The European part of the WSOP has started at GGPokerOk, in which 33 gold bracelets and tens of millions of prize money will be drawn.
The world series was opened by the cheapest tournament – The Return with a buy-in of $ 50 and a guarantee of $ 1,000,000. It began immediately from the second day, as flights to it took place in the last two weeks of July.
The event expectedly gathered a good turnout – 30,810 entries, which increased the prize pool by 40%. However, the record was not broken, last year more than 44,000 players registered for the Big 50.
Two Russians entered the final table of the first bracelet tournament at once: Ivan Zabiyakin and Sergey Sytnikov. It is noteworthy that at the start, both were in the lead in stacks, but failed to maintain the advantage. Sergey finished in 7th place with a prize money of $ 21,483, and Ivan was able to get into the top 4 and after an unsuccessful placement left the tournament with a payout of $ 67,937.
Another interesting point that never happened in WSOP events is the 10-figure stack. Vietnamese player Cuong Trinh was able to score 1,177,566,112 in chips, but lost in heads-up to Pole Bartlomej Swieboda. He took the first WSOP Online gold bracelet and $ 161,111 in prize money.
Another bracelet goes to Team Pro PartyPoker
The second $ 1,111 Caesars Cares was a charity event. Of the collected 1,584 registrations and $ 1,759,824 in prize money, 10% – $ 175,824 was donated.
This event attracted more professionals – for the first time for next bracelet were fighting such pros as Andras Nemeth, Elio Fox, Sergio Aido and the Brazilian representative of Team Pro PartyPoker Joao Simao.
Twenty participants advanced to the final day, with Joao dominating the stack. Until the heads-up, he did not fall below the second place in the chip count. In 3-max, Espen Sandvik knocked out Tom Shaham from the tournament and started a heads-up game with 27 million against 11 million for the Brazilian. But at the end Simao received the first gold bracelet with $ 206,000 in prize money.