The Knockout Games Series began back on April 24 and wrapped up on 888poker over the weekend. The 44-event series offered players the chance to play affordable buy-in knockout tournaments boasting over $1,000,000 in guarantees. By the end of the series, a combined 25,035 entrants had participated and $1,427,915 in prize money awarded.

The series proved to be a worldwide affair with winners hailing from far and wide.

  • No contingent did better than the Brazilians, who nabbed eight Knockout Games Series titles. Romania and Ukraine each had five to their credit.
  • Denmark and Germany got four each.
  • Swedish players accounted for a trio of titles.
  • Two apiece went to Mexico, Canada and Kazakhstan.
  • The lone title club consisted of Lithuania, Montenegro, Pakistan, Uruguay, Malta, and the United Kingdom.

Here’s a look at the winner distribution by country:

Brazil – 8

Romania – 5

Ukraine – 5

Denmark – 4

Germany – 4

Sweden – 3

Kazakhstan – 2

Mexico – 2

Canada –2

Lithuania – 1

Montenegro – 1

United Kingdom – 1

Pakistan – 1

Uruguay – 1

Malta – 1

Canadian Wins Knockout Games Series Main Event

Canadian Wins Knockout Games Series Main Event

The highlight of the series was the $215 buy-in, $300,000 GTD Main Event on Sunday, May 8. That tournament, which offered daily freerolls awarding seats throughout the series, saw 1,420 players rebuy 238 times. So, the 1,658-entry field surpassed the guarantee with a juicy $331,600 prize pool.

Among those to finish in the top 240 places and make the money were the following players:

  • “Likat” (136th place for $281.86 plus $525 in bounties)
  • Dominik “888Dominik” Nitsche (115th place for $315.02 plus $325 in bounties)
  • “MagStuPizza” (55th place for $397.92 plus $550 in bounties)
  • “WalnutPix” (24th place for $696.36 plus $831.25 in bounties)
  • Final table bubble “smecheru888” (10th place for $1,691.16 plus $1,203.13 in bounties)

The final table of nine players took an overnight break before returning on Monday to battle it out on a live stream. The most familiar name at the final table was Canada’s “popsnpoker”, though they were the first to fall in ninth place for $2,171.98 plus $759.38 in bounties.

Eventually both Canada’s “Luckyguy62” and the United Kingdom’s “vyccc” locked up $19,813.10 in prize money each for making it to heads-up play. But awaiting the winner was an even bigger $20,802.66 PKO bounty.

The Canadian ultimately came out on top to win the title and a total prize of $40,515.76.

Knockout Games Series Main Event Final Table Results

1st – “Luckyguy62” (Canada) … $40,515.76

2nd – “vyccc” (United Kingdom) … $25,821.29

3rd – “R3li_able” (Lithuania) … $18,866.24

4th – “raisebot” (Netherlands) … $9,352.42

5th – “VL1fish3BV” (Romania) … $8,726.79

6th – “eastyyy22” (United Kingdom) … $6,755

7th – “Zadi14” (Bangladesh) … $6,910.36

8th – “Jan.14” (Kazakhstan) … $5,714.27

9th – “popsnpoker” (Canada) … $2,931.36

Also, on Sunday was the $55 buy-in Event #44: $50,000 Mini Main PKO, a tournament that drew 1,107 players who rebought 236 times. The 1,343-entry field generated a $67,150 prize pool. And after 9 hours and 15 minutes of play, “Brunsonskid” defeated Argentina’s “leon_dies10” heads-up to win the title for $4,247.80 plus a $5,895.35 PKO bounty for a total payday of $10,143.15.

Knockout Games Series Mini Main PKO Final Table Results

1st – “Brunsonskid” (N/A) … $10,143.15

2nd – “leon_dies10” (Argentina) … $4,883.31

3rd – “MishkoLil” (United Kingdom) … $3,383.65

4th – “Jungsp0und” (Belarus) … $2,473.22

5th – “Maltesetigre” (Malta) … $1,923.10

6th – “MIKEPOSTLE” (Ireland) … $1,868.85

7th – “JIRNIYTONY” (Ukraine) … $1,035.65

8th – “protocall” (Lithuania) … $742.07

9th – “White_Pipka” (Ukraine) … $725.05

Sweden’s “OBisNutrank” Becomes 1st 2-Time Champ

Sweden’s “OBisNutrank” Becomes 1st 2-Time Champ

On Monday, May 2 the first two-time champ of the series was crowned. It happened when Sweden’s “ObisNutrank” claimed victory in the $55 buy-in Event #25: $8,000 PKOmaha 6-Max. This tournament saw 104 players rebuy 26 times. The Swede previously won the $44 buy-in Event #3: $12,000 Late Opening PKO on the first day of the series that was good for $2,850.74.

Only the top dozen finishers made the money, and among those to cash but fall short of the final table were the following:

  • “WomenAreGood” (7th place for $178.12 + $192.19 in bounties)
  • “sorindyn” (8th place for $178.12 + $78.13 in bounties)
  • “kaablys” (9th place for $178.12 + $146.88 in bounties)
  • “NicolasReis” (10th place for $118.75 + $18.75 in bounties)
  • “Hatam16” (11th place for $118.75 + $37.50 in bounties)
  • “pupajj” (12th place for $118.75 + $43.75 in bounties)

Event #25: $8,000 PKOmaha 6-Max Final Table Results

1st – “ObisNutrank” (Sweden) … $2,204.36

2nd – “zwei.2” (Brazil) … $1,350.93

3rd – “Macabroca” (Brazil) … $802.50

4th – “Tighterinho” (Latvia) … $501.25

5th – “Simonklasik” (Germany) … $482.51

6th – “Inflaatio” (Finland) … $408.76

In other Monday Omaha news, the United Kingdom and Germany both got on the board. The UK’s “Shaunykins” topped a 256-entry field (190 unique plus 66 rebuys) to win the $11 buy-in Event #26: $3,000 Mini PKOmaha 6-Max for $595.05.

Germany’s “Donkplayer19” bested a 113-entry field (93 unique plus 20 rebuys) to win the $33 buy-in Event #27: $5,000 Late PKOmaha 6-Max for $1,259.81.

Hot Streak of Romania’s “Machidon7” - Claims 2nd Title

Hot Streak of Romania’s “Machidon7” - Claims Second Title

It’s been quite the Knockout Games Series for 888poker “Machidon7”, who hails from Romania. He previously won the $22 buy-in Event #23: $25,000 Mini Tune Up PKO for $3,026.14.

And he nearly captured a second title the same day in the $160 buy-in Event #22: $150,000 Tune Up PKO, making it to heads-up play alongside Ukraine’s “RaPaPaPaPam”. But “Machidon7” was denied having to settle for second place and $11,780.87 in prize money.

“Machidon7” didn’t have to wait long for a second title. On Tuesday, May 4, the $55 buy-in Event #30: $10,000 Late Super Knockout attracted 219 players who rebought 30 times, resulting in a $12,450 prize pool.

Well, “Machidon7” returned to his winning ways after defeating “cringed” in heads-up play. The win was good for a $1,321.72 top prize plus $200 in KO bounties for a total payday of $1,521.72.

Event #30: $10,000 Late Super Knockout Final Table Results

1st – “Machodon7” (Romania) … $1,521.72

2nd – “cringed” (Montenego) … $1,139.92

3rd – “Barto7907” (United Kingdom) … $820.95

4th – “totiybr1” (Argentina) … $679.22

5th – “komnata423” (Ukraine) … $489.16

6th – “JoseBezerra” (Mexico) … $390.80

7th – “protocall” (Lithunia) … $393.59

8th – “Zaniacmaniac” (Sweden) … $318.17

9th – “Haideimau” (Germany) … $305.20

A pair of Brazilian players also found success on Tuesday. First, “GUDIAS” topped a 206-entry field to win the $160 buy-in Event #28: $30,000 Super Knockout for $4,438.95

Fellow countryman “marcio181810” prevailed over a 142-entry field to win the $22 buy-in Event #29: $15,000 Mini Super Knockout for $1,461.04.

888poker Knockout Games Series Winners …

Date

Tournament

Buy-In

Players

Total

Entries

Prize Pool

Winner

Country

Prize

Sunday,

April 24

Event #1: $125,000

Opening Event PKO

$109

955

1,222

$125,000

77portuga77

Brazil

$15,218.82

Sunday,

April 24

Event #2: $20,000

Mini Opening PKO

$16.50

1,074

1,364

$20,460

beckan116

Brazil

$2,782.19

Sunday,

April 24

Event #3: $12,000

Late Opening PKO

$44

381

466

$18,640

ObisNutrank

Sweden

$2,850.74

Monday,

April 25

Event #4: $25,000

PKO 8-Max

$55

490

643

$32,150

protocali

Lithuania

$4,418.06

Monday,

April 25

Event #5: $10,000

Mini PKO 8-Max

$11

777

1035

$10,350

jmjmns

Denmark

$1,352.12

Monday,

April 25

Event #6: $10,000

Late PKO 8-Max

$33

373

450

$13,500

Komyagin

Ukraine

$2,239.64

Tuesday,

April 26

Event #7: $30,000

Super Knockout

$160

189

239

$35,850

cherrywine

Pakistan

$4,330.63

Tuesday,

April 26

Event #8: $15,000

Mini Super Knockout

$22

606

772

$15,440

Nobilitas

Denmark

$1,341.06

Tuesday,

April 26

Event #9: $10,000

Late Super Knockout

$55

212

245

$12,250

IIIIILIIIII

Kazakhstan

$1,575.49

Wednesday,

April 27

Event #10: $30,000

PKO

$109

306

379

$37,900

Dvingminator

Denmark

$6,827.67

Wednesday,

April 27

Event #11: $12,000

Mini PKO

$16.50

723

927

$13,905

Hotzonicu

Romania

$2,051.04

Wednesday,

April 27

Event #12: $10,000

Late PKO

$33

338

424

$12,720

ohanaaa

Brazil

$2,393.26

Thursday,

April 28

Event #13: $25,000

PKO Freezeout

$215

157

157

$31,400

guizones27

Brazil

$7,362.83

Thursday,

April 28

Event #14: $10,000

Mini PKO Freezeout

$55

306

306

$15,300

armlockvoado

Brazil

$2,586.69

Thursday,

April 28

Event #15: $7,000

Late PKO Freezeout

$33

295

295

$8,850

raphaelvgc

Brazil

$1,712.65

Friday,

April 29

Event #16: $25,000

Knockout

$88

300

358

$28,640

Vamzdys123

N/A

$4,494.21

Friday,

April 29

Event #17: $15,000

Mini Knockout

$22

672

831

$16,620

mrlogik

Denmark

$2,061.04

Friday,

April 29

Event #18: $10,000

Late Knockout

$33

342

402

$12,060

stockfish9

Uruguay

$1,849.97

Saturday,

April 30

Event #19: $30,000

PKO 6-Max

$109

282

342

$34,200

RespectUA

Ukraine

$7,150.48

Saturday,

April 30

Event #20: $12,000

Mini PKO 6-Max

$16.50

707

894

$13,410

Dworgis

Sweden

$2,104.68

Saturday,

April 30

Event #21: $10,000

Late PKO 6-Max

$33

313

378

$11,340

Bromista

Mexico

$1,958.74

Sunday,

May 1

Event #22: $150,000

Tune Up PKO

$160

783

958

$150,000

RaPaPaPaPam

Ukraine

$20,885.57

Sunday,

May 1

Event #23: $25,000

Mini Tune Up PKO

$22

1176

1,462

$29,240

Machidon7

Romania

$3,026.14

Sunday,

May 1

Event #24: $15,000

Late Tune Up PKO

$55

389

465

$23,250

eganomakeup

Montenegro

$4,462.33

Monday,

May 2

Event #25: $8,000

PKOmaha 6-Max

$55

104

130

$8,000

ObisNutrank

Sweden

$2,024.36

Monday,

May 2

Event #26: $3,000

Mini PKOmaha 6-Max

$11

190

256

$3,000

Shaunykins

United

Kingdom

$595.05

Monday,

May 2

Event #27: $5,000

Late PKOmaha 6-Max

$33

93

113

$5,000

Donkplayer19

Germany

$1,259.81

Tuesday,

May 3

Event #28: $30,000

Super Knockout

$160

176

206

$30,900

GUDIAS

Brazil

$4,438.95

Tuesday,

May 3

Event #29: $15,000

Mini Super Knockout

$22

583

725

$15,000

marcio181810

Brazil

$1,461.04

Tuesday,

May 3

Event #30: $10,000

Late Super Knockout

$55

219

249

$12,450

Machidon7

Romania

$1,321.72

Wednesday,

May 4

Event #31: $30,000

PKO 8-Max

$109

288

341

$34,100

FishermanI95

Romania

$6,506.31

Wednesday,

May 4

Event #32: $12,000

Mini PKO 8-Max

$16.50

636

842

$12,630

Josieviolet

Canada

$1,874.61

Wednesday,

May 4

Event #33: $10,000

Late PKO 8-Max

$33

292

363

$10,890

checheee

Romania

$2,033.05

Thursday,

May 5

Event #34: $25,000

PKO Freezeout

$215

191

191

$38,200

geniuspoker

Germany

$6,708.31

Thursday,

May 5

Event #35: $10,000

Mini PKO Freezeout

$55

313

313

$15,650

IH888U

Germany

$2,698.19

Thursday,

May 5

Event #36: $7,000

Late PKO Freezeout

$33

290

290

$8,700

CarlJohnson1

Mexico

$1,550.72

Friday,

May 6

Event #37: $25,000

Knockout

$88

314

370

$29,600

dmnln

Malta

$4,502.38

Friday,

May 6

Event #38: $15,000

Mini Knockout

$22

596

733

$15,000

AlexAbiFfm

Germany

$2,041.46

Friday,

May 6

Event #39: $10,000

Late Knockout

$33

309

362

$10,860

dodyhp

Romania

$1,668.36

Saturday,

May 7

Event #40: $30,000

PKO 6-Max

$109

284

334

$33,400

TalgatMyBrat

Kazakhstan

$6,929.67

Saturday,

May 7

Event #41: $12,000

Mini PKO 6-Max

$16.50

686

850

$12,750

AngryOgr

Ukraine

$1,750.97

Saturday,

May 7

Event #42: $10,000

Late PKO 6-Max

$33

292

352

$10,560

KpuK_gyLLLu

Ukraine

$1,871.24

Sunday,

May 8

Event #43: $300,000

Main Event PKO

$215

1420

1,658

$331,600

Luckyguy62

Canada

$40,515.76

Sunday,

May 8

Event #44: $50,000

Mini Main PKO

$55

1,107

1,343

$67,150

Brunsonskid

N/A

$10,143.15

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