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  1. Niklas Astedt is having himself one helluva week. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver, who is a #1 seed in the PocketFives #1 Number One contest, has rattled off win after win over the past week, with success coming at both the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and GGPoker Spring Festival tables. On Tuesday, the Swedish superstar took home nearly $1.1 million for winning GGPoker Spring Festival Event #41 ($25,500 Sunday Five Million [2-Day Event]). Astedt beat out 201 other entries to pick up the win, his fourth of the series. Shawn Daniels finished second for $821,689.32 and Jason Koon took third place for a $616,180.06 payday. Along with his four GGPoker Spring Festival wins and the $1.38 million that came with those victories, Astedt also took down PokerStars SCOOP Event #31-H ($1,050 NLHE [8-Max]) for $85,430.33. He was one of a handful of well known players who emerged victorious on Tuesday. Another former #1, Sami Kelopuro, earned $520,003.49 for beating 89 other entries in Event #49 ($25,500 Super High Roller). His last victim, Wiktor Malinowski had to settle for a $400,881.54 while the current #1-ranked online poker player in the world, Yuri Dzivielevski wound up in third place, earning $309,048.01. Benjamin Rolle had the third biggest first place score of the day after shipping Event #50 ($5,250 Half Price Super Tuesday) for $236,019.99. Rolle worked his way through the 222-player field on his way to the victory. Coming in one spot short of the title, 'TheBigKid' banked $176.989.99 while third place finisher Pablo Navarro earned $132,723.74. Normally, a player winning titles on back-to-back days would be the headliner, but with so many big names winning big scores, 'judd trump' taking down Event #44 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) one day after winning Event #43-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters SHR) got pushed down the page. This win came with a $95,783.54 score for beating out 544 other entries. Runner-up 'LaxxedAF' won $71,827.30 while 'FiestaPagana' grabbed the final spot on the podium for $53,862.87. Alex Foxen beat Joseph Cheong heads up to win Event #51 ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo) for $41,677.40. Cheong walked away with $22,614.66 while third place finisher 'NeverDieBaby' came in third for $19,497.13. Latvian Aleks Ponakovs won $74,911.83 after winning Event #47 ($1,050 Forty Stack) while 'FreeZePeeDoe' beat out 276 other entries to win Event #48 ($525 PLO-NL Bounty) for $27,856.65. Event #41 ($25,500 Sunday Five Million [2-Day Event]) Entries: 202 Prize pool: $5,050,000 Niklas Astedt - $1,095,740.82 Shawn Daniels - $821,689.32 Jason Koon - $616,180.06 Event #44 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]) Entries: 545 Prize pool: $545,000 judd trump - $95,783.54 LaxxedAF - $71,827.30 FiestaPagana - $53,862.87 Event #47 ($1,050 Forty Stack) Entries: 388 Prize pool: $388,000 Aleks Ponakovs - $74,911.83 TheProjector - $56,175.70 PepeLegal - $42,125.82 Event #48 ($525 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 277 Prize pool: $138,500 FreeZePeeDoe - $27,856.65 xBGx - $14,514.55 MINMINMIN - $8,589.83 Event #49 ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 90 Prize pool: $2,250,000 Sami Kelopuro - $520,003.49 W Malinowski - $400,881.54 Y Dzivielevski - $309,048.01 Event #50 ($5,250 Half Price Super Tuesday) Entries: 222 Prize pool: $1,110,000 Benjamin Rolle - $236,019.99 TheBigKid - $176.989.99 Pablo Navarro - $132,723.74 Event #51 ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo) Entries: 236 Prize pool: $236,000 Alex Foxen - $41,677.40 Joseph Cheong - $22,614.66 NeverDieBaby - $19,497.13
  2. This is starting to get ridiculous. For the third consecutive day, former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt navigated his way to a win in a GGPoker Spring Festival event. Those three wins have earned the Swedish superstar a combined $279,247.37. This time around Astedt outlasted 104 other entries in Event #25-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) to win $140,464.75. His win came at the expense of runner-up Dario Sammartino, who would have completed a two-win day of his own had he not run into the buzzsaw that is Astedt. Sammartino banked $48,929.06 for his performance and coming in third place gave 'yfii-bestcrypto' a $45,347.16 bankroll boost. Sammartino couldn't have been too disappointed, however. The Italian and 2019 World Series of Poker runner-up beat 87 other players on his way to victory in Event #23-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for a $508,447.84 payday. After losing to a former #1 earlier, Sammartino beat out the current #1-ranked player, Yuri Dzivielevski, for the title. Dzivielevski earned $391,973.06. Russia's Anatoly Filatov took third for $302,180.28. 'MickeyMouse' turned Event #20-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) into their own personal magic kingdom on Thursday, beating 548 other entries before chopping with Igor D'Ursel. 'MickeyMouse' ended up with the title and $84,261.53 while D'Ursel actually out-earned them by grabbing $84,886.93. Rui Bouquet took home $54,357.02 as the third place finisher. Tom Delaine beat Viktor Ustimov heads-up to grab the win in Event #22-H ($525 Forty Stack) for $55,801.16 while Ustimov had to settle for $43,018.55. 'DontTiltGG' finished one position below Ustimov and won $33,164.46. Andrii Novak put on a bounty hunting showcase on Thursday, outlasting the 153 other players in Event #24-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) to collect an impressive $352,068.09. Runner-up Sami Kelopuro earned nearly 1/3 of Novak's score, taking home $122,696.01 while Ami Barer came in third place but earned more than Kelopuro thanks to the bounties collected. Barer banked $138,023.78 which is more than $15,000 more than Kelopuro. 'LottoLarry' cashed in a winning ticket by topping the 295-entry field in Event #26-H ($1,050 Turbo) for $60,524.63. '888WTB02' came in second place for $45,386.97 while Class Segebrecht took third for #34,035.42. Event #20-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) Entries: 550 Prize pool: $550,000 MickeyMouse - $84,261.53 Igor d Ursel - $84,886.93 Rui Bouquet - $54,357.02 Event #22-H ($525 Forty Stack) Entries: 775 Prize pool: $387,500 Tom Delaine - $55,801.16 Viktor Ustimov - $43,018.55 DontTiltGG - $33,164.46 Event #23-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 88 Prize pool: $2,200,000 Dario Sammartino - $508,447.84 Yuri Dzivielevski - $391,973.06 Anatoly Filatov - $302,180.28 Event #24-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) Entries: 154 Prize pool: $1,540,000 Andrii Novak - $352,068.09 Sami Kelopuro - $122,696.01 Amichai Barer - $138,023.78 Event #25-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 105 Prize pool: $525,000 Niklas Astedt - $140,464.75 Dario Sammartino - $48,929.06 yfii-bestcrypto - $45,347.16 Event #26-H ($1,050 Turbo) Entries: 295 Prize pool: $295,000 LottoLarry - $60,524.63 888WTB02 - $45,386.97 C Segebrecht - $34,035.42
  3. Anybody who has closely followed the PocketFives Rankings over the past few years knows all about Niklas Astedt and just how dominant he can be. He's spent 97 total weeks as the #1-ranked player in the world and many consider him the favorite to win the #1 Number One contest. On Wednesday, Astedt took down a GGPoker Spring Festival event for the second time in two days. On Tuesday, he won Event #14-H ($1,050 PLO-NL Bounty) for a $39,974.81. One day later, he kept the bounty hunter them going by winning Event #19-H ($2,100 Bounty Six Max) for $98,807.91. His final victim, 'pawwowbam' earned $56,279.54 for finishing as the runner-up while George Kitsios collected $41,115.10 as the third place finisher. Marcelo Asensio managed to deny Konstantin Maslak from picking up his second win of the Series. Asensio topped the 140-entry field in Event #18-H ($1,050 PLO-NL) for a $35,099.81 score. Maslak, who won Event #3-High ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) for $229,531.42, earlier in the week, took second here for $25,377.81. The last spot on the podium went to 'BreakMySoul' for $18,348.66. The last High level buy-in event of the day was Event #21-H ($525 bounty) and it was also the biggest of the group in terms of field size. 'EzzzGame' proved their screenname to be accurate by winning it all for $46,041.86. Coming in one spot short of the victory, 'Ameliorer' had to settle for a $30,332.90 score while Sebastian Toro came in third place for $19,018.22. Other players who earned GGSF titles on Wednesday included 'Goku SSJ' (Event #19-M), 'zaguinha' (Event #20-M), Djprunz14' (Event #21-M), 'KepsNuts' (Event #17-L), 'Doah1414' (Event #18-L), 'kramperEd' (Event #19-L), 'ale1' (Event #20-L), and 'Uksy89' (Event #21-L). Event #18-H ($1,050 PLO-NL) Entries: 140 Prize pool: $140,000 Marcelo Asensio - $35,099.81 K Maslak - $25,377.81 BreakMySoul - $18,348.66 Event #19-H ($2,100 Bounty [6-Max]) Entries: 298 Prize pool: $596,000 Niklas Astedt - $98,807.81 pawwowbam - $56,279.54 George Kitsios - $41,115.10 Event #21-H ($525 Bounty) Entries: 810 Prize pool: $405,000 EzzzGame - $46,041.86 Ameliorer - $30,332.90 Sebastian Toro - $19,018.22
  4. From the middle of the pack of one of the toughest $10K GGPoker Super MILLION$ final tables in recent weeks, it was satellite winner ‘Ferrariman’ who, in just their second appearance in the tournament, bested some of online poker’s top talent and took home this week's $452,885 first-place prize. It goes without saying that every final table of the weekly Super MILLION$ is tough. However this week, the tournament talent on hand was undeniable. Earning a seat to Tuesday’s final table were two former worldwide #1-ranked online pros in Niklas Astedt and Yuri Dzivielevski, two of the greatest high rollers of all time in Sam Greenwood and Mikita Badziakouski, the red-hot high-stakes pro David Yan, and nosebleed cash game crusher Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski. But despite all the accolades at the table, in the end, it was ’Ferrariman’ who outlasted them all. But when it came to who the public thought was going to win it all, there wasn’t a lot of confidence in ‘Ferrariman.’ Getting 11.4-1 odds to win in the GGPoker client, only 13 people placed a bet on ’Ferrariman’ to take it down. Those 13 people wagered a total of just $41 dollars out of a grand total of $54,226 wagered. Plenty of the money wagered was on Niklas Asdedt who entered the final table third in chips. He needed a fourth-place finish or better to become the first player to surpass $2 million in total Super MILLION$ earnings. But after losing a pair of big hands the Swede found himself short-stacked and all-in preflop holding [poker card="as"][poker card="6c"] against Badziakouski’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"] allowing Badziakouski’s kicker to play and sending the All-Time Online Money List leader out in ninth place for $56,610. Chicago’s Timothy Nuter, playing out of Canada, put in a raise from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] and was quickly three-bet on the button by Dzivielevski holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="qc"]. It folded back to Nuter, he moved all-in, and was quickly called by the Brazilian. There was little drama as the board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7c"] awarding the hand to Dzivielevski and eliminating Nuter in eighth place for $73,415. Dzivielevski was in the mix again when he raised in late position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"]. It folded to ’Syntropy’ in the small blind who pushed their final eight big blinds in the middle with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. It folded back to Dzivielevski who made the call. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] giving both players ’Syntropy’ gutshot straight draws. The turn was the [poker card="kd"], giving Dzivielevski the nut straight and leaving ‘Syntropy’ drawing dead to the [poker card="6c"] river. ’Syntropy’ entered the final table ninth in chips, laddered two spots and ended up with a $95,207 score for seventh place, their largest career win on GGPoker. During an hour of six-handed play, Sam Greenwood was grinding a short stack. On the button, he stuck his final five big blinds in the middle with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"]. In the big blind, Dzivielevski made the call with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="2c"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="2h"], giving the Brazilian two pair and reducing Greenwood’s outs to a gutshot straight draw. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and the river was the [poker card="3c"] giving Dzivielevski another elimination and sending Greenwood out of the tournament in sixth place for $123,468. Four hands later, when folded to in the small blind, Malinowski shoved his [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"] on Badziakouski in the big blind who held [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. With just over ten big blinds left, Badziakouski made the call with his tournament on the line. The board ran out [poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="qh"] allowing Malinowski’s jack kicker to play and ending Badziakouski’s first Super MILLION$ final table run in fifth place for $160,119. During four-handed play, Malinowski built up a considerable chip lead, mostly at the expense of Dzivielevski. When folded to in the small blind, Malinowski moved all-in with the [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"]. In the big blind, with just four blinds left, Dzivielevski called off with his [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="5s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="3s"] was of little help to Dzivielevski. The turn was the [poker card="qc"] leaving the former #1 looking for a non-spade ten or a king. The river was the [poker card="4d"] giving Malinowski the straight and ending Dzivielevski’s nice run in fourth place which was good for $207,649. The chips really shifted during three-handed play with Malinowski, David Yan, and ‘Ferrariman’ taking turns picking up pots and building a stack. From the button, Yan raised big with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9d"] only to be shoved on my Malinowski in the big blind holding the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. With the majority of his stack in the middle, Yan made the call. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="5c"] turn gave Yan some additional straight outs but the [poker card="8s"] was not one of them. Yan, who played his fifth final table, added another $269,287 to his Super MILLION$ earnings bringing his total to over $1.295 million. Malinowski started heads-up play with a two-to-one chip advantage. But ‘Ferrariman’, who had played tempered the whole final table, went on a run. He doubled through Malinowski to take the chip lead and from there, kept up the aggression. Even after they lost a big hand that would have ended the tournament, ‘Ferrariman’ applied pressure and picked up the key pots to put them in a position to win. The final hand was a bit of a cooler as Malinowski limped the button with the [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"]. In the big blind ‘Ferrariman’ raised holding the [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. Malinowski then shoved, ‘Ferrariman’ was quick to call and the board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"], leaving ‘limitless’ drawing dead on the turn and sending him out as the runner-up for $349,222. ‘Ferrariman’ satellited into this week’s Super MILLION$ for $1,000 and turned it into a $452,885 payday. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (2/23) 1. ’Ferrariman’ - $452,885 2. Wiktor Malinowski - $349,222 3. David Yan - $269,287 4. Yuri Dzivielevski - $207,649 5. Mikita Badziakouski - $160,119 6. Sam Greenwood - $123,468 7. ‘Syntropy’ - $95,207 8.Timothy Nuter - $73,415 9. Niklas Astedt - $56,610
  5. High-stakes tournament heavyweight and former All-Time Money List leader Justin Bonomo emerged from the middle of the final table chip counts in the 35th edition of the $10K GGPoker Super MILLION$ to capture the $430,646 first-place prize and add yet another title to his incredibly long list of poker accomplishments. Prior to this week, Bonomo has cashed in four of his 15 Super MILLION$ appearances for $316,653 including a final table in November 2020 where he earned $221,477 in a third-place finish. Bonomo is, of course, no stranger to playing against elite competition and this week was just another chance for him to test himself against some of the toughest players in the game. Russian crusher Artur Martirosian, former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt, New Zealand’s David Yan, and, making back-to-back final table appearances, Nick Petrangelo all had a seat in this week’s final nine. Astedt, at his ninth Super MILLION$ final table, started the day on the short stack. After roughly 40 minutes of play, his stack had dwindled to fewer than five big blinds. When Petrangelo opened with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"], Astedt moved all-in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"]. Action folded back to Petrangelo who made the call. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="kd"] giving Petrangelo top-two and eliminating Astedt in ninth for $53,831, an amount good enough to propel him back above Michael Addamo as the current All-Time Super MILLION$ money leader. Shortly after, on the button, ‘Face-O’ moved all-in for his final 12 big blinds with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. From the small blind, ‘OscarBrown’ made the call holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"] and the flop fell [poker card="ks"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] keeping the pocket tens in the lead. The turn came the [poker card="5s"] giving ‘OscarBrown’ additional flush outs to go with his two overs. The river was the [poker card="8s"] bringing in the runner-runner backdoor flush for ‘OscarBrown’ and sending ‘Face-O] home in eighth place for $69,810. With seven left, satellite winner ‘DaanOss’ raised four of his final five big blinds with [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"]. ‘OscarBrown’ moved in over the top with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] for just a little more. Then, from the big blind, Bonomo called the all-in holding [poker card="js"][poker card="ts"]. ‘DaanOss’ then committed the last of his chips and the trio saw the flop run out [poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="ac"] on the turn gave ‘OscarBrown’ top pair and the [poker card="6d"] sealed the deal. ‘OscarBrown’ nearly tripled up while ‘DaanOss’ exited in seventh for $90,532. After the second break, David Yan opened with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7s"] and from the small blind the chip leading ‘RRomashka’ made the call with [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"]. From the big blind Petrangelo three-bet shoved his 22 big blind stack with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"]. Yan, with not much left, made the call and ‘RRomashka’ folded. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"] gave Yan some additional straight and backdoor flush outs. But the [poker card="6c"][ turn and [poker card="2c"] river were of no help and Yan left in sixth place for $117,406. Three hands later it was Martirosian at risk. Folded to Bonomo in the small blind, he shipped with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"] into Martirosian’s ten big blind stack. With [poker card="as"][poker card="4h"], Martirosian made the call with his tournament on the line. Bonomo hit his kicker on the [poker card="td"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] flop and the pair held through the [poker card="qd"] turn and [poker card="6c"] river. Martirosian added another $153,256 to his $1.245 million Super MILLION$ earnings for his fifth-place finish. On the button with four players left, ‘OscarBrown’ raised holding the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"]. Still holding the chip lead, ‘RRomashka’ made the call with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"] flop provided plenty of action with both holding top pair and a flush draw. ‘RRomashka’ checked, ‘OscarBrown’ bet, ‘RRomashka’ shipped all-in, and ‘OscarBrown’ quickly called with his dominating hand. But that changed when the [poker card="8c"] hit the turn, giving ‘RRomashka’ two pair and leaving ‘OscarBrown’ looking for help. The river was the [poker card="4s"] brick and in their first cash in a Super MILLION$, ‘OscarBrown’ finished in fourth place for $197,452. Three-handed, Bonomo and ‘RRomashka’s stacks evened out leaving Petrangelo as the short stack. Bonomo raised on the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"], ‘RRomashka’ called with the [qs[poker card="jd"], and Petrangelo moved all in for his final sixteen big blinds with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"]. Bonomo shoved, ‘RRomashka’ folded, and the board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="8d"] eliminating Petrangelo in third place for the second week in a row. Petrangelo took home $256,064 this week for a two-week total of $508,521. Bonomo entered heads-up play with a four-to-one chip lead and never let it go against the aggressive ‘RRomashka’. In the final hand of the tournament, Bonomo limped the button with [poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] and ‘RRomashka’ checked their option with [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"]. The flop flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"]. ‘RRomashka’ checked to Bonomo who put out a small bet. ‘RRomashka’ check-raised and with middle pair, Bonomo made the call. The [poker card="6s"] turn gave Bonomo trips but it was ‘RRomashka’ who led pot. Bonomo flatted and the [poker card="4d"] hit the river. ‘RRomashka’ fired the third bullet, shipping his stack with king-high only to be immediately called by Bonomo. ‘RRomashka’ started the day as the chip leader and ended it as the runner-up earning $332,073. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (2/9) 1. Justin Bonomo - $430,646 2. 'RRomashka’ - $332,073 3. Nick Petrangelo - $256,064 4. ‘OscarBrown’ - $197,452 5. Artur Martirosian - $152,256 6. David Yan - $117,406 7. ‘DaanOss’ - $90,532 8. ‘Face-O’ - $69,810 9. Niklas Astdet - $53,831
  6. As the poker world has turned nearly its entire focus to online poker in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the best tournament players in the world have found themselves battling more frequently on the virtual felt. Following its launch in June, the GGPoker Super MILLION$ has became one of the top destination for poker's elite. The Super MILLION$ is one of four events on the weekly MILLION$ schedule and features by far the largest buy-in. The other three are the High Roller MILLION$ ($500 buy-in), the Zodiac MILLION$ (¥500 buy-in) and the Global MILLION$ ($100 buy-in). Each of those events are doing well in their own right, but the murderer's row field that frequents the $10,000 buy-in Super MILLION$ each Sunday sets it apart. The fields often include the likes of Stephen Chidwick, Timothy Adams, Ali Imsirovic, Alex Foxen, Isaac Haxton, Artur Martirosyan, and former #1-ranked PocketFivers Niklas Astedt, Fedor Holz, and Yuri Dzivielevski all playing under the real name. The high buy-in and relative strength of the field are helping to turn the five-month old tournament into one of online poker's most prestigious Sunday events. The Dominance of Michael Addamo No player has had more success in this event than Australian Michael Addamo. The Super MILLION$ has run 23 times and Addamo has five cashes, four final tables appearances, and three victories for $1,537,452.90 in winnings. Addamo's wins came on June 28, July 19, and August 16. His two other results were a 33rd place finish on August 23 and a third place finish on October 18. He also finished on the stone bubble on September 20. No other player has won more than once. [table id=125 /] The Consistency of Stephen Chidwick While Addamo leads the way in wins and overall earnings, no player has cashed with a higher frequency than Stephen Chidwick. A former #1 on the Global Poker Index, Chidwick has found the cashier cage in 14 events. His best finish came on October 11 when he finished runner-up to 'blakjak19' and earned $263,791.65. Rui Ferreira is the only other player to have broken the double digit barrier in cashes with 10. [table id=124 /] The Excellence of Niklas Astedt Nobody who has been paying attention to the online poker rankings over the past three years is shocked to learn that Niklas Astedt has also found success in the Super MILLION$. Ranked #1 for 65 total weeks in the past three years, Astedt is widely considered amongst the best tournament players in the world and has proven to be a threat here as well. Astedt has made the final table five times, highlighted by a runner-up finish on October 25. Finishing one spot behind fellow Swede Joakim Andersson earned Astedt $251,336.47. Six other players have each cashed four times each. [table id=126 /] Livestreaming for the World to See With final tables packed with some of the most recognizable faces in the game, GGPoker knew they had a hit on their hands. The Super MILLION$ plays down to a final table on Sunday with the remaining nine players retuning on Tuesday to give GGPoker.tv the opportunity to stream the final table action. With Randy Lew and Kevin van der Kooi calling the action, the weekly stream has become one of the week's top options for those looking to rail some online poker heavyweight action. By the Numbers During the 2020 WSOP Online, the Super MILLION$ was one of the 54 bracelet events on the schedule. That day, Connor Drinan beat the largest Super MILLION$ field ever to win $1,435,048.71 and his first career WSOP bracelet. The tournament had 899 entries and a $8,720,300 prize pool. The Super MILLION$ was also a part of the recently completed High Roller Week on GGPoker with prize pools of $3,000,000 and $5,810,000. Despite the star-studded fields, there has been overlays in nearly 40% of the weekly events. The first five events, which ran June 14 through July 12, all had overlays, the largest coming on July 12 when 192 players created a $137,600 overlay.
  7. Winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet is widely considered by many to be poker’s ultimate achievement. For some players, it defines his or her career. For others, it’s the one prize eluding some of the game’s best. For years, Stephen Chidwick was considered the best poker player without a WSOP gold bracelet. At the 2019 WSOP, Chidwick bucked that monkey off his back like the most turbulent bull does to a rider at a rodeo when he won the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1.618 million. Shawn Buchanan was another player in the "best without a bracelet conversation," but, like Chidwick, he broke through at the 2019 WSOP, winning the $800 buy-in WSOP.com Online NL Six-Handed. Now that Chidwick and Buchanan have each won an elusive gold bracelet, let's take a look at who are the best players remaining without a bracelet entering the 2020 WSOP. Patrick Antonius CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 15 2 0 $929,518 Widely considered one of the best all-around players in poker for quite some time, Patrik Antonius is still missing a WSOP gold bracelet from his résumé. He's come close a couple of times, finishing in the top 10 on four occasions and placing at the final table twice, but he's never scored better than third place. Antonius has been known to pass on tournaments for cash games these days, but he's still a threat to win a bracelet in the bigger buy-in WSOP events when he does compete. Niklas Astedt CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 0 0 $110,645 Sweden's Niklas Astedt is one of the top-ranked online poker players in the world, but his live success hasn’t been too plentiful, especially at the WSOP. Astedt’s skills should not be overlooked, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2014 and his highest WSOP finish was a 26th-place result in the 2019 WSOP $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. He's also cashed in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, with a 182nd-place finish in 2016 and a 899th-place finish in 2019. Mikita Badziakouski CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 4 4 1 $3,161,362 Mikita Badziakouski plays some of the biggest buy-in events around the world, and his career to date includes more than $26.1 million in live tournament earnings. At the WSOP, Badziakouski has four cashes. Each cash has been a final table appearance and each has come at WSOP Europe. If there's a high roller event on the WSOP schedule, Badziakouski will likely be in the field and a threat to win the gold bracelet. Darren Elias CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 28 3 0 $645,659 With four World Poker Tour titles and more than $7.5 million in live tournament earnings, it’s a matter of when, not if, Darren Elias will finally win WSOP gold. His first WSOP cash came in 2009. He has three WSOP final table appearances and two finishes in third place, although he’s never made it to heads-up play. The two times Elias finished in third came from the same event, the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship in 2017 and 2019. Alex Foxen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 39 4 0 $808,918 Alex Foxen has been around the WSOP for a much shorter time than some of the players on this list, with his first WSOP cash coming in 2015. He has, however, built up quite the reputation as one of the best tournament poker players in the game today and it seems very much just a matter of time before he finds himself in the WSOP winner’s circle with his first gold bracelet. Already, Foxen has racked up 39 WSOP cashes and four final tables ahead of 2020. His highest finish to date was a third-place finish at the 2017 WSOP in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Matt Glantz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 61 13 1 $3,232.669 Pennsylvania's Matt Glantz has been around the WSOP block a few times, but he’s still looking for that first gold bracelet. Glantz first cashed in a WSOP in 2000 and he’s been producing everything but wins since, including 13 final table appearances. Glantz has reached heads-up play once and finished third on three occasions. At the 2019 WSOP, Glantz picked up his third WSOP Main Event cash. Mark Gregorich CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 69 11 1 $1,168,497 Mark Gregorich is another player on this list who has been around for quite some time, earning his first WSOP cash back in 1999. He has 69 cashes and 11 final table appearances at the WSOP, with one runner-up finish that came in the 2003 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. Gregorich also has a trio of third-place finishes at the WSOP to date. Nick Guagenti CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 37 3 0 $583,181 Ohio's Nick Guagenti has 37 WSOP cashes with the first coming in 2006. He has three final table appearances. Guagenti's highest WSOP result came in 2019 when he took third in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for $85,265. His best finish in terms of money won came from his 46th-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, for which Guagenti won $145,733. Guagenti is a regular in mid- and high-stakes cash games in his region, and he also has 15 cashes on the WSOP Circuit. Christian Harder CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 53 2 0 $1,050,784 Christian Harder’s first WSOP cash came in 2009. He’s won titles elsewhere in the poker world, just not at the WSOP just yet. He’s been close before with a pair of fourth-place finishes and is known to put in a high amount of volume in the big bet games of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Maurice Hawkins CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 29 3 0 $623,240 Maurice Hawkins has been a longtime grinder of the WSOP and WSOP Circuit, racking up 29 WSOP cashes and 110 WSOP Circuit cashes. He has a whopping 14 WSOP Circuit gold rings, but Hawkins has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Hawkins has three WSOP final tables and they've come in big-field NL tournaments. With as many big-field NL events that are on the WSOP schedule these days, one has to figure that Hawkins is going to break through and win one at some point. Isaac Haxton CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 7 1 $2,923,424 Isaac Haxton is widely considered as one of the best minds in poker, and he’s certainly lived up to that with more than $27.6 million in live tournament earnings, millions more won in cash games, and who knows how much won online. The one thing he doesn’t have is a WSOP gold bracelet. Haxton has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. The second-place finish came to Vitaly Lunkin in the 2009 WSOP $40,000 No Limit Hold’em. Maria Ho CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 55 5 1 $1,644,554 Maria Ho is another long-time regular at the WSOP, with cashes dating back to 2005. She has five final table appearances and one runner-up finish in WSOP events, and she’s known to mix it up in most of the games. Ho’s runner-up finish came to Allen Bari in the 2011 WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em. Ho has been the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, 2007 and 2014, and she finished sixth in the 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event. Ali Imsirovic CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 10 3 1 $583,986 Ali Imsirovic is one of the newest kids on the block in all of poker, not just the WSOP, and he’s quickly acquired a reputation of one of the game’s best when it comes to No Limit Hold’em tournaments. Imsirovic’s first WSOP cash came in 2017, so there isn’t a ton of sample to draw from, but he’s already made three WSOP final tables in top-level events and has one runner-up finish. Given his success in his young poker career, Imsirovic is considered one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit Hold’em event. Rainer Kempe CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 3 0 $1,142,997 Rainer Kempe has won more than $21.3 million in his poker career and he’s been in the winner’s circle many times, but he’s yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. His WSOP career is still pretty young, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2015, but over a short period of time he’s already earned 31 in-the-money finishes and more than $1.1 million in earnings. Kempe has been to a WSOP final table three times to date. Jason Koon CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 42 7 1 $1,789,462 For all of the poker success that Jason Koon has enjoyed over the course of his career, he’s still searching for his first WSOP gold bracelet. Koon has more than $31.1 million in live tournament earnings to date and his first WSOP cash came back in 2009. He has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. Koon is similar to Haxton and Imsirovic in the sense that he’ll almost always be one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit hold’em tournament. Timofey Kuznetsov CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 0 0 0 $0 Timofey Kuznetsov, also known as ‘Trueteller,’ is highly regarded in the poker community as one of the best, especially within the high-stakes community. He has zero WSOP cashes to date, but he simply doesn’t play a lot of tournaments. That said, Kuznetsov is still one of the best players in poker without a WSOP gold bracelet. Maria Lampropulos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 0 0 $136,731 Maria Lampropulos first cashed a WSOP event in 2016 and that first year she walked away with five WSOP cashes in total. She followed that up with six cashes in 2017 and seven cashes in 2018. At the 2019 WSOP and WSOP Europe festivals, she cashed nine time. With partypoker MILLIONS and PCA Main Event wins on her résumé, both for seven-figure paydays, Lampropulos has shown she has the chops to compete in some of the biggest events in the world. Toby Lewis CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 24 0 0 $409,171 Toby Lewis’ first WSOP cash came in 2011 when he took 11th in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship. He’s racked up 24 WSOP cashes to date, but he’s never reached a WSOP final table. Tom Marchese CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 26 4 1 $1,295,638 A player with more than $19.1 million in live tournament earnings, Tom Marchese is often considered one of the better tournament players poker has to offer. He's yet to score a WSOP gold bracelet, though, but he has come close a few times, with four WSOP final tables and one runner-up finish. The time Marchese finished second was at the 2015 WSOP in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament. Steve O‘Dwyer CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 18 2 0 $675,717 Like Haxton and like Koon, Steve O’Dwyer has a ton of live tournament winnings. O’Dwyer has scored more than $30.4 million from the live felt, plus plenty more online, and his first WSOP cash came in 2007. O’Dwyer is a player who put in more WSOP volume at the beginning of his career compared to what he does now, which could be holding him back in terms of winning his first gold bracelet. At this point in his career, it seems that if O'Dwyer does win a gold bracelet, it will come at WSOP Europe or a similar international WSOP stop. Adam Owen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 34 5 0 $570,961 Adam Owen is another one of the younger guns on this list, but he’s widely regarded as one of the best all-around players in the game these days. Having earned his first WSOP cash in 2014, Owen has racked up 34 WSOP cashes to date, including five final tables and three third-place finishes. Owen has shown a propensity to perform well in the $10,000 buy-in championship events at the WSOP and many think that’s where he’ll earn his first gold bracelet from. Felipe Ramos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 4 0 $526,047 One of best poker players to come out of Brazil is Felipe Ramos, with 31 WSOP cashes dating back to his first in 2009. Ramos is known as a solid player who can compete across all variants, and the more tools you have in your shed, the better when it comes to chasing gold bracelets. Ramos has four WSOP final tables and they've all come in Omaha. Three of those four final tables were in Pot Limit Omaha. Dario Sammartino CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 41 10 0 $9,927,947 Italy’s Dario Sammartino first cashed in a WSOP event in 2011 and he’s been performing very well ever since, except winning a WSOP gold bracelet is something he’s yet to achieve. Sammartino has found the money in WSOP events 41 times to date. Of those, he’s reached the final table on 10 occasions. Sammartino's biggest claim to World Series of Poker fame was a runner-up finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $6 million. He's also one of the few players to have made the final table of both the WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event in his career. Sammartino has learned how to play all the games and play them well, so don’t be surprised to see him finally win WSOP gold much sooner than later. Ole Schemion CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 1 0 $469,735 Although his WSOP results don’t pop off the page, Ole Schemion is one of the best players out there and an absolute force when it comes to poker tournaments. He’s amassed more than $16.3 million in live tournament earnings, numerous high roller victories, and one World Poker Tour title. He’s still in search of his first WSOP gold bracelet, though. In terms of winning WSOP gold, it’s very likely just a volume game for Schemion. If he puts in the volume, he’ll get it eventually and probably in the near future. It also works to his benefit that WSOP Europe looks as though it will remain at King’s Casino in Rozvadov where Schemion has shown success before, including a sixth-place finish in the 2019 WSOP Europe €100,000 Diamond High Roller for €341,510. Jake Schindler CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 33 4 0 $1,050,644 The first of two players named Jake on this list, Jake Schindler has 33 entries and four final tables at the WSOP entering 2020. His best finish was a third-place result in the 2014 WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold'em for $212,373. Over his entire poker career, Schindler has more than $25 million in live tournament earnings. Jake Schwartz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 60 3 1 $658,477 Jake Schwartz earned his first WSOP cash in 2012 and has built up 60 in-the-money finishes since. He was first widely known as a No Limit hold'em player but he's since branched out and has been playing more of the games. In 2013, Schwartz earned the top WSOP finish of his career when he took second in the $1,500 NL Shootout, earning $202,035. To date, he has two other WSOP final table appearances in addition to that one. Shannon Shorr CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 79 9 2 $2,217,846 When is Shannon Shorr going to finally win a WSOP gold bracelet? Shorr first cashed in a WSOP event back in 2006, which seems like ages ago when you consider he’s still very much on the younger side of poker players. Ever since that first WSOP cash, not a year has gone by that Shorr hasn’t racked up multiple WSOP cashes. Plus, he’s been very close on several occasions with nine final table appearances and two runner-up finishes. He also has a pair of third-place finishes. Shorr can play all of the games very well. Before Chidwick winning his bracelet, Shorr was right there at the top of this list with Chidwick. Dan Smith CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 36 10 1 $9,884,615 Another high roller with a knack for all the games, Dan Smith has been close to winning WSOP gold before but it just hasn’t happened for him yet. His first WSOP cash came in 2010. Since then, he’s earned 36 total WSOP cashes and won more than $9.8 million at the WSOP. He has 10 final table appearances, six third-place finishes, and one second-place finish in WSOP events. Like some of the other high rollers on this list, with Smith it feels like more of a volume game than anything. Christoph Vogelsang CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 13 6 0 $8,668,735 Christoph Vogelsang has come close at the WSOP on a handful of occasions, including two third-place finishes in a pair of the biggest events the WSOP has ever offered. In 2014, Vogelsang placed third in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for $4.48 million. In 2019, he took third in the WSOP Europe €250,000 Super High Roller for more than $1.3 million. If there's a big buy-in event at the WSOP, Vogelsang is considered a threat to win it. Mike Watson CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 63 11 4 $2,917,143 Mike Watson has been knocking at the WSOP gold bracelet door for several years now. His first WSOP cash came in 2007 and he’s put up more than 60 cashes to date since. Of the 11 WSOP final table appearances Watson has on record, four of the times he’s finished runner-up. Interestingly, Watson did win the €50,000 Majestic High Roller at the 2012 WSOP Europe, but it was an added non-bracelet event for the high rollers. Had that event been in a later year, it very likely would have been for a gold bracelet. Watson usually plays a high volume of events and can play all the games, much like Shorr, and it’s only a matter of time before he finally scores a WSOP gold bracelet. Jerry Wong CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 38 7 0 $1,899,225 Jerry Wong may be most well known for reaching the now-defunct WSOP November Nine in 2016, when he finished eighth for more than $1.1 million, but he has plenty of other success at the WSOP. With 38 total WSOP cashes and seven final table appearances, the only thing left for Wong to do is win a gold bracelet. One would think that has to be on the horizon soon for Wong, who has the ability to compete highly in all of the games. His WSOP final table appearances have come in No Limit Deuce to Seven, Pot Limit Omaha, Big Bet Mix, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, H.O.R.S.E., and No Limit Hold'em.
  8. The inaugural World Poker Tour Online series could not have started any better for Leo Fernandez. The Argentinian took down Event #1 (Opener $5,200 NLHE) on Monday for a mid-six-figure score. Fernandez outlasted 496 other entries in Event #1 to win $409,638.98. Zachary Clark finished as the runner-up for $291,636.73 while Joey Weissman had to settle for a third-place finish and $199,929.80. Evgeny Galakhov took down the Event #1 (Mini Opener $530 NLHE) for $115,293.30. The first Progressive Knockout events on the calendar featured a $215 and a $2,100 buy-in event. Paul Höfer beat former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt heads-up to win the $2,100 buy-in event for $74,004.05 and an additional $81,970.71 in bounties. Astedt earned $73,903.80 from the prize pool while picking up another $14,705.08 in bounties. Ilya Anatski came in third place for $50,698.65 and $18,785.16 in bounties. Brazil's Vitor Dzivielevski won the $215 buy-in event (Event #2 - $215 Mini Knockout) to earn $32,332.82 and an additional $25,354.11 in bounties. Day 1A of WPT500 event kicked off on Sunday with 727 entrants playing down to a field of 108. The biggest stacks belonged to Joao Matos (587,716), Anton Wigg (385,258), and Danton Gomes (366,841). Monday saw 439 entrants play down to 55 players with Ferenc Deak (444,257), Artan Dedusha (409,127), and Franco Spitale (372,231) moving onto Day 2 with the biggest stacks. Day 1 flights continue through May 11 when all players will return to play down to a final table. WPT Online Event #1 - Mini Opener - $530 NLHE 1,362 Entries $681,000 Prize Pool Evgeny Galakhov - $115,293.30 Pavel Veksler - $81,992.40 Firoz Mangroe - $53,322.30 Ilya Anatski - $35,616.30 Adam Hari - $25,333.20 Fernando Ferreira - $17,842.30 Gonzalo Palaez - $12,394.20 Simon Ronno Pedersen - $8,240.10 WPT Online Event #1 - Opener - $5,200 NLHE 497 Entries $2,173,150 Prize Pool Leonardo Fernandez - $409,638.98 Zachary Clark - $291,636.73 Joey Weissman - $199,929.80 Istvan Birizdo - $139,081.60 Stewart Kirby - $98,661.01 Umut Kara - $71,713.95 Sylvain Loosli - $51,069.02 Michel Dattani - $36,943.44 WPT Online Event #2 - Mini Knockout - $215 NLHE PKO 2,548 Entries $509,600 Prize Pool Vitor Dzivielevski - $32,332.82 + $25,354.11 in bounties Jakub Michalak - $32,280.18 + $5,434.24 in bounties Jakob Miegel - $20,784.67 + $4,092.59 in bounties Maksym Klopotok - $13,815.01 + $789.06 in bounties Christopher Oliver - $9,605.53 + $3,286.32 in bounties Georgios Kapalas - $6,554.36 + $1,118.75 in bounties Patrick Lauber - $4,520.24 + $3,330.46 in bounties Ricard Silva - $2,881.66 + $1,770.31 in bounties WPT Online Event #2M - Knockout - $215 NLHE PKO 501 Entries $1,002,000 Prize Pool Paul Höfer - $74,004.05 + $81,970.71 in bounties Niklas Astedt - $73,903.80 + $14,705.08 in bounties Ilya Anatski - $50,698.65 + $18,785.16 in bounties Andrii Novak - $35,368.63 + $5,187.50 in bounties Jack Sinclair - $25,018.68 + $18,984.37 in bounties Niko Koop - $18,18.38 + $14,382.81 in bounties João Oliveira - $12,950.19 + $17,406.25 in bounties Parker Talbot - $9,368.22 + $26,406.25 in bounties WPT Online WPT500 Day 1A 727 Entries $363,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Joao Matos - 587,716 Anton Wigg - 385,258 Danton GOmes - 366,841 Anton Yakuba - 310,488 Jose Luis Davila Perez - 304,008 Andrea Panarese - 297,502 Ily Anataski - 294,071 Seth Maretz - 272,677 Ian Modder - 27,446 Daniel Wilson - 260,536 WPT Online WPT500 Day 1B 439 Entries $219,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Ferenc Deak - 444,257 Artan Dedusha - 409,127 Franco Spitale - 372,231 Aleksejs Ponakovs - 362,777 Breixo González Peña - 330,214 Alexander Staffan Anders Ivarsson - 298,598 Luis Faria - 292,249 Anatoly Filatov - 275,408 Sergei Denisov - 253,528 Jonathan Clark - 248,363
  9. 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 Abdelhakim Zoufri - 791,877 Kevin Macdonald - 668,081 Julie Ribiero - 590,228 Vincenzo Lupoli - 572,192 Sefan Lehner - 560,487 Benny Glaser - 548,623 Ihar Soika - 454,941 Benjamin Van Den Heuvel - 447,438 Pedro Madeira - 445,001 Guillaume Nolet - 443,152 WPT Online Event #15 Mini $109 Weekender 510 Entries $409,500 Prize Pool Matthew Wilkins - $63,285.54 Julio Fantin - $44,348.85 Ricardo Arraiano - $28,501.20 Ivan Zufic - $18,673.20 Pedro Jorge - $12,899.25 Paul A Allen - $8,804.25 Thomas William Bingham - $6,122.02 Philippe Dauteuil - $3,968.05 WPT Online Event #15 $1,050 Weekender 125 Entries $979,000 Prize Pool Niklas Astedt - $174,751.50 Tyler Goatcher - $124,333 Sonny Franco - $83,508.70 Fredrik Andersson - $56,586.20 Manig Loeser - $39,943.20 Stefan Schillhabel - $28,782.60 Jens Lakemeier - $20,559 Javier Zarco - $14,293.40 WPT Online Event #18 Mini $320 Pot Limit Omaha 376 Entries $112,800 Prize Pool Rui Ferreira - $22,560.10 Jamil Kanji - $16,694.40 Pedro Zagalo - $12,126 Akseli Paalanen - $8,547.98 Brett Davies - $6,204 Andreas Torbergsen - $4,286.40 WPT Online Event #18 $3,200 Pot Limit Omaha 128 Entries $384,000 Prize Pool Jacob Carl Schindler - $96,731.94 Mads Amot - $65,280 Espen Myrmo - $46,080 Joao Vieira - $32,640 Ferenc Deak - $24,000 Richard Ashby $15,936 WPT Online Event #21 Mini $109 Mix-Max Turbo Bounty 1,935 Entries $193,500 Prize Pool Adrian-Sorel State - $11,422.11 + $7,448.35 in bounties Lukas Soucek - $11,400.49 + $3,693.56 in bounties Diogo GOmes - $8,669.98 + $2,152.77 in bounties Vadim Shlez - $6,264.76 + $2,084.28 in bounties Oleg Netaliev - $4,150.40 + $1,678.53 in bounties 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 Viktor Ustimov - $26,909.02 + $35,195.33 in bounties Robin Andreas Berggren - $26,876.26 + $1,875.00 in bounties Lucas Reeves - $19,397.91 + $5,007.81 in bounties Simon Deadman - $14,107.57 + $1,562.00 in bounties Marc-Olivier Grandmaitre - $9,698.95 + $10,468.75 in bounties 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 Ezequiel Waigel - 435,201 Yuan Yuan Li - 32,147 Rui Bouquet - 363,423 Jerry Odeen - 329,637 Aleksandr Shevliakov - 308,278 Chirstopher Putz - 289,886 Angel Guillen - 284,871 Georgi Sandev - 284,321 Adrovan Rodrigues Junior - 283,265 Fausto Tantillo - 277,829
  10. Another major online poker series kicked off this weekend as the preliminary events in Poker Central’s first-ever Super High Roller Bowl Online series brought out some of the biggest names in the game. The complete series, which takes place on partypoker, will run from May 23 through June 1 and guarantees $20 million in total prize money across 28 High Roller tournaments. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris Hunichen took home the largest score of the three opening day events, earning $479,250 for his victory in Event #2 ($25,500 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller ). The two-day event saw a total of 54 entries which pushed the prize pool to $1,350,000. Hunichen’s score ranks as the second-largest online cash of his career, right behind his third-place finish in the 2018 PokerStars SCOOP $10K Main Event for which he took home over $618,000. ‘Big Huni’ defeated another online superstar for the title by besting Viktor Blom in heads-up play. Blom’s runner-up finish was good for $32,625 and comes just a day after finishing third in the WPT Online series PLO High Roller for which he earned $121,200. Mark Davis fell in third place and picked up $205,875. Jans Arends outlasted the 76-entry field of Event #1 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) to take home the $216,600 first-place prize. Finishing right behind him was the UK’s Ben Heath who secured $148,200 as the runner-up. Picking up the bronze was two-time Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen who added another $102,600 to his bankroll. Also of note, former worldwide #1-ranked online pro Niklas Astedt finished in sixth place for $41,800 and Daniel Dvoress secured a min-cash of $22,800, his second cash in the first two events. Another player who cashed in two of the three events was Sergi Reixach, who took down Event #3 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $191,750. Combined with his fifth-place finish in Event #1, Reixach’s two-score, one day total was just shy of $245,000. Just a week after picking up his fourth career SCOOP title, Mike Watson finished in second place, taking home $129,800 for his efforts. And another former #1-ranked PocketFiver found his way to the podium as Andras Nemeth finished up in third place for $87,025. Event #1: $10,300 High Roller 76 entries $760,000 prize pool Jans Arends - $216,600 Benjamin Heath - $148,200 Alex Foxen - $102,600 Jake Schindler - $68,400 Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $53,200 Niklas Astedt - $41,800 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $34,200 Christopher Fraser - $26,600 Event #2: $25,500 Super High Roller 8-Max 54 entries $1,350,000 prize pool Christopher Hunichen - $479.250 Viktor Blom - $320,625 Mark Davis - $205,875 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $131,625 Rob Lipkin - $87,750 Daniel Dvoress - $67,500 Timothy Adams - $57,375 Event #3: $10,300 High Roller 59 entries $590,000 prize pool Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $191,750 Michael Watson - $129,800 Andras Nemeth - $87,025 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $54,575 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $42,775 John O’ Shea - $33,925 Michael Addamo - $28,025 Jonathan VanFleet - $22,125
  11. 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. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] 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 Niklas Astedt - $5,282.98 + $6,219.54 in bounties Javier Zarco - $5,276.32 + $3,032.03 in bounties Tomas Geleziunas - $3,808.18 + $1,545.31 in bounties Danil Karavaev - $2,769.58 + $1,656.25 in bounties Andres Ojeda - $1,904.09 + $1,034.37 in bounties Li Zhang - $1,384.79 + $1,131.25 in bounties Event #49: $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] Entries: 104 Prize pool: $208,000 Benjamin Voreland - $23,691.30 + $47,750 in bounties Niki Juhani Numisto - $23,670.46 + $4,750 in bounties Sam Higgs - $14,572.83 + $4,500 in bounties Joni Jouhkimainen - $10,626.02 + $500 in bounties Connor Drinan - $7,590.01 + $5,125 in bounties Jason Mercier - $5,161.21 + $2,625 in bounties Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo Entries: 802 Prize pool: $40,100 Alastair Smith - $6,817.09 Joel Holmberg - $5,022.20 David Greene - $3,809.50 Breno Andrade - $2,606.50 Garry Stevens Smith - $1,804.50 Ilya Yakunin - $1,203 Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo Entries: 170 Prize pool: $85,000 Pablo Brito Silva - $21,170.64 Martin Gaudreault Remillard - $13,600 Fabio Sperling - $9,562.50 Ankush Mandavia - $6,927.50 Arnaud Enselme - $5,100 Linus Thor - $3,400 Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 1,906 Prize pool: $95,300 Sam Mather - $6,291.69 + $5,002.02 in bounties Jacobus Visser - $6,281.15 + $1,732.65 in bounties Vyacheslav Nikulin - $4,086.89 + $1,038.59 in bounties Govand Amin - $2,721.08 + $227.74 in bounties Vaidas Smigelskas - $1,924.79 + $955.68 in bounties Steve Trepanier - $1,339.44 + $1,485.67 in bounties Jordan Greenlees - $922.84 + $509.90 in bounties Afonso Palma Ferro - $601.16 + $517.56 in bounties Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 378 Prize pool: $189,000 Maximillian Diender - $14,478.07 + $18,921.91 in bounties Sarah Targul - $14,459.14 + $8,941.41 in bounties Joris Ruys - $10,24.66 + $3,511.72 in bounties Jelle Moene - $7,182.62 + $1,062.50 in bounties Hendrik Hovsepyan - $5,115.68 + $1,335.94 Christopher Johnson - $3,792.83 + $1,273.44 in bounties Benjamin Rolle - $2,635.35 + $1,187.50 in bounties Simon Mattsson - $1,922.25 + $1,062.50 in bounties
  12. Seven days ago, Michael Addamo was sitting on top of the world after winning over $600,000 and a pair of partypoker High Roller Club titles. On Sunday, Addamo had a chance to pick up a second consecutive partypoker High Roller Club Main Event title before he ran into Nick Petrangelo. Petrangelo outlasted 29 other runners and then beat Addamo heads-up to win the Main Event and earned $356,500. Addamo had to settle for the runner-up score of $217,000. Isaac Haxton defeated former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt in the partypoker High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance event to bank $184,000. Astedt, who has over $20,000,000 in online poker earnings, added $117,734.70 to that total for his second-place result. The PokerStars Sunday Million was up to 12,860 runners this week, an increase of 1,315 over last week, to build a total prize pool of $1,286,000. The final two players chopped up a little more than $220,000. Eventual champ 'c0rl30n3_89' took home $118,981.31 while runner-up 'fcb-serv' squeaked out a six-figure score, earning $101,074.92. Third place went to 'eValiukas' for $67,153.11. Ivan 'Negriin' Luca defeated Simon 'IgorKarkarof' Rønnow heads-up in the PokerStars $5,200 High Roller event. Luca added $134,799.35 to his bankroll for the win while Rønnow earned $104,441.26. Rønnow had a bigger six-figure score after winning the partypoker High Roller Club The Big Game for $181,357.65. Daniel Dvoress finished in the silver medal position in that event for $130,302.04. The GGPoker GGMasters had 3,367 entries to fall $35,354 short of making the $500,000 guarantee. Swiss grinder 'Gogac1' outlasted all of them to win $71,947.50. Finishing one spot behind them, 'TeuCu' banked $50,874.60 and 'spicypigeon' rounded out the podium finishers to earn $35,973.80. PokerStars Sunday Million Buy-in: $109 Entries: 12,860 Prize pool: $1,286,000 c0rl30n3_89 - $118,981.31* fcb-serv - $101,074.92* eValiukas - $67,153.11 PokerStars High Roller Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 123 Prize pool: $615,00 Ivan 'Negriin' Luca - $134,799.35 IgorKarkarof - $104,441.26 needdollarz - $80,920.16 PokerStars Bounty Builder Buy-in: $109 Entries: 3,439 Prize pool: $343,900 IceStream - $20,998.57 + $12,186.45 in bounties woody1234321 - $20,995.62 + $6,553.83 in bounties Skammes - $12,151.99 + $2,652.67 in bounties partypoker High Roller Club Main Event Buy-in: $25,500 Entries: 31 Prize pool: $775,000 Nick Petrangelo - $356,500 Michael Addamo - $217,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $139,500 partypoker High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance Buy-in: $10,300 Entries: 46 Prize pool: $460,000 Isaac Haxton - $184,000 Niklas Astedt - $117,734.70 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $59,800 partypoker High Roller Club The Big Game Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 161 Prize pool: $819,509.70 Simon Rønnow Pedersen - $181,357.65 Daniel Dvoress - $130,302.04 Bujtás László - $95,063.12 GGPoker GGMasters Buy-in: $150 Entries: 3,367 Prize pool: $500,000 ($35,354 overlay) Gogac1 - $71,947.50 TeuCu - $50,874.60 spicypigeon - $35,973.80 GGPoker High Roller Blade Mulligan Buy-in: $5,000 Entries: 119 Prize pool: $565,250 IAmZeCaptainNow - $123,894.89 Corey Burbick - $94,245.09 PascalHartmann - $71,690.99
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