Qatari player beat poker professionals in The Big Game finals
One of the most prestigious events in the regular tournament grid at PartyPoker is the $5 200 Big Game. After paying the buy-in, poker players compete for their share of a massive $500 000 prize pool.
Another such tournament was carried out on Sunday (October 4). Even after the completion of the WPT series, PartyPoker decided to keep the game format requiring players to use real names instead of nicknames.
The participants started to play on Sunday evening and finished early on Monday morning. During that time, the field of players reduced from 101 to 9. It’s worth noting famous poker professionals, who didn't make it to the final table but entered the ITM zone: Conor Beresford (14th place and $10 000) and Steve O'Dwyer (13th place and $10 000).
Speaking of the final table, many well-known poker players managed to reach it. The first to leave the game was the charming PartyPoker ambassador Kristen Bicknell. The girl finished the event in ninth place, taking $15 000 in prize money.
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Soon, Bicknell was followed by the high roller Artur Martirosyan. The player has recently become the winner of the WPT Player of the Championship, but this time he limited himself to eighth place (+$17 750).
Another PartyPoker ambassador Ludovic Geilich took 5th place, which brought him $32 500. The next to eliminate was Dominik Nitsche; he finished the tournament in fourth place and lost the chance to emerge victorious.
The final heads-up turned out to be quite unexpected, as it featured two little-known poker players: Sven Joakim and Mayank Saxena. The last eventually won that battle, receiving $119 000 for taking the first place. For now, it’s his best result in poker. Mayank comes from Qatar, which is an exotic country in terms of playing poker.
$5 200 Big Game at PartyPoker (results)