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Christian Jeppsson Wins WPT Online Championship For $923k
The 2020 WPT Online Championship crowned its champion on May 20 and Christian Jeppsson is that player. Jeppsson walked away with more than $920,000 after topping a field of 2,130-entrants in the $3,200 buy-in event.
partypoker guaranteed a $5 million prize pool and delivered $6,390,000. The top 312 finishers shared this sum, a min-cash worth $5,942 and a final table appearance pushing this to $66,775.
Jeppsson was the man to catch going into the final table. The Swedish superstar held 17,573,296 chips with Sam Greenwood’s 16,087,766 stack good enough for second-place.
It took more than an hour for the final table to lose its first player. Dutch grinder Pascal Teekens jammed all-in for a shade over 13 big blinds with ace-queen. Viktor Ustimov called from the big blind with a pair of aces. Those aces held and Teekens busted in eighth for $66,775.
Greenwood started the final table second in chips but he fell in seventh-place. The Canadian’s stack dwindled to 2.2 big blinds and this short stack went into the middle holding king-six. Ustimov looked him up with eight-seven and flopped a seven to reduce the player count further.
Jeppsson Busts Hartmann In a Huge Pot
Jeppsson soared into the chip lead when he sent Pascal Hartmann to the showers. The hand started with a 770,000 raise in the cutoff from Jeppsson and a three-bet to 2,940,000 from Hartmann. Jeppsson responded with an all-in bet and Hartmann called off his remaining 10,447,996 chips. It was pocket jacks for Hartmann and ace-queen for Jeppsson. A queen on the flop was more than enough to bust Hartmann in sixth-place.
Ustimov kept tabs on the leader by eliminating Alexander Clark. Clark limped for 350,000 before calling off his 5,003,816 stack when Ustimov set him all-in. Ustimov’s ace-five trailed Clark’s ace-queen but that changed with a five on the flop.
Nikolay Ponomarev crashed out in fourth at Ustimov’s hand. The chips went into the middle preflop, Ponomarev holding king-eight and Ustimov ace-king. Any hopes of a suckout were dashed when an ace landed as the door card. Ponomarev busted with $317,583 heading into his bankroll.
Heads-Up Deal Between Jeppsson and Ustimov
Third-place went to Juuka Koskela of Finland. He lost a large pot to Jeppsson before shoving his last 12 big blinds into the pot with ace-six. Ustimov called with the dominating ace-ten, which held, to set heads-up.
The heads-up players paused the tournament clock to talk about a potential deal. The partypoker client has in-built deal-making software to assist players. Discussions lasted a few minutes as the players figured out what to do. Eventually, the pair agreed to leave $10,001 for the eventual champion. Ustimov banked $865,542 with his Swedish opponent locking up $913,783.
Play resumed and Ustimov pulled himself level before claiming the chip lead. He relinquished the lead and was down to 10 big blinds, before pulling level once more. Jeppsson upped his aggression and began pulling away.
The final hand took place during the 250,000/500,000/60,000a level. Ustimov opened to 1,000,000 and was called. A queen-five-six flop with two diamonds saw Jeppsson check-call a 1,399,152 bet. The seven of diamonds appeared on the turn and the Swede checked again. This time, when Ustimov bet 5,000,000, he check-raised all-in and Ustimov snap-called.
Ustimov showed pocket kings, but was drawing dead to a turned flush made with jack-nine. With that, the tournament ended and the WPT Online Championship had its winner.
WPT Online Championship Final Table Results
|4||Nikolay Ponomarev||United Kingdom||$317,583|
|5||Alexander Clark||United Kingdom||$221,733|
*reflects a heads-up deal