Mighall Masters WPT WOC Main Event and Series Ends
One of the longest online poker series of the summer wrapped this week, as the World Poker Tour crowned the final major WPT winner of the World Online Championships on PartyPoker. A full 71 days of online poker history is in the books.
On a serious note, it was bittersweet, as this week also marked the celebration of Mike Sexton’s life, an online tribute organized and hosted by the World Poker Tour. One of the original believers in the WPT, Sexton was an integral part of its organization, its rise, and its longevity. The WPT family – and the poker community as a whole – mourned his loss and celebrated his life together this week.
Poker must go on, though, as Sexton would likely have it no other way.
So, the WPT WOC played on to its conclusion with the last of its 12 WPT-branded tournaments this week. What started in mid-July finally ran its course.
Previously, we tracked the first half of the series with these recaps:
–Events 1 and 2: Paul Tedeschi and Alex Manzano win
–Events 3 and 4: Gavin Cochrane and Nick Petrangelo win
–Events 5 and 6: Daniel Smyth and Andrey Kotelnikov win
Let’s see how the remainder of the series played out.
Event 7: WPT NLHE Mini and Micro Main Events
To this point, other tournaments offered three buy-in levels per event. Each had a micro version, mini, and regular. Event 7 strayed from the norm to just combine the micro and mini versions of the WPT WOC Main Event.
These two events were separated from the main Main Event, as the latter started later and played out over more days. The micro and mini offered the standard two days of starting flights, with the micro playing out in three full days and the mini taking a bit longer.
Buy-in: $109 (Micro)
Total entries: 8,465
Total prize pool: $1 million ($153,500 overlay)
Paid players: 1,304
Minimum payout: $210
1st place: Luiz Antonio Silva (Brazil) $148,985
2nd place: Kim Heidemann (Denmark) $104,299
3rd place: Yin Zhang (Luxembourg) $66,686
4th place: Philipp Zeckai (Germany) $43,630
5th place: Hamish Crawshaw (New Zealand) $29,770
6th place: Andre Figueiredo (Brazil) $20,070
7th place: Joris De Baas (Netherlands) $13,950
8th place: Patrick Leonard (UK) $10,450
9th place: Anis Homaidan (Brazil) $8,540
We have a #WPTWOC Micro Main Event Champion!
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) September 2, 2020
Buy-in: $1,050 (Mini)
Total entries: 4,600
Total prize pool: $5 million ($400K overlay)
Paid players: 600
Minimum payout: $2,600
1st place: Renan Carlos Bruschi (Brazil) $504,583
2nd place: Nichita Verbitchii (Moldova) $339,607
3rd place: Arturs Balodis (Latvia) $535,269
4th place: Liviu-Rodrig Bartha (UK) $472,867
5th place: Freek Scholten (Austria) $153,750
6th place: Janis Loze (Latvia) $104,450
7th place: Romans Voitovs (Latvia) $73,550
8th place: Ravil Tlimisov (Russia) $55,425
9th place: Tobias Koerper (Germany) $45,600
It is important to note that the payouts for the top four players in the Mini version show uneven payouts because they came to a payout agreement during four-handed play. The amounts were based on chip stacks at the time, but they played on and changed the dynamic before the tournament ended.
Congrats to Renan Carlos Bruschi 🇧🇷 for shipping the #WPTWOC Mini Main Event and $504,582 👏
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) September 9, 2020
Event 8: WPT World Championship NLHE Main Event
This was the big one, the finale that wasn’t actually the final tournament in the series. It was a big deal nonetheless, complete with a $10K buy-in and a WPT title on the line. This tournament played out over four days with a livestreamed final table.
Total entries: 1,011
Total prize pool: $10,110,000 (surpassing $10M GTD)
Paid players: 136
Minimum payout: $23,253
1st place: Phil Mighall (UK) $1,550,298
2nd place: Teun Mulder (Netherlands) $1,396,968
3rd place: Damian Salas (Netherlands) $814,663
4th place: Blaz Zerjav (Slovenia) $552,006
5th place: Victor Simionato (Brazil) $391,257
6th place: Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) $277,014
7th place: Bert Stevens (UK) $194,112
8th place: Akseli Paalanen (Finland) $153,672
9th place: Laszlo Molnar (Hunbary) $127,386
Meet the newest WPT Champion, Phil Mighall (@PhilRoyal888)! 🇬🇧
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) September 19, 2020
Event 9: WPT NLHE Heads-Up Championship
This event offered three buy-in levels and caps on all of them, as is customary for heads-up tournaments.
The micro offering capped the field at 1,024 players for its $33 affair, though it found only 985 players. That still surpassed the $20K guarantee to create a prize pool of $29,550. The top 127 players received payouts, but it only 16 of them made it through to the final day. The final round saw Zhanar Shayakova take on Malte Kebler, and the latter won for $5,910.
The mini version of the heads-up action limited the field to 512 players for the $320 buy-in, though only 333 turned up. That put $99,900 into the collective pot, but the WPT added more since it guaranteed $100K. The 64 finalists received a payout, but the top two split $38K, with winner Stefan Dimitrov taking $19,558 of it for first place.
As for the main tournament, fans and players alike turned out to see how it turned out.
Total entries: 166 (256 cap)
Total prize pool: $500,000 (overlay)
Paid players: 32
Minimum payout: $5,000
1st place: Steve O’Dwyer (Netherlands) $135,000
2nd place: Artem Akhmetvaleyev (Russia) $75,000
3rd place: Jorma Nuutinen (Finland) $40,000
4th place: Allan Berger (Canada) $40,000
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) September 17, 2020
Event 10: WPT NLHE High Roller Championship
This was a singular event, one with a $25K buy-in and $5 million guarantee on the prize pool. And though the number of entries just missed the guaranteed, the overlay was relatively small, and the field was stacked with some of the world’s top players.
Total entries: 199
Total prize pool: $5M (overlay)
Paid players: 28
Minimum payout: $56,750
1st place: Mikita Badziakouski (Belarus) $1,062,730
2nd place: Jason Koon (US) $810,869
3rd place: Alexandros Kolonias (Greece) $548,794
4th place: Mark Demirjian (Lebanon) $380,652
5th place: Daniel Rezaei (Austria) $259,979
6th place: Aleksei Barkov (Russia) $197,667
7th place: Almedin Imsirovic (US) $155,061
Though Badziakouski had a massive chip lead going into heads-up play, the two agreed on a payout deal to end the tournament and give Koon a substantial payout.
Mikita Badziakouski takes down the #WPTWOC High Roller Championship for $1,062,730 after making a deal with runner-up Jason Koon.
The WPT Closer got won by a recent WPTDeepStacks Champion!
— WPT Live Updates (@WPTlive) September 23, 2020
Event 11: WPT NLHE Turbo Championship
For people who want a decent structure but don’t want a lot of time to play out a tournament, the turbo is the right choice.
The micro turbo event attracted 3,890 entries for the $33 buy-in option, and the prize pool moved beyond its $100K guarantee to an actual $116,700. In the end, Ronald Fokker won it for $17,537.
Mini version players ponied up $320, with final registration numbers showing 1,353 entries in total. That took the prize pool to $405,900, which was well beyond the $300K guarantee. The last player standing was Floyd Rosner, who grabbed $66,041 for the win.
The biggest buy-in produced positive results as well.
Total entries: 433
Total prize pool: $1,299,000 (surpassing $1M GTD)
Paid players: 63
Minimum payout: $6,560
1st place: Dimitar Danchev (Bulgaria) $188,316
2nd place: Aliaksei Boika (Belarus) $156,843
3rd place: Alfred Karlsson (Sweden) $184,832
4th place: Ferenc Deak (Hungary) $81,364
5th place: Asgrimur Karl (Iceland) $56,015
6th place: Patrik Buzhala (Croatia) $41,489
7th place: Oleg Vasylchenko (Ukraine) $31,908
Three-handed play led to a deal before they finished the tournament, which led to the third-place finisher taking home more than Boika in second place.
— partypoker (@partypoker) September 21, 2020
Event 12: WPT NLHE Super High Roller Championship
For the finale of the series, Event 12 was broken down into two versions. The mini one was not “mini” to most players but this was a super high roller event…sorta.
The Mini Super High Roller Championship had a $1 million guarantee for a $10,300 buy-in, and it looked to have drawn exactly 100 entries to hit the prize pool on the nose. It was enough to pay the top 16 finishers, but Artur Martirosian of Russia took the largest portion with $239,500 for the win.
The regular version – the actual Super High Roller – did better than many expected as the series came to a close.
Total entries: 40
Total prize pool: $4,000,000 (far past the $3M GTD)
Paid players: 6
Minimum payout: $229,600
1st place: Michael Addamo (UK) $1,284,114
2nd place: Isaac Haxton (Canada) $1,216,286
3rd place: Charlie Godwin (UK) $620,000
4th place: Sergi Reixach (Mexico) $374,000
5th place: Linus Loeliger (Austria) $276,000
6th place: Christoph Vogelsang (UK) $229,600
The last two players didn’t hesitate to agree to a payout deal, splitting the majority of the money per chip counts and playing for first place and another $30K.
So that’s it!
The WPT World Online Championships has officially concluded, and we couldn’t be prouder!
Thank you to all for taking part, we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as us 🏆 but rest assured, we will be back soon. 😏#TheCupAwaits @partypoker@partypokerlive @alexogray pic.twitter.com/DDeOM560Q2
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) September 25, 2020
Final Leaderboard Ranking
The WPT World Online Championships tallied points from every WPT tournament in the series, not just the 12 primary events. There was a lot at stake for the players, too. The main leaderboard reserved $50K for the winner, and another leaderboard for lower buy-in events that offered $10K to the winner.
Artur Martirosian, who won three tournaments and made 10 other final tables won the main WPT WOC leaderboard.
1st place: Artur Martirosian (431 points) = $50K
2nd place: Scott Margereson (378 points) = $10K
3rd place: Phillip Mighall (329 points) = $5K
4th place: Dimitar Danchev (300 points) = $3K
5th place: Roberto Romanello (298 points) = $2K
6th place: Kristen Bicknell (270 points) =$1K
7th place: Mikita Badziakouski (266 points) = $1K
8th place: Andrey Kotelnikov (264 points) = $1K
9th place: Teun Mulder (251 points) = $1K
10th place: Thomas Boivin (246 points) = $1K
The Rising Star leaderboard challenge results found the Micro Main Event champion from Brazil at the top after that big win and three other final tables.
1st place: Luiz de Melo (298 points) = $10K
2nd place: Patrick Leonard (261 points) = $6K
3rd place: Vyacheslav Nikulin (251 points) = $3,500
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) September 25, 2020