Natural8-WSOPC closes with over US$ 104M in prizes; Niklas Astedt leads Main Event final 9; Sunday night highlights

After a month long of festivities that ran from May 1 to May 30, the Natural8 – WSOP Super Circuit Online Series 2021 tabled its last ring event Ring #18: $525 MAIN EVENT along with 31 side events. The final day turnout pushed the overall grand prize pool past the advertised US$ 100 Million guarantee. The series collected a smashing US$ 104,679,286 across 875 events (18 Ring events and 857 side events). Three events have yet to declare a champion namely, the MAIN EVENT which is down to the Final 9 players with WSOP decorated Niklas Astedt as frontrunner, and the promised Cash Game Rings for Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha.

At the final day side events, Russia’s Artur Martirosian marched to six wins, Italy’s Alessandro Giannelli shipped his fourth, New Zealand’s Paul “Rahchan” Hong and Austria’s Chris Puetz landed their third, Aleks “JustaMortal” Dimitrov and Austria’s “TheFirestarter” banked hefty six figures, and Dave “Endboss22” McLeod scored US$ 95.9K. All the details can be found below along with a recap of Main Event Day 2, final day highlights, plus some festival trivia.

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WSOPC by the numbers

Day 1 – 30 cumulative prize pool: US$ 104,679,286
Seven figure prize pools: 10 ring events, 11 side events
Rings awarded: 17
Side events: 857
Total entries: 788,698
Largest Ring Event prize pool: $525 Main Event – US$ 7,248,000

WSOPC 2021 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: Ian “potamophobia” MatakisUSA – US$ 87,386.17
Ring #13: NuttedDreamsAustria – US$ 51,285.42
Ring #14: FichoGermany – US$ 76,029.52
Ring #15: RyutaroYTJapan – 140,050.95
Ring #16: davidchien88Taiwan – US$ 113,881.23
Ring #17: N@pudp6hjasEstonia – US$ 21,747.03

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Ring #7 winner – New Zealand’s “Raggaz”
Ring#10  winner – Norway’s David “Alw4ysinduc3” Vinayagamoorthy
Ring #16 winner – Taiwan’s “davidchien88”

Largest Ring Event turnout

Phased: RING #7: BIG 25 – 61,456 entries
Single Day: Ring #14: $77 LUCKY 7’s – 9,966 entries

Multiple Ring Event final tables

Jonas “LobyPewis” MackoffCanada
1st – Ring #5 BOUNTY GIANT No Limit Hold’em – US$ 71,139.69
2nd – Ring #9 $525 Bounty Deepstack NLH – US$ 47,901.49

davidchien88 – Taiwan
3rd – Ring #9 $525 Bounty Deepstack NLH – US$ 31,767.32
1st – Ring #16 $840 Bounty Championships – US$ 113,881.23

Claas Segebrecht – Austria
7th – Ring #3 $400 DOUBLE STACK MILLION – US$ 26,447.71
4th – Ring #4 $800 NLH 6-Max Championship – US$ 63,066.59

TooStonedMonkey – Canada
5th – Ring #5 BOUNTY GIANT No Limit Hold’em – US$ 16,204.91
2nd – Ring #11 $400 COLOSSUS – US$ 342,128.77

Tim “BeardOilGuy” Rutherford – Canada
7th – Ring #1 $100 Super Circuit Kick Off – US$ 30,800.03
6th – Ring #12 $800 PLO Championship – US$ 17,265.98

Eder “BlueMoon” CampanaBrazil
7th – Ring #6 $365 GIANT No Limit Hold’em – US$ 30,319.85
5th – Ring #16 $840 Bounty Championships – US$ 28,574.84

Six WSOPC side event wins

David Coleman and Artur Martirosian

Four WSOPC side event wins

Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza, Carter Swidler, Enrico Camosci, Alessandro Giannelli, “kelvra77”

Three WSOPC side event wins

Ramiro Petrone, Connor Drinan, Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein, Pablo “Singleleg” Wesley, Chris Puetz, Vlad Stefan “HaiFanFan” Lache, Kirill “iHodl_” Shugai, Aleks “JustaMortal” Dimitrov, David KGB Plus ev” Sheinin, Rumukulus, queenkong, HuliGPN, Kou KUSH65, Pur3WiT, gokchinees!, Yen-liang yao_poker Yao, and Mariam “WsidomTree” Nozadze.

Paused: RING #18: $525 Main Event

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WSOP Super Circuit Online Series RING #18: $525 Main Event

Over two weeks of Day 1 flights brought in a mighty 14,496 entries to the series highlight Ring #18: $525 MAIN EVENT and with buy-in at $525 each, the US$ 5 Million guarantee was crushed to bits for a massive US$ 7,248,000 prize pool in its place. Only 2,064 players advanced to Day 2. Serbia’s Danilo Velasevic carried in the largest stack, and raced all the way to 63rd place.

The final table was formed in just under nine hours with Swedish beast grinder Niklas Astedt as chip leader and USA’s David Miscikowski bringing up the rear. The final table is scheduled to take place on Saturday June 5 @ 18:00 UTC / Sunday June 6 @ 02:00 HKT.

Final 9 players

Niklas Astedt – Sweden – 140,037,043 – 74.5 bb
aoteman1888 – China – 104,740,292 – 52.4 bb
sssssAK – China – 97,738,705 – 48.9 bb
Fabian Spielmann – Germany – 93,472,602 – 46.7 bb
Promoking – UK – 90,001,299 – 45 bb
Patrick “Egption” Tardif – Canada – 60,713,588 – 30.4 bb
Allan “Freedom35” De Mello – Brazil – 48,840,768 – 24.4 bb
Noksukow – Austria – 47,481,414 – 23.7 bb
David Miscikowski – USA – 28,070,997 – 14 bb

When the final 9 players return next weekend, they will be hunting down the WSOPC Championship Ring and the US$ 758,443.29 first prize. With the exception of Niklas Astedt, everyone in the round will be pocketing their largest network payout no matter where they finish. Everyone is guaranteed a minimum US$ 75,843.19. In WSOP bling, Astedt is hunting down his second ring and Miscikowski is looking to add a ring to the bracelet he won in 2014. For the rest, it will be a career first WSOP victory.

Final table payouts

1st US$ 758,443.29
2nd US$ 568,746.07
3rd US$ 426,499.15
4th US$ 319,829.29
5th US$ 239,837.89
6th US$ 179,853.35
7th US$ 134,870.72
8th US$ 101,139.16
9th US$ 75,843.19

Event Recap

Buy in: US$ 525
Guarantee: US$ 5,000,000
Entries: 14,496
Prize pool: US$ 7,248.000
Day 2: 2,064 players
ITM: 1,500 places
Running time: 8 hours and 47 minutes

At the Day 2 kick off, 2,064 players raced off and in no time at all, the money round opened starting at 1,500th place. A long list of noteworthy players cashed out, too many to mention, so we’ll narrow it down to the top 100: two-time bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski exited 98th, Natural8 Team Hot Pro Kosei Ichinose (56th), double bracelet and double ring winner Shankar Pillai out 52nd, WSOPC 2021 Ring #14 winner “Ficho” (49th), Tyler “TheRayGuy” Cornell (48th), ring winner Brock Wilson (46th), Natural8 player “Rumukulus” (37th), and Carter Swidler (23rd).

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Other busts were:

Last hope for Japan“Charlie_13711” – 12th for US$ 23,512.50
Last hope for Vietnam“Nhong bong” – 19th for US$ 18,142.62
Last hope for Hong Kong“rtyfghcvb” – 28th for US$ 13,998.74

Recapping the action at the rise of Niklas Astedt. It was down to 21 players, the fairly quiet Astedt woke up with QdQh for a monster triple up against Heli “TeuCu” Neves 9d9s and Tommaso “Not_TodayBRO” Briotti 10s10d. In the process, Briotti busted and Astedt zoomed from 17th rank to 4th rank. Astedt went on to rail China’s “T Owen” (17th) to form the final two tables and take the lead for the first time.

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From there, it took just over an hour to reach the final 9. Bracelet winner Miscikowski railed Austria’s Free StYyYle” (16th) with pocket nines dominating pocket sixes; UK’s “Promoking” booted Russia’s Ilia “Alenys_hka” Plaxin (15th) with AKo over A6o; and Astedt emptied out Luigi “GiugliaGg” D’Alterio (14th), with 7h7c over Kd8h that missed.

After numerous big pots being tabled, Astedt crushed Brazil’s last hope by ending “DinhoDibre10” (13th) with AsJh outdrawing 5h5d, Ace on the flop. This was followed by twenty minutes of heavy bets leading to the fall of Japan’s Charlie_13711 (12th) to China’s sssssAK with AKs dominating A6o. Allan “Freedom35” De Mello KcQh flush clubs went on to rail Tunisia’s “diciccoboss” Ad6s (11th) on a board 8cAc3c6c4d, then Austria’s Matthias “Mattinho” Auer missed the final table, falling to sssssAK in 10th place.

Two Cash Game Rings – Hold’em and PLO

Now that the WSOPC Ring Events have been completed – with the exception of the Main Event Final 9 which will play out this coming weekend – there are also two special rings yet to be claimed. For the first time ever, WSOPC CASH GAME RINGS are up for grabs, one for Hold’em players and one for Omaha players. The top 9 players of each variant have already been determined.

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Each of the qualifiers are guaranteed a minimum payout of T$ 300, the first prize is T$ 2,600. For Natural8 members that qualify, your prize money will have a bonus 1.5x multiplier. These two final tables will run side by side the WSOPC Main Event, taking place on June 5 at 18:00 UTC / June 6 at 02:00 HKT. You can view the expected payouts via the link provided.

Cash Game Rings payouts

Biggest WSOPC Side Event Winners

WSOPC High Rollers: $1,050 Sunday ME [2 Day Event]

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Aleks Dimitrov: Credit: Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

Buy in: $1,050
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 1,060
Prize pool: US$ 1,060,00
ITM: 152 places
Winner: Aleks “JustaMortal” Dimitrov – Bulgaria – US$ 134,992.85

Bulgaria’s Aleks “JustaMortal” Dimitrov became the biggest WSOPC side event winner of the final day. He shipped the High Rollers $1,050 Sunday ME [2 Day Event] for US$ 134,992.85. This was Dimitrov’s third WSOPC side event win with a first on Day 5 at the $525 Bounty Hunters HR for US$ 23,747 and a second on Day 23 at the High Rollers $840 Sunday Bounty Warmup for US$ 38,281.67.

WSOPC Series: $525 Bounty Hunters HR Main Event

Buy in: US$ 525
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 2,288
Prize pool: US$ 1,144,000
ITM: 332 places
Winner: THEFIRESTARTERAustria – US$ 105,426.83

WSOPC High Rollers: $ 5,250 Bounty Hunters SHR

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Dave McLeod. Credit: Drew Amato |

Buy in: US$ 5,250
Guarantee: US$ 300,000
Entries: 76
Prize pool: US$ 380,000
ITM: 11 places
Winner: DAVE “Endboss22” MCLEODCanada – US$ 95,913.15

WSOPC Series: $525 Sunday Fifty Stack HR

Buy in: US$ 525
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Entries: 400
Prize pool: US$ 200,000
ITM: 55 places
Winner: ARTUR MARTIROSIANRussia – US$ 38,614.46

Another huge takedown for Russia’s Artur Martirosian at the series. With this victory, Martirosian joined Canada’s David Coleman as the only two players with six WSOPC side event wins. His other wins are listed below:

Day 3 – $1,500 Deepstack Special – US$ 23,614.30
Day 4 – $840 Bounty Warmup – US$ 19,398.73
Day 4 – $1,500 Deepstack Special – US$ 24,564.79
Day 22 – $1,050 Daily Heater HR Bounty Turbo – US$ 15,206.04
Day 24 – $1,050 Daily Heater HR Bounty Turbo – US$ 18,799.86

Asia Pacific – WSOPC Side Event Winners

WSOPC Series: $525 Sunday 200

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Paul Hong. Credit: World Poker Tour

Buy in: US$ 525
Guarantee: US$ 200,000
Entries: 608
Prize pool: US$ 304,000
ITM: 89 places
Winner: PAUL “Rahchan” HONGNew Zealand – US$ 51,543.85

Second WSOPC Series side event win for New Zealand’s Paul “Rahchan” Hong. Natural8 Team Hot Pro Pete Chen finished 7th for US$ 9,165.83. Hong shipped his first event on Day 8 at the $250 Daily Main for US$ 22,960.20, he also reached the final table of Ring #3 $400 Double Stack Million for US$ 62,717.41.

WSOPC Series: $25 Sunday Deepstack

Buy in: US$ 25
Guarantee: US$ 100,000
Entries: 6,268
Prize pool: US$ 144,164
ITM: 764 places
Winner: SOORAJ23India – US$ 16,683.69

WSOPC Series: $250 Sunday Monster Stack Turbo

Buy in: US$ 250
Guarantee: US$ 80,000
Entries: 596
Prize pool: US$ 137,080
ITM: 89 places
Winner: KEVIN PUChina – US$ 23,242.45

WSOPC Series: $25 Sunday Monster Stack Turbo

Buy in: US$ 25
Guarantee: US$ 50,000
Entries: 3,003
Prize pool: US$ 69,069
ITM: 368 places
Winner: BAGIOHL3Singapore – US$ 7,825.78

Multiple WSOPC Side Event Winners

WSOPC High Rollers: $1,050 Sunday Kick Off

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Christopher Puetz. Credit: King’s Casino Rozvadov

Buy in: US$ 1,050
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Entries: 168
Prize pool: US$ 168,000
ITM: 23 places
Winner: CHRIS PUETZ Austria – US$ 37,368.01

Third WSOPC 2021 side event win for Austria’s Chris Puetz. He shipped his first on Day 20 at the $250 Monster Stack Turbo for US$ 7,155.30 and a second on Day 28 at the High Rollers $1,050 Daily Main for US$ 23,796.15.

WSOPC Series: $105 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]

Buy in: US$ 105
Guarantee: US$ 100,000
Entries: 1,319
Prize pool: US$ 131,900
ITM: 188 places
Winner: ALESSANDRO GIANNELLIItaly – US$ 11,668.10

Fourth WSOPC Series side event win for Italy’s Alessandro Giannelli who shipped his first on Day 1 at the $50 Day Saver for US$ 4,515.75, a second on Day 5 at the $525 Bounty Hunters PLO for US$ 9,609.13, and a third on Day 9 at the $315 Sunday Bounty King PLO for US$ 9,068.10.

WSOPC Series: $30 Sunday Closer

Buy in: US$ 30
Guarantee: US$ 30,000
Entries: 1,355
Prize pool: US$ 37,395
ITM: 188 places
Winner: GIOVANNICASSINIHungary – US$ 3,558.10

Four-way deal led to an eventual win for Hungarian “GiovanniCassini”. This was a second WSOPC Series win with the first shipped on Day 15 at the $40 Forty Stack for US$ 6,323.74.

WSOPC Series: $300 Sunday Closer HR

Buy in: US$ 300
Guarantee: US$ 40,000
Entries: 246
Prize pool: US$ 68,634
ITM: 35 places
Winner: VINCAS “seimininkas” TAMASAUSKASLithuania – US$ 15,653.37

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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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