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2022 BetMGM Michigan Poker Online Championships Deliver Big in MI, PA & NJ


The largest series in BetMGM Poker history recently wrapped in New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The inaugural BetMGM Poker Online Championships, which ran from Sept. 15-25, was comprised of 42 events (14 in each state) and catered to a combined 2,865 entries and awarded $1,732,705 in prize money.

The three Online Championships took place just a few months after the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship at ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where Joey Weissman triumphed through a field of 343 players to win the BetMGM trophy and $224,236.

Here are some highlights from the recent online series.

Derek “pompii” Sudell Wins BetMGM New Jersey Championship

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The BetMGM Poker Online Championships concluded in New Jersey with the $1,000 Championship. The tournament attracted 181 entrants who generated a $171,950 prize pool. However, given it was a $250K GTD tournament the field enjoyed a $78,050 overlay!

The top 24 players made the money with a min-cash being worth $2,330, while $59,975 awaited the winner. The tournament was structured to last two days, so after Stanton “Stonniepokes” Tentnowski bubbled in 25th place, the tournament went on an overnight break.

At that point, Alex “Hashtag_Hashtag” Rocha had the big stack with 1,620,642, which was just slightly ahead of the 1,605,451 held by “Minutz”. Others with decent stacks were Derek “pompii” Sudell (1,590,281), Ryan “Whosyourdoddy” Dodd (786,016), and Drew “maniacalmonk” O’Connell (533,883), just to name a few. On the other end of the spectrum, Dan “mj23style” Sewnig was the short stack with 223,748.

Sewnig managed to ladder up a bit to 20th place for $2,582.50, while Rocha’s lead only took him to 11th place for $4,000, which was a bit better than the 13th-place finish of “Minutz” for $3,125. Meanwhile, both Dodd and Sudell (lead photo) used their big stacks to go deep with the former, who had already won two titles in the series, taking fourth place for $22,125, and the latter going all the way to win the tournament for $59,975.

New Jersey BetMGM Poker Online $1,000 Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Derek “pompii” Sudell $59,975
2 “Dorgilina” $41,000
3 “ALLINONBLUE” $29,000
4 Ryan “Whosyourdoddy” Dodd $22,125
5 “UnderDaBed” $17,125
6 “pay4medsch00l” $12,625
7 “Jthockey” $10,000
8 “La_Flama_Blanca” $7,500
9 “AFA567” $5,250

Darren Elias Finishes Sixth in New Jersey Phase Tournament

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BetMGM Poker Ambassador Darren Elias

New Jersey’s BetMGM Poker Online Championships $100 Phase tournament saw 91 players advance from the various Day 1 flights. With only $57,040 collected, there was a lucrative overlay as it was a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

All the players who made Day 2 were in the money with a min-cash being worth $368.61, while up top there was a $17,498.10 top prize.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were “xRIVERBOATx” (10th – $1,532.26), Dan “mj23style” Sewnig (13th – $970.46), Eric “alwaysliquid” Vanauken (14th – $970.46), Jaime “mooseman1710” Reyes (17th – $807.02), and Michael “Gags30” Gagliano (29th – $657.76).

It took four and a half hours of play for “Javierleonor” to close out the tournament by defeating “Dise57” in heads-up play.

BetMGM Poker Online Championships NJ Phase Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 “Javierleonor” $17,498.10
2 “Dise57” $12,091.92
3 Mike “MistaMenza” Menzer $8,353.15
4 Daniel “centrfieldr23” Lupo $5,505.90
5 “RA679” $3,816.42
6 Darren “Darren_Elias” Elias $2,967.89
7 Jon “Jetsfan411” Borenstein $2,369.22
8 Matt “MattEMenz” Mendez $1,906.14
9 Drew “maniacalmonk” O’Connell $1,532.26

BetMGM Poker Online Championship NJ Winners

All told the BetMGM New Jersey Championship catered to a combined 1,094 entries and awarded $663,950 in prize money. Here’s a look at all those who captured titles during the series in New Jersey..

Date Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Sept. 15, 2022 NJ #1: $500 Kickoff 88 $41,360 Darren “Darren_Elias” Elias $12,925
Sept. 16, 2022 NJ #2: $250 PKO 97 $22,522 Ryan “Whosyourdoddy” Dodd $6,912
Sept. 17, 2022 NJ #3: $500 – $30K GTD 58 $30,000 “Kozym1” $10,200
Sept. 17, 2022 NJ #4: $250 6-Max PLO 83 $20,000 Soheb “MyCousinVinny5” Porbandarwala $6,200
Sept. 19, 2022 NJ #6: $500 7-Max PKO 64 $30,080 “MBohmerwald23” $8,521
Sept. 21, 2022 NJ #8: $250 6-Max PKO 105 $24,413 Ryan “Whosyourdoddy” Dodd $6,240
Sept. 22, 2022 NJ #9: $500 Warm-Up NLH 92 $50,000 “audidriver” $15,625
Sept. 23, 2022 NJ #10: $250 7-Max 82 $20,000 Jaime “mooseman1710” Reyes $4,614
Sept. 24. 2022 NJ #11: $250 NLH 110 $25,575 “jacksupMM” $7,544
Sept. 24. 2022 NJ #12: $1,000 PLO High Roller 43 $50,000 “Believer111” $19,500
Sept. 25, 2022 NJ #13: $1,000 Championship 181 $250,000 Derek “pompii” Sudell $59,975
Sept. 25, 2022 NJ #14: $100 Phased Day 2 91 $100,000 “Javierleonor” $17,498.10

Joey Weissman Wins Inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship Main Event

“georgejanssen” Wins BetMGM Michigan Championship for $50,000 and 2nd Title of Series

The BetMGM Poker Online Championships concluded in Michigan with the $1,000 Championship on Sunday. The tournament attracted 147 entrants who generated a $139.650 prize pool. However, given it was a $200K GTD tournament the field enjoyed a juicy overlay.

The top 20 players made the money with a min-cash being worth $2,326, while $50,000 awaited the winner. The tournament was structured to last two days, so after “CNdtw34” bubbled in 21st place, the tournament went on an overnight break.

At that point, “MiLawyer1970” was chip leader with 1,825,114 while “s7udz88” was hot on their heels with 1,538,457. Others to bag big were “Fluffhead” (1,218,368) and “georgejanssen” (1,079,061), while “FlipWitnEdge” was the short stack with just 180,759.

The big stack of “s7udz88” only managed to take them to an 11th-place finish for $3,400, while “MiLawyer1970” did a bit better taking sixth for $10,400. In the end, it was “georgejanssen” coming out on top for $50,000 and their second title of the series. Their first came a week prior when he bested a 44-entry field to win Event #6: $500 7-Max PKO for $7,570.

Michigan BetMGM Poker Online $1,000 Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 “georgejanssen” $50,000
2 “Nekatsim” $34,000
3 “Buckoh555” $24,000
4 “GoodForYou” $18,080
5 “DoneYetOhYes” $14,100
6 “MiLawyer1970” $10,400
7 “PIES1212” $8,060
8 “Fluffhead” $6,056
9 “chases-“ $4,400

“coNNB” Wins Michigan Phase Tournament

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Another tournament to play out in Michigan on Sunday was BetMGM Poker Online Championships $100 Phase tournament. From the various Day 1 flights, 84 players advanced to Day 2 to compete for a $100,000 prize pool. All players were in the money and guaranteed $395.10, but all had their eyes affixed on the $17,595.74 top prize.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were “coolriver84” (10th – $1,242.80), “ParryGreenstein” (15th – $1,019.48), “Towlerof4” (21st – $846.17), “AAPoker417” (28th – $692.63), “TwoColorDeck” (32nd – $581.56), “FrankiePockets” (39th – $581.56), and “Weaselpolooza” (54th – $491.18).

It took nearly five hours of play for “coNNB” to best “sirbluffsalot” in heads-up play to win the tournament for $17,595.74.

BetMGM Poker Online Championships MI Phase Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 “coNNB” $17,595.74
2 “sirbluffsalot” $12,174.03
3 “squeeze.it.plzz” $8,424.49
4 “Djfun” $5,569.04
5 “rickystackerz77” $3,874.69
6 “ThomasAAnderson” $3,032
7 “Jb580” $2,429.96
8 “krushurdreams” $1,964.27
9 “Sillain” $1,588.28

BetMGM Poker Online Championship MI Winners

Here’s a look at all those who captured titles during the series in Michigan. Note that “georgejanssen” wasn’t the only two-time winner as “NateTheGrape” went back-to-back in Event #3: $500 NLH $25K GTD for $10,250 and Event #4: $250 6-Max PLO for $6,950.

All told the BetMGM Michigan Poker Online Championship series catered to a combined 951 entries and awarded $580,822 in prize money.

Date Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Sept. 15, 2022 MI #1: $500 Kickoff 103 $48,410 “Until_Wilted” $10,030
Sept. 16, 2022 MI #2: $250 PKO 100 $23,250 “CleggsOnGG” $5,180
Sept. 17, 2022 MI #3 $500 – $25K GTD 40 $25,000 “NateTheGrape” $10,250
Sept. 17, 2022 MI #4: $250 6-Max PLO 60 $20,000 “NateTheGrape” $6,950
Sept. 19, 2022 MI #6: $500 7-Max PKO 44 $20,680 “georgejanssen” $7,570
Sept. 21, 2022 MI #8: $250 6-Max PKO 90 $20,000 “ekomstop” $7,335
Sept. 22, 2022 MI #9: $500 Warm-Up NLH 74 $40,000 “Pollan” $13,132
Sept. 23, 2022 MI #10: $250 7-Max 67 $20,000 “NuttyWolves” $5,162
Sept. 24. 2022 MI #11: $250 NLH 101 $23,482 “All4one1forALL” $6,927
Sept. 24. 2022 MI #12: $1,000 PLO High Roller 41 $40,000 “imakewinhappen” $15,600
Sept. 25, 2022 MI #13: $1,000 Championship 147 $200,000 “georgejanssen” $50,000
Sept. 25, 2022 MI #14: $100 Phased Day 2 84 $100,000 “coNNB” $17,595.74

Big Bluff-Catch Propels Joey Weissman to BetMGM Poker Championship Victory

“ItsSykkunoHere” Wins BetMGM Pennsylvania Championship ($37,500)

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The BetMGM Poker Online Championships concluded in Pennsylvania with the $1,000 Championship. The tournament attracted 142 entrants who generated a $134,900 prize pool. However, given it was a $150K GTD tournament the field enjoyed a little overlay!

The top 20 players made the money with a min-cash being worth $1,744.50, while $37,500 awaited the winner. The tournament was structured to last two days, so after “Dave_Portnoy” bubbled in 21st place, the tournament went on an overnight break.

At that point, “Queen LaQueef” sat atop the chip counts with 1,862,373 with “ItsSykkunoHere” sitting in second with 1,555,458. On the flip side, “HossBonaventure” was the short stack with 229,624. Play resumed in Level 22 (10,000/20,000/2,500) and surprisingly the chip leader at the start bowed out relatively early in 13th place for $1,950.

Instead, it was “ItsSykkunoHere” using their big stack to navigate their way all the way to the end, a victory worth $37,500.

Pennsylvania BetMGM Poker Online $1,000 Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 “ItsSykkunoHere” $37,500
2 “Hisoka” $25,500
3 “Masochist” $18,000
4 “resiaks12388” $13,560
5 “Berksweasel” $10,575
6 “Do_psychedelics” $7,800
7 “LetMeWin3437” $6,045
8 “NitWithTrix” $4,542
9 “vgk.sys” $3,300

“moontime” Claims Pennsylvania Phase Title

In other Sunday action, the BetMGM Poker Online Championships $100 Phase tournament played to its conclusion. From the various Day 1 flights, 89 players advanced to Day 2 to compete for a $100,000 prize pool. All players were in the money and guaranteed $374.01, but all had their eyes affixed on the $17,528.46 top prize.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were “Superstackin” (10th – $1,201.76), “gravytrain” (18th – $817.89), “CleggsOnGG” (23rd – $817.89), “MrCasino99” (34th – $563.17), “River Monster” (41st – $480.05), and “Love2Lose22” (49th – $480.05).

It took just over five hours of play for a winner to emerge, and it happened when “moontime” defeated “Krayzie777” in heads-up play. It was the second title of the series as just the day before “moontime” bested a 33-entry field to win Event #12: $1,000 PLO High Roller.

BetMGM Poker Online Championships PA Phase Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 “moontime” $17,528.46
2 “Krayzie777” $12,117.28
3 “yumdubz” $8,375.07
4 “Imperium” $5,525.20
5 “b1gjak3” $3,834.16
6 “phillyguy533” $2,979.23
7 “EsBandito20” $2,381.14
8 NitWithTrix” $1,918.50
9 “GoinDrinkin” $1,544.98

BetMGM Poker Online Championship PA Winners

All told the BetMGM Pennsylvania Championship catered to a combined 820 entries and awarded $487,933 in prize money. Here’s a look at all those who captured titles during the series in Pennsylvania.

Date Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Sept. 15, 2022 PA #1: $500 Kickoff 65 $30,550 “Pollan” $14,281
Sept. 16, 2022 PA #2: $250 PKO 66 $15,345 “rickystackerz77” $7,444
Sept. 17, 2022 PA #3: $500 – $20K GTD 48 $22,560 Sebastian “OMC Escher” Harasim $7,354
Sept. 17, 2022 PA #4: $250 6-Max PLO 63 $20,000 “johnny_civ” $5,430
Sept. 19, 2022 PA #6: $500 7-Max PKO 37 $20,000 “CleggsOnGG” $7,352
Sept. 21, 2022 PA #8: $250 6-Max PKO 65 $15,113 “Masochist” $5,148
Sept. 22, 2022 PA #9: $500 Warm-Up NLH 70 $50,000 “CleggsOnGG” $11,490
Sept. 23, 2022 PA #10: $250 7-Max 68 $15,810 “Sleevy98” $4,081
Sept. 24. 2022 PA #11: $250 NLH 74 $17,205 “ShipHappens” $5,648
Sept. 24. 2022 PA #12: $1,000 PLO High Roller 33 $31,350 “moontime” $12,853
Sept. 25, 2022 PA #13: $1,000 Championship 142 $150,000 “ItsSykkunoHere” $37,500
Sept. 25, 2022 PA #14: $100 Phased Day 2 89 $100,000 “moontime” $17,528.46
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