Just nine players remain in the WPT World Online Championships Mini Main Event after another night of action.
Team Partypoker’s Hristivoje Pavlovic was the man to catch at the start of play yesterday, and he held onto his chips for much of the session.
As 51 players became nine, Pavlovic slipped and allowed Liviu-Rodrig Bartha to take control heading into the final table.
Pressure Takes its Toll
Bartha’s rise came as some of poker’s more recognizable names fell in the $1,050 event. Faraz Jaka was an early threat, but hit the rail in 14th place, one spot behind of Peter Jetten.
Former chip leader Pavlovic was next to lose his stack. Despite starting the day with almost 20 million chips more than his nearest rivals, the man known as ALLinPav lost momentum midway through the session.
A few missteps later and he was out in 13th, but with a respectable $27,800 for his efforts. The next familiar face to find himself on the wrong end of an all-in was Roberto Romanello.
The Team Partypoker member always puts in a strong performance when it counts. This time, however, he couldn’t make the final table.
An 11th-place finish was good for $36,700, but the man from Wales will be ruing what could have been after missing out on a top prize worth $758,312.
Hanchard Makes WPT Mini Main Event Memorable
The performance of the tournament so far came courtesy of Naith Hanchard. The Brit qualified for the WPT World Online Championships Mini Main Event via a $33 satellite.
After making his way through the masses, he cruised into the money on Day 2. Even if he’d have crashed out after the bubble in 600th place, a $2,600 payout would have been a decent return.
Hanchard went on to win a lot more. Although he didn’t survive the penultimate session, his 32nt-place finish turned his $33 investment into $14,100.
WPT World Online Championships Mini Main Event Final Table Chip Counts
- Liviu-Rodrig Bartha – 277,140,435 chips
- Renan Carlos Bruschi – 203,120,309 chips
- Romans Voitovs – 84,694,994 chips
- Arturs Balodis – 80,143,652 chips
- Janis Loze – 75,277,604 chips
- Nichita Verbitchii – 65,142,112 chips
- Ravil Timisov – 56,296,816 chips
- Freek Scholten – 39,399,748 chips
- Tobias Koerper – 37,669,280 chips
The final table of the WPT World Online Championships Mini Main Event will be streamed on Partypoker’s Twitch channel.
Play will resume at 20:00 CEST/14:00 EDT. The cards-up live stream, featuring commentary from Sam Trickett, will be shown on a one-hour delay from 21:00 CEST/15:00 EDT.