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

WSOP.ca and GGPoker are hosting the WSOP Winter Circuit Ontario from Dec. 4 – Jan. 9 with $5 million guaranteed.

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.

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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More action coming to GGPoker

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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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.

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.

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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WSOP Online: Eric Mattsson Grabs Main Event Title for $2.8M; Claas Segebrecht Scores Second Bracelet

The WSOP Online wrapped up on Tuesday at GGPoker with Eric Mattsson winning the $5,000 Main Event for $2.8 million.

The World Series of Poker Online wrapped up on Tuesday at GGPoker with the $5,000 Main Event closing out the series on Monday. The tournament featured a $20 million prize pool and when the action concluded, Sweden’s Eric Mattsson took the title for his first bracelet and $2.8 million.

This becomes the biggest score of Mattson’s career and quite a bullet point, winning one of the biggest events in online poker. No stranger to success, Mattson is the top-ranked online poker player in the world.

The last week saw three other events wrap up as well, including one player grabbing his second bracelet of the series. Here’s a look at the action over the last week.

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Event 33: $5,000 WSOP Online Main Event

After numerous starting flights throughout the series, the major highlight of the series concluded with some massive returns for players at the top. Mattson (pictured in lead image courtesy PokerStars/Danny Maxwell) pocketed the lion’s share of the prize pool and also landed the bracelet.

The Swedish player has $1.5 million in live tournament winnings, almost doubling that total with this win. His previous biggest cash came in 2017 when he won a $2,200 event at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona series for $337,007.

Mattson, 29, shines at the online tables and has won more than $20 million throughout his career. The bracelet win comes after also winning a $5,250 Bounty Hunters Super High Roller in the GG series as well for $23,293.

The top four players earned seven-figure scores including Thailand’s Sakooh Kannapong, finishing runner-up for $2.1 million. Feng Zhao, of China, scored third for $1.6 million and Finland’s Samuel Vousden took fourth for $1.2 million.

The event crushed the $20 million guarantee, attracting 4,984 entries for a $23.7 million prize pool. Here’s a look at all the top payouts and final table action.

WSOP Online Main Event payouts

  1. Eric Mattsson (Sweden) – $2.8 million
  2. Sakooh Kannapong (Thailand) – $2.1 million
  3. Feng Zhao (China) – $1.6 million
  4. Samuel Vousden (Finland) – $1.2 million
  5. Istvan Briski (Hungary) – $883,404
  6. Yanfei Chi (China) – $662,460
  7. Jordan Spurlin (Canada) – $496,774
  8. Oliver James Sprason (United Kingdom) – $372,530
  9. Timothy Rutherford (Canada) – $279,358

Event 32: $400 The Closer

This penultimate event came with a bargain price point and brought in 3,403 entries for a $1.3 million prize pool. Germany’s Marc Radgen came out on top for $147,983 and his first bracelet.

This was also the biggest tournament score of his career. Daniel Rezaei, of Austria, finished runner-up for$110,970.

Event 31: $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty Freezeout

The bust-the-pros action brought in 1,318 entries for a $1.3 million prize pool. Germany’s Claas Segebrecht found the top spot again in this one for $54,315.

This marked the second bracelet for Segebrecht, who also won the second event of the series for $102,152. It’s been a huge series for Segebrecht who also recorded a fifth-place finish for $45,329 in the Flip & Go event and a third in the Crazy Eights for $49,415.

The German player also has $2.8 million in live tournament winnings. Naomie Haddad, of Israel, finished runner-up for $54,184.

Event 30: $840 Six-Handed Bounty

Finland’s Joni Jouhkimainen reached the winner’s circle in this event for his first bracelet and a total of $146,067. The poker pro has $5.2 million in live tournament winnings as well.

Jouhkimainen came close to a bracelet twice last year at the WSOP Europe. He finished runner-up twice for a total of more than $500,000.

The bounty action produced a field of 2,024 entries for a $1.6 million prize pool. Brazil’s Bruno Ikeda finished in second for $65,841. It was a huge tournament for Brazilian players, also finding finishes of fourth, fifth, and sixth.

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More action coming to GGPoker

The WSOP Online may have come to a close but the bracelet hunting continues in the coming week for American players at WSOP.com. Plenty of action is also coming to GGPoker, especially for low rollers.

The mini MILLION$ is set for Oct. 2-17 with a total of $5 million guaranteed through the entire series. For a complete preview of the festival and schedule, click here.

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Farming to Final Table: Jonathan Gilliam Talks About Winning First WSOP Bracelet at GGPoker

Part-time poker player Jonathan Gilliam spoke with PokerScout about his unique poker life and winning his first WSOP bracelet at GGPoker.

A little gambling was always a part of life for Jonathan Gilliam. He first learned how to play poker during sessions at family get-togethers, which helped foster a love of the game. Even as a kid, Gilliam was winning in his family’s Friday night home games.

Fast forward a few decades later and the winning continues. Gilliam recently grabbed one of poker’s biggest trophies. He scored his first World Series of Poker bracelet bracelet as part of the WSOP Online at GGPoker.

The 37-year-old poker player from Virginia in the United States, regularly travels for some of the larger GG events. That paid off when he won the $1,000 Ultra Deepstack for $149,520 on Sept. 3 while playing in Canada.

“Winning a bracelet has been surreal because that’s the pinnacle of why I started playing and to achieve that as a rec player is phenomenal,” he says, “The moment I won I was actually playing on my phone alone far from home. So there was a lonely feeling and I couldn’t immediately celebrate. I only texted my wife and a few close buddies.”

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Marines, poker, and business

As a child, Gilliam spent time in numerous locations. His family moved around a lot and his mother was murdered when he was 11. His grandparents stepped in and raised him in a small town near Lynchburg, Virginia.

The poker life came with some twists and turns for Gilliam. At age 18, he immediately joined the U.S. Marine Corps. His work didn’t leave much time for poker, but Gilliam occasionally found some time to play online. He didn’t play much live poker throughout his military career however.

After 10 years in the service, Gilliam was stationed in Baltimore, Maryland. The state legalized poker around the same time and Gilliam gave it a shot at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.

“I got my first real taste of tournaments at the first WSOP Circuit series in Maryland in 2015,” he says. “I made a deep run in the Main Event and finished fourth. Ever since then I’ve been hooked.”

That finish brought a score of $69,536 and he now has career live tournament winnings of more than $500,000. However, Gilliam has never been a full-time player, preferring running a business as his main source of income to support his family.

The same year he began playing tournaments, Gilliam left the Marines and began refurbishing military trucks for marketing purposes. His company’s biggest client is the Mission BBQ restaurant chain and Gilliam builds all the military trucks seen outside each restaurant.

Life on the farm boosts poker skills

Playing tournament poker was a big part of Gilliam’s life until the pandemic. Live games evaporated in Maryland and he eventually turned to traveling to play online occasionally. COVID also brought another change for Gilliam and his family.

“My wife and six kids decided to follow our dream and buy a farm in Virginia,” he says. “Taking care of our horses, animals, and our ventures is fun. It has definitely cut into how many live tournaments I have played the last couple years, but it has allowed me to study more online and play better than I ever have.”

That paid off in the WSOP Online and Gilliam is now a bracelet winner and pocketed a nice chunk of cash as well. He says the biggest moment in the tournament was actually registering to play.

“That Saturday I had plans that evening and I knew I couldn’t play, but tickets were sold out when I got to the event and I was like, ‘Shoot let me check the lobby,’” he says. “I max late-regged and the rest is history.”

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Poker life and the importance of family

The winning continued a few days later. He chopped a Sunday high roller event at GG for another $41,717. At the live poker tables, Gilliam’s play is limited because of the reduced number of tournaments available on the East Coast since the pandemic.

However, when not traveling to play major online series, live tournaments close to home are part of his schedule. Gilliam also enjoys golf, riding ATVs and horses, and target shooting.

Family is also a huge part of his life. That expanded in 2019 when his sister passed away and Gilliam adopted her two children. The farm has made for a nice place to raise a family.

With a nice six-figure score now under his belt, what’s planned for the winnings? His wife Tabitha has been a huge supporter and will definitely be a big part of his plans.  

“Not exactly sure what I’ll do with the money yet, but most likely pay off debt and buy my wife a new Ford Bronco or camper,” he says. “She is honestly my biggest fan and supporter, and I couldn’t do any of it without her.

“Tournament schedules are tough and for me to jump on a plane to fly out to Vegas or wherever and leave her with six kids to take care of is hard! Her love and faith in me is really what motivates me to try my best.”

* Photo courtesy WPT

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WSOP Online: Mark Radoja Lands Third Career Bracelet, Colossus Produces Major Numbers

The WSOP Online rolled on over the last week at GGPoker. Mark Radoja was one of those finding a win, adding the third bracelet of his career.

The World Series of Poker Online rolled on over the last week at GGPoker. Mark Radoja was one of those finding a win, adding the third bracelet of his career.

The last week also saw wins from players in France, the Netherlands, Greece, and the United States. The Colossus also wrapped up after seeing the second-largest number of entries of the series and almost a $4 million prize pool.

Only four events remain with action concluding on Sept. 27. Here’s a look at the action from the last week.

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Event 25: $315 Superstack Turbo Bounty

After a 14th-place finish in the $1,000 GGMasters High Roller only days earlier for $11,246, France’s Jonathan Therme had another deep run and secured his first WSOP bracelet.

A regular on the European poker scene, he took home a total of $75,620 and also has $664,202 in live tournament winnings. The victory continued a nice run for French players this year in the online action.

The tournament brought in 3,015 entries for a $904,500 prize pool. Finland’s Tommi Lankinen scored the runner-up spot for a total of $36,509. Romania’s Tudor Cristian Bartha Lazar took third for $44,995. 

Event 26: $600 Double Chance NLHE

Jans Arends, of the Netherlands, came out on top in this event that produced a nice winner’s payout of $129,745. This became his seventh cash of the series and first bracelet. He also has $522,144 in live tournament winnings.

Andreas Christoforou, of Cyprus, finished runner-up for $97,294. American Dylan Linde came close to his second bracelet, finishing third for $72,960. The event saw 1,777 entries for a $1 million prize pool

Event 27: $1,500 Fifty Stack Bounty

The Fifty Stack action brought in a total of 1,597 entries and created a prize pool of $2.3 million. Canada’s Mark Radoja (pictured in lead image, courtesy WSOP) came out on top for a $95,460 payday and the third bracelet of his career.

The Canadian has more than $3.3 million in live tournament winnings including $2.5 million on the WSOP alone. Austria’s Justus Held finished in second for $95,229. Another Canadian took third, with Alexandre Raymond cashing in for $71,786.

Event 28: $400 Colossus

This popular event from the live WSOP carried over well to the WSOP Online with 10,090 entries for a $3.8 million prize pool. This was the fourth-largest prize pool of the series.

The tournament also produced more entries than every other event except for the Million Dollar Mystery Bounty, which brought in 51,003.

Ourania Zarkantzia, of Greece, was the last player standing for a colossal payout of $378,508. The win brings this player’s first bracelet and biggest career win.

Alexandre Ragazzi took runner-up for $283,837, the largest win by far for this Brazilian rounder. Germany’s Mauricio Ferreira Pais took third for $212,848.

Event 29: $5,000 Short Deck Championship

The Short Deck action saw 145 entries for a $688,750 prize pool. For those new to the game, Short Deck sees all deuces, threes, fours, and fives stripped from the deck. So players use only a 36-card deck, creating plenty of action and high hands

The reduced number of cards even changes the hand rankings a bit. A flush becomes a higher hand than a full house and three of a kind beats a straight.

In this championship, Benjamin Miner captured the title for $688,750. The American player’s record includes $525,279 in live tournament winnings and he now has his first bracelet.

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Looking ahead

Only four events remain on the schedule with events concluding on Sept. 27. The second day of action and final table of the $5,000 Main Event highlights the final days of action. That event comes with a $20 million guarantee.

Those with lower bankrolls can circle the $400 Closer on their calendars as well. Here’s a look at all the remaining bracelet events.

  • $840 Six-Handed Bounty No Limit Hold’em – Event 30, Sept. 22
  • $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty Freezeout – Event 31, Sept. 24
  • $400 The Closer Series Saver – Event 32, Sept. 25
  • $5,000 WSOP Online Main Event – Event 33, Sept. 26

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WSOP Online: Crazy Eights Concludes With Nice Payout; Navarro Grabs High Roller Title

GGPoker is launching the WSOP Online in Ontario, Canada, and also partnering with Dusk Till Dawn for the UK Poker Championships.

There are now 23 events in the books in the World Series of Poker Online at GGPoker with three more winners crowned over the last week. That included several players taking six-figure payouts and first-time bracelet winners.

Spain’s Mario Navarro took home the biggest win over the last week, scoring more than a quarter-million dollars for his efforts in the Crazy Eights.

Several other players also posted some nice wins as well. Here’s a look at some of the action and champions from the last week.

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Event 20: $888 Crazy Eights Bounty

This No Limit Hold’em event brought in 1,922 entries for a $1.6 million prize pool. Sean Prendiville, of Ireland, came out on top for a total of $151,672, including bounties.

This becomes the Irishman’s first bracelet and Prendiville also has $802,171 in live tournament winnings. Russia’s Mikhail Frolov took runner-up for $66,606. Lithuania’s Matas Cimbolas checked in at seventh place for $14,897.

Event 21: $500 Ladies Championship

This event is still underway and reached 362 entries for a $171,950 prize pool. Look for a recap in next week’s WSOP Online update.

Event 22: $1,050 GGMasters High Roller Freezeout

The big buy-in action was back and this event produced a hefty $2.4 million prize pool on 2,372 entries. In the end, Mario Navarro grabbed the high roller title for $288,507.

This became his first bracelet win and sixth cash of the series. He also has $568,763 in live tournament winnings and the WSOP win surpasses his previous best live cash of $261,430. That came in 2019 when he took 30th in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas.

Nenad Djukic, of Serbia, finished in the No. 2 spot in this event for $216,348 with Slovenia’s Suad Zukanovic taking third for $162,238.

Event 23: $400 PLOSSUS Bounty

The Omaha bounty action returned and brought in a big field of 3,850 entries for a $1.5 million prize pool. Andorra’s Jose Castillo secured the win for a total of $144,287.

This is his first bracelet and he also has $144,143 in live tournament winnings. His previous best cash came in a 2018 in a $1,100 event in London, in which he claimed the victory for $ 23,020. Castillo now has a nice bullet point to add to his poker resumé.

Marius Kaiser, of Germany, finished runner-up for $54,360 and Israel’s Eran Carmi in third for $38,037.

Event 24: $2,100 Bounty Championship

This event produced a field of 985 entries for a $2 million prize pool. “Winner51” came out on top for a first-place payout of $171,122.

Not much was known about the winner at press time. Look for more on this event in next week’s WSOP Online update.

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Looking ahead

Plenty of action continues over the weekend with some major events yet to come. Nine more tournaments remain including the final day of the Colossus. A massive-field favorite at the live WSOP each summer, the online version should produce a huge field as well.

Here’s a look at a few tournaments set to conclude in the coming days.

  • $315 Superstack Turbo Bounty (Event 25, Sept. 15)
  • $600 Double Chance NLHE (Event 26, Sept. 17)
  • $1,500 Fifty Stack Bounty (Event 27, Sept. 18)
  • $400 Colossus (Event 28, Sept. 19)
  • $5,000 Short Deck Championship (Event 29, Sept. 20)
  • $840 Six-Handed Bounty (Event 30, Sept. 22)

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WSOP Online Update: Pete Chen Snags Second Bracelet, Rui Ferreira Grabs Another Big Victory

The WSOP Online action continued over the last week at GGPoker with Taiwan's Pete Chen grabbing his second bracelet.

The World Series of Poker Online action continued over the last week at GGPoker with several players scoring bracelets including Taiwan’s Pete Chen grabbing his second.

Portugal’s Rui Ferreira also scored a bracelet just weeks after a huge win on the European Poker Tour. Here’s a look at the series’ recent winners.

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Event 14: $2,500 Deepstack Championship

This championship brings a bit of extra prestige and saw Russia’s Almaz Zhdanov rise to the top for a payday of $246,495. This online player now adds a WSOP bracelet to his trophy collection.

Finland’s Toni Kaukua finished runner-up for $187,273 in an event that saw 705 entries for a $1.7 million prize pool.

England’s Patrick Leonard scored his first bracelet over the summer and found another deep run in this one. The PartyPoker ambassador finished seventh for $47,405 and was a bit disappointed at how things ended.

Event 15: $777 Lucky Sevens Bounty

This slot machine style buy-in – 777 – brought a hefty field of 1,778 players for a $1.3 million prize pool. Taiwan’s Pete Chen claimed the top prize for a total of $116,247 and his second bracelet. Gary Thompson, of Ireland, finished runner-up for $53,867.

This win pushed Chen’s WSOP winnings to almost $1 million and his first bracelet also came online. That win was in 2021, when he took down a $400 Ultra Deepstack at WSOP.com for $82,560. Chen has been on the live tournament scene since 2011 and has more than $3.7 million in winnings.

Event 16: $1,000 Ultra Deepstack 

This No Limit Hold’em event attracted 1,156 entries for a $1.1 million prize pool. Johnathon Gilliam, of the United States, won his first bracelet and $149,520.

Gilliam has more than $500,000 in live tournament winnings. His previous best cash came in 2015 when he finished fourth in a WSOP Circuit event for $69,536. Ireland’s Frank Lillis secured second place for $112,124.

Event 17: Big 500 NLHE

The lower buy-in action returned to GG with this event and Spain’s Vicente Delgado won his first bracelet and $174,497. Delgado has $782,693 in live tournament winnings as well.

On Twitter, the champion said his “love of the game” led to the victory. He re-entered the event late while playing four other tables online.

The tournament brought in a nice field of 3,141 entries for a $1.5 million prize pool. Serbia’s Milos Petakovic finished runner-up for $130,853.

Event 18: $100 Flip & Go

This bargain event brought in a massive field of 13,719 entries for a $1.3 million prize pool. In a Flip & Go, players begin with three cards and are all in on the first hand.

The winner then advances to the “Go” stage, which plays out as a regular tournament. The events feature plenty of gamble and have become popular tournaments for GG. 

When the flipping action wrapped up, it was “go time” for Peru’s Ewald Alexander Mahr. He found the winner’s circle for $143,267 and his first bracelet. Russia’s Dmitry Safonov took second for $107,413.

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#19: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship

Rui Ferreira, EPT 2022 high roller winner. (photo via PokerStars)

Fans of the four-card game received some love with this championship event. Portugal’s Rui Ferreira continued a big month, winning his first bracelet for $287,736.

That win comes after Ferreira scooped the €10,300 High Roller title at EPT Barcelona in August for €767,750. He now has more than $2 million in live tournament winnings. The 272-entry field produced a $1.3 million prize pool.

Looking ahead

Plenty of action remains on tap for bracelet hunters in the coming days. One of the bigger events on the horizon is the GGMasters High Roller, which comes with a $2 million guarantee. That event should attract plenty of big names with big bankrolls. Here’s a look at the week ahead.

  • $888 Crazy Eights Bounty 8-Handed (Event 20, Sept. 8)
  • $500 Ladies Championship (Event 21, Sept. 10)
  • $1,050 GGMasters High Roller Freezeout (Event 22, Sept. 11) – $2 million guaranteed
  • $400 PLOSSUS Bounty, Final Stage (Event 23, Sept. 12) – $1 million guaranteed
  • $2,100 Bounty Championship (Event 24, Sept. 13)

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WSOP Online: Scott Ball Scores $1 Million in Mystery Bounty, Danchev Wins Heads-Up Title

The WSOP Online continued this week at GGPoker with Scott Ball winning $1 million in the Mystery Bounty and players from Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, and Canada earning bracelets.

The bracelet hunting action is ramping up in the World Series of Poker Online at GGPoker. This week, Scott Ball walked away with a $1 million prize as the lucky Mystery Bounty winner.

Over the last week, the series has seen winners from Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, and Canada. The series continues at GGPoker through Sept. 27 for players in the international online poker market. US players also have a shot at a bracelet with 33 more events running at WSOP.com from Sept. 10 – Oct. 18.

Here’s a look at some of the winners and events over the last week.

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Event 7: Million Dollar Mystery Bounty

This huge event brought a huge field with 51,003 entries for a $10.2 million prize pool. When the action concluded, Finland’s Tapio Vihakas found the win for $367,953. But the bigger prize was the seven-figure bounty involved.

Two-time bracelet winner Scott  Ball scored $1 million for his lucky draw after eliminating a player in the series. However, Ball didn’t initially realize that he’d won the ultimate prize.

Event 9: $525 Bounty Pot  Limit Omaha

The four-card action brought in 1,142 entries for a $571,000 prize pool. Canada’s Amichai Barer came out on top for $60,889.

He adds to an already impressive poker record with $3.6 million in live tournament winnings and now adds his first WSOP bracelet.

Event 10: $10,000 Heads Up Championship

This big buy-in event was capped at 128 players for a $940,900 prize pool. Bulgaria’s Dimitar Danchev found the winner’s circle for $327,668.

Danchev has more than $1 million in WSOP winnings and now has his first bracelet. A regular on the international poker scene, he also has $5.4 million in live tournament winnings.

Event 11: $400 Double Stack Bounty NLHE

Gustavo Mastelotto scooped his first bracelet and $51,498 in the double stack action. The tournament brought in 3,550 entries for a $1.3 million prize pool. This becomes the Brazilian’s first bracelet win and third cash of the series.

Event 12: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller

Plenty of poker sharks turned out for this bigger buy-in event with 593 entries and a $5.8 million prize pool. New Zealand’s David Yan came out on top for a nice $985,565 and his first bracelet. High stakes regular David Peters finished sixth for $268,691.

Event 13: $1,500 Millionaire Maker

The biggest win of the series came in this online version of the popular tournament held each summer in Las Vegas. The Millionaire Maker saw 4,706 entries for a $6.7 million prize pool.

Germany’s Markus Prinz scored the win for a huge win of $1.2 million. The founder of DTOPoker training site secured one of the biggest wins of his career.

Looking ahead

Plenty of action remains in the WSOP Online in the coming weeks. The GGPoker side of the series reaches the halfway point early next week. Players will find plenty of major tournaments in the coming days.

Starting flights for the $5,000 World Championship also continue throughout the series. The event features a $20 million guarantee with Day 2 playing out on Sept. 26. Here’s a look at tournaments on tap over the weekend and early next week.

  • $777 Lucky Sevens Bounty (Event 15) – Sept. 1
  • $1,000 Ultra Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Event 16) – Sept. 3
  • $500 BIG 500 (Event 17) – Sept. 4
  • $100 Flip & Go (Event 18) – Sept. 5, $1 million guaranteed
  • $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship (Event 19) – Sept. 6

* Note: some payouts may include deal making.

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WSOP Online: Four New Champions Crowned, Mystery Bounty Delivers on $10 Million Guarantee

GGPoker is launching the WSOP Online in Ontario, Canada, and also partnering with Dusk Till Dawn for the UK Poker Championships.

After another week of action at GGPoker, the World Series of Poker Online crowned four more champions with more action ahead this weekend. The $1 million Mystery Bounty event also continues to build excitement this week with entries now topping 50,000.

The series offers international players 33 bracelet events running though Sept. 27 at GG. The series then moves to WSOP.com from Sept. 10 – Oct. 18 for players in legalized US markets. Here’s a quick look at the action over the last week.

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Event 4: $1,050 Bounty Deepstack

This event offered another larger buy-in and saw 986 entries for a $986,000 prize pool. Italy’s Jacopo Olivieri Achille came out on top for his first bracelet and $39,862 in prize money. This was his sixth cash of the series.

Brazilian players scored well in the tournament with Carlos Henrique Ferreira Silva finishing runner-up for $39,763. His countryman Alexandre Mantovani took third for $31,609.

Event 5: $315 Six-Handed Bounty

This tournament brought back the more bargain-priced bracelet action. France’s Jon Garde found the winner’s circle for $28,356. This was his eight cash of the series and first bracelet.

China’s Weichao Xhang finished runner-up for $28,286 with American Joshua Hoesel finishing third for $20,684. The tournament received 2,312 entries for a $693,600 prize pool.

Event6: $800 Monster Stack

Players tend to appreciate getting more chips and received plenty in the Monster Stack. A monstrous field of 1,797 entries produced a $1.4 million prize pool.

Jonas Lauck found the top spot for $173,224. The German player has more than $1.9 million in live tournament winnings and now a huge online accomplishment as well.

Event 8: $5,000 Six-Handed NLH Championship

This offered a chance to take down a nice championship event and score a big payday in the process. The tournament saw Daniele Sesta rise to the top for $400,213 and his first WSOP bracelet.

The tournament attracted 430 entries for a $2 million prize pool.

Mystery Bounty tops guarantee

Starting flights and satellites continued earlier this week for Event 7: Million Dollar Mystery Bounty. The event features a $10 million guaranteed prize pool.

As part of the mystery bounty portion of the tournament, one lucky player will snag a nice $1 million prize for simply knocking out another player. As of Friday the event had met the guarantee with 51,003 entries so far with a $10.2 million prize pool. The final table was set to be streamed on Saturday at GGPoker.TV.

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Looking ahead

Plenty of action remains in the coming weeks. Looking to the weekend beyond the Mystery Bounty, players will see another huge event on Saturday. The $10,000 Heads Up NLHE Championship should bring in plenty of high rollers looking for a nice title. The tournament is capped at 128 players.

Also on Saturday, the $400 Double Stack Bounty and $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller also get started. Monday also brings starting flights for another popular event – the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. The tournament once again guarantees $1 million for the winner as seen in the live WSOP each summer. Here’s a look at the complete WSOP Online schedule.

WSOP Online GGPoker 2022

DateEventBuy-inGuarantee
Aug 22#7: Million Dollar Mystery Bounty - $1M Top Bounty Prize [Day 2]$210$10,000,000
Aug 25#9: $525 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha$525-
Aug 27#10: $10,000 Heads Up NLH Championship [No Late Reg, 128 Cap]$10,000-
Aug 28#11: $400 DOUBLE STACK Bounty No-Limit Hold'em$400-
Aug 28#12: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller NLH$10,000$5,000,000
Aug 29#13: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH - $1M for 1st [Final Day]$1,500$5,000,000
Aug 30#14: $2,500 Deepstack Championship NLH$2,500-
Sep 1#15: $777 LUCKY SEVENS Bounty 7-Handed NLH$777-
Sep 3#16: $1,000 Ultra Deepstack No-Limit Hold'em$1,000-
Sep 4#17: THE BIG 500 No-Limit Hold'em$500-
Sep 5#18: $100 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold'em [Go Stage]$100$1,000,000
Sep 6#19: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship$5,000-
Sep 8#20: $888 CRAZY EIGHTS Bounty 8-Handed NLH$888-
Sep 10#21: $500 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship$500-
Sep 11#22: $1,050 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH$1,050$2,000,000
Sep 12#23: $400 PLOSSUS [Bounty, Final Stage]$400$1,000,000
Sep 13#24: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship$2,100-
Sep 15#25: $315 Superstack Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em$315-
Sep 17#26: $600 DOUBLE CHANCE NLH [2-Stack]$600-
Sep 18#27: $1,500 FIFTY STACK Bounty No-Limit Hold'em$1,500-
Sep 19#28: $400 COLOSSUS [Final Day]$400$3,000,000
Sep 20#29: $5,000 Short Deck Championship [3-Stack]$5,000-
Sep 22#30: $840 6-Handed Bounty No-Limit Hold'em$840-
Sep 24#31: $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty Freezeout$1,050-
Sep 25#32: $400 The Closer NLH [Series Saver]$400-
Sep 26#33: $5,000 WSOP Online MAIN EVENT [Day 2]$5,000$20,000,000
 

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WSOP Online: First Winners Crowned at GGPoker; Mystery Bounty Tops 23K Entries So Far

Just a few days into the WSOP Online at GGPoker, three winners have already been awarded and the Mystery Bounty has reached 23,000 entries.

Just a few days into the World Series of Poker Online at GGPoker, three winners have already been awarded. All three are first-time bracelet winners and two of those earned six-figure paydays.

The series features 33 bracelet events running though Sept. 27 at GG for international players. The action then switches to WSOP.com from Sept. 10 – Oct. 18 for players in legalized US markets. Here’s a quick look at the action so far.

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Event 1: $500 The Housewarming

This No Limit Hold’em event kicked off the series and the bargain buy-in produced a hefty field. The Housewarming brought in 5,099 entries for a $2.4 million prize pool. Germany’s Stefan Schillhabel (pictured in lead image, courtesy of PokerGO) came out on top for $296,410. 

Schillhabel has $9.5 million in live tournament winnings including a seventh-place finish in the $5,000 WSOP Online Main Event in 2020 for $467,825. His poker record includes numerous other major wins and top finishes.

The biggest of those came in 2017 in the Super High Roller Bowl, where he took seventh for $2.4 million.

Following the WSOP Online win, Schillhabel certainly seemed pleased to add his first bracelet.

Event 2: $1,111 Every 1 for War Relief

This charity event sent a portion of the prize pool to Ukraine war relief efforts. The event also produced the second-straight six-figure payout of the series with another German finding the winner’s circle.

Claas Segebrecht came out on top for $102,152 and his debut bracelet. The event attracted 730 entries for an $811,030 prize pool.

Segebrecht has more than $2.7 million in live tournament winnings. In 2019 he came close to winning a bracelet, finishing runner-up in the WSOP Europe Main Event for $779,275.

#3: $2,500 Limit Hold’em Championship

Brazil remains a hotspot for online poker and the game in general, and a Brazilian grabbed a bracelet in this event. Rafael “BruxoR10” Caiaffa found his first bracelet for $64,671.

The event brought in 124 entries for a $294,500 prize pool. After getting into poker in 2006 and playing as a pro, Caiaffa began playing again in April after a two-year layoff. He jumped in a few live and online events over the last few months.

“I don’t take poker as a profession anymore, but it’s a hobby that ends up giving me a financial return,” he told iGaming Brazil recently. “So I play online when I feel like it, sporadically, online and cash games, but what I really like is live.

“My goal is to play the Brazilian circuit like I’ve been doing for the last few years, the BSOP and maybe some other tournament that I have here in Brazil. And eventually the WSOP in Las Vegas, which gives it a bigger spotlight.”

Caiaffa may not have won a bracelet in Vegas, but no doubt adding an online bracelet to his poker resumé was a nice way to get back to the tables.

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Less than a month after events wrapped up at the World Series of Poker, the bracelet action returns for online poker players at GGPoker and WSOP.com.

Looking ahead

As the weekend approaches, even more bracelet action lies ahead. Event 4: $1,050 Bounty Deepstack is set for Thursday. That’s followed by Event 5: $315 Six-Handed Bounty NLHE on Saturday.

Sunday brings Event 6: $800 Monster Stack, which should produce a monstrous field of players.

After numerous starting flights, Monday’s action brings Day 2 of the $10 million Mystery Bounty. Satellites start at just $1 and one lucky bounty winner can score a $1 million bounty grand prize.

As of Thursday, starting flights had attracted 23,163 entries with more set for the weekend. GG officials expected a big increase in entries over the weekend and hoped to meet the guarantee ahead of Day 2.

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Along with plenty of bracelet events, GG is also offering a packed schedule of side events. Here’s a look at the entire bracelet schedule.

WSOP Online 2022 – GGPoker

DateEventBuy-inGuarantee
Aug 22#7: Million Dollar Mystery Bounty - $1M Top Bounty Prize [Day 2]$210$10,000,000
Aug 25#9: $525 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha$525-
Aug 27#10: $10,000 Heads Up NLH Championship [No Late Reg, 128 Cap]$10,000-
Aug 28#11: $400 DOUBLE STACK Bounty No-Limit Hold'em$400-
Aug 28#12: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller NLH$10,000$5,000,000
Aug 29#13: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH - $1M for 1st [Final Day]$1,500$5,000,000
Aug 30#14: $2,500 Deepstack Championship NLH$2,500-
Sep 1#15: $777 LUCKY SEVENS Bounty 7-Handed NLH$777-
Sep 3#16: $1,000 Ultra Deepstack No-Limit Hold'em$1,000-
Sep 4#17: THE BIG 500 No-Limit Hold'em$500-
Sep 5#18: $100 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold'em [Go Stage]$100$1,000,000
Sep 6#19: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship$5,000-
Sep 8#20: $888 CRAZY EIGHTS Bounty 8-Handed NLH$888-
Sep 10#21: $500 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship$500-
Sep 11#22: $1,050 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH$1,050$2,000,000
Sep 12#23: $400 PLOSSUS [Bounty, Final Stage]$400$1,000,000
Sep 13#24: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship$2,100-
Sep 15#25: $315 Superstack Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em$315-
Sep 17#26: $600 DOUBLE CHANCE NLH [2-Stack]$600-
Sep 18#27: $1,500 FIFTY STACK Bounty No-Limit Hold'em$1,500-
Sep 19#28: $400 COLOSSUS [Final Day]$400$3,000,000
Sep 20#29: $5,000 Short Deck Championship [3-Stack]$5,000-
Sep 22#30: $840 6-Handed Bounty No-Limit Hold'em$840-
Sep 24#31: $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty Freezeout$1,050-
Sep 25#32: $400 The Closer NLH [Series Saver]$400-
Sep 26#33: $5,000 WSOP Online MAIN EVENT [Day 2]$5,000$20,000,000
 

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