Ship it to Sweden. Simon Eric Mattsson made a name for himself as one of the premier online grinders over the last few years, playing under the moniker of "C. Darwin2", and the Swedish pro added a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to his collection after being the last player standing in an epic nine-flight Main Event championship for the global version of the 2022 WSOP Online.
GGPoker hosted the 2022 WSOP Online, which included 33 bracelet events. This year's festival of online poker -- under the WSOP brand -- attracted over 131,000 entrants all over the world (minus the US!). A total of $86.1 million were paid out over 33 events during the last month.
Of course, everyone was waiting for the outcome of the prestigious WSOP Online Main Event. The $5,000 buy-in affair was spread out over nine starting flights. In total, 4,984 entrants bought into the Main Event with their eye on the bling and a mountain of cash. The total prize pool was $23,674,000 and only the top 500 places earned a cut of the lucrative prize pool.
The Main Event final table of nine included Simon Mattsson, Kannapong Thanarattrakul, Feng Zhao, Samuel Vousden, Istvan Briski, Yanfei Chi, Jordan Spurlin, Oliver Sprason, and Tim Rutherford. Italy's Gabriele Re bubbled the final table in tenth place. American pro Joe Cheong busted in 11th place.
Canada's Tim Rutherford was the first player to bust at the final table, and he earned $279,357 for a ninth-place finish.
Oliver Sprason from the UK bowed out next in eighth place, which paid out $372,529.
Canada's Jordan Spurlin was the next player out in seventh place, which paid out $496,774 and just short of a half million.
Two players from China went deep in the Main Event. Yanfei Chi busted in sixth place, which paid out $662,459.
Istvan Briski's epic run ended in fifth place. The Hungarian banked $883,404.
The top four places took home at least seven figures. Finland's Samuel Vousden won $1.18 million when he was picked off in fourth place.
China's Feng Zhao got knocked out in third place, which paid out $1.57 million. Zhao's elimination set up the heavyweight bout between Thailand and Sweden.
Kannapong Thanarattrakul could not stop the Swedish superstar and settled on a second-place finish. Thanarattrakul won a little over $2 million for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?
Simon Mattsson banked $2,793,574 and the bracelet. The bling is cool, but the cash is the reason why you grind it out and work so hard enduring the bad beats and long sessions. Expect a couple of big parties in Sweden in the upcoming days with Mattsson celebrating his WSOP Online victory.
Notable players who went deep and cashed in the WSOP Online Main Event at GGPoker included... Joe Cheong, Ofer Sterm, Antonio Gonzalez, Oliver Weis, Clement Bonant, Pavel Plesuv, Patrick Leonard, Niklas Astedt, Tommi Lankinen, Joni Jouhkimainen, Bin Sun, Justin Bonomo, Arthur Conan, Norbert Szecsi, Michael Gathy, Yu Zhang, Ole Schemion, Damian Salas, Ami Barer, Mikita Badziakouski, Chris Moorman, Jeff Hakim, Ryan Riess, Nacho Barbero, Ben Jackson, Thomas Ward, Teun Mulder, Andreas Klatt, Joao Simao, Tyler Cornell, Adrian Mateos, Elio Fox, Sergi Reixach, Chris Hunichen, Vanessa Kade, Thomas Muehloecker, Sammy Lafleur, Mark Radoja, Ivan Deyra, Felipe Ramos, Dan Cates, Ema Zajmovic, Marti Roca De Torres, Markku Koplimaa, and Daniel Dvoress.
2022 WSOP Online Main Event (International)
Prize Pool: $23,674,000
Final Table Results:
1. Simon Eric Mattsson (Sweden) $2,793,574
2. Kannapong Thanarattrakul (Thailand) $2,094,884
3. Feng Zhao (China) $1,570,941
4. Samuel Vousden (Finland) $1,178,040
5. Istvan Briski (Hungary) $883,404
6. Yanfei Chi (China) $662,459
7. Jordan Spurlin (Canada) $496,774
8. Oliver Sprason (UK) $372,529
9. Tim Rutherford (Canada) $279,357