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The Bounty Builder Series has brought us endless joy, laughter and fun, as well as frustration, tears and ruthless knockouts! It’s been an emotional rollercoaster.

There was no better way to end that journey than with the $2.5 million guaranteed Main Event.

The Main Event attracted 5,976 entries, all of who had their battle masks on ready to face the challenge of survival and mayhem, and confront their own destiny at the tables.

The prize pool reached a total of $2,988,000. With half of this reserved for bounties, this was always going to be an event to remember.

Bounty Builder Series Main Event

The final table started in good spirits, with players wishing each other ‘gl’, apart from fred_volpe”, who declared “welcome to my table”.

QuadVQuadMe” came to the final table with a healthy chip lead of around 140bb. They continued to rampage until Romanian player “Zurba25pin won a big hand with a set and took the chip lead.

It was Zurba25pin who eventually prevailed. After slogging through the brutal two-day event, they earned a total of $273,591, including $92,926 in bounties.

In second place came “peterwhooo” from Brazil. They walked away with $180,659 for second place, plus an additional $34,463 in bounties – a much deserved victory for a player who had 180 entries and 158 knockouts to their name in the Bounty Builder Series.

Third place “Fred_volpe”, also from Brazil, will be feeling very happy. They bagged $104,563, plus $16,704 in knockouts along the way after gaining entry to the Main Event via a $5.50 satellite. With a total prize of $121,267, they earned a 22,047x return on their buy-in.

Here are the results from the Main Event final table:

Player Country Prize Bounty
Zurba25pin Romania $180,665 $92,926
peterwhooo Brazil $180,659 $34,463
fred_volpe Brazil $104,563 $16,704
QuadVQuadMe New Zealand $73,379 $20,299
soldier_1912 Bulgaria $51,495 $23,304
pitaoufmg Brazil $36,137 $14,479
k9 romeu Brazil $25,360 $10,925
Choimaa1234 Mongolia $17,797 $10,365


Bounty Builder Series top finishes

All in a day’s work for Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira

Other stars of the show included Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira. He claimed 34 in-the-money finishes from 185 entries. Ferreira also earned the most bounties, knocking out 253 hopefuls over the course of the series and cashing for a total of $130,282.

Niklas “Lena900” Astedt also made a huge impact, knocking out 153 players and cashing for $225,369.

trampex”, “SicTheory” and “Sintoras” all claimed over 200 bounties.

Can’t get enough of the PKO?

The Bounty Builder Series is now complete, but the contest always continues. 

You can still find the usual schedule of progressive knockout tournaments in the PokerStars lobby, as well as regular Bounty Builder events. Keep the fight going to the bitter end. Take the warrior’s path…

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