Dimitar Danchev Wins WPTWOC Turbo Championships

Dimitar Danchev is a World Poker Tour champion after triumphing in the $3,200 Turbo Championship for more than $188,000

Dimitar Danchev became a World Poker Tour champion on September 20 and is $188,316 richer as a result. Danchev is enjoying a purple patch of form right now, racking up massive scores everywhere.

Danchev hails from Bulgaria, which isn’t the first country that springs to mind when you think about poker stars. He’s definitely put Bulgaria on the map with this latest impressive victory.

Some 433-players bought into the WPT Turbo Championship at partypoker, each paying $3,200. This resulted in the $1 million guarantee being smashed by $299,000. Only the top 63 finishers received a slice of the pie, with some of the game’s true greats banking cash.

Dzmitry Urbanovich, Connor Drinan, Sergi Reixach, Yuri Dzivielevski, and David Peters all cashed. Mike Leah, Pim Gielses, Faraz Jaka, and Ramiro Petrone also netted some prize money.

Final Table Set; Danchev Guaranteed $31,908

Each of the seven finalists locked up $31,908 for their efforts but Danchev had his sights set higher.

Ukraine’s Oleg Vasylchenko busted in seventh before Croatia’s Patrik Buzhala fell in sixth. Buzhala walked away with $56,014, doing so for free after winning his ticket in a partypoker promotion.

Ferenc Deak was the next player eliminated; fourth-place weighed in at $81,363.

The turbo blind structure meant the final three players’ stacks were quite shallow. There was a lot of money up for grabs, which isn’t ideal when you’re short stacked.

This led to a deal being struck that flattened the payouts and left $10,000 for the champion. Alfred Karlsson was the chip leader at the time of the deal yet he became the third-place finisher. Karlsson took $184,832 back to Sweden.

Karlsson’s exit left Danchev heads-up against former EPT champion Aleksei Boika. Danchev got the job done and claimed the extra $10,000, taking his payout to $188,316. Boika, while disappointed not to win, banked $156,843 for 8.5 hours work.

WPT Turbo Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Dimitar Danchev Bulgaria $188,316*
2 Aliaksei Boika Belarus $156,843*
3 Alfred Karlsson Sweden $184,832*
4 Ferenc Deak Hungary $81,363
5 Asgrimur Karl Iceland $56,014
6 Patrik Buzhala Croatia $41,488
7 Oleg Vasylchenko Ukraine $31,908

*reflects a three-handed deal

Everyone in the poker industry knows Danchev mostly plays at PokerStars using the alias “KuuL”, which means cool. It’s here that Danchev has won several million dollars from the biggest online poker tournaments.

He recently won more than $400,000 by taking down a $10,300 Sunday Slam at PokerStars.

Danchev is no slouch in the live poker world either. He’s ranked number one in the Bulgarian all-time money listings with $4,673,477 in earnings.

The Bulgarian became an EPT champion in 2013 when he triumphed in the PCA Main Event. That result saw Danchev’s bankroll swell by $1,859,000, which is still his largest-ever prize.

That victory made up for falling just short of glory in the 2011 EPT San Remo Main Event. Danchev finished second behind Andrey Pateychuk and won €600,000 ($827,232).

A World Series of Poker bracelet still eludes Danchev but he has come close to winning one. Danchev finished second in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2014. He busted in third-place in the 2016 $888 No Limit Hold’em Crazy Eights event, too. Plus he has a fourth-place finish in a $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em tournament.

Coming Up on the WPTWOC

Only two Championship Events remain on the schedule and one of those is in play right now.

A field of 199 descended on partypoker for the $25,500 High Roller Championship. Those 199 starters were whittled to a more manageable 28 over the course of two flights.

Pascal Hartmann is the man to catch going into the September 21 Day 2. Such luminaries as Mikita Badziakouski, Ole Schemion, Jason Koon, Kahle Burns, and Stephen Chidwick are also in the hunt for the title.

Everyone is guaranteed $56,750 with the eventual champion banking $1,094,460.

A $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller Championship shuffles up and deal on September 23. At least $3 million is guaranteed to be won, we wonder if Danchev will enter?

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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