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Three WSOP Circuit Rings Awarded on GGPoker Over the Weekend

Aleksey Savenkov

During the darkest days of the year, action is flaring up over at GGPoker where the $100m Gtd. WSOP Winter Online Circuit is in full swing. PokerNews live reporting is on deck to provide the latest updates of all 18 WSOP Circuit rings that are up for grabs during this festival and over the course of the weekend, three of them were awarded.

WSOPC #1: BIG 50 came with a lofty guarantee of $1,000,000 and lived up to its name as an astonishing 31,291 players took a shot to capture a slice of the $1,439,386 total prize pool. This resulted in a first-place prize of $168,810 for an investment of just fifty bucks and Russia's Aleksey "ImLuckPads" Savenkov was the lucky victor at the end of the night.

In addition, rings were awarded in WSOPC Event #4: $800 Monster Stack, where Sihao "Mr_3rdBullet" Zhang won $140,472 after firing — you guessed it — three bullets, as well as in WSOPC Event #5: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha won by Pulkit Goyal ($82,052).

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Aleksey "ImLuckPads" Savenkov Wins WSOPC #1: BIG $50 ($168,810)

Aleksey Savenkov
Aleksey Savenkov

A third champion has been crowned in the GGPoker WSOPC and Aleksey "ImLuckPads" Savenkov (lead photo) emerged victorious in WSOPC #1: BIG $50 ($1M GTD) after defeating "QY707" in a short-lived heads-up duel. A massive field of 31,291 emerged in the first multi-flight event, which created a prize pool of $1,439,386 and Savenkov earned the lion's share worth $168,810.

Savenkov entered the nine-handed final table as the chip leader and it was no surprise that he faced "QY707" in heads-up, who was second in chips when the action resumed. The first recorded live cash of the Russian date back to 2017 and with this victory, he has nearly doubled his known earnings on the live poker circuit and the WSOP Online tournaments on GGPoker.

It was the ninth WSOP cash of Savenkov, who has three scores during the 2019/20 International Circuit at Casino Sochi to his name. His biggest career result came back in 2018 at the EPT Sochi for $18,507 but that has now been topped nearly ten-fold.

GGPoker WSOPC Event #1: BIG $50 Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Aleksey "ImLuckPads" SavenkovRussia$168,810
2QY707China$120,745
3Otto "D00MSWITCHER" LemkeGermany$86,369
4party_maker1Russia$61,780
5Adam BonkPoland$44,191
6FreddieKadurIsrael$31,610
7incloudzlyChina$22,611
8btn_clicking!Cyprus$16,173
9PhD_DonChina$11,569

Read back blow-by-blow coverage of this gigantic event


Sihao "Mr_3rdBullet" Zhang Wins WSOPC #4: $800 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em ($140,472)

Sihao Zhang
Sihao Zhang

Sihao "Mr_3rdBullet" Zhang honored his username on GGPoker as it took him three bullets to take WSOPC #4: $800 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em down for $140,472 by defeating "Andrew Xu" heads-up in a 1,395-strong field. The $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool attracted 934 unique players who reentered 461 times to get to a total prize purse of $1,060,200.

This win here today takes Zhang to almost $500,000 in tournament winnings on just GGPoker and those results dwarf his live results according to The Hendon Mob as those accumulate to just over $42,000. Zhang started the final table with the chip lead after taking out Guillaume Nolet in tenth place and displayed an impressive performance to also close the tournament out with the win.

GGPoker WSOPC Event #4: $800 Monster Stack Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Sihao "Mr_3rdBullet" ZhangLuxembourg$140,472
2”Andrew Xu”China$105,339
3Maicon "21_Pirlo" GasperinBrazil$78,993
4Wei ZhaoChina$59,236
5"Pur3WiT"Andorra$44,421
6"Promoking"United Kingdom$33,311
7"Kevin Pu"China$24,980
8David "Edeskie" CowlingCanada$18,732
9Seungmook "7high" JungSouth Korea$14,047

Check here how Zhang did it


Pulkit Goyal Wins WSOPC Event #5: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha ($82,052)

Pulkit Goyal
Pulkit Goyal

The fifth champion has been crowned during the GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit. India's Pulkit Goyal earned the lion's share of the $593,370 prize pool in WSOPC #5: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha after coming out on top of a field of 1,041 entries, which consisted of 619 unique entries and 422 re-entries.

Only the top 179 spots were paid and Goyal defeated Loucas "Rage Monkey1" Kourtoumbellides in heads-up to claim the top prize of $82,052, while his opponent from South Africa had to settle for a consolation prize of $61,530.

Prior to this victory, Goyal had five WSOP cashes to his name including three cashes at the King's Resort in Rozvadov and two scores during the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events earlier this year. He has eclipsed his recorded career cashes and follows in the footsteps of fellow Indian players Nipun Java, Abhinav Iyer, Nikita Luther, Aditya Sushant, and Kartik Ved, who all have a WSOP bracelet to their name.

Runner-up Kourtoumbellides was by far the most-aggressive player during the late stages and fell short of victory while the final table also featured Austria's Karl "Rossz" Schedlberger, Nikolay "boryan4ik" Prokhorskiy of Russia, and Brazil's Eduardo Pires.

GGPoker WSOPC Event #5: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Pulkit GoyalIndia$82,052
2Loucas "Rage Monkey1" KourtoumbellidesSouth Africa$61,530
3Karl "Rossz" SchedlbergerAustria$46,141
41bloodfloodRussia$34,601
5Nikolay "boryan4ik" ProkhorskiyRussia$25,947
6SlonoSarSkiIsrael$19,458
7SK72Germany$14,591
8SunOfABeachAustria$10,942
9Eduardo PiresBrazil$8,205

Relive Goyal's victory here


Final Table Set in WSOPC Event #6: $170 Mini Main Event; $277,277 Up Top

Ioannis Angelou Konstas
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas

After just eight hours, Day 2 of WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event has come to an end with nine players making it to the final table which will take place on Saturday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m. GMT.

The tournament attracted 13,912 unique players who reentered 3,566 times to get to a total of 17,478 entries. This means that a prize pool of $2,733,559 had been collected which easily surpassed the $2,000,000 that was guaranteed for the sixth event of the WSOP Winter Online Circuit series.

Claiming the Day 2 chip lead is Russia's "CallMeBatya" with 85,148,946. They are followed in the top three by Ioannis Angelou-Konstas with 82,062,907 and "Vaatefingre" with 69,152,123. They are also the only players to sport an above-average stack when play resumes for the final table. Completing the line-up on Saturday will be "asky86", Alessandro Siena, "eisbdh12", "L-love", "zopino", and Robert "robdag83" Glasspool.

GGPoker WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event Final Table

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1"CallMeBatya"Russia85,148,94653
2Ioannis Angelou-KonstasGreece82,062,90751
3"Vaatefingre"Norway69,152,12343
4"asky86"China40,947,04326
5Alessandro SienaItaly40,409,72925
6"eisbdh12"Hong Kong38,752,68124
7"L-love"Brazil29,694,29419
8"zopino"Israel23,698,99115
9Robert "robdag83" GlasspoolHong Kong23,093,49914

GGPoker WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event Payouts

PlacePrize
1$277,277
2$207,920
3$155,918
4$116,922
5$87,679
6$65,750
7$49,306
8$36,974
9$27,727

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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.

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