Weekly Poker News: APAT Main Event Winner, GGPoker Tournament & More

Featured in this article:

  • Patrick Blye Wins The APAT WCOAP Main Event
  • Sami Kelopuro Dominates GGPoker Tournaments
  • Johnny Oshana Wins MSPT Poker Bowl

There were some important wins to note in the poker world over the last week. Let’s take a closer look and recap those who padded their pockets significantly.

Patrick Blye Wins The APAT WCOAP Main Event

2021 has gotten off to a great start for Patrick Blye, who was able to win the APAT World Championship Of Amateur Poker Main Event last week. He was awarded $27,408 from his first-place finish along with an APAT gold medal and a WCOAP main event bracelet. To win the top prize he had to defeat a total of 1,751 players with the buy-in sitting at $109 per person. Because of the turnout, the $150,000 guaranteed prize pool ended up escalating to $171,500.

Every player that was able to make their way into the final table had won at least $2,116 from the event. Randy Vermette finished as the runner-up in the event and walked away with $18,618 while Jamie O’Connor rounded out the top three with a $12,709 prize.

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Sami Kelopuro Wins Multiple GGPoker Tournaments

Sami Kelopuro’s excellence was on full display in the poker community this past week. Kelopuro was able to win three of GGPoker’s high stakes tournaments, which is trio of big wins that will pad his bankroll quite a bit. Some poker players aren’t even able to win one big event throughout their entire careers, let alone in the span of one week.

Kelopuro kicked off his winning spree in the High Roller Blade Bounty King PLO tournament. The event was a small one as it only picked up 21 entries but with very tough opponents and a sizable buy-in. The event only saw three people walk away with money from the final table with Kelopuro obviously claiming the largest chunk, $30,832 to be exact.

But he wasn’t done just yet, as he entered the $2,625 buy-in High Rollers Blade shortly after his first win. Of course, having the winnings from the first event surely helped him financially with this decision. Once again, there was only 33 total entries in this field but it was stacked again with quality opponents. Once again, Kelopuro weathered the storm and emerged victorious, claiming another $27,047.

Then he decided to wrap up his winning streak by entering the High Rollers Sunday Blade Closer $5,250. Kelopuro ended up smashing his way through the final table in this event too. As a result, he picked up his largest purse of the haul with a heft $54,866. In total, he ended up winning $112,745. We’ll see if he can keep his hot hand going in the coming months.

Johnny Oshana Wins MSPT Poker Bowl

We have a winner in the MSPT Poker Bowl and while Johnny Oshana technically won it, it was actually the fifth straight time that the Mid-States Poker Tour Poker Bowl ended in a deal. The event, which was held at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, went on for over 15 hours before Oshana won the crown. He was the biggest winner out of the final four involved in the deal though, picking up $130,000. Jordan Cristos had earned $119,232, Seungmook Jung and Joris Springael rounded out the deal with $85,000 each.

Each of those four were able to make their way to the final table despite the 908 other entries in the event. Entering the final day of the event, only 116 players were left standing. They ended up splitting the purse proportionally and Oshana claimed the victory – even though they didn’t fully finish.

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