'RyDo' Wins The Venom PKO for $738,134 15 May

Record-breaking progressive knockout tournament crowns a champion

The sixth chapter of The Venom set a new bar for what’s possible in a U.S.-facing progressive knockout tournament. The final table of The Venom PKO played out on the Winning Poker Network (Americas Cardroom, PokerKing) Wednesday night, and seven of the final eight players came away with six-figure paydays.
'RyDo' went home with the biggest of those payouts, emerging as The Venom PKO champion and adding $738,134 to the bankroll. The prize money collected by 'RyDo' came from $501,196 in first-place prize money, as well as $236,218 in progressive bounties.

'RyDo' outdueled 'TIKITAKA11' (2nd – $632,270) in the heads-up match for the championship. 'TIKITAKA11' also won $501,196 from the payout structure, and added another $130,354 in bounties.

Full replay of the final table:

The Venom PKO final table results

Place Player Screen Name Prize*
1 'RyDo' $738,134
2 'TIKITAKA11' $632,270
3 'BuddahasAces' $387,945
4 'The_Founder' $282,015
5 'jeromewinnd' $215,469
6 'eeeoooshhh' $131,869
7 'Nippler3' $119,136
8 'WildCard23' $62,664

*Prize money plus progressive bounties

The latest edition of WPN’s flagship tournament began April 30, and nearly two weeks later another record-setting chapter in the history of The Venom came to a close. Considering the previous schedule of The Venom, then in the summer, players should expect this event in a classic format, and in the fall, another PKO event. Of course, the most exciting thing: will the network finally decide to raise the guarantee of both events to $10,000,000 and $7,000,000, respectively?

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