Every online poker tournament player worth their salt wants to win a Sunday Major. This weekend, two Brits managed to do that and plenty more came ever so close. Find out who in our UK & Ireland focused recap of the Sunday Majors.
Sunday got off to a superb start at PokerStars for Scotland’s Weland “holly17” Holroyd after the Montrose based player went all the way and secured the title of Sunday Kickoff champion for this week. Holroyd’s prize was a rather nice looking $27,984.65.
Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead reached the final table of the Sunday Warm-Up, banking a $5,603.20 prize as a result, while Sam “SamDMND” Holden, the former November Niner, busted fifth in the Sunday Rebuy for $17,498.25.
Ireland-based Sacha “ehdonthinkso” Le Breton went close in The Bigger $109 when he busted in fourth place for $18,992.25, which was more than Leamington Spa’s “Gatman0” received for his 12th place finish in the Sunday Million ($8,182.90).
The largest score from the Sunday Majors, for our players at least, weighed in at an impressive $72,630.00. This princely sum is now nestled in the PokerStars account off “TUTI88”, the winner of this weekend’s Sunday 500. Glasgow’s “trickyone14” came fifth for $20,336.40 while former European Poker Tour Loutraki champion Zimnan “Zimmy86” Head to the 2014 PCA Main Event for free!Ziyard was the eighth place finisher ($8,271.75).
This week’s Bigger $162 had two of our players at the final table; Belfast’s “PXF_Rukspin” and “IbetUfold98” finishing sixth and fifth for $9,651.45 and $12,390.37 respectively. Sadly, neither could take the tournament down.
The final two PokerStars Sunday Majors saw deep runs galore by British and Irish grinders. “knottyhunk” (23rd), “slink dog909” (22nd), Rick “ThEcLaiMEer” Trigg (19th) and Niall “Firaldo87” Farrell (15th) all went deep in The Sunday 2nd Chance, but it was “Tommy C 06” who went deepest, finishing ninth for $2,884.20.
The Sunday Supersonic saw a similar number of deep runs with three Brits on the final table alone. “dl184” came ninth, Ben “Spraggs” Spraggons fifth and when Spraggons had busted the final four players, including Paul “pvas2” Vas Nunes, struck a deal to split the remaining prize pool between them. Vas Nunes locked up almost $31,000 for his efforts.
The Sunday Brawl is a tournament that always seems to have a Brit or Irishman at the final table and this week’s edition was no different. Although we did not manage a winner this week, we did have Paul “pvas2” Vas Nunes finishing fourth for $17,863.60.
It was a similar story in the $250,000 Guarantee where Elliot “Crazy Elior” Sion took a break from live cash games to navigate his way to a sixth place finish, worth $11,544.00. Fellow Brit “Durden123” was the first casualty of the nine-handed final table, securing a $4,410.40 pay out.
It was another case of close but no cigar for our heroes as Niall “Firaldo87” Farrell bulldozed his way to third place in the $635 buy-in Super Sized Sunday. Farrell picked up $16,725.00 for his impressive result in the star-studded Full Tilt Poker event.
Keeping up with the unwanted theme of securing a decent score yet not managing to bink a Sunday Major was Ben “f3nix35” Dobson whose T-Rex ended with him in fourth place and with $10,927.13 in his Full Tilt Poker account.
Superb results, boys and girls. Let’s take one down next Sunday, huh?!
This week saw the return of the $200,000 guaranteed Whale tournament to 888poker’s virtual felt. The $530 buy-in event attracted 479 players created a prize pool of $239,500 and a first place prize of $59,875.
Unfortunately, the closest any of our players came to claiming that huge sum was recent GUKPT Blackpool champion Rick Trigg who finished fifth for a still respectable $12,573.75.
Also at 888poker was the $60,000 Turbo Mega Deep which this week saw two Brits reach the final table. Sam “sammygrinder” Squid came fifth for $3,874.50 while 888poker sponsored pro Sam “Sam_Holden” Holden went one place better and finished fourth for $5,166.