The Blowout Series took it easy on the final day of 2020 with six turbo events rounding off the year. Here’s what happened, as we prepare for more Blowout in 2021…


BLOWOUT BULLETIN

spayk88 takes the hyper: Just a very quick update from the Blowout Series after the final tournaments of 2020 wrapped on Thursday night. There were six of them in all, with winners coming from six different countries. Ukraine’s “spayk88” took the biggest prize in the shortest time, banking $22,356, including bounties, for outlasting a field of 803 entries in the $215 NLHE 6-Max Hyper-Turbo PKO, which took less than two-and-a-half hours to go start to finish.

Neat bookends for PIPON777: On January 3, 2020 — ie., about a year ago — Latvia’s “PIPON777” got his or her year off to a flying start with victory in the Winter Series $1,050 NL08 6-Max, banking close to $24K. There must be something this player likes about this time of year because PIPON777 was back at it on the final day of 2020. PIPON777 cut a heads-up deal with “exculibrus”, from Poland, when they were the last two of a 118-entry field in last night’s $530 NLHE Turbo (Event #14-H). PIPON777 won $10,708 to provide a perfect bookend to the year.


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New Year’s Bash starts today: If you only play one tournament today, make it the New Year’s Bash, which begins at 1.10pm ET. This is an amazing tournament whose buy-in is $11 but whose guarantee is a staggering $2 million! It’s very, very rare to see such an enormous guarantee on such a low buy-in tournament, so make sure you’re involved. Satellites are running all day.

Happy New Year!: Happy New Year from all of us at PokerStars Blog.


LATEST RESULTS

Event Entries Prize pool Winner Country Total prize
Event #14-L: $5.50 NLHE, Turbo 25,000 $122,500 Verre86 Canada $12,478
Event #14-M: $55 NLHE, Turbo 2,045 $102,250 Helst Sweden $15,278
Event #14-H: $530 NLHE, Turbo 118 $59,000 PIPON777 Latvia $10,708*
Event #15-L: $2.20 NLHE, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO 9,221 $25,000 naa-rocha Brazil $2,398†
Event #15-M: $22 NLHE, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO 4,935 $103,388 katarina1011 Croatia $9,721†
Event #15-H: $215 NLHE, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO 803 $164,422 spayk88 Ukraine $22,356†

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Events completed: 46
Total entries: 322,176 (inc. 56,379 re-entries)
Total prize pools: $14,648,910
First-place prizes: $1,720,234 (inc. bounties)
Tournaments starting today: 12

Note: Stats refer to completed tournaments only


COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

Six different countries won the six titles available on Thursday, which meant a first appearance on the leader board for Ukraine, Latvia and Croatia. It also meant that Brazil tied the Netherlands with five titles at the top of the leader board.

Latest standings:

5 titles – Brazil, Netherlands
4 – Sweden, UK
3 – Canada, Estonia, Mexico, Romania, Russia
2 – Germany, Ireland
1 – Argentina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Panama, Ukraine.


STARTING TODAY

Event #16: NLHE, PKO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $50,000, $200,000, $225,000

Event #17: NLHE, 8-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $2 million, $200,000, $325,000

Event #18: NLHE, 6-Max, PKO
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $200,000, $325,000, $275,000

Event #19: NLHE, 8-Max, Hyper-Turbo
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $30,000, $100,000, $115,000

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