The Bounty Hunters Series has completed its second week, with poker enthusiasts from all over the world walking away with four and five-figure prizes on the GGPoker Network (GGPN).
Kicking off the mid-week action on October 14th was BHS 073: $315 Battle of Marathon, which came up just short of the $100,000 guarantee as 298 players gathered on the virtual tables. Urmo “PidrPan” Velvelt and Dorian “Gladiador20” Rios were among those to reach the nine-handed final table.
It would eventually take nearly ten-and-a-half hours to crown a champion: Brazil’s Eder “BlueMoon” Campana. More than half of his total prize of $16,492.37 came from bounties.
The very same day also featured BHS 075: $252 Six Shooter, with 438 entries resulting in a prize pool of $105,120. Austria’s Dan Smiljkovic became the first final table casualty and took home $1,644.05. The UK’s Xingcheng “MrFish2020” Zhao reached the podium for $7,489.73 but was beaten by Arlem “KKingJames23” Lisboa ($10,542.45) and eventual champion Miguel “FreshlyBaked” Seoane ($14,513.28).
Popular mid-week formats included the three tiers of the Bounty King Main Events. Kristen Bicknell topped a field of 54 entries in BHS 103: $3,150 High Roller for $49,689.17, which was more twice the $24,547.93 prize for runner-up Andras Nemeth. BHS 104: $315 Main Event on the same day attracted 643 entries and paid out $192,900 in prizes, with Israel’s “finisHim” taking home $28,930.58.
One day later, BHS 126: $3,150 High Roller saw Idris Ambraisse become the champion for $31,846.19. In a field of 33 entries, Ambraisse defeated Niklas Astedt ($22,930.02) in heads-up. Jeffrey “allin donk” Cormier narrowly missed out on the top spot in BHS 127: $315 Main Event and cashed for $9,217.66. Only “Shershnyaga” took home a bigger prize of $21,143.69.
BHS 123: $525 Bounty Hunters High Roller SE drew a field of 122 entries to see $61,000 in prizes awarded. Idris Ambraisse fired two entries and turned that into an 8th place finish for $2,020.92, while Leandro “107dalmatass” Bianchini was in the mix once more and finished 6th for $3,088.90. Martin Pineiro took home $4,841.76, while Olaf “cubecom” Langenfeld was the only player with a five-figure score of $15,131.14.
The Bounty King Main Events still proved popular on the weekend, but attention also shifted to other regular flagship events such as Beat the Pros.
One of the first bounty tournaments to launch on GGPN, BHS 149: $210 Special Edition boasted a guarantee of $250,000. A total of 1,044 entries emerged and for the first time, two sponsored players reached the nine-handed final table.
Argentina’s Cristian Stival finished in 8th place for $3,715.24, while Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Bryan Paris went all the way. Paris fired three entries in the event and faced “Mr_3rdBullet” in heads-up, who as per his alias also coincidentally entered three times.
The latter received a payday of $15,504.83, with Paris claiming $24,062.30 and bragging rights while live-streaming his action on Twitch.
Running at the same time was BHS 147: $525 Bounty Hunters High Roller Special Edition, which clocked in at a duration of seven hours and fifteen minutes. The 185-strong entry field missed the $100,000 guarantee by some. Making the most out of it were Leonard “LottoLarry” Maue (2nd place for $9,474.70) and “ttholdem” (1st place for $22,087.18).
Felipe Ramos bubbled in BHS 153: $1,050 PLO High Roller, in which Christopher “Mangudai” Frank finished second for $9,925.42. The UK’s “KurisuKyouma” converted their second entry into a top prize of $17,056.17.
The next day, BHS 167: $315 Sunday Battle of Marathon ran for just over 11 hours to crown a winner. In a field of 1,088 entries, it was American poker pro and current Mexico resident Adam “MikePrice82” Hendrix that made it count for $27,656.59.
Other big names on the final table included David Miscikowski (9th place for $5,237.18), Alex Foxen (8th place for $7,175.98), Claas “Alderfalder” Segebrecht (5th place for $10,845.88) and Farid Jattin (4th place for $11,013.88).
A field of 2,548 entries saw BHS 170: $210 Main Event Special Edition beat the guarantee and award $509,600 in prizes. Notable finalists included Hen “GeorgeTheVet” Rosilio (5th place for $10,223.09) and Austria’s “AIS888”, who earned the biggest prize of $53,490.68.
BHS 171: $525 Bounty High Roller Special Edition saw $364,000 in prizes, based on the 728 entries received. Serial online poker crusher Fabiano “MarkyAurelio” Kovalski finished in 3rd place for $19,906.74, while Preben Stokkan claimed $26,647.12 for their 2nd place finish. Brunno Botteon fired four entries and made it count for a final prize of $41,711.30.
Two seven-figure prize pools awaited players in BHS 173: $1,050 GGMasters High Rollers [Bounty Edition] (976 entries) and BHS 176: $10,300 Super MILLION$ Bounty Hunters (97 entries). Both events came up just shy of their ambitious guarantees.
Sergio “TonyGPT” Veloso emerged as the champion in BHS 173 for a six-figure score of $111,213.82. Wilder Brito ($44,445.37) and Timothy Nuter ($34,295.58) also earned decent cashes for their efforts.
Well-known online poker pro Bert Stevens took down the high stakes edition for $231,053.76, getting past big names such as Niklas Astedt, Joao Vieira, Alexandros Kolonias, Isaac Haxton and Pascal Hartmann. Idris Ambraisse had to settle for 2nd place, which came with a consolation prize of $172,825.69.
It came as no surprise that the weekly flagship Sunday Freezeout boasted one of the biggest fields, as 3,883 players took a shot at glory in BHS 172: $157.50 GGMasters [Bounty Edition]. A deal was cut in heads-up between “GALO_AL” ($32,878.47) and “RNGodess” ($43,250.45), with the bounty prizes making all the difference.
Among the popular non-Hold’em events on Sunday was BHS 174: $2,100 PLO High Roller, where $230,000 was up for grabs thanks to 115 entries.
PLO specialists such as Andras Nemeth ($11,094.72), Max Lehmanski ($12,303.82), Fernando “Jnandez87” Habegger ($18,213.34) and Patrik “Magicpsilo” Antonius ($30,511.36) all ran deep. However, it was Vienna-based Christian Rudolph who earned $52,096.92 for the victory.
More PLO action followed in BHS 175: $210 PLO Main Event, with 483 entries awarding $96,600 in prizes. Romania’s Gheorghe “idiot10” Butuc came out on top with $13,583.76 after no less than nine hours.
One day later, BHS 200: $1,050 PLO High Roller saw “B3ndTheKnee” topping a field of 65 entries to claim $17,963.52 in prizes. Dirk Gerritse had to settle for 2nd place and $7,519.47.
The three Bounty King Events on Monday included wins for Victor “loulou2626” Jami in the $3,150 HR Main Event (40 entries, 1st prize of $40,254.85), Oihan “VIVAGGPOKER” Abarzuza in the $315 Main Event (499 entries, 1st prize of $21,030.82) and “mendekua” in the $31.50 Mini Main Event (2,520 entries, 1st prize of $6,526.59).
Monday’s second-biggest buy-in was for BHS 204: $1,260 Six Shooter High Roller, which surpassed its guarantee thanks to 69 entries. The top nine finishers took home a portion of the cash prize pool, and $82,800 in total prizes were awarded among the successful participants.
It took just over seven hours to divide all the money, and German poker pro Rainer Kempe took home the lion’s share of $21,788.40 after defeating Chris Klodnicki ($12,180.07) in heads-up.
Other notables on the final table included David “Mclovin86” Mzareulov (3rd place for $9,269.05), Dietrich Fast (5th place for $5,654.27) and Leandro “107dalmatass” Bianchini (6th place for $5,640.55). Francois Billard bubbled and also did not earn any bounty prizes.
The inaugural Bounty Hunters Series is now on the home stretch and will wrap up this upcoming October 25th. Get in while you still can!