Ponakovs Becomes a Titan of PokerStars; Banks $108K

Aleksejs Ponakovs

The 2022 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) may be all but done and dusted, with only the rescheduled Main Events awaiting the crowning of their champion, but that does not mean there are not any massive prizes being dished out at PokerStars. The weekend produced some fantastic scores, not least the $107,963 Aleksejs "APonakov" Ponakovs reeled in when he triumphed in the $5,200 Titans Event.

A compact yet stellar field of 77 players bought into the $5,200 Titans Event and fought it out for a slice of the $400,000 prize pool. Only the top nine finishers secured a prize, so spare a though for "P0KERPR02.0" who fell in tenth place and was the last player to go home empty-handed.

The surviving nine players locked in at least $12,470 for their efforts. Estonia's "DingeBrinker" collected this sum when they busted in ninth. Such luminaries as Niklas "lena900" Astedt, "Survern" of Norway, Brazil's "Dih21," and Sunday Million specialists Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov joined the list of busted players.

Dimitar Danchev
Dimitar Danchev

Bulagrian hero Dimitar "KuuL" Danchev saw his tournament end in a fourth-place finish, with the untimely demise of Joris "BillLewinsky" Ruijs sending the Titans Event into the heads-up stage.

Here, Ponakovs and Pablo "pabritz" Brito Silva locked horns in a clash for the lion's share of the prize pool. Ponakovs was the last man standing once the dust settled, and he helped himself to a $107,963 score, leaving Silva to collect an $80,864 consolation prize.

$5,200 Titans Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Aleksejs "APonakov" PonakovsEstonia$107,963
2Pablo "pabritz" Brito SilvaBrazil$80,864
3Joris "BillLewinsky" RuijsCosta Rica$60,567
4Dimitar "KuuL" DanchevBulgaria$45,365
5Artem "veeea" VezhenkovThaland$33,978
6Dih21Brazil$25,449
7SurvernNorway$19,061
8Niklas "Lena900" AstedtSweden$14,277
9DingeBrinkerEstonia$12,470
Mario Navarro
Mario Navarro

The two-day $530 Bounty Builder High Roller tournament is always jam-packed with online poker superstars, and this week's edition was no different. A field of 651 players fought it out over a $325,500 prize pool, and it was Mario "t4t0PAGAU" Navarro who claimed the largest slice of the pie, namely $69,584.

Only 22 of the 651 starters progressed to Day 2, and they were quickly whittled down to the final table of nine. Navarro had to contend with the likes of Patrick "thebigdog09" Brooks, Benjamin "BC1989RF" Chalot, and Vlad "dariepoker" Darie, but came out of those battles unscathed. He faced Brazil's "GUNDIAS" heads-up and made light work of him, reeling in a $20,574 bounty payment in addition to the $24,584 first-place prize. GUNDIAS saw $33,879 head to their PokerStars account.

$530 Bounty Builder High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryBountiesPrizeTotal Prize
1Mario "t4t0PAGAU" NavarroAndorra$20,574$24,584$69,584
2GUNDIASBrazil$9,295$24,584$33,879
3YannickPoker1Austria$6,449$15,173$21,622
4Vlad "dariepoker" DarieRomania$1,953$11,089$13,042
5Benjamin "BC1989RF" ChalotHungary$296$8,104$8,400
6Hristo "icho90" AnastassovAustria$5,060$5,923$10,983
7fanatelloLatvia$4,070$4,329$8,399
8slide11Estonia$609$3,163$3,772
9Patrick "thebigdog09" BrooksUnited Kingdom$2,546$2,558$5,104

Peru Has a Sunday Million Champion

Peru's "xXROMmMEOXx" is the latest in a long line of PokerStars players that can call themselves a Sunday Million champion. The Peruvian came out on top of a 9,844-strong field in the PKO edition of the Sunday Million and captured $86,748 of the $1,000,000 prize pool.

Eighty-four players made it through to Day 2, including Matas "bebamis777" Cimbolas and Daniel "dani aziz" Aziz. Each of those 84 returnees can be immensely proud of their performances, but the night belonged to xXROMmMEOXx. They defeated Ireland's "murphfish" heads-up as the clock stuck 10:29 p.m. BST on October 3, for an $86,748 haul, leaving the Irish grinder to net a $57,484 runner-up score.

$109 Sunday Million PKO Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryBountiesPrizeTotal Prize
1xXROMmMEOXxPeru$32,658$54,090$86,748
2murphflushIreland$3,403$54,081$57,484
3Mikolaj "T3G3S" ZawadzkiPoland$6,735$39,924$46,659
4jpsalgadocr0Brazil$7,003$27,813$34,816
5JustRazzeBelarus$2,660$19,359$22,049
6willis59United Kingdom$343$13,221$13,564
7brunojardasBrazil$2,377$9,316$11,693
8Antonio "Biodelic420" HenriqueBrazil$4,787$6,612$11,399
9ANDRIANO94United Kingdom$1,771$4,706$6,477

Other Notable PokerStars Results

Matas Cimbolas
Matas Cimbolas

There were several household names that walked away with PokerStars titles this weekend. Matas "bebaimis777" Cimbolas won the $1,050 Sunday High Roller for almost $22,000, while Brunno "botteonpoker" Botteon scooped the Bigger $109 for $11,304. Swedish legend Niklas "Lena900" Astedt claimed the $7,678 top prize in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up, too.

  • Matas "bebaimis777" Cimbolas – winner of the $1,050 Sunday High Roller for $21,977*
  • O Vulgo – winner of the $109 Sunday Fenomeno Special for $19,345
  • nnanh961 – winner of the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $18,128*
  • JamsLaNoche – winner of the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $14,415*
  • lukasrimtas – winner of the $109 Sunday Warm-Up KO for $13,749*
  • Brunno "botteonpoker" Botteon – winner of the Bigger $109 for $11,304
  • Nosnibourbos – winner of the $215 Bounty Builder for $10,542*
  • Eccentric_BG – winner of the $1,050 Sunday Cooldown for $9,948*
  • xX.TESSERACT.Xx – winner of the $109 Bounty Builder for $9,795*
  • Tr!pleeeee – winner of the $215 Bounty Builder for $8,462*
  • Niklas "Lena900" Astedt – winner of the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $7,678
  • deepincidurr – winner of the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $7,019

*includes bounty payments

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