WSOPE Weekly: Action Concludes with Sweden’s Omar Eljach Winning Main Event for €1.4 Million

The action came to a close in the WSOP Europe on Wednesday from the Czech Republic Omar Eljach winning the Main Event for €1.4 million.

The bracelet-hunting action came to a close in the World Series of Poker Europe on Wednesday after 15 events from King’s Casino in the Czech Republic. Omar Eljach proved to be the big winner of the series, taking down the Main Event for €1.4 million.

The final week of action saw several first-time winners as well. Andrey Lyubovetskiy and Emil Bise also won their second bracelets and Shaun Deeb continued his successful run in the series.

A German pro soccer player even found a bracelet win. Here’s a look at the final week of play in the WSOPE.

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Event 12: €10,350 Main Event

The championship event of the series brought in a hefty turnout of 763 players for a €7.2 million prize pool. After two starting flights and five days of action, Sweden’s Omar Eljach (pictured in lead image, courtesy WSOP) came out on top for €1.4 million and his first bracelet.

Eljack now has almost $2 million in live tournament winnings and came close to a bracelet earlier in the series. He finished runner-up in Event 6: €5,000 PLO for €152,827.

At the 2019 WSOPE, he also took runner-up in a €2,200 PLO event for €79,291. Eljack was pleased to now break through with a win.

“It’s really hard to describe,” he said. “So many emotions, all of them amazing. Such a draining battle. I feel relief, I feel incredible joy. Yeah … it’s an amazing feeling.”

France’s Jonathan Pastore just missed adding his second bracelet, finishing runner-up for €852,949. Shaun Deeb, of the United States, continued his nice run in the series, taking third for €607,531 and just missing out on his sixth bracelet.

During the series, Deeb scored two thirds, a 10th, and 15th for more than $1.1 million. He was sad that his time in the Czech Republic had come to an end.

Here’s a look at the final table payouts.

  1. Omar Eljach – €1,380,129
  2. Jonathan Pastore – €852,949
  3. Shaun Deeb – €607,531
  4. Vladas Tamasauskas – €438,978
  5. Paul Covaciu – €321,838
  6. Armin Rezaei – €239,466
  7. Barny Boatman – €180,867
  8. Alexandre Reard – €138,702
  9. Timothy Adams – €108,024

Event 15: €1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Freezeout

A pair of Ukrainians battled for the bracelet in this event that saw 211 entries for a €182,409 prize pool. In the end, Andrey Lyubovetskiy secured his second bracelet for €45,606.

The win denied Lyubovetskiy’s countryman Oleksii Kovalchuk his third bracelet. He took €28,178 for the second-place finish and also grabbed a runner-up in Event 10: €2,200 Eight-Game Mix.

Lyubovetskiy’s first bracelet came in 2021 also at the WSOPE, where he won the €25,000 Platinum High Roller for €518,430. He now has more than $1 million in WSOP earnings and more than $1.8 million overall.

Event 14: €1,100 Bounty Hunter

Belgium’s Karim Maekelberg took the win in the bounty-hunting action for a payday of €62,111 and his first bracelet. Prior to this, Maekelberg had only about $10,000 in live tournament winnings.

He’s now increased that significantly and was pleased to add a huge bullet point to his record after spending much of the last few years playing online poker.

“I started playing four years ago, took things seriously, but I mainly played online and just grind everything online,” he said after the win. “I studied, became better, and now I’m getting into the live scene.”

Germany’s  Theo Schmitt finished runner-up for €38,375. The tournament attracted 436 entries for a €283,400 prize pool.

Event 13: €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha/NLHE Mixed

This split format tournament required some skill in poker’s most popular games. Dutchman Yair Van Ruiten took the top spot for his first bracelet and €85,405.

This marked only the second WSOP cash for Van Ruiten. He was one of the chip leaders for much of the tournament and rode that wave to the title.

Ioannis Angelou Konstas, of Greece, finished runner-up for €52,772 and now has more than $1.2 million WSOP cashes. The event brought in 251 entries for a prize pool of €357,675.

Event 11: €50,000 Diamond High Roller

Orpen Kisacikoglu, of Turkey, took the title in this nosebleed stakes affair for €748,106 and his first bracelet. A regular competitor in high roller events, he now has more than $10 million in live tournament winnings.

The win came after Kisacikoglu took third in Event 6: €25,500 Short Deck High Roller for €323,553. He also scored a runner-up finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller side event for €199,500.

The Diamond High Roller saw 45 entries for a €2.1 million prize pool. The United Kingdom’s Sam Grafton took runner-up for €462,363 and Deeb grabbed third for €313,919.

Event 10: €2,200 Eight-Game Mix

Germany’s Thomer Pidun took the top spot for €49,245 and his first bracelet in the mixed-game action. This capped a nice run through the series which included two fifth-place finishes as well as a sixth and an eighth.

Pidum now has almost $570,000 in WSOP winnings, which also included a nice 33rd-place finish in the Main Event in 2019 for $261,430.

Oleksii Kovalchuk finished runner-up for €30,430 and another German player, Philipp Krieger, took third for €21,311. The tournament produced a 102-entry field for a €179,265 prize pool. The battle against his two opponents came with some challenges for Pidum beyond the play on the table.

“I had big problems at three handed,” he said. “I had stomach issues and I thought I was going to puke on the table! I was thinking why now? But thankfully it calmed down and I managed to ride it out.”

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Event 9: €2,200 Short Deck

Emil Bise, of Switzerland, secured his second bracelet and €49,521 in this Short Deck tournament. The 91-entry field brought in a prize pool of €172,900 and Bise described the win as: “Beautiful, unbelievable!”

“I put my heart into WSOP every year, it’s very special to me and I’m so happy,” he added.

The Czech Republic’s Jakub Koleckar finished runner-up for €30,602. GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos, of Brazil, finished third for €21,416.

Event 7: €1,650 NLHE Six-Handed

This event concluded on Nov. 9 with German professional soccer player Max Kruse scoring his first bracelet for €134,152. A regular at the WSOP tables, he now has more than $295,000 in live tournament winnings. 

“I’m overwhelmed,” he said after the win. “It’s the greatest feeling to have finally won a WSOP bracelet. I’ve wanted to win for 10 years and, of course, it makes me proud.”

France’s Dorian Melchers finished runner-up for €87,059.

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Road to Victory: German Student Details His Unique Journey to GGPoker Flip & Go Millionaire Title

German poker player Niclas G., 22, spoke with PokerScout this week about winning the Flip & GO Millionaire event at GGPoker on Nov. 11.

Paying for university studies just got a little easier for German poker player Niclas G. The 22-year-old won the Flip & GO Millionaire event at GGPoker on Nov. 11.

The college student, who goes by the username “ifhedieshedies” on the site, landed a score of $54,929. Even a few days after the win, Niclas (who asked that his full surname not be used) was still finding it difficult to believe the turn of events.

“It still feels incredible to have won such a big tournament with over $1 million guaranteed,” he told PokerScout this week. “Many players wait for these spots their entire life, and it really took me a while to realize what I had achieved.”

And while many poker players advancing into such a major event might sit at the laptop or computer to play, Niclas faced some other challenges. He was driving a bit for the start of the tournament and wasn’t always able to play.

“I was actually on the road for the first one or two hours of the tournament, and was sitting out like a third of the hands since I wasn’t able to be on the phone the whole time,” he says. “Nevertheless, I managed to build a stack and continued playing at home until the end.”

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Cashing in for five figures at GGPoker

The Flip & GO Millionaire ran from Nov. 1-11, with buy-ins of just $11 and a $1 million guarantee. GG organizers worked to create a major event for online poker players of all bankroll levels and offering a major payout for top finishers.

A Flip & Go features players all in during the first round. All players receive three cards and then discard one after the flop. The winning player then advances to the Go stage, which then plays out like a traditional No Limit Hold’em tournament.

While other players no doubt bought in numerous times to advance beyond the Flip stage, Niclas played only once to advance to the Go stage. He bought in for five stacks at a cost of $55, but won all those entries after playing $0.50 to $2.20 satellites.

Niclas says he found many big hands during the tournament, which helped propel him along. A huge moment at the final table also greatly helped his cause.

With six players remaining and on the short stack, Nclas was dealt Q-10 offsuit in the small blind. The player with the largest stack raised with K-2 from the button. With just four big blinds remaining, Niclas was all in.

“On the flop and turn, nothing hit and on the river I spiked a 10,” he says. “This was definitely the most important flip in my life so far! After that hand I was almost even with the others remaining on the final table and I said to myself, ‘Now I will take it down.’”

That he did, topping a field of about 100,000 entries and 20,000 unique players.

Small bankroll to big win

The win comes after Niclas only began playing poker about three years ago. He generally plays $1-10 Sit & Go’s and hyper tournaments with a small bankroll.

Away from the poker table, Niclas enjoys hanging out with friends and is also a sports fan, especially football. Perhaps some of that competitive spirit has helped at the poker table.

Watching poker content online helped Niclas develop many of his skills. So far, he seems to be a fast learner, but still plays just for entertainment when not studying or in class. 

“I’m a recreational player and I only play for fun,” he says.

A $50,000-plus score at GGPoker certainly qualifies as fun, as well as quite the card-playing bullet point.

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German Player Takes Title in GGPoker Flip & Go Millionaire for Massive Return on 11 Bucks

German online poker player “ifhedieshedies” won the GGPoker Flip & Go Millionaire event on Friday for a nice score of $54,929.

November brought a unique tournament for players at GGPoker. The Flip & Go Millionaire offered players a chance to turn 11 bucks into a huge payday. After 10 days of Flip stages, a winner was crowned in the Go Stage on Friday – with a nice five-figure prize going to the winner.

German online poker player “ifhedieshedies” flipped to the title and a nice score of $54,929. This was quite a score considering the buy-in.

There’s no word on how many Flip stages the winner took part in. But the payout amounts to more than 4,993 times that initial price point.

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Inside the Flip & Go Millionaire numbers

Over the last couple years, GG has been aggressive when it comes to major event guarantees. The site has shown a willingness to get all levels of players involved for major guaranteed tournaments. That was again the case with the Flip & Go Millionaire.

Reaching $1 million wouldn’t be easy with such a small buy-in. On Thursday morning, the site reached about 71,000 and needed to check in at 100,000 to meet the guarantee.

With Flip stages running every 20 minutes, GG just made that total. The tournament saw just over 100,000 entries to meet the guarantee. The tournament also saw 20,000 unique entries.

That meant a total of 4,263 players in the money with a minimum cash paying out $72. “dalo0013” finished runner-up for $51,828. The top three finishers all cashed in for more than $50,000. Here’s a look at the final table winners.

GGPoker Flip & Go Millionaire results

  1. Ifhedieshedies (Germany) – $54,929
  2. dalo0013 – $51,828
  3. zodiaco1234 (Peru) – $51,568
  4. x-ATHENA-x (Brazil) – $26,451
  5. orenoie_5296 – $19,068
  6. Caio Pessagno – $13,746
  7. JeffreyLing – $9,911
  8. Lukestrike (Brazil) – $7,146.09
  9. ELS (Netherlands) – $5,153,34

Popular event among GGPoker players

The Millionaire offered a nice way to reach players of all levels with a shot at a major score. Flip & Go events have become popular with players in recent years and the format has even expanded to a live event each summer at the World Series of Poker.

Players start with three cards and then see a flop. Each player then discards one card and all players then see the turn and river cards. The player with the best hand moves on to the Go stage, which plays out as a traditional No Limit Hold’em tournament.

Several players took to Twitter to share their own success at reaching the Go Stage and bagging some winnings.

Canadian poker player Collin Capone was one of those jumping in the Millionaire action. He made a nice run, finishing 474th for $290.

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A major part of the series is the $210 Mystery Bounty Main Event. The tournament features numerous starting flights with $500,000 guaranteed and the final stage set for Nov. 27.

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WSOPE Weekly: High Roller Paul Phua Captures First Bracelet, Anson Tsang Grabs His Third

The WSOP Europe reached full throttle over the last week with several players cashing in, including high stakes regular Paul Phua.

The World Series of Poker Europe reached full throttle over the last week with several players cashing in for their first bracelets. That included well-known high stakes player Paul Phua, who took down a high roller event this week.

The last week also saw Anson Tsang score his third WSOP bracelet as well. With the Main Event starting Nov. 11, here’s a look at the last week of action.

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Event 8: €25,000 Platinum High Roller

Longtime high stakes regular Paul Phua (pictured in lead image, courtesy WSOP) grabbed the first bracelet of his career in this high roller. He topped a 34-player field for a €482,433 payday.

“It’s a very different kind of feeling,” he said after the win. “You don’t get to do this all the time. Not often. I didn’t expect to win because there are so many players around. But the structure at the end is very short which suits players like me.”

Phua now has more than $26 million in live tournament winnings. The Platinum High Roller drew a hefty €1.6 million prize pool with South Korea’s Gab Yong Kim scoring runner-up for €298,163.

Some other big names made final table appearances as well. Shaun Deeb finished third for €205,566 and Daniel Negreanu took fourth for €146,370. WSOP Main Event winner Espen Jorstad finished ninth for €45,242.

Negreanu has continued his popular vlog series while playing in the Czech Republic.

Event 7: €1,650 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed

Some short-handed NLHE action proved popular, bringing in 413 entries for a €588,525 prize pool. The action continued on Wednesday and will be included in next week’s WSOP Weekly updates.

Event 6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha

The big buy-in PLO action saw Ukraine’s Roman Verenko score the title for €247,288. The win gives him more than $573,000 in live tournament earnings and the biggest score of his career.

The tournament attracted 223 entries for a $1 million prize pool. Sweden’s Omar Huang took runner-up for €152,827.

PLO seems to be quite the game for Verenko. Just a few days earlier, he also won the €5,0000 PLO High Roller side event for €49,637

Event 5: €550 Colossus

The Colossus delivered a fitting field with 2,982 entries and a $1.4 million prize pool. In the end, Slovakia’s Lubos Laska scored his first bracelet for €170,568. This was also the first major tournament win of the part-time poker player’s career.

“I was really lucky today,”  he said. “I am really happy. Probably some professionals would be so much more happy because they would feel like they accomplished something, but I play just for fun.”

After learning to play poker in a bar years ago, Laska picked up the game again just a bit over a year ago. This was the biggest buy-in of his career and he’d simply hoped to get in the money. Nino Junior Pansier, of the Netherlands, took runner-up for €105,241.

Anson Tsang celebrates after his winning his third WSOP bracelet. (photo courtesy WSOP)

Event 4: €2,000 Pot Limit Omaha

Hong Kong’s Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang scored his third bracelet in this four-card action. He scored  €388,407 and won the exact same event in 2018. Tsang has now made three final table appearances in the same event.

His first bracelet came in the WSOP Online at GGPoker in 2020, when he took down a $500 Deepstack for $150,460.

Poland Tomasz Gluszko finished runner-up €58,988. 888poker ambassador Vivian Saliba, of Brazil, finished sixth for €14,959. The event saw 221 entries for a €388,407 prize pool.

Event 3: €1,350 Mini Main Event

This may not be “the” Main Event, but this smaller version packed in the players. The Mini Main Event garnered 1,431 entries for a $1.6 million prize pool.

Macedonia’s Ilija Savevski, 34, came out on top for €245,319 and his first bracelet. Germany’s Stefan Schoss finished runner-up for €151,554.

A part-time player, Savevski works for a ​​software development company and has $631,000 in live tournament winnings.

“It means a lot,” Savevski said of winning his first WSOP title. “A bracelet is every player’s dream and I’ve wanted it ever since I learned about the WSOP and finally to win one after many years feels amazing.”

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Upcoming events

Plenty of action continues in the coming week. That includes the final table of Event 10: €2,000 Eight-Game Mix. Shaun Deeb held the chip lead with 12 players left on Wednesday.

The €50,000 Diamond High Roller kicks off on Thursday with the €10,350 getting underway on Friday. Here’s a look at the remaining events.

2022 WSOP Europe

DateEventTournamentBuy-inGuarantee
Nov. 1011Diamond High Roller€50,000€1,000,000
Nov. 1112Main Event€10,350€100,000
Nov. 1313PLO/NLHE Mixed€1,650€40,000
Nov. 1414Turbo Bounty Hunter€1,100€30,000
Nov. 1515Turboa Freezeout€1,000€30,000

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Poker Podium: Ian Hamilton, Adrian Mateos, Hannes Jeschka Among Online Poker’s October Winners

Poker Podium offers another look at some online and live poker winners over the last month from online poker operators.

There was plenty of action from the major online poker operators in October. From big winners on the European Poker Tour to a million-dollar score at GGPoker, players cashed in right up through Halloween in both the live and online arenas.

The month also brought some interesting online challenges with GGPoker’s Kevin Martin now facing an interesting athletic feat. Once again Poker Podium takes a look at some of online poker winners and headlines from the last month.

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The European Poker Tour stop in London was a huge part of the PokerStars action in October. The £5,300 Main Event highlighted the series from Oct. 22-28.

After surviving several all-in situations at the final table, the United Kingdom’s Ian Hamilton took the title for £664,400. Jack Sinclair, also from the UK, finished runner-up for £414,650 in a tournament that saw 749 entries.

Former Deliveroo executive Adam Miller also proved to be a success at EPT London. The company offers restaurant delivery services in the UK and Miller served as the company’s chief financial officer.

Adam Miller battles at the EPT London. (photo courtesy PokerStars)

At EPT London, Miller delivered some nice finishes. After winning a £530 online satellite, he scored a Main Event package valued at £9,200. He then went on to finish 56th for £11,200.

Next, Miller took seventh in the £550 Eight-Game mix for £2,370. He battled PokerStars ambassadors Georgina “GJReggie” James and Parker “Tonkaaaa” Talbot at the final table. 

Miller’s run in the series got even better in the £10,300 High Roller. He took the top spot for £358,550. With his recent success, more poker tournaments look to be in his future.

“Yeah, I’m going to start traveling around a bit more to play more of these bigger buy-in events,” he said. “I haven’t decided between EPT Prague and another event in December, but I’ll play in the Bahamas and then play a full World Series of Poker schedule next year.”

Mystery Bounty rewards Platinum Pass 

The £3,000 Mystery Bounty was a major part of the action in London with a Platinum Pass as one of the bounties up for grabs. Germany’s Hannes Jeschka added to a nice year, bagging the pass and a trip to the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship in January.

Hannes Jeschka accepts his new Platinum Pass. (photo courtesy PokerStars)

The win came after Jeschka won a $5,300 tournament in Cyprus in August for $542,000. Adding one of poker’s biggest prizes wasn’t on his mind when the action got underway.

“When I entered this tournament I didn’t know there was a Platinum Pass,” he told the PokerStars blog. He added: “I was disappointed to bust the tournament and I have mixed feelings right now, but this is overwhelming.”

WCOOP 2022: Take 2 is next up at PokerStars, running Nov. 5-9 with 66 events and total guaranteed prize pools of almost $28 million.

PartyPoker

The Grand Prix KO Autumn Edition was in the spotlight at Party in October. The $109 Main Event featured a $500,000 guarantee and Sweden’s Emil Sjogren grabbed the title for a total payout of $47,569.

The tournament topped the guarantee, bringing in 5,123 entries for a $512,300 prize pool. The Czech Republic’s Jiri Havlena took runner-up for $36,451.

The $320 Six-Max High Roller was another major event in the series and saw Brazil’s Gabriel De Melo come out on top. The tournament easily topped the $200,000 guarantee, attracting 773 entries for a $231,900 prize pool.

De Melo won $30,383 for the title with Canada’s Philippe D’Auteuil taking runner-up for $18,150.

The MILLIONS Online series is also now underway at PartyPoker. The series kicked off on Oct. 27 and runs through Nov. 15. The action started with Brazil’s William Barbosa becoming the series’ first champion.

He topped a field of 912 opponents in the $162 Opener for a score of $17,225. The event featured a $125,000 guarantee and Austria’s Tomas Patka finished runner-up for $9,568.

Adrian Mateos was another early winner, taking the title in the $530 Eight-Max for $12,461. The Spanish poker pro also has more than $30 million in live tournament winnings and is an ambassador for Winamax. He’ll also be part of an upcoming training session as part of the Winamax Poker Tour.

GGPoker

Much of the action over the last month at GG focused on the Bounty Hunters Series, which runs through Nov. 7 with $50 million guaranteed.

One of the big winners so far is Philippe D’Auteuil, fresh off his nice runner-up at PartyPoker. He took down the $525 Bounty Hunters High Roller Main Event on Sunday for more than $105,000.

GG also partners with WSOP.com in Canada for a new Ontario platform. The site recently ran a WSOP Online mini series with three bracelets up for grabs.

Toronto’s David Cowling won the final event, the $1,050 GGMasters Online Championship. He scored $50,992 and his first WSOP bracelet. For a complete look at the series results, click here.

In other action, GGPoker ambassador Kevin Martin conducted a unique challenge in late October. With $20,000 in his online account, the Twitch streamer had to play 60 hours with the hopes of ending up in the black. If not, the challenge came with an interesting punishment.

The result? He dipped below the initial amount and will now be readying his scooter for a marathon. On the other end of the spectrum, one player recently cashed in via a Bounty Jackpot event for a cool $1 million.

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The XL Retro Series was a huge part of the 888 action in October with more than two weeks of tournaments. The 27-event series saw 10,951 entries and awarded $1.5 million.

Brazilians performed particularly well, winning seven titles. Canada was just behind with players winning six events. Players from Sweden, Germany, Malta, Finland, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Montenegro, Ireland, and the United Kingdom won titles as well. 

The series saw seven five-figure payouts for first place. The largest came in the $250 Main Event, with “raw_dawg” winning for $70,164. The championship topped the $500,000 guarantee, attracting 2,162 entries for a $508,070 prize pool.

Some of the 888poker ambassador team found nice runs as well. Vivian Saliba and StreamTeam members Nick Eastwood and Josh Manley all made it in the money.

Another StreamTeam member found the winner’s circle. Jordan Banfield took down the $320 Crocodile KO for a $5,418 top prize plus $375 in bounties. The Canadian player collected a total payout of $5,793.

WSOP Weekly: European Series Underway With Two Bracelet Winners, Negreanu Joining Action

The WSOP Europe is now underway and two players have secured their first bracelets in the first week of action.

The online bracelet hunting may have concluded, but the live action returned last week with the World Series of Poker Europe now underway at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

After a week, two players have secured their first bracelets. The series runs through Nov. 16 and features 15 bracelet events.

The €10,350 Main Event highlights the festival and kicks off on Nov. 11. As events play out, another well-known player will soon join the mix. Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu plans on jumping in the action this week. Here’s a look at some of the headlines from the series so far.

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Event 2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha Eight-Max

The Omaha action featured the second-straight bargain buy-in, bringing in 566 entries for a €268,850 prize pool. Germany’s Helmut Phung, 30, took the chip lead into the final table and never relinquished that. He scored his first bracelet and a top prize of €55,132.

“My plan was to win the tournament and to put a lot of pressure on the other players,” he said afterward. “I played with them on all the different tables and knew what to expect.”

Helmut Phung shows off his bracelet after winning the opening event at the World Serief of Polker Europe. (photo courtesy WSOP)

This was only Phung’s third career series cash, all coming in WSOPE events. The win greatly ballooned his live tournament record, which now stands at more than $84,000.

Norway’s Martin Almaas finished runner-up for €34,051, the largest score of his career.

Event 1: €350 No Limit Hold’em Opener

Some classic Hold’em action kicked off the series at the lowest buy-in level on the schedule. That brought in 2,454 entries for a €734,359 prize pool.

When the action reached heads-up play, a pair of Italians battled for the top spot. Fabio Peluso (pictured in lead image, courtesy WSOP) ultimately found the winner’s circle for €95,670. His only previous WSOP cash came in the same event in 2021.

The win comes after another big finish earlier this year. In April, Peluso took runner-up in the PokerStars European Poker Tour €1,100 Main Event in Monte Carlo for €217,340. Some recent focus on his game has apparently paid off.

“I have been studying a lot and discussing spots with my poker friends,” he said. “And of course the run-good helps too.”

Carlo Savinelli took runner-up for €59,032 and now has more than $274,000 in WSOP winnings. The Italian now has almost $1.4 million in live tournament winnings overall.

Daniel Negreanu heading to Rozvadov

With his eyes on another bracelet, Daniel Negreanu announced last week that he’d be heading to King’s as well. He even listed a staking package online for players to back the Canadian-born poker pro.

Look for Negreanu to debut in a Rozvadov field this week.

“Come and get it!” he noted on Twitter on Oct. 29. “I’m heading to WSOP Europe next week and here’s your chance to get a piece and have a sweat.”

On the Brandon Adams Podcast recently, the GGPoker ambassador discussed his own preparation for massive series like the WSOP. That includes some changes to his workout routine during the series.

Fresh off a win in the Super High Roller Bowl, he’ll be looking for another win in Europe. That turned around a year that was set to be his biggest losing year in poker. Negreanu now has almost $50 million in live tournament winnings.

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Plenty of big tournaments await players in the coming weeks. After three starting flights, the €1,350 Mini Main Event reaches Day 2 on Thursday.

The €550 Colossus also kicks off on Thursday and should bring in a huge field as seen at the annual live series in Las Vegas and in the recent WSOP Online at GGPoker.

For those with much bigger bankrolls, the €25,000 Platinum High Roller also gets underway on Monday. Here’s a look at the remaining schedule.

2022 WSOP Europe

DateEventTournamentBuy-inGuarantee
Nov. 1011Diamond High Roller€50,000€1,000,000
Nov. 1112Main Event€10,350€100,000
Nov. 1313PLO/NLHE Mixed€1,650€40,000
Nov. 1414Turbo Bounty Hunter€1,100€30,000
Nov. 1515Turboa Freezeout€1,000€30,000
 

WSOP Online: Action Concludes in Ontario with Toronto Player Scoring Championship Finale

Two WSOP Online events wrapped up at WSOP.ca over the weekend in Ontario with David Cowling taking down the championship finale.

Two World Series of Poker Online events wrapped up at WSOP.ca over the weekend in Ontario with David Cowling taking down the championship finale.

The events bring to a close the three-event series on the Canadian platform. The Ontario site is a partnership between the WSOP and GGPoker. GG officials were pleased with the popularity of the series in Ontario.

“We were very happy to bring real WSOP bracelet action to Ontario, and were thrilled by the participation and enthusiasm shown by players right across the province,” GG head of public relations Paul Burke tells PokerScout.

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Event 3: $1,050 GGMasters Online Championship

David “Edeskie” Cowling, of Toronto, found the winner’s circle in this championship event that came with a (CAD)$250,000 prize pool. He scored $50,992 and his first WSOP bracelet in the process.

The final hand saw Cowling catch two pair on the flop with his 8♥2♣. His opponent, “Funky Kong,” moved all in on the river when a third spade hit the board.

Cowling ultimately called, picking off his opponent’s bluff. Funky Kong showed K♣9♦ for just King high. Cowling earned a nice payday and some WSOP hardware for his efforts.

The win adds to Cowling’s poker record that includes $225,218 in live tournament winnings. This marked the largest score of his career with the previous coming in May. In a €3,000 Mystery Bounty event on the PokerStars European Poker Tour, Cowling took fifth for €45,950.

The WSOP.ca win marked the first major tournament win of his career as well.

Event 2: $210 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty MILLION$ 

This event brought some Omaha action to the mini-series and featured a $100,000 guarantee. The tournament saw a considerable boost, however, with the prize pool ballooning to $130,200.

When the action concluded, Xing “Mai_K_4_Life” He, of Scarborough, grabbed the bracelet and a payday of $8,239.

That total doesn’t include a deal made between the final two players. The amount also doesn’t include bounties, which made up half of the prize pool.

He’s poker record includes $35,468 in live tournament winnings. In the recent WSOP Online at GGPoker, he also scored 56th in the $5,000 Main Event for $52,807.

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The first WSOP Online event in Ontario played out a week earlier with Tristan Schneider grabbing the gold for $28,968 in the $150 BIG 150 Ontario MILLION$.

Ontario players looking for more action should be in luck in the coming days. Like the WSOP platform in the US, the Ontario site is expected to run a regular Online Circuit Series as the site did in October.

On the international GGPoker platform, the Bounty Hunters Series, which runs through Nov. 7 with $50 million guaranteed.

The company also recently partnered with Dusk Till Dawn casino for the United Kingdom Poker Championships, which are set for January 7-11. Online qualifiers for the series are already underway.

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BIG YEAR: 888poker Named Poker Operator of the Year by EGR

As the company celebrates its 20th anniversary through the year, 888poker was recently recognized by EGaming Review (EGR) as the 2022 Poker Operator of the Year.

EGR is the benchmark of excellence in the online gaming industry. The site’s annual awards recognize longevity and commitment in the industry. 888 won the award for casino operator as well.

The award comes after 888 officials worked throughout the year to upgrade and improve the platform. Company officials are pleased to see some of this work paying off with the EGR award.

“We are proud to have won this award,” 888’s announcement of the achievement says, “and accept it with grace as we commit to continuing future improvements to the software and player experience.”

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Adding the EGR award comes after two decades in the online poker industry. The judging process involves a team of independent, external judges bringing their impartial, in-depth expertise to the process.

In 2022, 888poker made additional software upgrades to the site’s platform. The software offers a more intuitive user interface and is powered by proprietary technology.

The site’s tournament schedule received major improvements this year. That included making the schedule more player friendly, with affordable buy-ins and higher guarantees.

“Our online and live poker series were wildly successful in 2022, with millions in prize money awarded across various events,” 888poker also noted in a news release.

March’s Retro Week Series in March paid homage to the site’s iconic tournaments over the past 20 years. The series easily topped the $888,000 guarantee, awarding over $1 million.

Also as part of the 20th-anniversary, 888 sent 34 qualifiers and ambassadors to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Twenty of their stories were documented in the site’s “20 Years, 20 Stories” feature.

More bullet points from 2022

In 2022, 888 also expanded the company’s global reach, particularly focusing on Brazil and Ontario, Canada. More influencers and personalities also came on board as ambassadors.

That included boxing champion Chris Eubank Jr., YouTube personality Jack “JaackMaate” Dean, and Brazilian YouTuber Cauê Moura.

Social media also became a bigger emphasis for the site. The company888poker has relaunched its Twitch channel and signed five streamers to rep the brand and PokerScout spoke with then about their new roles. introduced the 888 StreamTeam and relaunched the 888pokerTV Twitch channel. The channel grew considerably over the last year and offers streaming coverage of online and live events, poker strategy, and hand analysis content.

Some key highlights for the social media efforts include the Play with Friends weekly Sit & Go on Twitch and Focus Fridays on YouTube. Game integrity also became an even bigger concern, according to 888. 

“We have further strengthened our efforts to create a fairer and more balanced playing experience,” the company notes. “Implementing new technology and growing our dedicated Fair Gaming team has expedited this process.”

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WSOP Online: First Bracelet Winner Crowned at Ontario GGPoker Platform, More Action to Come

The first champion emerged in the WSOP Online on Sunday, held exclusively for players in Ontario, Canada, via GGPoker.

The first champion emerged in the World Series of Poker Online on Sunday, held exclusively for players in Ontario, Canada. The WSOP.com/GGPoker platform in the newly regulated province saw Tristan Schneider claim his first bracelet as the platform’s debut bracelet winner.

Ontario launched a completely regulated online poker market earlier this year. The new WSOP platform also recently went live in Ontario and quickly announced a series of three bracelet events.

The Ontario action comes after summer bracelet events at the live series in Las Vegas as well as WSOP Online bracelet events on WSOP.com in the US and at GGPoker’s international platform.

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Event 1: BIG 150 Ontario MILLION$

Schneider, also known by the username “Schneids” on the Ontario platform, topped a field of 1,310 entries in this $150 event to score $28,968 (Canadian dollars).

In heads-up play against “rexdale225,” Schneider held a chip advantage of 7.4 million to 5.1 million when the final hand developed.

That saw Schnieder dealt pocket deuces and both players saw a flop of K♠2♦5♥. That gave Scheids a set of 2s and he checked the action, receiving a check from his opponent as well.

The turn brought the 9♣ and Schneider brought in a nice bet of 635,000. Rexdale called and the 5♠ came on the river, giving Schneider a full house.

After betting 3.6 million, Rexdale moved the last of his 4 million chips in and his opponent quickly called. Rex tabled 8♥5♣ for three of a kind.

That didn’t top Schneider’s full house, however, and he collected the championship and his first bracelet. The win marked a bit of Ontario online poker history.

The first champion emerged in the WSOP Online on Sunday, held exclusively for players in Ontario, Canada, via GGPoker.

More bracelet action on the way in Ontario

Schneider becomes the first bracelet winner on the new platform, but players have a bit more to look forward to. The final two events are set for Oct. 30 and starting flights are now underway.

The remaining schedule includes a $1,050 championship event that caps the series and features the festival’s highest buy-in. The event should offer some nice bragging rights for one lucky player winning the main event.

Some Omaha action also awaits Ontario players. Here’s a look at details of the final two events.

  • Event 2: $210 Omaholic Bounty MILLION$ – final stage, Oct. 30
  • Event 3: $1,050 GGMasters Online Championship – final stage, Oct. 30

 The bracelet events also come after WSOP Ontario wrapped Online Circuit events as well. Here’s a look at those winners.

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Even more tournaments in the works for GGPoker/WSOP Ontario calendar

Beyond the events in Ontario, even more is coming to the international GG platform. The site has partnered with the Dusk Till Dawn casino for the United Kingdom Poker Championships (UKPC).

The £560 Main Event features a £500,000 guarantee plus £50,000 in added prizes for players who qualify online. The championship event runs online at GGPoker beginning Jan. 7 and live at Dusk Till Dawn on Jan. 11. Numerous qualifiers and satellites are already available.

The Bounty Hunters Series also is underway, running through Nov. 7 with $50 million guaranteed. There are numerous progressive bounty tournaments with buy-ins starting at $5.25.

The series features a $210 Mystery Bounty Main Event with $5 million guaranteed. The final stage plays out on Nov. 7 and includes a $500,000 top bounty.

The WSOP Europe also runs Oct. 26 – Nov. 16 at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. GG is offering players several qualifying opportunities for the €10,350 Main Event, which gives players a €5 million guarantee.

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Poker Podium: Simon Mattson, Preben Stokkan Among Huge September Online Winners

September produced some massive winners in the international online poker market. Players saw some massive series and payouts on PokerStars, GGPoker, PartyPoker.

One major highlight included Simon Mattson taking down the World Series of Poker Online Main Event. Preben Stokkan also came up big, winning the PartyPoker Millions Online Main Event. Poker Podium takes a look at those winners as well as other action from September.

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The MILLIONS Online recently wrapped up at PartyPoker. In the $3,200 Main Event, Preben Stokkan (pictured in lead image, courtesy PartyPoker) found the winner’s circle for a payout of $391,731.

Originally from Norway and now living in the United Kingdom, Stokkan also earned a Party Ape NFT as part of the prize package. He took the chip lead into the final table and rode that to victory. 

Eelis Parssinen, of Finland, took runner-up for $270,213 with Austria’s Ole Schemion grabbing third for $186,168.

The win came only days after Stokkan also chalked up a victory in the $1,575 Closer PKO. That event brought in 253 players for a $379,500 prize pool. Stokkan added $73,423 for that win as well.


The $320 Min Main Event saw Franco Spitale, of Argentina, rise to the top for a payout of $100,480. Austria’s Leon Sturm finished runner-up for $68,227.

Two other players shined in the MILLIONS Online. Ricardo Arraiano, of Malta, won the Super 500 PKO for a total prize of $69,315. Emiliano Ricchini, of Argentina, won the Super 100 for a total of $31,765.

PokerStars

The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) recently wrapped up at PokerStars, despite some hiccups. Stars has rescheduled main events and added some other tournaments for November after DDoS attacks led to some tournament cancellations.

The first running of WCOOP saw several big winners however. Well-regarded online player Renas Bruschi took the $5,000 Titans title for $173,239. Bruschi has more than $8 million in online winnings.

After two runner-up finishes in the series, Stars ambassador and Twitch streamer Patrick Leonard added a WCOOP ‘22 title by winning the $1,050 Six-Plus Hold’em event for $17,444. He also won events in this version of Short Deck in the 2021 WCOOP and in SCOOP earlier this year.

After the nice finish, Leonard then made a huge run in the $5,000 WSOP Online Main Event at GGPoker (more on that below) as well for a score of more than $91,000.

A look at other PokerStars winners

Winamax ambassador Joao Vieira also scored three WCOOP titles in the series. That included taking  down the $2,100 Deep Stack for $62,131. He also rose to the top in the $2,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw for an additional $32,230.

Women’s WCOOP event winner Charlotte Van Brabander. (photo courtesy PokerStars)

Brazil’s Rui Ferreira took runner-up in that Deep Stack event for $48,097 after already winning three events in the series as well.

Sweden’s Christian Jeppsson scored his third career WCOOP trophy in the $2,100 Thursday Thrill PKO for $115,695. He then added another win in the $1,000 NLHE freezeout for $47,880.

Ognjan Dimov was one of the series biggest winners, scoring three championships. That included winning the $5,200 High Roller for $160,277 and the $10,000 High Roller for $230,000.

In the first WCOOP Women’s World Championship, Belgium’s Charlotte Van Brabander (a former PokerStars ambassador) took the top spot for  $15,886. Current Stars ambassador Georgina “GJReggie” James also made a nice run, finishing seventh for $3,014.

GGPoker

Obviously much of September’s GG action focused on the WSOP Online. The series recently wrapped up and Simon Mattsson scored the biggest title of the series. He took down the $5,000 Main Event for a massive score of $2.8 million.

The WSOP Online wrapped up on Tuesday at GGPoker with Eric Mattsson winning the $5,000 Main Event for $2.8 million.
Main Event winner Simon Mattsson. (photo courtesy PokerStars/Danny Maxwell)

The championship easily topped the $20 million guarantee, bringin in 4,984 entries for a $23.7 million prize pool. That wasn’t Mattsson’s only win of the series. He also took down a $5,250 Bounty Hunters Super High Roller non-bracelet event for $23,293.

In total, the series’ 33 events produced a total prize pool of more than $66 million. Beyond the Main Event, the $1,500 Millionaire Maker saw the second-largest payout of the series. Markus Prinz scored that title for $1.2 million with the tournament attracting 4,706 entries for $6.7 million.

The $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller also produced hefty numbers with 593 entries for a $5.7 million prize pool. David Yan scored the win for almost $1 million.

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A former WSOP Main Event champion scored a nice finish at 888 in September. Sweden’s Martin Jacobson, winner of the 2014 WSOP Main Event, came up just short of a title in the $109 Big Shot, which features a $100,000 guarantee.

The event brought in 909 total entries and Jacobson entered the final table as chip leader. However, the United Kingdom’sPatsharpe” took the top spot for $15,480 with Jacobson as runner-up for $11,290.

In other news, 888 recently offered up some prizes for those who shared one of their best stories from the site. Numerous players submitted their memories including this winner from a recreational player.