Super Tuesday wraps and Thursday Thrill begins. Here’s all the latest from the Blowout Series on PokerStars


Simon “simon1471” Higgins: Held Teun Mulder at bay

Higgins too strong for Mulder: We were inches away from crowning a second double champion in Blowout Series when Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder made it to the final two in the $530 Super Tuesday Special Edition (Event #33-H) and had the chance to add to his $5K High Roller title from last week. However, he was up against Simon “simon1471” Higgins, from the UK, a player with a fairly formidable record of his own — and Higgins this time was too strong. Higgins has won in WCOOP, in the High Roller Series, in the Bounty Builder Series, among numerous other accolades, both live and online, particularly at the highest stakes, and he put his name on the board in Blowout Series too. There were 508 entries of $530 apiece to this one, meaning Higgins earned $45,113 for his win. Mulder took $33,389 for second.

Boost to B4NKR0LL3R’s bankroll: Another UK-based player, Juanki “B4NKR0LL3R” Vecino, added to his ever-increasing bankroll overnight after claiming first place in the $2,100 8-Max PKO (Event #37-H). Vecino, who is originally from Spain, won the Sunday Million last February, for a career high score of $106K, and has also won in the Winter Series, the Bounty Builder Series and twice in the High Roller Club. This latest success was worth $69,202, including $42,203 in bounties, and came over a 145-entry, densely packed field of top names. Jamil “Jamil11” Wakil was second, “RaiseUpBlind” was third and “Anjeyyy” was fourth, ahead of Shawn “buck21” Buchanan, Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford and Niklas “Lena900” Astedt. All credit to Vecino for prevailing from that company.


“bdmaly” rising through the ranks: Prior to this Blowout Series, the biggest online score earned by Romania’s “bdmaly” was $1,588, earned after he came third in an $8 tournament on PokerStars in 2010. That’s all changed now. On January 2, bdmaly made a final table in the $109 buy-in Deep Stacks (Event #20-M) and banked $6,599 for finishing sixth, and then last night won the $55 NLHE Turbo Freezeout (Event #38-M) outright, for a new career high of $22,035. According to a Pocket Fives profile, bdmaly, who is based in Bucharest, has been playing small tournaments since 2009, mainly on PokerStars, but has recently found his form. Those two recent Blowout Series successes account for more than a third of all his tournament cashes. The high buy-in version of this event was also won by a player clearly on the up. Not much has been documented previously about “Azolla“, from the Netherlands, but he or she won $31,980 for beating a 347-entry field in the $530 buy-in turbo, with previous winner “DingeBrinker” in third and much decorated Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead in second.

The last seven in the $5K (click to enlarge)

Stacks in the latest $5K: Bulgaria’s “millenial” already has a second-placed finish during this Blowout Series, in a $1K PKO freezeout that finished earlier this week, but he is currently sitting at the top of the overnight counts in the latest $5K High Roller, eyeing a first title. It won’t be easy. From the 103 entries, only seven players are left and it’s an exceptional field: Niklas “Lena900” Astedt is currently second, Bert “girafganger7” Stevens is in third, with Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams in fifth and Joao “Maza114” Vieira in sixth. milennial has a decent chip lead — 1.6 million more than Astedt, with blinds at 25K/50K — but it can change very quickly indeed. The conclusion will be streamed live tonight on the PokerStars Twitch channel.


Event Entries Prize pool Winner Country Total prize
Event #33-L: $5.50 NLHE, 8-Max 23,327 $114,302 pow17 Chile $7,251*
Event #33-M: $55 NLHE, 8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE 5,467 $273,350 DeM!st3r Germany $38,871
Event #33-H: $530 NLHE, 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE 508 $254,000 simon1471 UK $45,113
Event #37-L: $22 NLHE, 8-Max, Progressive KO 11,002 $220,040 flynthehouse Ireland $19,623†
Event #37-M: $215 NLHE, 8-Max, Progressive KO 1,590 $318,000 Olorionek Poland $39,029†
Event #37-H: $2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, Progressive KO 145 $290,000 B4NKR0LL3R UK $69,202†
Event #38-L: $5.50 NLHE, Turbo 9,329 $45,712 VivirCuestaVida Argentina $5,608*
Event #38-M: $55 NLHE, Turbo 3,054 $152,700 bdmaly Romania $22,035
Event #38-H: $530 NLHE, Turbo 347 $173,500 Azolla Netherlands $31,980

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


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


There’s no poker in today’s clip, but just some footage of our streaming supremo Lex Veldhuis looking ridiculous. Why does he do it to himself?


The two victories for UK-based players moved the Brits up the leader board to a tie with Canada for third. But it’s still Brazil leading the way and the Netherlands running them closest. Chile makes an appearance on the leader board for the first time.

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


The Thursday Thrill is the pick of the events tonight, promising a $500K prize pool in the $215 buy-in version, while the high rollers will do battle in a $2K buy-in version. But there’s also a nice $2.20 hyper turbo to wrap things up, which will be fast and furious.

Event #39-L: $5.50 NLHE, 8-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $30,000, $125,000, $150,000

Event #40-L: $22 NLHE, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $250,000, $500,000, $400,000

Event #41-L: $11 NLHE, Turbo
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $65,000, $150,000, $175,000

Event #42-L: $2.20 NLHE, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $2.20, $22, $215
Guarantees: $25,000, $100,000, $200,000


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