Heath Helps Himself to a Bankroll Boosting $42K

Ben Heath

Players hailing from the United Kingdom and Ireland enjoyed plenty of success at the virtual felt on January 16, including high-stakes tournament guru Ben Heath.

Heath may be better known for his life poker prowess where has more than $10 million in winnings, but he’s no slouch at the online poker tables either. Heath was one of 59 entrants in the GGPoker $5,250 Bounty Hunters Super High Roller event, which saw half of the $295,000 prize pool go on the head of each entrants, and the top seven finishers winning a slice of the other half.

Both Simon Mattsson and Daniel Smiljkovic reached the final table, but only won the bounties they claimed along the way. Ole Schemion crashed out in seventh for a combined $12,715 before WSOPC Online Winter Series Main Event runner-up, David Miscikowski, saw his tournament end in sixth-place, a finish worth $18,114.

Isaac Haxton and Thomas Muehloecker, two extremely talented high stakes stars, were the next casualties. They walked away with prizes tipping the scales at $19,167 and $24,479, respectively.

Third-place went to Hungary’s Andras Nemeth, who banked $40,193. Nemeth’s exit left Heath heads-up against Ognyan "fizoka" Dimov, who won the final Super MILLION$ of 2021. Dimov added this tournament to his list of victories, and headed into the night with $93,773 to show for his efforts. Heath had to make do with a still very much respectable $42,806 consolation prize.

$5,250 Bounty Hunters Super High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryBountiesTotal Prize
1Ognyan "fizoka" DimovRussia$62,128$93,773
2Ben HeathIreland$11,250$42,806
3Andras NemethHungary$15,000$40,193
4Thomas MuehloeckerAustria$4,375$24,479
5Isaac HaxtonCanada$3,125$19,167
6David MiscikowskiMexico$5,312$18,114
7Ole SchemionAustria$2,500$12,715
8Daniel SmiljkovicAustria$3,750$3,750
9Simon MattssonNorway$6,875$6,875

*countries as displayed in the GGPoker lobby

A Stellar Victory at 888poker

There was plenty to shout about over at 888poker, particularly in the $150,000 guaranteed Big Shot 109 tournament. The tournament eclipsed its guarantee yet again, and it was one of our own who was the main beneficiary of the juicy prize pool.

"psisekspisek" emerged victoriously after outlasting 1,510 opponents. Two of those players, "Grayzee15" and Ireland’s "drunkbaby" also reached the final table. The former fell in ninth for $1,979 with the latter running out of steam in fourth for $8,295.

It was a similar story in the $50,000 guaranteed PKO Triple Threat 55. This $55 buy-in PKO tournament drew in a 842-strong crowd, and two Union Jacks were present and correct at the final table. "kanabal18" busted out in fourth for a combined $2,304 but "Hudder5" went all the way and became the tournament’s champion, an accolade that came with $7,807 in prize money.

A shout-out also to "ukla89" who finished second from 1,389 entrants in the $25,000 PKO Triple Threat 22 event. The runner-up scooped $2,011 for their $22 investment.

Hulme Scores Big at Two PokerStars Final Tables

Andrew Hulme
Andrew Hulme

Andrew "stato_1" Hulme may not have taken down either of the PokerStars tournaments he reached the final table of, but he still managed to help himself to $15,795 in prize money.

First, Hulme navigated his way to the heads-up stage of the $530 Sunday Marathon tournament where he struck a deal with "kZhh." Hulme’s second-place finish came with a $6,995 score. Fellow Brit Jonathan "Proudflop" Proudfoot finished fourth for $3,567.

Hulme then found himself at the final table of the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up, but ultimately had to make do with a fourth-place finish worth $8,800. Again, another British star joined Hulme in the finale, this time it was Andy "BowieEffect" Wilson; he finished third for $11,397.

Other PokerStars results included:

  • elKKJitow – first-place in the $109 Bounty Builder for $24,249*
  • John "WhatA298" Bradley – second-place in the $215 Sunda Supersonic for $12,253*
  • 4Kings_Hit – first-place in the $109 NLO8 KOMania for $3,630*
  • Ricketts16 – fifth-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $2,226*
  • eldermax – sixth-place in the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $2,007

*includes bounty payments

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