The biggest prize yet in Blowout Series went to Romania, while the hunt continues for the second double champion. All the latest…


The dealmakers (click to enlarge)

Voinea snags the BIG! one: The second Big Blowout! tournament played through its third and final day on Tuesday, eventually crowning Cosmin “Unhuman3” Voinea as its champion. Voinea was the huge chip leader at the end of Day 2, when 23 players were left, and completed the job on Tuesday night — albeit after a six-way deal at the end. Voinea was leading at the point that the remaining players looked at the numbers, with the scheduled payout structure offering $116,396 to the next player out. They tinkered with that, with everyone guaranteeing themselves at least $209K. Voinea ended up continuing his amazing run all the way to the top spot, finishing with $456,346 — the biggest prize awarded so far during Blowout Series. “Flush098765”, representing Guatemala, finished second and took the second most ($370,143). There were 31,855 entries in all, building a prize pool of $6.371 million. All of that from a $215 buy-in. The third Big Blowout! begins this Sunday, with another $5 million guaranteed. This time it’s $530 to play.

Searching for another double: The Austria-based “CPUrul0r” enjoyed a dream of a Tuesday night, winning the $1,050 buy-in PKO Freezeout (Event #32-H) while also finishing top of the overnight counts in the Super Tuesday Special Edition (Event #33-H). The former title brought with it $44,834, including $28,687 in bounty payments, while there’s $45,113 up top for the winner of the latter. That is far from a done deal, of course, with 41 players still involved from the original 509-entry field. They include the likes of Simon “simon1471” Higgins, who is in second place, and Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder, who is currently fifth. There’s a lot of play left when it resumes today at 1.05pm ET, but CPUrul0r is very well placed to go back-to-back and become only the second double champion in the Blowout Series.


Five cards favours Sintoras: Five-card PLO 6-Max appeared on the Blowout Series schedule on Tuesday and that meant small but very, very tough fields, particularly in the $1,050 buy-in version (Event #34-H). After Rui “RuiNF” went out on the bubble, there was a dense concentration of European superstars left in contention, with the Nordics particularly well represented. However, Germany’s “Sintoras” ended up beating them all, earning the $28,551 first prize by defeating “Achilles591” heads up. Sintoras has victories in both SCOOP and WCOOP, the latter only last year, and can now add Blowout Series to that haul. There was another final table in this one for “WhatIfGod”, but he could finish only fifth. His countryman “clidberg” claimed the low buy-in version for Sweden, worth $4,932 after a deal, while “Ig123456789” won the medium. Ig123456789 took $8,242 after a four-way deal, which was actually the smallest amount of the players involved in the negotiations. Finland’s “fcmellon” took the most, banking $11,671, even though he or she only officially finished second.


Event Entries Prize pool Winner Country Total prize
Big Blowout!: $215 NLHE, 8-Max 31,855 $6,371,000 UnHuman3 Romania $456,346*
Event #29-L: $5.50 NLHE, PKO 51,835 $253,992 keymaker78 Bulgaria $14,596†
Event #29-M: $55 NLHE, PKO, Mini Bounty Builder HR SE 13,542 $677,100 metmaster2 Germany $48,792†
Event #29-H: $530 NLHE, PKO, Bounty Builder HR SE 1,102 $551,000 morfe2400 Denmark $76,778†
Event #32-L: $11 NLHE, PKO 14,501 $142,110 Sv3nnO Norway $10,833†
Event #32-M: $109 NLHE, PKO 3,268 $326,800 Invictus1010 Germany $33,014†
Event #32-H: $1,050 NLHE, PKO 181 $181,000 CPUrul0r Austria $44,834†
Event #34-L: $11 5-Card PLO, 6-Max 4,045 $39,641 clidberg Sweden $4,932*
Event #34-M: $109 5-Card PLO, 6-Max 919 $91,900 Ig123456789 Ukraine $8,242*
Event #34-H: $1,050 5-Card PLO, 6-Max 127 $127,000 Sintoras Germany $28,551
Event #35-L: $5.50 NLHE, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO 12,055 $60,878 pebble blue Netherlands $5,078†
Event #35-M: $55 NLHE, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO 4,264 $223,348 Franco2992 Argentina $18,724†*
Event #35-H: $530 NLHE, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, HRC Daily Supersonic SE 576 $293,484 gambl3r0 Greece $40,415†

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


With more than 100 tournaments now in the books, the number of entries has passed 1 million. This is a big series everybody.

Tournaments completed: 101
Total entries: 1,067,097 (inc. 164,044 re-entries)
Total prize pools: $39,621,869
First-place prizes: $4,241,541 (inc. bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 3
Starting today: 9

Note: Stats refer to completed tournaments only


We haven’t seen too many deep runs by Spraggy in this Blowout Series so far. But he so clearly wants to be a hero, his time will come. But there’s sometimes a problem with hero calls…


Seventeen tournaments finished on Sunday night, with Brazilians winning four of them. That stretched the South Americans’ lead at the top of the leader board, with the Netherlands still running them closest. The Brits and Russians, who usually go shoulder to shoulder at the top of these leader boards, are nowhere to be seen. There were two titles for the Dutch, two for Canada and two for Austria, as Japan and Kazakhstan won their first.

14 titles – Brazil
11 – Netherlands
8 – Canada
6 – Germany, Sweden, UK
4 – Estonia, Romania, Russia
3 – Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Mexico
2 – Czech Republic, Ireland, Norway, Ukraine
1 – Belarus, Croatia, Finland, Guernsey, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Panama, Poland.


Some more big prizes on the line today, particularly in Event 36, which has a $5,200 buy-in high roller, and a $500K guarantee.

Event #36: NLHE, 6-Max
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $200,000, $225,000, $500,000

Event #37: NLHE, 8-Max, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $125,000, $250,000, $250,000

Event #38: NLHE, Freezeout Turbo
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $25,000, $100,000, $150,000


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