The higher stakes action kicked off with the $840 High Rollers Marathon, drawing a total of 352 runners and creating a prize pool of $281,600.
Yuri Dzivielevski bubbled the final table and American poker pro Dylan Linde made it two spots further, taking home $6,062.14 for their efforts.
Brazil was well represented with Alexandre “SexyBaldGuy” Mantovani (4th place for $20,806.77) and Brunno Botteon (3rd place for $28,320.45), but it was Kenneth “Forrest_Li” Edberg ($52,467.76) who defeated Bagus “gingermoon” Saputra ($38,547.43) in heads-up to earn the biggest slice of the pie.
A total of 29 entries emerged in the $5,250 High Rollers Blade Opener, and it took fewer than four-and-a-half hours to split the $145,000 prize money among the top four finishers. George Wolff ($15,1432.64) and Timothy Adams ($24,621.97) cashed on their second bullet, while Elio Fox needed just one bullet to earn the runner-up prize of $40,061.80. A familiar face topped that, as Artur Martirosian fired three entries and cashed for $65,183.59.
Wolff tasted victory on the same night when he defeated Francisco “VaPaCooler” Benitez in the High Rollers $1,050 Main Event. A total of 26 players out of 192 cashed, and Wolff scored for $38,114.75. Benitez had to settle for $28.963.98. Notable finalists included the likes of Joseph Cheong ($16,725.98), Juha Helppi ($12,710.38) and Dietrich Fast ($7,339.92).
Even more was up for grabs in the budget $200 Sunday Main Event, thanks to 1,445 entries. The biggest portion of the $265,880 prize pool went to Brazil’s “China in Box” for $40,955.34. Chris Klodnicki ($29,446.71), Maksim “KaTya_I8” Shuts ($21,172.42) and Ben Farrell ($4,068.52) also reached the final table.
The $1,500 Sunday High Rollers easily covered its guarantee, and 228 entries resulted in a total of $324,900 up for grabs. 31 players cashed, and the final table included big names such as Dario Sammartino, Francois Billard, Ami Barer, and Ole Schemion.
Kevin Pu finished in 3rd place for $35,317.11. WSOP Online 2020 bracelet winner Nick “rdcrsn” Maimone ($63,273.96) then defeated Jose “leao4all” Serralheiro ($47,272.07).
Five players out of 40 cashed in the High Rollers $5,250 Blade Prime, with Daniel Hindin and the aforementioned George Wolff among those to cash first. Thomas Muehloecker earned $31,730 in third place, and heads-up saw a deal between Adrian Mateos (2nd place for $71,752.18) and David Peters (1st place for $63,974.14).
Another two $5,250 Blade tournaments wrapped up after that, including the Mulligan (52 entries). The top six shared $260,000 in prize money, with Mikita Badziakouski, Niklas Astedt, Pascal Hartmann, and Juan Pardo Dominguez bowing out in that order. Muehloecker finished 2nd for $61,094.80, while Laurynas Levinskas earned a smooth $99,358.89.
In the Blade Closer, Ami Barer bubbled in 5th place which ensured a min cash of $15,654.46 for Stephen Chidwick. Levinskas took 3rd place on his third bullet for $25,471, while David Peters ($41,443.24) and George Wolff ($67,431.30) both entered twice.
Levinskas added another 7th place finish for $2,073 in the High Rollers $525 Sunday Wrap-Up. Farid Jattin ($4,689.81) fell in 4th place while Anton “RUN_CMD” Wigg won the event for $10,609.98. Jattin also cashed for $6,980.60 in the High Rollers $1,050 Sunday Cooldown (44 entries), which was won by “MikeRoss93” ($15,815.33) after a heads-up deal with Carlos Villamarin ($14,044.47).
A total of 1,431 players had locked up their seats for the final day of the $100 Global MILLION$, battling for their share of the $1,000,000 guarantee. The top 1,100 finishers walked away with at least $262.60, and the nine-handed final table came with a payday of at least $6,404.
Two featured streamers made it all the way including Natural8’s Dan Almeida ($9,346.20) and GGPoker’s Patrick “Egption” Tardif ($42,400.40).
Joao “sydens” Oliveira bowed out in 3rd place for $61,880.40, which then triggered successful deal negotiations between the last two contenders. China’s “YIMATINI” ended up in 2nd place for $104,410.13, while Mark “Beanboozled” Herm claimed the top prize of $117,701.16.
The guarantee of $1,500,000 was also missed in the $525 High Roller MILLION$, as 490 survivors reached the final day. Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Pete Chen and Rainer Kempe were the last two players to leave empty-handed, as 300 contenders cashed for at least $1,232.55.
Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Bryan Paris min-cashed, and other big names such as Jinho “YellOw” Hong, Ryan Riess, Patrick “Egption” Tardif, Damian Salas, Kristen Bicknell, Guillaume Nolet and Yuri Dzivielevski all hit the rail prior to the final few tables.
Egor “Futti18” Prokop finished 14th for $6,993.15, followed by Jans Arends (13th place for $7,980.90) and Ignacio “IgnaPoker” Molina (11th place for $8,907.60). Joao Vieira earned a six-figure score of $129,391.05 in 3rd place, while Fabrizio “UknowWhoIam” Gonzalez went one spot further for $188,837.10. Anthony “rabblerouser” Diotte won the event for $275.594.55.
The paid places in the highest regular buy-in of the Super Sunday schedule were already reached, when the final table in the $10,300 Super MILLION$ had bagged their virtual chips.
Viacheslav Buldygin was the bubble boy, and some of those to cash were Philippe D’Auteuil, Elio Fox, Felipe Ramos, Adam “MikePrice82” Hendrix, Anatoly Filatov, Ole Schemion and Thomas Muehloecker.
Matthew “Nator” Hyman earned consecutive final tables and finished in 9th place this time, as he became the first casualty of the live-streamed final table. Roman “RRomashka” Emelyanov turned a $100 satellite ticket into $54.713.27, and Joao Vieira was the next to bust in 7th place for $70,542.78.
Georgios “Manousos” Sotiropoulos had to settle for 6th place and $90,952.25, when ace-five suited failed to pick up any help against the ace-king of Niklas Astedt, who then hit a straight against the top pair of Artur Martirosian ($117,266.53) to reduce the field to the final four. Mark Radoja then missed a flush draw with queen-nine suited to settle for $151,193.96.
Michael Addamo was seeking an unprecedented fourth victory in the event, but a move with just a pair jacks against the two pair of Niklas Astedt left the Aussie with fumes and he hit the rail in 3rd place for $194,937.35 the very next hand.
Astedt subsequently held a 2-1 lead over Joakim “MrGambol” Andersson, but the latter turned things around and dealt the final blow with ace-eight for turned two pair against king-nine suited for flopped top pair. Andersson’s maiden victory in the tournament came with a payday of $324,053.21, while Astedt had to settle for $251,336.47.
The next big series players can look forward to on Natural8 is the Battle of Malta Online. Happening 1-22 November, there will be 15 Ring events and plenty of Side events, as well as a $30,000,000 guarantee!