The first game of the KSOP GGPoker Special is the traditional Top 36 Leaderboard, which gathers the top 36 players from the previous stage and rewards the champion with a 0km car. On the Balneário Camboriú stage, the field was almost packed and almost all competitors jumped at the chance to start the upcoming race.
For context, the top league is played in a shootout format with six tables. This means that each table is played until only one player remains, and then the winner of each table qualifies for the final table of the tournament, where everyone returns with the same stack to compete for the title.
And just the opening game of the starting lineup has already brought an unusual story. The tournament’s finalists came to an agreement before the final table even started. They agreed to split the prize pool equally ($51,000) to take advantage of another planned tournament, High Roller Light, which has a guaranteed value of $1 million from early play.
The unprecedented result sees six players competing at the same time. Renato Puertas won his table first, with Daniel Yamaki beating current leaders Peterson Machado, Marcelo Medeiros, Juan Manuel Perez, Marciano Vannucchi and Paulo Gini on the first table. Everyone took home a prize of R$ 8,500.
One detail, however, is that each game requires an official champion. To determine this, the current ranking position in KSOP GGPoker is used as a criterion. So Paul Genney, accustomed to multiple victories, was finally declared champion. By the veteran’s own admission, this is an unprecedented situation in his career. He and everyone else are already looking for new glory.