May 19, 2020
By Lisa Yiasemides
The WPT Online Series continues to build momentum with many of the calendar’s biggest highlights running last night. The first outing of the WPTDeepStacks took place, as well as the conclusion of the $25k Super High Roller. Plus, a one-day $3,200 Second Chance tournament played out, awarding the second trophy of the evening.
The excitement is also building in the Online Championship. The final two starting flights took place ahead of Day 2, which kicked off at 8 pm* yesterday and Day 3 starts at 7 pm tonight. The action is only going to get hotter from here with the final day concluding the four-day event tomorrow. That day will see someone become a millionaire, in what has become the biggest WPT Main Tour field in its 18-year history!
Super High Roller – $25,500
The first trophy of the night went to Dan Smith after he saw off the opposition to take more than half a million dollars in prize money. The WPT Champion’s Club member did a deal with runner-up Daniel Dvoress following a surprising turn of events in which Dvoress managed to climb his way through the chip counts despite starting the day as the clear underdog with a six-big-blind stack.
Online high-stakes MTT regular Lucas Reeves got as far as third, ahead of Rob Lipkin and John O Shea in fourth and fifth places. Day 1 chip leader Elias Talvitie had a disappointing night, netting $113,750 for finishing in 6th place, only outlasting Jake Schindler who missed out on a six-figure score and took $91,000 for departing in 7th place.
Second Chance Turbo – $3,200
Not wishing anyone to feel left out, another $3,200 event took place alongside the Main, a Second Chance, featuring shorter eight-minute blinds. 110 runners, including both those who had busted the Main and those who were still in, took part to create a prizepool worth $330,000.
Over the course of four hours, the field was whittled down to a winner after Phillip Mighall defeated Andras Nemeth heads up. It is Mighall’s first win after he came close in the $2,650 Bounty Hunter earlier in the series, netting $39,866 for his fourth-place finish. Hungarian pro Nemeth has also had a fair share of success, reaching third in the $10,300 PLO High Roller for
On a final table featuring poker heavyweights including Luc Greenwood (3rd) and David Peters (7th), Stewart Kirby (6th) found his third final table result of the series. After placing 6th in the $5,200 Opener for $96,662 on launch night, the Scot took down the $1,050 Mix-Max Turbo a couple of days ago for $38,038. His trio of results are worth a little over $151,000.
Partypoker’s own Nikita Bodyakovskiy bubbled a final table seat and Andreas Eiler (10th), WPT Champion’s Club member Ole Schemion (11th), Almedin Imsirovic (15th) and Niklas Åstedt (16th) all made a cash.
WPT Online Championship – $3,200
After four starting flights in a little over a week, the $5,000,000 guarantee has been surpassed…and then some! A total of 2,130 entries were counted, producing an enormous $6,390,000 prizepool!
At 8 pm last night, the 398 survivors all returned to play another ten levels, and when the clock was paused there were only 35 still in contention.
Sam Greenwood (4,635,621) bagged biggest (just) and the Canadian will be looking to add another $1,048,088 to his winnings with over a quarter of a million dollars already banked from his win in the $10,300 High Roller.
There are some formidable opponents who will be poised to challenge. Pascal Hartmann (4,431,202) and Max Silver (4,340,422) aren’t far behind as are Rayan Chamas (4,246,913) and Aram Zobian (4,246,619) who round out the top five stacks.
Vicent Bosca Ramon, Amichai Barer, Benny Glaser and Dmitry Yurasov all made the top 20 in the chip counts and Orpen Kisacikoglu, Vlad Darie, Matthias Eibinger, two-time series winner Viktor Ustimov, Ema Zajmovic and Martin Jacobson are all still in too.
It wasn’t such good news for Matas Cimbolas (37th), Kristen Bicknell (43rd), Michel Dattani (45th) and Lucas Reeves (51st) whose deep runs came to an end just before the whistle blew.
Tonight, it all happens again as 35 battle to reach the coveted final day, when play continues at 7 pm.
WPTDeepStacks – $1,050
The first of 10 starting flights in the WPTDS event and its Mini counterpart got off to a start yesterday. Day 1s in both events will run each day until Tuesday, May 26 and both attracted huge crowds to the virtual tables.
In the $1,050 event, 353 entries added the first $353,000 towards that massive $3,000,000 prizepool! With 18 levels on the cards, the 15-minute blind structure meant five hours of play before Day 1a was done. At the end of it, Mikalai Pobal accumulated the chip lead, his stack of 639,011 ahead of closest rivals Joni Jouhkimainen (580,973) and Yuan Yuan Li (564,520).
Tamás Ádámszki (404,020), Ioannis Angelou-Konstas (364,267), Mukul Pahuja (307,412), Ivan Luca (294,548), Alexandros Kolonias (281,483) and Chad Eveslage were among the notables to reach the top 20.
Mini WPTDeepStacks – $109
Over in the Mini and 784 players did their best to progress to Day 2. Miikka Vile (601,032), Luc Lafontaine (574,916) and Borja Javier Domingo Kamber (515,058) had the most productive nights, bagging the top three stacks, as Diego Ventura (500,020), Markus Prinz (424,676), Mohamed Mangroe (406,118) and Viktor Ustimov (339,201) also fared extremely well.
WPT Super 50 – $55
Raphael Verdugo (446,818), Leocir José Carneiro (363,043) and Philippe Ewert (331,936) built the biggest stacks in the first of the two starting flights yesterday, while Maxime Lefebvre (555,003), Oleksandr Sadovi (498,753) and Mark Doherty (454,962) were the largest qualifiers in the second instalment.
PLO Hi-Lo Knockout- $1530
Finally, it’s the turn of the PLO events and Wagner Petry (1,101,492) is the only player of the eight remaining to chip up to more than 1 million. He starts a long way ahead of Luiz Orrico (655,724) and partypoker’s Roberto Romanello (632,778) in second and third positions.
Stanislav Tukov (525,53), Team partypoker Jeff Gross (498,933), Artem Voziyanov (363,831), Andreas Klatt (351,177) and Alexander Burkart (70,612) are all still in the running, with $7,663 up for grabs to the winner, plus bounties.
Mini PLO Hi-Lo Knockout – $55
The increasing popularity of PLO tournaments was evident in the Mini event in which 403 entries were registered and a $20,150 prizepool created. Roman Iisakkala (1,760,621), Valentin Troichenko (1,673,523), Douglas Ferreira Souza (1,209,634), Maksim Volkov (1,176,285) and Kevin Macphee (878,798) go through with the biggest stacks of the 15 players remaining.
Alongside Day 3 of the WPT Online Championship, the Day 1 flights of the WPTDS continue and the last two opportunities to play the WPT Super 50 take place at 2 pm and a final turbo flight at 5 pm. With a $1,000,000 guarantee, it’s a tournament not to be missed.
Please note this takes into account results up to and including May 17
Samuel Vousden, Norbert Szecsi and Rui Ferreira remain in the top-three spots, while Artur Martirosian moves up into fourth and Wiktor Malinowski completes the top five places.
*All times stated are BST