The Sunday Majors on PokerStars regularly take centre stage here on PokerNews and in other poker-related outlets around the world, and rightly so because they are the biggest weekly online poker tournaments. This means that superb performances that occur midweek often go unnoticed to the masses, but not to the eagle-eyed here at UK & Ireland PokerNews.
Tuesday nights have some massive tournaments running on PokerStars, one of which is The Big $162 that carries a $75,000 guarantee. This guaranteed prize pool was smashed when 854 players exchanged $162 for 3,000 tournament chips and the chance to win what turned out to be a $23,186.10 first place prize.
There were plenty of UK & Ireland heroes in the field, and a bunch of them made it into the top 108 places where the money was awarded. The likes of Nicky “Cod Meharly” Evans (101st), Rupert “ElRupert” Elder (89th), friend of Main Event Travel Rhys “floppinhel” Jones (48th), and Team PokerStars Pro Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth (16th) all cashed but it was Dan “danloulou” Smyth, fresh from reaching the final table of the UKIPT Online Main Event, who went the farthest of our boys and girls, finally busting in fourth place for a $9,351.30 score.
Although everyone wants to in the Sunday Million, the one the pros love is the Super Tuesday, a $1,050 buy-in event that usually guarantees a $300,000 prize pool. This week’s edition attracted 494 runners, creating a prize pool of $494,000 and a first place prize of $93,860.
Like The Big $162, the Super Tuesday saw a whole host of UK & Ireland’s players take part , but it will not be remembered fondly by Sam “SamSquid” Grafton or EnisMarch who finished 68th and 65th respectively with 63 places paid. Some of those helping themselves to a slice of the prize pool were Phill “Grindation” Mcallister (45th), and simon1471 who finished 10th to bubble the final table. The deepest run from a UK & Ireland player was from Marc “dean23price” Wright who fell in seventh place for a $16,055.00 pay day. Wright won this tournament back in 2010 and has been on a real tear recently, winning the $82 6-max Hyper-Turbo on Monday night and reaching the final table of this weekend’s Sunday Million.
Both Smyth and Wright should see their points tally in the PocketFives.com ranking system increase dramatically with these results. Could Wright oust Christopher Brammer from the top spot that he has made his own in recent weeks? Only time will tell.