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For the final three months of 2015 and the first month of 2016, Christian Jeppsson was the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. On Tuesday, the Swedish poker pro turned his final table big stack into a World Poker Tour championship and nearly $924,000. Jeppsson outlasted 2,122 other entries in the $3,200 buy-in WPT Online Championship on partypoker and took the chip lead to the final table before getting heads-up with Viktor Ustimov. The pair agreed to a deal that saw Jeppsson earn $913,783.99 while Ustimov $865,542 with $10,000 and the title left to play for. Jeppsson eventually eliminated Ustimov to claim the title and the additional $10,000. Third place finisher Jukka Koskela pocketed $477,333. The Championship Event was one of six events that played down to a champion on Wednesday. Malta-based pro Alessandro Valli topped the 185-entry field in Event #41 ($2,100 Six Max Bounty Hunter) to earn $39,411.57 from the prize pool plus another $37,054.69 from collected bounties. Jacob Verloop was the final bounty Valli collected and he earned $39,368.51 and just $4,156.25 in bounties. Third place finisher Gustavo Mastelotto picked up $27,696.10 and $12,242.19 in bounties. Dragos Trofimov earned $15,405.66 and $13,434.44 in bounties for winning Event #42 Mini ($215 Six Max Bounty Hunter). Former GPI Player of the Year David Peters defeated David Gent heads-up to win Event #43 ($10,300 High Roller) for $247,450. Gent had to settle for a $176,750 payday while another former #1 PocketFiver, Andras Nemeth, took the final podium spot and the accompanying $126,250 score. Jeppsson wasn't the online former #1-ranked online poker player who grabbed a WPT Online title on Wednesday. Costa Rica-based Christopher Oliver won Event #45 ($530 Six Max Turbo Bounty) and added $12,505.38 from the prize pool and another $15,369.20 from bounties to his bankroll. Vincenzo Lupoli finished in second place for $12,490.04 and $4,326.17 in bounties while Mateusz Miskiewicz had to settle for $9,014.67 and $4,638.58 in bounties for finishing in third place. Fabien Aguerre topped the 1,446-entry field in Event #45 Mini ($55 Six Max Turbo Bounty) to win $4,574.60 and also picked up an additional $4,161.02 in bounties. Event #20 $3,200 Championship Event 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Christian Jeppsson – $923,785.80 Viktor Ustimov – $865.542 Jukka Koskela – $477,333 Nikolay Ponomarev – $317,583 Alexander Stuart Clark – $221,733 Pascal Hartmann – $151,443 Sam Greenwood – $103,837.50 Pascal Teekens – $66,775.50 Event #41 $2,100 Six Max Bounty Hunter 185 entries $370,000 prize pool Alessandro Valli - $39,411.57 + $37,054.69 in bounties Jacob Verloop - $39,368.51 + $4,156.25 in bounties Gustavo Mastelotto - $27,696.10 + $12,242.19 in bounties Pedro Garagnani - $20,064.29 + $7,781.25 in bounties Tamas Adamszki - $14,771.25 + $5,312.50 in bounties Patrik Antonius - $9,847.50 + $15,109.37 in bounties Event #42 Mini $215 Six Max Bounty Hunter 1,207 entries $241,400 prize pool Dragos Trofimov - $15,405.66 + $13,434.44 in bounties Audrius Stakelis - $15,380.96 + $6,087.52 in bounties Vlad Stefan Lache - $11,707.05 + $4,495.32 in bounties Rusalin Dimitrov - $8,173.44 + $2,206.24 in bounties Leonardo Mattos - $5,348.42 + $1,006.25 in bounties Pablos Martin Romo Ruiz - $3,345.24 + $1,774.99 in bounties Event #43 $10,300 High Roller 101 entries $1,010,000 prize pool David Peters - $247,450 David Gent - $176,750 Andras Nemeth - $126,250 Daniil Kiselev - $88,375 Mark Davis - $65,650 Jorma Nuttinen - $50,500 Fabrizio Gonzalez - $40,400 Daniel Steven Smith - $33,825 Event #45 Mini $55 Six Max Turbo Bounty 1,446 entries $72,300 prize pool Fabien Aguerre - $4,574.60 + $4,161.02 in bounties Granit Berisha - $4,565.98 + $1,305.35 in bounties Oleg Nemchenko - $3,56.28 + $248.04 in bounties Luiz Flosi Prospero - $2,570.81 + $1,007.06 in bounties Fabio Maritan Pereira - $1,713.87 + $815.07 in bounties Maxine Williams - $1,071.17 + $405.48 in bounties Event #45 $530 Six Max Turbo Bounty 297 entries $148,500 prize pool Christopher Oliver - $12,505.38 + $15,369.20 in bounties Vincenzo Lupoli - $12,490.04 + $4,326.17 in bounties Mateusz Miskiewicz - $9,014.67 + $4,638.58 in bounties Bertil Andreas Samuelsson - $6,556.12 + $2,671.86 Klaus Zeier - $4,507.33 + $2,285.16 in bounties Umberto Ruggeri - $3,278.06 + $312.50 in bounties
Five more World Poker Tour Online titles were awarded on Friday night with Elio Fox securing the biggest score of the day and second biggest of the series. Fox started the final table of Event #32 ($25,500 Super High Roller) sitting second in chips behind Juan Pardo Dominguez but managed to flip that script and defeated Dominguez heads-up to win the title and $565,500. Dominguez walked away with $402,375 while Pauli Ayras earned $282,750 for his third place finish. The only player with a bigger WPT Online score is Charlie Carrel who won $600,250 for shipping Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) last week. Viktor Ustimov topped the 451-entry field in Event #31 ($1,575 Eight Max NLHE) to win $127,520.25. Sweden's Jerry Odeen finished in second place earning $90,786.30 while British grinder Jonathan Proudfoot wound up in third place for a $62,238 payday. Jonathan Rosa won Event #31 Mini ($162 Mini Eight Max NLHE) to win $41,171.73. Stuart Menzies defeated Anton Wigg heads-up in Event #34 ($530 Six Max Hyper NLHE) to win $26,672.50. Wigg earned a $17,592.50 consolation prize while Bernard Larabi added $12,507.47 to his bankroll for finishing third. Marllon Pinto topped Event #34 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper NLHE) for $7,038.01. Event #31 Mini $162 Mini Eight Max NLHE 1,627 Entries $244,050 prize pool Jonathan Rosa - $41,171.73 Jonathan Clark - $29,212.78 Marcello Miniucchi - $18,987.09 Eduardo Moreno Cardigo - $12,666.19 Eduardo Silva - $8,981.04 Srdan Tomovic - $6,296.49 Philipp Teipel - $4,36849 Peter Rese - $2,879.7 Event #31 $1,575 Eight Max NLHE 451 entries $676,500 prize pool Viktor Ustimov - $127,520.25 Jerry Odeen - $90,786.30 Jonathan Proudfoot - $62,238 Istvan Birizdo - $43,296 Stefan Schillhabel - $30,713.10 Teun Mulder - $22,324.50 Samuel Vousden - $15,897.75 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - $11,500.500 Event #32 $25,500 Super High Roller 87 entries $2,175,000 prize pool Elio Fox - $565,500 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $402,375 Pauli Ayras - $282,750 Samuel Vousden - $195,750 Mark Davis - $152,250 Timothy Adams - $108,750 Christopher Hunichen - $87,000 Andrii Novak - $76,125 Event #34 Mini $55 Six Max Hyper NLHE 828 entries $41,400 prize pool Marllon Pinto - $7,038.01 Petar Leshtov - $5,185.01 Jan Stazisar - $3,933 Mikhail Zamyatin - $2,691 Carl Duggan - $1,863 Nicolas Vande Wiele - $1,242 Event #34 $530 Six Max Hyper NLHE 227 entries $113,500 prize pool Stuart Menzies - $26,672.50 Anton Wigg - $17,592.50 Bernard Larabi - $12,507.47 Guillaume Nolet - $9,136.75 Kamel Mokhammad - $6,810 Francois Billard - $4,540
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 $348,000 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Ezequiel Waigel - 435,201 Yuan Yuan Li - 32,147 Rui Bouquet - 363,423 Jerry Odeen - 329,637 Aleksandr Shevliakov - 308,278 Chirstopher Putz - 289,886 Angel Guillen - 284,871 Georgi Sandev - 284,321 Adrovan Rodrigues Junior - 283,265 Fausto Tantillo - 277,829
In June, Russia's Viktor papan9_p$Ustimov won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up after a three-way deal and walked off with $66,000. That was the largest amount given out and Ustimov was one of four PocketFivers to make the final table. Although it was just his ninth tracked win, he has almost $500,000 in online tournament scores to his credit. "It's a great feeling," Ustimov told us after his big win. "In MTTs, you always want to be the first place finisher." The Warm-Up had over 2,300 entrants that week, although there was an overlay since the prize pool fell short of its $500,000 guarantee. He trades aluminum alloys by day and gets to play poker about four times a week. Other big scores for the Russian include third place finishes in the Bigger $55 and Sunday Second Chance for $40,000 combined as well as another final table in the Warm-Up a year ago for $18,000. He's the 25th-ranked player in his home nation. Ustimov started playing poker with friends in school. For him, the game marked a rivalry of sorts with his friends, which is why to this day he sticks to MTTs over cash games. He has $332,000 in winnings on PokerStars and another $112,000 on Full Tilt. He plays as papan9_p$ on both sites, so he's really easy to keep track of. As the title of our article relayed, Ustimov was on the national American football team in Russia called the White Wolves (pictured at top) as the first running back. He calls himself a "master of sports" in American football. The Russia poker community on PocketFives has almost 1,900 members who together have generated $182 million in winnings over the years. $12.2 million of that total came in the last three months. Russian players have amassed over 400,000 in the money finishes over the years. Visit PokerStars for more details about the weekly Warm-Up. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.