Dimov and Tremzin claim Winter Series Main Event titles

January 12, 2022inPoker

The three Winter Series Main Events concluded on Tuesday night with some top stars taking to the tables to battle for the $5m+ prize pools. Here’s how they all ended up

Dimov took down the Winter Series big one

Dimov rides chip-lead to championship title: There was an all-star cast for the final table of the $5,200 buy-in Winter Series High Main Event final, which featured multiple ‘COOP champions, a former MicroMillions main event winner (Guillaume “Nolet20” Nolet), and even a previous champion of Winter Series itself, aiming for an unprecedented double. (Ireland’s “ArtHouse2011” won in 2019). However, this year’s champion is another player for whom winning seems to come easy: Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov, of Bulgaria, whose poker resume continues to dazzle. Dimov is a former EPT Main Event champion, having won in Deauville in 2015 (and reaching another final table a few years later), and he has also won multiple High Roller Club titles, the Sunday Warm-Up and in WCOOP. He came into the Winter Series final with a significant chip lead — 42 million, when all but one other had less than 10 million — and was rarely threatened. Dimov closed it out by defeating “KKruchitAAs” of Argentina heads up, and banking $384,478. On paper, the final hand seemed to be a cooler, when both players flopped top pair. KKruchitAAs held A♠J♥ to Dimov’s J♣2♣ and the flop was 8♣J♦7♠. The turn and river were the 2♦ and 2♠, both emphatically improving Dimov, and he managed to extract everything from his opponent. KKruchitAAs, who came to the final as the short stack, took $285,771.

Winter Series Main Event (High)

Dates: Jan 9-11, 2022
Buy-in: $5,200
Entries: 429 (inc. 133 re-entries)
Prize pool: $2,145,000

1. Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov (Bulgaria) – $384,477.90
2. KKruchitAAs (Argentina) – $285,771.27
3. ArtHouse2011 (Ireland) – $212,405.40
4. twirlpro (Hungary) – $157,874.78
5. Futti18 (Russia) – $117,343.72
6. Jens “Fresh_oO_D” Lakemeier (Austria) – $87,218.05
7. Guillaume “Nolet20” Nolet (Canada) – $64,826.61
8. Pedro “gusmaa” Gusmaa (Brazil) – $48,183.77
9. FeriBo (Bulgaria) – $38,929.17

Tremzin secured his biggest online score

Tremzin adds Winter Series to WCOOP haul: With a $530 buy-in, the “medium” Main Event was always likely to attract a crowd of established online tournament players, and sure enough the 3,936-entry field contained all of the usual suspects. When only two were left, both had been there before: the UK’s Jamie “Ship It 2010” O’Connor, with more than $4 million in documented online earnings, sat opposite Gleb “Ti0373” Tremzin, one of Russia’s most feared tournament players. (Tremzin has four WCOOP titles and more than $6 million in documented earnings.) They decided on an equal chop, both guaranteeing themselves $233,479, and leaving $15K on the side to play for. That was already both of these players’ biggest single online score, according to Pocket Fives, and it was Tremzin who edged the heads up duel. His total haul hit $248,479.

Winter Series Main Event (Medium)

Dates: Jan 9-11, 2022
Buy-in: $530
Entries: 3,936 (inc. 1,295 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,968,000

1. Gleb “Ti0373” Tremzin (Russia) – $248,479.21*
2. Jamie “Ship It 2010” O’Connor (United Kingdom) – $233,479.22
3. JManana (Malta) – $142,978.15
4. Alavirien (Malta) – $101,919.76
5. mau5trapp1 (Moldova) – $72,652.06
6. kobyy (Austria) – $51,788.90
7. Ivan “zufo16” Zufic (Mexico) – $36,917.12
8. Scott “stpauli111” Hall (Mexico) – $26,315.89
9. HappyBustDay (Morocco) – $18,758.77

skol555 drinks in “low” success: It was a cosmopolitan affair in the low buy-in event, where there were eight different nationalities among the final nine players, after the majority of the 25,414-strong field had been eliminated. Ukraine was the only country with two representatives — “tim_pro_405!” and “FeaNoR4eG” — but they went out in sixth and third, respectively. That left Norway’s “FrankieFishGab” up against “skol555” of Lithuania, for a heads-up battle worth close to $40K. They decided not to do a deal, with skol555 emerging triumphant and winning $129,068 to FrankieFishGab’s $91,992. skol555 was in for four bullets, but $200 into $130K is still an incredible spin up.

Winter Series Main Event (Low)

Dates: Jan 9-11, 2022
Buy-in: $55
Entries: 25,414 (inc. 8,418 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,270,700

Final table results
1. skol555 (Lithuania) – $129,067.61
2. FrankieFishGab (Norway) – $91,992.07
3. FeaNoR4eG (Ukraine) – $65, 575.10
4. ivan limeira (Brazil) – $46,744.09
5. tsuligo (Slovenia) – $33, 320.67
6. tim_pro_405! (Ukraine) – $23,752.05
7. Sjrooje (Poland) – $16,931.18
8. Daniel Statager (Denmark) – $12,068.98
9. Vatal (Greece) – $8,603.02

Click for Winter Series results so far and schedule to come


Leonard made it two for Winter Series

Leonard snatches last High Roller crown: There was also time on the schedule last night for one final High Roller called, appropriately, the “8-Max Final HR”, with a $5K buy-in. That was all the invitation Patrick “pads1161” Leonard needed to rock up and claim a second title of the series. Leonard, who won the $2K Sunday Cooldown Special Edition earlier in the series, crushed another high-quality field of 121 entries to bag a $132,608 first prize. Leonard beat Guillaume “Nolet20” Nolet heads-up, with Nolet adding to his Main Event final table appearance with a $103K score in this one. Leonard wasn’t the only player becoming a double champion on Tuesday night. Russia’s “nb_communist” also won a second tournament, both of which have been in PLO.

Still time to play: Winter Series isn’t quite done yet. There are 11 tournaments starting and finishing today, so there’s still a chance to get involved. Here’s the final day schedule:


With the Main Events now complete, here’s how the running totals look for Winter Series 2021-22:

Tournaments completed: 277
Entries: 1,345,175 (inc. 419,732 re-entries)
Prize pools: $59,276,808
First-place prizes: $8,538,152 (inc. $1,821,989 in bounties)


This one is now done and dusted, with Brazil’s lead unassailable at the top. There was a winner from New Zealand overnight, bringing total countries represented to 36.

48 titles – Brazil
35 – Russia
22 – Canada
17 – Sweden
16 – Germany
15 – UK
14 – Romania
12 – Ukraine
9 – Austria
8 – Finland, Ireland, Lithuania
6 – Poland
5 – Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Slovenia
4 – Argentina
3 – Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Mexico, Norway
2 – Croatia, Estonia, Georgia
1 – Armenia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, New Zealand, Peru, Uruguay, Vietnam.


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