Elio Fox has won almost everything there is to win from poker and he’s now added the WPT Big Game: $1M Gtd title to his already impressive poker CV.
Fox was the last man standing in the recent $5,200 buy-in WPT Big Game and saw his bankroll swell by $200,650. This event is always packed to the brim with poker’s biggest names and most established players. The latest edition was no exception.
Ivan Gabrieli crashed out in 33rd place and earned himself the unwanted title of “bubble boy.” Gabrieli’s exit paved the way for a raft of superb players to see a return on their investment. These included Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard, Jeff Gross, and Jordan Drummond.
Current WPT Player of the Series leader Scott Margereson, Preben Stokkan, Jans Arends, Mark Radoja, Pascal Lefrancois, and Conor Beresford also navigated their way deep into the money places.
Daniel Dvoress was the eight-handed final table’s first casualty. The recent WSOP bracelet winner secured $25,000 for his efforts.
Daniel Colpoys, who narrowly missed out on WPTWOC glory earlier in the series, finished seventh for $32,500 before William Arruda busted in sixth-place for a $42,000 cash haul.
Four-Time WPT Champion Crashes Out
WPT regular Darren Elias ran out of steam in fifth-place and had to make do with a $55,000 prize. Elias holds four WPT Main Event titles, the most of anyone in the tour’s long and illustrious history.
Fourth place and the last five-figure score went to Dutch star Teun Mulder. The man from the Netherlands collected $78,000. Mulder’s exit left Fox to lock horns with Christian Rudolph and a certain Team partypoker member, Roberto Romanello.
Rudolph saw his tournament end abruptly in third, which weighed in at $104,200. Romanello and Fox fought it out heads-up for the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool. It turned out to be the Fox’s share of the prize pool because Romanello fell in second-place and scooped $146,050 leaving Fox to bank $200,650 and the title of champion.
WPT Big Game: $1M Gtd Final Table Results
|2||Roberto Romanello||United Kingdom||$146,050|
WPT Super High Roller: $500K Gtd Final Table Results
Dan Smith was another player who walked away with a massive prize thanks to him taking down the $25,500 Super High Roller.
A compact field of 21-entrants meant only the top three finishers received payouts, but what superb payouts they were.
Artur Martirosian continued his impressive run in high roller events with a third-place finish worth $105,000. The Russian’s untimely demise left Dan Smith and high stakes cash game guru Wiktor Malinowski to fight it out one-on-one for the title and a pay jump in excess of $100,000.
No deal was struck despite the huge difference in prize money, meaning Smith collected a cool $262,500 for his victory and Malinowski had to make do with the $157,500 runner-up prize.
Some of the other recent big winners in WPTWOC events included:
- Sergi Reixach – first-place in the WPT High Roller or $138,550
- Stephen Chidwick – first-place in the WPT High Roller Turbo for $66,750
- Ben Warrington – first-place in the WPT Big Game Mini for $54,517
- Erik Tamm – first-place in the WPT Knockout Turbo for $37,824*
- Dennys Ramons – first-place in the WPT Warm Up PKO for $37,474*
- Bas Wilhelmus Cornelius Johan – first-place in the WPT Big Game Micro for $17,058
*includes bounty payments
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