Mar 9, 2021
By Lisa Yiasemides
Welcome to the WPT500! There are two and a half weeks of incredible online poker to enjoy right here on WPT.com, with a schedule that has been designed to ensure there is something for everyone – whether NL Hold’em or PL Omaha is your game… classic MTTs or knockouts… small stakes or high roller events, the choice is yours.
The festival is two days in, which means the first two winners of the series have emerged as well as the first starting days in the WPT500 main event and the Super50, so let’s get right on to it by looking at the two players who earned themselves an early WPT title.
6-Max Hyper Knockout ($30K GTD)
The $250 + $15 buy-in event, was second to get out of the starting blocks, and the first to produce a winner. Blinds were fraught with only five minutes on the clock for each one, and the 6-Max and Knockout elements of the structure only added to the fast pace with just three hours and 19 minutes needed for Augusto Jorge Luis Hagen to pick off the rest of the competition.
A total of 190 entries were counted, smashing its guarantee and generating a $47,500 prize pool, of which Augusto Hagen took the lion’s share with almost 20 percent of the total pot going to the Argentinian. He may have taken only five bounties by the end, but with those growing in value as the tournament progressed, he made them count. By comparison, Dutch regular Jacobus Visser eliminated seven players but walked away with $5,594 in prizes while Hagen took $9,503.
Another Dutchman, Erwin Wiechers, took third place, Nicholas Maimone from Canada took fourth, and Brit Cieran Tighe finished in fifth place. Two more Brits completed the final table line up, with Grace Smith (6th – $1,355 + $1,010) and Paul Coughlan (7th – $398 + $767) also faring well.
7-Max Turbo ($20K GTD)
Blinds were still quick, but players had a little more room for manoeuvre with an eight-minute blind structure in this one, and it took four and a half hours to reach a conclusion in the $200 + $15 tournament last night.
Simon Nielsen banked himself a title after coming out on top of the 111 field, which culminated in a heads-up match with the UK’s Harsimrenjeet Singh Khehra. No deals were made, ensuring the Dane won as big a portion of the $22,200 prize pool as possible, which was good for $5,545, while the runner-up prize was $3,694.
Matthias Kribben, Gustavo Mastelotto, Rasmus Gadegaard and Daniel Mcaulay ($1,032) all secured four-figure sums for making the top six, while Klemens Roiter ($836) and Evgeny Tereshchenko ($676) took the last of the final table seats.
WPT500 ($1M GTD)
The first of nine starting flights in the Main Event kicked off the entire festival at 20.05 (GMT) on Sunday. The $530 event has an enormous $1 million guarantee and 393 entries (including re-entries) combined to put $196,500 into the prize pool, which means almost 20 percent of the guarantee has already been generated.
A host of big names got stuck in, but with some fantastic feeder and satellite events making it possible for players with all bankroll levels to take part, there were also plenty of recreational players in the mix too.
Russian online pro and multiple Triple Crown winner Roman Matveychuk (10,131,678) took the top spot once the allotted 12 levels of Day 1 had played out. Players started with 500,000 chips and Matveychuk was the only one to eclipse the 10-million chip mark, though second chip leader Pedro Jorge (9,508,747) came close, missing the milestone by one buy-in.
Gustavo Mastelotto (9,130,880) had his second result of the night after making the final table in the 6-Max Hyper Knockout, and Ewald Mahr Olivera (8,135,585) and Swedish star Jerry Ödeen (7,499,188) also made the top five. A total of 59 places made it through, with all survivors reaching the money stages for doing so. They will return to play blind levels of 25K/50K (6.25K ante).
Other big names who progressed included James Rann (6,516,897) who claimed 6th place by the time the whistle blew, while WPT Prague 2016 champion Oleg Vasylchenko (15th – 4,556,223), Belgian pro Kenny Hallaert (16th – 4,555,950) and Sylvain Loosli (23rd – 2,983,530) did well too.
Monday nights usually much quieter than their Sunday counterparts and this week was no exception with 148 entries logged in Day 1b last night. That meant another $74,000 added to the prize pool, bringing the running total to $270,500.
Daniel Custodio (8,382,844) took the top spot, with Luigi Dalterio (7,459,962) his closest contender. Hermogenes Gelonezi Junior (6,875,628), WPT tour regular David Hu (5,852,195) and Dutchman Daan Mulders (5,001,746) rounded up the top five finishers.
Meanwhile, superstar Niklas Åstedt (16th – 1,843,012) bagged enough to reach the top 20 with 22 going through to the next stage. Canadian pro Pascal Lefrancois (530,384) inched his way into a Day 2 seat, but he was barely able to improve on his starting stack and will come back with less than 11 big blinds when Day 2 starts at 20:05 on Tuesday, March 15.
Super50 ($250K GTD)
The Super50 may feature a tenth of the buy-in of the WPT500, but with the massive $250K guarantee, there is no denying that this event is going to be huge!
Like the WPT500, this event also features a 500K starting stack and 12-minute blinds, and play was only paused when the bubble burst. The 934 entries were whittled down to 140 over the course of five hours and 2 minutes, and this flight has contributed $46,700 towards the prize pool.
Hackson Koh (13,923,498) took the top spot at the end after building a convincing lead, pulling away from the pack and finishing with over three million chips more than runner-up Otto Lemke (10,727,508) did. Michael Jurgen Behnert (9,937,903), Søren Smith Hansen (9,706,559) and Edmund Catt (9,414,408) took third to fifth places.
The great value of this event was made apparent by the appearance of big names such as Daniel Wilson (6,363,580), and WPT500 winner Fabio Sperling (5,816,271), who both made it into the top 20.
Following Sunday’s opening flight, Day 1b got underway yesterday evening and 524 entries were counted, which added $26,200 to the pot to make a running total of $72,900 collected so far.
Of those, 79 made it through to the second stage and Finland’s Pekka Ikonen (11,939,168) narrowly beat Courtney Gee to first place in the chip counts. Gee, who is a member of partypoker’s Twitch Team, finished up with 11,668,539 chips by the end of four hours and 45 minutes of play.
Czech pro Tomas Fara (11,308,779), Carl Ygborn (8,245,858) and Anton Sidén (8,037,690) who have around $1 million in live tournament earnings between them, rounded off the top five stacks. They will all come back to continue their campaign when Day 2 resumes on March 15 at 20:05.
That’s all for now, but the WPT team will be back here on Friday 12 March when Days 1c, 1d and 1e in both the WPT500 and Super50 will be reviewed.
Not only that but there are plenty of side events coming up, including the $3,200 one-day High Roller ($150K GTD) that starts at 19:05 tonight, the $530 Omaha ($50K GTD) at 19:05 on Wednesday 10 March, and the $5,200 High Roller ($250k GTD) at 19:05 on Thursday 11 March.