This weekend saw a special $5 million guaranteed Sunday Million take place at PokerStars, part of the $27 million December festival. Not only was the $5 million guarantee reached, but it was actually surpassed by $385,000 because a staggering 26,925 players bought into it!
I can remember the days when PokerStars would only have 26,000 players logged in at once, never mind registered in a $215 buy-in tournament! Anyway, it gives me great pleasure to write this article today because the winner of this special tournament, and the massive $421,971.88 first place prize, was a player coming under our umbrella, Ireland’s “sincinaty118.”
Sincinaty118, who we believe to be Shaun Hegarty from Limerick, locked up a $321,000 payday when a deal was struck with only five players remaining and then went on to bank the rest of the prize pool when he defeated Israel’s “FLasHBa3k” heads-up. An amazing result by one of our players and what a Christmas he and his family will be having in a couple of weeks’ time.
It wasn’t only sincinaty118 who helped themselves to big scores on Sunday, although none of the following results, although impressive, came anywhere nearing matching the gargantuan prize that’s nestled in sincinaty118’s PokerStars account.
In the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff, “MagicMan254” helped himself to the $15,795 third place prize, shortly after Chris Moorman and Christopher Brammer had busted in 13th and 14th place, while “MagikBUsted” reeled in $55,454,98 after chopping The Bigger $109 heads-up with Poland’s “bloczek60.”
Two Brits reached the final table of The Bigger $162; “SharKK1989” finished third for $28,579.50 and Ben “KidCardiff6” Warrington eighth for $5,557.12. While over in The Sundy 2nd Chance, John Eames almost cracked a smile when he won $13,065.00 for his sixth place finish – only nearly though.
Last, but not least, are two results from the final PokerStars Sunday Majors. Irish online grinder Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth managed a sixth place finish in the Sunday 6-Max for $5,611.50 and “wilfandtrav” also finished sixth, but bagged $14,997.99 in the poplar Sunday Supersonic.
Full Tilt Poker
There was another superb result for Jareth East this weekend as he once again beat his best ever online tournament score, something he has done three times now in the past couple of months. East, playing under the moniker “hteraaj2001,” navigated his way to a fifth place finish in the FTOPS Main Event, a finish worth a wallet-busting $82,650.00. Not only did East pick up a huge score, but the PocketFives.com leader board points he’ll win could see him climb into the UK & Ireland Top 5 and maybe even the Top 3.
Elsewhere on Full Tilt Poker, United Kingdom based Spaniard “Pinocaido” came third in the Big Ben event for $8,879.50 and in the Super Sized Sunday Jude Ainsworth finished ninth ($3,578.40) while “ponyo88” busted in fourth place for a $16,614.00.
Over at 888poker, Dean “icallyamet” Price snared the $7,250 sixth place prize in The $150,000 Super XL Mega Deep, which is around half what Ben “xLIVEPROx” Warrington banked for finishing as runner-up in The $75,000 Super XL Turbo Mega Deep.
Another major online tournament and another Brit at its final table This time it was Sebastian “bassysaffari” Saffari who fell short of the win, finishing seventh in the partypoker $100,000 High Roller for a $4,830 score.