Most poker players hope to begin the new year with a win, but only a small percentage of them succeed. Richard “rkellett89” Kellett, a British grinder, achieved just that, winning the $150,000 guaranteed Big Shot 109 Main Event at 888poker.
The $150,000 guarantee was beaten by 1,578 players who entered this week’s Big Shot 109 Main Event. Every one of the nine finalists took home more than $2,000 in prize money, with the top three finishers taking home five-figure sums.
The “typoputal” from the United Kingdom was the first team to withdraw from the final. Their ninth-place result netted them $2,067.
The competition was quickly over for Finnish grinder “WhiteBear,” German grinder “Mettessen,” and Lithuanian grinder “Denselis.”The winners received $2,714, $3,582, and $4,781 in prize money, respectively. The compensation increases continued, with “storabeleka” earning $6,406 for fifth place and “leblond1996” from Canada winning $8,663 when their participation was cut short.
On their $109 investment, each of the remaining three participants was now assured of a five-figure return. Augusto “gutolpacheo” Pacheco was the first to win one of the large prizes, $11,692. Kellett now faces “Teippio94” for the championship and the lion’s share of the prize fund after his exit. Kellett won $21,792 after dispatching his last opponent, leaving his Finnish opponent with a $15,906 parting gift.
At the Big Shot 525 final table, there were three Union Jacks. After beating Matias “mondango” Scaffo, Jeffrey “Jeffrr8” Reardon of Canada won $14,739 in the tournament. The first of the three Brits to dust off their chips was Daniel “danmoran1” Moran.
The tragic bubble boy from this 51-strong field was Spragg’s teammate, Sam “SamSquid” Grafton. Artus “ARTSchGamble” Scerbaks ran out of steam in the third, while Luciano “Luciano S.H” De Hollanda crashed and burned in the sixth.
Robert “robc1978” Cowen and Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi came close to becoming Winter Series champions, but both walked away with more than $16,000 to show for their efforts. The 57th event of the series, a $2,100 PLO8 6-Max Progressive Knockout, drew a small but star-studded field of 88 players. On January 2, Robert “robc1978” Cowen and Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi earned almost $16,000 in prize money. Cowen’s excellent run continued in the PLO8 6-Max Progressive Knockout, where he finished third. “SammySnake” took home $45,782 for finishing fifth in the $1,050 buy-in GGMasters High Rollers.