The WPT Online Series crowned its first champions on May 4 as the Opener, Mini Opener and Knockout concluded. That quartet of winners walked away with almost $750,000 between them!
WPT #01 – Opener: $2M Gtd
Argentina’s Leo Fernandez got his hands on the massive $409,638 first-place prize in the $2 million guaranteed Opener.
The top 64 finishers received a slice of the $2,173,150 prize pool with the payout list reading like a who’s who of poker.
Michel Dattani was the final table’s first casualty. His eighth-place exit yielding a $36,943 score. Former November Niner Sylvain Loosli finished in seventh, Umut Kara in seventh and Stewart Kirby finished in fifth, collecting the $98,661 prize, the last payment not to weigh in at six-figures.
Istvan Birzdo finished in fourth for $139,081 before start of the day chip leader Joey Weissman fell in third for a $199,929 which set up a one-on-one battle between Fernandez and Zachary Clark.
The difference between first and second place was a huge $118,002 but the heads-up duo played out the tournament naturally. This meant Fernandez banked $409,638 for his victory while Clark had to make do with the still giant $291,636 second-place prize.
|5||Stewart Kirby||United Kingdom||$98,661|
|7||Sylvain Loosli||United Kingdom||$51,069|
WPT #01 – Mini Opener: $500K Gtd
The only thing mini about the Mini Opener was the word in its name because 1,362 players piled in and created a $681,000 prize pool, $181,000 more than the advertised $500,000 guarantee.
Russia’s Evgeny Galakhov was the main beneficiary of this juicy prize pool because he was the last man standing. The Russian turned his $530 into $115,293 after defeating Ukraine’s Pavel Veksler heads-up. Veksler, although disappointed not to win, padded his bankroll with $81,992.
Before Galakhov won this event, dozens of the game’s elite grinders saw a return on their investments.
WPT #02 – Knockout: $1M Gtd
Progressive Knockout tournaments are extremely popular and when you see results like this it is easy to see why.
A field of 501 entrants created a $1,002,000 prize pool in the $1M Gtd Knockout. This princely sum was split half between the top 64 finishers with the remaining 50% going on the heads of each and every player.
Bounties can and do grow massive in the higher buy-in PKO tournament and this event was no different. The champion, Germany’s Paul Hofer, actually won more bounty payments than prize money! Hofer collected $74,004 from the main prize pool plus $81,970 worth of bounties!
Part of those bounties were on the head of runner-up Niklas Astedt of Sweden. The Swede is the number one ranked online poker tournament player with some considering him to be online poker’s GOAT. Astedt had to settle for the $73,903 second-place prize plus $14,705 from the bounty prize pool.
|5||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||$25,018||$18,984|
WPT #02 – Mini Knockout: $500K Gtd
We may need to rethink calling any of the WPT Online Series tournaments Mini because the Mini Knockout was anything but. Some 2,548 players paid $215 to enter and created a $509,600 prize pool.
Brazilian star Vitor Dzivielenski secured the largest slice of this ample pie, namely $32,332 plus $25,354. The Brazilian defeated Poland’s Jakub Michalak heads-up for the title. The Pole, the champion of the International Stadiums Poker Tour at Wembley Stadium for $566,226 back in 2013, consoled himself with $32,280 and bolstered that prize with $5,434 worth of bounties.
|5||Chris Oliver||Costa Rica||$9,605||$3,286|
|7||Patrick Lauber||United Kingdom||$4,520||$3,330|
WPT Online Series Events Taking Place Today
|Time (ET)||Time (CET)||Tournament||Buy-in|
|13:00||19:00||WPT #08 – 6-Max Bounty Hunter: $500K Gtd||$2,100|
|13:00||19:00||WPT #08 – Mini 6-Max Bounty Hunter: $500K Gtd||$215|
|14:00||20:00||WPT #09 – High Roller: $1M Gtd||$5,200|
|15:00||21:00||WPT #03 – WPT500 Day 1: $2M Gtd||$530|
|15:00||21:00||WPT #04 – WPTSuper50 Day 1: $1M Gtd||$55|
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