The sun is shining across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom making everyone walk around with a big grin on their faces – the rarely-seen giant ball of fire does that to us folk. And even if it the sun wasn’t blaring down on us, there would be plenty of poker players who call the UK home who would be walking around as looking like the Cheshire Cat. Why? Because once again British players smashed to Sunday Majors to bits and made them their own.
The biggest online win for Brits this weekend weighed in at a hefty $98,064.51, which was the first place prize in this week’s $215 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up at PokerStars. This fit-for-a-king sum of money is now nestled in the PokerStars account of 24-year old Londoner Jack “_JMCD_89” McDermott, who outlasted 3,122 other entrants on his way to an epic victory.
Unsurprisingly, this is McDermott’s largest career cash, beating his previous largest tournament score by over $24,000. McDermott, who finished second in The Bigger $109 in February for a shade under $40,000, should fly up the leader board at PocketFives.com once his gargantuan 790.32 points are added to his tally.
Joining McDermott at the final table were fellow Brits “sexysmith579” and “easylimp” who finished 4th and 6th for scores of $35,914.50 and $20,299.50.
McDermott wasn’t the only player in the winner’s circle at PokerStars because “LAP1293” took down the Sunday 500 for a cool $69,930.00. LAP1293’s score eclipsed the $31,500 that “wozzle9” claimed for his runner-up finish in The Bigger $162 and the $18,861.60 that Dan “judgedredd13” Charlton banked for his fourth place in the Sunday Second Chance.
The fictional award for the “best ROI of a British poker player on Sunday 23 March” goes to London’s Raphael Jude Augustin who plays at PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker under the alias “RainmanRJA.” Usuallly, RainmanRJA is found playing micro-stakes tournaments at PokerStars where he does OK for himself. On Sunday night, however, RainmanRJA did more than OK because he turned his $22 investment in the MicroMillions Main Event into $78,802.23 windfall when he chopped – then went on to win – the entire tournament! Absolutely amazing, sir! Your fellow micro-stakes players salute you!
Over at PokerStars’ sister site, Full Tilt Poker, Toby Lewis also won The $250,000 Guarantee. This week, 1,261 entries were taken and a $252,200 prize pool created. $36,652.83 of that sum now belongs to “sexystuff1989,” who happens to be Lewis, the tournament’s second place finisher.
Another player who fell at the final hurdle and finished second in a Sunday Major was Owen “MrWhoosh” Currie who was the runner-up in the Sunday Special at William Hill Poker. Currie lost out to “anitadreamer” in the €75 buy-in event, although the €18,004.53 consolation prize will have no doubt taken away some of the pain of losing heads up!
I round off this edition of the Sunday Briefing with the exploits of our players over at 888poker. Jerome “BenGrindy” Bradpiece secured a $6,740 payout for his fourth place finish in the $60,000 Turbo MEGA Deep, which was a similar amount netted by Sam “sammygrinder” Grafton when he finished fifth in the $125,000 Mega Deep.
Also at Grafton’s final table was Allan “Bigdaft37” Peers who eventually fell in second place for an impressive $19,331.48.
Last, but not least, a round of applause to “P5YCH1C” who managed to win himself a $14,000 package to the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event in the latest $1,050 buy-in qualifier.