On March 24, the World Series of Poker Spring Circuit (WSOPC) kicked off on the fastest-growing online poker platform, the GGPoker Network. It was the first of four seasonal online series of the current year, and poker enthusiasts from all over the world battled for their shares of the $100 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Joachim Haraldstad emerged as the first Natural8 champion in WSOPC

The schedule included 18 gold ring events. Among the first three champions, Joachim Haraldstad, a Natural8 player, unlocked an exclusive LiveX Sponsorship worth $10,000 among many other additional perks. Below you can find a summary of the first three gold ring events.

“Godofbaccarat” Won First Event of the Series

Just shy of the paid places, familiar names such as Joseph “B3ndTheKnee“ Liberta and Diego “TheProjector” Ventura were eliminated, and “FishyFortune” then became the bubble boy, locking up a payday of at least $1,177.69 for the top 700 finishers. Among those to earn the minimum cash were Gleb Tremzin, Robert Haigh, Alexios Zervos, and Johan “YoHViraL” Guilbert, to name all but a few.

Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Bryan Paris made it to 451st place, which came with a payday of $1543.80 while other featured streamers such as NikTolik (311th) and GGPoker’s Kevin Martin (289th) and Patrick “Egption” Tardif (270th) earned the same payout of $2,024.08. Fast forward to the top 100 spots, Natural8 player Daniel Dvoress collected $5,222.61 for his 66th place while the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas bowed out in 52nd place for $5,979.91.

One of poker’s rising stars, Artur Martirosian, reached the final three tables and ultimately had to settle for $8,976.35. Only one Natural8 player made it further than that, and this happened to be Samuel “PincheGordo” Roussy Majeau. The French-Canadian fell in 17th place and earned a payday of $11,768.35.

Event #1: Final Table

Norway’s Trygve “FullSendWig” Leite bubbled the nine-handed final table for a consolation prize of $17,665.64 while several notables were still in contention. Stoyan Obreshkov made it to 7th place for $57,915.68 followed by Alon “Alon_Eldar” Eldar ($77,231.91) and Vinnie “JerryYang07” Mohan ($102,990.35). In heads-up play, Serbian poker pro Danilo Velasevic had to settle for the runner-up finish and $244,228.48, and it was “Godofbaccarat” who came out on top to secure the gold ring and top prize worth $325,684.04.

British Pro Conor Beresford Took Down Event #2: $10,300 Super MILLION$

The weekly High Roller showdown has become a fixed part of all major online poker events on the GGPN and typically attracts some of the biggest names of the online and live poker circuits. For this special edition, the $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Rollers came with a $3 million guarantee and attracted a field of 389 entries to create a $3,890,000 prize pool.

Only the top 40 finishers earned a slice of the cash prizes, and notables such as Niklas Astedt, Pedro Garagnani, Mike Watson, Christian Rudolph, Dorel Eldabach, Belarmino De Souza, and Justin Bonomo all came up short of the money. PokerCode’s Mario Mosboeck was then eliminated at the bubble itself and locked up at least $27,650.44 for all those who still had chips at their disposal.

The first payout slot included big names including Samuel Vousden, Joao Vieira, Ridrigo Seiji Sirichuk, and Ramiro Petrone, while Natural8’s Luke “lmar54” Martinelli locked up a payday of $30,497 for his 25th place finish. German superstar Ole Schemion ($33,639.33), Artur Martirosian ($37,103.86), and Ami Barer ($37,103.86) made the next pay jumps but fell short of the live-streamed final table. That also applied for Natural8’s Michael Addamo, who had to settle for $49,789.60.

Event #2: Final Table

Reaching the final nine came with a large jump as “Costa Recorn” earned $91,003.60 for their efforts while all other finalists unlocked six-figure scores. Austria resident Christopher Frank ($153,048.91) was one of them, and the last Natural8 contender “TTP_poker“ followed soon after in fifth place for a payday of $257,396.60.

Brazilian superstar and partypoker ambassador Yuri Dzivielevski narrowly missed out on another marquee victory as he succumbed in fourth place, which came with a consolation prize of $330,802.43. “nettley” was the first casualty on the podium and claimed $432,888.12 for their efforts, which left Pablo Brito Silva and Conor Beresford to battle for the title.

Ultimately, it was Beresford who earned the accolade and top prize of $728,028, but Pablo Silva certainly wasn’t unhappy with his payday of $561,386.51 either. The Brazilian has become a staple-hold name in the world of poker with nearly $1.4 million in live cash games and even more than that in the virtual arena. Beresford is no slouch either and has already cashed for more than $17.3 million in online poker tournaments.

Joachim Haraldstad Became the First Natural8 Champion of the Series

With two close calls in the opening two events, it was just a matter of time until one of the Natural8 players was going for the win. This happened in Event #3: $800 Pot-Limit Omaha Spring Championship, which featured no fewer than three contenders on the final three tables of the six-max contest.

The tournament drew a field of 838 entries and breezed past the $500,000 guarantee with the top 116 finishers all earning a piece of the $636,880 prize pool. Its bubble boy was a well-known poker pro and one-time WSOP bracelet winner Nick Maimone, who became the last participant to miss out on the min-cash of $1,463.90.

Leoniv Yanovski, Yngve Steen, Barak Wisbrod, Patrick Leonard, and Kasparas Klezys were just some of the notables who bowed out in the first two payout slots. Niklas Astedt fired three entries to essentially break even with a cash of $2,412.60 while Wiktor Malinowski fired ten entries and bowed out in 30th place for $3,366.19.

Fast forward to the final three tables, Ravid Garbi and Elias Harala cashed for $5,547.44, whereas “bvdahl” made the pay jump to $6,552.67. Pot-Limit Omaha specialist Balint Sebestyen earned $7,740.02 while the penultimate Natural8 player Ben Wilinofsky made it one step further to collect $9,142.51 for his efforts.

Event #3: Final Table

The final table was set with seven players remaining and Austria’s Karl Schedlberger was the second player to secure a five-figure payday as he walked away with $14,851.99. He was one of two known notable poker players besides Joachim Haraldstad, who eventually emerged as the champion. After defeating “TomBrady1975” ($73,078.60) in heads-up, Haraldstad scored the top prize of $100,506.03.

Victory came with several perks such as the entry to the WSOP Circuit Tournament of Champions on the tail end of the 2022 WSOP in Las Vegas, access to the Platinum Lounge at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, a special badge for the winner on the GGPN, an entry to the $1,500 Millionaire Maker Event in Sin City, and the Caesars Rewards Diamond status.

By claiming the WSOP Circuit gold ring on Natural8, Haraldstad also earned a $10,000 LiveX sponsorship, which consists of six months membership on the LiveX Crew and a $10,000 Las Vegas package with $7,500 in buy-ins and $2,500 as travel expenses.

LiveX Package for Natural8 Players

The very same awaits all other Natural8 winners during the 2022 WSOP Spring Circuit, with one exception. If a player wins the $525 Main Event, they will unlock the biggest sponsorship package in the history of Asia’s leading online poker site so far. A LiveX package worth $88,888 awaits with $63,888 for live event sponsorships over 12 months, as well as a $25,000 Las Vegas package ($17,500 in buy-ins and $2,500 as travel expenses).

It certainly pays off to play and win on Natural8, which regularly runs exclusive promotions on top of all the perks that can be won by competing on other partners of the GGPN. Find out the latest promotions at the Natural8 website.