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There’s been a lot happening in international poker and while the World Poker Tour (WPT) stop in Korea and the Asia Pacific Tour (APT) Philippines Championships II kept the live felts alive with action, online poker was equally eventful with several major international series running to their conclusion.
At 888poker, the 2018 XL Eclipse series saw its $1 Million Main Event culminate with Ukrainian pro Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovskyi emerging the winner among 710 entries to win a payout of $187,500.
Finland’s Sami ‘LARSLUZAK1’ Kelopuro took down the partypoker Powerfest SHR $1Million GTD Championship Event for $317,190, posting the biggest win on the closing day of the 2018 partypoker Powerfest, while PokerStars’ recently concluded the ‘Galactic Series’ for players of shared liquidity pool in southern Europe that proved a huge success and it was French players who dominated the series.
The 2018 888poker XL Eclipse series concluded its $1,000,000 Main Event with Ukrainian pro Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovskyi crushing the 710-entry field to take away $187,500.
Many well-known 888poker ambassadors featured in the Main Event. While Dominik ‘888Dominik’ Nitsche (118th) and Chris ‘888Moorman’ Moorman (247th) busted empty-handed, Parker ‘888tonkaaaa’ Talbot (37thfor $4,000), and Sofia ‘sofialovgren’ Lovgren (40th for $4,000) finished in the money.
Following the end of the late registration, 90 places were slated to receive payouts, and ‘pullztrigger’ became the bubble boy.
The nine-handed final table commenced with Simon ‘Isildur1337x’ Mattsson as the chip leader.
Final Table Recap
The first to depart from the final table was ‘NumbeeerONE’ who lost most of his chips to Simon ‘Isildur1337x’ Mattsson when his ace-queen ran into the latter’s pocket rockets. A few hands later, ‘NumbeeerONE’ moved all-in with king-nine against ‘wisimaki’s ace-king and was eliminated in ninth place.
Next to go was ‘Kamcumir’ when their nut flush draw failed to hit against Mattsson’s top pair of queens, resulting in ‘Kamcumir’s eighth place exit.
‘varonislv’ jammed from small blind with pocket tens and found a caller in Mattsson who held ace-king. The flop kept ‘varonislv’ in the lead but Mattsson picked up a pair of kings on the turn ending ‘varonislv’s run in seventh place.
A level after the final table had started, ‘wisimaki’ shoved all-in with pocket fives and Mattsson called with ten-seven. A ten on the flop gave Mattsson the lead, which he maintained on the rundown, railing ‘wisimaki’ in sixth place.
Finishing in fifth place was Felipe ‘mr.salgado’ Salgado when he moved all-in with ace-seven and Rafael ‘nitGMmator’ Moraes called with ace-queen. The flop brought a queen on the window giving Moraes a pair of queens, ending Salgado’s run in the tournament.
Down to four-handed play, ‘StuntSoHard’ pushed all-in with ace-jack and was called by Mattsson holding ace-queen. The board missed both players and Mattsson’s queen kicker knocked out ‘StuntSoHard’ in fourth place.
Rafael ‘nitGMmator’ Moraes played wisely throughout the event, but eventually found himself in a cooler situation when he moved all-in with ace-queen as Mattsson woke up with pocket aces. The community cards were of no help to Moraes, who bowed out in third place.
The heads-up play between Simon ‘Isildur1337x’ Mattsson and Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovskyi lasted almost three blind levels with the chip lead changing hands several times. In the end, Romanovskyi’s pocket rockets sent Mattsson to the rail in the runner-up spot as Romanovskyi claimed the title and the top prize of $187,500.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovskyi – $187,500
2. Simon ‘Isildur1337x’ Mattsson – $135,000
3. Rafael ‘nitGMmator’ Moraes – $100,000
4. StuntSoHard – $75,000
5. Felipe ‘mr.salgado’ Salgado – $52,500
6. wisimaki – $42,500
7. varonislv – $32,500
8. Kamcumir – $22,500
9. NumbeeerONE – $14,100
The 2018 partypoker Powerfest came to a thundering close with a slew of tournaments running to their culmination on September 23. Finnish pro Sami ‘LARSLUZAK1’ Kelopuro emerged as the biggest winner on the closing day, by winning the Powerfest SHR: $1Million GTD Championship Event. Kelopuro beat ‘A3pTEH’ to runner up place and claimed the top prize of $317,190.
A total of 670 events played out as part of the online poker series and a whopping $69,106,263 in prize money was awarded. On the final day, more than $6.8 Million were awarded across 35 events.
There were many thrilling moments on the virtual felts and surpassing the expectations in terms of participation were two $1Million GTD Championship Events that smashed their guarantee.
The Powerfest SHR featured a $5,200 buy-in and saw 327 entrants making their way to the online felts. A prize pool of $1,635,000 was generated and 48 players eventually made it in the money with the minimum assured $10,727.
Team partypoker’s Kristen ‘Krissyb24’ Bicknell missed the money and busted in 50th place, while Joni “JJouhki” Jouhkimainen (30th for $13,897) managed to pick up a score.
partypoker shared on Twitter, details of Kelopuro’s win and the other events that culminated on the final day.
The final day of #POWERFEST saw us pay out more than $6.8 million, including a massive $317K score to Finnish superstar Sami Kelopuro. Read our recap of the final day’s action by clicking this link: https://t.co/xqMHJhB5fx 18+. Play responsibly. begambleaware pic.twitter.com/G5jTTiSx9s
— partypoker (@partypoker) September 24, 2018
Final Table Recap
Eight players made it to the final table of the SHR: $1Million GTD Championship Event and all of them were in the money for $30,411. ‘Sheparentao’ was the first to exit in eighth place, and was followed by ubicaprofi, PickYouOFF and Oliver ‘sk2ll_m0dR’ Weis in seventh, sixth and fifth places respectively.
‘BuyThaPot’ was eliminated in fourth place and ‘NoLoitering’ finished in third place, leaving ‘A3PTEH’ and Kelopuro to fight it out for the title. Eventually Kelopuro claimed the lead and defeated ‘A3PTEH’ to win the title..
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Sami ‘LarsLuzak1’ Kelopuro – $317,190
2. A3PTEH – $228,900
3. NoLoitering – $158,595
4. BuyThaPot – $113,632
5. Oliver ‘sk2ll_m0dR’ Weis – $80,932
6. PickYouOFF – $60,004
7. ubicaprofi – $41,692
8. Sheparentao – $30,41
The Galactic Series hosted by PokerStars for its players in the newly joined south Europe shared liquidity market ran successfully from August 26 to September 13. Featuring 186 events, the online series drew in a total of 50,612 players and saw the overall prize money guarantee crushed by €2 Million with €16,973,768 given out in prize money.
Headlining the series was the €1.5 Million GTD Main Event that attracted 6,430 entries and was the largest single event guarantee to be hosted in the shared liquidity market. French players dominated the felts at the Galactic Series, winning a total of 42 events across the schedule.
Players from Spain claimed 30 event titles and Portugal players won 20 events. ‘SpadeJack10’ won the series’ opening event, the Sunday Warm-Up for €24,864, while the final event i.e. the Midnight Express was taken down by ‘eduardo7673’ of Portugal, who banked €6,988 for his efforts.
“Sharing liquidity among these three markets continues to allow us to offer our players the most attractive tournaments with the biggest guarantees,”Severin Rasset, director of Poker Innovation & Operations at The Stars Group (TSG) stated.
Sunday Special hosted on September 2 was another popular tournament and the participation crushed the €350,000 guarantee by a big margin of €20,000. On September 13, Super Thursday event saw its €150,000 guarantee being exceeded by nearly €100,000. There were also several €10 Classico events as part of the series’ roster and the events proved to be a big hit, drawing 15,000 entries across the three Sunday editions.