This Sunday was one of the biggest in a while for online poker players as the PokerStars WCOOP Challenge and the latest FTOPS incarnation at Full Tilt Poker added thousands to the usual cost of buying into to the British and Irish grinders.
Plenty of our heroes fell by the wayside, but there were scores of them who went on to help themselves to massive sums of cash and there are still a number of them in the hunt for six-figure scores, too!
This week’s Sunday Warm-Up was a special WCOOP Challenge edition that saw the guarantee upped to $1 million. Any doubts of this amount not being reached were soon dashed as 6,400 players bough in for $215 and created a $1,280,000 prize pool.
A substantial slice of that impressive total is now nestled in the PokerStars account of “N01BiGJOHN” of the United Kingdom who fell in third place and was awarded $105,408.00. joining N01BiGJOHN on the final table was Ashley “DYBYDX” Mason who busted in 7th place for $28,800.
The Sunday rebuy is a tournament that always attracted players in droves, and this week was no different. By the time late registration closed, 1,205 players were in their seats and vying for a piece of the $365,300 prize pool.
Scotland’s Ross “RLOG” Loggie finished 8th for $8,219.25 while the former world number two Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis claimed $48,584.90 for his runner-up finish. Top work, gentlemen!
Also on PokerStars, John “dagunman” O’Shea picked up $16,455.82 for his 9th place finish in the $700 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max 1R1A WCOOP Challenge, while Edinburgh’s “Sewas001” chopped The Bigger $109 heads up with Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee and secured a $45,000 payday.
Patrick “pads1161” Leonard continued his amazing hot streak by chopping The Bigger $162 three-ways for $38,244.39 before going on to claim first place, while Paul “Paolo69” Foltyn put the disappointment of watching his beloved Leeds United lose 1-2 at home to local rivals Doncaster Rovers to finish third in the Sunday 6-Max for $18,083.25.
There are two PokerStars tournaments still running thanks to them being two-day events. This weekend’s Sunday Million was given the WCOOP Challenge treatment and as a result saw 12,132 players buy into it! Of those 12,132 entrants, only 179 are still in with a chance of securing the $337,517.46 first place prize as their own.
Still in the running
Leading the special Sunday Million going into its Day 2 is Matt “OffTh3Radar” Davenport and his 2,186,422 chips (average is 677,765). Joining Davenport on Day 2 are fellow Brits “d1mens1on510” (1,699,150 chips), Robert “Adreny” Bull (671,866), and Ireland’s Daniel “DanielT999” Tighe (697,783).
The $2,100 buy-in WCOOP Challenge Main Event is due to conclude on Monday when the 80 players who survived Day 1 return to the PokerStars virtual felt. The best place Brit is Tom “hitthehole” Middleton (641,245) and he will be joined by players such as Tom “GaggleoKings” Ambler (295,583), Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (277,387), Matt “OffTh3Radar” Davenport (208,307) and Mick “BIGMICKG” Graydon (181,603). There is over $532,000 awaiting the eventual champion, here’s hoping it is one of our players who scoops that princely sum.
Moorman Reaches Sunday Brawl Final Table
Over at Full Tilt Poker, Chris “MoormanI” Moorman picked up $7,830 for his 7th place finish in the Sunday Brawl, which will punt a small dent in his bar bill for the past few days following his engagement.
Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves finished 8th in the Big ben for $1,928.16, two place before fellow Brit Andy “Diamond G O D” Diamond who claimed $2,472.00.
Ireland’s Dan “DatWillDoPig” Rankin should soar up the Irish rankings this week following a 7th place finish in FTOPS Event #1 for $14,935.40. The man from Port Laoise has had some impressive results of late and should be knocking on the door of a top 10 ranking any time soon.
There were final table appearances for Marc “icallyamet” Wright and Michael “Too_good_444” Howard in the 888poker $60,000 Turbo Mega Deep; the players falling in 8th for $1,667.60) and 6th for $3,221.50 respectively. “jim.franco” also reached an 888poker Sunday Major final table, finishing 3rd in the $125,000 Mega Deep for $13,284.
And finally, a round of applause to Miguel King of the West Midlands who walked away with a career-best score of €24,963.30 when he took down the Sunday Special on the iPoker Network. Congratulations!