Event 30 in the World Cup of Cards was a new type of tournament format here at Playground Poker Club, and it featured a $100 + $60 + $500 buy-in with $500 Bounty chips. The game was No Limit Hold’em, and 86 players turned up to try this 1-day event, surpassing the $30,000 guarantee boasted by the house. With so much of the prize pool reserved in bounties, there was definitely no lack of action throughout the night, and countless pots were played multi-way, with every all-in carefully looked upon.
The structure paid the top 6 players, with the winner set to take home $3,000 plus bounties. The biggest amount of bounties seems to have been collected by Andrej Markovinovic, who was seen with 8 of them near his elimination, excluding the one that was given up with his exit.
A double elimination saw a 9 players book their seats at the final table, of which 3 missed the official payouts. Meixin Huang was the first casualty amongst the in-the-money players, and her Bounty chip was collected by Nikolas Chinell. Julien Volpe was the next to bite the dust after a runner-runner straight saw his last chips go to Nick Nickoletopoulos. Medhat Ramzy seemed to be in control when 4-handed action began, however a series of unfortunate hands saw him go down in 4th place. Nikolas Chinell was then sent to the rail in 3rd place by Darrin Oremba, bringing on heads-up play.
Darrin began the duel with a 2-to-1 chip lead versus Nick, however Nick found a quick double-up with over to flip the counts. A few hands later Darrin was all-in and at risk on a flop, and his was trailing the of Nick. Darrin picked up some additional outs on the turn, but ultimately fell short on the river to exit in 2nd place. His $2,092 payout was accompanied by 7 Bounty chips, while Nick secured the $3,000 top prize in addition to his 5 Bounty chips.
This is Nick’s second Bounty Event win this year, as he bested a 222 player field back in May to win Event 9 of the Spring Classic presented by partypoker LIVE, a $200 + 30 + $100 Bounty Event.
Event 30 Champion: Nick Nickoletopoulos – $3,000 (and 5 Bounty chips)
Runner-Up: Darrin Oremba – $2,092 (and 7 Bounty chips)
Last hand of play