Swedish player earns $1,019,082 in the 2020 EPT Online Finale
The first-ever all-online festival in the history of the European Poker Tour came to an end Wednesday, with a Swedish online grinder taking home the biggest prize awarded in the series.
Playing from Sweden, ‘WhatIfGod’ came away with the win in Event #16: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Main Event, making it through a loaded final table to come away with a $1,019,082 first-place prize. ‘WhatIfGod’ denied Timothy ‘Tim0thee’ Adams (2nd – $728,633) in the heads-up finale.
A total of 1,304 entries registered for the Main Event, with the fourth and final day of the tournament playing out as the last 2020 EPT Online event to finish. The seven-figure win for ‘WhatIfGod’ marked the biggest payday awarded across the 20-event EPT Online schedule.
Huge pot in final hand cooler goes to ‘WhatIfGod’
The heads-up finale appeared poised to play out as a marathon, with both players going into two-handed play with upwards of 75 big blinds each. Just seven hands into the duel, however, ‘WhatIfGod’ secured the win.
The final hand started with the blinds at 1,000,000/2,000,000, with both Adams (136,779,382) and ‘WhatIfGod’ (185,720,618) still holding plenty of chips to play with after posting the blinds. Adams, with A♠9♦, opened to 4.4 million, ‘WhatIfGod’ three-bet to 16 million with A♦T♣, and Adams made the call.
The flop came 4♥A♥6♠, ‘WhatIfGod’ bet 8 million, and Adams made the call. The turn fell 8♠, ‘WhatIfGod’ checked, Adams bet 15.94 million and got a call from ‘WhatIfGod’ to take the action to the river.
The river came A♣, a disastrous card for Adams who then had trip aces, with his opponent holding the same hand with a superior kicker. Adams shoved for 97,839,382 and saw the bad news when ‘WhatIfGod’ snap-called, clinching the win.
Other big names at the final table
The final table included a fierce lineup of poker pros. David ‘MissOracle’ Yan (3rd – $ 520,966) capped off an incredible week of online scores with a third-place finish for more than a half-million dollars.
Yan finished fifth in the GGPoker High Rollers Week Super MILLION$ Main Event Tuesday for a $342,187 score. Yan’s EPT Online Main Event run came to an end at the hands of Adams to set up the deep-stacked heads-up finale.
Finnish player ‘tikidiii’ (4th – $372,485) entered final table play as the tournament chip leader, eventually coming away with a sizable six-figure score in a fourth-place finish.
Other top finishers included Viacheslav ‘VbV1990’ Buldygin (5th – $266,323), Enio ‘Bozzano JNR’ Bozzano (6th – $190,419), and Andreas ‘daskalos20’ Christoforou (7th – $136,147).
All of the top seven finishers came away with at least six-figure paydays. Rounding out the final nine were Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet (8th – $97,344) and Kazakstan’s ‘vip25459’ (9th – $78,797).
2020 EPT Online Wraps Up
COVID-19 forced the cancellation of several European Poker Tour events throughout 2020. In response, the EPT and PokerStars moved the EPT online for the first time ever.
The 2020 EPT Online stayed true to the traditional schedule used in land-based EPT events. The Main Event prize pool of $6,520,000 far surpassed the guarantee of $5 million.
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