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The biggest prize of Blowout Series so far made a Dutchman a double champion, while one of the UK’s best snagged a familiar win too. All the latest…


The winning moment for “Gwolde”

Gwolde strikes gold again: What was already an excellent series for the Netherlands-based “Gwolde” became even more brilliant last night as he or she took down the biggest prize in Blowout Series so far: $721,692 and first place in the latest Big Blowout! Back in the early stages of Blowout Series, Gwolde won a $109 buy-in Deep Stacks tournament (Event #20-M), banking $35,856, and the reinvestment of some of that booty proved to be very smart. But it wasn’t even that much. Gwolde won a $22 satellite to the $530 Big Blowout! and rode it all the way to the deepest stages. The tournament attracted 12,938 entries and built a prize pool of $6.47 million. After three days of competition, Gwolde was heads-up with “Escapemissio” of the UK and the pair decided to do a deal. Stacks were almost even, with Escapemissio taking $680,231 and the last two playing for the $50,000 left on the side. Gwolde won the short heads-up battle after turning two pair with 65 and Escapemissio flopped top pair with J8. They got it all in on the turn and Escapemissio did not improve. That made Gwolde the fifth double-champion in Blowout Series, and by some measure the richest of them. Turning $22 into more than $720k is some achievement.


An 8-Game win for Ashton

Ashton MUSTAFANOTHERTITLE: Matthew “MUSTAFABET” Ashton is one of the most reliable poker players in the world with four SCOOP titles, one from WCOOP and one WSOP bracelet in the $50K Player’s Championship no less. With a $1K 8-Game tournament appearing on the Blowout Series schedule last night, Ashton duly arrived, played and won, taking $29,871 for his troubles. There were 99 entries and a prize pool of $125K. We often make claims about how tough the late stages of tournaments are on PokerStars, but the final five in this event was frankly ridiculous. Ashton had to beat Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira heads up, with Ole “wizowizo” Schemion going out in third, former WCOOP Player of the Year Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna finishing fourth and Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, who won three WCOOP events last year, in fifth. None could match Ashton, though, who adds a Blowout Series victory to his long list of achievements.

Aalexxs makes good on promise: Googling the poker player “Aalexxs” yields a few results, including a YouTube clip of the Netherlands-based player winning the $7.50 buy-in PKO Deep Stacks on PokerStars in 2019. It was good for $316.49. There are others, including a win in the Sunday Warm-Up, for $21K, but all of them will probably now slip down the list after Aalexxs won nearly $100K last night in the Blowout Series. It was in Event #57-H, a $1K PKO event, in which Aalexxs beat a field of 664 entries. That was worth $50,020 from the main prize pool and a further $48,984 in bounties for $99,004 in total. Let’s send this to the top of the Google rankings.

Still to come…: There’s a long way to go still in Blowout Series, and here’s a thorough run down of the highlights still left on the schedule.


Event Entries Prize pool Winner Country Total prize
Big Blowout!: $530 NLHE, 8-Max 12,938 $6,469,000 Gwolde Netherlands $721,692*
Event #57-L: $11 NLHE, PKO 17,094 $167,521 checkrais86 Canada $11,987†
Event #57-M: $109 NLHE, PKO 4,796 $479,600 yagrebulave Russia $48,056†
Event #57-H: $1,050 NLHE, PKO 664 $664,000 Aalexxs Netherlands $99,004†
Event #60-L: $2.20 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO 13,822 $27,091 bojko111 Bulgaria $2,288†
Event #60-M: $22 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO 9,698 $193,960 batai12 Russia $17,444†
Event #60-H: $215 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO 1,239 $247,800 TonyCipolla9 Mexico $34,161†
Event #62-L: $11 8-Game 3,269 $32,036 SerMaxPro Ukraine $4,206
Event #62-M: $109 8-Game 686 $68,600 CharlieDewey UK $11,766
Event #62-H: $1,050 8-Game 99 $125,000 MUSTAFABET UK $29,871
Event #63-L: $5.50 NLHE, Turbo, PKO 10,362 $50,774 lidis7 Greece $3,523†*
Event #63-M: $55 NLHE, Turbo, PKO 4,130 $206,500 AljT94 Latvia $20,375†
Event #63-H: $530 NLHE, Turbo, PKO 602 $301,000 Perenterol Germany $51,938†

*denotes deal
†inc. bounties


Tournaments completed: 186
Total entries: 1,590,493 (inc. 235,197 re-entries)
Total prize pools: $67,212,508
First-place prizes: $8,048,730 (inc. bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 3
Starting today: 12

Note: Stats refer to completed tournaments only


This clip doesn’t actually come from a Blowout Series tournament, rather from an event Spraggy was playing simultaneously. But here’s proof if ever it were needed that IT DOESN’T ONLY HAPPEN TO YOU:


Although Brazil’s total hasn’t changed in a good few days, the lead built up by the South Americans still seems insurmountable. Even though players from the Netherlands and UK won two titles apiece overnight, there’s still a long way to go before Brazil can be touched. In all, 36 countries have so far won at least one title in Blowout Series.

24 titles – Brazil
14 – Netherlands
13 – UK
11 – Russia
10 – Germany
9 – Canada, Romania
8 – Sweden
7 – Austria
6 – Bulgaria
5 – Ukraine
4 – Argentina, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Poland
3 – Czech Republic, Ireland, Mexico, Norway
2 – Croatia, Latvia, New Zealand
1 – Belarus, Chile, Guernsey, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Slovenia, Uruguay.


Event #64: NLHE, Midweek Freeze
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $100,000, $175,000, $200,000

Event #65: PLO8, 8-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $15,000, $50,000, $70,000

Event #66: NLHE, 8-Max, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $125,000, $250,000, $275,000

Event #67: NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $30,00, $100,000, $150,000

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