WPT Online: Niklas Astedt Wins Second Title of Series

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Niklas Astedt
Niklas Astedt won his second title of the WPT Online series (photo: PokerStars)

A handful of WPT Online events wrapped up over the weekend on partypoker, although it was a quieter weekend for the series. The biggest winner was Benjamin Voreland, and we also saw notables Niklas Astedt and Pablo Brito Silva grab titles. For Astedt, it was his second title of the WPT Online series.

In Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max], Astedt topped the 320-entry field to win $5,282.98 plus $6,219.54 in bounties. That’s a total score of $11,502.52. Astedt beat Javier Zarco in heads-up play, with Zarco taking home $5,276.32 plus $3,032.03 in bounties.

Astedt, one of the most successful online tournament players in history, previously won Event #15: $1,050 Weekender as part of this World Poker Tour Online festival. In that event, he took home a winning score of $174,751.50.

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In the bigger buy-in version of Event #49, the $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] tournament, Voreland won $71,441.30 for finishing in first place. That score came from $23,691.30 in prize money plus $47,750 in bounties. There was 104 players in the field.

Also reaching the final table were a couple of players to have enjoyed some success recently, Connor Drinan and Jason Mercier. Drinan just recently won his fifth title of this year’s PokerStars SCOOP series and Mercier was the winner of the WPT Online $10,300 PLO High Roller a couple of days ago for almost $280,000.

Event #50’s two tournaments actually wrapped up on Saturday, with Alastair Smith winning Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo for $6,817.09 and Silva winning Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo for $21,170.64. Smith topped a field of 802 entries, whereas Silva bat out a field of 170 entries.

In Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty, it was Sam Mather becoming victorious for $6,291.69 plus $5,002.02 in bounties. He topped a big field of 1,906 entries to take this title.

Maximillian Diender picked up $14,478.07 plus $18,921.91 in bounties for winning Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty. Diender finished in first place from a field of 378 entries. At the final table, Diender beat Sarah Targul in heads-up play, while Benjamin Rolle and Simon Mattsson placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max]
Entries: 320
Prize pool: $64,000

  1. Niklas Astedt – $5,282.98 + $6,219.54 in bounties
  2. Javier Zarco – $5,276.32 + $3,032.03 in bounties
  3. Tomas Geleziunas – $3,808.18 + $1,545.31 in bounties
  4. Danil Karavaev – $2,769.58 + $1,656.25 in bounties
  5. Andres Ojeda – $1,904.09 + $1,034.37 in bounties
  6. Li Zhang – $1,384.79 + $1,131.25 in bounties

Event #49: $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max]
Entries: 104
Prize pool: $208,000

  1. Benjamin Voreland – $23,691.30 + $47,750 in bounties
  2. Niki Juhani Numisto – $23,670.46 + $4,750 in bounties
  3. Sam Higgs – $14,572.83 + $4,500 in bounties
  4. Joni Jouhkimainen – $10,626.02 + $500 in bounties
  5. Connor Drinan – $7,590.01 + $5,125 in bounties
  6. Jason Mercier – $5,161.21 + $2,625 in bounties

Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo
Entries: 802
Prize pool: $40,100

  1. Alastair Smith – $6,817.09
  2. Joel Holmberg – $5,022.20
  3. David Greene – $3,809.50
  4. Breno Andrade – $2,606.50
  5. Garry Stevens Smith – $1,804.50
  6. Ilya Yakunin – $1,203

Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo
Entries: 170
Prize pool: $85,000

  1. Pablo Brito Silva – $21,170.64
  2. Martin Gaudreault Remillard – $13,600
  3. Fabio Sperling – $9,562.50
  4. Ankush Mandavia – $6,927.50
  5. Arnaud Enselme – $5,100
  6. Linus Thor – $3,400

Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty
Entries: 1,906
Prize pool: $95,300

  1. Sam Mather – $6,291.69 + $5,002.02 in bounties
  2. Jacobus Visser – $6,281.15 + $1,732.65 in bounties
  3. Vyacheslav Nikulin – $4,086.89 + $1,038.59 in bounties
  4. Govand Amin – $2,721.08 + $227.74 in bounties
  5. Vaidas Smigelskas – $1,924.79 + $955.68 in bounties
  6. Steve Trepanier – $1,339.44 + $1,485.67 in bounties
  7. Jordan Greenlees – $922.84 + $509.90 in bounties
  8. Afonso Palma Ferro – $601.16 + $517.56 in bounties

Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty
Entries: 378
Prize pool: $189,000

  1. Maximillian Diender – $14,478.07 + $18,921.91 in bounties
  2. Sarah Targul – $14,459.14 + $8,941.41 in bounties
  3. Joris Ruys – $10,24.66 + $3,511.72 in bounties
  4. Jelle Moene – $7,182.62 + $1,062.50 in bounties
  5. Hendrik Hovsepyan – $5,115.68 + $1,335.94
  6. Christopher Johnson – $3,792.83 + $1,273.44 in bounties
  7. Benjamin Rolle – $2,635.35 + $1,187.50 in bounties
  8. Simon Mattsson – $1,922.25 + $1,062.50 in bounties