The PokerStars Bounty Builder Series concluded in thrilling fashion on March 14 with the crowning of the $530 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max Main Event High. Some 3,660 players bought in and fought it out for a share of the $2 million prize pool, with Germany's "looserGirl27" walking away with the title of champion and a total haul weighing in at $192,154.
The victory not only gave some serious cushioning to looserGirl27's bankroll, but gave them bags of confidence for this weekend's $10 million guaranteed Sunday Million 16th Anniversary tournament
Bounty Builder Series 190: $530 NLHE 8-Max Main Event Final Table Results
|6||Gerson "Gerson'GR'" Braga||Brazil||$3,841||$28,569||$44,653|
Two Team PokerStars pros put together deep runs, made it through to Day 2, but failed to reach the eight-handed final table. Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle saw his tournament end in a 56th place worth $5,592 with bounty payments included. Felix "xflixx" Schneiders went a little deeper, eventually bowing out in 45th place for a combined $3,094.
With bounty payments added, nobody at the final table won less than $18,000 for their $530 investment. Indeed, none of the finalists took advantage of the re-entry format and all sat down knowing they has invested $530 at the most.
"mayrogata" was the first of the eight finalists to dust off their stack. Eighth-place came with a $18,877 payout.
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Two Brazilians were the next grinders out of the door. First, "bruna_bsb" busted in seventh for a $24,206 score. They were joined on the sidelines by Gerson "Gerson'GR'" Braga in sixth place; Braga banked $44,653 in total.
The next two eliminated players were the last people not to walk away with a six-figure haul for their efforts. Lithuania's "VlgnasPokerV" collected $58,804 for their fifth-place finish while fellow Lithuanian, "Kepalas89" walked away with $72,337 for their incredible run.
"AlKatzone9" of Austria ran out of steam in third-place and saw $103,418 wing its way to their PokerStars account. The Austrian's exit left "[email protected]" heads-up against looserGirl27 for the title and the lion's share of the prize pool.
Both players secured more than $132,900 from the main prize pool, but the bounty payments at this stage were nothing short of huge. Those bounties meant [email protected] added $25,414 to their $132,935 prize for a combined score worth $158,349. The champion, looserGirl27, got their hands on $192,154, of which $59,217 came from the bounty prize pool.
Attention Turns to the $10 Million Gtd Sunday Million on March 20
The attention of the poker community now turns to the upcoming 16th Anniversary edition of the PokerStars Sunday Million, a $215 buy-in affair with a cool $10 million guaranteed prize pool. cards are in the air from .
Vanessa Kade is the reigning champion having taken down the 15th Anniversary Sunday Million for $1,514,920 last year. Expect Kade to attempt a title defense, especially because she is coming off the back of a final table appearance in the Wynn Millions Main Event that netted Kade more than half a million dollars.
|Anniversary Edition||Entrants||Prize pool||Champion||Prize|
|5th||59,128||$11,825,600||Luke "Bdbeatslayer" Vrabel||$671,094|
|7th||49,827||$9,857,400||Andrius "benislovas" Bielskis||$848,589|
|9th||50,432||$10,086,400||Brayden "BRAYDEN93" Fritzshall||$597,720|
|12th||43,975||$10,000,000||Luis "Hulk9950" Felipe||$960,000|
|14th||93,016||$18,603,200||Alex "AAAArthur" Brito||$1,192,802|
|15th||69,876||$13,975,200||Vanessa "Niffller" Kade||$1,514,920|
Time is running out if you want to win your way into this special Sunday Million and do so from as little as $0.50. There are dozens of satellites running around the clock starting at $0.55 and increasing to a still affordable $55.
Sit & Go players have the chance to win their way into the $10 million guaranteed Sunday Million for $1.50 or $55, while Spin & Go specialists can enter $0.50 and $4 buy-in games and try to spin their way to a $215 Sunday Million 16th Anniversary seat.
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