One of the most eagerly anticipated events on the WPT World Online Championships schedule, the WPT Shooting Stars for Charity, kicked off on July 29.

The 483-strong field was an eclectic mix of top poker players and renowned celebrities from all over the world. Each paid $1,100 to participate with $100 from each buy-in being donated to the 1 Day Sooner charity, which aims to speed up the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The charity will receive a cool $51,200 thanks to the incredible support of this charity event.

Forty-eight of those entrants were classified as Shooting Stars and had a $500 bounty on their heads. Only six of those Shooting Stars made it through to Day 2, including our very own Sam Trickett who is armed with 2,301,844 chips at the restart, good enough for third place.

The other stars through with their bounties intact are Manig Loeser, former WPT Prague champion Matas Cimbolas, Liv Boeree, three-time World Champion snooker player Mark Williams, and former Manchester United and England defender Wes Brown.

Remaining Shooting Stars

  • Manig Loeser – 3,040,262 chips – 2nd place
  • Sam Trickett – 2,301,844 chips – 3rd place
  • Matas Cimbolas – 1,893,500 chips – 6th place
  • Liv Boeree – 1,040,340 chips – 18th place
  • Mark Williams – 660,588 chips – 32nd place
  • Wes Brown – 565,725 chips – 36th place

It was Finland’s Tomi Brouk who shone the brightest on Day 1 and he’s the man to catch when play resumed. Brouk returns to his seat with 3,562,627 chips in his arsenal and leads the 45 returning players.

The Finn is a phenomenal poker tournament player, one with more than $10 million in online winnings; more than $3 million of that impressive sum comes from his play at partypoker. There’s still some way to go in this event but Brouk will feel he has one hand on the $90,498 top prize.

Manig Loeser and Team partypoker’s Sam Trickett find themselves in second and third place, while Mikolaj Zawadzki and Daniel Petersen make up the top five.

Other luminaries still in the hunt for the title include Team partypoker’s Mikita Badziakouski (12th – 1,281,942), Joao Vieira (23rd – 916,785), Davidi Kitai (24th – 885,533), partypoker Twitch Team’s Hristivoje Pavlovic (25th – 841,416), recent Triple Crown winner Roberto Romanello (29th – 738,546), and Marvin Rettenmaier (43rd – 369,555).

WPT Shooting Stars Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Tomi Brouk Finland 3,562,627
2 Manig Loeser United Kingdom 3,040,262
3 Sam Trickett United Kingdom 2,301,844
4 Mikolaj Zawadzki Poland 2,097,169
5 Daniel Petersen Denmark 1,925,512
6 Matas Cimbolas United Kingdom 1,893,500
7 Victor Begara Brazil 1,763,036
8 Pedro Garagnani Brazil 1,558,625
9 Lavrentiy Ni Kazahkstan 1,494,994
10 Vitalii Pankov Russia 1,472,356

Each of the returning players finds themselves in the money as the top 64 finishers are sharing a slice of the $531,500 prize pool. Fedor Holz busted one place off the bubble with Fabrizio Gonzalez being the unfortunate bubble boy.

Everyone is guaranteed $2,640 right now but this swells to $8,161 if they reach the eight-handed final table. The winner walks away with a cool $90,498 and the title of champion. Tune into our Twitch channel from 20:30 CEST on July 30 and watch the action unfold while listening to expert commentary from James Dempsey and Henry Kilbane.

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