2022 BetMGM Michigan Poker Online Championships Deliver Big in MI, PA & NJ

2022 BetMGM Michigan Poker Online Championships Deliver Big in MI, PA & NJ

Derek "pompii" Sudell

The largest series in BetMGM Poker history recently wrapped in New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The inaugural BetMGM Poker Online Championships, which ran from Sept. 15-25, was comprised of 42 events (14 in each state) and catered to a combined 2,865 entries and awarded $1,732,705 in prize money.

The three Online Championships took place just a few months after the inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship at ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where Joey Weissman triumphed through a field of 343 players to win the BetMGM trophy and $224,236.

Here are some highlights from the recent online series.

Derek “pompii” Sudell Wins BetMGM New Jersey Championship

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The BetMGM Poker Online Championships concluded in New Jersey with the $1,000 Championship. The tournament attracted 181 entrants who generated a $171,950 prize pool. However, given it was a $250K GTD tournament the field enjoyed a $78,050 overlay!

The top 24 players made the money with a min-cash being worth $2,330, while $59,975 awaited the winner. The tournament was structured to last two days, so after Stanton “Stonniepokes” Tentnowski bubbled in 25th place, the tournament went on an overnight break.

At that point, Alex “Hashtag_Hashtag” Rocha had the big stack with 1,620,642, which was just slightly ahead of the 1,605,451 held by “Minutz”. Others with decent stacks were Derek “pompii” Sudell (1,590,281), Ryan “Whosyourdoddy” Dodd (786,016), and Drew “maniacalmonk” O’Connell (533,883), just to name a few. On the other end of the spectrum, Dan “mj23style” Sewnig was the short stack with 223,748.

Sewnig managed to ladder up a bit to 20th place for $2,582.50, while Rocha’s lead only took him to 11th place for $4,000, which was a bit better than the 13th-place finish of “Minutz” for $3,125. Meanwhile, both Dodd and Sudell (lead photo) used their big stacks to go deep with the former, who had already won two titles in the series, taking fourth place for $22,125, and the latter going all the way to win the tournament for $59,975.

New Jersey BetMGM Poker Online $1,000 Championship Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize 1Derek “pompii” Sudell$59,975 2“Dorgilina”$41,000 3“ALLINONBLUE”$29,000 4Ryan “Whosyourdoddy” Dodd$22,125 5“UnderDaBed”$17,125 6“pay4medsch00l”$12,625 7“Jthockey”$10,000 8“La_Flama_Blanca”$7,500 9“AFA567”$5,250

Darren Elias Finishes Sixth in New Jersey Phase Tournament

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New Jersey’s BetMGM Poker Online Championships $100 Phase tournament saw 91 players advance from the various Day 1 flights. With only $57,040 collected, there was a lucrative overlay as it was a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

All the players who made Day 2 were in the money with a min-cash being worth $368.61, while up top there was a $17,498.10 top prize.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were “xRIVERBOATx” (10th – $1,532.26), Dan “mj23style” Sewnig (13th – $970.46), Eric “alwaysliquid” Vanauken (14th – $970.46), Jaime “mooseman1710” Reyes (17th – $807.02), and Michael “Gags30” Gagliano (29th – $657.76).

It took four and a half hours of play for “Javierleonor” to close out the tournament by defeating “Dise57” in heads-up play.

BetMGM Poker Online Championships NJ Phase Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize 1“Javierleonor”$17,498.10 2“Dise57”$12,091.92 3Mike “MistaMenza” Menzer$8,353.15 4Daniel “centrfieldr23” Lupo$5,505.90 5“RA679”$3,816.42 6Darren “Darren_Elias” Elias$2,967.89 7Jon “Jetsfan411” Borenstein$2,369.22 8Matt “MattEMenz” Mendez$1,906.14 9Drew “maniacalmonk” O’Connell$1,532.26

BetMGM Poker Online Championship NJ Winners

All told the BetMGM New Jersey Championship catered to a combined 1,094 entries and awarded $663,950 in prize money. Here’s a look at all those who captured titles during the series in New Jersey..

DateEventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize Sept. 15, 2022NJ #1: $500 Kickoff88$41,360Darren “Darren_Elias” Elias$12,925 Sept. 16, 2022NJ #2: $250 PKO97$22,522Ryan “Whosyourdoddy” Dodd$6,912 Sept. 17, 2022NJ #3: $500 – $30K GTD58$30,000″Kozym1″$10,200 Sept. 17, 2022NJ #4: $250 6-Max PLO83$20,000Soheb “MyCousinVinny5” Porbandarwala$6,200 Sept. 19, 2022NJ #6: $500 7-Max PKO64$30,080″MBohmerwald23″$8,521 Sept. 21, 2022NJ #8: $250 6-Max PKO105$24,413Ryan “Whosyourdoddy” Dodd$6,240 Sept. 22, 2022NJ #9: $500 Warm-Up NLH92$50,000″audidriver”$15,625 Sept. 23, 2022NJ #10: $250 7-Max82$20,000Jaime “mooseman1710” Reyes$4,614 Sept. 24. 2022NJ #11: $250 NLH110$25,575″jacksupMM”$7,544 Sept. 24. 2022NJ #12: $1,000 PLO High Roller43$50,000″Believer111″$19,500 Sept. 25, 2022NJ #13: $1,000 Championship181$250,000Derek “pompii” Sudell$59,975 Sept. 25, 2022NJ #14: $100 Phased Day 291$100,000″Javierleonor”$17,498.10

Joey Weissman Wins Inaugural BetMGM Poker Championship Main Event

“georgejanssen” Wins BetMGM Michigan Championship for $50,000 and 2nd Title of Series

The BetMGM Poker Online Championships concluded in Michigan with the $1,000 Championship on Sunday. The tournament attracted 147 entrants who generated a $139.650 prize pool. However, given it was a $200K GTD tournament the field enjoyed a juicy overlay.

The top 20 players made the money with a min-cash being worth $2,326, while $50,000 awaited the winner. The tournament was structured to last two days, so after “CNdtw34” bubbled in 21st place, the tournament went on an overnight break.

At that point, “MiLawyer1970” was chip leader with 1,825,114 while “s7udz88” was hot on their heels with 1,538,457. Others to bag big were “Fluffhead” (1,218,368) and “georgejanssen” (1,079,061), while “FlipWitnEdge” was the short stack with just 180,759.

The big stack of “s7udz88” only managed to take them to an 11th-place finish for $3,400, while “MiLawyer1970” did a bit better taking sixth for $10,400. In the end, it was “georgejanssen” coming out on top for $50,000 and their second title of the series. Their first came a week prior when he bested a 44-entry field to win Event #6: $500 7-Max PKO for $7,570.

Michigan BetMGM Poker Online $1,000 Championship Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize 1“georgejanssen”$50,000 2“Nekatsim”$34,000 3“Buckoh555”$24,000 4“GoodForYou”$18,080 5“DoneYetOhYes”$14,100 6“MiLawyer1970”$10,400 7“PIES1212”$8,060 8“Fluffhead”$6,056 9“chases-“$4,400

“coNNB” Wins Michigan Phase Tournament

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Another tournament to play out in Michigan on Sunday was BetMGM Poker Online Championships $100 Phase tournament. From the various Day 1 flights, 84 players advanced to Day 2 to compete for a $100,000 prize pool. All players were in the money and guaranteed $395.10, but all had their eyes affixed on the $17,595.74 top prize.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were “coolriver84” (10th – $1,242.80), “ParryGreenstein” (15th – $1,019.48), “Towlerof4” (21st – $846.17), “AAPoker417” (28th – $692.63), “TwoColorDeck” (32nd – $581.56), “FrankiePockets” (39th – $581.56), and “Weaselpolooza” (54th – $491.18).

It took nearly five hours of play for “coNNB” to best “sirbluffsalot” in heads-up play to win the tournament for $17,595.74.

BetMGM Poker Online Championships MI Phase Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize 1“coNNB”$17,595.74 2“sirbluffsalot”$12,174.03 3“squeeze.it.plzz”$8,424.49 4“Djfun”$5,569.04 5“rickystackerz77”$3,874.69 6“ThomasAAnderson”$3,032 7“Jb580”$2,429.96 8“krushurdreams”$1,964.27 9“Sillain”$1,588.28

BetMGM Poker Online Championship MI Winners

Here’s a look at all those who captured titles during the series in Michigan. Note that “georgejanssen” wasn’t the only two-time winner as “NateTheGrape” went back-to-back in Event #3: $500 NLH $25K GTD for $10,250 and Event #4: $250 6-Max PLO for $6,950.

All told the BetMGM Michigan Poker Online Championship series catered to a combined 951 entries and awarded $580,822 in prize money.

DateEventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize Sept. 15, 2022MI #1: $500 Kickoff103$48,410″Until_Wilted”$10,030 Sept. 16, 2022MI #2: $250 PKO100$23,250″CleggsOnGG”$5,180 Sept. 17, 2022MI #3 $500 – $25K GTD40$25,000″NateTheGrape”$10,250 Sept. 17, 2022MI #4: $250 6-Max PLO60$20,000″NateTheGrape”$6,950 Sept. 19, 2022MI #6: $500 7-Max PKO44$20,680″georgejanssen”$7,570 Sept. 21, 2022MI #8: $250 6-Max PKO90$20,000″ekomstop”$7,335 Sept. 22, 2022MI #9: $500 Warm-Up NLH74$40,000″Pollan”$13,132 Sept. 23, 2022MI #10: $250 7-Max67$20,000″NuttyWolves”$5,162 Sept. 24. 2022MI #11: $250 NLH101$23,482″All4one1forALL”$6,927 Sept. 24. 2022MI #12: $1,000 PLO High Roller41$40,000″imakewinhappen”$15,600 Sept. 25, 2022MI #13: $1,000 Championship147$200,000″georgejanssen”$50,000 Sept. 25, 2022MI #14: $100 Phased Day 284$100,000″coNNB”$17,595.74

Big Bluff-Catch Propels Joey Weissman to BetMGM Poker Championship Victory

“ItsSykkunoHere” Wins BetMGM Pennsylvania Championship ($37,500)

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The BetMGM Poker Online Championships concluded in Pennsylvania with the $1,000 Championship. The tournament attracted 142 entrants who generated a $134,900 prize pool. However, given it was a $150K GTD tournament the field enjoyed a little overlay!

The top 20 players made the money with a min-cash being worth $1,744.50, while $37,500 awaited the winner. The tournament was structured to last two days, so after “Dave_Portnoy” bubbled in 21st place, the tournament went on an overnight break.

At that point, “Queen LaQueef” sat atop the chip counts with 1,862,373 with “ItsSykkunoHere” sitting in second with 1,555,458. On the flip side, “HossBonaventure” was the short stack with 229,624. Play resumed in Level 22 (10,000/20,000/2,500) and surprisingly the chip leader at the start bowed out relatively early in 13th place for $1,950.

Instead, it was “ItsSykkunoHere” using their big stack to navigate their way all the way to the end, a victory worth $37,500.

Pennsylvania BetMGM Poker Online $1,000 Championship Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize 1″ItsSykkunoHere”$37,500 2“Hisoka”$25,500 3“Masochist”$18,000 4“resiaks12388”$13,560 5“Berksweasel”$10,575 6“Do_psychedelics”$7,800 7“LetMeWin3437”$6,045 8“NitWithTrix”$4,542 9“vgk.sys”$3,300

“moontime” Claims Pennsylvania Phase Title

In other Sunday action, the BetMGM Poker Online Championships $100 Phase tournament played to its conclusion. From the various Day 1 flights, 89 players advanced to Day 2 to compete for a $100,000 prize pool. All players were in the money and guaranteed $374.01, but all had their eyes affixed on the $17,528.46 top prize.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were “Superstackin” (10th – $1,201.76), “gravytrain” (18th – $817.89), “CleggsOnGG” (23rd – $817.89), “MrCasino99” (34th – $563.17), “River Monster” (41st – $480.05), and “Love2Lose22” (49th – $480.05).

It took just over five hours of play for a winner to emerge, and it happened when “moontime” defeated “Krayzie777” in heads-up play. It was the second title of the series as just the day before “moontime” bested a 33-entry field to win Event #12: $1,000 PLO High Roller.

BetMGM Poker Online Championships PA Phase Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize 1“moontime”$17,528.46 2“Krayzie777”$12,117.28 3“yumdubz”$8,375.07 4“Imperium”$5,525.20 5“b1gjak3”$3,834.16 6“phillyguy533”$2,979.23 7“EsBandito20”$2,381.14 8NitWithTrix”$1,918.50 9“GoinDrinkin”$1,544.98

BetMGM Poker Online Championship PA Winners

All told the BetMGM Pennsylvania Championship catered to a combined 820 entries and awarded $487,933 in prize money. Here’s a look at all those who captured titles during the series in Pennsylvania.

DateEventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize Sept. 15, 2022PA #1: $500 Kickoff65$30,550″Pollan”$14,281 Sept. 16, 2022PA #2: $250 PKO66$15,345″rickystackerz77″$7,444 Sept. 17, 2022PA #3: $500 – $20K GTD48$22,560Sebastian “OMC Escher” Harasim$7,354 Sept. 17, 2022PA #4: $250 6-Max PLO63$20,000″johnny_civ”$5,430 Sept. 19, 2022PA #6: $500 7-Max PKO37$20,000″CleggsOnGG”$7,352 Sept. 21, 2022PA #8: $250 6-Max PKO65$15,113″Masochist”$5,148 Sept. 22, 2022PA #9: $500 Warm-Up NLH70$50,000″CleggsOnGG”$11,490 Sept. 23, 2022PA #10: $250 7-Max68$15,810″Sleevy98″$4,081 Sept. 24. 2022PA #11: $250 NLH74$17,205″ShipHappens”$5,648 Sept. 24. 2022PA #12: $1,000 PLO High Roller33$31,350″moontime”$12,853 Sept. 25, 2022PA #13: $1,000 Championship142$150,000″ItsSykkunoHere”$37,500 Sept. 25, 2022PA #14: $100 Phased Day 289$100,000″moontime”$17,528.46

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Author: Bradley Alexander