Rafael Navas Nabs a WSOP Super Circuit Ring and £96,500 in Cash

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Spain’s Rafael Navas helped himself to a career-best live poker tournament score plus his first World Series of Poker Circuit rung after he came out on top in the £560 buy-in Mystery Millions event at the 2023 WSOP Super Circuit London festival.

Navas only began his live poker career in 2022 but has already racked up more than $300,000 worth of cashes, with nine of his results yielding five-figure scores. Until binking this £560 Mystery Millions tournament, Navas’ largest haul weighed in at €67,637, his reward for a third-place finish in the €1,100 WPT Prime Madrid Main Event in September 2022. Navas can now brag of an £80,000 score, or £96,500 if you include the bounties he collected on his way to victory.

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Dozens of players receive mystery bounty payments ranging from £500 to a cool £58,000. The aforementioned Navas clinched £16,500 worth of bounties, while fellow finalist Gary Miller pulled out £15,250.

The aptly named Duncan Riches received £25,000, while Mauro Suriano and Daniel Harwood bagged £26,000 and £26,500, respectively. Jay Villegas, who until this event had less than $4,000 in recorded live earnings, pulled out a £50,000 mystery bounty, while Hanna Mdanat Yazan Jeries hauled in a massive 58,000!

£560 Mystery Million Final Table Results

Rank Player Prize Bounties Total Prize
1 Rafael Navas £80,000 £16,250 £96,250
2 Victor Ilyukhin £48,000 £1,000 £49,000
3 Gary Miller £32,000 £15,250 £47,250
4 Shaun Walbridge £22,000 £6,500 £28,500
5 Alexander Clark £15,600 £2,000 £17,600
6 Leon Campbell £12,000 £3,500 £15,500
7 Michael O’Brien £9,000 £6,000 £15,000
8 Michael Carney £7,000 £1,000 £8,000
9 Jun Li £5,000 £2,000 £7,000

Each of the nine finalists locked in at least £5,000 for their efforts, and it was ninth-place finish Jun Li that collected that sum. Li also banked £2,000 worth of bounties for a total haul tipping the scales at £7,000.

Michael Carney crashed out in seventh for £7,000 (£8,000 with bounties) and was joined on the rail by Michael O’Brien, whose seventh-place finish came with a £9,000 payout plus £6,000 from the mystery bounty prize pool.

Sixth place and £12,000 (£15,500 with bounties) went to popular British grinder Leon Campbell before Alexander Clark crashed out in fifth for £15,600 (£17,600 with bounties).

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Shaun Walbridge, whose last live result was in January 2019, finished fifth for £22,000 (£28,500 with bounties), with the elimination of Gary Miller in third sending the Mystery Million to the heads-up stage. Miller walked away with £32,000 plus an additional £15,250 worth of scalps for a total haul worth £17,250. Miller, who won the 2018 WPT500 in London, recently passed through $1 million in live earnings.

Victor Ilyukhin and Navas locked horns and butted heads in a one-on-one battle for the title. Either player would have made a worthy champion, but it was not to be Ilyukhin’s day. He crashed out in second for £48,000 plus another £1,000 in bounties, leaving Navas to claim the WSOPC ring, £80,000 prize money, and £16,250 from the mystery bounty prize pool. A good day at the office, indeed.

Philipp Krieger Captures PLO Hi-Lo Title

Philipp Krieger
Philipp Krieger

Germany’s Philipp Krieger outlasted 43 opponents in the £1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event to become a WSOP Circuit ring winner and recipient of £14,000. Krieger finished third in the €2,000 Eight Game Mix at the 2022 WSOP Europe festival, and 11th in the $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo event at the 2023 WSOP, defeated Tron McEntee heads-up to become a WSOPC champion.

Only seven of the 44 entrants saw a return on their investment. Omaha specialist Daniel Ezekiel had to make do with the £2,000 seventh-place prize, while Maximilan Sanders followed up his final table appearance in the €330 PLO event at ESPT Castellon with a sixth-place finish worth £3,000.

Vastal Thakkar bowed out in fifth for £4,000 before Ian Hunter became the hunted and was cut down in fourth for £5,000.

Third place and £6,180 went to the 2019 GUKPT Luton champion Vikrum Mehta before Krieger resigned McEntee to a career-best £8,500 score, reeling in the £14,000 top prize for himself.

Rank Player Prize
1 Philipp Krieger £14,000
2 Tron McEntee £8,500
3 Vikrum Mehta £6,180
4 Ian Hunter £5,000
5 Vastal Thakkar £4,000
6 Maximilan Sanders £3,000
7 Daniel Ezekiel £2,000

Remaining WSOPC Super Circuit London Schedule

Date Time Event Guarantee
Wed 2 Aug 12:00 p.m. NLHE Colossus Final Day £200,000
  12:00 p.m. £770 NLHE Monster Stack £200,000
  12:00 p.m. £560 NLHE Seniors 50+ £25,000
Thu 3 Aug 12:00 p.m. £770 NLHE Monster Stack £200,000
  1:00 p.m. £560 NLHE Ladies Event £10,000
Fri 4 Aug 12:00 p.m. NLHE Monster Stack Final Day £200,000
  12:00 p.m. £1,100 NLHE Main Event Day 1a £1,000,000
Sat 5 Aug 12:00 p.m. £1,100 NLHE Main Event Day 1b £1,000,000
Sun 6 Aug 12:00 p.m. £1,100 NLHE Main Event Day 1c £1,000,000
  8:00 p.m. £1,100 NLHE Main Event Day 1d Turbo £1,000,000
Mon 7 Aug 12:00 p.m. NLHE Main Event Day 2 £1,000,000
  12:00 p.m. £2,200 NLHE High Rolller £250,000
  12:00 p.m. £230 NLHE Flip & Go  
Tue 8 Aug 12:00 p.m. NLHE Main Event Final Day £1,000,000
  12:00 p.m. NLHE High Roller Final Day £250,000
  12:00 p.m. NLHE Flip & Go Final Day  
  12:00 p.m. £3,300 NLHE Super Curcuit Main Event Day 1a £3,000,000
Wed 9 Aug 12:00 p.m. £3,300 NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Day 1b £3,000,000
Thu 10 Aug 12:00 p.m. £3,300 NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Day 1c £3,000,000
Fri 11 Aug 12:00 p.m. NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Day 2 £3,000,000
  12:00 p.m. £560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1a £200,000
  5:00 p.m. £560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1b £200,000
Sat 12 Aug 12:00 p.m. NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Day 3 £3,000,000
  12:00 p.m. £560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1c £200,000
  2:00 p.m. £5,300 NLHE High Roller £500,000
  5:00 p.m. £560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1d £200,000
  10:00 p.m. £560 NLHE Fifty Stack Day 1e Turbo £200,000
Sun 13 Aug 12:00 p.m. NLHE Super Circuit Main Event Final Day £3,000,000
  12:00 p.m. NLHE Fifty Stack Final Day £200,000
  1:00 p.m. NLHE High Roller Final Day £500,000
  1:00 p.m. £560 NLHE The Closer £50,000
  1:00 p.m. £10,400 NLHE Super High Roller £500,000

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