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2022 WSOP Online: Simon Mattsson ships Main Event, Kannapong Thanarattrakul 2nd, Feng Zhao 3rd; two golds for Claas Segebrecht; Ewald Mahr wins first for Peru

On August 14 to September 27, Natural8-GGNet was buzzing with action as players hunted down World Series of Poker Online bracelets. Last night, the festival concluded with the highly coveted Main Event title and gold claimed by Swedish online star Simon Eric Mattsson for a monster takedown of $2.79 Million. Also walking away with life changing seven figures were runner up Thai pro Kannapong Thanarattrakul “Sakooh”, Singapore’s Feng Zhao “dynastyzhao” (3rd), and Finland’s Samuel Vousden (4th). 

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The 2022 WSOP Online [International] awarded a total of 33 bracelets across 45 days. The opening half saw Pete Chen and Jonas Lauck capture career second golds while Markus Prinz and Scott Ball Jr were the first to collect seven figures.

The second half witnessed the rise of Germany’s Claas Segebrecht who was the only player to win two bracelet events at the series. In fact, Germany came out very strong, picking up a whopping six titles, the most by any flag. Other players that outshined were China’s Ren Lin “Zha Zi Long” who matched up to Segebrecht with four final tables, and Ewald Mahr who gave Peru its first ever WSOP gold bracelet. 

Here are the highlights of the second half.

Festival review

Bracelet 1 – 33 prize pool: US$ 86,472,093
Total entries: 130,311
Asia winners: Pete Chen (Taiwan), Huanhua Long (China)
Seven figure payouts:  Simon Eric Mattsson ($2,793,574), Kannapong Thanarattrakul ($2,094,884), Feng Zhao ($1,570,941), Markus Prinz ($1,188,097), Samuel Vousden ($1,178,040), Scott Ball Jr ($1,001,694)
Main Event: 4,984 entries, US$ 23,674,000 prize pool
Main Event champion: Simon Eric Mattsson 
Largest field: Mystery Bounty – 51,003 entries
Two wins: Claas Segebrecht – Event 2: Every1 for War Relief; Event 31: Beat the Pros Bounty (Freezeout)
Career third bracelet: Mark Radoja
Career second bracelet: Jonas Lauck, Pete Chen, Claas Segebrecht
Four final tables: Ren Lin (China), Claas Segebrecht (Germany)
Natural8 Team Bling Sponsorship: Stefan Schillhabel ($5,000), David Yan ($10,000), Pete Chen ($5,000)
Bracelets by Flag: Germany (6), Spain (3), Brazil (2), France (2), Finland (2), Canada (2), USA (2), Sweden (1), Italy (1), Belgium (1), Bulgaria (1), New Zealand (1), Russia (1), Taiwan (1), Peru (1), Portugal (1), Ireland (1), Hong Kong (1), Colombia (1), Netherlands (1), Greece (1)

Highlights and results

Swedish online star Simon Mattsson ships the Main Event for $2.79 Million

Coming into the final table, Swedish online star Simon Eric Mattsson was a big favorite to win the Main Event and he didn’t disappoint. Mattsson eliminated the last two players blocking his way, Singapore’s Feng Zhao (3rd) and Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul (runner up) to seize the title, the coveted gold bracelet, and the series’ largest first prize of US$ 2,793,574. 

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Winning hand

In its third consecutive year, the WSOP Online [International] Main Event drew 4,984 entries to more than exceed the proposed $20M guarantee. From the nine qualifying heats, 815 players advanced for a chance at the now bloated US$ 23,674,000 prize pool. 500 players earned a cut, among the top 100 were well known pros and Asia-Pacific players: 2020 champion Damian Salas, Yuri Dzivielevski (85th), Ren Lin (82nd), newly minted David Yan (79th), Hun Wei Lee (59th), Niklas Astedt (29th), and Joseph Cheong who missed the final table by two spots in 11th place. 

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The final table rolled in with one bracelet holder in Samuel Vousden who was seeking his second gold while all the rest were looking to secure their first. Three Asians were in the lineup – Thanarattrakul, Zhao, and China’s Yanfei Chi. Up top was Mattsson with a sizable chip advantage.

Early action was dominated by the Asians with Zhao sending shortest stacked Timothy Rutherford out in 9th place. Thanarattrakul delivered the next two, eliminating Oliver James Sprason (8th) and Jordan Spurlin (7th) in back to back fashion. Zhao nearly joined the rail but got extremely lucky when his JsJd spiked the two outer to survive Chi’s QsQd. The loss sent Chi plunging with the rest of his chips eventually claimed by Vousden.

At five remaining, Istvan Briski ran into Zhao’s aces. In a stunning move, Vousden three-bet shoved on the big blind with 6d6c, initial raiser button player Thanarattrakul called with AsJs. The board favored the suited cards as it quickly spread three spades on the flop. Vousden was out 4th and claimed the first seven digit payout of US$ 1,178,040. This was Vousden’s largest ever career score. 

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With the added chips, Thanarattrakul zoomed to the top however it didn’t last. Mattsson scooped a big pot against Zhao with a full house over top pair to regain command then sent Zhao out in 3rd place shortly after. This was another impressive result for Zhao who earned his first ever seven figure payout of US$ 1,570,941. Last November, he nearly locked up a bracelet at the WSOPE falling runner up at the PLO 8-Handed event.

It was a one-sided heads up. Despite Thanarattrakul’s attempts, Mattsson widened his lead. The final hand saw a board complete 10s7c4h3c7h, Thanarattrakul shoved the river holding Jc10c top pair, Mattsson had him way beat with a victorious 5c6c straight. The gold may have slipped away from the Thai pro but Thanarattrakul still earned a mammoth chunk of US$ 2,094,884. He well surpassed his recent 3rd place finish at the Triton SHR Series Cyprus $50K NLH 6-Handed where he pocketed a then career high $646,500. As for the champion Mattsson, he bumped up his GGNet tournament winnings to over $10.8 Million. 

Buy in: US$ 5,000
Guarantee: US$ 20,000,000
Entries: 4,984
Prize pool: US$ 23,674,000
ITM: 500 places

Final table payouts

1st Simon Eric Mattsson Sweden US$ 2,793,574
2nd Kannapong Thanarattrakul “Sakooh” Thailand US$ 2,094,884
3rd Feng Zhao “dynastyzhao” Singapore US$ 1,570,941
4th Samuel Vousden Finland US$ 1,178,040
5th Istvan Briski “Wohoooooooo” Hungary US$ 883,404
6th Yanfei Chi “aoteman1888” China US$ 662,459
7th Jordan Spurlin “Felix Argyle” USA US$ 496,774
8th Oliver James Sprason “SprasesAces” USA US$ 372,529
9th Timothy Rutherford “BeardOilGuy” USA US$ 279,357

Germany’s Claas Segebrecht locks up two bracelets

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Claas Segebrecht – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Danny Maxwell

Undoubtedly one of the top performers of the series was Germany’s Claas Segebrecht, the only player to lock up two bracelets. On opening day, Segebrecht championed Event #2: Every1 for War Relief for his first ever career bracelet, then weeks later at closing, he topped Event #31: Beat the Pros Bounty [Freezeout]. Each win earned him six figures for a combined US$ 264,167.

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The largest of the two payouts was at the later event where he eliminated multiple players to collect US$ 107,670 in bounty rewards and an extra US$ 54,315 for his win. Among Segebrecht’s knockouts were Matheus Luis (8th) with pocket Aces cracked by a rivered two pair, Shenqiang Peng “Peng888” (3rd) with pocket Fours cracking Tens, and Naomie Haddad (2nd) with pocket Nines holding firm against overcards.  In addition, the two-time champion also reached two other final tables falling 5th at the Flip & GO and 3rd at CRAZY EIGHTS. 

Buy in: US$ 1,050
Entries: 1,318
Prize pool: US$ 1,318,000
ITM: 188 places

Final table payouts

1st Claas Segebrecht Germany US$ 162,015
2nd Naomie Haddad “zachycorcor” Israel US$ 94,331
3rd Shenqiang Peng “Peng888” China US$ 54,447
4th Felipe Buitrago “new7legend7” Colombia US$ 38,015
5th Vicente Delgado Spain US$ 37,508
6th Anton Vasilyev “FrenchDonk66” Russia US$ 28,198
7th Nikolay Saenko “i am lokky” Russia US$ 18,881
8th Matheus Luiz Brazil US$ 14,451
9th Daniel Rezaei “Razer2311” Australia US$ 11,885

Ren Lin “Zha Zi Long” reaches four final tables

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Ren Lin – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Spenser Sembrat

Aside from two time series winner Segebrecht, China’s Ren Lin “Zha Zi Long” also closed out the series with four final tables and nearly won one of them. On opening week, Lin finished 8th at Event #3: $2,500 Limit Holdém Championship, two weeks later, he placed 7th at Event #15: $777 Lucky Sevens Bounty 7-Handed NLH, then five days after, he raced up to 2nd place at Event #19: $5K Pot Limit Omaha Championship. His fourth final table was at Event #26: $1K Double Chance NLH where he took 9th. Whether it’s live or online, Lin seems to be due for a WSOP title. In 2021, he came close to a bracelet twice, finishing 2nd at the $50K High Roller NLH and 3rd at the $5K Freezeout NLH 8-Handed.

Germany lifts the most bracelets

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Stefan Schillhabel – Photo credit WSOP / Poker News – Jamie Thomson

German players meant business at the series, capturing six of the 33 bracelets on offer. Setting the trend were opening day winners  Stefan Schillhabel who shipped Event #1: The Housewarming No Limit Hold’em and Claas Segebrecht who championed Event #2: Every1 for War Relief. These were career first bracelets for both players. Days later, countryman Jonas Lauck followed with a victory at Event #6: Monster Stack NLH to earn his career second. The fourth gold was picked up at one of the most sought after events, The Millionaire Maker, with Markus Prinz bringing it home along with a burning seven digit payout. On closing week, Segebrecht clinched his second bracelet at Event #31: Beat the Pros Bounty [Freezeout] and Marc Radgen “Pelinkovac89” was minted at Event #32: The Closer NLH.

Asia Winners and runner-ups

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Pete Chen

Asian players were big threats at many of the events. Nine of them faced off for the gold with only two players rising victorious. Highly decorated N8 Team Hot ambassador Yenhan Chen aka Pete Chen was the first to rein it in. Chen brought Taiwan its fourth gold bracelet which he locked up at Event #15: $777 Lucky Sevens Bounty 7-Handed NLH. This was Chen’s career second WSOP title.

The second Asian champion emerged at Event #21: Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship. Hong Kong’s Huanhua Long “King-Dong” went the distance defeating the more experienced Canadian pro Vanessa Kade ”Niffler” at heads up. This was Long’s first ever WSOP victory following in the footsteps of two time winner Anson Tsang, Danny Tang, and Chan Lok Ming.

Buy in: US$ 500
Entries: 362
Prize pool: US$ 171,950
ITM: 62 places

Final table payouts

1st Huanhua Long “King-Dong” Hong Kong US$ 31,326
2nd Vanessa Kade “Niffler” Canada US$ 23,491
3rd Carla Marins Assis Palma “MickChecker” Brazil US$ 17,616
4th Jiangshan Xu “SS_33” China US$ 13,210
5th Fallon Weidner “HurtU” Mexico US$ 9,906
6th Emi Ikeuchi “emiemiemi” Japan US$ 7,429
7th Lissa Marianne Anna Szymonowicz “Trypta” USA US$ 5,571
8th Soraya Estrada Spain US$ 4,177
9th Irina Shitikova “Jewete” Serbia US$ 3,133
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Kannapong Thanarattrakul

Among the players that just missed the gold by one spot was Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul who fell to Sweden’s Simon Eric Mattsson for the Main Event title. While Thanarattrakul was the last Asian to go that deep, on the opposite end, the first Asian to reach heads up was Hong Kong’s Jifeng Huang “Snakey” at the Event #3: Limit Hold’em Championship. Full list of Asia runner ups below: 

Kannapong Thanarattrakul “Sakooh” – Event #33: MAIN EVENT
Jifeng Huang “Snakey” – Event #3: Limit Hold’em Championship
Weichao Zhang “ZWC8794” – Event #5: $315 6-Handed Bounty NLH
Hyunsup Kim “dipper27” – Event #7: Million Dollar Mystery Bounty
Zhewen Hu – Event #12: Super MILLION$ High Roller NLH
Ren Lin “Zhao Zi Long” – Event #19: $5K Pot Limit Omaha Championship
Naomie Haddad “zachycorcor” – Event #31: Beat the Pros [Freezeout]

Ewald Mahr gives Peru its first ever WSOP bracelet

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Ewald Mahr – Photo credit Codigopoker.com

Ewald Mahr “PAUPAU” may not have that many live cashes nor online cashes under his belt but his name is now etched in history. Mahr topped Event #19: Flip and GO to become the first player from Peru to win a WSOP gold bracelet. The Peruvian overcame a tough final table that included bracelet winners Claas Segebrecht and Christopher Klodnicki.

Buy in: US$ 100
Entries: 13,719
Prize pool: US$ 1,303,305
ITM: 630 places

Final table payouts

1st Ewald Mahr “PAUPAU” Peru US$ 143,267
2nd Dmitry Safonov “akubleumas” Serbia US$ 107,413
3rd Curtis Muller Canada US$ 80,563
4th Christopher Klodnicki USA US$ 60,428
5th Claas Segebrecht Austria US$ 45,329
6th Torgeir Hagmann “Hagis78” Norway US$ 34,006
7th Ian Matakis USA US$ 25,515
8th Alexei Ivashchenkov “therewillbeX” Belarus US$ 19,148
9th Pablo Silva Brazil US$ 14,374

Mark Radoja wins career third bracelet at Fifty Stack Bounty NLH

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Mark Radoja – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Melissa Haereiti

After nine years of hunting, Canadian pro Mark Radoja finally locked up his career third WSOP bracelet. Radoja won his first series gold back at the 2011 WSOP $5K NLH Shootout event which he followed up with another win two years later at the 2013 WSOP $10K NLH Heads Up Championship. Since then, he has been chasing gold #3, and nearly secured it at the 2019 WSOP $888 Crazy Eights event where he placed 2nd. In 2021, Radoja came close again, landing two WSOP Online final tables. Last week, his hopes of glory finally materialized with a victory at Event #27: Fifty Stack Bounty NLH. With this win, Radoja has breached $3 Million in WSOP earnings. 

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Shardul Parthasarathi

The Fifty Stack Bounty NLH was the 27th bracelet event on the roster. 1,597 jumped in for a prize pool generating US$ 2,275,725. Radoja was the only WSOP decorated player at the final table. Two players from Asia were among the finalists: India’s Shardul Parthasarathi with an 8th place finish and Hong Kong’s Fengli He in 9th place. This was Shardul’s second deep run having just missed the final table at Event #24: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship with a 10th place finish.

Buy in: US$ 1,500
Entries: 1,597
Prize pool: US$ 2,275,725
ITM: 224 places

Final table payouts

1st Mark Radoja Canada US$ 214,509
2nd Justus Held “taxidriver” Austria US$ 139,594
3rd Alexander Raymond “raking-even” USA US$ 82,001
4th Stefan Reiser “Bobbele” Germany US$ 69,666
5th Gerson Braga “Maicen” Brazil US$ 72,877
6th Daniel Silva “NegaodaBL” Brazil US$ 40,176
7th Tal Noach UK US$ 47,220
8th Shardul Parthasarathi tiltjam India US$ 23,055
9th Fengli He”Tufu8899″ Hong Kong US$ 13,076

Colossus draws massive field, Ourania Zarkantzia ships for US$ 378.5K

The COLOSSUS event always brings everyone out of the woodwork and for this edition 10,090 came out to smash the $3M guarantee. Out of the 1,100 players that shaked down the US$ 3,793,840 pot, the prime chunk went to Greek player Ourania Zarkantzia “SlimLady” who turned his $400 buy in into a huge $378,507 payout. Based on Zarkantzia’s GGNet stats, this win seemed destined. Since May 2022, he has been raking in wins across different buy in tiers and field sizes. In late-July, Zarkantzia won the High Roller GGMasters for $116,197 which was his largest network score until this bracelet triumph. He became the 10th player from Greece to bring home a WSOP bracelet. 

Buy in: US$ 400
Guarantee: US$ 3,000,000
Entries: 10,090
Prize pool: US$ 3,793,840
ITM: 1,100 places

Final table payouts

1st Ourania Zarkantzia “SlimLady” Greece US$ 378,507
2nd Alexandre Ragazzi “VovoWilson” Brazil US$ 283,836
3rd Mauricio Ferreira Pais “Promoking” Gambia US$ 212,847
4th Dominykas Mikolaitis Lithuania US$ 159,613
5th Aleksey Prokopov “MAPT” Serbia US$ 119,692
6th Qian Song “Leopard Z” China US$ 89,756
7th Virgilio Fonseca “Tirsinho” USA US$ 67,308
8th Yingzheng Shi “reddyShii” China US$ 50,474
9th Roman Romanovskyi “Eluaworshipper” USA US$ 37,850

Bracelet #23: PLOSSUS – JOSE CASTILLO – US$ 144,286

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Jose Castillo – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Seth Haussler

Buy in: US$ 400
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 3,850
Prize pool: US$ 1,463,000
ITM: 400 places

Final table payouts

1st Jose Castillo Spain US$ 144,286
2nd Marius Kaiser “Drawing Live” Germany US$ 82,062
3rd Eran Dov Carmi Iceland US$ 52,129
4th Marko Siprak “SLSNTF” Croatia US$ 34,694
5th Daniel Embleton “FoldemBuddy” Australia US$ 25,563
6th Pandilica Razvan “spiritomaha” Romania US$ 17,107
7th Erik Bystroem Mexico US$ 15,921

Bracelet #19: $5K Pot Limit Omaha Championship – RUI NEVES FERREIRA – US$ 287,736

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Rui Neves Ferreira – Photo credit Terry Stachs – PokerNews / EPT

Portuguese pro Rui Neves Ferreira has been on fire these past two months. Late August, Ferreira shipped the EPT Barcelona €10,300 NLH High Roller for a career high €767,750 (~US$ 772,454). Two weeks after, he bested a loaded field of fellow pros at the WSOP Online $5K Pot Limit Omaha Championship to earn another title and his first ever WSOP bracelet. The title came down between Ferreira and China’s Ren Lin “Zhao Zi Long” who was also on a hot streak. Ferreira prevailed and banked the $287,736 first prize. As a regular player on the GGNet, to date Ferreira has amassed US$ 7.95 Million in network tournament earnings.

Buy in: US$ 5,000
Entries: 272
Prize pool: US$ 1,292,000
ITM: 39 places

Final table payouts

1st Rui Neves Ferreira Portugal US$ 287,736
2nd Ren Lin “Zhao Zi Long” Hong Kong US$ 208,039
3rd Eelis Parssinen Finland US$ 150,416
4th Joao Simao Brazil US$ 108,754
5th Gavin Cochrane UK US$ 78,631
6th Gabi Livshitz “kidrurim” Israel US$ 56,852
7th Samuli Sipila Finland US$ 41,105

Bracelet #20: $888 Crazy Eights Bounty 8-Handed – SEAN PRENDIVILLE – US$ 151,678

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Buy in: US$ 888
Entries: 1,922
Prize pool: US$ 1,621,399
ITM: 278 places

Final table payouts

1st Sean Prendiville “quackhouse” Ireland US$ 151,678
2nd Mikhail Frolov “v_Nistelrooy” Russia US$ 103,596
3rd Claas Segebrecht Germany US$ 60,531
4th Mantas Bagocius “boobsofsteal” Lithuania US$ 55,201
5th Ido Aboudi “idollar” Israel US$ 43,092
7th Matas Cimbolas Lithuania US$ 28,783
8th Grzegorz Glowny “ROLLINGDR0NE” Poland US$ 22,300
9th Artem Aiutkulov “GogiProhodVNogi” Serbia US$ 15,615

Bracelet #22: GGMasters HR Freezeout – MARIO NAVARRO – US$ 288,507

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Mario Navarro – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Katerina Lukina

Buy in: US$ 1,050
Entries: 2,372
Prize pool: US$ 2,372,000
ITM: 395 places

Final table payouts

1st Mario Navarro “St@edtLer” Spain US$ 288,507
2nd Nenad Djukic “O O L” Serbia US$ 216,348
3rd Suad Zukanovic “Zuko” Slovenia US$ 162,238
4th Edison Junior “MrnnizregnaD” Brazil US$ 121,661
5th Vladas Tamasauskas “Vladiator13” Lithuania US$ 91,233
6th Francois Pirault “RelaAax” France US$ 68,415
7th Yibo Song “Danaibang” Hong Kong US$ 51,304
8th Manuel Braunhofer “Siiiiiiick_L0L” Austria US$ 38,473
9th Leonardo De Souza Alcantara “o moises” Brazil US$ 28,850

Bracelet #24: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship – HERNAN RESTREPO – US$ 171,121

Hernan Restrepo “Winner51” gave Colombia its second ever WSOP bracelet after winning the two-day $2,100 Bounty No Limit Hold’em Championship. Along with the gold, Restrepo picked up US$ 91,478 and collected US$ 79,643 in bounties for a career high US$ 171,121 payout.

The 24th bracelet event drew a total of 985 entries for a seven figure prize pool of US$ 1,970,000. The top 134 players earned a cut of the main pot. Among the money grabbers were Canadian online high stakes streamer Rayan Chamas “Beriuzy” (32nd) and 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas (44th). Day 2 opened with 23 players back on the hunt. In just under two hours, the final table was reached with Asia’s last hope, Shardul Parthasarathi “tiltjam” falling in 10th place for a payout of over US$ 30K. Shardul is one of the fastest rising live tournament players from India.

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Gediminas Uselis – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Rachel Kay Miller

After four bust outs, which included bracelet holder Gediminas Uselis (7th), Dutch player Duco Olivier Haven “WouldIlieToYOU” went on a rush, eliminating three players in succession to reach heads up against Restrepo. However, Haven’s momentum was put to a halt on a losing flush over flush which in turn gave Restrepo the edge. Restrepo widened the gap to 8:1 then closed it out with Ace-Ten beating King-Nine. 

Buy in: U$ 2,100
Entries : 985
Prize pool : US$ 985,000
Bounty pool: US$ 985,000
ITM : 134 places

Final table payouts

1st Hernan Dario Villa Restrepo “Winner51” Colombia US$ 171,121
2nd Duco Olivier Haven “WouldIlieToYOU” Netherlands US$ 135,682
3rd Victor Fryda “CallM3Daddy” France US$ 93,357
4th Ilya Anatski Belarus US$ 74,316
5th Maksym Loboda “Rompo27” Ukraine US$ 66,277
6th Aleksandr Volkov “M0FF0” Croatia US$ 41,075
7th Gediminas Uselis Lithuania US$ 41,773
8th Rafi Mordechai “rafimo3110” Israel US$ 28,985
9th Andres Gonzalez de agustin “MaShallah” Spain US$ 31,505

Bracelet #25: Superstack Turbo Bounty NLH – JONATHAN THERME – US$ 75,619

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Buy in: US$ 315
Entries: 3,015
Prize pool: US$ 904,500
ITM: 134 places

Final table payouts

1st Jonathan Therme “Be_LegendarY” France US$ 75,619
2nd Tommi Lankinen “wnbgambb” Finland US$ 45,875
3rd Tudor Cristian Bartha Lazar “h0tsince93” Romania US$ 44,995
4th Yannick Ansenne “The Shepherd” Romania US$ 26,476
5th Ivan Stokes “zf1p4fgkwx6fb1” UK US$ 19,303
6th Gabriel Costa “gtavares10” Brazil US$ 16,152
7th Patrick Blye “FTBG” Canada US$ 11,549
8th Facundo Diaz “JF10” Argentina US$ 7,242
9th Timothy Cramer USA US$ 9,275

Bracelet #26: Double Chance NLH – JANS ARENDS – US$ 129,745

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Jans Arends – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Melissa Haereiti

Buy in: US$ 1,000
Entries: 1,177
Prize pool: US$ 1,012,890
ITM: 287 places

Final table payouts

1st Jans Arends Netherlands US$ 129,745
2nd Andreas Christoforou Cyprus US$ 97,294
3rd Dylan Linde USA US$ 72,960
4th Johnathon French “Resolve” Canada US$ 54,713
5th Merijn Van Rooij “SiemaChuJ” Netherlands US$ 41,029
6th Philipp Hofbauer “Xin Lee” Austria US$ 30,767
7th Tomer Wolf “nortonnn” Iceland US$ 23,072
8th Eduardo Amaral Silva “srjtdyfgukh” Brazil US$ 17,302
9th Ren Lin “Zhao Zi Long” China US$ 12,974

Bracelet #29: $5K Short Deck Championship – BENJAMIN MINER – US$ 172,678

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Benjamin Miner – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Katerina Lukina

USA’s Benjamin Miner outperformed his live WSOP run with seven total cashes at the online series, three of which were final tables finishes, and a bracelet victory. Miner came out on top of the $5K Short Deck Championship, outlasting the 145 entry field for a series high career payout of US$ 172,678. Among the players he bested was 2022 WSOP $10K Short Deck champion Shota Nakanishi who finished 10th.

Buy in: US$ 5,000
Entries: 145
Prize pool: US$ 688,750
ITM: 20 places

Final table payouts

1st Benjamin Miner USA US$ 172,678
2nd Oleksii Mezhenkov USA US$ 124,850
3rd Sergey Lebedev Serbia US$ 90,269
4th Paulius Vainauskas “Spider Fuji” USA US$ 65,266
5th Thaer Khoury Iceland US$ 47,189
6th Ioannis Konstas Greece US$ 34,118
7th Xu Zhu “5cDbHiLoDrMH” China US$ 24,668

Bracelet #30: 6-Handed Bounty NLH – JONI JOUHKIMAINEN – US$ 146,006

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Joni Jouhkimainen – Photo credit WSOP / PokerNews – Seth Haussler

After six final tables since 2013 and two runner up finishes in 2021, Finland’s Joni Jouhkimainen finally clasped the coveted gold bracelet. The Finnish pro outlasted the 2,024 entry field of Event #30: $840 6-Handed Bounty No Limit Hold’em , besting ring winner Rodrigo Semeghini “digopapel” (5th) and WPT India champion Ashish Munot ïmfish 007” (3rd). For Munot, it was one of the deepest runs by India in the series. The champion Jouhkimainen pocketed the cool US$ 66,004 first prize and collected a mountain of bounties worth US$ 80,062 for a combined US$ 146,006 payout. 

Buy in: US$ 840
Entries: 2,024
Prize pool: US$ 1,619,200
ITM: 296 places

Final table payouts

1st Joni Jouhkimainen Finland US$ 146,066
2nd Bruno Ikeda “EmershonSheik” Brazil US$ 93,085
3rd Ashish Munot “imfish 007” India US$ 64,109
4th Gerson Braga “Maicen” Brazil US$ 46,543
5th Rodrigo Semeghini “digopapel” Brazil US$ 30,260
6th Dennys Luis Ramos Brazil US$ 33,139
7th Danilo Gomes “Olag” Brazil US$ 31,899

Bracelet #32: The Closer NLH – MARC RADGEN – US$ 147,983

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Buy in: US$ 400
Entries: 3,403
Prize pool: US$ 1,279,528 
ITM: 539 places

Final table payouts

1st Marc Radgen “Pelinkovac89” Germany US$ 147,983
2nd Daniel Rezaei “Razer2311” Australia US$ 110,970
3rd Huixiang Xia “XH-1991” China US$ 83,216
4th Owen Alexander Messere USA US$ 62,403
5th Erik Bakker “aaahtop” Netherlands US$ 46,796
6th Karim Maekelberg “AKmaki95” Belgium US$ 35,092
7th Franco Ivan Luca Argentina US$ 26,315
8th Leonid Bilokur “Mikleler” Russia US$ 19,734
9th Haisheng Sun “sunys” China US$ 14,798
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Triccia David

Triccia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits. She spent a year working part time with Poker Portal Asia and later became the editor and writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live blogger for several other major events in the Philippines. Currently, she is in charge of events reporting for Somuchpoker.

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