The next two champions have been crowned as the inaugural WSOP Super Circuit Online Series is in full swing. Five players have earned the elusive WSOP Circuit Ring so far and two of them earned their titles yesterday on the GGNetwork.
It kicked off with a huge field in Event #4 $500 Monster Stack as the initial guarantee was smashed thanks to 5,155 entries, which created a prize pool of $948,520. Eventually, after a marathon session of 15 hours, it was “274AS” from Luxembourg that defeated friend of Natural8 and high roller cash game player Fedor Kruse in heads-up to claim the top prize of $134,909. Kruse had to settle for $92,767 after an aggressive heads-up duel which he kicked off with a narrow lead. However, he lost a substantial pot when his bluff didn’t work against a pair of treys and eventually came up short of victory with Ace-Three suited versus Seven-Six. Two spades on the flop seemingly enabled a possible comeback but a cruel off-suit seven on the river ended the tournament.
Another Natural8 player reached the final nine and “kooler” from Hong Kong took home a prize of $9,809. In quite remarkable fashion, nine different countries were represented on the final table!
The top 863 spots were paid and several notables cashed including Natural8 Team Hot member Thai Ha (636th place), Rodrigo “BlaireauEnColere” Seiji (418th place), Sergey Rybachenko (395th place), poker superstar Fedor Holz (324th place), Mikhail Semin (321st place), Morten “-MortenVM-” Mortensen (286th place), Pedro “Neto 10” Padilha (118th place), Austrian online grinder Olekonjole (21st place), and Paul “DingZhu88” Teoh (16th place).
Another WSOPC Ring Event played down to a champion at the same time as 1,084 players out of 7,295 entries returned for the final day of Event #5 BIG $500. The event was a thorough success with a prize pool of $3,465,125, well above the initial guarantee of $2,000,000.
A three-way deal was struck once the top three were reached, all hailing from Brazil. Rodrigo “BlaireauEnColere” Seiji was the shortest stack once they agreed on numbers but came out on top to boost his bankroll by $330,410.70. Vinicius “pfckb” Steves of the 4bet Poker Team had the opportunity to claim a WSOP Circuit Ring but came up short in second place for $369,841.84. Accomplished poker pro Pedro “Neto 10” Padilha took home the second-biggest slice of the prize pool and walked away $362,694.91 richer in third place.
Besides Padilha, three further Natural8 players reached the final table: Lester “mon$terDad” Edoc had a strong showing and finished in 4th place for $159,979.27, “Goldig” earned $110,010.44 for 5th place and “Dosobyc” from Lithuania received $35,772.56 for his 8th place. All three already had excellent results in the just finished Asian Poker Tour Online Series and continued their success in the next major online poker festival.
Some notables that were among the top 908 players in the money include APT Online Series Main Event champion “DblBarrel” (60th place), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (67th place), Felipe Ramos (86th place), New Zealand’s “putipupu” (92nd place), Fedor Holz (309th place) and Simon “Fireburns” Burns (542th place).
Besides his two cashes in the official WSOPC ring events, Fedor Holz was once again busy in the higher stakes at the same time and notched up his third victory in a $5,000 High Roller within a week. The wunderkind of poker and successful entrepreneur came out on top of a field of 66 entries and cashed for $97,412.04. There are further High Rollers and a Super High Roller tournament scheduled and Holz seems to be a prime contender for more success.
On May 12th, 2020, the next WSOPC ring winner will be crowned in Event #6: Deepstack Bounty Hunters. The tournament comes with a buy-in of $210 and guaranteed prize pool of $500,000, $100 of the buy-in will go to the bounty prize pool and $100 remain in the cash prize pool. A progressive bounty of at least $50 will be credited for each player eliminated.
After five of the 18 qualifying ring events, Justin “PetitFoxx” Zhu still leads the Ring Event Leaderboard ahead of the other four fellow champions but a lot can change as there’s still time before the festival wraps up on May 31st, 2020.