CardsChat Presents: Big Winners of the Week (Feb. 27, 2021)

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Here are a few notable victories for the week ending Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021:


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Ottomar Ladva
‘Ottomar_Ladva’

Millions Online Six-Max Super High Roller
Partypoker

$525,089

Ladva, a chess grandmaster, has shown that skills can cross boundaries by winning a $25,500 shorthanded high-roller event on Partypoker on Wednesday. After qualifying via a $530 feeder that got him into a $2,650 satellite, the four-time Estonian Chess Champion (and four-time Estonian Junior Chess Champion) moved through a field of 70 entrants to go heads-up against Justin Bonomo. Prior to the win Ladva had $281,279 in previous live (and 2020 online) poker tournament cashes.


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(Image: Twitter/@VenetianPoker)

Ankush Mandavia

CPPT Venetian Main Event
Las Vegas

$260,000

The CardPlayer Poker Tour rolled into the Venetian this week, with a $2,500 main event that drew 650 players. It was one of the largest live tournaments in Las Vegas since COVID-19 struck last year — generating a $1,467,000 prize pool. After whittling through the field and a final table that included poker power couple Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell, Mandavia ended up on the trophy-posing end of a heads-up chop (with Anselmo Villareal). Mandavia is a 2016 WSOP bracelet winner with $5 million in live tournament cashes. The die-hard Georgia Bulldogs fan normally wears UGA gear when he plays cards. For this event, instead of a hoodie, he went with a Go Dawgs face mask.


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(Image: WPT/Oleg ParaMon)

Alena Belousova

WPT Russia Ladies Event
Casino Sochi

$1,630

The WPT’s return to Russia might not be completely free of restrictions, but players are cautiously anteing up inside Casino Sochi. Although the $205 Ladies Event only attracted only 17 unique entries and three rebuys, hosting a live event at all in the current climate is a success. When the chips were down, Belousova, from Russia, scored up her first notable live win. The series wraps up with a main event winner being crowned on Sunday.


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(Image: Twitter/LASAirport)

Megan H.

Wheel of Fortune Slot
McCarran Airport, Las Vegas

$302,334.86

It was the kind of leaving Las Vegas event that maybe wasn’t worth an entire movie, but was plenty for a 10-second video clip to go viral. Playing a Wheel of Fortune slot in Concourse B at the soon-to-be-renamed McCarran Airport, the woman later identified as Megan H from Flower Mound, Texas, hit a progressive jackpot for more than $300K on her way out of town. The incident was captured by a stranger, and in between screams, she appears to be looking for fellow Vegas visitors to share in the excitement of her parting thrill.

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