Georgi Sandev Wins Gold in The Grand ($15,192)


Bulgarian poker pro Georgi Sandev won the latest edition of The Grand on PartyPoker, turning his $1,050 investment into a $15,192 bankroll boost.

Winning more than $15,000 is always welcome, but the fact that Sandev has battled some of the best tournament poker players will have done wonders for his confidence, and you can’t put a premium on that.

This weekend’s Grand attracted 50 entrants, who battled it out for a share of the $50,000 prize pool. Only the nine players who made their way through the shark-infested waters to the final received any of that cake.

Among those missing out on some prize money were Team PartyPoker’s Jaime Staples, Andrei Kotelnikov, Simon Mattsson, Niklas Astedt and bubble boy Victor Onizuka.

The results of the Grand Final Table

Place Player Village Prize
1 George Sandev Bulgaria $15,192
2 Josh Hopkins Canada $9,554
3 Ricardo Arraiano Malta $6,433
4 Thomas Gomis United Kingdom $4,638
5 Jonathan Skovsen Denmark $3,584
6 Henry Camosci Malta $3,097
7 Eliot Hudson Canada $2,746
8 Preben Stokkan United Kingdom $2,483
9 Dan Connolly Ireland $2,270

It didn’t take long for the first victim of the final table to be confirmed, and it was Irishman Dan Connolly who was the player. Ninth place came with a payout of $2,270.

Preben Stokkan was the next player headed to the showers. Stokkan is one of Norway’s most talented poker players, although the high-stakes specialist is currently based in London, UK. His elimination made the surviving players breathe a sigh of relief.

The bottom seven became six when Eliot Hudon ran out. You may recall Hudon winning the $10,400 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas in December 2022 for a whopping $4,136,000 payday.

Maltese star Enrico Camosci was eliminated in sixth place before dangerous Dane Johnathan Skovsen was lifted off his stack in fifth place.

Heads-up play was reached after Thomas Gomis and Ricard Arraiano ran out of luck and energy, pitting Canadian Josh Hopkins against Sandev. Sandev finished the job and got his hands on $15,192, leaving Hopkins to console himself with a $9,554 second-place prize.

Fight your way through this week’s The Grand

The Grand could cost $1,050 to buy-in straight, which we know is outside the bankroll limits of most players. However, we run dozens of satellites throughout the week that allow you to win your way to The Grand for as low as $0.01!

$0.01 Centrolls for The Grand run daily and award seats for $0.55 The Grand Feeder. Note that these centrolls automatically sign you up for the next available $0.55 feeder.

Pass the $0.55 feeders and you will automatically be registered for the next Phase 1 satellite with a $5.50 buy-in. These in turn award $22 buy-in Stage 2 tickets, which feed into the $109 buy-in Stage 3 satellites. Work your way up from a $109 Stage 3 to take your seat in the Grand Phase Final, where you’ll fight for a share of the $50,000 guaranteed prize pool.

You may want to try your luck in our fantastic SPINS jackpot sit & go tournaments. While they don’t pay for tickets to The Grand, you may want to consider trading any winnings into a buy-in to The Grand.

SPINS have buy-ins of $0.25, $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 and can pay out up to $1 million if you hit the jackpot! Good luck!

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