Christian Rudolph is largely considered as one of the top tournament players of his time, and his incredible performance at GGPoker this weekend further bolstered that reputation. Rudolph competed in the $525 Bounty Hunters HR Main Event against 1,893 other players for a piece of the $1,000,000 prize pool. Each entry received half of the prize fund, with the remaining 50% split between the top 278 finishers. For their efforts, each of the nine players who made it to the final table received a five-figure reward. The first finalist out the door was Vasileios “Turtas72” Panagiotou, who earned $17,909 owing to more than $12,500 in rewards.
Andrii Derzhypilsky of Ukraine, who won a WSOP bracelet online earlier this year, ended fourth for $31,401, while Israel’s “Lee0r” finished third for $35,331. Rudolph and “TUTU” went head-to-head, and there could only be one winner: Rudolph got the job done and took home $95,855, leaving his last opponent with a $60,909 parting gift. Rudolph isn’t only good at no-limit hold’em; he’s also really good at pot-limit Omaha. Rudolph was the last guy remaining when a field of 47 players entered the $5,250 Omaholic Bounty Super High Roller. Gavin Cochrane, a British PLO expert, finished sixth for $9,939, with “Givenchy-LOT” taking fifth place for $14,141.
Sebastian Trisch’s journey came to an end in fourth place for $26,408, with Andras Nemeth, the winner of the Super MILLION$ the week before, finishing third for $28,562. Rudolph was up against Tarun “AreYouAhead” Goyal of India. Rudolph must have smashed his way to this point since his bounty payout was $72,812 when he defeated his last opponent, giving him a total prize of $100,954. Goyal won $29,368, putting into perspective how outstanding the victor’s score was.