This weekend saw PokerStars host its 900 Millionth tournament and as part of the celebrations it ran a special $109 buy-in $1 million guaranteed tournament that was called, aptly enough, Tournament Number 900 Million.
The landmark tournament saw 18,711 players buy into it, smashing the already massive guarantee by over $870,000 and that meant there were some huge prizes on offer including a first place prize of $201,827.01.
Among the crowd of players who competed in the 900 millionth tournament at PokerStars was Daniel “judgedredd13” Charlton who only hours previously was requesting a stake on Facebook. The only stake Charlton is now bothered about is plenty of steak dinners thanks to him eventually chopping the tournament three-ways to secure a $153,681.46 payday!
As you would expect from a cash of such magnitude, this $153,681.46 prize is by far the largest of Charlton’s online poker career and takes his lifetime earning past the $1.5 million barrier. Charlton’s previous best score came in 2009 when he won the Super Tuesday for $71,750.
An obviously delighted Charlton returned to Facebook to tank the legion of friends that were spurring him on throughout the latter stages of his massive win:
“thanks alot for the support everyone, always awesome to know I got so many people routing for me. Chopped it 3 way for 153k and change, Will do returns in the morning when I've come down off these 15 cups of coffee.”
Congratulations sir, enjoy the new found fortune!
Charlton wasn’t the only British player who needs a wheelbarrow to transport their Sunday winnings. Keith “Kungfumonk” Johnson helped himself to $32,625.87 after a three-way chop in the Sunday 2nd Chance, which was a similar score that Louis “lhennessey” Hennessey banked when he finished 4th in the Sunday Warm-Up for $38,985.00.
Hennessey wasn’t the last Brit standing in the Warm-Up because “Aldo2316” managed to win the lot and scoop the giant $100,446.00 first place prize; an outstanding result.
In PokerStars other major tournaments, it was a case of our players putting in great performances but falling short of the top end of the prize structure. Sylvia “slinky81” Hewitt won $4,068.00 for her final table bubble in the Sunday Warm-Up, while Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer (8th for $17,652.00) and David “djc79797” Clifford (9th for $11,400.25) both reached the final table of the Sunday Million.
There was a similar story in the Sunday 500, which happens to be one of the toughest weekly tournaments on any site. Mathew “matfrankland” Franklandmade short work of most of the 875-strong crowd before falling in 11th place for a $4,375.00 cash injection, around half of what Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis banked for his eighth place ($8,750.00) in the same star-studded online MTT.
Rounds of applause have to go to World Series of Poker bracelet winner Craig “mcc3991” McCorkell for his 8th place finish ($7,157.18) in the Sunday Supersonic, to “1982lancer” for their 4th place finish in the Sunday 6-Max ($10,725.00) and to Kent’s “carpediem200” who finished 3rd in the Sunday kickoff for an impressive $14,642.75 haul.
Away from PokerStars, British players were reaching final tables and bolstering their bankrolls. The legendary Chris “MoormanI” Moorman finished 4th in the Full Tilt Poker Super Sized Sunday for $13,455.00 while “varosky” busted in third place in The Big Ben ($7,807.50) also at Full Tilt Poker.
Over at partypoker, former Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final champion Sam “Sammy_squid” Grafton was busy helping himself to the $7,400 fourth place prize in the $200K Guaranteed Sunday, while “glen_zen” won $4,774.00 for finishing fourth in the 888poker $60,000 Turbo Mega Deep.
I guess this goes down in the poker history books as yet another fantastic Sunday for British online poker players. Let’s hope the rest of the week – and beyond — is just as awesome!