The United Kingdom is the home to some of Spain’s best poker players, many of who have moved to our little island so they can continue their online poker careers free from restrictive legislation. The likes of Sergio “petgaming” Aido and Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell have featured in the top 20 of the UK online poker rankings while Jonathan “OMGjonnyctt” Concepcion has been tearing up high stakes multi-table tournaments for as long as I can remember.
One of Spain’s lesser-known players, José Benedí, helped himself to $163,000 and the title of the largest weekly online poker tournament in the world, the PokerStars Sunday Million.
Playing as “Monchonidas”, Benedí was one of 8,207 players who exchanged $215 for the chance of winning the $246,214.05 first place prize. That huge sum was reduced slightly because once Team PokerStars Pro Christophe de Meulder busted in sixth and Gibraltar’s Groni in fifth, the final four players decided to divvy up the remaining prize pool, which secured a minimum payout of $120,000 each.
Monchonidas eventually emerged as champion and scooped an impressive $163,000 as a result.
The deepest a Brit progressed was 80th place, which is where Sam “SamSquid” Grafton fell, winning $2,051.75 for his efforts. Ireland’s “pagrenn” managed to go 60 place deeper before busting 20th for $3,611.08.
While Monchonidas was busy grinding away in the Sunday Million, his fellow British-based Spaniard Alex “MrKloutt” Casals was setting himself up for a very profitable Sunday. Casals added $49,957.11 to his bankroll when he finished second in the Sunday Rebuy and then booked a $29,335.83 win when he chopped The T-Rex at Full Tilt Poker in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Of course, it wasn’t only our Spanish cousins who were helping themselves to decent scores this weekend because Ben “jenbizzle” Jones banked $21,684.00 for his second place finish in the Sunday Kickoff at PokerStars. Jones was joined at that final table by Sheffield’s “BOOM_shark85” who busted 8th for $3,162.25.
Elsewhere, “JRL2012” finished 6th in the Sunday Warm-Up for $19,750.00. This week’s Sunday Warm-Up suffered a “technical error” in which late registration was not available, leaving PokerStars nursing a $240,000 overlay – not that any of those registered players were bothered.
Oliver “ollie_p” Price has been in superb form in 2014 and that rich vein continues to yield results with him chopping the Sunday 500 for a $74,391.00 score. Price has a 3rd place finish in the European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event, a win in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour London Main Event and now this impressive score all in the first few months of 2014.
Joining Price in the “we won a ton of cash” circle were “thaidan87” who won $33,601.52 for his 3rd place finish in the Sunday Supersonic, while Toby “JOBYTOYCE” Joyce of Ireland scored $43,018.50 for a 3rd place finish in the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS Event #15.
There were also decent binks at Full Tilt Poker for “chrispoker23” in the Big Ben (6th for $3,595.50), along with Rick “TheClaimer” Trigg (12th for $6,104.70) and Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves (17th for $3,255.84) in the FTOPS Event #16
Over at 888poker, “PorkyPies29” helped himself to $9,312 when he finished 4th in the $125,000 Mega Deep while the aforementioned Trigg was battling his way to a 12th place finish (worth $2,860) in the $530 buy-in Whale tournament.
Last, but certainly not least, a congratulations / commiserations to Sebastian “bassysaffari” Saffari who busted 3rd in the partypoker High Roller for $9,567.67.