Jans “Graftekkel” Arends finished the 2023 PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) at an all-time high, winning the $10,300 buy-in edition of the Thursday Thrill for an impressive $202,936. Most poker players may have taken some time off from the virtual table after such a high score, but Arends isn’t like most players; He was immediately back in the saddle and behind his monitor.
Arends was one of 62 participants this weekend $5,200 Titans event. These participants created a prize pool of $310,000 that was distributed to the nine final tables. Aliaksei “ale6ka” Boika was the unfortunate soul who burst the all-important money bubble. Boika’s tenth-place finish resulted in him going home empty-handed, earning the nine surviving players at least $9,664.
Ole “wizowizo” Schemion was the first superstar to make it into the money. The final table was filled with the elimination of fewer Dominik “Bounatirou” NitscheBrazilian sensation Bruno “great dant” Volkmannand British grinder Andy “Bowie Effect” Wilson.
The last five became four, as “GodOf.com” fell by the wayside, and then three when “Blow Knockout” from Mexico had no more chips. The Titans event reached the heads-up stage when “FishOnHeater” was eliminated in third place.
Arends and Felipe “ketzerfelipe” heretic were the heads-up duo, two players who have clashed and clashed countless times over the years. In this case, the fight went in Arends’s favor, securing a profit of $83,672, while Ketzer received a consolation prize of $62,670.
$5,200 Titans event final table results
|1||Jans “Graftekkel” Arends||Austria||$83,672|
|2||Felipe “ketzerfelipe” heretic||Brazil||$62,670|
|6||Andy “Bowie Effect” Wilson||Great Britain||$19,723|
|7||Bruno “great dant” Volkmann||Brazil||$14,773|
|8th||Dominik “Bounatriou” Nitsche||Great Britain||$11,064|
|9||Ole “wizowizo” Schemion||Austria||$9,664|
Darie destroys the $1,000 Sunday High Roller field
Romania Vlad “dariepoker” Darie ended Sunday in style and became champions of the $1,050 Sunday High Roller PKO tournament, an impressive result that boosted Darie’s coffers by $22,080.
Winning these events is never guaranteed due to the incredible players that regularly take place there. Any of Roman “Gogac sniper” Hrabec, “P0KERPR02.0”, Aliaksei “ale6ka” Boika or Sweden “frerehuve” would have made a worthy champion, but each of them was eliminated at the final table.
If Germany “Lollypop78” was licked, Darie found himself heads-up against Poland “Tr!pleeeee!” in the fight for the last bounty payments. Both players won almost $9,900 from the top prize pool, but another $12,234 went to Darie after he brushed aside his Polish opponent.
$1,050 Sunday High Roller PKO final table results
|1||Vlad “dariepoker” Darie||Romania||$12,234||$9,846||$22,080|
|6||Aliaksei “al36ka” Boika||Slovenia||$1,000||$3,049||$4,049|
|9||Roman “Gogac sniper” Hrabec||Austria||$875||$1,481||$2,356|
“Tonkaaaa” manages the double, Neymar Jr. misses out
However, the PokerStars field was smaller than usual on October 8th, in part because players were taking a break after the WCOOP or heading to the WCOOP European Poker Tour Cyprus There were still some notable prizes and winners at the festival.
Team PokerStars’ Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot took it off $530 PLO Sunday High Roller for $6,282 after defeating Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche heads-up. Talbot also took home the grand prize of $7,218 Sunday Kickoff valued at $109 earlier in the day.
Elsewhere, “flerrehuve,” who finished fourth in the $1,050 Sunday High Roller, won Sunday warm-up valued at $1,050 for $13,358 after sending a Brazilian soccer ace Neymar “Neymar Jr” Jr. second to the railing. Neymar is currently back in his native Brazil after attending the birth of his daughter Maive.