This summer, Sebastian Saffari came agonisingly close to winning his first World Series of Poker bracelet when he finished second to Brandon Wong in the $2,500 10-Game Mix event. Saffari was understandably devastated not to leave Las Vegas with some poker jewellery, but he should be on cloud nine today after taking down Event #33 of the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) for $36,519.
Event #33 was the $320 8-Game tournament and 658 players turned out for it, creating a prize pool of $197,400 as they did so. Winning some of that money were players such as Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick (82nd for $532.98), former European Poker Tour Grand Final champion Nicolas “niccc” Chouity (66th for $611.94), Calvin “cal42688” Anderson (37th for $908.04), Dan “djk123” Kelly (20th for $1,381.80), Ben “”F3nix35” Dobson (14th for $1,776.60) and the Team PokerStars Online member Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome (5th for $9,870.00).
Saffari’s victory came at 06:16am on Thursday morning during a Seven-Card Stud round. By seventh street of the final hand, former Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) champion “ninototoroko” displayed (//() in front of him for a pair of eights but was well beaten by the ()//() of Saffari.
Elsewhere in WCOOP land, Tom “hitthehole” Middleton and David “davidv1213” Vamplew put together a couple of fantastic runs in the $1,050 buy-in Event #30. Vamplew fell in 19th place for a score of $6,576.00 while Middleton continued his remarkable run of form by reaching another final table, finishing ninth for $16,933.20.
Event #31 saw play switch to Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Hi Lo Six Max and if that wasn’t complicated enough it was played to a 2R1A format! That man Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick was among the bigger payouts thanks to finishing 13th for almost $2,000 leaving a quartet of Brits to fly the Union Jack.
“Skintz” fell first in ninth place, one spot before “faverkrismus.” “lozzz” reached the six-handed final table but was its first casualty leaving “mddgfc” as the last standing Brit in the tournament. Although we were willing him across the finishing line, it was not meant to be and he finished in third place for a more than respectable $22,596.50.
Congratulations to Mr Saffari from everyone at UK & Ireland PokerNews.