The first three champions of 2021’s World Series of Poker Super Circuit Online Series were crowned this past weekend. Each of them walked away with a coveted WSOPC ring and a total of more than $3.45 million in prize money.
All three Ring Events also easily surpassed their guarantees.
Let’s take a closer look at the results for this latest festival on the GGPoker Network, which comes with an overall guarantee of $100 million throughout the month of May.
While the festival already kicked off at the end of April with the first starting days of Event #1: $100 Super Circuit Kick-Off, the series only officially started on May 1. This was also when the first of 18 WSOPC Ring Events crowned its champion.
In Event #2: $210 Beat the Pros, the weekly bounty showdown turned into a special edition with a $500,000 guarantee. Thanks to 2,879 entries, a prize pool of $575,800 emerged to easily cover said guarantee. For each knockout, players earned a PKO prize of at least $100 while the other $100 went to the cash prize pool.
Only the top 368 spots were paid, with Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Bryan Paris falling just short and walking away with only $250 in bounty prizes. Featured players such as Michiel “Easterdamnz” Van Elsacker and Jessica Teusl were among the first to cash, followed by Jinho “YellOw” Hong and Karlen “Karlencho” Aladzjan.
Jordan Banfield, Hristo “icho” Anastassov and Matic “hrenchk” Hren all busted inside the top 100. Rising Brazilian star Brunno Botteon fell in 34th place and WSOP Online 2020 winner Nick Maimone fell just shy of the nine-handed final table.
Three known poker pros were left in contention, but two of them were sent to the rail right away. Tsz “Eh8Ay” Shing departed with $5,101.65 in prizes, while Tyler “TheRayGuy” Cornell walked away with $4,991.32.
German superstar Rainer Kempe was no doubt aiming to become the second featured player to win the Beat the Pros tournament in the past six months, but eventually bowed out in 3rd place for $20,724.85 in cash and bounty prizes.
Heads-up play featured Mexico-based grinder “PHJ10” and Hong Kong’s “beos”. After almost nine hours, it was the former who had collected all the chips and the final bounty prize of the tournament. “beos” finished as the runner-up for $29,788.97. “ PHJ10” earned the top prize worth $49,835.14 and the WSOP Circuit ring for their efforts.
China got on the scoreboard in the opening event, as “Bangshifu” came out on top of a massive field in Event #1: $100 Super Circuit Kick-Off.
The first multi-flight tournament of the series gathered 18,733 entries for a prize pool of $1,723,436 - more than 1.7 times its guarantee. Out of 2,939 Day 1 survivors, only the top 1,900 finishers earned at least $259.96 for their efforts. “RavishM23” ended up as the bubble boy.
Several featured players such as Dara O’Kearney, Jessica Teusl, Kosei Ichinose, Jianxi Fu, Stefan Schillhabel, Kevin Martin, Felipe Ramos and Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Bryan Paris all cashed without getting close to the top 100 spots.
Fellow Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Pete Chen achieved that milestone, but fell in 94th place for $1,628.22.
Only one further featured player was left in contention, but Ryan Riess ended up departing in 40th place. Peter “MrDagobert” Traply was eliminated on the final table bubble, which left nine players from different countries competing for the elusive WSOPC ring.
Four notables made the cut, but three departed early on including Fabrizio “S@ulG00dm@n” D’Agostino, Tim “BeardOilGuy” Rutherford, and Tuukka “Morr1Haisi0” Siren. When the field was reduced to the final three contenders, an ICM deal was cut and the WSOPC ring was left to play for.
Natural8 player “ssssssTOEOEOEN” was amongst them, securing the second-biggest slice of the prize at $129,792.37 but hitting the rail in 3rd place. Brazil’s Rodrigo “GhostBusters” Teixeira faced “Bangshifu” in heads-up and had to settle for the consolation prize of $123,685.59. In the end, it was China’s “Bangshifu” who earned the biggest payday of $147,012.67.
The first Super Sunday of the series also saw the conclusion of Event #3: $400 DOUBLE STACK MILLION No Limit Hold’em. Thanks to 3,063 entries, the guarantee was surpassed and all participants battled for their share of the $1,151,688 prize pool.
Only the top 368 finishers made the cut, and Markus Prinz was the first to collect the min-cash of $865.63. Natural8 streamer Dan Almeida earned the same payday, while No Limit Gaming’s Stefan Schillhabel collected $1,007.84, as did Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Bryan Paris.
Another two featured players on the GGPN reached the final 100, but Michiel “Easterdamnz” Van Elsacker departed in 79th place for $2,155.83. That only left Mario Mosboeck, and the Pokercode player came fresh off a massive score in the SCOOP Main Event. He fired six entries, which paid off as he made the final table.
Mosboeck was joined by Claas Segebrecht, WSOP Online Bracelet winner Nicolo Molinelli, Geraldo “UmReiNoRiver” Cesar Neto, and Paul “Rahchan” Hong.
Simon “MotiKakoon” Goldthorpe eventually had to settle for the virtual bronze medal and a payday of $83,635.09, which left Mosboeck and Csaba “PumpedGabo” Szasz battling for the WSOPC ring.
They cut an ICM deal for a near identical payout, and it was Mosboeck that came out on top. Szasz finished as the runner-up for $130,557.27. Mosboeck earned the lower prize of $129,700.43, but won the WSOPC ring and the right to join the winners circle.
Another three WSOPC ring events will take place soon, and the upcoming schedule can be found below.