WSOPC – Natural8: Joaquin Melogno wins second ring at the US$10K Super MILLION$ High Roller; Christian Jeppsson clinches the Deepstack; Big 50 down to the final 9

The World Series of Poker Winter Online Circuit Series has arrived and with it 18 WSOP Circuit Rings and a mountainous 100 Million Dollars in guaranteed prizes. The series runs from December 13 to January 10 at Natural8 – GG Network. Key events to mark down are the MIni Main Event, Christmas PLOSSUS, New Year COLOSSUS, and the star attraction, the US$ 1,700 Main Event US$ 10 Million guaranteed.

Two events have already been claimed. Joaquin Melogno locked up his second ever WSOP ring at the US$ 10K Super MILLION$ High Roller event and Christian Jeppsson won his first at the US$ 3K Deepstack No Limit Hold’em Championship. The budget opener Big $50 also ran with a massive 31,291 entries. It is down to the final 9 players.

With two events in the books, the Series Leaderboard has officially kicked off. At the conclusion of the series, the top 100 players earn a respective share of the US$ 100,000 cash prize. The top prize is US$ 10,000. Joaquin Melogno currently leads the race. For players signed up on Natural8, exciting incentives are lined up if you champion any of the ring events. Players can win from US$ 5,000 to US$ 50,000 in WSOPC LiveX Live Event Sponsorship. For new players, make sure to sign up on Natural8 to also avail of the new player incentives. We’ve got all the info below including recaps on the events tabled.

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WSOPC #2: $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Roller – JOAQUIN MELOGNO – US$ 636,072

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Joaquin Melogno. Credit: partypoker LIVE

The second scheduled event of the series was for those wealthy enough to fork out a US$ 10,300 buy in. As expected, the high cost dragged out the creme de la creme with each one looking to seize a piece of the US$ 5 million guarantee. After a generous 20 levels of late registration, 314 turned up with an astounding 197 in added re-entries to drive the prize pool slightly north to US$ 5,110,000.

Among those buying in numerous times were bracelet and ring holders however many walked away without any pay such as Sam Greenwood (6 bullets), Daniel Dvoress (5 bullets), Michael Addamo (5 bullets), Adrian Mateos (5 bullets), Fedor Holz (4 bullets), David Yan (4 bullets), Nick Petrangelo (4 bullets), Stephen Chidwick (4 bullets), David Peters (4 bullets), and spending the most was Mikita Badziakouski who fired 9 wild bullets.

On the flip side, the two-day event concluded with Uruguay’s Joaquin Melogno needing only one bullet to ship the US$ 636,072.03 first prize and lock up his second ever WSOP ring. On his road to victory, he eliminated five players at the final table.

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WSOPC #2 – $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Roller

Melogno is one of Uruguay’s highly successful live tournament players. The Hendon Mob has him ranked 2nd in the country’s All Time Money List with US$ 2,271,662 in total live earnings. On December 2018, Melogno won his first ring at the WSOP International Circuit Uruguay US$ 2,500 Gran Final Millionaria earning US$ 505,606, which was his largest live score up until this win. Last year, he nearly captured a second ring at the WSOP US$ 2,500 No Limit Hold’em, finishing 2nd for US$ 264,104. Melogno has now earned a combined US$ 1,487,942 at the WSOP.

Buy in: US$ 10,300
Guarantee: US$ 5,000,000
Entries: 511
Prize pool: US$ 5,110,000
Payout Distribution: 10%
ITM: 60 places
Final 9 running time: 2.5 hours

Final table payouts

1st Joaquin Melogno – Uruguay – US$ 636,072
2nd Andrey Kotelnikov – Russia – US$ 526,880
3rd MK-Ultra – Canada – US$ 436,433
4th J Andersson – Austria – US$ 361,513
5th veca – Turkey – US$ 299,454
6th Philip “tazmania888” Mighall – UK -US$ 248,048
7th Samuel Vousden – Finland – US$ 205,467
8th RogerScruton – Brazil – US$ 170,195
9th Jorma Nuutinen – Finland – US$ 140,979

Bracelet and ring holders in the money: Mark Radoja (13th), Luke Schwartz (20th), Michael Clacher “YesPlease” (26th), Clas Segebrecht (31st), Dmitry Yurasov “Altbbb” (33rd), Brian Green (37th), Ivan “zufo16” Zufic (38th), Isaac Baron (40th), Dietrich Fast (44th), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (51st), and Rodrigo “digopapel” Semeghini (52nd). For triple bracelet winner Justin Bonomo he cashed in 30th place however he spent 4 bullets to walk away with nearly a US$ 6K deficit.

Event recap

Seven hours in, the money was near with only 60 players certain to earn. After the fall of Nick Petrangelo (63rd) and Sebastien Grax (62nd), short stacked F Billard landed a lucky turn to avoid the bubble, RogerScruton also doubled up, however, Ludovic “Gr4vyB04t” Geilich was not so fortunate, busting on the bubble to Romain “Flingue” Dours.

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Once the money flowed, it was a shove fest resulting in a succession of dropouts. Three hours later, the last bracelet holder met his end when Joaquin Melogno’s pocket Aces dominated Mark Radoja’s pocket nines. It didn’t take long for the next three to fall to form the final table of nine led by Melogno.

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First double up came on the fourth hand with the shortest stacked “veca” getting full pay on AcKc against Samuel Vousden’s Ks7s. It took another twenty minutes before the next showdown, this time it resulted in the fall of Jorma Nuutinen in 9th place to veca. RogerScruton was out 8th when pocket Tens couldn’t crack Melgno’s pocket Queens. For the next several orbits, Melogno and J Andersson took turns commanding the table to amass half the chips in play between them.

Looking to get in the action, Andrey Kotelnikov shoved and doubled up through Melogno while Vousden fell to Andersson. Kotelnikov doubled up again off Melogno with KdQh top pair over 7c2c bluff push on the river to seize the lead for the first time. Impressively, Kotelnikov came from eighth in chips at the start of the final table. Next all in pots went to veca with a triple up and then a double up. MK-Ultra also got paid fully to keep the table at six handed until he railed Philip “tazmania888” Mighall with JhJd over AsJs. Kotelnikov and MK-Ultra were now the new players in charge with each holding a third of the chips in play. However, both faced off resulting in Kotelnikov jumping to a huge lead when K3s both paired up to defeat MK-Ultra’s AKs top pair. Short stacked veca was drained out in 5th place as Melogno raked it in, then Melogno claimed a third victim in J Andersson (4th) with KQo dominating K6o. Three handed was soon down to two when Melogno’s AJo paired the ace to crack MK-Ultra’s pocket Kings.

Despite Melogno sitting on over half the chips in play, the final race for the ring was no walk in the park. Kotelnikov doubled up to retake the lead. Melogno grinded back up then both players exchanged shoves to reach par. On Melogno’s next double up with QcQh over 9d9s, his lead widened to a 24:1 advantage and went on to close it out.

WSOPC #3: Deepstack No Limit Hold’em Championship – CHRISTIAN JEPPSSON – US$ 213,927

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Christian Jeppsson. Credit: PokerStars

The US$ 3,000 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em Championship was as deep as it gets with the event running a lengthy ten and a half hours. The final table alone took nearly three hours, concluding with Norway’s Christian Jeppsson overcoming the 504 entry field. Jeppsson locked up his first WSOP Circuit Ring and a career high tournament score of US$ 213,927.

Buy in: US$ 3,000
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 504
Prize pool: US$ 1,436,400
Payout Distribution: 15%
ITM: 80 places

Taking a look at his past achievements, Jeppsson’s live tournament cashes date back to 2007. His first win was a big one, collecting US$ 151,977 at the 2008 EPT Budapest € 2,100 No Limit Hold’em. Since then, he has earned numerous five digit scores around Europe and in Las Vegas, however, it wasn’t until this triumph did he gain another six digit payout.

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WSOPC #3 – Deepstack No Limit Hold’em Championship

Final table payouts

1st Christian Jeppsson – USA – US$ 213,927 (deal made)
2nd Daan “DaanOss” Mulders – Netherlands – US$ 213,400 (deal made)
3rd Laurynas Levinskas – Lithuania – US$ 137,324
4th Sosia “Aunty_Ninja” Jiang – New Zealand – US$ 102,979
5th Kristen Bicknell – Canada -US$ 77,223
6th David “BKBroker” Fernandez – Canada – US$ 57,909
7th Grant “yukeepplayi” Ellis – Canada – US$ 43,425
8th Anton Wigg – Sweden – US$ 32,564
9th Hessinator – Germany – US$ 24,420

Picking up the action at the final table, Jeppsson carried in the largest stack. Also on the virtual round were triple bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell and ring holder Anton Wigg. Wigg fell in 8th place and Bicknell out in 5th place. The game then slowed significantly giving the chip lead time to travel from player to player. Jeppsson doubled up and in turn crippled Sosia “Aunty_Ninja” Jiang. Unable to recover, Jiang busted on a set of fours against Jeppsson’s Kd2d flush. Jeppsson continued to run hot railing Levinskas (3rd) to face Daan “DaanOss” Mulders at heads up. The opening hands quickly went to DaanOss to nearly even up the score. At this point, they decided to check the numbers. A deal was reached and play resumed for the WSOPC Ring. Jeppsson began to pull away taking down two big pots to create a 5:1 gap. The final hand was KhQd two pair over Ac7d pair on a board 5c6h6dQs3d.

Paused: WSOPC #1: BIG $50

The first event of the winter series was no chill at all, instead it was blazing hot with a thunderous 31,291 entrants heating up the 31 starting days. With buy in at a very affordable US$ 50, it bumped up the US$ 1 million dollar initial offering to a sweet US$ 1,439,386. On Day 2, 3,345 players battled to claim a piece of the pot with payouts starting at 1,600. After nearly seven and a half hours of action, the money was well reached and the final 9 was formed led by Russia’s Aleksey Savenkov “ImLuckPads”. The race for the ring and the US$ 168,810 first prize resumes on December 20 @0230 HKT.

Final 9 players

Aleksey Savenkov “ImLuckPads” – Russia – 39,464,531 – 78.9 BB
QY707 – China – 27,120,798 – 54.2 BB
party_maker1 – Russia – 24,162,749 – 48.3 BB
Otto Lemke “D00MSWITCHER” – Germany – 19,098,917 – 38.2 BB
PhD_Don – China – 12,844,074 – 25.7 BB
FreddieKadur – Israel – 9,720,468 – 19.4 BB
btn_clicking! – Cyprus – 8,634,379 – 17.3 BB
incloudzly – China – 7,361,220 – 14.7 BB
Adam Bonk – Poland – 7,107,979 – 14.2 BB

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WSOPC #1 – BIG $50

Event Details:

Buy in: US$ 50
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 31,291
Day 2 Qualifiers: 3,345
Prize pool: US$ 1,439,386
Payout Distribution: 5%
ITM: 1600 places
Final Day: December 20 @0230 HKT

Final table payouts

1st US$ 168,810.38
2nd US$ 120,745.42
3rd US$ 86,369.16
4th US$ 61,779.91
5th US$ 44,191.19
6th US$ 31,609.98
7th US$ 22,610.54
8th US$ 16,173.28
9th US$ 11,568.79

Event recap from final two tables

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Leading up to the final two tables, bracelet winner Chris Rudolph fell in 40th place and Jessica Teusl down in 19th place. At 16 left, Vitor Martins “Alemao” was knocked out by then chip leader party_maker1, China’s “incloudzly” doubled up with red Queens over tiltducKK’s AQo, and Japan’s Ryosuke Kubodera “KBD05” busted with ducks against PhD_Don’s pocket nines. Next casualty was Brazil’s MariaJoao who got the boot from Aleksey Savenkov “ImLuckPads”. Another three drops passed, ImLuckPads shipped small blind Matija “crunch215” Dobric’s stack with a dominating AdJs over Kd5d to form the final 9.


Day 1 Open: WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event

Starting Days: Running daily
Final Day: December 21 @0230 HKT
Buy in: US$ 170
Guarantee: US$ 2,000,000
Cumulative Entries: 3,220
Cumulative Day 2 qualifiers: 338

Top 15 in chips
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WSOPC #10: $400 Christmas PLOSSUS

Starting Days: Begins December 21
Final Day: December 28 @0230 HKT
Buy in: US$ 400
Guarantee: US$ 1,225,000

WSOPC #15: $400 New Year COLOSSUS

Starting Days: Begins December 8
Final Day: January 4 @0230 HKT
Buy in: US$ 400
Guarantee: US$ 2,021,000

WSOP#18: $1,700 Main Event

Starting Days: Begins January 4
Final Day: January 11 @0230 HKT
Buy in: US$ 1,700
Guarantee: US$ 10,000,000


WSOPC #4: Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em

Date: December 19 @2000 HKT [Asia Time Zone] Buy in: US$ 800
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000

WSOPC #5: Pot Limit Omaha

Date: December 21 @0200 HKT
Buy in: US$ 600
Guarantee: US$ 500,000

WSOPC #7: No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship

Date: December 23 @0200 HKT
Buy in: US$ 1,500
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000

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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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