Day 3 completed
|Blinds||4,000,000 / 8,000,000|
Players Info - Day 3
Day 3 completed
Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty has concluded, your winner is Quincy Borland (USA), who takes home $750,120 for his first place prize as well as a coveted World Series of Poker bracelet.
Four Day 1 flights across three days drew a massive field of 14,112 players, each buying in for a neat $1,000. Those lucky enough to make it through Day 1 could then play for bounties, onwards from Day 2, with plenty of substantial cash prizes for knockouts available.
It was American professional Matt Glantz who binked the $1,000,000 bounty. Glantz also cashed the event for $20,730 for his 42nd place finish. He gave fellow player Justin Lett $5,000 cash for being the player that he bad beat to get the million-dollar bounty shot.
Plenty of other amazing stories came from the event, one being two brothers, Caio De Almeida and Daniel De Almeida, who made the final three tables together. Though Caio busted 23rd for $31,200, Daniel finished eighth for $96,940.
The GGPoker sponsored Patrick Tardif (known online as Egption) eliminated only two players on Day 2, but both of his bounties unlocked the mystery bounty prizes. The first gave him $50,000 and the second $25,000 to go with his 185th place finish for $5,260.
Notable players busted in Day 2 include two time bracelet winner Nathan Gamble (43rd), Event #51: $400 Colossus winner Paul Hizer (60th), as well as 2021 World Series of Poker Event #83: $1,500 The Closer winner Leo Margets (63rd).
There were no former bracelet winners left in the field on the final day, but notables like Romanian player Florian Duta (26th) as well as No Jumper podcast host Adam "Adam22" Grandmaison (25th) had deep runs. Duta won $25,000 after hitting a mystery jackpot, too.
Mystery Bounty Payouts
|Bounty Prize||Collected By|
|$100,000||Daniel De Almeida|
|$25,000||Daniel De Almeida|
|$25,000||Mike Del Vecchio|
German player and second to last lady remaining Natalie Hof, the better half of Brazilian player Felipe Ramos came into Day 3 second in chips, but with the players not being very deep stacked, could only finish 13th after some bad luck. Still, a great showing from Hof, after a eighth place finish in Event #61: Ladies No-Limit Hold 'em Championship. Nellie Park was the last lady remaining, with her bust out detailed below.
It took just 4 hours and 30 minutes to reach the final table of nine after the day started with 34 players. Christopher Doan busting in tenth with nines against kings to set up the final table.
Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty Final Table Payouts
|8||Daniel De Almeida||Brazil||$96,940|
Action was thick and fast on the final table. With Brazil’s Ramon Kropmanns exiting in ninth for $76,316 after he ran his ace-six into the ace-ten of Kevin Hong and didn’t improve. Kropmanns hit a $100,000 bounty earlier in Day 3 to add to his winnings.
In eighth place fell De Almeida, with Arash Asadabadi in seventh after both players were knocked out on the same hand by Wojciech Barzantny. Barzantny sent them both packing after they shoved all in before him and he woke up with pocket kings and held up. De Almeida had a great Day 2, though, when he hit back-to-back mystery bounty jackpots, the first awarding him $100,000 and the second the minimum but still helpful $25,000. De Almeida pocketed $96,940 for eighth and Asadabadi $123,910 for seventh.
The aforementioned Nellie Park was our sixth place finisher after she shoved the small blind into Michael Smith with queen-nine and didn't improve after Smith woke up with ace-king. Park took $159,380 for the finish and some bounties, each $5,000 or less.
In fifth place was Smith after his aces ran into Hong's kings on a king-high flop. He couldn't improve and ended up hitting the rail, unfortunately for him. He cashed for $286,550 plus won two $25,000 mystery jackpots at least.
Barzantny was next out in fouth position. Certainly the most accomplished tournament player left of the four, he moved all in under-the-gun with king-four, only for Borland to wake up with pocket queens on the button. Borland moved all in too and had the slightly bigger stack, and improved to a full house meaning Barzantny was sent to the rail. Barzantny was class tournament-long and collected $268,550 for his finish, as well as one mystery jackpot prize of $25,000.
The third place finisher was David Timmons, who cashed for $351,800, not to mention a $100,000 mystery jackpot bounty. The short-stacked Timmons ended up moving all in with ace-trey against the pocket sixes of Hong. The board didn't give Timmons his ace or straight outs, sending him to the rail and setting up heads-up play.
After Hong started with a 2-to-1 chip lead heads-up, it was flipped after Borland chipped away at him. he moved all in against Hong's 20,000,000 bet, covering Hong. Borland's ace-queen held up against the ace-jack of Hong to win him the bracelet.
When asked how he feels, Borland replied "Strange...spacey, it doesn't feel like it's real". Looks like it hasn't quite sunk in yet, nor will it for a while, you could presume.
When asked what was going through his mind throughout the final table, Borland responded, "I was just focused on the bracelet, I didn't care about the money, I didn't even look at the payouts. I just wanted that bracelet", just going to show how important a bracelet is to a poker player, even with $750,120 to play for.
Borland said of the short heads-up battle, "I had been patient all final table, not being too aggressive, but when we got heads-up, I changed up my style. But I also got hands, so...". Borland, who won most hands up, left his opponent Hong frustrated come the end of the final hand. He recognised what he was playing for and, in his mind, put himself in the best position to claim the bracelet by playing how he did. It worked!
The Minnesotan native only pocketed three minimum bounties all tournament. Still, he is the one with the bracelet and first place prize when all was said and done, so congratulations to Quincy Borland, the Event #68: $1000 Million Dollar Bounty champion.
That concludes PokerNews coverage of the event, overall an incredibly successful and enjoyable event, with many players giving great feedback. No doubt it'll return for future WSOP events. There is still plenty of action at the World Series of Poker, with many more bracelets to be won. Main Event coverage continues over the coming days as they play down to a winner of the prestigious event. Keep it live from Bally's and Paris Las Vegas for all updates regarding the main and all other events.
Heads-up play began with Hong with a 2-to-1 chip lead over Borland, but Borland won most of the next few pots to give himself the chip lead.
After Kevin Hong raised from the button to 20,000,000, Quincy Borland moved all in covering Hong's 190,000,000 or so, who made the call.
Borland got it in good in a cooler situation. The board ran out to eliminate Hong and crown the newest World Series of Poker champion, Quincy Borland.
A full recap of the tournament will be available shortly, including interview with the winner.
Kevin Hong raised to 12,000,000 on the button and Quincy Borland defended in the big blind.
The flop came out which saw Borland check to Hong who bet 12,000,000 once more. Borland responded by raising to 42,000,000 which elicited a quick fold from Hong and Borland took down the pot.
David Timmons moved all in from the button for his final 45,000,000 and Kevin Hong called in the big blind.
The board ran out and Hong's queens and sixes took down the pot as Timmons left the tournament in 3rd place.
The players are now setting up for heads up play.
Wojciech Barzantny moved all in for 65,000,000 from the button and in the small blind, Quincy Borland moved all in with the covering stack with other players folding out.
The board ran out and Borland's full house stood as the best hand as Barzantny exited the tournament in fourth place.
The remaining four players are on a 15-minute break.