Top poker rooms conclude their big event series at the end of September. While PokerStars struggled in vain against the DDoS attack that stopped the WCOOP main event, GGPoker and partypoker successfully staged the main events of their respective autumn series.
In terms of prize pool, the WSOP Online Main Event on PokerOK was the second biggest online event in history.
The third iteration of the online version of the World Series of Poker for non-U.S. players, which was created in 2020 as a forced substitute for the WSOP during the pandemic, was conducted on the GGPoker network. In a month and a half, 131,200 participants entered 33 bracelet events, for a total prize pool of $86,100,000.
The Main Event with a buy-in of $5,000 drew 4,984 participants, resulting in a prize pool of $23,674,000, exceeding the $20 million guarantee. It was not feasible to beat the 2020 world record ($27,557,500) in the same event, but it is an improvement over the $500,000 overlay from the previous year. Nine entry days, each with a freezeout structure, contributed to this outcome.
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Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson is the champion of the WSOP Online 2022 Main Event.
Swede Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson (107BB) and Finnish Samuel “€urop€an” Woosden (106BB) were the chip leaders at the final table (86BB). On PokerOK’s YouTube account, the final was televised live with Russian commentary; a tape is accessible here.
Mattsson was captain throughout the duration and never surrendered the chip lead. Woosden was thought to be his opponent in heads-up play, but he lost two major pots to a Thai amateur high roller called Kannapong Tanarratrakul in the top four (first the Finn was caught with a tiny flush, and then his sixes failed to hold up in an all-in versus AJ).
The warning lasted a half-hour and concluded with C.Darwin2 being outnumbered. In the last hand, he closed the two-way pot on the turn, and Kannapong, holding top pair and a higher flush draw, bet all three streets and called all-in on the river. Mattson won the event by calling. His online MTT wins total $27,627,871, and he ranks first on PocketFives’ all-time high-scoring list, strengthening his lead above fellow countryman Niklas “Lena900” Astridt.
Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson is a biologist.
WSOP Online Main Event Payout at the Final Table in 2022
:SE Mattsson, Simon “C.Darwin2” – $2,793,575:THE Kannapong “Sakooh” Tanarattrakul – $2,094,885:CN Feng Zhao – $1,510,941:FI Samuel “€urop€an” Wusden – $1,178,040: HU Istvan “Wohooooooooo” Briski – $883,404:CN Yanfei “aoteman1888” Chi – $662,460: US Jordan “Felix Argyle” Spurlin – $496,774:GB Sprowson, Oliver “SpracesAces” – $372,530:CA $279,358 for Tim BeardOilGuy Rutherford
Preben Stokkan wins the partypoker MILLIONS Online main event (+$391,731).
The partypoker MILLIONS Online main event on the same night attracted far fewer participants: 763 players for $3,200 and a prize pool of $2,290,000. (the guarantee was also beaten, though). There were even more stars at the final, including Adrian Mateos, Ole Schemion, Jans Ahrens, and Elis Parmsinen.
Preben Stokkan of Norway, who also triumphed on PokerOK, started the final table with the largest chip stack, 187 BB. On his journey to the championship, he eliminated five opponents and defeated Parssinen in heads-up play.
In the final hand, each player had about 100B. On the preflop, the Finnish player opened with 6d:8h, while the Norwegian player defended with 7h:5h. Before the turn:7d:5h:js Stokkan played a check-raise with two pairs and proceeded to bet on the turn (6c) and river (Qh) by placing wagers. Stokkan nearly didn’t hesitate to call Parssinen’s overbet all-in with an undrawn two-pair after Parssinen’s all-in raise with a two-pair. After that, the Finnish player had fewer than 10B remaining, which he promptly lost in preflop.
Final table payouts for the partypoker MILLIONS Online main event
:NO Preben Stokkan – $391,731:FI Alice Parssinen – $270,214:DE Ole Schemion – $186,169:MT Taco De Goede – $122,164:CA Alexander Raymond is worth $84,186. Yannick Schumacher – $65,365:AT Lars Kamphuis – $51,856:ES Adrian Mateos – $41,408:AT Jans Arends – $32,972