We have a new Power Up Champion!
It was Saturday, 23/2/2019.
After weeks of battling for a spot in the PokerStars Power Up Championship Finals it was time to see who out of 9 finalists (3 Masters and 6 Grandmasters) will claim the Champion title and take home the $3000 cash prize.
The draw was streamed two days earlier and these were the groups that were going to have to battle it out (race to three wins) for a spot on the final table:
The broadcast of finals kicked off at 5:30pm GMT and our streamer Nick was joined by a surprise guest - Chris Straghalis, Director of Poker Product at PokerStars.
Strag is a well know and respected figure in the Power Up community who has been heavily involved with the game’s development since the very beginning and so it only seemed appropriate he joined Nick on stream and shared some interesting information and statistics about the Championship.
An even bigger surprise followed…
When Nick announced that a brand new power, Syphon, will be live in the finals. Seeing as Power Up is often referred to as one of the most skill oriented formats it only made sense to test the world’s top players and their abilities and give them an opportunity to showcase their skill.
At 6pm GMT the finals kicked off and what followed was an epic battle, full of surprises and twists, between the world’s best Power Up players.
After 2 hours we had three players who secured their spot in the final: The13Viktor, Adestor and H8T3D, two of which had qualified for the finals on Masters leaderboard.
The final was short but dramatic: the first player to be knocked out was The13Viktor, shortly followed by Adestor and so the first ever Championship title was taken down by H8T3D, a relatively new name on the Power Up scene.
You can watch the whole stream video on our YouTube Channel.
Did you participate in the Championship? How did you like the format? Would you change anything? And what is your opinion on the new power, Syphon? Let us know what you think on our Discord in the #pu-champ-feedback channel!
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