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The last bounties have been claimed in the 2019 Bounty Builder Series, with all 180 events having now completed. The Main Event provided an appropriately exciting finale, where China’s vesaaaa_1 collected the final knockout to win the title and over $319K.

vesaaaa_1 captures Main Event

A field of 5,573 entries (3,885 uniques, 1,688 re-entries) in the $530 buy-in Main Event meant a prize pool of $2,786,500, besting the tournament’s $2M guarantee. While half the prize pool went for bounties, the other half was divided among the top 783 finishers.

Day 1 on Sunday saw the money bubble burst after which the field was trimmed down to 396 players with Brazil’s “sodesuka” enjoying the overnight chip lead.

It would then take about 10 hours on Monday to play down to a winner, with sodesuka falling in 68th along the way and Canada’s Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski — who already had two Bounty Builder titles this series — coming just shy of the eight-handed final table when he was knocked out in ninth.

Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski

The final eight included a number of top players, among them multiple Sunday Million winner Rob “robtinnion” Tinnion of the UK who ultimately fell in fourth.

Rob “robtinnion” Tinnion

Finally vesaaaa_1 of China outlasted “ImBluemagic” of Mexico to take the top prize of $198,082.09, which when added to the $121,790.03 in bounties vesaaaa_1 collected (more than four times what anyone else got for KOs) meant a total payday of $319,872.12.

Here’s how the final table payouts looked:



We have a few final (and fun) satellite stories to share regarding the Main Event.

A couple of players who won seats into the $530 event for just $2 realized some serious return on their investments. “AlexGans68” was one who went on to finish 288th yesterday to earn $3,699.77 total ($2,750 of which came from bounties). That’s better than 1,849 times the investment!

Meanwhile “xxSaara” also won entry for $2 and got even further, taking 159th for a cash of $4,869.55 total (including $3,703.13 in bounties). That’s better than 2,434x the buy-in!

There was a satellite winner at the final table as well, as “Aina_0818” won a seat via a $55 satellite, then turned that into a six-figure score by finishing third for $110,474.67 total ($12,926 in bounties, $97,548.67 for the finish) — in other words, “only” a little over 2,008 times the price of admission.


Tournaments completed: 180
Entries: 772,380
Total prize pools: $36,229,739.98
First prizes: $5,150,176.06


With all 180 events completed we can share one last update of the leader boards showing who ended up collecting the most bounties throughout the series and who made the money the most.

When it came to knockouts, “4bet_multibet!” was either in the lead or near it for most of the series and in the end the player from Poland ended up collecting the most bounties of anyone with 384 — more than 50 better than the nearest challenger.

Player Country Entries KOs  Cashed ($)
4bet_multibet! Poland 180 384 $28,445.71
Andypsx Andorra 207 331 $20,512.84
Zapahzamazki Russia 240 313 $43,680.21
kawachi1984 Russia 158 301 $14,447.99
WithoutCards Russia 76 267 $2,404.17

Meanwhile, as we suggested would be the case in yesterday’s report, “nilsef” of Denmark wound up with the most cashes in the series, ultimately posting the highest total by making the money 40 times.

Player Country Entries Cashes Cashed ($)
nilsef Denmark 169 40 $19,571.76
Zapahzamazki Russia 240 36 $43,680.21
kawachi1984 Russia 158 34 $14,447.99
Andypsx Andorra 207 33 $20,512.84
4bet_multibet! Poland 180 30 $28,445.71

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