WPT WOC on PartyPoker Declares Main Event Winners

One of the largest and most expansive online poker tournament series this summer was a product of the World Poker Tour and its association with PartyPoker.

The partners first announced the WPT World Online Championships in June. It boasted of 12 WPT-branded events, but most of those offered three buy-in levels, and there were many more tournaments on the fuller schedule. The action would start in July and run into September.

Ultimately, the WPT made some changes to the schedule, such as changing the dates of its Main Event offerings. So as not to force players to choose between the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour, the WPT moved its Main Events further into September.

While the WPT WOC is still finishing up a few of its last events, the Main Event trio of tournaments is over. Let’s see who won these prestigious poker events.

Event 7: $109 WPT Main Event Micro World Championship

This event was the cheapest of the three Main Event tournaments, with its $100 + $9 buy-in, but it offered a substantial $1 million guarantee on the prize pool.

Quite a few players lined up to participate. After two starting flights and reentries finished, the number of entries came to 8,465. That number, however, did not meet the guarantee, so the WPT and PartyPoker had to make up the difference to set the prize pool at $1 million. That gave players an overlay of $153,500.

The top 1,304 players received at least $210 for playing, but the two finalists were set to win six-figure payouts.

Rarely does the chip leader going into the final table of online poker tournament win it, but it happened for Luiz Antonio Silva of Brazil. The final standings when it was over were as follows:

  • 1st place: Luiz Antonio Silva (Brazil) $148,985
  • 2nd place: Kim Heidemann (Denmark) $104,299
  • 3rd place: Yin Zhang (Luxembourg) $66,686
  • 4th place: Philipp Zeckai (Germany) $43,630
  • 5th place: Hamish Crawshaw (New Zealand) $29,770
  • 6th place: Andre Figueiredo (Brazil) $20,070
  • 7th place: Joris De Mass (Netherlands) $13,950
  • 8th place: PartyPoker Ambassador Patrick Leonard (UK) $10,450
  • 9th place: Anis Homaidan (Brazil) $8,540

Event 7: $1,050 WPT Main Event Mini World Championship

The Mini version of this finale required a $1,000 + $50 buy-in, which is not “mini” to most players. But it did have a $5 million guarantee on it.

Two starting days and reentries pulled in a total of 4,600 entries. That seems like a lot, but it was only enough to create a prize pool of $4.6 million. That left the hosts to produce another $400,000 to keep their promise to the players.

Out of that money, it appears that the top 600 players were paid at least $2,600 for their efforts. And in the end, another Brazilian took first place and topped the final table of:

  • 1st place: Renan Carlos Bruschi (Brazil) $504,583
  • 2nd place: Nichita Verbitchii (Moldova) $339,607
  • 3rd place: Arturs Balodis (Latvia) $535,269
  • 4th place: Liviu-Rodrig Bartha (UK) $472,867
  • 5th place: Freek Scholten (Austria) $153,750
  • 6th place: Janis Loze (Latvia) $104,450
  • 7th place: Romans Voitovs (Latvia) $73,550
  • 8th place: Ravil Tlimisov (Russia) $55,425
  • 9th place: Tobias Koerper (Germany) $45,600

The top four payouts are not in descending numerical order by finishing place because the four players made a deal during four-handed play. They each agreed to a certain payout based on their chip stacks at that time, and they continued to play for more money and the title.

Event 8: $10,300 WPT Main Event World Championship

This was the big one, the Main Event and highest buy-in of the trio. The winner would not only become a member of the WPT Champions Club, he or she would win an entry to the WPT Tournament of Champions and have his or her name engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

The buy-in was significant — $10,000 + $300 – but the guarantee was a giant $10 million.

When registration closed, it showed 1,011 players, which put the prize pool at $10.11 million, just over the guarantee. The top 136 players received at least $23,253 for playing, but everyone at the final table was guaranteed at least $127,386.

Final table play began with Damian Salas as the chipleader, and he made it all the way to third place, leaving Phil Mighall with 124.6 million chips to the 75.2 million of Teun Mulder. The two exchanged the lead at one point, but Mighall took it back and went into the final hand with 10-7 against the pocket aces of Mulder. But Mighall made a straight on the turn to win.

The win came with a WPT Champions Club membership and name on the cup, along with a special Hublot timepiece valued at $15,000, a set of Baccarat crystal tumblers, and a seat into the WPT Tournament of Champions.

  • 1st place: Phil Mighall (UK) $1,550,298
  • 2nd place: Teun Mulder (Netherlands) $1,396,968
  • 3rd place: Damian Salas (Argentina) $814,663
  • 4th place: Blaz Zerjav (Slovenia) $552,006
  • 5th place: Victor Simionato (Brazil) $391,257
  • 6th place: Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) $277,014
  • 7th place: Bert Stevens (UK) $194,112
  • 8th place: Akseli Paalanen (Finland) $153,672
  • 9th place: Laszlo Molnar (Hungary) $127,386

The final two players entered into a heads-up deal for most of the prize money before playing for the remainder of the cash and all of the prizes and the title.



Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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