August 10 was a frustrating day for the army of British and Irish online poker tournament grinders, with many making deep runs only to fall shy of the biggest cash prizes. More on that a little later.
One man who bucked the trend of near misses for our players was Ireland’s Patrick “clicki88” Clarke, who emerged victorious in the partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday for a $27,900 score. If you’re sat there wondering where you’d heard Clarke’s name before, it is because he won the 2014 PaddyPowerPoker Irish Open in April for €250,000.
Clarke was one of 941 players who bought into this weekend’s $200K Guaranteed, a tournament that is rapidly becoming one of the best value Sunday Majors across all sites. The tournament has missed its guarantee for at least the past six weeks, with partypoker having to put the best part of $25,000 into this week’s prize pool.
Also at partypoker, Chris “Therealmoorm” Moorman helped himself to third place money in the $500 buy-in $100,000 guaranteed High Roller. Moorman picked up $9,190 in this tournament, but will no doubt have been disappointed not to have walked away with the $18,173.75 first place prize and yet another title.
There were more close calls over at Full Tilt Poker where Christopher “kid_bramm” Brammer finished 13/1,644 in FTOPS Event #16 ($3,649.68) and “DJs For Life” came eighth in the same event ($10,357.20) when there was $98,640.00 up top.
In The T-Rex, Kevin “SuitedAcesbaby” Killeen finished sixth or $3,648.00 and “raitotametag” struck a deal while heads-up to claim $14,341.81 before losing out in the heads-up battle with Russia’s “fatchampion.”
Moorman had his second near miss of the night with a fourth place finish in the Turbo Multi-Hundo. Moorman picked up $6,839.25 for his final table appearance.
Over at Full Tilt Poker’s sister site, PokerStars, the curse of the near miss continued.
“Fold Machiii” came eighth from 1,604 in the Sunday Kickoff for $2,807 and in the Sunday Warm-up Phill “Grindation” McAllister and Patrick “pads1161” Leonard finished 16th and 17th from 3,176 entrants for $1,905.60 scores with what was essentially $100,000 up top.
Shaun “claypole” Conning reached the final table of The Bigger $109 before falling in eighth spot for $4,137.12.
In the Sunday Million, Andrew “stato_1” Hulme somehow shook off the cobwebs that drinking your own bodyweight in cheap ale create – Hulme spent the weekend in Budapest for Mitch “Min-Cash” Johnson’s stag-do – to finish 10th for $7,812.20. Unlucky sir.
Last, but not least, are a trio of results that could have been oh so different. “AnyTw0_Card$” managed a seventh place in the Sunday 500 ($12,296.80), “Hollisio” fell in fourth place in the Sunday 2nd Chance ($18,304.80) and “nowandagen” crashed out of the Sunday Supersonic in 11th place for a $2,835.68 addition to his bankroll.
All of the above results are worth shouting about, but go to show how brutal tournament poker can be because if any of the aforementioned players managed to go two or three places deeper, their winnings on Sunday would have been much more substantial, plus we’d have had another total brag article to rub in the faces of the rest of the poker world!
Good luck this week ladies and gentlemen.