Turbo Series 2019 In Review

If you blinked, you might have missed it. Two weeks of fast-paced action wrapped up on Sunday with the conclusion of this year's Turbo Series schedule. Here's a look back at what happened.


Turbo Series by the numbers

Over two weeks we held 114 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $11 to $5,200. Together they drew more than 367,000 entries from around the world, awarding $32,746,700 in prizes.

The biggest winner of the series was Robin "robinho" Ylitalo of Sweden, who took down the $1,050 Main Event High title for $322K on Sunday night. Three other finalists in the same tournament walked with six-figure scores: Sweden's jamaica_111 ($268K), Belgium's Pontois2012 ($175K), and Canada's carl_nash13 ($125K).

Here's a look at the 20 biggest scores of the series.

PlayerCountryEventPlacePrize
robinhoSwedenTurbo Series 109: $1,050 NLHE [Main Event - High], $2M Gtd 1$322,429.90
jamaica_111SwedenTurbo Series 109: $1,050 NLHE [Main Event - High], $2M Gtd 2$268,907.78
needdollarzRussiaTurbo Series 108: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd 1$239,695.45
ZeeJustinCanadaTurbo Series 54: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $750K Gtd 1$192,427.76
Pontois2012BelgiumTurbo Series 109: $1,050 NLHE [Main Event - High], $2M Gtd 3$175,426.73
elmerixxFinlandTurbo Series 54: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $750K Gtd 2$149,300.84
FrCnnctn1960United KingdomTurbo Series 01: $215 NLHE [Progressive KO], $1M Gtd 1$144,653.09
FlipMaster08BrazilTurbo Series 110: $55 NLHE [Main Event - Low], $1M Gtd 1$132,411.27
carl_nash13CanadaTurbo Series 109: $1,050 NLHE [Main Event - High], $2M Gtd 4$125,050.36
WATnlosAustriaTurbo Series 54: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $750K Gtd 3$115,839.72
LrslzkFinlandTurbo Series 24: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Gtd 1$106,047.18
PIUlimeiraBrazilTurbo Series 78: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO], $500K Gtd 1$101,769.37
KudgelGermanyTurbo Series 110: $55 NLHE [Main Event - Low], $1M Gtd 2$95,186.77
huang33ChinaTurbo Series 108: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd 2$91,097.48
fellatiadoPolandTurbo Series 54: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $750K Gtd 4$89,877.87
progre69ArgentinaTurbo Series 109: $1,050 NLHE [Main Event - High], $2M Gtd 5$89,140.37
disquesi!United KingdomTurbo Series 03: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $500K Gtd 1$87,273.99
tangananatorMexicoTurbo Series 108: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd 3$85,361.22
den butlerBelgiumTurbo Series 18: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Gtd 1$84,828.05
pampa27ArgentinaTurbo Series 72: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $375K Gtd 1$74,591.19

Multiple titles for girafganger7, FlipMaster08

Two different players walked away with multiple titles, tying €urop€an's mark from last year.

girafganger7, the world's current #4 ranked online tournament player, became just the second player to win two Turbo Series titles. And they both came in a single day. First he won Event #69, a $215 4-Max NL Hold'em tourney. A few hours later he topped Event #71, a $215 NL Hold'em tournament, bringing his total take for the day to more than $63K.

FlipMaster08's two wins came a week apart. First the Brazilian took down Event #44, a $109 Progressive KO NL Hold'em tournament, for $43K in bounties and prize money. Then FlipMaster08 became the last player to win a Turbo Series title, playing late into the night this past Sunday to conquer the $55 Main Event Low. That was good for another $132K, one of the single biggest scores for any player during the Turbo Series.

Big scores galore for satellite winners

It was a very good Turbo Series for satellite winners. Of the 114 tournaments on the schedule, 12 were won by players who earned their way in through a cheaper tournament. Those winners were Russia's Savva707, 1bloodflood, r-w patriot, and needdollarz; the Netherlands' Golaith13 and eggabf; Poland's timektimek88; Germany's Ninoo166; Norway's slimons; Austria's AnderMolino; Paraguay's kefffff; and Finland's AT1121.

Aside from the winners, there were several massive returns on satellite tickets among final table finishers as well. Both the runner-up and third-place finisher in the $1,050 Main Event High converted their tickets into six-figure prizes. jamaica_111 of Sweden earned $268K on a $109 satellite entry, while Pontois2012 walked with $175K on a $110 satellite entry.



Zapahzamazki collects the most cashes

Zapahzamazki put in serious volume during the last two weeks and it paid off. Other players collected more money, but the Russian player cashed in more Turbo Series tournaments than anyone else. Zapahzamazki converted 29 of 173 total entries (roughly one out of every six) into cashes, good for a total take of more than $47K.

UserIDCountryEntriesITM FinishesCashed
ZapahzamazkiRussia17329 $ 47,459.92
ekziterLatvia12927 $ 54,665.19
bisziboszPoland10526 $ 16,644.48
22ehnutzzBrazil9425 $ 40,059.79
ameliaroy007Canada8925 $ 9,415.73
luelue399Canada8024 $ 56,632.35
poker@luffyDLatvia10724 $ 11,966.26
PIUlimeiraBrazil11123 $ 114,020.98
TomateeUruguay13523 $ 30,522.46
SmertinSwitzerland9423 $ 15,898.52
KaggisNorway12523 $ 13,487.02
TanTanSWESweden11323 $ 13,483.97
MakingM0Finland8923 $ 11,687.93
Cashine94Germany9523 $ 7,004.22
GamadGADOLMalta11722 $ 79,884.13
cal42688Mexico14822 $ 42,428.30
joaoMathiasBrazil12622 $ 15,053.94
AerodynAmiKKDenmark5322 $ 4,389.74
Lena900Sweden16221 $ 59,071.34
exculibrusPoland10921 $ 22,010.50


Kirito777 claims the KO crown, Fintan leads Ambassadors

With 34 bounty tournaments on the schedule, there were plenty of opportunities for players to collect a little cash for knocking out their opponents.

Nobody did that more often than Canada's Kirito777, who eliminated 87 players from bounty tournaments during the Turbo Series to earn more than $81K. Kirito777 earned $19K of that total in the course of winning Event #55, a $109 Progressive KO NL Hold'em tournament.

The single biggest bounty take of the tournament came on its last day. Russia's needdollarz bagged an astounding $146K in bounties in Event #108, a $5,200 High Roller Progressive KO NL Hold'em tournament. That topped the previous best of $55K, a mark shared by Event #78 champ Gustavo "PIUlimeira" Ferreira and Event #1 winner FrCnnctn1960.

UserIDCountryEntriesKOs Cashed
Kirito777Canada9887$81,625.36
kimokhLebanon12583$27,587.07
TheHollandGreece9280$10,108.06
vidaniloAngola7475$11,668.11
SzabcsiHungary4274$11,240.43
cal42688Mexico14872$42,428.30
ekziterLatvia12970$54,665.19
Mortan23Faroe Islands7867$46,254.06
despedespi33United Kingdom10166$77,834.53
ZapahzamazkiRussia17366$47,459.92
aniceboySwaziland7364$6,326.20
johnut901Romania8562$5,619.16
torscotr06Canada11859$19,356.97
redheadmadUkraine5758$32,335.64
FloooPitGermany3757$18,951.52
Denis XXX007Russia4557$8,021.27
vincelisLithuania10456$89,870.99
NukeTheFish!United Kingdom7856$31,319.06
SmilleThHeroAustria9556$18,959.93
hownorezAustria10056$5,131.79

Fintan and Spraggy

Ben "Spraggy" Spragg led PokerStars Ambassadors in KOs throughout most of the Turbo Series. But the final weekend saw him fall into last place as Fintan "easywithaces" Hand, Lex Veldhuis, and Felix "xflixx" Schneiders all collected bounties to move ahead of him. Fintan collected 16 KOs in the end to lead the team.

UserIDCountryEntriesKOsCashed
easywithacesIreland2316$1,613.94
L. VeldhuisNetherlands2711$3,419.34
xflixxGermany1611$646.37
SpraggyUnited Kingdom379$2,760.46

Savva707 rules the ROI roost

Russia's Savva707 set the ROI bar high on Day 1, winning Event #6 for $13K after qualifying for just $1.10. While nobody else could match that raw ROI number, idzake came close with a $26K score on a $2.20 satellite entry -- on a satellite ticket that came from a Stars Rewards chest, making it a total freeroll.

Here's a look at the 20 biggest ROI figures of the Turbo Series.

UserIDCountry CodeTournament NameFinish Place Cash Award Satellite Buy-in ROI
Savva707RussiaTurbo Series 06: $22 NLHE, $65K Gtd 1$13,663.62 $ 1.10 1,242,147%
idzakeUnited KingdomTurbo Series 65: $55 NLHE [8-Max], $200K Gtd 2$26,469.90 $ 2.20 1,203,177%
timektimek88PolandTurbo Series 75: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $125K Gtd 1$20,160.52 $ 1.85 1,089,758%
atanas_1980BulgariaTurbo Series 01: $215 NLHE [Progressive KO], $1M Gtd 2$71,226.98 $ 7.50 949,693%
AnaLinDSwedenTurbo Series 21: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $125K Gtd 2$10,435.26 $ 1.85 564,068%
Ninoo166GermanyTurbo Series 39: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $350K Gtd 1$59,258.60 $ 11.00 538,715%
ThalamproGreeceTurbo Series 04: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Mini Sunday Supersonic SE], $200K Gtd 3$34,026.21 $ 7.50 453,683%
slimonsNorwayTurbo Series 77: $22 NLHE, $150K Gtd 1$29,177.65 $ 7.50 389,035%
1bloodfloodRussiaTurbo Series 101: $215 NLO8 [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO], $100K Gtd 1$24,875.13 $ 6.60 376,896%
bobkin-ruRussiaTurbo Series 45: $22+R NLHE [Splash], $150K Gtd 4$9,829.47 $ 2.85 344,894%
NDnTCanadaTurbo Series 20: $22 NLHE [6-Max], $60K Gtd 6$1,760.58 $ 0.54 326,033%
Golaith13NetherlandsTurbo Series 05: $55 NLHE, $125K Gtd 1$22,086.61 $ 7.50 294,488%
frostynkoSlovakiaTurbo Series 110: $55 NLHE [Main Event - Low], $1M Gtd 15$4,888.90 $ 1.85 264,265%
AIK AIK AIK AIKUnited KingdomTurbo Series 73: $109 NLHE, $125K Gtd 2$18,917.10 $ 7.50 252,228%
edujudo95asParaguayTurbo Series 43: $11 NLHE, $50K Gtd 5$2,768.36 $ 1.10 251669%
AnderMolinoAustriaTurbo Series 14: $55 PLO [6-Max], $50K Gtd 1$13,683.71 $ 5.50 248,795%
jamaica_111SwedenTurbo Series 109: $1,050 NLHE [Main Event - High], $2M Gtd 2$268,907.78 $ 109.00 246,704%
Bee_Lou81PolandTurbo Series 110: $55 NLHE [Main Event - Low], $1M Gtd 7$18,291.76 $ 7.50 243,890%
LuCasino777SlovakiaTurbo Series 57: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Supersonic SE], $450K Gtd 3$25,551.19 $ 11.00 232,284%
Dev1L 888RussiaTurbo Series 110: $55 NLHE [Main Event - Low], $1M Gtd 16$4,888.90 $ 2.20 222,223%

Thanks to all the players who turned out to make the Turbo Series a rousing success, and congratulations to all our winners!


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Jason Kirk
@PokerStarsBlog in News