Fabio Sperling Wins WPT Online Series WPT500

Fabio Sperling is the new WPT500 champion. Discover how he won and how much here at USpokerSites

The WPT500 tournament crowned its champion on May 12 and Fabio Sperling is that champion. The United Kingdom-based German topped a 4,828-strong field to become the WPT500 champion for 2020.

WPT Online Series WPT500 Final Table

Place Player Country Prize
1 Fabio Sperling United Kingdom $281,125*
2 Walter Treccarich Malta $235,666*
3 Markus Prinz Austria $202,012*
4 Christopher Putz Austria $187,289*
5 Philipp Dietrich Germany $74,785
6 Arutyun Saakyan Russia $50,887
7 Daan Mulders Netherlands $35,799
8 Giuseppe Vassallo Germany $23,174

* reflects a four-way deal

This online edition of the WPT500 drew in poker players from around the world. The $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool was the biggest lure, especially as the buy-in was an affordable $530.

A bumper crowd of 4,828-entries smashed the WPT500 guarantee out of the park. A cool $2,414,000 was in the prize pool with the top 536 finishers securing a slice of the pie.

Finland’s Aki Virtanen burst the money bubble, paving the way for a cash of at least $1,400 for the remaining players. Such luminaries as Mohsin Charania, Guillaume Nolet, Simon Mattsson, and Kevin MacPhee cashed. As did Juha Helppi, Anatoly Filatov, Patrik Antonius, and Dominik Nitsche.

WPT500 Final Table Set

Each of the eight players who reached the final table guaranteed themselves $23,174 for their efforts. With more than $300,000 up top, however, none of them wanted to secure that sum. The very nature of poker tournaments meant someone hod to and that someone was Giuseppe Vassallo.

Dutch grinder Daan Mulders joined Vassallo on the rail in seventh-place, a finish worth $35,799.

The jumps in the prize money continued growing more substantial, especially when everyone only paid $530 to enter. Sixth-place was worth $50,887 and that went to Russia’s Arutyun Saakyan.

Another German in the shape of Philipp Dietrich collected the $74,785 fifth-place prize.

That was the last of the action for the WPT500 because the remaining four players discussed a deal. The deal-making software at partypoker doesn’t have the facility to continue the tournament if a deal is struck, and one was.

This meant Christopher Putz of Austria saw his bankroll swell by $187,289. His fellow Austrian Markus Prinz banked $202,012 and the title of the third-place finisher. Start-of-the-day chip leader Walter Treccarich officially finished second for $235,666 with Sperling crowned WPT500 champion and receiving $281,125.

Andrew Pantling Takes Down PLO High Roller

Andrew Pantling

Andrew Pantling helped himself to a $302,287 score by winning the $10,300 PLO High Roller. Pantling works in the gaming industry but has a penchant for high stakes poker tournaments.

The Canadian has more than $4 million in live poker tournament winnings. His biggest cash is for the equivalent of $1,653,603 which he collected for a sixth-place finish in the €1 million Big one For One Drop in Monte-Carlo in 2016.

Pantling is known for a loose-aggressive style, something he employed at the PLO High Roller final table. Gavin Cochrane of the UK and Finnish star Jens Kyllonen busted from the final table and Pantling was in control. He was sat behind a stack of 100 big blinds at this stage. The largest of the remaining stacks was only 25 big blinds.

Armenia’s Veselin Karakitukov, who resides in Bulgaria, fell in fourth for $102,000. Andras Nemeth ran out of steam in third place, a finish worth $144,000. This left Pantlin and Marcello Marigiliano to fight it out one-on-one for the title and the massive top prize.

Pantling brushed his last opponent aside and walked away with $302,287. Marigiliano saw $204,000 head to his partypoker account for his role in the Pantling show.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Andrew Pantling Canada $302,287
2 Marcello Marigiliano United Kingdom $204,000
3 Andras Nemeth Hungary $144,000
4 Veselin Karakitukov Bulgaria $102,000
5 Jens Kyllonen Finland $75,000
6 Gavin Cochrane United Kingdom $49,800
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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