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Sunday Briefing: Zimnan “Zimmy86” Ziyard Wins the Sunday 500

Zimnan Ziyard

PokerStars was once again the place to be for tournament grinders as the SCOOP added huge prize pools to play for this Sunday, but more on those later. First, let’s talk about how fantastic European Poker Tour Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard is!

Ziyard plays as PokerStars under the alias “Zimmy86” and has over $1.6 million in winnings. That impressive figure received an $86,176.40 boost this weekend as Ziyard took down the Sunday 500. Eastbourne-based Ziyard also won a $55 NL Hold’em 2x Chance tournament at PokerStars for close to $16,000 which made it a nice Sunday for the popular pro.

The rest of PokerStars’ Sunday Majors weren’t as kind to the UK’s players although talented German Fabian “fabstinho” Quoss used his London IP address to good effect and won $53,209.20 for his second place in the Sunday Rebuy. OK, so that doesn’t really count but I’m clutching at straws here!

That said, there could be some nice headlines to write on Tuesday as the SCOOP special editions of the Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Million both have plenty of our players still in contention for massive prizes when both events resume this afternoon.

Also due to restart are two $2,100 No Limit Hold’em events that again have a number of players we’ve got our eye on so here’s hoping they can bink something huge and give us something to shout from the rooftops about.

Full Tilt Poker

There were big scores aplenty over at Full Tilt Poker this Sunday as British and Irish players kept up their solid records in the Sunday Majors there

Traditionally, our players do well in The Sunday Brawl partly because of the start time and partly because, well, they’re awesome! Patrick “pads1161” Leonard and Scott “rdcrsm” Margereson finished in 12th and 11th place respectively, banking $2,478 for the efforts.

Two of our heroes reached the $250,000 Guarantee’s final table, but both missed out on ultimate glory. First, “manuverdon” exited in ninth place for $4,270.34 leaving Rhys “floppin_ell” Jones as the sole surviving Brit.

Jones’ tournament came to an abrupt end in sixth place, which added $11,177.40 to his coffers.

The Super Sized Sunday saw two more Brits reach a final table, a final table that was ridiculously tough as it housed the likes of “whereisdonny,” Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo, Dan “KingDan23” Smith and Balasz “birs320” Botand.

flong78” was the finale’s first casualty, finishing ninth for $2,923.20 and Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick helped himself to the $13,572 fourth place prize.

The aforementioned Patrik “pads1161” Leonard won an additional $14,125.50 thanks to a third place finish in The T-Rex, while Ireland’s Ross “rossj87” Johnson managed a sixth place ($2,887.50) in The Sunday Mulligan.

Rounding out the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Majors was the Turbo Multi-Hundo where “c0rbl1meyguv” (4th for $6,954.75) and Rick “TheClaimer” Trigg (8th for $1,972.62) progressed to the final table.


This week’s $125,000 guaranteed Mega Deep was taken down by the UK’s “afulari” who picked up an impressive $32,634 reward for outlasting a star-studded field of 777 runners.


Party’s flagship tournament, the $200K Guaranteed, was replaced this week with one that has a half-million dollar guarantee slapped in it. Not only was the guarantee met, it was eclipsed by over $68,000, which is quite an achievement in itself.

North Yorkshire’s Ben “Ch1pJam” David managed to navigate his way through the majority of the 3,057-strong field before falling in ninth place for a $6,595.78 score.

Over in the $100,000 guaranteed High Roller, Cardiff’s “Dueces6” reached the final table before crashing out in sixth place for a $4,966.78 addition to his bankroll.

iPoker Network

The iPoker Network is in the middle of iPOPS fever but the equally as exciting Sunday Warm-Up, a €50 buy-in low-cost major, saw 494 players buy into it, including Ireland’s Marc “sluglife” Macdonnell. Check the results and Macdonnell’s name is displayed in seventh place, enough to add €734.99 to his lifetime winnings.

Currently in progress, although paused, is the €100 buy-in iPOPS Main Event. A staggering 3,960 players bought in and only 76 of those have made it through to Day 2 where someone will walk away with €64,504.53. Stay tuned to discover if it is one of our boys or girls.

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