Thursday September 17, 2020 at 2:51 am

The 2020 World Poker Tour Online Championship at PartyPoker continued with the Main Event. The $10,300 buy-in Main Event attracted 1,011 to the $10 million guaranteed prize pool. The UK's Phillip Mighall defeated Holland's Teun Mulder heads-up to win the Main Event for $1.7 million. Mulder earned $1.2 million for second place. PartyPoker Ambassador Dzmitry Urbanovich made the final table but finished in sixth place. Damian Salas busted in third place.


Any way you cut it, there was nearly $3 million on the table for the heads up battle in the 2020 World Poker Tour Online Main Event at partypoker. The top two places would earn a seven-figure payday for going the distance in an online poker tournament. Any time you can win a million bucks in the virtual world, that's pretty rad. It doesn't happen every day, but when it does, it's even cooler that two players would walk away with at least a million bucks in profit.

partypoker hosted the 2020 World Poker Tour Online Championships and the Main Event is the one everyone wanted to take a shot at the prestigious event, plus the juicy prize pool. A total of 1,011 brave souls took a shot. Only the top 136 places paid out with $1.7 million set aside to the champ.

The final table for the WPT Online Main Event included... Damian Salas, Phillip Mighall, Akseli Paalanen, Blaz Zerjav, Victor Simionato, Teun Mulder, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Laszlo Molnar, and Bert Stevens.

There were a few clusters in the chip counts. The two big stacks were owned by Salas and Mighall. Salas bagged the chip lead going into the final table with 37M. Mghall was not far behind with 34.7M.

The next chase pack included Akseli Paalanen with 26.2M and Blaz Zerjav with 24.1M.

The next grouping were three players hovering around 20Mincluding Dzmitry Urbanovich, Vic Simionato, and Teun Mulder.

The short stacks were Laszlo Molnar and Bert Stevens with 11.5M and 10.4M each.

Laszlo Molnar became the first casualty at the final table when his Ace-Jack ran into Vic Simionato's pocket Jacks. The Jacks held, Simionato won the pot, and Molnar became the first player to exit the final table. He still had a six-figure payout with $127K.

Finland's Akseli Paalanen and British pro Bert Stevens were the next two players to make an early exit.

The legendary Dzmitry Urbanovich took Ace-King into battle against Teun Mulder's Ace-Queen. Mrs. Slick outflopped Big Slick with a Queen of hearts on the flop. Mulder's pair of Queens held up and Urbanovich never improved his hand. The Polish pro hit the road in sixth place, which was good for $277K.

Victor Simionato hit the bricks in fifth place when his Queen-Jack off lost to Zerjav's Ace-trey. Neither player improved their hand, but Zerjav won with Ace-high. Simionato earned $381K for fifth.

With four to go the Dutchie Mulder was the shorty with 29M. Mighall led with 79.5M.

Blaz Zerjav's run ended when the Solvenian made a final stand with pocket sixes, but he was ambushed by Mighall's pocket Cowboys. Ouch. He even flopped top set to rub a little salt in the wound. The two black Kings held for Mihgall and he surged over nine figures in chips. Zerjav earned a fourth-place payday worth $552K.

With 3 remaining, Mighall held nearly 112M, while Salas was the shorty woth 19.7M.

Short-stacked Salas lost to Mighall's picket treys. Salas banked $814,664 for third place. Not too shabby, eh?

With two remaining, it was the Netherlands and the UK heads up for the title and $1.7 million in cash. The heads-up battle was worth nearly $500K.

Mighall led with 125.4M to Mulder's 76.6M.

Mulder snagged the lead for a hot second before Mighall seized it back. On the final hand, Mulder went down when his pocket Aces were cracked by good ole 10-7 off. Yikes! Mulder even flopped top set with Carte As de piqueCarte As de trèfle, but Mighall turned a gutter ball with Carte 10 de piqueCarte 7 de carreau. The Aces were no good for Mulder and he bounced in second place. Mulder earned $1.2 million for second place.

Mighall won $1,715,667 in cash plus the aptly named Mike Sexton Champions Cup.

Notable players who cashed in the WPT Online Championship Main Event included...

Kenny Hallaert, Parker Talbot, Tim Adams, Sami Kelopuro, Ike Haxton, Philipp Gruissem, Shaun Deeb, Dylan Linde, Ajay Chabra, Jack Sinclair, Leo Fernandez, Chance Kornuth, Jorryt van Hoof, Juha Helppi, Brock WilsonAli Imsirovic, Dan Smith, Stefan Schillhabel, Stephen O'Dwyer, Rui Ferreira, Jake Schindler, Kevin Rabichow, Jason Koon, and John Duthie.

WPT Online Championship Main Event

Buy-in: $10,300

Enrants: 1,011

Prize Pool: $10,000,000

Payouts: 136


Final Table Results:

1 Phillip Mighall (UK) $1,715,667

2 Teun Mulder (Netherlands) $1,231,600

3 Damien Salas (Argentina) $814,664

4 Blaz Zerjav (Slovenia) $552,006

5 Victor Simionato (Brazil) $391,257

6 Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) $277,014

7 Bert Stevens (UK) $194,112

8 Akseli Paalanen (Finland) $153,672

9 Laszlo Molnar(Hungary) $127,386

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