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After an opening week featuring some of the world's best players battling it out, the GGPoker Spring Festival had a very quiet day on Friday with just three High buy-in events wrapping up and a fourth bagging and tagging and headed to a second day of play. Christian Rudolph beat out 139 other runners to win Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) for $58,033.04. Runner-up Francisco ‘VaPaCooler’ Benitez, who came in third place in $610,079.27 at the start of the Festival, walked away from this one with $24,512.91 and yet another close call. Third place went to 'TheWrigler' for $2.5,448.22. 'BIG HAI', a regular in the GGPoker high roller tournament streets, went bounty hunting in Event #29-H ($1,050 Bounty Turbo), and came back with $33,440.21 and a victory. The final bounty 'BIG HAI' collected belonged to 'JustbcOfU' who walked away with $12,801.82 for their efforts. Marco Streda took the final spot on the podium for $8,748.87. The last High event to play down to a champion on Friday was Event #30-H ($525 Hyper [6-Max]) which drew 173 runners. Markus Prinz beat all of them to add $24,317.38 to his bankroll while runner-up Wei Zhao banked $17,581.85. Former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth finished in third for $12,712.04. Nemeth also finished Day 1 of Event #28 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) with the chip lead. The event drew 243 runners for a $7,000 overlay. Just 14 of those players moved on to Day 2 with Viktor Ustimov, Mike Watson, Brock Wilson, and Shyngis Satubayev all part of the group chasing Nemeth for the $52,176.54 first place prize. Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 140 Prize pool: $280,000 Christian Rudolph - $58,033.04 VaPaCooler - $24,512.91 TheWrigler - $25,448.22 Event #29-H ($1,050 Bounty Turbo) Entries: 134 Prize pool: $134,000 BIG HAI - $33,440.21 JustbcOfU - $12,801.82 Marco Streda - $8,748.87 Event #30-H ($525 Hyper [6-Max]) Entries: 173 Prize pool: $100,000 Markus Prinz - $24,317.38 Wei Zhao - $17,581.85 Andras Nemeth - $12,712.04
There were just two final tables on Monday's World Poker Tour Online slate but the action was clearly focused on the WPT500. The final two starting flights drew 298 and 408 players respectively and Day 2 began with 681 players who survived one of the 10 starting flights. Italian Walter Treccarich ended Day 2 with 18,966,747 chips and heads into Tuesday's final table with the chip lead. Right behind him is Fabio Sperling with 18,702,704 in second place and Philipp Dietrich in third with 18,212,576. While the top three are fairly close in terms of chip count, there is a significant drop between third and fourth. Christopher Putz bagged up 13,082,130 - 31% less than Treccarich - and Markus Prinz sits fifth with 12,825.148. The bottom four stacks belong to Harutyun Sahakyan (5,046,239), Fabrizio Gonzalez (3,611,032), Giuseppe Vassallo (2,784,224), with Daan Mulders (2,760,152) holding the shortest stack. The final table begins at 3 PM EDT on Tuesday. Andrey Kotelnikov was the biggest winner on Monday. The Russian took home $37,001 after winning Event #25 ($530 Six Max Turbo). A total of 370 players created a $185,000 prize pool. Runner-up Ashley Cleaver pocketed $27,380 while Hong Hao David Doan took home $19,889 for coming in third. Joao Manana won $9,333 for shipping Event #25 Mini ($55 Six Max Turbo). WPT500 4,828 Entries $2,414,000 Prize Pool Final Table Chip Counts Walter Treccarich - 18,966,747 Fabio Sperling - 18,702,704 Philipp Dietrich - 18,212,576 Christopher Putz - 13,082,130 Markus Prinz - 12,825.148 Harutyun Sahakyan - 5,046,239 Fabrizio Gonazalez - 3,611,032 Giuseppe Vassallo - 2,784,224 Daan Mulders - 2,760,152 Event #25 Mini $55 Six Max Turbo 1,206 Entries $60,300 Prize Pool Joao Manana - $9,333 Joaquim Tarach - $7,116 Christoph Moritz - $5,412 Santtu Kalevi Leinonen - $3,779 Gytis Lazauninkas - $2,473 Antoine Goutard - $1,547 Event #25 $530 Six Max Turbo 370 Entries $185,000 Prize Pool Andrey Kotelnikov - $37,001 Ashley Cleaver - $27,380 Hong Hao David Doan - $19,889 Andrea Panarese - $14,020 Mantas Bulotas - $10,175 Ambrose Carr - $7,030