WPT Online: Niklas Astedt Wins Weekender for $174K, Championship Begins

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Niklas Astedt picked up a WPT Online title and $174K on Sunday (PokerStars Photo)

Niklas Astedt is one of the most successful online poker tournament players in history. Astedt has held down the #1 ranking on PocketFives 10 times in his career for a total of 85 weeks. On Sunday, the Swedish poker pro earned the sixth-largest cash of his career by winning Event #15 ($1,050 Weekender) of the World Poker Tour Online series.

Astedt made his way through 117 other players before beating a final table that included Jens Lakemeier, Stefan Schillhabel, Manig Loeser, and eventual runner-up Tyler Goatcher. Astedt won $174,751.50 while Goatcher had to settle for $124,333. Sonny Franco came in third for $83,508.70.

Matthew Wilkins earned the victory in Event #15 Mini ($109 Weekender) and pocketed $63,285.54.

Astedt was the biggest winner on a day but there was a total of six WPT Online titles were awarded and the WPT Online Championship had a strong turnout for its opening Day 1 flight.

Event #18 ($3,200 Pot Limit Omaha) had 128 Entries to created a $384,000 Prize Pool. Jacob Carl Schindler outlasted all of them to win the event and earn $96,731.94. Runner-up Mads Amot banked $65,280 for falling one spot short of a title while Espen Myrmo fell two spots short and earned $46,080.

Rui Ferreira won Event #18 Mini ($320 Pot Limit Omaha) for $22,560.10

Viktor Ustimov defeated Robin Andreas Berggren heads-up to win Event #21 ($1,050 Mix-Max Turbo Bounty) for a total of just north of $60,000. Ustimov took $26,909.02 from the prize pool and then another $35,195.33 in bounties. Berggren took home $26,876.26 and $1,875 in bounties. A few days removed from winning a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title, Lucas Reeves narrowly missed out on a WPT Online title by finishing third for $19,397.91 and $5,007.81 in bounties.

Adrian-Sorel State topped the 1,935-entry field in Event #21 Mini ($109 Mix-Max Turbo Bounty) to bank $11,422.11 and another $7,448.35 in bounties.

The first of four WPT Main Event starting flights drew 808 entries to create a $2,424,000 prize pool. The event has a $5,000,000 guarantee which should be easily accomplished with Day 1B next Sunday, 1C and 1D next Monday. Abdelhakim Zoufri turned his 40,000 starting stack into 791,877 to bag the chip lead. Kevin Macdonald (668,081), and Julie Ribiero (590,228) rounded out the top three stacks.

The WPT500 Day had its eight starting flight on Sunday with Ezequiel Waigel accumulating 435,201 chips to take into Day 2 on Monday. The flight had 696 runners to push the total field to date to 3,816 entries with the final two starting flights on Monday.

WPT $3,200 Main Event Day 1A
808 Entries
$2,424,000 Prize Pool

Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Abdelhakim Zoufri – 791,877
  2. Kevin Macdonald – 668,081
  3. Julie Ribiero – 590,228
  4. Vincenzo Lupoli – 572,192
  5. Sefan Lehner – 560,487
  6. Benny Glaser – 548,623
  7. Ihar Soika – 454,941
  8. Benjamin Van Den Heuvel – 447,438
  9. Pedro Madeira – 445,001
  10. Guillaume Nolet – 443,152

WPT Online Event #15 Mini $109 Weekender
510 Entries
$409,500 Prize Pool

  1. Matthew Wilkins – $63,285.54
  2. Julio Fantin – $44,348.85
  3. Ricardo Arraiano – $28,501.20
  4. Ivan Zufic – $18,673.20
  5. Pedro Jorge – $12,899.25
  6. Paul A Allen – $8,804.25
  7. Thomas William Bingham – $6,122.02
  8. Philippe Dauteuil – $3,968.05

WPT Online Event #15 $1,050 Weekender
125 Entries
$979,000 Prize Pool

  1. Niklas Astedt – $174,751.50
  2. Tyler Goatcher – $124,333
  3. Sonny Franco – $83,508.70
  4. Fredrik Andersson – $56,586.20
  5. Manig Loeser – $39,943.20
  6. Stefan Schillhabel – $28,782.60
  7. Jens Lakemeier – $20,559
  8. Javier Zarco – $14,293.40

WPT Online Event #18 Mini $320 Pot Limit Omaha
376 Entries
$112,800 Prize Pool

  1. Rui Ferreira – $22,560.10
  2. Jamil Kanji – $16,694.40
  3. Pedro Zagalo – $12,126
  4. Akseli Paalanen – $8,547.98
  5. Brett Davies – $6,204
  6. Andreas Torbergsen – $4,286.40

WPT Online Event #18 $3,200 Pot Limit Omaha
128 Entries
$384,000 Prize Pool

  1. Jacob Carl Schindler – $96,731.94
  2. Mads Amot – $65,280
  3. Espen Myrmo – $46,080
  4. Joao Vieira – $32,640
  5. Ferenc Deak – $24,000
  6. Richard Ashby $15,936

WPT Online Event #21 Mini $109 Mix-Max Turbo Bounty
1,935 Entries
$193,500 Prize Pool

  1. Adrian-Sorel State – $11,422.11 + $7,448.35 in bounties
  2. Lukas Soucek – $11,400.49 + $3,693.56 in bounties
  3. Diogo GOmes – $8,669.98 + $2,152.77 in bounties
  4. Vadim Shlez – $6,264.76 + $2,084.28 in bounties
  5. Oleg Netaliev – $4,150.40 + $1,678.53 in bounties
  6. Carlos Eduardo Zeferino Madeira – $2,405.22 + $596.86 in bounties

WPT Online Event #21 $1,050 Mix-Max Turbo Bounty
326 Entries
$326,000 Prize Pool

  1. Viktor Ustimov – $26,909.02 + $35,195.33 in bounties
  2. Robin Andreas Berggren – $26,876.26 + $1,875.00 in bounties
  3. Lucas Reeves – $19,397.91 + $5,007.81 in bounties
  4. Simon Deadman – $14,107.57 + $1,562.00 in bounties
  5. Marc-Olivier Grandmaitre – $9,698.95 + $10,468.75 in bounties
  6. Shyngis Satubayev – $7,053.78 + $3,156.26 in bounties

WPT Online: WPT500 Day 1H
696 Entries
$348,000 Prize Pool

Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Ezequiel Waigel – 435,201
  2. Yuan Yuan Li – 32,147
  3. Rui Bouquet – 363,423
  4. Jerry Odeen – 329,637
  5. Aleksandr Shevliakov – 308,278
  6. Chirstopher Putz – 289,886
  7. Angel Guillen – 284,871
  8. Georgi Sandev – 284,321
  9. Adrovan Rodrigues Junior – 283,265
  10. Fausto Tantillo – 277,829