Andreas Christoforou and Other Players Win Big at PokerStars on Christmas Day

PokerStars held a high-stakes poker event on Christmas Eve as many people carved turkey. Three top players won huge bankrolls on Christmas Day, including Pedro "gusmaa" Gusma, "HypnosisMass," and Andreas "dasaklos20" Christoforou.

Christoforou Wins the $5,200 Titans Event

The poker pro won $87,002 after beating his opponents in the tournament. Fifty-six entrants made buy-ins and formed a $280,000 prize pool which seven finalists shared. Luck wasn't on Artur "mararthur1" Martirosian's side as he burst the money bubble.

The Final Table's Results

  1. Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou from Malta – $87,002
  2. TheRealWoG from Germany – $62,697
  3. Dimitar "KuuL" Danchev from Bulgaria – $45,182
  4. Thomas "WushuTM" Muehloecker from Austria – $32,559
  5. mell131313 from Thailand – $23,463
  6. drew.derzh from Ukraine – $16,908
  7. Pablo "pabritz" Silva from Brazil – $12,185

Pablo Silva, drew.derzh and mell131313 followed Martirosian in the seventh, sixth, and fifth positions, respectively. Thomas Muehloecker finished fourth with $32,559.

Dimitar Danchev, a former PCA Main Event winner, finished third with $45,182. His elimination set up heads-up action between TheRealWoG and Christoforou. Even so, Christoforou defeated TheRealWoG, sending him packing in second place with $62,697.

HypnosisMass Beats Jason Wheeler in a Heads-Up Battle to Win $26,959 in the $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Semi-Turbo

Danchev finished second in the $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Kick-Off. Jason "jdjtpoker" Wheeler also finished in the same position in the $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Semi-Turbo.

The event attracted 123 players who formed a $123,000 prize pool and battled it out for its $26,959 first-place prize.

The Final Table's Results

  1. HypnosisMass from Malta – $26,959
  2. Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler from Mexico – $20,230
  3. PIPON777 from Estonia – $15,316
  4. Dalton "daltonhb" Hobold from Brazil – $11,544
  5. Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph from Austria – $8,701
  6. Mario "t4t0PAGAU" Navarro from Andorra – $6,558
  7. Big_Fish83 from the United Kingdom – $5,183

Big_Fish83 was the first finalist to leave the table. Mario Navarro, Christian Rudolph, Dalton Hobold, and PIPON777 followed him in sixth, fifth, fourth, and third place, respectively.

HypnosisMass and Wheeler clashed in a heads-up match. But Wheeler finished second with $20,230, while HypnosisMass won the top prize.

Pedro Gusma Wins the $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Kick-Off Title

The New Year Series 3-H comprises the $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Kick-Off that Pedro "gusmaa" Gusma won. Dimitar "KuuL" Danchev was the third finalist in the $5,200 Titans Event but lost the $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Kick-Off title to Gusma.

The Final Table's Results

  1. Pedro "gusmaa" Gusma from Brazil – a $49,091 total prize; $29,851 bounties and a $19,240 prize
  2. Dimitar "KuuL" Danchev from Bulgaria – a $31,685 total prize; $12,445 bounties and a $19,240 prize
  3. Gremio CEM from Brazil – a $15,939 total prize; $3,406 bounties and a $12,533 prize
  4. monzemann from Austria – a $12,682 total prize; $3,203 bounties and a $9,479 prize
  5. A.Wesker999 from Latvia – a $10,294 total prize;$3,125 bounties and a $7,169 prize
  6. ShipitFTW911 from Sweden – a $7,422 total prize; $2,000 bounties and a $5,422 prize
  7. Pavels "Rigapols81" Spirins from Latvia – a $6,288 total prize; $2,187 bounties and a $4,101 prize
  8. nomalice from Croatia – a $5,445 total prize; $2,343 bounties and a $3,102 prize
  9. Qee….:)AA from Montenegro – a $4,990 total prize;$2,406 bounties and a $2,584 prize

Danchev beat skilled players such as A.Wesker999, ShipitFTW911 and Pavels "Rigapols81" Spirins, who reached the final table but failed to win the title. He got in a heads-up duel with Gusma as he strived to win the New Year Series. Unfortunately, Gusma beat him and won the top prize, while Danchev took home $31,685.


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