The 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker (WSOP) Winter Online Circuit has crowned the next champion and Oleg "Ad Astra" Vasylchenko stormed to an impressive victory in Event #11: $1,050 Bounty Hunters Championship, defeating Marty "RetremntFund" Mathis in heads-up. A total of 1,293 entries, which includes 879 unique entries and 414 re-entries, created a prize pool of $1,293,000.
The top 188 finishers earned a portion of the cash pool on top of any bounties they accumulated and Vasylchenko's top prize of $145,005 includes an astonishing $91,720 in bounties. That amount exceeds the combined bounty prizes of the 2nd to 11th place finishers and surpasses Mathis' $7,934 in bounties ten-fold. The American poker pro cashed for $61,089 total, while third-place finisher Michal "houzhumi888" Wywrot earned the second-biggest payday of $67,358.
Vasylchenko fired just one entry and sold 50% of his action thanks to the inbuilt staking feature in the GGPoker client. Runner-up Mathis sold 3% of the action and sixth-place finisher "Internecik" also sold 26% as well. The nine-handed final table also featured Dominik Panka, Senthuran "Prodigal Sen" Vijayaratnam, and Stevan "Steve Austin" Chew.
Final Result WSOPC Event #11: $1,050 Bounty Hunters Championship
|Place||Winner||Country||Bounty Prize||Total Prize|
|1||Oleg "Ad Astra" Vasylchenko||Ukraine||$91,720||$145,005|
|2||Marty "RetremntFund" Mathis||United States||$7,934||$61,089|
|3||Michal "houzhumi888" Wywrot||Canada||$26,674||$67,358|
|8||Senthuran "Prodigal Sen" Vijayaratnam||Canada||$5,160||$15,782|
|9||Stevan "Steve Austin" Chew||Australia||$6,734||$14,854|
The Action of the Day
The action never really slowed down and among the first notables to fire four shells and come up short was Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt. Further well-known pros such as Dzmitry Urbanovich, Pascal Hartmann, Joao Simao, GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos, GGPoker GGSquad member Patrick "Egption" Tardif, Juan Pardo Dominguez, Stefan Schillhabel, Joao Vieira, Chris Moorman and Shyngis Satubayev followed.
After the registration had closed, just one-third of the field remained and a frantic race to the money bubble took place. With multiple all-in at the same time, Thomas "sandman2020" Taylor and Pavel Veksler were the last to depart without any portion of the cash pool. From thereon, the casualties kept coming at rapid speed once more and more than six dozen departed until the next scheduled break.
Dominik Panka emerged as one of the big stacks and remained near the top of the leaderboard for an extended period. Other notables were not as fortunate with Jan-Eric "PequenoPony" Schwippert, Ajay "Ross_Geller" Chabra, and Erwann Pecheux heading for the exit prior to the final five tables.
The 2020 WSOP $10,000 Main Event heads-up preparations of Damian Salas included yet another deep run in the virtual arena as he made it all the way to 33rd place, bowing out to Arkadiy "Kamsky" Tsinis in a blind battle. Ajay "Ross_Geller" Chabra then crashed out against Oleg "Ad Astra" Vasylchenko when a dominated suited ace failed to get there.
Three-way and even several four-way all-in showdowns followed and it was a sprint towards the final table which reduced the final three tables to the last nine contenders in fewer than 20 minutes total. Among those to come up short by just a few spots were Rainer Kempe, Vlad Martynenko, aforementioned Tsnis, Sparrow "FacelessMan" Cheung and Simon Lofberg.
Final Table Action
After a rush on the final three tables, Michal "houzhumi888" Wywrot entered the final nine with nearly two times as many chips as Marty "RetremntFund" Mathis. The blinds were rolled back by one full level to maintain an average of more than 40 big blinds, yet it took just three hands to get down to the final seven. In the blink of an eye, Stevan "Steve Austin" Chew busted to Vasylchenko and Senthuran "Prodigal Sen" Vijayaratnam followed suit moments later.
Vasylchenko claimed a second victim in "yammm" and Wyrot knocked out "Internecik" to get five-handed. Panka's roller-coaster ride ended in fifth place when Wyrot's nine-trey suited flopped trips versus ace-ten suited and the Canadian reigned supreme at the top of the leaderboard. Vasylchenko then gained the lead with a pivotal jam that got through and never surrendered the top spot anymore.
As a matter of fact, Vasylchenko earned the final three knockouts by getting the final chips in when his opponents were drawing dead to finish the tournament in dominating fashion.
That wraps up the PokerNews live updates for tonight but the WSOP Winter Online Circuit action continues in just a few days.