Rafael Navas Nabs a WSOP Super Circuit Ring and £96,500 in Cash
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Spain's Rafael Navas helped himself to a career-best live poker tournament score plus his first World Series of Poker Circuit rung after he came out on top in the £560 buy-in Mystery Millions event at the 2023 WSOP Super Circuit London festival.
Navas only began his live poker career in 2022 but has already racked up more than $300,000 worth of cashes, with nine of his results yielding five-figure scores. Until binking this £560 Mystery Millions tournament, Navas' largest haul weighed in at €67,637, his reward for a third-place finish in the €1,100 WPT Prime Madrid Main Event in September 2022. Navas can now brag of an £80,000 score, or £96,500 if you include the bounties he collected on his way to victory.
Dozens of players receive mystery bounty payments ranging from £500 to a cool £58,000. The aforementioned Navas clinched £16,500 worth of bounties, while fellow finalist Gary Miller pulled out £15,250.
The aptly named Duncan Riches received £25,000, while Mauro Suriano and Daniel Harwood bagged £26,000 and £26,500, respectively. Jay Villegas, who until this event had less than $4,000 in recorded live earnings, pulled out a £50,000 mystery bounty, while Hanna Mdanat Yazan Jeries hauled in a massive £58,000!
£560 Mystery Million Final Table Results
Each of the nine finalists locked in at least £5,000 for their efforts, and it was ninth-place finish Jun Li that collected that sum. Li also banked £2,000 worth of bounties for a total haul tipping the scales at £7,000.
Michael Carney crashed out in seventh for £7,000 (£8,000 with bounties) and was joined on the rail by Michael O'Brien, whose seventh-place finish came with a £9,000 payout plus £6,000 from the mystery bounty prize pool.
Sixth place and £12,000 (£15,500 with bounties) went to popular British grinder Leon Campbell before Alexander Clark crashed out in fifth for £15,600 (£17,600 with bounties).
Shaun Walbridge, whose last live result was in January 2019, finished fifth for £22,000 (£28,500 with bounties), with the elimination of Gary Miller in third sending the Mystery Million to the heads-up stage. Miller walked away with £32,000 plus an additional £15,250 worth of scalps for a total haul worth £17,250. Miller, who won the 2018 WPT500 in London, recently passed through $1 million in live earnings.
Victor Ilyukhin and Navas locked horns and butted heads in a one-on-one battle for the title. Either player would have made a worthy champion, but it was not to be Ilyukhin's day. He crashed out in second for £48,000 plus another £1,000 in bounties, leaving Navas to claim the WSOPC ring, £80,000 prize money, and £16,250 from the mystery bounty prize pool. A good day at the office, indeed.
Philipp Krieger Captures PLO Hi-Lo Title
Germany's Philipp Krieger outlasted 43 opponents in the £1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event to become a WSOP Circuit ring winner and recipient of £14,000. Krieger finished third in the €2,000 Eight Game Mix at the 2022 WSOP Europe festival, and 11th in the $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo event at the 2023 WSOP, defeated Tron McEntee heads-up to become a WSOPC champion.
Only seven of the 44 entrants saw a return on their investment. Omaha specialist Daniel Ezekiel had to make do with the £2,000 seventh-place prize, while Maximilan Sanders followed up his final table appearance in the €330 PLO event at ESPT Castellon with a sixth-place finish worth £3,000.
Vastal Thakkar bowed out in fifth for £4,000 before Ian Hunter became the hunted and was cut down in fourth for £5,000.
Third place and £6,180 went to the 2019 GUKPT Luton champion Vikrum Mehta before Krieger resigned McEntee to a career-best £8,500 score, reeling in the £14,000 top prize for himself.
Remaining WSOPC Super Circuit London Schedule
|Wed 2 Aug||12:00 p.m.||NLHE Colossus Final Day||£200,000|
|12:00 p.m.||£770 NLHE Monster Stack||£200,000|
|12:00 p.m.||£560 NLHE Seniors 50+||£25,000|
|Thu 3 Aug||12:00 p.m.||£770 NLHE Monster Stack||£200,000|
|1:00 p.m.||£560 NLHE Ladies Event||£10,000|
|Fri 4 Aug||12:00 p.m.||NLHE Monster Stack Final Day||£200,000|
|12:00 p.m.||£1,100 NLHE Main Event Day 1a||£1,000,000|
|Sat 5 Aug||12:00 p.m.||£1,100 NLHE Main Event Day 1b||£1,000,000|
|Sun 6 Aug||12:00 p.m.||£1,100 NLHE Main Event Day 1c||£1,000,000|
|8:00 p.m.||£1,100 NLHE Main Event Day 1d Turbo||£1,000,000|
|Mon 7 Aug||12:00 p.m.||NLHE Main Event Day 2||£1,000,000|
|12:00 p.m.||£2,200 NLHE High Rolller||£250,000|
|12:00 p.m.||£230 NLHE Flip & Go|
|Tue 8 Aug||12:00 p.m.||NLHE Main Event Final Day||£1,000,000|
|12:00 p.m.||NLHE High Roller Final Day||£250,000|
|12:00 p.m.||NLHE Flip & Go Final Day|
|12:00 p.m.||£3,300 NLHE Super Curcuit Main Event Day 1a||£3,000,000|
|Wed 9 Aug||12:00 p.m.||£3,300 NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Day 1b||£3,000,000|
|Thu 10 Aug||12:00 p.m.||£3,300 NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Day 1c||£3,000,000|
|Fri 11 Aug||12:00 p.m.||NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Day 2||£3,000,000|
|12:00 p.m.||£560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1a||£200,000|
|5:00 p.m.||£560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1b||£200,000|
|Sat 12 Aug||12:00 p.m.||NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Day 3||£3,000,000|
|12:00 p.m.||£560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1c||£200,000|
|2:00 p.m.||£5,300 NLHE High Roller||£500,000|
|5:00 p.m.||£560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1d||£200,000|
|10:00 p.m.||£560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1e Turbo||£200,000|
|Sun 13 Aug||12:00 p.m.||NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Final Day||£3,000,000|
|12:00 p.m.||NLHE Fifty Stack Final Day||£200,000|
|1:00 p.m.||NLHE High Roller Final Day||£500,000|
|1:00 p.m.||£560 NLHE The Closer||£50,000|
|1:00 p.m.||£10,400 NLHE Super High Roller||£500,000|