2022 888poker XL Winter Series

Estonia's Urmo Velvelt Among the Four WSOPC Ring Winners Over the Weekend at GGPoker

Urmo Velvelt

The Holiday Season brought joy to many poker players around the world. Perhaps no more so than the four WSOP Winter Online Circuit winners over the weekend at GGPoker.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is on deck to provide the latest updates of all 18 WSOP Circuit rings that are up for grabs during this epic festival that guarantees a mind-blowing $100 million in prizes.

Estonia's Urmo Velvelt has been witnessed beasting the $10,300 Super MILLION$ over recent months and now has a WSOP Circuit gold ring to his name after shipping Event #9: $315 GIANT BOUNTY for $115,036.

Meanwhile, Russia "CallMeBatya" won the biggest prize in the festival thus far after winning Event #6: $170 Mini Main Event for $277,277.

Brazil's Carlos "Wtfisthis" Henrique and South Korea's Seungmook "7high" Jung also found themselves in the winner's circle over the weekend. Jung's victory in particular was a memorable one with him besting three-time WSOP bracelet winner Adrian Mateos in heads-up play.

Read on to learn more about how the action went down.

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"CallMeBatya" Wins the GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #6: $170 Mini Main Event ($277,277)

Russia's "CallMeBatya" parlayed their Day 2 chip lead in the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #6: $170 Mini Main Event to a victory worth $277,277 after defeating China's "asky86" in heads-up play.

The tournament attracted 13,912 players who reentered 3,566 times to get to 17,478 entries in total which created a prize purse of $2,733,559.

It cost "CallMeBatya" 13 bullets to get through to Day 2 and what a great return on investment for the Russian player whose previous best result on GGPoker was when they finished in 17th place on the Big 50 for $5,941. In total, they had collected almost $20,000 in tournaments earnings with an average buy-in of $69. With this result here today, they have easily broken any previous records.

On the other hand, "asky86" qualified for the Mini Main Event by getting through a $20 satellite and their previous best result came when they won the $25,20 GGMaster Daily in the Bounty Hunter Series for $4,533. With just over $9,000 in total cashes at GGPoker, the cash in this event eclipsed any previous results.

Alessandro Siena, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas, and Robert "robdag83" Glasspool were some of the more familiar names on the final table with "Vaatefingre", "eisbdh12", "L-love", and "zopino" completing the line-up.

GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #6: $170 Mini Main Event Final Table Results

3Alessandro SienaItaly$155,918
4Ioannis Angelou-KonstasGreece$116,922
6"eisbdh12"Hong Kong$65,750
8Robert "robdag83" GlasspoolHong Kong$36,974

Head to our dedicated PokerNews Live Reporting Hub to read more about the GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #6: $170 Mini Main Event.

Carlos "Wtfisthis" Henrique Wins GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #7: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed ($153,213)

It took more than 11 hours to whittle down a field of 889 entries, including 527 unique players and 362 re-entries, to an eventual winner in Event #1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship. In a duel of players from South America, it was Brazil's Carlos "Wtfisthis" Henrique that came out on top after defeating Argentina's "EDUARDO1957" in a brief heads-up encounter.

Both took home the lion's share of the $1,266,825 prize pool which was shared among the top 143 finishers and an ICM deal was cut before the action resumed to determine the winner of the WSOP Circuit ring. Henrique earned the cherry on top of his $153,213 payday while "EDUARDO1957" can console themselves that they earned a slightly bigger slice worth $157,915.

Heading into the final table, "EDUARDO1957" had fewer than $5,000 in cashes to his name at GGPoker, while Henrique boasted more than $82,000 in cashes. Four known poker players were among the contenders on the final table including Luigi "shadinho94" Shehadeh, Aleksejs Ponakovs, Jon "Marklanders1" Garde, and Roland "Gwriden" Rokita but they were out of chips by the time the podium was reached.

GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #7: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Carlos "Wtfisthis" HenriqueBrazil$153,213*
4Roland "Gwriden" RokitaAustria$77,235
5Jon "Marklanders1" GardeFrance$58,590
7Aleksejs PonakovsLatvia$33,717
8Luigi "shadinho94" ShehadehItaly$25,578
9"Mike Rossitto"Mexico$19,404

*Reflects heads-up deal

Head to our dedicated PokerNews Live Reporting Hub to read more about the GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #7: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed.

Seungmook "7high" Jung Wins GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #8: $600 Marathon ($153,213)

Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos nearly wins first WSOP Circuit gold ring.

The aptly named WSOPC #8: $600 Marathon No-Limit Hold'em played for just under 13 hours in total, and South Korean Seungmook "7high" Jung emerged the winner for $96,714. Jung outlasted 1,264 entries including besting three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Adrian Mateos during heads-up play to claim the largest portion of the $720,480 prize pool.

Jung had a few results in the World Series of Poker Online 2020 earlier this year, but today's win would appear to nearly double his previous best score, $43,040 for seventh place in this year's WSOP Online $1,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed (Event #73).

Meanwhile, Mateos had an opportunity to claim the biggest prize of this event as Jung offered him a deal when Mateos had the lead. After Mateos declined, Jung went on to win his first gold ring while denying Mateos to do just the same.

GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #8: $600 Marathon Final Table Results

1Seungmook "7high" JungSouth Korea$96,714
2Adrian MateosSpain$72,524
4Bruno "wisechinese1" BorgesBrazil$40,783
5Roman "prororo" RoRussian Federation$30,583
6Ajay "Ross_Geller" ChabraUnited States$22,934
7Jonas LauckAustria$17,198
8Jie "TwoBeatSix" ZhengChina$12,897
9Silvio "valterzao" CostaPortugal$9,671

Head to our dedicated PokerNews Live Reporting Hub to read more about the GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #8: $600 Marathon.

Urmo Velvelt Wins GGPoker WSOPC Event #9: $315 BOUNTY GIANT ($115,036)

Urmo Velvet
Urmo Velvet wins his first WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Estonia has earned the first victory during the GGPoker World Series of Poker Winter Online Circuit as Urmo Velvelt took down Event #9 $315 BOUNTY GIANT for $115,036 in cash and bounty prizes.

It was a "giant" field indeed as 4,852 total entries created a prize pool of $1,455,600, and Velvelt defeated Brazil's "Dexman1" in heads-up for his first WSOP Circuit Ring.

It was the far biggest recorded cash for Velvelt thus far who staged a comeback on the nine-handed final table, which he entered as the bottom stack with just 18 blinds. However, the Estonian steamrolled through the late stages in dominating fashion. That is particularly reflected by his PKO bounty portion of $56,726, which accounts for nearly half of the winnings.

The final table also featured "GROSZEK 5", Jerome "gorgiAAs" Finck, and Brian Green, among others.

GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #9: $315 BOUNTY GIANT Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryBounty PrizeTotal Prize
1Urmo VelveltEstonia$56,726$115,036
3GROSZEK 5Poland$23,781$64,566
7Jerome "gorgiAAs" FinckFrance$5,994$15,806
8Brian GreenUnited States$4,509$11,382

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WSOP Bracelet Winners Tsang, Ribeiro and Moorman Headline GGPoker WSOPC Event #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS Final Table

Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman reaches the final table of the WSOP #10 $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS

Day 2 of the WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M Gtd. witnessed the field of 446 players returning at the start of the day into the final table of nine hopefuls in just over seven hours of play.

Cosmin-Ionut "cosmiNik89" Nica, who waives an Austrian flag at GGPoker, will enter the final table when it resumes on Jan. 2, 2021 with nearly twice as many chips as the next biggest stack.

Joining Nica on the final day of play is two-time bracelet winner Anson "[email protected]" Tsang, bracelet winner Tomas Ribeiro, and online poker legend and bracelet winner Chris Moorman. Moorman nursed a short stack for much of the Day 2 end-game, laddering over several other people during three-table and two-table play to survive through to the final table.

GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit Event #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS Final Table

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Cosmin-Ionut "cosmiNik89" NicaRomania37,872,38654
2Murilo "Fruble" MilhomemBrazil21,262,54730
4KING MCSan Marino19,280,52528
5Anson "[email protected]" TsangHong Kong13,695,80420
6Kristof "ultrafish" SegersBelgium12,397,48118
7Tomas RibeiroPortugal9,655,21814
8Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom9,352,77713

*Big Blinds are based on the final level of Day 2 and might roll back for deeper stacks at the final table.

GGPoker WSOPC #10: $400 PLOSSUS Final Table Payouts


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Win Your Way Into WSOPC Winter Series Events

Satellites for the upcoming WSOPC Winter Series events are running at GGPoker right now. Head there and see if you can follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest players in the world and become a GGPoker champion.

The WSOP Winter Online Circuit on GGPoker will roll on into the next year with plenty more prizes to be awarded along the way. Make sure to check back PokerNews live reporting regularly to stay up-to-date with the latest updates.

  • Urmo Velvelt, "CallMeBatya", Carlos Henrique, and Seungmook Jung all won WSOP Circuit gold rings over the weekend at GGPoker.

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