By Lisa Yiasemides
WPT and partypoker are gearing up for another exciting week in the WPT World Online Championships. This week it is Mix-Max week and ahead of the start of the Championship event this weekend, last night saw a relatively quieter offering with two one-day tournaments on the menu. That meant two more WPT winners join the series’ big earners and you can read all about how they did it below.
$530 7-Max Knockout ($100K)
The bigger of the two buy-in events saw 172 players (including re-entries) step up to play. Micki Bredahl Hansen was the first casualty of the evening, busting in 172nd place. He jumped straight back in and collected two bounties to bring $250 of his investment back, before ultimately busting again before the money stages were reached.
Another player to be eliminated early doors was Daniel Pizarro. Out in 170th place originally, his decision to re-enter was a profitable one, going as far as third place in the end for $8,457 (including bounties). He narrowly missed out on placing runner up, an accolade that went to partypoker Millions UK 2018 & WPTDeepStacks Brussels 2018 Champion Ioannis Angelou-Konstas who won $11,610 (including bounties). He fell at the last, leaving João Ferreira Caetano to pick up his first title of the series and almost double the amount of prize money won by Angelou-Konstas after he collected a huge $12,730 in bounties for a total haul of $22,883.
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas finished runner up
WPT Barcelona 2019 runner up Boris Kolev was one of the notables to reach the money, getting as far as 14th for $1,042 plus $500 in bounties. He outlasted latest Daniel Smyth who busted in 15th but the latest WPT Champion took a larger sum from the pot, winning $1,042 from the main prize pool but knocking out five opponents for a total of $1,671 in bounties.
It was a disappointing night overall for Team partypoker. Philipp Gruissem originally exited in 168th and then in 139th place, failing to take any bounties in the process. It was the same story for Richard Dubini (133rd and 113th) and Hristivoje Pavlovic (126th and 82nd) who also hadn’t knocked out any opponents by the time their second bullets were exhausted. Josip Simunic (108th) also left empty-handed but he kept his costs to a minimum, only using one entry. Roberto Romanello (107th) left shortly afterwards but took $250 for winning two bounties and Dzmitry Urbanovich (90th) lasted longest but took the minimum saver with only $125 banked via one knockout.
$109 7-Max Knockout ($50K)
With 626 entries counted, the Mini saw the prize pool far exceed its guarantee, with $62,600 in the pot by the time late registration closed. With such a large number of runners, it was no surprise that it took over eight hours for a winner to emerge and that player was Alexandre Peschel who takes the title and trophy after beating the last of the competition, Ray Huether.
Along with Huether, Grant Ellis was the second Canadian to reach the top three and Maxim Ivanov and partypoker’s Dayane Kotoviezy took the last of the top five places. Fellow Brazilian, and well-known online grinder Henrique Coutinho ($330, including $187 bounties) also ran deep, reaching 48th place with the top 91 players in the field reaching the payouts.
Dayane Kotoviezy placed fifth
Zachary Korik was the unlucky player to leave on the bubble but at least he won $50 in bounties, pulling back half of his buy-in fee. Stuart Guite was the last player to truly leave with nothing, unable to knock anyone out before he fell in 104th place.
There are satellites running all day today for Event #06: The Mix Max Championship. Each of the buy-ins are catered for, so whatever your bankroll, we have you covered.
Also on the cards this evening are two Knockout events, a $530 Main (100K GTD) and $109 Mini ($50K GTD), both of which feature an 8-Max format.
Good luck at the tables!