The PokerStars Bounty Builder Series concluded in thrilling fashion on March 14 with the crowning of the $530 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Main Event High. Some 3,660 players bought in and fought it out for a share of the $2 million prize pool, with Germany’s “looserGirl27” walking away with the title of champion and a total haul weighing in at $192,154.

The victory not only gave some serious cushioning to looserGirl27’s bankroll, but gave them bags of confidence for this weekend’s $10 million guaranteed Sunday Million 16th Anniversary tournament

Bounty Builder Series 190: $530 NLHE 8-Max Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Country Bounties Prize Total Prize
1 looserGirl27 Germany $59,217 $132,937 $192,154
2 [email protected] Malta $25,414 $132,935 $158,349
3 AlKatzone9 Austria $16,113 $78,873 $103,418
4 Kepalas89 Lithuania $18,726 $56,224 $72,337
5 VlgnasPokerV Lithuania $16,084 $40,078 $58,804
6 Gerson “Gerson’GR'” Braga Brazil $3,841 $28,569 $44,653
7 bruna_bsb Brazil $4,361 $20,365 $24,206
8 mayrogata Malta $7,447 $14,516 $18,877

Two Team PokerStars pros put together deep runs, made it through to Day 2, but failed to reach the eight-handed final table. Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle saw his tournament end in a 56th place worth $5,592 with bounty payments included. Felix “xflixx” Schneiders went a little deeper, eventually bowing out in 45th place for a combined $3,094.

With bounty payments added, nobody at the final table won less than $18,000 for their $530 investment. Indeed, none of the finalists took advantage of the re-entry format and all sat down knowing they has invested $530 at the most.

“mayrogata” was the first of the eight finalists to dust off their stack. Eighth-place came with a $18,877 payout.

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Tournament Loses Its Samba Flair

Two Brazilians were the next grinders out of the door. First, “bruna_bsb” busted in seventh for a $24,206 score. They were joined on the sidelines by Gerson “Gerson’GR'” Braga in sixth place; Braga banked $44,653 in total.

The next two eliminated players were the last people not to walk away with a six-figure haul for their efforts. Lithuania’s “VlgnasPokerV” collected $58,804 for their fifth-place finish while fellow Lithuanian, “Kepalas89” walked away with $72,337 for their incredible run.

“AlKatzone9” of Austria ran out of steam in third-place and saw $103,418 wing its way to their PokerStars account. The Austrian’s exit left “[email protected]” heads-up against looserGirl27 for the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool.

Both players secured more than $132,900 from the main prize pool, but the bounty payments at this stage were nothing short of huge. Those bounties meant [email protected] added $25,414 to their $132,935 prize for a combined score worth $158,349. The champion, looserGirl27, got their hands on $192,154, of which $59,217 came from the bounty prize pool.

Attention Turns to the $10 Million Gtd Sunday Million on March 20

Vanessa KadeVanessa Kade is the tournament’s reigning champion

The attention of the poker community now turns to the upcoming 16th Anniversary edition of the PokerStars Sunday Million, a $215 buy-in affair with a cool $10 million guaranteed prize pool. cards are in the air from 6:05 p.m. CET on March 20.

Vanessa Kade is the reigning champion having taken down the 15th Anniversary Sunday Million for $1,514,920 last year. Expect Kade to attempt a title defense, especially because she is coming off the back of a final table appearance in the Wynn Millions Main Event that netted Kade more than half a million dollars.

Anniversary Edition Entrants Prize pool Champion Prize
5th 59,128 $11,825,600 Luke “Bdbeatslayer” Vrabel $671,094
6th 33,732 $6,746,400 slyfox151 $480,761
7th 49,827 $9,857,400 Andrius “benislovas” Bielskis $848,589
8th 45,586 $9,317,200 DrUPSWING $1,038,540
9th 50,432 $10,086,400 Brayden “BRAYDEN93” Fritzshall $597,720
10th 55,059 $11,011,800 a.urli $970,000
11th 55,835 $11,167,000 Xavi666 $1,093,204
12th 43,975 $10,000,000 Luis “Hulk9950” Felipe $960,000
13th 61,342 $12,268,400 wangli0402 $611,944
14th 93,016 $18,603,200 Alex “AAAArthur” Brito $1,192,802
15th 69,876 $13,975,200 Vanessa “Niffller” Kade $1,514,920

Time is running out if you want to win your way into this special Sunday Million and do so from as little as $0.50. There are dozens of satellites running around the clock starting at $0.55 and increasing to a still affordable $55.

Sit & Go players have the chance to win their way into the $10 million guaranteed Sunday Million for $1.50 or $55, while Spin & Go specialists can enter $0.50 and $4 buy-in games and try to spin their way to a $215 Sunday Million 16th Anniversary seat.

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New depositing PokerStars customers can claim a welcome bonus worth up to $600. Download PokerStars via PokerNews, create your free online poker account, and decide how much you want to deposit. Your deposit is matched 100% up to $600 in the form of a bonus. Your first three deposits in the first 60-days after making your first deposit are matched up to a combined total of $600.

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