It may be the first time in a Mystery Bounty tournament that there were three marquee prizes up for grabs.
Not only could players draw a €250,000 prize — the largest mystery bounty prize in European poker history — but there was also the draw of a $30,000 Platinum Pass to the 2023 PSPC and a PokerStars Red Spade Pass to the Brazilian Grand Prix later this year.
Platinum Pass Winner
Yamato Nakai was the lucky recipient of the Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship in 2023.
An ecstatic Nakai was grinning from ear to ear as EPT Tournament Director Toby Stone presented him with his prize.
Nakai currently has $15,848 in career live earnings, with his most recent cash coming at the EPT Barcelona festival.
He finished 313th in the Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event for €3,340.
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Zeitoun Eyes New Apartment with €250,000 Bounty Prize
The big cash prize was won by Johann Zeitoun who walked away with the €250,000 bounty prize.
“I was telling my friends that if I got a bounty I would go directly to the desk,” he told PokerNews. “I’m really happy. I play lots of tournaments, but now I’m really happy.”
The biggest cash of Zeitoun’s career was a €70,000 prize for winning the Unibet DeepStack Open Paris earlier this year, but now has almost equaled his career live cashes with a single bounty prize. Zeitoun said that he would use the money to buy an apartment
Wessman Bags Red Spade Pass
Meanwhile, the Red Spade Pass winner was Viktor Wessman from Sweden. Wessman has one career cash from the 2019 World Series of Poker and will now be heading to Brazil for an exclusive Formula 1 experience, courtesy of PokerNews.
Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.