Some of the United Kingdom and Ireland’s best online poker tournament players are currently in the Czech Republic for the European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour Prague events, but that has not stopped them from helping themselves to big pay outs in this weekend’s Sunday Majors.
One of the biggest winners this weekend was Sebastian “Bassysaffari” Saffari who crashed out of the EPT Prague Main Event in 86th place for €11,100 leaving him free to grind the Sunday Majors online or go out partying in the cold Prague night. Saffari’s choice to do the former turned out to be the correct one because in the early hours of Monday morning he took down the PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy for a bankroll and morale boosting $58,830.00.
We have to doff our cap to Saffari’s fellow Brit “jungaye1” who finished in third place in the same tournament for an impressive $31,800.00.
The rest of the PokerStars Sunday Majors ran out in a frustrating manner for our players and although a few of them managed to scoop decent scores, there were no more outright victories for us to celebrate.
“1110mike” had a deep run in the Sunday Kickoff, eventually busting 7/1722 for $4,735.50 and “jumping79” finished 13/3481 in the Sunday Warm-Up for $3,132.90.
Daryl “DJG1989” Green netted himself a Christmas bonus of $8,814.96 when he bubbled the final table of this week’s Sunday Million and must be the most disappointed person to have ever won that amount because he was only a few places away from helping himself to a six-figure score.
Over at 888poker there were some impressive results from UK & Ireland’s player, notably Niall “Wug_Brain” Farrell finishing fifth in the $125,000 Mega Deep for $7,360 – Farrell is better-known as “Firaldo87” and has reached countless final tables in 2013.
In 888poker’s other flagship event, the $70,000 Turbo Mega Deep, “snootyflue” won it for $20,384 after defeating Rhys “floppinhel” Jones heads-up; Jones was awarded $12,152 for his second place finish.
The first major at Full Tilt Poker on a Sunday is The Sunday Brawl, a tournament that our players have a great record in. We hoped and thought that Toby “sexystuff1989” Lewis was going to go all the way and win the tournament, but he fell just before the final table in 10th place and $2,470.00.
One of Lewis’ good friends, Rhys “floppin_ell” Jones, had a similar result in the $250,000 Guarantee. Jones battled his way through the vast majority of the 1,467 entrants before busting in 12th place for a $2,934.00 score. Add that result to his second place in the 888poker $70,000 Turbo Mega Deep and it should have been a profitable Sunday for Jones.
“salfshb” added $14,274.00 to his bankroll after finishing fourth in the $635 buy-in Super Sized Sunday. His “win” was made all the more impressive by the fact he had to fight at a final table that housed the likes of Jeffrey “YoungSupremacy” Hakim and Kevin “Wu_Wizard” MacPhee who finished one-two in the tournament.
The $162 buy-in T-Rex’s final table was the home to not one, not two, not even three but four UK-based players! “thehawk23” finished in ninth, with Craig “mcc3991” McCorkell laddering one place to eighth. “dl184” helped himself to third place money while “ponyo88” finished as runner-up and claimed $19,857.75.
Last but not least was James “skolsuper” Keys’ impressive third place finish in the Turbo Multi-Hundo that netted him $9,298.75. The final table was a star-studded affair with Elio “smokrokbyflock” Fox taking it down after defeating Bryan “bparis” Paris heads-up.