Yesterday, there was word going around the tournament that there was someone who had qualified for the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for just €0.01. Players wanted to know if it was true. It was.
The player in question was Russian Viktor Taranenko and yes, he had qualified for just €0.01.
And after outlasting over 450 players, he was almost ready to lock up a €15,074 min-cash. There was just one more thing to get past. The money bubble, and Taranenko was short.
So short in fact, that yesterday he got his last chips in with against the of Gary Hasson. There was no help for Taranenko who was eliminated and left the tournament area empty-handed and distraught.
But today there has been a development which hopefully will put a smile on Taranenko's face. partypoker have decided to give the Russian a $530 MILLIONS Online satellite ticket as a consolation prize.
This will give Taranenko the chance to qualify for online poker's biggest-ever single tournament, with a $20 million guaranteed prize pool and one that is guaranteed to award the top four finishers at least $1 million and the champion $2.5 million.
Taranenko has already turned €0.01 into a €10,350 seat, and will now look to turn a $530 satellite ticket into a $5,300 seat in this huge online tournament! Good luck Viktor!