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The Bounty Builder Series wrapped on Monday, with 212 tournaments in the books and one of the global game’s megastars winning the biggest prize. Read on for all the final details from this $36.6 million series.

Padilha hits a new high: He is one of the best tournament players in Brazil, and one of the best tournament players in the world, and now Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha is a Bounty Builder Series Main Event champion. Last night, the brilliant Padilha — a three-time SCOOP champion, a WCOOP winner, a winner on the Winter Series, and a close friend and associate of Andre Akkari — added yet another major success. Victory over a field of 5,581 entries in the $530 Bounty Builder Series Main Event was worth $259,570.11, including $90,784.78 in bounties, bigger than any of his previous online successes. Only his 10th place finish in the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas in 2019 was worth more. (Oh yeah, Padilha is an excellent live player too.) Brazilians occupied four seats at the final table and seven of the last 15 places in the tournament, which played out over two nights to decide who took what from the near $2.8 million prize pool. The man from Sao Paolo defeated the UK’s “.COM??LOL” heads-up to claim the crucial final bounty and seal the deal at just after midnight, Padilha time.

Read an interview with Padilha after WCOOP success, and read Padilha’s tips for tournament success.

Pedro Padilha: Biggest online score

Bounty Builder Series $530 NLHE 8-Max Main Event
Dates: October 25-26, 2020
Entries: 5,581 (inc. 1,458 re-entries)
Prize pool: $2,790,500

1 – Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha (Brazil) – $259,570.11 (inc. $90,784.78 in bounties)
2 – .COM??LOL (United Kingdom) – $197,719.74 (inc. $28,937.19)
3 – SickH!l@ (Romania) – $113,934.75 (inc. $16,246.05)
4 – GangstaZab (Russia) – $94,715.25 (inc. $26,160.34)
5 – santaceia (Brazil) – $59,519.72 (inc. $11,410.11)
6 – BIack88 (Russia) – $35,543.09 (inc. $1,781.25)
7 – Francisco “chicalltreta” Correia (Brazil) – $30,040.53 (inc. $6,347.66)
8 – PaolinoBR (Brazil) – $29,361.75 (inc. $12,734.84)

Low title heads to Bulgaria: The lower buy-in Main Event was won by “mayanfactor” of Bulgaria, who turned a $55 buy-in into $95,337.66, including $26,913.38 in bounty payments. Although three re-entries were permitted in the event, only one player in the final 12 needed a second bullet, with mayanfactor among those who kept their outgoings to the minimum. It meant that when he or she squared off against “tihonoff1” of Russia, each was already guaranteed an incredible ROI having seen off the vast majority of a 32,183 entry field. mayanfactor, who has had a couple of deep runs in ‘COOP events and been to the final table of the Sunday Warm-Up, proved too strong at the end. This is by some measure the biggest documented win of mayanfactor’s career.

Bounty Builder Series $55 NLHE 8-Max Main Event
Dates: October 25-26, 2020
Entries: 32,183 (inc. 11,256 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,609,150

1 – mayanfactor (Bulgaria) – $95,337.66 (inc. $26,913.38 in bounties)
2 – tihonoff1 (Russia) – $78,807.32 (inc. $10,412.66)
3 – Waldorfsalat (Norway) – $49,498.67 (inc. $8,918.49)
4 – gregponzi (United Kingdom) – $31,368.25 (inc. $2,441.29)
5 – shkolota1488 (Belarus) – $22,880.69 (inc. $2,260.64)
6 – yAAwn (Canada) – $16,264.17 (inc. $1,565.56)
7 – ChristaBorg (Canada) – $11,348.42 (inc. $870.77)
8 – jhj0101 (South Korea) – $10,845.36 (inc. $3,376.58)


Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski

Sikorski makes one stick: Ten other tournaments played out on Monday, all of which had previously been cancelled owing to a technical outage earlier in the series. The rescheduled events offered a last chance for some of the Series’ best players to finally get on the board — an opportunity seized in particular by Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski. The Canadian has two runner-up finishes to his name during this series, but finally made one stick in the rescheduled Event #117, a $109 buy-in hold’em tournament. Sikorski beat a field of 1,312 entries and banked $17,928.56, including $9,219.87 in bounties. Sikorski has more than $13.5 million in documented online poker earnings, including one SCOOP title and three Super Tuesdays.

Saenko adds to SCOOP haul: Aside from the Main Events, the other biggest winner on Monday night was Nikolay “bet121995” Saenko, whose victory in Event #119 was worth $41,799.18, including $20K in bounties. Saenko won a low buy-in SCOOP event earlier this year, and has previously been to the final table of a WCOOP-L Main Event, but this victory was the biggest of his career. It pushes his online tournament poker earnings close to $1 million, according to Pocket Fives.


The conclusion of play on Monday night wraps up the latest Bounty Builder Series and gives us our final totals through this 212-tournament bonanza. Prize pools pushed through the $36.6 million mark, there were more than 920,000 entries and winners got their hands on more than $4 million. Here’s the breakdown:

Tournaments completed: 212
Entries: 921,566 (inc. 179,917 re-entries)
Prize pools: $36,624,556
First-place prizes: $4,099,198 (inc. $1,899,272 in bounties)


(Scroll table left to right to see full results)

Tournament Entries Prize pool Winner Country Bounties Prize Total
BBS-204: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] 5,581 $2,790,500 PaDiLhA SP Brazil $90,784.78 $168,785.33 $259,570.11
BBS-205: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] 32,183 $1,609,150 mayanfactor Bulgaria $26,913.38 $68,424.28 $95,337.66
BBS-115: $1.10 NLHE [8-Max] 6,868 $7,500 reizar Brazil $289.27 $499.36 $788.63
BBS-116: $11 NLHE [8-Max] 6,127 $60,045 Konan Slovenia $2,032.95 $3,583.22 $5,616.17
BBS-117: $109 NLHE [8-Max] 1,312 $131,200 p0cket00 Canada $9,219.87 $8,708.69 $17,928.56
BBS-118: $55 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Zoom Total KO] 2,550 $127,500 jpedro1710 Brazil $11,034.71 $11,034.71
BBS-119: $215 NLHE [8-Max] 1,612 $322,400 bet121995 Russia $20,763.57 $21,035.61 $41,799.18
BBS-120: $22 NLHE [8-Max] 11,007 $220,140 Muck’N’Cry Czech Republic $5,907.70 $12,356.48 $18,264.18
BBS-121: $55 NLO8 [8-Max] 965 $48,250 gunnersfun Ukraine $3,415.45 $3,389.87 $6,805.32
BBS-122: $109 NLHE [Turbo] 2,473 $247,300 viejojuan5 Estonia $13,917.85 $15,542.32 $29,460.17
BBS-123: $11 NLHE [Turbo] 11,251 $110,260 Simon Lansen Netherlands $3,603.96 $6,011.78 $9,615.74
BBS-124: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] 4,881 $97,620 nvp.frv Bulgaria $3,531.69 $5,896.43 $9,428.12


Brazilians put in a spirited effort on the final day of the Bounty Builder Series, winning three of the 12 tournaments that concluded. However Russia managed to stand firm at the top of the leader board, with 32 champions through the 212 events.

In all, there were 42 different nationalities who were able to celebrate winners on the series this time, a fine selection from right across the poker-playing world.

Final standings:

32 — Russia
29 — Brazil
18 — UK
14 — Netherlands
11 — Canada
10 — Germany, Czech Republic
9 — Romania
6 — Austria, Sweden
5 — Argentina, Lithuania, Poland
4 — Kazakhstan, Latvia
3 — Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Ukraine
2 — Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Malta, Slovenia, Uruguay
1 — Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Georgia, Gibraltar, Ireland, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Norway, Slovakia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

And that’s your lot. Click for the full results from across the Bounty Builder Series. Now, on to EPT Online!

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