Ship it to Germany! At the 2018 WSOP Europe at King's Casino in RozVegas, Christian Rudolph narrowly missed winning his first gold bracelet when he took second place in a High Roller. It took two years, but he finally broke through to the winner's circle.
The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continued at GG Poker with the 25K Players Championship. The high-tag event attracted 407 runners and a prize pool worth a super-heady $10 million. Only the top 55 places paid out which the majority of the cheesecake set aside to the top three. At least two players would walk away with a seven-figure payout with $1.8 million set aside to the champion.
The Players Championship final table included... Christian Rudolph, Chris Hunichen, Shankar "Saquon" Pillai, Aleksejs Ponakovs, Aram "Pusha T" Zobian, Brunno Botteon, Jason Koon, Paulius "ChickenBBQ" Plausinaitis, Aliaksei "BladeRunner1" Boika.
Koon came in as the favorite, but he was one of the first players to hit the road. Koon busted in seventh place, which paid out $275K.
Shankar 'Saquon' Pillai hit the bricks in third place and earned just shy of a cool million. Saquon's bust out set up the heavyweight fight for the championship.
It was Germany and the USA heads-up for the bracelet. Christian Rudolph picked off Hunichen to win his first bracelet.
Hunichen earned a second-lace payout worth $1.3 million. Not too shabby, eh? He was a bridesmaid once again. Hunichen banked over $8 million over his career, but never won any WSOP bling. He was a runner up at the 2017 WSOP $5K NL, but that's the closest he came to slapping bling around his wrist.
Rudolph banked $1.8 million for the Players Championship victory.
Notable players who went deep and cashed included... Scott Seiver, Thomas Muehloecker, Dan Shak, David Peters, Sami Kelopuro, James Park, Brock WIlson, Rui Ferraira, Jesus Ferguson, Stevie Chidwick, Jake Schindlet, Francesco Favia, Elio FOx, Sorel Mizzo, Tim Adams, Chris Frank, Michell Shah, Joe Liberta, Seth Davies, Thiago Crema, Pascal Lefrancois, James Chen, and Davidi Kitai.
2020 WSOP Online $25K Players Championship
Prize Pool: $10,000,000
Final Table Results:
1. Christian Rudolph (Germany) $1,800,290
2. Chris Hunichen (USA) $1,332,097
3. Shankar 'Saquon' Pillai (USA) $979,138
4. Aleksejs Ponakovs (Latvia) $719,700
5. Aram "Pusha T" Zobian (USA) $529,005
6. Brunno Botteon (Brazil) $388,837
7. Jason Koon (USA) $285,808
8. Paulius "ChickenBBQ" Plausinaitis (Lithuania) $210,079
9. Aliaksei "BladeRunner1" Boika (Belarus) $154,416