The Sunday Briefing: Mark Zajdner, Hiren Patel and Ankush Mandavia Earn Victories

  • Mickey DoftMickey Doft
Sunday Briefing

The Sunday Majors have taken a back seat to the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) for the past three Sundays, but the events will go back to their normal running next week. With the Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up still on hiatus, the Sunday 500 and $109 Sunday Rebuy have attracted the largest prize pools and offered the largest pay days. Mark "scrubbyz" Zajdner and Hiren "hustla16" Patel emerged victorious in those respective events, and Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia took down the Sunday 2nd Chance.

PokerStars Sunday 500 ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$301,005$502,500

The biggest of the Sunday Majors this week, the Sunday 500, saw a tough final table that included Ryan "Daut44" Daut, Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti and Mark "scrubbyz" Zajdner. In the end, Zajdner was the last man standing with nearly $80,000 in prize money.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Mark "scrubbyz" Zajdner$79,143.99
*2vvirtue$60,000.72
*3garompon$60,247.29
4gillete$35,677.50
5<xlllll><$25,125
6Ryan "Daut44" Daut$20,100
7Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti$15,075
8shinbunshi$10,050
9vonBaranow$5,778.75

*denotes three-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich (15th - $3,768.75), Owen "ocrowe" Crowe (23rd - $2,110.50), Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (27th - $2,110.50)

PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy ($225K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,211$415,000

The $109 Sunday Rebuy was down a mere two entrants from last week, but it did have a bigger prize pool by $2,200. Hiren "hustla16" Patel took it down outright for $75,945.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Hiren "hustla16" Patel$75,945
2arnon shraga$55,195
3WhatIfGod$41,500
4nkeyno$31,125
5Madcandle$27,787.50
6lukro8$17,637.50
7Brian "brianm15" England$13,487.50
8E1ephant$9,337.50
9simu241284$5,810

Notable Finishes: Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski (14th - $3,320), Spencer "UH Big Tex" Hudson (16th - $2,531.50), Andrei "extasyman" One (17th - $2,531.50)

PokerStars Bigger $109 ($200K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$93,569$356,900

This week's Bigger $109 had a talent-filled final table that included Jimmie "AlusivPnkBny" Guinther, Timo "heißtercamp" Pfützenreuter, and Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis. In the end, it was "Sintoras" getting the win after a heads-up deal.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Sintoras$48,441.70
*2FallingHawk$49,350.79
3Jimmie "AlusivPnkBny" Guinther$29,622.70
4jaybeastie$20,521.75
5Timo "heißtercamp" Pfützenreuter$15,278.88
6Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis$11,599.25
7allprowi$8,030.25
8joszunabot18$4,461.25
9kinheim$2,855.20

*denotes heads-up deal

Notable Finishes: Matt "All_in_at420" Stout (16th - $1,124.23), Clayton "slammedfire" Mozdzen (17th - $1,124.23), Taylor "tRaMp&d0PrAy" Paur (29th - $820.87)

PokerStars Bigger $162 ($150K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+$121,956$293,400

Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez was the only notable at the final table of the Bigger $162. She took ninth place for $2,934, and "ashafiq" finished on top for $46,944.

PlacePlayerPrize
1ashafiq$46,944
2original47$35,208
3Soccermom96$26,406
4byfon$19,291.05
5wtfgmon$13,936.50
6PkrDime$10,855.80
7AlexGelinski$7,921.80
8eseeneeme$5,134.50
9Ana Marquez$2,934

Notable Finishes: David "malicous222" Randall (32nd - $938.88), Tim "TurnRiva" Marsters (34th - $938.88)

PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance ($175K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$151,617$323,400

The Sunday 2nd Chance saw an increase of 137 players this week and produced a solid final table. Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia took it down outright for $54,023.97.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia$54,023.97
2Steve "Illini213" Barshak$39,454.80
3donut604$29,752.80
4Nick "GripDsNutz" Grippo$21,991.20
5Grizzlypower$15,846.60
6ESPORTACUS$12,612.60
7WushuTM$9,378.60
8jennyfuchs$6,144.60
9YugiohPro$3,364.36

Notable Finishes: Randal "RandALLin" Flowers (18th - $1,552.32), Andrei "extasyman" One (26th - $1,293.60)

PokerStars Sunday Storm ($300K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$10+$131,688$316,880

This week's Sunday Storm dipped slightly from last week with 251 fewer entrants. After a three-handed deal at the final table, "Zieh euch ab" came away with the win for more than $27,000.

PlacePlayerPrize
*1Zieh euch ab$27,145.80
*2KAKA197703$21,219.08
*3casssper000$17,091.33
4zufanos$10,932.36
5poyo123$7,763.56
6MasterK 1986$4,753.20
7xzone23$3,327.24
8Werder091982$2,218.16
9Kornone$1,568.55

*denotes three-handed deal

PokerStars Sunday Kickoff ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+$91,364$136,400

The Sunday Kickoff gained 63 players this week after a drop in attendance last week. Coming away with the outright triumph was "Pokerfan89Gr" for $23,188.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Pokerfan89Gr$23,188
2ziduart$17,050
3tarapa$12,944.36
4Riddick5$9,275.20
5hodrat$6,751.80
6TheKhopMan$5,387.80
7tsagkran.$4,023.80
8John806$2,659.80
9Wesley "ZeelandBoy" Wiemes$1,473.12

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