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After four starting flights and 2,130 entries, the first-ever World Poker Tour Online Championship Event saw just 398 players return for Day 2 on Monday. And at the end of the day, it was Super High Roller savant Sam Greenwood who assumed the overnight chip lead heading into Day 3. Throughout the course of the week, thousands of players packed the lobbies of the WPT Online starting flights helping the WPT crush the event’s $5 million guarantee to the tune of a $6,390,000 prize pool. On Monday, the 398 players that survived those opening flights reunited online to battle for the over $1 million first-place prize. Only 35 of the 398 runners found a virtual bag with tournament specialist Sam Greenwood grabbing the top spot (4,635,621) followed closely by Pascal Hartmann (4,431,202), and Max Silver (4,340,422). Rounding out the top five chip counts are Rayan Chamas and Aram Zobian who also finished the day with over four million in chips. Other notable names to advance include Vincent Bosca Ramon, Amichal Barer, Benny Glaser, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Matthias Eibinger, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Viktor Ustimov, and World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. Although 398 players returned for Day 2, only 312 of them were going to get paid. Justin Bonomo, Rui Ferreira, Daniel Dvoress, Christoph Vogelsang, and Ludovic Geilich were among the players who picked up a $5,942.70 min-cash, exiting not long after the money bubble burst. Koray Aldemir (273rd, $6,134.40), #1-ranked Conor Beresford (243rd, $6,326.10), Darren Elias (203rd, $6,645) were able to ladder up a little. Chance Kornuth (184th, $7,604.10), Wiktor Malinowski (149th, $8,882.10), Jorryt Van Hoof (123rd, $9,521.10), Dominik Nitsche (109th, $10,160.10), and Igor Kurganov (108th, $10,160.10) were among those who looked to make a run but fell outside of the top 100. Mohsin Charania (97th, $10,799.10), Simon Deadman (88th, $11,438.10), Mikita Badziakouski (68th, $13,035.60), Chris Kruk (57th, $14,185.80), and Kristen Bicknell (43rd, $16,741.80) were among those who nearly advanced to day three but ultimately fell just short. With 35 players left, everyone is guaranteed a payday of at least $18,594.90 while the top seven are promised a six-figure score. There were plenty of six-figure scores to be had in the two-day Event #37 ($25,500 Super High Roller) as 91 players battled for the over half-a-million first-place prize. After a deal was made, Dan Smith emerged victorious taking home $555,503.38 for first while Daniel Dvoress agreed to accept $456,871.63 as the runner-up. It turned out to be a nice day for Lucas Reeves as well, in addition to finishing in 51st place in the Championship Event for $15,463 he also claimed the bronze in the High Roller for a more substantial $295,750 payday. There were more huge scores to be had as those who had busted out of the Main Event were given another $3,200 event to play at the same time. Event #41 ($3,200 Second Chance Turbo) had 110 entries as Phillip Mighall booked the win and banked $80,850 for first. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Andras Nemeth finished as the runner-up, adding $57,750 to his bankroll. And while his brother was leading the Main Event, Luc Greenwood was bringing honor to the family name by claiming the bronze in the Second Chance, earning $41,250 for his efforts. Event #20 - $3,200 WPT Online Championship 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Top 10 Chip Counts Sam Greenwood - 4,635,621 Pascal Hartmann - 4,431,202 Max Silver - 4,340,422 Rayan Chamas - 4,246,913 Aram Zobian - 4,246,619 Christian Jeppsson - 3,901,810 Mihail Zavoloka - 3,498,341 Maximilian Lehmanski - 3,155,635 Nikita Kupchin - 3,039,865 Daniel Reijmer - 3,005,600 Event #37: $25,500 Super High Roller 91 entries $2,275,000 prize pool Dan Smith - $555,503.38 Daniel Dvoress - $456,871.63 Lucas Reeves - $295,750 Rob Lipkin - $204,750 John O’ Shea - $159,250 Elias Talvitie - $113,750 Event #41: $3,200 Second Chance Turbo 110 entries $330,000 prize pool Phillip Mighall - $80,850 Andras Nemeth - $57,750 Luc Greenwood - $41,250 David Gradic - $28,875 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $21,450 Stewart Kirby - $16,500
The four-day World Poker Tour $10,000 Main Event Championship on partypoker came to a conclusion on Wednesday as the UK’s Phillip Mighall outlasted the 1,011 player field to claim his first WPT title and a career-high cash of $1,550,298.47. Even though Mighall started the final table with a comfortable stack, sitting second in chips, his path to victory was certainly not an easy one. He faced serious competition in the final nine players including World Series of Poker final tablist and Day 3 chip leader Damian Salas, Team partypoker pro Dzimitry Urbanovich, and renowned high-stakes online poker grinder Bert ‘Girafganger7’ Stevens. But Mighall leaned on his years of online poker experience, which has brought him more than $3.1 million in lifetime online earnings, and grinded out the over six-hour long final table to capture that signature victory years in the making. Roughly twenty minutes into the final table the first major confrontation took place. After an early position raise from Salas, Laszlo Molnar three-bet half his short stack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. From the button, Brazil’s Victor Simonato put in the four-bet holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"] which allowed Salas to fold when it came back around to him. Molnar then stuck the rest of his stack in the middle to put his tournament on the line and Simonato made the quick call. The board ran out [poker card="qd"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="th"] sending Molnar home in ninth for $127,386. The next elimination took place just a few hands later as Tuen Mulder opened from under the gun with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] and then from the small blind, Simonato put in a three-bet with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Finland’s Akseli Paalanen then four-bet shoved over 40 big blinds with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] which brought a fold from Mulder. After some thought, Simionato made the call. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] keeping the pocket queens in the lead. The [poker card="9s"] turn and the [poker card="9d"] river didn’t help Paalanen’s ace-king and he was eliminated in eighth place for $153,672. After having climbed two spots on the payout ladder, Bert Stevens open-shoved his final fifteen big blinds from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="th"]. Russia’s Blaz Zerjav made the call in the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="9s"] flop opened the door for Stevens to pick up some additional outs on the turn. The [poker card="9s"] was not one of them and when the [poker card="8d"] fell on the river, the online legend Stevens exited in seventh place and added $194,112 to his nearly $10 million in career online earnings. Play slowed down at six-handed over the next hour and it took a bit of a cooler to send the next player to the rail. Salas opened under the gun with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] and it folded around to Mulder on the button who called with [aq][poker card="qd"]. From the big blind, Urbanovich three-bet off his fifteen big blind stack with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Salas folded the pocket pair, but Mulder four-bet enough to put Urbanovich at risk. Urbanovich made the call with the dominating hand but was quickly an underdog on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="9h"] flop. The [poker card="5h"] brought flush outs for the partypoker pro but he missed with the [poker card="jc"] river. Urbanovich was out in sixth place for $277,014. Roughly fourth-five minutes later, Zerjav completed the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3s"] and the called Simonato who raised the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"]. The pair saw a flop of [poker card="9c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="5h"]. Zerjav check-called a bet from Simonato. The [poker card="kh"] turn elicited another check from Zerjav and Simonato continued his story with another larger bet, which Zerjav called. The [poker card="4h"] river brought Zerjav a straight, which he checked over to Simonato who continued his bluff by firing a third bullet. Zerjav made the easy call and crippled Simonato, leaving him with less than a big blind. Simonato, who won his way into the tournament on a $22 satellite, exited the very next hand in fifth place for $391,257. The final four players grinded for nearly three hours before Zerjav was forced to make his move. He open-shoved his final fourteen big blinds from the button holding [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] right into Mighall’s [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"] in the big blind. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Mighall top set and left Zerjav looking for serious help. The [poker card="9s"] turn left Zerjav drawing dead to the [poker card="qh"] river and the Russian fell in fourth place earning $552,006. Salas raised his three-handed button with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] only to be shoved on by chip leader Mighall with [poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"]. Salas made the call and found he was flipping for his tournament life. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="7s"] flop looked good for Salas and the [poker card="qc"] turn looked even better. However, Salas couldn’t fade Mighall’s two-outer as the [poker card="3c"] hit the river, giving Mighall a set and eliminating Salas in third place for $814,663.80. Mighall and Mulder negotiated a deal during heads-up play that locked up career-high cashes of $1,396,968 for Mulder and $1,450,298 for Mighall but still left $100,000 on the table to play for. The thirty minute heads up match saw Mulder strip the chip lead from Mighall for a short period of time but back to back hands swung the match back in favor to Mighall, including the final hand which was a wild one. On the button, Mulder raised with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"] only to be three-bet by Mighall holding [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"]. Mulder opted to flat the three-bet and the pair saw a [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] flop. Mighall led the flop for half-pot and Mulder put in another call with his top set, leaving himself less than a pot bet behind. The action [poker card="8h"] hit the turn bringing in Mighall’s gutshot straight draw. Mighall shoved his straight, Mulder called and needed the board to pair. It didn’t as the [poker card="2s"] hit the river ending Mulder’s tournament in second place. Phillip Mighall ended the night with a score of more than $1.55 million, his first WPT title, a seat to the WPT Tournament of Champions, and his name to be enshrined on the WPT Mike Sexton Champions Cup. Final Table Payouts Phillip Mighall - $1,550,298.47* Tuen Mulder - $1,396,968.73* Damian Salas - $814,663.80 Blaz Zerjav - $552,006 Victor Simionato - $391,257 Dzmitry Urbanovich - $277,014 Bert Stevens - $194,112 Akseli Paalanen - $153,672 Laszlo Molnar - $127,386