The WPTDeepStacks series concludes on October 25 and the Mini Main Event is one tournament that has caught our eye: the $200,000 guaranteed Mini Main Event.
WPTDeepStacks #04 Mini Main Event is a $109 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The Mini Main Event is a deep-stacked tournament in every sense of the word. Your $109 buys you 250,000 chips, and you play to 15-minute levels where the blinds start at 500/1,000/125a.
Late registration remains open until the end of the 12th level and you can re-enter once per Day 1. Channeling your inner Phil Hellmuth and registering at the death sees you sits down with more than 30 big blinds because the blinds in Level 12 are still only 4,000/8,000/1,000a.
Play concludes on each flight once only 15% of the field has chips in front of them. Day 1 survivors progress to Day 2 on October 25 safe in the knowledge they are in the money.
WPTDeepStacks Mini Main Event Day 1A: Mordan Leads The Way
The first of four Mini Main Event flights took place on October 10 and saw 353 partypoker players take to the felt. Only 53 of those starters progressed to Day 2, each guaranteed at least a min-cash for their efforts.
Belgium’s Benjamin Mordan is looking at more than cash from the first rung of the payout ladder because he bagged up a tournament-leading 4,997,887 chips when the curtain came down on Day 1A. Only two other players finished with more than four million chips: Sebastian Jung of the United Kingdom (4,821,831) and Ireland’s John Glackin (4,277,531).
Plenty of other establish grinders punched their Day 2 tickets at the first attempt. They included former WPT500 champion Fabio Sperling (2,532,009), Rui Ferreira (2,223,291), Martins Adeniya (1,566,868), and Fabiano Kovalski (1,072,897).
WPTDeepStacks Mini Main Event Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts
|2||Sebastian Jung||United Kingdom||4,821,831|
|5||Patrice Brandt||United Kingdom||3,329,824|
|7||Oliver Bibby||United Kingdom||2,617,611|
|10||Fabio Sperling||United Kingdom||2,532,009|
WPTDeepStacks Mini Main Event Day 1B: Hertmann Demolishes The Field; Higgins Bags Big
Day 1B took place on October 17 and the flight belonged to Brazil’s Luan Felipe Leonel Hertmann who bulldozed his way not only to the Day 1B chip lead but the overall lead. The Brazilian somehow turned his 250,000 starting stack into a colossal 7,360,754, over 1.6 million chips more than anyone else at this stage.
Eighty-one of the 540 entrants made it through to Day 2. The chips went flying everywhere during this flight, and the top four finishers bagged enough chips that they would have been chip leader on Day 1A!
British star Simon Higgins did his chances of WPTDeepStack Mini Main Event glory no harm by finishing on 5,697,731 chips. Both Vasileois Pantazis (5,473,939) and Martin Brinkmann (5,394,264) joined Higgins in the five million chip club.
Other stars such as Enrico Camosci (3,071,381), Andrey Pateychuk (2,865,180), former Irish Open champion Dan Wilson (1,884,873), and Tomas Fara (1,163,794) also made it safely through.
WPTDeepStacks Mini Main Event Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Luan Felipe Leonel Hertmann||Brazil||7,360,754|
|2||Simon Higgins||United Kingdom||5,697,731|
|4||Martin Brinkmann||United Kingdom||5,394,264|
|7||Soren Bernhardt Olesen||Denmark||3,446,765|
|8||Robert-Andrei Burlacu||United Kingdom||3,372,951|
|9||Steven Smith||United Kingdom||3,101,451|
The Threat of an Overlay Looms
The WPTDeepStacks Mini Main Event needs 2,000 entrants to hit the $200,000 guarantee, but only 893 have bought in so far. There are two remaining flights, Day 1C at 7:05 p.m. BST on October 24 and a turbo-structured Day 1 at 4:05 p.m. BST on October 25.
Day 1C is traditionally the busiest flight in these events, and it needs to be otherwise the WPT and partypoker are looking at an overlay. Of course, overlays are great for players who make it into the money.
Another 1,107 players are required over the final two flights, will you be one of those who buys in and attempt to catch the seemingly unstoppable Hertmann?
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