The first Weekly Finals are done in Stadium Series and the big winner is very familiar indeed. Prize pools also push through the $10 million mark. Read all the latest from the tables…

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Telker tops high final to complete double: There’s no doubting the standout player from the first week of Stadium Series. After winning the high buy-in PKO event on the series’ opening weekend, Mike “munchenHB” Telker completed the job in the $530 Weekly Final too. Telker was the chip leader with nine left and although he surrendered it temporarily early on, he rebounded and was able to run over the table. Telker eventually beat Brazil’s Eli “Timunim” Fagundes heads up to win $157,004.09, which is the biggest winner’s cheque all week in Stadium Series. Telker, who is originally from Missouri in the United States, is based in Costa Rica these days, and is one of the best known online players. He’s a former Sunday Million champion, who has been at the top of the online game for more than 10 years. This is just another title among many for Telker, who will no doubt return for the rest of this four-week jamboree.

Stadium Series Weekly Final – High
Dates: Jul 12-14, 2020
Buy-in: $530
Entries: 2,101
Prize pool: $1,050,500

1 – Mike “munchenHB” Telker, Costa Rica, $157,004.09
2 – Eli “Timunim” Fagundes, Brazil, $111,917.01
3 – “Boootsy”, Canada, $79,778.33
4 – “Nelepo10”, Brazil, $56,868.71
5 – Xiaoxiao “W.Leung” Niao, Finland, $40,538.05
6 – Paulius “D3cor” Vaitiekunas, Lithuania, $28,896.94
7 – “deadfizh”, Finland, $20,598.72
8 – “pfeifer97”, Brazil, $14,683.46
9 – Manuel “fellatiado” Ruivo, Netherlands, $10,466.86

A man for all seasons: Argentina’s “McFadden92” is making a happy habit of succeeding on the biggest stage and last night added victory in the $55 Stadium Series Weekly Final to his runner up finish in the Winter Series Main Event from December. Back when it was actually summer in Argentina — ie, December — McFadden92 won $270,120.44 for his second place, beaten only by “takisxa”. This time, victory over a field of 10,297 banked McFadden92 $69,030.92, less than that runner-up prize, but this time with the knowledge that there was nobody better out there. Germany’s “Sina170902” was second.

Stadium Series Weekly Final – Medium
Dates: Jul 12-14, 2020
Buy-in: $55
Entries: 10,297
Prize pool: $514,850

1 – “McFadden92”, Argentina, $69,030.92
2 – “Sina170902”, Germany, $49,202.30
3 – “ryanfack”, UK, $35,073.12
4 – “Baca4b”, Poland, $25,001.37
5 – “feedmefast”, Netherlands, $17,821.84
6 – “PTStar86”, Netherlands, $12,704.07
7 – “flaco2550”, Mexico, $9,055.90
8 – “legendalv”, Austria, $6,455.39
9 – “dadowiec”, Poland, $4,601.67

Biggest tournament ends in triumph for Brazil: The biggest event so far in Stadium Series, at least in terms of players, was the $5.50 buy-in Weekly Final, which drew 22,379 entries. Eight of the nine final table players were from Europe, but it was the lone exception, “BK AK 171” who managed to outdo them all and claim the title. Ninth overnight, the Brazilian surged through the final table and beat Russia’s “Vitosina” heads up, earning a $15,401.17 payday.

Stadium Series Weekly Final – Low
Dates: Jul 12-14, 2020
Buy-in: $5.50
Entries: $22,379
Prize pool: $150,000

1 – “BK AK 171”, Brazil, $15,401.17
2 – “Vitosina”, Russia, $10,968.91
3 – “AA20@Star”, Germany, $7,819.03
4 – “DonSimon450”, Bulgaria, $5,573.68
5 – “vikauskas98”, Ukraine, $3,973.12
6 – “armiukas”, Lithuania, $2,832.19
7 – “pandora02”, Ukraine, $2,018.89
8 – “nyJl9I-gypa”, Ukraine, $1,439.14
9 – “FistonDG”, Belgium, $1,025.89

Big one for que_te_crio: The UK-based “que_te_crio” has made a handful of big final tables in the past year, including a $2,000 SCOOP event that also featured Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves, Lawrence “bigstealer” Bayley and Joris “BillLewinsky” Ruijs. que_te_crio finished that one in fourth, for $44,836. Rubbing shoulders with players like that can’t have hurt que_te_crio’s game — and he proved once again that he’s a force to be reckoned with by winning Heat 10-H in Stadium Series last night. This had a $1,050 buy-in and attracted 443 entries (including 118 re-entries), and when 441 of them were extinguished, qu_te_crio found himself heads-up against Diego Valadares “Mr.Bittar” Bittar, a player with nearly $5 million in online tournament winnings. But que_te_crio was too strong this time and banked a huge bounty payout: picking up $44,994.12 in addition to the $42,702.49 from the prize pool. That’s a haul of $87,696.61 to represent a fine couple of nights’ work.

STAT TRACKER

The completion of the first Weekly Finals took our stat tracker through two important landmarks. Prize pools have eclipsed $10 million, with first-place payouts now past $1 million.

Tournaments completed: 33
Tournaments ongoing: 3
Entries so far: 292,106
Prize pools so far: $10,797,070.90
First place prizes so far: $1,220,190.18

AS IT STANDS

Heat 11 is now at its half-way point. Here’s how those three tournaments stand:

Heat 11-L: $11 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 11,408
Prize pool: $125,000
Leader: murvl (Sweden) | 45 players left

Heat 11-M: $109 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 2,078
Prize pool: $250,000
Leader: DubbCitySauce (UK) | 45 players left

Heat 12-H: $109 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 378
Prize pool: $400,000
Leader: DaanOss (Austria) | 45 players left<hr>

STARTING TODAY

Heat 12 – No Limit Hold’em 6-Max
Buy-ins: $10, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $125,000, $250,000, $500,000

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Howard Swains is a freelance journalist based in London

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