2020 WSOP Main Event partypoker US Network Online Series
EPT Online 10: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller]
Days:
12

Event Info

Prize Pool $2,000,000
Players 81

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 20,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
EPT Online 10: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller]
Day 2 Completed

Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen Wins the EPT Online Event #10 $25,000 Super High Roller ($539,819)

zedmaster84 • Level 28: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Eelis Pärssinen at the Kings of Tallinn 2018
Eelis Pärssinen at the Kings of Tallinn 2018

Another champion has been crowned in the 2020 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Online and it was Finnish high stakes PLO cash game player Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen that took down the EPT Online Event 10: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller] after coming out on top of a field of 81 entries. Pärssinen claimed the lion's share of the $2,000,000 prize pool after defeating Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph in a short-lived heads-up duel and added $539,819 to his bankroll, whereas Rudolph had to settle for $404,324.

Pärssinen is no stranger to MTT action either and has even made rare live poker occurrences, for example during the 2018 Kings of Tallinn where he won a High Roller event and participated in live-streamed PLO cash game action. The Finn is also arguably the biggest winner in PLO cash games on PokerStars in 2018-2019 and finished 9th in the 2020 SCOOP Main Event. During the ongoing 2020 EPT Online, he finished 3rd in the EPT Online 02: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO High Roller] for $105,574 and has now added a PokerStars trophy to his cabinet at home.

Runner-up Rudolph comes fresh off a third place in the EPT Online 06: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] and third-place finisher Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle pledged 10% of his profit in the event to the charity efforts of Lex Veldhuis after busting the Dutchman on Day 1.

David "MonkeyBausss" Laka had the chance to become the first two-time champion of the online festival but came up short in 4th place. Start-of-the-day chip leader Andrei "ragAAAila19" Boghean had to settle for fifth place and the remaining finalists included Joao "Naza114" Vieira, Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo, Jamie "jamienixon90" Nixon, and Artur "mararthur1" Martirosian.

Final Result EPT Online Event 10: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller]

PlaceWinnerCountryPayout (in USD)
1Eelis "EEE27" PärssinenFinland$539,819
2Christian "WATnlos" RudolphAustria$404,324
3Benjamin "bencb789" RolleAustria$302,837
4David "MonkeyBausss" LakaSpain$222,826
5Andrei "ragAAAila19" BogheanRomania$169,893
6Joao "Naza114" VieiraPortugal$127,249
7Juan "Malaka$tyle" PardoSpain$95,310
8Jamie "jamienixon90" NixonUnited Kingdom$71,387
9Artur "mararthur1" MartirosianRussia$62,353

The Action of the Final Day

With many similar stack sizes in the middle of the pack and at the bottom of the leaderboard, it became a tense affair. Andrei "ragAAAila19" Boghean profited the most from that as he pulled into a commanding lead and the Romanian was also responsible for the first elimination of the day. Artur "mararthur1" Martirosian committed his stack with king-ten on a ten-high flop but Boghean remained ahead with pocket jacks to reduce the field by one.

In quick succession, three of the shorter stacks doubled and instead it was the UK's Jamie "jamienixon90" Nixon who was eliminated next. Having made it through the minefields of Day 1 in his biggest ever buy-in thanks to qualifying in a winner-takes-all $75 Spin & Go, Nixon bowed out in a battle of the blinds with Joao "Naza114" Vieira when his jack-eight was only ahead on the flop versus ace-nine to take home $71,387.

Jamie Nixon
Jamie Nixon qualified through a $75 Spin & Go and finished 8th for $71,387

Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo busted in a battle of the blinds against fellow countryman David "MonkeyBausss" Laka and Joao "Naza114" Vieira hero-called at the wrong time when Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle had flopped trips treys.

As decent as the start had been for Boghean, he continued to bleed chips and doubled several shorter stacks to eventually become the 5th place finisher. Shortly after it was all over for Laka and the field was reduced to the final three. Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph once again doubled through Rolle with a superior pocket pair and suddenly the trio was nearly even in chips.

There were no deal discussions, however, and another Rudolph double left Rolle very short. It was all over moments later for the online poker coach and streamer when king-seven failed to come from behind against the king-jack of Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen. Ten percent of Rolle's profit will be donated to the charity efforts of Lex Veldhuis, which the PokerStars ambassador confirmed on Twitter:

Heads-up was a brief affair and Rudolph was not able to overcome the chip advantage of Pärssinen. They eventually got it in after a ten-high flop on which Rudolph's king-ten made top pair only for Pärssinen to flip over pocket jacks. Two blanks later, the Super High Roller champion was crowned.

The Final Table was broadcasted on the PokerStars YouTube and Twitch channel with cards-up coverage and commentary on a security delay of half an hour. The PokerNews team is providing updates from all trophy events of the 2020 PokerStars EPT Online and you can check out all results and the progress of ongoing tournaments right here.

Winner picture courtesy of Rene Velli / Kings of Tallinn

Tags: Andrei BogheanArtur MartirosianBenjamin RolleChristian RudolphDavid LakaEelis PärssinenJamie NixonJoao VieiraJuan Pardo

Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph Eliminated in 2nd Place ($404,324)

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Christian Rudolph
Christian Rudolph

There were fireworks in the second hand back from the break in which Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph raised to 400,000 and called a three-bet to 1,440,000 by Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen. The Finn made it 1,120,000 to go on the {10-Spades}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop and he jammed over the top of a raise to 2,880,000 by Rudolph.

The German called for 6,330,104 in total and the cards were flipped over.

Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph: {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen: {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}

The scenario seemed very familiar to previous all-in showdowns deep in the tournament and jacks reigned supreme once again, as two blanks followed on the {8-Hearts} turn and {2-Clubs} river. Rudolph had to settle for the runner-up spot and $404,324 and Pärssinen takes home the trophy and top prize of $539,819.

Christian Rudolph Eliminated in 2nd Place
Christian Rudolph Eliminated in 2nd Place

That wraps up the live coverage for this event and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen 20,250,000 7,450,104
Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph de Busted

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Pärssinen Pulls Further Ahead

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Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph gained momentum by winning one larger pot without showdown but Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen struck back in a limped pot to the {6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop, which was checked. Pärssinen bet the {9-Hearts} turn for 640,000 and the {5-Hearts} river for 1,230,000.

Rudolph called both bets and mucked when Pärssinen rolled over {q-Hearts}{4-Clubs} for a queen-high flush.

Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen 14,115,896 1,522,001
Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph de 6,134,104 -1,522,000

Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle Eliminated in 3rd Place ($302,837)

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Benjamin Rolle
Benjamin Rolle

Two hands after losing a big chunk of his stack, Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle got it in for just over 1.2 million in the small blind and he was quickly called by Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen in the big blind.

Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle: {k-Spades}{7-Hearts}
Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen: {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

On a board of {8-Spades}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{4-Clubs}, there was no help for the former chip leader and Rolle departed in 3rd place for $302,837.

Benjamin Rolle eliminated in 3rd Place
Benjamin Rolle eliminated in 3rd Place
Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen 12,593,895 1,229,067
Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph de 7,656,104 180,000
Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle de Busted

Tags: Benjamin RolleEelis Pärssinen

Rudolph Doubles Through Rolle Part II

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Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle min-raised the button and he then called the three-bet shove of Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph for more than 3.66 million in chips.

Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph: {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}
Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle: {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}

Once more Rudolph had the superior pocket pair and remained ahead throughout the {k-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{k-Hearts} board.

Rudolph doubles through Rolle
Rudolph doubles through Rolle
Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen 11,364,828 20,000
Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph de 7,476,104 3,768,052
Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle de 1,409,068 -3,788,052

Pärssinen Chips Up Once Again

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Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph jammed and three-bet jammed his stack and subsequently called a min-raise by Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen in the small blind. Pärssinen opted to check-call the {k-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs} flop for 224,000 and they checked the {2-Diamonds} on the turn.

Pärssinen made it 921,000 to go on the {2-Spades} river and Rudolph paid him off once more, mucking his cards against the {k-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} of the Finn.

The Finn continued his heater and raised the button to 352,000, which Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle defended out of the big blind. The {10-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs} flop brought a check-call by Rolle for 272,000 and the German then checked the {j-Hearts} turn. Pärssinen bet 1,072,000 and that forced a fold.

Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen 11,344,828 1,955,820
Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle de 5,197,120 -2,254,820
Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph de 3,708,052 299,000
Level:
28
Blinds:
80,000/160,000
Ante:
20,000

Pärssinen Takes from Rudolph

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Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph inquired whether or not the other players wanted to see ICM numbers but received no reply. Preflop battles switched with bigger pots and Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle gained some ground without showdown.

Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen then raised to 448,000 in the small blind and Rudolph called from the big blind. The Finn bet the {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades} flop for 378,000 to pick up a call and the {8-Diamonds} turn was checked by both. Another Pärssinen bet worth 1,820,000 on the {q-Diamonds} river sent Rudolph in the think tank and he eventually called.

Pärssinen tabled {q-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for queens and eights to win the pot.

Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen 9,389,008 2,460,500
Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle de 7,451,940 308,000
Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph de 3,409,052 -2,768,500