The final day of the EPT Online festival was all about the grandest event of them all. All eyes were on the scintillating conclusion of EPT Online 16: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] that saw nine players return to the virtual felt to duke it out for a massive first-place prize of over $1 million dollar.
Quickly scroll down for a complete overview of all that transpired at the final table of the first-ever online European Poker Tour, or watch the video of the final table live stream below with commentary from Joe Stapleton, James Hartigan, Griffin Benger and Sam Grafton.
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Sweden’s “WhatIfGod” Wins EPT Online 16: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]
The 2020 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Online has crowned a champion in the EPT Online 16: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] and it was Sweden’s “WhatIfGod” who overcame a final table line-up filled with talented and experienced opponents to claim the top prize of $1,019,082. In a short-lived heads-up duel of just seven hands, “WhatIfGod” overcame Canadian High Roller regular Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams, who had to settle for a consolation prize of $728,633.
The flagship tournament of the festival drew a total of 1,304 entries, including 924 unique players and 380 re-entries, and the top 159 spots earned a portion of the $6,520,000 prize pool. Nine players from nine different countries reached the final table, which also featured such luminaries as David “MissOracle” Yan, Viacheslav “VbV1990” Buldygin, Andreas “daskalos20” Christoforou, and Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet.
EPT Online 16: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] Final Table Results
|Place||Winner||Country||Payout (in USD)|
|2||Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams||Canada||$728,633|
|3||David “MissOracle” Yan||New Zealand||$520,966|
|5||Viacheslav “VbV1990” Buldygin||Russia||$266,323|
|6||Enio “Bozzano JNR” Bozzano||Brazil||$190,419|
|7||Andreas “daskalos20” Christoforou||Cyprus||$136,147|
|8||Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet||United States||$97,344|
Ultimately, it was “WhatIfGod” who prevailed after five hours and a quarter on the final day and he actually attended an EPT live festival previously. That was six years ago back in 2014, however, the Swede didn’t play any of the tournaments back then.
Instead, “WhatIfGod” collected the two bracelets he won during the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and almost exclusively plays online ever since, now topping off the resume with a seven-figure score after making a deep run in the 2020 WCOOP Main Event earlier this year (12th for $76.643).
Third-place finisher Yan was responsible for two spectacular eliminations by cracking aces and kings before carefully nursing a shorter stack for an extended period of time. No stranger to the live and online circuit, the payday of $520,966 was one of the biggest to date for the young New Zealander.
Action of the Final Day
Every pay jump on the final table was significant and yet it only took some 40 minutes to lose the first three contenders. First to fall was “vip25459” who three-bet jammed their short stack with king-jack suited into the aces of Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet. However, the American online poker legend was the next casualty when he lost a flip with ace-king against the pocket jacks of Viacheslav “VbV1990” Buldygin.
The exit of Andreas “daskalos20” Christoforou came in an agonizing fashion when his aces were cracked by the ace-king suited of David “MissOracle” Yan. Going forward, the chip lead changed several times for the next 90 minutes, yet Brazil’s Enio “Bozzano JNR” Bozzano was never able to leave the bottom of the leaderboard. His exit, too, came against Yan when kings were cracked by queens in a preflop contest.
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Yan became a significant short stack after that and doubled to get back into contention, as did “WhatIfGod” against Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams with aces versus nines. Adams and Finland’s “tikidiii” cruised at the top of the leaderboard and Viacheslav “VbV1990” Buldygin then lost a flip to “WhatIfGod” to bust in 5th place.
The next hopeful to run out of chips was “tikidiii” and Yan went from joint chip leader to short stack after a failed bluff attempt against “WhatIfGod”. This hand would turn out to be pivotal, as Yan was unable to stage another comeback and succumbed with his short stack when tens were cracked by then ace-four of Adams.
Adams entered heads-up with a small lead and won just two out of the hands that took place from thereon. When the Canadian and “WhatIfGod” flopped top pair and rivered trips, the chips went into the middle on each street and Adams had to settle for the runner-up spot.
2020 EPT Online Winners
|Date||Event||Entries||Prize Pool||Winner||First Prize|
|Nov. 9||EPT Online 02: $10,300 PLO High Roller||70||$700,000||Ka Kwan “kaju85” Lau||$188,937|
|Nov. 8||EPT Online 03: $5,200 High Roller||131||$655,000||David “MonkeyBausss” Laka||$143,567|
|Nov. 9||EPT Online 04: $530 NLHE||1,139||$569,500||Tatiana “Mysters_Y” Barausova||$74,951|
|Nov. 9||EPT Online 05: $1,050 Win the Button||238||$200,000||Claas “SsicK_OnE” Segebrecht||$45,765|
|Nov. 11||EPT Online 06: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]||109||$1,090,000||Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski||$222,453|
|Nov. 10||EPT Online 07: $2,100 NLHE PKO||334||$668,000||Daniel “SmilleThHero” Smiljkovic||$113,490|
|Nov. 12||EPT Online 08: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max]||244||$500,000||Bert “girafganger7” Stevens||$87,984|
|Nov. 12||EPT Online 09: $5,200 8-Game [High Roller]||51||$255,000||“RaulGonzalez”||$100,050|
|Nov. 13||EPT Online 10: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller]||81||$2,000,000||Eelis “EEE27” Parssinen||$539,819|
|Nov. 13||EPT Online 11: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Deep Stacks]||637||$637,000||Daan “DaanOss” Mulders||$111,184|
|Nov. 14||EPT Online 12: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]||733||$733,000||Fabian “!$eveeeeeeen!” Gumz||$107,343|
|Nov. 13||EPT Online 13: $10,300 6+ Hold’em [6-Max High Roller]||41||$410,000||Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood||$177,599|
|Nov. 15||EPT Online 14: $215 NLHE [EPT Online Cup]||2,833||$566,600||Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche||$82,093|
|Nov. 14||EPT Online 15: $10,300 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, High Roller]||69||$500,000||Bert “girafganger7” Stevens||$186,238|
|Nov. 18||EPT Online 16: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]||1,304||$6,520,000||“WhatIfGod”||$1,019,082|
|Nov. 16||EPT Online 17: $2,100 PLO [6-Max]||286||$572,000||Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen||$109,181|
|Nov. 15||EPT Online 18: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]||818||$818,000||Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha||$138,358|
|Nov. 17||EPT Online 19: $530 NLHE [8-Max]||1,000||$500,000||Dani “danipesis” Palau||$71,852|
|Nov. 17||EPT Online 20: $1,050 NLHE [Last Chance]||678||$678,000||Damian “pampa27” Salas||$117,475|
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