Pascal Lefrancois enjoyed a super Sunday courtesy of taking down the $25,500 buy-in WPT Super High Roller. $750,000 was the sum guaranteed to be won in this event, but 31 entries meant $775,000 was dished out among the top five finishers.
WPT Super High Roller: $750K Gtd
Dusk Till Dawn supremo Rob Yong came close to a place on the seven-handed final table but he ultimately had to make do with a ninth-place finish. Ali Imsirovic crashed out in eighth to set the official final table.
UK-based Australian superstar Michael Addamo was the first casualty of the final table. His seventh-place finish netted him nothing but memories of grinding out this he tournament. Nick Petrangelo busted in sixth-place and earned himself the unwanted title of bubble boy.
Haxton fell in fifth for $54,250 with Badziakouski following his teammate to the rail with the $73,625 fourth-place prize money in tow.
Russia’s Vyacheslav Buldygin ran out of steam in third-place. I t was a finish good for $127,875, the tournament’s first six-figure prize. Buldygin’s exit left Lefrancois to stand toe-to-toe with Jake Schindler in a clash of two poker titans.
Either player would have been a worthy champion but only one of them could net top honours. That player was Lefranoics who collected $315,812 for his victory, leaving Schindler to pad his bankroll with a cool $203,437.
Timothy Adams Wins Yet Another High Roller
Another high buy-in event took place on August 9, the WPT High Roller: $300K Gtd [1-Day Event]. Thirty-eight players bought in for $10,300 to ensure the guarantee was surpassed by $80,000.
*reflects a heads-up deal
Our own Badziakouski reached the final two tables but had to make do with a 13th place finish. Jason Koon also put together a deep run that ultimately ended in an 11th place exit. Haxton busted in eight and went home empty-handed.
David Peters was the player who popped the money bubble and locked up $26,600 for the surviving players. Lefrancois, hot from his $25,500 victory, secured that sum, before Hungarian star Laszlo Bujtas got his hands on $36,100 for his demise in fourth.
Third-place and $62,700 went to Benjamin Rolle, which left Timothy Adams and Petrangelo to fight it out one-on-one for the lion’s share of the prize pool.
Adams rarely comes out second best when he’s heads-up, but neither does Petrangelo. Something had to give and it did because the heads-up duo struck a deal that netted Petrangelo $118,744 and second-place, and Adams $135,855 and yet another high roller win.
Other Big WPT Winners
Lars Kamphues won the WPT 6-Max Warm Up: $500K Gtd and saw $95,606 head to his partypoker account. Kamphues finished fifth in the 8-Max Warm Up last week and finished third in the $3,200 8-Max Championship.
Kamphues defeated Ukraine’s Pavel Veksler heads-up to secure the title, leaving the Ukrainian to bank $69,464. Team partypoker’s Jeff Gross put together an epic run but he ran out of luck and fell in fifth for a $26,550 score.
Other winners included:
- Phil Mighall – first-place in the $2,100 WPT 6-Max Turbo Knockout for $44,227*
- Felipe Throdoro Da Costa – first-place in the $109 WPT 6-Max Mini Warm Up for $22,717
- Ramon Sfaslin – first-place in the $215 WPT 6-Max Turbo Knockout for $15,616*
- Karl Dick – first-place in the $22 WPT 6-Max Turbo Knockout for $3,391*
*includes bounty payments
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