Christian Jeppsson wins WPT Online Championship for $923,786

Swedens Christian Jeppsson took down the WPT Online Championship, banking $923,786 after a heads-up deal with Russias Viktor Ustinov…

By: Andrew Burnett

Some 2130 entries had set off on the journey to find a winner of the first-ever WPT Online Championship, a place in the exclusive WPT Champions club to go with what would prove to be a massive payday, the prizepool topping out at $6.39million in the biggest-ever running of the event.

By the time the final table congregated yesterday, that field had been reduced to just eight contenders, with Canada’s Sam Greenwood the most famous name in the mix.

Greenwood’s run ended in 7th place, however, after he lost most of his stack to Alex Clark, with Greenwood paying off a river bet with a straight on the board, only to find Clark wasn’t bluffing…

Englishman Clark would eventually finish in 5th for an excellent $221,733 cash, unlucky that his small stack limp from the small blind didn’t hold up after Viktor Ustimov’s shove with A♥ 5♠ found itself trailing to Clark’s A♦ Q♠.

The money was by now a very serious business, the final four guaranteed more than $300k, with more than $1million up top.

Two Russians were still in with a chance of the title, although Nikolay Ponomarev was flying the UK flag, and it was Nikolay who would take the $317,583 cash for 4th place.

Finland’s Jukka Koskela was next to fall, this time Ustimov holding the bigger ace and seeing it hold, Koskela taking a $477,333 payout to go with his bronze medal.

That left Ustimov facing Christian Jeppsson heads-up, and the pair quickly decided to chop the majority of the cash, leaving an extra $10k for the winner.

And that accolade went to Jeppsson after a to-and-fro battle, the final hand seeing the Russian’s pocket kings picked off by the Swede, Ustimov unable to get away from his big hand…

♥ ♠ ♣ ♦

Jeppsson: J♦ 9♦
Ustimov: K♣ K♠
Flop: Q♦ 5♥ 6♦
Turn: 7♦
River: 2♥

Jeppsson also bagedd a $15,000 seat to the season ending WPT Tournament of Champions.

Final results

1 Christian Jeppsson $923,786*
2 Viktor Ustimov $865,542*
3 Jukka Koskela $477,333
4 Nikolay Ponomarev $317,583
5 Alexander Clark $221,733
6 Pascal Hartmann $151,443
7 Sam Greenwood $103,838
8 Pascal Teekens $66,776

**Heads-up deal


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