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Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic enjoyed some of the biggest scores of his career in the month of September. His success in the month not only helped him break into the Online Poker Rankings top 5 for the first time in his career, but it also clinched his second career Online Player of the Month honors in less than a year. Smiljkovic racked up 4,241 leaderboard points in September thanks to a handful of key victories in some of online poker’s biggest series. At the end of the first week, on September 7, he took down the GGPoker WSOP Online $525 Bounty Hunter High Roller for $16,960 and 435.23 points. The very next day, he was in the winner’s circle again, this time during the 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, earning another $61,090 (his largest cash of the month) and 591.61 by winning Event #75 ($530 NLHE). September 9 was a key date for him as he made several deep runs at the same time, earning five-figure scores and heaps of leaderboard points. It started off with a runner-up finish in the GGPoker WSOP Online $525 Bounty Hunter where he picked up $14,607. The heat continued with a fourth-place result in WCOOP Event #80-L ($019 NLHE PKO Mini Thursday Thrill) for $15,418. At the same time, Smiljkovic was battling at the final table of WCOOP Event #82-H ($2,100 NLHE) where he ended up falling in fifth place for $28,771. In total, Smiljkovic finished in the money 55 times for a total of $308,708. Not the most volume by any means, but his deep runs in large fields events was enough to help propel him to a career-high ranking of #3 in the world, as well as lift him to the top of the leaderboard. Lucio ‘Llima92’ Lima (3,866 points) also thrived in the month of September, finishing in second place while climbing to new heights on the Online Poker Rankings. Lima, currently grinding the mid-to-high stakes, put in a ton of volume last month. He amassed more than 170 in-the-money finishes, seven of which were for five figures, for a total earn of just over $394,000. His largest score came on September 16 when he took down the GGPoker $1,050 Wednesday Double Stack for $58,148 and 531.04 leaderboard points. That barely eclipsed his fifth-place finish in the GGPoker $777 Lucky Sevens on September 5 in which he earned $53,331 and 464.22 points. He also did damage during the 2021 PokerStars WCOOP. First, on September 10, he final tabled Event #85-H ($2,100 NLHE PKO) for more than $18,000 and 212.32 points. He was back at a WCOOP final table in Event #101-H ($1,050 PLO 6-Max) where he finished in fourth place for $20,090 and another 218.94 points. By the end of the month, Lima hit as high as #16 in the world, just one spot higher than his current rank of #17. Russian superstar Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov rounds out the top 3 for September with 3,565 leaderboard points. In an online career that spans nearly a decade, September was a career month for Filatov which included the largest win of his life. READ: Career Year of Online Success Takes Anatoly Filatov To $10 Million On September 21, Filatov won the GGPoker WSOP Circuit Super MILLION$ for $1.2 million, far-and-away the most money he ever won online. However, the tournament didn’t qualify for leaderboard points, missing the cut-off by a single entry. However, that wasn’t the only score that made Filatov’s fall amazing. Out of his 27 in-the-money finishes, seven were for five figures or more. Although his Super MILLION$ win was likely the highlight of his career, it’s unlikely Filatov ever had another day like September 7. On that day he finished as the runner-up in the GGPoker WSOP High Rollers for $63,252 while at the same time wrapping up a third-place result in WCOOP Event #71 High ($2,100 NHLE) for another $76,538. During both of those tournaments, he was playing on the GGPoker live stream in that week’s Super MILLION$ where he finished in third place for $250,053. All told, Filatov earned more than $1.7 million of his $12.6 million lifetime online earnings in September. September 2021 Online Player of the Month Results [table id=265 /]
It was just two months ago that Anatoly Filatov celebrated a results surge that lifted him to more than $10 million in career online earnings. Since that time, the Russian poker superstar’s heater has continued and it all culminated with a victory in the massive $10,300 GGPoker Super MILLION$ Main Event where he bested a field of 748 runners to collect a career-high online cash of $1,193,332 and a WSOP Circuit ring. READ: Career Year of Online Success Takes Anatoly Filatov To $10 Million For Filatov, the past two months have brought him some of the best results of his career. In addition to this week’s seven-figure score, he picked up a fourth-place finish in the GGPoker $25K SHR Championship for $558,512 on August 30 and then followed it up a week later with a third-place result in the September 7 edition of the Super MILLION$ for another $250,053 - both top 5 career results prior to this current win. His success has pushed him into worldwide top 10 rankings where he currently sits at a career-high of #7 in the world. Although he didn’t start the day with the chip lead, he was sitting just a couple of big blinds off the lead. He quickly took control of the final table, amassed a top stack that he only lost for a short time during heads-up. In the end, Filatov sealed the deal and now has more than $12.2 million in online earnings. Roughly 15 minutes into the start of play, with the blinds at 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante), the action folded to the short-stacked ‘Graf Tekkel’ on the button who picked up [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"]. After ‘Graf Tekkel’ moved all-in for his final ten big blinds, it was folded to Filatov in the big blind who looked at [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"] and decided to make the call. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="4h"] put Filatov’s top pair in the lead which he held through the [poker card="9c"] turn and the [poker card="td"] river. Russia’s ‘Graf Tekkel’ bowed out in ninth place for $149,166. Just ten minutes later, as the blinds moved to 100,000/200,000 (25,000 ante), Ole Schemion was under the gun with just under ten big blinds when he open-shoved holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. In the cut off, Markus Leikkonen held [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"] and made the call. The rest of the table got out of the way and pair were flipping for a 22 big blind pot. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="8d"] keeping Leikkonen’s pocket nines in front the entire time and ending Schemion’s day in eighth place for $193,445. Seven-handed play lasted the better part of 45 minutes as the blinds moved to 150,000/300,000 (35,000 ante). From the button, online poker legend Isaac Baron pushed his final 15 bigs in with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="8c"] prompting Austria’s Marius Gierse to move all-in as well with his [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"] from the small blind. Leikkonen folded in the big blind and the cards were turned up with Baron’s tournament at risk. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"] offered Baron little help. When the turn came the [poker card="3d"], Baron was left looking for a king, but instead, it was the [poker card="5d"] and Baron hit the rail in seventh place for $250,867. Three hands later, a clash of huge hands took out the start-of-the-day chip leader Mark Radoja. From middle position, Gierse raised to 660,000 with the [poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"]. On the button, Filatov elected to just call holding [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Then, in the small blind, Christian Rudolph also elected to just flat with his [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"]. When the action reached Radoja in the big blind, he made a move. He three-bet shipped all-in for just over 10 million. After Gierse folded, Filatov went into the tank and eventually shipped as well. Then it was Rudolph’s turn with pocket jacks, but he made a rather quick fold and Radoja was flipping against Filatov. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] and Radoja had his overcards as outs plus backdoor straight possibilities (blocked by Filatov). The [poker card="3h"] turn was a brick and Radoja was down to six outs. But the [poker card="4c"] hit the river and Radoja was eliminated in sixth for $325,334. Filatov soared to an overwhelming chip lead with five left as once again the play slowed down. Nearly two levels passed when at 200,000/400,000 (50,000 ante) Filatov felted another player. Brazil’s Pedro Garagnani picked up [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] in the cutoff and raised it up to 2.4 million, leaving himself just four big blind behind. When it folded to Filatov in the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"], he raised enough that a call by Garagnani would put the Brazilian’s tournament life at risk. He did just that and the board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="kd"] giving Filatov an unnecessary set to send Garagnani home in fifth place for $421,906. With the blinds as high as 250,000/500,000 (60,000 ante), Rudolph picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] under the gun and opened it up to 3.5 million. Right behind him, on the button, Gierse picked up [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and moved all-in for slightly more than Rudolph’s entire stack. Both blinds folded and Rudolph committed the rest of his chips. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"], giving Gierse top set and leaving Rudolph looking for runner-runner outs. The [poker card="qc"] was not one of them, and Rudolph was drawing dead to the [poker card="jd"] river. Rudolph walked with $547,145 for fourth place. Leikkonen and Gierse both had roughly 20 big blinds to Filatov’s massive stack of nearly 70 bigs. After taking a pot off Filatov, Gierse climbed to over 22 million putting him in position to deliver the final blow to Leikkonen. At 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante) Filatov opened the button to 1.2 million with his [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] and Gierse flat called from the small blind holding [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. Leikkonen looked at [poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"] and moved all-in for just over 11 million. After a short trip into the tank, Filatov decided to fold and Gierse quickly called. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"] offered Leikkonen little help, but it was the [poker card="9d"] turn that closed the door. The [poker card="7h"] was a meaningless river and Leikkonen, who started the day as the short stack, laddered to a third-place finish and a $709,559 payday. The knockout was huge for Gierse who has battled back to start heads-up play against Filatov in a near dead heat in chips. The pair battled back and forth and were nearly even once again, with Filatov holding a slight lead when the tournament ended on a setup. Filatov picked up [poker card="as"][poker card="ah"] on the button and raised it up to 1.4 million. Gierse, in the big blind, raised it up to 5.25 million with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"]. Filatov flatted his pocket aces and the flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6c"], providing all the action needed to bring an end to the tournament. Gierse led out for 3.5 million and Filatov called. The turn came the [poker card="3d"] and Gierse led again, this time for 9.4 million, leaving himself 18 million behind. A few seconds passed and Filatov shipped for 29 million and Gierse took just a few seconds before making the call for it all. The river came the [poker card="9s"], shipping the pot - and the tournament - to Filatov. Gierse ended up as the runner-up and walked with a stellar score of $920,184 while Anatoly Filatov collected a career-high online score of $1,193,332. Super MILLION$ WSOP Circuit Final Table Results Anatoly Filatov - $1,193,332 Marius Gierse - $920,184 Markus Leikkonen - $709, 559 Christian Rudolph - $547,145 Pedro Garagnani - $421,906 Mark Radoja - $325,334 Isaac Baron - $250,867 Ole Schemion - $193,445 ‘Graf Tekkel’ - $149,166
There were literally dozens of winners who claimed big money over the past few days as the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker entered September in style. With big winners in the high-ticket events, combined with even more winners at low and medium levels, the latest round of WCOOP events threw some top-quality poker at fans around the world. In Event #42-H, the $5,200 NLHE Championship, Elliott Peterman won the top prize of $146,932 and in doing so, claimed his first-ever WCOOP title. With a modest amount of overlay, it was Peterman who took maximum advantage, getting the better of a stacked final table. There were 136 total entries in the event, including players like former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth (9th for $20,153), Anatoly Filatov (8th for $24,481), and Russian player ‘CrazyLissy’ (6th for $40,851) all of whom busted in the early levels of the final table. Heading into the business end of the event, some multiple winners of WCOOPs past were waiting to battle with Peterman in the shape of Sam ‘Str8$$$Homey’ Greenwood and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich to name just two. As it happened, both men would miss out on heads-up, but the competition was no less intense for the eventual winner, with Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic unlucky to bust in second place for $113,745. There was another big winner in a $5,200-entry event in Event #53-H, the $5,200 6-Max Turbo High Roller, as British pro Simon Higgins, a.k.a. ‘simon1471’, took the WCOOP title for $127,846. Higgins had to see off 106 opponents in the event, with players such as Greenwood, Conor Beresford, Ami Barer, Fabiano Kovalski, Joao Vieira, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Oliver, Lex Veldhuis, and former #1 Niklas Astedt all heading to the rail outside the 11 money places. Patrick Leonard snuck into the money in 10th place for $15,433, while Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson finished in 6th place for $34,104. At the top end of the payouts, Higgins may have taken the top prize, but ‘mnstrkll’ ran all the way to second place for $98,155, with ‘Tomatee’ winning $75,369. Elsewhere, the Team PokerStars players had a great day at the felt playing Badugi. No less than four of the Red Spade team scored, with Georgina ‘GJReggie’ James, Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg, Tom ‘MajinBoob’ Hayward, and Mason ‘Pye_Face21’ Pye all making the money. The end of the week saw plenty of winners at low and medium levels, with ‘raiseeeeeeeeeee’ (Event #43-L), ‘FabioC.p.br’ (Event #43-M), ‘Dziubinko’ (Event #44-L), ‘Tudlenudle’ (Event #44-M), ‘olibullrider’ (Event #45-L), ‘Nelepo10’ (Event #45-M), ‘The TJS’ (Event #46-L), ‘jp_legacy’ (Event #46-M), ‘Extra-Lost’ (Event #47-L), ‘LaliTournier’ (Event #47-M), ‘Sick-Bluff’ (Event #48-L), ‘pucho2100’ (Event #48-M), ‘torsilov’ (Event #50-L), ‘RunGodlike’ (Event #50-M), ‘Ostlyngen193’ (Event #53-L), ‘Sw33ney’ (Event #53-M), ‘Twiggie1990’ (Event #54-L), ‘n1ceAK’ (Event #54-M) all winning WCOOP titles they’ll treasure for a long time. High Event Results: Event #42 (High) $5,200 NLHE Prizepool: $700,000 Entries: 136 1. 'elliottpet' - $146,931 2. 'SmilleThHero - $113,744 3. Str8$$$$Homey - $88,053.91 Event #43 (High) $2,100 PLO8 6-Max Prizepool: $266,000 Entries: 133 ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ - $55,834 ‘shhharp’ - $42,916 ‘BodogAri’ - $32,987 Event #44 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $464,500 Entries: 929 ‘joker180785’ - $35,556 (Bounties) $32,993 (Prize) ‘offQbert45’ - $4,873 (Bounties) $32,993 (Prize) ‘rafitia’ - $6,015 (Bounties) $18,707 (Prize) Event #45 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: 833,000 Entries: 833 ‘Ebaaa11’ - $70,640 (Bounties) $60,669 (Prize) ‘Dannyz0r’ - $8,167 (Bounties) $60,668 (Prize) ‘MAMOHT_T’ - $2,148 (Bounties) $37,659 (Prize) Event #46 (High) $1,050 FL Badugi 6-Max Prizepool: $53,000 Entries: 53 1. ‘Camilancefieldg’ - $18,632 2. ‘donthnrmepls’ - $12,340 3. ‘Muka82’ - $8,173 Event #48 (High) $530 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $250,000 Entries: 494 ‘davideriksso’ - $44,358 ‘marthijn_own’ - $31,683 ‘FutureofMe’ - $22,630 Event #50 (High) $530 NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $142,000 Entries: 284 ‘vincelis’ - $27,104 ‘PIPON777’ - $20,090 ‘mnstrkll’ - $14,892 Event #53 (High) $5,200 6-Max Turbo High Roller Prizepool: $535,000 Entries: 107 ‘simon1471’ - $127,846 ‘mnstrkll’ - $98,155 ‘Tomatee’ - $75,359 Event #54 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $320,000 Entries: 320 ‘drogba060193’ - $44,386 (Bounties) $26,340 (Prize) ‘karimmae’ - $7,593 (Bounties) $26,340 (Prize) ‘oriente1’ - $7,964 (Bounties) $16,939 (Prize)