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Poker can be a funny old game. One minute you’re grinding away in a $22 buy-in tournament. The next you’re rubbing shoulders with tournament poker’s elite and in with a shot of winning more than $208,000.

This is exactly what has happened to Brazil’s Joao Batista. None of us are likely to forget the year 2020, but Batista will definitely look back on August 2020 with fond memories, regardless of what happens when the WPT #05 Knockout Championship final table completes.

You see, Batista returns to action with the overall chip lead and having already locked up $25,078 in bounty payments. But it could have been oh so different for the Brazilian.

WPT Ticket Drop Promo Results in Potentially Life-Changing Score

Joao Batista

Batista won the $22 buy-in Mini Masters: $15K Gtd tournament earlier this month. That impressive result netted him $4,246. We had randomly selected that tournament as part of our WPT Ticket Drop promotion so Batista also won a free $3,200 ticket. The $3,200 ticket is now worth at least $19,483 from the main prize pool and $25,078 from the bounty prize pool.

“I didn’t know which tournament to play, then I chose to play the Knockout Championship because of the more immediate ROI I could get from the bounties. After eliminating the first player I thought ‘first step is done’. When I made Day 2, I couldn’t even sleep. Then today at the beginning of the day I got aces in a triple all-in and was amongst the top stacks for the rest of the day,” said Batista.

Should Batista go all the way in this event, he’ll walk away with $208,803 and possibly the same in bounties depending on how many foes he sends to the rail along the way. No doubt Batista will be railed by a raucous rail when play resumes on the partypoker Twitch channel from 21:00 CEST on August 18.

WPT #05 Knockout Championship Final Table Chips Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Joao Batista Brazil 18,727,342
2 Manig Loeser United Kingdom 17,696,547
3 Artur Martirosian Russia 15,195,536
4 Daniel Smyth Ireland 11,885,420
5 Ryan Riess Canada 10,634,145
6 Matheus Luiz Costa Brazil 8,725,773
7 Pim Gieles Netherlands 8,205,687
8 Pedro Marques Croatia 7,513,539
9 Shyngis Satubayev Kazakhstan 4,916,011

Victory won’t come easy for Batista because he’s joined at the nine-handed final table by some legitimate superstars of poker.

Manig Loeser

Manig Loeser is one of those stars. The UK-based German has hardly put a foot wrong in this tournament and sits back down with 17,696,547 chips. Loeser has an incredible $11,126,205 in live tournament winnings, including a $2,162,644 prize. He’s also won more than $2 million in the online poker world and is arguably Batista’s biggest threat for glory in this event.

Loeser has already sent 14 players to the showers in this event and returns with $46,435 worth of bounty payments already locked up!

Artur Martirosian

Artur Martirosian is another top player who is gunning for glory in this event. The Russian is a regular in the biggest tournaments live and online and is seen as a formidable foe. A runner-up finish in the partypoker MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller in March 2020 netted Martirosian $495,000. The man known as “mararthur1” in online poker circles is a beast and has won dozens of high profile events at partypoker and elsewhere.

Daniel Smyth

Ireland’s Daniel Smyth sits back down in this massive tournament with 11,885,420 chips, enough for fourth-place at the restart. Dubliner Smyth is known as “danloulou” online but he’s removed his cashes from the various tracking sites. We know he’s previously won the Sunday Million so definitely knows his way around a final table. Don’t write off Smyth, he could well be the dark horse of this tournament.

Former WSOP Main Event Champion In The House

Ryan Riess

The man currently in fifth-place requires little in the way of an introduction. Ryan Riess has $15 million in live tournament winnings and another $1.78 million from online tournaments. Riess, of course, won the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas for $8,361,570 but has proven that wasn’t a one-off by helping himself to some huge prizes in the years that have passed. Riess would be a popular champion, but he’s got plenty of work ahead of him.

Matheus Luiz Costa

Matheus Luiz Costa adds even more Samba flair to the final table. The Brazilian has 8,725,773 chips in his stack when play resumes and has already accumulated $13,242 worth of bounties courtesy of sending six players to the showers on his way to the final table.

Pim Gieles

Dutch star Pim Gieles is definitely someone you’ve crossed paths with if you frequent mid and high stakes tournaments online. Gieles, better-known to some as “Pimmss” always shows up in the various online poker series. With several huge results to his name, Gieles is a major threat to his remaining eight opponents. Sure, he’s one of the shorter stacks but is vastly experienced and the jumps in pay won’t faze the youngster.

Pedro Marques

Pedro Marques is a Portuguese grinder who battles it out at the online tables from his base on Croatia. Marques is extremely proud to be Portuguese and even has “MADE IN PORTUGAL” tattooed on the back of his neck. He’s managed to rack up more than $2.3 million from live events, helped by a fourth-place finish at EPT Barcelona in 2018 (€698,369), and a brace of €300,000+ scores in €10,300 and €25,500 buy-in high rollers.

Shyngis Satubayev

Shyngis Satubayev already has one WPT Online Championships final table to his name after he finished fifth in the 8-Max event won by Gavin Cochrane. Satubayev collected $123,298 that day by navigating his way to fifth place. The Kazakhstan national needs third-place or better in this event to best that impressive sum. He’ll need some help from the deck because he returns as the shortest stack with 4,916,011 chips or approximately 14 big blinds.

Follow All The Final Table Action

The nine-handed final table shuffles up and deals at 20:00 CEST and you can tune into our Twitch channel for cards-up coverage from 21:00 CEST. Will it be Batista who steals the headlines once again, or will one of the chasing pack become the latest WPTWOC Championship Event winner? We don’t have long to wait to find out.

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