Turbo Series Day 11: 1-2 for Arends as big one heads to Brazil, plus all the latest results

March 04, 2021inNews

There still hasn’t been a two-time champ in the 2021 Turbo Series at PokerStars, but we came very, very close on Wednesday night. Here’s a full rundown of all the action.


Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi: Big bounty win

Bruschi’s brilliance claims biggest bounty: The biggest event on Wednesday’s schedule was the $1,050 PKO tournament, which duly pulled one of the strongest fields of Turbo Series so far. After 117 re-entries, there were 441 total entries putting $441K in the prize pool and players such as Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson, Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Stefan “mindgamer” Jedlicka, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos and Jans “Graftekkel” Arends in the money. Of them, Arends went closest to the title, ending up in second place, but none could touch Renan “internett93o” Bruschi. The Brazilian, who finished second in a 4-Max tournament in Turbo Series on Tuesday, continued his vein of form to bank $65,034 for the win, which included $30,637 in bounty payments. Bruschi displays a long list of accolades on his Instagram account, including a $500K win on the WPT, but he’s best known to us as the victor in a 2015 Special Edition of the Sunday Million, which had a $5 million guarantee. That earned him $354K. It was a tough field last night, yes. But Bruschi is a tough competitor, and here’s another great result for his excellent resume.

A first and a second for Jans “Graftekkel” Arends

Arends not to be denied: He may have lost out to Renan “internett93o” Bruschi in the $1,050 PKO last night, but Jans “Graftekkel” Arends rarely accepts defeat. In fact, he clambered straight back on the horse in the $215 buy-in 6-Max PKO, which started three hours later, and this time went all the way to the title. There were 871 entries into this later tournament, where the prize pool was still a very tasty $178,346. But Arends was not in the mood to allow anyone else a sniff, eventually beating Finland’s “Vakio¤Ässä” heads up to keep his own bounty. It meant Arends ended with $12,881 from the main prize pool, a further $15,721 in bounties, and ended Wednesday night in Turbo Series with a win and a second place. Not at all bad.


Ripper lurks, but untouchable is untouchable: Despite the exploits of Renan “internett93o” Bruschi and Jans “Graftekkel” Arends described above, Turbo Series hasn’t yet found a double champion this year. It’s true: every single one of 96 tournaments completed so far has been won by a different player. It has, however, had a two-time runner up. Last night, Denmark’s “JackRipperJr” finished second for the second time, losing out heads up to the aptly named “untouchable10”, of Moldova, in the $530 PLO 6-Max. Last week, JackRipperJr was second to “uwintakeit” in a $530 NLHE 6-Max event. JackRipperJr had to make do with $15,512 to untouchable10’s $21,404 this time, but he also took $31K for the runner-up spot last time, so he’s doing OK. There were 218 entries to the big PLO event, with a prize pool of $109K.


Name Entries Prize pool Winner Country Total prize
Event #89 $55 NLHE, 6-Max, PKO 3,253 $162,650 Pseudo Fruto Brazil $16,735.23†
Event #90 $530 PLO, 6-Max 218 $109,000 untouchable10 Moldova $21,403.56
Event #91 $22 NLHE 8,717 $174,340 Butch030 Germany $24,466.20
Event #92 $1,050 NLHE, PKO 441 $441,000 Internett93o Brazil $65,034.19†
Event #93 $109 NLHE, 8-Max, Zoom 1,506 $150,600 ULOSEMFKR!! Estonia $22,960
Event #94 $22 NLHE, 6-Max, PKO, Short PKO 3,171 $63,420 shahibles Sweden $7,045.43
Event #95 $215 NLHE, 6-Max, PKO 871 $178,346 Graftekkel Austria $28,602.04†
Event #96 $55 NLHE, 8-Max 1,969 $100,000 kisulik777 Russia $15,060.29†

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


Entries: 321,454 (inc. 68,200 re-entries)
Prize pools: $18,652,698.86
First place payouts: $2,569,544.09 (inc. $489,405.21 in bounties)

Tournaments completed: 96
Tournaments starting today: 9


After Arlie Shaban’s noisy victory on Tuesday, Wednesday night’s action was a touch quieter. For good reason. Fintan “easywithaces” Hand probably won’t want to be cheering too loudly about these two hands, in which he saw the bounties, went for them, and, well…


Two titles overnight for Brazil, and none for its closest challengers, put daylight again between the South Americans and the rest of the chasing pack. It’s been a couple of days since any new country appeared on the standings, meaning 27 are represented with three days of competition still left.

13 – Brazil
11 – UK
10 – Netherlands
9 – Russia
6 – Canada
5 – Germany, Sweden
4 – Austria
3 – Greece, Poland
2 – Argentina, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Romania
1 – Belarus, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Ukraine.


The biggest guarantee today is on the $109 NLHE PKO event, which gets under way at 1pm ET and has $400K in the prize pool before we even start. There’s a lesser-seen limit hold’em tournament kicking off before that, and a $55 “Time” event, which takes an hour to play and no more.

All times ET:

10:00 – Event #97 $215 NLHE, $125K Gtd
11:30 – Event #98 $109 FLHE, 6-Max, $30K Gtd
13:00 – Event #99 $109 NLHE, PKO, $400K Gtd
14:30 – Event #100 $55 NLHE, 6-Max, Win the Button, $125K Gtd
15:30 – Event #101 $215 NLHE, Fat Thursday SE, $100K Gtd
16:00 – Event #102 $530 NLHE, 8-Max, $250K Gtd
16:30 – Event #103 $55 NLHE, 8-Max, Time KO, $30K Gtd
17:30 – Event #104 $109 NLHE, $200K Gtd
19:00 – Event #105 $11 NLHE, PKO, $50K Gtd


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