S19 WPT World Online Championships: Winners Crowned in Opener and Omaha Championship

Aug 24, 2021

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The S19 World Poker Tour World Online Championships (WOC) have wrapped up the first full week on the partypoker online platform and the winners of the first two numbered events have been crowned. This includes the two editions of the WPT Opener and the three Pot-Limit Omaha Championships, while other popular tournaments such as various WPT Super editions, 7-Max Turbo Knockouts, and 6-Max Turbo Knockouts all went down to the wire.

Furthermore, the next highlights of the highly anticipated schedule have already kicked off as Event #03 WPT500, Event #04 Super50, and Event #05 Super5 have already concluded their first starting days. Plenty of chances await to make the respective final days on Monday, August 30.

WPT Opener ($1 million gtd)

With an ambitious guarantee of $1 million, the $215 WPT Opener attracted a field of 4,777 entries and each flight played down to the top 15% of the field. All those that survived made it through to the final day and locked up a portion of the seven-figure prize pool. The min-cash for the 704 qualifiers was $246.59 but especially in the late stages, the progressive knockout bounty prizes dominated the action.

Brazil continued its riot in the online poker scene with eight players in the top 20 and three in the top five. Renato Nomura and partypoker ambassador Joao Simao fell prior to the final table as the latter walking away with more than $8.2k for his efforts. Jeniffer Ritter Da Silva was the last woman standing and earned a combined $19,266.85 for her fifth-place finish. Heads-up was a Brazilian affair and Luiz Orrico prevailed to cash for $93,752.46 in total. Almost exactly one-third of that came from accumulated PKO prizes and keeping the bounty on the own head.

Luiz Zattar Martins Jr finished in second place for a very respectable $68,726.69. His bounty portion of $9,898.16 was the second-biggest in the entire field, narrowly ahead of the $9,841.38 by sixth-place finisher Joel Nystedt.

WPT Opener Top 5 Finishers:

Place Player Country Bounties Prize (in USD) Total Prize
1 Luiz Orrico Brazil $34,815.52 $58,936.94 $93,752.46
2 Luiz Zattar Martins Jr Brazil $9,898.16 $58,828.53 $68,726.69
3 Shaun Andrew Walbridge United Kingdom $2,429.67 $36,617.25 $39,046.92
4 Ilija Savevski Malta $4,317.59 $24,465.49 $28,783.08
5 Jeniffer Ritter Da Silva Brazil $2,556.24 $16,710.61 $19,266.85

WPT Mini Opener ($200k gtd)

In the $22 Mini Opener, an overall field of 12,669 entries emerged. The $200k guarantee was surpassed and 1,850 Day 2 qualifiers locked up a portion of the cash prize pool. A total of $253,380 in prizes were handed out and the biggest slice went to yet another player from Brazil. Ricardo Oliveira Barreto defeated Klaudia Bialek in heads-up for a total payday of $17,424.14, which narrowly beat the $16,149.78 of Bielak.

partypoker ambassador Dayane Kotoviezy finished in 20th place for $97.65 in bounties and a cash prize of $435.49.

WPT Mini Opener Top Five Finishers:

Place Player Country Bounties Prize (in USD) Total Prize
1 Ricardo Oliveira Barreto Brazil $4,606.49 $12,817.66 $17,424.15
2 Klaudia Bielak Netherlands $3,368.95 $12,780.83 $16,149.78
3 Dylan Marcus United Kingdom $2,320.36 $7,942.15 $10,262.51
4 Francois Grossmann Belgium $1,632.11 $5,297.79 $6,929.90
5 Aleksandr Rudenko Russia $752.75 $3,610.95 $4,363.70

 

WPT Omaha Championship ($300k gtd)

The most expensive Pot-Limit Omaha Championship on the schedule featured a price tag of $2,100. Across four starting days, a field of 161 entries was whittled down to the final 24 contenders and they all locked up a portion of the $322,000 prize pool. The final two tables were a very Scandinavian affair with four-card aficionados such as Balint Sebestyen, Tomas Ribeiro, and Ka Kwan Lau also in the mix.

However, none of them made it to the final table. partypoker ambassador Joao Simao had to settle for 9th place and a payday of $9,084. Soon after there were four Swedes, one Dane, and Bulgaria’s Veselin Karakitukov still in contention. For PLO specialist Karakitukov, the end came in fourth place and that was rewarded with a payday of $23,640. Former MILLIONS champion Anton Suarez fell in third place, setting up the heads-up between Patrick Hyllegaard and Bengt Sonnert.

It was Sonnert who prevailed and took home the top prize of $71,240, leaving his opponent with a consolation prize worth $49,032.

WPT Omaha Championship Top Five:

Place Player Country Prize (in USD)
1 Bengt Sonnert Sweden $71,240
2 Patrick Hyllegaard Denmark $49,032
3 Anton Suarez Sweden $34,557
4 Veselin Karakitukov Bulgaria $23,640
5 Lars Nordkvist Sweden $17,204

WPT Mini Omaha Championship ($75k gtd)

Throughout three regular starting days and one turbo heat, Event #2 Mini Omaha with a buy-in of $215 came up just shy of covering the $75k guarantee. There were a total of 359 entries and 53 made the cut to reach the final day, banking at least $477.70 for their efforts. Sonnert also cashed in this event but fell in the first payout step.

partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard finished in 39th place for $573.73 and other notables outside of the top 10 included Andre Abreu, Jerry Odeen, Tom Hall, and Sander van Wesemael. It was an international affair at the business event of the tournament and the top eight finishers all hailed from different countries. Henok Tekle Mariam fell in fifth place, followed by Riku Koivurinne. New Zealand-based Aussie poker pro Joshua Mccully earned $6,805 for third place and Austria’s Andreas Freund ($9,706) had to settle for the runner-up spot.

Ukraine’s Aleksandr Nosov earned the biggest slice of the pot and padded his bankroll with $13,893.

WPT Mini Omaha Championship Top Five:

Place Player Country Prize (in USD)
1 Aleksandr Nosov Ukraine $13,893
2 Andreas Freund Austria $9,706
3 Joshua Mccully Australia $6,805
4 Riku Koivurinne Finland $4,561
5 Henok Tekle Mariam Netherlands $3,213

WPT Micro Omaha Championship ($20k)

Last but not least, the $22 Micro edition came with a $20k guarantee and 133 players secured a portion of that after surviving one of the four flights. The min-cash was worth $47.22 and by the time the final table was reached, the final seven players had $417.43 locked up. Austria’s Thomas Pohnke just missed out on that and had to settle for $297.90 in 8th place.

All remaining contenders hailed from a different country and Denis Lestin ultimately emerged as the winner. He claimed $3,362.31 after defeating Estonia-based Spanish player Adria Comas I Roura ($2,333.17) after nearly six hours of play on the final day.

WPT Micro Omaha Championship Top Five:

Place Player Country Prize (in USD)
1 Denis Lestin Russia $3,362.31
2 Adria Comas I Roura Spain $2,333.17
3 Antti Ahlsten Finland $1,617.27
4 Petar Lambrev Bulgaria $1,077.34
5 Derrick Wall Ireland $720.36

WPT Grand (Phase Final)

Among the various Side Events that played down to a winner was the WPT Grand (Phase Final), which came with a $1,050 buy-in and $300k guarantee. There were a total of 307 entries eventually and the $308,994 prize pool was split among the top 47 finishers. Former WSOP Main Event finalist Jerry Wong bubbled and Joao Vieira was the first player in the money.

partypoker’s very own Jaime Staples (11th for $4,912) and Isaac Haxton (6th for $10,864) recorded deep runs but fell just outside of the top five. Big names such as Preben Stokkan and Pedro Marques went one step further but it was Elio Fox who claimed the top prize of $58,837 after defeating Joel Nystedt in heads-up.

WPT Grand (Phase Final) Top Five Finishers:

Place Player Country Prize (in USD)
1 Elio Fox United States $58,837
2 Joel Nystedt Sweden $40,937
3 Trevor Pearson United Kingdom $28,132
4 Pedro Marques Portugal $18,768
5 Preben Stokkan Norway $13,536

A quick look among the mid and higher-stakes winners reveals Dylan Rowe in the WPT Super $320 in a field of 406 entries, Vicente Delgado in the WPT Super $530 (328 entries), and online and live poker legend Chris Moorman in the $WPT Super $215 (457 entries), The Super Sunday provided a plethora of Side Events and a similarly extensive schedule can be expected for the next weekend.

Stay tuned right here on WPT.com to find out more about the next exciting upcoming tournaments in the days to come.

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