Sunday is by far the biggest and busiest day for online poker tournament specialists thanks to all of the major sites running their major events, but this Sunday was even richer than usual thanks to the 2014 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) reaching its final stages at PokerStars.
Only two WCOOP events are yet to reach a conclusion, the special edition of the Sunday Warm-Up and the $10 million guaranteed Main Event.
The Sunday Warm-Up attracted a massive crowd of 8,589 players and only 106 of them had chips in front of them when the 31st level concluded. Each of those 106 survivors are deep into the money and are guaranteed to bank no less than $1,202.46 for their efforts when the tournament resumes at 4:00 p.m on Monday.
Among those returning to the PokerStars virtual felt on Monday afternoon is “mystyficator” of the United Kingdom who sits down with 1,749,771 chips, which are enough to place him fifth in the chip counts and give him a realistic shot at the $254,135.62 first place prize.
Other players with the Union Jack placed next to their names in the PokerStars 7 lobby include “the_djemba” (1,537,253 chips – 10th place), Rory “clues13” McCague from Milton Keynes (1,049,051 – 24th place) and Tom “TomD-29” Deane of Swindon (748,985 – 52nd place).
Despite the $5,200 price tag, 2,142 players turned out for the 2014 WCOOP Main Event, smashing the $10 million guarantee by some $710,000. The massive tournament was ended on Day 1 with 271 players and on the exact money bubble because 271 players remain in the hunt for the $1,820,700 top prize.
Adam “Demonic16” Picken is the best placed of the British contingent, his 556,264 stack being enough to claim fourth place going into Day 2. Just under Picken is “dickler1” with 524,759 chips, while “JJ Okocha” (353,964), John “HonestPete” Tabatabai (307,225), Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich (208,947), Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (183,765, Rhys “floppinhel” Jones (164,421), Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion (133,767), and PokerStars Team Online Alex “Kanu7” Millar are all still in with a shot of WCOOP glory.
While the two aforementioned tournaments were running, there were plenty of big scores had by players who call the UK home.
Matthew “MUSTAFABET” Ashton, Rory “Mafews” Mathews and Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick all went deep the $10300 buy-in 8-Game High Roller, finishing fourth, fifth and eighth for $88,400, $67,600 and $33,800 scores.
Supernova Elite Ivan “ILS007” Stokes secured a $65,315.46 (and $16,807.97 in bounties) by finishing third in the $700 NL Hold’em 6-Max Progressive Super-Knockout, while Elior “Crazy” Elior added $41,520 to his PokerStars account thanks to coming third in the $2,100 H.O.R.S.E. event.
Away from the WCOOP, but still at PokerStars, “gordiju” chopped the Sunday Kickoff for $26,013.02 before going on to win, and David “sexygee” Gent finished eighth in the Sunday Rebuy for a $9,474.75 bankroll boost.
Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis reached the final table of the Sunday 500 and locked up $24,102 for his efforts, with Germany’s UK-based superstar Fabian “fabstinho” Quoss taking down the tournament for $103,236.90,
Over in the Bigger $162, “Ahhh Is It?” finished third for $28,768.50 and Jack “jackellwood” Ellwood locked up sixth place in the same tournament and was paid $11,187.75.
At Full Tilt Poker, “duffmon” won the The Sunday Major this week and was awarded $41,501.56 for his victory, only $4,000 shy of what he would have won if he’d taken it down without striking a heads-up deal. Recently engaged Ben “SPRAGGS” Spraggons added $16,088.60 to his wedding fund by finishing fourth in the same event, while Tom “hitthehole” Middleton (sixth for $8,837.40) and “borisdm” (ninth for $3,399) were also present at The Sunday Major’s final table.
We had another winner when “WhiteWorm21” claimed the title in the Super Sized Sunday, a finish worth $30,538.74, where November Niner Felix “FallAtYourFeet” Stephenson finished third in for $17,550.
Rounding up the rest of the majors, “ckb4714” helped himself to the $20,148,70 runner-up prize in the 888poker $100,000 Mega Deep, while “maddy239” finished fifth in the $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep for $3,337.20.
Finally, Alex “APJennings” Jennings helped himself to a career-best $3,410.04 when he came seventh in the 888poker $100,000 Sunday Challenge.