Ladies and gentlemen, the Grand Prix KO Autumn edition Main Event has crowned its champion, and that champion is none other than Sweden’s Emil Sjogren. The $109 buy-in tournament saw 5,123 PartyPoker players create a guarantee-busting $512,300 prize pool, and Sjogren got his hands on $47,569 of that princely sum.
Some 752 of the 5,123 starters took to the PartyPoker virtual felt on October 24 to conclude this thrilling event. Team Online’s Jaime Staples was among them, but our hero could only muster a 213rd place finish.
Malta-based grinder Antonio Ortega was the nine-handed final tables first casualty. He walked away with $5,059 to show for his considerable efforts. Saloua Benalla ($4,036), Mark Elliott ($8,486), Roman Korkin ($8,276), and Manuel Carvalho ($9,014) joined the list of busted players, the latter capturing the tournament’s last four-figure payout.
Fifth place and a cool $15,124 went to Zachary Hussain of the United Kingdom before Pal Orsos of Germany bowed out in third for a $18,257 score. Orsos’ elimination left Sjogren heads-up against Czech grinder Jiri Havlena. Both players had locked in more than $28,600 from the main prize pool, but the final bounty weighed in at more than $18,000. That $18,842 final bounty went to Sjogren after he defeated his Czech opponent, meaning the Swede took home a total of $47,569, leaving Havlena to bank a $36,451 consolation prize.
Grand Prix KO Autumn Main Event Final Table Results
|2||Jiri Havlena||Czech Republic||$7,781||$28,670||$36,451|
|4||Zachary Hussain||United Kingdom||$3,210||$11,914||$15,124|
|7||Mark Elliott||United Kingdom||$4,342||$4,144||$8,486|
Zois Outlasts More Than 10,000 Opponents
The $11 buy-in Mini Main Event drew in a staggering 10,650 entrants, who created a $106,500 prize pool. That chunky pot meant all but one of the nine finalists turned their initial $11 investment into a four-figure haul that significantly boosted their bankrolls.
Stuart Liang finished ninth and won $1,079, over $300 more than eighth-place finisher Aksel Danielsen thanks to the fact the former won significantly more from the bounty prize pool.
Markus Costa ($1,232), Gustavo Cerejeira ($1,616), and Danil Alves ($1,813) all hail from Brazil and were the next three finalists to fall by the wayside. The United Kingdom’s Pal Bernath won $2,718, with Paulo Pinto from Malta netting $4,500.
Heads-up pitted Thomas Zois of Greece against Brazilian Victor Virgillo Dagnoni. When the dust settled, Zois had all the chips in play and a total haul worth $7,913. Dagnoni may have fallen at the final hurdle but he still took home $6,501 for his bridesmaid finish.
Grand Prix KO Autumn Mini Main Event Final Table Results
|2||Victor Virgillo Dagnoni||Brazil||$995||$5,506||$6,501|
|4||Pal Bernath||United Kingdom||$437||$2,281||$2,718|
|9||Stuart Laing||United Kingdom||$606||$473||$1,079|
Brazil Captures High Roller Title
The 6-Max High Roller event smashed through its $200,000 guarantee thanks to 773 PartyPoker players creating a $231,900 prize pool. Some $30,383 of that sum is now in the account of Gabriel De Melo.
Day 2 saw 115 PartyPoker players return to the action, some massive names among them. Such luminaries as Alexandros Theologis, Niklas Astedt, our very own Matthew Staples, Josh McCully, former MILLIONS Online champion Benjamin Chalot, and final table bubble boy Ronan Sweeney saw a return in their $320 investment.
Bruno Alva and Nicklas Kley-Lunborg were the first pair of finalists to bow out; they collected $5,602 and $5,413, respectively. Bulgaria’s Iven Denev followed suit ($7,606), with the surviving four players now guaranteed more than $11,000 for their efforts.
Ian Modder banked $11,626 when he fell in fourth, before Csaba Szasz of Hungary got his hands on the $14,104 third-place prize.
Gabriel De Melo locked horns with Philippe D’Auteuil of Canada in a battle for the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool. D’Auteuil became De Melo’s eighth scalp of the tournament and had to console himself with an $18,150 consolation prize, leaving De Melo to receive an impressive $30,383 and the title of 6-Max High Roller champion.
Grand Prix KO Autumn 6-Max High Roller Final Table Results
|1||Gabriel De Melo||Brazil||$14,783||$15,600||$30,383|
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