Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, $10M GTD
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Christian Rudolph Wins First Bracelet in Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP for $1,800,290

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Christian Rudolph Wins Event #70 for $1,800,290

At his fourth WSOP final table, Christian Rudolph has finally claimed his first bracelet, in Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP for $1,800,290. The biggest event of the summer attracted 407 entries to create the second-biggest prize pool of the summer with $10,000,000 total.

Two years ago, Rudolph finished second behind Michael Addamo — who actually bubbled this event — in a 25K at the WSOPE. Back then, the heads-up match was a rollercoaster with players exchanging blows for hours. This time, Rudolph succeeded and closed it out within 20 minutes. This win will take the German up to almost $3,000,000 in WSOP cashes alone and eclipse his previous live scores almost threefold.

Runner-up Chris Hunichen more than doubled his total WSOP earnings with his result, adding to the countless accolades of the multiple online triple crown winner. Rudolph and Hunichen were joined by numerous familiar faces and names from the online and live poker scene like bracelet winner Shankar "Saquon" Pillai, Aram "Pusha T" Zobian, who finished sixth in the 2018 WSOP Main Event, and Day 1 chip leader Jason Koon.

Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Christian RudolphGermany$1,800,290
2Chris HunichenUnited States$1,332,097
3Shankar "Saquon" PillaiUnited States$979,138
4Aleksejs PonakovsLatvia$719,700
5Aram "Pusha T" ZobianUnited States$529,005
6Brunno BotteonBrazil$388,837
7Jason KoonUnited States$285,808
8Paulius "ChickenBBQ" PlausinaitisLithuania$210,079
9Aliaksei "BladeRunner1" BoikaBelarus$154,416

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Final Table Action

The final table started off in shallow water with a 23 big blind average stack. Within twenty minutes, EPT winner Aliaksei "BladeRunner1" Boika would bust first when he ran his ace-five into the ace-jack of Pillai. Hunichen then scored a huge double-up through Koon with queens against ace-jacl to take the chip lead away from the latter. Paulius "ChickenBBQ" Plausinaitis busted soon after before Koon lost the remainder of his stack to Rudolph.

Brunno Botteon, who almost won his first bracelet in Event #67: $500 Limit NLH earlier, was next to go when Rudolph turned a straight with ace-eight against his queens. The German continued his dominance by eliminating Zobian in fifth and Aleksejs Ponakovs in fourth. The latter had lost the majority of his chips beforehand to Hunichen when his aces got cracked by Hunichen. "Big Huni" then took care of Pillai with ace-king versus ace-nine to get the action heads-up.

Rudolph started off with a slight chip lead but quickly extended it to drop Hunichen down to five bigs. Hunichen's final chips went in with king-queen against Rudolph's queen-ten, but the German spiked a ten on the flop to deny Hunichen and capture his first WSOP gold.

Chris Hunichen
Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen was runner-up for $1,332,097

While the second-biggest prize pool may have been awarded, don't miss the biggest one this Sunday! The $25,000,000 Main Event will enter Day 2 and the money stages, so make sure to check back regularly for all the latest of the WSOP Online on GGPoker!