Trueteller – biggest online winner of the year so far
Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov has had a busy year at the online tables so far, with more than 20,000 hands in the books across 301 sessions at the time of writing. There have been swings during that time, but his recent downturn in February had endangered his position as the leading money winner for this year. After a fantastic start in January, where he rocketed to almost $480,000 in profits, Trueteller’s graph has not made serious progress overall, but he will have been pleased with the 8-game session he played recently, in which he won $104,361, repairing most of the damage he incurred earlier in the month.
Despite his ups and downs since January, Trueteller remains the biggest winner of the year, with $458,000.
O’Dwyer wins another high roller
This event was one of three which featured a buy in above $10,000 and it featured some well-known pros, with Anthony Zinno also making the final table. Nobody could stop the O’Dwyer charge though, and despite having not played as many High Rollers lately, O’Dwyer remained in top form to take the victory and $240,451 prize money. PokerStars Championship has been busy trying to cement itself as one of the premier live festival around lately, and its recent stop in Panama has certainly not done any harm in that regard. Big names and lesser known players alike turned up to get involved, but in the High Roller, it was the familiar name of Stever O’Dwyer who stole the spotlight. The total number of runners for the $10,300 event swelled to 110, generating a prize pool which finally settled at $1,067,000.
When interviewed, O’Dwyer said “I’m ready to start playing more again. I’ll be at most stops for the next few months”.
1: Steve O’Dwyer – $240,451*
2: Sam Greenwood – $223,149*
3: Francois Billard – $123,780
4: Chris Hunichen $100,300
5: Felipe Ramos $80,560
6: Anthony Zinno $62,690
7: Damian Salas $49,620
8: Sam Chartier $37,880
Kenneth Smaron wins Panama PokerStars Championship Main Event
O’Dwyer is the story of this first ever PokerStars Championship Panama, but Kennth Smaron deserves his fair share of the headlines too. The final table did not feature any big names as such, but Smaron himself is certainly no amateur, having taken down the High Roller at EPT Prague in 2015 for $654,302. In this event, he outlasted 366 runners to add a further $293,860 to his career winnings while adding a major title to his list of accomplishments.
The Pokerstars Championship festival rolls on to Macau next, where it will be from March 30th to April 9th.
Final Table Payouts
1: Kenny Smaron – $293,860
2: Harpreet Gill – $217,860
3: Denis Timofeev – $161,340
4: Jonathan Abdellatif – $119,480
5: Robin Wozniczek – $88,480
6: Anthony Diotte – $65,520
Article by Craig Bradshaw