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More Than $34 Million Paid Out Through First 13 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events

Ami Barer, Dimitar Danchev, and David Yan Among Big Winners Over Past Week


The 2022 World Series of Poker Online has been running for more than a fortnight now, with 13 bracelets awarded so far on GGpoker, the international online partner of the WSOP. There will be 33 bracelets in total awarded on that site in 22, with another 33 scheduled for for players in Nevada and New Jersey.

More than $34 million in prize money has already been paid out through the 13 completed events with reported results, with 72,569 total entries made so far. That means the average prize pool per event so far has been larger than $2.6 million, with the mean turnout being 5,582 entries per tournament.

Card Player recapped the first six events of the series last week. Below is a look at the results from events 7-13.

Event 7 – $210 Million Dollar Mystery Bounty No-Limit Hold’em

The three largest guarantees of the series, outside of the $20 million promised prize pool on the main event, were all attached to events that finished since our first update. The $210 buy-in ‘Million Dollar Mystery Bounty’ no-limit hold’em event sported a monstrous $10,000,000 guarantee, with $1 million for one lucky bounty ticket holder.

That seven-figure bounty was drawn by two-time bracelet winner Scott Ball. Apparently, the magnitude of his lucky pull didn’t hit Ball right away.

Tapio VihakasThis event drew a mammoth field of 51,003 entries, surpassing the $10 million guarantee to create a final prize pool of $10,200,600. The top 4,800 finishers made the money, earning a share of the main prize pool. Thousands of players cashed for triple-digit paydays in this event, but only the top five turned their $210 buy-in into six-figure scores from the main prize pool.

In the end, Finland’s Tapio Vihakas was the last bounty hunter standings. Vihakas earned $367,953 in total prize money and his first WSOP gold bracelet as the champion. Japan’s Hyunsup Kim took home $278,450 as the runner-up.

Other notables who made deep runs included 2016 WSOP main event sixth-place finisher Kenny Hallaert (88th), 2018 WSOP main event seventh-place finisher Alexander Lynskey (60th), and high-stakes online tournament crusher Niklas Astedt (49th).

Here is a look at the final table results:

Place Player Total Earnings (Includes Bounties)
1 Tapio Vihakas $367,953
2 Hyunsup Kim $278,450
3 Vincent Huang $200,290
4 Mark Waal $153,376
5 Diogo Ferreira Da Silva $119,819
6 Timo de Smet $92,350
7 Kubanychbek Abakirov $76,429
8 Rytis Strigunas $51,110
9 Alexey Solntsev $76,870

Vihakas photo credit: Danny Maxwell / PokerStars.

Event 8 – $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship

Pieter AertsThe next event to wrap was the prestigious $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em six-handed championship. A tough field of 430 entries turned out, building a prize pool of more than $2 million. Belgium’s Pieter Aerts emerged victorious, capturing his first gold bracelet and the top payout of $400,213.

This was the largest recorded tournament score of Aerts’ career. The win saw him become just the third Belgian player ever to win a WSOP bracelet, following in the footsteps of four-time winner Michael Gathy and three-time winner Davidi Kitai.

As one might expect with a buy-in this high, there were plenty of big names among the final handful of tables in this event, including 2019 WSOP main event runner-up Dario Sammartino (31st), two-time bracelet winner Juha Helppi (27th), European Poker Tour Sochi main event winner Artur Martirosian (16th), and recent bracelet winner Stefan Schillhabel (14th).

Here is a look at the final table results:

Place Player Earnings
1 Pieter Aerts $400,213
2 Unknown Player $289,362
3 Christopher Puetz $209,214
4 Yakov Nestervov $151,266
5 Ioannis Konstas $109,369
6 Benjamin Miner $79,076

Event 9 – $525 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha

Ami BarerThe first non-hold’em event of the series was the $525 buy-in pot-limit Omaha bounty tournament. Canada’s Ami Barer topped a field of 1,142 total entries, securing his first bracelet and $60,889 in total earnings, with $23,711 in main prize pool money and another $37,178 in bounty payouts.

Barer now has more than $4 million in recorded tournament earnings to his name, with his largest victory being the $1.4 million he took home as the champion of the 2014 Aussie Millions main event.

There was plenty of tough competition to contend with down the stretch for Barer, with the likes of 2021 WSOP $25,000 event champion Tyler Cornell (30th), Kenny Hallaert (27th), Niklas Astedt (20th), bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion Dylan Linde (19th).

Bracelet winner and 2013 One Drop High Roller runner-up Chris Klodnicki finished third for $41,439 in total payouts.

Here is a look at the final table results:

Place Player Total Earnings (Includes Bounties)
1 Ami Barer $60,889
2 Elias Harala $27,557
3 Chris Klodnicki $41,439
4 Marcel Brunner $23,279
5 Mikhail Yakovlev $14,827
6 Nir Amar $14,297
7 Markku Koplimaa $10,935
8 Arkadiusz Liszewski $4,843
9 Alexandru Baron $3,717

Event 10 – $10,000 Heads-Up NLH Championship

Dimitar DanchevThe high rollers were out in full force for another five-figure buy-in affair. This time around, the game was heads-up no-limit hold’em, and the cost to enter was $10,000. A total of 97 entries were made, with only the elite eight making the money. Dimitar Danchev was the only player to win each and every one of his one-on-one matches in this tournament. The 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event winner earned $327,668 and his first WSOP gold bracelet as the champion.

Danchev increased his recorded lifetime earnings to more than $6.3 million with this victory. As a result, he has further extended his lead as Bulgaria’s all-time tournament earnings leader with nearly $3 million more in earnings than his nearest competitor, Ognyan Dimov ($3,284,771). Danchev also became just the 10th player from his home country to have won a bracelet.

Other big names to make the money in this event include Spanish high-stakes regular Sergi Reixach (quarter-finalist), Thomas Muhlocker (quarter-finalist), bracelet winner Shota Nakanishi (semi-finalist), and Dario Sammartino (semi-finalist). Valeriano Toledano took home $187,239 as the runner-up to Danchev.

Here is a look at the results:

Finish Player Earnings
Champion Dimitar Danchev $327,668
Finalist Valeriano “pikkKsuleln” Toledano $187,239
Semi-finalist Dario Sammartino $93,620
Semi-finalist Shota “wasabijoyu” Nakanishi $93,620
Quarter-finalist Istvan Varga $58,512
Quarter-finalist Thomas Muehloecker $58,512
Quarter-finalist Sergi Reixach $58,512
Quarter-finalist Gabor Szabo $58,512

Event 11 – $400 DOUBLE STACK Bounty No-Limit Hold’em

Gustavo MastelottoThe price of poker went down considerably from event 10 to event 11. The ‘DOUBLE STACK’ bounty no-limit hold’em event cost just $400 per entry. When registration had officially closed, 3,550 entries had been made, resulting in a prize pool of $1,349,000.

The top 440 finishers made the money, but nobody earned a larger payday than eventual winner Gustavo Mastelotto. The Brazilian player took home $106,562 in total prize money, with $55,064 in bounty payouts and the remaining $51,498 coming from the main prize pool.

This was Mastelotto’s largest recorded cash yet, topping the $33,363 he earned for a 70th-place finish in the 2020 WPT World Online Championships.

Mastelotto was far from the only Brazilian player in the mix deep in this event. In fact, nine of the top 15 finishers were playing under the Brazilian flag.

Here is a look at the final table results:

Place Player *Total Earnings (Includes Bounties)
1 Gustavo Mastelotto $106,562
2 Kasparas Klezys $76,265
3 Heung Kin $43,115
4 Guilherme Vigario $33,392
5 Gabriel Schroeder $23,725
6 Eyal Alksnis $16,712
7 Paulo Pavim $17,674
8 Franco Spitale $13,353
9 Felipe Morelli $9,323

Event 12 – $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller NLH

David YanIn keeping with this week’s trend of alternating high and low buy-in tournaments, the schedule swung back towards the nosebleed levels for event 12, the $10,000 Super MILLION$ high roller no-limit hold’em event. The tournament featured a massive $5,000,000 guarantee, which was easily surpassed when 593 entries were made to build a final prize pool of $5,752,100.

As a result, the top prize in this event swelled to just shy of $1 million. It was New Zealand’s David Yan who came away with the title and that top payout of $985,565. This was the largest recorded score of his career, increasing his lifetime earnigns to more than $2.5 million.

Yan is having quite the month. At the EPT Barcelona festival earlier in August he finished fourth in one €50,000 buy-in event for $324,275, then placed second a few days later in another tournament at the same price point for an additional $619,565.

The final table featured a number of big names, including four-time bracelet winner David Peters (6th), and Pieter Aerts (3rd), fresh off his win in the six-max event.

Here is a look at the final table results:

Place Player Earnings
1 David Yan $985,565
2 Zhewen Hu $759,974
3 Pieter Aerts $586,020
4 Istvan Briski $451,883
5 Aliaksandr Hirs $348,450
6 David Peters $268,691
7 Rodrigo Sirichuk $207,189
8 Rodrigo Selouan $159,765
9 Roman Hrabec $123,195

Yan photo credit: Carlos Monti / PokerStars.


Markus PrinzGermany’s Markus Prinz already had more than $1.3 million in recorded tournament earnings to his name, but that likely didn’t detract from his excitement when he took down the online version of the $1,500 buy-in ‘MILLIONAIRE MAKER’ no-limit hold’em tournament for a massive payday of $1,188,098 and his first gold bracelet.

This was the largest score yet for Prinz, whose previous top payout came when he finished fourth in the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America main event for $624,000.

The event attracted 4,706 entries, resulting in a $6,706,050 prize pool that was paid out among the top 584 finishers. Notables who made it deep included Niklas Astedt (247th – $3,794) and two-time bracelet winner Chris Moorman (31st – $11,078) also finished with a profit.

Here is a look at the final table results:

Place Player Earnings
1 Markus Prinz $1,188,098
2 Krzysztof Dulowski $850,793
3 FreeMars $609,252
4 Mikhail Zavoloka $436,285
5 Tyler Smith $312,424
6 Luis Dorneles $223,727
7 Alex Kulev $160,211
8 Dalton Hobold $114,727
9 Kelvin Kerber $82,155

Prinz photo credit: partypoker LIVE.