The online poker action continues in the WPT World Online Championships at partypoker through this weekend. The $5,300 Main Event, featuring a $5 million guarantee, is underway and players still have opportunities to qualify with starting flights also still ahead.
The series runs through Sept. 14 culminating with an opportunity to join the WPT Champions Club. Beyond the main event, several players scored big wins over the last week. Here’s a look at some of the recent news surrounding the series.
WPT championship qualifiers continue
One final opportunity remains for players of all bankrolls to earn a shot in the Main Event with the last mega satellite set for Sunday. Plenty of events remain in the last week including the two final main event starting flights.
Players can qualify for just $0.01 with centroll feeder satellites running on a daily basis. Those feed into other qualifiers, culminating in the mega satellite. Players can also buy into that event directly for $530 and up to 50 tickets are on the line this week.
The Day 1C starting flight plays out on Sunday. So far, 103 players have advanced to Day 2 with Hungary’s Andras Nemeth holding the chip lead with more than 4 million.
Players will also find Day 1 turbo flights for all three main events on Monday. The $1,050 Mini and $109 Micro come with guarantees of $1 million and $300,000 respectively.
The second day of play continues on the same day with final tables set for Tuesday, the series’ final day. The WPT Main Event final table streams live on the partypokerTV Twitch channel.
Big WPT events ahead at partypoker
Other opportunities to become a WPT champion are on tap as well. The $109 Closer offers a $500,000 guarantee with the $11 Mini Closer promising $100,000. Both crown a champion on Monday.
Other events include some nice progressive knockout tournaments on Saturday, with all three mix-max championships kicking off. The $2,100 WPT Mix-Max Championship guarantees $1 million with the $215 Mini awarding at least $300,000.
The $22 Micro guarantees $100,000, and all mixed-max starting flights are already running.
A look at some winners
A few players locked up some titles over the last week. One of the most-watched events may have been the $10,300 High Roller Championship. In the end, the United Kingdom’s Jonathan Proudfoot battled Christian Rudolph heads-up for the top spot.
Rudolph has more than $5 million in live tournament winnings, but Lightfoot came out ahead in this one. He scored $268,960 for his efforts with Rudolph winning $183,031.
In the $2,100 Six-Max Championship, American online regular Daniel Colpoys was crowned the winner for $167,321. The player from Gloucester, Massachusetts, lives in Mexico and topped a field of 499 players.
In other action, Alexandros Theologis continued a hot streak by winning the WPT500 Knockout for a total of $115,068. In March, he also won the $3,200 Mix-Max event in the partypoker Millions Online for $74,937.
Congratulations to Alexandros Theologis who is our @WPT 500 PKO Champion and wins $115,068 for his incredible performance!
— PartyPoker (@partypoker) September 7, 2021
Colpoys also had a nice finish in this event as well, taking third for $75,589 in prize money and bounties.
On the lower buy-in level, Denis Lestin showed how a small buy-in can pay off. The sports physician won the $22 Micro Omaha Championship for $3,362. Some time away from the job has given him more time to play poker.
“I’m on a sabbatical now.,” he told partypoker. “I live outside the city and I’m happy about it. There are very cool methods of healing that I want to master and I am slowly preparing for this since training costs a lot of money, and poker is a great way to earn money without leaving home.”
Player of the Championship still in contention
Along with more tournaments in the mix, the Player of the Championship remains up for grabs. As many as 50 players will earn a share of $50,000.
The overall leaderboard winner also claims a top payout of $10,000. The leaderboard will be decided Sunday, when the $2,100 WPT Turbo Championship plays out with $300,000 guaranteed.
Theologis sat top of the leaderboard as of Thursday with 903 points.
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