Stigunas takes gold and becomes PPC Winter Main Event Champion

The PartyPoker Championship (PPC) Winter Edition crowned its last champion of the series the biggest PartyPoker tournament of the year ended on January 17th. The $530 buy-in $500,000 guaranteed PPC Winter Main Event was the tournament, and Rytis Strigunas is the man who struck gold, filled his bankroll with a massive score, and will forever call himself the PPC Winter Main Event Champion.

Across the six launch flights, 1,089 PartyPoker players took to the virtual felt and, thanks to their creativity, ensured that the $500,000 guarantee was blown out of the water a prize pool of $544,500. Only 164 of the players who started with high hopes made it to Day 2, with each raking in at least a min-cash for their efforts.

The Day 2 field read like a Who’s Who of the poker world, such was the prestige of the PPC Winter Main Event. Elio Fuchs, Antoine Saut, Jan Arendsand our own Matthew Staples were among the early casualties of Day 2.

Former MILLIONS Online Champion Benjamin Chalot, Samuel Vousdenswedish superstar Nicholas Astedt, Thomas BoivinAnd Diego Ventura also saw a return on their $530 investment but fell short of the nine-handed final table; Ventura came painfully close and ended up in 11th place.

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The nine finalists returned to their seats on January 17 knowing they were just eight eliminations away from glory. All but two of the PartyPoker grinders who made it to the final table went home with a five-figure prize for their efforts.

Brazilian Ramon KropmannsHis time at the final table of the PPC Winter Main Event was short-lived as he was the first finalist headed for the exits. Ninth place came in at $7,213. Fabian Schmidt did slightly better, finishing eighth for $9,146 that he had previously added to his PartyPoker bankroll Jesus Martinez Ucero was eliminated after failing in seventh place, a result worth $11,540 to the Estonia-based star.

The salary jumps got bigger with each exit, adding another layer of excitement to the proceedings. Simon Beckman was eliminated in sixth place for $14,635, Dalton Holbold collected $18,947 for his fifth place finish Christo Dimitrov earned $27,649 when his run in the PPC Main Event ended in fourth place.

The heads-up was set by a UK-based Irishman Daniel Wilson crashed down. Wilson, a former champion cross-country skier Main event of the Irish Openhad to settle for the third place prize of $42,314, a still welcome score.

Given the nearly $28,000 difference in prize money between first and second place, this came as no surprise Rytis Strigunas And Victor Oliveira Girao Stop the tournament clock and make a deal to lessen the blow of falling at the final hurdle. The deal saw Girao officially take second place for $72,827 ($61,571 starting) while Strugunas raked in $78,160 ($89,415 original payout) and captured the title of PPC Winter Main Event Champion.

PPC Winter #01 Main Event Final Table Results

Location player country Price
1 Rytis Strigunas Ireland $78,160*
2 Victor Oliviera Girao Brazil $72,827*
3 DanWilson Great Britain $42,314
4 Christo Dimitrov Bulgaria $27,649
5 Dalton Hobold Brazil $18,947
6 Simon Beckman Austria $14,635
7 Jesus Martinez Ucero Estonia $11,540
8th Fabian Schmidt Austria $9,146
9 Ramon Kropmanns Brazil $7,213

*reflects a heads-up deal

Da Silva Crowned PPC Winter Mini Main Event Champion

The PPC Winter Mini Main Event was mini in name only thanks to the incredible support from you, our loyal PartyPoker players. About 2,730 players entered and created a prize pool of $136,500, more than a third larger than the advertised $100,000 guarantee.

Henrique Miguel Santos Da Silva was the main beneficiary of this juicy prize pool as he was the last player standing. Da Silva defeated the Czech Republic Peter Mark to become the worthy champion of the Mini Main Event, an accolade that came with an impressive $20,284 for his $55 buy-in. Although Marek is disappointed not to have walked away with the win, Marek still has to be happy about the second-place prize, which weighed in at $13,767.

PPC Winter #02 Mini Main Event Final Table Results

Location player country Price
1 Henrique Miguel Santos Da Silva Great Britain $20,284
2 Peter Mark Czech Republic $13,767
3 Matt Lee Great Britain $9,386
4 Fabiano Teixeira Brazil $6,217
5 Alice Samalikova Slovenia $4,225
6 Bruno Sampaio Brazil $3,218
7 Douglas Ferreira Brazil $2,488
8th Leonidas Vogiatzoglu Greece $1,970
9 Rafael Nunes Brazil $1,532

PPC results of the numbered winter event

We have to mention Denmarks Jonathan Skovsonwho featured in the PPC winter editions of The great. Skovson prevailed in The Grand Event, beating 94 opponents and winning $19,968. A week later, he won The Grand again, navigating past 105 opponents to take down the $23,448 grand prize. Watch out for Skovson’s The Grand this Sunday, where you can win from as little as $0.01!

case Buy Participant Pool price champion Price
#01 Main Event $530 1,089 $544,500 Rytis Strigunas $78,160
#02 Mini Main Event $55 2,730 $136,500 Henrique Miguel Santos Da Silva $20,284
#03 Omaha PKO Championship $109 411 $41,100 Richard Moreira $6,788*
#04 Mini Omaha PKO Championship $22 938 $18,760 Emily Maher $3,084*
#05 The big one $1,050 95 $100,000 Jonathan Skovson $19,968
#06 The big game $530 68 $40,000 Georgios Damianidis $10,324
#07 PKO Championship $215 958 $191,600 Kenny Hallert $24,937*
#08 Mini PKO Championship $33 2,541 $76,230 Diogo Miranda $7,867*
#11 Omaha Championship $109 303 $30,300 Christian Jaeger $5,766
#12 Mini Omaha Championship $22 711 $15,000 Timo Ruotsalainen $2,591
#13 The big one $1,050 106 $103,845 Jonathan Skovsen $23,448
#14 The big game $530 67 $40,000 Bengt Sonnert $10,324
In total $1,337,835

*including premium payments

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