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The PokerStars EPT Online series wrapped up on Thursday after Sweden’s ‘WhatIfGod’ was crowned the champion of the $5,200 NLHE Main Event and walked away with the $1,019,082 million first-place prize. The first-ever EPT Online looked to bring players similar offerings to that of one of their popular live stops which have been understandably postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And over the past two weeks, some of the world’s top online poker talent packed the PokerStars lobbies to battle for a piece of the $21.1 million in total prize money that was spread out over the series’ 20 events. The Main Event After four days of play, the final nine players reconvened to fight for the biggest prize of the series and the right to be called EPT Main Event Champion. The first three eliminations happened in short order as ‘vip25459’ fell was the first to fall, busting out ninth place for $78,797. Soon after busting ‘vip25459’, online poker legend Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet hit the rail in eighth place ($97,344) when he lost a huge flip holding [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] against ‘VbV1990’s [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"]. Then Andreas ‘daskalos20’ Christoforou busted in spectacular fashion when he got his [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] all in preflop against David ‘MissOracle’ Yan’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] and when the [poker card="3c"] hit the river, Christoforou was drawing dead. He settled for seventh place and $136,147. Play slowed down at six-handed until Enio ‘Bozzano JNR’ Bozzano suffered a bad beat in sixth place ($190,419) as Yan again came from behind and cracked Bozzano’s [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"] with his [poker card="qh"][poker card="qd"]. Russia’s Viacheslav ‘Vbv1990’ Buldygin was the next to exit when he moved all-in with [poker card="ac"][aj] and was called by ‘WhatIfGod’s [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. The pocket eights held and Buldygin was eliminated in fifth place for $266,323. Not long after, ‘tikidiii’ busted in fourth place when he open-shoved his [poker card="js"][poker card="th"] into Timothy ‘Tim0thee’ Adams who showed down [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Adams’ pocket eights flopped a set and held through the river as ‘tikidiii’ fell in fourth place for $372,485. The experienced final three players battled for roughly thirty minutes before Yan became short-stacked after he was called on a bluffed missed flush draw. Unlike earlier in the tournament when he was able to chip up from the short stack, Yan was unable to recover. He shoved his remaining 16 big blinds in the middle holding [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] against Adams’ [poker card="ac"][poker card="4s"]. Although the tens held to the turn, the [poker card="as"] spiked on the river, shipping the pot to Adams and sending Yan home with a third-place $520,966 payday. Despite both being deep-stacked, Adams and ‘WhatIfGod’ had a brief heads-up battle of just seven hands. It came to a head when Adams raised the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] and ‘WhatIfGod’ three-bet with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"]. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4h"] which brought a bet from ‘WhatIfGod’ which Adams called. The turn came the [poker card="8s"] and ‘WhatIfGod’ checked it over to Adams who put in a bet of his own. ‘WhatIfGod’ called. The case ace, the [poker card="ac"], fell on the river and ‘WhatIfGod’ checked again. Adams then shoved his remaining stack and was called by ‘WhatIfGod’ who used his [poker card="tc"] to outkick Adams and clinch the championship. Adams earned $728,633 as the runner up and ‘WhatIfGod’ locked down the seven-figure $1,019,082 first-place prize. EPT Online Main Event Final Table Payouts [table id=123 /] Series Highlights The series got off to a fast start as EPT Online Event #1 ($1,050 NLHE, Arena Championship) racked up a total of 2,426 entries to shatter the $1.5 million event guarantee to the tune of a $2,426,000 prize pool. After four days of play, ‘DON JOHAN’ walked away with a $356,769 payday setting the stage for a series that promised players big-time payouts throughout. While not the first tournament numerically, EPT Online Event #3 ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) was the first to reach the finish line and, in the end, it was David ‘MonkeyBausss’ Laka that became the answer to the trivia question “Who was the first EPT Online Champion?” Laka outlasted a talent-packed final table that included former #1-ranked pros Chris ‘ImDaNuts’ Oliver and Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov as well as current #2-ranked player from Croatia Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic to lock up the $143,567 score. After a three-handed deal was made in EPT Online Event #4 ($530 NLHE), former PokerStars Team Online member Tatiana ‘Mysters_Y’ Barausova took home a trophy, surviving the field of 1139 runners and earning herself $74,951 in the process. The final table of EPT Online Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) was a who’s who of online poker. Belarusian crusher Mikita Badziakouski and Mathias Eibinger made a deal heads-up that saw both players take home just over $221,000 but it was Badziakouski who will receive the trophy. 2020 WSOP NLHE PPC Champ Christian Rudolph finished in third place on a final table that included October PLB winner Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic, Canada’s #1-ranked pro Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, Timothy ‘Tim0thee’ Adams, and current #1-ranked player in the world Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Also at the final table of Event #6 was high-stakes pro Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens who finished in seventh place for $51,445. A good result to be sure, but it was the beginning of a few days that found him locking up not one, but two EPT Online titles. First, in EPT Online Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max) he struck a deal with Greece’s Alexandros ‘Pwndidi’ Theologis heads up which locked up a $87,984 payday and the trophy. Three days later he bested Michael ‘Imluckbox’ Addamo heads up in EPT Online Event #15 ($10,300 Turbo, 6-Max, High Roller) to take home another $186,238 score. EPT Online Event #10 ($25,000 Super High Roller) had 81 entries fighting over a piece of the $2,000,000 prize pool. Finnish pro Eelis ‘EEE27’ Parssinen denied the victory to likes of Christian Rudolph, Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle, Joao Vieira, and Artur Martirosian and took home $539,819 for first, the largest prize outside of the Main Event. PokerStars popular 6+ Hold’em (aka Short Deck) was on display in EPT Online Event #13 ($10,300 6+ Hold’em, High Roller) when Canadian crusher Sam Greenwood topped the small field of 41 entries to add $177,599 to his more than $11.6 million in lifetime career online earnings. One of Brazil’s best and brightest online stars, Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha blasted through the 818 entries of EPT Online Event #18 ($1,050 NLHE, Turbo) to capture the $138,358 first-place prize, a top-5 career score for the longtime grinder. In the final event of the series, former World Series of Poker final tablist Damian Salas used his last chance to pick up a six-figure score by winning EPT Online Event #20 ($1,050 NLHE Last Chance) for $117,475, the second-largest online win of his career. EPT Online Event Winners [table id=121 /] With the big buy-in tournaments of the EPT Online behind them, PokerStars next series caters to the other side of the poker pyramid. The MicroMillions series kicks off on November 19 and runs through November 29.
Fifteen players ended their Friday night by winning a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title including four players who weren't making their debut in the winner's circle. 'Leqenden', Conor Beresford, Joao Viera, and Connor Drinan, each added another SCOOP title the to their resume but the biggest winner on Friday was Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder. The Dutch poker pro topped the 117-entry field in Event #33 High ($10,300 High Roller PKO) to walk away with $113,785.25 and an additional $165,000 from collected bounties. The final player he eliminated was current #1-ranked 'Lena900' who had to settle for taking $113,785.07 from the prize pool and another $14,218.75 worth of bounties. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth came in third for $76,972.83 and $76,093.75 in bounties. Beresford shipped Event #32 High ($530 NLHE) to grab the third SCOOP title of his career and a $85,959 payday. 'Great dant' finished second for $61,273.96 while 'bencb' walked away with $43,678.21 for coming in third place. Connor Drinan earned his second career SCOOP title by working his way through the 378-entry field in Event #34 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Along with the title, Drinan picked up $34,420.52. 'cAzimiR69' fell one spot short of their first career title and had to settle for $24,907.44 while 'SilentPurple' took the final spot on the podium and added $18,023.73 to their bankroll. Event #35 High ($2,100 Six Max NLHE) had a 285-entry field to build up a $570,000 prize pool that 'cooltwister' took the winner's share from. The Belarussian player picked up $108,799.70 while 'riversouza' finished runner-up for $80,646.27. Third place finisher Jans 'Graftekkel' Arends, who won a SCOOP title last year, was left with a $59,778 consolation prize for coming in third. In the fastest-paced event on the day, Event #38 High ($530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom), 'WhatIfGod' won $37,691.13 by denying 'Passiveaggro' a second 2020 SCOOP title. 'Passiveaggro' ended up earning $13,565.18 for coming in second place. Other players who won SCOOP titles on Friday included 'XOTTAI5bl4' (Event #32-L), 'Achuienas' (Event #32-M), 'Leqenden' (Event #33-L) , Joao 'Naza114' Vieira (Event #33-M), 'Andrej82' (Event #34-L), 'Premove' (Event #34-M), 'AchoBogdanov' (Event #35-L), 'oNinguém' (Event #35-M), 'nEfErRfrE' (Event #38-L), and 'INTL_JONES' (Event #38-M). Event #32-H: $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,072 Prize pool: $536,000 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford - $85,959.00 great dant - $61,273.96 bencb789 - $43,678.21 sebasnato - $31,135.32 s3c3_1978 - $22,194.31 iwillkillset - $15,820.84 AS Leshiy - $11,277.65 T_Dot_D - $8,03.08 KKremate - $5,730.48 Event #33-H: $10,300 High Roller PKO Entries: 117 Prize pool: $1,170,000 Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder - $113,785.25 + $165,000 in bounties Lena900 - $113,785.07 + $14,218.75 in bounties probirs - $76,972.83 + $76,093.75 in bounties WushuTM - $59,637.88 + $41,875.00 in bounties WATnlos - $46,206.92 + $3,750.00 in bounties SamSquid - $35,800.71 + $23,750.00 in bounties imluckbox - $27,738.06 + $9,375.00 in bounties Tomatee - $21,491.20 + $6,562.50 in bounties Event #34-H: $530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 378 Prize pool: $189,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $34,420.52 cAzimiR69 - $24,907.44 SilentPurple - $18,023.73 lennart - $13,042.49 tipitip80 - $9,437.92 Spider91_PL - $6,829.55 Jamie_KK - $4,942.06 spieler52 - $3,576.22 Event #35-H: $2,100 Six Max NLHE Entries: 285 Prize pool: $570,000 cooltwister - $108,799.70 riversouza - $80,646.27 Graftekkel - $59,778.00 joaovbarb - $44,309.69 zazano - $32,843.91 Mysters_Y - $24,345.15 Event #38-H: $530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom Entries: 709 Prize pool: $354,500 (all in bounties) WhatIfGod - $37,691.13 Passiveaggro - $13,565.18 Julinho888 - $9,688.47 E|SuN007 - $8,521.00
Charlie Carrel is having himself a pretty good spring. Nine days ago the English poker pro picked up a $600,000 score in a World Poker Tour Online Super High Roller Event. On Sunday he won a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title for the third time in his career. Carrel beat Owain 'Sngwonder' Carey heads-up to win Event #70 High ($530 NLHE PKO) to take home $67,468.09 from the prize pool and another $43,912.43 from bounties. Carey wound up with $67,466.41 from the prize pool plus $19,840.02 in bounties. Third place finisher 'HUMAN PIOSOLVER' finished in third place and pocketed $40,029.42 plus $15,742.63 in bounties. PokerStars Ambassador Fintan 'easywithaces' Hand took his Twitch stream viewers on a championship-winning journey on Sunday. Hand topped the 409-player field in Event #69 High ($1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack) while streaming on Twitch to win his first SCOOP title and $73,652.88. France's Antoine 'A.Saout' Saout fell one spot short of the title but was able to console himself with a $55,195.04 score. Third place went to Alex 'Pwndidi' Theologis for $41,363.02. Sweden's 'WhatIfGod' won their second title of the series by beating fellow Swede Andreas 'mrAndreeew' Berggren heads-up in Event #76 High ($1,050 NLHE Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown SE). 'WhatIfGod' previously won Event #38 High ($530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom) for his first SCOOP title nine days earlier. That win earned them $37,691.13 while this victory came with a much bigger score of $76,688 from the prize pool and another $73,728.46 from bounties. Berggren took home $76,687.85 and another $14,087.89 while 'shermdog50' finished third for $46,623.91 and $18,519.54 in bounties. The six other players who won SCOOP titles on Sunday were 'hyggeLT' (Event #69-L), 'Portaluppi.7' (Event #69-M), 'fAArid88' Event #70-L, 'u3meha' (Event #70-M), 'Hadoque' (SCOOP), Bjorn 'bokkie87' Verbakel (Event #76-M). Event #69-H: $1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 409 Prize pool: $409,000 Fintan 'easywithaces' Hand - $73,652.88 Antoine 'A.Saout' Saout - $55,195.04 Pwndidi - $41,363.02 bpryer - $30,997.33 WalmartCNXN - $23,229.35 hitthehole - $17,408.02 Riverbanged - $13,045.54 M_Acevedo - $9,776.28 RPILON - $7,326.33 Event #70-H: $530 NLHE PKO Entries: 2,112 Prize pool: $1,056,000 Charlie 'Epiphany77' Carrel - $67,468.09 + $43,912.43 Owain 'Sngwonder' Carey - $67,466.41 + $19,840.02 HUMAN PIOSOLVER - $40,029.42 + $15,742.63 Slaassh - $28,534.33 + $4,539.07 ludovi333 - $20,340.19 + $16,032.19 Nextlevelftp - $14,499.14 + $1,890.63 Noobanx - $10,335.49 + $3,050.77 GlitchSystem - $7,367.44 + $3,375.01 Event #76-H: $1,050 NLHE Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown SE Entries: 1,117 Prize pool: $1,117,000 WhatIfGod - $76,688 + $73,728.46 mrAndreeew - $76,687.85 + $14,087.89 shermdog50 - $46,623.91 + $18,519.54 MASUR1N1KE - $33,751.38 + $5,796.88 luis_faria - $24,432.92 + $15,683.59 quiditbear - $17,687.19 + $8,109.38 ShippityShip - $12,803.89 + $11,945.31 Crazy Elior - $9,268.81 + $2,859.38 MountainRo$e - $7,332.76 + $2,343.75