British poker players once again showed they are among the game’s elite this weekend, helping themselves to some massive scores. UK & Ireland PokerNews usually recaps the weekend’s action on a Monday, but due to the World Championship Of Poker (WCOOP) Main Event still running on Monday, we held fire until Tuesday – and we are delighted that we did.
The $5,200 buy-on WCOOP Main Event concluded on Tuesday morning after a trio of Germans chopped when they the last of the 2,133 entrants remaining. "PlayinWasted" ($1,493,499.15) was the eventual champion, with "Allanon85" ($1,415,238.66) and "SwissCantMis" ($1,101,835.44) each winning more than one million dollars.
There were plenty of Brits in the top few percent of finishers, including Leon “flippetyflop” Louis who finished eighth for an impressive cash haul of $159,975. Other deep runs were had by James “MKKMOO” Dempsey (16th for $45,859.50), “USoGotPwned” (24th for $39,460.50), Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (52nd for $26,662.50), Dave “CrabMaki” Shallow (60th for $24,529.50), and Zimnan “Zimmy86” Ziyard (71st for $23,463.00).
In WCOOP Event #64, the $215 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max, Tom “hitthehole” Middleton continued his unbelievable run of form by finishing 5/9678 for a $72,585.00 score. As soon as Middleton’s tournament ended, the remaining four players struck a deal and chopped the remaining prize pool. Keep an eye out for “Middy” at the upcoming UKIPT London Main Event and European Poker Tour London Main Event, too.
There were also decent scores had by Luke “LFmagic” Fields who finished third in the $700 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up event for $18,945.85 and Jules “hartwith” Adamson who finished seventh in the same event for $8,660.96.
We did become excited when we saw a player from the UK had won the $10,300 High Roller 8-Game tournament, but upon further investigation we discovered that “BiatchPeople” is actually London-based Frenchman Alex Luneau, Still, maybe us Brits have amazing IP addresses?
In the other PokerStars Sunday Majors it was a case of close but no cigar for a number of our players. Spitznspots finished 10/1816 in the Sunday Kickoff, “Mr Negreanu” finished 4/1391 in the Sunday Rebuy for $32,842.50; “eddycadub” came 8/3995 in The Bigger $109 with “slinky81” finished 10th in the same tournament.
In the Sunday 500, Sheffield's Kevin “parksy1066” Parkes finished second for a massive $72,500.00 while Mick “BIGMICKG” Graydon’s good run of form continued with a seventh place and $17,110.00 win.
Over at PokerStars’ sister site Full Tilt Poker, our heroes continued to bink tournaments and help themselves to big scores in the run up to EPT London. Toby Lewis, playing as “sexystuff1989,” win the $320 Saturday Six-Max for $21,384.00.
The following evening, Gavin “gavb31” Ball chopped the $250,000 Guarantee three-handed, eventually finishing second for $43,639.58. Round about the same time on Monday morning, Sam “Sammy_grinder” Grafton binked the Sunday Mulligan for $16,700 and Ben “Spraggs” Spraggons busted second in the Big Ben for $11,115.00.
There was almost a British one-two in the partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday but it actually finished two-four. Gareth “Timeoutplease” Wong finished fourth for $12,587.40 while Rhys “floppinhel” Jones lost heads-up to secure a $23,473.80 pay day.