The World Poker Tour (WPT) Spring Festival is now in the books, with “DannyAce66” being hailed as the first WPT Spring Festival Main Event champion. He topped a field of 3,505 entries and battled it out with some of the best players in the game to secure the title.
The WPT Spring Festival ran as a mobile-only event on the Poker King app. The festival took place from February 11-22, featuring 13 numbered events, and $1.85 million in guarantees, $1.5 million of that went to the Main Event which eventually fell short of meeting its target.
While that was the case, attracting over 3,500 entries in a single tournament was an achievement in itself, and more importantly, both the WPT and Poker King were able to gain significant international exposure, which was one of its goals in holding the unique festival.
Poker’s Biggest Names Take A Shot at Main Event
The Main Event became a star-studded affair, with the participation of some of the world’s top poker pros, including Phil Ivey and Stephen Chidwick, (who both serve as brand ambassadors for Poker King), Nick Petrangelo, Jean-Robert Bellande, Scotty Nguyen, and Phil Hellmuth. The poker elites each carried a $15 bounty, which was awarded to the players who eliminated them.
Unfortunately, all of the stars did not make it to the finale, but their winnings were all donated to charity.
Chidwick and Nguyen failed to make the money, after finishing in 761st and 576th place respectively, while Belland won $927 after exiting in 325th place.
Ivey and Hellmuth also reached the money, each winning $927 for finishing in 233rd and 229th place respectively. Petrangelo had a better result, finishing in 157th place for $1,390.
A total of 550 players min-cashed for $618.
WPT Spring Festival Main Event Final Table Results
The huge 3,505-entry field was reduced to just 43 when Day 3 began on February 21. At the end of Day 3, the final table was set, with “Mysterious11” leading the pack; “DannyAce66” came in third.
The final eight players returned on February 22 to play down to a winner. The final table was live streamed on multiple platforms, and while spectators would have definitely wanted the finale to extend a bit longer, especially with a WPT title at stake, things did not go that way, as it took just 76 minutes for “DannyAce66” to win the event.
The finalists fell one by one in quick succession, courtesy of “DannyAce66” and “Tianxingjian”, both of whom would later become the last two players sitting at the table.
The first to go was “Yuchuan” who finished 8th for ¥120,000 ($18,535), followed by “YeyeDowneyJrYKY” in 7th place for ¥230,000 ($35,526). “Nengfeifei” finished 6th for ¥330,000 ($50,972), while start-of-day chip leader “Mysterious11” settled for 5th place with ¥430,000 ($66,418) in winnings. “Yuyouqianshuijian” took the 4th spot for ¥530,000 ($81,864), while “Sojo” finished 3rd for ¥730,000 ($112,756).
“DannyAce66” was leading the chips when heads-up play began, and while “Tianxingjian” was able to cut the deficit as the battle started, the eventual winner wasted no time in in finishing his opponent off.
The final hand saw “DannyAce66” raising pre-flop with KhKd. “Tianxingjian” called from the big blind holding 10c7c. He then moved all-in as the board showed 10h5d3c2s. “DannyAce66” called and “Tianxingjian” failed to improve on the river and settled for 2nd place with ¥980,000 ($151,371) in winnings.
As the winner, “DannyAce66” took home ¥1,750,000 ($270,305) in first-place prize, and a Baccarat Crystal trophy commemorating his victory.
WPT & Poker King Benefit From Spring Festival
The WPT Spring Festival represents the first international collaboration between the WPT and Poker King. The WPT is keen on establishing a presence in the global arena, and bringing a massive festival to Asia is an important step towards that goal.
Poker King mainly caters to the Asian region, and because of that, players in the West are not very familiar with the platform. By hosting the WPT Spring Festival, poker players in the western world are not more familiar with the brand.