PokerStars 2020 EPT Online Exceeds Expectations

PokerStars 2020 EPT Online Exceeds Expectations

PokerStars has been in a similar position as many other hosts of live poker tours. The European Poker Tour was just one of its series that PokerStars had to put on hold in 2020 without any idea of when it may be safe to restart.

The good thing for PokerStars is that it has its very own platform on which to run the tournaments online.

Last month, the leading global online poker site announced that it would offer the first-ever EPT Online in November. There were 20 tournaments, a cumulative series guarantee of $20 million, and official EPT trophies to send to every winner.

Players responded positively.

Overall Numbers

PokerStars delivered some final numbers from the EPT Online and the Mini EPT Online, the version that offered buy-ins of 1/10 the price.

–Prize money awarded: $21,226,100 ($20M GTD)

–Prize money awarded in Mini EPT: $5,534,706 ($3.3M GTD)

–Total entries: 13,222

–Total entries in Mini EPT: 278,874

–Players winning multiple events: 1 (Bert “girafganger7” Stevens won 2 events)

Main Event Champions

The EPT Online Main Event in the regular series brought in a strong crowd for the $5,200 buy-in tournament, so strong that the prize pool far exceeded the $5 million guarantee. The 8-max tournament ran from November 15-18 with these totals and results.

–Total entries: 1,304

–Total prize pool: $6.52 million

As usual with an EPT final table, the Main Event found names like apestyles, MissOracle, and Tim0thee in the virtual seats. It was the latter who made it to heads-up against WhatIfGod from Sweden. Despite Tim0thee’s experience and skills, WhatIfGod emerged victorious after starting two-handed play with nearly even stacks.

1st place:  WhatIfGod (Sweden) $1,019,081.90

2nd place:  Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams (Canada) $728,632.82

3rd place:  David “MissOracle” Yan (New Zealand) $520,965.60

4th place:  tikidiii (Finland) $372,484.99

5th place:  Viacheslav “VdV1990” Buldygin (Russia) $266,323.09

6th place:  Enio “Bozzano JNR” Bozzano (Brazil) $190,418.55

7th place:  Andreas “daskalos20” Christoforou (Netherlands) $136,147.38

8th place:  Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet (Canada) $97,344.25

9th place:  vip25459 (Kazakhstan) $78,796.80

As for the Mini EPT Main Event with its $55 buy-in, it was a smash hit. It also surpassed its guarantee of $500K, leaving it in the virtual dust.

–Total entries: 18,412

–Total prize pool: $920,600

In the end, a player from Russia named edyvpakistan won the title and $79,139 in prize money.

Newest EPT Champions

From the main series, the tournament fields and final tables were exciting. And it all led to these results:

Event 1:  $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Arena Championship ($1.5M GTD)

  • Total entries: 2,426
  • Total prize pool: $2,426,000
  • Winner: DON JOHAN (Norway) $356,768.52


Event 2:  $10,300 PLO 6-Max High Roller ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 70
  • Total prize pool: $700,000
  • Winner: Ka Kwan “kaju85” Lau (Andorra) $188,937.72


Event 3:  $5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 131
  • Total prize pool: $655,000
  • Winner: David “MonkeyBausss” Laka (Georgia) $143,566.75


Event 4:  $530 NLHE ($350K GTD)

  • Total entries: 1,139
  • Total prize pool: $569,500
  • Winner: Tatiana “Mysters_Y” Barausova (Russia) $74,950.93


Event 5:  $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Win the Button ($200K GTD)

  • Total entries: 238
  • Total prize pool: $238,000
  • Winner: Claas “Ssick_OnE” Segebrecht (Austria) $45,764.53


Event 6:  $10,300 NLHE 8-Max High Roller ($1M GTD)

  • Total entries: 109
  • Total prize pool: $1,090,000
  • Winner: Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski (Belarus) $222,453.76


Event 7:  $2,100 NLHE 8-Max ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 334
  • Total prize pool: $668,000
  • Winner: Daniel “SmilleThHero” Smiljkovic (Austria) $114,489.72


Event 8:  $2,100 NLHE 8-Max ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 244
  • Total prize pool: $500,000
  • Winner: Bert “girafganger7” Stevens (UK) $87,983.55


Event 9:  $5,200 8-Game Mix High Roller ($250K GTD)

  • Total entries: 51
  • Total prize pool: $255,000
  • Winner: RaulGonzalez (Germany) $100,050


Event 10:  $25K NLHE 8-Max Super High Roller ($2M GTD)

  • Total entries: 81
  • Total prize pool: $2 million
  • Winner: Eelis “EEE27” Parssinen (Finland) $539,819.40


Event 11:  $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Deep Stacks ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 637
  • Total prize pool: $637,000
  • Winner: Daan “DanOss” Mulders (Netherlands) $111,184.24


Event 12:  $1,050 NLHE 6-Max ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 733
  • Total prize pool: $733,000
  • Winner: Fabian “!$eveeeeeeen!” Gumz (Austria) $107,342.60


Event 13:  $10,300 NLHE 6+ Hold’em 6-Max High Roller ($400K GTD)

  • Total entries: 41
  • Total prize pool: $410,000
  • Winner: Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood (Canada) $177,598.65


Event 14:  $215 NLHE EPT Online Cup ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 2,833
  • Total prize pool: $566,600
  • Winner: Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche (UK) $82,093.08


Event 15:  $10,300 NLHE 6-Max Turbo High Roller ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 69
  • Total prize pool: $690,000
  • Winner: Bert “girafganger7” Stevens (UK) $186,237.73


Event 16:  $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Main Event ($5M GTD)

  • Total entries: 1,304
  • Total prize pool: $6,520,000
  • Winner: WhatIfGod (Sweden) $1,019,081.90


Event 17:  $2,100 PLO 6-Max ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 286
  • Total prize pool: $572,000
  • Winner: Jens “Jeans89” Kyllonen (Finland) $109,181.43


Event 18:  $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Turbo ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 818
  • Total prize pool: $818,000
  • Winner: Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha (Brazil) $82,093.08


Event 19:  $530 NLHE 8-Max ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 1,000
  • Total prize pool: $500,000
  • Winner: Dani “danipesis” Palau (Mexico) $71,852.02


Event 20:  $1,050 NLHE Last Chance ($500K GTD)

  • Total entries: 678
  • Total prize pool: $572,000
  • Winner: Damian “pampa27” Salas (Argentina) $117,474.63


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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