The first edition of the Bounty Hunters Series on the GGPoker Network (GGPN) has concluded, and many familiar names in both the online and live poker scene recorded big scores. Let’s take a look at some of those results, along with some assorted mid-week tournaments.
The biggest prize pools emerged in the reoccurring Bounty King $315 Main Event and Bounty King $3,150 HR Main Event, while most of the other regular BHS tournaments awarded five-figure prize pools.
BHS 239: $840 High Roller drew a field of 133 entries and paid out $130,000. Rainer Kempe reached the final table and finished in 7th place for $6,432.96, while Korea’s WSOP Online bracelet winner Sung Joo “ArtePokerTV” Hyun notched up the top prize of $30,310.92.
In BHS 241: $420 Forty Stack, Brazil’s powerhouse Yuri Dzivielevski fired three entries en route to a runner-up finish for $10,748.61. “upDraft” topped the field of 285 entries to boost their bankroll by $22,172.66.
The same day also featured BHS 242: $525 Bounty Hunters High Roller SE with a field of 232 entries and $116,000 in prizes distributed in the form of bounty and cash awards. Argentina’s Leandro “107dalmatass” Bianchini finished 5th for $4,834, while Bradley “DrStrange7” Ruben bowed out next for $6,308.33. Erik Buxhoeveden made his only entry count and earned nearly three times as much as anyone else at $26,045.10.
In BHS 246: $315 Bounty King Main Event, it was Evaldas “Man14c” Aniulis who topped a field of 510 entries ($153,000 prize pool) to cash for $23,580.96. The $3,150 Bounty King HR Main Event saw 37 entries, where Wei Zhao ($17,073.05) was defeated in heads-up by Francois Billard ($40,896.68).
One day later, both events took place once more as BHS 268: $315 Bounty King Main Event this time attracted 605 entries ($181,500). Renan Bruschi earned $12,429.18 for his 2nd place finish and “Jiaozhi” converted a second entry into $23,242.04.
In BHS 267: $3,150 Bounty King HR Main Event, 44 entries signed up and the likes of Adrian Mateos, Dietrich Fast and Idris Ambraisse all reached the final table. Ioannis Angelou Konstas finished in 2nd place for $21.073.36, while Tamas “szagos” Adamszki earned more than double that for $46,586.59 in total.
In preparation for a busy Sunday, the last Saturday session of the festival featured the BHS 313: Beat the Pros Special Edition which drew a total of 1,010 entries. Yet another featured player reached the final table, with an attempt to recreate last week’s champion Bryan Paris’ win.
Jinho “YellOw” Hong made it all the way to 4th place and cashed for $8,521.68 in total. An international trip atop saw “miko2727” from Israel ($9,222.49), “kkkkk” from Brazil ($10,380.20) and “jasna” ($21,323.11) from Albania earning the biggest prizes.
There was a total of 257 entries in BHS 310: $420 Forty Stack, which awarded at least $100 in bounty prizes. A familiar face of the online poker scene was crowned as the champion, when Pavlo Veksler turned his second entry into a payday of $19,673.73. Arsenii “kastaban” Karmatckii finished in 4th place for $6,362.88.
BHS 311: $525 Bounty Hunters High Roller Special Edition saw a total of 170 entries compete for $85,000 in prize money. Frenchman Idris Ambraisse continued his hot form on the GGPN with yet another victory, as he cashed for $20,165.59 total.
Last but not least, BHS 307: $315 Battle of Marathon turned into a session of almost nine-and-a-half hours for “Vakeli” ($11,505.69) and “raking-even” ($16,110.84), with the latter walking away as the winner.
In BHS 331: $315 Sunday Battle of Marathon, a field of 1,094 emerged to boost the prize pool to $328,200. Notable finalists included Mark “Beanboozled” Herm and Andreas Christoforou. Aaron “FatherFigure” Thivyanathan earned $17,565.24 for his runner-up finish, while winner Arthur “meiiYunqi” Conan earned more than double that with $35,805.26 in total.
The BHS 333: $210 Main Event Special Edition took nearly 11 hours to crown a champion in a field of 2,789 entries, as $557,800 in bounty and cash prizes were awarded. The last person standing was Estonia’s Ottomar “Decent!” Ladva, who earned $43,293.54 for their efforts. More than half the prize money came from earning knockouts and keeping the bounty.
In BHS 334: $525 Bounty High Roller SE, 800 entries resulted in a prize pool of $400,000. More than nine hours passed before the final hand was dealt. Brazil earned another BHS title as Alexandre “SexyBaldGuy” Mantovani walked away with the top prize of $41,398.76.
Notables that made the final table were Simone “spera91” Speranza, Arsenii “kastaban” Karmatckii and Artem “Ar0wana” Vezhenkov.
The Bounty editions of the $157.50 GGMasters and the $1,050 GGMasters High Rollers both surpassed their guarantee and ran for more than 12 hours in total.
BHS 336 saw $1,031,000 in prize money awarded, with Marcin Dziubdziela earning a modest $64,632.65 for his runner-up finish. Russia’s “sp!ke” took home the biggest slice of the prize at $107,580.39.
A minute earlier, BHS 335 had whittled down 3,939 entries to a winner. The lion’s share of the $590,850 prize pool went to Ori Hasson ($44,274.48). German poker pro Rainer Kempe also made the final table and earned $5,228.31 for his 9th place finish.
The Pot Limit Omaha tournaments on the final two days of the festival were once again very popular, and several repeat winners earned another BHS badge. Among them was Adam “MikePrice82” Hendrix, who took down BHS 317: PLO $1,050 High Roller for $14,940.38 in a field of 53 entries.
Noah “TheVaccine” Schwartz claimed the top prize of $4,418.98 in a three-way deal in BHS 327: $105 PLO 6-Max, while Dmitriy “severstal” Vologzhaninov came out on top of 454 entries in BHS 338: $210 PLO Main Event for $11,517.19. He defeated Evan “NEONPILS99” Parkes and Hen “GeorgeTheVet” Rosilio among others.
Last but not least, Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Kosei Ichinose narrowly missed out on a victory in BHS 337: $2,100 PLO High Roller. Nearly one third of his $31,628.13 runner-up prize came from accumulated bounties.
Ultimately though, it was Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski who took the event down for $43,532.45 in total. Other notables on the final table included Sean Winter, Ami Barer, George Wolff, Maksim “KaTya_I8” Shuts and Shyngis “somebodyelse” Satubayev.
The third and final edition of the BHS 339: $10,300 Super MILLION$ Bounty Hunters drew a total of 99 entries to narrowly miss the $1,000,000 guarantee. The progressive bounty format distributed at least $2,500 for each knocked out opponent.
Kelly “saxbomb” Saxby was among the top 13 finishers who walked away with a portion of the cash prize pool, having turned a $100 satellite ticket into a total payday of $22,607.68. Aleksejs Ponakovs departed in 11th place, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos was the first casualty on the final table.
Other notables that went even further included Farid Jattin, Julian “DanBiz” Stuer, and Michael Addamo. The Aussie superstar took home $72,273.29 for his 3rd place finish, and also bagged the chip lead in the regular $10,300 Super MILLION$ edition at the same time.
In heads-up, it was once again Pascal Hartmann who notched up a victory and banked $252,439.53, leaving runner-up Isaac Haxton with a consolation prize of $135,775.98. This was the last BHS event to award a seven-figure prize pool, with some of the later Special Editions paying out five-figure paydays.
The next big festival players on Natural8 can look forward to is the Battle of Malta. Happening for the first time online, there will be $30 million in guaranteed prizes and 15 Ring events. Don’t miss Europe’s biggest poker festival, happening right here on Natural8.