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The 2021 World Cup of Cards has crowned its first champions of the series. Claus Grether and Kallum Allen can call themselves a poker champion after triumphing in the $320 Quebec Opener and $33 Mini Quebec Opener respectively.

Grether Turns $320 Into $23,339

WCC #02 Quebec Opener had a $125,000 guarantee on its prize pool but we paid out $180,300 after 601 players bought into the event. Only 91 of those starters made it through to the final day, each locking up at least $333 for their efforts.

Team partypoker’s Day Kotoviezy, Jaime Staples, and Matthew Staples were among those who cashed. As were such luminaries as Upeshka Da Silva, Dominik Nitsche, Pim Gieles, and Marton Czuczor.

Belgium’s Karim Maekelberg was the nine-handed final table’s first casualty; they collected $1,846 with bounties included.

Paulo Brombim, Alexander Petrov, Julian Selinger, and Tom Kunze then fell by the wayside to leave only four players in the hunt for the title. All eyes were on Swedish legend Niklas Astedt at this point because, well, he is a beast of a poker tournament player. However, he crashed out in fourth place for a combined $10,291.

Jonathan Bussieres of Canada could not quite get over the last couple of hurdles and had to make do with a third-place finish. His exit left Grether heads-up against Jonathon Jackson of the United Kingdom. Both players secured more than $12,400 each from the main prize pool, but the bounties were huge at this stage. So larger, in fact, that Grether added another $10,919 to his tally when he defeated Jackson heads-up!

WCC #02 Mini Quebec Opener Final Table Results

Place Player Country Bounties Prize
1 Claus Grether United Kingdom $10,919 $12,420
2 Jonathon Jackson United Kingdom $4,122 $12,402
3 Jonathan Bussieres Canada $3,558 $8,279
4 Niklas Astedt Sweden $4,885 $5,406
5 Tom Kunze Austria $2,163 $3,724
6 Julian Selinger Malta $2,146 $2,888
7 Alexander Petrov Russia $393 $2,143
8 Paulo Brombim Brazil $1,228 $1,724
9 Karim Maekelberg Belgium $478 $1,386

Allen Walks Away With a Combined $6,394

The $33 buy-in Mini Quebec Opener also smashed through its guarantee with $53,400 awarded. British grinder Kallum Allen got his hands on the lion’s share of that pot.

Allen came out on top of a 1,780-strong field, of which 265 were present and correct on the final day. Jaime Staples was among the Day 2 players but ran out of steam in 134th place.

At the final table, everyone who finished in fifth place or higher padded their bankrolls with four-figure hauls.

Guylherme Bettes ($1,189), Luis Ginocchio ($2,101), Mikhail Iulaev ($2,227), and runner-up Gabriel Sborz ($4,047) all gave themselves plenty of ammunition for the rest of the World Cup of Cards festival.

Congratulations to Allen who was the last player standing, and the recipient of a $6,394 payout.

WCC #02 Mini Quebec Opener Final Table Results

Place Player Country Bounties Prize
1 Kallum Allen United Kingdom $3,103 $3,291
2 Gabriel Sborz Brazil $763 $3,284
3 Mikhail Iulaev Russia $162 $2,117
4 Luis Ginocchio Peru $708 $1,393
5 Guylherme Bettes Brazil $245 $944
6 Tommaso Dilena United Kingdom $387 $718
7 Joseph Parsons United Kingdom $261 $520
8 Peter Sweeney United Kingdom $441 $413
9 Julien Loire United Kingdom $87 $323

Time Is Running Out to Enter the Grand Prix Knockouts

The final day of both the $55 buy-in $250,000 guaranteed Grand Prix Knockout and the $5.50 buy-in $50,000 guaranteed Mini Grand Prix Knockout is on June 24, meaning you are seriously running out of time if you want to enter them.

There are ten Day 1s remaining between now and June 24, so log in and buy yourself in.

WCC #05 Main Event 1A Mega Satellite is another tournament you should keep an eye on. It runs at 17:05 BST on June 27 and has 50x $1,100 seats for Day 1A of the Main Event guaranteed. This satellite is a phased event with Phase 1 starting at a mere $4.40, although you can play your way into Phase 1 via our ever-popular centrolls! Good luck.

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