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Alexandros Kolonias now has himself a brand new purple jacket and an additional $50,000 after winning the Poker Masters Online Championship. Taking the event online, PokerCentral partnered with partypoker on a 30-event schedule that had buy-ins ranging from $10,300 to $51,000 mirroring the live version of the Poker Masters. The Poker Masters Online was the second full series to take advantage of partypoker's real name functionality giving poker enthusiasts at home an easy way to track how the world's best players did against each other in a high stakes online series. More Than 250 Unique Players There were a total of 258 unique players throughout the 30-event schedule. That group combined for 1,717 total unique entries and 849 re-entries. Each event gave players a maximum of three entries and there were 201 instances were a player fired three bullets in an event. There were 35 players who played a minimum of 20 events and 76 who played just a single event. Jason McConnon was one of them and he ended up with the highest ROI of any player after finishing second in Event #30 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE) for a $248,200 score on a single entry. A high stakes cash game specialist, McConnon jokingly suggested a career change after his runner-up performance. $35 Million in Prize Money The Poker Masters Online was a big winner for partypoker and Poker Central. The total rake for the series was $912,300. Taking into consideration the $50,000 prize awarded to Kolonias for winning the Purple Jacket, the net for tournament organizers was $862,300 - more than any single player. Players were allowed a maximum of three entries per event. The rake earned off of the initial entries was $619,600 and re-entries accounted for the remaining $292,700. Taking the event online proved to be a boon to the field sizes. The 2019 Poker Masters had just 10 events, but average field sizes for 2020 were up across the board. There was an average of 93 players in $10,000 buy-in events compared to 57.6 in 2019, an increase of 61.5%. The $25,000 buy-in events saw an increase of 44.7% going from an average of 43.75 to 63.29 players. In both years the Championship event had a $50,000 buy-in and the year-over-year increase was the most dramatic going from 34 to 77 players - a 126.5% growth rate. The total prize pools for all 30 events totaled $35,385,000, more than doubling the $16.5 million guaranteed. None of the events missed their respective guarantee and 14 tournaments had a prize pool exceeding $1 million. Nothing But Net While there were seven players who had at least $1 million in earnings, the highest net earner was Italy's Dario Sammartino. Cashing in nine of the 22 events he played earned Sammartino an $823,625 net score. [table id=45 /] There were 32 players who had net earnings of $100,000 or more and 40 who had net losses of $100,000 or more. Of the 258 players who entered at least one Poker Masters event, 63 were net winners. There were 135 players who entered at least one event and cashed zero times. Busiest of the Bunch Jorryt Van Hoof was the only player to play all 30 events. The Dutch pro cashed in 10 of them for a net profit of $9,708.74. [table id=44 /] The only event that Alex Foxen skipped was Event #2 ($10,300 Six Max PLO). Ali Imsirovic and Linus Loeliger each skipped a pair of PLO events. Imsirovic skipped Event #2 and Event #17 while Loeliger sat out Event #17 ($10,300 Six Max PLO) and Event #22 ($10,300 Six Max PLO). Andras Nemeth missed the opening two events of the series and then played every tournament from Event #3 onward. Christian Rudolph played the most events of any player that was unable to pick up a single in-the-money result. Rudolph entered 10 events and never cashed. He only re-entered three of those 10 events for a total of 13 bullets fired. [table id=46 /] Double Dippin' There were six players who won two Poker Masters Online titles. The first to do it was Pauli Ayras who took down Event #6 ($10,300 Six Max PLO) and Event #19 ($25,500 Eight Max NLHE). Of the 28 events that Loeliger entered, he cashed in only three of them but made the most of those cashes by picking up wins in Event #18 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE) and the Main Event ($51,000 NLHE). Sandwiched between those two results was a fifth-place finish in Event #27 ($25,500 Eight Max NLHE). [table id=47 /]
Sunday brought the final day of the Poker Masters Online tournament series, and the virtual tables at partypoker were full of exciting high-stakes action as the festival came to a close. The $51,000 Main Event awarded a $1.097 million first-place prize and Alexandros Kolonias won the final event to win the Championship Leaderboard and Purple Jacket. Entering the final day of play, 28 events from the 30 scheduled had been completed and Artur Martirosian was sitting atop the Championship Leaderboard by nearly 100 points. Although Martirosian managed a fifth-place finish in the final event of the series, it was Kolonias who won the final tournament to take first place overall. Martirosian finished second on the Championship Leaderboard, while Linus Loeliger, who won the $51,000 Main Event for $1.097 million, was third on the overall standings. Loeliger Wins Main Event for $1,097,250 Loeliger's win in the $51,000 Main Event gave him his second tournament title of the series. The first event he won was Event #18 and he took that one down for $325,318. This time, Loeliger won $1.097 million. The Poker Masters Online Main Event drew a field of 77 entries to create a prize pool of $3.85 million. The top 10 spots finished in the money, with Loeliger ultimately defeating Giuseppe Iadisernia in heads-up play. Christopher Kruk rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Main Event Results Linus Loeliger - $1,097,250 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $750,750 Christopher Kruk - $519,750 Steve O'Dwyer - $346,500 Ole Schemion - $269,500 Elias Talvitie - $211,750 David Peters - $182,875 Kahle Burns - $163,625 Conor Beresford - $154,000 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $154,000 The win gave Loeliger 658 points towards the Championship Leaderboard race, but that was only enough to push him to 1,037 total and that wasn't enough to claim the top spot. Kolonias Wins Event #30 and Purple Jacket Coming into Sunday, Kolonias was fourth in the overall standings for the Poker Masters Online Purple Jacket and 134 points behind Martirosian in that race. Both reached the final table of the very last event of the series, Event #30: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max], but it was Kolonias was proved best on this day. Not only did Kolonias finish ahead of Martirosian, but he went on to win the tournament, earn $367,782.76 in prize money, and conquer the Championship Leaderboard to win the Purple Jacket and $50,000 championship prize. In the final event, Kolonias topped a field of 146 entries to take home the lion's share of the $1.46 million prize pool. The top 18 spots paid, with Kolonias beating Jason McConnon in heads-up play. Event #30 Results Alexandros Kolonias - $367,782.76 Jason McConnon - $248,200 Mark Demirjian - $175,200 Mustapha Kanit - $124,100 Artur Martirosian - $91,250 Christopher Kruk - $60,590 Pascal Lefrancois - $45,990 Samuel Vousden - $45,990 Mark Radoja - $45,990 Hossein Ensan - $31,390 Mark Davis - $31,390 Dan Shak - $31,390 Alexander Ivarsson - $26,789.54 Benjamin Heath - $26,789.54 Chris Hunichen - $26,789.54 Connor Drinan - $26,789.54 Steve O'Dwyer - $26,789.54 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $26,789.54 Kolonias ended with 11 cashes across the series, including two victories (Event #7 and Event #30), one second-place result (Event #14), and two third-place finishes (Event #22 and Event #27). Kolonias's results allowed him to amass 1,191 points, which was 143 points ahead of Martirosian in second place. With 11 cashes, Kolonias tied for the most across the entire series. Timothy Adams, who ultimately ended in fourth overall on the Championship Leaderboard, also cashed 11 times across the festival. Topping the Championship Leaderboard gave Kolonias the Purple Jacket and $50,000 in prize money. Final Championship Standings Alexandros Kolonias - 1,191 points Artur Martirosian - 1,048 points Linus Loeliger - 1,037 points Timothy Adams - 861 points Ali Imsirovic - 857 points Andras Nemeth - 807 points Pascal Lefrancois - 782 points Paulis Ayras - 748 points Alex Foxen - 736 points Steve O'Dwyer - 732 points