Sunday Briefing: Ally Squire and Paul Senter Finish 1-2 in the Sunday Prime
It may not be the Sunday tournament with the largest buy-in, but the €40 Sunday Prime on the iPoker Network is one of the most popular. This week’s Sunday Prime saw 1,298 players buy in and create a €47,506.80 prize pool, a large slice of which is now nestled in the bank accounts of some top British talent.
Ally “ownerfunkyt0wn” Squire secured the biggest score of his online career so far when he won this week’s Sunday Prime. Squire picked up a bankroll-boosting €8,076.88 for his win and as a result is sure to climb up the online poker rankings at the next update.
Winning such a large tournament is never an easy task, especially when your heads-up opponent is none other than Paul “Senta999” Senter, otherwise known as senterpied at other online poker sites. Senter bagged €5,938.35 for his second place finish.
A shout out has to go to Keith “Whassup999” Cummins who finished ninth for €513.07 before navigating his way to a third place finish in the €150 buy-in Sunday Masters or a career-best €3,816.54.
Cummins’ fellow Irishman Nelius “TheLAstCook” Foley also deserves a round of applause after finishing second in the €50 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up for a cool €3,056.54.
PokerStars: Near Misses Handful of Brits
PokerStars is usually the site where British and Irish tournament grinders bank their largest Sunday scores thanks to huge prize pools created at the world’s largest online poker site. This week saw a number of big scores, but nothing on the scale that we have become accustomed to over the past few months.
“Chaz D 87” banked an impressive $23,275 for his fifth place in the Sunday 500, while his fellow countryman and former Turbo Championship Of Online Poker (TCOOP) champion “easylimp” came sixth for $18,620.
In the Sunday Million, the excellently names “OJLimpsinn” managed to reach the final table and give himself the chance of a near $260,000 score. Unfortunately for OJLimpsinn, he couldn’t get going at the final table and was the first player eliminated; his ninth place finish netted him $12,723.20.
Special mentions to “Fatgoldfish” and “swordphish” who finished 10th and 11th in the same tournament for scores of $9,451.52 each.
Full Tilt Poker: Grazza No1 Wins the Sunday Brawl
It seem like every week we have to write about a Brit winning or chopping the Sunday Brawl and this week is no different as “Grazza No1” outlasted the 1,054 strong field to get his hands on the $42,160.00 first place prize.
Grazza No1’s superb win was most definitely the highlight of an otherwise quiet Sunday for British and Irish players. I have a feeling that plenty of grinders were taking time away from the felt to enjoy the rarity of a sunny March Sunday.
European Poker Tour Barcelona champion Tom “hitthehole” Middleton managed a 12th place finish in the Super Sized Sunday, while Ireland’s “trapnel” almost binked The T-Rex but fell short and finished second for $20,945.25 instead.
There were also near misses for Jude Ainsworth and Ashley Mason in The Sunday Mulligan. Ainsworth fell in fourth place for $5,883.00 and Mason one spot early for $4,452.00.
Last but not least, “BBQchicken1” chopped the Turbo Multi-Hundo three-way before finishing second and banking $12,888.63 for his efforts – and plenty of BBQ chicken!
888poker: Two Brits Final Table The Whale
The monthly high roller event at 888poker, the $200,000 guaranteed tournament known as The Whale, draws all of the big names out of the woodwork and to the 888poker virtual felt. The March edition saw 543 players exchange $530 for 10,000 tournament chips, a 25-minute clock and the chance to win a share of the $271,500 prize pool.
There were two of our players at the nine-handed final table, Ben “TopBeaver69” Spraggons being the first of the Brits to fall, finishing in sixth place for $10,860. Spraggons’ exit left “5typesofmeat” to fly the Union Jack and fly it he did, right through to a third place finish worth $25,792.50.
In the $60,000 Turbo Mega Deep, “carpediem14” managed to battle his way through the majority of the 408 strong field before busting in fifth place for a $4,284 addition to his bankroll.