Everybody loves big tournaments and big prize pools. But exciting poker takes place at all levels, all around the world, live and online. Here’s a smattering of big victories, hand selected by our CardsChat News team, for the week ending Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021:
$10K Super MILLION$
Bonomo, who currently ranks second all-time on the money list of winningest players, added $430,646 to his bankroll by winning the weekly $10,300 Super Millions on GGPoker, besting a field of 213. The likely future Poker Hall of Famer outlasted a tough final table that included fellow high-stakes superstar Nick Petrangelo. GGPoker’s Sunday Millions tourney has been running for nearly nine months now, and in 15 appearances, Bonomo has cashed four times, including a third-place finish in November.
MSPT Poker Bowl V Main Event
Venetian, Las Vegas
The Mid-States Poker Tour rolled into Las Vegas for their annual $1,100 buy-in Super Bowl weekend event and drew 908 entries, split over two Day 1s. On Day 2, Oshana, a mechanical engineer and low-stakes reg at Bay 101 in San Jose, California, muscled his way through a 15-hour marathon in a field littered with pros. Thanks in part to his busting out poker pro and coach Tim Reilly with KK > AA, Oshana entered the final table as the clear big stack and continued to bully everyone around him. Eventually, the final four settled on a deal, with Oshana, who previously had just $21k on his Hendon Mob resume, taking the title and the largest share of the prize-pool.
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker Main Event
The Amateur Poker Association and Tour wrapped up its inaugural micro-stakes WCOAP online series, designed for recreational players who don’t make their sole income from poker, with a $109 main event. Blye, a Canadian “amateur,” beat 1,750 other players to take the title. He has 33 previous cashes for more than $263k in live and online earnings, but this was his first tournament victory.
RPT Belarus – Under Pressure Event
LOL Russians. With most of Europe still on lockdown, the Russian Poker Tour hosted what appears to be a masks optional, no-plexiglass live series in Belarus. And one of the events, the “Under Pressure” progressive knockout tournament, was played with smoke from dry ice cloaking the final table. Though special effects created amusement as players waved away vapor clouds so they could see their cards. Rudnev, a Russian who enjoyed a deep run at EPT Sochi last year and won a $333 NLH Top Event in Minsk on the Belarus Poker Tour last month (for $915), emerged victorious. Have a look for yourself at this unusual event. Think it will catch on?