But the PKO festival has already generated some massive scores, including one worth more than $129,000, from Georgi “millennial” Sandev. On March 6, the winner of the first of four $1 million or more guaranteed tournaments will be announced. However, before that, let’s take a look at some of the most important Poker Stars results from the weekend.
Poker Stars added the $5,200 Titans Event to the Bounty Builder Series on March 5 and made it a progressive knockout tournament. The $445,000 prize pool was created by 89 participants, with half going to each participant’s head and the other half going to the top 11 finishers.
Despite the fact that they received $5,000 in bounties and Mario “MB TREMENDO” Bonanata was the unfortunate bubble boy, it was not a particularly bad day at the office. The final table was set when Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattson fell in 11th place and Felipe “ketzerfelipe” Ketzer fell in tenth.
The first of the nine finalists to leave was Brazil’s Dennys “dennysramos2” Ramos, who won $14,588. Ognyan “cocojamb0” Dimov ($18,143) and Swedish pro “WhatifGod” ($9,950) followed suit before Javier “que_te_crio” Fernandez ($22,649) and “hello_totti” ($14,593) were released from their stacks.
“SerVlaMin” and Georgi “millennial” Sandev will compete head-to-head after Pascal “Pass_72″ Lefrancois’s” ($38,538) exit left the waters slightly less shark-infested. The untimely death of “foxjoke” from the United Kingdom in third place ($34,200) set up a heads-up battle.
Sandev won the fight relatively unscathed and received a $129,143 first-place prize, including bounty payments. The second-place finisher took home $76,048, which is still a respectable return for a few hours of hard work.
Brooks Wins Bounty Builder Series Title
British grinder Patrick “thebigdog09” Brooks won the $530 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Event over a field of 692 players to become a Bounty Builder Series champion. Some of the biggest names in online poker signed up for the $346,000 prize pool, and several of them made it to the final table, where the big money was waiting.
“Rebel FishAK” ($4,815), Rui “Silden4filho” Bouquet ($5,904), and Sweden’s “flerrehuve” ($6,459) bowed out in progression, leaving just six players in the chase after the title, every one of the six securing in five-figure prizes.
Pascal “Päffchen” Hartmann ($10,632) finished sixth in the tournament, while “Eller77” ($13,581) and “belthazorrrr” ($12,628) from Thailand refreshed their stacks. “Shemowna” from Montenegro finished third ($18,501) and left Brooks alone against “234241234214432” from Ukraine for glory and the majority of the prize pool.
While his Ukrainian opponent was left with a $35,357 consolation prize, Brooks finished the job and took home the $52,703 top prize.
Other Poker Stars Results worth More Than $10,000
Throughout the weekend, numerous established pros helped themselves to Poker Stars titles. Hello_totti” won the $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Freeze out tournament for $34,679, making up for his disappointment of placing sixth in the $5,200 Titans Event.
The story of “WhatifGod,” who placed eighth in the title race but went on to win the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for $14,376 was similar
Ioannis Angelous-Konstas is the latest poker superstar to win The Grand at Party Poker. The $1,050 buy-in event featured 74 players competing for the largest portion of the $75,000 prize pool. Angelou Konstas was the one of the players who paid the asking price.
Please spare a thought for Charalambos Patakos, who finished in 14th place and broke the all-important money bubble. The top 13 finishers each received some prize money. Before the nine-handed table, French star Sylvain Loosli, Alexandre Lemay, Theo Bijaoui, and Andrei Kotelnikov all busted, but at least they got some return on their investment.
During the early stages of the final table, Ali Akok ($2,890), Artjoms Visockis ($3,184), and Niklas Astedt ($3,483) all lost out on glory. Casepr Jensen ($6,382) and Team Party Poker pro Jaime Staples ($8,684) joined the ever-growing list of players who were eliminated, as did Andrea Radicchi ($4,011) and Emil Olsson ($4,912).
Angelou Konstas and Matthew Stumpf, the last option being in sublime type of late, worked out an agreement when heads-up that welcomed the shade down on continuing. Angelou Konstas took home $16,017, while Stumpf got $15,134.