Team partypoker’s Kristen Bicknell helped herself to a midweek $79,275 bankroll boost by outshining a bunch of the game’s stars in the WPT 7-Max High Roller event.

Forty-two players exchanged $5,200 for 100,000 chips and what a starting 42 it was. The likes of Dan Smith, Stephen Chidwick, Pascal Lefrancois, Jake Schindler, and Daniel Dvoress were among those who entered but bust before the money places.

Sam Greenwood and Samuel Vousden also crashed out without a prize, before Russian duo Sergei Denisov and Arseniy Malinov busted, the latter popping the money bubble.

Finnish high roller specialist Sami Kelopuro had to make do with the $11,550 sixth-place prize. Our very own Mikita Badziakouski joined Kelopuro on the rail in fifth, a finish worth $14,490.

Former WSOP Europe Main Event champion Elio Fox dusted off his chips in fourth for a $19,635 score with Scott Margereson of the United Kingdom helping himself to the $32,550 third-place prize.

His exit left Bicknell and David Peters to fight it out for the top prize. Despite a $27,000 difference in the prize money, no deal was struck, which meant Bicknell scooped $79,275 and Peters collected $52,500.

WPT 7-Max High Roller

Place Player Country Prize
1 Kristen Bicknell Canada $79,275
2 David Peters Costa Rica $52,500
3 Scott Margereson United Kingdom $32,550
4 Elio Fox Mexico $19,635
5 Mikita Badziakouski Slovenia $14,490
6 Sami Kelopuro Finland $11,550

WPT 6-Max Mini Championship

Bruno Volkmann

Brazil has a WPT hero after Bruno Volkmann took down the WPT 6-Max Mini Championship. Volkmann has more than $6.5 million in online poker tournament winnings and now he has a WPT title.

Everyone at the final table won at least $19,670. Volkmann’s fellow Brazilian Mauricio Farias won this sum. Belgian star Matthias De Meulder fell in fifth for $34,310 before Andrei Kriazhev got his hands on the $53,230 fourth-place prize/

Another Brazilian, Thiago Azevedo Grigoletti, saw his tournament end in third place, which was worth $72,410. Volkmann fought heads-up with New Zealand’s Dylan Rowe and he got the job done. A $121,980 prize winged its way to Volkmann, leaving Rowe to pad his bankroll with $93,880.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Bruno Volkmann Brazil $121,980
2 Dylan Rowe New Zealand $93,880
3 Thiago Azevedo Grigoletti Brazil $72,410
4 Andrei Kriazhev Russia $53,230
5 Matthias De Meulder Belgium $34,310
6 Mauricio Farias Brazil $19,670

WPT 6-Max Micro Championship

Norway’s Mats Ullereng followed in the footsteps of his countryman Espen Uhlen by winning a WPT side event. Ullereng triumphed in the WPT 6-Max Micro Championship and banked an impressive $35,859 for his $33 investment.

The top four finishers turned their $33 buy-in into a five-figure haul. Daniel Camacho of Brazil banked $15,285 with third-placed Pavel Kovalenko netting $21,045. The runner-up, Craig Swatton of the United Kingdom, reeling in $27,483.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Mats Ullereng Norway $35,859
2 Craig Swatton United Kingdom $27,483
3 Pavel Kovalenko Russia $21,045
4 Daniel Camacho Brazil $15,285
5 Kalle Liefferink Netherlands $9,615
6 Luis Rodrigues Mozambique $5,184

Other WPT winners on August 11 include:

  • Michael Sklenicka – first-place in the WPT 6-Max Mini Second Chance for $14,099*
  • Stefan Huber – first-place in the WPT 6-Max Second Chance for $57,814*
  • Julian Stehouwer – first-place in the WPT 6-Max Micro Second Chance for $3,427*
  • Karl Bjorklund – first-place in the WPT Mini 8-Max Knockout for $10,193*
  • Pedro Garagnani – first-place in the WPT 8-Max Knockout for $27,168*

*includes bounty payments

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