Simon 'HellmuthTheGr8' Mattsson Wins Big in partypoker KO Series

partypokers KO Series was front and centre of attention again yesterday, as weekend two produced another batch of $1million guaranteed Championship events, with HellmuthTheGr8 lifting the biggest payday of all with a $215,000 Super High Roller win

By: Andrew Burnett

It wasn’t the famous Poker Brat of course, but rather the almost equally well-known - in online MTT circles that is – Swedish crusher Simon HellmuthTheGr8 Mattsson who took down the $5200 buy-in Championship title.

Some 198 runners had ponied up the big cash to chase a prizefund that just topped the $1million guarantee, and it was almost a Sweden 1-2-3 as the chase for the crown came down to the wire.

Just missing out on the final table were the legendary duo of Ole SchelampigaUhu Schemion and Juha JHelpii Helppi, but three UK players made it, with one Austrian and one Lithuanian attempting to break up the Swedish/British dominance.

partypoker’s recent decision to not only scrap the rake on the bounty element of their PKO, but also flatten out the 1st and 2nd prizes would usually see the top two take similar amounts, but Matsson was on a tear yesterday.

By the time he had seen off compatriot haddoken, Matsson had added a remarkable $135,606 in bounties – more than $100k more than any of his rivals! Adding in the $79,804 he took for first, it amounted to a whopping $215k+, lifting his career online MTT earnings to almost $4million on partypoker alone.

At half the buy-in, but drawing in more than twice the number of entries, the $2100 Championship event also had a $1million guarantee – and this a German came out on top, triathlon4 scooping a total of more than $162,000.

The big bounties available at the final table accounted for more than 50% of traithlon4’s payday, the heads of 3rd placed Chelsea72 and runner-up Alexandre PokeyB_RedBaron Mantovabi from Brazil adding to the $86,764 rake-free bounty payment, another $75,902 from the regular prizefund making it a day to celebrate.

Surprisingly we had to jump down the stakes a bit before partypoker’s own crew of highstakes pros put in an appearance yesterday, with partypoker President John Duthie running deep in the $215 buy-in $500k GTD event 27-H on the schedule.

He had company at the final two tables, with Brazilian colleague and Team pro Joao joaosimaobh Simao in the mix as well, but neither man could make it all the way to the title, Joao falling in 13th and Duthie in 10th.

This left the road clear for a multinational crowd to grab the big money, and the Croatian duo of SouhftfW and PaSSoGiveUP to claim podium finishes, the latter in 3rd spot for over $26k, the former taking the trophy and almost $53,000 for a fine run.

There was yet another $1million guaranteed Championship up for grabs, the $320 buy-in event 28-H, and the final table saw three UK players and two Mexicans looking for the big scores.

There would be competition though, and when the dust had cleared a bit we were left with a heads-up battle between KKR039 and PokerBrothersTM.

Colombia versus Belarus as a finale might not be a match-up you’d seen too often in the big live tournaments, but partypoker’s global reach was much in evidence yesterday.

Both players took $64k+ payouts from the regular prizepool, but it was the Colombian who would take the title and $31k or so in bounties, his Belarus rival settling for an extremely healthy $22k and change to top up a fine day’s pay.

Last but certainly not least from partypoker’s top five KO Series tournaments yesterday was the $500k GTD event 27, a $1050 buy-in High Roller event that drew 638 runners.

Big names were to the fore as the money started to get very serious, Lars LarsLuzak1 Luzak and haddoken – again – on good runs. The final table eluded them, however, and we saw Alex FkTheseGuysBro Foxen and Juanki fumateotro Vecino building big stacks.

Sweden’s Don’t_DO-iT managed to separate them on the winner’s rostrum, Foxen’s 3rd place worth close to $37k, but it was the UK-based Vecino who would emerge with the tile as he added $43k+ in bounties to his $46k regular payout, his Swedish rival settling for 2nd and $76k

The partypoker KO Series is far from finished, another week of the $30million guaranteed online festival still to go, and you can grab yourself a seat here!


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