$30million partypoker KO Series Starts With a Sunday Bang

partypokers $30million guaranteed KO Series kicked off with three $1million GTD tournaments on the schedule and the biggest names in the online game battling massive fields in the search of titles and bounties…

By: Andrew Burnett

No Game of Thrones for Leonard this week then, but plenty of kings, queens and pretenders fighting it out for crowns, and onehundredeyes doing what he does best by lifting the first of the massive $1million events.

The $5200 buy-in KO series 8-max Championship event had a nice overlay for the players, but the field was so strong that it may not have felt that way, Roberto WelshWizard Romanello, Jeff Gross and Niklas Drulitooo Astedt among the contenders.

partypoker Team pro Romanello had to settle for a very decent 14th spot and close to $14k in prizemoney, while Team Online pro Gross almost doubled that with his 8th place finish. Astedt, however, knocked out some huge stacks to finish third, his rake free bounty more than double that of second place.

That runner-up spot went to UK-based pro R0meluLukaku, who went all the way to a headsup clash with fellow online MTT crusher onehundredeyes from Austria.

The duo shared the regular prizemoney almost equally, about $92k, but a $98k bounty saw the victor pocket some $190,000 to get his KO Series off to a flyer

We’ll come back to the other $1million Championship tournaments shortly, but first a little diversion to the $500k GTD 8-max High Roller, where 571 entries had added some $82k to the cash up for grabs.

Kenny Spacey1891 Hallaert ran deep in this one, 11th place and almost $5k in return, but it was partypoker’s own Patrick Patrick_Leonard Leonard who gave it a real shot at the title.

It wasn’t to be for Leonard, although his 4th place and $28k+ in such a big field is anyway excellent, but it opened the way for RuckZuckMuck to land the trophy and a total of over $89,000 by defeating Argentina’s Eltri3 heads-up

Back up to the $1million GTD championship level and the High Roller version drew 415 entries, another nice overlay for the players and this time only $2100 to buy-in.

R0meluLukaku put in another fine performance, adding some $10k to his day’s work for his 10th place finish, while Malta-based Porsche911sp claimed the second-biggest bounty of the event, despite a 6th spot.

It was Brazil who scooped the title and a massive $100k+ in bounties to go with the $84k and change for the win, with Thorfie fending off Cyprus pro blakjak19.

There were 2579 entries for the $1million GTD High version of the Championship events, but that still meant a sizeable overlay – players taking advantage of the bonus to land bumper paydays.

The 11-hour plus battle saw Belgian pro and tournament director Hallaert in the money yet again, 7th place and $15k for a deep run, but it was Westcliff11 who scooped the title and well over $100,000.

It wasn’t just the KO Series that was grabbing the attention, of course, with the $200k GTD Sunday Deepstack running as usual, the $1050 buy-in tournament attracting 201 entries.

England’s Michael mczhang Zhang was one notable among the big winners, taking 8th spot behind three of the Canadian hopefuls, but it was another Maple Leaf man playing out of Finland who bagged the title.

Russell rdcrsnn Carson topped the field and walked off with almost $41,000 after defeating JWPRODIGY heads-up, the top five all claiming five-figure payouts.

The partypoker KO Series is set to run until May 26th, so there will be plenty more battles over the coming fortnight, HighStakesDB bringing you the biggest and best of the winners.


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