This Sunday was even more action-packed than usual thanks in part to the 2014 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) kicking off at PokerStars, but more on that later because all the usual Sunday Majors ran alongside the WCOOP and once again British players enjoyed some superb results in them.
Recent addition to the “Father Club,” Jon “LUFCBas” Spinks helped himself to a brace of final tables at PokerStars and netted almost $45,000 as a result. Spinks pocketed $31,440.00 when he finished fourth in the Sunday Rebuy and an additional $12,846.60 when he busted sixth in the Sunday 2nd Chance.
There was a final table appearance for one of Spinks’ friends in The Bigger $109, that friend being none other than the former European Poker Tour (EPT) London champion David “davidv1213” Vamplew. The talented Scot finished in fifth place and added $16,830.00 to the coffers.
The Bigger $162 also had one of our players at its final table because Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel navigated his way to a seventh place finish and banked $7,732.50 for his efforts, which he will no doubt turn into 10 times that amount in the coming weeks, such is the young man’s ability. For those of you not familiar with Carrel, he turned a $15 deposit into a $500,000 in something ridiculous like 18 months – something only us mere mortals can dream of doing.
Before we leave the “normal” PokerStars Sunday majors until next week, we have to give a shoutout to “EzPaTuLa” who, like Spinks, had a brace of final tables. An eighth place finish in the Sunday $500 for $9,860.00 was followed up by a fifth place in the lightning-fast Sunday Supersonic for $18,930.68, making for a top Sunday for EzPaTuLa.
$40 Million WCOOP Gets Under Way
The first three events of the WCOOP kicked off on Sunday night and all three smashed their guarantees.
Event #1 was the $109 NL Hold’em with a $700,000 guarantee, which turned into a $1,012,900 prize pool when 10,129 players bought into it! When Day 1 was paused, only 14 players remained – sadly no players from the UK or Ireland are among them – and one of them will walk away with more than $144,000.
The second event was the WCOOP edition of the Sunday Warm-Up, which thanks to 6,348 players buying in for $200+$15, crushed its $750,000 guarantee by more than $500,000! A total of 57 players remain in the hunt for the $193,616.70 first place prize, with the UK’s “cheeky4714” starting Day 2 in ninth place.
We doubt PokerStars expected the special edition of the Sunday Million to prove as popular as it did. PokerStars placed a $1.5 million guarantee on the prize pool and it was obliterated by the time late registration ended. Thanks to 11,634 players buying in, the prize pool stands at $2,326,800 and the first place prize a huge $323,663.46.
A handful of UK players are still in with a shot of that huge sum of money, including 15th placed “Timmmmy182” and Magnus “Giffordonian” Martin who starts 18th place when the tournament resumes.
Full Tilt Poker Major Victory for Luke Fields
There was plenty of success to shout about over at PokerStars’ sister site Full Tilt Poker where we enjoyed a couple of victories and some deep runs.
Luke “LFmagic” Fields had two big scores two weeks ago and added to his already impressive list of poker accomplishments by winning this weekend’s Big Ben for $17,568.00. Fields was joined in the Full Tilt Poker winner’s circle by Warwickshire’s Daryl “DJG1989” Green who walked away with $19,350.00 after winning the T-Rex.
A hat doff has to go to Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi who fell short of winning the Sunday brawl when he busted fifth for $9,523.60.
Over at 888poker, the French-sounding “MOI_est_Jean” finished second in the $100,000 Mega Deep for a cool $21,557.70, while Charlie “chazmanchaz” Combes and “buddychoc” finished sixth and eighth in the $50,000 TURBO Mega Deep for scores of $2,958 and $1,531.20.
With the WCOOP progressing and only a month until EPT London kicks off, we fully expect the British and Irish grinders to log a ton of volume and when the top players do that, amazing things usually happen so keep your browsers locked to UK & Ireland PokerNews now and for the coming weeks!