All the side events and heats in Stadium Series are now complete, leaving just the Grand Finals at their final tables. Here’s the latest update from around the series, with news of who won what in these late stages, and who’s still in with a chance of the biggest payday.
STADIUM SERIES NEWS BULLETIN
The final finals: Three tournaments are still ongoing in this Stadium Series but there are only 27 players spread among them. Each of the three Grand Finals is at its final table, with the sums of money on the line now eye-watering. The winner of the High buy-in is due to get more than $820K; the medium winner will get more than $300K and the low tournament has close to $110K up top. See “Eye on the Finals” section below for more details.
More fun added! We’ll forgive you if you usually skip the “Starting Today” section of these daily reports. But today you might want to check it out below. That’s because Stadium Series today starts its “Afterparty” — a series of tournaments that extends the fun into another couple of weeks. See the “Starting Today” section below for more details.
Astedt wraps it up with a win: Niklas “Lena900” Astedt has barely been outside the top five on the online poker rankings for the past five years, and he features in just about every tournament recap we ever write on PokerStars Blog. But Astedt left it late in Stadium Series to get his win, taking the title in the $10,000 buy-in “Wrap-Up” event. He picked his spot with laser-like precision. This one earned him $230,434.70 and he only had to beat 60 other players. (There were 100 entries, including 39 re-entries.) The heads-up battle was one for the ages, with Astedt facing off against fellow crusher Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet. This one went to the Swede, with Van Fleet winning $176,979 for second.
Ship it to ShipitFTW911: Another Swede, another win. This time the appropriately named “ShipitFTW911” took down the $1,050 buy-in Wrap-Up event, besting a field of 978 entries and winning $164,730.80. ShipitFTW911 previously won the Sunday High Roller during SCOOP 2019, which was worth close to $200,000, and this time beat a final table that also featured Joris “BillLewinsky” Ruijs, “Aalexxs”, who won Heat 24-M last week, Alex “Schildy1984” Debus, Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone and “hello_totti”.
Austrians on the ball in the PLO: The bonus PLO event, slipped in at the end of the Stadium Series, drew healthy fields at all buy-in levels. Austria’s “rObetOblancO” beat a 105-entry field to win the $2,100 buy-in version, banking $50,182.95, and outlasting a stellar final table field. Ireland’s “Skint Paddy”, a former WCOOP champion, was second, Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas was third and a player calling themselves “Pantonius2000” was fourth. (It may or may not be the real Patrik Antonius.) Fellow Austrian “Gladi3” won the medium buy-in , picking up $21,858.04.
|Wrap-Up: $109, $500K Gtd||5,402||$540,200||Engastamento||Brazil||$76,810.33|
|Wrap-Up: $1,050, $1M Gtd||978||$1,000,000||ShipitFTW911||Sweden||$164,730.80|
|Wrap-Up: $10,300, $1M Gtd||100||$1,000,000||Lena900||Sweden||$230,434.70|
|Side Event: $215 PKO, $500K Gtd||4,032||$806,400||jeanjrg1||Brazil||$81,448.54|
|Side Event: $22, PLO 6-Max, $35K Gtd||2,946||$58,920||Badbomen||Argentina||$8,531.31|
|Side Event: $215, PLO 6-Max, $75K Gtd||625||$125,000||Gladi3||Austria||$21,858.04|
|Side Event: $2,100, PLO 6-Max, $150K Gtd||105||$210,000||rObetOblancO||Austria||$50,182.95|
EYE ON THE FINALS
Here’s how the three Stadium Series Grand Finals line up with only nine players left in each:High: The UK-based Frenchman Maxime “Daghemuneguu” Chilaud leads the last nine players in the high buy-in Grand Final — a group of players who may not be particularly well known, but many of whom have a string of fine results. Chilaud won a title in WCOOP last year — and talked to us about it — while “LeslieGroves”, who sits in third, is a SCOOP champion from 2015. Sixth-placed Brazilian Fernando “fviana” Viana won the Sunday Warm-Up in January, while Russia’s “Futti18” won a WCOOP tournament in 2018, and finished runner-up in a big one in SCOOP this year. There’s no mistaking that this is a Russian-dominated final, with five of the nine seats taken by Russian, and a sixth filled by a Belarusian. But Chilaud has a sizeable chip lead, and with $821,988 up top, this is anyone’s game. Next player out gets $67,991.
Stadium Series Grand Final – High
Dates: August 2-4, 2020
Prize pool: $5 million
1 – Maxime “Daghemuneguu” Chilaud (United Kingdom) – 84,304,234
2 – serggorelyi7 (Russia) – 59,856,991
3 – LeslieGroves (Russia) – 21,767,098
4 – Goallinfishara (Russia) – 19,246,362
5 – MarinkaHT (Russia) – 14,660,696
6 – Fernando “fviana” Viana (Brazil) – 12,711,171
7 – Futti18 (Russia) – 12,124,738
8 – Vlada2108 (Serbia) – 11,003,175
9 – isscreamo (Belarus) – 7,075,535
Blinds resume at 250,000/500,000 (ante 62,500)Medium: What Russia is to the high buy-in final, Brazil is to the medium. Five of nine chairs around the final table of this 4,234-entry field are filled by Brazilians, with the former Team PokerStars Online member Caio “Pessagno” Pessagno the best known among them. Pessagno sits sixth in chips, with any result now guaranteeing that he will pass through the $8 million mark in online tournament earnings, according to his Pocket Fives profile. His countryman Rodrigo “digopapel” Semeguini, who is in fourth, will be aiming to add Stadium Series victory to a SCOOP title from 2018, while “KKing James” is seeking a second Stadium Series win, having won Heat 23-M last week for $114,803. Romania’s “JustPray” leads the way, from UK-based “RB Tiger“.
Stadium Series Grand Final – Medium
Dates: August 2-4, 2020
Prize pool: $2,117,000
1 – JustPray (Romania) – 76,809,592
2 – RB Tiger (United Kingdom) – 67,241,489
3 – luckyluck653 (Estonia) – 57,397,341
4 – digopapel (Brazil) – 49,201,375
5 – The_Senseman (Germany) – 46,086,948
6 – Pessagno (Brazil) – 41,519,452
7 – hanji (Canada) – 37,717,192
8 – ferdahouse (Brazil) – 24,807,451
9 – KKing James (Brazil) – 22,619,160
Blinds resume at 600,000/1.2 million (ante 150,000)
Low: With 21,198 players already departed, the last nine in the whopping low buy-in Grand Final are already guaranteed $7,285, which is a fine improvement on their $55 buy-in. But with $109,293 up top, it’s going to be a huge disappointment to go out next. Belarus’s “23lovecrew“, who is a micro-stakes grinder, is in pole position and has close to double the chips of second-place “Pocok85“. But there’s a long way to go.
Stadium Series Grand Final – Low
Dates: August 2-4, 2020
Prize pool: $1,060,350
1 – 23lovecrew (Belarus) – 274,358,954
2 – Pocok85 (Hungary) – 151,236,686
3 – Cheessseburger (Netherlands) – 143,260,542
4 – GugstavoHG (Brazil) – 142,550,614
5 – babecallme (Finland) – 119,619,716
6 – Catholovisck (Brazil) – 77,162,631
7 – mellov (Brazil) – 67,939,214
8 – Houtsteen (Netherlands) – 48,358,718
9 – peitschexx (Germany) – 35,862,925
Blinds resume at 1.25 million/2.5 million (ante 325,000)
Tournaments completed: 103
Tournaments ongoing: 3
Entries so far: 680,260
Prize pools so far: $47,247,124.50
First place prizes so far: $6,681,545.47
Completed tournaments only
It wasn’t the greatest showing from PokerStars’ streaming ambassadors in the Grand Finals. None of them made the money. So it was that Ben “Spraggy” Spragg was on co-commentator duties with Joe Stapleton when the $10K event wrapped up with a win for Niklas “Lena900” Astedt. To be honest, Spraggy didn’t even get a word in, but never mind. Here’s the moment Astedt wrapped it up:
You thought it was all over. We thought it was all over. But it isn’t.
Last night, the PokerStars tournament staff found a way to extend Stadium Series into another few days at least, guaranteeing another $1.85 million in prizes.
The Stadium Series “Afterparty” gets under way today.
This is a “Phase” tournament, at four buy-in levels, meaning there are a number of “Phase 1” tournaments, which equate to the various starting days in a live event, and through which players then qualify for “Phase 2”.
There’s a low, medium, high and a high roller event, with escalating buy-ins and guarantees as follows:
Low: $1.10 with $100K GTD
Medium: $11 with $250K GTD
High: $109 with $500K GTD
High roller: $1,050 with $1M GTD
The Phase 1s take place today, August 4, with most of the Phase 2s taking place on Sunday August 9. The exception is the $1,050 High Roller Phase 2, which takes place on Sunday August 16.
Helpfully, the Phase 1s are spread across the day, so find your phase in the lobby under Stadium Series and join in.