While searching through the results of the various online Sunday majors on Monday morning, a sense of disappointment took over us, not because of the lack of great results, but more to do with British and Irish player falling short of massive scores.
Ziyard was one of 1,210 player to exchange $1,050 for 7,500 tournament chips in Event #40 of the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP), a tournament that saw its $500,000 guarantee more than doubled to $1,210,000 by the time registration ended.
It will be a tournament that Sam “bigbear89” Harwood will want to forget in a hurry due to him finishing in 153rd place with 152 places paid. Harwood’s exit saw the prize money begin to flow with the likes of Jon “LUFCBas” Spinks, Rick “ThEcLaiMEer” Trigg, and Jonathan “peanut172” Peacock each securing a payout.
By the time the final table was set, the minimum prize was $15,125 but with $217,800 up top for the champion, nobody wanted to leave with that amount of money.
One-by-one the players fell by the wayside until only three players remained, Ziyard, the UK-based Spaniard “anguila” and Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer. This talented trio struck a deal that saw each lock up more than $156,000 instead of the scheduled $121,000. This deal benefited “anguila” the most as he busted in third place, leaving Danzer and Ziyard to lock horns heads up for the title of WCOOP Event #40 champion.
Ziyard held a more than 2-to-1 chip leader over Danzer and that lead was soon extended when Ziyard made a great call on the river of a with to be shown . Danzer doubled up shortly after that hand but it would prove t be a case of too little too late for the talented German.
At 22:12 on Sunday night, Ziyard min-raised to 120,000 from the button and Danzer called. The flop was met with a 115,000 bet from Danzer, an all in bet of 7,142,078 from Ziyard and a call by Danzer. Danzer showed for a flush draw with an overcard and he needed to hit because Ziyard had the in his hand and was ahead. The on the turn meant Danzer had to hit a non-queen or four club to stay in the tournament, but the river was the , busting Danzer and leaving European Poker Tour Loutraki and former Sunday Million champion Ziyard to claim the $182,856.62 first place prize.
Over at PokerStars’ sister site Full Tilt Poker, Luke Fields was busy destroying the field of the $75 buy-in MiniFTOPS Main Event. The tournament attracted a staggering 10,863 players meaning the $750,000 guarantee was met and then beaten by $10,410.
The final table was the home to two Brits and an Irishman, although one of those British players was the first casualty of the final table. “PULSE ZZ” busted in ninth place for an impressive score of $10,873.86 leaving Fields and Toby “JOBYTOYCE” Joyce to bring home the title for our countries. Eventually, Joyce and Fields found themselves heads-up and with no deal struck, it was essentially a heads-up match for an additional $38,000!
It would be a heads-up match that Fields would win, picking up the $117,863.55 first place prize and leaving Joyce to make do with the still substantial $79,843.05 runner-up prize.
A huge congratulations to all the UK & Ireland players who cashed in the Sunday majors this week and the best of luck for the next seven days.