Natural8-WSOPC: IAN MATAKIS lands WSOPC Ring; Connor Drinan, Carter Swidler, David Yan among side winners

Two more days in the books at the Natural8 – WSOP Super Circuit Online Series with Day 17 and Day 18 completed. USA’s Ian “potamophobia” Matakis crushed Ring #12: $800 Pot Limit Omaha Championship to grab his first ever WSOPC Ring. At the side games, New Zealand’s David Yan banked six figures, Carter Swidler and David Coleman won their fourth, Connor Drinan shipped two on Day 18, Juan Pardo Dominguez, Natural8’s RUMUKULUS, Anton Wigg, Esteban “siemprechill” Gomez, and several others took down their second. We’ve got those results and recaps for you along with a series update.

Next chance at the shiners is this weekend with 3 WSOPC Rings up for grabs and a combined US$ 2 Million in guarantees. Up first is Ring #13: $210 Bounty 6 Max No Limit Hold’em which takes place on May 22 at 18:05 UTC / May 23 at 02:05 HKT. This is followed by Ring $14: $77 LUCKY7’s No Limit Hold’em which takes place on May 23 at 18:05 UTC / May 24 at 02:05 HKT. Both events feature a US$ 500,000 guarantee. Day 1 flights are currently ongoing for Ring #15: $400 PLOSSUS, US$ 1 Million guaranteed. Day 2 is on May 23 at 20:05 UTC / May 24 at 04:05 HKT.

Players can also start securing their seats to the festival highlight Ring #18: $525 MAIN EVENT, US$ 5 Million guaranteed. Day 1 flights run daily leading up to Day 2 which is on May 30 at 20:05 UTC / May 31 at 04:05 HKT. To get in for less, there are an ample number of satellites running daily.

If you are just tuning in, make sure to sign up to online platform Natural8 to avail of all the exclusive player incentives which include LiveX Sponsorship Packages from US$ 10,000 to US$ 50,000, exclusive WSOP Freerolls, 1.5x Cash Game Multiplier, and WSOP Flipouts. Ring winners “Raggaz” and David “Alw4ysinduc3” Vinayagamoorthy have already won one of the LiveX Packages. You can read up on those perks at the bottom of the page.

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WSOPC by the numbers

Day 1 – 18 cumulative prize pool: US$ 62,778,642
Seven figure prize pools: 7 ring events, 7 side events
Rings awarded: 12
Side events: 482
Total entries: 488,666
Largest phased ring event: RING #7: BIG 25 – 61,456 entries
Largest single day ring event: Ring #10 $100 HUNDRED STACK – 8,404 entries

Multiple Ring Event final tables

Jonas “LobyPewis” Mackoff – two
Claas Segebrecht – two
TooStonedMonkey – two
Tim “BeardOilGuy” Rutherford – two

Most Side Event wins

Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza – four
David Coleman – four
Carter Swidler – four

WSOP Circuit Ring winners

Ring #1: BangshifuChina – US$ 147,012.67
Ring #2: James “PHJ10” CarrollUSA – US$ 49,835.14
Ring #3: Mario MosboeckAustria – US$ 129,700.43
Ring #4: Uri “JimyT” ReichensteinIsrael – US$ 166,859.75
Ring #5: Jonas “LobyPewis” MackoffCanada – US$ 71,139.69
Ring #6: GangstaZabRussia – US$ 133,179.80
Ring #7: RaggazNew Zealand – US$ 145,994.01
Ring #8: Andres “chokitin” KornArgentina – US$ 163,388.73
Ring #9: Aleksey “ somebody444” ChurbanovRussia – US$ 69,142.65
Ring #10: David “Alw4ysinduc3” VinayagamoorthyNorway – US$ 84,831.28
Ring #11: PDC MayorMexico – US$ 330,506.72

RING #12: $800 PLO Championship – IAN “POTAMOPHOBIA” MATAKIS – US$ 87,386.17

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Ian Matakis. Credit: WSOP /

The first Pot Limit Omaha Ring Event took place on Day 18 with 669 lighting up the virtual felt. At US$ 800 buy-in each, it more than double the advertised US$ 250K guarantee for a final prize pool of US$ 508,440. Taking it to the limit was USA’s Ian “potamophobia” Matakis who eliminated four final table players to lock up his first ever WSOP win and the coveted WSOPC Ring. In cash, Matakis pocketed US$ 87,386.17 for his largest career WSOP payout. Recap below.

Buy in: US$ 800
Guarantee: US$ 250,000
Entries: 669
Prize pool: US$ 508,440
ITM: 98 places
Running time: 8 hours and 41 minutes

Final table payouts

1st Ian “potamophobia” Matakis – USA – US$ 87,386.17
2nd Majki365 – Slovakia – US$ 63,181.57
3rd Ludovic “Gr4vyB04t” Geilich – UK – US$ 45,681.50
4th Pwndidi – Austria – US$ 33,028.65
5th Natashenka – Russia – US$ 23,880.39
6th Tim “BeardOilGuy” Rutherford – Canada – US$ 17,265.98
7th Daniakak! – Slovenia – US$ 12,483.63

Notables in the money: Gaurav “Haversham” Sood (9th), Joao Simao (10th), Joe “DietrichFats” Serock (12th), Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka (24th), Bernardo “GGeKKo” Dias (57th), Chris Moorman (64th), Chris Puetz (81st).

Event recap

Leading up to the money round, a long list of players fired multiple bullets with some cashing in and some way off. Forking out the most was Norway’s Joachim “jochee” Haraldstad with 10 buy-ins contributed and walking away without any pay; fellow countryman Alfred Karlsson reached the money in 34th place but with 8 bullets fired, he too was in the red. At the final table, Ludovic “Gr4vyB04t” Geilich was on his sixth buy-in while eventual champion Ian “potamophobia” Matakis was on his third.

At 18 players remaining, potamophobia was riding high up top and held on until the final two tables. Action proceeded, Joe “DietrichFats” Serock (12th) fell to Gaurav “Haversham” Sood, UAE’s DaiMing141319 (11th) was booted next with Majki365 scooping it up. The lone Brazilian Joao Simao lost a costly showdown against Majki365 then busted in 10th place. Austria’s “Pwndidi” finished off the short stacked Haversham in 9th place, and Turkey’s “yirtilco” missed the final table with Slovenia’s Daniakak! shipping it.

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WSOP Super Circuit Online Series RING #12: $800 PLO Championship final table

The final table opened with everyone gunning for their first WSOP win. Pwndidi was chip leader, potamophobia ranked second, and Canada’s Tim “BeardOilGuy” Rutherford ranked sixth was on his second final table. The final race for the ring clocked in at just over an hour and a half. Daniakak! was first to go with potamophobia raking it in. Daniakak! was all in on the flop with QsJs10c9h draw, potamophobia AdAcKdQc, the board ran out 8s9s3d5h5d. Despite the early fall, it was a good day for Daniakak! with a WSOPC High Rollers side event win at the $840 Bounty Warmup for an additional US$ 16.6K. As for potamophobia, it gave him the lead which he never relinquished.

Shortly after, potamophobia widened his lead after shaving off a large portion of BeardOilGuy’s stack, then Pwndidi collected the rest. Next on potamophobia’s chopping block was Russia’s “Natashenka” (5th) to amass over half the chips in play. Before falling in 4th place, Pwndidi paid two double ups, one each to Gr4vyB04t and Majki365, potamophobia took the rest with AdQd4h3h two pair outdrawing QhQcJh6s, on a board 10h4sKc3s2c. Shoves were on the flop.

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WSOP Super Circuit Online Series RING #12: $800 PLO Championship

Heads-up arrived at the fall of Gr4vyB04t to Majki365. On a board 2c2h5dKc8d, Gr4vyB04t had AdKd8h4h two pair, Majki365 AsQc10h2s trips. Several minutes in, the final hand was tabled. Maji365 Js10h9d9c, potamophobia Kh10s7h4c, the final board JhQs4h7sAd.

Two wins for Connor Drinan on Day 18

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Connor Drinan. Credit: Paul Phua poker

USA’s Connor Drinan became the newest entry in the triple WSOPC side event winner list after shipping two games on Day 18. All his wins were at high rollers events. The first one was on Day 16 at the $3,150 Blade Bounty King, topping a field of 31 entries, for a US$ 38,949.22 payout. His latest wins are listed below.

WSOPC High Rollers: $1,050 Daily Heater HR [Bounty Turbo] – Day 18

Buy in: US$ 1,050
Guarantee: US$ 50,000
Entries: 67
Prize pool: US$ 67,000
ITM: 9 places
Payout: US$ 16,053.65

WSOPC High Rollers: $2,625 Blade Closer – Day 18

Buy in: US$ 2,625
Guarantee: US$ 50,000
Entries: 36
Prize pool: US$ 90,000
ITM: 5 places
Payout: US$ 29,359.14

Biggest Daily Side Event Winner

WSOPC High Rollers: $1,050 Sunday ME – Day 17

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David Yan

Buy in: US$ 1,050
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 1,075
Prize pool: US$ 1,075,000
ITM: 152 places
Winner: DAVID YANNew Zealand – US$ 151,298.44

WSOPC High Rollers: $1,050 Daily Main – Day 18

Buy in: US$ 1,050 
Guarantee: US$ 200,000
Entries: 207
Prize pool: US$ 207,000 
ITM: 31 places
Winner: LUIGI CURCIO – Italy – US$ 44,014.68

Carter Swidler and David Coleman land fourth side event win

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Carter Swidler. Credit: Playground Poker Club

Canadian pros Carter Swidler and David Coleman joined Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza as the only players to ship four WSOPC side events. Swidler’s first two wins were on Day 2 at the $250 Sunday Monster Stack for US$ 28,983.98 and on Day 15 at the $315 Bounty King Circuit for US$ 16,874.84. On Day 16, he shipped the WSOPC Series $300 Sunday Closer HR for US$ 13,394.40, then two days after, he took down the $250 Daily Main for US$ 22,596.33.

WSOPC Series: $250 Daily Main – Day 18

Buy in: US$ 250
Guarantee: US$ 100,000
Entries: 559
Prize pool: US$ 128,570
ITM: 80 places
Payout: US$ 22,596.33

Taking a look at Coleman’s wins, he shipped his first on Day 6 at the WSOPC High Rollers $1,500 Deepstack special for US$ 24,553.13 then won a second event on Day 12 at the $2,625 Blade Mulligan on a flip with Daniel Smiljkovic who was ahead at the heads-up deal. On Day 14, Coleman claimed his third high rollers event at the $1,050 Daily Heater [Bounty Turbo] for US$ 13,368.53. His latest win was on Day 17 at the $3,150 Blade Bounty King for US$ 28,838.34.

WSOPC High Rollers: $3,150 Blade Bounty King – Day 17

Buy in: US$ 3,150
Guarantee: US$ 50,000
Entries: 21
Prize pool: US$ 63,000
ITM: 3 places
Payout: US$ 28,838.34

Multiple Side Event Winners

WSOPC Series: $210 Bounty – Day 17

Buy in: US$ 210
Guarantee: US$ 75,000
Entries: 548
Prize pool: US$ 109,600
ITM: 80 places
Winner: RUMUKULUSGermany – US$ 14,402.77

Second side event win for N8 – German player “Rumukulus” on Day 17. He won his first side event on Day 14 at the WSOPC High Rollers $1,050 Thursday Thriller Bounty for 56,582.22.

WSOPC High Rollers: $1,050 Daily Heater HR [Bounty Turbo] – Day 17

Buy in: US$ 1,050
Guarantee: US$ 50,000
Entries: 73
Prize pool: US$ 73,000 
ITM: 9 places
Winner: ANTON WIGG – Sweden – US$ 22,577.58

*Second side event win for Sweden’s Anton Wigg. He shipped his first on Day 9 at the WSOPC Series $525 Sunday Fifty Stack HR for 43,669.33.

WSOPC Series: $250 Fifty Stack – Day 17

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Juan Pardo Dominguez. Credit: partypoker

Buy in: US$ 250
Guarantee: US$ 40,000
Entries: 215
Prize pool: US$ 49,450
ITM: 31 places
Winner: JUAN PARDO DOMINGUEZSpain – US$ 10,514.67

Second side event win for Juan Pardo Dominguez. He shipped his first on Day 4 at the WSOPC High Rollers $1,050 Daily Heater HR [Bounty Turbo] for 18,269.33.

WSOPC Series: $315 Bounty King Circuit – Day 17

Buy in: US$ 315
Guarantee: US$ 100,000
Entries: 397
Prize pool: US$ 119,100 
ITM: 55 places
Winner: ESTEBAN “siemprechill” GOMEZ – Uruguay – US$ 16,754.30

Second side event win for Uruguay’s Esteban “siemprechill” Gomez. He shipped his first on Day 5 at the WSOPC Series $125 Circuit Special for US$ 10,427.75. 

WSOPC Series: $525 Bounty Hunters PLO – Day 18

Buy in: US$ 525
Guarantee: US$ 40,000
Entries: 120
Prize pool: US$ 60,000 
ITM: 17 places
Winner: SAMUEL STRANAK – Slovakia – US$ 15,619.50

Second side event win for Slovakia’s Samuel Stranak with the first one shipped on Day 4 at the WSOPC High Rollers $1,050 Daily Main Event for US$ 62,611.73.

WSOPC Series: $250 Monster Stack – Day 18

Buy in: US$ 250
Guarantee: US$ 50,000
Entries: 248
Prize pool: US$ 57,040 
ITM: 35 places
Winner: ANDREAS “Duckzzz” NASMAN – Finland – US$ 11,904.74

Second WSOPC Series $250 Monster Stack win for Finland’s Andreas “Duckzzz” Nasman. He shipped his first on Day 8 for 10,808.16. 

WSOPC Series: $105 Bounty Hunters PLO – Day 17

Buy in: US$ 105
Guarantee: US$ 20,000
Entries: 207
Prize pool: US$ 20,700 
ITM: 31 places
Winner: SOUSINHA90 – Austria – US$ 4,712.79

Second PLO side event win for Austria’s “Sousinha90” with a first one shipped on Day 5 at the WSOPC Series $50 Fifty Stack PLO for US$ 2,664.90

Asia Pacific – Side Event Winners

WSOPC Series: $100 Deepstack Special – Day 18

Buy in: US$ 100
Guarantee: US$ 75,000
Entries: 1,136
Prize pool: US$ 104,512
ITM: 152 places
Winner: Kou KUSH65 Thailand – US$ 12,951.79
2nd Patrick “chrisbenoit” BrooksEngland – US$ 13,013.71

Heads-up deal with Kou KUSH65 behind in the count. Kou KUSH65 went on to win it for a second side event win. This first was on Day 12 at the WSOPC Series $25 Daily Mini Main Event for US$ 8,091.77.

WSOPC High Rollers: $1,500 Deepstack Special – Day 18

Buy in: US$ 1,500
Guarantee: US$ 75,000
Entries: 79
Prize pool: US$ 112,575
ITM: 11 places
Winner: HIGHTIGERChina – US$ 26,258.97

WSOPC Series: $105 Daily Heater [Bounty Turbo]

Buy in: US$ 105
Guarantee: US$ 40,000
Entries: 439
Prize pool: US$ 43,900
ITM: 60 places
Winner: GGSIRChina – US$ 8,438.25

WSOPC Series: $50 Fifty Stack – Day 17

Buy in: US$ 50,
Guarantee: US$ 50,000
Entries: 1,239
Prize pool: US$ 56,994
ITM: 170 places
Winner: SKIERSThailand – US$ 8,230.14

WSOPC Series: $105 Bounty Hunters PLO – Day 17

Buy in: US$ 105
Guarantee: US$ 20,000
Entries: 180
Prize pool: US$ 20,000
ITM: 26 places
Winner: SHANGTOUHong Kong – US$ 4,621.91

WSOPC Series: $52.50 Deepstack Bounty Turbo – Day 17

Buy in: US$ 52.50
Guarantee: US$ 25,000
Entries: 510
Prize pool: US$ 25,500
ITM: 71 places
Winner: DK888Japan – US$ 4,263.69

WSOPC Series: $15 Circuit Special – Day 17

Buy in: US$ 15
Guarantee: US$ 20,000
Entries: 1,909
Prize pool: US$ 26,344.20
ITM: 278 places
Winner: CCFLOPMILKISSHong Kong – US$ 3,550.15

Exclusive Natural8 Promos

There are US$ 250,000 worth of reasons to sign up on Natural8 for the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series. We’ve listed them all down below or for a more detailed breakdown, head to the link provided.

WSOPC – Natural8 Exclusive Promos


Natural8 will be giving away free WSOP tickets via their hourly freerolls, VIP Club FreerollsFirst Deposit Freerolls, and Natural8 Exclusive WSOP Freerolls. Players can win satellite tickets and WSOP tickets worth over US$ 2,000 weekly.

US$ 50,000 LiveX Sponsorship Package

Win the Main Event and this package is yours! The sponsorship package includes:

12 months LiveX Crew Sponsorship
US$ 15,000 Las Vegas Package ($10,000 to cover your buy-ins and $5,000 for expenses)
US$ 35,000 for live event sponsorships over 12 months

US$ 10,000 LiveX Sponsorship Package

Win one of the other WSOPC Ring Events and this package is yours! New Zealand’s “Raggaz” and Norway’s David “Alw4ysinduc3” Vinayagamoorthy have already won one of these packages. The sponsorship package includes:

6 months LiveX Crew Sponsorship
US$ 10,000 Las Vegas Package

Natural8 WSOP Flipouts

For N8 members that play any of the WSOPC events, you gain entry to exclusive Natural8 Exclusive WSOP Flipouts with each entry increasing your stack. $5,000 in WSOP tickets are up for grabs. Flipouts happen every Saturday on May 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 23:00 UTC.

WSOP 1.5x Cash Game Prize Multiplier

As announced, the WSOPC will be awarding 2 Cash Game Rings – one for No Limit Hold’em players and one for PLO players. Any Natural8 player that reaches the final table will see their prize money increase by 1.5x.

Join Natural8 – $100 in Free tickets with your 1st Deposit

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we continue to bring you recaps of the ongoing Natural8 – WSOPC festival

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead 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 and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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