Fedor Holz and Joao Simao Come Close But No Cigar in partypoker KO Series

The $30million guaranteed partypoker KO Series saw the host site bring out its big guns in the hope of landing a huge score on day eleven, with Fedor Holz entering the high-stakes fray, while fellow Team pro Joao Simao took on the best of the rest…

By: Andrew Burnett

There was a total of $1,398,031 up for grabs yesterday as the series closed in on that $30million target, even before the final weekend with $7million in guarantees.

Topping the buy-ins was the $1050 Mix-Max, a PKO tournament where the tables sizes shrink the deeper you run, finishing with a 6-max final table – and Team partypoker man Fedor Fedor_Holz Holz only just missed out on that.

Falling in 7th meant a $12k+ payout for the legendary German, a couple of spots ahead of a fellow online beast, Roman SanityWaterline Romanovsky, and the remaining players were doubtless breathing somewhat easier with the deadly duo’s departures.

It left the way open for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mr.Master98 to power his way to victory – taking a KO Series title and $24,630 regular prizemoney, plus $23,597 from the rake-free bounty prize pool.

Down at the $320 buy-in there was a huge entry for the $200k Mix Max, some 828 runners chasing $255k – and Team partypoker’s Joao joaosimaobh Simao was among them – the Brazilian star making it to the final table.

He couldn’t quite make it all the way to the title, having to settle for 6th spot and $10.7k, but his compatriot Thorfie ensured a Brazilian victory among the day’s big winners.

It was a second KO Series title for Thorfie, defeating Russia’s Ebaaa11 and adding $18,778 in bounties to his $17,001 regular prize.

To finish yesterday’s round-up on partypoker, a quick look at the $530 buy-in MixMax (Fast) event, which saw 241 runners chasing a $150k guarantee.

A slew of well-known online names were running deep in this one, Russia’s Ilushan, Iveybluffallin from Ireland and the ever-present Finnish legend Lars LarsLuzak1 Luzak.

None of them could make it all the way to the finishing line, however, and it was Sweden’s ABCpoker911 who bagged the title and more than $26k at the end of a fast-paced, five-hour slugfest.

So far the incredibly popular PKO format of the KO Series has seen 164 events completed from the 227 on the schedule, with $26,773,713 shared out in prizemoney. With the final weekend almost upon us, there’s still time to get involved in the bounty hunting action.


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