The WPT World Online Championships leaderboards have reached the halfway mark, and there are still plenty of opportunities for players to win huge cash prizes as a reward for tournament successes, with $100,000 in prizes there for the taking.
With almost a month’s action left to come in the series, players still have plenty of time and multiple opportunities to earn valuable leaderboard points. The leaderboards are taking shape, but a lot can change between now and the end of the series.
There is a top prize of $50,000 to play for in the WPT Player of the Championship leaderboard, where players can win points by finishing in the money in any WPT World Online Championships tournament, including side events, with a buy-in of $320 or more. Points will be awarded based on the player’s finishing position, the tournament buy-in and number of entrants.
Team partypoker pros are playing their part to give players even more chances to win. If any player from Team partypoker cashes in a WPT World Online Championships leaderboard, then their winnings will be given back to players. There will be a WPT After Party Freeroll in their name, and the player will take their leaderboard prize into the freeroll for players to win, and there will also be bounty prizes.
The WPT Player of the Championship leaderboard is currently led by Team partypoker’s Kristen Bicknell with 201.17 points, after she won the WPT 7-Max High Roller and the WPT Knockout Turbo. Scott Margereson, who finished second in the $1m guaranteed WPT 7-Max High Roller and WPT Opener, is placed second on 159.48. He is followed by another Team partypoker pro, Roberto Romanello, who has 152.73 points, after finishing second in the WPT 7-Max Knockout and WPT 8-Max Mini Championship.
Bicknell said: “I’ve had a lot of fun playing in all the WPT WOC events so far. When the series first started, I had my eyes on this, so it feels really good that I’ve been able to get some great runs. I’m excited at the opportunity to potentially win first prize in the leaderboard, as I have some exciting plans for what I will be doing with any of my winnings.
“Anything that I do win from the leaderboard promotion will be awarded back to poker players on partypoker. Fingers crossed I do end up taking it down and there will be something exciting for you all to take part in!”
There are opportunities for players of all bankrolls to win big through leaderboards and several players have already made a name for themselves during the series. In the WPT Rising Star leaderboard, the winner will earn $10,000. The top 10 finishers in the leaderboard will cash, with prizes ranging from $500 to $10,000. Players can earn points for this by competing in any WPT World Online Championships tournament or side event with a buy-in of $300 or less. A player’s 10 best scores will count towards the leaderboard, meaning everyone has a great chance of winning and the outcome is not bankroll dependent.
Boris Angelov, winner of the Micro version of the WPT 8-Max Championship, currently sits top of the leaderboard on 198.33 points. In second place is Andres Ojeda, who came second in the WPT Micro Knockout Turbo, on 177.10 points. Gabriel Merenda won the WPT Micro Knockout Championship and is placed third on 165.06 points.
Angelov has reached the top of the leaderboard having played in more than 10 events, and his endeavour has so far been rewarded.
Angelov said: “I am really enjoying the series and I plan to play in as many events as possible. The leaderboards make it even more exciting and I hope to keep the first position in the Rising Star leaderboard, although I know it will be difficult.”
There are still several championship events left to play in the series, and each event has a Micro version, so we can expect to see plenty more changes to the Rising Star leaderboard before the end of the series.
A perfect example of how a high number of points can be earned from low buy-ins and satellites is the result of the WPT Knockout Championship. Tournament winner Daniel Smyth and third-place finisher Joao Maureli both qualified for the event through satellites or lower buy-in tournaments. Smyth cashed a total of $413,391 and Maureli won a total of $174,510.
The WPT World Online Championships are running until Wednesday, September 16, 2020, with many tens of millions of dollars in tournament guarantees still to play for. The series is designed to replicate an authentic live poker experience. Players’ real names will be used at the tables and there will be a maximum of two Day 1s for the championship events in the series, with a maximum of one re-entry allowed per day.
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