The Open-Face Chinese Poker Grand Prix organized by Tonybet Poker came to a close this week after the series crowned winners of the €200 Main Event and the €500 High Roller.
Overall, the 17 events included on the schedule attracted nearly 800 players, making it the biggest OFC online poker series ever held.
"We couldn't be happier," a spokesperson from Tonybet Poker told PokerNews. "Once again, we have proved that open-face Chinese poker has a bright future in the poker industry and our players are the ones who are making this happen."
The room's representative continued, "Last year we made the first steps towards establishing OFC presence in the global poker market, and in 2015 we are determined to make it even bigger. The second online OFC series proved that, with the help of the players, our ambitions are becoming reality. The recent success has even inspired us to run an even bigger online series this fall."
To win the series' Main Event, "drinu92" had to survive the 41-player field that took part in the pineapple OFC tournament. The field size boosted the prize pool to €7,585, smashing the €5,000 guarantee offered by the poker room.
Main Event Payouts
Shortly after the Main Event, it was Russia's Sergey "Nodar" Rybachenko who had reason to celebrate, thanks to a first-place finish in the High Roller event. The poker pro took home the biggest tournament cash prize in online OFC poker history, winning €4,180.
"It's always nice to win," Rybachenko said right after his victory. "However, I must say that the good feeling comes mostly from the fact that I won rather than the prize. On a regular day, I usually earn more playing cash games at TonyBet than the main prize of the High Roller event."
To win the title, Rybachenko had to outplay a field of 22 players, which generated a record-breaking prize pool of €10,450 — nearly doubling the initial €6,000 guarantee.
High Roller Payouts
With the conclusion of the series, Tonybet's OFC Grand Prix also crowned "deda35" as the winner of the event's leaderboard.
To win the leaderboard with a total of 331 points and take home one entry to the second annual OFC World Championship to be held in Prague in December 2015, "deda35" played in 16 out of the 17 events on the schedule. He managed to take down two events and make another three three-handed final tables.