLHE PPC Champ Christian Rudolph finished in third place on a final table that included October PLB winner Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic, Canada’s #1-ranked pro Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, Timothy ‘Tim0thee’ Adams, and current #1-ranked player in the world Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford.
Also at the final table of Event #6 was high-stakes pro Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens who finished in seventh place for $51,445. A good result to be sure, but it was the beginning of a few days that found him locking up not one, but two EPT Online titles. First, in EPT Online Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max) he struck a deal with Greece’s Alexandros ‘Pwndidi’ Theologis heads up which locked up a $87,984 payday and the trophy. Three days later he bested Michael ‘Imluckbox’ Addamo heads up in EPT Online Event #15 ($10,300 Turbo, 6-Max, High Roller) to take home another $186,238 score.
EPT Online Event #10 ($25,000 Super High Roller) had 81 entries fighting over a piece of the $2,000,000 prize pool. Finnish pro Eelis ‘EEE27’ Parssinen denied the victory to likes of Christian Rudolph, Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle, Joao Vieira, and Artur Martirosian and took home $539,819 for first, the largest prize outside of the Main Event.
PokerStars popular 6+ Hold’em (aka Short Deck) was on display in EPT Online Event #13 ($10,300 6+ Hold’em, High Roller) when Canadian crusher Sam Greenwood topped the small field of 41 entries to add $177,599 to his more than $11.6 million in lifetime career online earnings.
One of Brazil’s best and brightest online stars, Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha blasted through the 818 entries of EPT Online Event #18 ($1,050 NLHE, Turbo) to capture the $138,358 first-place prize, a top-5 career score for the longtime grinder.
In the final event of the series, former World Series of Poker final tablist Damian Salas used his last chance to pick up a six-figure score by winning EPT Online Event #20 ($1,050 NLHE Last Chance) for $117,475, the second-largest online win of his career.
EPT Online Event Winners
|EPT Online 01||$1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Arena Championship||DON JOHAN'||$356,768.52|
|EPT Online 02||$10,300 6-Max, PLO High Roller||Ka Kwan 'kaju85' Lau||$188,937.72|
|EPT Online 03||$5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller||David 'MonkeyBausss' Laka||$143,566.75|
|EPT Online 04||$530 NLHE||Tatiana 'Mysters_Y' Barausova||$74,950.93*|
|EPT Online 05||$1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Win the Button||Claas 'Ssick_OnE' Segebrecht||$45,764.53|
|EPT Online 06||10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller||Mikita 'fish2013' Badziakouski||$222,453.76*|
|EPT Online 07||$2,100 NLHE, 8-Max||Daniel 'SmilleThHero' Smiljkovic||$114,489.72*|
|EPT Online 08||$2,100 NLHE, 8-Max||Bert 'girafganger7' Stevens||$87,983.55*|
|EPT Online 09||$5,200 8-Game, High Roller||'RaúlGonzalez'||$100,050.00|
|EPT Online 10||$25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, Super High Roller||Eelis 'EEE27' Pärssinen||$539,819.40|
|EPT Online 11||$1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Deep Stacks||Daan 'DanOss' Mulders||$111,184.24|
|EPT Online 12||$1,050 NLHE, 6-Max, Progressive KO||Fabian '!$eveeeeeeen' Gumz||$107,342.60*|
|EPT Online 13||$10,300, 6+ Hold’em, 6-Max, High Roller||Sam 'Str8$$$Homey' Greenwood||$177,598.65|
|EPT Online 14||$215 NLHE, EPT Online Cup||Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche||$82,093.08|
|EPT Online 15||$10,300 NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo, High Roller||Bert 'girafganger7' Stevens||$186,237.73|
|EPT Online 16||$5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, Main Event||WhatIfGod'||$1,019,082.00|
|EPT Online 17||$2,100 PLO, 6-Max||Jens 'Jeans89' Kyllönen||$109,181.43|
|EPT Online 18||$1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO||Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha||$82,093.08|
|EPT Online 19||$530 NLHE, 8-Max, Progressive KO||Dani 'danipesis' Palau||$71,852.02*|
|EPT Online 20||$1,050 NLHE, Last Chance||Damian 'pampa27' Salas||$117,474.63|
With the big buy-in tournaments of the EPT Online behind them, PokerStars next series caters to the other side of the poker pyramid. The MicroMillions series kicks off on November 19 and runs through November 29.